The Son of God is limitless. There are no limits on his strength, his peace, his joy, nor any attributes his Father gave in his creation. What he wills with his Creator and Redeemer must be done. His holy will can never be denied, because his Father shines upon his mind, and lays before it all the strength and love in earth and Heaven. I am he to whom all this is given. I am he in whom the power of my Father’s Will abides.
Your will can do all things in me, and then extend to all the world as well through me. There is no limit on Your Will. And so all power has been given to Your Son.
Today is our tenth and last lesson in Part II, Section 10 – What is the Last Judgment? When all lies and contradictions have faded from our minds – the truth stands alone. We realize who and what we really are in God. We stand with Christ, as one in Him we are Sons of God. We are infinite, because all that He is, we are; all that He has, we have. God is not a hoarder or a withholder – God shares freely and abundantly and without restraint with all of Creation. Therefore, the peace of God is ours; the might of God is ours; the joy of God is ours.
When only truth stands alone in our minds; when we have made the final judgment for God and let every false thing fade away – we can say with no fear, no arrogance, no sense of unworthiness – The Father gives all power unto me. For our Sonship which was never lost, has been restored to our awareness. When we know ourselves as God created us, we have no fear of God’s power.
For God’s power works for us, and never against us. God’s power can never be misused, stolen, or fall into the wrong hands for it only operates in the realm of wisdom, wholeness and holiness. God’s power does not hurt; God’s power heals. God’s power does not go to war; it brings peace. God’s power does not promote division; it brings oneness and unity. God’s power holds no contradictions, for truth has no opposite. God’s power holds no death, no disease, no decay, for it is life everlasting and brings abundance to all.
There is no limit on the Will of God, and it is God’s Will that the world is saved. We are used to thinking of power as a physical force that wreaks havoc, but when our spiritual eyes are opened, we know that this is not power, it is weakness. Any weakling can kill, destroy, or make enemies. It takes little thought, planning, or effort to take down a human being. A tiny spider can bring down the strongest man. It takes power to create, to heal, to love, to save.
All power has been given us toward this end, and for this end we came. In the name of Jesus with whom we are one. Amen.
 A Course In Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 320. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 460.
Here is a thought from which all arrogance has been removed, and only truth remains. For arrogance opposes truth. But when there is no arrogance, the truth will come immediately and fill up the space the ego left unoccupied by lies. Only the ego can be limited, and therefore it must seek for aims which are curtailed and limiting. The ego thinks that what one gains, totality must lose. And yet it is the Will of God I learn that what one gains is given to all.
Father, Your will is total. And the goal, which stems from it, shares its totality. What aim but the salvation of the world could You have given me? And what, but this could be the Will my Self has shared with You?
The goal of our devotional practice today is to learn that what one gains is given all. This is the Will of God for us to learn that His Will is total. We do not have to worry about the Will of God, because the Will of God is complete. It is done. God’s Will is the salvation of the world, and we are part of God’s Will. It is not God’s Will that any of Creation will perish, because what God wills and what God creates cannot perish.
When we believe the arrogant lies of the ego, we will fail to recognize the truth of the matter. We will get caught up in the dream of separation. We will believe that what we see with our flesh eyes is the truth about Creation. We will believe in pollution. We will believe in conflict. We will believe in murder. We will believe that some lives matter and others do not. We will believe that one political party will save us and the other destroy us. We will believe that God the Creator of all, has made enemies for Himself in which to go to war. We will believe that if one gains, others must lose. We will believe that is it okay to take and not return because that is how to grow rich, how to distinguish ourselves, how to make something out of our lives before we die.
When we stand with Christ, we can say with all humility and grace that we came for the salvation of the world. We did not come here to maintain separateness. We did not come here to sleep forever in a nightmare fraught with opposites. We did not come here to make enemies, to fight battles, to withhold love from those who are different from us. We did not come here to die. We came for the salvation of the world. This is God’s Will, and this is our will, for we are one with Him.
Today recognize God’s Call. He is calling to each one of us to awaken from our stupor. When you awake, I awake, and everyone eventually awakes because we were created in love. Love calls to its own. Love has no enemies. Love gives to one to give to all. In time, this may seem to be a long, drawn out process, but do not be discouraged or afraid. The world is saved as we awaken to God’s love and come to understand that God’s truth stands and all else fades away into the nothingness from which it came.
