W-312: I see all things as I would have them be.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

When “I” first chose to be “me,” a curtain rose before Vision and split into “seeing.”  At first, I saw nothing other than something else.  This “something else” had no name, no designation, no title, no identity other than not-One.  Right then I could have brushed the curtain aside and known the One Vision that is God and God’s One Child.  I did not.  And so I dream that I see otherness.  Today, I see all things as I would have them be with the Holy Spirit’s guidance and my memory of God as my Self arises naturally.

LESSON 312

I see all things as I would have them be.

Perception follows judgment.  Having judged, we therefore see what we would look upon.  For sight can merely serve to offer us what we would have.  It is impossible to overlook what we would see, and fail to see what we have chosen to behold.  How surely, therefore, must the real world come to greet the holy sight of anyone who takes the Holy Spirit’s purpose as his goal for seeing.  And he cannot fail to look upon what Christ would have him see and share Christ’s Love for what he looks upon.

I have no purpose for today except to look upon a liberated world, set free from all the judgments I have made.  Father, this is Your Will for me today, and therefore it must be my goal as well.

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W-311: I judge all things as I would have them be.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

When I give my lack of understanding to the Holy Spirit as a gift, He relieves me of the agony of self-judgment which is always critical and punishing (whether I use it against me or  you) and gives me peace of mind in return.

I have always loved an open mind, a non-arguing mind, an exploring, curious, non-judgmental mind.  For many years I judged myself as weird, too accepting, and even perverse, simply because I found it difficult to judge others.

Eventually this led to people confiding in me, and I earned my living as a listener.  A true listener is non-judgmental; a true listener is a receiver, an accepter, an acknowledger, and, ultimately, a reflector of Love and Light, a representative of Him Who sent me and I will be healed as I let Him teach me to heal.  And I will discover there is no me, only One We.

LESSON 311

I judge all things as I would have them be.

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.  And then it makes of it what you would have it be.  It judges what it cannot understand, because it cannot see totality and therefore judges falsely.  Let us not use it today, but make a gift of it to Him Who has a different use for it.  He will relieve us of the agony of all the judgments we have made against ourselves, and re-establish peace of mind by giving us God’s Judgment of His Son.

Father, we wait with open mind today, to hear Your Judgment of the Son You love.  We do not know him, and we cannot judge.  And so we let Your Love decide what he whom You created as Your Son must be.

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10. What Is the Last Judgment?

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

In Part II of the Workbook, every 10 lessons we are given an instruction.  It comes in the form of a question.  There are 14 of these questions all together, and each one of them corresponds to a set of 10 lessons, and is to be read every day for the next 10 days along with our lesson for the day.  “What Is the Last Judgment?” is the tenth instruction and goes with Lessons 311 – 320.

10.  What Is the Last Judgment?

Christ’s Second Coming gives the Son of God this gift: to hear the Voice for God proclaim that what is false is false, and what is true has never changed.  And this the judgment in which perception ends.  At first you see a world that has accepted this as true, projected from a now corrected mind.  And with this holy sight, perception gives a silent blessing and then disappears, its goal accomplished and its mission done.

The final judgment on the world contains no condemnation.  For it sees the world as totally forgiven, without sin and wholly purposeless.  Without a cause, and now without a function in Christ’s sight, it merely slips away to nothingness.   There it was in which the world began go with it.  Bodies now are useless, and will therefore fade away, because the Son of God is limitless.

You who believed that God’s Last Judgment would condemn the world to hell along with you, accept this holy truth: God’s Judgment is the gift of the Correction He bestowed on all your errors, freeing you from them, and all effects they ever seemed to have.  To fear God’s saving grace is but to fear complete release from suffering, return to peace, security and happiness, and union with your own Identity.

God’s Final Judgment is as merciful as every step in His appointed plan to bless His Son, and call him to return to the eternal peace He shares with him.  Be not afraid of love.  For it alone can heal all sorrow, wipe away all tears, and gently waken from his dream of pain the Son whom God acknowledges as His.  Be not afraid of this.  Salvation asks you give it welcome.  And the world awaits your glad acceptance, which will set it free.

