Today’s lesson, #353, is one of surrender. Today, we are asked to stop fighting God and be the people we were meant to be. “My eyes, my tongue, my hands, my feet today have but one purpose; to be given Christ to use to bless the world with miracles.” Beyond selfish agendas and fear of lack, there lies a beauty that can only be found by allowing the Christ energy within each of us to be expressed. Today, we listen to the Holy Spirit. We allow God to guide us. I step back and let God lead the way. I allow myself to be the eternal student that I am. “I do not know what anything is for,” but I know that when I trust God to decide for me, that I am in a position to step into my magnificence.
From last year’s writing:
Sometimes, I feel like the eternal student – like some kid in college for a billion years because he still doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up. I remember that in college, I so loved the learning that I felt I could live my life in academia. When I think of how many years I have been dancing with the Course, it blows my mind (around 25). But the truth is that it took writing about these lessons each day to shift something in me. It’s okay not to know. My human mind can’t fully grasp infinity so yeah, I’m doomed to be the eternal student.
I love having this blog because sometimes I reread something I wrote and I am grateful that I took the time to leave myself a breadcrumb. These moments of my life are gone, and because I don’t really invest much thought into the past, without these posts, I would have nothing to indicate what I was learning. I am still learning. Eternal student that I am, though I have come far, the learning continues. The Eternal is constant. It is with me every second of every day and although I don’t always notice that, it doesn’t stop the truth of it. Today’s lesson proclaims, “I give all that is mine today to Christ” and although that sounds like surrendering to Jesus, with slightly zealous overtones, it is, in fact, a coming-of-age story. It is the embracing of one’s identity. It is the recognition of who and what I am. This prayer is the prayer to be one’s true self. No longer will the illusions of ego besmirch our identities. Oneness has arrived and it is claiming Its paramour. This is the place where we melt into each other and become One. This is the place where the protégé graduates.
Here is today’s lesson:
My eyes, my tongue, my hands, my feet today
Have but one purpose; to be given Christ
To use to bless the world with miracles.
Father, I give all that is mine today to Christ, to use in any way that best will serve the purpose that I share with Him. Nothing is mine alone, for He and I have joined in purpose. Thus has learning come almost to its appointed end. A while I work with Him to serve His purpose. Then I lose myself in my Identity, and recognize that Christ is but my Self.
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“I lose myself in my Identity, and recognize that Christ is but my Self.” I love that I have been doing these lessons daily. I love that I have been writing about them. So many days, I have done them badly. I forgot the lesson throughout the day and if I weren’t writing about them, I wouldn’t feel as if I had any right to move on to the next one; my ‘performance’ was so piss poor. But Liz Gilbert’s mantra “done is better than good,” kept me plodding forward. The many passages I’ve found to quote from the Course. make me love it even more deeply. I find myself yearning to know the book by heart; to be able to quote it the way that some folks quote scriptures: not to use as a weapon but as a gentle reminder of the Love that is always here.
It’s okay to do it badly. In fact, when you get over the whole judging thing, there is no badly. There is just where you are and what you feel and you (I) surrender to that, and let it be what is. In the Rules for Decision, Jesus says, “Do not fight yourself. But think about the kind of day you want, and tell yourself there is a way in which this very day can happen just like that. Then try again to have the day you want.”
The Eternal student – I don’t judge where I am at, I just accept it and work with what is.
It reminds me of one of my favorite Rickie Byars Beckwith song, Use Me.
It is arrogance (ego) to think that just because I am nearly done with the lessons that I know what anything is for. I don’t. I am an eternal student. Yes, we finally melt into Oneness, but just because the student is on the verge of graduating doesn’t mean the learning ends. We just take it to the next level (because while the “real world” may not have levels, here in the illusion/dream it is an evolution).
Which is a fancy way of saying, I am a better listener now, doing what God would have me do.
Miracles are natural. (“3 Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.”) But I am not the determiner of what they should look like. (“5 Miracles are habits, and should be involuntary. They should not be under conscious control. Consciously selected miracles can be misguided.”) By surrendering my desire to control, I allow myself to be guided. I can give my eyes, my tongue, my hands and my feet to Christ. I allow God to use me. I let go of judging because I don’t know what anything is for.
I am the eternal student. God is my teacher.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.
- The thousand-year reign of Christ(vanguardngr.com)
- Faith In action ‘Time To Reflect’(mylordmyfriend.com)
- A LOVE to die for…(audacityandsupposition.com)
- To Those in Pain on Christmas Day: You are Not Alone.(elephantjournal.com)
- Remembering that we’re the lucky ones this Christmas(irishcentral.com)
- Why I ran a triathlon with a tree strapped to my back(telegraph.co.uk)
- I never knew how weighty God’s call was until I answered – Reverend Okubanjo(vanguardngr.com)
- how do I take care of myself when my whole world no longer makes sense?(ask.metafilter.com)