Thursday, April 17, 2008

LESSON 43 God is my Source. I cannot see apart from Him.


God is my Source. I cannot see apart from Him.

Perception is not an attribute of God. His is the realm of knowledge. Yet He has created the Holy Spirit as the Mediator between perception and knowledge. Without this link with God, perception would have replaced knowledge forever in your mind. With this link with God, perception will become so changed and purified that it will lead to knowledge. That is its function as the Holy Spirit sees it. Therefore, that is its function in truth.

In God you cannot see. Perception has no function in God, and does not exist. Yet in salvation, which is the undoing of what never was, perception has a mighty purpose. Made by the Son of God for an unholy purpose, it must become the means for the restoration of his holiness to his awareness. Perception has no meaning. Yet does the Holy Spirit give it a meaning very close to God's. Healed perception becomes the means by which the Son of God forgives his brother, and thus forgives himself.

You cannot see apart from God because you cannot be apart from God. Whatever you do you do in Him, because whatever you think, you think with His Mind. If vision is real, and it is real to the extent to which it shares the Holy Spirit's purpose, then you cannot see apart from God.

Three five-minute practice periods are required today, one as early and one as late as possible in the day. The third may be undertaken at the most convenient and suitable time that circumstances and readiness permit. At the beginning of these practice periods, repeat the idea for today to yourself with eyes open. Then glance around you for a short time, applying the idea specifically to what you see. Four or five subjects for this phase of the practice period are sufficient. You might say, for example:

God is my Source. I cannot see this desk apart from Him
God is my Source. I cannot see that picture apart from Him.

Although this part of the exercise period should be relatively short, be sure that you select the subjects for this phase of practice indiscriminately, without self-directed inclusion or exclusion. For the second and longer phase, close your eyes, repeat today's idea again, and then let whatever relevant thoughts occur to you add to the idea in your own personal way. Thoughts such as:

I see through the eyes of forgiveness.
I see the world as blessed.
The world can show me myself.
I see my own thoughts, which are like God's.

Any thought related more or less directly to today's idea is suitable. The thoughts need not bear any obvious relationship to the idea, but they should not be in opposition to it.

If you find your mind wandering; if you begin to be aware of thoughts which are clearly out of accord with today's idea, or if you seem to be unable to think of anything, open your eyes, repeat the first phase of the exercise period, and then attempt the second phase again. Do not allow any protracted period to occur in which you become preoccupied with irrelevant thoughts. Return to the first phase of the exercises as often as necessary to prevent this.

In applying today's idea in the shorter practice periods, the form may vary according to the circumstances and situations in which you find yourself during the day. When you are with someone else, for example, try to remember to tell him silently:

God is my Source. I cannot see you apart from Him.

This form is equally applicable to strangers as it is to those you think are closer to you. In fact, try not to make distinctions of this kind at all.

Today's idea should also be applied throughout the day to various situations and events that may occur, particularly to those which seem to distress you in any way. For this purpose, apply the idea in this form:

God is my Source. I cannot see this apart from Him.

If no particular subject presents itself to your awareness at the time, merely repeat the idea in its original form. 2 Try today not to allow any long periods of time to slip by without remembering today's idea, and thus remembering your function.


Lesson 43
“God is my Source. I cannot see apart from Him.”

The Course makes it clear that God is Love and nothing else. In the introduction to the Text, it says that only Love is real. Thus, nothing else exists. Since only Love is real, Love is one. There can be no other. It helps me to rephrase this lesson by saying, “Love is my Source. I cannot see apart from Love.” To me a key word in this lesson is “apart.” If only Love is real, there is nothing apart from Love. And since Love is my Source, there is nothing apart from me. If I see anything that is not part of me, then I am not seeing it truly. I cannot see apart from Love because nothing is apart.

This lesson is helping me open my mind first to recognize that the seeing I have called seeing is not really seeing anything. When I look at something through the body’s eyes and believe it, rarely do I perceive it as part of me. Second, this lesson is helping me to remember to open to receive Holy Spirit’s meaning. Holy Spirit’s meaning will show me my unity with all that is. That is what will prepare me for knowledge.

My habitual way of seeing or perceiving involves at the very least, labeling and categorizing. That shape I’m looking at is a table. Hidden beneath that label are all kinds of meanings based on my history with tables. Maybe I associate it with security, a place I could hide under when I was a child. Maybe it reminds me of anger, because of arguments that occurred around the table when I was growing up. Maybe it carries the meaning of warmth and affection because of memories of happy family moments around the table, a birthday party for example.

All this I bring unconsciously to all the forms I look upon when I attempt to see without the Holy Spirit’s guidance. This is not seeing clearly. Its really seeing only the past. So when I remind myself that I cannot see apart from Love, it reminds me not to rely on my own perception and interpretation. It reminds me to step back and let the Holy Spirit give His meaning to it. With His help, I will see Love and only Love, everywhere, all the time. Here I will find peace.

I feel my ego being confused and resistant to today’s idea. This lesson is saying the ego is not my source. God is my Source. I cannot see apart from Him. My ego shows me nothing but its capriciousness, its pain, its anxiety, its depression, etc., etc., etc. I am truly blessed to have Holy Spirit as my Guide as He takes my hand and leads me to God, to joy, to comfort, to Love and peace. God is the Source and I follow. I cannot see joy apart from Him.

The source of anything is its essence. This means God is my Essence. This means I cannot see apart from my Essence. God only extends Itself. This means what is real about me is a part of God and what is real about everything is a part of God. If I am seeing something other than God, I am not seeing. I am hallucinating something that is not real. Because there is no duality, there is no ‘outside,’ there is no ‘other,’ there is nothing ‘different’ from God or Love. This means that all that is real is Love. This is my mind healing training today. To take this in, to soak in it, to receive it and give it. God is the essence of All. There is no seeing apart from this Essence of Love. Thank goodness only this is true.

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