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Lesson 212 — Ego Hangover: Adventures of Teflon Woman

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It never ceases to amaze me how these lessons seem to reflect my current state as well as whatever I was going through last year. The circumstances are different, but the lessons are the same. I am still in need of being Teflon Woman so that I don’t allow ego to hijack me. I am so looking forward to my ACIM class tomorrow night!jailer

The lessons in forgiveness continue as I do today’s A Course in Miracles review.  Truthfully, they aren’t that hard.  I’m over it.  I am more interested in being Teflon Woman than I am in listening to ego, primarily because I am not here to be someone I don’t like.  How can I have fun if I am actively disliking myself?  That’s what I call an ego hangover – when I listen to ego, I behave like someone I’m not that crazy about and then I feel bad and I’m just not into feeling bad.

So, instead, I think that it is a good idea to embrace the function that God gave me – which, it turns out, is forgiveness.  God has no need of forgiveness (since, unlike me, He doesn’t get confused) but He gave us a tool to let go of illusion and that tool is forgiveness. (“Yet on earth, you need the means to let illusions go.”)

Here’s the reason forgiveness is essential: it frees you.  When we fail to forgive, we aren’t hurting the other person; we are hurting ourselves.  Most of the time that person is oblivious to the torment you’re putting yourself through; and if they are aware of it, and are really that miserable of a person, why give them the added satisfaction?

The Course puts it this way,  “3 A jailer is not free, for he is bound together with his prisoner. 4 He must be sure that he does not escape, and so he spends his time in keeping watch on him. 5 The bars that limit him become the world in which his jailer lives, along with him. 6 And it is on his freedom that the way to liberty depends for both of them.

W-pI.192.9. Therefore, hold no one prisoner. 2 Release instead of bind, for thus are you made free.

It IS a process, I’ll give you that.

But it’s also a huge gift, because once you get to the point where you can no longer be triggered by such bullshit, you are free.

Here is today’s review lesson:

Lesson 212

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.

(192) I have a function God would have me fill.

I seek the function that would set me free from all the vain
illusions of the world. Only the function God has given me
can offer freedom. Only this I seek, and only this will I
accept as mine.

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.

 

 

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Last night, the neighbors came over and rescued us from the “propane leak.”  Turns out it wasn’t propane after all (see Saturday).  Michele, the wife, recognized the smell immediately – it was rotting packrat.  Maggot infested rotting packrat.  Seriously!  The whole episode wasn’t exactly a proud moment.

Whatever.

All I can say for certain was that my function is forgiveness – of ourselves, of yesterday’s attack, of the embarrassment of the dead packrat.  Forgiveness, forgiveness, forgiveness.  Forgiveness for myself for writing badly today.  Forgiveness for all.

I must be Teflon Woman.  In my defenselessness my safety lies.   It just is what it is.  No judgment. I do not know what anything is for.  To be Teflon Woman, I must surrender to forgiveness.  Forgiveness offers everything I want.

It is my function.  It is why I’m here.   Forget the ego handover – I choose Teflon Woman.

Namaste, my friends, Namaste.

 

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