Lesson 205
Testimony of Light
 Scribed by HELEN GREAVES* 


80 Go out and find them, for they bring your Self with them. And lead them gently to your quiet garden and receive their blessing there. So will it grow and stretch across the desert, leaving no lonely little kingdoms locked away from love and leaving you inside. And you will recognize yourself and see your little garden gently transformed into the Kingdom of Heaven with all the love of its Creator shining upon it. The holy instant is your invitation to love, to enter into your bleak and joyless kingdom, and to transform it into a garden of peace and welcome.

*Helen Greaves, English Medium, began scribing material close to the time Helen Schucman began. This message of light resonates with many Course in Miracles students. When you read of the "GARDEN"  in her book, "Testimony of Light", you will see why.  

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Review VI
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   With this review, we take but one idea
   each day, and practice it as often as
   is possible. Besides the time we give
   morning and evening, which should not be less
   than fifteen minutes, and the hourly
   remembrances we make throughout the day,
   use the idea as often as you can
   between them. Each of these ideas alone
   would be sufficient for salvation, if
   it is learned truly. Each would be enough
   to give release to you and to the world
   from every form of bondage, and invite
   the memory of God to come again.
   With this in mind, we start our practicing
   in which we carefully review the thoughts
   the Holy Spirit has bestowed on us
   in our last twenty lessons. Each contains
   the whole curriculum, if understood,
   practiced, accepted and applied to all
   the seeming happenings throughout the day.
   One is enough. But for that one there must
   be no exceptions made. And so we need
   to use them all, and let them blend as one
   as each contributes to the whole we learn.
   These practice lessons, like our last review,
   are centered round a central theme with which
   we start and end each lesson. It is this:
   " I am not a body. I am free.
      For I am still as God created me."
   The day begins and ends with this. And we
   repeat it every time the hour strikes,
   or we remember, in between, we have
   a function that transcends the world we see.
   Beyond this and a repetition of
   the special thought we practice for the day,
   no form of exercise is urged, except
   a deep relinquishing of everything
   that clutters up your mind, and makes it deaf
   to reason, sanity and simple truth.
   We will attempt to get beyond all words
   and special forms of practicing for this
   review. For we attempt this time to reach
   a quickened pace along a shorter path
   to the serenity and peace of God.
   We merely close our eyes, and then forget
   all that we thought we saw and understood.
   For thus is freedom given us from all
   we did not know and failed to understand.
   There is but one exception to this lack
   of structuring. Permit no idle thought
   to go unchallenged. If you notice one,
   deny its hold and hasten to assure
   your mind that this is not what it would have.
   Then gently let the thought which you denied
   be given up in sure and quick exchange
   for the idea we practice for the day.
   When you are tempted, hasten to proclaim
   your freedom from temptation, as you say:
   " This thought I do not want. I choose instead..."
   And then repeat the idea for the day,
   and let it take the place of what you thought.
   Beyond such special applications of
   each day's idea, we will add but few
   formal expressions for specific thoughts
   to aid your practicing. Instead we give
   these times of quiet to the Teacher Who
   instructs in quiet, speaks of peace, and gives
   our thoughts whatever meaning they may have.
   To Him I offer this review for you.
   I place you in His charge, and let Him teach
   you what to do and say and think each time
   you turn to Him. He will not fail to be
   available to you each time you call
   to Him to help you. Let us offer Him
   the whole review we now begin, and let
   us also not forget to Whom it has
   been given, as we practice, day by day,
   advancing toward the goal He set for us;
   allowing Him to teach us how to go,
   and trusting Him completely for the way
   each practice period can best become
   a loving gift of freedom to the world. 
      ~ Original Handscript of ACIM September 1, 1970



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L e s s o n  205

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I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.
I want the peace of God.

The peace of God is everything I want.
The peace of God is my one goal; the aim    
of all my living here, the end I seek
my purpose and my function and my life    
while I abide where I am not at home. 

I am not a body. I am free. 
For I am still as God created me . 
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LESSON 205 Review VI
[185] I want the peace of God.

