It Can Be But My Gratitude I Earn

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The first 2 paragraphs of today’s lesson are entirely uncompromising. They are a complete confrontation with your self. It is the beauty of A Course In Miracles: you are always directed to your own mind, always asked to look at the action of your mind, the thoughts you think and that you give all power.

Here is the second step we take to free your mind from the belief in outside force pitted against your own. You make attempts at kindness and forgiveness. Yet you turn them to attack again, unless you find external gratitude and lavish thanks. Your gifts must be received with honor, lest they be withdrawn. And so you think God’s gifts are loans at best; at worst, deceptions which would cheat you of defenses, to ensure that when He strikes He will not fail to kill.

When you look at your mind honestly, you know that this is exactly what you do. You try to be kind, you fail at it in some way, and so you change your behavior. It is always directed outward, always focused on what you believe to be outside of you. Your acts of kindness have no true source, they come from a completely chaotic perception, from an entirely unstable thought system.

How easily are God and guilt confused by those who know not what their thoughts can do. Deny your strength, and weakness must become salvation to you. See yourself as bound, and bars become your home. Nor will you leave the prison house, or claim your strength, until guilt and salvation are not seen as one, and freedom and salvation are perceived as joined, with strength beside them, to be sought and claimed, and found and fully recognized.

This is all an action in your mind. What you experience and what you decide upon depends entirely on what you see, on where your focus lies. This is why the experience that to give and to receive are one is extremely important for you. Because once you recognize this, you will know that you only give to yourself. And in that experience you become more careful at what it is you give, what it is you extend. Because you know that when you condemn your brother you condemn yourself, that when you release your brother you release yourself.

The world must thank you when you offer it release from your illusions. Yet your thanks belong to you as well, for its release can only mirror yours. Your gratitude is all your gifts require, that they be a lasting offering of a thankful heart, released from hell forever. Is it this you would undo by taking back your gifts, because they were not honored? It is you who honor them and give them fitting thanks, for it is you who have received the gifts.

As you go inward, in your experience of your True Source that is God, and you extend from this holy altar in you, everything changes. This is because the world is a reflection of your mind. As you release your brother from the perception you have placed upon him, you experience the freedom of this release. But it is not until you actually experience this, that you will know it to be true. Until then, it is just words. A Course In Miracles does not offer a lofty experience, it is a very reasonable course. It is trying to bring you to a place where salvation is reasonable to you.

It does not matter if another thinks your gifts unworthy. In his mind there is a part that joins with yours in thanking you. It does not matter if your gifts seem lost and ineffectual. They are received where they are given. In your gratitude are they accepted universally, and thankfully acknowledged by the Heart of God Himself. And would you take them back, when He has gratefully accepted them?

This releases you entirely from looking for reflections of gratitude and lavish thanks. It may not look that way. But you don’t have to be concerned about it. Your gifts are always received. Don’t worry about appearances. Your gifts are received in you.

God blesses every gift you give to Him, and every gift is given Him, because it can be given only to yourself. And what belongs to God must be His Own. Yet you will never realize His gifts are sure, eternal, changeless, limitless, forever giving out, extending love and adding to your never-ending joy while you forgive but to attack again.

Withdraw the gifts you give, and you will think that what is given you has been withdrawn. But learn to let forgiveness take away the sins you think you see outside yourself, and you can never think the gifts of God are lent but for a little while, before He snatches them away again in death. For death will have no meaning for you then.

You never have to look any further than your own mind. Never, ever. In every encounter, in every situation, take responsibility for it. Let this be a total experience in your mind. You will be astonished at what happens in you. And you will immediately let it go, and make room for all that God is giving you each moment. This is the adventure. This is the excitement. It is not ego based at all, it is completely divine and always given.

Thanks be to you, the holy Son of God. For as you were created, you contain all things within your Self. And you are still as God created you. Nor can you dim the light of your perfection. In your heart the Heart of God is laid. He holds you dear, because you are Himself. All gratitude belongs to you, because of what you are.

You are as God created you. Period. End of story. This is the experience that is offered you every instant. Any grievance, any defense, any thought not of God blocks the experience. And this is where your awakening is entirely up to you. Let no idle thoughts come between you and your Father, no matter how beautiful and lofty they seem to be, let those go as well. God is reasonable. It is the part of your mind where things simply make sense, effortlessly. This is what you are offered today. And today you will receive it.

Give thanks as you receive it. Be you free of all ingratitude to anyone who makes your Self complete. And from this Self is no one left outside. Give thanks for all the countless channels which extend this Self. All that you do is given unto Him. All that you think can only be His Thoughts, sharing with Him the holy Thoughts of God. Earn now the gratitude you have denied yourself when you forgot the function God has given you. But never think that He has ever ceased to offer thanks to you.

 

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Review Lesson 60

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Reading the workbook lesson today, you experience how inspired you are by it. Every word feeds you, and you can truly say that the practice of the lesson is your daily bread. This goes beyond nice ideas, it is the recognition of a necessity for the truth, a recognition for the necessity of the undoing of your thought system and the belief in limitation.

(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.

There word ‘forgiveness’ is used 377 times in A Course In Miracles and it is used throughout the book: in the Text, in the Workbook and in the Manual For Teachers. And as you look at your mind honestly, at how you are using it, you see how prone you are to have a grievance. It happens in the blink of an eye, and Jesus mentions in the Course that you do not even consciously realize how quickly you choose for a grievance and the outcome that it offers you. The beauty of the lesson today is that it directs you to forgiveness, and immediately shows you that the only way you can forgive is through the strength of God.

