W-344: Today I learn the law of love; that what I give my brother is my gift to me.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

A dream is a mirage, something that disappears as I approach it … an illusion that I put my hand through … dreams seem real to me now, but not as real as they once did.  Today I learn the law of love — that what I give my brother is my gift to me.  I already have learned this and do live by it and yet there is more to assimilate and digest.  God’s formless food is the gift of Love which nourishes me and returns Our Oneness to my sleeping mind.

LESSON 344

Today I learn the law of love; that what
I give my brother is my gift to me.

This is Your law, my Father, not my own.  I have not understood what giving means, and thought to save what I desired for myself alone.  And as I looked upon the treasure that I thought I had, I found an empty place where nothing ever was or is or will be.  Who can share a dream?  And what can an illusion offer me?  Yet he whom I forgive will give me gifts beyond the worth of anything on earth.  Let my forgiven brothers fill my store with Heaven’s treasures, which alone are real.  Thus is the law of love fulfilled.  And thus Your Son arises and returns to You.

How near we are to one another, as we go to God.  How near is He to us.  How close the ending of the dream of sin, and the redemption of the Son of God.

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W-343: I am not asked to make a sacrifice to find the mercy and the peace of God.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

God only gives.  He never takes away.  God does not ask me to sacrifice anything. He gives me the gift of Everything.  I am afraid to claim the gift of Everything because I suspect there is a catch.  The catch, I suspect, is that I will have to do things I don’t want to do, give up things I don’t want to give up, and, possibly, be annihilated.  The “I” of my imagination is correct that it will have to give up splits, divisions and optical illusions.  But the shining sun of my Father’s ever-radiating Heart, the me which is the One of us, the extension of Source, gains what It already has when “I” accept awakening as my quest, and step back and let Spirit lead the way.

LESSON 343

I am not asked to make a sacrifice
To find the mercy and the peace of God.

The end of suffering can not be loss.  The gift of everything can be but gain.  You only give.  You never take away.  And You created me to be like You, so sacrifice becomes impossible for me as well as You.  I, too, must give.  And so all things are given unto me forever and forever.  As I was created I remain.  Your Son can make no sacrifice, for he must be complete, having the function of completing You.  I am complete because I am Your Son.  I cannot lose, for I can only give, and everything is mine eternally.

The mercy and the peace of God are free.  Salvation has no cost.  It is a gift that must be freely given and received.  And it is this that we would learn today.

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W-342: I let forgiveness rest upon all things, For thus forgiveness will be given me.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

The key is in my hand … I am standing at the door beyond which lies the end of dreams, lies Heaven.  I stand there wondering if I should enter and be at Home.  My Home lies just over this threshold.  What makes me hesitate?  I cannot go alone, nor do I want to go alone.  I must take everyone with me.  And, yes, I would!  As I lift my foot and enter the doorway, we all evaporate together … the evaporation of many drops results in One Ocean of Love.  There is no memory Here, for there is no past Now.  Forgiveness is the method of undoing beliefs in what never happened so that Knowledge, forever Unchanging, Changelessly blooms anew.

LESSON 342

I let forgiveness rest upon all things,
For thus forgiveness will be given me.

I thank You, Father, for Your plan to save me from the hell I made.  It is not real.  And You have given me the means to prove its unreality to me.  The key is in my hand, and I have reached the door beyond which lies the end of dreams.  I stand before the gate of Heaven, wondering if I should enter in  and be at home.  Let me not wait again today.  Let me forgive all things, and let creation be as You would have it be and as it is.  Let me remember that I am Your Son, and opening the door at last, forget illusions in the blazing light of truth, as memory of You returns to me.

Brother, forgive me now.  I come to you to take you home with me.  And as we go, the world goes with us on our way to God.

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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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