II. SECTION 8. What is the Real World?
Lesson 295. The Holy Spirit Looks Through Me Today
- Christ asks that He may use my eyes today and thus redeem the world. He asks this gift that He may offer peace of mind to me and take away all terror and pain. And as they are removed from me, the dreams that seemed to settle on the world are gone. Redemption must be one. As I am saved, the world is saved with me. For all of us must be redeemed together. Fear appears in many different forms, but love is one.
- My Father, Christ has asked a gift of me, and one I give that it be given me. Help me to use the eyes of Christ today and thus allow the Holy Spirit’s Love to bless all things which I may look upon, that His forgiving Love may rest on me.
Today as we come to our holy practice, Jesus teaches us to give Him our eyes. Our eyes used by the false self will report all manner of alarms. While the often quoted Buddhist saying offers an equal amount of joy for sorrow, our human eyes are programmed to perceive more like a thousand sorrows for every passing joy. The world will not be redeemed by perceiving it through eyes designed to see opposites, distinctions, hierarchies, and independence from God. The world cannot be redeemed through power struggles, taking up arms against our enemies, or competing for limited resources. The world can only be redeemed by giving Christ our eyes and replacing them with His clear vision unclouded by that which is not love.
When we give the Lord our eyes, we see the world anew. The shadows that filled us with despair, decay, destruction, and death are gone. The worries that plagued our minds, the shame and guilt that weighed upon our consciousness, the fear and terror of death and disease – melt away. As we see the real world that lies just beyond our consciousness of this one, we are renewed in our love and devotion for our Redeemer. We begin to see how this world cannot be real, that it is only a program designed to keep us hostage in a cycle of death and dying, in a holographic world designed to pit us one against the other, to be consumed by dread for impending death and doom. When we ask the Lord to take our eyes and use them for Him, our hearts and minds are set free of the ego-program and put on the holy program that leads us back to our eternal Home with Him.
Today Jesus offers us a basic key to His vision. We give Him our eyes and we see with His Vision. And His Vision informs us of the difference between the ego-program based upon fear and His program based upon love. Fear will come in many forms; love only comes in one.
My holy brother lived in a different country for awhile and was a bit dismayed at the little to no interest in Christ that many of the citizens exhibited. Coming from our area of Pennsylvania where even the tiniest villages boast at least one or two denominational churches, the dearth of places to worship gave him consternation. One day two Witnesses appeared at the door. While not accepting the publications that they were promoting, he was still full of delight to hear the name of Jesus and to share the message of the oneness of Christ. You love Jesus and I love Jesus. This doctrine you are promoting means nothing in the face of our love for Him!
Jesus is the logo of our love for God, for Jesus, and for the Holy Spirit which is our true identity in Him. We have no need for many forms, for different forms are the symbol of fear. Love makes us one. Love is one.
When we cherish dogmas based upon ancient documents that add to separateness and division rather than unity, when we weaponize our religious texts and use them to project blame and shame and damnation upon our brothers, we are perceiving through the ego’s eyes of fear. We cannot see the real world for our eyes are clouded by the ego-programming of this one. When we no longer accept the different forms of religion, we become single in our Love of Jesus Himself. Jesus makes us one.
Today we ask the Lord to give us the needed experiences we must have in the real world to convince us that we are on the path to God and not deceiving ourselves in yet another form of fear! God does not expect us to believe blindly. We are allowed to question and to ask for proof. We are not shamed for seeking truth and being wary of its impersonators. We are not asked to believe in ancient texts that leave us with more questions, uncertainty, and division. Jesus promises that those who seek truth will find it. But first we must give Him our eyes. We must pray:
My eyes are of no use to me. I give them to You, My Lord and Savior. I give You my eyes, so that I may clearly see the real world – redeemed, saved, and as One in You.
 A Course In Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 295. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 446.
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