As our minds and hearts are prepared for the Last Judgment, we realize the only real reason we came to the world is to save it. How do we save the world? We awaken from the stupor of all that is not love. We stand with Christ and become one with Him Who saves us from all contradiction. When one stands, all stand. When one is saved, all are saved. If one life matters, all matter. We have made our final determination – this world holds no truth; God’s world holds the only Truth there is.
What one gains is given all. My salvation is your salvation is the salvation of the world.
 A Course In Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 319. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 460.
Lesson 318 In me salvation’s means and end are one.
In me, God’s holy Son, are reconciled all parts of Heaven’s plan to save the world. What could conflict, when all the parts have but one purpose and one aim? How could there be a single part that stands alone, or one of more or less importance, than the rest? I am the means by which God’s Son is saved, because salvation’s purpose is to find the sinlessness that God has placed in me. I was created as the thing I seek. I am the goal the world is searching for. I am God’s Son, His one eternal Love. I am salvations’ means and end as well.
Let me today, my Father, take the role You offer me in Your request that I accept Atonement for myself. For thus does what is thereby reconciled in me become as surely reconciled to You.
Today’s lesson teaches that each part of separation represents the whole of it. What takes place in my little shard of separateness that is called Eckie, can then symbolize the world. When God’s plan of salvation is resolved within me, it is resolved for the world for in God’s Kingdom we are one. If I wake up, you wake up, the world wakes up. This is the means of salvation and the end of the need for salvation. In time awakening seems to be a long, gradual, and sometimes painful process. In reality, it happens in an instant. The dream is gone when it serves no more purpose. It has taught us what we need to know about nothingness. When we have not the slightest interest in it anymore, we are saved from its cycles of decay and death.
In illusion world we are plagued by a sense of differences. We meet the nicest people but then we find out upon closer examination that they may lean left while we lean right; they are for while we are against; they may pray to a different concept of God than we do or come from a different social strata that either makes them seem inferior or superior to us but never our equal. But in today’s lesson, Jesus goes straight to the heart of the matter. Beyond all those seeming differences, He informs us – each of us have only one purpose and one aim. We are searching for that which we were created by and for – we are searching for God’s Love. When our Holy Selves are awakened within us, we stand with Christ, we are one with Christ, we are God’s Love.
That is why we can say, In me salvation’s means and end are one. In the time you devote to God today, ask Him to reveal this truth to you. Accepting Atonement for yourself, means that you have awakened and thus forgiven your dream of sin. You cherish it no longer. As we reconcile ourselves with our Holy Self, we are reconciled with God for we are one in Him. We recognize our oneness with all of Creation and with Christ Who redeems all. It is a beautiful plan, and one of love, of mercy, and gentle forgiveness.
We who thought we were split apart and asunder, lonely and adrift, are together and as one. We are back in the arms of God; we take our place at His table. In our oneness with Christ – we are the means and the end of salvation. Let love lead the way!
 A Course In Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 318. In me salvation’s…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 459.
I have a special place to fill; a role for me alone. Salvation waits until I take this part as what I choose to do. Until I make this choice, I am the slave of time and human destiny. But when I willingly and gladly go the way my Father’s plan appointed me to go, then will I recognize salvation is already here, already given all my brothers, and already mine was well.
Father, Your way is what I choose today. Where it would lead me go, I choose to go; what it would have me do I choose to do. Your way is certain and the end secure. The memory of You awaits me there. And all my sorrows end in Your embrace, which You have promised to Your Son, who thought mistakenly that he had wandered from the sure protection of Your loving Arms.
Our lesson on the last judgment today emphasizes how important making the choice for salvation. Until we recognize our position here in a state of nothingness, we are enslaved to time and to the fate of all humans. When we are blinded to our Father’s love, we fail to see Creation as it was created to be. We keep repeating human history – we keep bringing more children into the world, we keep hoping that there will be a cure for all our diseases, for evil, for aging, and death. We keep competing with one another, going to war, seeing our brothers as separate from us instead of seeing them as one with us. As long as we continue to search for our salvation in the physical realm, time quickly passes, our lives are over, and the world keeps repeating its same cycles.
This morning when I awoke, it was 4:11 a.m. Too early, I grumbled to myself as I reluctantly got out of bed and fumbled in the dark for my glasses and computer. Trudging downstairs, one could never mistake from outward appearances alone my resistance to being called out of bed so early in the morning! If I did not know the difference between my holy Self and the flesh self, I could easily mistake my sighs and bleary eyes as indications of my unwilling participation in God’s plan of salvation. Until I had a few sips of coffee, the joy and gratitude that are always there, were obscured by gravity, grogginess, and grudge.
