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Lesson 355 – Accepting God’s Word: No End to Peace and Joy

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From last year’s writing, lesson 355 is There is no end to all the peace and joy, and all the miracles that I will give, when I accept God’s Word. Why not today?  This post was written on the last day of the year (because at that point in time I was 10 days behind!).  It is claiming the gifts that our already ours.  That is God’s promise to us.  That is God’s word.

lesson 355, A Course in Miracles

Accept God’s Word

The last day of the year and had I stayed on track every day, today would mark the end of these lessons.  Yet somehow, it doesn’t matter.  It is as it should be.  I began the day by attending the World Peace meditation at church and I listened to the Course while driving both to and from church.  The other day, after having the thought that I really would like to figure out where I put my CDs of the Course, I soon noticed them without effort.  I was retrieving something from the hall closet and there they were, so I have been listening to them while I drive and of course, without trying, I found that the CD I had randomly put in the player yesterday contained many of the quotes I had included in that morning’s writing.  Hints and clues – I love the God’s winks.  This is a Course in mind-training.  It is learning to accept God’s Word.  As I listened to the Course, I found myself loving that I have these CDs.  As I sat in church this morning, I found myself loving God more deeply than ever.

In actuality, this training has been a strengthening of faith.  The disc I was listening to was of Chapter 2 of the Course, and as I listened, it occurred to me how much progress I’ve made.  Although I certainly need to work on my discipline, I have definitely become less fearful. “You are much too tolerant of mind wandering, and are passively condoning your mind’s miscreations. The particular result does not matter, but the fundamental error does. The correction is always the same. Before you choose to do anything, ask me if your choice is in accord with mine. If you are sure that it is, there will be no fear.”

It occurred to me that the reason there is no order of difficulty in miracles is that it’s all mind.  How can it be difficult to allow love to be the answer?

7 The first corrective step in undoing the error is to know first that the conflict is an expression of fear. Say to yourself that you must somehow have chosen not to love, or the fear could not have arisen. Then the whole process of correction becomes nothing more than a series of pragmatic steps in the larger process of accepting the Atonement as the remedy. These steps may be summarized in this way:

Know first that this is fear.

Fear arises from lack of love.

The only remedy for lack of love is perfect love.

Perfect love is the Atonement.

The Atonement is At-One-ment = Oneness = Perfect love.  It’s accepting the Love that is already here.

Nice!

Today’s lesson:

Lesson 355

There is no end to all the peace and joy, 
And all the miracles that I will give,
When I accept God’s Word. Why not today?

Why should I wait, my Father, for the joy You promised me? For You will keep Your Word You gave Your Son in exile. I am sure my treasure waits for me, and I need but reach out my hand to find it. Even now my fingers touch it. It is very close. I need not wait an instant more to be at peace forever. It is You I choose, and my Identity along with You. Your Son would be Himself, and know You as his Father and Creator, and his Love.

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It is simply a matter of choosing God; of accepting God’s Word.

As I sat in church meditating, on world peace, I kept hearing, “the meek shall inherit the earth.”  I sat there knowing that the answer to everything is perfect love.  That the reason the Course emphasizes forgiveness is that as we come to recognize that only the love is real and forgive ourselves for judging, we begin to accept the Atonement. “7 The Atonement is a total commitment. You may still think this is associated with loss, a mistake all the separated Sons of God make in one way or another. It is hard to believe a defense that cannot attack is the best defense. This is what is meant by ‘the meek shall inherit the earth.’ They will literally take it over because of their strength. A two-way defense is inherently weak precisely because it has two edges, and can be turned against you very unexpectedly. This possibility cannot be controlled except by miracles. The miracle turns the defense of Atonement to your real protection, and as you become more and more secure you assume your natural talent of protecting others, knowing yourself as both a brother and a Son.”

Somehow, in that knowingness, I felt better.  I felt like perhaps I am fit to be a teacher for God.  I felt like I am at last willing.

The Apocalypse is mentioned exactly once in  A Course in Miracles. (BTW, when I was looking up apocalypse it said it’s from the Greek word and means a disclosure of knowledge or revelation.)  The Course says: “4 The first step toward freedom involves a sorting out of the false from the true. This is a process of separation in the constructive sense, and reflects the true meaning of the Apocalypse. Everyone will ultimately look upon his own creations and choose to preserve only what is good, just as God Himself looked upon what He had created and knew that it was good. At this point, the mind can begin to look with love on its own creations because of their worthiness. At the same time the mind will inevitably disown its miscreations which, without belief, will no longer exist.”

“Which, without belief, will no longer exist.”

There is nothing to be afraid of.  The answer for everything is love.  I don’t have to figure anything out, I just have to be willing to give it to God, which is accepting God’s love and the everything that He has for me.  “2 A sense of separation from God is the only lack you really need correct. This sense of separation would never have arisen if you had not distorted your perception of truth, and had thus perceived yourself as lacking.”

I don’t need to fear anything.

“Perfect love casts out fear.
If fear exists,
Then there is not perfect love.

6 But:

Only perfect love exists.
If there is fear,
It produces a state that does not exist.”

I went to buy new tires for my car the other day and caught myself sitting in the waiting room looking for them to cheat me.  I was irritated because I ended up with different (slightly more expensive tires) because the tires I ordered three days earlier wouldn’t be in till the following week and I wanted to buy them in 2016 (tax thing). I had to laugh when I noticed it.  Really?  You are planning on getting cheated? Why not think that everything is in define right order?  Why not act as if God has my back? I didn’t have to accept the more expensive tires.  I had prayed on it before I decided.

“I could see peace instead of this.” (Lesson 34)

“1 You who want peace can find it only by complete forgiveness. No learning is acquired by anyone unless he wants to learn it and believes in some way that he needs it. While lack does not exist in the creation of God, it is very apparent in what you have made. It is, in fact, the essential difference between them. Lack implies that you would be better off in a state somehow different from the one you are in. Until the “separation,” which is the meaning of the “fall,” nothing was lacking. There were no needs at all. Needs arise only when you deprive yourself. You act according to the particular order of needs you establish. This, in turn, depends on your perception of what you are.”

“I am the holy Son of God Himself.” (Lesson 191)

It seems like a lot of pressure when I think of what could be expected of me.  But the Course is gentle.  It makes it easy really.  Jesus, our elder brother, says, “4 I am the only one who can perform miracles indiscriminately, because I am the Atonement. You have a role in the Atonement which I will dictate to you. Ask me which miracles you should perform. This spares you needless effort, because you will be acting under direct communication. The impersonal nature of the miracle is an essential ingredient, because it enables me to direct its application, and under my guidance miracles lead to the highly personal experience of revelation. A guide does not control but he does direct, leaving it up to you to follow. ‘Lead us not into temptation’ means ‘Recognize your errors and choose to abandon them by following my guidance.’”

It’s going to be a good year.  I do not need to be afraid.  I do not need to worry.  I can allow God to lead me.  I have gained enough humility to know that it is not “me” (small self – ego) but “the Father that dwellth in me.  He doeth the work.” (John 14:10)

I accept God’s word and there is no end to the peace and joy and love.

Namaste, my friends, Namaste.

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