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Part 1 Undoing the Way We See Things Now


I am not a body.  I am free. For I am still as God created me.

Lesson 201

  1. (181)  I trust my brothers, who are one with me.

No one but is my brother.  I am blessed with oneness with the universe and God, my Father, one Creator of the whole that is my Self, forever one with me.

I am not a body.  I am free.  For I am still as God created me.[1]

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Devotional Meditation:

Dear Father, Today we come to you morning and evening, recognizing the holiness and goodness and love that You created me with and for:  I am not a body.  I am free.  For I am still as You created me.   

I ask Holy Spirit to instill within my mind the structure and guidance from Christ as in how to train our mind to think with You.   I want to know that I am not a body, that I am free, that I am still as You created me from the deepest regions of my mind and heart.  I never want to fall back into believing that I am a body or an ego, that I am nothing but another consumer, a plague upon the face of the earth, devouring or being devoured by forces outside and from within.  Today I thank You, Father, for giving us Salvation, for giving us a way out of the nightmare which is not made of You. 

We will start today’s morning review with the theme for Review VI. I choose to do the best I can to stay with the structure and guidance on this review instead of just going my own way and sometimes doing it the second time and sometimes not.  So I will start each practice session for the next twenty review lessons with the main idea of:  I am not a body.  I am free. For I am still as God created me.

Today I trust my brothers for they are one with me.  I will forgive them for all the ways in which I was tempted to believe that they were out to get me, to take advantage of me, to try to steal my joy, or rain on my parade.  I will forgive them for all the ways in which they left me alone and in sorrow when I needed them most!  I will forgive them while all along knowing that I have nothing to forgive for they were doing the best they could.  As I am not a body, neither are they a body.  As I am free of the ego; so are they free of the ego.  As I am still as God created me, so are they.

As I review Lesson 181, let the words of Christ take life in my mind and help me to ward off all tempting thoughts that my brothers can remain lost while I can be saved.  When anger and resentment come to my mind today, when I am tempted to dwell upon their wrongdoing, their selfishness, their lies – let me remember to avow with all my strength and devotion:  I will not look upon my brothers and see anything that is wrong or sinful.  I trust them for they are one with me.  I will give up all grudges no matter how many times they come to mind in efforts to throw me off the path to You.  These thoughts of forgiveness, these thoughts of trust, these thoughts of putting away anger and wrath and unkindness and focusing only upon the goodness and purity of my brothers will keep me safe. 

This is no pipe dream.  My thoughts have power to go beyond the mistakes of my brothers, the sins of the world.  My thoughts have the holy function to bring in Your Kingdom, Your Power, Your Glory now and forever.  When all I want to see is the holiness and sweetness, the kindness and goodness of my brothers, when this is all I seek for, when all I want to think about is Your Kingdom of love and joy and peace, the vision of Christ becomes mine.  All I want to see, Dear Father, is the Love You feel for us reflected in the world. 

The world no longer is a witness to our sin but rather our purity and holiness.  Our love for everyone we see demonstrates that we are transformed from the illusion of humanity to the Self created in Your Love and in Your Will.  Let us remember who we are, O Lord.  Bless our practice today.  Bring us together in Christ – not looking back or hoping in a vain future, but straight into the present where we put our trust, our hope, our love. 

I trust my brothers who are one with me.  Bless them today and keep them in the light of Your Will, Oh Father.  Let me see all with the eyes of Christ; let them see me with the eyes of Christ.  Show us the way and help us to walk within it as we give our willingness to You. 

I am not a body, I am free.  I am still as God created me.

In the name of Jesus with Whom we are One.  Amen.

[1] A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 201. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).

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