ACIM Lesson 304 Let not my world obscure the sight of Christ.
I can obscure my holy sight, if I intrude my world upon it. ²Nor can I behold the holy sights Christ looks upon, unless it is His vision that I use.
Let not my world obscure the sight of Christ.
1. I can obscure my holy sight, if I intrude my world upon it. ²Nor can I behold the holy sights Christ looks upon, unless it is His vision that I use. ³Perception is a mirror, not a fact. ⁴And what I look on is my state of mind, reflected outward. ⁵I would bless the world by looking on it through the eyes of Christ. ⁶And I will look upon the certain signs that all my sins have been forgiven me.
2. You lead me from the darkness to the light; from sin to holiness. ²Let me forgive, and thus receive salvation for the world. ³It is Your gift, my Father, given me to offer to Your holy Son, that he may find again the memory of You, and of Your Son as You created him.
Where Will I Place My Awareness
With every thought, I decide where I want to place my awareness. Will I be aware of the illusory world of time, or will I be aware of the real world? It is up to me which I choose, but I cannot be aware of both at the same time. Here is what it feels like to me. When my thoughts are focused on the truth, for instance, when I am thinking about today’s lesson, I am at peace. When I am discussing a course I am taking with a mind healing partner, I am happy.
Actually, unless I am thinking about something worrisome, I am happy and peaceful. I see that it is not really what I am doing that makes the difference. Instead, it is what I am thinking. I can be washing the dishes or watching a show on TV, and still be in that happy, peaceful state. On the other hand, if I fret about someone suffering, this focuses me on the world of time. In that case, I lose my peace regardless of the activity, and instantly I lose my peace.
Training Myself to Make a Different Decision
What I have discovered, is that this shift in focus doesn’t just happen. In order for me to go from simply being in the present moment to worrying, I must make that decision. Once I realized that this was true, I was able to train myself to notice when it was happening and to make a different decision. I was greatly helped in this change when I read Rules for Decision.
Tips From Rules for Decision
In Chapter 30, Jesus tells us this about decisions. Decisions are continuous. ²You do not always know when you are making them. ³But with a little practice with the ones you recognize, a set begins to form which sees you through the rest. (ACIM, T-30.I.1:1-3) Notice it says that decisions are continuous, not frequent, but continuous.
Another helpful pointer from this section of the Course says that we never make decisions alone. It says this: ⁷You will not make decisions by yourself whatever you decide. ⁸For they are made with idols or with God. ⁹And you ask help of anti-Christ or Christ, and which you choose will join with you and tell you what to do. (ACIM, T-30.I.14:7-9)
Paying Attention to My Feelings
So, what I have done is to first become attentive to my feelings so that I know where I am placing my awareness. Am I happy and peaceful? Or am I experiencing some other less joyful feeling? If I am not happy it must be that I have turned to the ego for help in deciding what I want to believe. Maybe it is that I focused my attention on a possible unpleasant future outcome. I know that I didn’t make this decision in union with the Holy Spirit. Thus, I know that I must have made the decision with the ego as my guide as it must be one or the other. Fortunately, I can easily change my mind and choose the Holy Spirit as my advisor.
Arriving at a New Level of Peace
With consistent practice making decisions with the Holy Spirit rather than the ego, I have achieved a new level of peace. What’s more, this peace is a far more consistent state for me now. This is how I have learned to not obscure my holy sight, by letting the sight of my world to intrude upon it. And when I make that mistake, I have learned to I forgive this error and to do so quickly. In this way, I allow the Holy Spirit to lead me from the darkness to the light; from sin to holiness.
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