Pearls Before Swine

DAY15: #40DaysOfReflection on Christ Presence with Sarah St. Claire

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs,
neither cast ye your pearls before swine,
lest they trample them under their feet,
and turn again and rend you.
—Matthew 7:6 (KJV)

Christ Presence is not one of correction but clarification. For those with the ears to hear who lean in to find they were mistaken the lawns of heaven roll out to meet them. For those who seek only righteousness there is only retribution. Both are by their own judgement. It comes neither from the Father nor the Son.

You cannot be “equally yoked with unbelievers” in gratitude for the mercy and goodness of God, because they would rather kill you to disprove it.

Their own tenacious grip on reality and worth being so fragile that any tenuous strain on their deeply held understanding will rent them from all cohesion shattering still further their fractured perception.

The function of the Holy Spirit is to Guide and bring awareness to an already frightened mind. Learning is the result. The Spirit will never increase fear by “teaching.”

Thus are the Holy Spirit’s lesson plans arranged in easy steps,
that though there be some lack of ease at times and some distress,
there is no shattering of what was learned,
but just a re-translation of what seems to be
the evidence on its behalf.
—ACIM (T-31.V.9:1)

And so it remains the Sons function in Christ, to demonstrate the fruits of that teaching: comfort, trust, and invulnerability. An Acceptance that all Correction that was ever needed has already happened. Basking in the Love of God and gratitude for our Brother as our Self—error is overlooked entirely

It is vital not to engage in “explaining” error for the ego loves to study itself. It is only a different quality of Being that Calls imperceptibly to the highly defended parts of the mind, shining like a warm spring sunshine on a frosty face. Nothing too contrary to cause concern. No need to recoil. A gentle indirect glow that softens the strain, and illuminates a benevolent summer path.

Again, the kingdom of heaven
is like unto a merchant man,
seeking goodly pearls:
Who, when he had found
one pearl of great price,
went and sold all that he had,
and bought it.
—Matthew 13:45-46

Those who dove deep in Acceptance of Forgiveness need only appreciate the lustre of the pearl they found to extend it’s radiance. It could never satisfy those still hungry for the world of judgement—to them it offers only inedible offense.

And now there is a vague unanswered question,
not yet “explained.”
What is this precious thing,
this priceless pearl,
this hidden secret treasure,
to be wrested in righteous wrath from this
most treacherous and cunning enemy?
It must be what you want but never found.
And now you “understand” the reason why you found it not.
For it was taken from you by this enemy,
and hidden where you would not think to look.
He hid it in his body,
making it the cover for his guilt,
the hiding place for what belongs to you.
Now must his body be destroyed and sacrificed,
that you may have that which belongs to you.
His treachery demands his death,
that you may live.
And you attack only in self-defense.
—ACIM (T-23.II.11:1-9)

God does not teach. To teach is to imply a lack, which God knows is not there. God is not conflicted. Teaching aims at change, but God created only the changeless. The separation was not a loss of perfection, but a failure in communication. A harsh and strident form of communication arose as the ego’s voice. It could not shatter the peace of God, but it could shatter yours. God did not blot it out, because to eradicate it would be to attack it. Being questioned, He did not question.

He merely gave the Answer.
His Answer is your Teacher.

—ACIM (T-6.IV.12:1-11)


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[Notes] Context for Jesus’ parable of the pearl and the swine:

Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

—Matthew 7:1-7, King James Bible


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