Part 1 Undoing the Way We See Things Now
LESSON 114 Morning and Evening Review
Lesson 97 and 98
- (97) I am spirit. I am the Son of God. No body can contain my spirit, nor impose on me a limitation God created not.
- (98) I will accept my part in God’s plan for salvation. What can my function be but to accept the Word of God, Who has created me for what I am and will forever be?
- On the hour: I am spirit. On the half hour: I will accept my part in God’s plan for salvation.
Notes and Personal Application: In the first lesson review, Jesus reminds us that we are not bodies, and that our bodies cannot contain our true Selves, our spirits. Our bodies cannot limit us. There are times we worry and fret over our bodies and the limitations that they seem to impose on us – we are all too aware, for instance, that in this realm of flesh, we cannot be more than one place at one time. When James and I lived in Shanghai, we went for months without seeing our family and friends from home. I missed our grown kids; I missed my sister; I missed my best friend – I longed to hug them, feel their warmth, and hear the laughter, to bask in their presence; to spend time in each others’ houses and visit our favorite haunts. My body was on the other side of the world; my loved ones were here going about their daily lives – we were separated by all those miles, but only in our bodies. The distance between us did not limit our love for each other; the ocean and land masses that stretched sandwiched between us did not wipe us away – we could not see each other, but we still existed in each others’ minds. Today Jesus reminds us that we are spirit. Our bodies only seem to contain us, but no matter the circumstances, the distance, the depth of deception and temptation, our bodies do not define us – because we are spirit.
In reviewing lesson 98, we tell our minds with great conviction: “I will accept my part in God’s plan for salvation.” Accepting our part in God’s plan for salvation is not going to take anything at all away from us. I spent most of my life running from God’s call upon my life. Earlier this week, going through old photographs, I reminisced about young motherhood, family holiday feasts, my sister’s legendary Halloween parties, our weekly Scrabble games. I thought of the different jobs I have had, the good friends I have made, the things that we did together. There were pictures from before James, with this guy and that one – the trips we took, the people we met, the houses we lived in. The pictures tell a story from the past – which is gone. My hair is no longer long and blonde, but short and gray. I no longer weigh 125 pounds, but more like 175! Linda and I were chortling over some of the stunts we used to pull, and though it gave us both a good belly laugh, neither of us would ever go back to the past and do the same thing. Now that we know better, it would not be any fun at all. Now that we know who we are and what we are, all that gadding about, chasing after things, and making stooges of ourselves at the expense of others, would be boring. Now that we know God, we can only run to Him, not from Him. It is our privilege to accept our part in God’s plan for salvation. We give up nothing and we get everything. Imagine!
Today I have included two separate meditations for the lesson reviews. In keeping with today’s instructions, we listen as often as we can to the hourly and half-hourly meditations. Remember the words of Jesus when He reminded us that this is our second chance to attain learning gains that will bring us to more solid ground, with firmer footsteps, and with stronger faith. The more we practice our lesson ideas, the wiser we become in facing down the temptations of the ego. We live in a hellish realm, designed to keep us distracted and/or disturbed at all times and in all situations. The worse thing that can happen to the ego is that we remember who and what we are and accept our part in God’s plan for salvation. This is the way to help us remember and to accept our true and holy function.
 A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 114. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 207.