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Free Pathways Of Light ACIM Lesson Accompaniment
Lesson 1 ACIM Workbook

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ACIM WORKBOOK LESSON
HEALING PERSPECTIVES
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Lesson 1:
"Nothing I see in this room [on this street,
from this window, in this place] means anything."
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The Text tells us that we must learn to question everything we think we know. This first lesson of the Workbook begins the process of opening our minds to the possibility that we may not know what we think we know, we may not really understand what we think we understand. A closed mind that thinks it already understands is not open to learning.

Early in the Text we are told that this is a course in mind training and will lead to a complete thought reversal. Its not just a little adjustment. It's a complete 180 degree turn from the direction we thought was true. Because we believe our safety is in what we believe to be true, we are not likely to welcome something that is telling us the opposite. So with today?s lesson, the Workbook gently begins the process of loosening our grip on what we have believed to be true and bringing it to question.

The ego would tell us that these beginning exercises are trivial. But practiced as indicated, these exercises prepare the way for a profound shift in our perception. It is the beginning step on a journey that leads to joy beyond anything we have experienced in this world and peace that cannot be disturbed.

How long this journey is for us depends on one thing: Our willingness to fully practice the exercises and open our mind to the lessons of our inner Teacher. We are not alone on this journey. We have Help in our mind always. And we have the help of all our brothers who are dedicated to awakening from the dream. It is a shared awakening because sharing is waking. We join in the journey of returning to where we never left.


We embark on a journey together today and every day. We are together whether we realize it or not. In truth we are one. A world of separation could never be real. That is why it does not mean anything. It has meaning only to the extent that it can be a useful tool of awakening -- a teaching aid. The Holy Spirit can and will use anything in this world as a bridge to bring us from our belief in separation to our recognition that only oneness is real. As we are willing to follow with an open mind, we will be led to true and everlasting happiness, deep peace and joy without reservation.

This world is the opposite of reality. We need mind training in order to let go of what is not true. We need mind training in order to recognize the difference between what is real and what is not real. This mind training will go on day by day as we are willing to practice each lesson as specified in the Workbook. We embark on our journey today recognizing that we do not know what anything means. And we are willing to be led to what is real. We are willing to return Home to Love. We are willing to be happy instead of right.


As I look around me and tell myself that nothing is real, I am overcome by a surreal feeling. Things look different. Things seem different. What is it that gives them meaning? My mind gives them meaning. And why do some things have more meaning than others? Or less meaning that others? The sense of attachment fades away and I suddenly remember a dream I had this morning about a friend who died in October. How real was that? She seemed real in the dream. The interactions with her family seemed real. Yet when I awakened, I realized it was only a dream. Are these things that mean nothing only a dream as well? If they are, then perhaps I should let myself be amused by them as I would by a movie or television show, yet form no real attachement to them because things do come and go rather easily, don't they.



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ACIM WORKBOOK LESSON 2

This is number 2 in our series of healing perspectives on the lessons in the ACIM Workbook for Students. We recommend that you read Lesson 2 in the Workbook along with this message.


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Lesson 2:
"I have given everything I see in this room 
[on this street,from this window, in this place] 
all the meaning that it has for me."
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The idea for today is powerfully empowering. Because it is us that has given all the meaning everything we perceive has for us, we have the power to change its meaning. Thus, salvation is in our hands. Our release is not dependent upon what anyone else does. Our release comes with changing the meaning we give to anything and everything. Thus this idea is the cornerstone of the foundation for forgiveness and healing.

Much of the Text and the Workbook lessons are there to help us see the truth of this statement. Yet whether or not we accept it as true at this point is not essential. However, doing the exercise as specified is essential, for it is one more step in opening our mind to complete release from bondage and return to the Heaven of our holy mind.


The process of complete reversal of our thinking is done step-by-step. Impatience is of the ego. Disappointment is of the ego. Stress is of the ego. Our mind is yet undisciplined and so there may be some effort required to bring discipline to it. But excessive effort can be used by the ego as a means to discourage us from continuing on with our mind healing. That is why these early lessons appear to be very simple and trivial to us.

They are not trivial. It is helpful not to confuse simplicity with meaninglessness. The ego thrives on complexity. It is the Holy Spirit Who will show us that what appears to be complex always comes down to one single problem and a single solution. For today, our job is to simply practice the exercise with gratitude that we are taking an important step in our healing.


The things that have the most meaning to me now had no meaning to me a decade ago. And these things are sitting in a park, walking in the woods, sunny days, a drive in my car on a beautiful fall day... But there are meanings here too. And I have assigned them. And when I don't get to enjoy these things that I have placed so much meaning on, I get upset, frustrated, hurt. I feel angry and victimized.

But ten years ago when these things, the sunny days and fall drives, the sitting in the park and walking in the woods - had no meaning to me, I didn't feel victimized or angry, upset or frustrated. I didn't care at all. Hmmm? Next time I get upset over something that I have assigned meaning to, I think I will remember a time when that thing had no meaning or a different meaning to me. I'm sure that will change my perception quite a bit, or at least give me food for thought.


After reading the lesson I went to the Holy Spirit for more insight. I received the following:

I sit in silence waiting for your allowing of My meaning. I wait for your recognition that the worldly meanings you chose mean nothing. They do not exist. They are thoughts projected from your mind, nothing more. These meanings came from the past. Choose Me in the now. Let My meaning come to you now. My meaning will bring you joy, happiness and healing. Your meaning ties you to pain, sorrow and judgment. Let Me love you into growing beyond your old attachments, your old meanings. Accept responsibility for your choice, your ability to choose. And then choose Me. See all things for the nothingness they are, for they are not of Me. But I can give meaning anew that will serve you better, that will show you truer perspective of what is. Wait no longer to let go of the old and let Me give you something bright and shiny to replace it.

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ACIM WORKBOOK LESSON 3

This is number 3 in our series of healing perspectives on the lessons in the ACIM Workbook for Students. We recommend that you read Lesson 3 in the Workbook along with this message.


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Lesson 3:
"I do not understand anything I see in this room 
[on this street, from this window, in this place]."
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This lesson is an important part of my healing process. The more I practice stepping back and remembering that I don't know what anything means, the easier it is for me to move to the next step, which is being willing to open up to and receive the true meaning from Holy Spirit. As I continue to practice remembering that I do not know the meaning of this, I am allowing my mind to be healed of all my false perceptions. When I think I know and am not open to a change of mind, I will not receive the blessings that come from the Holy Spirit's perception. I will think that what I am seeing is real. I will forget that what I am seeing is coming from the false, ego mind. I will forget that there IS no "outside" that is the cause of what I am seeing, feeling or thinking.

So the practice of this lesson is key to my awakening to my true Nature. I can practice applying this all day, especially in those circumstances that disturb me. If I am not at peace with anything, I can return to this lesson and practice remembering that I do not know the meaning of this. I can stop being a know-it-all. I can have an open mind and be receptive to Holy Spirit?s healing Light in regard to anything I think I am experiencing.

This stepping back process of saying, "I don't know, Holy Spirit. Please heal my perception," is my pathway to Heaven. I can learn to relax, soften my fixed meanings that I am giving to things. I can practice having an open mind, a beginner's mind. I can practice opening to the peace of God. It is through the peace of God that true understanding comes. I am grateful for being reminded again that I don?t know what anything means. It is through this process of stepping back from what I think I learned in the past that my mind is healed.


I have spent a lifetime believing that I understand everything I see. As an engineer, I was trained to believe that I could figure things out and make them work. There is a level of pride in showing understanding. This aspect is personally insulted by this lesson. Yet it is this aspect that, if allowed to go unchecked, stands as a barrier to my healing. It represents a closed mind, unwilling to learn because it believes it understands on its own. This self reliance that comes from the ego mind is a way of keeping God out, like a rebellious teenager saying, "I want to do it my way." All the while, the Holy Spirit offers another view that brings complete release from limitation and littleness. I am willing to give up the fight to keep my limitations. I am willing to open my mind to the teaching of Holy Spirit. I am willing to remind myself that I do not understand anything I see.


When I assign meaning to anything, I am making a judgment and I have learned that judgment engenders fear. I can accept that I don't have to see anything outside myself to know that I am Love. I don't need to see a beautiful flower to extend appreciation. In truth, I am appreciation, I am appreciated. I am loved and I am loving. I can safely and gently release all meaning so that the truth of Who I really am can reveal itself.

After working with this lesson, I asked the Holy Spirit for insight. I received the following: Take up your life in new understandings. Let Me be the source of that. Let My understanding wash over you as you acknowledge that you yourself understand nothing. Do not fear to acknowledge that you understand nothing. This is a step to freedom, true freedom. The ego sees this acknowledgement as a sort of death for the meaning it has given and received back is no longer valid. The ego desires valildation. It wants the understanding it has always accepted. It prefers its own dream to reality. My understanding will take you to the reality of ressurection of Spirit in your life - freedom from the false grave of ego. Let My understanding be possible. Let yours go. Let all things be understood from my reflection, not from yours. If you are willing, My understanding will simply come to you. Why not let it come today.


The more I get into the course, the more I realize how little I understand about anything of this world. It's actually a relief to know that I don't understand anything. Somehow I always sensed there had to be more to life than the way I was perceiving it. For me this lesson is going back to square one in life, except this time I need to be totally innocent of knowledge, like a child, and allow the Holy Spirit to guide me as I move ahead.

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ACIM WORKBOOK LESSON 4

This is number 4 in our series of healing perspectives on the lessons in the ACIM Workbook for Students. We recommend that you read Lesson 4 in the Workbook along with this message.


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Lesson 4:
"These thoughts do not mean anything.
They are likethe things I see in this room 
[on this street, from this window, in this place]."
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This lesson is very powerful in helping me recognize the thoughts that are coming from the split mind for what they are -- meaningless. This lesson brings me, through baby steps, to the awareness that all the thoughts that I think with the ego mind are trying to be substitutes for my real Thoughts, my real Identity as Love, which is still in the changeless Mind of Love.

As I learn to practice looking at my thoughts and recognize that they are really meaningless, a tiny opening is made, a crack in the hardened beliefs of separation. Even though it may seem uncomfortable to me to learn that what I have been cherishing is really meaningless, I am learning here with this lesson that seeing these thoughts as meaningless helps me let them go. It helps me open my mind to let the Holy Spirit heal these thoughts and gradually bridge me to the awareness that only Love is real.

As I see that these thoughts are really meaningless, I unchain my mind from the ego prison house of separation. It is not a bad thing; it's a good thing. I am willing to practice with diligence and consistency. I am willing to let my mind be healed today. I am willing to step back and be shown a new way of perceiving the world.


This lesson is bringing to our attention that we don't know what is meaningful and what is meaningless. In particular, it is showing us that the thoughts that we are accustomed to having are meaningless. This seems to be a quite radical thought. It brings to question everything we have thought is important. Once again it is in keeping with the Course's message that we must learn to question everything we think we know.

In this lesson it says this is a very important step -- learning to recognize what is meaningless. This recognition is the release from fear. It is only meaningless thoughts that frighten us, simply because that we do not recognize that they are meaningless. In the introduction to the Text we are told that only Love is real. This being true, Love must be all that is meaningful. Thus any thought that is not the extension of Love is meaningless.

This lesson is an important step in learning that this is true and in freeing us from the ego's tyranny of fear. Because we have invested so much of our identity in the ego thought system, it is not easy to fully grasp the message of this lesson. We are not expected to do it all at once. The exercise is simply a step in the right direction. Our job is simply to take the step, trusting that the Holy Spirit will continue to guide us toward the peace and Love that is our heart's desire.


Some of my thoughts scare me. Some make me feel guilty. Even happy thoughts come with a price tag -- if circumstances are making me happy, then changing circumstances can bring a different emotion. I give all these thoughts a lot of weight, allowing them to control my emotions and mold my day, and complicate life until I don't know what is what and wind up feeling trapped with no way out.

It is hard to believe I cherish these thoughts. Sure I cherish some memories. I cherish thoughts that seem to serve me. But do I cherish the ones that obviously hurt me? I must, because I keep bringing them out to examine over and over.

When I read that my thoughts are meaningless, my first thought was that I've just learned that my mind is powerful, how can I dismiss my thoughts as meaningless? Then I realized that meaningless thoughts are not without power, they are just without meaning. By acknowledging this, I can feel free to let them go and releasing them does rob them of power. It is like I have emptied a cup of spoiled stuff, and now it is ready to be filled by the good stuff from Holy Spirit.


My most important task is to be mindful of my thoughts, to see them as they are not as I want them to be, to be aware of their foundation in fear, neediness and fantasy. I have placed so much importance in thoughts. I have treated them with deference and respect, almost like little gods. At times my thoughts run amok with shreiking and demanding voices that exhaust me with their relentless energy. They keep me awake. They keep me anxious. They take on a life of their own. I am aware that I have allowed this to be my "reality."

I am tired of genuflecting at the altar of thoughts, of accepting them as the truth of my existence. As I watch them and observe how they affect me and yet they are and mean nothing, I am struck by the beauty and peace in silencing the ego mind to whatever degree is possible in each moment. Silence is not the end of the journey, but the beginning. Being deafened by meaningless thoughts is not happiness. It is not even reasonable or intelligent. It is wearing. It is keeping me upset.

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I am tired of genuflecting at the altar of thoughts, of accepting them as the truth of my existence. As I watch them and observe how they affect me and yet they are and mean nothing, I am struck by the beauty and peace in silencing the ego mind to whatever degree is possible in each moment. Silence is not the end of the journey, but the beginning. Being deafened by meaningless thoughts is not happiness. It is not even reasonable or intelligent. It is wearing. It is keeping me upset.

I am willing today to see thoughts as meaningless, and in clinging to the meaningless, I miss the meaningful. I miss the joy of my True Self, the Self whose thoughts would make all the difference because those thoughts spring only from Love. These True Self thoughts come to me as I await in the silence of the stilled ego mind. I wish to still the ego mind because I become aware that ego thoughts are meaningless. I realize that I can only be at peace in the meaningful.

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ACIM WORKBOOK LESSON 5

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Lesson 5:
"I am never upset for the reason I think."
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This lesson brings to our attention a central teaching of the entire Course: Form does not matter. If we stop to think about it, everything that upsets us in any way has something to do with form -- the words someone says, the way someone behaves, a computer that malfunctions, a friend who doesn't call -- the list could go on and on.

Gratefully the Course recognizes that we are nowhere near ready to fully embrace this idea. We do not even need to believe that form does not matter as yet. Today's exercise will help us open our minds to the possibility. It will help us move toward recognizing that all our upsets have one cause. We do not even need to know or understand what that cause is at this point. We are not expected to make the Herculean step from the belief in myriad causes of upset that we carry now to the recognition that there is only one cause. We will be led to that recognition gently and easily as our willingness opens the door.

It is important not to get wrapped up either in seeing the end goal as so large or so far away that it seems impossible or that we should be able to reach it right now. The ego loves to bring up barriers and it will do it by making goals seem out of reach or impossible, or it will use the goal as a standard to which you must measure yourself now and then suggest that you are guilty for not being there now. Do not believe it. Clearly the Course doesn't. If it did, it would not have dedicated 1,200 plus pages and 365 lessons to helping us change our minds.

In the Text it points out that the mind can change in an instant, but it takes time to develop the willingness to accept the change. There is no hint of condemnation or guilt associated with recognizing that it takes time to develop willingness. We have spent a billion years building a world of form that we believe is real. The Course simply presents itself as a means to collapse time in the letting go of a world of form that we think we have made real.

These early lessons introduce some very radical ideas compared to what we have believed is true in the world. It is helpful to be patient with ourselves as we go through the undoing process. We have the strength of the Holy Spirit in our minds to help us reach the goal. Our concern is only to develop our willingness to accept His help. He will do the rest. The peace of God is guaranteed.


Building the habit of telling myself that "I am never upset for the reason I think," helps me step back from thinking I already know. Thinking I already know is the problem. When I think I already know, I am making forms of separation real. When I look through the body's eyes and see different forms, different people that seem separate from me, I am trying to make the error of separation real.

When I make the error of separation real, I am thinking from the split mind, the ego mind. The ego mind always wants to see separation. When I join with the ego thought system, I believe that what I am seeing as an outside world is separate from me and has nothing to do with my thoughts. As I study the Course, I am learning that this is not true. I am learning that what I am seeing through the body's eyes is only a reflection of my thoughts, both conscious and unconscious. The forms I am seeing and trying to make real is the opposite of the truth.

The Course reminds me again and again that only our oneness in the Mind of Love is real. The Course reminds me again and again that all form is not real. The Course reminds me again and again that anything that has to do with time or space is not real. Anything that changes is not real. Only eternal Love in the Mind of God is real. When I try to make something real that is not real, I move into a place of fear. Thinking that I am separate from Love is very fearful. This is why thinking form is real is very fearful and upsetting.

Telling me that I am never upset for the reason I think is a very important step in helping me heal my mind. I need to practice this again and again with every difference I see. I need practice in refraining from making the error of separation real. It does appear very real. What I am learning in this lesson helps jog my sense of certainty that it could ever be real. This helps me step back and open to the Holy Spirit, Whose job it is to help me discern the real from the unreal.

As I take every upset to the Holy Spirit, I will gradually learn the truth that every form is equally unreal. As I practice this day by day, again and again, there is a growing sense of peace and calm within me. I can learn to laugh with Holy Spirit that all these seeming forms could be real. I learn to not take the world I am seeing so seriously. As I continue to practice with Holy Spirit, I learn to see past form to the one Christ that is always there. I learn to come back again and again to the truth with the gentle help of the Holy Spirit. "I am never upset for the reason I think" is one of those powerful tools to jog my mind out of the know-it-all syndrome. As I use this, I can learn to happily step back one more time and take what I think I know to the Holy Spirit to be undone.


When I get upset it comes in many forms - 

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When I get upset it comes in many forms - of anger, of resentment, of disgust, of expectations and on and on. Then, of course, here comes that snowball effect in which these feelings turn to depression or despair in wondering "why can't I get this thing called life?" As I read the Course, it amazes me how sneaky the ego is and how it "rents space in our minds" keeping us confined to thoughts like, "don't get mad, get even" or "don't worry, try again" only to get the same results. I don't know why I get upset, but I am willing to let the Holy Spirit guide me today and trust this lesson will fall into place when I'm ready.

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ACIM WORKBOOK LESSON 6

This is number 6 in our series of healing perspectives on the lessons in the ACIM Workbook for Students. We recommend that you read Lesson 6 in the Workbook along with this message.


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Lesson 6:
"I am upset because I see something that is not there."
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Have you ever been startled by something that you saw out of the corner of your eye, a shadow or something moving, then when you turned to look at it and saw that it was harmless, felt relief? This is an example of perceiving (seeing) something that is not there. When we recognize that what we think we see is not really there at all, it brings great relief. This is a tiny taste of the great relief that will come as we learn what the Course is teaching us and apply it to everything in our lives. It will lead us to a serenity that cannot be disturbed and happiness far beyond anything we have experienced in this world.

These lessons are taking us gently step-by-step towards this goal. Gratefully, we are not required to be able to apply these ideas to everything at once. We need only practice the idea as prescribed, knowing that as the introduction to the Workbook tells us, the exercises will take us to the desired goal. Affirming that "I am upset because I see something that is not there" helps me step back to observe my perception and interpretation with a little less attachment. It cracks the door open to allow the possibility of receiving Holy Spirit's healing perception. I am willing to open the door.


Many times I have awakened in the morning to realize that the dream I was dreaming was not real. The circumstances I was dreaming were not really there. Many times I have felt relief that it was just a dream. This lesson is helping me recognize that my 'day dream' is not really there. Telling myself often today, "I am upset because I see something that is not there," will bring me back to reality. My Source did not create this, and so it is not there. Love does not create a world of separate bodies, a world of constant change, and so it is not there.
This is a reality check for me. This helps me reconnect with the truth of what is real. This helps me detach from the dream I am making up and perceiving is real. In truth there is no duality and right now, while I am believing in duality, I need help in waking up to what is real. Dreams of separation are frightening. They do induce anger, fear, worry and depression. Dreams of separation are not happy dreams. Dreaming I am separate from Love is not a happy dream. Dreaming I am separate from my brothers is not a happy dream.

I am grateful that Jesus has provided these daily lessons to help me undo the fearful dreams I have made. I need constant reminders that what I am seeing with my body's eyes is not really there. It is a huge relief, just like when I wake up in the morning realizing that the fearful dream is not real.

I can relax now. I can take this lesson and practice it again and again today. I can practice being mindful to recognize upsetting thoughts as they come up and apply the lesson for today. As I practice it, I find relief. It brings me to deeper levels of peace and inner calm.

I am so grateful that these lessons are here to help me let go of a make-believe world of separation. It is a great relief to know that this world could never be real in God's loving Mind. And because we all are part of God?s Mind, it could never be real in our true mind... only foolish dreams of trying to separate from Reality. What relief today's lesson brings.


For me, this lesson is one that emphasizes staying in the moment. It's happened to me so many times that I can worry or be upset about something that never happens anyway and I wasted alot of energy when I could have been enjoying other things. I believe when the course tells me basically that I can't begin to know how much love and peace I've missed because I was angry or upset. I would guess this is why there are no small upsets because no matter what form my upsets take, I believe I'm missing out on something better. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for loving me when I am not able to love myself.


My message for today is as follows: I am One with you now and always. This is real. This is your reality. All the rest is fiction, made up to disguise your fear that this is not so. You see what is not there. You see what you think is form. You have made it look so "real" that it fools you. You have chosen this way to live. Understand that it is a choice on your part. You can choose differently. You can rest in the awareness that your ego mind makes up stories about form that keeps you upset because you allow it to. You choose not to see that this is so, but you can come to greater awareness with the help of Holy Spirit. That part of your mind connected to Oneness in God is the part that can choose more and more to see the reality that is. It is only a mistake to see something, a "reality" that is not there. Let your mind be healed of this mistake. If you choose to be willing for this healing to occur, Holy Spirit will facilitate this healing. Rest with this awhile today.

©2003, Pathways of Light, Inc. 

#6 cont.

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ACIM WORKBOOK LESSON 7

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Lesson 7:
"I see only the past."
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The truth is that Love is ever present. By seeing the present through the filter of the past, we cannot see the Love that is always there. All our judgments are based upon the past. When we let the past go, we let judgment go. We let illusions go.

The recognition that our habit has been to see only the past is fundamental to forgiveness. Unforgiveness, holding a grievance, is simply holding the past against the present. When we have let go of the past entirely, there will be no grievances. We will have opened the door to the experience of Heaven. We stand at the gate that is open. Without the past there are no barriers and we can move with joy into the safe and loving arms of God. This is the gift that comes with recognizing that on our own we see only the past. This lesson, in just five words, offers us the gift of Heaven. It is worth practicing the exercise and opening our hearts and minds to its teaching. In the Text Jesus tells us, "Look gently on your brother, and behold the world in which perception of your hate has been transformed into a world of love." (T-26. V.14:5)


In the eternal now, we are in Heaven. In the eternal now, we are still as God created us ? whole, perfect and complete. In the eternal now, there is no time. There is no distance. As we learn to let go of our belief in time, we are freed from the chains of the ego. We are freed from believing in a past or a future. We learn to recognize that there is no past or future, only the eternal present.

As I practice this lesson today, it is helpful for me to look at the past as simply a false idea to be undone, a mistaken thought that means nothing. As I go through my day, it is helpful for me to practice recognizing how I am bringing the past to the present. It is helpful for me to practice taking the false ideas that I now see to the Holy Spirit to be undone for me. It is helpful to practice recognizing when I am bringing the past into the future. It is helpful to practice seeing how this hides my awareness of the eternal present.

