W-341: I can attack but my own sinlessness, And it is only that which keeps me safe.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

I can only attack my own Innocence.  And it is only my Innocence which keeps me safe because Innocence is Unification and as One we cannot attack Our Self.  Nor would we have any desire to attack when we are in harmony with our One Self.  There is no desire to cut off our nose to spite our face.  Truly, it is our Nature to Extend.  And all we are extending is Love or Light — call it what you will, It is Good, Beautiful and Holy.  We are Good, Beautiful and Holy.

LESSON 341

I can attack but my own sinlessness,
And it is only that which keeps me safe.

Father, Your Son is holy.  I am he on whom You smile in love and tenderness so dear and deep and still the universe and still the universe smiles back on You, and shares Your Holiness.  How pure, how safe, how holy, then, are we, abiding in Your Smile, with all Your Love bestowed upon us, living one with You, in brotherhood and Fatherhood complete; in sinlessness so perfect that the Lord of Sinlessness conceives us as His Son, a universe of Thought completing Him.

Let us not, then, attack our sinlessness, for it contains the Word of God to us.  And in its kind reflection we are saved.

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13. What Is a Miracle?

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 a Miracle?” is the thirteenth instruction and goes with Lessons 341 – 350.

13.  What Is a Miracle?

 A miracle is a correction. It does not create, nor really change at all. It merely looks on devastation, and reminds the mind that what it sees is false. It undoes error, but does not attempt to go beyond perception, nor exceed the function of forgiveness. Thus it stays within time’s limits. Yet it paves the way for the return of timelessness and love’s awakening, for fear must slip away under the gentle remedy it brings.

A miracle contains the gift of grace, for it is given and received as one. And thus it illustrates the law of truth the world does not obey, because it fails entirely to understand its ways. A miracle inverts perception which was upside down before, and thus it ends the strange distortions that were manifest. Now is perception open to the truth. Now is forgiveness seen as justified.

Forgiveness is the home of miracles. The eyes of Christ deliver them to all they look upon in mercy and in love. Perception stands corrected in His sight, and what was meant to curse has come to bless. Each lily of forgiveness offers all the world the silent miracle of love. And each is laid before the Word of God, upon the universal altar to Creator and creation in the light of perfect purity and endless joy.

The miracle is taken first on faith, because to ask for it implies the mind has been made ready to conceive of what it cannot see and does not understand. Yet faith will bring its witnesses to show that what it rested on is really there. And thus the miracle will justify your faith in it, and show it rested on a world more real than what you saw before; a world redeemed from what you thought was there.

Miracles fall like drops of healing rain from Heaven on a dry and dusty world, where starved and thirsty creatures come to die. Now they have water. Now the world is green. And everywhere the signs of life spring up, to show that what is born can never die, for what has life has immortality.

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 a Miracle?” is the thirteenth instruction and goes with Lessons 341 – 350.

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W-340: I can be free of suffering today.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

I was born into this world but to achieve this day … I can be free of suffering today.  Truth be told, I’m having a tough day today.  I’m willing to believe there is no room for anything but joy and thanks today … I am willing to believe there is no room for anything but joy and thanks today.  Even though my circumstances and the demands of the world seem consuming today, I am willing to believe there is no room for anything but joy and thanks today … and in spite of everything, I feel my heart lift.  If I use today’s lesson today, at the very least my day will improve exponentially.  And at best?  Peace and joy beyond words.  I feel an inner shift … here comes the miracle … 🙂

LESSON 340

I can be free of suffering today.

Father, I thank You for today, and for the freedom I am certain it will bring.  This day is holy, for today Your Son will be redeemed.  His suffering is done.  For he will hear Your Voice directing him to find Christ’s vision through forgiveness, and be free forever from all sufferingThanks for today, my Father.  I was born into this world but to achieve this day, and what it holds in joy and freedom for Your holy Son and for the world he made, which is released along with him today.

