Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Lesson 158:

Today I learn to give as I receive…

Christ’s vision is the gift we give. Today we practice seeing beyond the images of form, bodies and persons, and look beyond to the light in them which we see because we are that same self light. One light, like one mind, the one we share with all creation that is creation, creation and Creator as one…

What I have found helps ease the monkey-mind when requests beyond its scope, such as this, are ask of it, is to give it something to focus on, sort of chew on, mull over, occupy it appropriately. Like for instance, quantum physics has explored, investigated, and theorized what makes up all seeming matter and space. It has scientifically proven that none of it is solid. It is rather a combination of particles and waves given specificity by the intent of the viewer. And if broken down to its minutest particle and examined with extreme magnification, the final core is formless emptiness.

This makes the leap to practicing today’s lesson reasonable to the mind that thinks bodies and objects and space. We are ask only to look lovingly beyond, to the light within; to the very reason it is possible to see what seems to be another, or a brother.

Christ’s vision is the gift we receive by offering all we have perceived to the Holy Spirit for forgiveness, reevaluation and reinterpretation. It is this sight we see in our brother, when love has replaced fear and we recognize we but share a common goal; to unite as one in Him.

We receive it too, because we want only what is real. We have decided for Heaven. We want only the truth. We are learning to value only what is valuable and to recognize that what is not, is but a forgiveness opportunity in which we can leave the world we think we see by an instant’s shift in mind to the light of Love beyond and within. When we look again, we see our Self. This is the vision the text is referring to in that often quoted passage in the text: “The holiest place on earth is where an ancient hatred has become a present love.”

Why do we so love this passage? It connects us with the purpose for our being here. It points to the experience of which we all are connected; we feel a deep sense of honor and surrender just hearing the phrase. It reminds us of what matters. It unites us with the sense of Christ’s vision accomplished…

Again, here’s what the lesson says:

Christ’s vision has one law. It does not look upon a body, and mistake it for the Son whom God created. It beholds a light beyond the body; an idea beyond what can be touched, a purity undimmed by errors, pitiful mistakes, and fearful thoughts of guilt from dreams of sin. It sees no separation: And it looks on everyone, on every circumstance, all happenings and all events, without the slightest fading of the light it sees.

This can be taught; and must be taught by all who would achieve it. It requires but the recognition that the world can not give anything that faintly can compare with this in value; nor set up a goal that does not merely disappear when this has been perceived. And this you give today: See no one as a body. Greet him as the Son of God he is, acknowledging that he is one with you in holiness.

Today, let us give and receive as one; looking to the Christ light in every one and situation, in remembrance of the Christ light we all share and the vision we now have received…

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