Today’s ACIM lesson, Lesson 303, The holy Christ is born in me today, is the perfect lesson to have after a weekend of being away on a spiritual retreat, for a spent the weekend claiming my strength (God) and releasing my ideas of littleness. I awoke this morning singing “Thank you for this day, Spirit, thank you for this day.” I thought about the worries ahead and then decided to let God figure it out. When the Christ within is allowed to run the show, life is easier. I choose that.
Studying A Course in Miracles is an expedition into discovering Truth; unmasking who and what we really are: the beloved Child of God. It is learning to let go of the false self we made, the ego-self who cowers in fear and lives in doubt. It is embracing the Christ within: the Self God made rather than the “evil” idol (ego-self) I created.
Part of my love affair with the Course is the way it reinforces goodness. In the light of love, all ideas of sin and punishment fall away. Since God doesn’t entertain illusions (doesn’t make “errors real”), it becomes easy to return to love. Retribution is an attempt to trap us in the ego-thought system, to maintain guilt. We are not that. We are as God created us.
“3 The statement “Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord” is a misperception by which one assigns his own “evil” past to God. The “evil” past has nothing to do with God. He did not create it and He does not maintain it. God does not believe in retribution. His Mind does not create that way. He does not hold your “evil” deeds against you. Is it likely that He would hold them against me? Be very sure that you recognize how utterly impossible this assumption is, and how entirely it arises from projection.”
Today’s lesson, The holy Christ is born in my today, is a call to recognition. We are not evil sinners. We are innocents. We are the lambs of God, innocent and pure.
“The lion and the lamb lying down together symbolize that strength and innocence are not in conflict, but naturally live in peace.’ Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God’ is another way of saying the same thing. A pure mind knows the truth and this is its strength. It does not confuse destruction with innocence because it associates innocence with strength, not with weakness.”
The holy Christ is born in me today.
Watch with me, angels, watch with me today. Let all God’s holy Thoughts surround me, and be still with me while Heaven’s Son is born. Let earthly sounds be quiet, and the sights to which I am accustomed disappear. Let Christ be welcomed where He is at home. And let Him hear the sounds He understands, and see but sights that show His Father’s Love. Let Him no longer be a stranger here, for He is born again in me today.
Your Son is welcome, Father. He has come to save me from the evil self I made. He is the Self that You have given me. He is but what I really am in truth. He is the Son You love above all things. He is my Self as You created me. It is not Christ that can be crucified. Safe in Your Arms let me receive Your Son.
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I am still teaching my Roots class, and we are currently studying Emma Curtis Hopkins and Scientific Christian Mental Practices. Hopkins was known as the “teacher of teachers” in metaphysical circles at the time, for she was a mystic who understood the principles found in the Course. Evil does not really exist – we host it, it is not the truth of God and there is not a force of darkness. “Matter” does not really exist. Only the changeless is real. It is through this recognition that she was able to help people to deny conditions that appeared to support lack and sorrow and sickness. She said, “The only cause for evil is the idea of absence.” In other words, the belief in separation. The belief that there is some place, some condition that is lacking God’s presence.
And this, my friends, is impossible. For a condition of lack (disease, poverty, hunger) to exist, there must have been a belief in the absence of Spirit. Because we have free will, we can (and do!) create this. But it is not God’s will.
“Safe in Your Arms let me receive Your Son.” Let me welcome home the Self who was never lost but whom I have, in my misguided ways, denied.
We were never separated; never lost. We only ever deluded ourselves into thinking we could be. Once we recognize who we truly are, the world is our oyster.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.
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