129 – Beyond this world there is a world I want.
Sometimes I hear Course students say, “I can’t wait to leave this world” or “I’m ready to leave this world.” This world has done nothing to us. When we say these types of statements, it is really a form of depression because we have put credence in the world. We are believing the world is real.
We can know the world is not real yet still be happy learners here. We can extend love to our brothers and teach them what Jesus has taught us. We can live in compassion and kindness. We can live being a demonstration of God’s Love to others.
We have to watch our mind and watch what we say. What are we really saying? What is the intention behind it?
We practice this lesson today by leaving the darkness of the illusion of this world to allowing the lights of Heaven to light your heart. There is no loss in this, only gain. We are here to be as God created us to be. We are here to remember love. We are here to extend love. If we are not fulfilling our function here then we need to look within again.
He desires our happiness and joy. We only find it beyond this world.
130 – It is impossible to see two worlds.
Who can really hate and love at once? We think we can. We can only see one world at a time. We either see the world of the ego (fear) or the world of God (love). Jesus goes on to tell us how much we must really want to see the fear because of what we experience. This doesn’t need to involve guilt, but it could use mindfulness.
“Fear has made everything you think you see.”
We made this world as a substitute for God. And this is a mind-blower right? We protest it loudly. We don’t want to take on the responsibility that perhaps we made this world and all of our experiences.
I can look upon my life experiences and either see them as a curse upon curse, or I could look on these same experiences and see how they have helped me to stretch my mind and encouraged me to grow. I can bless these experiences. What world do I choose to live in?
We think all things are out of our control. In some ways, yes, but otherwise we have to remember we always have the ability to decide how we will perceive such things.
Will I judge everything? Will I have opinions? Will I be righteous? Will I think I know what’s right for everyone in every situation?
Will I love? Will I forgive? Will I offer kindness? Shall I be compassionate? Will I join with the Holy Spirit and allow His Sight to show me what is right?
“Let me accept the strength God offers me and see no value in this world, that I may find my freedom and my deliverance.”
131 – No one can fail who seeks to reach the truth.
“Why wait for Heaven? It is here today.”
We delay our own joy by seeking outside of ourselves for that little piece of Heaven. Heaven is here and now. Why do I choose to be uncomfortable when comfort awaits by just by my own choice? I do this when I am in judgment, criticism, or upset with myself or another. Can I honestly take responsibility for my own discomfort? To say “I chose this,” sets me free.
Of course our usual track is to blame someone or something else for how we feel. It <i>seems</i> natural but it is not. What is natural is the truth. The truth is freedom.
When I have occurrences show up in my life, I make the determination if it will be Heaven or hell to me. I’ve said this before many times. I can choose to bless or curse. As I allow situations from my past this cross my mind in this little time of writing this, I can feel the pull to ego and how strong it seems. Yet truth is the way and the life.
In my meditation on this in this early hour, it took a more than a few moments to settle in. The door is there, yet I think it locked and shut with my nebulous beliefs about myself. I reach out beyond those beliefs and struggles I seem to have, past it all. This is not me.
What is me is true. I have been filled with the grace of Heaven as I have been told. I can experience Heaven now. I quietly affirm my purpose and know I can never fail. I can remember this throughout the day and be glad.
I wish you peace,