Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Lesson 97 “I am spirit.”


I am spirit.

Today's idea identifies you with your one Self. It accepts no split identity, nor tries to weave opposing factors into unity. It simply states the truth. Practice this truth today as often as you can, for it will bring your mind from conflict to the quiet fields of peace. No chill of fear can enter, for your mind has been absolved from madness, letting go illusions of a split identity.

We state again the truth about your Self, the holy Son of God Who rests in you; whose mind has been restored to sanity. You are the spirit lovingly endowed with all your Father's Love and peace and joy. You are the spirit which completes Himself, and shares His function as Creator. He is with you always, as you are with Him.

Today we try to bring reality still closer to your mind. Each time you practice, awareness is brought a little nearer at least; sometimes a thousand years or more are saved. The minutes which you give are multiplied over and over, for the miracle makes use of time, but is not ruled by it. Salvation is a miracle, the first and last; the first that is the last, for it is one.

You are the spirit in whose mind abides the miracle in which all time stands still; the miracle in which a minute spent in using these ideas becomes a time that has no limit and that has no end. Give, then, these minutes willingly, and count on Him Who promised to lay timelessness beside them. He will offer all His strength to every little effort that you make. Give Him the minutes which He needs today, to help you understand with Him you are the spirit that abides in Him, and that calls through His Voice to every living thing; offers His sight to everyone who asks; replaces error with the simple truth.

The Holy Spirit will be glad to take five minutes of each hour from your hands, and carry them around this aching world where pain and misery appear to rule. He will not overlook one open mind that will accept the healing gifts they bring, and He will lay them everywhere He knows they will be welcome. And they will increase in healing power each time someone accepts them as his thoughts, and uses them to heal.

Thus will each gift to Him be multiplied a thousandfold and tens of thousands more. And when it is returned to you, it will surpass in might the little gift you gave as much as does the radiance of the sun outshine the tiny gleam a firefly makes an uncertain moment and goes out. The steady brilliance of this light remains and leads you out of darkness, nor will you be able to forget the way again.

Begin these happy exercises with the words the Holy Spirit speaks to you, and let them echo round the world through Him:

Spirit am I, a holy Son of God, free of all limits, safe and healed and whole, free to forgive, and free to save the world.

Expressed through you, the Holy Spirit will accept this gift that you received of Him, increase its power and give it back to you.

Offer each practice period today gladly to Him. And He will speak to you, reminding you that you are spirit, one with Him and God, your brothers and your Self. Listen for His assurance every time you speak the words He offers you today, and let Him tell your mind that they are true. Use them against temptation, and escape its sorry consequences if you yield to the belief that you are something else. The Holy Spirit gives you peace today. Receive His words, and offer them to Him.


The Following is Forwarded from Pathwaysoflight.org

Lesson 97
“I am spirit.”

Each time I say the beginning words of the exercise, I feel uplifted, lighter. Joy and gratitude grow in my heart and a sense of peace envelops me. The truth is I am free of all limits, safe and healed and whole. When I remember this, I see that there is nothing to forgive and I bring that vision of innocence to the world.

That is the salvation of the world. It is the recognition that in truth, nothing was ever lost. What looked like a world of division and harm and loss was just a foolish fantasy that could never be. The world is safe and healed and whole in truth. As I recognize this peace grows stronger in my awareness. Conflict and doubt fade away. There is nothing but Love to give and to receive. The joy of loving fills my being.

I look upon someone that I once held a grievance against and love fills my heart and reaches out, offering it to that dear brother, my Friend, my one Self. No loss ever happened. No harm. All that has ever happened in truth is the extension of Love to Love, forever extending.

In this moment this is what it means to me to say, “I am Spirit.” Thank you Holy Spirit for this loving reminder.

“I am Spirit” returns me to the truth. I am not a body. I am not an individual self with a separate mind. I am Spirit, totally united with all Spirit, one Spirit, one Self. I need to be reminded of this truth often. I need to return to my true Identity as often as possible.

Being lost in dreams leads to nowhere and does nothing. Awakening to the truth is my one goal. There is nothing more important than this. I am Spirit. There is only one Spirit. I rest in the truth of my true nature as God created me. I rest in God. I let illusions go.

It is sometimes so difficult for me to see myself as anything other than this limited body. My goal in committing myself to the teachings of this course is to know my true Self, the Spirit in me this lesson speaks of. I want so desperately to detach myself from this dream of illusions. Even though my ego self can't imagine what it is like to be Spirit, it is in the quiet minutes of these lessons practiced that I believe I will receive His power, His light, His words.

Help me this day, Holy Spirit, to have the willingness to listen and hear my Heavenly Father's words for me, the truth about me. Somehow I know this truth is what carries me through these sometimes seemingly difficult days.

I really love this lesson. In fact, I keep the prayer, "Spirit am I..." where I can see it all the time. This morning it is especially appropriate because I am feeling attacked from all sides. What an especially appropriate lesson for me today!One thing I thought about during my meditation this morning has to do with forgiveness. I have a place in my life that I feel needs forgiveness. This morning I was reminded that the only one who needs to forgive this is me. So often I have thought that if only the other person would forgive me, then I could forgive myself.

I realized for the first time that I was, not so much looking for forgiveness, as for someone to project my guilt onto. In other words, I am saying to that other person that I feel so bad because of the way you are seeing me. If you will stop seeing me that way, I can feel forgiven and forgive myself.

Now that I understand my motivation, I think I can let this go and allow Holy Spirit to show me another way to see. I fully accept sole responsibility for my actions and my feelings in this incident. Now that they belong to me, I am free to release them and accept healing.

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