II. SECTION 12. What is the Ego?
Lesson 334 Today I claim the gifts forgiveness brings.
- I will not wait another day to find the treasures that my Father offers me. Illusions are all vain, and dreams are gone even while they are woven out of thoughts that rest on false perceptions. Let me not accept such meager gifts again today. God’s Voice is offering the peace of God to all who hear and choose to follow Him. This is my choice today. And so I go to find the treasures God has given me.
- I seek but the eternal. For Your Son can be content with nothing less than this. What, then, can be his solace but what You are offering to his bewildered mind and frightened heart, to give him certainty and bring him peace? Today I would behold my brother sinless. This Your Will for me, for so will I behold my sinlessness.
Today we commit ourselves with no more delay! Today is the day we discover the eternal treasures that our Father gives to us. No longer can we accept the things of this world. Nothing this world offers can we hold dear for no matter what we accumulate in this world of time, it will turn to rot and bring us sorrow – our riches, our assets, our status in the world all rest on the valueless. We refuse to search for salvation in our special relationships and the ego-promises of this world – for now we know where the treasure is and where it can be found.
It is the peace of God we want. We searched for what was never lost! The peace of God, like truth and love and God Himself, is and always was. We, who were tempted to find another purpose than the one in which we were created, became possessed of a dark shadow that bade us seek what could never be found; that called us to follow that which cannot lead, that promised to cherish when it can only despise.
Today we seek only that which is eternal. We put all else aside – special relationships, worldly ambitions, banal affiliations – for we see them for the meager substitutes they are. The peace of God is ours today – for we have opened our minds and hearts to hear and we choose to follow Him. This is our choice today – as we go two-by-two, hand-in-hand to collect the treasure that God has given us.
Dear brother, take note. It is through our brokenness, bewilderment, and dread we are brought to the peace and certainty of God. We forgive the separation. We forgive our brothers their dark shadow even as our own dark shadow fades away. We offer only forgiveness and gratitude for it is only through the ego’s betrayal, deceit, and despair that we find our way to God.
A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 334. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 469.
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