Salvation comes with our Last Judgment about the ego world. This is the only decision that each of us must make. Nobody else can make this decision for us. We must all come to that place of salvation, when we gladly and willingly say no more to the enchantment, enslavement, and entrapment of human destiny. When we say no more to separation, we make the last judgment necessary in the separated state. Now we see past this world and all its ins and outs, ups and downs, and multitude of opposing choices. We have made the last one judgment that sets us free, that takes the blinders off our eyes, that wakes us from a stupor of madness. We recognize ego world for what it is, and we have declared it a zero. We have learned the lessons of what is not forever, what is not love, what we do not want, and what we do not need. We are no longer content to be a slave of time, fate, unloving relationships, limited resources, and meaningless activity. Salvation teaches us to be free of all that bound us to decay and death. We are free of our corpses, so to speak.
The special part each of us play in this grand scheme is the last special, individual thing we must do in separation. We must bring our individual separateness back to the fold and become one. We must do this happily, willingly, and with a full understanding of what we are putting down in order to return to God. Our Father does not drag us back to His Kingdom by the scruff of our necks, dragging our feet, and hanging on to our lust and lies and perversions. There is no one in God’s Kingdom who is held captive there, who longs to come back to a world like the one we made here, because we do not get to go until we make the last individual judgment we will ever make – we declare the world nothing in order to accept Everything.
In your devotional practice today, come to God as a child who has no preconceived notions of who and what God is. Do not tell God who and what He is; ask Him to show you. When God reveals Himself to you as Love, do not be afraid. When God reveals to you how precious and holy you are, how devoted He is to you, how undemanding and merciful, do not be afraid.
This is a very important message that I give you today, and so I urge you who are reading or listening to this post – be careful which God you pray to for if you pray to the false conception of God you may have in your mind, that false conception of God is a lie of the ego. It will mislead you, disappoint you, and wreak havoc upon your tender faith. When we pray to the false ideas of God, we will be led to attack our brothers, despise those who are different from us, and be drawn into ridiculous at best and vicious at worst ideas about sacrifices necessary to appease his anger, wrath, and spite. Know this: God is love and you will know His Love when you come to know Him.
Join with me in prayer:
Dear Father, We choose to walk in Your path. We choose to go where Love leads. We happily and willingly do our special part in Your plan of salvation today – we make a last judgment upon the separated world and we judge it as nothing. We made a mistake. We left Your Kingdom and thought we would make our own. We chose bodies and egos, Father, but they served only to bring us back to You. We are Your Sons. Lead us on the certain path which ends in Your eternal Kingdom. In the name of Jesus, with Whom we are one. Amen.
 A Course In Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 317. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 459.
Lesson 316 All gifts I give my brothers are my own.
As every gift my brothers give is mine, so every gift I give belongs to me. Each one allows a past mistake to go and leave no shadow on the holy mind my Father loves. His grace is given me in every gift a brother has received throughout all time, and past all times as well. My treasure house is full, and angels watch its open doors that not one gift is lost, and only more are added. Let me come to where my treasures are and enter in where I am truly welcome and at home, among the gifts that God has given me.
Father, I would accept Your gifts today. I do not recognize them. Yet I trust that You Who gave them will provide the means by which I can behold them, see their worth, and cherish only them as what I want.
In yesterday’s lesson, we learned that we are blessed abundantly every single moment of each passing day by the gifts of our brothers. Today, Jesus teaches us that just as we are blessed the gifts of others, so too, are others blessed by the gifts we bring. Salvation is not a one-man show! When we come to God, we are made aware of our oneness; we can only know our salvation when we share equally and freely with one another. We are made aware of the responsibility we bear to not only acknowledge and show appreciation for the gifts that others bring, but to acknowledge and show appreciation for the gifts that we bring. This keeps us from the ego’s tendency to make an idol of one another, to put the responsibility for our salvation (or lack thereof) onto our preachers, priests, gurus, and teachers, to judge and make comparisons, to compete, or to flatter someone’s ego in the name of God. We do not fall into the trap of false humility and say we have nothing to give, we have no talents and no gifts, let others shine! All of our gifts belong to all of us with mutuality, with getting to give and giving to get a beautiful field of naturally occurring miracles.