As I continue to practice, I will remember that only God is. Love is, in the eternal present. Past and future are nowhere and nothing in truth. Remembering this takes constant vigilance in handing over my thoughts to the Holy Spirit. I cannot undo this alone. I have much help.

A helpful reference for this lesson from the Text is found in Chapter 26, Section IV., paragraphs 13-14 on page 552. In this section Jesus reminds us that every day of our life is just a repetition of the instant we chose to hallucinate separation rather than be awake to the truth of our oneness with God. He says, "And all of time is but the mad belief that what is over is still here and now." (13:4) As we realize that the past is really over and our grievance against Love's oneness cannot be repeated over and over in reality, we see the importance of practicing this lesson with diligence.


I cannot be afraid to look at my past. Some of it is buried in my subconscious, out of sight. My life only looks calm on the surface. The rooms of my life are fairly orderly, but open the closets and they are a jumble of thoughts I think I keep hidden from sight because they are messy. I don't like the messy simply because it is, well -- messy. I like the orderly, beautiful, peaceful. But the messy sometimes comes out of the closet into my seemingly orderly room. I remind myself that it tumbles out of the closet for me to look at so that I can see its nothingness -- its meaninglessness, and let myself be healed of it. It does not tumble out for me to feel shame or guilt at living a less than perfect life, one full of mistakes.

Life is much like cleaning out closets. One never knows what one will find at the back, maybe something stashed there for eons of time. We have accumulated so many mistaken perceptions we think are real, necessary, and even valuable. But everything in the closet is of the past. I don't need it anymore. With the help of Holy Spirit, I can open the doors wide, letting in plenty of light, and stand steadfast in the knowledge that none of it can hurt me or affect me, the real me, in any way.

This need not be a particularly difficult task if I am mindful that Holy Spirit will do all the work if I am willing. Today I am willing to look at old thoughts and ideas with Holy Spirit and let go of all that does not serve Love and Peace, all the while learning more about remembering who I really am. Today I am willing to let my all of my mind, what I think I see and what my mind wants to save in a dark place, be healed by Holy Spirit. Today I am willing to be untroubled by all that I see from the past.


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ACIM WORKBOOK LESSON 8

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Lesson 8:
"My mind is preoccupied with past thoughts."
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This undoing process takes a mind that is open to thought reversal. It takes a mind that is willing to see that it sees only its thoughts projected outward and that all its thinking within the world of separation is just a reflection of a blank mind.

This takes a willingness to step back and look at our thoughts again and again and again and see that they are thoughts that are just coming from the past, from the tiny mad idea to see separation instead of be awake to the truth of Love's oneness. This undoing process of letting go of the past is necessary before our real thoughts can come into our mind.

The Holy Spirit is always present to help us undo all our false thinking. This practice of looking at our thoughts with Holy Spirit more and more consistently helps us join with our constant Companion and see everything differently. As we do this again and again and again, we will not see as the world sees. We will see past bodies and become aware of Love's oneness, which is always there. We will see that only Love is real. We will remember that all calls for Love need only one thing, and that is our extension of Love.

As we practice this undoing process again and again, we will not take the world of separate bodies so seriously. We will see that our story and everyone's story is just reflecting the thoughts that come from our separated, blank minds. We will gradually come to remember our true Identity -- formless Love that is everywhere in the eternal present. We will remember that we have only one purpose and that is to return to the truth of everyone's oneness in the mind of God. Seeing that our thoughts are only reflecting the past is an important step in undoing our hold on false ideas.


These beginning lessons are, step by step, laying the foundation for forgiveness. Today's idea introduces the idea that the thoughts that I have been aware of merely represent a blank mind. If I accept this as true, the next logical step is to remember that all the things I think happened did not occur. They were merely a blank mind deceiving itself through empty images. If I accept this as true, that nothing has really happened, then the the next logical conclusion is that there is nothing to forgive. The Course says that true forgiveness simply recognizes there is nothing to forgive.

These early lessons introduce ideas that turn the ego thought system upside down. The exercises seem almost simplistic. Thankfully we are not asked to wholly accept the truth of these statements. We are asked only to do the exercise as prescribed. The truth of these statements will dawn upon our minds naturally as we follow the exercises and our willingness expands. Though the exercises may seem simplistic at this time, they are laying the foundation for complete release from all fear, for complete release from hell. This is the gift these lessons offer us. They are indeed worth the practice.


As I come to trust in my Christ-self, I allow it to be more present in my life. I make no demands on what should be present. I merely allow the Christ-self to be present to Its own way of being grace. I place no expectations on how this must be for me. My lesson in this comes in the now of time. When I look about me I see only what past thoughts have formed. I do not see the now in which my Christ-self lives. When I focus on the now only and let my preoccupation with thoughts of the past slide away, I can feel peace and joy.

As I focus more and more on the now, I can surrender to my Christ-self thoughts. They become my occupation. I live by the grace of these thoughts. When I take the time in quiet reflection to remember who I am, and that there is no need to struggle to achieve this, I can continue my life with greater self confidence. I can know that knowing God will be mine in the end because it is already mine. And the only time I can know this is now, for I cannot see this in my past projected ego thoughts.

As I consciously choose willingness to let my mind be healed, to let my conscious union with God be made known to me with the help of Holy Spirit, I can feel secure that this will happen. As it can only happen in the now, every moment I give my willingness to Holy Spirit, living by the grace of God awareness can be present for me. Today I choose to let go of my preoccupation with past thoughts and let the now thoughts of my Christ-self be present, sure that this can happen with Holy Spirit leading the way.

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ACIM WORKBOOK Lesson 9

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Lesson 9:
"I see nothing as it is now."
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When I go to a movie and sit down and watch the story unfold, someone next to me may say to me, "The events you are seeing on the screen are not really happening now. The movie was made several years ago and you are just viewing it now." While in the middle of watching the movie, it appears as if the story is not over. It appears as if the scene being enacted in that moment is really happening right now.

I am learning through the Course that my life experiences are like watching a movie that was over long ago. The Course speaks of the "tiny tick of time" in which the Son of God forgot to laugh at such foolish ideas. When I watch a movie, I often get very wrapped up in the story, and laugh or cry at the events that seem to be happening at that moment.

I am learning to look at my life experiences in the same way. The Course is telling me that what I am seeing is not there now. It is over. That tiny tick of time is over. We all are in Heaven now. The Son of God is one. The millions of bodies that seem to dance on the stage of separation are seen clearly now for the nothingness that it always was.

Reminding myself often, "I see nothing as it is now," will help to jog my mind out of taking this movie of separation so seriously. I need this help, because it does appear that this moment in the dream is happening now, just like when I watch the movies. As I practice again and again, stepping back and taking what appears to be happening now to the Holy Spirit, I am shown what will help me in the moment. I came from Love, I am Love now and Love is all that could ever be real.

A world of separation, a world of differences and bodies, a world of time a space, is a movie that is over. It was always just a movie of separation that could never be real. I can relax now. I can let my mind be healed of all my delusions of separation, minute by minute, day by day. I can forget and make the world real again and again, but it means nothing. No one has lost their innocence. Separation from God, from Love, could never be. I am grateful that this is so.


As I was doing today?s exercise, I was struck by the fact that even to do the exercise, I had to rely on my past learning. In order to name the object that I do not see as it is now, I look to my past learning to give it a label. It shows me how the past permeates all my thinking through the day.

In the process of waking up, I do not need to try to totally erase my past learning. I do need to learn that all my thoughts from the past are not here, and are therefore not real. It is only my belief that the thoughts from the past are true that engenders fear, loss, guilt and all the other myriad emotions of the ego. As long as I still seem to be seeing through the body's eyes, there will still be memories of the past, my past learning coming up to give meaning to what I think I am seeing.

What is important is that I give these meanings in the moment to the Holy Spirit and ask for His reinterpretation. It is this moment by moment practice that will free me from my investment of reality in what is not here. It is this process that provides the means to escape from the past I have held on to in my mind.
My job is to develop the moment by moment practice of recognizing thoughts from the past, turning them over to the Holy Spirit and receiving the blessing of His perception. From this comes peace and joy eternal. It will bring me to the gate of Heaven, where I will have wholly forgiven myself and all the world.


It is important that I have great compassion for myself and my brothers as I begin to recognize the unreality of the dream, and allow Holy Spirit to gently loosen the chains that shackle my mind. There will be blocks of resistance. This is part of the process. As I recognize resistance it is important to be patient and gentle and loving with myself and others as I practice my lessons and experience a world as a loosely veiled dream.
It is important that I be present with what is in my mind, even the moments of resistance, the moments of grace, the miracles that unfold in giving every moment to Spirit. I heal as I am present with each moment and know that I am loved beyond measure and safe at Home in Heaven now.

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ACIM WORKBOOK LESSON 10

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Lesson 10:
"My thoughts do not mean anything."
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It is our beliefs that imprison us. It is our beliefs that stand between us and the knowledge of our oneness and the Love of God. It is our beliefs that manifest as the images that make our world. The good news is that we can change our beliefs because we made them. The idea, "My thoughts do not mean anything" helps us to step back from our thoughts, to dis-identify from them so that we can become open to recognizing that they are simply the effects of our beliefs. Gradually we become aware that there is something behind the thoughts of which we are aware. There is a cause and the cause is our beliefs.

The thoughts will continue to occur as long as we maintain the beliefs. We may hide our beliefs from ourselves and create all kinds of smoke screens to deceive ourselves into thinking that we have no responsibility for what we are perceiving. But that does not change the fact that what we perceive is the effect of our beliefs. We see it because we believe it. As we can step back from the thoughts and observe the beliefs, we are then free to change the beliefs. As long as we hide them, we cannot change them.

Lasting healing comes with changing our belief that we could be anything but one with the Love in which we were created. The first step is to loosen our identification with our thoughts because as long as we believe that our thoughts are our identity, we will resist changing them. We interpret changing our ideas as equivalent to death, because it means the loss of what we believe to be our identity. It is not surprising that there is great resistance to change. Today's idea offers a gentle tool to loosening this identification. We do not have to believe it, we just have to practice it. As we practice these lessons, it will do it's healing work of its own.


It may seem personally insulting to tell ourselves all through the day, "My thoughts do not mean anything," but in fact it is an important step in the process of freeing our minds from all false ideas. The Course tells us that truth is true and nothing else is true. The Course tells us oneness is real and separation does not exist. The Course tells us that all our experiences of conflict come from our belief in separation. The Course tells us that we must be willing to let go of these false ideas in order to know our true Identity as a thought of Love in the Mind of Love.

So this lesson is very important in the healing process of undoing all our false ideas. In truth it is not insulting. Telling myself all through the day, "My thoughts do not meaning anything," helps me loosen my hold on false ideas of separation that never were true. It frees me from the prison house that I put myself in when I bought into these thoughts.

I am willing to practice today remembering that my thoughts do not mean anything. This is my path to freedom. This is my path to remembering that I am in Heaven and I never left. Dreams of separation really mean nothing, no matter what I think is true. Truth is true and nothing else is true. Oneness and Love are true and nothing else is true. All thoughts about a world of separation are meaningless. They are not true.


The thought for today is so valuable when we think about issues of unworthiness. All of those thoughts that we've collected over our lifetime mean nothing and all of those thoughts that tell us that we are unworthy -- we don't look good enough, we didn't say the right thing, we didn't do the right thing, we didn't do it good enough, we shouldn't have behaved that way. Recognizing these thoughts mean nothing leaves us with a clean slate for Spirit to show us the truth of what we are. Recognizing that my thoughts do not mean anything and that they are not my real thoughts gives me great hope and peace as I realize this practice will release me from all that I now believe.


What wonder, joy and beauty await me on the other side of "My thoughts do not mean anything." As I release my attachment to and identification with my thoughts and as I stop bringing the past to the present, I open a clearing for new thought. I open a clearing for Christ's Vision to be written upon my blank mind. As I stop giving meaning to everything I see, I allow Christ's Vision to and Spirit's meaning to flood my life with true creation, the extension of Love. To behold the beauty of forgiveness through Christ's Vision is what awaits me as I practice all my thoughts mean nothing. I await this freedom joyfully and I accept the new meaning Christ's Vision will lay upon my world of forgiveness.


There is only one thought today that has any meaning for me and that is to be as God created me -- nothing more, nothing less -- just that, to realize that existence as best I can here with the help of Holy Spirit. I am willing to let all other thoughts go. I don't know what this means, but I trust I can realize my True Self, my true existence, for this is reality what I am.

But True Self has been hidden under layers of ego thought which do not mean anything. They merely disguise the Real Me that I have been afraid to see, to know. There is still a part of me uncertain and nervous about what it would really mean to be

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But True Self has been hidden under layers of ego thought which do not mean anything. They merely disguise the Real Me that I have been afraid to see, to know. There is still a part of me uncertain and nervous about what it would really mean to be the Real Me. I realize this thought does not mean anything -- it is merely fear projecting itself. Of course, I am the Real Me, part of the Oneself, for how can I be anything else but what God created. Yet, ego mind keeps It pushed away as if It were unreal.

Today, Holy Spirit, help me see my meaningless thoughts and let them go. Cleanse my existence of all that does not serve Love. Help me see my True Self so I may begin to live more fully the happy dream of awakening now. Help me see the layers I think I have heaped over my True Self and I now believe are true. Help me see the untruth of my ego truth that I may truly serve Love as a conscious choice.

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ACIM WORKBOOK LESSON 11

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Lesson 11:
"My meaningless thoughts are showing me 
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When I am experiencing physical discomfort, a headache, a cold or any bodily discomfort, it seems difficult to believe that my meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world. It seems easy to fall into old patterns of assigning meaning to what the pain or discomfort might mean. Sometimes I frighten myself with the meanings I make up, which seems to make it even more difficult to believe that it is my meaningless thoughts that are the cause of this story.

The same holds true if I have taken offense to what somebody says or does. The anger or resentment or grievance seems justified and certainly not meaningless, let alone the affect of my meaningless thoughts. Yet this lesson is telling me that this idea is the key to the freedom and peace that I seek.

As much as I want this peace, it is surprising how much resistance there seems to be to applying this idea in certain aspects of my life. I want to make exceptions. Yet the lessons are saying that it is the lack of exceptions that makes these ideas so powerful as a healing aid. At this point it is helpful to acknowledge the resistance and apply the idea anyway, even if I realize that part of me doesn't want to. As it says in the introduction to the Workbook, active resistance doesn't matter.

What is important is doing the exercises. They are designed to bring about the healing I really want. They will help me move past the resistance. Like the biblical story of the man who asked Jesus for healing, saying, "I believe. Help my unbelief," these exercises will help me move past the unbelief.

I have been through the Workbook many times. I can see progress. I make less exceptions. For that I am grateful because with less exceptions comes greater peace. It is worth the practice.


I need to be reminded that it is my thoughts that are the cause of the meaningless world I see. Many times it seems like the opposite is true. I really want to recognize the cause of my 'life' experience. I do want to return to the truth and right now I see that this is very helpful. It is my meaningless thoughts that are showing me a meaningless world. If I want to change anything out there in the world, I need first to look at my thoughts, because that is the real cause of what I am seeing.

I want to practice catching or seeing my meaningless thoughts for what they are. I want to practice taking these meaningless thoughts to the Holy Spirit for a transformed perspective. I want to see what is going on in my mind. Unless I really see what is happening in my mind and recognize that this is the cause of what I see in the outside world, I will stay right where I am. I am determined to heal my mind.

Today's lesson is a very useful tool for me to help me reverse my false ideas about what is real. Stepping back and pausing to remember that my meaningless thoughts are the cause of the meaningless world I see is very helpful to me. Because I believe the opposite so often, I need this thought reversal exercise. When I think I know what is going on, this brings a little humility to my mind. This helps me to refrain from being a know-it-all. This helps me remember to go to the One Who knows, waiting there in my mind to help refresh my memory to help me heal or let go of those false ideas which seem so real sometimes.

Right now I feel very grateful that I have the opportunity to practice these lessons day by day. I recognize that I really do need this practice. Straighten my mind, my Father. It is in need of healing. I am thankful that these lessons are here from me to practice.


"The same holds true if I have taken offense to what somebody says or does. The anger or resentment or grievance seems justified..." I was so glad to read those lines this morning. This is exactly what I am dealing with right now. Last night someone significant in my life unfairly attacked me and it came right out of the blue which seems to make it harder to deal with. I hate the way it makes me feel when I am resentful and hurt.

I wasted some time trying to forgive with my ego. I tried ego reasoning. I tried to pretend it didn't happen. I tried to decide I didn't care.

This morning I woke up thinking about it and it wasn't any better. I remembered that my thoughts do not mean anything; that they are based on beliefs. I meditated and in the meditative state, I gave all of these feelings and the thoughts behind them to Holy Spirit and asked for a new way to see it. I felt better, but every once in awhile I started thinking about talking to him about what he said. No matter how I couched the conversation in loving words, the fact is I want him to take it back. I am believing that this is his problem and that he did something to me.

So you see why I am so pleased with today's lesson. I truly want to change my mind. I thank Holy Spirit every time I become aware of a feeling of resentment, anger, or fear because He is just letting me know that I need to fully release this and haven't done so yet.

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So you see why I am so pleased with today's lesson. I truly want to change my mind. I thank Holy Spirit every time I become aware of a feeling of resentment, anger, or fear because He is just letting me know that I need to fully release this and haven't done so yet.


As I think of my thoughts as meaningless and as showing me a meaningless world, I realize that what I used to base every perception I have on, is an ego that wants to keep me focused in the 'physical reality' or dream state, where I am trapped into a roller coaster of emotions and events that leave me exhausted, desperate, confused, and frustrated. This is not a life. This is an absurd existence.

I have often thought that there is nothing 'real' here because the nature of this existence seems so ungodly. And deep within me, I know that this place where I have put so much energy and emphasis is not real. It means nothing. This ego has nothing to offer me. These thoughts have nothing to offer me. What I see around me has offered me nothing in my 34 years on this planet other than a roller coaster of emotions that always brings me back to very low states. There is nothing here that I want, so I turn all of this over to God and ask that he show me light and truth and cleanse me of these unreal thoughts and replace them with truth. That is the only way out.

Everything that I have ever wanted: wealth, success, freedom from the 9-5 trap, a wonderful marriage, children... I turn them over to God and put them in his hands because as I go within I find ONE TRUTH which has remained through all my searches and both, dark and bright moments... God has always helped me. God has always given me wonderful gifts. God has brought me light when I was in my darkest hours.

God has even brought me to ACIM twice now. The first time I did not heed the call. I only bought the book and read a little then felt overwhelmed and tossed it aside. The second time, this past month, I was ready, after having gone through very long and dark hours and having God answer me many times. Too many to really count.

My one truth seems to be, 'thy will not my will,' for when I turn my need to control everything over to God, and when I just let go and believe that I will be cared for and I will be cared for very well if I just let God do it for me, through me, then I am fine. Only then am I fine. That is the irony of it. Try to do it yourself and it's a tug of war where all of it gets worse, let go and say 'here you go. You handle it,' and all of it gets better almost instantly.

One would think that it would be the other way around, however, we seem to be in a land of opposites... in this dreaming state. What appears to be real is definitely not. What appears to make sense is senseless. What appears to be truth is a lie. Flip all of this around and I see that what appears to be the lie is truth. What appears to be senseless or beyond the senses is the answer. What appears to be unreal holds the key. In dreams, nothing makes sense. And the way out of a dream for me is just asking to wake up. God is the key indeed.

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ACIM WORKBOOK Lesson 12

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Lesson 12:
"I am upset because I see a meaningless world."
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In this lesson I am being asked to step back and refrain from giving any meaning to the world. I am told that the world has no meaning because it is meaningless. On this blank slate the Holy Spirit can bring me real meaning. All true meaning comes from God. Thinking there is an outside world, a world outside of God, is a false idea. It is a meaningless idea. Thinking that something could be outside of everything is meaningless and could never be.

Recognizing that the world is meaningless is a very important step in my healing process. All the meanings I have given the world have been an effort to make the error real. I am now realizing that the error, or the false idea of separation, could never be real and is meaningless. God is one. God is all. There could never be anything outside of God. I want to heal my mind. I want to let go of false ideas. And part of that process is really getting it that the idea of a world outside me is meaningless.

There is no meaning to separation, no matter how hard I try to make it real by putting a meaning on it. The world is not bad or good; it is meaningless. My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world. As I give it meaning, it becomes real to me. As I remove the meaning, I can see that it is meaningless. On this blank slate, the Holy Spirit can show me all true meaning. The Holy Spirit can show me what is real.

This is a very important part of my awakening process. I want to practice throughout the day refraining from giving my meaning to the world. I want to practice stepping back and letting the Holy Spirit show me all true meaning. This is a very simple process, but requires great focus on my part to step back again and again and again. I have had such a habit of doing the opposite -- giving my meaning to the world -- that it now takes continued practice doing the opposite until the new habit becomes automatic. It isn't automatic yet, so I still need continued practice. I am determined to practice stepping back today. I do not know what anything means. The Holy Spirit does. I am willing to listen.


I can only experience fear or worry because I believe harm or loss is possible. Harm or loss is possible only if separation is real. But separation cannot be real because God is one and all that is. Love is all that is. Being impossible, the idea of separation is meaningless. So I am upset because I see a meaningless world, although I do not recognize it as meaningless. I have given it a meaning that is not true, although I believe it is true.

It is my belief in the reality of illusion that makes illusion threatening. The moment I recognize it as illusion, I see its meaninglessness and it is no longer threatening. Once again it comes back to belief. Belief in false ideas makes the idea appear true because the belief in it is the wish for it to be true.

These lessons are gently, step-by-step, helping us to step back and detach from our identification with our beliefs. Gradually we will be able to recognize the false beliefs that underlie the fearful, sad, exciting, thrilling, upsetting, traumatic and dramatic world. As we withdraw our investment in those beliefs, we will withdraw the meaning we have written upon the world, making way for God's Word of joy and peace to be written on it in its place. Unspeakable happiness will replace the roller coaster emotions that come from our belief that separation is real. It is worth the practice. It leads to what our heart seeks. It leads Home.


I've done these lessons more than once and I am clearer on what is being asked of me. I understand my part of it better. I understand that I don't have to make a new world, or even figure out what the world should look like. I just have to clear my mind of what I think it should be and let reality shine through. That is hard enough. Thank goodness it is all I have to do.

I still do not do my part with any consistency. I have moments of clarity, and then I allow the ego to creep back in and I start to see a scary, sad, chaotic world again. I am reminding myself that my success is certain however that seems contrary to my present state.


What comes to my mind when I think that I am upset because what I see is meaningless is that I have assigned labels to everything and deep within me, those labels, which were assigned by my ego, are ultimately not real or true. And they change depending on what my ego wants. This is a very profound revelation for me, because now I see how truly upsetting this meaningless world is. If I see something and my ego declares it good one day and a month later declares it bad based on perhaps other people's opinions, then I am always shifting and my perspective is always changing and I never feel firmly rooted in anything. This is ultimately the most disconcerting thing any being can experience. To not feel rooted is frightening. To not feel rooted is to feel disconnected and separate. There is the Key! Separateness.

