Lesson 270
Right to All the Universe
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77 You have the right to all the universe---to perfect peace, complete deliverance from all effects of sin, and to the life eternal, joyous and complete in every way, as God appointed for His holy Son. This is the only justice Heaven knows, and all the Holy Spirit brings to earth. Your special function shows you nothing else but perfect justice can prevail for you. And you are safe from vengeance in all forms. The world deceives, but it cannot replace God's justice with a version of its own. For only love is just and can perceive what justice must accord the Son of God. Let love decide and never fear that you in your unfairness will deprive yourself of what God's justice has allotted you.   

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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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L e s s o n 270
I will not use my body's eyes today.
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    Father, Christ's vision is Your gift to me,
    and it has power to translate all that
    the body's eyes behold into the sight
    of a forgiven world. How glorious
    and gracious is this world! Yet how much more
    will I perceive in it than sight can give.
    The world forgiven signifies Your Son
    acknowledges his Father, lets his dreams
    be brought to truth, and waits expectantly
    the one remaining instant more of time,
    which ends forever as Your memory
    returns to him. And now his will is one
    with Yours. His function now is [one with Yours],
    and every thought except Your own is gone.
   The quiet of today will bless our hearts,
   and through them peace will come to everyone.
   Christ is our eyes today. And through His sight
   we offer healing to the world through Him,
   the holy Son whom God created whole;
   the holy Son whom God created one.
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I will not use my body's eyes today.

Sarah's Commentary:  
What Jesus is talking about here is a different way of seeing. It is seeing through the eyes of Christ. It is an internal experience of the mind. Everything we see with our body's eyes brings back information about the world, where we see what is not there and is not real. It is a world of form and images which is given meaning by our minds.
What our eyes show us is the ego's interpretation of the world we see. Thus, we see differences. We see those we like and those we dislike. We see victims and victimizers. We see those we judge as good and those we judge as evil, and we see those who are sick and suffer. We misperceive everything when we look through the body's eyes. When we realize that we are only seeing error, we can ask for help to see through His eyes. We can ask for His interpretation, recognizing that our own will always be wrong.
When we see with Christ's vision, everything is translated into a forgiven world that is both glorious and gracious and not the way we see when we see with the body's eyes. With the body's eyes we see differences, we make comparisons, and we see that which we judge beautiful and that which we judge ugly. We decide what we like and what we don't like. We look for what will promote our specialness at the expense of others.
In the Section in Chapter 31, "Recognizing the Spirit," Jesus says, "You see the flesh or recognize the spirit. There is no compromise between the two." (T.31.VI.1-2) (ACIM OE T.31.VI.62) Our whole world depends on this choice. There is no escape from this illusion when we are invested in maintaining the ego thought system as true. It is not that we won't see the body anymore when the mind is healed, but our judgments are now replaced by Christ's vision. In other words, we see the forgiven world---a world of innocence and holiness not seen by the body's eyes. What the body's eyes see, and the wrong mind interprets, is a world of attack, defense, competition, and differences.
How can we see the forgiven world? How do we get this kind of seeing through Christ's vision given to us as a gift from our Father? We commit to watching our thoughts and bringing them to the Holy Spirit so that our wrong-minded perceptions can be undone. Everywhere we look with the body's eyes, we see our own thoughts reflected back at us. Jesus asks us to survey our inner world, letting whatever thoughts cross the mind to come into awareness, and watch these thoughts without attaching to them or judging ourselves for them. Throughout the day, whenever anything upsets us, we are asked to take responsibility for our upsets, to look at them honestly, and to be willing to have them released by turning them over to the Holy Spirit/Jesus (whichever symbol of love in the mind we turn to for help). When we willingly give these thoughts over to the Holy Spirit, our minds will be washed of the perceptions we hold, and now space is made for the truth where interferences have been removed.
