Thoughts on Lesson 251

I am in need of nothing but the truth.

Within us the flame of truth burns. We may not experience it or recognize it but it is there. Some of us have glimpses of this flame and others not at all. When we have 1, 2, or 3 glimpses, we crave more. I know my life was as such when I was in high school and then years after until the Course fell into my lap in the early 90s. When I opened its pages, I knew this was exactly what was burning within my soul. I knew this is the truth speaking to me. I didn’t always listen to the truth, but I recognized it when it was shown to me. Now that is all I want. It is everything I want and everything I need. And yes, I am at peace now more than ever before.

What is Sin?

In traditional religion, the idea of “sin” is a “punishable by hell” offense. This is where my first glimpse of truth came in high school. How could I place the inconsistencies of my religious training, Catholicism, into something understandable? I could not. God loves me, but will damn me to hell. This does not compute in my brain at all, never did and never will.

The Course came along and changed all that. Now the idea “God is Love” actually carried its weight. Yes, here in the world we experience every day, crimes occur, people are hurt, the damage is done. And yes, punishment is needed. That is the everyday world we live in. What we learn in ACIM, is that is not our true Home or the true world we actually live in. In truth, we cannot be harmed, no damage is done to our eternal Self.

“Sin” in archery is a “missed mark.” Here, we miss the mark, we’ve made an error in our mind. That’s the difference. The Course speaks of the mind and not what we do in the body. That is why there is no sin. Our minds are still holy and One with God.

 

Thoughts on Lesson 157

Into His Presence would I enter now.

I spend the day in silence so I may commune with Him. This is where I find my Self and this is where my joy is increased. In the arc of the golden Light, I accept and I receive. I am humbled, yet I am strong. To experience this lesson, you must experience this lesson. There are no words that could bring the intimacy with Him. It is in our application of this idea that does so.

Thoughts on Lessons 113 & 114

Lesson 113

Review of Lesson 95 – I am one Self, united with my Creator.
Lesson 96 – Salvation comes from my one Self.

Lesson 114

Review of Lesson 97 – I am spirit.
Lesson 98 – I will accept my part in God’s plan for salvation.

In these Review Lessons for me, I am being with the thoughts, embracing the thoughts, sitting with the thoughts, and to that end I will experience the thoughts in these lessons. Whether it be the feeling that “serenity and peace are mine” or “at one with God” or “knowledge still remains in my mind” or “I am the Son of God, no body can contain me” or “accepting the Word of God”, all are to be experienced. Sometimes it is tempting to skip these Review Lessons to get to the “meaty” ones. Yet, these are quite powerful if you allow them to be as they are. The ego wants to skip steps and it will keep you skipping steps in the guise it is driving you forward when in fact you are running in place. Breathe, and be where you are right here, right now. Be in the present and the miracle will touch you like never before.

Peace,
Rev. Deb