Lesson 345
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6 It is not difficult to relinquish judgment. But it is difficult indeed to try to keep it. The teacher of God lays it down happily the instant he recognizes its cost. All of the ugliness he sees about him is its outcome. All of the pain he looks upon is its result. All of the loneliness and sense of loss, of passing time and growing hopelessness; of sickening despair and fear of death-all these have come of it. And now he knows that these things need not be. Not one is true. For he has given up their cause, and they, which never were but the effects of his mistaken choice, have fallen from him. Teacher of God, this step will bring you peace. Can it be difficult to want but this?   
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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.
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L e s s o n 345
I offer only miracles today,
For I would have them returned to me. 
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    Father, a miracle reflects Your gifts
    to me, Your Son. And every one I give
    returns to me, reminding me the law
    of love is universal. Even here
    it takes a form which can be recognized,
    and seen to work. The miracles I give
    are given back in just the form I need
    to help me with the problems I perceive.
    Father, in Heaven it is different,
    for there there are no needs. But here on earth
    the miracle is closer to Your gifts
    than any other gift that I can give.
    Then let me give this gift alone today,
    which, born of true forgiveness, lights the way
    that I must travel to remember You.
   Peace to all seeking hearts today. The light
   has come, to offer miracles to bless
   the tired world. It will find rest today,
   for we will offer what we have received.
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I offer only miracles today,
For I would have them returned to me.

Sarah's Commentary:  
All the Lessons in this part of the Workbook are prayers. This is a beautiful prayer as a reminder to ourselves to remember the importance of the law of love---that what we give returns to us. Knowing this, we apply this Lesson all through the day so we can have a day of miracles. In this Lesson, we are reminded to see everything that seems to be happening as an opportunity to have the judgments of the ego transformed through forgiveness. Thus, in the undoing of the wrong-minded thinking, we remember who we are.
I have heard people say that we should not judge and that is true, but to the ego mind, judgment is like oxygen on which it thrives. If we see this as a problem, we will crucify ourselves for our judgments. The only problem is not that we make judgments, but that we stubbornly choose to hold onto them. When we are willing to look at our judgments and take responsibility for them without judging ourselves, we become an objective observer. From this place, we can now ask for the miracle. It is all about the willingness to release grievances. Jesus is not asking us not to have any impure thoughts, but only to have none that we would keep.
The miracle shifts our perception from the wrong mind to the right mind. This means that we recognize that external events and circumstances are not the source of our happiness. Loss of peace is caused only by the wrong-minded choice to judge and to hold grievances. The Holy Spirit reflects the part of the mind that remembers---we are One with our Father. When we are willing to look at the ego by taking our judgments and projections back into the mind, the healing process can start. Now, instead of seeing the sin in our brother, we take responsibility for our interpretations and recognize that we are wrong about our judgments. Our willingness to have our misperceptions brought to Correction opens the way for us to experience the miracle. The miracle reflects our willingness to accept the Correction by the Holy Spirit of the thought system of the ego.
What this means to us practically is that whenever we see any brother as guilty, we can choose to withdraw the blame that we put on him and acknowledge that we do not see him as he is. What we see are our own self-attacks projected onto our brother in our desire to see the guilt in him rather than in ourselves. What we see in him is what we judge in ourselves. He is a perfect mirror, giving us an opportunity to see what is unhealed in our own mind. This takes a willingness to acknowledge that we have been mistaken about what we judged in him. Any lack of peace that we experience is a result of the choice that we first made in the mind to listen to the ego, which is always a decision to maintain the separation. To forgive anyone means to release them of responsibility for our state of mind and for our experience in the dream. We remind ourselves that if we don't have peace, it is because we have chosen to throw it away and hold our brother responsible. Now we learn to "Be willing to forgive the Son of God for what he did not do." (T.17.III.1.5) (ACIM OE T.17.IV.14)
We are not asked to deny that others may indeed do hurtful things to us, but we are asked to accept responsibility for the decision to see the cause of our feelings of hurt and betrayal as coming from outside our own mind. It appears to come from others' behavior toward us, but that is what the conditioned mind believes because it believes the dream is real, and we are its effect. The recognition that we are responsible for the choice we make in our mind to listen to the ego or the Holy Spirit is the most loving thing we can do for ourselves and for others because this is the birthplace of miracles. It is the recognition that if we are hurt by what someone has said or done, it is because we have interpreted their behavior as an attack instead of a call for love and understanding. When we see that it is just our own call, we are motivated to heal our mind, and with healing, comes the recognition that we are the same as our brothers. Sameness in the world is a reflection of the Oneness we are---all joined in the Mind of God.
