W-181: I trust my brothers, who are one with me.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

Innocence Now.  Peace Now.  Unity Now.  This instant. Now.

LESSON 181

I trust my brothers, who are one with me.

Trusting your brothers is essential to establishing and holding up your faith in your ability to transcend doubt and lack of sure conviction in yourself. When you attack a brother, you proclaim that he is limited by what you have perceived in him. You do not look beyond his errors. Rather, they are magnified, becoming blocks to your awareness of the Self that lies beyond your own mistakes, and past his seeming sins as well as yours.

Perception has a focus. It is this that gives consistency to what you see. Change but this focus, and what you behold will change accordingly. Your vision now will shift, to give support to the intent which has replaced the one you held before. Remove your focus on your brother’s sins, and you experience the peace that comes from faith in sinlessness. This faith receives its only sure support from what you see in others past their sins. For their mistakes, if focused on, are witnesses to sins in you. And you will not transcend their sight and see the sinlessness that lies beyond.

Therefore, in practicing today, we first let all such little focuses give way to our great need to let our sinlessness become apparent. We instruct our minds that it is this we seek, and only this, for just a little while. We do not care about our future goals. And what we saw an instant previous has no concern for us within this interval of time wherein we practice changing our intent. We seek for innocence and nothing else. We seek for it with no concern but now.

A major hazard to success has been involvement with your past and future goals. You have been quite preoccupied with how extremely different the goals this course is advocating are from those you held before. And you have also been dismayed by the depressing and restricting thought that, even if you should succeed, you will inevitably lose your way again.

How could this matter? For the past is gone; the future but imagined.  These concerns are but defenses against present change of focus in perception. Nothing more. We lay these pointless limitations by a little while. We do not look to past beliefs, and what we will believe will not intrude upon us now. We enter in the time of practicing with one intent; to look upon the sinlessness within.

We recognize that we have lost this goal if anger blocks our way in any form. And if a brother’s sins occur to us, our narrowed focus will restrict our sight, and turn our eyes upon our own mistakes, which we will magnify and call our “sins.” So, for a little while, without regard to past or future, should such blocks arise we will transcend them with instructions to our minds to change their focus, as we say:

It is not this that I would look upon.
I trust my brothers, who are one with me.

And we will also use this thought to keep us safe throughout the day. We do not seek for long-range goals. As each obstruction seems to block the vision of our sinlessness, we seek but for surcease an instant from the misery the focus upon sin will bring, and uncorrected will remain.

Nor do we ask for fantasies. For what we seek to look upon is really there. And as our focus goes beyond mistakes, we will behold a wholly sinless world. When seeing this is all we want to see, when this is all we seek for in the name of true perception, are the eyes of Christ inevitably ours. And the Love He feels for us becomes our own as well. This will become the only thing we see reflected in the world and in ourselves.

The world which once proclaimed our sins becomes the proof that we are sinless. And our love for everyone we look upon attests to our remembrance of the holy Self which knows no sin, and never could conceive of anything without Its sinlessness. We seek for this remembrance as we turn our minds to practicing today. We look neither ahead nor backwards. We look straight into the present. And we give our trust to the experience we ask for now. Our sinlessness is but the Will of God. This instant is our willing one with His.

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Introduction to Lessons 181-200

Introduction to Lessons 181 – 200

Our next few lessons make a special point of firming up your willingness to make your weak commitment strong; your scattered goals blend into one intent.  You are not asked for total dedication all the time as yet.  But you are asked to practice now in order to attain the sense of peace such unified commitment will bestow, if only intermittently.  It is experiencing this that makes it sure that you will give your total willingness to following the way the course sets forth.

Our lessons now are geared specifically to widening horizons, and direct approaches to the special blocks that keep your vision narrow, and too limited to let you see the value of our goal.  We are attempting now to lift these blocks, however briefly.  Words alone can not convey the sense of liberation which their lifting brings.  But the experience of freedom and of peace that comes as you give up your tight control of what you see speaks for itself.  Your motivation will be so intensified that words become of little consequence.  You will be sure of what you want, and what is valueless.

