Lesson 173 2021

Lesson 173

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

Artwork by Mark Keathley

1. (155) I will step back and let Him lead the way.

²God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

2. (156) I walk with God in perfect holiness.

²God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

(ACIM, W-173.1:1–2:2)

As long as my mind is still not completely healed, I need help navigating the world. I know I am not Myron but I am not altogether in touch with my Self and so my experience is not of being that Self and living from that Self. The Holy Spirit will guide me through the world and through my challenges within the world and all I have to do is let Him. He heals my mind when I see that there is still some dark thought that lingers.

Every time I have one of those casual judgments, I am surprised. How is it I am still doing that? I don’t know but I am grateful that I notice and that I am not interested in keeping it. More often now, I find myself praying for the one who triggered me. Recently, I had an encounter with a cashier at a store who was clearly not happy to be there, surly really, and my first thought was judgment. But then I asked the Holy Spirit to heal my mind of the belief that judgment is my job and that attempting it is of any value to me.

That was last week sometime, and now when the memory of that encounter shows itself, I feel a strong desire to pray for her. I don’t put it into words, I just see her in my mind and hold her in love. I know that this is the Holy Spirit leading the way, showing me that she needs my help, and I need to help her. We will both receive what we need from the encounter now. We are both closer to knowing that we are Love.

Sometimes it can seem as if we walk the world in fear and with ego clearly leading the way, but even when it seems this way, it is not true. We walk with God in perfect holiness whether we are aware of it or not. No matter how hard we work to obscure our holiness, it is there because we were created holy and nothing can change that. It is only ego arrogance that says we can make of ourselves something God did not create and ego is an illusion so it did not happen.

We can walk with God in full awareness of our holiness as we let go of the ego darkness in our mind and as we do this, the world is seen differently. We learn to love the world and everyone in it. We learn to see what is there just behind the darkness and the dream becomes happier and more peaceful and we help out brothers to awaken, too. We may still be in the world but no longer of the world. We know that God is Love and so are we.

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