But I am not separate from God, my Creator. I am right here inside Him. I may have hidden that from myself in this experience, this dream... but the fact that I am now

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But I am not separate from God, my Creator. I am right here inside Him. I may have hidden that from myself in this experience, this dream... but the fact that I am now searching, actively searching for God, implies that I am no longer benefiting from my belief that I am separate from God. Now it is time to let the truth shine. I have never been separate from God. I have always been with God. Separateness is the illusion, the dream. And this meaningless world supports that illusion, which is why I get upset. I therefore must see all of this as not real to return to the truth that I am still with God and never left God.

This dream is my playtime and yet I have gotten so wrapped up in it that I have forgotten it is playtime and I have taken it to be completely real. No, this is my recess. And when my recess is over I will see God. Yet just because I am at recess doesn't mean that I cannot see God. God, in fact, has always been right here ready and waiting to be seen, but in my excitement of recess I have completely forgotten about God. That is really the bigger problem. And then when recess is losing its fun, I get upset and depressed and fearful.

However, anytime I choose, all I need to do is meditate and think of God and I will realize that this is playtime and God is still here, and I am still with God, part of God, but I am in the playground right now and that is why I keep forgetting I am with God. But all is well. And when I realize that, I can return to my playtime lighter and brighter and ready to radiate love and joy.

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ACIM WORKBOOK Lesson 13

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Lesson 13:
"A meaningless world engenders fear."
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In this world it seems very weak to say, "I don't know what anything means." We have spent our whole lives learning what everything means. And if we don't know, we are considered ignorant. In this lesson, we are learning to do the opposite. We are learning that it is important to step back and not give meaning to everything we see. We are learning that this stepping back and not giving meaning is the most valuable thing we can do now. We are learning that it is our pathway to freedom.

We are learning that it is important to undo all our past learning by merely stepping back from it and leaving an empty space. This is an important part of dis-identifying from the ego, or dis-identifying from the belief that we have separated from God. Being in competition with God is indeed frightening. We can give up the battle. Seeing the meaninglessness of the world is a very important step. It requires consistent stepping back from all we learned in the past. It is worth the effort. The more we do it the easier it gets.

Detachment from all the meanings I have given the world is my pathway to freedom and happiness. On the empty slate made clean with willingness to step back, the reality of Love has a chance to enter. With the reality of Love comes peace and joy. These blessings that return with stepping back from giving meaning to everything make it worth the effort. This undoing process is worth the effort.

It doesn't seem like I am in competition with God. I'm not likely to say to anyone, "I've got this competition thing going with God." But there are some telltale signs that this is true. I am aware that in some areas of my life I'm quite comfortable with saying, "I am willing to follow God's Will." But there are other areas where I have a definite agenda. I am willing to follow God's Will, provided it looks like I want it to look. You might call it a halfhearted willingness. In still other areas, I'm not interested in even finding out what God's Will is because I believe that His Will might mean that I have to give up something that is important to me.

Here it is most clear that I am in competition with God. The belief is that if I accept God's Will, I will lose. God wins, I lose. I win, God doesn't get His way. That's competition. I see now that any time I believe God's Will would require that I lose, I must be in competition with God. When I "win," I get to keep my roller coaster emotions of terror, moments of ecstatic happiness, sadness, satisfaction, frustration, guilt and occasional periods of comfort that I am always afraid will not last. Some prize.

The Course tells me that God's Will for me is perfect happiness. But because I have identified with the ego thought system, I have a faulty image of what happiness is. And I believe that if I lose that image, all is lost. That's terrifying. This is why this lesson says to note carefully any signs of overt or covert fear which the idea that I am in competition with God may arouse and not to dwell on it except during the practice periods. At this point it appears that if I accept this statement as true, it would completely obliterate me. There would be nothing left. It is difficult at this point to see that what it would really do is open the door to indescribable happiness and a peace that cannot be disturbed.

Clearly the Course recognizes where we are in our thinking and does not ask us to make a giant leap over what we perceive as an insurmountable chasm. It leads us gently, step-by-step, to retrain our minds to see that we really do want the Will of God because It will bring us perfect happiness. The Course is patient with us, so it seems like a good idea to follow its example and be patient with ourselves. Let it be sufficient today to recognize that a meaningless world engenders fear and trust that we are being led by Love to return to Love.

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"God did not create a meaningless world."
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With this lesson Jesus is bringing us an important step in our process of returning to Love. Love, our Source, is changeless. Love is eternal. Love is formless. Love is everywhere. Love is all. Therefore, what is not Love is an illusion. It is not real. Image making, or projecting thoughts that are unreal, different from Love, can never really replace Love even though it appears to do so for a while.

Part of the waking up process is to clearly recognize that making up images of a world of separation is not real. Separation is not of Love. Separation is the opposite of Love. Separation is not a sin because in truth it never happened. It could never be real. Separate bodies could never be real. Private minds could never be real. This world that appears so real to us is not real. Thank goodness we could never make separation real. Thank goodness we are still Love. Thank goodness we are still as God created us and dreams of separation mean nothing.

I need to apply this lesson constantly in my life. I need to remember that only Love is real. I need to be willing to let my mind be healed today. It is worth the diligence. It is worth the practice. Heaven is my true inheritance. This substitute is not my home. Returning to my true Home requires that I forgive, or let go of what is not true and could never be real.


The idea and exercise for today can bring up a variety of emotions. For some it might be a relief to know that God is not the cause of the death, destruction and injustices we perceive in the world, because then we do not need to fear God. For others it may be a shock and raise more questions. If God did not create this world, who did? Who is responsible for all the disasters and pain and suffering in this world? The hidden meaning behind "responsible" is blame. The ego is always looking for something or someone to blame, to project guilt onto. The shock comes because this idea challenges what we have been taught to believe.

Others may experience dismay because this idea undermines the sense of identity that comes from believing we understand or at least partially understand what the world means and how it came to be. It can lead to questions like, If God did not create this world, why am I here? Am I meaningless? These questions also stem from the ego, trying to establish an identity in images that are not real.

Some of us may experience all of these emotions and more when we face the idea that God did not create a meaningless world and so it is not real. Yet this idea helps us open our minds to new meaning, to the recognition of God as Love and nothing else. It also prepares the way for us to recognize ourselves as Love and nothing else, for we were created by Love. At this point it is not necessary that we recognize the full import of this statement. That will dawn upon us as our minds are open to the loving instruction of our inner Teacher. At this time we need only practice the exercise, trusting that it will do its part in opening our minds to the recognition of our Self as God created It.


Holy Spirit, wash me clean of sin and doubt. Allow Thy Love to fill my mind and heart. I allow the Love of my Beingness to extend to the meaningless world I created in separation.


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ACIM WORKBOOK LESSON 15

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Lesson 15:
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God is formless Love. The extension of God is formless Love. Because we all are God's extensions, we are formless Love. This Love is all encompassing. There is nothing outside of Love. Image making, on the other hand, is the ego's effort to make finite forms out of the infinite. In reality this is impossible. In dreams, this is the norm.

It is very helpful for me to recognize that the images I see with my physical eyes are my thoughts. This is image making. It is very helpful for me to let it sink in that these images are not real. It helps me step back and look at these images differently. It helps me return to the Holy Spirit to see what anything means. It helps me remember that these images of separation are really an attempt to replace God's universal oneness.

This lesson reminds me that I need to step back often, because the world does appear so real and I often get caught up in the image making story. Getting caught up in the image making story does not bring me peace. It does not bring me happiness. Receiving Holy Spirit's perceptions about what I am seeing does bring me peace. It brings me a step closer toward removing the blocks to Love's presence. I am willing to practice seeing that the images I see are the images I am making up. I am willing to go through this undoing process. It may take years. It doesn't matter.

No matter what illusions I am believing in in any moment, only Love is real. Truth is true and nothing else is true. My trying to make something else true doesn't change Reality one iota. Thank goodness. Thank goodness we are all safe in God forever, no matter what images I may try to make real. I am seeing that this lesson is such a blessing. It is giving me a step-by-step process that helps me see what is really going on. It is giving me a way to return to my one Self in God.

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There is a tendency to believe that if something is meaningless, it has no effect. This lesson is making it clear that this is not true. Being meaningless does not being ineffectual. To the extent that the thoughts I hold in my mind are meaningless, I am unaware of what has meaning. Meaningless thoughts are a barrier to recognition of meaning. Likewise, separation is a barrier to Love.

Since all real meaning is Love or Oneness, separation from Love is separation from meaning, and therefore meaningless. Though separation is meaningless, it is clearly not ineffectual. The whole world we see is the effect of belief in separation. The pain and loss, devastation and death we see in this world is the effect of believing in separation, even though separation is not real and is therefore meaningless.

This lesson is making an important point about the power of our thoughts. Our thoughts reflect our beliefs. If we believe in the meaningless, our thoughts will show us a meaningless world. This meaningless world stands as a barrier to the recognition of reality, of Love. This is why it is important that we learn to recognize the difference between what is meaningful and what is meaningless, what is real and what is illusion, what is true and what is false.

We cannot do this alone. We need help from outside of the meaningless thought system of illusion with which we have identified. That Help is in our minds -- our inner Guide and Teacher, the Holy Spirit. A Course in Miracles could be called an expression of the Holy Spirit. It is a tool available to us that we can use to learn to distinguish between the real and the unreal, the meaningful and the meaningless. In this lesson it acknowledges that we do not recognize the difference as yet. We need continued instruction.

The Course does not expect us to learn it in a flash. It is important that we not place this expectation on ourselves. That is one more ego play to foster guilt and discouragement and thus keep its foothold in our mind. Persistent practice will bring great rewards of peace and lasting happiness. It will lead us back to the Love that we search for and that we are.


Jesus is being very helpful to me with today's lesson. I really need to practice remembering that everything I see is the result of my thoughts, with no exceptions. I also need to hold the awareness that every thought I have is either true or false. My thoughts either extend the truth or multiply illusions. I have no neutral thoughts.

Because I am not always aware of my thoughts, it also helps me to pay attention to how I am feeling. If I am feeling uneasy, there is a thought that I am holding on to that is creating my experience of uneasiness. Every thought has an effect; every thought brings me peace or war, love or fear.
This is a very practical and useful lesson. If I am consistent in remembering that I have no neutral thoughts as I go through my day, it will help me see the destructive thoughts that are still residing in my mind. When I see them, I can then take them to my true Self and ask for a corrected perception. I feel that this practice is the key to my awakening.

This work of recognizing the thoughts that are going on in my mind is how I can let go of habitual thought patterns from the past. It is how I can implement positive change in my life experience. Everything I see is the result of my thoughts. Wow. This means I am not a victim of circumstances outside me. This means I want to pay close attention to what I am thinking. Every thought I hold is creating my experience. I do not want to dismiss fear thoughts as unimportant. I see that it is very important that I recognize that they are there in my mind. This is the first step towards recognizing that they are unreal. Once I see that they are there, I can turn them over to my inner Teacher, because I do not want to continue multiplying illusions. I do not want to contribute to the experience of more war or more fear. I want to extend peace and the Love of God. I want to experience the peace and Love of God. Today's practice helps this occur.

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"I see no neutral things."
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As I was doing the exercise, it was clear to me that I was making comparisons in my mind about every object I looked at or I was associating it with other objects or people. Thus I had judgments about everything. They weren't necessarily condemnation, but they were evaluations. This showed me the non-neutrality of my perceptions and interpretations at the surface.

But there is another level of non-neutrality of which I am not nearly so aware. This has to do with the statement in the lesson that I am not as yet aware of any real thoughts. I do not see 'Life' because I am not yet aware of real Life. The Course says God is Life. To be aware of Life, I must see God in everything. I have to admit this is not obvious to me. I can accept it as a concept but it is not something that directs my vision at this point. If it were, I would see only innocence. Forgiveness would be complete.

I have no neutral thoughts because I am still trying to make separation real. Forgiveness is the means by which I can let this go. This lesson is reminding me of the power of my thoughts and how they affect everything I perceive. It is another step in recognizing the cause of my world and bringing me to the place where I can change the cause and experience a different world, the real world, the forgiven world. I will practice this lesson today with gratitude, knowing that it is another step on the journey Home.


I see no neutral things because I am giving everything all the meaning it has for me. I bring the past into the present. This lesson is helping me to recognize and acknowledge the meaning I am giving to each thing that I see or experience. This lesson brings it back to my thoughts, what I am believing. The reason for events or what I am seeing is not out there. What I am seeing is coming from my mind and nowhere else, and it is there I must do the work. It is these meanings that I am giving that I first need to recognize and then hand over to my inner Teacher. My inner Teacher knows that these meanings are not true. My inner Teacher knows that separation is not true.

Even though I may know it intellectually, I still have much to hand over. There are still many layers of belief that need to be handed over or undone by the Holy Spirit. This is my practice today. I begin by seeing that I have no neutral thoughts. I begin by recognizing with each thing that I am giving it the meaning it has for me. There is no outside reality. Reality is one. Reality is formless. So I am willing today to take one more step in the undoing process, letting go of my grip on what I think is real. I practice today knowing that it ultimately brings me the freedom that I am really searching for.


When I clearly accept that I give everything its meaning, then I allow myself an opportunity to free myself from the limited thoughts to which I have been chained. I can rejoice in the practice of this exercise because it helps me realize how limited my ideas really are. In everything that I see as good, if I am truly honest with myself, I can find it tainted with limitation and therefore realize that what I see as good is also an illusion.

Love is Love. It has no fear. As I accept an opportunity to know the meanings I assign are limited and release them, I am asking Holy Spirit to show me Love that is unlimited, joy that is true. I celebrate the freedom of exercising this in every moment to let in true Love, true joy and true meaning. I am very grateful for the freedom these lessons engender. And I am very grateful to be able to exercise responsibility joyfully.


"I see no neutral things, because I have no neutral thoughts" is a very empowering perception. What freedom I gain as I truly begin to understand the power of my mind to choose in every moment between Love or fear. This is my ultimate release from fear and my ultimate return to Love. I cease to be afraid when I accept I am the creator of any fear I choose to perceive. It all comes back to my thoughts and the power of decision I have in every moment as given me by my Creator. In each moment I hold this one choice -- to miscreate from fear or to create, which means to extend God's Love. How free I am with Spirit to see a new world of peace, joy and Love.


As I do these lessons I can see that they are very true. I also accept the underlying lesson, that there is real life underneath what I see though I have not yet often experienced this. I feel good about this because although it is limited success, it is real success and this is not always the case for me with these lessons.

One thing that indicates to me that I am making some progress is that I seem to know immediately when I have made a judgment or said something that is out of accord with my real beliefs. I used to not notice all this stuff unless it was extreme and then it was usually when I did the lesson, or that night when I went to bed I would think about something and then feel all depressed as if the day was wasted because I didn't live the lesson.

Now I have an entirely different attitude. I find myself thinking about the daily lesson frequently during the day and notici

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Lesson 18:
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One question I can ask myself as I see anything is, "How am I seeing this, through the eyes of the ego, or through Christ's vision?" I am doing one or the other all the time. Training my mind to look at how I am seeing things will help me step back from the ego's perspective. When I step back and choose Holy Spirit, I can receive the Holy Spirit's correction of perception. I can learn to see behind the form to the Love that is always there. Because minds are joined, how I see things affects the world.


Have you ever been offended by what someone said or did? And then went to your friends and told them your story, hoping they would join you in your upset? It may have seemed comforting to have others agree that you were harmed, yet it really didn't make the pain any less. It simply made it seem more justified and harder to let go. Their joining you in their perception reinforced it. But if just one person did not see it the way you saw it, refused to join in your perception, there is the potential that your perception may change. You may become defensive in your attempt to hold on to your perception, or that person's refusal to join may lead you to open your mind to other possibilities.

In every moment we are either reinforcing the perception of error or reinforcing the perception of truth. If we choose the ego as our guide, we reinforce the error and make it seem more real, both in our own mind and in the minds of all those who believe in the error.

But if we choose the Holy Spirit as our Guide and join with his perception, the error is no longer real to us and it can open many other minds to question the reality of the error. Each time we join with the Holy Spirit's vision, it has far reaching effects. We become part of the solution instead of part of the problem. Those are really the only two options -- we either reinforce the problem or, in choosing Holy Spirit as our Guide, we bring the Light to the error. This not only dissolves the error for us but opens the door to vision for many far beyond what we can know. We are truly not alone in experiencing the effects of our seeing.

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ACIM WORKBOOK LESSON 19

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There are no private thoughts because there are no private minds. I am realizing that the idea of anything being 'private' is all just a fabrication, an illusion. In truth, we are all joined in one mind. As I am willing to let go of thoughts of separation, I help my brother let go of thoughts of separation. As each of us refuses to join with illusions, it gradually falls apart because even in the ego thought system, it takes two to agree in the illusion for it to hold together.

Telling myself often that I do not know what anything means helps me to open my connection with the Holy Spirit and receive a corrected perception. The Holy Spirit, which is also called Universal Inspiration, works through all of us as we are willing to have an open mind. As we join with the one Mind, the one Mind is all we see. Today I practice again, holding Holy Spirit's hand, realizing that I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my thoughts.


There is only one word that is different between the central idea of yesterday's and today's lessons -- seeing and thoughts. The lesson points out that seeing is the effect of thoughts, and cause and effect are never separated. One does not come before the other. They are simultaneous. The ego ploy of projection is an attempt to disconnect cause from effect and then make the effect appear to turn on us and be a cause of our distress or vulnerability. So the recognition of the unbreakable connection between cause and effect is central to our release from the hell of separation, the hell of the ego thought system.

Because cause and effect cannot be separated, everything we see is the effect of our thoughts. This puts everything we see in our domain, subject to our thoughts. We can change our thoughts and thus we can change what we see. We cannot be a victim because we are the master of our domain. The full recognition of this is the end of the ego, for it is the recognition that oneness is real and separation is illusion.

Once again I am seeing that this one lesson, if fully embraced without reservation, would bring about my complete release and return me to my Home in Love. The Course acknowledges that this is not a leap that I am willing to make at this time. I am grateful that it does not judge me for that. It simply offers an exercise to help me move in the direction of freedom. I am so grateful for the gentleness of the Course. Its ideas may be upsetting at times and I may resist them tooth and nail, yet the Course gently urges me on to take one more baby step toward my complete release from all limitation. I am willing to keep practicing, because I want the peace of God.

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Seeing with Christ's vision is the opposite of believing what the body's eyes are showing me. Seeing with Christ's vision is recognizing that everyone is still as God created them. With Christ's vision there is no separation, no differences, no guilt of any kind. There is only oneness with God's universal Love. This Love is constant and so there is no change. I am determined to see means I am determined to see with Christ's vision. It means I am determined to recognize the truth. I am determined to let go of the ego's false stories.

This lesson is working with my willingness to see the truth. As my willingness grows, my seeing with Christ's vision grows. Jesus is getting at the core of my awakening. Jesus knows that it is my willingness to see that allows me to see. There is nothing outside me that bars my seeing the truth. What I see comes from my mind. Seeing with Christ's vision comes with my determination to see the truth. I am willing to practice today. Seeing with Christ's vision is important. I am willing to practice every half hour. This helps bring me back to what is truly important to my awakening.


Being determined implies a singleness of purpose. My focus is clear and I will not let anything interfere with achieving my goal. Any seeming obstacles are not accepted as barriers, but are seen only as something to move past. There are many examples in my life where I was determined to reach a goal. When I was determined to get good grades in school, I got good grades. When I wasn't determined, my grades were mediocre. When I was determined to attend a week-long program of spiritual growth, I did not allow any opinions of others or ideas of what I might lose if I went away for a week keep me from attending the program.

Whenever I have not had a fully committed determination to reach whatever my goal was, reaching the goal seemed difficult and sometimes I gave up. If my determination was very weak, I didn't even try to reach the goal. I made up excuses and obstacles in my mind and believed them. This simple declaration, "I am determined to see," is the declaration that I am not willing to believe in any obstacles and I want only that one goal.

At this stage, it is not important that I wholeheartedly embrace the statement without reservation. If I did, I would not need to affirm the statement all through the day. In giving this exercise the Course is recognizing that I am divided in my goals and I need to learn to focus my intent without reservation or distraction. This exercise starts me in that direction. I am grateful for the wisdom of the Course, which accepts me where I think I am and gives me the tools to help me go to where I truly want to be -- at Home in the Heart of God.


The I Am has determined that I will see and so I shall because I, my True Self, already do see. There is a part of me that does not see. This is the part that I say today is determined to see. It is certain that I will see because God has already determined that this is so. As I come into alignment with God's Will through my conscious choice, I see that this is already my will. I see who I really am. When I determine with God to see what I already see, but kept hidden by ego thoughts, how can I fail? I cannot fail for God is determined with me. If I live in determination with God, how can anything be less than glorious.

I give to God my determination today. God walks with me wherever I go. God walks in determination with me and so the path is certain and sure and full of light. Holy Spirit helps me to see clearly on the lighted path. Help to see clearly is abundant. I need only be determined, all the rest will follow. The Son of God does not stumble in determination. The Son of God prevails.


I love the part in this lesson that states I will not see if I regard myself as being coerced, and if I give in to resentment and opposition.

When my daughter got married about 10 years ago; I begged her not to. I didn't like the man she was marrying and, sure enough, shortly after she married, she began having problems and would call me periodically to cry or complain about the man she married. But, fortunately, I decided to just love her and keep my doors open to her if she ever decided to leave him. Somehow I knew the decision to leave him would have to be hers because I didn't want her to throw that in my face years on down the line.

I believe that God is the same way. Because of the fact that he gives us free will, he allows us to "see" other ways of finding peace, but ultimately it has to be our decision to find it in Him. Today I am determined to see. I think I've always known in my heart there had to be something in this world other than what I was "seeing."

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ACIM WORKBOOK LESSON 21

This is number 21 in our series of healing perspectives on the lessons in the ACIM Workbook for Students. We recommend that you read Lesson 21 in the Workbook along with this message.


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I'm determined to see things differently. I am determined to allow the Holy Spirit to show me in every given moment what is really happening. I accept that my true nature is of abundance, well-being and Love and that the only thing that separates me from that experience is the limited way in which I see things, myself and others. So I surrender to the fact that I need guidance because of my limited vision. I surrender, not because I'm bad or guilty, but because I choose to remember my innocence and my unity with Love.

So when I am determined to see, I am assisting Love in the healing process, which is my only function. It's not my job to create abundance, security, safety. Its already been created. I've only been hiding myself from it. When I am determined to see things differently, I am inviting help to let the truth in about my freedom and experience of it. I can trust in every moment a sincere willingness will bring me closer to the remembrance and experience of Who we really are.


I am determined to see things differently means I am willing to see God everywhere. Beyond the veil of illusions and separation is the real Love in my brothers and my self. I am determined to see this Love in place of any thought of separation. I am determined to allow Spirit to show me the innocence and unity of my one Self in all the Sonship. I hold to Love and this seeing creates a new world.


If I find myself holding even a twinge of anger, I have found it is helpful to ask, "How does Jesus see this situation?" or "Jesus, how do you see this person? Show me." Then it is helpful for me to be quiet and listen, letting go of my preconceived ideas. It is also helpful for me to remember, "I do not know what anything, including this, means." I am open to be shown by the Holy Spirit. I know that understanding comes to the quiet mind. I am willing to allow my mind to be quiet a while and to be shown how to see things differently. I am willing to recognize that I do not know on my own and that I need help. There is a Source of Love that always resides in my mind. I am willing to go to that Source and be taught how to see things differently.


Grievances are a form of anger. Sometimes I don't even realize I'm holding a grievance. One way it shows up is when I get upset because its the third time something happened. I obviously have been counting and I have been holding the first time as a grievance, even though I told myself it didn't bother me until the third time.

