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Lesson 164 Now We Are One With Him Who Is Our Source

Part 1 Undoing the Way We See Things Now

Lesson 164 Now Are We One With Him Who Is Our Source.

  1. What time but now can truth be recognized?  The present is the only time there is.  And so today, this instant, now, we come to look upon what is forever there; not in our sight, but in the eyes of Christ.  He looks past time, and sees eternity as represented there.  He hears the sounds the senseless, busy world engenders, yet He hears them faintly.  For beyond them all He hears the song of Heaven, and the Voice for God more clear, more meaningful, more near.
  2. The world fades easily away before His sight.  Its sounds grow dim.  A melody from far beyond the world increasingly is more and more distinct, an ancient Call to Which He gives an ancient answer.  You will recognize them both, for they are but your answer to your Father’s Call to you.  Christ answers you, echoing your Self, using your voice to give His glad consent; accepting your deliverance for you.
  3. How holy is your practicing today, as Christ gives you His sight and hears for you, and answers in your name the Call He hears!  How quiet is the time you give to spend with Him, beyond the world.  How easily are all your seeming sins forgot, and all your sorrows unremembered.  On this day is grief laid by, for sights and sounds that come from nearer than the world are clear to you who will today accept the gifts He gives. 
  4. There is a silence into which the world can not intrude.  There is an ancient peace you carry in your heart and have not lost.  There is a sense of holiness in you the thought of sin has never touched.  All this today you will remember.  Faithfulness in practicing today will bring rewards so great and so completely different from all things you sought before, that you will know that here your treasure is, and here your rest.
  5. This is the day when vain imaginings part like a curtain, to reveal what lies beyond them.  Now is what is really there made visible, while all the shadows which appeared to hide it merely sink away.  Now is the balance righted, and the scale of judgment left to Him Who judges true.  And in His judgment will a world unfold in perfect innocence before your eyes.  Now will you see it with the eyes of Christ.  Now is its transformation clear to you.
  6. Brother, this day is sacred to the world.  Your vision, given you from far beyond all things within the world, looks back on them in a new light.  And what you see becomes the healing and salvation of the world.  The valuable and valueless are both perceived and recognized for what they are.  And what is worthy of your love receives your love, while nothing to be feared remains. 
  7. We will not judge today.  We will receive but what is given us from judgment made beyond the world.  Our practicing today becomes our gift of thankfulness for our release from blindness and from misery.  All that we see will but increase our joy, because its holiness reflects our own.  We stand forgiven in the sight of Christ, with all the world forgiven in our own.  We bless the world, as we behold it in the light in which our Savior looks on us, and offer it the freedom given us through His forgiving vision and our own.
  8. Open the curtain in your practicing by merely letting go all things you think you want.  Your trifling treasures put away, and leave a clean and open space within your mind where Christ can come, and offer you the treasure of salvation.  He has need of your most holy mind to save the world.  Is not this purpose worthy to be yours?  Is not Christ’s vision worthy to be sought above the world’s unsatisfying goals? 
  9. Let not today slip by without the gifts it holds for you receiving your consent and your acceptance.  We can change the world, if you acknowledge them.  You may not see the value your acceptance gives the world.  But this you surely want; you can exchange all suffering for joy this very day.  Practice in earnest, and the gift is yours.  Would God deceive you?  Can His promise fail?  Can you withhold so little, when His Hand holds out complete salvation to His Son?[1]
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[1] A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 164. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).

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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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