Sarah's Commentary:
There are many things we still think we want in this world, but what we truly want, behind all these things, is joy, peace, and love; and these can only come from our connection with the Self we are. All the drama in our lives, and the image we try to create of ourselves, hides the truth of our reality from awareness. The ego has tried to convince us that we can find peace and joy in what it offers us, including its most boasted gift---the special relationship. And we have fallen for its offerings, pursuing all the things we think we need in order to be happy. Yet it is precisely the distractions of the ego that keep us from the happiness we seek. When we realize this, we may become disillusioned about our lives and our effort to find peace and joy in the world. Ultimately, this is a good thing, even though it does not feel that way to us. Most of us get started on the spiritual path when we become disillusioned and our strategies for trying to find happiness no longer work.
No matter how hard I tried to fix my life, I kept coming to the same dead end. I realized that there were no more answers available for me in all the things I had tried. In spite of worldly success, I felt empty and alone. It was at this low point in my life, I found the Course. Put more accurately, the Course found me, and I was ready for it. Until I got on this path, I had no idea that what I was looking for was already in me. It is a path devoted to removing the blocks to the awareness of our magnificent Self. The peace, love, and joy we keep seeking in the world are already in us. It is our inheritance blocked by the conditioning of the world that we have bought into. Everything we have learned must now be unlearned.
Although disillusionment brings disruption and conflict, it is, nevertheless, a motivator that takes us on a search for a better way. Precisely when everything seems to be going wrong in our world, the invitation is there to go in a new direction. When we become motivated to give up our way, which no longer works for us, we are ready to open to another way. Thus, we allow the shifts that come with a new direction. Instead of lamenting our condition, this is a time for faith and trust. Without the disillusionment and the disruptions in our lives, we would not necessarily seek the truth. It is not unlike what we are told in Chapter 17 (T.17.V.3) (ACIM OE T.17.VI.45) about the disruption that happens when a special relationship is given over for healing so it can become holy. The goal for the relationship is changed quickly and thus the relationship can seem very disjointed. When we make a decision to heal a special relationship, the purpose for it is changed and there can be a major disruption. Now the ego may counsel that we should leave the relationship. Yet the only real solution is to align the relationship with the new goal. Faith then takes us through the distress we encounter along the way, and the less we resist, the easier it gets.
The transition is generally experienced as difficult because there seems to be none of the familiarity of our old ego programming and nothing to hang onto that we previously understood. When this happened to me, I kept reminding myself to see it as a blessing and allow the process to unfold as I leaned on Jesus, rather than my own understanding. It was a time of deep trust. This helped me to stay committed to the promised transformation from specialness to holiness in the relationship.
Jesus tells us that the temptation is to find a new relationship to suit the old goal of specialness. Yet he says that there is no point in making another substitution and repeating the patterns of the past. Jesus simply asks that we have faith and trust during what can be a difficult transition. It is a time to focus on the goal set for us. It is a process and will seem to take time, yet he assures us that infinite patience produces immediate results. In other words, I put my faith and certainty on the goal set for my relationship for a positive outcome.
While impatience arose in me during this time in the relationship, and I reverted at times to manipulation and attempts to control the situation, it was clear to me that these strategies had not worked in the past and would not work now. Dr. Wayne Dyer uses the analogy of a tomato seed and says that if the shoot is pulled out too early, before it is finished growing, it will never manifest as a healthy tomato plant with ripe tomatoes. In other words, we try to push this process along. For me, after the goal of the relationship was shifted, it took another two years before there was evidence of miracles reflected in a much-changed relationship where strife was replaced by peace. Clearly, it was not done by me.
The peace of God will never come through the counsel of the ego. The voice of the ego is insistent and obsessive, offering us advice on how to solve our problems in our own way. Turning to the ego for advice on what to do results in confusion, as there is no certainty with the ego. To follow the ego's counsel is never about solving problems, but actually about keeping them. Problems are only solved through the release of guilt. Guilt is the source of every problem we seem to have. The way to peace is offered us in the Workbook, where day by day we can turn to the Holy Spirit to give us a new interpretation of every situation we encounter. Yes, there will be resistance because this path means change and it is not always comfortable. Fear will come up, and we may be tempted to return to the ego's counsel. That is why every step we take on this path is so firmly reinforced.