One of the most compelling features of A Course in Miracles is that it is not a new religion nor does Jesus teach us to separate from the world into an elect group whose enlightened understanding of God will save us while the rest of the world perishes. Instead Jesus teaches us through a Course presented in such a way as to be impossible to learn by oneself. We must pray for understanding. We must seek others to help us understand. Nobody has the perfect understanding on their own. Whether a beautiful illustration, a spiritual insight, an actionable way of application or illumination, we all have certain gifts to bring to our learning and teaching of the curriculum. If we do not acknowledge our gifts, if we are too afraid of making a mistake, uncertain of our own understanding, prone to hiding behind a facade of humility, or worse yet, let our past obscure our gifts, we will remain in a state of confusion and uncertainty. We will be outside the realm of giving to get and getting to give. In this realm, we will flounder, wondering why we are not experiencing the sense of liberation and awakening that others, who are sharing, claim. In this state, we will not enjoy holy relationships for holy relationships thrive only on recognizing our ultimate holiness, our true Identity, our gifts that we bring to the table of Love.
In the realm of the miraculous, our treasure house is always full because every single one of us are giving to get and getting to give. This loving mutuality is guarded by angels which protect every gift from ever being lost. In our holy habit of devotion, where we come before our Father with altars which have been swept clear of the ego and all of its lies and illusions, we can feel the presence of those angels, watching over our treasures, urging us to share and share again and not be afraid. If we make a mistake, there is a beautiful opportunity for holy correction. Each time we use our gifts of forgiveness and correction, those gifts in turn are given us, leaving no trace of the mistake, but only the loving correction.
Last year when I first started blogging the workbook lessons, I was plagued with self-doubt and worries about what others would think. I have not necessarily led a holy life; my journey has taken me down paths that I am not exactly proud to hang up for display! Many of my relationships look like train wrecks. I say things that later, I regret. I put my nose where it does not belong, I shake my finger at others when I should be shaking it at myself, and I make judgments that are unfair and unkind. There are times the old potty mouth still has its say. Not unlike many of my relationships, based on limited resources, jealousy, and uncertainty, my walk with God has been fraught with an on and off again switch. In my own estimation, it is taking me an inordinate amount of time to recognize my real and holy Self that Jesus discusses in the Course.
And yet, I accept the Father’s gifts today because I trust Him Who gave them to me. I trust the Lord will take my gifts and use them. While fears and doubts about my gifts would keep me outside the realm of love; the gifts I share serve as a means to enter in. If I write something that is shocking or offensive, if I attack rather than love, if I make a mistake in interpretation or fail to illuminate a lesson properly, I trust in you to forgive me and for God to correct me!
When we have learned this incredible lesson, when we have applied the concept in our efforts to awaken ourselves and others – I cherish your gifts as mine; you cherish my gifts as yours – now and always – this is our Last Judgment. We are brought into holy mutuality, an elevated recognition of our oneness with God and with each other; our Sonship with Father God and Brotherhood with Christ, His Son. Our minds awaken in the dream. We are no longer enchanted by the illusion of separateness from God and with each other. Our minds and hearts can now perceive the Real World and we are made ready to see God and be welcomed back into our eternal Kingdom.
Today, ask the Lord to reveal this truth to you. Pray for the Last Judgment for there is nothing to fear. Recognize your role in the return of Christ and the Last Judgment and commit yourself to the awakening. Join with me and with all your holy brothers who wash away our mistakes by placing our trust in the tender kindness and everlasting mercy of our loving Father who awaits our return!
 A Course In Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 316. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 458.
Lesson 315 All gifts my brothers give belong to me.
Each day a thousand treasures come to me with every passing moment. I am blessed with gifts throughout the day, in value far beyond all things of which I can conceive. A brother smiles upon another, and my heart is gladdened. Someone speaks a word of gratitude or mercy, and my mind receives this gift and takes it as its own. And everyone who finds the way to God becomes my savior, pointing out the way to me, and giving me his certainty that what he learned is surely mine as well.
I thank You, Father, for the many gifts that come to me today and every day from every Son of God. My brothers are unlimited in all their gifts to me. Now may I offer them my thankfulness, that gratitude to them may lead me on to my Creator and His memory.
Yesterday as we gathered together to start our meeting off with a little road trip and breakfast, I was called upon to offer thanks for our food. It is my privilege to thank God for our sustenance even while we are in separation. Today especially as we were about to eat our crispy bacon and fried egg muffins, my heart was lifted in gratitude for my brothers who are on the path to God, supporting rather than mocking or impeding my way! However as soon as I ended the prayer of thanks and blessing, I remembered the animals, the plants, and the people whose lives contributed to the tasty concoction set before us. Lately I have been including this thought into my words of thanksgiving for our meals and would encourage others to do the same. As we recognize the hundreds, if not thousands, of other creatures who have worked together to bring food to our plates, our separate egos are humbled of their grandiose ideas of independence. The same can be said as we sit in front of our computers to begin our daily work, as we get in our vehicles to take us where we need to go, as we pick up our shovels and rakes to work in our gardens, as we cook and clean, sleep and dress…Every day and in every way we are blessed beyond measure by the contributions of others.
