Will share just a few of Ken’s thoughts as they relate to this very profound lesson:
“We need the willingness to come to Him and say: “I am upset because I am attracted to my specialness, but know I am looking at it wrong because I see the source of pleasure and pain in my body, and not from my mind’s decision.” Going to Him for help means we have the little willingness to suspend identification with the physical/psychological self we call by name. It is the same willingness to let the Holy Spirit reinterpret the body and its purpose: communication and communion instead of separation and attack.”
“The Holy Spirit does not change the dream. He changes how we look at the dream. We then see all situations as opportunities for learning we have a mind that has chosen this thought system of separation, and therefore a mind that can change it.
“…behavior is perceived as calling for love or expressing it. This is not to say that things here are real, but that they reflect a decision in the mind to be either with the ego – my behavior is the shadow of my wrong choice, thus calling for help – or the Holy Spirit – my behavior reflects His Love, the constancy of Heaven’s blessing on the Son’s pure innocence.”
As we practice wordlessly today, “I become aware of how much I want to see all things as echoes of the voice of my god – the voice of separation and specialness – yet a perception for which I do not want to be responsible. We therefore first need to see everything we perceive as proving we are right and Jesus wrong. This mistaken perception, once in awareness, can be brought to his healing presence. Such is the purpose of this and every practice period. Note the lack of specific words to guide our quiet times.”
“The element of truth in my wanting to be separate is that I chose this not because I was sinful, but because I feared God’s non-specific Love, still present in my mind even though I moved against it. Thus my thoughts call for help and do not express sin. Note, too, the return of the theme of mind-watching, the core of these workbook exercises.”
PLEASE NOTE WHAT KEN SAYS ABOUT… “Your ministry begins as all your thoughts are purified”…paragraph 15, first two sentences:
“As we will see in a subsequent lesson (W-pI.154), our ministry has nothing to do with the external, but simply with accepting the Atonement for ourselves. What else could it be, as it is only the mind of God’s Son that needs healing? It is that mind to which we minister as we seek to purify it of our thoughts of sin.”
I just read a few pages of Ken’s thoughts on this lesson, this next volume of his coverage of the WB is 163 pages, it’s a sizeable book to begin with so I made a conscious decision to release my feeling driven to read all of his thoughts on any given lesson….because if I do, this is what happens:
I stay up too late because that’s when I read it.
I am tired in the morning.
I miss the whole point of just trusting that I will guided as to what I can write that will be meaningful if I feel it critical to read and grasp everything Ken writes.
Today, I focus on a few tidbits that stood out to me.
Ah, that feels better, less ego-oriented or ego-commanded to which I listened. I follow His guidance.
I will close with a quote from the text that Ken references that just means so much to me today and, really, this entire week as I fought the war within myself:
“Dream softly of your sinless brother, who unites with you in holy innocence. And from this dream the Lord of Heaven will Himself awaken His beloved Son. Dream of your brother’s kindnesses instead of dwelling in your dreams on his mistakes. Select his thoughtfulness to dream about instead of counting up the hurts he gave. Forgive him his illusions, and give thanks to him for all the helpfulness he gave. And do not brush aside his many gifts because he is not perfect in your dreams (T-27.VII.15:1-6).”
“Our forgiveness “represent(s) the truth,” while our grievances “reflect but idle dreams.”
That one paragraph just says it all for me today.
Have a lovely day!