Lesson 312
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Freedom of Will
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CH 30 "THE NEW BEGINNING"
III. FREEDOM OF WILL
 
33 Do you not understand that to oppose the Holy Spirit is to fight yourself? He tells you but your will; He speaks for you. In His divinity is but your own. And all He knows is but your knowledge, saved for you that you may do your will through Him. God asks you do your will. He joins with you. He did not set His Kingdom up alone. And Heaven itself but represents your will, where everything created is for you. No spark of life but was created with your glad consent, as you would have it be. And not one Thought that God has ever had but waited for your blessing to be born. God is no enemy to you. He asks no more than that He hear you call Him "Friend."        
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WHAT IS THE LAST JUDGMENT?
The Last Judgment
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   Christ's Second Coming gives the Son of God
   the gift to hear the Voice for God proclaim
   that what is false is false, and what is true
   has never changed. And this the judgment is
   in which perception ends. At first you see
   a world which has accepted this as true,
   projected from a now corrected mind.
   And with this holy sight, perception gives
   a silent blessing and then disappears,
   its goal accomplished and its mission done.
 
   The final judgment on the world contains
   no condemnation. For it sees the world
   as totally forgiven, without sin,
   and wholly purposeless. Without a cause,
   and now without a function in Christ's sight,
   it merely slips away to nothingness.
   There it was born, and there it ends as well.
   And all the figures in the dream in which
   the world began go with it. Bodies now
   are useless, and will therefore fade away,
   because the Son of God is limitless.
 
   You who believed that Gods last judgment would
   condemn the world to hell along with you,
   accept this holy truth: God's judgment is
   the gift of the Correction He bestowed
   on all your errors, freeing you from them,
   and all effects they ever seemed to have.
   To fear His saving grace is but to fear
   complete release from suffering, return
   to peace, security and happiness,
   and union with your own Identity.
 
   God's final judgment is as merciful
   as every step in His appointed plan
   to save His Son, and call Him to return
   to the eternal peace He shares with him.
   Be not afraid of Love. For It alone
   can heal all sorrow, wipe away all tears,
   and gently waken from his dreams of pain
   the Son whom God acknowledges as His.
   Be not afraid of this. Salvation asks
   you give it welcome. And the world awaits
   your glad acceptance, which will set it free.
 
   This is God's final judgment: "You are still
   My holy Son, forever innocent,
   forever loving and forever loved,
   as limitless as Your Creator, and
   completely changeless and forever pure.
   Therefore awaken and return to Me.
   I am Your Father, and you are My Son.
 
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I see all things as I would have them be.
 
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   Perception follows judgment. Having judged,  
   you therefore see what you would look upon.
   For vision merely serves to offer you
   what you would have. It is impossible
   to overlook what you would see, and fail
   to see what you have chosen to behold.
   How surely, therefore, must the real world come
   to greet the holy sight of anyone
   who takes the Holy Spirit's purpose as
   his goal for seeing. And he cannot fail
   to look upon what Christ would have him see,
   and share Christ's love for what he looks upon.
 
    I have no purpose for today except
    to look upon a liberated world,
    set free from all the judgments I have made.
    Father, this is Your Will for me today,
    and therefore it must be my goal as well.
 
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LESSON 312
I see all things as I would have them be.

  
Sarah's Commentary:  

This Lesson is read in the context of "What is the Last Judgment?" (W.PII.Q10) The Course could be summarized in the words, "What is false is false, and what is true has never changed." (W.PII.Q10.1.1) The problem is, we have taught ourselves to believe that the false is, indeed, true. We believe that the body, sin, guilt, fear, and the world of time and space are real and true. We believe that it all ends with death and that death is real and final. We believe that the issues and problems in our lives and the problems of the world all have reality, and we take them very seriously. When we come to realize that the false as false, we can relax, surrender our perspectives, and allow the truth to reveal itself to us.
 
Jesus teaches the same thing over and over. It is that nothing real can be threatened (our eternal reality) and nothing unreal exists (everything of this body, personality, and the world we see). What is real is our eternal Self. This Self is and always has been present, yet it is hidden by our thoughts and our misguided judgments and perceptions. The same Self or awareness has been present at every stage of our lives and has never changed.
 
