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A COURSE IN MIRACLES
CH 11 "GOD'S PLAN FOR SALVATION"
III. THE MECHANISM OF MIRACLES  

16 Perceive in sickness but another call for love and offer your brother what he believes he cannot offer himself. Whatever the sickness, there is but one remedy. You will be made whole as you make whole, for to perceive in sickness the appeal for health is to recognize in hatred the call for love. And to give a brother what he really wants is to offer it unto yourself, for your Father wills you to know your brother as yourself. Answer his call for love and yours is answered. Healing is the love of Christ for His Father and for Himself.
 
                 ACIM.OE.TX.CH 11.III.16
DAILY LESSON
SonShip Workbook 
 L e s s o n 124
Let me remember I am one with God.

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   Today we will again give thanks for our 
   identity in God. Our home is safe, 
   protection guaranteed in all we do, 
   power and strength available to us 
   in all our undertakings. We can fail 
   in nothing. Everything we touch takes on 
   a shining light which blesses and which heals. 
   At one with God and all the universe, 
   we go our way rejoicing, with the thought 
   that God Himself goes everywhere with us.|
    
   How holy are our minds! And everything
   we see reflects the holiness within
   the mind at one with God and with itself.
   How easily do errors disappear,
   and death give place to everlasting life.
   Our shining footprints point the way to truth,
   for God is our companion as we walk
   the world a little while. And those who come
   to follow us will recognize the way,
   because the light we carry stays behind,
   yet still remains with us as we walk on.|      
    
   What we received is our eternal gift
   to those who follow after, and to those
   who went before, or stayed with us a while.
   And God, Who loves us with the equal love
   in which we were created, smiles on us
   and offers us the happiness we gave.|
   Today we will not doubt His Love for us,
   nor question His protection and His care.      
   
   No meaningless anxieties can come
   between our faith and our awareness of
   His Presence. We are one with Him today
   in recognition and remembrance.
   We feel Him in our hearts. Our minds contain
   His Thoughts, our eyes behold His loveliness
   in all we look upon. Today we see
   only the loving and the lovable.|
    
   We see it in appearances of pain,
   and pain gives way to peace. We see it in
   the frantic, in the sad and the distressed,
   the lonely and afraid, who are restored
   to the tranquility and peace of mind
   in which they were created. And we see
   it in the dying and the dead as well,
   restoring them to life. All this we see
   because we saw it first within ourselves.|
    
   No miracle can ever be denied
   to those who know that they are one with God.
   No thought of theirs but has the power to heal
   all forms of suffering in anyone
   in times gone by and times as yet to come
   as easily as in the ones who walk
   beside them now. Their thoughts are timeless, and
   apart from distance as apart from time.|
    
   We join in this awareness as we say
   that we are one with God. For in these words
   we say as well that we are saved and healed;
   that we can save and heal accordingly.
   We have accepted and we now would give,
   for we would keep the gifts our Father gave.
   Today we would experience ourselves
   at one with Him, so that the world may share
   our recognition of reality.
   In our experience the world is freed.
   As we deny our separation from
   our Father, it is healed along with us.|
    
   Peace be to you today. Secure your peace
   by practicing awareness you are one
   with your Creator, as He is with you.
   Sometime today, whenever it seems best,
   devote a half an hour to the thought
   that you are one with God. This is our first
   attempt at an extended period
   for which we give no rules nor special words
   to guide your meditation. We will trust
   God's Voice to speak as He sees fit today,
   certain He will not fail. Abide with Him
   this half an hour. He will do the rest.|
    
   Your benefit will not be less if you
   believe that nothing happened. You may not
   be ready to accept the gain today.
   Yet sometime, somewhere it will come to you,
   nor will you fail to recognize it when
   it dawns with certainty upon your mind.
   This half an hour will be framed in gold,
   with every minute like a diamond, set
   around the mirror that this exercise
   will offer you. And you will see Christ's face
   upon it, in reflection of your own.|
    
   Perhaps today, perhaps tomorrow, you
   will see your own transfiguration in
   the glass this holy half an hour will
   hold out to you, to look upon yourself.
   When you are ready, you will find it safe
   within your mind and waiting to be found.
   You will remember then the Thought to which
   you gave this half an hour, thankfully
   aware no time was ever better spent.|
    