It seems that everyone talks about wanting peace and yet the world was made to keep peace out. The search for peace in the world always seems to be about fighting for it. In fact, conflict generally becomes the way so often chosen to resolve difficult situations in the belief that war will bring peace. Peace will not come by changing external circumstances. We will only know peace when we experience it internally. That is why it is so important to set our goal in advance and take the time each day to be still. We can practice these Lessons every time we are tempted to give up our peace. When someone seems to be attacking, we can remember to see it as a call for love. It is an opportunity to bless them, instead of attacking and defending. Each time we are able to respond from love, we will experience for ourselves the blessings we give. Each time we respond to the temptation to become angry and distressed, we will experience more guilt. When we join in love and gratitude with our brother, we see him as our savior who offers us many opportunities to bless instead of curse. Our "enemies" really are the teachers of peace. They bring forth our unhealed issues so they can be seen and acknowledged and then let go of, with the help of the Holy Spirit. Now the peace in us can shine forth and bless the world.
Today, we walk in faith, trust, and certainty that everything is perfect for our healing and awakening. The Holy Spirit will guide our way and lead us to the peace of God. With readiness, willingness, and a passion for knowing the truth, we can make great strides today. Teachers of peace are in our lives right now. They are our saviors.
Remember today, "The peace of God is everything I want. The peace of God is my one goal; the aim of all my living here, the end I seek, my purpose and my function and my life, while I abide where I am not at home." (W.205.1.2) We are not at home. We all feel like aliens here; although for some, this reality may be pushed further from awareness than for others. I know I often go about distracted with my life in this world and I don't think much about the fact that this is not meant to be my home. Some time ago, I was at a function with Latvian athletes who were here for the Masters Games. I had to work to try to bring back some of my Latvian speaking skills and was doing fine, meeting people from my birth country, until the singing started. Much to my surprise, the tears started to flow unabated. I was helpless, unable to stop this flow of tears. We went to the car, as I was completely losing control of my emotions, and as I sat and cried and cried I realized I was not crying for my birth country but for that insistent call for my home in God. This experience was similar to the emotions that came up for me years ago when I saw the movie, "Trip to Bountiful," also about the pull to go home. The movie ends with the song, "Softly and Gently Jesus is Calling," calling us all to come home.
In Lesson 182, Jesus speaks to us very poignantly about this pull to go home. "Perhaps you think it is your childhood home that you would find again." (W.182.4.1) "It is this child in you your Father knows as His Own Son." (W.182.5.1) "He desires to go home so deeply, so unceasingly, His voice cries unto you to let Him rest a while." (W.182.5.3) He reminds us over and over that our home is not here. We think that here is the only home we think we know, as Lesson 166 reminds us. "He does not realize that it is here he is afraid indeed, and homeless, too; an outcast wandering so far from home, so long away, he does not realize he has forgotten where he came from, where he goes, and even who he really is." (W.166.4.4) "This world you seem to live in is not home to you." (W.182.1.1) "A memory of home keeps haunting you, as if there were a place that called you to return, although you do not recognize the voice, nor what it is the voice reminds you of." (W.182.1.3)
Lesson 200 invites us simply to "come home," but what does this mean in the context of today's Lesson? It means that we can only come home when we connect to the peace of God and ultimately remember who we are. It calls to us from deep within. It is only here, within the quiet of the mind, that we can experience the feeling of home and connect to the deep peace within. Searching for anything else is a futile search. There is no happiness in the world. There is no real contentment here. There is no home that can shelter us anywhere in this world. "You who are part of God are not at home except in His peace. If peace is eternal, you are at home only in eternity." (T.5.III.10.7-8) (ACIM OE T.5.V.42) In Chapter 19, (T.19.IV.A.2.1) (ACIM OE T.19.V.a.40) Jesus asks us, why we would want peace homeless; and homeless it is until we realize, "Those who offer peace to everyone have found a home in Heaven the world cannot destroy." (T.25.IV.4.9) (ACIM OE T.25.V.35)
This Lesson is clear in reminding us that the body is not our home. In Chapter 4, Jesus says, "The ego has built a shabby and unsheltering home for you, because it cannot build otherwise. Do not try to make this impoverished house stand. Its weakness is your strength. Only God could make a home that is worthy of His creations, who have chosen to leave it empty by their own dispossession. Yet His home will stand forever, and is ready for you when you choose to enter it." (T.4.I.11.1-5) (ACIM OE T.4.II.18) And we are told in Chapter 20, "Your home has called to you since time began, nor have you ever failed entirely to hear." (T.20.II.8.5) (ACIM OE T.20. III.12)
Only in God can we find peace. Nothing in this world will ever content us, but while we seem to be here, Holy Spirit can use everything in this world that the ego has made as a classroom for our awakening. Powerful healing can take place through our relationships when we turn them over to the Holy Spirit for His guidance.

