ACIM Daily Lesson 175 Review V
God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
ACIM Lesson 175 Review V
God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
1. (159) I give the miracles I have received.
²God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
2. (160) I am at home. ²Fear is the stranger here.
³God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
The miracle I want is Christ Vision. I want to see everything through Christ. If I react with anything less than unconditional love, I am seeing through the ego and I ask for another way to see. I receive that miracle, and then I give it. I give it through looking without judgment and seeing the Light of God that exists in all living things. Giving it is how I know I have it and giving it ignites the spark of truth in the mind of the receiver.
The more often I give and receive this miracle, the less fear there is in the mind. What happens eventually after asking for this miracle and giving it as I receive it, is that I know who I am and I know who my brother is. I know that, like God, we are Love and only Love. We are still as God created us. Nothing seen in the world can change the Will of God and we are God’s Will.
Vigilance Is Required
Because the world feels so real to us, it requires great vigilance and consistent practice to shift out of that belief and constant reminders of the truth to remain in the truth. I wake up each morning to thoughts of the body and I begin right away to remind myself that the body and the world as it appears to exist is an illusion.
SoI remind myself that the body is not me and that I am not in it, that it could not contain me. I am not this Myron character, rather I am observing this ancient story of Myron. My job today is to experience her thoughts and reactions and to decide what it is that I want to believe. And I will decide which beliefs I will release to the Holy Spirit on behalf of the Sonship.
That is the only connection I have with this body of Myron and her story. This is the way I protect my mind from slipping back into the story as if it is real and really happening to me. This is the way I keep myself from believing in the fear that is the ego’s natural state. The goal is to know that God is but Love, and so am I, and to keep that knowing foremost in my mind.
A Message from Spirit
The following is a message from Spirit from a time when I was just learning to master the belief in fear.
Holy Spirit, how would you have me use this lesson today?
Holy Spirit: When you see some form of fear in your mind today, Myron, remind yourself that God loves you. He loves you with a love that is complete and unchanging, that is unaffected by your imaginings. He delights in you and all that you do. He doesn’t know judgment, only love. By using the ego’s fearful moments in this way, you are allowing the root of fear to be shaken loose. Each time you do this, fear’s hold on you is permanently lessened.
Avoidance Is not Healing
Me: Of course. I see that when I try to avoid or change what seems to scare me, I am just teaching myself that it is real and the cause of my fear. If I am worried about money then try to earn more to alleviate my worry, I have brought myself deeper into the illusion. I have caused myself to believe that the world is real and the cause of my concerns.
Holy Spirit: Yes, that is true. Fear found a place in your mind and the mind created images to explain the fear. The fear came first. The circumstances that you see with the body’s eyes are simply a reflection of this fear. All are within your mind; the fear, the story, the body that seems to be experiencing the story. Healing, therefore, must occur within the mind. Do not worship fear for it is a false god. Turn your back to it, and look toward your Creator Who is Love and does not offer fear. In this way are all fearful symbols relinquished for all time.
The Fear Stories Are an Illusion
I had an evening a while back where fear caught my attention and I let it consume me. But even then, I asked for help and received it. When it happened again the next night, I caught it faster and let go faster. The next night the ego-mind tried to engage me in that fear and I simply turned away from it out of disinterest. The Holy Spirit wants me to know this, to know that healing occurs in the mind and that I can trust that healing.
I had fear in my mind and projected it as a story in the life of Myron. I believed the fearful story, but instead of trying to change the story, I asked that my mind be healed of this belief. Once done, the ego-mind could no longer entangle me in that fear story. This happened pretty quickly for me because I have been doing this practice long enough that fear is not quite the hook it used to be.
Using this process in each fearful circumstance is helping me to undo the belief in fear itself. And that is how we undo the ego and this makes it possible for us to see what has been true all along. The fear stories are the illusion. The truth is that we are love. We are loved. We are perfect and perfectly innocent. We are safe in God.
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