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Lesson 271: Christ is a Choice

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“Each day, each hour, every instant, I am choosing what I want to look upon, the sounds I want to hear, the witnesses to what I want to be the truth for me.”  Thus begins today’s ACIM Lesson, #271, Christ’s is the vision I will use today.  Although I have yet to arrive at the point in my spiritual development where I successfully see Christ is every person I encounter, I have arrived at the point where I am super aware that I should be making that choice and to refuse to get with the program is just buying myself misery.  As we frequently remind each other in our Tuesday night ACIM group, the Course is a course in mind-training.  It’s teaching ourselves that “there must be a better way.”  That way is God’s way, which in truth is “reality,” and my refusal to listen to the Holy Spirit is keeping me in hell.  I have gotten to the point where I recognize all of this and where I can no longer actively get away with pretending “my” (as in ego’s) way is better than God’s, but it does not mean that I successfully use Christ’s vision 24/7.  Still, it feels like I am making progress, and for that, I am most grateful.  Today’s lesson, from last year’s blog post:

Christ's is the Vision

Christ’s is the Vision

Today, we begin “Section 6. What is the Christ?” in our Course in Miracles lessons, followed by Lesson 271: Christ’s is the vision I will use today.  Christ is a choice.  This is the reminder that as students, we still forget to go to that place that is beyond choice; to [God’s] will.  As long as there appears to be a choice (perhaps that first step is that: we are choosing) then we must be conscious of that!  We must notice when we’ve ditched the Holy Spirit thought-system and are listening to ego.  To say Christ’s is the vision I will use today is to say that I choose to see things as Christ would have/does.  It is seeing with the eyes of Love.  It is seeing innocence.

I notice it because I notice it’s a choice.  Sometimes, I am grousing and mad at the world (or at least the banking world part of it), and I KNOW I’m not using the Holy Spirit’s thought system.  I’m super-aware that I am demonstrating disownable behavior: that if someone videotaped me and put it on YouTube I would be beyond horrified.  I know.  I know.  It’s ego.

I don’t care.  If I’ve allowed myself to go far enough down the rabbit hole to see that I’ve had the buzzkill YouTube thought, and I’m still not reining myself in; then in that moment, I still kinda don’t care.

Then, once the awareness makes itself at home, I realize how blatantly stupid it is to listen to ego (by now I know it’s a one-way ticket to the opposite direction of happiness).  In other words, who the hell do I think I’m fooling with this obvious ego choice?  What makes me think I can even fake getting away with such shenanigans?

Anyway, lessons like today’s make it that much more difficult to thumb my nose at the Holy Spirit’s thought system.  Because, I know, it’s a choice.

Today’s lesson:

Lesson 271

Section 6. What is the Christ?

Christ is God’s Son as He created Him. He is the Self we share, uniting us with one another, and with God as well. He is the Thought which still abides within the Mind that is His Source. He has not left His holy home, nor lost the innocence in which He was created. He abides unchanged forever in the Mind of God.

Christ is the link that keeps you one with God, and guarantees that separation is no more than an illusion of despair, for hope forever will abide in Him. Your mind is part of His, and His of yours. He is the part in which God’s Answer lies; where all decisions are already made, and dreams are over. He remains untouched by anything the body’s eyes perceive. For though in Him His Father placed the means for your salvation, yet does He remain the Self Who, like His Father, knows no sin.

Home of the Holy Spirit, and at home in God alone, does Christ remain at peace within the Heaven of your holy mind. This is the only part of you that has reality in truth. The rest is dreams. Yet will these dreams be given unto Christ, to fade before His glory and reveal your holy Self, the Christ, to you at last.

The Holy Spirit reaches from the Christ in you to all your dreams, and bids them come to Him, to be translated into truth. He will exchange them for the final dream which God appointed as the end of dreams. For when forgiveness rests upon the world and peace has come to every Son of God, what could there be to keep things separate, for what remains to see except Christ’s face?

And how long will this holy face be seen, when it is but the symbol that the time for learning now is over, and the goal of the Atonement has been reached at last? So therefore let us seek to find Christ’s face and look on nothing else. As we behold His glory, will we know we have no need of learning or perception or of time, or anything except the holy Self, the Christ Whom God created as His Son.

Lesson 271

Christ’s is the vision I will use today.

Each day, each hour, every instant, I am choosing what I want to look upon, the sounds I want to hear, the witnesses to what I want to be the truth for me. Today I choose to look upon what Christ would have me see, to listen to God’s Voice, and seek the witnesses to what is true in God’s creation. In Christ’s sight, the world and God’s creation meet, and as they come together all perception disappears. His kindly sight redeems the world from death, for nothing that He looks on but must live, remembering the Father and the Son; Creator and creation unified.

Father, Christ’s vision is the way to You. What He beholds invites Your memory to be restored to me. And this I choose, to be what I would look upon today.

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I wish I were more saintly.  I wish I could see Christ’s face in each and every person.  Perhaps then I wouldn’t be sitting across from the bank manager who was explaining why they won’t cash my check, and thinking to myself,  “I want to slap the bitch for being so contrary.”  Perhaps then I wouldn’t walk away from the transaction feeling like I just gave away my peace for the next few hours.  I hate feeling irritated.

And I swear, I really was sitting across from her consciously trying to super-impose Christ’s face atop hers.  I knew I wasn’t teaching love because even though I was having a hard time keeping from being uber-bitchy, I still noticed which thought-system was possessing me. I noticed this hyper-irritated person was using my body.  I noticed how shitty I felt.

I’m at that ugly stage in my spiritual development where I can’t really get away with shit but I can notice that I want to, and then notice how, because I notice what I am up to, I’m not even able to savor ego’s gloating and self-righteousness.


There is no place to run but Spirit.  There is no bullshit I can tell myself to make me believe my tirades are justified.  I still want to gorge on ego candy, but I’m not really able to relish how delicious it is.  At this point, I can’t even fool myself into believing that Christ’s face could never show up as this asshole.  I want to, but I can’t.

All of which is a roundabout way of saying that every time I do one of these, it makes it a little harder to let ego through the door.  It makes it a little more difficult to pretend I don’t know.

I am reminded of what it says in the Workbook Introduction: “Some of the ideas the Workbook presents you will find hard to believe, and others may seem to be quite startling. This does not matter. You are merely asked to apply the ideas as you are directed to do. You are not asked to judge them at all. You are asked only to use them. It is their use that will give them meaning to you, and will show you that they are true.”  

Just do them.  One of these days, with enough practice, I’ll grow out of the ugly spiritual development stage and come into my swan-hood, so to speak.  I am looking forward to that.  I already know that I am more gracious than I used to be…. and then I notice how ego wants to make even that a competition.


“You are not asked to judge them.”

Namaste, my friends, Namaste.







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