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“My sight goes forth to look upon Christ’s face.”
Today I am being invited to look upon a new perception. I’m being invited to open my mind to the Holy Spirit’s perception. I’m being invited to look past my mistaken ideas to the one Christ mind that lies in everyone, behind the false perceptions of the ego identity.
Today I consciously choose to accept that invitation. I consciously choose to step back from my habitual ways of thinking. I consciously choose to open the door to God’s peace which leads the way to see the face of Christ, which alone is true. Today I devote to listening to the Holy Spirit. Today I will practice not deciding what anything means on my own. Today I would follow, I would not lead.
With all the Course’s emphasis on teaching that this world is an illusion and that believing in this illusion keeps us from the experience of God’s Love, it seems surprising that it would tell us to ask for an illusion. But there is one illusion that leads us out of all illusions to transcend all what we have made. This illusion is forgiveness.
The illusion of forgiveness is necessary because we believe in the illusion of sin or separation. In Heaven, where there is complete knowledge of oneness, there is no need for forgiveness because there is nothing to forgive. But in the dream world where illusions are thought to be true, we need an illusion of letting them go in order to be free of them.
It is this illusion called forgiveness that opens my sight to see the face of Christ in everything I look upon. It clears the way for me to see the unity of Love that is the holy Son of God, which is me and all my brothers in the oneness of God.
In the dream of the hell of separation, what could I pray for but the means for release from it? And so today I ask the Holy Spirit for the one illusion that sets me free. Thus will the Holy Spirit teach me that everything I look upon is one with me, for we are united as God’s one Son.
The ego does not want to be shown its mistakes. To the ego, a mistake is a sin and cause for guilt. To the Holy Spirit, a mistake is simply cause for correction, which leads to release from guilt. I really do want the Holy Spirit to show me my mistakes for what they are so that I can look beyond them to the kind and radiant face of Christ that is everywhere to be seen. Today I pray, “Holy Spirit, show me my mistakes, for I would look beyond them to remember the joy of being God’s Son.”
Practice, practice, practice. To see my brother’s face is to see Christ’s face. To look with my mind’s eye is to see Christ’s face. Even “just” the practice brings me closer to forgiveness. Close enough to go beyond believing towards being.
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