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A COURSE IN MIRACLES
CH 16 THE FORGIVENESS OF ILLUSIONS
III. THE MAGNITUDE OF HOLINESS
19 Reality is safe and sure and wholly kind to everyone and everything. There is no greater love than to accept this and be glad. For love asks only that you be happy and will give you everything that makes for happiness. You have never given any problem to the Holy Spirit He has not solved for you, nor will you ever do so. You have never tried to solve anything yourself and been successful. Is it not time you brought these facts together and made sense of them?
A COURSE IN MIRACLES
WORKBOOK Part I ~ REVIEW V
Voice and Music by CIMS SonShip Radio
Now we review again. This time we are
Steady our feet, our Father; let our doubts
be quiet and our holy minds be still,
God is but love, and therefore so am I."
God is but love, and therefore so am I."
~ Original Handscript of ACIM
L e s s o n 179 ~ Review V
[Lesson 167 and Lesson 168]
God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
 There is one life, and that I share with God.
God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
 Your grace is given me. I claim it now.
God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
~ The Original Handscript Notes
ACIM Edmonton - Sarah's Reflections
LESSON 179 ~
There is one life, and that I share with God
Your grace is given me. I claim it now
Following this Review, we move to the next Section, which covers Lessons 181-200 as a prelude to Part II of the Workbook. We have been invited to give more effort and time to the Review. If we are not sufficiently motivated to do this, it is not a reason for guilt. This will come with time and renewed intention and commitment. But if we are ready to dedicate ourselves more fully to the Lessons, we can now firm up our purpose to stay focused on our goal for peace. Given daily attention, the words we are provided in these Lessons are helpful and supportive when used in the midst of any kind of loss of peace. We are encouraged not to use the Lessons in a rote or ritualistic way, but we are to think about the meaning behind the words. We are encouraged to turn our minds toward these thoughts at times when we are tempted to get upset about anything.
Taking passages that resonate deeply, contemplating the meaning of the words, and applying them in situations where we are tempted to listen to the voice of the ego, will change the way we live in the world. This process can effectively break the power of our ego thoughts, which produce fear and anxiety. They are obsessive thoughts, going around and around in our minds in well-worn paths, creating fear and anxiety. What these Lessons offer is a way to break out of these patterns in our thinking. "That you do listen to the voice of your ego is demonstrated by your attitudes, your feelings and your behavior." (T.4.IV.1.2)(ACIM OE T.4.V.56) When we change our thoughts, we change our lives because everything follows from thought. "I [Jesus] have said that you cannot change your mind by changing your behavior, but I have also said, and many times, that you can change your mind." (T.4.IV.2.1)(ACIM T.4.V.57)
It is a process of taking the words from the head to the heart. What this means to me is that I must put the words into practice, so I can experience the deep resonance in my heart of the meaning behind the words. I find it interesting when people feel they have to move away from the Course, believing it is "too intellectual." Without question, the Course takes a level of intellectual understanding, but for me, it has been a form of cognitive therapy, which is
based on the theory that much of how we feel is determined by what we think. Thus, our feelings follow our thoughts. Yes, it takes contemplation and reflection to understand what is being said, and it require us to take time with the reading. The ego mind is often confounded by the wording of the Course, but I believe the thoughts offered by Jesus, to a great extent, bypass our thinking mind and reach a place of inner knowing in us.
When Jesus reminds us, "There is one life and that I share with God," (W.167) he is saying there is no death because life has no opposite. What we call life and death in the world is all illusory. The life we seem to be living in this world might be seen as a stage play, a dream where events come and go, characters show up in this drama we chose, and we can learn to observe it more and engage in it less and less. When we look at it all without judgment, from above the battleground, and observe its unreality, we engage the observer. When we look from the perspective of the dreamer, rather than from that of the character in the dream, we can see nothing here is serious. Yes, it is serious for the characters in the dream, but the reality is that nothing here is true.
Any time we are anything less than joyful, we acknowledge death in some form. Our one life, which we share with God, is perfectly at peace and in a state of joy and always has been. In other words, there is only one life. The lifetimes we seem to have lived, are all dream states. As Jesus says in the Manual for Teachers "In the ultimate sense, reincarnation is impossible. There is no past or future, and the idea of birth into a body has no meaning either once or many times. Reincarnation cannot then be true in any real sense." (M.24.1.1-3)
We are created perfect. "As we were, so are we now and will forever be." (W.167.12.2) When we glimpse our own perfection in the experience of it, we will know the truth of our Being. The gift God has given us is ours now. It does not wait on time, but only on our readiness and willingness. His gift is in our hearts, simply waiting to be acknowledged. This Lesson reminds us we are still in God's Mind because ideas do not leave their source. Given this, our nature is like that of God. His creations cannot have attributes not of the Creator. While our experience is that our emotions alternate throughout the day, depending on seemingly external circumstances, our reality is unchangeable. Our emotional state is attributed to events, people, and situations outside ourselves, that we blame for how we are feeling. The truth is we have set up specifics in our lives to address our need to have something or someone to blame instead of taking responsibility for how we feel.
We can choose to change our minds about the way we see the circumstances of our lives and instead, "His holy home we strive to keep today as He established it, and wills it be forever and forever." (W.167.11.1) In other words, we can bring our mistaken perceptions, that someone out there is upsetting us, and bring them back to our own minds. As we bring our projections back, we can see any conflict, seemingly external to the mind, is our own inner conflict projected onto the world. Instead of trying to solve it out there, where it cannot be solved, we are invited to bring our conflicted thoughts to the inner altar, where they are healed. This is the Atonement. It is the undoing of fear. Yet nothing can be undone for which we will not take responsibility. This is not to say there is no conflict going on in the world, but when we choose peace, we see the external situations as neutral. In other words, we give them no meaning, and thus they do not trigger a reaction in us.