" Are you invulnerable? Then the world is harmless in your sight. Do you forgive? Then is the world forgiving, for you have forgiven it its trespasses, and so it looks on you with eyes that see as yours. Are you a body? So is all the world perceived as treacherous, and out to kill. Are you a spirit, deathless, and without the promise of corruption and the stain of sin upon you? So the world is seen as stable, fully worthy of your trust; a happy place to rest in for a while, where nothing need be feared, but only loved. Who is unwelcome to the kind in heart? And what could hurt the truly innocent?" (T.31.VI.6.1-10) (ACIM OE T.31.VI.66, 67)
Mostly, we believe that there are no options to our state of mind. We accept the way we see things and the way we feel. This is a state of victimhood where we feel at the mercy of the world, with no choice on our part. We succumb to our wrong-minded thinking about the situation as if our reactions were all natural and normal. We may react with anger, frustration, disappointment, embarrassment, sadness, or any number of emotions that we consider to be normal responses to a disappointing world. We justify our reactions with explanations as to why they are perfectly reasonable! We are not willing to take responsibility, but we blame people and circumstances for our condition. Why would we want to do that? We want someone to be responsible for the condition of the world, who will take the blame for disrupting Heaven; so when God catches up with us, we can point the finger at the guilty ones.
Our state of consciousness is actually just an execution of an option. It is a choice. As David Hawkins says in The Eye of the I, we are not ruled by the mind. What the mind reveals is an endless stream of options all disguised as memories, fantasies, fears, and concepts. See it all as a cafeteria of selections, wending their way across the screen of the mind. Thus, we are not forced to feel resentment by a negative memory, and we don't have to buy into a fearful thought about the future. These are just options. The secret attraction of the option is the inner payoff or secret satisfaction. That payoff is a perceived innocence where others are to blame and not us. We just need to refuse these payoffs. Behind this screen of thoughts is the free space of joy, available to us above all the other tempting options.
It is important to recognize how much we love the payoffs. We hang onto the negativity because we want the payoff. We feel justified in our resentments, self-pity, anger, martyrdom, and jealousy. Yet there is another choice when we are willing to give up the payoff. We want to be right about ourselves and make others responsible for our condition. Above all, we make God wrong by proving that we are fallible human beings and not eternal souls who can't die. Yet it is when we recognize that the only payoff in suffering is that we become more willing to give up being right. Perception (as a result of our eyes and senses) tells us that the world is large, powerful, and permanent, while our self is small, weak, and transitory. In fact, the opposite is true. Who we are is all-powerful and the world is nothing.
In Chapter 25, Section II, "The Savior from the Dark," (T.25.II) (ACIM OE CH 25.III) Jesus asks us, "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." (T.25.II.1.1-8.) (ACIM OE T.25.III.12) Without the motivation to heal our thoughts and come to peace, we will continue to cling to the hope that there is something in the world that will bring us some measure of satisfaction.
Vision comes with a willingness to forgive, instead of hate or condemn, and the desire to understand, rather than to judge. Peace is preferred over stimulation and excitement. Humility is valued as we realize that we have been wrong about everything we perceive. It is the realization that nothing in the world brings a deep level of satisfaction-not our special relationships, money, power, nor fame. Neither can there be seeking nor striving by the personal self for enlightenment. There is nothing to strive for or to seek, as we already are what we are looking for.
"To forgive is to overlook." (T.9.IV.1.2) (ACIM OE T.9.III.9) Jesus tells us, "Look, then, beyond error and do not let your perception rest upon it, for you will believe what your perception holds." (T.9.IV.1.3) (ACIM OE T.9.III.9) And we certainly do. We say things like "seeing is believing," but the only way we can know ourselves as the Christ is to see our brothers as sinless and to do so is to overlook all error. Yet Jesus tells us that we don't know how to overlook mistakes or we would not make them. We can't correct ourselves. What we are asked to do instead is to bring awareness to our errors and turn them over to the Holy Spirit, Who will shine them away. The ego will never undo itself. We must become motivated to let our errors be brought to truth. This requires willingness and humility; for only when we are willing to surrender our way will we turn to Him.