As our egos lose hold upon our minds and our minds are awakened to Truth, appreciation for the God of Everything fills our minds and hearts with happy gratitude. A sense of brotherhood, the bounty of Creation, and most of all the Love of God envelope us with happiness. Christ has returned in you and in me, as we find our way to reunion with God, learning and teaching simultaneously the certainty of God. Each passing moment we fill each other’s cup whether a well-placed text or phone call, a scheduled or impromptu meeting, a distant prayer, a loving thought, a book, a blog post, a tender illumination or startling application. As we learn to recognize and trust the thousand joys that overflow our treasure chests, our minds are further awakened, our perception is cleaner and keener, we are reminded of God and our place in His Kingdom. We experience the wonder, the joy, the oneness of Creation.
When we are awakened to reality, the ego’s enchantment and substitutes for reality no longer entice us! We make our last judgment upon the separated world – when we make our final declaration of liberation from all that has no value that which has all value stands alone. The fake world disappears without a fight, with no bloodshed, with no sorrow. Happy good riddance to be remembered and sorted through no more!
Dear Heavenly Father, today our hearts are lifted in thankfulness for the insights, the support, the encouragement, and joy that come to us each day from Creation. Our fellow creatures continue to bless us with treasures that fill our mind, our heart, our belly with that which sustains us on the otherwise lonely path that leads to You. Their contributions keep coming, supporting our efforts, enlightening our mind, casting light so we can find our way! We take this time to thank our fellows, to state our recognition for their gifts to us. It is when we recognize their gifts that we move toward You, for You have created us as one. In the name of Jesus, with whom we are one. Amen.
 A Course In Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 315. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 458.
Lesson 314 I seek a future different from the past.
From new perception of the world, there comes a future very different from the past. The future now is recognized as but extension of the present. Past mistakes can cast no shadows on it so that fear has lost its idols and its images and being formless, it has no effects. Death will not claim the future now, for life is now its goal, and all the needed means are happily provided. Who can grieve or suffer when the present has been freed, extending its security and peace into a quiet future filled with joy?
Father, we were mistaken in the past, and choose to use the present to be free. Now, do we leave the future in Your Hands, leaving behind our past mistakes, and sure that You will keep Your present promises, and guide the future in their holy light.
Last year, I wrote how I thought of the metamorphosis of the butterfly as I read lesson 314: I seek a future different from the past. This year as I reviewed the lesson, the transformation process from an egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis, to beautiful, winged creature still filled me with a sense of wonder and appreciation. Butterfly metamorphoses from an egg to what it really is in a matter of four months to a year. A natural development, much like most of our body’s processes, butterflies make no conscious effort as this miracle transpires – as far as we know it can do nothing to hurry or delay itself along the way.
How foolish the butterfly which would identify with its past stages of development! Depression, misalignment, and despair would surely fill the silly insect’s mind. Judging itself by previous stages of development, it would find no particular joy or meaning in life and wonder why it had ever been born. Unlike many of us, we can assume that the butterfly in its egg stage does not judge itself and its brother eggs on how lazy, dumb, and useless they are. When the eggs hatch, the tiny caterpillars which emerge surely do not begrudge their ravenous appetites for the exorbitant amount of calories they need to get to the next stage. During the chrysalis stage, there is no self-recrimination for what looks like a lazy, unproductive time before they reach full development. When fledging butterflies finally emerge from the cocoons that encased them, they are liberated from their past stages. It would be a rare butterfly that would seek a future like its past. Unwise indeed to scrutinize its stages of development wondering what it could have done differently to arrive at maturity in a briefer amount of time.
With a new perception of time, our future, freed from the past, is the blissful, present moment carried forward. We do not bemoan our separate histories; it does not cause us fear or condemnation. Jesus reminds us that our past has no substance! It can have no effect upon us. Through our trials and errors, our mistakes and unloving behaviors, we learned what we needed to learn. While in ignorance of separation, we judged ourselves and our fellows from our outward appearances and conduct, we remained as we were created in our Father’s eyes. When He gives us His perception of ourselves, we can let our stubby caterpillar selves behind; we can shed the sticky cocoons that limited our mobility and freedom and spread our wings of liberation and joy.
