W-215: I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

God is closer to me than my very breath.  Jesus is walking by my side.  The Holy Spirit is a palpable love filling me with greatitude and beatitude as I take every breath and every step in the Name of God, which is my Own.  Breathing, walking, being Love.  Breathing, walking, being Love.  Breathing, walking, being Love … <3

LESSON 215

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.

(195)    Love is the way I walk in gratitude.

The Holy Spirit is my only guide.  He walks with me in love.  And I give thanks to Him for showing me the way to go.

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.

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W-214: I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

What a relief not to be responsible for the future.  One of my favorite lessons.  I place the future in Hands of God.  My only concern is the Eternal Present.  The Present keeps me Safe and Free.  Here. Now.  Here. Now.

LESSON 214

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.

(194)    I place the future in the Hands of God.

The past is gone; the future is not yet. Now am I freed from both. For what God gives can only be for good. And I accept but what He gives as what belongs to me.

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.

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W-213: I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

God’s lessons are always and only Love. He does not place us in painful situations or deprived circumstances. We do that. But He always offers Love, Peace and Joy in Answer to any thoughts, interpretations and judgments we place on things. This becomes easier as we remember all form is a costume draped over the Formlessness of God.  All guilt is a cloak of darkness thrown over Innocence.  All fear is a make-believe void of emptiness where there is only Fullness. We can dream, but we cannot change Changeless Reality. We are not bodies. We are free. For we are still as God created us. And we can choose to use the dream for the Holy Spirit’s lessons of Love.

LESSON 213

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.

(193)    All things are lessons God would have me learn.

A lesson is a miracle which God offers to me, in place of thoughts I made that hurt me.  What I learn of Him becomes the way I am set free.  And so I choose to learn His lessons and forget my own.

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.

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W-212: I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

Forgiveness releases us from illusions.  The willingness to accept God’s function for us leads to a shift in perception of everything we think we see–this is the miracle.  This happens in a split second–a holy instant.  And it will happen over and over again for a while, until the release process (forgiveness lessons) is complete.

Conviction in God’s Truth and Love strengthens as we practice, and devotion to separate identity from ego teachings of guilt, scarcity, fear, lack, sin, judgment, punishment, superiority, revenge, shame, humiliation, grief, loss, loneliness, etc., weakens and fades away.  Our choice: Holy Spirit as Teacher, or ego as teacher.

LESSON 212

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.

(192)   I have a function God would have me fill.

I seek the function that would set me free from all the vain illusions of the world.  Only the function God has given me can offer freedom.  Only this I seek, and only this will I accept as mine.

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.

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W-211: I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

One of my favorite quotes from the Course is, “Today we will not shrink from our assignment on the specious grounds that modesty is outraged. It is pride that would deny the Call for God Himself.” *  Our assignment?  “The miracle joins in the Atonement by placing the mind in the service of the Holy Spirit.  This establishes the proper function of the mind and corrects its errors, which are merely lacks of love.” **  In silence and in true humility I seek God’s glory, to behold it in my brothers who are Me-Self.  God takes it from there, and ushers me in The Door.

LESSON 211

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.

 (191)   I am the holy Son of God Himself.

In silence and in true humility I seek God’s glory, to behold it in the Son whom He created as my Self.

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.

*    Lesson 186
**   Chapter 2, IV. The Escape from Darkness

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W-210: I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

Oh, the joy of surrender!  Dropping my pain, my sense of personal responsibility, my groping to do the right thing, to get everything done!  Aaah, releasing every struggle, every burden, every fear.  Releasing every belief I’ve every held, all attachment to a separate self, a small identity, a weary grinding on and on of “what I’m supposed to do.”  Big spontaneous smile!  Spreading waves of happiness through heart!  Lean on God, hold Jesus’ hand, feel the Holy Spirit beneath my sails–that’s what happens when I choose the joy of God instead of my own idea of pain.  That really was a mistake, lol.  Good thing Correction is available non-stop, 24/7.

LESSON 210

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.

(190)   I choose the joy of God instead of pain.

Pain is my own idea.  It is not a Thought of God, but one I thought apart from Him and from His Will.  His Will is joy, and only joy for His beloved Son.  And that I choose, instead of what I made.

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.

