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The mistake is always some form of concern with the self to the exclusion of the patient. It is a failure to recognize him as part of the self and thus represents a confusion in identity. Conflict about what you are has entered your mind, and you have become deceived about yourself. And you are deceived about yourself because you have denied the Source of your creation. If you are offering only healing, you cannot doubt. If you really want the problem solved, you cannot doubt. If you are certain what the problem is, you cannot doubt. Doubt is the result of conflicting wishes. Be sure of what you want, and doubt becomes impossible.

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   A miracle is a correction. It

   does not create, nor really change at all.

   It merely looks on devastation, and

   reminds the mind that what it sees is false.

   It undoes error, but does not attempt

   to go beyond perception, nor exceed

   the function of forgiveness. Thus it stays

   within time's limits. Yet it paves the way

   for the return of timelessness and love's

   awakening, for fear must slip away

   under the gentle remedy it gives.


   A miracle contains the gift of grace,

   for it is given and received as one.

   And thus it illustrates the law of truth

   the world does not obey, because it fails

   entirely to understand its ways.

   A miracle inverts perception, which

   was upside-down before, and thus it ends

   the strange distortions that were manifest.

   Now is perception open to the truth.

   Now is forgiveness fully justified.


   Forgiveness is the home of miracles.

   The eyes of Christ delivers them to all

   they look upon in mercy and in love.

   Perception stands corrected in His sight,

   and what was meant to curse has come to bless.

   Each lily of forgiveness offers all

   the world the silent miracle of love.

   And each is laid before the Word of God

   upon the universal altar to

   Creator and creation, in the Light

   of perfect purity and endless peace.


   The miracle is taken first on faith,

   because to ask for it implies the mind

   has been made ready to conceive of what

   it cannot see and does not understand.

   Yet faith will bring its witnesses, to show

   that what it rested on is really there.

   And thus the miracle will justify your faith

   in it, and show it rested on a world

   more real than what you saw before;

   a world redeemed from what you thought you saw.


   Miracles fall like drops of healing rain

   from Heaven on a dry and dusty world,

   where starved and thirsty creatures came to die.

   Now have they water. Now the world is green.

   And everywhere the signs of life spring up,

   to show that what is born can never die,

   for what has life has immortality.


   ~ Original Hand Script of ACIM    


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L e s s o n  343
I am not asked to make a sacrifice
To find the mercy and the peace of God.



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    The end of suffering can not be loss.

    The gift of everything can but be gain.

    You only give. You never take away.

    And You created me to be like You,

    so sacrifice becomes impossible

    for me as well as You. I, too, must give,

    and so all things are given unto me

    forever and forever. As I was

    created, I remain. Your Son can make

    no sacrifice, for he must be complete,

    having the function of completing You.

    I am complete because I am Your Son.

    I cannot lose, for I can only give,

    and everything is mine eternally.


   The mercy and the peace of God is free.

   Salvation has no cost. It is a gift

   that must be freely given and received.

   And it is this that we would learn today.

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Lesson 343
I am not asked to make a sacrifice
To find the mercy and the peace of God.
Sarah's Commentary:

With Christmas fast approaching, so is the end of this year of lessons that we have been committed to. It is just great to witness the joy and hear of the miracles, the glimpses of awakening, the increased recognition of true peace, and the growing awareness being experienced. We all share in it with each other and, with each miracle that shows up for anyone, we are all blessed as one. "The new beginning now becomes the focus of the curriculum. The goal is clear, but now you need specific methods for attaining it. The speed by which it can be reached depends on this one thing alone; your willingness to practice every step. Each one will help a little, every time it is attempted. And together will these steps lead you from dreams of judgment to forgiving dreams and out of pain and fear. They are not new to you, but they are more ideas than rules of thought to you as yet. So now we need to practice them awhile, until they are the rules by which you live. We seek to make them habits now, so you will have them ready for whatever need." (T.30.In.1-8)(ACIM OE T.30.I.1)
There is also the fear that comes up as we daily approach the threshold of the gate to Heaven. What is that fear about? This lesson seems to touch on it. It speaks about our fear that remembering who we are in truth must entail loss and sacrifice. We are reassured that God has given us everything and never takes anything away. He is everything, as are we, and thus, there is nothing to be sacrificed except suffering and lack that is part of the human condition. If He can only give and never take away, then how can sacrifice ever be asked of us? Yet to us there is fear that God will take something from us when we decide for Him, and thus we fear that we will lose what we put value on.

We hold the belief that, to receive, we must pay in some way. We think we have to sacrifice what we have put value on, which is our body and its perceived pleasures. What we are realizing is that what we call pleasure only brings pain. The only real joy is connecting to the truth of who we are. When we experience the connection to the Divine within, nothing can substitute for the joy of that experience. Jesus wants us to recognize that we have already given up what has infinite value, which is our eternal Self. Of course, it is not something that we can give up, but we can become unaware of our reality when we follow the dictates of the ego.

