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Savior from the Dark
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CH 25 "THE REMEDY"
III. THE SAVIOR FROM THE DARK  
  
19 Within the darkness, see the savior from the dark and understand your brother as his Father's Mind shows him to you. He will step forth from darkness as you look on him, and you will see the dark no more. The darkness touched him not, nor you who brought him forth for you to look upon. His sinlessness but pictures yours. His gentleness becomes your strength, and both will gladly look within and see the holiness that must be there because of what you looked upon in him. He is the frame in which your holiness is set, and what God gave him must be given you. However much he overlooks the masterpiece in him and sees only a frame of darkness, it is still your only function to behold in him what he sees not. And in this seeing is the vision shared that looks on Christ instead of seeing death.

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   The body is a fence the Son of God
   imagines he has built to separate
   parts of his Self from other parts. It is
   within this fence he thinks he lives, to die
   as it decays and crumbles. For within
   this fence he thinks that he is safe from love.
   Identifying with <its safety>, he
   regards himself as <what his safety is>.
   How else could he be certain he remains
   within the body, keeping love outside?
 
   The body will not stay. Yet this he sees
   as double safety. For the Son of God's
   impermanence is "proof" his fences work,
   and do the task his mind [assigned] to them.
   For if his oneness still remained untouched,
   who could attack and who could be attacked?
   Who could be victor? Who could be his prey?
   Who could be victim? Who the murderer?
   And if he did not die, what proof is there
   that God's eternal Son [has] been destroyed?
 
   The body is a dream. Like other dreams,
   it sometimes seems to picture happiness,
   but can quite suddenly revert to fear,
   where every dream is born. For only love
   creates in truth, and truth can never fear.
   Made to be fearful, must the body serve
   the purpose given it. But we can change
   the purpose [which] the body will obey
   by changing what we think that it is for.
 
   The body is the means by which God's Son
   returns to sanity. Though it was made
   to fence him into hell without escape,
   yet has the goal of Heaven been exchanged
   for the pursuit of hell. The Son of God
   extends his hand to reach his brother, and
   to help him walk along the road with him.
   Now is the body holy. Now it serves
   to heal the mind that it was made to kill.
 
   You will identify with what you think
   will make you safe. Whatever it may be,
   you will believe that it is one with you.
   Your safety lies in truth and not in lies.
   Love is your safety. Fear does not exist.
   Identify with love, and you are safe.
   Identify with love, and you are home.
   Identify with love, and find your Self.
  
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I am surrounded by the Love of God.
 
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     Father, You stand before me and behind,
    beside me, in the place I see myself,
    and everywhere I go. You are in all
    the things I look upon, the sounds I hear,
    and every hand that reaches for my own.
    In You time disappears, and place becomes
    a meaningless belief. For what surrounds
    Your Son and keeps him safe is Love Itself.
    There is no Source but This, and nothing is
    that does not share Its holiness; that stands
    beyond Your one creation, or without
    the Love which holds all things within Itself.
    Father, Your Son is like Yourself. We come
    to You in Your own Name today, to be
    at peace within Your everlasting Love.
 
   My brothers, join with me in this today.
   This is salvation's prayer. Must we not join
   in what will save the world along with us?
 
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LESSON 264
I am surrounded by the Love of God.

  
Sarah's Commentary:  
 
This Lesson is a beautiful prayer where Jesus asks us to join with him. "My brothers, join with me in this today. This is salvation's prayer." (W.264.2.1-2) So the question is: Will we join him today in this prayer, using it to start our morning and end our day? We remind ourselves all day that, "I am surrounded by the love of God." (W.264) It raises the questions in my mind: What is it I really and truly want? What is the prayer of my heart? Do I want to know the love I am and nothing else?
 
We are being asked today to forget all things except His Love. When everything disappears from my mind and I experience being surrounded by His Love, it is an experience of the holy instant. This is where we have an instant of recognition that our reality is not the body, with all its needs, fears, and issues. Nor are we confined to time and space. It is a deeply touching experience to feel being surrounded by such all-encompassing Love. The false image crumbles in His Presence and what is left is a field of awareness where boundaries and limitations are no more.
 
What keeps us from this experience? It is our investment in our thoughts. It is our investment in our stories. It is our focus on our worries, our plans, our problems, and anticipated solutions. The mind gets invested in all of the inner chatter where there is no peace. When we no longer give it our attention and lose interest in the stories, the worries, and the problems, the mind becomes still, not by force but by our lack of interest. It is like when we are watching television and a commercial comes on. It can be blaring, but if we have no interest in it, it does not draw our attention.
 
As long as we think we know something, we won't be open to being shown the truth. Our thoughts and perceptions stand in the way. What I think I know is what I have made up in my thinking mind. We are reluctant to release what we think we know because we think that we can find safety and security in our own thoughts. We think that they protect us. We rely on being in control. Letting go and trusting Him seems like a sacrifice of all we rely on. We are invited to consider where our safety truly lies. We don't know our own best interests. We can't know where our happiness truly lies. Our own thinking only brings us more suffering.
 