Our willingness is demonstrated in our determination and discipline to apply the Lesson. Recognize that what you see with your eyes and the meaning you give to your seeing blocks Christ's vision. Be willing to be shown another way. We can't do it on our own, for "on our own" means we are aligning with the ego and putting the ego in charge. It will be done through us as we surrender our way. I affirm today, Christ's vision is how I choose to see this person, this event, or this situation. I am willing to release what my eyes show me as true. I am willing to hand over my own interpretation of what I see and ask for help to have this situation reinterpreted by One Who does know. I am willing to ask for help that I might see with the eyes of Christ.
Love and blessings, Sarah

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IX. The Principle of Salvation    
63 The Holy Spirit can use all that you give to Him for your salvation. But He cannot use what you withhold, for He cannot take it from you without your willingness. For if He did, you would believe He wrested it from you against your will. And so you would not learn it is your will to be without it. You need not give it to Him wholly willingly, for if you could, you'd have no need of Him. But this He needs---that you prefer He take it than that you keep it for yourself alone and recognize that what brings loss to no one you would not know. This much is necessary to add to the idea no one can lose for you to gain. And nothing more.
64 Here is the only principle salvation needs. Nor is it necessary that your faith in it be strong, unswerving, and without attack from all beliefs opposed to it. You have no fixed allegiance. But remember salvation is not needed by the saved. You are not called upon to do what one divided still against himself would find impossible. Have little faith that wisdom could be found in such a state of mind. But be you thankful that only little faith is asked of you. What but a little faith remains to those who still believe in sin? What could they know of Heaven and the justice of the saved?
65 There is a kind of justice in salvation of which the world knows nothing. To the world, justice and vengeance are the same, for sinners see justice only as their punishment, perhaps sustained by someone else but not escaped. The laws of sin demand a victim. Who it may be makes little difference. But death must be the cost and must be paid. This is not justice but insanity. Yet how could justice be defined without insanity where love means hate and death is seen as victory and triumph over eternity and timelessness and life?
66 You who know not of justice still can ask and learn the answer. Justice looks on all in the same way. It is not just that one should lack for what another has. For that is vengeance in whatever form it takes. Justice demands no sacrifice, for any sacrifice is made that sin may be preserved and kept. It is a payment offered for the cost of sin, but not the total cost. The rest is taken from another, to be laid beside your little payment to "atone" for all that you would keep and not give up. So is the victim seen as partly you, with someone else by far the greater part. And in the total cost, the greater his, the less is yours. And justice, being blind, is satisfied by being paid, it matters not by whom. Can this be justice? God knows not of this. But justice does He know and knows it well. For He is wholly fair to everyone.
67 Vengeance is alien to God's Mind because He knows of justice. To be just is to be fair and not be vengeful. Fairness and vengeance are impossible, for each one contradicts the other and denies that it is real. It is impossible for you to share the Holy Spirit's justice with a mind that can conceive of specialness at all. Yet how could He be just if He condemns a sinner for the crimes he did not do but thinks he did? And where would justice be if He demanded of the ones obsessed with the idea of punishment that they lay it aside unaided and perceive it is not true? It is extremely hard for those who still believe sin meaningful to understand the Holy Spirit's justice.
68 They must believe He shares their own confusion and cannot avoid the vengeance that their own belief in justice must entail. And so they fear the Holy Spirit and perceive the "wrath" of God in Him. Nor can they trust Him not to strike them dead with lightning bolts torn from the "fires" of Heaven by God's own angry hand. They do believe that Heaven is hell and are afraid of love. And deep suspicion and the chill of fear comes over them when they are told that they have never sinned. Their world depends on sin's stability. And they perceive the "threat" of what God knows as justice to be more destructive to themselves and to their world than vengeance, which they understand and love.
69 So do they think the loss of sin a curse. And flee the Holy Spirit as if He were a messenger from hell sent from above in treachery and guile to work God's vengeance on them in the guise of a deliverer and friend. What could He be to them except a devil dressed to deceive within an angel's cloak. And what escape has He for them except a door to hell that seems to look like Heaven's gate?