Acknowledging that we are all the same means that what we do to another, we actually do to ourselves. Whether we listen to the ego's lie of separation or to the Holy Spirit's message that we are One with our Father, it is a choice that we make in every encounter. The choice is for Heaven or hell in every instant. It is a choice to forgive and experience the miracle or to hold onto grievances, maintain our victimhood, and withhold love. There are many ways we withhold love. It is important that we begin to notice the particular way we do this. To do so requires a great deal of honesty and introspection, as we don't like to admit that we actually withhold love as a way to protect ourselves and gain at the expense of others.
Think of the ways you withhold your love from someone. It becomes visible to you when you look at the strategies you have adopted to make others feel guilty and punish them when they do not meet your needs as you perceive them. It may be in the form of withholding money, diminishing or delaying payment to someone you perceive has hurt you, withholding sex from your partner, reneging on an agreement, being consistently late, refusing to share your feelings of hurt, withholding praise from someone, withdrawing from others in a relationship, or bargaining to get what you want. We believe we protect ourselves through these and other strategies, but they only hurt us and keep us from the love we say we desire. We are always the ones who lose, as we end up hurting ourselves.
When we become willing to investigate how we withhold love and practice bringing mistaken perceptions to the Holy Spirit, space is made for His love to come shining through. Forgiveness is the reflection of God's gift of love to us. It is simply the undoing of wrong-minded strategies for protecting ourselves from what we most desire.
We can't fix ourselves, but we can choose to take the necessary steps to bring unforgiving thoughts to the light of truth within and give them to the Holy Spirit, Who does the healing. Trust that the healing will come when we are ready to experience it. It is a process where the whole thought system of the ego is reversed, meaning everything that we have held to be true in the world of form is understood to be false. What we see in the world is no more true than our experience in our nighttime dream state. We are not a character in the dream, but the dreamer of the dream. When we see this, we demonstrate to our brothers that their attacks have no effect on us. We no longer have the experience of feeling victimized by anyone regardless of their behavior in the dream.
"Learning of Christ is easy, for to perceive with Him involves no strain at all. His perceptions are your natural awareness, and it is only the distortions you introduce that tire you." (T.11.VI.3.7-8) (ACIM OE T.10.VII.61). The only "effort" we are asked to make is a "little willingness" to question our interpretations of everything. This is enough to introduce a slight doubt or suspicion in what we are believing and to help us accept that we may be wrong in the belief that we are separate from our Source and from each other: "Salvation, perfect and complete, asks but a little wish that what is true be true; a little willingness to overlook what is not there; a little sigh that speaks for Heaven as a preference to this world that death and desolation seem to rule." (T.26.VII.10.1) (ACIM OE T.26.VIII.56) Each time we make this little effort, belief in the ego's thought system lessens and fear of the Holy Spirit's loving perception diminishes. This is the miracle given to each brother and received for ourselves in a form that will be of help to us. "The miracles I give are given back in just the form I need to help me with the problems I perceive." (W.345.1.4)
Thus, what is meant by a miracle is a Correction. It is called a Course in Miracles because it is a Course in learning to change our mind from thinking with the ego to thinking with the Holy Spirit. It is a process of undoing the ego by learning a new perspective that reverses the ego's view of everything and everyone. The ego tells us that we are bodies, separate from God and from each other, and subject to change by external forces. The Holy Spirit tells us that we are mind, One with our Father and with each other, subject to change only by the power of the mind to choose. We accept miracles for ourselves to the extent that we accept this teaching and apply it to all events, situations, and experiences in our lives. We offer miracles to others, as we recognize the same power of their mind to choose. As Jesus tells us in the text, "The miracle extends without your help, but you are needed that it can begin. Accept the miracle of healing, and it will go forth because of what it is. It is its nature to extend itself the instant it is born. And it is born the instant it is offered and received. No one can ask another to be healed. But he can let himself be healed, and thus offer the other what he has received." (T.27.V.1.2-7) (ACIM OE T.27.VI.44)
