plan for salvation, plan of Atonement
God’s plan for our awakening, conceived at the moment of the separation and given to the Holy Spirit to carry out. It is guaranteed to work, for it was accomplished the instant it was conceived, even though its accomplishment seems to be in the distant future. Jesus has been placed in charge of this plan, for he was the first to perfectly fulfill his own part.
- In content, the plan is to forgive, to overlook illusions (see W-pI.99.4-6), to let go our belief that others have sinned.
- In form, this plan is applied to each person very individually, to suit his particular needs.
- Each person is given a part in this plan (see special function). His part is essential to the plan (see W-pI.100); the whole plan depends on it. His part is to forgive and heal those who are sent to him. The plan thus uses those who are more awake to release those who are more asleep (see T-1.III.3:3), and so is called “the plan of the teachers” (M-1.2:10).
- The plan includes all needed specifics for each individual, specific contacts to be made, specific decisions for each situation. It guarantees that we will be in the right place at the right time (see W-pI.42.2). It allows for no accidents.
- It, in fact, includes a script (written by the Holy Spirit) which covers our entire journey through time and space (see W-pI.158.4:2).
- To receive God’s plan, we must let go of our plans. The ego’s plan for happiness revolves around holding grievances, which are emotional demands that others change so we can be happy (see W-pI.71.2-4). This is the opposite of God’s plan of forgiveness. Our plans for the future are defenses against the Holy Spirit’s plan for us, and block us from finding our part in His plan.