(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.

Reading this review you start to recognize that somewhere, somehow, you have to surrender. You are led to a place in your own mind where you no longer want to assert yourself, but you want to remember your Self. There are beautiful lines that come to mind, words that have been given you throughout time that are now revived in you, like ‘Let go and let God’ and ‘Father, into Thy Hands I command my Spirit’. It’s a real experience, and you feel the peace that comes with this act of complete surrender and trust.

(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?

Now you look at the world anew, because you have changed your mind. It is no longer a place to sustain grievances, it is now used to remember the Love of God. How does this happen? It’s a miracle. But is does depend on your decision. You have to want to see things differently. You have to be willing to be shown. You have to be willing to be undone, to no longer settle for limitation but ask for the experience of magnitude, which is your natural inheritance.

(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.

As your surrender, as you trust, you experience that you are taken care of. It is not in any specifics, just a great certainty. It is all you can truly depend on. This experience is between you and God, you know your Father and He knows you. And from this experience you extend what you have been given. Peace and love and joy abide in you and they increase as you give them away.

Eternal Holiness Abides In Me

My holiness is far beyond my own ability to understand or know. Yet God, my Father, Who created it, acknowledges my holiness as His. Our Will, together, understands it. And Our Will, together, knows that it is so.

Today is a day of overwhelming gratitude.  The recognition that holiness goes far beyond your own understanding is an understatement, and when it hits you there are no words that can express what is happening to you. It is physical, emotional and completely uncontrollable. And when you look at your physical awakening it is good to know that it it absolutely natural and necessary. Look at it as Kundalini , a transformation on the physical, mental, emotional, psychic and spiritual level. It can look like anything, it is extremely personal because it is your undoing. A Course In Miracles works with your mind, and all the beliefs that you have had about yourself, about the world, about you as a body, are being undone. Sometimes this can feel uncomfortable, and it is good to remember that there is nothing to fear.

The presence of fear is a sure sign that you are trusting in your own strength. The awareness that there is nothing to fear shows that somewhere in your mind, not necessarily in a place which you recognize as yet, you have remembered God and let His Strength take the place of yours. The instant you are willing to do this there is indeed nothing to fear.

This is from lesson 48 There is nothing to fear and it was given you for a reason. Jesus knows that in your transformation you will be lead directly into fear. You will not be left there, but it is important for you to look directly at your beliefs and to let them go. This can cause some upheaval, but you are not alone in this. And this is where the gratitude comes in.

Father, my holiness is not of me. It is not mine to be destroyed by sin. It is not mine to suffer from attack. Illusions can obscure it, but can not put out its radiance, nor dim its light. It stands forever perfect and untouched. In it are all things healed, for they remain as You created them. And I can know my holiness. For Holiness Itself created me, and I can know my Source because it is Your Will that You be known.

So today, be grateful. Be gratitude. Don’t try to understand anything, simply be it. You are shown the whole universe is you, that wholeness and the peace of God are yours and that you can experience it right here and right now.

Gratitude

Today’s lesson is It can be but my gratitude I earn and it is an amazing lesson. A Course In Miracles always directs your mind to singularity, which is your natural state. Every sentence is packed with love, light and the peace of God and can direct you in an instant to a revelation that is beyond this world altogether.

It can be but my gratitude I earn.

Here is the second step we take to free your mind from the belief in outside force pitted against your own.

This refers, of course, to the previous lesson It can be but myself I crucify. But look at the sentence, look at it as a whole. You are told very clearly that there is no such thing as outside forces pitted against your own. This one sentence tells you there is nothing outside of you, and it is only the beginning of the lesson.

How easily are God and guilt confused by those who know not what their thoughts can do.

Power of mind. Right there you are shown that your thoughts are more powerful than you now believe. You think your thoughts are neutral, that nobody knows what you are thinking (or at least you hope so…) and you surely don’t believe that anyone is affected by what you think. You are mistaken.

Your gratitude is all your gifts require, that they be a lasting offering of a thankful heart, released from hell forever.

You have already been shown that there are no outside forces pitted against your own, you have been shown the power of your mind, and now you are told that all that is required for the gifts you give is your gratitude. Not the gratitude of someone else. Simply offering a gift in gratitude, be it material or not, changes everything, changes the world.

It does not matter if another thinks your gifts unworthy. In his mind there is a part that joins with yours in thanking you. It does not matter if your gifts seem lost and ineffectual. They are received where they are given. In your gratitude are they accepted universally, and thankfully acknowledged by the Heart of God Himself.

Wow! Amazing. I am simply trying to convey  how packed every sentence is, how there is a gift in every word, and that when you open your mind, when you are willing to receive, you can hear each word and each sentence perfectly. It becomes an instant revelation, every instant. And this is simply between you and God. It can’t really be shared, but it can be given away in the experience of your gratitude for what you have been given.

Thanks be to you, the holy Son of God. For as you were created, you contain all things within your Self. And you are still as God created you. Nor can you dim the light of your perfection. In your heart the Heart of God is laid. He holds you dear, because you are Himself. All gratitude belongs to you, because of what you are.

Feel these words, experience them, they are for you, right here and right now. In your gratitude you extend to all the world in the recognition of your singular experience. Don’t try to understand it, just accept it gratefully. You are the holy Son of God. That is your reality and you recognize it in this moment.