ACIM Lesson 271 Christ’s is the vision I will use today. Each day, each hour, every instant, I am choosing what I want to look upon, the sounds I want to hear, the witnesses to what I want to be the truth for me.
Christ’s is the vision I will use today.
1. Each day, each hour, every instant, I am choosing what I want to look upon, the sounds I want to hear, the witnesses to what I want to be the truth for me. ²Today I choose to look upon what Christ would have me see, to listen to God’s Voice, and seek the witnesses to what is true in God’s creation. ³In Christ’s sight, the world and God’s creation meet, and as they come together all perception disappears. ⁴His kindly sight redeems the world from death, for nothing that He looks on but must live, remembering the Father and the Son; Creator and creation unified.
2. Father, Christ’s vision is the way to You. ²What He beholds invites Your memory to be restored to me. ³And this I choose, to be what I would look upon today.
It always seemed to me that I looked on what was there. Then I began to realize that I don’t actually see what is there but rather my interpretation of what I see. Eventually, I realized that I see what I want to be there, and so finally, I knew something that would help me to awaken. I was finally taking full responsibility for my experience of the world and thus could honestly change my mind. I want to share something my friend Donna Stufft wrote about this because she expressed it so well.
I see what I want to see because I’m always LOOKING FOR what I want to see. I want to see what is true according to me and my perception of it, based on what I believe about it. No matter how anything ‘looks,’ I actually choose the way I want to perceive it – the ‘light’ I want to see it in – so that it matches up with my beliefs. And that is followed by defense for my perception.
Everything I see and how I react to whatever it is supports my thought system which is based on my beliefs. This is really another way of saying that my beliefs are reflected in absolutely everything that I see. And I accept that as Truth in my experience. What I want to be true about a thing/person/event is what I’ll see to be true. Others may see something totally different because they’ll perceive it in a way that supports their own beliefs about it. And therein lies our troubled world in which we chose to experience separation and Ego autonomy.
Beliefs aren’t random. They’re based on the past – what we’ve experienced, or what someone else has reported to us… personally, via tv, radio, the internet, etc… from their own perspective. We tend to trust those more who share our own beliefs — an Ego tactic based on selective oneness; oneness that supports Ego’s purpose is the only oneness Ego wants to be part of. ‘Birds of a feather flock together’ – fairly peacefully until one of those birds chooses to express itself differently … and then it’s ostracized or pecked to death.
The only way to find peace of mind is to move above conventional vision that embraces the uniqueness of separation and see instead with Christ vision: see that the same love of God is what we are all created from; see that God’s love provides purpose beyond our understanding that we can TRUST; and join with that love, through forgiveness.
Donna did a wonderful job looking at the process we use to make a world that suits our desires. I am happy to look with the Holy Spirit at my own perceptions of the world. In so doing, for a moment they sit side by side with the truth and then my perceptions disappear. This is Christ Vision and it shows me that there is only truth and not perception, one unified Self rather than many expressions of the One.
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