When we seek a future different from the past, often times there are people in different stages of their development which we would mistakenly think of as “the lost.” We want to hurry up their process, we want to get them saved. Even though we are blessedly willing to look at our own past as stages in our spiritual reawakening, we may preach or quote bible verses or our course teachings in an effort to hurry them along. This is not only unnecessary, but it can also prove to be harmful and delay, rather than speed up, their awakening.
Conversely, people who are not yet on a spiritual path, may be confused about ours. They may try to renew your interest in things that we have left behind. They may accuse us of thinking we are better than they are. They may get downright hostile and withdraw from us. Or we may find ourselves no longer interested in spending much time with them. This is no cause for alarm. Remind yourself of the butterfly – they fly only because they have chosen a future different from their past. While they have no need to worry and fret over their old buddies who have not yet made that decision, neither are they required to hang around moping over the ones they must temporarily leave behind. When we seek a future different from our past, we are promised that in the end, we are all one and the same. This is the certainty of God and we can trust in Him.
We are free only as we loose ourselves from our past. We do this by revisiting the past only for illustration and fond memories. We do not linger there! We do not judge ourselves from there! As we live in the present, the joy and peace of our liberation is extended into our future. Our past stages have accomplished what they were meant to accomplish. We are not to judge it or accept the judgment of others who would hold us to a past that is left behind. Oh, let it go. That was then and this is now, we can say if others try to steal our joy and remind us of what stinkers we were in the past. We can laugh because it simply cannot hurt us anymore.
Father, we choose to use the present to be free from the mistake of holding on to and judging our past. Now, we leave the future in Your Hands, leaving behind our past judgments and condemnation, our anxieties and cares. We put our trust in You! We choose a future different from our past because we have come to love You rather than fear You. We have come to see that the dreams of separation and sin we cherished were obstructing the holy light You created us to be. Let us be guided by Your holy Light for we belong to You. In the name of Jesus, with Whom we are one. Amen.
 A Course In Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 314. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 457.
 Part of this post were borrowed from Lesson 314, (2019). Used by permission by the friar patch at www.eckiefriar.com
Father, there is a vision which beholds all things as sinless, so that fear is gone, and where it was is love invited in. And love will come wherever it is asked. This vision is Your gift. The eyes of Christ look on a world forgiven. In His sight are all its sins forgiven, for He sees no sin in anything He looks upon. Now let His true perception come to me, that I may waken from the dream of sin and look within upon my sinlessness, which You have kept completely undefiled upon the altar to Your holy Son, the Self with Which I would identify.
Let us today behold each other in the sight of Christ. How beautiful we are! How holy and how loving! Brother, come and join with me today. We save the world when we have joined. For in our vision it becomes as holy as the light in us.
Jesus teaches us today to look upon the world with the eyes of Christ. When we see the world with love we are no longer afraid of the dark shadows, the bloody fangs, the haunting howls, the torn flesh, the slobber and mucous that otherwise fill our minds with dread. The vision of Christ is God’s gift to us while we are in the nightmare realm – without it we are adrift in a sea of madness. Without Christ’s vision, folks, our lives are in constant jeopardy and we are at the mercy of our own bodies and the bodies of all other creatures.
We do all kinds of things to protect ourselves and our special relationships from the shadow – we come up with all kinds of ways to appease an angry, spiteful god, we make bargains, we strive to amass a fortune to protect us and ours, we collect benefits, we devise systems – and our bodies still hurt, they get sick, they grow old, they die. No matter how lovely we try to make the world of separation, no matter what we do to keep the stark truth away from our awareness – it is a scary dream, a dreadful vision, and the only way to escape it is through it.
Our awakening begins when we ask God to enlighten us. When we say, “There must be a better way.” When we grow so disconsolate with the separated world and cry out for the Real One! All of us get there sooner or later. Let us get there sooner rather than later. Let us not linger in a world of wrongful deaths, lawless laws, and unjust justice. Our prayer today promises that love comes when it is welcomed. When Christ comes to us and gives us His Vision of Love, we accept His gift and His final judgment. We begin to understand that truth can be the only thing that is! We begin to see that He Who is Everything leaves no room for anything less. We begin to understand the world of fear as a mirage that would obscure the real world beyond.
When we behold one another through the eyes of Christ, we are beautiful, holy, and pure. Our minds are lit from within – we no longer have to confer with darkness to assess reality. We no longer sort through lies and illusion for truth. We put aside our flesh eyes which are designed to see blemish, sin, competition, comparison, and corruption and we stand for and with the Vision of Christ, where all of that disappears.
