We're nearly done this year's lessons. Did you know that we're on week 49? There are only a couple more weeks to go. We're half way through 'What is the Ego?" Funny how we wait to this point in the Course to put this down in a definite way. The Course gives this answer: "The ego is idolatry; the sign of limited and separated self, born in a body, doomed to suffer and to end its life in death." Yikes!!! How often do we rely on what's gonna come and then go? Would we recognize what's permanent if we wanted to? We have the innate ability to see through the antics of our wishful thinking, but we need help from our friends. We'll complete the lessons next week, then it's off to the final hall "What is a Miracle" and we'll put a roof on our Altar of the Heart with "What am I." Can't wait!!
We're finishing up Chapter 29:The Awakening with the last section called The Forgiving Dream. We're going to look at our maturity this year and how we can rely on our growing up and into the presence of Truth. We're seeing through the bad habits and faulty logic of our past thinking and instruction of the world to begin to believe in the experiences we've had practicing these ideas. Practice shows us we know we've learned them, right? Are we still stubbing our toes and skinning our knees? Have we learned to listen to the voice that likes us?
A Course in Miracles
Chapter 29: The Awakening
IX: The Forgiving Dream
Image One: An 18th-century German illustration of Moloch ("Der Götze Moloch" i.e. The Idol Moloch). Moloch is the idol from the Leviticus, Kings and Jeremiah. He is associated with the sacrifice of children.
Image Two: Disney/Pixar characters from the Toy Story series of films.
Explanation of Images: We think we know how the world works. We think we know the rules to happiness and success. Too often we discover we are worshiping at the altar of ‘despair and terror’. Are you motivated by despair and terror? If so, then do you know that you’re looking at the world in a childish way? It’s time to own our lives as creative, authentic and gifted Children of God. Our toys cannot harm us. We are putting words in their mouths and motives to their actions. There is a song that is calling you to your greatest good. Follow that! When we betray that voice, we feel hopeless. Forgive yourself.