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CH 29 "THE AWAKENING"
III. THE COMING OF THE GUEST 
 
Your Guest has come. You asked Him, and He came. You did not hear Him enter, for you did not wholly welcome Him. And yet His gifts came with Him. He has laid them at your feet and asks you now that you will look on them and take them for your own. He needs your help in giving them to all who walk apart believing they are separate and alone. They will be healed when you accept your gifts, because your Guest will welcome everyone whose feet have touched the holy ground whereon you stand and where His gifts for them are laid.     
               
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*IAMBIC PENTAMETER*
   Christ's Second Coming, which is sure as God,
   is merely the correction of mistakes
   and the return of sanity. It is
   a part of the condition which restores
   the never-lost, and re-establishes
   what is forever and forever true.
   It is the invitation to God's Word
   to take illusion's place; the willingness
   to let forgiveness rest upon all things
   without exceptions and without reserve.
 
   It is this all-inclusive nature of
   Christ's Second Coming that permits it to
   embrace the world, and hold you safe within
   its gentle advent, which encompasses
   all living things with you. There is no end
   to the release the Second Coming brings,
   as God's creation must be limitless.
   Forgiveness lights the Second Coming's way
   because it shines on everyone as well.
  *And thus is oneness recognized at last.
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   The Second Coming ends the lessons which
   the Holy Spirit teaches, making way
   for the Last Judgment, in which learning ends
   in one last summary which will extend
   beyond itself, and reaching up to God.
   The Second Coming is the time in which
   all minds are given to the hands of Christ,
   to be returned to Spirit in the Name
   of true creation and the Will of God.
 
   The Second Coming is the one event
   in time which time itself can not affect.
   For everyone who ever came to die,
   or yet will come or who is present now,
   is equally released from what he made.
   In this equality is Christ restored
   as one Identity, in Which all Sons
   of God acknowledge that they all are one.
   And God the Father smiles upon His Son,
   His one creation and His only joy.
 
   Pray that this Second Coming will be soon,
   but do not rest with that. It needs your eyes
   and ears and hands and feet. It needs your voice,
   and most of all it needs your willingness.
   Let us rejoice that we can do God's Will,
   and join together in Its holy light.
   Behold, the Son of God is one in us,
   and we can reach our Father's Love through him.
 
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The Holy Christ is born in me today.
 
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   Watch with me, angels, watch with me today.
   Let all God's holy Thoughts surround me, and
   be still with me while Heaven's Son is born.
   Let earthly sounds be quiet, and the sights
   to which I am accustomed disappear.
   Let Christ be welcomed where He is at home,
   and let Him hear the sounds He understands,
   and see but sights which show His Father's Love.
   Let Him no longer be a stranger here,
   for He is born again in me today.
 
    Your Son is welcome, Father. He has come
    to save me from the evil self I made.
    He is the Self that You have given me.
    He is but what I really am in truth.
    He is the Son You love above all things.
    He is my Self as You created me.
    It is not Christ that can be crucified.
    Into Your world let me receive Your Son.
 
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LESSON 303
The holy Christ is born in me today.

  
Sarah's Commentary:  
   
What happens in your mind as you say these words? Do you feel the presence of Christ within or do you dismiss these words and feel unworthy of them? Any thoughts that come up, whether of guilt or fear, reflect the "evil self I made," (W.303.2.2) (the ego) and not who I am. In order to know who we are as the Christ, we must open our hearts and welcome Him in by surrendering all we think we know and all we think we are. We don't have to understand how all this happens. Our part is to keep bringing our dark thoughts to the light so we can welcome the Christ within. How can the unforgiving thoughts in our subconscious minds be recognized? We recognize them in whatever we see reflected back at us and what triggers an emotional response in us to the events and people in our life.
 
Since nothing outside our own mind can upset us, it is the realization that everything is coming from our unhealed thoughts. The world is neutral. We project our judgments onto what we perceive in the world and see it as malevolent. Healing happens with our willingness to look at our emotions, judgments, thoughts, beliefs, and the false concepts we hold about ourself. In releasing our misperceptions to the Holy Spirit and welcoming His presence, we experience more and more peace and joy until we come to a place of total safety. "Safe in Your Arms let me receive Your Son," (W.303.2.8) who is our true Self.
 
Any opposing thoughts we have to the truth of what we are as God's holy Son keep us in resistance to the truth. Today, I saw how I allow myself to be crucified. Recently, I had suggested that several of us see a movie, which no one liked. Not one of us felt it was worth our time. What played in my mind as I listened to the perspectives of my friends was that this movie had been my suggestion. I felt it was my fault that no one enjoyed this experience. I crucified myself for not doing more research prior to suggesting the movie and "ruining" everyone's evening. When I inquired into my upset, I saw that I was holding onto a belief that I am responsible for what other people experience. The belief that I was holding onto was that if I could not make them happy, I was not loveable. I needed their approval because, without it, I saw myself as unworthy. It was a very valuable opportunity to give this belief in unworthiness to the Holy Spirit.
 
