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PART II.  SECTION 5:  WHAT IS THE BODY?

Lesson 270 I Will Not Use The Body’s Eyes Today.

  1. Father, Christ’s vision is Your gift to me, and it has power to translate all that the body’s eyes behold into the sight of a forgiven world. How glorious and gracious is this world! Yet how much more will I perceive in it then sight can give. The world forgiven signifies Your Son acknowledges His Father, lets his dreams be brought to truth and waits expectantly the one remaining instant more of time which ends forever, as Your memory returns to him. And now his will is one with Yours. His function now is but Your Own, and every thought except Your Own is gone.
  2. The quiet of today will bless our hearts, and through them, peace will come to everyone. Christ is our eyes today. And through His sight, we offer healing to the world through Him, the holy Son whom God created whole; the holy Son whom God created one.[1]
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The forgiven world!  The vision of Christ transforms the world itself into a paradise of gentle glory and graciousness. The vision of Christ can be found in the Lord’s Prayer.  Our Father, who abides in Heaven.  Holy is Your Name.  Your Kingdom come.  Your will be done.  On earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses even as we forgive those who trespass against us.  Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Yours is the Kingdom, the Power, the Glory forever.  Amen.

When we pray to our beloved Father as One “Who abides in Heaven,” we acknowledge that the ego world is not the world God created.  In His prayer, Jesus instructs us to salute God’s holy name in reverence and adoration.  When we pray, “Your Kingdom come, Your Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven,” we are giving up this world of separateness, temporality, doom, and gloom and asking for God’s Kingdom to come, God’s will be done. When we ask our Father in Heaven for our daily bread, we acknowledge that God sustains us both in this world and the one to come.  When we ask to be forgiven, even as we forgive, we recognize that whatever happens in this world is a bygone – both what we have done and what others have done to us.  We let it go for we know it has no meaning and we teach our brothers to do the same. When we pray, “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil,” we ask that our holy memory returns to us, that we are not tempted by the illusion’s web of lies, but we have faith in Christ’s Vision.  For God’s Kingdom has come; God’s Will is done, Jesus taught us to pray.  God is the Power and the Glory forever!  This is the vision of Christ.  This is the vision that will bless our hearts and offer healing to the world.    

Through our quiet, blessed hearts peace will come to everyone, Jesus tells us in today’s lesson.  Christ takes the place of our body’s eyes and gives us His holy vision of God’s Kingdom come.  It is through Christ’s holy vision that healing comes to the separated world. Christ’s vision brings us to the Sonship; Christ’s vision makes us whole.  The lion and the lamb are as one. Our only function is to accept this.  There is no work involved.  It is not hard.  It is not cumbersome.  There is no need to try to make it so, as if to faithlessly suspect the light and easy path that Christ has promised!  We do not judge ourselves or others, listing what we are doing wrong or what we could do better.  We do not begrudge ourselves our little pleasures.  We do not bow our heads in shame and sorrow for the mistakes we make in the flesh.  God’s Kingdom has come!  God’s Will is done.  On earth, as it is in Heaven.  It is through our quiet hope in the Vision of Christ that peace and healing come to the world.  Amen. 


[1] A Course in Miracles/Workbook for Students/I will not use the body’s…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 230