And so we start our journey beyond words by concentrating first on what impedes your progress still.  Experience of what exists beyond defensiveness remains beyond achievement while it is denied.  It may be there, but you cannot accept its presence.  So we now attempt to go past all defenses for a little while each day.  No more than this is asked, because no more than this is needed.  It will be enough to guarantee the rest will come.

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W-180: God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

Grace is kindness.  Kindness is grace.

A fountain of well-being gently sprays good will all around.

Circle of Love, simple and true … words stop right here.

LESSON 180

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

(169)   By grace I live.  By grace I am released.

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

(170)   There is no cruelty in God and none in me.

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

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W-179: God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

Your grace is given me … my heart starts filling with love like a helium balloon … in no time, I am with the Heart and it is Full … full with One Life, full with One Love, full with Unified All expanding forever in directionless everywhere … it’s like I’ve popped out of myself and into Everything Else which is ever-extending Well-Beingness … the Truth is True.

LESSON 179

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

(167)   There is one life, and that I share with God.

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

(168)   Your grace is given me.  I claim it now.

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

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W-178: God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

If I let not my mind deny the Thought of God, then I will become aware of the gifts of God with which I am entrusted.  Say not “no” to God.  Stop saying “no” to God.  Yes, we have no bananas.  No, we have the Big Banana!  Always have, always will.  Willingness is the key — being willing to plug my will into His Will and zzzzz the dream flatlines and Reality Shines.  God is but Love, and therefore so am I :)

LESSON 178

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

(163)   Let not my mind deny the Thought of God.

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

(164)   I am entrusted with the gifts of God.

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

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W-177: God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

Death is just an imagined black sheet over Light.  We tossed it around a thought of ourselves to fence God in to individual lots (separate bodies).  And we gave this black sheet properties of heaviness and hardness so the darkness seems impenetrable and factual. But in the eternal Now we are the Light we’ve always been.  Changing the mind is like emerging from under the black sheet of brick and mortar and discovering the coverings were fantasy–our own dark fantasy.

LESSON 177

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

(163)   There is no death.  The Son of God is free.

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

(164)   Now are we one with Him Who is our Source.

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

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He who with sincerity seeks his real purpose in life is himself sought by that purpose.

Before I discovered A Course in Miracles, the Sufis came into my life.  Actually, there is no “ism” to Sufism. It is the all-embracing religion of Love, encompassing all religions, and all peoples, everywhere.  Even so, there are different lineages of Sufis, and my teachers stemmed from the Chishti master, Hazrat Inayat Khan. Bless his heart, Wahiduddin has been providing the world with a message a day from the master for as long as I can remember.  I love the way they interweave with ACIM.  Here is one of my favorites. Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

Bowl of Saki, March 13. “He who with sincerity seeks his real purpose in life is himself sought by that purpose.”

HIK white beardOne may ask, ‘What is the best way for a person to understand his life’s purpose?’ If one follows the bent of one’s own mind, if one follows the track to which one is attracted, if one follows one’s own inclination, which is not satisfied with anything else, one feels, ‘There is something waiting for me (which one does not know at the time), which will bring me satisfaction.’ Besides, if one is intuitive and mystical, it is easier still, because then one is continually told what is the purpose of one’s life.

For nature has such a perfection of wisdom. One sees that the insects are given the sense to make their little houses and to protect themselves and make a store of their food. The bees, who have the gift of making honey, are taught how to make honey. So nature has taught every soul to seek its purpose. It has made every soul for that purpose, and it is continually calling that soul to see that purpose. If the soul does not hear the call and sleeps, it is not the fault of nature, which is continually calling. Therefore, if I were to say in a few words, how to find one’s purpose, I would say: by waking from sleep. from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/I/I_IV_1.htm

