Lesson 144 ~ Review IV
Now You Can Heal
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27 Now it is given you to heal and teach, to make what will be now. As yet it is not now. The Son of God believes that he is lost in guilt, alone in a dark world where pain is pressing everywhere upon him from without. When he has looked within and seen the radiance there, he will remember how much his Father loves him. And it will seem incredible that he has ever thought his Father loved him not and looked upon him as condemned. The moment that you realize guilt is insane, wholly unjustified, and wholly without reason, you will not fear to look upon the Atonement and accept it wholly..    
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ACIM Review IV 
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   Now we review again, this time aware
   we are preparing for the second part
   of learning how the truth can be applied.
   Today we will begin to concentrate
   on readiness for what will follow next.
   Such is our aim for this review and for
   the lessons following. Thus we review
   the recent lessons and their central thoughts
   in such a way as will facilitate
   the readiness which we would now achieve.|
   There is a central theme which unifies
   each step in the review we undertake.
   It can be simply stated in these words:
   " My mind holds only what I think with God."
   This is a fact. And represents the truth
   of What you are and What your Father is.
   It is this Thought by Which the Father gave
   creation to the Son, establishing
   the Son as co-creator with Himself.
   It is this Thought Which fully guarantees
   salvation to the Son. For in his mind
   no thoughts can dwell but those his Father shares.
   Lack of forgiveness blocks this Thought from his
   awareness. Yet It is forever true.|
   Let us begin our preparation with
   some understanding of the many forms
   in which the lack of true forgiveness may
   be carefully concealed. Because they are
   illusions, they are not perceived to be
   but what they are; defenses which protect
   your unforgiving thoughts from being seen
   and recognized. Their purpose is to show
   you something else, and hold correction off
   through self-deception made to take its place.|
   And yet your mind holds only what you think
   with God. Your self-deceptions cannot take
   the place of truth. No more than can a child
   who throws a stick into the ocean change
   the coming in and going out of tides,
   the warming of the water by the sun,
   the silver of the moon on it by night.
   So do we start each practice period
   in this review with readying our mind
   to understand the lessons that we read
   and see the meaning which they offer us.|
   Begin each day with time devoted to
   the preparation of your mind to learn
   what each idea you will review that day
   can offer you in freedom and in peace.
   Open your mind and clear it of all thoughts
   that would deceive, and let this Thought alone
   engage it fully and remove the rest:
   " My mind holds only what I think with God."
   Five minutes with this Thought will be enough
   to set the day along the lines which God
   appointed, and to place His Mind in charge
   of all the thoughts you will receive that day.|
   They will not come from you alone, for they
   will all be shared with Him. And so each one
   will bring the message of His Love to you,
   returning messages of yours to Him.
   So will communion with the Lord of Hosts
   be yours, as He Himself has willed it be.
   And as His Own completion joins with Him,
   so will He join with you who are complete
   as you unite with Him and He with you.|
   After your preparation, merely read
   each of the two ideas assigned to you
   to be reviewed that day. Then close your eyes
   and say them slowly to yourself. There is
   no hurry now, for you are using time
   for its intended purpose. Let each word
   shine with the meaning God has given it
   as it was given to you through His Voice.
   Let each idea that you review today
   give you the gift which He has laid in it
   for you to have of Him. And we will use
   no format for our practicing but this:|
   Each hour of the day, bring to your mind
   the Thought with which the day began, and spend
   a quiet moment with It. Then repeat
   the two ideas you practice for the day
   unhurriedly, with time enough to see
   the gifts which they contain for you, and let
   them be received where they were meant to be.|
   We add no other thoughts, but let them be
   the messages they are. We need no more
   than that to give us happiness and rest
   and endless quiet, perfect certainty,
   and all our Father wills that we receive
   as the inheritance we have of Him.
   Each day of practicing, as we review,
   we close as we began, repeating first
   the Thought that made the day a special time
   of blessing and of happiness for us;
   and through our faithfulness restored the world
   from darkness to the light, from grief to joy,
   from pain to peace, from sin to holiness.|
   God offers thanks to you who practice thus
   the keeping of His Word. And as you give
   your mind to the ideas for the day
   again before you sleep, His gratitude
   surrounds you with the peace wherein He willed
   you be forever, and are learning now
   to claim again as your inheritance.