Jesus is helping us to see that, from above the battleground, when we look at the world through his eyes, we will see the world for what it is, "a dry and dusty world, where starved and thirsty creatures come to die." (W.PII.Q13.5.1) We blame God for this choice that we made to be in this world where we all die. We cry out to Him as if He were responsible for our suffering. We may ask Him, why he is putting us through this suffering, believing that He has something to do with it, like a giant in the sky pulling our puppet strings and bringing us hard lessons for our own good. But no, Jesus reminds us that it is our choice to be here, and it is our choice to return to sanity and to our true Self when we are ready and willing to do so. We have been given the help we need from outside of our own thinking. We have been shown the means for the undoing of all that is false.
Forgiveness and miracles pave the way for the Atonement. God has not put us here. We made the decision to separate and then promptly forgot that we had anything to do with it, and instead blamed God for abandoning us to this world of pain and suffering. Yet He offers us only blessings. He only gives. In the world, we think that God gives, but then He takes away. We say when we die that He took us home. We think resurrection comes through death. We think He is the One that chooses who will continue to live and who will die. We believe that life ends when we die, and now we must pay for what we took from Him, through the Last Judgment. To the world, Jesus was seen to have sacrificed his body for everlasting life. Thus we see everything that comes from God as requiring some kind of sacrifice from us. Yet we are assured He only gives and never takes away. There is no death, only eternal life. This requires that we exhume from our minds all of the false notions that we hold of who God is and who we are. We can only do that when we investigate our deeply held beliefs and fears.

This lesson tells us, "As I was created I remain," (W.343.1.8) and because we were created with the same characteristics as God, we simply can't lose what we are. We cannot be incomplete because God is complete. When we feel less than whole, innocent and peaceful, we know that we are listening to untrue thoughts and holding beliefs that are false. Jesus tells us,"Sacrifice is a notion totally unknown to God. It arises solely from fear, and frightened people can be vicious. Sacrificing in any way is a violation of my injunction that you should be merciful even as your Father in Heaven is merciful." (T.3.I.4.1-3)(ACIM OE T.3.III.21) Nelson Mandela recognized this when he said how fearful were his enemies. He saw that in their fear they could do nothing but defend and attack. He called for mercy and in return, through the reconciliation commission, mercy was given. It was all about healing the past so that "Miracles fall like drops of healing rain from Heaven on a dry and dusty world, where starved and thirsty creatures come to die." (W.PII.Q13.5.1) We are called daily to release our judgments and offer mercy instead. It is not a sacrifice but a gift to ourselves.
We believe that we have to suffer, when we have made mistakes in our lives and hurt someone, but the miracle "looks on devastation, and reminds the mind that what it sees is false." (W.PII.Q13.1.3) When we have wronged someone, we believe that we have to do penance rather than choose forgiveness. Isn't a long period of suffering demanded of ourselves when we are remorseful? Or, if someone has hurt us, we require their suffering to the extent of the sin they have committed in our eyes. Yet this lesson tells us, "Salvation has no cost," (W.343.2.2) and that means that mercy and peace are immediately available. Nothing more is required of us than to accept the Atonement for ourselves. It is simply to remember who we are, and everyone is deserving of it. Salvation has no cost. There is nothing to pay. It is not to be reserved for those who are special or deserving. Love is not specific. Love is giving all to all. It is universal.
Let us today be willing to look at our mistakes as mistakes and be merciful to ourselves and to others. Simply through our Being, we are to be the purveyors of peace in the world. We do this by shining our light. God makes no demands of us. He only gives. While we crucify ourselves for our anger, our mistakes, our grievances, our losses, and as we crucify others, God only welcomes us to come home and remember our true identity. There is no cost. There is no sacrifice. There is no demand for penance of any kind. What I give to you I receive for myself. What a gift! Now we just need to recognize that it is our desire that will return us home through releasing our fear of what is demanded of us by the wrathful image of the god that we made up. This is the god made by the ego to keep us in a state of sacrifice and fear. It is a god that gives life and takes it away. It is a god that the ego says is justified in taking back the life that we stole from Him. It is not the loving God who has given us all things forever and ever.

Love and blessings, Sarah 


6. Is Healing Certain?  

1 Healing is always certain. It is impossible to let illusions be brought to truth and keep the illusions. Truth demonstrates illusions have no value. The teacher of God has seen the correction of his errors in the mind of the patient, recognizing it for what it is. Having accepted the Atonement for himself, he has also accepted it for the patient. Yet what if the patient uses sickness as a way of life, believing healing is the way to death? When this is so, a sudden healing might precipitate intense depression, and a sense of loss so deep that the patient might even try to destroy himself. Having nothing to live for, he may ask for death. Healing must wait, for his protection.