Every being has a definite vocation, and his vocation is the light which illuminates his life. The man who disregards his vocation is a lamp unlit. He who sincerely seeks his real purpose in life is himself sought by that purpose. As he concentrates on that search a light begins to clear his confusion, call it revelation, call it inspiration, call it what you will. It is mistrust that misleads. Sincerity leads straight to the goal.   from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/I/I_I_2.htm

That way is best which suits you best. The way of one person is not for another person, although man is always inclined to accuse another person of doing wrong, believing that he himself is doing right. … That purpose is accomplished when a person has risen above all these things. It is that person then, who will tolerate all, who will understand all, who will assimilate all things, who will not feel disturbed by things which are not in accordance with his own nature or the way which is not his way. He will not look at them with contempt, but he will see that in the depth of every being there is a divine spark which is trying to raise its flame toward the purpose.

When a person has arrived at this stage, he has risen above the limitations of the world. Then he has become entitled to experience the joy of coming near to the real purpose of life. It is then that in everything that he says or does, he will be accomplishing that purpose. … We come to understand by this that the further we go the more tolerant we become. Outward things matter little. It is the inward realization which counts.

However sacred duty may be, however high may be the hope of paradise, however great the happiness one may experience in the pleasures of the earth, however much satisfaction one may find in earthly treasures, the purpose of life is in rising above all these things.

It is then that the soul will have no discord, no disagreement with others. It is then that the natural attitude of the soul will become tolerant and forgiving. The purpose of life is fulfilled in rising to the greatest heights and in diving to the deepest depths of life: in widening one’s horizon, in penetrating life in all its spheres, in losing oneself, and in finding oneself in the end. In the accomplishment of the purpose of life the purpose of creation is fulfilled. Therefore, in this fulfillment it is not that man attained, but that God Himself has fulfilled His purpose.  from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/I/I_IV_11.htm

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Here is a quote from A Course in Miracles that corresponds to Hazrat Inayat Khan’s wisdom that, “He who with sincerity seeks his real purpose in life is himself sought by that purpose.”

“The curriculum is highly individualized, and all aspects are under the Holy Spirit’s particular care and guidance. Ask and He will answer. … His answers are always right. Would you say that of yours?” (M-29)

W-176: God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

There is an internal rush which leads to an eternal stillness.  There is a rainbow-arc bridge elevating the formless me, the thought of me, upward.  There is the breath and me as wave-form, a vaporous and then invisible rolling wave from toe to crown … a Cuban-motion-bodyless body-rolling-mermaid-in-the-sky … then–a great sense of pleasure, a spiritual orgasm, anandamaya kosha, an opening, a letting go, a no-more-me-All-of-We.  But, as Frank Sinatra said, “The best is yet to come” :)  …  I am as God created me … God Is.

LESSON 176

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

(161)  Give me your blessing, holy Son of God.

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

(162)  I am as God created me.

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

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W-175: God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

Love is a circle. I give the miracles I have received, and I receive the miracles that I give — if I am willing to accept Love.  Yes, I very much am willing to accept Love.  At first, accepting Love/receiving miracles felt uncomfortable and undeserved.  That is all the past; receptivity feels natural now.

Home is Love and Love is Home.  When I seem to leave Home by dreaming I have separated from God, I feel fear.  Feelings are not facts, therefore fear is not real.  Nothing unreal exists, nothing Real can be threatened.  Herein lies the peace of God.  God is but Love, and therefore so am I :)

LESSON 175

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

(159) I give the miracles I have received.

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

(160) I am at home. Fear is the stranger here.

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

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W-174: God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

As I disregard the personalities, and concentrate on the Light within the cloak of individuality, the Sameness is obvious.  Each seemingly separate Light expands until we all intermingle and there is only All of Us.  Giving and receiving become the very same thing — loving/extending/expanding.  And entering into His Presence is something that happens so naturally that it’s more of an un-happening of the busy doingness of the ego mind.  What seemed hard is easy.  What seemed painful is peaceful.  What seemed like many is One.

LESSON 174

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

(157)   Into His Presence would I enter now.

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

(158)   Today I learn to give as I receive.

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

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