Just as the return of Christ takes place in our hearts and minds as we invite Him to set up His Kingdom within us, so the Last Judgment. With Christ we have a new perception. We no longer judge this and judge that within a corruptible world because the purpose of the dream ends in time. When we set our eyes upon the incorruptible there is no need to tremble and be afraid and wish the Last Judgment upon future generations. We welcome the Last Judgment with open minds and happy hearts. All that is not true fades away; all that is true remains standing – forever.
In our holy practice, with complete trust in God’s Gift to us, we ask for the new perception. We ask God to take our fear and we welcome His Gift of Christ’s Vision of Love. We accept our sinlessness as we accept the sinlessness of all we look upon. God is not asking us to pretend we do not see unpleasant happenings. He is not asking us to deny that the nightmare realm is a place of terrible suffering, agonizing pain, and seeming helplessness. He is asking us to stand with Christ, to ask for a new perception that sees beyond the darkness to the vision Christ has for the world. There we walk in peace and harmony. We love one another. We tell the truth. We depend on each other in perfect trust and trustworthiness.
Brother, come and join with me. We save the world when we have joined with one another in Christ!
 A Course In Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 313. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 457.
Lesson 312. I see all things as I would have them be.
Perception follows judgment. Having judged, we therefore see what we would look upon. For sight can merely serve to offer us what we would have. It is impossible to overlook what we would see and fail to see what we have chosen to behold. How surely, therefore, must the real world come to greet the holy sight of anyone who takes the Holy Spirit’s purpose as his goal for seeing. And he cannot fail to look upon what Christ would have him see and share Christ’s Love for what he looks upon.
I have no purpose for today except to look upon a liberated world, set free from all the judgments I have made. Father, this is Your Will for me today, and therefore it must be my goal as well.
Today Jesus takes us a step further toward our goal of understanding the Last Judgment. While here in the world, we set up systems of judgment. For instance, if we visit a family member and they are polite, warm, and welcoming, we judge that they are people who love us, respect us, and make us happy to be related to them. Conversely, if we stop to see someone and they stand at the door and do not invite us in, yell and scream at their kids or their dog, or go on a political rant, we judge them accordingly – they have bad manners, they were not happy to see us, and we are ashamed of our relation to them. We probably will not go to see them again unless they apologize, change their ways, or in some way make amends. That is the way it seems to be in our relationships to other people. First we perceive and then we judge. If the relationship is a close one, we may at times make excuses for hurtful behavior, but in every case, we perceive first and then we judge. Was is a good experience or a not so good one?
But Jesus teaches that we have judged first and then we perceive and continue to perceive what we judged. Taking a cue from the example above before we even get to the door of our relative we have judged what is a good reception and what is a bad one. If we have a “good” reception, we will seem to have a lift in our self-esteem. We will have a “good” time. We will go away with a warm fuzzy feeling. While it seems as if the perception of the reception brought about the judgment of whether we had a good visit or not, Jesus says that we had already made up our mind beforehand what constituted a good visit. We had judged between “good” and “bad,” and thus allowed ourselves to be divided, to separate one part from the other. We have judged that when others treat us a certain way they are good, or they are bad. They are worthy, or they are unworthy. We will be tossed about and have all kinds of circumstances thrown at us to keep us in a state of division. Sometimes the bad people from last week have redeemed themselves and become the good guys, while last week’s good guys are now on our bad list. Believing that perception comes before judging keeps us from seeing the truth about judgment and how our judgments about the world keep us in a state of chaos, separation, and condemnation.
When we ask to see through the eyes of Holy Spirit, we lay aside our judgments of what is right and wrong, good and bad, naughty or nice. We understand that it is not our place to judge because we see only in part. We do not know the whole story. When we practice non-judgment our sensibilities and self-esteem are no longer tossed and turned by behaviors, relationship ups and downs, and changing circumstances. Coming from a higher standard, we offer mercy, grace, forgiveness, trust, and understanding. We reflect God’s Love.
When we stand with Christ we adopt His Vision. We do not seek God’s Will; we are God’s Will! In the Light of Christ’s Vision, we have come to the world to wash away what is false so that truth is revealed. We are not here to get all we can from it. We are not here to develop our self-esteem, to show people how much money we have managed to collect, or to go down in the annals of history. We are not here to build legacies or make the world over according to our own judgment. We are here to declare it null and void. We are here for Real World where the redeemed of earth are one again, liberated from the dream of separation.
