ACIM Lesson 262 Let me perceive no differences today. Father, You have one Son. And it is he that I would look upon today.
Let me perceive no differences today.
1. Father, You have one Son. ²And it is he that I would look upon today. ³He is Your one creation. ⁴Why should I perceive a thousand forms in what remains as one? ⁵Why should I give this one a thousand names, when only one suffices? ⁶For Your Son must bear Your Name, for You created him. ⁷Let me not see him as a stranger to his Father, nor as stranger to myself. ⁸For he is part of me and I of him, and we are part of You Who are our Source, eternally united in Your Love; eternally the holy Son of God.
2. We who are one would recognize this day the truth about ourselves. ²We would come home, and rest in unity. ³For there is peace, and nowhere else can peace be sought and found.
Do I See a Body or Do I See God’s Son?
When I look at another or even think of another, I see a body or I see God’s Son. It is not the form and its behaviors and words that decide what I see, I decide what I see. What I see before me is based only on my own beliefs. The way I instruct my mind as to what I see is to pay attention to what is in my mind when I think of another. When it is something less than joy at seeing a part of me and a part of our Father, I choose again. I ask the Holy Spirit to purify my thoughts and show me what we are and what we are to each other and to God.
Yes, in the world it seems that we are many and we are different. Everything we experience through the body’s senses seems to prove this. But the world is not reality and the body is just part of the world so it is not reality either. I may need to call each image I see by a different name, but my heart can know us as one. This takes practice and patience. I remind myself often in different ways, such as asking what it is I am. I may ask the Holy Spirit who it is that stands before me checking out my groceries. Or I may ask who it is that seems to be angry with me.
Let Me Not See Him as a Stranger
Whatever seems to be happening and whoever seems to be with me or in my mind, I remember that this is God’s Son and bears His name. That remembrance changes how I see him and how I interact with him. Of course it does! How could it not? It changes the way I see myself as well. What I see in another I will see in me. It is well worth the little effort this practice requires. After all, how much time and energy does it take to ask the Holy Spirit to show me the truth about this one? Or to repeat this simple prayer to myself: ⁷Let me not see him as a stranger to his Father, nor as stranger to myself.
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