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Lesson 217 – It Can Be But My Gratitude I Earn

Lesson 217 – Audio

Part 1 Undoing the Way We See Things Now

REVIEW VI

I am not a body. I am free.  For I am still as God created me.

Lesson 217

  1. (197) It can be but my gratitude I earn.

Who should give thanks for my salvation but myself? And how but through salvation can I find the Self to Whom my thanks are due?

I am not a body. I am free, for I am still as God created me.

Monday, August 5, is a travel day, so I read my lesson in the morning and asked the Teacher, Holy Spirit, to illuminate the concept in my mind throughout the day as we prepared for our trip.

When I am grateful to my Self, I am grateful to God because I am one with God, and God is one with me. I love the teaching to look not outside of ourselves, but to find all we are seeking within us. Jesus told us that the Kingdom of Heaven is within us – not to run here and there or chase after this preacher or this teacher, but seek within for God, for salvation, for truth.

Throughout the day, my mind was full of gratitude – I am thankful for my earthly body, my earthly relationships, my earthly possessions. It was lovely to sit in the sun and feel the cool breeze brushing my hot skin; the pleasure of growing things – the delight of green peppers, tomatoes, okra, eggplants, dill and basil, cucumbers, and cilantro coming forth; the crunchy goodness of a crispy Gala apple; enjoying lunch with my sister at Perkins; taking my sporty red car for a ride; and later traveling down the highway with Lover, the miles rolling under us as we plotted and schemed our ongoing house designs and plans. Gratitude. Gratitude for this happy dream in the earthly realm of time and illusion.

And yet gratitude to myself for salvation, for realizing no matter the happy dream – it is this realm of the separation and specialness for which to seek liberation, freedom, and redemption. Gratitude to Jesus for showing that we are not our bodies; we are Spirit, the Sons of God, holy and loving and pure, for leading the way and gratitude to our Self for following.

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Coming up on sixty, my love for God, home and hearth, my husband and family fueled my decision to devote the rest of my life only to pursuits which brought love, joy, peace, and purpose. I am a writer, seeker, student, and teacher with experience professional and otherwise from waitressing to teaching the English language in China, Taiwan, and Singapore. I hold a BA in Psychology from Bloomsburg University, which took nearly 30 years to attain while I squeezed courses in between raising my children, journaling, relationships, work, and an assortment of escapades, some of which I would rather forget! An ongoing passion for reading, writing, adventure, food, and fun, eventually led me to the love of my life, James, whom I met in 1996 and married in 1997. Our life together has been an exciting journey of work and travel, spiritual awakening, and domestic bliss ever since. Although we have experienced the tragic loss of family members and friends through death and estrangement, we have managed to turn our special relationship into a holy one by the grace of God and an acute and growing awareness of “there must be a better way!” In 2006, I published my first novel, Luella’s Calling, and am currently working on my second, Grover Good and the Stone Chateau. From 2013 through 2018, I worked as a Prevention Education Specialist for Transitions, a local domestic violence sexual abuse victim’s service agency. My work there, fueled by a lifelong enthusiasm for teaching, led me to obtain an MS in Education from Scranton University. In 2018, I resigned to accompany James on his work travels while focusing on my calling to study and teach A Course in Miracles. To that end, I dedicate the rest of my days to writing, sharing, and teaching the message of salvation found within the Course pages. Thank you for your interest in this blog. As I do not respond to comments on the posts, if you care to contact me, please email me at eckief@yahoo.com.

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