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#20. WHAT IS THE PEACE OF GOD?
 
6 What is the peace of God? No more than this-the simple understanding that His Will is wholly without opposite. There is no thought that contradicts His Will yet can be true. The contrast between His Will and yours but seemed to be reality. In truth there is no conflict because His Will is yours. Now is the mighty Will of God Himself His gift to you. He does not seek to keep it for Himself. Why would you seek to keep your tiny, frail imaginings apart from Him? The Will of God is one and all there is. This is your heritage. The universe beyond the sun and stars and all the thoughts of which you can conceive belong to you. God's peace is the condition for His Will. Attain His peace, and you remember Him.  
          
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    I am God's Son, complete and healed and whole,
    shining in the reflection of His Love.
    In me is His creation sanctified
    and guaranteed eternal life. In me
    is love perfected, fear impossible,
    and joy established without opposite.
    I am the holy home of God Himself.
    I am the Heaven where His Love abides.
    I am His holy Sinlessness Itself,
    for in my purity abides His own.
 
   Our use for words is almost over now.
   Yet in the final days of this one year
   we gave to God together, you and I,
   we found a single purpose that we shared.
   And thus you joined with me. So what I am
   are you as well. The truth of what we are
   is not for words to speak of nor describe.
   Yet we can realize our function here,
   and words can speak of this, and teach it, too,
   if we exemplify the words in us.
 
   We are the bringers of salvation. We
   accept our part as Saviours of the world,
   which through our joint forgiveness is redeemed.
   And this, our gift, is therefore given us.
   We look on everyone as brother, and
   perceive all things as kindly and as good.
   We do not seek a function that is past
   the gates of Heaven. Knowledge will return
   when we have done our part. We are concerned
   only with giving welcome to the truth.
 
   Ours are the eyes through which Christ's vision sees
   a world redeemed from every thought of sin.
   Ours are the ears which hear the Voice of God
   proclaim the world as sinless. Ours the minds
   which join together as we bless the world.
   And from the oneness that we have attained
   we call to all our brothers, asking them
   to share our peace and consummate our joy.
 
   We are the holy messengers of God,
   who speak for Him. And carrying His Word
   to everyone whom He has sent to us,
   we learn that It is written on our hearts.
   And thus our minds are changed about the aim
   for which we came and which we seek to serve.
   We bring glad tidings to the Son of God,
   who thought he suffered. Now is he redeemed.
   And as he sees the gate of Heaven stand
   open before him, he will enter in
   and disappear into the Heart of God.
 
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 No call to God can be unheard nor left
Unanswered. And of this I can be sure---
His answer is the one I really want.
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    You Who remember what I really am
    alone remembers what I really want.
    You speak for God, and so You speak for me.
    And what You give me comes from God Himself.
    Your Voice, my Father, then is mine as well,
    and all I want is what You offer me
    in just the form You chose that it be mine.
    Let me remember all I do not know,
    and let my voice be still, remembering.
    But let me not forget Your Love and care,
    but keep Your promise to Your Son in my
    awareness always. Let me not forget
    myself is nothing, but my Self is all
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LESSON 358
No call to God can be unheard nor left
Unanswered. And of this I can be sure---
His answer is the one I really want.  
  
Sarah's Commentary:  
 
The Course talks about healing the mind. It talks about healing our misguided thoughts, so we can know our innocence, but here, as in Lesson 345, we are told that miracles can show up in form. In Lesson 345, he says, "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) In this Lesson, we are told, "Your Voice, my Father, then is mine as well, and all I want is what You offer me, in just the form You choose that it be mine." (W.358.1.4)
 
The important part of this line for me is that we don't know what is in our own best interests or what will bring us peace and happiness. Therefore, we are invited to allow Him to choose. When we make our own choices based on the ego's directions, we will be hurt. We can't know our own best interests if we don't know who we are.
 
In Chapter 30 IV, Jesus says that what we think we want in this illusory world, including events, circumstances, people, relationships, jobs, toys, and other material things, may serve us for a while, but inevitably, they disappoint us. The ego set it up this way to keep us in its game. It has us continually looking for what would satisfy us in the illusion, yet nothing ever will. These "toys" may "dance a little while, according to the rules we set for them," (T.30.IV.4.4) (ACIM OE T.30.V.52) but at some point, we get disillusioned with them. We attack them for not meeting our expectations, and then we say that life sucks because it hasn't turned out our way.
 
That is when we become motivated to allow the Holy Spirit to choose for us. Only He knows what we truly want. We may think we really want what God wants for us, but so often, we end up taking our own initiative instead. Giving up control to Him is what we are learning to do. In Chapter 30, "The Rules for Decision," we are asked to commit to making no decisions by ourselves. "Today I will make no decisions by myself." (T.30.I.2.2) (ACIM OE T.30.II.4) We are called to take the time in the morning, before we get into the events of the day, and set this intention for ourselves. Humility helps me to acknowledge that the "little self" that I think I am doesn't have a clue.
 