Love and blessings, Sarah 
A Course in Miracles
ACIM Original Edition
Chapter Eighteen

The Dream and the Reality  
   Voice and Music by Martin Weber, CIMS SonShip Radio

IX. The Purpose of the Body 

71 It is only the awareness of the body that makes love seem limited. For the body is a limit on love. The belief in limited love was its origin, and it was made to limit the unlimited. Think not that this is merely allegorical, for it was made to limit you. Can you who see yourselves within a body know yourself as an idea? Everything you recognize you identify with externals, something outside itself. You cannot even think of God without a body or some form you think you recognize.
72 The body cannot know. And while you limit your awareness to its tiny senses, you will not see the grandeur which surrounds you. God cannot come into a body, nor can you join Him there. Limits on love will always seem to shut Him out and to keep you apart from Him. The body is a tiny fence around a little part of a glorious and complete idea. It draws a circle, infinitely small, around a very little segment of Heaven splintered from the whole, proclaiming that within it is your kingdom, where God can enter not.
73 Within this kingdom the ego rules, and cruelly. And to defend this little speck of dust, it bids you fight against the universe. This fragment of your mind is such a tiny part of it that, could you but appreciate the whole, you would see instantly that it is like the smallest sunbeam to the sun or like the faintest ripple on the surface of the ocean. In its amazing arrogance, this tiny sunbeam has decided it is the sun; this almost imperceptible ripple hails itself as the ocean. Think how alone and frightened is this little thought, this infinitesimal illusion, holding itself apart against the universe. The sun becomes the sunbeam's "enemy" which would devour it, and the ocean terrifies the little ripple and wants to swallow it.
74 Yet neither sun nor ocean is even aware of all this strange and meaningless activity. They merely continue, unaware that they are feared and hated by a tiny segment of themselves. Even that segment is not lost to them, for it could not survive apart from them. And what it thinks it is in no way changes its total dependence on them for its being. Its whole existence still remains in them. Without the sun the sunbeam would be gone; the ripple without the ocean is inconceivable.
75 Such is the strange position in which those in a world inhabited by bodies seem to be. Each body seems to house a separate mind, a disconnected thought living alone and in no way joined to the Thought by which it was created. Each tiny fragment seems to be self-contained needing each other for some things but by no means totally dependent on their one Creator for everything and needing the whole to give them any meaning, for by themselves they do mean nothing. Nor have they any life apart and by themselves.
76 Like to the sun and ocean your Self continues, unmindful that this tiny part regards itself as you. It is not missing; it could not exist if it were separate, nor would the whole be whole without it. It is not a separate kingdom, ruled by an idea of separation from the rest. Nor does a fence surround it, preventing it from joining with the rest and keeping it apart from its Creator. This little aspect is no different from the whole, being continuous with it and at one with it. It leads no separate life because its life is the oneness in which its being was created. 
77 Do not accept this little fenced-off aspect as yourself. The sun and ocean are as nothing beside what you are. The sunbeam sparkles only in the sunlight, and the ripple dances as it rests upon the ocean. Yet in neither sun nor ocean is the power that rests in you. Would you remain within your tiny kingdom, a sorry king, a bitter ruler of all he surveys who looks on nothing, yet who would still die to defend it? This little self is not your kingdom. Arched high above it and surrounding it with love is the glorious whole, which offers all its happiness and deep content to every part. The little aspect which you think you set apart is no exception.
78 Love knows no bodies and reaches to everything created like itself. Its total lack of limit is its meaning. It is completely impartial in its giving, encompassing only to preserve and keep complete what it would give. In your tiny kingdom, you have so little! Should it not, then, be there that you would call on love to enter? Look at the desert, dry and unproductive, scorched and joyless, which makes up your little kingdom. And realize the life and joy which love would bring to it from where it comes and where it would return with you.
79 The Thought of God surrounds your little kingdom, waiting at the barrier you built to come inside and shine upon the barren ground. See how life springs up everywhere! The desert becomes a garden, green and deep and quiet, offering rest to those who lost their way and wander in the dust. Give them a place of refuge, prepared by love for them where once a desert was. And everyone you welcome will bring love with him from Heaven for you. They enter one by one into this holy place, but they will not depart as they had come, alone. The love they brought with them will stay with them, as it will stay with you. And under its beneficence, your little garden will expand and reach out to everyone who thirsts for living water but has grown too weary to go on alone.
80 Go out and find them, for they bring your Self with them. And lead them gently to your quiet garden and receive their blessing there. So will it grow and stretch across the desert, leaving no lonely little kingdoms locked away from love and leaving you inside. And you will recognize yourself and see your little garden gently transformed into the Kingdom of Heaven with all the love of its Creator shining upon it. The holy instant is your invitation to love, to enter into your bleak and joyless kingdom, and to transform it into a garden of peace and welcome.
81 Love's answer is inevitable. It will come because you came without the body and interposed no barriers which would interfere with its glad coming. In the holy instant, you ask of love only what it offers everyone, neither less nor more. Asking for everything, you will receive it. And your shining Self will lift the tiny aspect which you tried to hide from Heaven straight into Heaven. No part of love calls on the whole in vain. No Son of God remains outside His Fatherhood.
82 Be sure of this-love has entered your special relationship and entered fully at your weak request. You do not recognize that love has come because you have not yet let go of all the barriers you hold against each other. And you will not be able to give love welcome separately. You could no more know God alone than He knows you without your brother. But together you could no more be unaware of love than love could know you not or fail to recognize itself in you.
83 You have reached the end of an ancient journey, not realizing yet that it is over. You are still worn and tired and the desert's dust still seems to cloud your eyes and keep you sightless. Yet He Whom you welcomed has come to you and would welcome you. He has waited long to give you this. Receive it now of Him, for He would have you know Him. Only a little wall of dust still stands between you. Blow on it lightly and with happy laughter and it will fall away and walk into the garden love has prepared for both of you.

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