Miracles Are Seen In Light, And Light And Strength Are One

Miracles are seen in light

The idea for today is an extension of the previous one. You do not think of light in terms of strength, and darkness in terms of weakness. That is because your idea of what seeing means is tied up with the body and its eyes and brain. Thus you believe that you can change what you see by putting little bits of glass before your eyes. This is among the many magical beliefs that come from the conviction you are a body, and the body’s eyes can see.

You also believe the body’s brain can think. If you but understood the nature of thought, you could but laugh at this insane idea. It is as if you thought you held the match that lights the sun and gives it all its warmth; or that you held the world within your hand, securely bound until you let it go. Yet this is no more foolish than to believe the body’s eyes can see; the brain can think.

The workbook lesson for today follows the lesson ‘Miracles Are Seen In Light’. You have been shown how crucial the light is, you can’t see in darkness, and your mind is directed to find this light. Now you are asked to look at your belief that you are a body and that the body’s eyes can see, and you are shown that the body’s eyes will never see this light. You have been given a reset button for your belief that the body’s eyes can see and that the brain can think. It is not so. Let’s look a little further.

It is God’s strength in you that is the light in which you see, as it is His Mind with which you think. His strength denies your weakness. It is your weakness that sees through the body’s eyes, peering about in darkness to behold the likeness of itself; the small, the weak, the sickly and the dying, those in need, the helpless and afraid, the sad, the poor, the starving and the joyless. These are seen through eyes that cannot see and cannot bless.

Strength overlooks these things by seeing past appearances. It keeps its steady gaze upon the light that lies beyond them. It unites with light, of which it is a part. It sees itself. It brings the light in which your Self appears. In darkness you perceive a self that is not there. Strength is the truth about you; weakness is an idol falsely worshipped and adored that strength may be dispelled, and darkness rule where God appointed that there should be light.

There is a strength in you that is of God. It is your natural inheritance. This has nothing to do with the body, nothing to do with any idea of limitation. Your Identity is the grandeur that is given you by God. Beyond the body, beyond this world, beyond any idea you have of who you are and who God is, lies the truth. This is what you are directed to today. Try not to give it any form, let it be revealed to you exactly as it is.

Strength comes from truth, and shines with light its Source has given it; weakness reflects the darkness of its maker. It is sick and looks on sickness, which is like itself. Truth is a savior and can only will for happiness and peace for everyone.  It gives its strength to everyone who asks, in limitless supply. It sees that lack in anyone would be a lack in all. And so it gives its light that all may see and benefit as one. Its strength is shared, that it may bring to all the miracle in which they will unite in purpose and forgiveness and in love.

Weakness, which looks in darkness, cannot see a purpose in forgiveness and in love. It sees all others different from itself, and nothing in the world that it would share. It judges and condemns, but does not love. In darkness it remains to hide itself, and dreams that it is strong and conquering, a victor over limitations that but grow in darkness to enormous size.

It fears and it attacks and hates itself, and darkness covers everything it sees, leaving its dreams as fearful as itself. No miracles are here, but only hate. It separates itself from what it sees, while light and strength perceive themselves as one. The light of strength is not the light you see. It does not change and flicker and go out. It does not shift from night to day, and back to darkness till the morning comes again.

This is so spectacular. The strength of God has nothing to do with your limited idea of what strength is. You think of strength as victory, as a posture of puffed-upness where nothing can touch you or really affect you, yet all the while you are afraid. Real strength is defenselessness, the willingness to be zero. In that place, in a holy instant, you go past all illusions to the truth that is the strength of God in you. Beyond words, it is an experience. It is real and it is available to you right here and now.

The light of strength is constant, sure as love, forever glad to give itself away, because it cannot give but to itself. No one can ask in vain to share its sight, and none who enters its abode can leave without a miracle before his eyes, and strength and light abiding in his heart.

The strength in you will offer you the light, and guide your seeing so you do not dwell on idle shadows that the body’s eyes provide for self-deception. Strength and light unite in you, and where they meet, your Self stands ready to embrace you as Its Own. Such is the meeting place we try today to find and rest in, for the peace of God is where your Self, His Son, is waiting now to meet Itself again, and be as One.

