Lesson 68

Love holds no grievances.

You who were created by love like itself can hold no grievances and know your Self. To hold a grievance is to forget who you are. To hold a grievance is to see yourself as a body. To hold a grievance is to let the ego rule your mind and to condemn the body to death. Perhaps you do not yet fully realize just what holding grievances does to your mind. It seems to split you off from your Source and make you unlike Him. It makes you believe that He is like what you think you have become, for no one can conceive of his Creator as unlike himself.

Today’s lesson shows you that you basically have a grievance against everyone and everything. You believe this to be completely natural. It is a part of the idea in your mind that you can be separate from God and that you need to have opinions about things, that you can judge right from wrong. You operate from a framework that is completely off the mark and the result of that is your grievance.

It is as sure that those who hold grievances will redefine God in their own image, as it is certain that God created them like Himself, and defined them as part of Him. It is as sure that those who hold grievances will suffer guilt, as it is certain that those who forgive will find peace. It is as sure that those who hold grievances will forget who they are, as it is certain that those who forgive will remember.

This is where your brother plays such an important part in your awakening. Love your neighbor as yourself. Forgive. See your brother as your friend. What happens when you look someone in the eye against whom you have a grievance, and you tell him I would see you as my friend, that I may remember you are part of me and come to know myself? You disappear. You feel every grievance melt away. It is there that the little voice inside you goes: “Whoa?! Wait a minute! What about this and that and that?” Your grievances are always based on the past, but when you decide that you don’t want them anymore, you cease to listen to the little voice that insists you hold on to the grievance, and thus to your identity. I love this sentence in the lesson:

Perhaps you do not think you can let your grievances go. That, however, is simply a matter of motivation.

Jesus doesn’t let you get away with anything. It’s up to you to decide you want to be happy. And once you experience what letting go of your grievances offers you, it will be all the motivation you need.

Think of yourself as completely at peace with everyone and everything, safe in a world that protects you and loves you, and that you love in return. Try to feel safety surrounding you, hovering over you and holding you up. Try to believe, however briefly, that nothing can harm you in any way. At the end of the practice period tell yourself:

Love holds no grievances. When I let all my grievances go I will know I am perfectly safe.

Love holds no grievances. Let me not betray my Self.

Love holds no grievances. I would wake to my Self by laying all my grievances aside and wakening in Him.

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