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II.  SECTION 9.  What is the Second Coming?

Lesson 302.  Where Darkness Was I Look Upon The Light

  1. Father, our eyes are opening at last.  Your holy word awaits us, as our sight is finally restored, and we can see.  We thought we suffered.  But we had forgot the Son whom You created.  Now we see that darkness is our own imagining, and light is there for us to look upon.  Christ’s vision changes darkness into light, for fear must disappear when love has come.  Let me forgive Your holy world today, that I may look upon its holiness and understand it but reflects my own.
  2. Our Love awaits us as we go to Him and walks beside us showing us the way.  He fails in nothing.  He the end we seek, and He the means by which we go to Him.[1]

In our Course lesson today, Jesus leads us in a prayer with a deep and abiding key to God’s Kingdom.  He urges us to awaken further and remember our oneness with Christ.  We suffered in the world, but only because we forgot who we are.  When we accept our oneness with Christ, the poser selves made to survive in the shadows of separation fall away.  Love has come!  Fear not!  As the Second Coming of Christ takes place within our minds, we forgive the nothingness of separation.  We forgive history. We forgive our ancestors. We forgive all the false religions that have taught us to fear God and come before Him with blood and suffering and call it a gift.  We forgive our parents for bringing us into such a world and teaching us it was true.  We forgive Mother Nature and Father Time.  We forgive ourselves and each other for all the mistakes we made when we built our lives upon a foundation of lies. We forgive the whole seductive set-up, in which God’s Son played the stooge.  We forgive it and believe in it no more – and the world of that awful dream is gone.  We wake up to the Second Coming, we are the Second Coming.

Christ has returned. We remember our oneness with Him, our Identity has been restored; the Second Coming has been established in our consciousness.  Our minds are cleansed from the cyclic battles of good vs. evil.  When we remember who we are and we know what we are about – the world no longer reflects our darkness and shadow, the world reflects our love and our light.  Lies no longer stand in the transparency of our Truth.  The shadow of doubt and torment of uncertainty have nowhere to malinger.  We are the return of Christ in our oneness with Him. 

The goal of this Course and our daily meditations is to awaken our minds to this message.  In this section we will open our minds and hearts to understand the true and happy meaning of the Second Coming.  Remind yourself daily to pray for the Second Coming of Christ.  As Christ is established in our minds and hearts, we are not delivered from a world hellbent on darkness, we are saviors with Him.  In Christ and only as one with Him, can we bring correction and healing.  In Him and as one with Him, we extend light where there is darkness; we replace fear with love.  If we are not one with Him, we are useless to His holy cause. 

If we do not see ourselves as part of the Second Coming of Christ, if we are waiting for the Second Coming to destroy this world and take us – the elect – away to some glorious reward in the sky – we simply are missing the point.  Do not take my word for it.  Do not take the Course’s word for it.  Do not seek truth in a book or ancient text.   Do not go to your priest, preacher, or rabbi.  You have no need to consult a shaman or guru.  The religious leaders of the day, despised Jesus because He instructed His followers in the equal access we have to God.  He told us to go into our closets and pray. Not to be show-offs about it.  Not to support a building or a belief system.  For it is there in the quiet place where no outside voices obstruct and interfere, Love awaits and will guide and direct us to the truth.  This going within will never fail us, for that is where we are as God created us!  This is where we find true strength in love, in gentleness, in purity, and innocence.  This is where we find the light of Christ which empowers us to transform and serve as a counterpoint to the lies and seduction of the dark ego-prince.  This is the place, outside the bounds of time, where the Second Coming of Christ takes place.    

Today and every day, go to your quiet and secret place to pray.  Shut down the voices from the outside and quiet the ego chatter that is going on in your head.  Take a few moments to clear the altar of your mind of all that is calling to you.  It will be there when you return. No matter how compelling your daily chores and obligations may seem in the world of time, they can have no meaning without His Return! Pray today’s prayer in your own words and from your own heart’s cry.  Ask the Father to reveal His Truth to you and do not be afraid.  For this is where Love awaits.  And Love will never fail. 

[1] A Course In Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 302. Where darkness was…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 450.

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