   ~ Original Handscript of ACIM

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L e s s o n  144 ~ REVIEW IV
  [Review Lesson 127 and Lesson 128]


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My mind holds only what I think with God.
   [127] "There is no love but God's."
   [128] "The world I see has nothing that I want."  

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Review IV ~ Lesson 127 and Lesson 128
Sarah's Commentary:

As a reminder, these Lessons are preparing us for a transition into Part II of the Workbook. In the second part of the Workbook, the Lessons are much shorter, and the practice instructions are fewer. Now, we are in a preparation stage for this transition.
In Lesson 153 to come, we are encouraged to set our intent. "Your practicing will now begin to take the earnestness of love, to help you keep your mind from wandering from its intent. Be not afraid or timid." (W.153.20.1) It is a time to express gratitude in every moment. Overall, our process is enhanced when we are observant, dedicated, and committed to the practice in spite of the fact that we are no longer getting a lot of structure and direction, which was available throughout the first part of the Workbook. Our dedication and our devotion to this process will take us far.
We have only three lines of practice. We are supplying our own commentary as we listen to the Holy Spirit and let Him open up the meaning for us. We are to "Let each word shine with the meaning God has given it, as it was given to you through His Voice." (W.RIV.IN.7.4) (ACIM OE RIV.10) The words are given us to light up our minds. The words can symbolize for us the end of the ego thought system when we connect with their deeper meaning. This can only happen when we bring our thoughts of guilt and judgment to the light. It is all about the investment we are prepared to give to this practice. What does it mean to you as you take in the words of today's Lesson? "There is no love but God's," (W.127) and "The world I see holds nothing that I want." (W.128)
What would I be thinking, being, and doing if I were to really get the intent of these words? How do I apply them in my day? It is important for me to be very honest and notice my thoughts about what Jesus is telling me. I recognize that I do think there are other kinds of love, and there are things in this world that I still want. I am still invested in my individuality, self-concepts, values, and opinions that I hold; and so, it helps me to notice where I resist the message. It is helpful for me to notice my attachments, without inducing more guilt or self-judgment. I need to be very honest with myself while staying open to the truth in my mind. I continue to look at my investments with regard to my special relationships and attachments to the things of this world while being open and willing to be shown another way. I am called to be very honest with myself and to recognize where I am perceiving incorrectly. As I do so, I become more willing to be wrong and to change my mind about the way I see things.
Let us use the thoughts offered today to make it a time of special communion with God. We are told that we should not hurry with the Lesson. Be aware of the voice of the ego in you. It may be making demands of you or hurrying you along to get these Lessons. It may chastise you for not making sufficient effort. This is another way the ego keeps us in guilt. Pay attention to these ego thoughts so you can bring your awareness to its tricks. The irrefutable fact is---our minds do hold only what we think with God. It is not something we have to convince ourselves about. It is the truth. (W.RIV.IN.2.3) (ACIM OE RIV.3) The raucous shrieks of the ego's voice drown out the truth, yet our salvation is fully guaranteed. I can say this because we have already been saved. We are simply refusing to acknowledge the truth in our minds. And that is OK because we are not ready, and we will not be hurled into Heaven. The thoughts that distract our minds from the truth are not real. They absolutely have no substance yet these thoughts block our awareness that we are One with God and keep us from peace. These thoughts keep us in the dream, but the power is in our minds to choose to engage in the process of awakening.
We will never find in the world the love we are looking for. The love we are looking for is right in our own minds. We are looking for something we already have. We are the love of God, and we have the love of God. "To have, give all to all." (T.6.V.A.5.13) (ACIM OE T.6.V.a.17) Why don't we feel it all the time? We don't feel it because we have covered up the truth about ourselves with thoughts of specialness, based on our concepts of ourselves as separate beings. We are deceived about who we are. We accepted this deception into our minds when we turned to the ego and left our right minds. With this choice came sin, guilt, and fear, but healing comes when we give up our deceptions. The answer is in seeing the innocence in our brother so we can know it in ourselves. "Do not, then, be deceived in your brother, and see only his loving thoughts as his reality, for by denying that his mind is split you will heal yours. Accept him as his Father accepts him and heal him unto Christ, for Christ is his healing and yours." (T.11.VIII.9.2-3) (ACIM OE T.10.VIII.84)
It does not seem like the thoughts I think are unloving. Yet when I look at my investment in my opinions, my judgments, my pride in my independence, and the importance of being in control, I see all these as a massive defense against my burning love for God. "For still deeper than the ego's foundation, and much stronger than it will ever be, is your intense and burning love of God, and His for you." (T.13.III.2.8) (ACIM OE T.12.III.12) Our defense against this deep and abiding love keeps us in bondage to the ego rather than surrendering into the Arms of God. We still fear His love, as we still value our individuality. Thus, we stay invested in judgment.
