Teachers of God,
We're up to the final run of the foundational lessons. They're getting longer and more poetic again.We have 10 more to go, then we begin putting together the rooms our altar and finally a roof. The lessons move from Peace, Salvation and Blessing to their fruits: Joy and an end to pain.
185. I want the Peace of God.
186. Salvation of the world depends on me.
187. I bless the world because I bless myself.
188. The Peace of God is shining in me now.
189. I feel the Love with me now.
190. I choose the Joy of God instead of pain.
My goals today and the goals of all of those I encounter is Peace. I know the Peace I seek. It is the Peace I share with God. I forgive the world. I believe God's will for their happiness is coming forth even if I do not understand. I let the world be what it is so that I may experience Reality. I bless the world as a reflection of myself and my place in the Oneness of All Things. Peace shines from me and is reflected on the world and my Peace returns to me expanded and nuanced by my fellow creations. I can feel the Love of God around me at all times. I have the capacity to experience and express the Love of God. I feel it as proof that I am wholly loving and lovable. In this place of Love, my world, it blooms into Joy, whose overflowing fruit I share, give away and leave in withing the reach of all beings. I choose to experience this Joy and let any pain wither away.
We're finished with Chapter 15! Did you ever think it was going to happen? We're getting along in course and are halfway through! Yeah! In fact we're going to reading from page 334, which is EXACTLY half way through. Don't worry, we're going to being some sharp turns in the near future and begin to talk more and more about who we are vs who we're not. This week is a perfect example. We're going to take a look at Holiness and Empathy. How do we think a miracle actually works? How can we set the conditions? Do you want more miracles in your life? (Who doesn't?.......hint: you like others to feel sorry for you, and/or you like feeling sorry for others.)
A Course in Miracles
Text - Chapter 16
The Forgiveness of Illusions
The Power of Holiness
Explanation of Images:
We cannot destroy ourselves or others. When we experience pain and suffering in our lives we often want someone to come and be miserable with us. We cannot join in their pain in pain. Empathy is not joining with someone in their illusions, this doesn’t help. We can join with their Holiness, their life, peace, joy and truth. When we place ourselves as the missing piece of wholeness we can offer healing and relief. And that is what we really want from others. We want others to agree that we are enough, safe, whole and wholly loving. Not a walking disaster that needs to be fixed.