When we see mistakes as sins, we believe we are guilty and deserve punishment. It is a decision to keep ourselves from the love we are. It is a decision to crucify ourselves, believing that now God won't have to punish us because we have delivered our own self-punishment. In order to forgive, we must first see that we are mistaken in what we are thinking. "I must have decided wrongly, because I am not at peace." (T.5.VII.6.7) (ACIM OE T.5.V.96) Forgiveness requires that we look at our thoughts without judgment. When we judge ourselves, we are accusing ourselves of sins. This was the error that led to the separation, and we continue this error whenever we judge anything or anyone, including ourselves, as wrong. When we realize our mistake, we can ask for the Correction. Thus, we can shorten our suffering. The Answer is within. We can't heal what we don't want to admit to ourself or take responsibility for. It is all about willingness. Even when things seem to be going exceedingly well for us, the ego is whispering that it is too good to be true, or it can't last.
 
When we hold onto self-accusing thoughts, fantasies, dreams, wishes, plans, doubts, feelings of unworthiness, and demands, we place on ourselves to be perfect, we can't be at peace. Jesus tells us this need not be. In that statement, we can declare our independence from the ego. Our mood tells us when we have chosen the ego. "To the ego's dark glass you need but say 'I will not look there because I know these images are not true.' Then let the Holy One shine on you in peace, knowing that this and only this must be." (T.4.IV.9.2-3) (ACIM OE T.4.V.65) It is not helpful to justify the reasons for how we are feeling because when we do, we make up a story that could never be true. Choose instead to see that you must be wrong about the way you are seeing the situation or person. You are dreaming the dream, and are thus the dreamer of your situation.
 
We choose today to be released from all the things that distract us from the love we are. In everything that we see and hear today, let us be reminded of the Call within that we have answered. Let us be reminded that this is the true Christmas that we celebrate. Not the birth of Jesus in a manger, but Christ's birth in us. Let us dwell on our brother's kindnesses today and not on his mistakes. When we choose to judge, let us not crucify ourselves, but welcome instead another aspect of the ego mind that has been revealed to us for healing. When our purpose is healing, everything that shows up in our day is perfect. "What could you not accept, if you but knew that everything that happens, all events, past, present and to come, are gently planned by One Whose only purpose is your good?" (W.135.18.1) (ACIM OE W.135.19) How willing are you to welcome it all?
 
With every blessing that we give, we will know we are blessed. The only reason we deprive ourselves of miracles is because we do not feel our brothers are worthy of them. We have crucified our brothers instead of making them welcome. We have forgotten that they have been sent as our saviors from the "evil self I made," (W.303.2.2) by revealing what is unhealed in us.
 
The Second Coming is the Correction of mistakes and paves the way for the truth. It is when God's Word takes the place of all illusions. Everything is embraced and all mistakes are released. It establishes that the truth was never lost. The Second Coming is not as described in the Bible, where Jesus is said to come at some future time to judge the living and the dead. That is a fear-based perspective and has been corrected by his teaching in the Course, where the Second Coming is simply the undoing of this dream. It is the end of this space-time movie.
 
We are finding our way out of the maze of this illusory world, and we do so through forgiveness. How can this possibly be fearful when the Last Judgment is the declaration of our complete innocence? We will finally know the truth about ourselves and every brother, without exception. Our sleeping minds have been restored and returned to sanity. To commit to the healing, we must take every opportunity to allow our mistaken perceptions to be corrected. We can choose to let go of all bondage and all limits that we hold in our minds and instead experience the power of the holy Thoughts surrounding us in every moment.
 
"Your Son is welcome, Father. He has come to save me from the evil self I made. He is the Self that You have given me. He is but what I really am in truth. He is the Son You love above all things. He is my Self as You created me. It is not Christ that can be crucified. Safe in Your Arms let me receive Your Son." (W.303.2.1-8)
 
The sin and guilt we hold in our minds are not real. Only love is real. Everything else is an illusion. The suffering and pain we see all around us have not changed the truth that there is only love and nothing else exists, except in the dream. The dream has not changed who I really am. The holy Christ is born in me today if I should choose. If not today, then when I am ready, but the day will come. It is a certainty. "Infinite patience calls upon infinite love, and by producing results now it renders time unnecessary." (T.5.VI.12.3) (ACIM OE T.5.VIII.81)

Love and blessings, Sarah
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The Awakening  
 
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10 Why would you not perceive it as release from suffering to learn that you are free? Why would you not acclaim the truth, instead of looking on it as an enemy? Why does an easy path, so clearly marked it is impossible to lose the way, seem thorny, rough, and far too difficult for you to follow? Is it not because you see it as the road to hell instead of looking on it as a simple way, without a sacrifice or any loss, to find yourself in Heaven and in God? Until you realize you give up nothing, until you understand there is no loss, you will have some regrets about the way that you have chosen. And you will not see the many gains your choice has offered you. Yet though you do not see them, they are there. Their cause has been effected, and they must be present where their cause has entered in.
 
