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Lesson 269: The Face of Christ: What I Look upon Belongs to Me

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Today’s lesson, #269, My sight goes forth to look upon Christ’s face, is an invitation to forgiveness.  Not the “you did something wrong, but I am a big enough person to look past that” brand of forgiveness.  No.  In Course terms, forgiveness is the recognition that it never really happened, which is why it is hard to accept.  This lesson says, “It is given me to find a new perception through the Guide You gave to me, and through His lessons to surpass perception and return to truth.”  When we have truly embraced forgiveness, we see Christ in everyone.  We see the innocence that was always there.  “What I look upon belongs to me.”  It is a proclamation of responsibility for what I see in the world.  To be able to see innocence, we must see it in ourselves, for we see the world not as it is but as we are.  From last year’s writing:

Belongs to Me

Belongs to Me

To be a student of A Course in Miracles is a commitment to practicing seeing Christ in everyone.  Sometimes, when I do google searches and see some anti-course sites out there, I am always certain that the author has never done the lessons.  Last Tuesday, we had the doubter’s discussion, the one where ego says, “You know this stuff is all bullshit, right?” It’s the thing ego does when it is trying to hijack us from our path.  A flicker of doubt arises and the desire to give up our studies and go watch cat videos arises.  If rejecting it led to peace, I might reconsider, but the truth is it is only by listening to Spirit that I am led home to God, home to peace.  It is only by choosing love, by seeing Christ in everyone, that I am freed of the insanity.  This lesson says, “Today I choose to see a world forgiven, in which everyone shows me the face of Christ, and teaches me that what I look upon belongs to me.”

The reason more people don’t jump on the Course bandwagon is that they are not yet ready to own their shit.  Perception is not “out there.”  You see the world as you are, not as it is.  It takes work and humility to let go of denying our part in guilt.  It takes the willingness to give up being a victim.  If I am the one responsible for the world I see, then it is up to me to change what I don’t like.

What I look upon belongs to me.

I get it – this is not an easy perspective to accept sometimes.

We witness sickness, war, devastation.  I mean, I didn’t wake up one morning and say, I think I’ll make some airplanes fly into the world trade center.  I think I’ll whip up some cancer and AIDS, etc., etc.

And it is challenging not to assign guilt in terrorist situations.  It’s hard to see babies who are born fighting for their lives and comprehend how that belongs to me.  I, personally, didn’t poison the drinking water or invite ISIS in.

But thoughts of good/bad right/wrong, those are all judgments, and whereas some things are easily seen as morally reprehensible and easily chucked into the bad/wrong category, saving the world goes beyond appearances.  Saving the world requires forgiveness and love.

Only the love is real.

Today’s lesson:

Lesson 269

My sight goes forth to look upon Christ’s face.

I ask Your blessing on my sight today. It is the means which You have chosen to become the way to show me my mistakes, and look beyond them. It is given me to find a new perception through the Guide You gave to me, and through His lessons to surpass perception and return to truth. I ask for the illusion which transcends all those I made. Today I choose to see a world forgiven, in which everyone shows me the face of Christ, and teaches me that what I look upon belongs to me; that nothing is, except Your holy Son.

Today our sight is blessed indeed. We share one vision, as we look upon the face of Him Whose Self is ours. We are one because of Him Who is the Son of God; of Him Who is our own Identity.

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Today is the day to consciously choose to see Christ’s face in everyone, even my own during the times when I want to judge myself for being less than I know I can be.

What I look upon belong to me.  I am the one who assigned the meaning to it.  I am the one who filtered it through my beliefs and ideas of how I think things should be.  Luckily, I can ask to find a new perception through the Guide God gave me.  “I ask for the illusion which transcends all those I made.”  It is still illusion.  It is still part of the dream of this world where duality is the name of the game and we see ourselves as separate from one another, but I can still see Christ’s face in those I encounter.  I can still see innocence.

I do not know what anything is for.

As soon as I think I do, then I am back to judging and preferences and I become God’s critic.

Today, may my sight be blessed indeed, and may yours be, too.  May yours be, too.

Namaste, my friends, Namaste.

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