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Lesson 313: A New Perception: Beauty Everywhere I Look

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Today’s ACIM lesson #313, Now let a new perception come to me, is all about noticing the love that surrounds us constantly.  It was always there, but when I’m focused on politics, or gossip, or anything that sees the world apart from love, I miss it.  I miss the beauty, the kindness, the goodness that is eternally mine the moment I decide that is what I want.  Today’s lesson exclaims, “How beautiful we are! How holy and how loving!” To experience it, I must let go of ideas of guilt and sin.  I must embrace forgiveness for all my brothers (and sisters!) and myself.  Today, I allow the willingness to see innocence wash clean ego’s condemnation.  I rejoice in the ease of God.

From last year’s writing:

A New Perception Lesson 313 ACIM

A New Perception

The other day, a friend of mine commented on my sunny disposition.  She has another friend who studies A Course in Miracles who apparently is quite focused on the “nightmares.”  All of which seems weird to me since the Course makes it clear they are illusions. (“Your wildest misperceptions, your weird imaginings, your blackest nightmares all mean nothing. They will not prevail against the peace God wills for you.”).  I don’t know the woman, but it makes me wonder how far along she is in the lessons.  These daily lessons are clearly designed to help us fold love into our lives.  Today’s, Now let a new perception come to me, is an invitation to Christ’s vision.  It is a plea to allow love to be my primary creed.  Its message is simple: Lord, let me see through the eyes of innocence, where fear is gone and love bathes the world. Let me see how beautiful we really are. 

For me, the longer I study this stuff, the easier it is to see love everywhere.

Today’s lesson:

Lesson 313

Now let a new perception come to me.

Father, there is a vision which beholds all things as sinless, so that fear has gone, and where it was is love invited in. And love will come wherever it is asked. This vision is Your gift. The eyes of Christ look on a world forgiven. In His sight are all its sins forgiven, for He sees no sin in anything He looks upon. Now let His true perception come to me, that I may waken from the dream of sin and look within upon my sinlessness, which You have kept completely undefiled upon the altar to Your holy Son, the Self with which I would identify.

Let us today behold each other in the sight of Christ. How beautiful we are! How holy and how loving! Brother, come and join with me today. We save the world when we have joined. For in our vision it becomes as holy as the light in us.

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Once you get that God is in everything and that God is love, the new perception is easier, I think.  I mean, personally  I always think, it’s not like God decided to sit this dance out.  That which is omnipresent can’t manifest as voids.  Appearances may fool us into thinking we’ve been abandoned, but apparent lack is really only our own fears projected.  It’s a lack of trust in the Divine Nature of being.

“What you deny you lack, not because it is lacking, but because you have denied it in another and are therefore not aware of it in yourself. Every response you make is determined by what you think you are, and what you want to be is what you think you are. What you want to be, then, must determine every response you make.”  Lack of trust.  Fear.

You see, part of what I love about studying this stuff is that it is becoming easier and easier to recognize that there is no lack. Nothing is missing.  It is only my own fear that tricks me into thinking God is somehow missing.

No.  God can’t be missing, though I can fail to recognize His presence.  When I am not feeling totally loved and loving, I am forgetting who I am.  I am failing to see with Christ’s vision.  I’m missing out on the beauty; not because it’s not there but because I am choosing to think that I am this idol I made (ego) instead of who I really am, the Holy Son of God Himself.

In our Tuesday night group, we are constantly reminding one another to call on the Holy Spirit because it is His function to judge, not ours.  And He judges only to return us to correct perception. “We said before that the Holy Spirit is evaluative, and must be. He sorts out the true from the false in your mind, and teaches you to judge every thought you allow to enter it in the light of what God put there. Whatever is in accord with this light He retains, to strengthen the Kingdom in you. What is partly in accord with it He accepts and purifies. But what is out of accord entirely He rejects by judging against. This is how He keeps the Kingdom perfectly consistent and perfectly unified. “

In letting go of my ideas of how I think things should be, what I think they should look like that I finally arrive here, at this place, the place where I finally recognize “How beautiful we are! How holy and how loving!”

Now let a new perception come to me!  I am ready to see beauty everywhere I look.  I am ready to be in love with life and with God.

Namaste, my friends, Namaste.

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