   Perhaps today, perhaps tomorrow, you
   will look into this glass, and understand
   the sinless light you see belongs to you;
   the loveliness you look on is your own.
   Count this half hour as your gift to God,
   in certainty that His return will be
   a sense of love you cannot understand,
   a joy too deep for you to comprehend,
   a sight too holy for the body's eyes
   to see. And yet you can be sure some day,
   perhaps today, perhaps tomorrow, you
   will understand and comprehend and see.|
    
   Add further jewels to the golden frame
   that holds the mirror offered you today
   by hourly repeating to yourself:
      
     Let me remember I am one with God, 
     at one with all my brothers and my Self, 
     in everlasting holiness and peace.
 
 
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LESSON 124
Let me remember I am one with God. 

Sarah's Commentary:

This Lesson attempts to describe the experience of being one with God. It is an experience of awakening or enlightenment. It is a mystical experience. Until we have a full blown experience or even glimpses of it, these are just words. When you hear or read about such experiences, most people have difficulty describing them. They find it difficult to put the experience into words, as it is an experience beyond words. Yet this Lesson attempts to give us a picture of what it might be like to have such an experience. It is an experience of revelation where there is a feeling of total protection and safety. Everything we touch is blessed and healed, even when we look on ". . . appearances of pain." (W.124.5.1) "We see it in the frantic, in the sad and the distressed, the lonely and afraid, who are restored . . . " (W.124.5.2) We see loveliness. Why? "All this we see because we saw it first within ourselves." (W.124.5.4) In other words, we look past appearances and see with Christ's vision.
 
Jon Mundy wrote in Miracles Magazine, May/June 2008 issue, an excerpt from his book, What is Mysticism? He asked the question, "What is enlightenment?" Then he went on to ask, "What would it be like to have no worries, no anxiety, no problems, no major concerns? What would it be like to hold no grievance, no hurt feelings, no unforgiveness or condemnation? What would it be like to be forever calm, patient, and serene? What would it be like to be free of judgment? What would it be like to experience the love of God, flowing from the heart, to everyone you meet every day? What if there were no fear of death, no sense of limitation? What if you knew you were not a body? What would it be like to know eternity? What would it be like to know God?"
 
There are many reflections of those who seem to live consistently in this state in the world today. I recently read Byron Katie's book, called A Thousand Names for Joy. I found this book deeply inspiring as she is someone who reflects for me this state of awakened mind. The important thing to remember is we can make the same choice, as the truth is already in our own minds. It would be a mistake to try to emulate these beings, thinking that spirituality looks and acts a certain way. We must be honest with ourselves, so we don't take ourselves beyond where we are with some kind of spiritual bypass, thinking that because we understand something it is enough. It is not about quoting spiritual truths, dressing a certain way, wearing amulets, or eating certain foods. There is no salvation in form, only of the mind.
 
In this Lesson, Jesus gives us a sense of the effects of joining with God, reminding us our home is safe, our protection is guaranteed, and His power and strength are available to us in all our undertakings. When we move in Him, we can fail at nothing. "Everything we touch takes on a shining light that blesses and that heals." (W.124.1.4) Our minds are holy and indeed very powerful. When we know this as a result of our experience of joining with the truth within, everything we see reflects holiness. We know then that we are never alone. "God is our companion as we walk the world a little while." (W.124.2.4)
 
It is an experience where doubt is gone, we don't question His protection and care, and we have perfect certainty in everything we do. Even if there seem to be appearances of pain, sadness, distress, loneliness or fear, when the mind is healed, vision sees past it all to the loving and the lovable. As our misperceptions, based on our senses, are healed, the miracle can work through us to "heal all forms of suffering in anyone, in times gone by and times as yet to come, as easily as in the ones who walk beside them now." (W.124.6.2) Such healing is not limited by time or space. We are reminded of the first principle of miracles---There is no order of difficulty among them.
 
Jesus tells us, "Miracles enable you to heal the sick and raise the dead because you made sickness and death yourself, and can therefore abolish both." (T.1.I.24)(ACIM OE T.1.I.27) The problem is always the thoughts of doubt in the mind based on lack and limitation. The solution is always to remember the truth of who we are. All pain, suffering, specialness, and anxiety are equally illusory.
 
