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“Peace be to me, the holy Son of God.
Peace to my brother, who is one with me.
Let all the world be blessed with peace through us.”
As I worked with this lesson today, I realized that I felt unsettled. I perceived a loved one experiencing flu symptoms and I was concerned. I wanted to pray for my friend, but I wanted my prayer to reflect the principles of the Course. I asked the Holy Spirit to guide my prayer.
I said to the Holy Spirit, “I do not know what this means or what it is for.” (He already knew that, but I needed to remind myself.) “Help me to see the meaning I am giving it and learn what it really means.”
Holy Spirit showed me that seeing my friend as vulnerable and weak was a reflection of my belief that I am vulnerable and weak. Everything I see is a projection from my mind. He reminded me that “I am God’s Son, complete and healed and whole, shining in the reflection of God’s Love.” (W.II.14.1:1) And the same applies to my friend, who is one with me. I affirmed in my mind to my friend, “You are God’s Son, complete and healed and whole, shining in the reflection of God’s Love.” I noticed that I was beginning to feel comforted and more peaceful.
I am not the weak and fearful image I have made of myself. “In me is love perfected, fear impossible, and joy established without opposite.” (W.II.14.1:3) Of course, this is equally true for my friend and everyone in the world. As I thought about my friend and affirmed this in my mind, my feeling of peace grew stronger. I felt myself relax and a sense of safety washed over me. No longer did I see my friend as in danger. No longer was I using my perception to reinforce my sense of separation and weakness.
When I perceive anyone as vulnerable, fearful, angry or guilty, I am using that person to teach myself that this perception is true and justified. I am teaching myself that those same attributes apply to me. The Course is teaching me, “Don’t believe it!” This is not the truth about me or anyone.
As I practice bringing all my thoughts to the Holy Spirit to receive his perception, I will learn a different lesson than the ego teaches. I will learn that I remain as God created me. I will learn that I am forever safe in His loving Arms, protected by my unity with Him. I can truly offer “peace to my brother, who is one with me,” because I am not giving reality to the illusion of vulnerability. I am recognizing his holiness along with mine.
I, too, am learning from the Course that whenever I perceive something that robs me of my peace, I need to deal with that uneasy thought at it’s source; my own mind. I have to remind myself not only who or what my uneasy thought is, but more importantly, Who I am. If there is no peace and love in my own mind, I won’t project peace and Love out into my world. (I can’t give what I don’t accept). The Holy Spirit reminds me that I am a Son of God, forever changeless, forever just as He created me. And as such, my Self offers peace to myself and my brothers, who are One with me.
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How to Read References for Quotes from A Course in Miracles
Below are example references to specific sentences using the notation of the Second & Third Editions of A Course in Miracles published by the Foundation for Inner Peace:
T-26.IV.4:7 = Text, Chapt. 26, Section IV, paragraph 4, sentence 7.
W-pI.169.5:2 = Workbook, Part I, Lesson 169, paragraph 5, sentence 2.
M-13.3:2 = Manual for Teachers, Question 13, paragraph 3, sentence 2.
C-6.4:6 = Clarification of Terms, Term 6, paragraph 4, sentence 6
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