It's interesting to observe the little ways the ego tries to disguise its anger and hide the anger from conscious awareness. If we were truly aware of all the anger we hold, it would be intolerable and we would immediately seek to do something about it. We would turn to Love because it would be very clear that anger does not serve us.

That is why it is important for us to realize that there is no difference between a minor irritation and intense fury. Any thought that holds us separate from our Source and our brother is equally untrue, but also equally destructive to our awareness of the truth. This is why it is important to be determined to see things differently. It is not up to us how to see things differently, only to be willing. The how is provided by the Holy Spirit in our minds. But we cannot receive it if we are not willing. The willingness opens the door to complete release from fear and return to our Home in Love.


As I sit in stillness and allow my True Self to be more present, I realize that the thoughts coming from my subconscious are not me. I look at them in amazement. They are all concocted to be problems "out there" -- this person, that situation. Yet I can think differently about this person or that situation from day to day. These thoughts cannot be real and true, but I have made them and so I must look at them.

As I become more and more comfortable with allowing my True Self to be in conscious awareness, my focus shifts from seeing differently "outside" to seeing differently "inside." It is my True Self who sees with Christ eyes, who sees with Love. If I can see that this is so, that it all happens inside myself, I can allow my mind to be healed from the seeming wound of its splintering into separate parts. There are no separate parts. There is only One. I am whole and never was anything else. I am determined to see Oneness in all I see. I give to Holy Spirit in each moment and this true seeing can be mine.


After working with the lesson I quieted my mind and received the following message from Holy Spirit:

When one begins to look at things differently the healing process has begun. You don't need to be in a hurry and think it has to happen "right now." Be patient with yourself, just as Spirit has been patient with you. Ask and you shall receive. Therefore, don't for

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Therefore, don't forget to ask! Ask Spirit to tell you how to see this person or situation differently. Your answers WILL come to you. Be assured of that.

When I begin to see things differently, the world outside of me, and others will also see things differently. For one thing, they will see me differently, because I am! I am no longer carrying around the negative thinking or anger that I did before because I chose to see things differently. As I change my thoughts and see things differently, so does my world change. What a gift!! As I see a happy you, I can see a happy me. As I see a kind you, I can see a kind me. As I see a Light filled you, I can see a Light filled me. As I see a peaceful you, I can see a peaceful me. As I see a joyful you, I can see a joyful me. For what I see in you, I see in me.

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ACIM WORKBOOK LESSON 22

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Lesson 22:
"What I see is a form of vengeance."
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It is very helpful when Jesus reveals the unconscious motivation for making up this world of separation, of separate bodies with separate minds. In this lesson Jesus is helping me understand that this whole world I see as outside me is really a projection of the conflict that is coming from my mind. Jesus is helping me understand that this world I think of as outside me is really a projection of my belief in separation.

This projection shows up as a world of conflict that appears to be outside my mind. Because I feel guilt for this desire for individuality I do not want to acknowledge this wish to see separation and push these thoughts of conflict down into the unconscious realms.

Now because I want to heal my mind, I need to have what is really happening at unconscious levels brought to my attention. This lesson helps me understand why I see so much conflict in the world. The conflict that I see out in the world is simply a reflection of the conflict that is in my mind. This helps me understand why I experience fear. There are times when it seems to go away, but it will resurface until I let go of the cause. So I do need to know and understand fully the depth of attack thoughts that reside in the unconscious layers of my mind.

I want to go with the Holy Spirit and look at it very directly and see this ego thought system for what it is. The Holy Spirit will show me that it is really not what I want. I really do not want to continue seeing separation. I want to recognize lack of Love for what it is and let it go. I want to see behind the veil of separate bodies with separate minds to what is real.

What is truly real is changeless. Everything in this world of time and space is in a constant state of change and therefore I am learning it is not real. It seems difficult at times look at this, but I have so much Help. And this eternal Help goes with me and is there to hold my hand and lead me out of these delusions of separation as I am ready.

In today's lesson I am learning that what I see is a form of vengeance. I am willing to let the Holy Spirit walk me through the unconscious motivations I have been attached to. I am willing to hand them over. I am willing to practice letting my mind be healed today.


Sometimes I think of this world as a childish temper tantrum, in which we are saying to our Father, "You won't give me the world of specialness I want and so I will make my own." God will not stop us from making an illusionary insane world because He gave us all power. We can use this power to create or miscreate. If He were to interfere with our miscreation, then we would no longer be His equal as He created us. We would become of a lesser order. This He cannot do because He created us like Himself.

But He has provided us the means to escape from the insane world we appear to have made. It is His Voice, our inner Teacher, Who is ever present to show us what we really want if we will but ask. Eventually the pain of 'living' in the world we appear to have made becomes so great that we are willing to look for a better way. Our previously closed minds open a door, a window, a crack in the armor to let Love in, to let God's answer in. And we get a taste that there is another way to be, a way that is far happier, far more peaceful and more filled with Love than anything we have experienced in this world.

That taste motivates our willingness to seek for more and to recognize that what we have made is not what we want in truth. This lesson is a step in helping us to recognize that we don't really want the world we have made. There must be a better way, a happier way, a more loving way, a peaceful way. Today I am willing to stop the tantrum and open the door wider to the peace of God.


As I begin to meditate on today's lesson, I say, "I place my mind under your guidance, Jesus." Soon afterwards, the tightness around my heart begins to dissolve. I have a memory of holding my tiny infant daughter in my arms. I remember her tiny hand holding my finger. I remember looking into her eyes as I feed her. I see the luminescence of love in her eyes. As I gaze into her eyes and speak to her gently and softly and sing to her, I am filled with a sense of wonder, awe, love and total oneness. There is no separation between us.

This memory reminds me that love is not an intellectual exercise. It is the lifting of the veil, the lifting of the illusion of separation between what appears to be two beings. This experience and experiences like this are the flip of the switch that take me from seeing the world as a form of vengeance into the experience of extending Love through the world. These experiences open my heart and remind me of the truth of Who I am. This is my healing. This is my memory of the extension of Love that my Father gave to me and that I am to give others as I walk in the dream.


It is helpful not be afraid when we look at the vengeance in ourselves and others. We can see it everywhere, on the TV news, a friends gossiping, the conditioning that we have grown up with, road rage

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It is helpful not be afraid when we look at the vengeance in ourselves and others. We can see it everywhere, on the TV news, a friends gossiping, the conditioning that we have grown up with, road rage, and all the divorces. When we see these things in ourselves and others, we only have to know that they are not what we really are.

It is so important for us to not feel guilty, for as Jesus said, "We know not what we do." When we become aware, we easily turn to Spirit and ask to see things differently. He shows us the Love that we have inside. He shows us the joy and peace we have inside. And He reminds us that we are truly worthy and lovable and all is truly well.


Yesterday I could not believe how many people and incidents in my life made me angry. Especially when I stopped pretending that twinges of annoyance didn't count as anger. Today it is easy for me to see how I have peopled my world with all that anger. No wonder the world seems so scary. After reading the lesson I saw this dynamic several times. I would feel anger toward someone or something and stop myself long enough to realize I was defending against my own projected illusions. I don't think this means I'm going to stop now, but it is a small step in that direction, and I don't think I can ever again be completely blind to what I am doing.


God wants us to be happy. He created us to be happy. Yet we surround ourselves with so many things to take care of to convince ourselves that our lives seem real. All these things distract us from the reality of what we are, yet we revel in them. We prize them. These things are projections of my fear that I won't have enough or that I won't be comfortable. They are projections of my fear that my True Self is not real, that God may be there for others, but not for me. I see my fear in all that is around me.

Do I want to live in a world of fear? This is not how I was created to exist. If I let go of my ego vision and allow Holy Spirit to show me what is real, I can be happy. I can live as as I was created to exist because I see fear is not real. Only Love is real. In Love I am happy for I am truly me.

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ACIM WORKBOOK LESSON 23

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Lesson 23:
"I can escape from the world I see by giving up 
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This lesson is helpful to me because I still need to be reminded that I am the image maker. The world I see is coming from my thoughts. It invites me to take responsibility for seeing a world of separation, a world of bodies that are separate and alone. I need to be reminded that it is the thoughts I am holding onto in my mind that are giving me this experience. Jesus reminds me, "Each of your perceptions of "external reality" is a pictorial representation of your own attack thoughts." (2:2)

This lesson tells me that the images I have made have been replaced. "Vision already holds a replacement for everything you think you see now." (4:4) If I am not seeing the replacement, then I am still holding onto the images. These images are like a barrier to the Love that is behind them.

It does not seem like these images are attack thoughts. But from the Course I am learning that any thought that does not come from the oneness of God is trying to separate from the oneness of God. Any thought of individuality is an attack thought. It appears to be 'out there,' but what is 'out there' is really coming from my mind. This is called projection. This is called image making.

I need practice in owning the thoughts that are the cause of the world I see. I am the one in charge of giving up these attack thoughts. As I am willing to give them up, I will realize that these images I have made have been replaced. As I let them go, I realize again that only Love is real. All forms of separation are really just false ideas that I held in my mind a while. I am willing to hand them over to my true Self Who will shine a light on them and show me that they are nothing. I am willing to give up attack thoughts.


The ego disguises some attack thoughts with cloaks it calls compassion, caring and sympathy. If I see someone injured and I cringe at the pain that I think this person must be suffering, that is an attack thought. If I worry about a loved one, that is an attack thought. If someone shares with me about their loss and I join in their perception of loss, that is an attack thought. These are attack thoughts because they are perceiving the Son of God as weak and vulnerable, capable of being harmed. These thoughts are attacking the truth by perceiving God's extension as weak.

Because a creator can only create like itself, the creations must be like the creator. If I perceive God's creations as weak, I must also perceive God as weak. Yet the Course is telling us that the Love of God is all there is. And that God is our strength.

This lesson is a step toward recognizing the investment the ego has in perceiving vulnerability and is telling us that letting go of those thoughts of vulnerability is the way we escape from this world. It is our function to recognize every thought of attack (falsifying the truth) and let it go.

The Holy Spirit is in our mind to help us do this. We need only the willingness to turn over every attack thought to the Holy Spirit. He will take them gladly and show us their replacement in the brilliant Light of Love. As we learn to do this, fear recedes and we experience the strength of Love more and more.

When a friend comes to us in pain, we do not identify with the pain, but with the strength of Love in our friend. From this peaceful and loving place, we can be guided by the Holy Spirit in our minds to offer our friend whatever is truly helpful in that moment. It may be a loving touch, a word of comfort or just a thought focusing on the truth of them in our mind. If we let the Holy Spirit be our Guide, we will be led in each moment to be helpful.


Everyday there is a lesson to pay particular attention to, but what does this one really mean to me? Do I physically escape from the world I see? No, not really. I escape mentally and emotionally from identifying with ego fears and needs. I let myself be cleansed with the energy of Love. I let Love wash me of lingering muddy fears that hide my true nature.

As the fears are washed away, I see fresh and clear. I see my light, my love, and then that others are just like me. Others are light and love underneath their muddy fears. Everyone needs a bath of light and love to show us our one true self, and Holy Spirit is happy to oblige as the great washer.

We can escape the mud. We can live shining and sparkling, if we are willing to recognize that we have muddy thoughts and are willing to let them go. Today I am willing to allow myself to be washed in the sea of Love. I am willing to shown my sparkling self. I am willing to be set free. I am willing to see the Oneself.

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ACIM Workbook Lesson 24

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Lesson 24:
"I do not perceive my own best interests."
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When I was growing up, I was often asked the question, "What do you want to be when you grow up? What do you want to do with your life?" I was given the impression that I needed to decide and that it was my job to decide my likes or dislikes, where I lived or who I lived with, or what I did with my time. I have thought that this individual life I appear to be leading was up to me and that I could find happiness by deciding on my own. Now I am finding that the opposite is true.

I am now learning that it is not my job to decide on my own because I do not perceive my own best interests. I am learning that my job is to step back and go into a place of quiet and ask the Spirit of Wholeness in my mind for direction. I am learning to practice remembering that on my own I do not know what my best interests are. But the good news is there is a Source of Wisdom and Love in my mind that does.

As I learn to practice stepping back more and more, I am finding that this Source of inner Wisdom does know what my best interests are and will lead me moment by moment to accomplishing my true purpose in this 'life.' I am learning that my real Life is in being the Love that I am and this real Llife never changes and is eternal.

In the world of perception, the circumstances of my service does change. The form may change, but the Love stays constant. Removing the barriers to my remembering my true Identity is my fundamental purpose right now. It begins with remembering that I do not perceive my own best interests.


This lesson is helping me recognize that I don't know as much as I think I know. It is helping me open my mind to be teachable. We've all seen little children decide that they want something and demand it, even though we can see that it is not in that child's best interest. The child clearly thinks it is. What is not so clear is that most of the time we are like that little child, demanding that circumstances in our lives be a certain way to make us happy. Like the child who does not know the whole picture and all the effects of having what it demands, we have a limited perception and do not know all the effects of having what we think we want would have on us.

In looking at my life experience, I can see many examples of when I insisted on things being a certain way, only to discover that I was not happy when I had it. There have been times when I had what I thought I wanted, and it appeared to be taken away. It was upsetting to me.

But I learned an affirmation years ago that I use many times in situations like those. It was, "I can hardly wait to see the good that comes from this." To me this is another way of saying I do not perceive my own best interests. It is acknowledging that my perception is limited and that if I am willing to listen to my inner Teacher, I will receive what is helpful and learn what is helpful. In every situation in which I perceived loss, when I used this affirmation or something like it, great good did come from the experience -- sometimes important turning points in my life.

Today's lesson is a great tool to use whenever I believe I know what my best interests are. It is useful when I have believed I have lost. It is also helpful to use when I believe I have what I want to help me open my mind to a greater perception, with Holy Spirit's help. It is a great reminder of the limits of my perception and an opening to let Holy Spirit give me His bigger picture. The more I can do this, the more peace and happiness I will allow in my life.


How can I see what is in my best interest with my ego eyes? I cannot. My best interest is the interest of the Oneself. That is far beyond the comprehension of the ego, even if it desired to understand my True Self's best interest, which it does not. My ego expectations run amok, here, there, and everywhere like wild creatures, untamed and undisciplined. Thoughts going in all directions at once, each demanding attention.

My best interest is the interest of my true Self. I need Holy Spirit to show what this is in every moment. I can no longer pretend that I know what anything means. I give all expectations and all competing voices to Holy Spirit this day. Today I am willing to say I don't know anything and I am willing to follow the lead of Holy Spirit. Only then is my best interest made manifest. Only then am I in love and peace, and surely love an peace are in my best interest.



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ACIM WORKBOOK LESSON 25

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"I do not know what anything is for.""
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I do not know what anything is for because, if I am identifying with the ego, I do not know what I am or where I am. I do not realize that what I am seeing as an outside world is coming from my own mind. I do not realize that what I am seeing is what is in my mind. The meanings that I give to the world are the meanings that are still in my mind, and if I am identifying with being a separate person, all these meanings are wrong. They are simply mistaken ideas that are reflecting the ego's thought system.

Because I still do identify with the ego thought system, I do not know what anything means. I need practice in stepping back and being willing to open up to the Holy Spirit's healing correction. As I am willing to let go of the meaning that I am giving to things, it leaves an empty space where the Holy Spirit can write its true meaning.

I need to do this with everything I experience in this world. Atonement, or true perception, means undoing the meaning that I have given to everything. This comes with stepping back again and again and again, letting the Holy Spirit bring Its healing perceptions into my mind. This is my salvation. This is how I return Home to where I never left. This is how I remember my true Identity. This is how I find freedom from the ego's imprisoning thoughts of separation.


I find that reminding myself that I don't know what anything is for is a great way for me to open my mind to receive insight from Holy Spirit. I need to practice this many times through the day. I have invested much in training myself to figure out what things are for. In my ego identification, my value or worth is attached to my ability to figure out what things are for, what circumstances mean and if they are not to my liking, to fix them. The aspect that takes pride in this is insulted to hear that I do not know what anything is for.

I am grateful that I have had enough experience with acknowledging that I don't know and receiving the healing of Holy Spirit's perception that my willingness has grown to practice this lesson. Despite the pride that comes with 'knowing,' there is always an accompanying sense of inadequacy, because underneath, there is still a recognition that this 'knowing' is very limited. And so this affirmation offers me release from limited perception and identification with inadequacy. It welcomes the all knowing, wise and compassionate perception of the Holy Spirit. It is this I truly want. It is this that brings me peace and happiness. I am willing to remember that on my own, I do not know what anything is for. I am willing to perceive the gift of Holy Spirit's vision.

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Lesson 26:
"My attack thoughts are attacking my invulnerability."
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This lesson is teaching me that if I fear anything, if I am worried about anything, or if I have a concern of any kind, that what appears to come from the outside world is really coming from attack thoughts that are still residing in my mind. My experience of an outer world is an effect, not a cause. If I think I am vulnerable in any way, it is because I am still holding on to attack thoughts. It is very powerful to have this understanding. What I think of as real in this 'life' journey shows me where there is still a need to heal my mind.

Now, instead of continuing with these effects, I can change my mind by handing over all thoughts of duality, all thoughts of attacking or being attacked to the Holy Spirit to be undone. I have a way out of the seemingly endless spiral of thinking that I am weak and vulnerable in a dangerous world. Now I know that this simply is not true. In truth all is Love, so all that is real is invulnerable. In the introduction to the Course Jesus says, "Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists."

It is only my own attack thoughts that give me the dream experience of being attacked or vulnerable. I can change my thoughts and I am thankful that this is so. I am willing to look at all the places where I am concerned or afraid, and realize that these thoughts are an attack upon myself. I can take each situation to the Holy Spirit. I can receive a correction in my perception. This process of taking each concern, no matter how mild it may seem, to the Holy Spirit is important. Each baby step takes me one step closer to returning me to my true Identity as Love and nothing else.


This lesson is making it very clear that if I perceive vulnerability anywhere, that is an attack on myself. I have forgotten Who I am. I am forgotten that I was created by Love as Love. Thus any time I perceive somebody as harmed in any way, including myself, or I see the potential for harm, I am attacking myself. I could not perceive weakness if I did not perceive weakness in myself first. In reviewing my thoughts, it is clear that there are many areas in my thoughts where I perceive weakness. I have established many defenses to protect myself. I think about ways to avoid ways to avoid confrontation. I think about taking vitamins to stay healthy. I think about financially preparing for a secure future. I think about what might happen to my body if one thing or another occurred.

Thoughts like this pass through my mind many times a day in different forms. Sometimes they seem to be about me. Sometimes they seem to be about other people or world conditions. They are all the same. They are all thoughts of vulnerability and therefore they represent belief that it is possible to be separate from the all powerful strength of God, my Source.

I am grateful that this lesson makes it clear that I can change my mind. It gives me a tool to become aware of the many ways I attack myself, mostly unconsciously. By bringing it to conscious awareness, I have the opportunity to turn it over to the Holy Spirit to receive His gentle and loving correction. This is how I free myself from limitation and fear. This is how I transform my world from a place of vulnerability and conflict to a place of safety and peace.

The more I practice this lesson, the more I will become aware of ways that I limit myself with my thoughts so that I can turn these thoughts over to Holy Spirit to receive His healing Light. The truth is that I and everyone are created invulnerable, for we remain in the heart of God, not separate and alone. We remain Love and nothing else.

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Lesson 27:
"Above all else I want to see."
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Seeing with Christ's vision means seeing the real world. It means seeing through the eyes of Christ. It means seeing past bodies to the one Light and Love of God. It means overlooking the barriers to Love and recognizing that only Love is real. Seeing with Christ's vision brings infinite happiness and joy. It brings healing to myself and everyone around me. When I remember this, why wouldn't I want to make seeing with Christ's vision my very highest priority?

Jesus tells us often in the Course that we see what we want to see. This lesson is encouraging us to want to see with Christ's vision. As we make it our top priority, we will see with Christ's vision. What an opportunity we all have today to give ourselves the constant suggestion that "above all else I want to see." I want to see with Christ's vision above all else.

This makes today a very exciting day. A day of great strides toward what is the most important thing there can be. There is nothing more important than my return to seeing with Christ's vision. There is nothing more important to my happiness than this. There is nothing more important to my awakening than this. This is my one true function, seeing with Christ's vision.

Through Christ's vision I heal and am healed. I feel inspired to follow the instructions at least every half hour. I see that the benefits are huge. Seeing with Christ's vision is really my one goal. It brings me the peace of God. It brings me deep happiness and fulfillment. It helps me see my invulnerability and everyone's invulnerability. It helps me see past illusions to the truth. What could be more important than this? What an opportunity I have today! There is nothing more important than this.


This lesson acknowledges that right now, we may not be wholehearted in affirming that above all else we want to see. It even gives us an antidote to the fear that might come up that we might lose something we value if we make seeing through Christ vision our top priority. And it tells us that we need this affirmation to help us move toward the time when we can say it wholeheartedly, without reservation.

It is helpful to remember this supportive and understanding view that the Course holds of our process of awakening. There are many times in later Workbook lessons when it appears that the Course is expecting us to be at a level of clarity and certainty that we do not yet feel. This lesson is making it clear that Jesus is holding a view of us as we truly are, even though we may not hold that view of ourselves as yet. That is his gift to us, by seeing past our false self-images and not accepting them as true, he makes it easier for us to let them go. We do the same for our brothers when we are able to forgive and see their innocence, even when they do not see it themselves.

This lesson is very inspiring. It not only offers us a tool to set a new priority for ourselves, it supports us with gentle compassion in letting go of our fears. It holds a view of us as a holy Son of God in spite of the false images we have built in our minds and believed to be true.

It gives me a feeling of comfort and rest as I am held in the gentle, loving arms of God. I have a Friend Who sees the truth in me and Whose only function is to support me in seeing the truth in myself. "Above all else I want to see."


This morning I woke up slightly depressed, the way I sometimes do for no particular reason. When I read today's lesson, I almost cried with plea to my Heavenly Father "yes, above all else I want to see. Please help me!"

I get so tired of being depressed, I get tired of holding resentments over petty issues, I get tired of seeing the world that I made. I can't understand why I resist giving myself entirely to what the Course is trying to tell me. Today I surrender myself and my life to my Father and ask the Holy Spirit to guide me.

I wrote today's lesson on my hand with black permanent marker because I am determined to repeat the lesson as often as I can today to remind myself that above all else I want to see.

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ACIM WORKBOOK LESSON 28

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Lesson 28:
"Above all else I want to see things differently."
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While growing up, I learned to give meaning to everything around me. I learned what everything is for. I am now learning to step back from my past, to let go of the past. I am now learning to have an open mind about what anything is or what it is for. I am learning to let go of my automatic responses and open to a new meaning given me by the Holy Spirit.

This has not been easy for me unless I quiet my mind, slow it down and let it shift into another gear. When I do this, the Holy Spirit lifts the veil -- the meaning I have given things -- and shows me the Love of God that lies behind each thing that I see.

This only happens when I am willing. The part of the lesson that says "above all else" is meaningful here. Unless I really want to see things differently, I will bring the past to the present. Right now I am working with "above all else." I find that often it isn't, "above all else." But today's lesson brings me closer, through consistent practice, to letting that "above all else I want to see things differently" a little closer to my experience.

I really want to practice today's lesson as often as possible, knowing that this practice will lead me toward more consistency in seeing the Light of God that is really there. I am willing to take it a step at a time and forgive myself if I forget. I want to consistently remember that there is only Love. God is All. There is nothing else. Today I take one more step by practicing this lesson over and over. This leads me to freedom. This leads me to consistent experience of the peace of God.


