The End of a Year

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As 2016 is coming to an end, there is only one lesson left for the final days.

This Holy Instant Would I Give To You. Be You In Charge.
For I Would Follow You, Certain That Your Direction Gives Me Peace.

And if I need a word to help me, He will give it to me. If I need a thought, that will He also give. And if I need but stillness and a tranquil, open mind, these are the gifts I will receive of Him. He is in charge by my request. And He will hear and answer me, because He speaks for God my Father and His holy Son.

You may look back on this past year and wonder what happened…maybe you are elated because everything went exactly as you hoped, or devastated because it all came crashing down on you. None of it matters. All there really is, is the present. To be here, now, to listen, look and speak without any intent other than to be truly helpful. It may just be that simple.

It has been 3 years since the last publication on this blog. And it may just be time to start anew. But for now, all there is, is today’s lesson and all it offers in its simplicity. To let God be in charge, to be willing to let go of all ideas and previous beliefs, to listen, learn and do. That is really what Jesus asks of you. And in that willingness, all is given.

I Am Not A Body. I Am Free.

Freedom must be impossible as long as you perceive a body as yourself. The body is a limit. Who would seek for freedom in a body looks for it where it can not be found. The mind can be made free when it no longer sees itself as in a body, firmly tied to it and sheltered by its presence.

Today’s idea is incredible and completely uproots your idea about yourself. The body seems to be the center of your universe. Every decision you make is somehow related to the safety of the body, the protection of it. And you have so trained your mind in this, that the decisions you make seem to be unconscious. It is not so. Every decision is indeed a decision, the power of your mind should never be underestimated. And the gift of today’s idea should be recognized. It is essential in your recognition of your Self.

It is essential for your progress in this course that you accept today’s idea, and hold it very dear. Be not concerned that to the ego it is quite insane. The ego holds the body dear because it dwells in it, and lives united with the home that it has made. It is a part of the illusion that has sheltered it from being found illusory itself.

As long as you perceive yourself as a body, you can never experience the unlimitedness that you truly are. You either perceive the littleness of you or the magnitude of you, there is no middle ground.

Cherish today’s idea, and practice it today and every day. Make it a part of every practice period you take. There is no thought that will not gain thereby in power to help the world, and none which will not gain in added gifts to you as well. We sound the call of freedom round the world with this idea. And would you be exempt from the acceptance of the gifts you give?

The belief that you are a body is so ingrained in who you think you are, that you now need practice to remember it is not so. And the power of today’s idea is without limit. Say it out loud, experience it, let it be true for you. Because it is true. Freedom is offered you today. It is up to you to reach for it, embrace it, to want it above all else. And the practice is simple.

You are God’s Son. In immortality you live forever. Would you not return your mind to this? Then practice well the thought the Holy Spirit gives you for today. Your brothers stand released with you in it; the world is blessed along with you, God’s Son will weep no more, and Heaven offers thanks for the increase of joy your practice brings even to it. And God Himself extends His Love and happiness each time you say:

I am not a body. I am free.
I hear the Voice that God has given me,
and it is only this my mind obeys.

My Home awaits me. I will hasten there.

A Course In Miracles is truly about being in a constant state of revelation. This doesn’t necessarily mean you constantly go “Oh!’ and “Ah!” about everything, but it does mean that nothing is static, everything is in a constant movement. And this is happening in your mind. There is never a moment where you go, “I got it!” and then rest on your laurels. If you choose to do that, then you will get the result of your choice, but awakening is really the recognition that everything is brand new every moment, that you are reborn right here and right now.

So what does that mean for you? Only you can know this. It has nothing to do with what is seemingly outside of you. Never take anything for granted, don’t let the world tell you who you are. In God all things are possible. These are all great words, but unless you are in the experience of them, they are meaningless. It is not about convincing you of the truth of this Course, it is the offering of an experience that is beyond time and space altogether. And it is possible. It happens in you.

Today’s lesson offers you the memory of Home. It is a change of mind, which offers you a new world, a new vision, a new perception, if you will. It is the most exciting thing to realize that you are changing your mind about everything and that all things are constantly revealed to you anew.

My home awaits me I will hasten there.

