ACIM Lesson 263

ACIM Lesson 263 My holy vision sees all things as pure. Father, Your Mind created all that is, Your Spirit entered into it, Your Love gave life to it.

Nothing and everything cannot coexist. To believe in one is to deny the other. Fear is really nothing and love is everything.

My holy vision sees all things as pure.

1. Father, Your Mind created all that is, Your Spirit entered into it, Your Love gave life to it. ²And would I look upon what You created as if it could be made sinful? ³I would not perceive such dark and fearful images. ⁴A madman’s dream is hardly fit to be my choice, instead of all the loveliness with which You blessed creation; all its purity, its joy, and its eternal, quiet home in You.

2. And while we still remain outside the gate of Heaven, let us look on all we see through holy vision and the eyes of Christ. ²Let all appearances seem pure to us, that we may pass them by in innocence, and walk together to our Father’s house as brothers and the holy Sons of God.

A Fundamental Error

We seem to be outside the gate of Heaven and so that being our experience, it seems that we must find our way back. It helps so much to know what it is we are looking for and so I am grateful to Jesus for showing us both the error and the solution. The error is the belief in bodies and all forms of separation and their effects; the belief in fear and guilt, the belief that anger, hatred, and judgment are inevitable and justified. This is not just the error of what we have seemingly done, but the error is greater than this. It is the fundamental error of believing we have the power to decide what we are. We do not, and thank you, God that we don’t.

The Answer Has Been Placed in Our Mind

We know what isn’t true and we know that the Holy Spirit has been placed in our mind to undo what we have believed. We know how to call on the Holy Spirit and we know that he will purify all thoughts that can be purified and will remove those that are completely without truth. We know that we cannot enter the presence of God if we attack His Son and so we know that we must give all grievances to the Holy Spirit to be undone. This is all just a matter of practice now.

What, then, are we moving toward? Jesus tells us the answer to this in the beginning paragraph. He starts by telling us that the Mind of God created all that is, His Spirit entered into it, His Love gave life to it. This is us he is talking about. This is how we were created, and we cannot change that. We can dream of changing it but we did not and cannot accomplish this change. We are moving steadily toward Heaven, steadily toward merging with God.

Seeing Through the Eyes of Christ

But here now, even in this dream, we can accomplish much. We can choose to have our mind healed so that we see only the perfection of God’s creation. We can do this through seeing through the eyes of Christ. Seeing in that way will show us the beauty and majesty of all that God created. Instead of what we have made, we will see, the loveliness with which God blessed creation; all its purity, its joy, and its eternal, quiet home in Him.

With Christ vision, we will “let all appearances seem pure to us, that we may pass them by in innocence, and walk together to our Father’s house as brothers and the holy Sons of God.” Does all this seem unlikely, maybe even impossible? Perhaps so in light of what we have imagined in its place, but remember, that it is only imagination and that reality becomes apparent to us the moment we clear away what we chose to see in its place. We understand what must be relinquished, we have the means to do so, and we have the help of All Who have gone before us. How could we fail? We can’t fail.

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