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Lesson 217: This is Only a Test

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Here is my take on Lesson 217 from A Course in Miracles from last year’s writing.  It is the reminder that all the stuff I think is so important is only a test.  Can I remember the truth even in the middle of a shit-storm?  I’m getting better at it.

this is only a test

This is a Test

It grated on me as a child – “This is a test.  It is only a test.”  “”This is a test. For the next sixty (or thirty) seconds, this station will conduct a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. This is only a test.”  We used to hear that broadcast regularly when I was a kid.  I always hated the sound.

Sometimes I feel that way about what’s happening in my life.  It’s not an actual emergency.  It’s just an annoying test.  My website is down.  I contacted the host and they thanked me for my patience and told me basically, “yeah, we know.  We’re working on it.”  So why am I even writing this morning when I haven’t even managed to post what I wrote yesterday???

Oh yeah, because even though I post this stuff as if it were for the world to see, it is really myself I am giving the gift of these lessons to.  It is my own gratitude I earn through doing this work.  It is myself who benefits.

Today’s A Course in Miracles lesson is the reminder that beyond hurting myself when I am less than nice (yesterday’s lesson), kindness to others is kindness to myself.  In fact, it’s an interesting thing about being human, we need other people to share things with.  Isolate someone for an extended period of time and after awhile they will yearn to share things with another.

This morning, my hermit husband (who likes to delude himself that he doesn’t need other people) couldn’t wait to share with me what I missed last night.  Apparently, I was snoring and dead to the world when a huge thunderstorm hit shortly after we went to bed.  I would never have known if he hadn’t shared it with me, and I might have even thought he was making it up if the carpet in the sunroom wasn’t still wet.

Today’s lesson:

Lesson 217

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

(197) It can be but my gratitude I earn.

Who should give thanks for my salvation but myself?
And how but through salvation can I find the Self to
Whom my thanks are due?

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

 

 

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It can be but my gratitude I earn. All that I give, I give to myself.  Salvation is waking up; it is recognizing that I cannot be separate.  I cannot be away from Love.  I live in it.  It is what God is and it’s all around me.

All the stuff that appears not to be love is a test.  It is only a test.  It isn’t an emergency.  In truth, it can’t even be an emergency.

I remember years ago reading something that said basically that you know you are “awake” when you can finally bless it all.  The heartache and the sorrows; all the appearances that seem to be other than love.  The Course says, “Some of your greatest advances you have judged as failures, and some of your deepest retreats you have evaluated as success.”

I do not know what anything is for.

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

My website is back up.  Perhaps the whole episode was only a test.  The path is learning to be grateful for it all.  The path is giving up judgment and letting go of what I think it should look like.  The path is just the path.  Not good, nor bad.  Just a road I’m on until I find my way back home, where I know who I am and I stop being confused by appearances.

This is only a test.

Thank God!

Namaste, my friends, Namaste.

 

 

 

 

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