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A COURSE IN MIRACLES
  CH 16 "THE FORGIVENESS OF ILLUSIONS" 
V. ILLUSION AND REALITY OF LOVE
      
35 Your task is not to seek for love but merely to seek and find all of the barriers within yourself which you have built against it. It is not necessary to seek for what is true, but it is necessary to seek for what is false. Every illusion is one of fear, whatever form it takes. And the attempt to escape from one illusion into another must fail. If you seek love outside yourself, you can be certain that you perceive hatred within and are afraid of it. Yet peace will never come from the illusion of love, but only from its reality. 
 
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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.
 
   [167] There is one life, and that I share with God.    
  
God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
 
   [168] Your grace is given me. I claim it now.
      
God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
 

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LESSON 179
Review V  ~ Lesson 167 and Lesson 168

  
Sarah's Commentary:

[167] There is one life, and that I share with God.
[168] 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 of 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 the 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 that 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 requires us to take time with the reading. The ego mind is often confounded by the wording of the Course, but I believe that the thoughts offered by Jesus, to a great extent, bypass our thinking mind and reach a place of inner knowing in us.
 
I love the way a friend of mine put it when he wrote, " Do not allow the lack of intellectual understanding stop you from completing the Course. All the understanding you need will be given you precisely when it will serve you best. What the ego understands is largely illusion. It is to the realm of the soul that a Course in Miracles calls us. The Text will heal you before you understand it. ACIM communicates more at the level of the heart than the mind. The intellectual concepts are the candy to keep your mind occupied while the course transforms you. "
 
When Jesus reminds us, "There is one life, and that I share with God," (W.179 [167]) he is saying that 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 that nothing here is serious. Yes, it is serious for the characters in the dream, but the reality is that nothing here is true.
 
Anytime 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 where it has always been. In other words, there is only one life. The lifetimes that 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 that 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 that we are still in God's Mind because ideas leave not their source. Given this, our nature is like that of God. His Creations cannot have attributes that are 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 that 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, back to our own minds. As we bring our projections back, we can see that 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 that 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.

Love and blessings, Sarah
huemmert@shaw.ca

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Chapter Sixteen

The Forgiveness of Illusions 

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V. Illusion and Reality of Love      
 
30 Be not afraid to look upon the special hate relationship, for freedom lies in looking at it. It would be impossible not to know the meaning of love except for this. For the special love relationship, in which the meaning of love is lost, is undertaken solely to offset the hate but not to let it go. Your salvation will rise clearly before your open eyes as you look on this. You cannot limit hate. The special love relationship will not offset it but will merely drive it underground and out of sight. It is essential to bring it into sight and to make no attempt to hide it. For it is the attempt to balance hate with love that makes love meaningless to you. The extent of the split that lies in this you do not realize. And until you do, the split will remain unrecognized and therefore unhealed.
 
31 The symbols of hate against the symbols of love play out a conflict which does not exist. For symbols stand for something else, and the symbol of love is without meaning if love is everything. You will go through this last undoing quite unharmed and will at last emerge as yourself. This is the last step in the readiness for God. Be not unwilling now. You are too near, and you will cross the bridge in perfect safety, translated quietly from war to peace. For the illusion of love will never satisfy, but its reality, which awaits you on the other side, will give you everything.
 
32 The special love relationship is an attempt to limit the destructive effects of hate by finding a haven in the storm of guilt. It makes no attempt to rise above the storm into the sunlight. On the contrary, it emphasizes guilt outside the haven by attempting to build barricades against it and keep within them. The special love relationship is not perceived as a value in itself, but as a place of safety from which hatred is split off and kept apart. The special love partner is acceptable only as long as he serves this purpose. Hatred can enter and indeed is welcome in some aspects of the relationship, but it is still held together by the illusion of love. If the illusion goes, the relationship is broken or becomes unsatisfying on the grounds of disillusionment.
 
33 Love is not an illusion. It is a fact. Where disillusionment is possible, there was not love but hate. For hate is an illusion, and what can change was never love. It is certain that those who select certain ones as partners in any aspect of living and use them for any purpose which they would not share with others, are trying to live with guilt rather than die of it. This is the choice they see. And love to them is only an escape from death. They seek it desperately but not in the peace in which it would gladly come quietly to them. And when they find the fear of death is still upon them, the love relationship loses the illusion that it is what it is not. For then the barricades against it are broken, fear rushes in, and hatred triumphs.
 
