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.
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. I recall in a study some time ago, we spoke about this i 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 the 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.
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.
P.S. Listen to my Living the Lessons podcast episode for this lesson as I expanded a little more on what I wrote here. See link below.