Good Morning!

Did any of you watch any or all of the debate last night?

Very interesting.

Such an opportunity to look at the darkness that emerges in my own mind as I watch 10 individuals “fight” for the floor and the moderators politely and, often, loudly try to control the group.

I get highly anxious when there are outbursts or open attacks, for example, one candidate attacked the leading candidate in the polls about a busing issue from the 1970s.

I need to look at that.  She was very intense and focused, obviously well-prepared as a former prosecutor, and her target seemed to struggle to respond in a manner that would, perhaps, back her down.

I could go on and on with other examples, but I won’t.

What would be the point?  The point is I can use anything for forgiveness.  I can use these two nights of debates as an opportunity to go within, not analyze, that’s what ego does, but just ask for help in releasing all the forms of fear, a/k/a death, to Jesus’ point in one of the lessons we’re reviewing to the Holy Spirit for His transformation.

Last night in class, one of our participants said that when she cannot seem to forgive or doesn’t want to….and it may be over months….she asks for help in mustering the willingness to be willing to heal from projecting her own self-hatred and sense of sin onto another.  Because, of course, that’s what we all do.  Remember Lesson 161….where we are encouraged to behold the Christ in our brother that we may see our own sinlessness in him?

Anyhow, I don’t need to process anything, don’t need to analyze, don’t need to dig deeply into the doodoo, do I?

What purpose does that serve?

I can remember I want peace and the means for this is to forgive.

I will close with a quote Ken Wapnick included in his review of Lesson 169.  Here you go:

“The grace of God rests gently on forgiving eyes, and everything they look on speaks of Him to the beholder.  He can see no evil; nothing in the world to fear, and no one who is different from himself.  And as he loves them, so he looks upon himself with love and gentleness.  He would no more condemn himself for his mistakes than damn another.  He is not an arbiter of vengeance, nor a punisher of sin.  The kindness of his sight rests on himself with all the tenderness it offers others.  For he would only heal and only bless.  And being in accord with what God wills, he has the power to heal and bless all those he looks on with the grace of God upon his sight” (T-25.VI.1).

Have a wonderful day!



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