Today we liberate ourselves from all that we have judged. We accept the Last Judgment. This is our goal, for this is the Will of God.
 A Course In Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 312. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 456.
Lesson 311. I judge all things as I would have them be.
Judgment was made to be a weapon against the truth. It separates what it is being used against and sets if off as if it were a thing apart. And then it makes of it what you would have it be. It judges what it cannot understand, because it cannot see totality and therefore judges falsely. Let us not use it today but make a gift of it to Him Who has a different use for it. He will relieve us of the agony of all the judgments we have made against ourselves and re-establish peace of mind by giving us God’s Judgment of His Son.
Father, we wait with open mind today, to hear Your Judgment of the Son You love. We do not know him, and we cannot judge. And so we let Your Love decide what he whom You created as Your Son must be.
Today the Lord is asking us to give Him our conscience. Our conscience that seems to guide us through this realm while we are here, has always seemed to stand us in good stead. It keeps us out of trouble. It shames us when we do things that are unkind, lazy, or downright stupid. It seems to motivate us to be better people. And yet today, Jesus tells us that our conscience is a weapon against the truth. It pits us against ourselves. It sets one part of us upon a pedestal, and it takes the other part and sits it in a corner with a dunce cap. Jesus is telling us that this conscience we have developed to constantly judge and motivate ourselves does not know the truth. It does not have the whole picture. It does not seem to know that we can never be separated into good and bad, worthy and unworthy. It does not know who and what we really are!
Today Jesus sets us free from this constant battle within ourselves. He asks us to give this judge to Him as a gift. He said that He has a different use for it! He will relieve us of all the uncertainty, the striving, the angst which our consciences, the inner judges we have made of ourselves, have inflicted upon us. When we give this judge to God, our minds are once again at peace for we know we are the Son of God. There is nothing we can do – right or wrong – that will change the fact that we are as God created us. This is the Last Judgment. The chaff is winnowed away; the wheat remains.
When we revisit my favorite parable, we find once again the story of the young man who wasted his inheritance on riotous living. Ending up in the pigsty, about ready to eat the slop thrown to the pigs, he decides to return to his father. At least there he will have enough to eat. It is very interesting to note that in this parable, there is no mention of any great feelings of love or devotion toward his father. Prodigal sees where his mistakes have landed him. Prodigal trusts there is a better way for his story to end. It is clearly more need and not love that drives him to dad. One could argue that Prodigal’s penitence was not necessarily sincere, since it was brought about by hunger, and a need for survival rather than as a true awakening about his mistaken choices. Nevertheless, his father has no qualms about welcoming him back with open arms. He does not cross examine the son to make sure he fully understands what grace has been bestowed upon him. He asks no questions about where all the inheritance got to, or if he has a sexually transmitted disease, or if he is bringing home any addictions to wrongful substances or inclinations. Dad is so happy to have his son back home, that he throws a party and invites everyone they know. When the brother who judged himself to be the good son, complained about the joyous celebration, the father corrected his self-judgment of worthiness as well. Essentially, the father said: “If your “good” conscience prevented you from asking for a party, that is neither here nor there. All that I have is yours. You have judged all things as you would have them be.”
Our conscience seems to be our friend. We are taught to fear those who have none. Without a conscience, psychopaths coldly calculate agendas of manipulation, coercion, and deceit. Without a conscience, sociopaths blame others for their wrongs and live blinded, selfish lives with little concern for how their actions affect the outer world. Our conscience gets us out of bed each day and drives us to perform at work, at school, and at play.
But today Jesus asks us to give this self-made judge to Him. The judges we made to help us choose right and avoid wrong are not of Him. They do not see the whole picture. They would divide us and make us uncertain. It is their aim to separate us and keep us a part! When we give our conscience to Him, He gives us a new image of ourselves. He gives us the Final Judgment – As His Son we see oneness and unity. As His Son we see that there is no good and bad, right and wrong, truth and lies. There is only good, there is only right, there is only truth. All else comes to nothing. Nothingness deserves no punishment because it is nothing. Nothingness deserves no judgment because it is nothing. Nothing deserves no rumination or renumeration, because as nothing it can take nothing away. When we accept the Last Judgment, we know ourselves as His Son and we know each other as His Son. I have no more need to judge all things as I would have them be and you have no more need to judge all things as you would have them be. We are whole, we are inseparable, we are one with Him and in Him and with each other. This is where we find peace.
 A Course In Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 311. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 456.