As I did the practice exercise, it became clear to me that my day is filled with labeling and categorizing, sorting things I hear and see into various boxes of meaning. If something occurs that I cannot easily put in one of those boxes, I feel uneasy because it seems like I don't know what it means. Without a meaning that I can assign to it, it can even seem fearful, because it is unknown and I don't know how to defend against it if need be. All this comes because I have learned that it is my job to assign meaning to everything. That is what perception is for, or so I have learned.

This lesson is helping me to let go of this idea. It is helping me withdraw from the role of assigning meaning and open to the meaning that lies beyond the form, beyond the labels and categories I have learned in the past. As I can open my mind and withdraw the assignment of meaning from the past, I can receive the Holy Spirit's enlightening vision. I become open to seeing the Light that is shared by all that is real.

The statement is a commitment, a dedication that I may not believe wholeheartedly yet, but each little step in that direction leads me to freedom. It leads me to recognize my Self as I was created and as I am. Here is the peace of God, for I was created in the peace of God. There can be no goal greater than this, no greater satisfaction than reaching it. "Above all else, I want to see things differently."


When I say the words to myself, "I want to see things differently," I notice that my attention is drawn to the word 'want.' I noticed as I looked around and really asked myself, "Do I really want to see this differently?" a strong sense of peace came over me.

The biggest gift in this lesson today is the comfort that when I do get tired of assigning meaning to everything, there is a truth that will embrace me. I can make a commitment to withdraw my preconceived ideas. I can let go gradually with an open mind, knowing that when my mind and heart join in unity to see the Light in everything, It will be there for me. Above all else I want to see things differently, and it will in the time that I allow it.


The peace of God is shining in me now. Above all else I want to see the peace of God. Above all else I want to see the radiance of Love that is the real truth of my brother and of all things that are part of God. I want to bless the truth in myself and my brother. Connecting with the radiance within everyone and everything is my only goal. Herein lies the peace of God.


Take my sight, O God, and let me see anew. I give to You myself. My life is Yours. It has always been Yours, but today I choose to recognize this is so in every moment. Your purpose is my purpose. Your Love is my love. We are One in all that I am. This is my comfort and my joy. I am not alone. I am One with You and that can never change.

Above all else I want to see Oneness surrounding me. I want to see You in my brother and sister. I want to see You in all things, circumstances and events. In having this sight, I have all there is to have. In this I am complete and whole. In this I am in the now with You, and this is my only reality. Above all else I want the reality of my existence.


I've felt lately a connection and that others are experiencing this process of changing mind in so much the same way as I am. It seems to help that others seem to experience the same frustra

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Lesson 29:
"God is in everything I see."
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As I repeat, "God is in everything I see," I am being taught to shift from physical sight to spiritual sight. God can not be seen with the physical eyes. But I can be aware of God's Presence as I open my mind to an inner vision, Christ's vision. With Christ's vision, I see that behind every form is the Light of God. I can train myself to open my mind with consistent practice to be open to the awareness of God's presence everywhere. I can practice by realizing that God is where I see that plant. God is not the physical plant, but through Christ's vision I see the Light of God is what is really there.

Today I am asking to see with spiritual sight and I know that what I really want to see, I will see. And so I use time today to practice opening my mind to spiritual sight, opening my mind to Christ's vision. Through Christ's vision I remember that only Love is real, and behind all form is the Love that is eternal, that is always there to see if I am open to seeing it. I am willing to practice today letting my mind be healed. I am willing to practice remembering that God is in everything I see.


This lesson tells us that the idea that God is in everything I see is central to the Course, the basis for all previous lessons and all subsequent lessons. Yet as I say God is in that table, all that I'm aware of is that table. It doesn't seem that I am seeing God. But the exercises are designed to open my mind to accept the possibility that God is there, that He is everywhere. Just because I am not aware of God everywhere doesn't mean that God/Love isn't everywhere.

If I see something that upsets me or I'm afraid of, clearly I'm not seeing Love there. I'm perceiving something else. This lesson is teaching me that despite my perception, Love is still there. If I'm not seeing it, I must need an adjustment in my perception. Thus every moment can be a reminder to take my perception to the Holy Spirit to receive His vision. His is the vision that will show me the Love that lies beyond my perception. So this lesson is introducing me to a world I have not allowed myself to perceive. It is telling me there is more to see.

It is part of the process of retraining my mind to question the limits I have accepted. I do not have to be limited to what I am currently able to perceive. God is there for me to see. I need only let go of my limitations. I am not limited to a body, because I am not a body, I am free. I am still Love, as God created me.

The Love in me always recognizes God in everything I see. If I don't recognize it, it is because I don't recognize my Self. I am grateful for the opening this lesson brings to prepare the way for me to know my Self. The Love I share with God is in everything I see.


God is with me in every step I take. If I see truly, I see Oneness, every thing, every person, all joined in Oneness. We are all made from the same substance, Love, even though we may look different. Above all I want to see the Love that is present, not the seeming differences. The differences are nothing. Only the Love present is real.

Love is in everything I see. I can see Love if I open my spiritual eyes and mind. I can see Love if I choose to because I am capable of seeing it. I am Love and can see my Self. This is not too hard for me. There are no partitions between parts of the Oneself. The Oneself can see its whole Self. I can see God because I am one with God. I can experience God in every moment, if I choose to, because this is the reality that exists. I can choose reality or I can choose the illusion of separation, separation from God and, consequently, separation from persons and things. Today I choose Truth. Today I choose Love. Today I choose Peace. Today I choose God.

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ACIM Lesson 30

Lesson 30:
"God is in everything I see because God is in my mind."
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If we can see past the angry person to the real person inside them, then we can forgive ourselves and see God in ourselves also. If we can hear the opinionated person and see past those opinions to the real person, then we can forgive ourselves and know that we are one with God. If we can be with one who is whining and complaining and see the God in them, see their wish to be happy, see ourselves in them and know that we are forgiven and we are all one, and then we know we are also forgiven and are at one.


The God, or Love that is in everything and everyone is what is eternal. The God, or Love in my mind is what is eternal. The God that is in everything I see is what is real. It does not change. It is beyond time and space. It is all that is. It is All.

Today I am learning to return my mind to the truth. I am learning to focus on what is real in everything and in everyone, the eternal changeless Love That is All That is.

Remembering this truth brings me peace, joy and happiness. What a happy thing to practice remembering it all day long. "God is in everything I see because God is in my mind."


This lesson uses "you" in reference to us as if we were the ego. There are many places in the Course where he refers to us using "you" where it is helpful to discern what this "you" is referring to. In this lesson he is acknowledging what we think we are or what most of us think we are. Chances are if we are reading this book, we are to some degree identifying with the ego as what we are. The Course point blank says, "You are not the ego." Yet here he seems to be referring to us as if we were. This is because he is referring to us the way we think we are.

I can certainly recognize that I do not see God in everything I see, though I truly want to. So this lesson acknowledges where we are and gives us a tool to help us let it go. It is helpful to remember when he seems to be referring to us with ego characteristics that we are not the ego. He is merely acknowledging that we believe we are the ego. It is this that needs to be undone. It is this undoing that the lessons are for, that the entire Course is for.

I am grateful that Jesus does not accept the limitations that I accept. It is his vision of innocence that I am striving for and that his support makes it easier for me to accept. It is why I want to see God in everything I see. I want to know that God is in my mind and I am one with God. I want to know that I am Love.


There is a Light in my mind, a Light I tend to ignore, a Light I tend to define, a Light I often won't allow to be Itself. It is a level of consciousness in which I interact with control. And as I make my own interpretations about this Light at that level, I experience the world accordingly. The guidance of this lesson inspires me more deeply to resign the meaning I think I need to give to the Light of God. I am inspired to let it be, I am inspired to trust It even more to reveal itself as whole, abundant, free, sharing, one with me.


I want to be in the world, but not of the world, to see the world and know it is not so; to live with the human sight of differences and separation, while knowing the body's eyes see not the truth for true vision rests in the mind where I am One with God.

This vision I must practice, I must remember, I must be mindful. My mind must be full of God because I have consciously and consistently chosen the reality of Oneness.

There are many textbooks for human eyes to read about experiencing God, but there is only One God in which we all are joined. The Course contains instruction that everyone can understand and a wonderful way to practice that really helps us allow our minds to be healed and filled with God. When our minds are filled with God, our bodily eyes will not deceive us into believing illusion is reality.

Today I choose practicing. Today I choose remembering. Today I choose Oneness because this is already in my mind. When I experience Oneness in my mind I can see Oneness everywhere and be filled with gratitude.


In today's world it is finally becoming popular to realize that most of our lives are reflections of our attitudes and our thoughts. We are beginning to see that only a change of our own mind can execute any real change in our lives, and subsequently, in the world. There are many sources of this concept.

Some are spiritual (with and without God as the Power behind the spirit). Some are body oriented such as sports, and habits that need breaking. While other sources are found in the self-improvement and professional psycho-therapy fields. And let's not forget Madison Ave. advertisers & the psycho-babble gurus. Yes, even they speak (use) the truth.

We, who believe (or try to) that God is everywhere, in everything, in our minds, are so very fortunate to have the easy way to find about this concept. We know God. We know the Power Source. And just as importantly, we have the Guide Who will show us the "how to" to use this Power to change our priorities in this world to reflect His Creation. Every time I struggle with the course material I am reminded of how hard it would be without it.

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A couple of nights ago I had a disagreement with my son. He was very angry with me and hung up on me. This was so upsetting. We never argue and he has never acted like this. I went through all sorts of emotions; anger that he should treat me with such disrespect, self doubt because maybe I could have handled it better, fear that this will affect our relationship.

The blessing that came from this is that while trying to deal with it, I suddenly saw very clearly that this is another special relationship. I love my son very much, but I love him best when he loves me. I love him best when he gives me what I think I need and lack; love and respect, admiration, obedience. When he doesn't supply my needs, the relationship suffers. I had never before been able to admit that even my relationships with my children are special relationships.

When I saw this I was able to give this relationship to Holy Spirit to heal. I want this to be a holy relationship, for my sake and for his. It took all that day and into today before I started feeling good. And all through today, whenever I thought of my son I would think about how God is in him, because God is in my mind.

I also noticed that once I asked for the healing of this relationship, I began praying for my son's well being. I began to ask that he experience God's Love and comfort. For the first time since this happened, my focus was on him instead of on myself. I had been projecting all the bad things I was making myself feel onto my son and I was able to quit doing that. I feel that I have been blessed with a powerful insight and that our relationship has been blessed with a powerful healing.

He called me to ask a question late this afternoon and was on his way out of town so we didn't have time to talk, but he promised to call me back this weekend. In the meantime I will continue to see God in my son and in this relationship.

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Lesson 31:
"I am not a victim of the world I see."
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When I hear the words, "I am not a victim of the world I see," what I'm really hearing is that I'm not vulnerable. This doesn't mean to me that I accept pain, suffering or sacrifice with an attitude of tolerance, it means that I am free to be in pain if I choose, or I am free to be in Love if I choose. The choice is literally mine. And this is how this idea for today is not a threat, but a window to freedom. I want to use this idea with an open mind so that I can allow Spirit to help me experience the freedom that comes with this choice to experience a more pure state of being that reflects invulnerability.


I am not a victim of the world I see is a huge release for me. It is the key to freedom from the self-attack I have created. Each time I see myself as a victim of something in the so called outer world, what I am really doing is attacking my Self, attacking my true state of innocence and invulnerability. The good news is I can choose to stop this at any given moment. More than anything else, the Course is giving me the tools to stop my own victimhood. In this realization, I am free to be as God created me.


As I was doing this exercise, in the eyes closed portion, I suddenly remembered something that I had committed to doing, but had not done. The immediate reaction was guilt. And then I remembered I am not the victim of the world I see. I do not have to use my perception of anything as an excuse for guilt. Guilt is self-attack. I do not have to play the victim of guilt. Sometimes that even seems to be an attractive gain. I can use it to get sympathy from others. But that sympathy comes with a very high price. The price is that when I accept guilt, I lose awareness of Love, which means I lose awareness of my Self.

This lesson is telling me that this need not be. I am not the victim of the world I see. I always have choice. I always in every moment choose who is my guide for seeing. When I choose the ego it will always show me guilt and justification for attack. When I choose the Holy Spirit as my guide, It will always show me Love and justification for Love. With one comes pain, and with the other comes peace. I choose peace. I choose to remember that I am not the victim of the world I see.


At any time I am either choosing to join with the ego or join with Holy Spirit. This lesson is a gentle reminder to join with the Holy Spirit. Joining with the ego always attracts victimhood. The ego script always leads to guilt, victimhood and "problems." If I ever think I have a "problem," I am learning to look at how I have joined the ego one more time. When I return to joining with the Holy Spirit, the perception of a problem always gets turned around. I am always helped to heal my mind of belief in problems when I return to the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit shows me that the problem is coming from my own mind. The Holy Spirit brings the Light the dissolves the perception of a problem. The Holy Spirit brings a much bigger picture. The Holy Spirit brings trust, compassion and Love. The Holy Spirit brings peace. The ego always goes for the opposite. The ego always goes for pain, problems, victimhood and lack.

Through this gradual step by step awakening process, I am brought to look at ways I may still be thinking I am a victim of the world. I am brought to releasing these false ideas by taking them to the Holy Spirit to be undone with simplicity and ease. There is no problem that will not be undone if I am willing to take it to the Holy Spirit and receive a corrected perception. This is how I heal my mind. This is how I heal the world.


I am not the victim of the world I see. The world I see is in my mind. The world I see is the endless stream of thoughts in my mind. Thoughts that run like wild horses, never stopping, never resting, across a vast plain of fear. These thoughts are mine - of my ego. I am no bystander. I watch the scene. I see the horses' power to stir up the dust of fear to try to blind me to the truth.

Yet these wild things are not me, not really. Only one part of me allows them to run free. My Real Self looks on in amusement. These wild things grow smaller and smaller. They can be tamed. They can be seen for what they are -- a product of my choice.

I can choose differently. I can ask for help to discipline my wild thoughts. They can be herded into a corral. I can take charge of my own mind with Holy Spirit's help. I am God's will. No wild things can hold against that. Today I remember I am One with God, One with the power of All That Is. I am no victim. With Holy Spirit's help, I see that I am the Son of God, and in this I find true freedom and power.


I am not a victim of the world I see, because God doesn't need me to be victim and so never sends hardness my way. That is my doing, my need.

I am not a victim of the me I see. My short comings are not Mine, neither are my virtues. They are illusions along with my ego. I will remember this lesson now.

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I no longer need to prepare this body to be worthy to be used in His service. I am no longer victim to the worry about my traits (that cause my failure to happen in the world arena) letting God down. These traits, "good" and "bad" are traits of the body. I no longer waste my prayers begging to be changed to the person who will be more capable to help heal the world, and coincidentally, be able to live in the world more productively. I am not a victim of illusions. I am what God needs. I am the Holy Son of God.

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Lesson 32

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Lesson 32:
"I have invented the world I see."
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At any time, I am either joining with the ego thought system or the Holy Spirit's thought system. When I join with the ego thought system, the world I invent is filled with struggle, victimhood and lack. I feel separate and alone. I feel like life is hard. Things don't seem to go easy. It is filled with blame and guilt and tragedy. On the other hand, if I join with the Holy Spirit, the world looks very different. I see innocence instead of guilt.

I see unity instead of separation. I see that the only meaning for time is to now awaken to the truth and join with my brothers in that awakening. I see that we all go Home together. We don't go Home alone. My take on the world is the total opposite of the ego's perspective. So each day, each hour, each minute, it is my choice. Do I join with the ego's invention or do I allow the Holy Spirit to write the script? Which I choose at any moment is up to me. This choice determines the world I see.


As I was doing the exercise for today, I looked out the window, at the new snow that had fallen over night. I made a beautiful, lacy image of the trees. It sure didn't seem like I invented the world I am seeing. But I was reminded of a recent lesson in which we were to look at various objects and say, for instance, "God is in that tree, or God is in the snow." I remembered that in that lesson it said that certainly God is not in that physical object as I see it. In fact, my seeing of the object blocks my awareness that God is there.

So if I am not aware of God in everything, it is not because God is not there, for God is in my mind. It is because I am seeing a world I have invented that stands between me and my awareness of God. I have invented the world as I see it. Were I able to strip away what I have invented, I would see only God. I would see God everywhere, because God is in my mind.

That is why it is important for me to realize that it is I who have invented the world I see. It is in recognizing this that I open my mind to a new way of seeing. It also reminds me that I have absolute control of what I see and what I experience. I always have choice. I am not the victim of the world. I can join with the Holy Spirit and see the world with Christ vision. I can see God everywhere. I can see Love everywhere.


I have invented the world I see. What an exhilarating thought this is for me. As I truly begin to understand this and take responsibility for my thoughts, I become aware that I am free to choose. I can continue, along with the ego thought system, to create thoughts within my mind that terrorize myself, or I can place my mind under the guidance of Jesus and ask for each thought to be rewritten as an expression or extension of Love. I can choose to separate with my thoughts or I can choose to heal my mind and bless the world. I am free as God created me.


I was talking to a clerk in a store yesterday and she started talking about how scary things are now, with the failing economy, talk of war etc. As she talked on, I found myself responding with one of those stock answers we use to just make conversation in which I was basically agreeing with her. I stopped myself from continuing that way and wanted to say something constructive, but someone else came in and the opportunity passed.

It made me very aware of how careless I am with my thoughts and words. It also made me aware of my responsibility to myself and my brothers. I had an opportunity to speak truth and chose to add to the illusion instead. I feel thankful that I saw myself doing this and was aware of my error. Now I have the opportunity to choose differently. I'm grateful for today's lesson because it gives me a chance to reinforce my lesson from yesterday. My thoughts have effects, and my thoughts are my choice. I can change them.


I, too, found myself agreeing with several people yesterday about how bad things are and last night I was in a state of confusion. As I worked with my facilitator last night, what came to me was that my agreement with any ego gives my ego permission to rule!

I was miserable and didn't really understand why until this morning! I do have a choice as to whether I listen to ego or to Holy Spirit. I am not a victim and I cannot agree with anyone that they are either. Out of my own Self interest, I must be generous with the Truth. I can change my mind about myself.

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"There is another way of looking at the world."
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More and more I am seeing the connections between these lessons. Most of the time when I look at the world, I am not aware of God being there. But an earlier lesson says that God is in everything I see. I must be missing something. There is another way of seeing the world. When I affirm this, I am cracking the door open to receive the vision of the Holy Spirit, which will show me Love in everything I see. So today's lesson is another step in opening my mind to be taught by my Inner Teacher, the Holy Spirit.

The fact that I am not aware of God in everything I see is proof that I need this reminder constantly. I go through most of my day assuming that I know the meaning of what I am seeing. I assume that what I see is true and rarely stop to question what I see or how I am interpreting what I see. Using this lesson frequently through the day is another step that is essential to learn if I want the peace of God.

The peace of God cannot be found by excluding Him from everything I see. Along with remembering that there is another way to see the world, it is helpful to also remember that God is in everything I see. If I'm not seeing Love, I need help. I am grateful for the Course and all the help it offers. The more I work with it, the more I appreciate its compassionate genius in offering me the means to see anew.


Today's lesson, "There is another way of looking at the world," helps me step back from my past way of seeing things. It helps me remember that I do not know what anything is for. It's a helpful wake up call reminding me to step back and ask the Holy Spirit for a new kind of vision. I need this practice because I forget often.

I need to remember that there is another way of looking at this a hundred times a day. This practice will help jar me out of simply repeating the past. I want a new way of looking at the world. But first I must remember that there is another way of looking at the world. I want to be happy. I want to wake up. I want to remember the one Self that is eternal. Today's lesson is an important step in this process.


As I work with this lesson I have a nice feeling of being gently led along a path where I can easily see that what seems so real in the world is not what it seems since it can literally change from moment to moment. We can also see that the pictures we see in our mind are not different from those we think we see with our eyes. They're not different and they're equally unreal. We can learn this by simply observing the shifting nature of these perceptions

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Lesson 34:
"I could see peace instead of this."
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In earlier lessons we learned that God is in everything we see because God is in our minds. Since peace is an attribute of God and God is in our minds, peace must be in our minds. This means if I am not seeing peace, I must be closing off my real Self from my awareness. Since peace is already in my mind, I don't have to acquire it. I need only accept its presence. Any situation in which I am not feeling peaceful is an indication that I am using something to hide peace from my awareness.

In the introduction to the Course, it tells us that it is not going to define what Love is, but will merely help us remove the barriers to Love's presence. This lesson is another step in removing those barriers. We will know Love when we have let down the barriers against it. Today's affirmation is a powerful tool to help us step back from the myriad forms of distress and pain and unhappiness that we experience in our lives.

Just repeating that statement reminds me that I don't have to see the world the way that I am seeing it. I have a choice. The little crack is opened through which the Holy Spirit can offer another way of seeing. Each time I affirm this thought, I give myself the gift of opening my mind to the possibility of healing. I may not be ready to accept it, but I am at least a step closer. Just because I don't feel healed yet in a particular circumstance is not reason to give up. Rather it is simply a sign that I need more practice. These lessons are designed to help me build a habit of practice. I am grateful that in every situation I can see peace.


This lesson reminds me that my awakening to the truth has nothing to do with the outside world and as everything to do with the thoughts I am holding in my mind. This lesson has everything to do with remembering that my experience of peace is an internal matter and that, if I am not in peace, I can choose differently. This lesson asks me to search my mind for thoughts that are not peaceful. This lesson encourages me to be open to letting these thoughts go. "I could see peace instead of this."

When I get wrapped up in some circumstance where I lose my peace, I usually do not realize that I have lost my peace. I get so wrapped up in what is wrong 'out there,' that I forget that it starts with what is wrong in my mind. From a peaceful state of mind comes a peaceful perception of the world.

This is a powerful lesson. If I am willing to practice changing my mind and choosing peace in every situation where there appears to be distress or conflict, I can take great steps forward. This is the key to my awakening.

Just like the lesson, "God is in everything I see because God is in my mind," I could also say, "Peace is in everything I see because peace is in my mind." This world is coming from my imagination. I have invented the world I see. When my mind is in a state of peace, I see a peaceful world. So I must start with my mind.

If I jump first to trying to fix something out in the world, I will have forgotten where the real problem lies and where the real solution lies. As I consistently practice choosing peace first, I heal my mind and am open to a peaceful solution to every "problem."

The Course tells me that peace and understanding go together and are never found alone. If I want a deeper understanding about anything, the way I find it is to choose peace. Jesus tells me that I am much to tolerant of mind wandering. This lesson helps me choose what is most important of all -- to be in a state of peace. In a state of peace, my mind is clear. I see a peaceful world. The problem is never out there.

I am learning to ask myself, "Where is my state of mind?" When I am joined with Holy Spirit, peace seems easy and natural. When I am joined with the ego, peace seems very far away and hard to reach. Today's lesson reminds me that it is my choice. And which I choose is what I will see.


They say that God works in mysterious ways, but if we think about it, it's really not that mysterious; as a matter of fact, it's really quite simple. However, we (or our egos) always try to complicate things. We get so wrapped up in what's "out there" that we forget it's only a reflection of what's "in here" that causes all the chaos.

I can often be so impatient with the fact that I have very little patience and I seem to keep putting situations in my life where I have to practice being more patient. I need to see these situations as means for practicing my patience and not frustration.

