TWM: Lesson 2: Practicing the First Two Axioms


I am created as my Father created me to be. I am free.
And nothing sources my experience but me in each moment.
Nothing has an effect upon me whatsoever, save that which I
choose to allow to affect me.

I need do nothing.

What I learned from this lesson
These two axioms are no different from what I learned from A Course in Miracles (ACIM). The first axiom says the same thing as Lesson 152, “The power of decision is my own.”

No one can suffer loss unless it be his own decision. No one suffers pain except his choice elects this state for him. No one can grieve nor fear nor think him sick unless these are the outcomes that he wants. And no one dies without his own consent. NOTHING OCCURS BUT REPRESENTS YOUR WISH, AND NOTHING IS OMITTED THAT YOU CHOOSE. Here is your world complete in all details. Here is the whole reality for you. And it is only here salvation is.

They say the same thing, just phrased differently, and yet, when I read the first axiom I felt something stir within me that I had not felt before. I am sure that studying the Course prepared me for this reaction, that I was ripe for it, but it surprised me nonetheless. Every so often I read something in The Way of Mastery and it brings me to tears. Often these are tears of joy or of relief. I read and rejoice that I recognize the truth long forgotten. This first axiom was one of those times.

What came to me first was the realization of ultimate responsibility. There is literally nothing in my life that was caused by anything outside of me. I am in no way ever a victim. I do this to myself. I practice this axiom by noticing when I still try to blame others for my experience, or when I try to place the blame on the circumstances that seem to be the cause of my experience. I call myself on this and refuse to stay in that victim stance. The reason this axiom is so powerful is because there are no exceptions and so I allow no exceptions in my thoughts.

The other realization this axiom brought to mind is that I am a powerful creator. As Jeshua say, “For when the anchor is firmly in place, you will literally create whatever you so desire from perfect freedom and from perfect deliberateness.” More than anything else I have ever read or thought of, this axiom helps me to understand that I am meant to be creator. I was created by God, like God. I finally realize what the desire for separation has cost me; the memory of creation. I also see how small I have made myself as I cling to the desire to be separate. As I insist on being separate I constrict myself until I am afraid of my own power.

I spoke about the second axiom, “I need do nothing” yesterday. Both of these axioms are beginning to free my mind from the prison I designed for it. I am taking small careful steps toward my Self. I am beginning to wonder if it might be okay to create as I was intended to create; to create as God creates, without doubt and fear. Might I be willing to create with expansiveness, and with certainty, and know that it is good?


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