I watched the debate on TV last night and it gave me plenty of opportunity to align myself with the ego or join with Jesus in the holy instant as I observed the 10 candidates answering questions…and, in many instances, interrupting one another.
So many opportunities to judge, make comparisons, seek validation for beliefs I hold or, conversely, to forgive and just get above the battleground and forgive everything I see. If anything anyone said or did that I found to be unsettling or unnerving or unacceptable, I know it’s a projection.
On the other hand, if I can watch tonight’s debate with other candidates including Biden and Marianne Williamson, I can enjoy it, yet be committed to staying detached and just learning about what each of them has to share.
Anything and everything seemingly “out there” can be such a rich and elegant opportunity for me to get beyond my own interpretation to peace.
OR…it can be another chance for me to stay stuck, stay mired in the ego thought system which brings nothing but pain.
Today I will share two excerpts from Ken’s thoughts on Lessons 165 and 166 which we are reviewing today. They are:
A poem entitled, “His Certainty”, Helen received from Jesus, it is:
“I come in doubt, I do not yet believe
Your promises. My own uncertainty
Seems to be more apparent than my faith
In What You have ordained Your Son must be,
And how Your memory returns to him.
My steps are hesitant, my trust is weak,
My sense of purpose falters. I forget
My goal because of images I see,
And wander in illusions. Yet the end
Of wandering is certain in Your Mind;
What You would have me seek, that will I find.”
(The Gifts of God, p.32).
“In gentle laughter does the Holy Spirit perceive the cause, and looks not to effects. How else could He correct your error, who have overlooked the cause entirely? He bids you bring each terrible effect to Him that you may look together on its foolish cause and laugh with Him a while. You judge effects, but He has judged their cause. And by His judgment are effects removed. Perhaps you come in tears. But hear Him say, “My brother, holy Son of God, behold your idle dream, in which this could occur.” And you will leave the holy instant with your laughter and your brother’s joined with His.” (T-27.VIII.9).
I have enjoyed these 10 days of review, have you?
In a few days, we will, Mari and I, reading the next 20 lessons, the last grouping among our lessons in Part I. followed by 10 days of review and….then we plunge into Part II.
This year has just whizzed by, I cannot believe one-half of a year has almost already gone by.
And that’s how lives go by.
Want mine now more than anything to be meaningful and peace, meaningful in the sense of making every moment, to the best of my willingness to stay open, one that is holy.
Have a lovely day!