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Lesson 271 Christ Is The Vision I Will Use Today

  1. Each day, each hour, every instant, I am choosing what I want to look upon, the sounds I want to hear, the witnesses to what I want to be the truth for me.  Today I choose to look upon what Christ would have me see, to listen to God’s Voice, to seek the witnesses to what is true in God’s creation. In Christ’s sight, the world and God’s creation meet, and as they come together all perception disappears.  His kindly sight redeems the world from death, for nothing that He looks on but must live, remembering the Father and the Son, Creator and creation unified.
  2. Father, Christ’s vision is the way to You.  What He beholds invites Your memory to be restored to me.  And this I choose, to be what I would look upon today.[1]
With Christ’s Vision the World and Creation Meet – Photo by http://www.eckiefriar.com

Notes and Personal Application Today we choose to see with the eyes of Christ, to understand the world through the lens of its need for forgiveness, correction, and return to God.  This is our prayer, our commitment, our salvation. 

As students of the Course, we have come to understand the need for vigilance in our walk to God.  We have come to understand that we are not the separate ego which would keep us from our identity in Christ, and yet each day, each hour, every single instant, this ego works to distract us and keep us caught up in the drama world of deceit.  As long as the Son of God looks upon the lies as truth, the Son of God remains in a world of time, of death, of decay. 

So today Christ’s is the vision we use.  Each day we come to our practice, each moment we give to God, each insight that we receive from Holy Spirit, each step we take forward on our walk toward truth, each time we forgive rather than condemn we are bringing darkness to light.  We are bringing lies to truth.  We are ending the separation and standing with Christ in saving the world. 

It is a choice how we spend our time, what music we listen to, what voices we heed.  It is a choice which witnesses we choose to tell the truth to us.  When we suffer a loss in this world, do we give it to God and count it all joy or do we sulk, complain, or allow our mind to become full of bitterness, anger, or sorrow?  When we have a few moments to relax and take it easy, do we call our friends to fret over the political turmoil of the day and call names and blame the other political party for what is wrong about our country or do we focus upon the love and peace and joy that Christ has established in our hearts and minds?  Do we allow our neighbors to offend us by their conceits and misdeeds or do we practice the forgiveness we ask for ourselves over our past wrongs?  

When we use Christ’s vision, we step out of the ego and into the light of truth.  We are no longer caught up in this world and all of its constant clamor, chatter, and chaos.  When we see with the eyes of Christ, we see beyond this realm.  We see the place where heaven and earth meet and where we no longer perceive separation because we are the one Son of God. 

Join with me in today’s prayer in your own words and for your own circumstances:

Father, let us see with the eyes of Christ because this is the only way to You.  When we see love instead of hate, when we see happiness instead of sadness; when we see immortality instead of death – we know that Christ’s vision is our own and that the memory of You is restored to us.  This is what we want to see today.  We want to see happiness!  We want to see togetherness!  We want to see people having fun and doing good!  We want to see beauty.  We want to see righteous living and truth telling.  This is what we choose for we will be what we look upon today.  In the name of Jesus, with Whom we are one.  Amen. 

[1] A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 271. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p 231

Audio credit: the friar patch @ http://www.eckiefriar.com