Jesus makes it clear, "This is a very simple course. Perhaps you do not feel you need a course, which in the end, teaches that only reality is true. But do you believe it? When you perceive the real world, you will recognize that you did not believe it." (T.11.VIII.1) (ACIM OE T.10.VIII.74)
 
What do we perceive when we experience the real world? Where we see sin, we see only innocence. Where we see attack, we see only a call for love. Where we feel afraid, we know we are safe, secure, and invulnerable. Where we justified feelings of anger, we now justify a desire to forgive. As Jesus reminds us, "He will hear plainly that the calls of war he heard before are really calls to peace. He will perceive that where he gave attack is but another altar where he can, with equal ease and far more happiness bestow forgiveness. And he will reinterpret all temptation as just another chance to bring him joy." (T.25.III.6.6-8) (ACIM OE T.25.IV.28)
 
What is temptation? Temptation is anything in our lives that seems to compel us to worry, be sad, fret, get upset, attack, doubt, become depressed, frustrated, seek pleasure, or any number of invitations to leave the kingdom of divine peace. In other words, temptation is anything that keeps us invested in the things of this world. We can only experience distress when we have judged a situation, or event in our lives, as something we want or don't want or as something that should happen or should not happen in our purview. We have judged some things as good and other things as bad, all based on our beliefs. What we see in the world reflects what we hold in the mind. If someone yells at me, I may judge him as unkind, and now I see him as separate from me and threatening my peace and well-being.
 
When I respond to this kind of situation with love and see that nothing that happens affects me in any way, I experience true perception. In other words, I experience only love and peace regardless of what is going on around me. In the meantime, our experience provides us with many opportunities to forgive by releasing the judgments we hold in our own minds, which always project our own self-attacks onto others and onto the events of the world. As we take responsibility for our misperceptions and turn them over to the Holy Spirit, asking for His interpretation of every situation, our minds are healed.
 
Everyone in our lives plays their part perfectly to assist us in our awakening because they reflect the judgments we are holding against ourselves. When we resist the lesson, it is because we think we can determine, on our own, what is good and what is bad for us, yet we don't know our own best interests. When we perceive from the perspective of infinite reality, we see that we are all the same. We all want to know who we are. We all desire healing, regardless of what it looks like. Forgiveness is the closest we come to knowing the love that we are in this world. It is the reflection of God's Love as "there can never be a difference from what you really are and what love is." (W.127.4.1)
 
We may wonder, what if we give love and offer forgiveness and it seems not to be received? Lesson 197 reminds us, "It does not matter if another thinks your gifts unworthy. In his mind there is a part that joins with yours in thanking you." (W.197.4.1-2) I know in my own life that there have been many occasions when I felt I had released my judgments of someone or some situation, but I did not see any evidence that anything had changed in the relationship. Yet we are asked to trust that the blessing was received. Certainly, it is received by our own minds the instant it is given. I have experienced where, after some period of time, something will show up that demonstrates that there has been a miraculous change in the relationship. For example, in one situation, I got an email asking for my forgiveness after two years of no direct communication. His email to me was an affirmation for me that the love is always received, and I need not concern myself with the outcome.
 
Jesus tells us in the Manual for Teachers that when we give the gift, the outcome is assured. To worry whether it has been received is simply to stay with our self-attacking thoughts instead of allowing freedom for ourselves and our brothers. Our judgments and condemning thoughts all interfere with our spiritual aspirations for healing and enlightenment. We need not judge ourselves when we do make judgments; although, judging ourselves is the same error as judging our brothers. Simply watching our thoughts without judgment, and being willing to be wrong about our perceptions, is what we are called to do.
 
"The world will end in joy, because it is a place of sorrow. When joy has come, the purpose of the world has gone. The world will end in peace, because it is a place of war. When peace has come, what is the purpose of the world? The world will end in laughter, because it is a place of tears. Where there is laughter, who can longer weep." (Manual for Teachers.14.5.1-6) The trials and tribulations of our lives provide us with perfect opportunities for undoing our misperceptions. It is the only purpose there is in this world. The only purpose for our seeming problems and fantasies of what we think we need for our happiness is to learn that nothing happens without our consent. Now we have a choice in how we see it. "Is this what I would have, in place of Heaven and the peace of God"? (W.185.8.8) (ACIM OE W.185.9) If we want to see differently, we must let the Holy Spirit judge for us. Everything we see is just a projection of our own minds, looking back at us. The world is a mirror of what we are holding in our minds. With changed thoughts, we see a changed world. It is wonderful to know that we have this kind of power in us to heal what keeps us in despair. We are not victims of the world we see.
 