Today, we focus on connecting to the stillness behind our thoughts. Resistance comes up because we fear the light. We want to be right about who we think we are. We want to hold onto our image of ourselves, our self-concepts, our belief in the body, and our personality, but this is not who we are. Only by our willingness to release control and to surrender our way can the miracle show up. Yet this requires a vulnerability that we protect ourselves against by managing time and space for our purposes, as we see them. Thus, we fear the miracle. Yet only through the miracle can we experience a new perception where there is a recognition that we are not these characters in the dream that we thought we were. We are not our body, our personality, our self-concepts, our values, our beliefs, or any thoughts we hold.
 
The prayer affirms that there is not a God separate from my Self. "In You time disappears, and place becomes a meaningless belief." (W264.1.3) There is only love and nothing else. There is no me, no you, only "the Love which holds all things within itself."(W264.1.5)Thus, we can "be at peace within Your everlasting Love." (W264.1.7) Only truth is true. Everything else is a construct in my mind, and when I identify with all the constructs of time and space, where I think I am, who I think I am, and what seems to be going on in my life, I keep the truth at bay.
 
The prayer reminds us of the truth of our reality. The love of God that surrounds us is what we really are and not the construct we have made of ourselves. We are One Self, the Son of God, living in the experience of God.
 
To know the Self requires that we bring everything we are not to the light of truth where our self-concepts are dissolved in the light. What we project onto the world is a false self, but all our projections can be valuable when we learn to look at them with the Holy Spirit and realize they are all hallucinations of our mind. When we see the world as a classroom for healing, all things that need to be healed will be pulled to the surface. Why be unhappy about anything we experience here when it is all valuable for undoing the ego mind. Indeed, we can be grateful for everything that shows up, as it can all be used for a mighty purpose.
 
We have not yet come to see our wholeness as having more value than the "comfort" we imagine is being provided by the ego. We seek what makes us feel comfortable and safe. When our comfort is threatened in any way, we think we are having a bad day. If my car breaks down while I am on my way to an appointment, grievances come up. There is now a temptation to throw away my peace. Yet this event can teach me that peace is available to my mind as a constant. Whatever comes up for healing in our day is a perfect opportunity to learn who we are, but we are not guilty if we fail to learn the lesson. It will simply come up again and again until we are ready to get it.
 
Everything in our day has a holy purpose when used for healing. How easily grace heals all things when there is willingness, welcome, readiness, and a recognition that we truly are supported in all things! It may not be the ego's idea of what support looks like, but if the ego had its way, true transformation would be impossible. We would forever feel vulnerable to the vagaries of the world and the weaknesses of these bodies. "Love is your safety." (W.PII.Q5.5.4) Only in the recognition of who we are can we be safe, and to recognize this is to know again what we have always known.
 
"Is it not strange that you should cherish still some hope of satisfaction from the world you see? In no respect, at any time or place, has anything but fear and guilt been your reward. How long is needed for you to realize the chance of change in this respect is hardly worth delaying change that might result in better outcome? For one thing is sure; the way you see, and long have seen, gives no support to base your future hopes, and no suggestions of success at all. To place your hopes where no hope lies must make you hopeless. Yet is this hopelessness your choice, while you would seek for hope where none is ever found." (T.25.II.2.1-6) (ACIM OE T.25.III.13)
 
The only blocks there are to love are those we put there. It is the only reason love seems unavailable to us. When we seem to be having problems and are not doing well, we are actually rebelling against Love. The rebel is behind every single problem we have in this world. It is the deepest part of the ego mind that needs to be healed. Our authority problem with God is the basis of our seeming separation. We have made it real by our beliefs when, in fact, it is all illusion. We can now choose to give over our false beliefs and have them replaced for us. All that is required is that we ask the Holy Spirit in everything, "How would you have me see this situation, this person, this event?"
 
When we focus on our specialness, on our dark stories, and on the idols that we think we need, and when we indulge our emotional tantrums on how things should be for us to be happy, we are actually choosing to give up God's peace, joy, and love that surrounds us. When we choose ego gratification, this maintains the separation from each other and from God. Our willingness to look at these self-defeating patterns is what opens us to God's Love. It is the only real safety there is for us. All the ego thought system does is seemingly "protect" us from love, and it does so by telling us that we are safer in the body and in the world than we would be in God's presence.
 
Today, pray the prayer by joining with Jesus who is in our minds, standing with us as a symbol of God's love, as he reminds us that this is salvation's prayer. He wants us to experience the perfect safety of God's embrace, even if it is just for the moment. He is the All in all. He is where we stand. There is nothing else but God. Time and space are illusions. When we go into the silence with this prayer, acknowledging the Love that surrounds us always, we experience His everlasting love. This is the truth, and it is where our peace is. Whatever shows up today that is unlike this peace, we bring to awareness and place it on the inner altar.
 
Love and blessings, Sarah 
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III. The Savior from the Dark  
 
12 Is it not evident that what the body's eyes perceive fills you with fear? Perhaps you think you find a hope of satisfaction there. Perhaps you fancy to attain some peace and satisfaction in the world as you perceive it. Yet it must be evident the outcome does not change. Despite your hopes and fancies, always does despair result. And there is no exception, nor will there ever be. The only value that the past can hold is that you learn it gave you no rewards that you would want to keep. For only thus will you be willing to relinquish it and have it gone forever.
 