Holy Spirit, help me see peace instead of frustrating situations in my life this day.

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Lesson 36:
"My holiness envelops everything I see."
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I see this lesson as not only an extension of yesterday's, but also of the earlier lessons, "God is in everything I see, because God is in my mind." In this world, the idea that God is in my mind and I am part of God and I share His holiness, His innocence, is totally alien. Every day there seems to be proof that I am anything but holy. I do not spend the day in perfect peace. I am sometimes upset with no rational reason, let alone the reasons that seem to be rational. I certainly don't seem to share God's strength and oneness is a concept that seems out of reach to really experience.

Yet the Course is telling me that it is all this that I seem to experience and perceive that is really what is alien. What makes it seem real to me is only my belief in it, and belief can be changed. Thank God! What a relief! I am grateful for the Course and its lesson that I do not have to continue with my experience of the world as it has been. There is another way of seeing, not with the body's eyes, but in my mind. It is here that real change happens. And it is here that the Course focuses its lessons.

As I do today's exercises, it may seem as though I am saying words that I do not mean and are almost unbelievable. But they are part of training my mind in a new way of seeing, a new perception of myself and the world. It isn't important that I believe it now. Belief will come of itself. I need only practice the lessons. They are designed to open the door to the change of mind I need to let go of this alien world. Once again, my heart is filled with gratitude that I have the means to change my mind and accept the peace of God.


There are only two ways of seeing. I am either seeing through the eyes of Christ or I am seeing through the eyes of the ego. The eyes of the ego see only ego. The eyes of Christ see only holiness. And which I choose to see I will see. Today's lesson helps me to open up to the idea that I can see through the eyes of holiness because I am holy. This lesson is helping me remember what I am and where I am. This lesson is encouraging me to practice seeing through the eyes of holiness.

It is only through consistent practice that my mind will be transformed. I have been used to seeing through the eyes of ego. I have been used to seeing separation and thinking it is real. I need much practice in seeing differently. Today's lesson gives me that practice. Today's lesson teaches me to see through the eyes of holiness. Yesterday's lesson reminded me that I am holy. Today's lesson reminds me that holiness sees only holiness. Through practice I change my habitual thinking, I change my mind.

As I see through the eyes of holiness, I see clearly that everything is holy. Everything is Love. Through consistent practice, the ego thought system gently falls away by my not giving it support. It falls away from lack of attention. I get what I focus on. As I focus on remembering my holiness, as I focus on seeing through the eyes of holiness, it becomes easier and easier to see only holiness and realize that anything is just false ideas, just nothing. When I don't try to make something out of nothing, that nothing disappears. What a wonderful opportunity I have today -- to practice seeing through the eyes of holiness. I can't think of anything that is more important. I can't think of anything that would bring me more happiness.


As I respond to the essence of today's lesson, it seems to me that holiness is the effect of being whole. And being whole is accepting without condition that my thoughts and feelings are the cause of any effect. When I truly accept that I am whole, then I can know that nothing is holy without me and it cannot be holy without me because it is all the same. If I say that I am holy and that table is not, then I have chained myself to it. I have taken its power away and robbed it in my mind. And if I say that table is holy, and I am not, then I have given away my power and chained myself to the table. As long as inequality exists between cause and effect, I am seeing myself as unholy.

I surrender my arrogance and accept that I am whole and devote myself to the responsibility and care and joy of that relationships with myself. I surrender my arrogance and accept my brother as whole and free and willing to acknowledge himself as such. From this perspective, there is not condition from which my freedom is limited or restrained. I love for the mere joy of it and only that.


My holiness envelops everything I see. As I allow these words to wash over my mind, I enter a deep state of peace. This place completely erases any thought of separation, any thought of illusion about "other." If my holiness envelops everything I see, there can only be one holiness. It is all that is. It is me. I take time today to come back to this state of awareness, this eternal moment in which I remember my holiness envelops everything I see.


I was reminded of a quote from the text that says,"You need offer only your undivided attention. Everything else will be given you." Seems simple enough, yet how hard it has proven to be! Today's lesson was a perfect practicing

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I was reminded of a quote from the text that says,"You need offer only your undivided attention. Everything else will be given you." Seems simple enough, yet how hard it has proven to be! Today's lesson was a perfect practicing ground because I had to remind myself with each effort why my holiness envelopes everything I see. I would have to say to myself that my mind is part of God's and so I am very holy. Otherwise, the lesson made no sense to me and I was just mouthing the words. I guess that means I really need these lessons.

Once I started being aware of my level of attention as I did this lesson, I realized that sometimes I wasn't even getting through 30 seconds of undivided attention before my mind wandered. No wonder some of these lessons seem brand new to me as if I have never done them before. In a way, I haven't because I have never given them my full attention. I think some appeal to me and I do them well, while others I passively resist through inattention.

I guess that means I really need these lessons.

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Lesson 38

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Lesson 38:
"There is nothing my holiness cannot do."
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This lesson reminds me of the opening statement of the Course, "Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God." I equate holiness with remembering the truth of our wholeness or oneness. This world of separation is a dream. In truth, in reality, there are no problems. Nothing real can be threatened. Love cannot be threatened. What is not Love is a dream and is coming from the false mind that makes up dreams.

When put in Holy Spirit's hands, any dream can change. Lemons will be turned to lemonade when put in Holy Spirit's hands. Once I put a problem in Holy Spirit's hands I can confidently say, "I can hardly wait to see the good that comes from this." The Holy Spirit can bring peace to my mind with any perceived problem, if I let It. The Holy Spirit brings me a reversal in thinking. I see the whole situation differently. I see that every perceived problem comes from false thinking, and false thinking can be changed.

I can be taught to bless instead of curse. I can be taught to see peace instead of conflict and fear. I can be taught to see past every form the ego mind makes up to the constant, eternal Light of truth that is always there behind the dream story. I can be trained to open up to the truth behind every dream, behind every problem. I can be taught to hold to the truth. The truth is true and nothing else is true. Herein lies the peace of God. Herein lies the Love of God and herein lies the healing idea that I can extend Love instead of the ego's lies in every situation There is nothing my holiness cannot do.


For me, the most remarkable statement Jesus makes in regard to today's lesson is that I have dominion over all things. It is a statement of freedom and a release of the need to control. For me, dominion means to be that which is whole, and all circumstances and events and relationships are experienced accordingly. It seems that every lesson weaves a powerful thread of inspiration to be aware of my wholeness, to be in the moment, to be Love as I was created.

What a tremendous burden is lifted from my mind when I accept that peace and joy are not dependent upon my outer circumstances, but that how I perceive my outer circumstances are the effect of whether I am being peace and joy or not. What a sense of freedom to be in a moment where I truly accept and need not control anything to be fulfilled. It occurs naturally if I just make the choice to be in Love and allow it to flow.

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What a tremendous burden is lifted from my mind when I accept that peace and joy are not dependent upon my outer circumstances, but that how I perceive my outer circumstances are the effect of whether I am being peace and joy or not. What a sense of freedom to be in a moment where I truly accept and need not control anything to be fulfilled. It occurs naturally if I just make the choice to be in Love and allow it to flow.


What a sense of freedom to be in a moment where I truly accept and need not control anything to be fulfilled. It occurs naturally if I just make the choice to be in Love and allow it to flow.


It occurs naturally if I just make the choice to be in Love and allow it to flow.


I just make the choice to be in Love and allow it to flow.

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Lesson 39:
"My holiness is my salvation."
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In the Text we learn that the guilt that comes with wanting a to have a separate identity is the foundation for the projected world of separation we see. With the belief that we really did separate from our Source came guilt and fear of God's reprisal. We tied to hide from the guilt we secretely believed was ours by projecting this guilt onto a made up world that we believed was separate from us.

We are now learning to recognize that the physical world we see is just the effect of projected guilt. The guilt now looks like it has been hurled outside of us, but the truth is it has not left the split mind that is its source. The more we try to see guilt "out there," the more we are reinforcing it in our minds.

The truth is that this guilt that comes with our continued belief in separation is the real source of all our problems -- It is the source of our belief in limitation, all our worry, stress, illness and lack of any kind. Guilt is hell. In this lesson Jesus tells us, "Your holiness means the end of guilt, and therefore the end of hell."

As I look at the script of my life, I can see the many forms of limitation and guilt that I have believed in. I see that this 'life' script came from unloving thoughts. I am seeing that I need to look closely at every unloving thought: every apprehension, every form of suffering I am making real through my belief and hand it over to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will reverse this belief and show me that the truth of my holiness is my salvation.

This practice today helps me to heal all the false ideas that have guilt as their foundation. I am open to healing my mind today by looking at all the barriers to my holiness, all the thoughts that are unlike universal Love. Love is one. Love is universal. I let myself today be aware of the unloving thoughts that I am holding on to.

Guilt is hell. How long do I want to stay in hell? It is my choice. Today I am willing to recognize the thoughts that keep me in hell, keep me in limitation. I am ready to be brought back to wholeness, holiness. I am ready to let go of believing in separation, of believing that I am a separate person, unique and different from universal Love. I am ready to return to happiness.


My holiness is God's holiness because He created me as an extension of Himself. If I share His holiness, I must also share His strength. So today's idea could also be phrased, the strength of God is my salvation. With this idea, I feel great relief. Today's lesson lists many of the kinds of unloving thoughts that we experience daily -- anger, worry, fear, etc. In looking at these, I realize that they all stem from a belief in weakness, which is another way of saying unworthiness.

When I think of myself as weak, I think of myself as unable to do what God would have me do, which in essence is saying unable to Love. If I believe I am unable to Love, guilt is inevitable. Yet the strength of God is in me, so that must be a mistaken idea. God is Love. The strength of God in me enables me to Love. It cannot be that I am unable to Love. God is only Love, so in truth I must only be Love. Thus there can be no justification for guilt. Wow! That shoots holes in every justification there seems to be for guilt. It's over. It never was. Truly, my holiness is my salvation. Thank you God.

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Lesson 40

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Lesson 40:
"I am blessed as a Son of God."
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Today's lesson once more asks us to accept the truth about ourselves. In truth, everyone is blessed as a Son of God. In truth, everyone is an extension of God -- an extension of God's Love. Because we all are God's Love, we bless and are blessed. Because we are God's Love, we extend Love as God does. All are in holy union with God. We cannot be without Love's blessing, because we all are Love. And Love, to be Love, extends Love. Love sees all as Itself. Love sees all is Itself.

Affirming "I am blessed as a Son of God" every 10 minutes is important mind training. It helps me return to accepting the truth about myself and about everyone. If I really want to return to the truth and accept the blessings of my true inheritance, I will practice consistently today. I will do as Jesus instructs, for he does know how to lead me Home. He is our elder brother. He knows that our minds are still undisciplined. I am determined to follow Jesus' instructions today. I am determined to accept the truth that I am blessed as a Son of God.


In Chapter 4, Section IV, paragraph 7 of the Text, it says that the reason we lack consistency in focusing our attention on the Love of God is not because it is hard, but because we do not believe we are worthy of it. In today's lesson, Jesus clearly recognizes that we may miss some practice periods, maybe even for long periods. But he urges us not to let that discourage us or to use it as an excuse to stop practicing. He simply says, "Try again." No guilt, just try again.

One of the things that has struck me over the years as I have worked with the Course is that it is gentle. There is no coercion, only loving encouragement. Never does it shame or judge us for our insanity. It just patiently, repeatedly encourages us, reminding us of what is true and helping us to recognize illusions for what they are. Sometimes we may take offense at what it says, because we have identified with a false image of ourselves and perceive the words as an attack on who we are. But that is simply the ego trying to hold its ground.

No matter what we believe about ourselves, no matter how much we deny God's Love for us, He continues to give all of His Love, eternally. He gives His Love without consideration of whether or not we accept it. He is always giving. If we are not aware of His blessing, it is simply because we have chosen not to accept it. But His blessing remains there for us to receive the instant we are willing. If I am blessed as a Son of God, then God must want me to be happy. If I am not happy, I am not accepting God's will for me. Today I will practice remembering I am blessed as a Son of God because I want to be happy.


I love that I am not judged for my lapses. I love the gentleness of the Course. I often think of this when I am tempted to judgment or anger over another person's actions. Gentleness and forgiveness is not always my first choice, but more and more I am stepping out of the destructive cycle of blame and fear, and choosing gentleness instead.

I am so grateful for this change in myself. I know it is a direct result of these lessons. I keep working on the lessons because I want a gentle life without excursions into fear, anger, guilt and judgment.

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Lesson 41

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Lesson 41:
"God goes with me wherever I go."
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The peace of God is within me, ready to be found in every instant. It is only my unwillingness to sink past all the images and appearances of the world that keeps me from knowing the peace of God in every moment. It is my belief in the reality of the appearances of the world that blocks my awareness of God's peace in me.

As I was doing the exercise, I observed how I seemed to oscillate up and down as I sought to sink past the thoughts of the world and go inward. It was almost as if the ego was frantically bating fishing lines with ideas to see which ones I might bite on so that I could be reeled back into the world of illusions. I was dumbfounded by some of the off the wall thoughts that I hooked on to and followed for awhile before I realized I had pulled back from going deep within. So I "spit out the hook" and resumed my focus on going down and within.

It clearly demonstrated that more mind training is needed. I still need these exercises and lessons, even though I have been through them many times. I do want to know the peace of God in every moment. I do want to know Him as my companion and my strength. I do want to know the Love that He gives eternally. Doing the exercises has had an effect and I am willing to keep on practicing, because I want more.

The peace of God is my natural state. This gives new meaning to "returning to nature." It is not about returning to anything in the world. It is about returning Home and accepting my Self as I was created. There is great security in knowing that God goes with me wherever I go.


In my journey inward, I asked Jesus to guide me, to lead the way. He asked me to see what looked like many as one. As one, we jumped into a pool of Love. I experienced a movement, like a rush, that was blowing away the form that I was still trying to bring with me. He asked me to quiet my mind and go even deeper to remember the truth that only Love is real. As I followed his lead, the blowing, the rush, gradually faded away. I then experienced a feeling of peace, a sense of well being that I knew was eternal. The forms were gone.

This Presence is what Jesus means when he says it will cure all sorrow, all loss, all depression. This Presence is what is real. This is what goes with me wherever I go. This is what helps me laugh at fear thoughts. This is what heals my mind when I believe in foolish dreams. This is what cures me when I experience the effects of a sick mind. This is my answer to every problem. I don't go Home alone. I never am alone. This Presence is everywhere. It is in everyone and every thing. It is the only Presence that is real.

I don't want to go back. I don't want to open the body's eyes. I don't want to make the world of form real again.? I am reminded again that God goes with me wherever I go. I am reminded that through practice I can remember while looking through the body's eyes that only the Christ mind is real. This awareness of peace and Love is real. I can learn to see past form to the truth of Love's Presence, which is everywhere. I need to practice. That is my job, remembering that God goes with me wherever I go. I practice this now. I practice this today.

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Lesson 42

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Lesson 42:
"God is my strength. Vision is His gift."
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Remembering the earlier lesson that God goes with me wherever I go, this lesson tells me that I always have His strength and His vision. I can never be without them. I am always safe, invulnerable and have the ability to see the innocence, the wholeness, the holiness that God sees. If I am feeling vulnerable in any way, if I am not seeing innocence, then I am believing in a false image of what I am. That is all. It is simply a false belief that needs to be undone.

I am grateful to know this because beliefs can be changed. This is my salvation. If beliefs could not be changed, I would be stuck forever in this hellish world of conflict, fear, pain and death. Yet all this that I perceive is only the effect of a false belief. The strength of God is in me to help me let it go. I do not have to do it by sheer determination, relying on my own strength. As it says in another lesson, "If you believe you must rely on your own strength, you have every reason to be fearful."

Gratefully this lesson reminds me that God is my strength. I am not on my own. He has never left me. His strength has never left me. Any time a problem appears to be insurmountable, it is not because I don't have the strength to pass through it. It is because I am unwilling to accept God's strength. This unwillingness may be because I believe I am unworthy of His strength or it may be like a teenage temper tantrum saying, "I'd rather do it myself." Perhaps it is some kind of masochistic pride in thinking I have the ability to work this out without God's help. I can be independent. This pride is masochistic because it insists on being separate from my Source of strength and thus vulnerable, weak and the victim of all kinds of dire circumstances.

I can choose differently. I can choose to remember that God is my strength and vision is His gift. His vision shows me my invulnerability and my holiness. It shows me the holiness of everything I look upon. With His vision, I can see the gates of Heaven. His vision brings me to the threshold and His strength takes me in and holds me safely in God's arms. Whether or not I feel God's strength in any particular moment does not matter. His strength is still with me. Each time I remind myself of this today, it becomes a little easier to feel his strength working in me, to feel His peace. I am truly grateful.


God is my strength. Vision is His gift. This vision opens me to the truth. I can apply opening to God's vision and God's strength to every experience I have today. It helps me step back and remember I do not know on my own. Why would I use the weakness of the ego, when I have the strength of God available to apply to every circumstance? The strength and vision of God is available to me if I am willing to step back and open up to it. I am willing to practice today.

I have just one thing to practice, opening up to the strength and vision of God. I can let the light be turned on in my mind. It will help me see clearly. It will help me be of service in a way that is most appropriate. I do not know on my own, but with God, true vision is mine. It is His gift. I will receive hundreds of opportunities today to accept His gift. This is my practice. This is the means of my awakening. Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God. I can open to the truth today. I can receive God's peace. God is my strength. Vision is His gift.

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Lesson 43

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"God is my Source. I cannot see apart from Him."
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The Course makes it clear that God is Love and nothing else. In the introduction to the Text, it says that only Love is real. Thus, nothing else exists. Since only Love is real, Love is one. There can be no other. It helps me to rephrase this lesson by saying, "Love is my Source. I cannot see apart from Love." To me a key word in this lesson is "apart." If only Love is real, there is nothing apart from Love. And since Love is my Source, there is nothing apart from me. If I see anything that is not part of me, then I am not seeing it truly. I cannot see apart from Love because nothing is apart.

This lesson is helping me open my mind first to recognize that the seeing I have called seeing is not really seeing anything. When I look at something through the body's eyes and believe it, rarely do I perceive it as part of me. Second, this lesson is helping me to remember to open to receive Holy Spirit's meaning. Holy Spirit's meaning will show me my unity with all that is. That is what will prepare me for knowledge.

My habitual way of seeing or perceiving involves at the very least, labeling and categorizing. That shape I'm looking at is a table. Hidden beneath that label are all kinds of meanings based on my history with tables. Maybe I associate it with security, a place I could hide under when I was a child. Maybe it reminds me of anger, because of arguments that occurred around the table when I was growing up. Maybe it carries the meaning of warmth and affection because of memories of happy family moments around the table, a birthday party for example.

All this I bring unconsciously to all the forms I look upon when I attempt to see without the Holy Spirit's guidance. This is not seeing clearly. Its really seeing only the past. So when I remind myself that I cannot see apart from Love, it reminds me not to rely on my own perception and interpretation. It reminds me to step back and let the Holy Spirit give His meaning to it. With His help, I will see Love and only Love, everywhere, all the time. Here I will find peace.


I feel my ego being confused and resistant to today's idea. This lesson is saying the ego is not my source. God is my Source. I cannot see apart from Him. My ego shows me nothing but its capriciousness, its pain, its anxiety, its depression, etc., etc., etc. I am truly blessed to have Holy Spirit as my Guide as He takes my hand and leads me to God, to joy, to comfort, to Love and peace. God is the Source and I follow. I cannot see joy apart from Him.


The source of anything is its essence. This means God is my Essence. This means I cannot see apart from my Essence. God only extends Itself. This means what is real about me is a part of God and what is real about everything is a part of God. If I am seeing something other than God, I am not seeing. I am hallucinating something that is not real. Because there is no duality, there is no 'outside,' there is no 'other,' there is nothing 'different' from God or Love. This means that all that is real is Love. This is my mind healing training today. To take this in, to soak in it, to receive it and give it. God is the essence of All. There is no seeing apart from this Essence of Love. Thank goodness only this is true.

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Lesson 44:
"God is the light in which I see"
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The Light of God is always there in our minds. It is not outside. We may not be aware of It, but It never really goes away. In truth, the Light of God is all there is to see. If we choose to hide from it, we will not experience it. Today's lesson involves accepting the Light that is always there, accepting the Love that is always there.

There is never any coercion to make us accept the Light. It is there when we choose it. When we deny the Light through dissociation, we do not experience It. It is all about willingness. As I practice today, I expand my willingness to accept the Light of God a little bit more. Jesus asks me to consistently practice this lesson. He knows that it is one of the most important things I can do.

Accepting the Light I am helps me see that the Light of God is all there is to see. There are no problems in the Light, only peace, joy and happiness. I can relax now. I accept the means to return to the Light as I practice it with willingness today.


Today's lesson is teaching me a new way of seeing. Its pointing out that what I have called seeing is not really seeing at all. By telling me that the Light for seeing is not outside me, it tells me that all the things I think I see with the body's eyes are not really seeing. In fact, by saying the equipment for seeing is not outside me, its telling me that the body's eyes are not the means for seeing that it is talking about here. So it must be talking about an inner seeing, a metaphysical seeing, beyond the physical.

In other parts of the course it tells me that the body was made as a fence to keep God and 'others' out, to wall off a private domain I could call my own. Yet this private domain is achieved at the cost of seeing. I cannot believe that a private domain with private thoughts and a unique identity is real and experience the unity of God's Love.

This lesson is the beginning of practice in sinking past the fence to allow a taste of the freedom that comes with accepting God's unifying Love. It is always there. My only job is to let go of trying to use the wrong equipment and choose the Light of God as my source of seeing. It is a process of letting go of what I have valued in error and accepting that the most important thing I can do is to accept the Light of God that is already in me, is me. God is the Light in which I see. In God's Light I see only innocence, only safety, only Love and unity. That is my one goal.


As I set my intention to connect with the Light within, I begin to watch the thoughts my mind produces. I watch the parade of thoughts come and go, rise and fall, and I simply let it be. As I allow my mind to detach itself from these thoughts, the natural state of my inner peace begins to emerge. The Light of my Beingness begins to grow and expand and fill my awareness. Within this inner Light there is only perfect peace, perfect holiness, perfect serenity. This is the peace that passeth all understanding. In this place I am perfect, whole and complete. I choose today to go to this place of my inner peace often to remind me of the truth of my Self and my brother's. "God is the Light in which I see."


As I choose to remember that God lives within me and I am an extension of His, I realize that I need to allow His sight from within me to light my way and look through the eyes of Love rather than my physical eyes for all my decisions in life that I make.

When I choose to see only love through my eyes and really be conscious of His presence within me to lead the way in all I do and say I will be seeing through the eyes of God and not my own. To see through the eyes of God is to only see Love in all I do and only see patience and grace in everything I say and do. To see through the eyes of God and allow Him to light my way I am living in a state of grace and peace! What a way to live!!

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Lesson 45

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Lesson 45:
"God is the Mind with which I think."
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Many times when I go into meditation, I ask Jesus to help me move through the clouds. If a particular cloud seems to attract me, I ask Jesus to help me see it differently. It happens differently in different situations. Sometimes we talk about it together and I am given a new perspective in how to view the situation. Sometimes I am given insight into what would be most helpful. Sometimes the cloud just seems to disappear. It's just gone. And then we continue through the clouds. Jesus always leads me to deeper layers of peace.