This is God’s Final Judgment: “You are still My holy Son, forever innocent, forever loving and forever loved, as limitless as your Creator, and completely changeless and forever pure.  Therefore awaken and return to Me.  I am your Father and you are My Son.”

Remember, in Part II of the Workbook, every 10 lessons we are given an instruction.  It comes in the form of a question.  There are 14 of these questions all together, and each one of them corresponds to a set of 10 lessons, and is to be read every day for the next 10 days along with our lesson for the day.  “What Is the Last Judgment?” is the tenth instruction and goes with Lessons 311 – 320.

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W-310: In fearlessness and love I spend today.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

Stop everything.  If I am to be penetrated by this lesson, I must, for just a moment, stop everything.  Stop the forward motion of my mental list.  Stop the chronic tension in my muscles which binds me to form.  Stop “me-ing” and allow Being.

Let go of everything I think I understand … and surrender fear to Fearlessness, fear to Love.  If this is done for but one instant, it is Done!  For there is no greater motivation to choose Peace than Peace.  No greater motivation to choose Love than Love.

Father, I accept Your sweet reminder to remember You and be free of me, to love my brothers and my Self, and to sweetly know that “I” know nothing for I am No Thing. Amen.

LESSON 310

In fearlessness and love I spend today.

This day, my Father, would I spend with You, as You have chosen all my days should be.  And what I will experience is not of time at all.  The joy that comes to me is not of days nor hours, for it comes from Heaven to Your Son.  This day will be Your sweet reminder to remember You, Your gracious calling to Your holy Son, the sign Your grace has come to me, and that it is Your Will I be set free today.

We spend this day together, you and I.  And all the world joins with us in our song of thankfulness and joy to Him Who gave salvation to us, and Who set us free.  We are restored to peace and holiness.  There is no room in us for fear today, for we have welcomed love into our hearts.

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Six Recommendations Straight from the Holy Spirit

stairway to heavenImagine you are climbing a ladder to Heaven, rung by rung. Each rung gleams more resplendently as you draw nearer and nearer to Heavenly Light. You are open to receiving recommendations straight from the Holy Spirit.

His Light is almost blinding and you realize the Holy Spirit is not shining brighter – you are drawing nearer as His Magnetism becomes irresistible. And when you reach the top you realize there is no individual “you”…   Enlightenment!

A Course in Miracles offers a workbook practice to help you reach Enlightenment.  The practice reconnects you with your Internal Teacher, the Holy Spirit.  This connection changes everything.  As you follow Spirit Guidance you are liberated from fear and empowered by Love.  But … sticking with this guidance can be tricky, as the ego may very well kick up a fuss as it senses its ultimate demise.

oval blue doveThis is why the Holy Spirit offers some very clear recommendations so you can stay on-track.  As you stick with Spirit, you develop more focus, faith and trust in your own experience which then strengthens your connection to the Truth which is already in your mind.  Here are some basic recommendations from the Holy Spirit as given by Jesus in ACIM:

Recommendations Straight from the Holy Spirit

★ Develop the good habit of practicing your workbook lesson as close to awakening, and going to sleep, as possible.

★ There is also a purification process involved, so it’s natural to experience unpleasant side effects at times. But remember, when swimming pools are disinfected, first the muddy, murky sludge that has gathered at the bottom is churned up to the surface. Only after the filter has been going for a while does the water become clear. In the same way, you are cleansed and purified through the workbook practice. After a while fear and darkness dissolve, and all that remains is the loving light You Really Are.

★ All the workbook lessons should be done in an unhurried manner. A comfortable sense of leisure is essential. With our busy lives, this often seems impossible. But if you ask the Holy Spirit to help you find the time, He will give you that miracle. After all, we’re told at the very beginning of the ACIM Text, in the 50 miracle principles, that miracles collapse time. They are nothing if not practical!

