Rev. Glen Ganaway I.M.

The Fellowship of Awakening July 8, 2015

Teacher of God;
We've just rounded the halfway mark of the year. The Introduction to this last set of foundation lessons says: "Our lessons now are geared specifically to widening horizons, and direct approaches to the special blocks that keep your vision narrow, and too limited to let you see the value of our goal." Can you take on multiple perspectives? It's a spiritual skill that helps us teach and learn. Lesson 181: I trust my brothers, who are one with me. Lesson 182: I will be still an instant and go home. Lesson 183: I call upon God's Name and on my own. Lesson 184: The Name of God is my inheritance. We don't need to give up who we are to understand another. In fact when we're fully ourselves is when we begin to appreciate others a great deal. 
We're on Chapter 16: The Forgiveness of Illusions. We're going to look at the Bridge to the Real World. Isn't that what we want? Isn't that what we'd like to offers others? Not to take anyone across, but just to show the way to the real world. We've been shown ourselves. We've listened to the inner voice and looked deep within our minds and discovered the place of peace. Our unique presence shows the way to others, points out the bridge. It can be quite startling at first, but we get better and better at it and we learn when we've crossed back to illusion too. 

A Course in Miracles

Chapter 16: The Forgiveness of Illusions

Section VI: The Bridge to the Real World

 Simon.025.13.jpg

TeaGardenBridgeSanFrancisco.jpg

 

Image One: Fun House Mirror Reflection, 1955-65 Gelatin silver photograph by Henry Simon

 

Image Two: Moon Bridge at the San Francisco Japanese Tea Garden, 2012 by Benita Marquez


Explanation of Images: We’ve come through some stuff at this point,  haven’t we. We’ve developed some skills and abilities that we want to share with the world. We discovered the innate value that is within us. When our understanding of ourselves changes, so does the world. We return from our quest changed and enlivened. But we’re encountering the world we left in a new way. It can feel disorienting. Some relationships fall away, other spring anew. Our task is to model the presence of God to help others see the world the way we see it, full of beauty and meaning. We bridge the gap between the past and future to the present where healing is.