How I love today’s ACIM Lesson, #335, I choose to see my brother’s sinlessness. It is, of course, not always an easy choice, though each day it becomes a little easier. Last night, I received a phone call from the tenant is a house that I am putting on the market soon and she was yelling so much that I had to hold the phone away from my ear. Each time there was a lull, I would put my phone back to my ear and before I could utter a word, she would repeat herself (because ego is convinced that repetition of lies makes them true). I so wanted to yell back, or hang up on her. Instead, I choose to see her sinlessness, to recognize the call for love that was before me. I still didn’t enjoy it, but my peace wasn’t disturbed. It felt good. This is what practicing these lessons does for me – it allows me to choose peace in the face of conflict. It allows me to be love. I turn to the Holy Spirit. I choose again. This lesson begins, “Forgiveness is a choice. I never see my brother as he is, for that is far beyond perception.” Listening to her prattle on and on, I knew this. No drama. By the end of the conversation, she had calmed down considerably, and I returned to watching TV with my husband with peace in my heart. I so love the Course, for the skills it provides are priceless. As it says, “You have surely begun to realize that this is a very practical course, and one that means exactly what it says.”
From last year’s writing:
Beyond the personalities, beyond me and you and the seeming differences, there is God’s creation: who we are without the illusion of ego: sinless expressions of the Divine – God’s holy Son. Somehow, in doing this morning’s lesson, I got it on another level. Like all ideas that you suddenly “get,” words that describe the epiphany are mere representations. There are like a picture of an ice cold coke: intellectually you may understand what it is but it can’t quench your thirst. Today’s lesson: I choose to see my brother’s sinlessness is like actually getting to drink until that thirst has been slaked. “I never see my brother as he is, for that is far beyond perception.” We talk about Christ’s vision, but did I really understand that what that means is when I look at “another” I see God?
I did in some ways, yet somehow in this morning’s reading, the beauty of it came to me. It’s weird because I am trained in these things and so it’s not exactly a foreign concept, yet somehow in that phrase, “I never see my brother as he is, for that is far beyond perception,” it occurred me. Of course! Each being is God expressing. Do I see God? I mean, really see.
I choose to see my brother’s sinlessness.
Forgiveness is a choice. I never see my brother as he is, for that is far beyond perception. What I see in him is merely what I wish to see, because it stands for what I want to be the truth. It is to this alone that I respond, however much I seem to be impelled by outside happenings. I choose to see what I would look upon, and this I see, and only this. My brother’s sinlessness shows me that I would look upon my own. And I will see it, having chosen to behold my brother in its holy light.
What could restore Your memory to me, except to see my brother’s sinlessness? His holiness reminds me that he was created one with me, and like myself. In him I find my Self, and in Your Son I find the memory of You as well.
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Forgiveness is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Respect is a choice.
I see the world not as it is but as I am.
What kind of world do I want to live in? Now, perhaps more than ever, it’s important to ask that question, for the ego methods of pointing fingers and making people guilty will not solve the world’s woes. I cannot help lift another up while I am stepping on them. I have to look past my impulse to judge and make wrong and see my brother’s sinlessness. That’s hard to do when ego is scared, but fears can only be assuaged by dragging them out into the light and looking at them.
“What could restore Your memory to me, except to see my brother’s sinlessness? His holiness reminds me that he was created one with me, and like myself. In him I find my Self, and in Your Son I find the memory of You as well.”
I choose to see my brother’s sinlessness. That means all of them, even the ones I fear don’t have the foggiest idea of who they are. I must choose forgiveness and see them in holy light. I must get past my impulse to judge or think I know and see. If I am not seeing sinlessness, then I don’t know.
“1 Vision will come to you at first in glimpses, but they will be enough to show you what is given you who see your brother sinless. Truth is restored to you through your desire, as it was lost to you through your desire for something else. Open the holy place that you closed off by valuing the “something else,” and what was never lost will quietly return. It has been saved for you. Vision would not be necessary had judgment not been made. Desire now its whole undoing, and it is done for you.”
To be able to see sinlessness, I must want to see it. I must be willing to release my desire for something else, for the illusions I’ve made, for the stories of guilt ego has told. I must be willing to let go of better than and not as good as. I must be willing to be inclusive.
I choose. It’s up to me. What kind of world do I want to live in? It is nicer to live in a world of innocence than one of guilt (comparison, I know, shut up!). Choosing means I still think it is between two things – but the two are truth and illusion and illusion doesn’t exist; forgetting wholeness and siding with duality. It means I still think there is a choice (I’m forgetting the game is rigged; it’s a required course, only the time I take it is voluntary). I made it up. Am I willing to give up my ideas of separation to embrace the vision God has for me?
“2 Do you not want to know your own Identity? Would you not happily exchange your doubts for certainty? Would you not willingly be free of misery, and learn again of joy? Your holy relationship offers all this to you. As it was given you, so will be its effects. And as its holy purpose was not made by you, the means by which its happy end is yours is also not of you. Rejoice in what is yours but for the asking, and think not that you need make either means or end. All this is given you who would but see your brother sinless. All this is given, waiting on your desire but to receive it. Vision is freely given to those who ask to see.”
This day, I ask to see sinlessness. And I give thanks that it is mine for the asking.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.
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