34 There are no triumphs of love. Only hate is concerned with the "triumph of love" at all. The illusion of love can triumph over the illusion of hate, but always at the price of making both illusions. As long as the illusion of hatred lasts, so long will love be an illusion to you. And then the only choice which remains possible is which illusion you prefer. There is no conflict in the choice between truth and illusion. Seen in these terms, no one would hesitate. But conflict enters the instant the choice seems to be one between illusions, for this choice does not matter. Where one choice is as dangerous as the other, the decision must be one of despair.
 
35 Your task is not to seek for love but merely to seek and find all of the barriers within yourself which you have built against it. It is not necessary to seek for what is true, but it is necessary to seek for what is false. Every illusion is one of fear, whatever form it takes. And the attempt to escape from one illusion into another must fail. If you seek love outside yourself, you can be certain that you perceive hatred within and are afraid of it. Yet peace will never come from the illusion of love, but only from its reality.
 
36 Recognize this, for it is true, and truth must be recognized if it is to be distinguished from illusion: The special love relationship is an attempt [to bring love into separation. And, as such, it is nothing more than an attempt] to bring love into fear and make it real in fear. In fundamental violation of love's condition, the special love relationship would accomplish the impossible. How but in illusion could this be done? It is essential that we look very closely at exactly what it is you think you can do to solve the dilemma, which seems very real to you, but which does not exist. You have come very close to truth, and only this stands between you and the bridge that leads you into it.
 
37 Heaven waits silently, and your creations are holding out their hands to help you cross and welcome them. For it is they you seek. You seek but for your own completion, and it is they who render you complete. The special love relationship is but a shabby substitute for what makes you whole in truth, not in illusion. Your relationship with them is without guilt, and this enables you to look on all your brothers with gratitude because your creations were created in union with them. Acceptance of your creations is the acceptance of the oneness of creation, without which you could never be complete. No specialness can offer you what God has given and what you are joined with Him in giving.
 
38 Across the bridge is your completion, for you will be wholly in God, willing for nothing special but only to be wholly like unto Him, completing Him by your completion. Fear not to cross to the abode of peace and perfect holiness. Only there is the completion of God and of His Son established forever. Seek not for this in the bleak world of illusion, where nothing is certain, and where everything fails to satisfy. In the Name of God, be wholly willing to abandon all illusions. In any relationship in which you are wholly willing to accept completion, and only this, there is God completed and His Son with Him.
 
39 The bridge that leads to union in yourself must lead to knowledge, for it was built with God beside you and will lead you straight to Him, where your completion rests wholly compatible with His. Every illusion which you accept into your mind by judging it to be attainable removes your own sense of completion and thus denies the wholeness of your Father. Every fantasy, be it of love or hate, deprives you of knowledge, for fantasies are the veil behind which truth is hidden. To lift the veil which seems so dark and heavy, it is only needful to value truth beyond all fantasy and to be entirely unwilling to settle for illusion in place of truth.
 
40 Would you not go through fear to love? For such the journey seems to be. Love calls, but hate would have you stay. Hear not the call of hate, and see no fantasies[, for your completion lies in truth and nowhere else]. See in the call of hate and in every fantasy that rises to delay you but the call for help which rises ceaselessly from you to your Creator. Would He not answer you whose completion is His? He loves you wholly without illusion, as you must love. For love is wholly without illusion and therefore wholly without fear. Whom God remembers must be whole. And God has never forgotten what makes Him whole. In your completion lies the memory of His wholeness and His gratitude to you for His completion. In His link with you lie both His inability to forget and your ability to remember. In Him are joined your willingness to love and all the love of God, Who forgot you not.
 
41 Your Father can no more forget the truth in you than you can fail to remember it. The Holy Spirit is the bridge to Him, made from your willingness to unite with Him and created by His joy in union with you. The journey that seemed to be endless is almost complete, for what is endless is very near. You have almost recognized it. Turn with me firmly away from all illusions now, and let nothing stand in the way of truth. We will take the last foolish journey away from truth together, and then together we go straight to God in joyous answer to His call for His completion.
 
42 If special relationships of any kind would hinder God's completion, can they have value to you? What would interfere with God must interfere with you. Only in time does interference in God's completion seem to be possible. The bridge that He would carry you across lifts you from time into eternity. Waken from time and answer fearlessly the call of Him Who gave eternity to you in your creation. On this side of the bridge to timelessness you understand nothing. But as you step lightly across it, upheld by timelessness, you are directed straight to the Heart of God. At its center, and only there, you are safe forever because you are complete forever. There is no veil the love of God in us together cannot lift. The way to truth is open. Follow it with me.
   
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