Our self-serving thoughts cover our overpowering love for God. The natural state of love, in which we exist in truth, has been covered over with a veil of forgetfulness. We believe that the mind has turned itself into something sinful. We think we need to atone for this sinful self and that this will take time to undo our massive sin. We think we must make ourselves worthy of the love that we believe we discarded; and so, we put our awakening into the future. Yet it is only in the present that we can know the truth and choose peace. There is nothing to atone for. The loving mind is in agony over what it thinks is has done and is full of guilt. (See Text Chapter 13, III The Fear of Redemption) (ACIM OE T.12.III) It weeps, but we keep it distracted with the things of this world until the pain is no longer tolerable and the Call goes out from our soul for a better way. As a result, our desire and willingness to detach our investment in the world increase until eventually we really understand that there is nothing in this world we want.
The key to happiness is not another car, more money, recognition, or finding a romantic partner with all the promise that goes with them for a happier life. These things can keep us in a state of searching for a seemingly long time. Even when we think we have found the seemingly perfect, special person who will meet all our needs, we wonder if it really is the right one. There is no certainty in the illusion. The initial attraction fades over time. Love is not something we can ever find outside of ourselves. The Lesson today reminds us that there is no love but God's. We are assured it is there for us. It cannot be found outside of ourselves, yet if we still choose to continue this search, it does not make us guilty. When the blocks to the awareness of love's presence are removed by the grace of the Holy Spirit, we become the givers of love; and by giving, we receive and learn that the love we are looking for is in us and always has been. When we look for love in the world, or when we try to take it and possess it, we just experience more pain. When we pour out our love, bless the world, and give it out, it brings us joy. We are the source of it. The love is there, covered over with the obstacles that we put in its way. We say we want peace, and yet we are constantly throwing it away and blaming others for taking it from us.
Lesson 127 was described as the biggest step in the workbook. This too is another giant stride Lesson and exceedingly important because it proclaims the truth of who we are and who God is. It is about accepting Atonement for ourselves so we can know who we really are. Let us not close ourselves to this love by our own perspective. Once we get that we are love, God is love, and there is no separation, there is nothing else. We think of love in the world as having different qualities. We love some people more than others, and we have more loving thoughts one day than another. These are all misinterpretations of what love is. In fact, nothing in the world can teach us what love is. There is no change and no limits to love. It is what we are.
How do you feel when you read the words of today's Lesson, "The world I see holds nothing that I want?" (W.128) Do you feel joy or despair? Think about it. If you have everything already, then you are not looking to the world for anything. You already have it. We can't see two worlds. When forgiveness is total, we will see the real world. "For forgiveness literally transforms vision, and lets you see the real world reaching quietly and gently across chaos, removing all illusions that had twisted your perception and fixed it on the past. The smallest leaf becomes a thing of wonder, and a blade of grass a sign of God's perfection." (T.17.II.6.2-3) (ACIM OE T.17.III.12)
The only way to forgive what is within is to forgive what appears to be without, which are our ". . . secret sins and hidden hates," (T.31.VIII.9.2) (ACIM OE T.31.VIII.94) reflected back to us from the world. "How much do you want salvation? It will give you the real world, trembling with readiness to be given you. The eagerness of the Holy Spirit to give you this is so intense He would not wait, although He waits in patience. Meet His patience with your impatience at delay in meeting Him. Go out in gladness to meet with your Redeemer, and walk with Him in trust out of this world, and into the real world of beauty and forgiveness." (T.17.II.8.1-5) (ACIM OE T.17.III.13)
If we are unforgiving with ourselves, judging our mistakes, and beating up on ourselves, we project our self-attacking thoughts onto others. This is the origin of the harsh world we see. All our pain and all our loneliness comes from our choice for the ego and for our specialness. We have shut ourselves off from the heart of love. We have shut ourselves off from our Self---from the Source of Love. Instead of being willing to see that we have made this choice, we feel abandoned by God, but we are the ones who abandoned Him and ourselves. We are the Prodigal Son, who believes he stole his Father's treasure and now is full of guilt and afraid to go home. All the time, our Father waits with open arms, watching for the return of His Son, who is the Father's treasure.
