My holiness envelops everything I see.
Today’s idea extends the idea for yesterday from the perceiver to the perceived. You are holy because your mind is part of God’s. And because you are holy, your sight must be holy as well. “Sinless” means without sin. You cannot be without sin a little. You are sinless or not. If your mind is part of God’s you must be sinless, or a part of His Mind would be sinful. Your sight is related to His Holiness, not to your ego, and therefore not to your body.
Four three-to-five-minute practice periods are required for today. Try to distribute them fairly evenly, and make the shorter applications frequently, to protect your protection throughout the day. The longer practice periods should take this form:
First, close your eyes and repeat the idea for today several times, slowly. Then open your eyes and look quite slowly about you, applying the idea specifically to whatever you note in your casual survey. Say, for example:
My holiness envelops that rug.
My holiness envelops that wall.
My holiness envelops these fingers.
My holiness envelops that chair.
My holiness envelops that body.
My holiness envelops this pen.
Several times during these practice periods, close your eyes and repeat the idea to yourself. Then open your eyes, and continue as before.
For the shorter exercise periods, close your eyes and repeat the idea; look about you as you repeat it again; and conclude with one more repetition with your eyes closed. All applications should, of course, be made quite slowly, as effortlessly and unhurriedly as possible.
“If your mind is part of God’s you must be sinless, or a part of His Mind would be sinful. Your sight is related to His Holiness, not to your ego, and therefore not to your body.”
If my mind is very holy, then what I see is very holy. And since my mind is part of God’s Mind, my mind must be holy. So why is it that I do not see holiness when I look around. To the contrary, I see division, anger, frustration, jealousy, and all sorts of emotional reactions from those around me. That happens when I am looking from my ego mind through the body’s eyes.
I have been learning to see differently, though. Sometimes I do first see through the ego mind, but usually, I very quickly shift my sight to vision. I see the holiness before me. I see that these holy beings are confused and lost in their confusion, but no less holy for that. I know what it feels like to be confused and afraid, so I pray for them, which means I envelop them in my holiness. My holiness sees the holiness in them and knows it to be the truth.
This is not to be confused with the ego attempt at prayer and forgiveness. I am not seeing them as if they were less than me and then trying to raise them up. I am seeing that they are the same as me, and I am rejoicing in that we are both blessed with the grace of God. There is nothing that can change that in any way. I know this and will not be influenced by whatever story they are lost in at this moment.
This lesson is the practice I used to get to this holier perception that I now experience. It is not perfect yet and occasionally it takes me a little time to shift from ego mind/body sight to true vision. Sometimes, I jumpstart the process by praying that this one is open and receptive to his highest self. I see him at peace. And what I pray for another is my prayer for myself and generally, this does it for me, and my vision shifts.
At first, this felt like work because it required my full attention and it also required that I relinquish my judgments. Sometimes I didn’t want to do that. But as I continued the practice, it got easier and now it feels natural and when I don’t do it, I feel very uncomfortable. I am diligent in this exercise because I want to feel the joy of true vision all the time.
So what does this have to do with the rug and the wall and the pen and the body? For vision to be true it must be true for all forms of separation. It must be the undoing of separation. It must be an experience of union. God is in everything I see because God is in my mind. God must, therefore, be in that pencil and in that rug and in this body I seem to inhabit. I cannot see anything apart from God and truly see it. When I see with vision, I don’t see just a pencil and just a rug or even just a body. I perceive holiness and wholeness. I perceive the union of all things, the place where all is one.
Yesterday I made the startling discovery that my mind is part of God’s and so I am very holy. Today, Jesus wants me to know that my sight must, therefore, be holy as well. This means that my holiness extends to everything I see. Since my sight itself is holy, everything I see is enveloped in my holiness. I noticed that he also says that my sight is not related to the body. So he is speaking of sight as perception in this case. Looked at with the Holy Spirit all is seen without the ego and so is holy. Later he distinguishes this sight from seeing by calling it vision.
This can be confusing at first because I am using my eyes to do this lesson. Here is how I understand this. I am looking at the door with my eyes and saying that my holiness envelopes that door. But I don’t expect the door to look different now, to grow a halo and start glowing. ~smile~ The body’s eyes show me the image of a rather plain and mundane door, but my holy mind knows it is not that. My holiness reveals holiness wherever I look. My perception of the door has changed and becomes more in alignment with reality.
Since I am holy and all I see is part of that holiness, sin cannot be real. There is no sin in God and so there cannot be sin in me and that is extended to all I see, so there is no sin. Without ego judgment, I see love or I see the call for love. There is no sin in this. Without the false idea of sin, all is innocent because all is in the mind, which is innocent.
One of my favorite things about the Course is the all-inclusive statements Jesus often makes. He will say everything, always, every time, never. Here he says this: “Sinless means without sin. You cannot be without sin a little.” This statement completely negates the idea of sin now and forever. I don’t have to judge if this thing or that thing is sinful; it simply is not. Not for me. Nor for anyone. We are sinless. Where is guilt now?
I don’t know how this works for anyone else, but here is how this unfolds for me. I don’t usually experience an immediate transformation as I do these lessons, but rather it is a gradual shift in vision. I do the practice, and during the day I bring the idea to mind. I might be looking at something and suddenly remember that my mind is part of God’s and so I am very holy. That means my sight is very holy as well and extends to this thing I see.
Then I rest my mind for a moment. It is in this moment of silence that healing is occurring. In those words (or rather in the intention those words represent) and in that brief moment of resting the mind, I have given my consent to be healed. The shift from seeing with ego to seeing with God has begun.
Carol Howe, in her explanation of this lesson, uses the image of water flowing in a stream. It flows over everything in its path, excluding nothing. This is the image I used for my practice this morning. I imagined myself as I might be without the enclosure of a body. I am spirit, vast and free and without limit. I flow in and around and over everything and envelope it all with my holiness. I have been praying with some people and this morning that is my prayer. Divinity, Godness, Love, enveloping them as I see them in my mind.