Most of us feel we are a long way from the constancy of such an experience, yet Jesus reminds us, "The peace of God is shining in me now," (W.188) and "Enlightenment is but a recognition, not a change at all." (W.188.1.4) Therefore, we are already the Christ Self. We are the ocean thinking we are a wave, separate from other waves and separate from the ocean. The truth is already in the right mind, but unrecognized when it is blocked by our egoic thoughts. When we defend the illusory self, we are choosing to believe in our guilt and with it our independent selves---limited, lacking, and victims of the world. When guilt is our choice, we see a world of pain, suffering and death. We have made it all real because we think the guilt in our minds is real. With forgiveness, this state of separation is undone. When we come to accept the love we are, there can then be no guilt, no pain, no loneliness and no death.
 
How do we know when we have chosen the ego rather than the Holy Spirit? Jesus tells us when "pain seems real in the perception," (W.193.7.2) we can be sure our Lesson has not been learned, and "there remains an unforgiveness hiding in the mind that sees the pain through eyes the mind directs." (W.193.7.4) This means we have first made guilt real in our minds. Thus, whether we feel the suffering within ourselves or we see it in someone else, we are making it real and identifying with it. I had an opportunity to see this in the presence of a dear friend, Tomas Vieira, a gifted Course teacher, who had cancer that ultimately brought him to make his transition. He kept reminding anyone who experienced grief and suffering in his presence to heal their minds of their perception he could be sick. In other words, if we were not seeing the wholeness of the Christ in him, then we were the ones needing healing for our own minds. Attempting to join in suffering with anyone is what Jesus describes as false empathy. It is not about what we are seeing with our eyes, but the interpretation we give to what we see. When we are not seeing the Christ in our brother, we are forgetting who we are and who our brother is.
 
As Jesus reminds us, "No miracle can ever be denied to those who know that they are one with God." (W.124.6.1) How does the miracle show up? It comes naturally when any thought of sin, guilt and fear is healed. These are the thoughts in the mind that gave rise to the world of separation. The miracle shows up when we remember the truth and experience our reality as one with God. In that remembrance, thoughts of sin, guilt and fear must disappear, just as there can be no darkness when the light is turned on. Light and darkness cannot coexist. To recognize the truth, we must see the unreality of all we currently think is real. When we turn to the ego as our guide to seeing, it shows us the fear and guilt in our minds. It is a world of competition, reciprocity and giving to get. When we recognize we are wrong in the way we see, we become willing to accept what Jesus is telling us. We can then smile at the silliness of believing anything here could be real. The problem was that in the tiny mad idea of separation we remembered not to laugh. Now, in any situation where we feel distress, we can learn to look with gentle eyes and smile at the unreality of what we are seeing. "It [the miracle] merely looks on devastation, and reminds the mind that what it sees is false." (W.PII.Q13.1.3)
 
To know Oneness, it is important to undo everything that interferes with it. It is to undo our investment in our special, separate selves and in the guilt in the mind. Everything we see with the body's eyes and all our investment in the separation is a reflection of how much we don't believe God walks with us, protecting and supporting us. We doubt His love. We experience anxieties and worries, but these thoughts have no power except the power we give them. With the choice for the ego, suffering, pain and death do seem like our immutable reality. It is not because they are real, but we made the thought of guilt real in our minds. If all our pain and suffering come from the guilt in our own minds, the answer must be available to us within ourselves. It is good news to know we need not correct the problem. The only thing we need to do is to accept the correction (Atonement) for our wrong-minded thoughts. When we let the interfering thoughts go, only then is it possible to see the loving and the lovable. It is all about connecting to the love in ourselves first. In the mind of Christ, there is no anxiety, pain and suffering. When we change our minds and change our teacher, we are refusing to listen to the ego by choosing with the Holy Spirit instead, and then we can see with vision.
 