It is important to look at what humility really is. To do that, we should perhaps look at what it is not. It is not about diminishing ourselves or accepting unworthiness as a value. Instead, it is to "accept of Him that which we are, and humbly recognize the Son of God." (W.152.10.2) In other words, we accept our greatness, not as a self-concept, but as what we are. Thus, our ideas about ourselves must be seen as false, and we ask in humility to be shown the truth of our Self. We acknowledge "I do not know the thing I am, and therefore do not know what I am doing, where I am, or how to look upon the world or on myself." (T.31.V.17.7) (ACIM OE T.31.V.60)
 
Humility accepts our grandeur and not the grandiosity of the ego. It is our holiness that we acknowledge. Our beloved teacher is gently showing us the way to remember who we really are. The Christ Self is our reality. Our self-image may seem humble, but it is actually arrogant, masking as humility. Anything of our own making is a false image, no matter what it may look like. In the Manual for Teachers, Jesus talks of our "guilty embarrassment coming from false humility." (M.7.5.6) This comes from the self-image, which has been socialized by the norms of the world. Now we are called to accept the truth of who we are beyond the image. When we recognize that "His answer is the one I really want," (W.358) we become willing to release our own answers and humbly depend on His guidance for everything.
 
In Chapter 9, Sections I and II, Jesus discusses the reason prayer is not answered in the way we might expect. In one instance, we may not get an answer because we are asking for nothing; and in another instance, it is because we are asking for something that might hurt us or bring on more fear. Since the Course is about escape from fear, the Holy Spirit will not give us anything that will increase our fear or threaten our thought system. Further, there are many answers he says that we have received, but we have not yet heard. While all prayers are answered, they are not all accepted due to our own resistance.
 
That is why the Holy Spirit must look out for our interests. "You speak for God, and so You speak for me. And what You give me comes from God Himself." (W.358.1.2-3) Thus, God will only give us what is good for us, since we really have no idea of our own needs and wants. How can we, since we don't know what we are? When we listen to the ego, we reach out for pleasure, but we always receive pain.
 
What are we looking for when we ask for idols? Don't we all want happiness, peace, and joy? We think the things we are asking for will make us happy, yet they won't. Until we get that, we will keep seeking and will never find. It is interesting to watch the mind at this time of year when we see the commercial aspects of Christmas and perhaps express our desires for certain things. We may also hold expectations of how our family gatherings should be. This can create tension and bring about disappointments. What a wonderful opportunity to watch what is in the mind and place our unhealed perspectives on the inner altar for forgiveness.
 
We ask for His help and guidance in all things, and we trust that our deep call of the heart is heard and answered when we ask for healing. Why can we be so sure about this? We can be sure because the answer is already in our own mind, and we can choose it at any time we turn to the Voice that speaks for God and not the voice of the ego. The ego has written the script for our special relationships, and now we make the choice to forgive these relationships. Our function is to remember Jesus' teaching in every moment and apply what we have learned.
 
I recently read Michael Singer's book, The Surrender Experiment, where he shares his extraordinary journey of his deep spiritual awakening when he was in his twenties and then decided to no longer let his personal fears dictate his life, but rather to surrender to everything. In order not to stop the flow of his life, he decided to say yes to everything. In the process, he could see how much the ego resisted what was being presented to him. He looked past the resistance and chose to live in constant acceptance, letting go of personal preferences. This book shifted my mind and the message fits in very well with this lesson. 
 
Love and blessings, Sarah
huemmert@shaw.ca  
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#19. How is Correction Made?  
   
1 Justice is the divine correction for injustice. Injustice is the basis for all the judgments of the world. Justice corrects the interpretations to which injustice gives rise and cancels them out. Neither justice nor injustice exists in Heaven, for error is impossible and correction meaningless. In this world, however, forgiveness depends on justice since all attack can only be unjust. Justice is the Holy Spirit's verdict upon the world. Except in His judgment, justice is impossible, for no one in the world is capable of making only just interpretations and laying all injustices aside. If God's Son were fairly judged, there would be no need for salvation. The thought of separation would have been forever inconceivable.
 
2 Justice, like its opposite, is an interpretation. It is, however, the one interpretation that leads to truth. This becomes possible because, while it is not true in itself, justice includes nothing that opposes truth. There is no inherent conflict between justice and truth; one is but the first small step in the direction of the other. The path becomes quite different as one goes along. Nor could all the magnificence, the grandeur of the scene and the enormous opening vistas that rise to meet one as he travels on, be foretold from the outset. Yet even these, whose splendor reaches indescribable heights as one proceeds, falls short indeed of all that awaits one when the pathway ceases and time ends with it. But somewhere one must start. Justice is the beginning.
 
