Lesson 175
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A COURSE IN MIRACLES
  CH 16 "THE FORGIVENESS OF ILLUSIONS" 
I. INTRODUCTION
      
3 Your part is only to remember this---you do not want anything you value to come of the relationship. You will neither to hurt it nor to heal it in your own way. You do not know what healing is. All you have learned of empathy is from the past. And there is nothing from the past that you would share, for there is nothing there that you would keep. Do not use empathy to make the past real and so perpetuate it. Step gently aside and let the healing be done for you. Keep but one thought in mind and do not lose sight of it, however tempted you may be to judge any situation and to determine your response by judging it. Focus your mind only on this:
 
4 I am not alone, and I would not intrude

  the past upon my Guest.

  I have invited Him, and He is here.

  I need do nothing except not to interfere

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   Now we review again. This time we are
   ready to give more effort and more time
   to what we undertake. We recognize
   we are preparing for another phase
   of understanding. We would take this step
   completely that we may go on again
   more certain, more sincere, with faith upheld
   more surely. Our footsteps have not been
   unwavering, and doubts have made us walk
   uncertainly and slowly on the road
   this course sets forth. But now we hasten on,
   for we approach a greater certainty,
   a firmer purpose and a surer goal.
 
   " Steady our feet, our Father; let our doubts   
   be quiet and our holy minds be still,
   and speak to us. We have no words to give
   to You. We would but listen to Your Word
   and make it ours. Lead our practicing
   as does a father lead a little child
   along a way he does not understand.
   Yet does he follow, sure that he is safe
   because his father leads the way for him.
 
   "So do we bring our practicing to You.
   And if we stumble, You will raise us up.
   If we forget the way, we count upon
   Your sure remembering. We wander off,
   but You will not forget to call us back.
   Quicken our footsteps now, that we may walk
   more certainly and quickly unto You.
   And we accept the Word You offer us
   to unify our practicing as we
   review the thoughts that You have given us ."
 
   This is the thought which should precede the thoughts
   that we review. Each one but clarifies
   some aspect of this thought, or helps it be
   more meaningful, more personal and true,
   and more descriptive of the holy Self
   we share and now prepare to know again:
 
   " God is but love, and therefore so am I."
 
   This Self alone knows love. This Self alone
   is perfectly consistent in Its thoughts;
   knows Its Creator, understands Itself,
   is perfect in Its knowledge and Its love,
   and never changes from Its constant state
   of union with Its Father and Itself.
 
   And it is This that waits to meet us at
   the journey's ending. Every step we take
   brings us a little nearer. This review
   will shorten time immeasurably, if
   we keep in mind that This remains our goal,
   and as we practice it is This to which
   we are approaching. Let us raise our hearts
   from dust to life as we remember This
   is promised us, and that this course was sent
   to open up the path of light to us,
   and teach us, step by step, how to return
   to the Eternal Self we think we lost.
 
   I take the journey with you. For I share
   your doubts and fears a little while, that you
   may come to me who recognize the road
   by which all doubts and fears are overcome.
   We walk together. I must understand
   uncertainty and pain, although I know
   they have no meaning. Yet a Saviour must
   remain with those he teaches, seeing what
   they see, but still retaining in his mind
   the way which led him out, and now will lead
   you out with him. God's Son is crucified
   until you walk along the road with me.
 
   My resurrection comes again each time
   I lead a brother safely to the place
   at which the journey ends and is forgot.
   I am renewed each time a brother learns
   there is a way from misery and pain.
   I am reborn each time a brother's mind
   turns to the light in him and looks for me.
   I have forgotten no-one. Help me now
   to lead you back to where your journey was
   begun, and make another choice with me.
 
   Release me as you practice once again
   the thoughts I brought to you from Him Who sees
   your bitter need, and knows the answer God
   has given Him. Together we review
   these thoughts. Together we devote our time
   and effort to them. And together we
   will teach them to our brothers. God would not
   have Heaven incomplete. It waits for you,
   as I do. I am incomplete without
   your part in me. And as I am made whole,
   we go together to our ancient home,
   prepared for us before time was and kept
   unchanged by time, immaculate and safe,
   as it will be at last, when time is done.
 