We may get discouraged on this path when we don't see progress. In some instances, when we get on this journey things may even seem to get worse. Jesus assures us lovingly that we should not let this bother us. The thoughts we are now noticing in our minds were always there. When we start noticing them, we may be initially horrified at their presence. The good news is they are coming to our attention for healing. These thoughts have always been in the subconscious mind, affecting our state of mind without our awareness. He assures us we will see progress ". . . perhaps today, perhaps tomorrow . . ." (W.124.10.1) "When you are ready you will find it there, within your mind and waiting to be found." (W.124.10.2) Doing this Lesson every hour will "Add further jewels to the golden frame that holds the mirror offered you today." (W.124.12.1) It truly is an unfolding process.
 
When we put the ego in charge of our awakening, we will only become more frustrated. As Mariana Caplan reminds us in Halfway Up the Mountain - The Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment, "One is more likely to awaken through surrender than through seeking to waken. The effort to awaken is the effort of ego, whereas to surrender is to give up all efforts and to place oneself in the hands of a vast force that is more powerful than any realization of non-duality. When one finally gives up one's futile attempts to make reality conform to one's own wishes, and allows it to unfold on its own terms, all the energy that was tied up in foolish attempts to manipulate the universe is freed up."
 
Let's not beat up on ourselves today for lack of progress. This is just the ego talking and we need not listen. The ego is not our friend and it is not who we are. Beating up on ourselves is the ego's game. We will remember this beautiful light in our minds when we are ready, and then it will radiate healing through us. The full benefits will be revealed to us when the time is ripe. The day will come when this will totally be the truth for us. We will never be thrust into enlightenment, which would be a terrifying experience for us. We are being gently guided by the Holy Spirit in our day to day activities. He takes us only as far and as fast as our willingness and determination to be released from fear will allow.
 
The words and thoughts he gives us here are very encouraging, reminding us we may have this experience "perhaps today, perhaps tomorrow," (W.124.10.1) but whenever it is, he says it will come when we are ready. "When you are ready you will find it there, within your mind and waiting to be found." (W.124.10.2) When that day comes, ". . . you will look into this glass, and understand the sinless light you see belongs to you; the loveliness you look on is your own." (W.124.11.1) The reflection we look on will be the Christ Self we are.
 
Whenever we choose to deny the power of the ego, we are making progress in healing the belief in separation. We will then bring this healing to the world, not by anything we need to do, but simply by reflecting God's Love in the world. We become an example for others, that they too can make the same choice we have made and "take your place, so long left unfulfilled, in the Great Awakening." (T. 15.XI.10.10)(ACIM OE T.15.XI.112)
   
Love and blessings, Sarah
 
III. The Mechanism of Miracles      
 
11 Fear is a symptom of your deep sense of loss. If when you perceive it in others you learn to supply the loss, the basic cause of fear is removed. Thereby you teach yourself that fear does not exist in you, for you have in yourself the means for removing it and have demonstrated this by giving it. Fear and love are the only emotions of which you are capable. One is false, for it was made out of denial, and denial depends on the real belief in what is denied for its own existence.
 
12 By interpreting fear correctly as a positive affirmation of the underlying belief it masks, you are undermining its perceived usefulness by rendering it useless. Defenses which do not work at all are automatically discarded. If you raise what fear conceals to clear-cut, unequivocal predominance, fear becomes meaningless. You have denied its power to conceal love, which was its only purpose. The mask which you have drawn across the face of love has disappeared.
 
13 If you would look upon love, which is the world's reality, how could you do better than to recognize in every defense against it the underlying appeal for it? And how could you better learn of its reality than by answering the appeal for it by giving it? The Holy Spirit's interpretation of fear does dispel it, for the awareness of truth cannot be denied. Thus does the Holy Spirit replace fear with love and translate error into truth. And thus will you learn of Him how to replace your dream of separation with the fact of unity. For the separation is only the denial of union and, correctly interpreted, attests to your eternal knowledge that union is true.
 
14 Miracles are merely the translation of denial into truth. If to love oneself is to heal oneself, those who are sick do not love themselves. Therefore, they are asking for the love that would heal them but which they are denying to themselves. If they knew the truth about themselves, they could not be sick. The task of the miracle-worker thus becomes to deny the denial of truth. The sick must heal themselves, for the truth is in them. Yet, having obscured it, the light in another mind must shine into theirs because that light is theirs.
 
