Today’s ACIM lesson, #266, My holy Self abides in you, God’s Son, is the reminder that God’s Son is all of us. Not one or two. Not a few favorites. All. God is in everyone. This is the challenge, of course, because daily “others” do things that ruffle my feathers; that I think they ought not be doing. “To forgive is to overlook. Look, then, beyond error and do not let your perception rest upon it, for you will believe what your perception holds.” I have to actively choose to remember this so that I don’t slip into dissatisfaction. The Course tells us, ”Do not lose these chances, not because they will not return, but because delay of joy is needless.” It is my own joy that I am denying myself by refusing to accept this truth. Ego tells me that it’s hard, but it’s not. ”If He wills you to have it, He must have made it possible and easy to obtain it.” God is in everyone. When I can appreciate that fact, life is easier. From last year’s writing:
For my Roots class, we are reading Emerson; specifically his essay on Spiritual Laws. Emerson says, “Each man has his own vocation. The talent is the call. There is one direction in which all space is open to him,“ and I found myself wondering if that is true and if so, what is my vocation? Clearly, the one thing I am passionate about is teaching A Course in Miracles, but then I come across a lesson like today’s and I wonder if I will ever master anything. Today’s lesson, My holy Self abides in you, God’s Son, is a call to see God in everyone. Not just the people we like. Not just the ones we get along with, but everyone, and I realize how challenging I find that (Just look at the presidential candidates!). I realize that I have many relationships that don’t yet qualify as holy. I still have my preferences. I still have people I know whom I would exclude from the Sonship (if it were up to me!). That jackass over there, I don’t want him included; that bitch – let’s lock the door against her, etc, etc. It’s not that I want to exclude others, per se, it’s just that my preferences come marching in and broadcast their opinions like the egoic little bitches they are. It’s not that I hate people, just that there are a few I’d rather not be locked in a room with.
Today’s lesson says, “Father, You gave me all Your Sons, to be my saviors and my counselor.” Everyone. God is in everyone. And what I clearly notice is that I don’t want to love everyone (so there are parts of God I don’t want to love!); especially on days when I feel grumpy and I am scouring the countryside looking for someone to pin blame upon.
Here’s today’s lesson:
My holy Self abides in you, God’s Son.
Father, You gave me all Your Sons, to be my saviors and my counselors in sight; the bearers of Your holy Voice to me. In them are You reflected, and in them does Christ look back upon me from my Self. Let not Your Son forget Your holy Name. Let not Your Son forget his holy Source. Let not Your Son forget his Name is Yours.
This day we enter into Paradise, calling upon God’s Name and on our own, acknowledging our Self in each of us; united in the holy Love of God. How many saviors God has given us! How can we lose the way to Him, when He has filled the world with those who point to Him, and given us the sight to look on them?
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What I know is that God isn’t trying to make this hard; ego is. What it requires is surrender. It requires letting go of thinking I know anything (I do not know what anything is for). It requires the belief that God is working with me, not against me. “1 God’s Will is your salvation. Would He not have given you the means to find it? If He wills you to have it, He must have made it possible and easy to obtain it. Your brothers are everywhere. You do not have to seek far for salvation. Every minute and every second gives you a chance to save yourself. Do not lose these chances, not because they will not return, but because delay of joy is needless. God wills you perfect happiness now. Is it possible that this is not also your will? And is it possible that this is not also the will of your brothers?”
In oneness, I don’t get to carve out parts that I think aren’t good enough. God is in everyone. The sad part is that if I am not seeing this, it is an indication of a judgment I have laid upon myself. “T-9.IV.1. Atonement is for all, because it is the way to undo the belief that anything is for you alone. 2 To forgive is to overlook. 3 Look, then, beyond error and do not let your perception rest upon it, for you will believe what your perception holds. 4 Accept as true only what your brother is, if you would know yourself. 5 Perceive what he is not and you cannot know what you are, because you see him falsely. 6 Remember always that your Identity is shared, and that Its sharing is Its reality.”
Nothing is for me alone.
This morning I was noticing how attached ego is to turning me into a cranky, old woman. Seriously!?!? Who the fuck wants to become a curmudgeon for the sheer pleasure of being opinionated? There is something about age that is tied up with the idea that one has a right to be unrelenting; that somehow experience precludes being open to possibilities: the exact opposite of my mission here.
Last night, I dreamed that Beau, our cat who became a coyote meal a couple weeks back, had returned. Against all odds of possibility, he has there, floating in and out like the Cheshire cat. I knew I couldn’t hold onto him, but I was glad to see him nonetheless.
When will I learn to quit grasping? When will I be content with accepting what is without my preferences laid upon it like a black cloud obscuring the light? When will I let go of the stories?
As I sit with my discontentment, I notice I am just waiting for this chapter to be over. Yet, how can it be over if I never learn how to transform it? There will just be another something to come along and fill its place until I learn not to allow it to have power over me; until I learn to see with Christ’s vision: God in everyone.
Liz Gilbert writes, “My friend Pastor Rob Bell says that the definition of despair is “the belief that tomorrow is going to be exactly the same as today.” That is the fear – that I will never learn how to transform this and will be stuck here forever.
Oh, we are back to the “poor me” story.
I turn to the Holy Spirit. I remind myself that “He must have made it possible and easy to obtain it.”
Yup, if I just learned the titles of all the lessons, I would carry the answers with me always.
Let me remember, that this is my holy instant of release. I have only to choose it; you have only to choose it.
Love offers everything forever. God is Love and God is in everyone.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.
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