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Lesson 220

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 220

  1. (200)  There is no peace except the peace of God. 

Let me not wander from the way of peace, for I am lost on other roads than this.  But let me follow Him Who leads me home, and peace is certain as the Love of God.

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

Praying: “Let me not wander from the way of peace, for I am lost on other roads than this” – brought to mind one of my favorite series – Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men.  The shows use of imagined characters Donald Draper and his cronies at Sterling Cooper Advertising brilliantly captures the insane ego and the false desires it creates in the Sons of God.  Mad Men opens with black silhouettes of the poor guy plummeting from the building, tumbling past the sexy, alluring ads that he helped create, nobody and nothing reaching out a hand to save him. The end is certain; however, before his shadow figure meets its demise, Mad Men takes us back to the suave Mr. Draper in the sophisticated poses – seated languorously on a low-back sofa, smoking a cigarette, a drink in hand, in his city-view New York office, where the fall began.

My heart always goes out to poor Dick Whitman/Don Draper, the handsome, mini king of posers, far more so than the predators who ride piggyback upon his apparent success while preying upon his penurious lack of belonging, identity, purpose, and meaning. 

Clearly, my sympathy towards the fictional Don Draper stems from identifying with him.  Like Don, I spent the better part of my life ignoring the grieving child within, posing as a made-up version of self, resigning to the false sense of love and belonging the ego offers in the special, but erratic, harrowing, tricky relationships of family, friends, and foes.

It’s not just Don and me!  There’s a mini king of posers in all of us, living our false selves because we have forgotten who and what we are and where we belong.  May we all follow Him Who leads us home and there find peace as sure as the Love of God.  Amen.

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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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