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Lesson 124: One with God

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From last year’s writing — Let me remember I am one with God.

One with God

One with God

We teach oneness.  God lives within.  There is no separation.  So it seems strange to me that my initial reaction to this A Course in Miracles lesson, Let me remember I am one with God, was blasphemy, which I suppose reflects back to the depth of my Christian roots.  Yet as a student of Science of Mind, I am practiced in this idea of oneness.  One of the very first tenets of Ernest Holmes’ teachings is, “We believe in God, the living Spirit Almighty; one, indestructible, absolute, and self-existent Cause. The One manifests itself in and through all creation, but is not absorbed by its creation.  The manifest universe is the body of God; it is the logical and necessary outcome of the infinite self-knowingness of God.”

As the Course teaches, there is no separation.  (“There is no separation of God and His creation.”)

3 God’s Oneness and ours are not separate, because His Oneness encompasses ours.”

This lesson is about giving thanks to the truth of who we are; about recognizing we are one with God.  As the Course says, about “our identity in God.”

Sometimes I wonder if I am the only one who goes around feeling like I’m in some mystery movie where the protagonist is oblivious to that which the audience can clearly see.  We are observing and waiting for him to wake up to what we already know.  I often wonder if the joke is that, like the short film, (based on the short story by Andy Weir, The Egg), I am everyone – Jesus, Hilter, everyone but I can’t seem to remember that most of the time.

It’s all us.  We are all one.  It changes everything, doesn’t it?

Today’s lesson:

Lesson 124

 

Today we will again give thanks for our Identity in God. Our home is safe, protection guaranteed in all we do, power and strength available to us in all our undertakings. We can fail in nothing. Everything we touch takes on a shining light that blesses and that heals. At one with God and with the universe we go our way rejoicing, with the thought that God Himself goes everywhere with us.

How holy are our minds! And everything we see reflects the holiness within the mind at one with God and with itself. How easily do errors disapLet me remember I am one with God.pear, and death give place to everlasting life. Our shining footprints point the way to truth, for God is our Companion as we walk the world a little while. And those who come to follow us will recognize the way because the light we carry stays behind, yet still remains with us as we walk on.

What we receive is our eternal gift to those who follow after, and to those who went before or stayed with us a while. And God, Who loves us with the equal love in which we were created, smiles on us and offers us the happiness we gave.

Today we will not doubt His Love for us, nor question His protection and His care. No meaningless anxieties can come between our faith and our awareness of His Presence. We are one with Him today in recognition and remembrance. We feel Him in our hearts. Our minds contain His Thoughts; our eyes behold His loveliness in all we look upon. Today we see only the loving and the lovable.

We see it in appearances of pain, and pain gives way to peace. We see it in the frantic, in the sad and the distressed, the lonely and afraid, who are restored to the tranquility and peace of mind in which they were created. And we see it in the dying and the dead as well, restoring them to life. All this we see because we saw it first within ourselves.

No miracle can ever be denied to those who know that they are one with God. No thought of theirs but has the power to heal all forms of suffering in anyone, in times gone by and times as yet to come, as easily as in the ones who walk beside them now. Their thoughts are timeless, and apart from distance as apart from time.

We join in this awareness as we say that we are one with God. For in these words we say as well that we are saved and healed; that we can save and heal accordingly. We have accepted, and we now would give. For we would keep the gifts our Father gave. Today we would experience ourselves at one with Him, so that the world may share our recognition of reality. In our experience the world is freed. As we deny our separation from our Father, it is healed along with us.

Peace be to you today. Secure your peace by practicing awareness you are one with your Creator, as He is with you. Sometime today, whenever it seems best, devote a half an hour to the thought that you are one with God. This is our first attempt at an extended period for which we give no rules nor special words to guide your meditation. We will trust God’s Voice to speak as He sees fit today, certain He will not fail. Abide with Him this half an hour. He will do the rest.

Your benefit will not be less if you believe that nothing happens. You may not be ready to accept the gain today. Yet sometime, somewhere, it will come to you, nor will you fail to recognize it when it dawns with certainty upon your mind. This half an hour will be framed in gold, with every minute like a diamond set around the mirror that this exercise will offer you. And you will see Christ’s face upon it, in reflection of your own.

Perhaps today, perhaps tomorrow, you will see your own transfiguration in the glass this holy half an hour will hold out to you, to look upon yourself. When you are ready you will find it there, within your mind and waiting to be found. You will remember then the thought to which you gave this half an hour, thankfully aware no time was ever better spent.

Perhaps today, perhaps tomorrow, you will look into this glass, and understand the sinless light you see belongs to you; the loveliness you look on is your own. Count this half hour as your gift to God, in certainty that His return will be a sense of love you cannot understand, a joy too deep for you to comprehend, a sight too holy for the body’s eyes to see. And yet you can be sure someday, perhaps today, perhaps tomorrow, you will understand and comprehend and see.

Add further jewels to the golden frame that holds the mirror offered you today, by hourly repeating to yourself:

Let me remember I am one with God, at one with all my 
brothers and my Self, in everlasting holiness and peace.

 

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It is soothing to me to recognize the deep, deep Love that is God.  Today’s instructions are to set aside a half an hour to spend with God in that oneness.  Of course, I have the day tugging at me….

Yesterday, in my weekly prayer meeting, I remarked to one of my fellow Practitioners that when I first started attending church, I used to think it was strange that anyone would “love to pray.”  Every week in church they would say that if there was something you needed prayer for, to submit a prayer request to the Practitioners because they love to pray.  I couldn’t fathom it.

But that was because at the time, my idea of praying was still connecting to beseeching – old school, “Please God give me what I want and I’ll be a good girl.”

It wasn’t until years later that I came to understand that God doesn’t play favorites (who would be the favorite if there is but one???).  It isn’t about being good enough to please God.  God is perfectly equitable. 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”

I have come to love praying because it is a doorway into alignment, to connection, to feeling the oneness.

“No miracle can ever be denied to those who know that they are one with God. No thought of theirs but has the power to heal all forms of suffering in anyone, in times gone by and times as yet to come, as easily as in the ones who walk beside them now. Their thoughts are timeless, and apart from distance as apart from time.”

When I align myself, when I step into that oneness, I let go of worry.  I let go of thinking things need to be different.  I let go of beating myself up for being human and imperfect and me.

And yet, so often, I resist.  It takes effort to pause long enough to slip past the old habit of beseeching and into the space of aligning.

What’s up with that?  Oh yeah, ego.

Anyway, I notice the morning is slipping away and I have a billion things to do.  My consolation is that tonight is my ACIM group meeting at church and so I know for that time at least, I will connect with the oneness.

Meanwhile, I’ll just set my phone app to the reminder bells and try to remember the oneness that slips away from me over and over.

And yet, God still loves me.  Thank goodness!  (The game is rigged!)

Namaste, my friends, Namaste.

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