15 The light in them shines as brightly, regardless of the density of the fog that obscures it. If you give no power to the fog to obscure the light, it has none, for it has power only because the Son of God gave power to it. He must himself withdraw that power, remembering that all power is of God. You can remember this for all the Sonship. Do not allow your brother not to remember, for his forgetfulness is yours. But your remembering is his, for God cannot be remembered alone. This is what you have forgotten. To perceive the healing of your brother as the healing of yourself is thus the way to remember God. For you forgot your brothers with Him, and God's answer to your forgetting is but the way to remember.
 
16 Perceive in sickness but another call for love and offer your brother what he believes he cannot offer himself. Whatever the sickness, there is but one remedy. You will be made whole as you make whole, for to perceive in sickness the appeal for health is to recognize in hatred the call for love. And to give a brother what he really wants is to offer it unto yourself, for your Father wills you to know your brother as yourself. Answer his call for love and yours is answered. Healing is the love of Christ for His Father and for Himself.
 
17 Remember what we said about the frightening perceptions of little children which terrify them because they do not understand them. If they ask for enlightenment and accept it, their fears vanish, but if they hide their nightmares, they will keep them. It is easy to help an uncertain child, for he recognizes that he does not know what his perceptions mean. Yet you believe that you do know. Little children, you are hiding your heads under the covers of the heavy blankets you have laid upon yourselves. You are hiding your nightmares in the darkness of your own certainty and refusing to open your eyes and look at them.
 
18 Let us not save nightmares, for they are not fitting offerings for Christ, and so they are not fit gifts for you. Take off the covers and look at what you are afraid of. Only the anticipation will frighten you, for the reality of nothingness cannot be frightening. Let us not delay this, for your dream of hatred will not leave you without help, and help is here. Learn to be quiet in the midst of turmoil, for quietness is the end of strife and this is the journey to peace. Look straight at every image that rises to delay you, for the goal is inevitable because it is eternal. The goal of love is but your right, and it belongs to you despite your preference.
 
19 You still want what God wills, and no nightmare can defeat a Child of God in his purpose. For your purpose was given you by God, and you must accomplish it because it is His Will. Awake and remember your purpose, for it is your will to do so. What has been accomplished for you must be yours. Do not let your hatred stand in the way of love, for nothing can withstand the love of Christ for His Father or His Father's love for Him.
 
20 A little while and you will see me, for I am not hidden because you are hiding. I will awaken you as surely as I awakened myself, for I awoke for you. In my resurrection is your release. Our mission is to escape crucifixion, not redemption. Trust in my help, for I did not walk alone, and I will walk with you as our Father walked with me. Did you not know that I walked with Him in peace? And does not that mean that peace goes with us on the journey?
 
21 There is no fear in perfect love. We will but be making perfect to you what is already perfect in you. You do not fear the unknown, but the known. You will not fail in your mission because I failed not in mine. Give me but a little trust in the name of the complete trust I have in you, and we will easily accomplish the goal of perfection together. For perfection is and cannot be denied. To deny the denial of perfection is not so difficult as the denial of truth, and what we can accomplish together must be believed when you see it as accomplished.
 
22 You who have tried to banish love have not succeeded, but you who choose to banish fear will succeed. The Lord is with you, but you know it not. Yet your Redeemer liveth and abideth in you in the peace out of which He was created. Would you not exchange this awareness for the awareness of your fear? When we have overcome fear-not by hiding it, not by minimizing it, not by denying its full import in any way-this is what you will really see. You cannot lay aside the obstacle to real vision without looking upon it, for to lay aside means to judge against. If you will look, the Holy Spirit will judge and will judge truly. He cannot shine away what you keep hidden, for you have not offered it to Him, and He cannot take it from you.
 
23 We are therefore embarking on an organized, well-structured, and carefully planned program aimed at learning how to offer to the Holy Spirit everything you do not want. He knows what to do with it. You do not know how to use what He knows. Whatever is revealed to Him that is not of God is gone. Yet you must reveal it to yourself in perfect willingness, for otherwise His knowledge remains useless to you. Surely He will not fail to help you, since help is His only purpose. Do you not have greater reason for fearing the world as you perceive it than for looking at the cause of fear and letting it go forever?

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