A miracle has nothing to do with anything external. Miracles pertain only to what is going on in our own mind. In that sense, they are not at all what traditional religious systems have thought of as miracles. Traditionally, conditions in the body and the world have been viewed as the problem and therefore miracles, simply put, were viewed as the healing or removal of those conditions, usually through some kind of divine or supernatural intervention. A Course in Miracles, on the other hand, teaches that the body and the world are projections of thoughts in our mind: "It [the world you see] is the witness to your state of mind, the outside picture of an inward condition. As a man thinketh, so does he perceive. Therefore, seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world." (T.21.IN.1.5-7) (ACIM OE T.21.I.1)
If you could really accept that the world is merely a projection of a thought system of sin and guilt in your mind, you would realize that to try to alter things in the world or the body is ultimately futile and that to change your mind about the reality of sin and guilt is truly healing. That is why the workbook states, "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." (W.13.1.1-3) It thus corrects our thinking, which may be reflected in a change in the condition in the body or the world, but this is ultimately not what is important, although it is helpful as a witness to the change of mind.
We are not asked to just blithely dismiss our perceptions of the world as simply illusions. Rather, we are to look at the devastation or problems in our lives and bring our perceptions of them to the loving presence of the Holy Spirit in our mind. There, in our choice to join with that Reflection of Truth, we will remember that what we perceive is but the content of a dream and not reality. "The miracle establishes you dream a dream, and that its content is not true." (T.28.II.7.1) (ACIM OE T.28.VIII.22) To dismiss everything as just an illusion is to fail to recognize that while we still believe in what we see and experience, healing is necessary.
This takes a lot of practice, which is why we have a Workbook with 365 Lessons, at the end of which Jesus tells us that we are just at the beginning stages of this process of thought-reversal. The entire Course is about this: What we are so used to thinking about as the cause of our distress just shows us the effects of our own thoughts. A miracle occurs when we remember and accept, for just an instant, that the cause of our lack of peace, sickness, deprivation, and problems is not something of the body or the world, but rather a choice we are making in our mind based on identification with the thought system of separation, sin, guilt, and fear. "The miracle is the first step in giving back to cause the function of causation, not effect." (T.28.II.9.3) (ACIM OE T.28.VIII.24)
A miracle occurs when we do not take someone's attack personally, recognizing instead that we all share the same needs and goals. We all share the same insanity of the ego, and we all share the same sanity of Christ's vision. It requires stepping back, for just an instant, from our usual reactions. It requires being quiet when we are tempted to say something reactive in the moment. It requires that we continue to ask how to see the situation and how to respond with love instead of attack.
Miracles occur as frequently as our willingness makes space for them. They come in the form we need, based on our own individual experiences and in the context of our unique special relationships. Indeed, the parking space may show up in answer to a need we have, and we may see it as the perfect miracle today to witness to our choice for the Holy Spirit. "The miracles I give are given back in just the form I need to help me with the problems I perceive." (W.345.1.4)
"The curriculum is highly individualized, and all aspects are under the Holy Spirit's particular care and guidance." (M.29.2.6) "If you but knew the glorious goal that lies beyond forgiveness, you would not keep hold on any thought, however light the touch of evil on it may appear to be." (T.29.V.6.1) (ACIM OE T.29.VI.35) We are called to be highly vigilant and discern our unloving thoughts and actions so we won't tolerate even the slightest irritation. Instead, we are called to turn everything over to the Holy Spirit, so the miracle can shine forth in the mind and extend to all those who cross our path or cross our mind. It is a gift to ourselves that frees us from the imprisonment of the ego mind.