If I so choose, I can depart this world entirely It is not death which makes this possible, but it is change of mind about the purpose of the world. If I believe it has a value as I see it now, so will it still remain for me. But if I see no value in the world as I behold it, nothing that I want to keep as mine or search for as a goal, it will depart from me. For I have not sought for illusions to replace the truth.

Father, my home awaits my glad return Your Arms are open and I hear Your Voice. What need have I to linger in a place of vain desires and of shattered dreams, when Heaven can so easily be mine?

Lesson 88

The light has come.

In choosing salvation rather than attack, I merely choose to recognize what is already there. Salvation is a decision made already. Attack and grievances are not there to choose. That is why I always choose between truth and illusion; between what is there and what is not. The light has come. I can but choose the light, for it has no alternative. It has replaced the darkness, and the darkness has gone.

In your awakening you will find that surprising things will happen. Things are changing constantly because you are changing your mind about everything. What used to be important, suddenly has no meaning. And who used to be your friend, suddenly is someone whom you have noting in common with.

Don’t worry about it.

Imagine Jesus in His awakening, as He walked around and declared Himself. He was a new man, reborn in Christ, and what He would run into is someone who said: ‘Aren’t you Jesus, the carpenter, son of Joseph?’. Even His disciples would say: ‘Show it to us and we will believe you’. Jesus was constantly questioned in His declaration, but He never wavered. And even now, as He is standing with you, He is constant in His offering of help and love.

You will run into the same obstacles, but thankfully you have A Course In Miracles that tells you this world has no reality. That is an experience, but once you have that experience you know it to be true. Everything you are looking at is in reality already over and gone, you are simply remembering it. And that puts everything in a whole new perspective.

There is no way that you can explain to a mind that believes in the laws of the world that they have no reality whatsoever. You can’t explain that by complete reliance of God you are totally taken care of. This is not a concept, it is an experience. In my honesty and clarity, as I express with the simplest thought what I need, it literally shows up for me without effort. So when I see someone struggle, I have no understanding of it. When someone yells at me that he has to pay his bills and that there is only one way to be about it, I tell him to do the mind training. Because I know that a simple change of mind takes care of everything.

I am under no laws but God’s.

Here is the perfect statement of my freedom. I am under no laws but God’s. I am constantly tempted to make up other laws and give them power over me. I suffer only because of my belief in them. They have no real effect on me at all. I am perfectly free of the effects of all laws save God’s. And His are the laws of freedom.

If you insist on talking to me, I will offer you my experience. That is where we meet, or where we part ways. A Course In Miracles is about saving time, every idea you are offered for the day is a speed up. It is a mind training, because your thoughts and ideas bind you to this world, and every sentence in the Course frees you from it. That doesn’t mean that you won’t have great ideas and will act on them, but the question is always ‘What is it for?’ It will either bind you to this world or set you free. You want to teach this message. And in that you are given everything.

Lesson 31

I am not the victim of the world I see.

Great lesson. I know I say this every day, and I mean it every time. There is no greater thing than to apply the workbook lessons of A Course In Miracles. The instant realignment that takes place, the light that comes in. It’s priceless. It’s the book that keeps on giving. And the more you give, the more it offers you. The mind training of the workbook lessons is not something you do on the side. This is a full commitment, a total dedication. To receive the benefit of A Course In Miracles you have to give it your all, and that is what you are most afraid of doing.

What would happen if you give your all to one thing? You would disappear. This is exactly why your brother, your neighbor, your reflection, can show you the universe. When you give yourself away completely, you discover yourself. And this is the opposite of what you have believed until now. You have been in control of your awakening. You give a little here and there, but still count mostly on your own endeavor to keep your dream going. You practice the workbook lesson, but you insist on holding on to your own way of making a living. You read about healing, but still believe that that colon cleansing is going to be the solution. This course is all or nothing. Either this message is true or not at all. If you believe it’s not true, you might as well throw the book away right now. Which you would have done, were it not that somewhere you recognize the truth of it. So now you are at the crossroads. All or nothing. Might as well jump in with both feet. Might as well give everything to God. And yes, that includes your finances. And it includes healing. And it includes going beyond this world and this body altogether in the recognition that this world was over a long time ago.

