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Lesson 54 Review of Lessons 16 – 20

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Part 1 Undoing the Way We See Things Now

Lesson 54 Review of Lessons 16-20

  1. (16) I have no neutral thoughts.

 Neutral thoughts are impossible because all thoughts have power. They will either make a false world or lead me to the real one.  But thoughts cannot be without effects. As the world I see arises from my thinking errors, so will the real world rise before my eyes as I let my errors be corrected. My thoughts cannot be neither true or false.  They must be one or the other.  What I see shows me which they are.   

  • (17)  I see no neutral things.

What I see witnesses to what I think. if I did not think I would not exist, because life is thought. Let me look on the world I see as a representation of my own state of mind . I know that my state of mind can change.  And so I also know the world I see can change is well.

  • (18) I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my seeing.

If I have no private thoughts, I cannot see a private world. Even the mad idea of separation had to be shared before it could form the basis of the world I see. Yet that sharing was a sharing of nothing. I can also call upon my real thoughts, which share everything with everyone.  As my thoughts of separation call to the separation thoughts of others, so my real thoughts awaken the real thoughts in them. And the world my real thought shows me will dawn on their sight as well as mine.

  • (19) I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my thoughts.

I am alone in nothing. Everything I think or say or do teaches all the universe. A Son of God cannot think or speak or act in vain. He cannot be alone in anything. It is therefore in my power to change every mind along with mine, for mine is the power of God.

  • (20)  I am determined to see.

Recognizing the shared nature of my thoughts, I am determined to see. I would look upon the witnesses that show me the thinking of the world has been changed. I would behold the proof that what has been done through me has enabled love to replace fear, laughter to replace tears, and abundance to replace loss. I would look upon the real world, and let it teach me that my will and the Will of God are one.

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Notes and Personal Application (2019):   Morning meditation – Dear Lord.  My thoughts cannot be neutral.  They are either true and reinforce the real world, or they are false and reinforce the lies of this world.  Dear Lord, that my thoughts are true and reflect love, that my thoughts are true and know who I really am and what I am really about.  Help me to be full of courage as I seek truth, even when others cannot or do not choose to seek it.  I want to learn by applying the concept of teaching others to learn what I must know.  This unloving realm is not the real world.  I live and love and breathe and enjoy my being only in the real world.  My thoughts are not neutral.  They are thoughts of love and life and laughter.  My thoughts are shared with others and bring love to replace fear; laughter to replace tears, abundance to replace loss, togetherness and communion to replace estrangement and isolation and loneliness.  In Jesus name.  Amen. 

Evening Practice:  I have no neutral thoughts.  And what I see will tell me what my thoughts are.  That is powerful and helpful, Lord.  When I see Love and Fun and Freedom that is telling me what my thoughts are.  When I see Doom and Gloom and Fear, that is telling me what my thoughts are.  I have no neutral thoughts.  I am either thinking with the Holy Spirit or I am thinking with the ego. 

I see no neutral things.  I am not alone in experiencing what I see and what I think – I am always teaching all the time.  What I think about and what I see, I share with others.  I can always tell what I am thinking by what I see, and when I share this, it is an idea that gets bigger and bigger.  It is my salvation to see love and to share love.  I am determined to see with the Holy Spirit.

Notes and Personal Application (2020):  We went out for brunch with our son and I did not record our morning devotions, though we read our lesson and sipped our coffee and said our prayers.  It wasn’t until today, Tuesday, March 3, 2020, that Holy Spirit reminded me to blog and publish this lesson. 

One of the things I remember about this day in particular was that I had an encounter with my cousin Amy, whom had always been a trial to me. However, instead of seeing her through the eyes of remembered pain, I saw her with love.  She was so beautiful to me; so gentle, so kind. It was such a freeing experience, and it filled my heart with happiness and joy. 

This was not a hypocritical attempt to deny that we do not share a past fraught with fear and hatred, resentment and grudges toward one another.  It is rather the correct way in which to internalize God’s love and extend it to others.  When we internalize the love of God and it becomes us, it becomes our identity, we are no longer controlled by the negativity of the past and we no longer assign blame and judgment on others.  We free others and we are freed.  

The fact that I experienced this and could see that Amy was experiencing this as well, was a wonderful application for concept 19: “I am alone in nothing.” Everything we think or say or do teaches all the universe, Jesus tells us.  A Son of God cannot think or speak or act in vain. He cannot be alone in anything. It is therefore in our power to change every mind along with ours, for ours is the power of God.  

It is much more pleasant to love Amy than to hate her.  When I love her, I am canceling out all the ways in which the memory of her had tormented and continued to hurt me long after the actual events.  I was no longer her victim.  I was no longer giving my power to change minds to the ego which would stir up hatred and fear between us, but instead using my power for God.  This happened without any effort on my part.  When I saw her, I loved her.  I was filled with delight to look at her, to remember her, to appreciate all that she has brought into my life.  It was such a pleasant experience that even now, writing about over a week later, I am once again warmed by the memory. 

It is our salvation to see love and to share love.  Let us determine to see with Holy Spirit.

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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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