Love and blessings, Sarah
A Course in Miracles
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#10. How is Judgment Relinquished? 
1 Judgment, like other devices by which the world of illusions is maintained, is totally misunderstood by the world. It is actually confused with wisdom and substitutes for truth. As the world uses the term, an individual is capable of "good" and "bad" judgment, and his education aims at strengthening the former and minimizing the latter. There is, however, considerable confusion about what these categories mean. What is "good judgment" to one is "bad judgment" to another. Further, even the same person classifies the same action as showing "good" judgment at one time and "bad" judgment at another time. Nor can any consistent criteria for determining what these categories are be really taught. At any time, the student may disagree with what his would-be teacher says about them, and the teacher himself is inconsistent in what he believes.
2 "Good judgment" in these terms does not mean anything. No more does "bad." It is necessary for the teacher of God to realize not that he should not judge, but that he cannot. In giving up judgment, he merely gives up what he did not have. He gives up an illusion; or better, he has an illusion of giving up. He has actually merely become more honest. Recognizing that judgment was always impossible for him, he no longer attempts it. This is no sacrifice. On the contrary, he puts himself in a position where judgment through him rather than by him can occur. And this judgment is neither "good" nor "bad." It is the only judgment there is, and it is only one: "God's Son is guiltless, and sin does not exist."
3 The aim of our curriculum, unlike the goal of the world's learning, is the recognition that judgment in the usual sense is impossible. This is not an opinion, but a fact. In order to judge anything rightly, one would have to be fully aware of an inconceivably wide range of things, past, present, and to come. One would have to recognize in advance all the effects of his judgments on everyone and everything involved in them in any way. And one would have to be certain there is no distortion in his perception, so that his judgment would be wholly fair to everyone on whom it rests, now and in the future. Who is in a position to do this? Who except in grandiose fantasies would claim this for himself?
4 Remember how many times you thought you knew all the "facts" you needed for judgment, and how wrong you were! Is there anyone who has not had this experience? Would you know how many times you merely thought you were right, without ever realizing you were wrong? Why would you choose such an arbitrary basis for decision-making? Wisdom is not judgment; it is the relinquishment of judgment. Make then but one more judgment. It is this-there is Someone with you Whose judgment is perfect. He does know all the facts, past, present, and to come. He does know all the effects of His judgment on everyone and everything involved in any way. And He is wholly fair to everyone, for there is no distortion in His perception.
5 Therefore lay judgment down, not with regret but with a sigh of gratitude. Now are you free of a burden so great that you could merely stagger and fall down beneath it. And it was all illusion. Nothing more. Now can the teacher of God rise up unburdened and walk lightly on. Yet it is not only this that is his benefit. His sense of care is gone, for he has none. He has given it away, along with judgment. He gave himself to Him Whose judgment he has chosen now to trust instead of his own. Now he makes no mistakes. His Guide is sure. And where he came to judge, he comes to bless. Where now he laughs, he used to come to weep.
6 It is not difficult to relinquish judgment. But it is difficult indeed to try to keep it. The teacher of God lays it down happily the instant he recognizes its cost. All of the ugliness he sees about him is its outcome. All of the pain he looks upon is its result. All of the loneliness and sense of loss, of passing time and growing hopelessness; of sickening despair and fear of death-all these have come of it. And now he knows that these things need not be. Not one is true. For he has given up their cause, and they, which never were but the effects of his mistaken choice, have fallen from him. Teacher of God, this step will bring you peace. Can it be difficult to want but this?
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