Thoughts on Lesson 251


I am in need of nothing but the truth.

Within us the flame of truth burns. We may not experience it or recognize it but it is there. Some of us have glimpses of this flame and others not at all. When we have 1, 2, or 3 glimpses, we crave more. I know my life was as such when I was in high school and then years after until the Course fell into my lap in the early 90s. When I opened its pages, I knew this was exactly what was burning within my soul. I knew this is the truth speaking to me. I didn’t always listen to the truth, but I recognized it when it was shown to me. Now that is all I want. It is everything I want and everything I need. And yes, I am at peace now more than ever before.

What is Sin?

In traditional religion, the idea of “sin” is a “punishable by hell” offense. This is where my first glimpse of truth came in high school. How could I place the inconsistencies of my religious training, Catholicism, into something understandable? I could not. God loves me, but will damn me to hell. This does not compute in my brain at all, never did and never will.

The Course came along and changed all that. Now the idea “God is Love” actually carried its weight. Yes, here in the world we experience every day, crimes occur, people are hurt, the damage is done. And yes, punishment is needed. That is the everyday world we live in. What we learn in ACIM, is that is not our true Home or the true world we actually live in. In truth, we cannot be harmed, no damage is done to our eternal Self.

“Sin” in archery is a “missed mark.” Here, we miss the mark, we’ve made an error in our mind. That’s the difference. The Course speaks of the mind and not what we do in the body. That is why there is no sin. Our minds are still holy and One with God.

 

Thoughts on Lesson 250


Let me not see myself as limited.

A few months back I led a mini-workshop on this very idea. We hear the egos voice speak to us of our limitations all too frequently. I know I have, how about you? By remembering this lesson, I can remember how unlimited I am. Can I limit God? Isn’t it silly to think I can and to question what He created?

Holding the belief “I am unlimited!” rejects the ego’s mindset. No more to hold on to an emotional payoff for tightly grasping the limited self. I now think about the possibilities in my life rather than focusing on the problems or difficulties. Yes, failures, setback and obstacles may still occur, but now I know how to respond to these. And that is with my changed perspective.

Thoughts on Lesson 248


Whatever suffers is not part of me.

My True Self in God does not suffer, grieve or is in pain. Yes, I experience these here in the world, but I am held in God and in His Truth. The Essence of my Being cannot be changed, hurt or damaged in any way. Now am I ready to accept myself as God created me. I am Love. I am One with Him.

Thoughts on Lesson 247


Without forgiveness I will still be blind.

Judgment in my heart colors my vision, in fact as this lesson states it creates a blindness. In this rage of blindness, I can see only what I want to see: hurt, pain, and vengeance. What does this serve me? It doesn’t, as it only brings more anger, guilt and pain upon my heart.  Yet when I look on someone and offer them blessing, even if it is just words to help me get past my anger, it is the beginning of the shift of my perception of that someone. It is the little willingness that allows the light to start streaming in. It may take several of these “blessings” to begin to see the light reflecting upon them, but it is a process. One that we go through as we begin the healing of our own mind. Soon we will see the loveliness of our brother and ourselves.

Thoughts on Lesson 246


To love my Father is to love His Son.

Let me not think that I can find the way to God, if I have hatred in my heart. 

This sentence as we begin this lesson is truer than true. If I hold grievances or grudges against another, then I cannot love God or myself. Judgment is a double-edged sword as it hurts us both. This is why forgiveness is so key. And if I can’t seem to forgive, I can offer blessing to another instead of the cursing I am used to. Blessing begins the process of forgiveness as it helps me shift my mindset.

Thoughts on Lesson 245


Your peace is with me, Father. I am safe.

We go in peace when we realize everything outside of us is just that, outside of us. It is our perception of what is occurring that upsets us. We spoke about just this in our last night of our Thursday summer study as we began with yesterday’s lesson, 244 – I am in danger nowhere in the world. A question arose about our actual experiences in the world, i.e. walking on a darkened street, cancer, accidents, etc. Yes, here in the world of form we will experience these, but it is our “point of view” from which we come that makes all the difference. With ACIM, it is always about what is in my mind. I can approach dire health issues with peace by aligning my mind with the Holy Spirit and asking His Assistance.

