Lesson 60

Lesson 60

These ideas are for today’s review:

(46) God is the Love in which I forgive.

God does not forgive because He has never condemned. The blameless cannot blame, and those who have accepted their innocence see nothing to forgive. Yet forgiveness is the means by which I will recognize my innocence. It is the reflection of God’s Love on earth. It will bring me near enough to Heaven that the Love of God can reach down to me and raise me up to Him.

(47) God is the strength in which I trust.

It is not my own strength through which I forgive. It is through the strength of God in me, which I am remembering as I forgive. As I begin to see, I recognize His reflection on earth. I forgive all things because I feel the stirring of His strength in me. And I begin to remember the Love I chose to forget, but which has not forgotten me.

(48) There is nothing to fear.

How safe the world will look to me when I can see it! It will not look anything like what I imagine I see now. Everyone and everything I see will lean toward me to bless me. I will recognize in everyone my dearest Friend. What could there be to fear in a world that I have forgiven, and that has forgiven me?

(49) God’s Voice speaks to me all through the day.

There is not a moment in which God’s Voice ceases to call on my forgiveness to save me. There is not a moment in which His Voice fails to direct my thoughts, guide my actions and lead my feet. I am walking steadily on toward truth. There is nowhere else I can go, because God’s Voice is the only Voice and the only Guide that has been given to His Son.

(50) I am sustained by the Love of God.

As I listen to God’s Voice, I am sustained by His Love. As I open my eyes, His Love lights up the world for me to see. As I forgive, His Love reminds me that His Son is sinless. And as I look upon the world with the vision He has given me, I remember that I am His Son.

 

Journal

1 (46) God is the Love in which I forgive.

It [forgiveness] will bring me near enough to Heaven that the Love of God can reach down to me and raise me up to Him.

This lesson has some essential information. For one thing, this is where I am told that God does not forgive because He never condemned. This is certainly not what religion teaches us. It seems to me that I had a hard time letting go of the idea that I need God’s forgiveness.

The next thing it tells us is that the blameless cannot blame. Did you know this before you learned it here? I didn’t. This was completely new information for me. So when I accept my innocence, I won’t see anything to forgive, but in the meantime, I must forgive in order to recognize that I am innocent.

I suppose this means that I must forgive myself and everyone else, including God, and then I will know myself as innocent. This is so important that Jesus ends this paragraph by telling me that it is through forgiveness that I am close enough to Heave that the Love of God can raise me up to Him. Forgiveness readies me for God to take the final step.

2 (47) God is the strength in which I trust.

It is the Love of God in which I forgive and it is His strength in which I trust. This is good news because if I were depending on my own strength, I would not do very well. I never actually forgave anything before I discovered ACIM and learned what true forgiveness entails. Even then, it took years of practicing ACIM before I felt the strength of God stirring in me to the degree that I was able to recognize His reflection on earth.

One of the most complete forgiveness experiences I had was with my ex-husband. I had held many grievances against him and I spent a year after we divorced watching my mind for thoughts that indicated a grievance and letting them be corrected. I then spent more time catching little thoughts that were not completely clean.

Finally, and I don’t know how long this took, but the job was complete. I didn’t need anything from him. I didn’t need him to change in any way. I wasn’t interested in the past and when some past thought came up, I didn’t feel any anger or resentment. It’s really hard to think of a way to describe this, but I absolutely knew this relationship was healed. I also know that I could not have done this with the ego.

3 (48) There is nothing to fear.

I long to experience the world that Jesus talks about in this lesson. He is clear that I am not seeing the world right now. What I see with my eyes is not the real world. He says that it will not look anything like what I IMAGINE I see now. So I am not seeing the world, I am imagining a world. The world loves me and blesses me. In the world I will recognize in everyone my dearest Friend.

Do you notice that Friend is capitalized? Capitalized words in the Course indicate Divinity. So I think this means that everyone I look at I will see as the Christ. So of course, there will be nothing to fear and since that world exists now, there is nothing to fear now. It is only in my imagination that there is something to fear.

