Greetings Mighty Companions!
This week we are going to add a carpenter’s pencil to our Miracle Toolboxes. As many of you are aware, a carpenter’s pencil is a flat wooden pencil with a flat but thick piece of lead in the center. Carpenter’s use them to draw straight lines on wood to be cut. On the spiritual side of things, our friend Jesus uses his carpenter pencil to draw us a straight line through the dream of illusions to our awakening. And upon our full awakening experience, the dark line of our past illusions will be erased forever as we move into eternity with God. Yay!
Today, Jesus helps us to draw that straight line to our awakening by addressing a common mistake that Course students make when they see the term, face of Christ, used within A Course in Miracles. Many students think that he is referring to the image of the face he had on a man’s body when he walked the earth, but he is not (Image 1). Instead, he is referring to the perception of the light that we experience in our mind’s eye during meditation (Image 2).
When we take a look at section 3. FORGIVENESS – THE FACE OF CHRIST (C-3, pg. 83) and LESSON 198: Only my condemnation injures me (W-189, pg. 379), Jesus clarifies several things about his use of the term, face of Christ. First, “Seeing the face of Christ involves perception…Whoever looks on this no longer sees the world. He is as near to Heaven as is possible outside the gate” (C-3.4). Second, perception of the light of the face of Christ is a bridge to Heaven (C-3.5). Third, perception of this light is the one illusion that allows us to get a glimpse of Heaven instantly, and “is the gift the Holy Spirit holds for you from God your Father” (W-198). And fourth, when you perceive this light within your mind, you are seeing the truth about your “Christ” self being reflected back to you. In the same instant, there is a recognition that you are beholding your sinlessness, and that there is a part of you that is very holy (C-3.8). You are “seeing your innocence shining upon you from the face of Christ” (W-198).
If you would like to learn more about this truly wonderful and joyful gift from God, please watch my video where I explain in more detail about the face of Christ.