"The name of Jesus is the name of one who was a man but saw the face of Christ in all his brothers and remembered God." (Clarification of Terms.5.2.1) We are, ultimately, taking the very same journey. Every brother offers us another opportunity to see the truth of who we are. We are all the same. There are no differences. What needs to be forgiven is our own belief in sin that we project onto our brothers. We must do our part and then let the Holy Spirit do the rest. Our part is only to bring awareness to our thoughts and bring them to the light of His healing. It is not up to us to fix ourselves, nor undo the ego. "It is this that makes the holy instant so easy and so natural. You make it difficult, because you insist there must be more that you need do. You find it difficult to accept the idea that you need give so little, to receive so much. And it is very hard for you to realize it is not personally insulting that your contribution and the Holy Spirit's are so extremely disproportionate." (T.18.IV.7.1-4) (ACIM OE T.18.V.39)

Love and blessings, Sarah
A Course in Miracles
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Chapter Thirteen

From Perception to Knowledge   

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IV. Release and Restoration                 
20 You are accustomed to the notion that the mind can see the source of pain where it is not. The doubtful service of displacement is to hide the real source of your guilt and keep from your awareness the full perception that it is insane. Displacement always is maintained by the illusion that the source, from which attention is diverted, must be true and must be fearful, or you would not have displaced the guilt onto what you believed to be less fearful. You are therefore willing with little opposition to look upon all sorts of "sources" underneath awareness, provided that they are not the deeper source to which they bear no real relationship at all.
21 Insane ideas have no real relationships, for that is why they are insane. No real relationship can rest on guilt or even hold one spot of it to mar its purity. For all relationships which guilt has touched are used but to avoid the person and the guilt. What strange relationships you have made for this strange purpose! And you forgot that real relationships are holy and cannot be used by you at all. They are used only by the Holy Spirit, and it is that which makes them pure. For by preempting for your own ends what you should have given to Him, He cannot use them unto your release. No one who would unite in any way with anyone for his own salvation will find it in that strange relationship. It is not shared, and so it is not real.
22 In any union with a brother in which you seek to lay your guilt upon him or share it with him or perceive his own, you will feel guilty. Nor will you find satisfaction and peace with him, because your union with him is not real. You will see guilt in that relationship because you put it there. It is inevitable that those who suffer guilt will attempt to displace it, because they do believe in it. Yet, though they suffer, they will not look within and let it go. They cannot know they love and cannot understand what loving is. Their main concern is to perceive the source of guilt outside themselves, beyond their own control.
23 When you maintain that you are guilty but the source lies in the past, you are not looking inward. The past is not in you. Your weird associations to it have no meaning in the present. Yet you let them stand between you and your brothers, with whom you find no real relationships at all. Can you expect to use your brothers as a means to "solve" the past and still to see them as they really are? Salvation is not found by those who use their brothers to resolve problems which are not there. You wanted not salvation in the past. Would you impose your idle wishes on the present and hope to find salvation now?
24 Determine, then, to be not as you were. Use no relationship to hold you to the past, but with each one each day be born again. A minute, even less, will be enough to free you from the past and give your mind in peace over to the Atonement. When everyone is welcome to you as you would have yourself be welcome to your Father, you will see no guilt in you. For you will have accepted the Atonement, which shone within you all the while you dreamed of guilt and would not look within and see it.
25 As long as you believe that guilt is justified in any way in anyone whatever he may do, you will not look within, where you would always find Atonement. The end of guilt will never come as long as you believe there is a reason for it. For you must learn that guilt is always totally insane and has no reason. The Holy Spirit seeks not to dispel reality. If guilt were real, Atonement would not be. The purpose of Atonement is to dispel illusions, not to establish them as real and then forgive them.
26 The Holy Spirit does not keep illusions in your mind to frighten you and show them to you fearfully to demonstrate what He has saved you from. What He has saved you from is gone. Give no reality to guilt, and see no reason for it. The Holy Spirit does what God would have Him do and has always done so. He has seen separation, but knows of union. He teaches healing, but He also knows of creation. He would have you see and teach as He does, and through Him. Yet what He knows, you do not know, though it is yours.
