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Lesson 278 If I Am Bound, My Father Is Not Free

PART II.  SECTION 6: WHAT IS THE CHRIST?

Lesson 278 If I Am Bound, My Father Is Not Free.

  1. If I accept that I am prisoner within a body, in a world in which all things that seem to live appear to die, then is my Father prisoner with me.  And this do I believe when I maintain the laws the world obeys that I must obey; the frailties and the sins which I perceive are real and cannot be escaped.  If I am bound in any way, I do not know my Father nor my Self.  And I am lost to all reality.  For truth is free, and what is bound is not a part of truth.
  2. Father, I ask for nothing but the truth.  I have had many foolish thoughts about myself and my creation and have brought a dream of fear into my mind.  Today I would not dream.  I choose the way to You instead of madness and instead of fear.  For truth is safe, and only love is sure.[1]
Audio Credit: eckiefriar.com Lesson 278

Dear Heavenly Father, I will no longer accept as my reality that I am this body or that my Self is held prisoner in this bloody mound of clay.  I no longer believe that You would place Your Son in a world where visions of pain, suffering, and death are sources of delight and entertainment.  This dream of separation would substitute the reality of Your Love and Kingdom for a nightmare of infirmity, imprisonment, and certain death.  How could I ever find You in such a world?  How could You Who are perfect, loving, kind, and true create such a place to raise Your Son?  If I would believe such a thing, I could do nothing but turn my back upon You and deny my Father and my self out of sheer and utter fear and loathing.  Thank You, Father, for the truth, the truth that sets us free and releases us from false belief in the nightmare world.

Today we ask for nothing but the truth!  The ego gives us multi-varied theories about ourselves and our creation.  Who are we?  Where did we come from?  What is the purpose of our being?  Enquiring minds down through recorded history ask these questions of their priests, prophets, seers, shamans, and scientists.  There are thousands upon thousands of paths to follow to the truth – every religion upon the face of the earth has a slightly different take on their gospels; scientists have their theories; shamans have their mind-expanding drugs and alternate realities. 

Today, however, we want to pass through the mists of dogma, theory, magic, and dreams. We ask for the truth.  We want to get past all the tripe that would distract and keep us bound.  We want to be released from lies and illusions.  We want to wake from our stupor of separation.  Today we choose to walk the path of love.  Today we awake to truth.  We are Sons of God, made in the likeness of our Father, and in Him, we find our home.    


[1] A Course in Miracles/Workbook for Students/If I am bound…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 435

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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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