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“Give me your blessing, holy Son of God.”

In this lesson Jesus provides an important key in the undoing of the dream. First he helps me understand that when I see bodies, it is a projection of fear that is coming from my own mind. But he doesn’t leave it at that. He shows me a way to reverse that seeing. He gives me a practice to see the Christ in my brother instead of focusing on his body. That is why the title is “Give me your blessing, holy Son of God.”

When I see the Christ in my brother, I receive a blessing. When I see holiness in my brother, it helps me see the holiness in myself. This practice helps me undo my projections of fear. It helps me change my mind. This practice helps me open to the truth to receive Heaven’s blessing.

Jesus reminds me that I see only what I want to see and my body’s ears hear only what I want to hear. In this lesson, Jesus is encouraging me to expand my willingness to see the Christ instead of seeing bodies. As my willingness to see the Christ expands, I will see the Christ instead of seeing bodies. I get what I focus on. Jesus reminds me that one brother is all brothers.

Today my practice is to see the Christ in everyone. It is the only reality. This is the key to the undoing of the dream. This is my key to awakening to the truth about myself and my brother. This is my way out of fear. This is the way I return to Love. Am I willing to accept the truth today? The practice of today’s lesson shows me how.

This world is a world of projection. For projection to work, it must have an object to project upon. A movie projector shows us nothing without a screen to reflect the images it projects. In the same way, if there is no object for us to project our fear and anger upon, there is no basis for the fear and anger. Thus to the ego thought system of separation, the body is the central symbol onto which it projects fear, anger and guilt. The ego’s purpose for the body is to use it as a means to show us justification for our fear and make it seem real. It seems to work, because we believe the body is real.

As we practice seeing with Christ’s vision, we withdraw our belief in the reality of the body. The reflection of projected fear and guilt fades and the face of Christ in our brother comes forward, showing us instead his innocence and our own. The idea of not seeing ourselves or anyone as a body is so central to the Course that in a later review we repeat many times a day for 20 days, “I am not a body, I am free. I am still as God created me.” Today’s lesson is a step in moving our awareness in that direction.

Holy Spirit I ask Your help and Your strength to guide me to see the face of Christ in all my brothers today so I may receive their gift which shows me my perfect innocence.

I like the part in the lesson that says,“Mistake not the intensity of rage projected fear must spawn. It shrieks in wrath, and claws the air in frantic hope it can reach to its maker and devour him.” (8:3-4) This explains what it feels like is happening in my mind many times. I can be fine one minute, but as soon as I let my mind wander with the ego, it feels like all hell breaks loose in my mind and next thing I know is I’m back in insanity wondering where my peace went.

This lesson clearly explains how and why we react to each other the way we do. There are no words to tell my Heavenly Father, “Thank You,” for getting these messages of Love to us. We are all on this journey together and the dedication to these lessons are for our own sanity, our own salvation and, I would guess, years of needless suffering. These lessons truly are gifts and I am grateful for my awareness of them.

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