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W-209: I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

This morning, I start off feeling angry … I can feel the irritation in my chest, my jaw, my skin.  That’s okay.  Only to be expected.  Comes with the ego’s teaching of separation, and with separation comes anger.  That’s not important now.  What is important is that I choose again.  And choose again, I do :)  Even better, in a split second I feel the anger abate–it’s there in the background, but Something Else is now more Present.  A laughing feeling in my belly, a smile on my lips, and a Thought in my mind which is impossible to put into words … but suddenly, Everything is A-Okay. I feel the Love of God within me now.

LESSON 209

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.

(189)   I feel the Love of God within me now.

The Love of God is what created me.  The Love of God is everything I am.  The Love of God proclaimed me as His Son.  The Love of God within me sets me free.

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.

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W-208: I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

When we make love, it is said, “The earth stopped” but when we Make Love, “The earth Stills.”  Hit the sweet spot and you score.  But hit the Sweet Spot and there’s the Still Point, the holy instant, the one-way ticket Home.  There is nothing to do there–only a way of Being.  And that way of Being is inarguably the purpose of Life, the loving emanation of Life Itself.  I feel it now, Shining through my classroom of form just a bit longer …

LESSON 208

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.

(188)   The peace of God is shining in me now.

I will be still, and let the earth be still along with me.  And in that stillness we will find the peace of God.  It is within my heart, which witnesses to God Himself.

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.

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W-207: I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

I have the sense of the body being a covering which can be snapped away, like an old-fashioned convertible car top.  The unsnapping is heavy and somewhat unwieldy, but once done, all pain stays with the snapped off part … and I am detached and can observe body sorrow and pain without participating in it, knowing it is not really part of me or anyone else.  God’s blessing of Completion and Peace is what is Real.  What happiness!  Unsnap the top :)

LESSON 207

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.

(187)   I bless the world because I bless myself.

God’s blessing shines upon me from within my heart, where He abides.  I need but turn to Him, and every sorrow melts away, as I accept His boundless Love for me.

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Saying the words, “I want to break up,” whether with respect to a marital relationship or any other committed romantic relationship, is one of the hardest things a human being ever has to do.

Making the conscious choice to end one of the strongest bonds we have ever made frightens us to our very core. We fear that we’ll never meet anyone else. We fear the possible financial burden, the loneliness, the unknown. We feel guilty for being disloyal, abandoning a loved one. We dread seeing hurt or rage on our partner’s face.

Many teachings suggest that we should never break up. There are loyalty oaths, responsibilities, social stigmas. There is the suggestion that we are immature, lack tenacity, are being selfish.

I’ve found that for a certain kind of person — a person who is considerate, emotionally generous, fair-minded, and understanding; someone who is seeking cooperation, yet has symptoms of low self-esteem — it is possible to be taken advantage of in relationships.

It is this sort of person who is the most afraid to break up, because underlying these positive qualities, there is often an emotional immaturity and dependency that produces a feeling of insecurity and inadequacy.

But it is just this sort of person who benefits from dissolving a partnership that is not working because it is an opportunity to be true to themselves; to put themselves to the test of being more independent; developing resourcefulness and self-sufficiency; and, eventually, if they so desire, insisting on a more compatible mate, a true partner.

I speak from experience. After agonizing for years, I finally left a husband who wasn’t truly in partnership with me. In the process it felt as if I was losing everything that mattered to me — building a life with someone; having children together; developing lifelong relationships with family and friends.

Thankfully, my spiritual studies sustained me through the pain. A Course in Miracles empowered me through Lesson 153, “In my defenselessness my safety lies.” which strengthened me to tell the truth without attacking. I learned to focus on the healing power of our relationships with others. I had a growing understanding that, whether we are aware of it or not, we are all facets of the same diamond, all beating in the same heart, all thinking through the same mind.

A Sufi proverb puts it this way, “When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the spirit laughs for what it has found.”

The lyrics “breaking up is hard to do” are so true. But spending a lifetime in a relationship that you resent is far worse. I learned a hard, but invaluable spiritual lesson from this experience — I gained a deep and abiding trust in God, a deep ‘knowing’ that being completely dependent on God, rather than on any human being, was the answer. What a perfect solution to codependency!

Paradoxically, that dependency guarantees the most empowering relationship in which we will ever be, because it is an awakening of our original relationship with God, from which all other truly loving relationships spring.

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