   Let this review be then your gift to me.
   For this alone I need; that you will hear
   the words I speak, and give them to the world.
   You are my voice, my eyes, my feet, my hands,
   through which I save the world. The Self from Which
   I call to you is but your Own. To Him
   we go together. Take your brother's hand,
   for this is not a way we walk alone.
   In him I walk with you and you with me.
   Our Father wills His Son be One with Him.
   What lives but must not then be one with you?
 
   Let this review become a time in which
   we share a new experience for you,
   yet one as old as time and older still.
   Hallowed your name. Your glory undefiled
   forever. And your wholeness now complete,
   as God established it. You are His Son,
   completing His extension in your own.
   We practice but an ancient truth we knew
   before illusion seemed to claim the world.
   And we remind the world that it is free
   of all illusion every time we say,
 
   " God is but love, and therefore so am I."

   With this we start each day of our review.
   With this we start and end each period
   of practice time. And with this thought we sleep,
   to waken once again with these same words
   upon our tongue to greet another day.
   No thought that we review but we surround
   with it, and use the thoughts to hold it up
   before our minds and keep it clear in our
   remembrance throughout the day. And thus
   when we have finished this review, we will
   have recognized the words we speak are true.
 
   Yet are the words but aids, and to be used,
   except at the beginning and the end
   of practice periods, but to recall
   the mind, as needed, to its purpose. We
   place faith in the experience that comes
   from practice, not the means we use. We wait
   for the experience, and recognize
   that it is only here conviction lies.
   We use the words, and try and try again
   to go beyond them to their meaning, which
   is far beyond their sound. The sound grows dim
   and disappears, as we approach the Source
   of meaning. It is here that we find rest.
 
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God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
 
   [159] I give the miracles I have received.   
  
God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
 
   [160] I am at home. Fear is the stranger here.
      
God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
 

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LESSON 175
Review V  ~ Lesson 159 and Lesson 160

  
Sarah's Commentary:

[159] I give the miracles I have received.
[160] I am at home. Fear is the stranger here.
 
I looked again at the plea Jesus makes to us in this Lesson Review in which he says, "Help me now to lead you back to where the journey was begun, to make another choice with me." (W.RV.7.5) He wants to comfort us and to support us every step of the way. All he asks is for our willingness on behalf of our own well-being. It is not that he wants something from us, but something for us. He has already made the journey we are now making and understands our tribulations, even though he knows that they have no meaning. "Yet a savior must remain with those he teaches, seeing what they see, but still retaining in his mind the way that led him out, and now will lead you out with him." (W.RV.6.5)
 
What a comfort it is to take that in and just give up the fight. What is that fight? It is to hold onto what we think and believe and to cling to our false identity as a separate self. It is our desire to be right about our judgments. It is to invest in our specialness. Our self-serving ways always end in pain and disillusionment. Jesus knows that, to us, the trials are real and painful. We can all attest to the pain that comes with difficulties in our lives. He assures us that the world of pain and loss is really all just an illusion---a bad dream. From above this battleground, looking with him, we can smile at it all, but in order to do that, we have to see the unreality of this world. How we do this is to be willing to see our brother as innocent.
 
We fear leaving the ego's world. The illusion of special love still holds attraction for us as does holding onto grievances. This is a defense against the love that we are. It is our resistance that makes the journey seem long. Every event or situation in our lives is another opportunity to see that the problems we experience are not in the world but in our minds. There is no point in trying to change anything in the world, yet when we change our minds, the way we see the world changes.
 
