Part 1 Undoing the Way We See Things Now
LESSON 119 Morning and Evening Review
Lesson 107 and Lesson 108
- (107) Truth will correct all errors in my mind. I am mistaken when I think I can be hurt in any way. I am God’s Son, whose Self rests safely in the Mind of God.
- (108) To give and to receive are one in truth. I will forgive all things today, that I may learn how to accept the truth in me and come to recognize my sinlessness.
- On the hour: Truth will correct all errors in my mind. On the half hour: To give and to receive are one in truth.
Notes and Personal Application: In Lesson 107, Jesus assures us that truth will correct all the mistaken thoughts we have in our mind. Thoughts about the world; thoughts about our past, worries about our future, thoughts about our sorrows, joy, losses, triumphs…the truth will correct it all. All we have to do is be willing to ask Him to undo all that is untrue in our lives. This must be our heart’s cry. We must want the truth more than we want the enchantment. We must want truth more than what we see with our eyes, hear with our ears, or experience in the body.
Every living creature in the world is vulnerable to terrors on every side. No matter how “nice” the world may appear, no matter how sheltered our parents may have kept us from the evils of the world, no matter how privileged we may be – the theme of the world is to survive another day at the expense of other creatures. Nobody and nothing continues to exist in the physical realm which does not thrive upon the life of other plants, animals, or organisms.
Growing up in the country, my mother raised backyard flocks of chickens for meat. The little chicks would arrive around Easter, so adorable – tiny balls of cheeping fluff. Sometimes the chicks were dyed the colors of Easter eggs, which made them all the more captivating. Kept in the house at first, in a big cardboard box with a heat lamp, I would naturally grow quite attached to the tiny creatures. However, only a few months later, plump and feathered, they were ready for the kill.
Yesterday while we were cleaning the hen house, I told our grandson Zachary about butchering day. It would be my job to catch the chickens – then hold them down while my mother chopped off their heads. I was not good at catching chickens, and I was even worse at holding them down, while they flopped about in protest. We had no particular system or routine – there was no preparation. One day the chickens would be foraging peacefully about the property, enjoying the sunshine, scratching in the dirt for grubs and other goodies, clucking happily with the rest of the flock, and the next they would be flailing about the yard, headless and undignified, spurting blood. It was a nightmare.
Whether a chicken was nice and gentle, eating out of my hand, following me about the yard, came running when I called or if she was one of the bully hens, pecking the eyes out of the other hens, greedily eating more than her fair share, or running in the opposite direction when it was time to be locked up for the night – on butchering days, the good chickens were not separated from the bad ones. They all ended up indecorously headless, featherless, gutless, in all their ignoble glory, tucked in the freezer, boiled in the pot, roasted in the oven, or barbequed on the grill.
Was it a far stretch for my young mind to see that this was the fate of everything and everybody? Good or bad, religious or heathen, Greek or Jew, black or white, rich or poor – we were all going to end up disgraced by death, humiliated by decay, defeated by destruction. What could this possibly be about? Why bother? It was so depressing!
But today Jesus is saying that truth will correct all errors in our mind. In the body, we are sure to meet one ignoble fate, yet we are not our bodies, we are Sons of God. Perfect thoughts in the mind of God. Imagine. Remember. Hold on to this for it is life’s only meaning. It is a mistake to believe that the chronicles of the body are true; it is our oneness with God that stands.
It may seem like a stretch to tie this idea in with the second concept for our review today. However, as we train our minds to remember our oneness with God and our true Selves in Him, we also remember that unlike the physical realm, in the spiritual realm, to give and to receive are one in truth. One of the keys to the Kingdom of God is to learn this most powerful and useful concept. I asked God to teach me this concept in practical, relevant, everyday application because what the world had taught me was the complete opposite. When I gave, I lost something while the receiver gained; when I received I gained what someone else no longer held. This concept only works when applied to the intangible things of spirit. When I give joy and happiness; I receive more joy and happiness. When I give love, I receive more love than before I gave some away. When I forgive the world for all the fear that it taught me, I learn how to accept the truth about who and what I am in God. This is a process that is difficult if not impossible to put in to words, and yet people across the world and throughout time learn this, practice this, and are saved and healed through this lesson idea. When we remember that giving and receiving are one, we are delivered from our identity in the body and accept the truth about who and what we really are.
While we come to recognize the meaningless of the ego scripts of the world and our roles within our bodies, our salvation becomes full of fun and laughter and joyful abandon. We are delivered from the barnyard fracas. Our human foibles and mistakes, our great love affairs and crushing sorrows all become part of an ongoing journey toward our oneness with God, our eternal invulnerability in the spirit, our deliverance from the condemnation and finger-pointing of the world. We accept the truth about ourselves and how precious we are to God, our Father and Creator, our Eternal Lord.
 A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 119…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 212.