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“There is a peace that Christ bestows on us.”
This lesson is designed to motivate us to do our forgiveness work. Christ’s vision is seen through forgiving eyes. So through forgiveness we will find “a peace so deep and quiet, undisturbable and wholly changeless, that the world contains no counterpart.” (1:1) Doesn’t that call to your heart? This is God’s promise to us, because it is His gift, already ours.
This gift is only obscured by our judgment. Forgiveness clears away the fog, opening our minds to Christ’s vision so that we can welcome what God has given us without limit. Every time I judge what seems to be an outside circumstance, a person’s behavior, an event, every time I see death and destruction and believe it is real, I am judging against God and denying His gift. This is why forgiveness is required. Like it says in an earlier lesson, “To every apprehension, every care and every form of suffering: I will forgive and this will disappear.”
Holy Spirit, hold my hand today. I need Your strength. I need Your Love. And I need Your vision so that I may recognize the face of Christ in all I look upon. I offer You my judgments, Holy Spirit and I ask for Your interpretation to replace my own. Thus will I learn to forgive, for You will show me that nothing has occurred to disturb the peace of God’s Son. In gratitude I accept Your strength and Your vision and I would offer it to all I look upon or think about today. Thus will I know the peace that Christ bestows on me.
The sentence that stands out to me in today’s lesson is, “Help us today but to accept Your gift, and judge it not.” (2:2) God’s gift is peace and peace has come to save us from our judgment on ourselves. If I am not experiencing peace at any time during the day, it is not because of outer circumstances. It is because I have chosen not to accept God’s peace.
When I accept God’s peace, I feel God’s peace. I join with peace and become one with it. It fills my mind and changes my perceptions. The ego’s thought system falls away. There is a quietness and a sense of well being that cannot be disturbed. There is a sense of safety and quiet joy that pervades everything I see and everything I do. There is an all encompassing sense of well being and knowing that everything is all right. There is a remembering that what I see through the body’s eyes is just a dream.
I always get what I desire in my heart of hearts. If I want to see separation, that is what I will see. If I want to see conflict, individuality, specialness and lack, that is what I will see. If I want to make decisions on my own, I will join with the ego thought system and the ego will show me a world where I make decisions on my own.
But if I change my mind and choose instead to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I will be brought to a new kind of seeing. I will be brought to a new experience. When I follow Holy Spirit’s lead, I will accept and feel God’s peace. I will become aware of the oneness of God’s Love that lies behind the forms of bodies. I will be guided to see the Love behind the fear. I will be guided to let peace lead the way. I will be guided every step along the way in what to say to my brother, and how to see that his true Identity is Love and nothing else.
With my willingness to open to Holy Spirit’s perspective, my mind will be returned to where it belongs. I will receive God’s gifts of peace, Love and joy. I will forgive or let go of all the empty thoughts of the ego. I will do my part in the Atonement, following Holy Spirit’s lead. The peace of Christ will lead me Home as I am willing to accept God’s gifts.
What a timely lesson for me. Today I woke up and immediately gave up my peace. Just trying to figure out how I would get everything done and hoping I didn’t leave anything out was enough to start the anxiety pumping unwelcome adrenaline through my body.
Another thing I have noticed is that thoughts of a like kind follow one another. If I start thinking about something that I am afraid of, it is like their friends come to join the party. Pretty soon I am feeling overwhelmed.
So, today I am going to call cancel, cancel and start my day over. I am going to put all that important stuff on hold while I get my thoughts going in the direction I want my day to take.
Thank you for the helpful suggestions you made to get me off on the right foot. Forgiveness is a great idea. I still tend to think of forgiveness as person to person, but I can forgive a thought as easily, especially when I remember that forgiveness recognizes the illusion.
I have started a journal of sorts to record my spiritual progress on a daily basis and I will start today’s entry by talking to myself about what I want to forgive and then watch it disappear!
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