★ As you practice the idea for the day, use it totally indiscriminately. Do not attempt to apply it to everything you see, for these exercises should not become ritualistic. Only be sure that nothing you see is specifically excluded. One thing is like another as far as the application of the idea is concerned. This is important because it impresses on the mind the first miracle principle: “There is no order of difficulty in miracles.” When this becomes real to us, there is nothing else to do but naturally and effortlessly spend our lives extending miracles.

★ “The curriculum is highly individualized, and all aspects are under the Holy Spirit’s particular care and guidance.” ACIM, M-29. Isn’t it comforting and inspiring to know that the Holy Spirit is working with you individually?*

★ Open to the Holy Spirit’s guidance and feel His power surging Life and Love into you. Doing the workbook practice is like plugging in your cell phone – a powerful energy is charging you up! And there will be signs to boost your confidence along the way.

* There will come a day when you realize that you were working with the Holy Spirit, not He with you.  He helps you awaken to Reality, not dream a better dream.  When you choose His guidance, you are choosing against illusions and enlightenment is recognized as always here, always true. “The Holy Spirit must work through you to teach you He is in you.  This is an intermediary step towards the knowledge that you are in God because you are part of Him.” (T-7.IV.2:1-2)

For a long time, it seems as if your path is your own – very personal and filled with unique experiences. It is your particular set of experiences, relationships and understandings. This is because first you must become your self, and that readies you to realize your Self.  “A tiny moment of surprise, perhaps, will make you pause before you realize the world you see before you in the light reflects the truth you knew, and did not quite forget in wandering away in dreams.” (W-131: No one can fail who seeks to reach the truth.)

Now, after taking in these six recommendations straight from the Holy Spirit, try it again: Imagine you are climbing a ladder to Heaven, rung by rung. Each rung gleams more resplendently as you draw nearer and nearer to Heavenly Light.  The Holy Spirit is not shining brighter – you are drawing nearer. And when you reach the top you realize there is no individual “you”… Enlightenment!

WtW Lauren crisp n clear

Workin’ the Workbook (WtW) is an online class that helps structure, clarify and support your Course in Miracles Workbook practice.  WtW also helps you persevere and stick with all 365 lessons. Many people quit before completing the Workbook and don’t get to experience the rewards of choosing the Holy Spirit rather than the ego.

You can begin at any lesson — start with Lesson 1 or resume where you left off.  The price is $37 a month (just a bit more than a dollar a day) and no one is turned away due to lack of funds (email me at miracles@amytorresacim.com to ask about scholarships).

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W-309: I will not fear to look within today.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

To truly look within, not at myself, but at my Self, is liberation.  The Truth sets us free of all delusional states of mind that say I am a “me” when, truly, Reality remains eternally “We.”  Innocence is a most beautiful state, and it arises naturally with joining every brother — Innocence is Unity.  The ego fears to look within because it knows that will be its end.  But it doesn’t let itself know that the end is not scary because there is nothing to end but a dream which never really happened.

LESSON 309

I will not fear to look within today.

Within me is eternal innocence, because it is God’s Will that it be there forever and forever.  I, His Son, whose will is limitless as is His Own, can will no change in this.  For to deny my Father’s Will is to deny my own.  To look within is but to find my will as God created it, and as it is.  I fear to look within because I think I made another will that is not true, and made it real.  Yet it has no effects.  Within me is the Holiness of God.  Within me is the memory of Him.

The step I take today, my Father, is my sure release from idle dreams of sin.  Your altar stands serene and undefiled.  It is the holy altar to my Self, and there I find my true Identity.

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W-308: This instant is the only time there is.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

The only interval in which I can be saved from time is now.  I made up the idea of time and use it to link the past and the future, thereby skipping the present.  But there is my mistake: God is in the ever-present now.  “Now” is where Love lives.  Now is now 🙂  “This instant is the only time there is” does make a worthy mantra.  “This instant is the only time there is” repeated over and over sincerely erases the past, which reveals the future as meaningless, and undoes the need for a future at all.  This instant is the only time there is.  Now.  This instant is the only time there is.  Now.  This instant is the only time there is.  Now!

