Saturday, April 28, 2007

Lesson 119:

Truth will correct all errors in my mind.

I am mistaken when I think I can be hurt in any way.

I am God’s Son, whose Self rests safely in the Mind of God.

To give and to receive are one in truth.

I will forgive all things today, that I may learn how to accept the truth in me, and come to recognize my sinlessness.

Mind is the activating agent of Spirit, which is our identity in God. Spirit is the thought of God which He created like Himself Here is where the truth is. So the mind is where we must look to find the truth in this so-called world, Outside of mind, this world does not exist at all. Don’t get me wrong; indeed, Spirit is being, mind activated to what we experience as reality, which is always what we want to experience. We do not leave the truth of what we are, in spite of the ego and the seeming existence of its world. Our experience simply reflects what we want to be real. This is why it is so critical, that we get clear that we want only truth.

The so-called human race (the ego-body self) and with the physical universe were designed and well developed, to defend against the recognition of our being~ Spirit. So really the nature of spirit cannot be understood in this world, since Spirit’s reality rests in a dimension that transcends time and space. Time and space, being the domain of the ego, are the only categories the human brain is equipped with to “understand” phenomena.

In chapter 4 of the text, it says: “The ego’s ceaseless attempts to gain the spirit’s acknowledgment and thus establish its own existence are useless. Spirit in its knowledge is unaware of the ego. It does not attack it; it merely cannot conceive of it at all… the ego is equally unaware of spirit… The ego and the spirit do not know each other. The ego and the spirit do not know each other.” (T-4.II.8; T-4.4)

This is why it is so critical to bring illusion to truth for evaluation; and not attempt to bring truth to our little fantasized life.

We are mistaken about what reality is and the Holy Spirit was place within our minds to reinterpret our perceptions within the dimension of spirit, realigning us to see differently.

“Think you that you can bring truth to fantasy, and learn what truth means from the perspective of illusions? Truth no meaning in illusion. The frame of reference for its meaning must be itself. When you try to bring truth to illusions, you are trying to make illusions real, and keep them by justifying your belief in them. But to give illusions to truth is to enable truth to teach that the illusions are unreal, and thus enable you to escape from them. Reserve not one idea aside from truth, or you establish orders of reality that must imprison you. There is no order in reality, because everything there is true. (T-17.I.5)

Whenever we feel hurt or wronged in anyway, we are merely mistaken about who we are. “I am mistaken when I think I can be hurt in any way. I am God’s Son, whose Self rests safely in the Mind of God”…

When the mind appeared to separate from its Source, it appeared to be split, and the ego was produced. Let us remember that appearances are not reality~ not the truth. That is why the Course speaks of two minds: Mind~ at one with God; and mind~ split off from Him, which of course, is the massive identity we call the ego; the alienated, illusory, sinful self. It is also the self, which the Course speaks to. The Course in fact makes the distinction between ‘being’, which is Spirit, truth, reality and its counterpart ‘existence’, which is the realm of the divided, specific, strategic mind. Chapters 4 through 6 it really speaks to this distinction. Here are some excerpts: “Existence as well as being rest on communication. Existence, however, is specific in how, what and with whom communication is judged to be worth undertaking. Being is completely without these distinctions. It is a state in which the mind is in communication with everything that is real… This is your reality. Do not desecrate it or recoil from it. It is your real home, your real temple and your real Self… God, Who encompasses all being, created beings who have everything individually… Remember that in the Kingdom there is no difference between and as there is in existence… alone lives in the Kingdom, where everything lives in God without question. (T-4.VII.4-5; T-6.IV.7.4)

Once we accept Being as our true state, we slide into the perspective of truth, where it is relatively simple to make the connection that: “To give and to receive are one in truth…

Remember in lesson 70 where it says: “When you realize that all guilt is solely an invention you your mind, you also realize that guilt and salvation must be in the same place. In understanding this you are saved…”

What we have to remember is ‘it’s all in our mind’

Sure, the programmed, collective ideas of the ego –world about forgiveness, play a huge role in our resistance to truly surrendering to the salvation promised in the Course and accepting the Atonement for ourselves.

For the longest time, I always wanted to ‘see the error’ and ‘be bigger than it’. That’s what the ‘program’ asks for. This kept me entrenched in the reality of error anyway you diced it up, even if I temporarily felt better (usually righteous).

Then finally, I started hearing myself refer to the person or situation with something like, “This isn’t real’; this isn’t who you are and not who I am, we are love, so this could not be real”, and I realized the Holy Spirit was turning my mind right-side up…

I think it is crucial in understanding the Course’s to realize that it is not from the world or from our so-called sins, that we need it be saved, or that we need to forgive ~It is not an external problem.

The problem is the underlying thought system of separation. It is the way we think~ that brought this whole gig about… This is what needs correction. Accepting this correction allows us to receive healing, by giving it through forgiveness.

Forgiveness is the mechanism to implement God’s plan for salvation, complete with seemingly specific lessons appropriate to our seeming ‘each-ness’, so we can easily do our essential part.

We forgive each other for what we have not done, but what we thought apart from God…“ I will forgive all things today, that I may learn how to accept the truth in me, and come to recognize my sinlessness…” The truth does set us free…because, truth will correct all error in our mind… We are as God created us.

Let us receive what we give in accordance with truth, today~


Anonymous said...

it sounds good, but i have trouble with saying that iam sinless.

danét said...

It is a difficult shift from seeing through the ego's eyes where sin is a given, and the father of the world as we know it. However, Truths reveals that our belief in sin could not be more powerful than what God created, sinless as Himself.
Luckily,He place the Holy Spirit within our minds, and through our willingness to forgive our belief in sin, we remember our sinlessness.

Anonymous said...

YEAH< I"LL keep trying to believe that!