27 Now it is given you to heal and teach, to make what will be now. As yet it is not now. The Son of God believes that he is lost in guilt, alone in a dark world where pain is pressing everywhere upon him from without. When he has looked within and seen the radiance there, he will remember how much his Father loves him. And it will seem incredible that he has ever thought his Father loved him not and looked upon him as condemned. The moment that you realize guilt is insane, wholly unjustified, and wholly without reason, you will not fear to look upon the Atonement and accept it wholly.
28 You who have been unmerciful unto yourselves do not remember your Father's Love. And looking without mercy upon your brothers, you do not remember how much you love Him. Yet it is forever true. In shining peace within you is the perfect purity in which you were created. Fear not to look upon the lovely truth in you. Look through the cloud of guilt that dims your vision, and look past darkness to the holy place where you will see the light. The altar to your Father is as pure as He Who raised it to Himself. Nothing can keep from you what Christ would have you see. His will is like His Father's, and He offers mercy to every Child of God, as He would have you do.
29 Release from guilt as you would be released. There is no other way to look within and see the light of love shining as steadily and as surely as God Himself has always loved His Son. And as His son loves Him. There is no fear in love, for love is guiltless. You who have always loved your Father can have no fear for any reason to look within and see your holiness. You cannot be as you believed you were. Your guilt is without reason, because it is not in the Mind of God where you are. And this is reason, which the Holy Spirit would restore to you. He would remove only illusions. All else He would have you see. And in Christ's vision, He would show you the perfect purity that is forever within God's Son.
30 You cannot enter into real relationships with any of God's Sons unless you love them all and equally. Love is not special. If you single out part of the Sonship for your love, you are imposing guilt on all your relationships and making them unreal. You can love only as God loves. Seek not to love unlike Him, for there is no love apart from His. Until you recognize that this is true, you will have no idea what love is like. No one who condemns a brother can see himself as guiltless in the peace of God. If he is guiltless and in peace and sees it not, he is delusional and has not looked upon himself. To him I say,
31 Behold the Son of God and look upon his purity and 
   be still. In quiet look upon his holiness and offer thanks
   unto his Father that no guilt has ever touched him
32 No illusion that you have ever held against him has touched his innocence in any way. His shining purity, wholly untouched by guilt and wholly loving, is bright within you. Let us look upon him together and love him. For in our love of him is your guiltlessness. But look upon yourself, and gladness and appreciation for what you see will banish guilt forever. I thank You, Father, for the purity of Your most holy Son, whom You have created guiltless forever.
33 Like you my faith and my belief are centered on what I treasure. The difference is that I love only what God loves with me, and because of this, I treasure you beyond the value that you set on yourselves, even unto the worth that God has placed upon you. I love all that He created, and all my faith and my belief I offer unto it. My faith in you is strong as all the love I give my Father. My trust in you is without limit and without the fear that you will hear me not. I thank the Father for your loveliness and for the many gifts that you will let me offer to the Kingdom in honor of its wholeness, which is of God.
34 Praise be unto you who make the Father one with His own Son. Alone we are all lowly, but together we shine with brightness so intense that none of us alone can even think on it. Before the glorious radiance of the Kingdom, guilt melts away and, transformed into kindness, will never more be what it was. Every reaction that you experience will be so purified that it is fitting as a hymn of praise unto your Father. See only praise of Him in what He has created, for He will never cease His praise of you. United in this praise, we stand before the gates of Heaven where we will surely enter in our blamelessness. God loves you. Could I, then, lack faith in you and love Him perfectly?
35 Forgetfulness and sleep and even death become the ego's best advice for how to deal with the perceived and harsh intrusion of guilt on peace. Yet no one sees himself in conflict and ravaged by a cruel war unless he believes that both opponents in the war are real. Believing this, he must escape, for such a war would surely end his peace of mind and so destroy him. Yet if he could but realize the war is between forces that are real and unreal powers, he could look upon himself and see his freedom. No one finds himself ravaged and torn in endless battles which he himself perceives as wholly without meaning.
36 God would not have His Son embattled, and so His Son's imagined "enemy," which he made, is totally unreal. You are but trying to escape a bitter war from which you have escaped. The war is gone. For you have heard the hymn of freedom rising unto Heaven. Gladness and joy belong to God for your release, because you made it not. Yet as you made not freedom, so you made not a war that could endanger freedom. Nothing destructive ever was or will be. The war, the guilt, the past are gone as one into the unreality from which they came.
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