LESSON 308

This instant is the only time there is.

I have conceived of time in such a way that I defeat my aim.  If I elect to reach past time to timelessness, I must change my perception of what time is for.  Time’s purpose cannot be to keep the past and future one.  The only interval in which I can be saved from time is now.  For in this instant has forgiveness come to set me free.  The birth of Christ is now, without a past or future.  He has come to give His present blessing to the world, restoring it to timelessness and love.  And love is ever-present, here and now.

Thanks for this instant, Father.  It is now I am released.  This instant is the time You have appointed for Your Son’s release, and for salvation of the world in him.

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W-307: Conflicting wishes cannot be my will.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

I feel the fear the ego has of the phrase that I “remain as God created me” and then … a gentle bolt of something like electricity awakens me from inside … there is a sense of detachment from my outer covering/the body and electrical waves of color emanate from my center.  A sort of deep umbilical knowing of Source is felt and fear evaporates effortlessly … wave, wave, wave … pulse, pulse, pulse … willingness cannot but reveal the true Self.

LESSON 307

Conflicting wishes cannot be my will.

Father, Your Will is mine, and only that.  There is no other will for me to have.  Let me not try to make another will, for it is senseless and will cause me pain.  Your Will alone can bring me happiness, and only Yours exists.  If I would have what only You can give, I must accept Your Will for me, and enter into peace where conflict is impossible, Your Son is one with You in being and in will, and nothing contradicts the holy truth that I remain as You created me.

And with this prayer we enter silently into a state where conflict cannot come, because we join our holy will with God’s, in recognition that they are the same.

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W-306: The gift of Christ is all I seek today.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

I love this phrase, ” … with empty hands and open hearts and minds … ”  the gift of Christ is the gift of being the Anointed One … One directly linked to God because God is our Source and there is no other reality.  We can dream, play make believe and pretend.  We can hallucinate, delude ourselves, tell stories and procrastinate.  We can be convinced we are individuals in a world in a cosmos.  But none of that makes our imaginings real.  See through the veil and accept the holy gift that is always ours … true seeking leads to seeing.

LESSON 306

The gift of Christ is all I seek today.

What but Christ’s vision would I use today, when it can offer me a day in which I see a world so like to Heaven that an ancient memory returns to me?  Today I can forget the world I made.  Today I can go past all fear, and be restored to love and holiness and peace.  Today I am redeemed, and born anew into a world of mercy and of care; of loving kindness and the peace of God.

And so, our Father, we return to You, remembering we never went away; remembering Your holy gifts to us.  In gratitude and thankfulness we come, with empty hands and open hearts and minds, asking but what You give.  We cannot make an offering sufficient for Your Son.  But in Your Love the gift of Christ is his.

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W-305: There is a peace that Christ bestows on us.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

For love has come … Christ’s peace is deep and still.  Christ’s peace is gentle and fearless.  Christ’s peace is absolute, total and complete.  Christ’s peace is Truth and lack of judgment is the way to It.  When we are wholly lacking judgment, we forgive … because forgiveness is giving everything we believe to the Holy Spirit and, in so doing, we receive the peace that is our Nature and is our Source.

LESSON 305

There is a peace that Christ bestows on us.

Who uses but Christ’s vision finds a peace so deep and quiet, undisturbable and wholly changeless, that the world contains no counterpart. Comparisons are still before this peace.  And all the world departs in silence as this peace envelops it, and gently carries it to truth, no more to be the home of fear.  For love has come, and healed the world by giving it Christ’s peace.

Father, the peace of Christ is given us, because it is Your Will that we be saved.  Help us today but to accept Your gift, and judge it not.  For it has come to us to save us from our judgment on ourselves.

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