"Your grace is given me. I claim it now. Father, I come to You. And You will come to me who ask. I am the Son You love."
(W.168.6.5-9) These are the words we can pray, as we spend our time today with God in silence. "God speaks to us. Shall we not speak to Him?" (W.168.1.1-2) Today, we return to the quiet place in our minds, where we are in the Presence of God. That place is always available to us. God is not distant. His presence is the stillness within the mind, where all is well.
III. The Magnitude of Holiness
10 You still think holiness is difficult because you cannot see how it can be extended to include everyone. And you have learned that it
must include everyone to
be holy. Concern yourselves not with the extension of holiness, for the nature of miracles you do not understand. Nor do
you do them. It is their extension, far beyond the limits you perceive, that demonstrates you did
not do them. Why should you worry how the miracle extends to all the Sonship when you do not understand the miracle itself? One attribute is no more difficult to understand than is the whole. If miracles
are at all, their attributes would
have to be miraculous, being part of them.
11 There is a tendency to fragment and then to be concerned about the truth of just a little part of the whole. And this is but a way of avoiding or
looking away from the whole to what you think you might be better able to understand. For this is but another way in which you would still try to keep understanding to
yourself. A better and
far more helpful way to think of miracles is this: You do not understand them, either in part
or whole. Yet you have
done them. Therefore, your understanding cannot be necessary. Yet it is still impossible to accomplish what you do not understand. And so there must be something in you that
12 To you the miracle
cannot seem natural because what you have done to hurt your minds has made them so
unnatural that they do not remember what is natural to them. And when you are
told about it, you cannot understand it. The recognition of the part as whole and of the whole in every part is
perfectly natural. For it is the way God thinks, and what is natural to Him
is natural to you. Wholly natural perception would show you instantly that order of difficulty in miracles is quite impossible, for it involves a contradiction of what miracles mean. And if you could understand their meaning, their attributes could hardly cause you perplexity.
have done miracles, but it is quite apparent that you have not done them alone. You have succeeded whenever you have reached another mind and
joined with it. When two minds join as one and share one idea equally, the first link in the awareness of the Sonship as one has been made. When you have made this joining as the Holy Spirit bids you and have offered it to Him to use as He knows how, His natural perception of your gift enables
Him to understand it and
you to use His understanding on your behalf. It is impossible to convince you of the reality of what has clearly
been accomplished through your willingness, as long as you believe that
you must understand it or else it is not real.
14 You think your lack of understanding is a
loss to you, and so you are unwilling to believe that what has happened is true. But can you
really believe that all that has happened, even though you do
not understand it, has
not happened? Yet this
is your position. You would have perfect faith in the Holy Spirit and in the effects of His teaching if you were not afraid to
acknowledge what He taught you. For this acknowledgment means that what has happened you do not understand but that you are willing to accept it
because it has happened.
15 How can faith in reality be yours while you are bent on making it unreal? And are you
really safer in maintaining the unreality of what has happened than you would be in joyously accepting it for what it is and giving thanks for it? Honor the truth that has been given you, and be glad you do not understand it. Miracles are natural to God and to the One Who speaks for Him. For His task is to translate the miracle into the knowledge which it represents and which is lost to you. Let His understanding of the miracle be enough for you, and do not turn away from all the witnesses that He has given you to His reality.
16 No evidence will convince you of the truth of what you do not want. Yet your relationship with Him
is real and
has been demonstrated. Regard this not with fear but with rejoicing. The One you called upon
is with you. Bid Him welcome and honor His witnesses, who bring you the glad tidings He has come. It is true, just as you fear, that to acknowledge Him
is to deny all that you think you know. But it was
never true. What gain is there to you in clinging to it and denying the evidence for truth? For you have come too near to truth to renounce it now, and you
will yield to its compelling attraction. You can delay this now but only a little while. The host of God has called to you, and you
have heard. Never again will you be wholly willing not to listen.
17 This is a year of joy in which your listening will increase, and peace will grow with its increase. The power of holiness and the
weakness of attack have
both been brought into awareness. And this has been accomplished in minds firmly convinced that holiness is weakness and attack is power. Should not this be a sufficient miracle to teach you that your Teacher is
not of you? But remember also that whenever you have listened to His interpretation, the results have brought you joy. Would you prefer the results of
your interpretation, considering honestly what they have been? God wills you better. Could you not look with greater charity on whom God loves with perfect love?
18 Do not interpret
against God's Love, for you have many witnesses which speak of it so clearly that only the blind and deaf could fail to see and hear them. This year, determine not to deny what has been given you by God[. Awake and share it], for that is the only reason He has called to you. His Voice has spoken clearly, and yet you have so little faith in what you heard because you have preferred to place still greater faith in the disaster
you have made. Today let us resolve
together to accept the joyful tidings that disaster is not real and that reality is not disaster.
19 Reality is safe and sure and wholly kind to everyone and everything. There is no greater love than to accept this and be glad. For love asks only that you be
happy and will give you everything that makes for happiness. You have never given any problem to the Holy Spirit He has not solved for you, nor will you ever do so. You have never tried to solve anything yourself and been successful. Is it not time you brought these facts
together and made
sense of them?
20 This is the year for the
application of the ideas which have been given you. For the ideas are mighty forces to be used and not held idly by. They have already proved their power sufficiently for you to place your faith in them and not in their denial. This year invest in truth, and let it work in peace. Have faith in what has faith in
you. Think what you have
really seen and heard and
recognize it. Can you be alone with witnesses like these?
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