Be glad today!  Be glad!  There is no room for anything but joy and thanks today.  Our Father has redeemed His Son this day.  Not one of us but will be saved today.  Not one who will remain in fear, and none the Father will not gather to Himself, awake in Heaven in the Heart of Love.

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W-339: I will receive whatever I request.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)
This lesson can be easily misunderstood, especially if blended with Law of Attraction principles.  Jesus is reminding us that we can request Peace which is Unified Mind, or conflict and fear which is the result of ego/separated mind.  Remember, there is always only one problem and one solution: the problem is that we are dreaming we are individual people in a world of time and space.  The solution is to request Guidance to help us awaken from the dream.

Forgiveness is redefined as a method of recognizing the illusory dream for what it is — a figment of our imagination.  Forgiveness allows us to give all our fears and misconceptions about who we are to Spirit to be transformed into Truth.  If we request God’s Peace, Love and Joy we will get it.  The ego says, “BUT you will be destroyed — you won’t be ‘you’ anymore.”  That’s how we mistake the “pleasure” of being an individual as preferable to being Unified.  Joy seems painful, threatening and dangerous when it becomes clear that Joy is a state of Unified Mind.

It seems as if we will have to give up all kinds of people, circumstances and things we cherish and hold dear if we are Unified Wholeness.  Don’t worry — this melting away of ideas of separateness will only lead to real Peace, Love and Joy.  You’ll find out if you really heed the prayer at the end of this lesson: Father, this is Your Day. It is a day in which I would do nothing by myself, but hear Your Voice in everything I do; requesting only what You offer me, accepting only Thoughts You share with me.

LESSON 339

I will receive whatever I request.

No one desires pain.  But he can think that pain is pleasure.  No one would avoid his happiness.  But he can think that joy is painful, threatening and dangerous.  Everyone will receive what he requests.  But he can be confused indeed about the things he wants; the state he would attain.  What can he then request that he would want when he receives it?  He has asked for what will frighten him, and bring him suffering.  Let us resolve today to ask for what we really want, and only this, that we may spend this day in fearlessness, without confusing pain with joy, or fear with love.

Father, this is Your day.  It is a day in which I would do nothing by myself, but hear Your Voice in everything I do; requesting only what You offer me, accepting only Thoughts You share with me.

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W-338: I am affected only by my thoughts.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

Things get very quiet now.  As I exchange each fear thought for a happy thought of love, ego thinking dissolves and Thought Itself is Stillness …

LESSON 338

I am affected only by my thoughts.

It needs but this to let salvation come to all the world.  For in this single thought is everyone released at last from fear.  Now has he learned that no one frightens him, and nothing can endanger him.  He has no enemies, and he is safe from all external things.  His thoughts can frighten him, but since these thoughts belong to him alone, he has the power to change them and exchange each fear thought for a happy thought of love.  He crucified himself.  Yet God has planned that His beloved Son will be redeemed.

Your plan is sure, my Father,–only Yours.  All other plans will fail.  And I will have thoughts that will frighten me, until I learn that You have given me the only Thought that leads me to salvation.  Mine alone will fail, and lead me nowhere.  But the Thought You gave me promises to lead me home, because it holds Your promise to Your Son.

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W-337: My sinlessness protects me from all harm.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

Each of us reaches a tipping point.  It must come within the individual, and then the One Consciousness is discovered. Whenever you are ready, it is recognized that the dream is over and we are all One in a formless state of Stillness and Peace.  And so It Is.  Amen.

LESSON 337

My sinlessness protects me from all harm.

My sinlessness ensures me perfect peace, eternal safety, everlasting love, freedom forever from all thought of loss; complete deliverance from suffering.  And only happiness can be my state, for only happiness is given me.  What must I do to know all this is mine?  I must accept Atonement for myself, and nothing more.  God has already done all things that need be done.  And I must learn I need do nothing of myself, for I need but accept my Self, my sinlessness, created for me, now already mine, to feel God’s Love protecting me from harm, to understand my Father loves His Son; to know I am the Son my Father loves.

You who created me in sinlessness are not mistaken about what I am.  I was mistaken when I thought I sinned, but I accept Atonement for myself.  Father, my dream is ended now.  Amen.