11 You have accepted healing's Cause, and so it must be you are healed. And being healed, the power to heal must also now be yours. The miracle is not a separate thing which happens suddenly, as an effect without a cause. Nor is it in itself a cause. But where its cause is must it be. Now is it caused, though not as yet perceived. And its effects are there, though not yet seen. Look inward now, and you will not behold a reason for regret but cause indeed for glad rejoicing and for hope of peace.
 
12 It has been hopeless to attempt to find the hope of peace upon a battleground. It has been futile to demand escape from sin and pain of what was made to serve the function of retaining sin and pain. For pain and sin are one illusion, as are hate and fear, attack and guilt but one. Where they are causeless, their effects are gone, and love must come wherever they are not. Why are you not rejoicing? You are free of pain and sickness, misery and loss, and all effects of hatred and attack. No more is pain your friend and guilt your god, and you should welcome the effects of love.
 
13 Your Guest has come. You asked Him, and He came. You did not hear Him enter, for you did not wholly welcome Him. And yet His gifts came with Him. He has laid them at your feet and asks you now that you will look on them and take them for your own. He needs your help in giving them to all who walk apart believing they are separate and alone. They will be healed when you accept your gifts, because your Guest will welcome everyone whose feet have touched the holy ground whereon you stand and where His gifts for them are laid.
 
14 You do not see how much you now can give because of everything you have received. Yet He Who entered in but waits for you to come where you invited Him to be. There is no other place where He can find His host nor where His host can meet with Him. And nowhere else His gifts of peace and joy and all the happiness His Presence brings can be obtained. For they are where He is Who brought them with Him that they might be yours. You cannot see your Guest, but you can see the gifts He brought. And when you look on them, you will believe His Presence must be there. For what you now can do could not be done without the love and grace His Presence holds.
 
15 Such is the promise of the living God---His Son have life and every living thing be part of him, and nothing else have life. What you have given "life" is not alive and symbolizes but your wish to be alive apart from life, alive in death, with death perceived as life, and living, death. Confusion follows on confusion here, for on confusion has this world been based, and there is nothing else it rests upon. Its basis does not change, although it seems to be in constant change. Yet what is that except the state confusion really means? Stability to those who are confused is meaningless, and shift and change become the law on which they predicate their lives.
 
16 The body does not change. It represents the larger dream that change is possible. To change is to attain a state unlike the one in which you found yourself before. There is no change in immortality, and Heaven knows it not. Yet here on earth it has a double purpose, for it can be made to teach opposing things. And they reflect the teacher who is teaching them. The body can appear to change with time, with sickness or with health, and with events that seem to alter it. Yet this but means the mind remains unchanged in its belief of what the purpose of the body is.
 
17 Sickness is a demand the body be a thing that it is not. Its nothingness is guarantee that it can not be sick. In your demand that it be more than this lies the idea of sickness. For it asks that God be less than all He really is. What, then, becomes of you, for it is you of whom the sacrifice is asked? For He is told that part of Him belongs to Him no longer. He must sacrifice your self, and in His sacrifice are you made more, and He is lessened by the loss of you. And what is gone from Him becomes your god, protecting you from being part of Him.
 
18 The body that is asked to be a god will be attacked because its nothingness has not been recognized. And so it seems to be a thing with power in itself. As something, it can be perceived and thought to feel and act and hold you in its grasp as prisoner to itself. And it can fail to be what you demanded that it be. And you will hate it for its littleness, unmindful that the failure does not lie in that it is not more than it should be but only in your failure to perceive that it is nothing. Yet its nothingness is your salvation, from which you would flee.
 
19 As "something" is the body asked to be God's enemy, replacing what He is with littleness and limit and despair. It is His loss you celebrate when you behold the body as a thing you love, or look upon it as a thing you hate. For if He be the sum of everything, then what is not in Him does not exist, and His completion is its nothingness. Your savior is not dead, nor does he dwell in what was built as temple unto death. He lives in God, and it is this that makes him savior unto you, and only this. His body's nothingness releases yours from sickness and from death. For what is yours cannot be more nor less than what is his.
 
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