Sometimes he gives me images where we come to a beautiful, inviting, warm pool of peace and we step in together gradually going deeper, allowing ourselves to feel the presence of God's peace a little more and then a little more. I find that Jesus or the Holy Spirit is very gentle in leading me into the truth of my Being. Jesus knows that we have all the time we need. He asks a little willingness of me and then he takes over. I have learned to trust his lead. He brings me to deep layers of happiness. All sense of problems disappear. He knows me better than I know myself. I can trust him.

When I get involved in the world of form, I lose all sense of what is eternal, what is real. I need these times of following Jesus. Jesus leads me to the place in my mind where truth resides. It is a place past form and cannot be described. This place in my mind is always there. It never changes. I am nurtured and sustained here. I feel loved and loving in this place. This is what true sharing is. We share one mind. There are no 
differences. We are one Light. There is no distance between us.
By taking time to rest with Jesus, I can then return to my job in the world being refreshed and reminded of what is real. I can take the peace that I feel with me and practice receiving and extending the peace that is real. I need this practice of diving into that pool of peace often. It brings me the stability and strength. It brings me consistency. It brings me what I need. As I continue on in this "life," I am so grateful for the help I receive each day and for the pool of peace that is always there to join with each day. There is nothing more important than this. This is real mind healing training, and I need it every day.


This lesson shakes up all of my ideas about the reality of my thoughts. It is telling me all the thoughts that I have thought were real are not real. If God is the Mind with which I think, then the thoughts of that Mind must be holy. They must see only oneness, only innocence and offer only Love. I have to admit that except for momentary flashes of holy instants, my thoughts do not fit this description.

Yet I am assured that my mind is part of God's. So beneath the thoughts I am aware of are my holy thoughts. Just because I have covered them over with unreal thoughts doesn't mean that they are not there. It just means I am not aware of them. Lack of awareness is not justification for guilt, although the ego will tell me it is. It just means I need to learn to be aware. That is what these lessons are here to teach me, and I am deeply grateful for them.


I want the peace of God and that peace is found in the thoughts I share with God. I want to reach those thoughts and so I am dedicated to practicing these lessons as much as I can. Each time I encounter resistance, I acknowledge it and step past it and keep on practicing. That is my job, my purpose. I am assured that it is God's will that I receive His peace and so it is inevitable that I will succeed. Thank you God.


I continue to see the depths of my guilt. I see all the horrible things that I can imagine happening to me as another form of punishment that my ego creates to show how bad I am and how much I should be punished. But my real thoughts are in my mind. I would like to find them. And so I sit with this lead ball in my mind and I know that just beyond the cloud is the sunshine and all of the Love and the peace and the clarity and the benevolence of the mind of God. These lessons are very powerful. They bring up all of what's in the way of thinking with the mind of God. Thank God for the Holy Spirit. He shows us the way. He takes our hand and walks us through the clouds. All we need do is ask.

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Lesson 47

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Lesson 47:
"God is the strength in which I trust."
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Remembering that God is the strength in which I trust is the same as putting my trust in Reality instead of illusions. Illusions are unstable and constantly change. God is eternal and changeless. Placing my trust in a world of illusions is like placing my trust in quicksand. It will always fail. God is the only place of real trust. Only God is invulnerable. Only God can be relied upon in every situation. We all have our foundation in God. God is the Tree of real, everlasting Life. Trusting in anything but God is just a silly idea.

God, I hand over every concern to You. Only in You is there true meaning. Returning to Love is my one function. Extending Love is my only joy. This is my strength. This is my security. This where my true happiness lies. I cannot do anything on my own, for on my own I am nothing. "God is the strength in which I trust."


This lesson speaks to us as we perceive ourselves in this world -- as separate, alone, weak and with every reason to apprehensive and fearful because we trust in the "strength" of this limited self. But if we look at the lesson as a whole, it is clear that Jesus does not see this as the truth about us. The strength of God is in us because God is in our mind, as we learned in an earlier lesson. The peace of God is there to be found in us because God is in our mind. It is only our belief in a false image of ourselves as alone and separate from God that leads us to feel weak, apprehensive, fearful and out of control. It is this false image that leads us to feel we must defend ourselves.

Remembering that God is in our mind can help us remember that God's strength is ours. Love's strength is ours. If only Love is real, which the Course tells us in the introduction to the Text, then harm is impossible. There can be nothing to fear.

There is another aspect of this lesson that is very important to me. Not only does it assure me that I can trust in the strength of Love, but it assures me that I can rely on this Love to guide me in every aspect of my doing. It is another way of assuring me that I am never alone. I have everything I need to safely and lovingly move through every situation, harmlessly and in perfect peace. I need only place my trust in Love, in God. Love is the strength in which I trust.


My son was expressing to me the uncertainty he feels about everything in life. There seems always to be more than one way to judge everything and how do you know what to believe and what is the best way to act on it. He said that he can't feel certain about anything and that he realizes he doesn't know anything. He was feeling like he was standing over an abyss with no bridge, no net under him.

I congratulated him on reaching a Truth at age 17 most people don't reach for many years in their life, if ever. I assured him the answers were there in him and that realizing his ego didn't have the answers made it possible to get there. Today's lesson was great place to continue our conversation.

I find it a great relief to be able to let go of any residual in my belief that I have the answers and that I can successfully act on my own. It is a comfort to know that I don't have to, and that I have the strength of God within me. I am not left to flounder on my own, but have certain direction that I can't lose because it is in me.

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Lesson 48

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Lesson 48:
"There is nothing to fear"
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My true Self knows that there is nothing to fear. My true Self knows that this world is nothing but a dream. When I open to my true Self, this knowing that everything is really all right comes into my awareness. My true Self knows that big deals are never justified. My true Self radiates the peace of God. My true Self remembers that everyone is in Heaven now and never left. My true Self knows that every problem has just been made up by false thinking. My true Self is centered in the truth.

If I think something other than the thoughts of my true Self are real, my only real and lasting solution is to open my mind to the thoughts of my true Self. I am the decision maker. Either I wander in dreams of separation, making them real, or I choose to open my mind to what is real. My true Self knows that if it is not Love, it is a call for Love. If it is not Love, it is an illusion.

As I continue to practice opening to my true Self, I know that all is well. Everything that is real is safe in the Mind of God. There is nothing to fear. "Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God." It is always my choice. Do I want fear? Do I want conflict? If so, I will choose the ego thought system. Do I want peace and understanding of the truth? If so, I will have an open mind to listen to my true Self.


My study and application of what I am learning from the Course has increased my day-to-day level of peace dramatically. Yet if I look honestly at the thoughts I carry through the day, there is still an underlying level of fear in much of my thinking. Now I call it by a different name. I may call it concern, mild frustration, impatience, minor irritation, planning for the future, ruminating, etc. Occasionally there are more overt flare-ups of fear in which I recognize defensiveness or anger.

The Course tells me that there is no difference between a mild, unsettled feeling and intense rage. I could only experience either of them if I believed myself to be separate from the strength and Love of God. The Course offers no exceptions. It does not say there is nothing to fear except (fill in the blank). The fact that I still make exceptions means that I still need to be reminded again and again that there is nothing to fear. Period. No exceptions, no qualifiers.

One simple fact: There is nothing to fear. The ego brings up all kinds of "Yes but what about?" That is only its attempt to maintain its illusion of reality. That question "What about?" is best directed to the Holy Spirit. Offered to the Holy Spirit, He will respond with an answer that shows me there is no foundation for fear. To receive that answer, I must have an open mind. I must be willing to acknowledge that I of myself do not know what anything means. If I think I know what anything means the Holy Spirit's answer will be invisible to me, even though it is right in front of my nose.

The Holy Spirit's voice is as loud as my willingness to listen. My prayer is, "I am willing to listen. Help me with my unwillingness, Holy Spirit. Help me feel your peace so that I may receive your understanding." This is my heart's desire. I know in my heart that this is the way to release from hell and return to Heaven.


What an excellent time to practice this lesson with talk of war and terrorist attacks. Not that I need huge temptations to wander into fear. I too find an underlying current of fear running through my life. At least now I am aware of it when it happens. At one time in my life, I did not even know I was living in fear. It just seemed natural and normal and I had no idea that I could escape from it. I look forward to today's practice because I know I will be taking another step forward into a better life.


I, too, have had more peace in my life since beginning the practice of these lessons; however, all of the "minor" forms of fear have still hung around. Overly concern for others; planning for the future; impatience, etc. Today I release all outcomes, all attempts to control, all "theories" on what others should be doing, to Holy Spirit. I am in charge of my thoughts. The outcome is certain. Today I choose to think lovingly on everyone that crosses my mind. There is nothing to fear.


This instant I rest in God because my true Self knows there is nothing to fear. Too many times I forget this because too often I forget my true Self, but today I will do as the lesson suggests in practicing these words frequently. These words mean the difference between life and death for me, the difference between hope and despair, the difference between sadness and joy. These words are truly powerful and "feed" my being, my state of mind, my existence. Thank you Father for these words; thank you for your Love.


What a simple, powerful sentence: "There is nothing to fear." I too find an undercurrent of fear in my life now -- no doubt related to the Orange Alert, and also to personal things, fears I have about people I care for. And yet... have I meditated much in the past week? No. Today I will go back to my meditation, and find

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What a simple, powerful sentence: "There is nothing to fear." I too find an undercurrent of fear in my life now -- no doubt related to the Orange Alert, and also to personal things, fears I have about people I care for. And yet... have I meditated much in the past week? No. Today I will go back to my meditation, and find that quiet place where God is, and there truly is no fear. I will try, again, to believe that with all my heart, with no exceptions.

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Lesson 49:

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Lesson 49:
"God's Voice speaks to me all through the day."
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This lesson is very comforting to me. It assures me that no matter how uncertain or confused I might feel in any circumstance, the calm and loving voice for God is always available to me in every instant. To me this is one of the central thoughts of the Course. I am never alone. God's help is always available to me. No matter how fearful I may feel in a given moment or guilty or sad or angry, God's Voice is still available to me, ready to shed His Light to heal my perception. I need only quiet my mind and listen. The Holy Spirit is there, always.

As it says in Chapter 8 of the Text, that His Voice is as loud as my willingness to listen. It is my responsibility to be willing to hear the Voice for God. It is not imposed upon me, for if it were, the equality in which God created me would be broken. I am always free not to listen, but I cannot destroy the Voice for God. His comfort is ever present, waiting to be accepted. His loving message is always available to guide me all through the day.

The more I practice staying in peace, the more I practice taking each unsettling thought to the calm place in my mind where truth resides, the more I will let His Voice guide me all through the day. It really is my will to do so, because my will and God's Will are truly the same. Resistance comes only from identifying with a false image of myself and wanting it to be real. I cannot defend a separate identity, alone and independent of God, and hear His Voice. But as I recognize that my happiness lies in my union with Love, with God, then my mind is open to the message of Love that His Voice offers me in every moment.

This is my intent. The more I practice, the more I experience His loving, comforting presence. I dedicate today to practice.


In order to hear God's Voice, I must be willing to turn the ego voice down. When my mind is filled up with the ego's voice, there is no room left to hear God's Voice.

Today's lesson is reminding me to quiet the ego's voice. This may take some determined practice, because if I am used to the ego's chatter, it will feel strange when it is quieted. It may feel too quiet. But as I continue to practice this, I will get used to this quietness and the peace that comes with it. I am being asked to open to a new habit of quietness, a new habit of making room for God's Voice. As I make room by stilling the ego's voice, the Love and comfort of God is always there. Today is a very important day of practice, making room for God's Voice.


Help me, Holy Spirit, have the willingness to hear the Voice for God. Help me find and sustain that place of quietness in my mind so I can hear my Heavenly Father speak to me so that I may know of His Will for me today. Help me to remember that my will in in accord with His and that to listen would mean my own salvation and the finding of my real home, that place where I am truly welcome. Thank you. Amen.

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Lesson 50:
"I am sustained by the Love of God."
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If I look at the "love" experienced in the special relationships of this world, it gives love a shady image. This love is unreliable, changing all the time, seems to take great effort to maintain and can be gone in an instant. If this accurately represented God's Love, no one could feel sustained by His Love. This 'love' is feared because of its unreliability. It is why ego based religions speak of the fear of God. Who could feel safe with a love that is tenuous at best?

Gratefully, the Course is telling me that what we call love in this world is the opposite of God's Love. It is a false substitute. The ego loves to project its images anywhere it can, including on God. With this lesson it is important for me to recognize the hidden baggage the ego would layer on the Love of God, making it seem tarnished and uncertain. As long as I believe this image, I will resist trusting in the sustenance of God's Love. It will not feel safe to me. This is not because of what God's Love is, but because of a false image that the ego projects that interferes with accepting the strength and peace and joy and certainty of God's Love.

That is why this lesson is so important. That is why I need to repeat the lesson many times through the day to remind myself where my real safety is. Truly I am sustained, supported, strengthened and fulfilled by God's Love. Only God's Love can sustain me. No substitutes could ever work, because I was created as part of God. To know that certainty and comfort, I need to let go of the false images I have believed. They have no power over me except from my belief in them. As I can let them go, I can rest in the comfort of God's peace. Love sustains me because Love is what I am in truth and nothing else.


As I feel the words, "I am sustained by the Love of God," embrace me I feel as though I just received a letter that has changed my life. In that letter is revealed the truth about me: "You are abundant and you lack nothing. Something happened that you don't understand and you simply forgot that you are abundant. Your source of fulfillment is always present, but if you do not know it and do not access it, you will continue to experience the illusion of lack."

That is what this letter says to me. That is what touches me with these words from the lesson today. Love cares so much about each of us and all of us. We are equally endowed. It is only when I access the unlimited Source of Love in me that I can truly experience life and joy and celebration. I am grateful to be touched by the truth these words in this lesson today.


I am sustained by the Love of God because the Love of God is all that is real. Nothing really exists but the Love of God. Everyone is the Love of God, their Source. I am the Love of God. If I think that something else sustains me, I am mistaken. If I think that something else sustains me, I can realize that thought is coming from the false ego mind. I can recognize these thoughts, look at them closely and with the help of the Holy Spirit, see and feel that they are just false ideas. Recognizing that it is only the Love of God that sustains me is my pathway Home.

Where am I placing my trust? Where am I thinking that my true happiness lies? I have thought that my happiness lies in many things, but they never lasted. True happiness does not change. True happiness is eternal. Today I am willing to look at all my replacements for God's Love and see the truth about them. I am willing to hand over my ideas about everything. I am willing to be retrained. I am willing to open to the Love of God and receive my real sustenance. I am willing to practice today, one step at a time, in recognizing that I am sustained only by the Love of God. I am willing to step back and be taught the truth.


It took me a long time to realize that the love of God is what ultimately sustains me. For so long I would rejoice over the fact that I got the job that I thought I wanted, that my relationship with whoever was working, that my body looked good, etc., etc.

I now realize that there are no guarantees in any of those things and it was only by the grace of God that I was able to obtain those things in the first place. Today I realize that it is faith in my faith of God's love which ultimately sustains any peace that I may experience in my life; it is the only guarantee I have. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for reminding me of this fact.

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Lesson 158

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Lesson 158:
"Today I learn to give as I receive."
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When I look at everything that seems to cause me to lose my peace in any way, they all have one thing in common: They are all based on the perception of form. I think something did something or didn't do something I think it should have, be it a body, a machine, the weather or myriad other things. If I did not see the form or perceive it in any way, there would be nothing that could be the basis for the perception of harm, no cause for loss of peace.

The Course tells me that I have taught myself to see form. Form can only be seen in dreams, because form is not real. Today's lesson is teaching me how to undo the false lesson I have taught myself. By teaching me about Christ's vision, it is teaching me to learn to look past the form to the Light. Form does not matter. What is unreal cannot matter. The Light that is the extension of God is all that is real. It is this I am told to practice seeing.

As I learn to recognize that no form can have any real effect, forgiveness is automatic. If somebody did something that I don't know about, I don't have to forgive them, because in my thinking, there is nothing to forgive. That is what it will be like when I truly learn that nothing in form is real and therefore it has no effect. If there was no effect, there is nothing to forgive. This is what Christ's vision shows me. There is nothing to forgive. There is only innocence to be seen.

As I learn to see that innocence in my brother, I recognize it in myself. Holy Spirit, I put myself in your hands today. With your strength I can see past the form to the Light. With your help I will not mistake bodies for the Son of God. With your help, I will see the Light beyond all form. And I will be truly blessed, for I will know I am forgiven. I am innocent along with all my brothers. I give thanks.


Today is a day of practice. My practice is to be open to receive Christ's vision and give Christ's vision. Christ's vision has one law and that is to see past bodies to the Light that is eternally there. Today I practice opening to the Light, recognizing the Light that my brother truly is. Today I practice focusing on the truth in my brother and letting illusions go.

Receiving Christ's vision comes with the decision to accept Christ's vision, which is always there waiting for my acceptance. Either I accept the truth or I accept illusions. This is my choice today. Today I practice accepting the truth, accepting Christ's vision, accepting the one Light that is behind all bodies, all form of every kind.

Today I practice remembering that all is still mind and only mind, safe in the Mind of God. Nothing has changed from God's creation of eternal Love. Eternal Love is universal. Today is a day of practice. I am determined to practice seeing with Christ's vision today. Today I would give as I receive.

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Lesson 177

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Lesson 177:
"Review V: "God is but Love and therefore so am I."
"There is no death. The Son of God is free. Now are we
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The ego would have me believe that the time that we would be one with our Source is a long way off. The lesson today tells us that now we are one with God, Who is our Source. We are one now. I find it is helpful to think about that. We all are one with God now. God is Where we came from and God is Where we are now. Our real dwelling place is in Heaven with God. And we dwell in Heaven now with God. I find it helpful to think about the fact that we all are in Heaven now. We are all joined as one, now. It is not off in the future, but now.

Holy Spirit, I open my mind to You, that I may remember that I am still one with my Source. I am still in Heaven along with everyone. There has never been any separation. I open my mind to You so that I may remember this when I feel frustrated or afraid. I open my mind to You so that Your healing Light will shine away all my false ideas of limitation and belief in a world of time and space.

Help my willingness to recognize the eternal truth. The Son of God is still one in God. The Life we all live in God is eternal happiness. Let me not try to make something else real. Help me lay down my foolish dreams of being separate from God and my brother. The Son of God is still one with God. All That God created is still Love and nothing else. Holy Spirit, thank You for holding the Light and helping my foolish dreams fall away. Thank You.


God is eternal Life. The belief in death is an attempt to limit God and therefore is a fantasy that could never be true. All the things I see in the world that seem to have the potential to harm me or change me in any way are symbols of belief in death. They represent the idea that it is possible to change God.

If I remain one with an unchangeable, eternal Source, then it is impossible that I could be changed. I am as changeless as my Source. As I allow myself to fully accept this fact, it brings me great comfort. In truth I am invulnerable. There is nothing to fear. There is nothing to feel guilty about because I have not done the impossible. I have not changed God nor His Son. My brother, Who is the Son of God along with me, shares the Son's invulnerability, his changelessness. Therefore I could no more harm my brother than I could be harmed. There is no death. The Son of God is free.

As I can fully accept this idea, I can forgive myself for what I thought I did but never happened. As I release myself, I release my brother, for I no longer feel a need to project my perceived guilt upon another.

My perfect safety lies in my oneness with my Source. Here there is no death. Here there is no limitation. I am free. I need not worry about what may come tomorrow nor fear consequences of something I think happened in the past. I am perfectly safe now in my changeless, eternal Source. My Source is my Home and I am free.

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Lesson 181:
"I trust my brothers, who are one with me."
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What stands out to me in today's lesson, including the introduction, is the idea that these lessons are about practice. We are not expected to be perfectly consistent in remembering every moment of the day to see the innocence in our brothers. But we are asked to practice. Each time we remember to practice, we give ourselves a gift. We give ourselves the opportunity to experience the peace that comes with seeing the innocence of our brothers.

The ego loves to keep us preoccupied with focus on all the times we have failed to see our brother's innocence or have failed to apply the lessons or ideas presented in the Course. It loves to point out these failures as proof that we will continue to fail in the future. This lesson clearly identifies this ego strategy as a defense against our release. As we remember neither the past nor the future are here now, we can focus on the present moment. It is in the present moment that we can see our brother free of all our past mistakes as well as our perception of his.

If we are able to bring our full attention for just a brief moment each day to look past the images of this world and see the face of Christ in a brother, we have given ourselves a magnificent gift. The peace we experience in that moment will motivate us to keep practicing. That is what the exercises in these lessons are designed to do: To bring us the experience that will motivate us to practice more.

In the beginning, we practice doing the exercises as prescribed, sometimes not even understanding them. Sometimes they have no conscious affect. All we are asked to do is practice. We don't have to agree with the ideas. We don't have to even understand them. We need only practice. The exercises do have effects, whether they are recognized or not. As we have more and more instants of peace and of happiness, our motivation grows to be more diligent in our practice.

The periods of resistance do not matter. They will pass as we continue to practice. We need not battle against the resistance. We need only practice the exercises. The gift of peace and happiness the practice brings will overshadow the resistance and it will gently fade away. So today I will practice seeing that my brother is one with me. We share one Self and I can trust that Self, for It is Love.


In today's lesson Jesus is asking me to practice seeing the Light of Christ in my brother, the truth in him instead of the illusions. He knows that as I practice having this focus of looking for the truth of Love in my brother, that I will remember that I am Love.

As I practice seeing the truth in my brother, today and every day, Jesus knows that I will return to remembering my Self. The truth in my brother and in me are one truth. This practice helps me feel the peace that comes from my inheritance. From the experience of this peace will come the motivation to strengthen the one goal that I am being led to.

I am being led to being single-minded. I am being led to knowing only God. How I get there is by seeing my brother's innocence instead of his mistakes. I can't have both focuses at the same time. I must choose one. Jesus is helping me with that choice. And with my choice of seeing the innocence behind the illusions, I am returned to the one Self we all are. Today is a day of practice, practice in seeing my brother's innocence, who is one with me.


This lesson says that a major hazard to success has been involvement with our past and future goals. This is so true for me because I know a lot of my fear of being "successful" with this Course is based on my seeming past failures. The lesson also says that these concerns are but defenses against present change of focus in perception. Although I still need much practice on changing my perception, I'm learning to quiet my mind long enough to not make any judgments or have an opinion on a situation. In doing this, I believe I leave myself open to let the Holy Spirit work through me.

At that point I might not have a better opinion of my brother or the situation, but at least I have no opinion instead of a bad one. And if I'm consistent in this practice, I do eventually begin to see my brother and/or the situation in a different light. The Course does claim to be a Course in mind training and this is exactly what we do by practicing these lessons.

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Lesson 254:"Let every voice but God's be still in me."


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This lesson contains a one sentence summary of the forgiveness process. When ego thoughts occur, "we quietly step back and look at them, and then we let them go." We are not expected to be totally without ego thoughts. It doesn't even say "if" ego thoughts occur. It does not judge us for having ego thoughts. It simply concisely tells us how to deal with them. Consistently following this simple process will lead us Home.

The ego thoughts are not our own. Our real Thoughts are the Thoughts we share with God. We become aware of these Thoughts in the stillness of our minds. That stillness is always there. It may be masked by the ego chatter, like white noise masks the quieter sounds in a room. Like white noise, we become so accustomed to the ego chatter that we don't even realize it's going on. Like people who can't sleep if it's too quiet, we become uncomfortable with quiet in our minds.