3 All concepts of your brothers and yourself, all fears of future states, and all concern about the past stem from injustice. Here is the lens which, held before the body's eyes, distorts perception and brings witness of the distorted world back to the mind that made the lens and holds it very dear. Selectively and arbitrarily is every concept of the world built up in just this way. "Sins" are perceived and justified by this careful selectivity in which all thought of wholeness must be lost. Forgiveness has no place in such a scheme, for not one "sin" but seems forever true.
 
4 Salvation is God's justice. It restores to your awareness the wholeness of the fragments you perceive as broken off and separate. And it is this that overcomes the fear of death. For separate fragments must decay and die, but wholeness is immortal. It remains forever and forever like its Creator, being one with Him. God's Judgment is His justice. Onto this-a judgment wholly lacking in condemnation, an evaluation based entirely on love-you have projected your injustice, attributing to God the lens of warped perception through which you look. Now it belongs to Him and not to you. You are afraid of Him and do not see you hate and fear your Self as enemy.
 
5 Pray for God's justice, and do not confuse His mercy with your own insanity. Perception can make whatever picture the mind desires to see. Remember this. In this lies either Heaven or hell, as you elect. God's justice points to Heaven just because it is entirely impartial. It accepts all evidence that is brought before it, omitting nothing and assessing nothing as separate and apart from all the rest. From this one standpoint does it judge, and this alone. Here all attack and condemnation becomes meaningless and indefensible. Perception rests, the mind is still, and light returns again. Vision is now restored. What had been lost has now been found. The peace of God descends on all the world and we can see. And we can see!
 
 
#20. What is the Peace of God?

1 It has been said that there is a kind of peace that is not of this world. How is it recognized? How is it found? And being found, how can it be retained? Let us consider each of these questions separately, for each reflects a different step along the way.
 
2 First, how can the peace of God be recognized? God's peace is recognized at first by just one thing---in every way it is totally unlike all previous experiences. It calls to mind nothing that went before. It brings with it no past associations. It is a new thing entirely. There is a contrast, yes, between this thing and all the past. But strangely, it is not a contrast of true differences. The past just slips away and in its place is everlasting quiet. Only that. The contrast first perceived has merely gone. Quiet has reached to cover everything.
 
3 How is this quiet found? No one can fail to find it who but seeks out its conditions. God's peace can never come where anger is, for anger must deny that peace exists. Who sees anger as justified in any way or any circumstance proclaims that peace is meaningless and must believe that it cannot exist. In this condition peace cannot be found. Therefore forgiveness is the necessary condition for finding the peace of God. More than this, given forgiveness there must be peace. For what except attack will lead to war? And what but peace is opposite to war? Here the initial contrast stands out clear and apparent. Yet when peace is found, the war is meaningless. And it is conflict now that is perceived as non-existent and unreal.
 
4 How is the peace of God retained once it is found? Returning anger in whatever form will drop the heavy curtain once again, and the belief that peace cannot exist will certainly return. War is again accepted as the one reality. Now must you once again lay down your sword, although you may not recognize that you have picked it up again. But you will learn, as you remember even faintly now what happiness was yours without it, that you must have taken it again as your defense. Stop for a moment now, and think of this: is conflict what you want, or is God's peace the better choice? Which gives you more? A tranquil mind is not a little gift. Would you not rather live than choose to die?
 
5 Living is joy, but death can only weep. You see in death escape from what you made. But this you do not see---that you made death, and it is but illusion of an end. Death cannot be escape because it is not life in which the problem lies. Life has no opposite, for it is God. Life and death seem to be opposites because you have decided that death ends life. Forgive the world, and you will understand that everything which God created cannot have an end, and nothing He did not create is real. In this one sentence is our course explained. In this one sentence is our practicing given its one direction. And in this the Holy Spirit's whole curriculum is specified exactly as it is.
 
6 What is the peace of God? No more than this-the simple understanding that His Will is wholly without opposite. There is no thought that contradicts His Will yet can be true. The contrast between His Will and yours but seemed to be reality. In truth there is no conflict because His Will is yours. Now is the mighty Will of God Himself His gift to you. He does not seek to keep it for Himself. Why would you seek to keep your tiny, frail imaginings apart from Him? The Will of God is one and all there is. This is your heritage. The universe beyond the sun and stars and all the thoughts of which you can conceive belong to you. God's peace is the condition for His Will. Attain His peace, and you remember Him.
   
 
 
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