Today’s ACIM lesson, #360, “Peace be to me, the holy Son of God. Peace to my brother, who is one with me. Let all the world be blessed with peace through us,” is the final lesson before the final lessons. It is the recognition of who we are before the final surrender to accepting the responsibility that goes with that final step. It is letting go of the victim story where the world is happening to us to the realization that the world is happening from us. We literally made the world we see. “Peace be to me” is the proclamation that I am ready to accept my inheritance. With great power comes great responsibility and as we (I) recognize who we truly are, it becomes incumbent upon us to remember that truth and act as if we know it. We are the holy Sons of God Himself. We are the peace of the world. Somehow, in the days to come, I have a feeling that might be an important thing to remember. Be the change you want to see in the world. Be peace. Be love. Teach only love.
From last January:
I awoke this morning with a habit hangover; the habit of ego resistance that has been riding shotgun with me for years. Now – I have learned to go immediately to gratitude, thanking God that I am waking up with a roof over my head, food in my pantry, a little money in the bank – I am provided for. It’s just that I have had to push myself to go back to work since 2017 began. I’ve been in this Course bubble – in love with God, in love with studying, but my insidious little ego bastard isn’t keen on doing the work that pays the bills. Life feels like a bubble violation and in some subtle way, it has been undermining my peace.
It occurred to me this morning that I was still trying to control things myself. Instead of stepping back and allowing God to lead, I was trying to figure out how to manipulate the situation so that I wouldn’t need to work so hard.
There is this short sale that I have been working on. Now, why I ever accept these situations is beyond me because invariably they stretch me in ways I do not want to be stretched. They force me to acquire skills I am happy not to acquire. This morning, as I lay in bed a moment, giving thanks for the day, it suddenly occurred to me that I could just ask for help. So I did. “God, I have no idea how to do what I need to do to make this work for everyone. Please help me. Show me what I need to do. Help me with the willingness to do what I must.”
It was a relief actually, to give it to God and trust that even though I don’t know what to do, there is no order of difficulty in miracles and I don’t need to be afraid. I can trust God.
Peace be to me.
You see, my fear of failure had been creeping in. My fear of letting people down had been pounding on the door. Instead of knowing that I can help this woman and make this a win-win for everyone involved, I was crouched in the back of the closet, waiting for the big, scary monster to leave. It’s like I forgot that the only way to get the asshole to vacate is by standing my ground and looking him in the eye. I have GOD helping me. Why the hell am I afraid?
Today’s A Course in Miracles lesson is about peace. As I read it, I claimed my peace. It’s not, after all, found in the external world. It was never “out there.” Anytime I am looking for the answer “out there,” I have given away my power and returned myself to the position of victim. And yeah, it’s a familiar stance, but there has got to be a better way. (“Eventually everyone begins to recognize, however dimly, that there must be a better way. As this recognition becomes more firmly established, it becomes a turning point. “) So, I prayed.
I may not be keen on devout fundamentalists, but I feel as if I am beginning to comprehend the attraction of leaning heavily on Jesus.
Peace be to me, the holy Son of God.
Peace to my brother, who is one with me.
Let all the world be blessed with peace through us.
Father, it is Your peace that I would give, receiving it of You. I am Your Son, forever just as You created me, for the Great Rays remain forever still and undisturbed within me. I would reach to them in silence and in certainty, for nowhere else can certainty be found. Peace be to me, and peace to all the world. In holiness were we created, and in holiness do we remain. Your Son is like to You in perfect sinlessness. And with this thought we gladly say “Amen.”
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I am not asked to do anything that is impossible. If I am asked to do it, I can. That doesn’t mean I am doing it by myself. In fact, perhaps that’s part of the point. Peace is found in the willingness to push past the resistance to the place where I know God waits for me.
“8 You have surely begun to realize that this is a very practical course, and one that means exactly what it says. I would not ask you to do things you cannot do, and it is impossible that I could do things you cannot do. Given this, and given this quite literally, nothing can prevent you from doing exactly what I ask, and everything argues for your doing it. I give you no limits because God lays none upon you. When you limit yourself we are not of one mind, and that is sickness. Yet sickness is not of the body, but of the mind. All forms of sickness are signs that the mind is split, and does not accept a unified purpose.”
God lays no limits on me. But I am frustrated sometimes when I don’t know how to do what I need to do. I encounter fear. My go-to should (not that there are any shoulds) be to ask the Holy Spirit for help (or God or Jesus – they’re all One, so whichever). When you don’t know, you ask. But often when I don’t know, I don’t ask; I flounder. Blame it on lack of guidance when I was a kid (I had very laissez faire parents) or stubbornness or unworthiness. It doesn’t matter. I can make up whatever story I want and pretend like it is true (that’s called a belief and it then becomes true for me). But ultimately, it’s just another ego ruse to keep me from stepping aside and allowing God to lead.
The Course says that I am responsible for my fears. “4 The correction of fear is your responsibility. When you ask for release from fear, you are implying that it is not. You should ask, instead, for help in the conditions that have brought the fear about. These conditions always entail a willingness to be separate. At that level you can help it. You are much too tolerant of mind wandering, and are passively condoning your mind’s miscreations. The particular result does not matter, but the fundamental error does. The correction is always the same. Before you choose to do anything, ask me if your choice is in accord with mine. If you are sure that it is, there will be no fear.”
It’s not the outside circumstances that are the “problem.” It’s my willingness to act as if the “problem” is out there, difficult to deal with. and a burden and source of grievances. And in truth, there is no problem; that is a misperception on my part. The label “problem” means I have judged and thought the situation was somehow not as I would prefer it to be. I have thought of myself as separate.
All I really need to do is remember this. All I really need to do is be willing. “God will do His part if you will do yours, and His return in exchange for yours is the exchange of knowledge for perception. Nothing is beyond His Will for you. But signify your will to remember Him, and behold! He will give you everything but for the asking.”
So today, I practice knowing the peace is always already here. My job is to remove the blocks that keep me from experiencing that peace. My mind is the cause of my experiences. I am responsible for them. When I think the world is the cause, I am eschewing my responsibility and asking to be a victim. Peace is an inside job.
To share peace, I must become it. To see it in the world, I must embrace it within myself. “Father, it is Your peace that I would give, receiving it of You. I am Your Son, forever just as You created me.”
These are lessons in accepting who we really are: the holy Son of God Himself.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.
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