  70 Yet justice cannot punish those who ask for punishment but have a Judge Who knows that they are wholly innocent in truth. In justice, He is bound to set them free and give them all the honor they deserve and have denied themselves because they are not fair and cannot understand that they are innocent. Love is not understandable to sinners because they think that justice is split off from love and stands for something else.
71 And thus is love perceived as weak and vengeance strong. For love has lost when judgment left its side and is too weak to save from punishment. But vengeance without love has gained in strength by being separate and apart from love. And what but vengeance now can help and save, while love stands feebly by with helpless hands, bereft of justice and vitality and powerless to save? What can Love ask of you who think that all of this is true? Could He, in justice and in love believe in your confusion you have much to give? You are not asked to trust Him far. No further than what you see He offers you and what you recognize you could not give yourself.
72 In God's own justice does He recognize all you deserve but understands as well that you cannot accept it for yourself. It is His special function to hold out to you the gifts the innocent deserve. And every one that you accept brings joy to Him as well as you. He knows that Heaven is richer made by each one you accept. And God rejoices as His Son receives what loving justice knows to be his due. For love and justice are not different. Because they are the same does mercy stand at God's right hand and give the Son of God the power to forgive himself of sin.
73 To him who merits everything, how can it be that anything be kept from him? For that would be injustice and unfair indeed to all the holiness that is in him, however much he recognize it not. God knows of no injustice. He would not allow His Son be judged by those who seek his death and could not see his worth at all. What honest witnesses could they call forth to speak on his behalf? And who would come to plead for him and not against his life? No justice would be given him by you. Yet God ensured that justice would be done unto the Son He loves and would protect from all unfairness you might seek to offer, believing vengeance is his proper due.
74 As specialness cares not who pays the cost of sin, so it be paid, the Holy Spirit heeds not who looks on innocence at last, provided it is seen and recognized. For just one witness is enough if he sees truly. Simple justice asks no more. Of each one does the Holy Spirit ask if he will be that one, so justice may return to love and there be satisfied. Each special function He allots is but for this---that each one learn that love and justice are not separate. And both are strengthened by their union with each other. Without love is justice prejudiced and weak. And love without justice is impossible. For love is fair and cannot chasten without cause. What cause can be to warrant an attack upon the innocent? In justice then does love correct mistakes, but not in vengeance. For that would be unjust to innocence.
75 You can be perfect witness to the power of love and justice if you understand it is impossible the Son of God could merit vengeance. You need not perceive in every circumstance that this is true. Nor need you look to your experience within the world, which is but shadows of all that is really happening within yourself. The understanding which you need comes not of you but from a larger Self, so great and holy that He could not doubt His innocence. Your special function is a call to Him that He may smile on you whose sinlessness He shares. His understanding will be yours. And so the Holy Spirit's special function has been fulfilled. God's Son has found a witness unto his sinlessness and not his sin. How little need you give the Holy Spirit that simple justice may be given you!
76 Without impartiality there is no justice. How can specialness be just? Judge not because you cannot, not because you are a miserable sinner too. How can the special really understand that justice is the same for everyone? To take from one to give another must be an injustice to them both, since they are equal in the Holy Spirit's sight. Their Father gave the same inheritance to both. Who would have more or less is not aware that he has everything. He is no judge of what must be another's due, because he thinks he is deprived. And so must he be envious and try to take away from whom he judges. He is not impartial and cannot fairly see another's rights because his own have been obscured to him.
77 You have the right to all the universe---to perfect peace, complete deliverance from all effects of sin, and to the life eternal, joyous and complete in every way, as God appointed for His holy Son. This is the only justice Heaven knows, and all the Holy Spirit brings to earth. Your special function shows you nothing else but perfect justice can prevail for you. And you are safe from vengeance in all forms. The world deceives, but it cannot replace God's justice with a version of its own. For only love is just and can perceive what justice must accord the Son of God. Let love decide and never fear that you in your unfairness will deprive yourself of what God's justice has allotted you.
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