In practicing this workbook you become so grateful for what it offers you. What is in you, given by God, you cannot lose. Once you experience it, you can always find it, no matter what the circumstance. Think of what is given you. The real law of cause and effect, the knowledge that there is nothing outside you. This is the real power of your mind. You can at any given moment, right here and right now, experience the truth of who you are.

Let us give twenty minutes twice today to join this meeting. Let yourself be brought unto your Self. Its strength will be the light in which the gift of sight is given you. Leave, then, the dark a little while today, and we will practice seeing in the light, closing the body’s eyes and asking truth to show us how to find the meeting place of self and Self, where light and strength are one.

Morning and evening we will practice thus. After the morning meeting, we will use the day in preparation for the time at night when we will meet again in trust. Let us repeat as often as we can the idea for today, and recognize that we are being introduced to sight, and led away from darkness to the light where only miracles can be perceived.

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Jesus Speaks On His Physical Resurrection

He is risen indeed

My body disappeared because I had no illusion about it. The last one had gone. It was laid in the tomb, but there was nothing left to bury. It did not disintegrate because the unreal cannot die. It merely became what it always was. And that is what “rolling the stone away” means. The body disappears, and no longer hides what lies beyond. It merely ceases to interfere with vision. To roll the stone away is to see beyond the tomb, beyond death, and to understand the body’s nothingness. What is understood as nothing must disappear.

I did assume a human form with human attributes afterwards, to speak to those who were to prove the body’s worthlessness to the world. This has been much misunderstood. I came to tell them that death is illusion, and the mind that made the body can make another since form itself is an illusion. They did not understand. But now I talk to you and give you the same message. The death of an illusion  means nothing. It disappears when you awaken and decide to dream no more. And you still do have the power to make this decision as I did.

God holds out His hand to His Son to help him rise and return to Him. I can help because the world is illusion, and I have overcome the world. Look past the tomb, the body, the illusion. Have faith in nothing but the spirit and the guidance God gives you. He could not have created the body because it is a limit. He must have created the spirit because it is immortal. Can those who are created like Him be limited? The body is the symbol of the world. Leave it behind. It cannot enter Heaven. But I can take you there any time that you choose. Together we can watch the world disappear and its symbol vanish as it does so. And then, and then — I cannot speak of that.

A body can not stay without illusion and the last one to be overcome is death. This is the message of the crucifixion; There is no order of difficulties in miracles. This is the message of the resurrection: Illusions are illusions. Truth is true. Illusions vanish. Only truth remains.

These lessons needed to be taught but once, for when the stone of death is rolled away, what can be seen but an empty tomb? And that is what you see who follow me into the sunlight and away from death, past all illusions, on to Heaven’s gate, where God will come Himself to take you home.

~ Absence From Felicity

The Highway To Heaven

The hush of Heaven holds my heart today.

Father, how still today! How quietly do all things fall in place! This is the day that has been chosen as the time in which I come to understand the lesson that there is no need that I do anything. In You is every choice already made. In You has every conflict been resolved. In You is everything I hope to find already given me. Your peace is mine. My heart is quiet, and my mind at rest. Your Love is Heaven, and Your Love is mine.

When A Course In Miracles says I need do nothing it is really talking about a state of mind. A mind that is focused on the body, and that believes in a limited idea of self, will always believe that I need do nothing has to do with the action of the body. A belief in limitation causes a limited perception and this is exactly why you need a change of mind.

There is one thing that you have never done; you have not utterly forgotten the body. It has perhaps faded at times from your sight, but it has not yet completely disappeared. You are not asked to let this happen for more than an instant, yet it is in this instant that the miracle of Atonement happens. Afterwards you will see the body again, but never quite the same. And every instant that you spend without awareness of it gives you a different view of it when you return.

At no single instant does the body exist at all. It is always remembered or anticipated, but never experienced just now.

It’s amazing when you really look at this. You are valuing and believing in something that doesn’t exist, you literally give the body all the meaning that it has for you. You don’t have to do it anymore. You may not like the uncompromising statement from this Course, you may not believe it, but you can accept it and let yourself be lifted to a place where you know that you are not a body.

