Lesson 247 – Without forgiveness I will still be blind.
Judgment in my heart colors my vision, in fact as this lesson states it creates a blindness. In this rage of blindness, I can see only what I want to see: hurt, pain, and vengeance. What does this serve me? It doesn’t, as it only brings more anger, guilt and pain upon my heart. Yet when I look on someone and offer them blessing, even if it is just words to help me get past my anger, it is the beginning of the shift of my perception of that someone. It is the little willingness that allows the light to start streaming in. It may take several of these “blessings” to begin to see the light reflecting upon them, but it is a process. One that we go through as we begin the healing of our own mind. Soon we will see the loveliness of our brother and ourselves.
Lesson 248 – Whatever suffers is not part of me.
My True Self in God does not suffer, grieve or is in pain. Yes, I experience these here in the world, but I am held in God and in His Truth. The Essence of my Being cannot be changed, hurt or damaged in any way. Now am I ready to accept myself as God created me. I am Love. I am One with Him.
Lesson 249 – Forgiveness ends all suffering and loss.
Forgiveness is “for giving love”. It is a gift. Forgiveness sees what I cannot see alone. If I return my mind to God, then I see as God does.
Lesson 250 – Let me not see myself as limited.
Some time ago I led a mini-workshop on this very idea. We hear the ego’s voice speak to us of our limitations all too frequently. I know I have, how about you? By remembering this lesson, I can remember how unlimited I am. Can I limit God? Isn’t it silly to think I can and to question what He created?
Holding the belief “I am unlimited!” rejects the ego’s mindset. No more to hold on to an emotional payoff for tightly grasping the limited self. I now think about the possibilities in my life rather than focusing on the problems or difficulties. Yes, failures, setback and obstacles may still occur, but now I know how to respond to these. And that is with my changed perspective.
Lesson 251 – I am in need of nothing but the truth.
Within us the flame of truth burns. We may not experience it or recognize it but it is there. Some of us have glimpses of this flame and others not at all. When we have 1, 2, or 3 glimpses, we crave more. I know my life was as such when I was in high school and then years after until the Course fell into my lap in the early 90s. When I opened its pages, I knew this was exactly what was burning within my soul. I knew this is the truth speaking to me. I didn’t always listen to the truth, but I recognized it when it was shown to me. Now that is all I want. It is everything I want and everything I need. And yes, I am at peace now more than ever before.
What is Sin?
In traditional religion, the idea of “sin” is a “punishable by hell” offense. This is where my first glimpse of truth came in high school. How could I place the inconsistencies of my religious training, Catholicism, into something understandable? I could not. God loves me, but will damn me to hell. This does not compute in my brain at all, never did and never will.
The Course came along and changed all that. Now the idea “God is Love” actually carried its weight. Yes, here in the world we experience every day, crimes occur, people are hurt, the damage is done. And yes, punishment is needed. That is the everyday world we live in. What we learn in ACIM, is that is not our true Home or the true world we actually live in. In truth, we cannot be harmed, no damage is done to our eternal Self.
“Sin” in archery is a “missed mark.” Here, we miss the mark, we’ve made an error in our mind. That’s the difference. The Course speaks of the mind and not what we do in the body. That is why there is no sin. Our minds are still holy and One with God.
Lesson 252 – The Son of God is my Identity
My Identity is beyond anything I could even conceive. And so is everyone’s here in the world. I have to see us all as the perfect purity that we are. Recently, I felt disagreement with someone I know casually in how they are handling their life situation. The more I thought about it, the more judgmental I became and felt that I needed to tell them what to do to release the predicament they have found themselves in. It wasn’t guidance from Spirit; it was pure ego. I didn’t see this person beyond their form in the world. I didn’t trust that their Higher Self knows the perfect answer and it will unfold. I have to look beyond and see the True Identity.
Thankfully, I caught myself before I uttered a word.
Lesson 253 – My Self is ruler of the universe.
Simply, it’s up to me. It’s my choice. It’s my universe. Although there is only one choice and it’s not even a choice. It’s God, Love, Peace, Heaven and my holy Self.
Lesson 254 – Let every voice but God’s be still in me.
How else can I hear unless I step back and release the obstacles. In the quiet I hear God speak to me. To hear anyone in conversation, one needs to be quiet, let go of one’s agenda, and deeply listen. That is what I am called to do in this practice of this lesson.
There is nothing that the ego can bestow upon me that will bring peace or wisdom. Only God can do so. This is my impenitence for practicing meditation, and do so consistently throughout the day and have for most of my life. The quiet is present if we are willing to make the effort. These lessons are exercises and practices in meditation.
As I tell any meditation student or client, it takes the dedication to the practice. Also, the desire, “How willing am I to have quiet?” That is a question to ask oneself. If the willingness is high, then will be the dedication.
This is how I see it and experience it for myself.
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.