Today’s ACIM lesson, #312, I see all things as I would have them be is the proclamation to see with Christ’s vision. Our perceptions are reflections of our consciousness. Are we seeing through the eyes of Christ (which sees anything that is not love as a call for love) or are we sending out the “hungry dogs of fear,” who search for evidence of guilt? If my goal is peace – and remember “The clarification of the goal belongs at the beginning, for it is this which will determine the outcome” – then I can’t seek guilt; I have to send out the messengers for God not the hungry dogs of fear. (“The Holy Spirit has given you His messengers to send to your brother and return to you with what love sees. They have been given to replace the hungry dogs of fear you sent instead. And they go forth to signify the end of fear.”) Today’s lesson embraces the desire to claim peace at last and “to look upon a liberated world, set free from all the judgments I have made.” It is the realization that my will is the same as God’s. From last year’s writing:
Yesterday, my ACIM Lesson was about judging correctly; today’s is about the seeing that occurs as the result of correct perception. Of course, these dovetail nicely with the discussion from our Tuesday Night ACIM meeting. In the face of all the political bullshit that continues to swirl about, we couldn’t help but talk about correct vision. Were we sending out “the hungry dogs of fear” (“The Holy Spirit has given you His messengers to send to your brother and return to you with what love sees. They have been given to replace the hungry dogs of fear you sent instead. And they go forth to signify the end of fear.”) or the messengers of the Holy Spirit? We shall find what we are seeking. What are we seeking?
“The ego finds what it seeks, and only that. It does not find love, for that is not what it is seeking. Yet seeking and finding are the same, and if you seek for two goals you will find them, but you will recognize neither. “
It’s crucial that we don’t create what we are afraid of by future-tripping about it.
“5 You see what you expect, and you expect what you invite. Your perception is the result of your invitation, coming to you as you sent for it. Whose manifestations would you see? Of whose presence would you be convinced? For you will believe in what you manifest, and as you look out so will you see in. Two ways of looking at the world are in your mind, and your perception will reflect the guidance you have chosen.”
It was an evening of impassioned discussion. Because we care about the future of our children and the end of the planet and human rights and xenophobia. We care and only the love is real.
The “problem” (challenge) comes when we allow the fear to derail the goal. “The clarification of the goal belongs at the beginning, for it is this which will determine the outcome.” It’s okay to shine the light on what is happening. In fact, we need to make sure we do so. But the purpose is not to assign guilt, not to attack; it is to demonstrate that there is another kinder, gentler, humane way of doing things. When we see through the eyes of love, it shifts the outcome from destruction to innovation. From death to life. But we can’t get there if we are busy assigning guilt. Guilt is an ego gambit.
I see all things as I would have them be.
Perception follows judgment. Having judged, we therefore see what we would look upon. For sight can merely serve to offer us what we would have. It is impossible to overlook what we would see, and fail to see what we have chosen to behold. How surely, therefore, must the real world come to greet the holy sight of anyone who takes the Holy Spirit’s purpose as his goal for seeing. And he cannot fail to look upon what Christ would have him see, and share Christ’s Love for what he looks upon.
I have no purpose for today except to look upon a liberated world, set free from all the judgments I have made. Father, this is Your Will for me today, and therefore it must be my goal as well.
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The Course is as powerful as it is because it is so inclusive. Everyone is an expression of God. Everyone is the loved and cherished Son of God; even those we perceive as misguided. Even those we see as dangerous.
We are witnessing the parts of ourselves that need healing.
In my defenselessness my safety lies. When we have faith in God, in the power of love, we don’t need to attack or defend. To attack the intolerable is to make it real. We look past appearances. We stand in the power of love.
God doesn’t intervene in our worldly affairs because that would make illusions real. God knows His Son (that’s each of us!) and knows who and what we are, and loves us unabashedly. We made the nonsense, the illusions. It is up to us to unmake it, but we can only do it by refusing to feed it. We have to quit feeding the hungry dogs of fear and rely on the messengers of God.
The trap is that we think it’s so hard. But how can that which never was be difficult to dismiss? It only seems insurmountable because we’ve believed in it so completely.
Someone brought up the anti-Christ. But there IS no anti-Christ. That’s a belief in duality, a belief that something/someone could be apart from God; that Wholeness excludes. The separation never happened. We just pretend that it did so that we can play make-believe at calling the shots for a while. And we are stubborn about allowing ourselves to notice what we are up to because once we do, the gig is up, and as crappy of a job as we do sometimes, we love it – the drama, the excitement, the belief is life and death and good and bad. “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
We are bringers of love. When we allow the Holy Spirit to judge, we see with Christ’s vision. “For He will send you His witnesses if you will but look upon them. Remember always that you see what you seek, for what you seek you will find.”
We are the salvation of the world. It is our job to accept the role God has given us and be the teachers for God that we are. All that is required is the willingness to look past ideas of guilt, beyond the desire to “be right” and see the “real world.” “Through the eyes of Christ, only the real world exists and only the real world can be seen. As you decide so will you see. And all that you see but witnesses to your decision.”
It’s a simple decision. I choose love. The hungry dogs of fear just need a change of diet.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.
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