13 Is it not strange that you should cherish still some hope of satisfaction from the world you see? In no respect at any time or place has anything but fear and guilt been your reward. How long is needed for you to realize the chance of change in this respect is hardly worth delaying change that might result in better outcome? For one thing is sure-the way you see, and long have seen, gives no support to base your future hopes and no suggestions of success at all. To place your hopes where no hope lies must make you hopeless. Yet is this hopelessness your choice, while you would seek for hope where none is ever found.
 
14 Is it not also true that you have found some hope apart from this-some glimmering, inconstant, wavering, yet dimly seen, that hopefulness is warranted on grounds that are not in this world? And yet your hope that they may still be here prevents you still from giving up the hopeless and unrewarding task you set yourself. Can it make sense to hold the fixed belief that there is reason to uphold pursuit of what has always failed on grounds that it will suddenly succeed and bring what it has never brought before?
 
15 Its past has failed. Be glad that it is gone within your mind to darken what is there. Take not the form for content, for the form is but a means for content. And the frame is but a means to hold the picture up so that it can be seen. A frame that hides the picture has no purpose. It cannot be a frame if it is what you see. Without the picture is the frame without its meaning. Its purpose is to set the picture off and not itself.
 
16 Who hangs an empty frame upon a wall and stands before it, deep in reverence, as if a masterpiece were there to see? Yet if you see your brother as a body, it is but this you do. The masterpiece that God has set within this frame is all there is to see. The body holds it for a while without obscuring it in any way. Yet what God has created needs no frame, for what He has created He supports and frames within Himself. His masterpiece He offers you to see. And would you rather see the frame instead of this? And see the picture not at all?
 
17 The Holy Spirit is the frame God set around the part of Him that you would see as separate. Yet its frame is joined to its Creator, one with Him and with His masterpiece. This is its purpose, and you do not make the frame into the picture when you choose to see it in its place. The frame that God has given it but serves His purpose, not yours apart from His. It is your separate purpose that obscures the picture and cherishes the frame instead of it. Yet God has set His masterpiece within a frame that will endure forever when yours has crumbled into dust. But think you not the picture is destroyed in any way. What God creates is safe from all corruption, unchanged and perfect in eternity.
 
18 Accept God's frame instead of yours, and you will see the masterpiece. Look at its loveliness, and understand the Mind that thought it, not in flesh and bones, but in a frame as lovely as Itself. Its holiness lights up the sinlessness the frame of darkness hides and casts a veil of light across the picture's face, which but reflects the light that shines from it to its Creator. Think not this face was ever darkened because you saw it in a frame of death. God kept it safe that you might look on it and see the holiness that He has given it.
 
19 Within the darkness, see the savior from the dark and understand your brother as his Father's Mind shows him to you. He will step forth from darkness as you look on him, and you will see the dark no more. The darkness touched him not, nor you who brought him forth for you to look upon. His sinlessness but pictures yours. His gentleness becomes your strength, and both will gladly look within and see the holiness that must be there because of what you looked upon in him. He is the frame in which your holiness is set, and what God gave him must be given you. However much he overlooks the masterpiece in him and sees only a frame of darkness, it is still your only function to behold in him what he sees not. And in this seeing is the vision shared that looks on Christ instead of seeing death.
 
20 How could the Lord of Heaven not be glad if you appreciate His masterpiece? What could He do but offer thanks to you who love His Son as He does? Would He not make known to you His love if you but share His praise of what He loves? God cherishes creation as the perfect Father that He is. And so His joy is made complete when any part of Him joins in His praise, to share His joy. This brother is His perfect gift to you. And He is glad and thankful when you thank His perfect Son for being what he is. And all His thanks and gladness shine on you who would complete His joy along with Him. And thus is yours completed. Not one ray of darkness can be seen by those who will to make their Father's happiness complete and theirs along with His. The gratitude of God Himself is freely offered to everyone who shares His purpose. It is not His Will to be alone. And neither is it yours.
 
21 Forgive your brother, and you cannot separate yourself from him nor from his Father. You need no forgiveness, for the wholly pure have never sinned. Give then what He has given you that you may see His Son as one and thank his Father as He thanks you. Nor believe that all His praise is given not to you. For what you give is His, and giving it you learn to understand His gift to you. And give the Holy Spirit what He offers unto the Father and the Son alike. Nothing has power over you except His Will and yours, who but extend His Will. It was for this you were created and your brother with you and at one with you.
 
22 You are the same, as God Himself is one and not divided in His Will. And you must have one purpose, since He gave the same to both of you. His Will is brought together as you join in will that you be made complete by offering completion to your brother. See not in him the sinfulness he sees, but give him honor that you may esteem yourself and him. To each of you is given the power of salvation that escape from darkness into light be yours to share; that you may see as one what never has been separate nor apart from all God's love as given equally.
 
 
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