When peace comes at last to those who wrestle with temptation and fight against the giving in to sin; when the light comes at last into the mind given to contemplation; or when the goal is finally achieved by anyone, it always comes with just one happy realization; “I need do nothing.”

Rest in God today, and feel His peace surround you, wherever and whenever you may seem to find yourself. The curriculum is not of you, but you can elect what you want to take at a given time. Let it be a miracle, let it be of God and not of you. Look at what your control has brought you and decide today to let the Holy Spirit take the wheel on the fast lane on the King’s Highway to Heaven.

The stillness of today will give us hope that we have found the way, and travelled far along it to a wholly certain goal. Today we will not doubt the end which God Himself has promised us. We trust in Him, and in our Self, Who still is One with Him.

Sickness Is A Defense Against The Truth

Today’s lesson is nothing like you have ever heard in this world. It is the first time you are shown that sickness is not something that comes to you unsought, but that it is a decision that you make and, in fact, a defense.

Sickness is not an accident. Like all defenses, it is an insane device for self-deception. And like all the rest, its purpose is to hide reality, attack it, change it, render it inept, distort it, twist it, or reduce it to a little pile of unassembled parts. The aim of all defenses is to keep the truth from being whole. The parts are seen as if each one were whole within itself.

If you can read today’s lesson simply as it is, without feeling attacked or blamed, you are actually gently shown the truth of the matter. You use sickness as a weapon to throw yourself off the truth. It is an active decision to not look at the truth, to hide it, change it and fragment it. You may not agree with this statement, but with the slightest open mind you may decide to keep reading. Simply out of curiosity.

Sickness is a decision. It is not a thing that happens to you, quite unsought, which makes you weak and brings you suffering. It is a choice you make, a plan you lay, when for an instant truth arises in your own deluded mind, and all your world appears to totter and prepare to fall. Now are you sick, that truth may go away and threaten your establishments no more.

Once you read this truth, and look at it honestly, you may come to the simple conclusion that you don’t want to do what you are doing anymore. You may not agree that you are doing this to yourself, but you may decide that you don’t like what you are feeling, and that you want something different. And so you keep reading.

God knows not of your plans to change His Will. The universe remains unheeding of the laws by which you thought to govern it. And Heaven has not bowed to hell, nor life to death. You can but choose to think you die, or suffer sickness or distort the truth in any way. What is created is apart from all of this. Defenses are plans to defeat what cannot be attacked. What is unalterable cannot change. And what is wholly sinless cannot sin.

What I love about A Course In Miracles is how reasonable it is. That even though you may not fully understand what it says, you somewhere recognize the truth of it. And from there you simply ask to be shown.

Sickness is a defense against the truth.
I will accept the truth of what I am,
and let my mind be wholly healed today.

This simple statement is an invitation for healing. Notice that it doesn’t ask you to define your sickness, to address any symptoms. You are only asked to make a whole statement about the truth of your Self, and you let God take the last step. You let your mind be healed, it is not of your own doing. All that is required of you is to invite healing and at that moment there is a shift in your awareness.

The body’s health is fully guaranteed, because it is not limited by time, by weather or fatigue, by food and drink, or any laws you made it serve before. You need do nothing now to make it well, for sickness has become impossible.

Now vigilance is required, just for a moment.

Yet this protection needs to be preserved by careful watching. If you let your mind harbor attack thoughts, yield to judgment or make plans against uncertainties to come, you have again misplaced yourself, and made a bodily identity which will attack the body, for the mind is sick.

Give instant remedy, should this occur, by not allowing your defensiveness to hurt you longer. Do not be confused about what must be healed, but tell yourself:
I have forgotten what I really am, for I mistook my body for myself.
Sickness is a defense against the truth. But I am not a body.
And my mind cannot attack. So I can not be sick.

The tools for your awakening have been given you, they are on this page. It is possible for you to have no feeling of your body at all, not of being sick or well, of pain or pleasure. It is simply a tool, something for you to use to give the message of awakening away. When you use the body for that purpose, it is instantly healed. That’s how simple salvation is.

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