One of our students brought up the passage that is a type of prayer. This is found in the Text, Chapter 19, IV. The Obstacles to Peace, C. The Third Obstacle. We find this in paragraph 11 (p. 419):

When anything seems to you to be a source of fear, when any situation strikes you with terror and makes your body tremble and the cold sweat of fear comes over it, remember it is always for [one] reason; the ego has perceived it as a symbol of fear, a sign of sin and death.  Remember, then, that neither sign nor symbol should be confused with source, for they must stand for something other than themselves. Their meaning cannot lie in them, but must be sought in what they represent. And they may thus mean everything or nothing, according to the truth or falsity of the idea which they reflect. Confronted with such seeming uncertainty of meaning, judge it not. Remember the holy Presence of the One given to you to be the Source of judgment.  Give it to Him to judge for you, and say:

Take this from me and look upon it, judging it for me.
Let me not see it as a sign of sin and death, nor use it for destruction.
Teach me how not to make of it an obstacle to peace, but let You use it for me, to facilitate its coming.

Thoughts on Lesson 244


I am in danger nowhere in the world.

These lessons are sweet prayers. Lovely prayers to recall at any point during the course of the day. In this lesson, we are reminded of our true safety. As we watch our news of the world and witness hurricanes swirling about, ready to make land and cause perhaps devastation in some areas, our lives too can seem in constant fury and danger just by the thoughts held in our mind. But here is the reminder that we are in no danger. Yes, the danger may seem to happen in the world and injure us in some way, yet, our spiritual being cannot be harmed. We are held safe in Him, even if the storms blow their hatred around us. In Him, we place our trust and in Him, will we be saved.

Thoughts on Lesson 243


Today I will judge nothing that occurs.

Judgment. We think we are all knowing and all seeing. We know why people do what they do and why they did it to us, don’t we? Or at least we think we do. When I realize I do not have the capability to judge and any judgment I have made is about the past, then, and only then, will peace dawn upon my mind.

Thoughts on Lesson 242


This day is God’s. It is my gift to Him.

I have found in my spiritual life it important to set the intention to do just as this lesson states, dedicating my day to Him. As I spoke with a student yesterday, it is inviting the Holy Spirit in for coffee first thing in the morning, doing chores with God, gathering around the water cooler with Jesus. We drive with Him in the car, and shop with Him in the store. It is important to keep God first and foremost in the mind. It’s easy to be swayed by the ego’s thoughts of judgment and fear. But I and you have strength within us that we do not realize. We can have a truly gifted day by keeping Him in mind. Peace comes to us when we make it our primary goal.

Thoughts on Lesson 241


This holy instant is salvation come.

In meditation today on this lesson, I did receive a vision of the “arc of golden light” as spoke of in “The Forgotten Song” section in the Text. In the holy instant, I felt such joy throughout my being. I felt freedom from the world as love touched my heart and mind. I offered to the Light aspects of my personality I wanted to heal. Old wounds, old thoughts all were touched by this light. I heard in my mind, “You are healed. Offer healing to others by offering them forgiveness. See through to the essence of their soul, and in unity the Son has been saved.”

As I came out of the meditation, I felt a new energy that I had not before I started. At times in the morning I feel stiff from my fibromyalgia, but today, I felt a wellness throughout my mind and body. I found I could exercise without issue. And even since as I write this, I find myself alert, yet calm. I know today, I have made a difference by allowing the holy instant bless me and bless all.

3. What Is the World?

As we have learned the world is false, an illusion. A perception we have made to obliterate the truth from our minds. It hides the fact that we are not separated from God or anyone. Underneath it all is the call to return to our Home. The happy thought in this is we can be redirected, just like the GPS in our cars and on our smartphones. Our sight can be guided by the Light of Truth. With the Light illuminating the world, we can see it for what it is. Together, we can save the world so everyone can experience the Life and Love of God.

Thoughts on Lesson 240


Fear is not justified in any form.

Fear is a trick, a sleight of hand, having us believe other than what truth is. Lately, Rev. Paul has been watching the TV show, Penn & Teller: Fool Us. He loves magic and magicians, and he was an amateur magician in his youth. Recently, we bought tickets for The Illusionists Broadway show coming to Madison at Thanksgiving. Front row seats even, and he is so very excited. But we needn’t have a front row seat to the ego and its trickery now do we? As exciting as the illusion is around us, it is still illusion. The ego pulls the wool over our eyes in an attempt to deceive us that this world is what we ultimately desire. Yet the ego’s world is full of fear.

God’s world is something different altogether. It doesn’t need smoke and mirrors to attract our attention. What is True Light needs no introduction or bait. We only need to believe and accept that we are the Sons of God. What He created can never be less than miraculous with His Love.

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