Today, we are invited to see a liberated world, set free from our judgments. In other words, the world we see now is not as it is. It is a reflection of our perceptions based on our interpretations. Notice how hard it is to convince someone of a different view other than what they hold. They are convinced of the truth of their perceptions, just as we are. Although truth is simple and always available to us, notice how much resistance we have to release our perceptions and the belief that we are right about the way we see. To see through Christ's eyes is not difficult. Jesus assures us, all we need is devotion and desire. "How surely, therefore, must the real world come to greet the holy sight of anyone who takes the Holy Spirit's purpose as his goal for seeing." (W.312.1.5)
 
If we truly want to see a world of love, innocence, and peace, all that is required is a willingness to surrender our investment in being right. When our judgments are released, everyone is blessed through us.
 
Jesus assures us, we cannot fail. "And he cannot fail to look upon what Christ would have him see, and share Christ's Love for what he looks upon." (W.312.1.6) With determination, purpose, intention, desire, and practice, we are helped to see beyond the error so we can see the people, events, and situations in our lives as innocent, holy, and washed in love. We can thus ultimately know the real world through our willingness to bring all our judgments to the light of truth, without judging ourselves in the process. We are called to question, with total self-honesty, everything that we value, believe, and perceive. This is how the beliefs we hold now begin to lose their power over us, and we make room for His Voice to guide our perceptions.

Love and blessings, Sarah
huemmert@shaw.ca 

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Chapter Thirty

The New Beginning  
 
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III. Freedom of Will   
 
33 Do you not understand that to oppose the Holy Spirit is to fight yourself? He tells you but your will; He speaks for you. In His divinity is but your own. And all He knows is but your knowledge, saved for you that you may do your will through Him. God asks you do your will. He joins with you. He did not set His Kingdom up alone. And Heaven itself but represents your will, where everything created is for you. No spark of life but was created with your glad consent, as you would have it be. And not one Thought that God has ever had but waited for your blessing to be born. God is no enemy to you. He asks no more than that He hear you call Him "Friend."
 
34 How wonderful it is to do your will! For that is freedom. There is nothing else that ever should be called by freedom's name. Unless you do your will, you are not free. And would God leave His Son without what he has chosen for himself? God but ensured that you would never lose your will when He gave you His perfect answer. Hear it now that you may be reminded of His love and learn your will. God would not have His Son made prisoner to what he does not want. He joins with you in willing you be free. And to oppose Him is to make a choice against yourself and choose that you be bound.
 
35 Look once again upon your enemy, the one you chose to hate instead of love. For thus was hatred born into the world, and thus the rule of fear established there. Now hear God speak to you through Him Who is His Voice and yours as well, reminding you that it is not your will to hate and be a prisoner to fear, a slave to death, a little creature with a little life. Your will is boundless; it is not your will that it be bound. What lies in you has joined with God Himself in all creation's birth. Remember He Who has created you and through your will created everything. Not one created thing but gives you thanks, for it is by your will that it was born. No light of Heaven shines except for you, for it was set in Heaven by your will.
 
36 What cause have you for anger in a world which merely waits your blessing to be free? If you be prisoner, then God Himself could not be free. For what is done to him whom God so loves is done to God Himself. Think not He wills to bind you, Who has made you co-creator of the universe along with Him. He would but keep your will forever and forever limitless.
 
37 This world awaits the freedom you will give when you have recognized that you are free. But you will not forgive the world until you have forgiven Him Who gave your will to you. For it is by your will the world is given freedom. Nor can you be free apart from Him Whose holy Will you share. God turns to you to ask the world be saved, for by your own salvation it is healed. And no one walks upon the earth but must depend on your decision, that he learn death has no power over him because he shares your freedom as he shares your will. It is your will to heal him, and because you have decided with him, he is healed. And now is God forgiven, for you chose to look upon your brother as a friend.
 
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