To us, our difficulties do not feel like anything to smile about, but when we look with Jesus, who helps us to look without judgment, we can see it all as a movie with characters playing their parts just as we are. As I write this and as I feel the power of the words, I take great comfort in knowing that we truly have such powerful support reinforcing every step we take. There is value in these trials, as they provide us with another opportunity to choose for our highest good. "Trials are but lessons that you failed to learn presented once again, so where you made a faulty choice before you now can make a better one, and thus escape all pain that what you chose before has brought to you." (T.31.VIII.3.1) (ACIM OE T.31.87)
 
This is a collaborative venture that we are on. We are not alone. I feel deeply assured by his presence, which we will only recognize when we release our resistance. Not everyone is comfortable with Jesus. He acknowledges this himself in the Course when he says he only offered brotherly love, yet history twisted him into a cruel idol. I know that, for me, it took a long time to even say his name, let alone to think of him as an elder brother and friend, supporting my journey back to my Self.
 
For many of us, there is a lot of healing we need to do in allowing his support to be felt. Unlike some teachers, he wants and needs no adulation nor gifts of any kind. He only asks that we give him our pain and lay our guilt and sorrow at his feet. He wants to help us, as we cannot undo what we have made without help from outside of our matrix.
 
In the Review, he says, "My resurrection comes again each time I lead a brother safely to the place at which the journey ends and is forgot.(W.RV.7.1) Just as his resurrection comes as a result of each brother safely being led home, we each experience a kind of resurrection every time any brother takes a step forward. We delight in the experience of sharing and celebrating when we see someone opening up, moving forward, and "seeing the light." It is a gift to us all. "I give the miracles I have received." (W.175 [159]) "God is but Love, and therefore so am I." (W.175)
 
When we remember, even for an instant, that we are at home with God, we bring back to the world our new and changed perception. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we release the fear that has made its home in us. We made fear welcome and thus believe this stranger (fear) is who we are. In our identification with this stranger, we have become strangers to ourselves. We will only know the love we are when we see in everyone the love they are. "But you will not remember Him until you look on all [your brothers] as He does." (W.160.10.4) We really cannot know ourselves as love except as we extend the love to everyone we meet.
 
Lesson 159 reminds us that to give to our brothers requires that we open the storehouse of our minds where the miracles are. There are lilies of forgiveness in that storehouse that we give to our brothers, and only in this way can we know that we are forgiven and recognize the truth of our One Self. This is the central thought that supports the two Lessons in this review. If God is Love, we must be as well, and when we connect to that love through our willingness to forgive, it extends through us to our brothers.
 
Thus, we know that we are love and not this homeless stranger who seems to have wandered into our pristine home and made itself at home in us. Moment by moment, we look at the fearful thoughts that belong to this stranger, and we bring them to awareness. That is all we need do. We need to look at our thoughts calmly and without judging them. It is our agreement not to look at these thoughts, but to keep them hidden from awareness, that protects them and makes them unavailable for healing.
 
When we are willing to look, we take the first step in forgiveness. This takes great honesty and courage. The ego will resist our efforts, warning us of the danger of looking within and telling us that all is dark there. It tells us to keep the sentinels in place and not to look within, but Jesus assures us that the light is there and has never left. The sentinels are barriers we erected to keep ourselves safe from the memory of God. "What is kept apart from Love cannot share Its healing power, because it has been separated off and kept in darkness. The sentinels of darkness watch over it carefully, and you who made these guardians of illusion out of nothing are now afraid of them." (T.14.VI.2.4-5) (ACIM OE T.14.III.17)
 
Whatever we are not willing to let go of will not be taken from us. If we truly want to be free of fear, we are the ones that need to bring our dark and fearful thoughts to the Holy Spirit. In other words, we must not hide these thoughts but expose them so they can be seen for what they are. They have no power. They are just thoughts that have no meaning. "We must open all doors and let the Light come streaming through." (T.14.VI.8.5)(ACIM OE T.14.III.23)It is the Holy Spirit that shines away the darkness when we give it over to Him. It is not for us to try to fix ourselves. That will never work, but we must be willing to go through this darkness to come to the light. He assures us that he goes with us, carrying the lamp for us so we don't need to go there alone. We have powerful help when we choose to avail ourselves of it.

