Lesson 270

Lesson 270

I will not use the body’s eyes today.

Father, Christ’s vision is Your gift to me, and it has power to translate all that the body’s eyes behold into the sight of a forgiven world. How glorious and gracious is this world! Yet how much more will I perceive in it than sight can give. The world forgiven signifies Your Son acknowledges his Father, lets his dreams be brought to truth, and waits expectantly the one remaining instant more of time which ends forever, as Your memory returns to him. And now his will is one with Yours. His function now is but Your Own, and every thought except Your Own is gone.

The quiet of today will bless our hearts, and through them peace will come to everyone. Christ is our eyes today. And through His sight we offer healing to the world through Him, the holy Son whom God created whole; the holy Son whom God created One.

 

Journal

More practice today remembering that my eyes don’t show me what is really there and asking the Holy Spirit to help me perceive as He does. I am going to be gentle with myself, realizing that as a human being I am not going to do this perfectly. Probably, I am not going to come even close to perfection today, but that’s OK. My job is to aim for perfection, not to necessarily reach it.

The ego argues that if I don’t do this perfectly then I haven’t done it and I should feel bad about that. But what we do here in this human state does not affect Reality and does not affect the radiant love of God. We remain innocent. Every little bit of success I achieve in my desire to see myself and my brothers as we all are is important and appreciated. I will do my best, and that is enough.

Regina’s Tips

The last paragraph of our special theme says:

You will identify with what you think will make you safe. Whatever it may be, you will believe that it is one with you. Your safety lies in truth, and not in lies. Love is your safety. Fear does not exist. Identify with love, and you are safe. Identify with love, and you are home. Identify with love, and find your Self.

Trust that you do not know yourself, because you have not observed that closely until now. Realize that your purpose is to ensure that your faith is placed with the motive you have chosen. Be clear on this purpose, and then observe yourself.

What is it that you find yourself doing? Why are you doing it? Is that action evidence that your faith is placed with your motive, or are you finding that you have placed your faith elsewhere?

Be careful that you do not judge that which you see and observe. Separate yourself from the body. See the body as not you. See it merely as evidence of thought that is in your mind. See it as a learning device and nothing else.

Be grateful for this body and all it is teaching you, for in partnership with this learning device you will correct the mind. You will bring faith into alignment with motive through your own desire to do so.

My Thoughts

This is good advice. I generally use my body for my purpose, but not always. I can honestly assess those times and consider whether my body could be put to better use. I especially appreciate that she reminds me not to judge what I see, and to see my body as not me, just evidence of a thought in my mind, a learning device. And I also like the reminder to be grateful for the body and all it is teaching me.

Today, as I practice our lesson, I will use the Loving All Method, which I think is the same thing as looking with Christ Vision.

Past Entry

Lately, the body’s eyes show me a world gone crazy. Insane stuff going on politically. Hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, mass shootings, and it just goes on. If I think about that, I feel anxious. My peace is gone. When I look at it with Christ’s vision, that is, when the Holy Spirit interprets it for me, I feel peaceful.

The Holy Spirit is not my private psychic. He does not tell me what is going to happen and how it is going to be resolved. But somehow, I feel His certainty and His reassurance because I feel calm and peaceful now. The frantic chatter that was in my mind has quieted down.

The world is not my problem to fix. I cannot control natural disasters or the political arena. What I can do is to accept the Atonement each time that my mind loses its compass. I return to peace and this leaves me free to be helpful where I can do some good.

 

Another Past Entry

Yesterday was very fruitful. I noticed many instances when I was judging. I judged both people and circumstances. One time this happened was when I was doing a favor for someone and he did not express gratitude or even acknowledge in any way that I was doing so. I noticed the ego chatter going on in my mind about his ingratitude.

I talked to the Holy Spirit about it and was reminded that my joy is not dependent on anyone’s gratitude toward me. I was reminded that I did not “need” love from anyone and that the way to feel love was to allow it to flow through me to the other person. So I could feel love, not by waiting for it to come to me, but by loving this person right now. This person fully deserves my love, not because of anything he did or did not do, but because of who he is as my holy brother and God’s child. This is an example of first using the body’s eyes and then deciding differently.

Another way I am practicing not using the body’s eyes is by accepting whatever is happening as perfect. I had a couple of circumstances yesterday and again this morning when I was thinking that I would be happier if things were different. This is such a common thing for me to do that I really have to pay close attention to even notice I am doing it.

I remind myself that nothing outside me is the source of my experience. If I feel sad because someone is not with me, or anxious because something is not happening, then the sadness and anxiety are the reactions I decided on when I asked the ego what the situation meant. I remind myself that it is what it is, a perfectly neutral event. The meaning it has was given by me. This makes it easier to be accepting.

Regret is another opportunity to see differently. Some time ago I lost a customer and experienced fear and guilt when it happened. Yesterday when he came into my mind I noticed mind chatter about this. It was the, “I could have done this, and “I should have done that” kind of chatter. That always ends by trying to make someone guilty. This time I stopped it and asked the Great Undoer, the Holy Spirit, to give me a new way of seeing this.

He helped me to see how silly it is to try to figure out what I might have done differently by reminding me that it was done and over long ago. My only job now is to decide what meaning I want to give to it now. Do I want to use this as another opportunity to project and thus keep guilt, or do I want to forgive and thus release another layer of guilt? I decided to forgive myself and everyone involved. We seemed to be playing a game of attack and defend, and I don’t want to play anymore. No more games! I want to see with the eyes of Christ.

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