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W-336: Forgiveness lets me know that minds are joined.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

When I step back and let the Holy Spirit lead the way, the body is transformed from a strait jacket inside the prison bars of ego mind, to a tantalizing surprise package, which, when unwrapped, reveals the happy surprise of Union — the Infinite Eternality of God’s Shining One-Mind.

LESSON 336

Forgiveness lets me know that minds are joined.

Forgiveness is the means appointed for perception’s ending.  Knowledge is restored after perception first is changed, and then gives way entirely to what remains forever past its highest reach.  For sights and sounds, at best, can serve but to recall the memory that lies beyond them all.  Forgiveness sweeps away distortions, and opens the hidden altar to the truth.  Its lilies shine into  the mind, and call it to return and look within, to find what it has vainly sought without.  For here, and only here, is peace of mind restored, for this the dwelling place of God Himself.

In quiet may forgiveness wipe away my dreams of separation and of sin.  Then let me, Father, look within, and find Your promise of my sinlessness is kept; Your Word remains unchanged within my mind, Your Love is still abiding in my heart.

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W-335: I choose to see my brother’s sinlessness.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

When I choose to see my brother’s innocence, an Innocence that goes beyond his actions and leads me to the Light within him, then I choose my Innocence as well.  When I choose this Innocence within my brother and myself, the memory of Our Father surfaces as well, revealing What I already am.

LESSON 335

I choose to see my brother’s sinlessness.

Forgiveness is a choice.  I never see my brother as he is, for that is far beyond perception.  What I see in him is merely what I wish to see, because it stands for what I want to be the truth.  It is to this alone that I respond, however much I seem to be impelled by outside happenings.  I choose to see what I would look upon, and this I see, and only this.  My brother’s sinlessness shows me that I would look upon my own.  And I will see it, having chosen to behold my brother in its holy light.

What could restore Your memory to me, except to see my brother’s sinlessness?  His holiness reminds me that he was created one with me, and like myself.  In him I find my Self, and in Your Son I find the memory of You as well.

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W-334: Today I claim the gifts forgiveness gives.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

I seek but the eternal and the eternal is the antidote to my bewildered mind and frightened heart.  A quiet comes upon me just from making that statement.  And that is my claim today, right now, to the gifts forgiveness gives.

LESSON 334

Today I claim the gifts forgiveness gives.

I will not wait another day to find the treasures that my Father offers me.  Illusions are all vain, and dreams are gone even while they are woven out of thoughts that rest on false perceptions.  Let me not accept such meager gifts again today.  God’s Voice is offering the peace of God to all who hear and choose to follow Him.  This is my choice today.  And so I go to find the treasures God has given me.

I seek but the eternal.  For Your Son can be content with nothing less than this.  What, then, can be his solace but what You are offering to his bewildered mind and frightened heart, to give him certainty and bring him peace?  Today I would behold my brother sinless.  This Your Will for me, for so will I behold my sinlessness.

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W-333: Forgiveness ends the dream of conflict here.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

Conflict must be looked upon and seen for what it is: my choice to think a thought that said I was separate from my brothers and from my Source.  When I look, it is like discovering the Wizard of Oz behind the curtain — the ego is just a mouse that roars.  Seeing that for ourselves invites the Truth, which blazes Its Light and darkness is instantly melted away.

LESSON 333

Forgiveness ends the dream of conflict here.

Conflict must be resolved.  It cannot be evaded, set aside, denied, disguised, seen somewhere else, called by another name, or hidden by deceit of any kind, if it would be escaped.  It must be seen exactly as it is, where it is thought to be, in the reality which has been given it, and with the purpose that the mind accepted it.  For only then are its defenses lifted, and the truth can shine upon it as it disappears.

Father, forgiveness is the light You chose to shine away all conflict and all doubt, and light the way for our return to You.  No light but this can end our evil dream.  No light but this can save the world.  For this alone will never fail in anything, being Your gift to Your beloved Son.

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