You are not the victim of the world you see, because there is nothing outside of you. That is the simple truth of the matter. This declaration, the application of the lesson for today, offers you complete and total freedom. Now you know that nothing affects you but your own thoughts. Now you see the urgency of the mind training. You have the book in your hand, you have everything you need. And you jump in with both feet. Father, into thy Hands I command my spirit. It’s all up to you. No half measures, they avail you nothing. 100 % is what it takes. Practice this lesson, be the lesson. This is your Course In Miracles. It is the truth of what you are.

Lesson 24

I do not perceive my own best interests.

Thank God for today’s lesson. I have been reading How should the teacher of God spend his day? in the Manual For Teachers and was again reminded of the necessity to put my mind in the right perspective as soon as I open my eyes in the morning and right before I close my eyes at night. And of course, to stay there during the day. I feel an urgency in me to be more focused on A Course In Miracles and let go of distractions.

And so, this morning, I sat down with my workbook and read the lesson for the day out loud to myself. It’s a great lesson. There are real zingers in there.

In no situation that arises do you realize the outcome that would make you happy.

If you realized that you do not perceive your own best interests, you could be taught what they are. But in the presence of your conviction that you do know what they are, you cannot learn.

It’s again the reminder to keep an open mind. To not think that you know something already. Because the temptation will always be to get stuck in the ‘knowing’, and that has nothing to do with what knowing is. It’s amazing to recognize that the knowing is in the unknowing. Knowing is not a static thing. It’s not: ‘Oh, I know’ and then get stuck in that position. Knowing is a constant revelation. Knowing is God revealing Himself to you. Knowing is remembering. Knowing is… knowing.

The practice periods should begin with repeating today’s idea, followed by searching the mind, with closed eyes, for unresolved situations about which you are currently concerned. The emphasis should be on uncovering the outcome you want. You will quickly realize that you have a number of goals in mind as part of the desired outcome, and also that these goals are on different levels and often conflict.

That is really the beauty of the practice period for today, because you will recognize how conflicting your wishes and desires are, if you are truly honest. Say this lesson out loud and hear yourself say the contradictions. It literally an ‘Oh, my God!’ moment. And you recognize that you really don’t know what you want or what you want it for.

It is a great time of undoing right now. Enjoy it and don’t worry about it. If you feel the light pressing in on you, let it. If you get fearful, ask for help. The DVDs with Master Teacher are a great help, if you let them. You can go to http://applyingacourseinmiracles.blogspot.com. Just listen to what it says, let the light work in you.

Lesson 8

My mind is preoccupied with past thoughts.

What an incredible lesson. It takes you apart completely, if you really care to read it. It turns your whole thought system upside down and shows you that what you thought was true has no reality whatsoever.
The mind’s preoccupation with the past is the cause of the misconception about time from which your seeing suffers. Your mind cannot grasp the present, which is the only time there is. It therefore cannot understand time, and cannot, in fact, understand anything.
That is, in and of itself, a huge confrontation in your own mind. You can see the reasonability that your mind is preoccupied with past thoughts, you already know it is. But in this lesson Jesus also addresses your complete misperception of time and the complete misuse of your mind. He shows you that when you are thinking, you are actually not doing anything at all.
Very few have realized what is actually entailed in picturing the past or in anticipating the future. The mind is actually blank when it does this, because it is not really thinking about anything.
Your mind is blank. Empty. Not doing anything at all. All the frantic thoughts with which you occupy your mind are nothing. Zip. Zero. Nada. Nothing. All the activity you believe is happening, all the things you are trying to figure out in your own mind, is not anything at all.
The purpose of the exercises for today is to begin to train your mind to recognize when it is not really thinking at all.
Wow. I’m telling you, that it is a huge confrontation in my mind. I have read this lesson over and over and it still astonishing to me. It turns the whole belief of time upside down and removes it. It is amazing. What is left is an empty space where God can enter. Let Him show you what time is and what its purpose is, because it is quite clear that you have been mistaken.
Recognizing that your mind has been merely blank, rather than believing that it is filled with real ideas, is the first step to opening the way to vision.
Now that you have been undone, now that Jesus has shown you where you have been mistaken and you don’t know what to do with yourself, you can apply the lesson. This is where you are shown the way, this is where a new perception comes to you. Not of your own doing, but as a gift that is bestowed on you from the treasure house of God. How amazing. How joyous to be shown that you were mistaken. Now something new can happen. Who knew that ideas about time can be so revelatory? It is the complete undoing of your thought system, and for that you can be truly grateful.