One of the things I love about doing these lessons is that the take me from over-whelm back to the simplicity of peace. It bathes me in innocence which I shares eagerly with everyone who will listen. “Nothing they see is harmful, for their awareness of the truth releases everything from the illusion of harmfulness.” This is my post from last year’s writing on today’s lesson which is a call for peace and thus the return to love.
There’s been a lot of doom and gloom forecasts out there lately. It’s understandable because the world has changed a lot from when I was kid and much of it is downright scary shit. Kids born in the eighties were the last generation to run wild. Last year, parents were arrested for “free-range parenting,” allowing their children to play unattended. (Unlike when I was a kid and they locked us outside and told us not to return until supper time!) At the beginning of this year, in an attempt to restore some sanity, a law was passed protecting those who want to instill a sense of independence in their kids. The world is different, maybe even on the verge of disappearing altogether if we don’t change the trajectory we’re on. So I am calling for peace. I am calling for love.
Numerous friends are convinced that Armageddon is looming and with politics as it is these days and crazy terrorists and pollution so thick in China they have to check the air quality before stepping outside to see if a face mask is necessary, I get it. We are in a “bad” state (bad being a judgment!). I get it! But I can’t feed it. I can’t feed. If I look at it too long, I start to go into despair and despair is how the bad guys win.
Except they can’t. Not really. The game is rigged, folks. Only the love is real, and the only peace there is is the peace of God. God help me, without A Course in Miracles, I think I would be in a deep, deep depression. With it, I find hope. Today’s lesson:
I am not a body. I am free,
For I am still as God created me.
(200) There is no peace except the peace of God.
Let me not wander from the way of peace, for I am lost on
other roads than this. But let me follow Him Who leads me
home, and peace is certain as the Love of God.
I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.
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“1 There is no order of difficulty in miracles. One is not “harder” or “bigger” than another. They are all the same. All expressions of love are maximal.” This is the first line of the text in A Course in Miracles.
This is what saves me. My faith saves me. I can’t allow despair to move in, and I have to move my feet.
The solution to worry is action. Like most humans, ego tells me, “You’re just one person! What can you do?” But that’s just despair talking. That’s just ego trying to suck me back into addiction: watch cat videos, play on Facebook, watch TV, listen to music, shop online – whatever it takes to keep from being present.
If enough of us go there (and let’s face it, America is a country addicted to distractions), then the trajectory may land on a place that appears quite ugly; where pain and hell are what we see. The ice caps are melting, the oceans are rising, we continue to have countries like China and Brazil with flagrant disregard for the planet.
What can I do?
But individuals have been changing the world forever. Did Rosa Parks set out to change the world? I’d bet not; yet she did. Do a google search for individuals who have changed the world. Some of them where rich and powerful, but many of them were not: Anne Frank, Jane Goodall, Florence Nightingale (I’m a woman – I like it when women are the catalyst for change). Gandhi, Einstein, Nelson Mandela.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
The point is this: of all the people who have shifted the trajectory of the future, I would be willing to bet that a good portion of them did not consciously wake up with the intention of changing the world, they just did the next thing that was in front of them to do. So often, we cannot tell when we are in the midst of things what sort of influence we are or aren’t having. We just follow the path. We just answer the call.
This is a call for peace. This is a call for connection to the one thing that can save us. We are the One Son of God. We are all in this together because there is no separation. Let me follow Him who leads me home.
For myself, what I know is that I must be as conscious as possible. I must be as present as I can be. I must forgive myself on the days when I fuck up and get sucked back into inertia. Some days I wake up feeling bad because I know I wasted the day before and time is short and what did I do???
But I can’t let that stop me. I can’t allow that to pull me down the drain into the abyss. No, no, no! I choose again. I choose love.
And I condemn none of it. Not the leaders in countries I would never dare visit. Not the individuals who are lost and have no idea who they are. Not the ones committing atrocities that I can’t even fathom. Not the greedy ones, or the sick ones. None of them.
“3 Walk you in glory, with your head held high, and fear no evil. The innocent are safe because they share their innocence. Nothing they see is harmful, for their awareness of the truth releases everything from the illusion of harmfulness. And what seemed harmful now stands shining in their innocence, released from sin and fear and happily returned to love. They share the strength of love because they looked on innocence. And every error disappeared because they saw it not. Who looks for glory finds it where it is. Where could it be but in the innocent?”
I cannot look for guilt. I cannot look for condemnation. I can only seek forgiveness. I can only seek for love.
In this stance, the peace of God reigns. I call for peace. I allow my Father to fold me my awareness back into love. “What is unseparated must be joined. And what is joined cannot be separate.”
Only the love is real. “Nothing real can be threatened, nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.”
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.
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