We need to retrain our minds to choose peace instead of chatter, to choose stillness over chaos. We do this through the habit of stepping back and looking at each ego thought and then letting it go. This process of disowning ego thoughts frees us to claim the Thoughts we share with God. Here is where our real happiness lies. Here is where we find perfect peace, and Love that shines on us eternally. Today I will step back and let the voices of the ego pass by and know God's Love for me.


Today's lesson holds the answer to every problem, every worry, every concern and every reason we have for not being in peace. If we follow the guidance of this lesson, We will receive the truth about our Identity. Ego thoughts will fall away. The sharp-edged children's toys will be laid down. Our fears, which stem from our belief in separation, will dissolve in God's healing Light. We will again recognize that only truth is true and the false stories of this world of separation are not true. We are eternally safe in the truth. We share God's Identity. We are eternal Love.

The process we go through in awakening to the truth includes stilling our minds of ego thoughts. We have been so used to entertaining ego thoughts that this sometimes seems very difficult to do. But just as with any skill improves with practice, so stilling our minds of ego thoughts comes with practice. The more we practice, the easier it becomes.

The Holy Spirit is always there in our minds, waiting for our return. We are not aware of God's loving Presence until we still our minds of the ideas that are the opposite of God. In God there is no conflict. In God there is only peace and love and joy. In God there is quiet.

Love means sharing all with all. Love means union. Awareness of Love's union comes through the quiet mind willing to "let every voice but God's be still."

Today this is my practice. Seeing ego thoughts for what they are and letting them go is my practice today. Being willing to join with the Holy Spirit's bridge of return is my practice today. In quiet I practice receiving the truth today. "Let every voice but God's be still in me."


I was noticing, this morning, that I was being judgmental of the people around me. It was such a casual, thoughtless process. For a moment I felt discouraged. Why am I doing this? Then I realized that I have always done this; I just never noticed it. So I thanked God for showing me this habit and took each person to Holy Spirit and asked to see them without the artificial space I had built between us with my judgment.

I am so grateful for this process and what it is doing in my life. I am so much happier than I ever have been before.


Today I was very peaceful, even when things kept changing in every meeting I went to. I tend to know most of my trigger points, and know which meetings and items of discussion tend to bring more of the "ego" out in me. So I brought in Holy Spirit into all of my meetings to keep me from thoughts of separation.

I was calm. But I also noticed that everyone in the meeting was able to voice their concerns in a calm and even humorous manner. And the points were still made. And everyone was able to see through every one else's eyes, since many assumptions are made in meetings where little is known and quick decisions must be made.

It amazes me every time I turn things over to Holy Spirit, how much better things turn out, better than I ever could have conceived.

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Lesson 258:"Let me remember that my goal is God."

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Lesson 258:
"Let me remember that my goal is God."
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This lesson reminds us that this is a mind training program. In this mind training program, the goal is to return to our true Identity -- Love. We do this by letting go of the artificial values of the ego.

The ego always looks for material gain, material wealth, because that is what it values. The Holy Spirit always looks to bring us awareness of the truth, for that is what it values above all else. Awareness of the truth is hidden when our mind is filled with little senseless aims and agendas which keep our minds so busy that we don't have time to remember God. And yet God remains there in our minds waiting for our acceptance.

My goal today is to recognize senseless aims for what they are. My goal today is to quiet my mind of all the ego's chatter. My goal today is to open my mind to the awareness of God's Presence. How much am I willing to be aware of God's Presence today? What I seek for I will find. "Let me remember that my only goal is God."

This world is filled with senseless aims and pointless goals, which do not exist. Some of these goals are consciously set. We think these goals will bring us happiness or safety. But many of our goals are kept unconscious. These goals are made to help us hide from the guilt we feel because we believe we have separated from our Source, and thus caused harm to our Source.

It is these unconscious goals that are the basis for judgment and all forms of anger. They are attempts to claim the innocence we do not believe we deserve. We want to project the guilt we feel to anything and everything outside of us so that we can hide the fact that the guilt is in our own minds. This guilt is not real, but it seems real because we believe separation is real.

The attempt to put guilt and blame on everything outside us actually works against the goal of ridding ourselves of guilt. It makes the guilt continue to appear real, thus keeping it firmly entrenched in our minds.

This is why we need to retrain our minds to have the goal to remember our unity in God. This is the way we end guilt. Guilt cannot be real because it is the effect of the illusion of separation. Remembering God ends the illusion of separation and reunites us with our Self, with Love. Love is innocent, being all encompassing and undivided. Therefore we are innocent in truth. When we remember God, we remember our innocence.

Holy Spirit, help me today to let go of senseless aims, so that I may remember Love. My goal is to see the Love in my brother so that I may remember God in him, and thus in me.


My goal today is to recognize senseless aims for what they are.

I have noticed that my list of needs is much shorter than it used to be. I take this as a good sign. But, there are still material goals that I am unwilling to release. I think I need a certain amount of money to live comfortably and I guess I am afraid God doesn't agree because I have been unwilling to just turn that part of my life over to him. I want to be able to pay my son's tuition to school. I want my body to be healthy and pain free. I want my children to be part of my life. Those are the only one's I could think of.

Today, I am asking Holy Spirit to help me become aware of the unconscious goals I have set for myself. I know they are there but I am not facing them and I want to. I want God to be my only goal.

I give Holy Spirit all resistance I am feeling toward relinquishing my ego goals. I give Him my fear and doubts and ask for another way to see this.

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How can illusions satisfy?

Lesson 272:
"How can illusions satisfy?"
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The sentence that stood out to me today is, "I am surrounded by [God's] Love, forever still, forever gentle and forever safe." I repeated that statement over and over in my mind to allow myself to open up to the feeling of being surrounded by God's Love. Gradually I felt myself soften, relaxing into the comfort of Love. In Love there is no conflict, only unity. My heart fills with joy as I feel the gentleness of God's Love. I am at peace as I rest in the stillness of God's Love.

His Love overflows in me and I am inspired to embrace all with that Love. There is nothing else I would rather do. There is nothing else that has any meaning. The Love in my heart reaches out and surrounds all that I see. And only Love returns to me. . And yet this joyous feeling that overflows my heart is but a hint of the Heaven God created as my Home.

Holy Spirit, help me to open my heart more to the Love that surrounds me with its stillness, its gentleness and its safety. Help me to look past all illusions as I forgive the dream and accept the reality of God's gift of Love.


As I work with this lesson, I am led to look at all the substitutes I have made for God's Love. What illusions do I still crave to cling to? What illusions do I still think would bring me happiness? Today my practice is to mindfully look at the illusions I am still making real in my mind and hand them over to the Holy Spirit to be translated into truth.

That is what forgiveness really means -- taking all my illusions to the Holy Spirit to be undone. In today's lesson, it says, "Today we pass illusions by." If I am sincerely interested in awakening to my true Identity in the one Mind, I will take this seriously. I will look at the places where I am not passing illusions by and recognize that these are barriers to my return to Love.

Holding onto the symbols of separation -- special things, special people, special times and places -- is not letting illusions go. This happens only in the unforgiving mind. Today I would take one more step towards true forgiveness. Today I would take one more place where I am making illusions real to the Holy Spirit to receive a transformed perception.

Today I would practice forgiving illusions. In reality they are representative of an unconscious grievance against God.

God is. Love is. If I hold on to anything else, it is a grievance in my mind. True forgiveness is letting go of these grievances. Today I would practice forgiveness and open to the true happiness of God's one eternal Love. How can illusions satisfy God's Son? Today I will practice letting go of trying to make something out of nothing.

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My present happiness is all I see.

Lesson 290:
"My present happiness is all I see."
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"In the present moment, happiness is all there is to see. If I am experiencing anything that is not supreme happiness, it is because I have placed an illusion in the way of my seeing the truth. God's Will for me is that I be happy, that I share His happiness. Anything less than perfect happiness is not worthy of God's Son and therefore not worthy of me. If I experience any discomfort, pain, upset, sadness, fear, guilt, resentment or lack and don't do something about it, then I am settling for what is not worthy of me. I am accepting less than the perfect peace and supreme happiness God wills for me.

I am grateful for the Course, which gives me the means to not settle for less than God's Will for me. It is very simple. I need only give every thought of lack and loss, pain and suffering, to the Holy Spirit and open my mind to His translation of the mistaken thought in to the vision of perfect Love. He will undo the effects of all my mistaken ideas by deciding for God for me, if I but let Him.

This turning over of my thoughts requires steady vigilance and practice. I have been accustomed to letting my mind run wild in the fields of the ego thought system. Peace cannot be found in those fields. I must train my mind to not seek there for happiness, but rather to turn to the Holy Spirit in my mind.

As I make each recognition of a less than peaceful thought a reminder to turn to Holy Spirit, guilt fades away. Instead of using lack of peace as an excuse to punish myself, I use it instead as a reminder to listen to God's Voice in my mind. His Voice speaks of my innocence and the innocence of all my brothers. It speaks of our holiness and wholeness. It speaks of the Love we are and share. Today I would listen to His Voice and I will see only my present happiness.


The sentence that stands out to me in this lesson is, "Yet I would not allow my mind to be deceived by the belief the dream I made is real an instant longer." I am learning how important it is to recognize when I am allowing my mind to be deceived. I recognize clearly that the dreams I dream at night are not real, but now it is time to recognize that what I experience during the "day" is also a dream. The dream I am making during the "day" is also not real. It, too, is a dream and I need not be deceived. I can learn to recognize the "day" dream as a dream with the help of the Holy Spirit.

I always have the help of the Holy Spirit to show me the difference between what is real and what is not real. The dream I am dreaming during the "day" is also a projection that is made up by me. I understand that this need for projection comes from guilt that has been made unconscious. I now have the opportunity to see this guilt as it shows up in the dream, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, let it go.

In truth, nothing has really happened to change my Reality as an extension of Love. But at some level I am thinking that something has happened to change that truth. The fact is nothing has changed. I have just dreamed a dream and its content is not true. I am still universal Love and everyone is still universal Love. That is my lesson today and every day. "Yet I would not allow my mind to be deceived by the belief the dream I made is real an instant longer." (1:5) What I have seen in every dream I dream is not there. As I truly get this, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I will stop choosing to project guilt in dreams. As this happens, my present happiness will be all I see.

Because dreams look so real, I need the Holy Spirit to help me see their unreality. I need the Holy Spirit to show me everyone's oneness in Spirit behind the dream of separation. I need the Holy Spirit to show me the innocence behind the dream of projected guilt. The time is now to hand every dream over to the Holy Spirit to be seen for what it truly is.


Sometimes as I am reading a lesson I feel a momentary sense of panic as I think, "How can I ever do this?" Then I remember that I only need to be willing. I only need to want this and allow Holy Spirit to heal my thinking. Then I relax into certainty again, because I know I can do that."

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Lesson 311: "I judge all things as I would have them be."

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Lesson 311:
"I judge all things as I would have them be."
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Before the ego -- the thought of separation -- there was no judgment. There was no sense of an 'other' to judge or evaluate. But with the idea of separation, there needed to be a mechanism to hold separation in place so it would seem to be real. For this purpose the ego made judgment. "Judgment was made to be a weapon used against the truth. It separates what it is being used against, and sets it off as if it were a thing apart." (1:1-2)

God, in His grace, provided an antidote for this poisonous thought system. Because we had already embraced the "reality" of judgment, He needed to use that mechanism for a different purpose that would be to the point where judgment is recognized as no longer needed. This antidote is the Holy Spirit. While the ego judges from a limited perspective that cannot see the whole, the Holy Spirit judges from the point of seeing totality. Thus His judgment is very simple. He recognizes all things as either real or unreal. What is real is Love and nothing else. What is unreal is nothing and is disregarded as meaningless and without effect.

As we learn to practice giving all our judgments to the Holy Spirit, our burden is lightened and we walk with an easy step. Our judgments with the ego always carry guilt and weigh us down with the fear of punishment for that guilt. As we release our judgments to the Holy Spirit, He undoes the guilt, for He knows that nothing could ever change the holy Son of God, our Self. This process of turning over every judgment to the Holy Spirit to let Him judge on our behalf is the way out of hell and the return to our Home in God.

We do not need to know how the Holy Spirit undoes the guilt. We need only relieve ourselves of the burden of judgment by giving it all to Him. He returns to us the gift of freedom and God's eternal peace. We give Him nothing and He gives us everything. It is the exchange of illusion for reality.

In deep gratitude I give thanks to God for His Answer to the insane idea of separation and judgment. Thank You God. I love You God.

Freedom comes as I let the Holy Spirit judge all things for me. The ego has judged all things as separate and alone. The ego's judgment tries to place its guilt outside itself. That is why it needs an 'outside.' On the other hand, the Holy Spirit sees all as one. The Holy Spirit shows me there is no outside. There is no guilt. When I hold hands with the Holy Spirit, all I see is innocence.

There is only one Christ Mind that is real. The Holy Spirit reminds me of the unreality of separation. The Holy Spirit shows me the meaninglessness of a world or separation. It is only when I am willing to go to the Holy Spirit that I will receive the Holy Spirit's judgment. The Holy Spirit shows me the difference between the real and the unreal, and through this I find freedom from the bondage of the ego thought system of separation.

Today is a day of letting the Holy Spirit judge for me. Today I would practice refraining from judging on my own. Today I would practice holding Holy Spirit's hand and receiving Christ's vision. Today I would take one more step towards accepting the freedom that is mine.


All last week I ate a lot of stuff that is not normally on my diet and was afraid I had gained some weight. When I got on the scale, I saw that I had and felt bad about it. I told myself that it was no big deal and I would just lose it.

When I read today's lesson I realized that I was just kidding myself about it being no big deal. It was really weighing heavily on my mind and I quickly saw it for what it was. I was judging myself as being weak willed and foolish. I was using this judgment to convince myself that I am a body and powerless.

And, of course, I am seeing myself as separate. After all, not everyone has a problem controlling their weight. In fact my weight problems are worse that everyone else's... or so I tell myself and thus I guarantee the illusion of being special and thus separate.

I visualized setting down my heavy sack of "special feelings." I took each one out and showed it to Holy Spirit. One by one, we looked at them together. We looked at my dread of being powerless, at my belief that my problems were worse than everyone else's, at my embarrassment at once again having "failed." We looked at each sense of specialness until the bag was empty. Then Holy Spirit took both my hands and we smiled at the insubstantial pile of illusions as they began to fade away into the nothingness they are without the support of my belief in them.

This stuff is a big deal only if I refuse to look at it. Then it gets heavy and dark and weighs down my steps as I go through the day. Looking at it with Holy Spirit shows it for the nothingness it is. I thank staff for pointing the way to this healing and I am so grateful that God provided me with a way out of my illusion.


I love the way these lessons explain to us how our minds think and how we use them; they tell us the problem and then give us the solution. I, too, so many times, have issues with a certain person(s) or a situation and I dread facing it, to the point where the thought of it ruins my day. So rather than to look at it, I tell myself it's not a big deal and attempt to ignore

"I have already chosen what You will."

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The ego would have me believe that to "yield" to God's Will is a sacrifice. Is it a sacrifice to be safe, untroubled and serene and filled with endless joy? That's what the ego would have me believe. The ego wants me to believe that what it offers is worth more than this. How could this be? In truth it cannot. But if I am willing to accept illusions in place of truth, then I am giving illusions greater value.
The "best" that the ego can offer is specialness, which it calls love. It directs us to look for specialness in myriad ways. We look for it in relationships. We look for it in having the right clothes or car, house or job. We look for it in money or in having a piece of paper that honors our accomplishment or a trophy that says we are better than anyone else at something.

Yet all these things are always temporary. All things in this world begin to decay the moment they are made. A relationship with another body is always at risk because that other body can walk away, misbehave or die. Can this be worth more than eternal joy, safety and peace? We have thought that it was, blindly following the ego's direction.

The Course is teaching us to recognize that we have been mistaken. It is showing us that the baubles and shiny trinkets of this world have no value. Our value lies in our unity with our Creator. Our value lies in the Love that we already are. We do not need to strive for value, for it is already ours. We need only recognize it. Believing that the thought system of the ego is our home, we need help from outside the thought system to recognize its falsity. By the grace of God, we have that Help -- the Holy Spirit in our minds.

It seems that we need to choose the Will of God, but in reality we need only accept what already is ours. It is not our will to wander endlessly, searching for value, searching for love. It is our will to be the Love we were created to be. In accepting that we accept the safety, the serenity and the eternal joy that are characteristics of Love.

Since I have believed the illusions of this world were real, I need help with recognizing them for what they are. Thus I need to maintain the practice of taking all my thoughts to the Holy Spirit for His interpretation. With this practice and willingness I will gradually recognize what is valuable and what is valueless.

Today I will practice again taking my thoughts to the Holy Spirit with an open mind so that I can receive the blessing of His interpretation. He will show me the Love beyond the veils of illusion and He will respond with Love to my calls for Love and teach me to do the same for my brothers. Thus will I learn that Love is always the answer in every situation. And I give thanks.


Trying to be what I am not will never work. Trying to make up something other than What I am is just a hopeless dream. It is time to let go of the dream. It is time to realize that I never could change my Identity, for I am God's Will. It is time to wake up to the truth that nothing has happened but God's Will. Dreams of individuality and competition are not God's Will and therefore are not my will. God's Will cannot change, therefore I cannot change.

Today it is my opportunity to recognize this truth as I go through my day. Today it is my opportunity to recognize the truth and lay illusions down. Today it is my opportunity to see wholeness where I once saw separation. Today it is my opportunity to recognize the illusions of separation for what they are. This false will could never be true, could never be real. Today it is my opportunity to recognize that only the truth is true and nothing else is true. It is time that I wake up to reality.


Thanks for talking about specialness. Since I started doing the Pathways 905 course, I am understanding specialness more, but my whole world is built on the idea of specialness and I appreciate the clear description you gave above. Specialness is so pervasive in my life (and sometimes so in very subtle ways) that I find it helpful to look at it from different directions. I mostly find it helpful to look at frequently. I think awareness is my best tactic here.

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Lesson 340

Lesson 340:
"I can be free of suffering today."
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Today I can awaken in Heaven, at Home in my Creator. This brings up a lot of questions from the ego. "What's special about today? Why not yesterday? Why not five years ago? Why did I have to wait so long? What if it doesn't happen today?" These simply highlight the emphasis the ego places on the seeming reality of time. In truth, today is no different than any other day. In the eternal now I am free of all suffering. If I'm not experiencing this, then I am choosing against it today.

This lesson reminds me of the movie "Groundhog Day," in which the main character experiences the same day over and over until he learns its lesson. That is what we are all doing. Every day that we do not experience the serenity, joy and Love of God, we haven't learned the lesson the day has for us. "We were born for this day" means from the day we were born, the only meaningful goal for us is to let go of our attachment and belief in separation and accept God's Will for us that we be with Him in Heaven.

Each day we simply repeat the same mistake of believing that we have separated from God. Each day we have the opportunity to make another choice. In truth there only is now, the holy instant in which we remember our Source and our Self, which remains forever one with Its Creator. Today I can accept that every day offers me that same choice, that same opportunity. "I can be free of suffering today."


Suffering only comes with belief in the false ideas of the ego. Suffering only comes with belief that we are what we could never be in truth. Suffering comes with belief that we have separated from our one Identity in God, which is what the Course calls belief in sin. With belief in sin, or that we really separated, comes guilt and with guilt comes fear of God's reprisal. Release from suffering comes with release from these false ideas.

Forgiveness means seeing the dreams unreality and letting go of what never was. Forgiveness means letting go of illusions of separation. In Lesson 193, paragraph 13, Jesus tells us to repeat this often, " I will forgive and this will disappear. To every apprehension, every care, and every form of suffering, repeat these selfsame words. And then you hold the key that opens Heaven's gate, and brings the Love of God the Father down to earth at last, to raise it up to Heaven."

It is only holding on to the false ideas of separation that holds the suffering in place. As we are willing to open to the healing perceptions of the Holy Spirit, we are brought to the awareness that the illusions of separation found in this world are not true. An opposite to God could never be true. Time and space could never be true.

As we continue to practice forgiveness with every form of suffering that we find ourselves believing in, we eventually let go of all our false beliefs. We awaken to the truth. We see that all these dreams never really happened. All these dreams of separate individuals, different and alone, are just dreams found within the ego thought system.

As we forgive, we no longer are attracted to make these forms of separation real. We let them go. We awaken to the fact that we are still as God created us. We did not and could not change our reality as an extension of God's Love. We are still safe in God because we are an eternal Thought in the Mind of God and nothing else.

Letting go of illusions of separation is a lifetime process. Each day we have the opportunity to release ourselves from the bondage of belief in the ego thoughts of separation. Each day we have the opportunity to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit, Who leads us Home. The Holy Spirit shows us that we never left Heaven. We just dreamed a dream of separation and suffering.

Today is a day of practice of letting my mind be healed today.

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Lesson 229: "Love, Which created me, is what I am."

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Lesson 229:
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This world was made to make it look as if separation is real. Along with separation appearing real, sin appears real because harm appears to be possible. The images seen through the body's eyes are pretty convincing. Yet today's lesson is telling me that it's all made up, a distortion of my mind.

More importantly, God has not let these wild imaginings affect my true Identity at all. He has held me sinless in His Mind, shielding me from any effect that I might believe the illusions I have made up might have. That is God's grace. Being Love, God does not condemn. I am held forever safe in His Love. His only "judgment" is that I remain Love, as He created me. Love cannot sin, for Love is one and only gives of Itself. Thus I remain innocent.

The images of the world my body's eyes show me are lies and deceptions. They are not the truth about me or anyone or anything. It is my job now to loosen and let go of my beliefs in the images of this world. That is forgiveness. As I forgive, with the Holy Spirit's help, I am able to look past the images to the face of Christ, which is ever present.
Holy Spirit, hold my hand today and shine Your Light, that I may see the face of Christ wherever I look. Thus will I learn to recognize my Self as Love created me. I give thanks.


Love waits in quiet. My true Identity waits in quiet for my return. I return to Love by going to that quiet place in my mind where Love resides. It is always there because Love is eternal and cannot leave my mind. In that quiet place I know that I am safe. In that quiet place is the face of Christ.

My job now is to let go of duality. There is only one real world and in that world lies the face of Christ. The face of Christ is all there is to see. The Hand of Christ is all there is to hold. There is no journey but to walk with Him. Today I will practice seeing the face of Christ and remembering that Love is What I am.


Something happened yesterday that brought to mind an incident that happened years ago. In this incident someone who loved me acted in an unloving way. The details are not important. Could have been one of any number of incidents. This particular incident just happened to come to mind in a vivid way and so offered an excellent opportunity for forgiveness.

I didn't recognize it as such, yesterday. When I thought about it, I marveled at how unloving this person acted and how foolish I was to accept his behavior and how I would never do that again and how glad I was he was no longer in my life. Well, you get the picture.

The memory popped up again as I was doing the lesson, so I took that as a signal to take a closer look at this errant thought, as often these seemingly "stray" thoughts during meditation are trying to tell me something. Sure enough, this one was trying to get my attention for a reason.

As I thought about it, I realized that his actions were governed by what he thought was right at the moment. He had a reason for doing what he did. At that moment in his life, what he did made perfect sense to him. Don't I often act out what I believe to be true and later realize it was just ego, after all? Do I deserve to be condemned because I made a mistake? Does he?

If it was ego instead of the truth we had mistaking it for, it wasn't even real. Should we be condemned for something that wasn't real? So, once again, I see that what I thought my brother did to me, didn't happen. It was a distortion of the mind and Holy Spirit is happy to help me see clearly.

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