Love and blessings, Sarah
huemmert@shaw.ca

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Chapter Sixteen

The Forgiveness of Illusions 

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I. Introduction   
 
1 To empathize does not mean to join in suffering, for that is what you must refuse to understand. That is the ego's interpretation of empathy and is always used to form a special relationship in which the suffering is shared. The capacity to empathize is very useful to the Holy Spirit, provided you let Him use it in His way. [His way is very different.] He does not understand suffering and would have you teach it is not understandable. When He relates through you, He does not relate through the ego to another ego. He does not join in pain, knowing that healing pain is not accomplished by delusional attempts to enter into it and lighten it by sharing the delusion.
 
2 The clearest proof that empathy as the ego uses it is destructive lies in the fact that it is applied only to certain types of problems and in certain people. These it selects out and joins with. And it never joins except to strengthen itself. [Having identified with what it thinks it understands, it sees itself and would increase itself by sharing what is like itself.] Make no mistake about this maneuver; the ego always empathizes to weaken, and to weaken is always to attack. You do not know what empathizing means. Yet of this you may be sure-if you will merely sit quietly by and let the Holy Spirit relate through you, you will empathize with strength and both of you will gain in strength, and not in weakness.
 
3 Your part is only to remember this---you do not want anything you value to come of the relationship. You will neither to hurt it nor to heal it in your own way. You do not know what healing is. All you have learned of empathy is from the past. And there is nothing from the past that you would share, for there is nothing there that you would keep. Do not use empathy to make the past real and so perpetuate it. Step gently aside and let the healing be done for you. Keep but one thought in mind and do not lose sight of it, however tempted you may be to judge any situation and to determine your response by judging it. Focus your mind only on this:
 
4 I am not alone, and I would not intrude
  the past upon my Guest.
  I have invited Him, and He is here.
  I need do nothing except not to interfere.
 

II. True Empathy   

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True empathy is of Him Who knows what it is. You will learn His interpretation of it if you let Him use your capacity for strength and not for weakness. He will not desert you, but be sure that you desert not him. Humility is strength in this sense only---to recognize and accept the fact that you do not know is to recognize and accept the fact that He does know. You are not sure that He will do His part because you have never yet done yours completely. You will not know how to respond to what you do not understand. Be tempted not in this, and yield not to the ego's triumphant use of empathy for its glory.
 
6 The triumph of weakness is not what you would offer to a brother. And yet you know no triumph but this. This is not knowledge, and the form of empathy that would bring this about is so distorted that it would imprison what it would release. The unredeemed cannot redeem, yet they have a Redeemer. Attempt to teach Him not. You are the learner; He the Teacher. Do not confuse your role with His, for this will never bring peace to anyone. Offer your empathy to Him, for it is His perception and His strength that you would share. And let Him offer you His strength and His perception to be shared through you.
 
7 The meaning of love is lost in any relationship which looks to weakness and hopes to find love there. The power of love, which is its meaning, lies in the strength of God, which hovers over it and blesses it silently by enveloping it in healing wings. Let this be, and do not try to substitute your "miracle" for this. We once said that if a brother asks a foolish thing of you, to do it. But be certain that this does not mean to do a foolish thing that would hurt either him or you, for what would hurt one will hurt the other. Foolish requests are foolish for the simple reason that they conflict because they contain an element of specialness. Only the Holy Spirit recognizes foolish needs as well as real ones. And He will teach you how to meet both without losing either.
 
8 You will attempt to do this only in secrecy. And you will think that, by meeting the needs of one, you do not jeopardize another because you keep them separate and secret from each other. That is not the way, for it leads not to light and truth. No needs will long be left unmet if you leave them all to Him Whose function is to meet them. That is His function and not yours. He will not meet them secretly, for He would share everything you give through Him. And that is why He gives it.
 
9 What you give through Him is for the whole Sonship, not for part of it. Leave Him His function, for He will fulfill it if you but ask Him to enter your relationships and bless them for you.
   
    ~ The Original Handscript Notes

 
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