4 (49) God’s Voice speaks to me all through the day.

“There is not a moment in which His Voice fails to direct my thoughts, guide my actions and lead my feet.”

This guidance is going on all the time. Sometimes I am listening and sometimes I am not. I don’t pray for guidance so much as I pray for the good sense to listen to guidance. LOL. May I hear Your Voice speak to me all through the day.

5 (50) I am sustained by the Love of God.

God’s Love, God’s Voice, God’s strength, I am sustained by Him. It is His Love through which I forgive and His Vision through which I see. I am in God and He is in me. I love God and He loves me. I belong to God. As I let go of everything that is not God I will remember that I am His Son.

 

Past Entries

My brother, James, is at Angola prison and is very sick. My holiness envelopes him and I know my holiness can do anything. It can bring him comfort and reassure him, easing his fear and his guilt. It can get him help, and it can heal him, body and soul. Like most criminals, James has had a sad story. When I think of some of the things he has gone through my heart breaks for him and I feel sad, and the emotion feels overwhelming and so I push the thoughts away.

This is how separation is maintained in this world. We push what makes us uncomfortable out of our awareness, and now the relationship, the union, the oneness is broken and separation again reigns in our mind. Other times I think of the foolish and violent ways he has lashed out and I don’t want that in my life and again I push it away, and this is the way I continue to value separation and so keep it alive in my mind.

This time, I want only union. I want to forgive him his story, and my desire to distance myself from his story. I can do this because it is the strength of God in which I forgive. I forgive all things James symbolizes for me, and I forgive my desire to push him away because I feel the stirring of His strength in me. I can do this because I am sustained by His Love.

The Holy Spirit reminds me that James is God’s Son and is sinless and always will be. His ego has suffered many things and has done many things, but James is not his ego. My ego has kept him separate and projected fear and guilt onto James, but I am not my ego and I remain sinless. There is nothing to fear because all the sadness and violence, the drug use, the sickness and pain he now suffers is an illusion.

This holy Son of God remains in His Father as do we all. There is nothing to fear because my desire to see myself as separate from this holy one was just part of the illusion. We are one Love, he and I, and my ego fears are nothing beside the beautiful truth of that Love.

Today, I will not forget this because God’s Voice speaks to me all through the day. It reminds me of the truth; It reminds of the healing power of God’s Love. “Jesus, help me know in my heart what I am beginning to know in my head. Help the healing of my mind reach all the way to the heart so that I feel the Love and the Oneness. I open both heart and mind to healing.”

3 thoughts on “Lesson 60

  1. I join you in that prayer Myron. “May the healing of my mind reach reach all the way to the heart so that I feel the love and the Oneness. I open both heart and mind to healing.” I too react to less than loving situations by denying they exist. Some lessons seem more extreme than others and make me uncomfortable. The course says there is no order of difficulties and James situation is a good example of how to apply that I think. I pray for James. “It is not my own strength through which I forgive. It is through the strength of God in me, which I am remembering as I forgive. As I begin to see, I recognize His reflection on earth. I forgive all things because I feel the stirring of His strength in me. And I begin to remember the Love I chose to forget, but which has not forgotten me.” That is the what jumps out at me today. I always think I have to do everything by myself, without any help, no support and my job is to carry the weight of the world to save the world and to clean up every mess I see. I know now this is a false perception. It is Jesus’ teaching and Holy Spirit’s guidance that does that. It is the strength of God in me that accomplishes true healing. It is Holy Spirit who does the forgiving for I do not know how to accomplish this in the world of illusion. God’s voice speaks to me all through the day. “There is not a moment in which God’s Voice ceases to call on my forgiveness to save me. ” This is my song today. I am grateful.

  2. Thank you Myron. Your Journaling is always beautiful but this one is amazing. I love you. You are the light of the world.

  3. Thank you to both Rosemarie and Sherri. I’ve been watching both myself and James this year as we grow and become closer to God in our thoughts and actions. It’s a beautiful thing to see.

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