II. SECTION 8. What is the Real World?
Lesson 299. Eternal Holiness Abides in Me.
- My holiness is far beyond my own ability to understand or know. Yet God, my Father, Who created it, acknowledges my holiness as His. Our Will, together, understands it. And our Will, together, knows that it is so.
- Father, my holiness is not of me. It is not mine to be destroyed by sin. It is not mine to suffer from attack. Illusions can obscure it, but can not put out its radiance, nor dim its light. It stands forever perfect and untouched. In it are all things healed, for they remain as You created them. And I can know my holiness. For Holiness Itself created me, and I can know my Source because it is Your Will that You be known.
A word to the wise: When we experience the eternal holiness that abides in us, recognize immediately that there is no fault at all in our inability to understand it or know much about it. It is perfectly fine to just acknowledge it quietly without broadcasting to others who share our human journey.
It is there simply because God is there. We each have a holy spirit because God created our spirits whole and holy. It is His Will for our spirit to be holy, and it is our will for our spirits to be holy. There it is inside of us; we know that it is so. However, that does not mean that everybody else knows that this is so. It is not the nature of this world to grant that what we carry around on the inside, invisible to everybody else, is our reality. Especially since there is little to no difference in our outward appearance, manners, or prior experiences to back up our claims of godliness!
The Bible is full of the most beautiful stories, myths, and parables. I am so grateful for the opportunity to study it, read it, and meditate upon its many lessons.
We discussed Joseph from the book of Genesis this week during our Course study. Although I find the story of Joseph a thrilling one, he could have saved himself a lot of hardship by merely not being a blabbermouth. Life was hard; we will presume that none of the other sons wore fancy threads and swaggered about, spouting forth their dreams, and playing snitch for dad. This had been going on since the boy was a little guy, I imagine. Born in Jacob’s older years, he probably played games with Joseph that he had never had time or inclination to do with the older sons. And the brothers’ dark jealousy, envy, and murderous rage probably stemmed from the likelihood that Joseph would inherit all of their father’s riches, after years of their own hard work and going without. While Joseph naturally enjoyed being the apple of his father’s eyes, did he necessarily have to run and tell dad when the sons of the lesser wives and concubines got into a little mischief? Was it any wonder they plotted to kill him when the young braggart indicated that he that they were all going to bow down to him one day? No matter that one day Joseph would save all their lives and livelihoods; no question that he was destined by God to be an important man that would save Israel, it may have happened in much less torturous paths for all involved if he only could have kept his greatness where it belonged!
Growing up, I was intimately acquainted with someone who could not keep their holiness where it belonged. Holiness abode in them, placed by God, but it was not that apparent from the outside. Instead, we saw boasting and postulating. Holiness was an outward posture that had to do with appearances and denial of the flesh. It was only natural that others took offense at attacks on their lack of holiness, and began to find fault, gleefully pointing out discrepancies between claims of holiness and areas in need of improvement!
I learned such a valuable lesson from this otherwise wise and kind teacher – some things are between you and God. If you are showing off your inner holiness through your body by wearing a particular style of clothing or hairstyle, quoting scripture at people, or reminding others of some great work that God has called you to do – you are going to have a tough row to hoe. If you boast about your godliness on Facebook or use God and His Son as a weapon to remind others of your holiness versus their own spiritual needs, you won’t lose your holiness – it is invulnerable, but you will be despised, and you will have brought this on your self.
Let it be known that any holiness I claim today is not of
me! And that is a good thing because if
it were of me, I would have ruined it by now.
Nobody can attack my holiness because it is not mine. It is God’s holiness, and it is inside of me
and inside of you, whether you want to own it or not. Today’s prayer says that illusions can hide
it, but that nothing can put out or dim its brightness. The holiness that God puts in us stands
forever perfect and invulnerable. All
things are healed because the holiness in me is as God created me. I can know that it is there only because
I trust that God Who is Holiness created me and put it there, and it is His
Will that I know Him and who I really am!
 A Course In Miracles, Workbook for Students, 299. Eternal holiness abides…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 448