2 Healing will always stand aside when it would be seen as threat. The instant it is welcome it is there. Where healing has been given, it will be received. And what is time before the gifts of God? We have referred many times in the text to the storehouse of treasures laid up equally for the giver and the receiver of God's gifts. Not one is lost, for they can but increase. No teacher of God should feel disappointed if he has offered healing and it does not appear to have been received. It is not up to him to judge when his gift should be accepted. Let him be certain it has been received and trust that it will be accepted when it is recognized as a blessing and not a curse.


3 It is not the function of God's teachers to evaluate the outcome of their gifts. It is merely their function to give them. Once they have done that, they have also given the outcome, for that is part of the gift. No one can give if he is concerned with the result of the giving. That is a limitation on the giving itself, and neither the giver nor the receiver would have the gift. Trust is an essential part of giving; in fact, it is the part that makes sharing possible, the part that guarantees the giver will not lose but only gain. Who gives a gift and then remains with it to be sure it is used as the giver deems appropriate? Such is not giving but imprisoning.


4 It is the relinquishing of all concern about the gift that makes it truly given. And it is trust that makes true giving possible. Healing is the change of mind that the Holy Spirit in the patient's mind is seeking for him. And it is the Holy Spirit in the mind of the giver Who gives the gift to Him. How can it be lost? How can it be ineffectual? How can it be wasted? God's treasure house can never be empty. And if one gift were missing, it would not be full. Yet is its fullness guaranteed by God. What concern, then, can a teacher of God have about what becomes of his gifts? Given by God to God, who in this holy exchange can receive less than everything?

7. Should Healing Be Repeated?  

1 This question really answers itself. Healing cannot be repeated. If the patient is healed, what remains to heal him from? And if the healing is certain, as we have already said it is, what is there to repeat? For a teacher of God to remain concerned about the result of healing is to limit the healing. It is now the teacher of God himself whose mind needs to be healed. And it is this he must facilitate. He is now the patient, and he must so regard himself. He has made a mistake and must be willing to change his mind about it. He lacked the trust that makes for giving truly, and so he has not received the benefit of his gift.


2 Whenever a teacher of God has tried to be a channel for healing, he has succeeded. Should he be tempted to doubt this, he should not repeat his previous effort. That was already maximal because the Holy Spirit so accepted it and so used it. Now the teacher of God has only one course to follow. He must use his reason to tell himself that he has given the problem to One Who cannot fail, and recognize that his own uncertainty is not love but fear and therefore hate. His position has thus become untenable, for he is offering hate to one to whom he offered love. This is impossible. Having offered love, only love can be received.


3 It is in this that the teacher of God must trust. This is what is really meant by the statement that the one responsibility of the miracle worker is to accept the Atonement for himself. The teacher of God is a miracle worker because he gives the gifts he has received. Yet he must first accept them. He need do no more, nor is there more that he could do. By accepting healing, he can give it. If he doubts this, let him remember Who gave the gift and Who received it. Thus is his doubt corrected. He thought the gifts of God could be withdrawn. That was a mistake, but hardly one to stay with. And so the teacher of God can only recognize it for what it is and let it be corrected for him.


4 One of the most difficult temptations to recognize is that to doubt a healing because of the appearance of continuing symptoms is a mistake in the form of lack of trust. As such, it is an attack. Usually it seems to be just the opposite. It does appear unreasonable at first to be told that continued concern is attack. It has all the appearances of love. Yet love without trust is impossible, and doubt and trust cannot coexist. And hate must be the opposite of love, regardless of the form it takes. Doubt not the gift, and it is impossible to doubt its result. This is the certainty that gives God's teachers the power to be miracle workers, for they have put their trust in Him.


5 The real basis for doubt about the outcome of any problem that has been given to God's Teacher for resolution is always self-doubt. And that necessarily implies that trust has been placed in an illusory self, for only such a self can be doubted. This illusion can take many forms. Perhaps there is a fear of weakness and vulnerability. Perhaps there is a fear of failure and shame associated with a sense of inadequacy. Perhaps there is a guilty embarrassment stemming from false humility. The form of the mistake is not important. What is important is only the recognition of a mistake as a mistake.


6 The mistake is always some form of concern with the self to the exclusion of the patient. It is a failure to recognize him as part of the self and thus represents a confusion in identity. Conflict about what you are has entered your mind, and you have become deceived about yourself. And you are deceived about yourself because you have denied the Source of your creation. If you are offering only healing, you cannot doubt. If you really want the problem solved, you cannot doubt. If you are certain what the problem is, you cannot doubt. Doubt is the result of conflicting wishes. Be sure of what you want, and doubt becomes impossible.



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