Friday, August 29, 2008

Lesson 151 All things are echoes of the Voice for God.


All things are echoes of the Voice for God.

No one can judge on partial evidence. That is not judgment. It is merely an opinion based on ignorance and doubt. Its seeming certainty is but a cloak for the uncertainty it would conceal. It needs irrational defense because it is irrational. And its defense seems strong, convincing, and without a doubt because of all the doubting underneath.

You do not seem to doubt the world you see. You do not really question what is shown you through the body's eyes. Nor do you ask why you believe it, even though you learned a long while since your senses do deceive. That you believe them to the last detail which they report is even stranger, when you pause to recollect how frequently they have been faulty witnesses indeed! Why would you trust them so implicitly? Why but because of underlying doubt, which you would hide with show of certainty?

How can you judge? Your judgment rests upon the witness that your senses offer you. Yet witness never falser was than this. But how else do you judge the world you see? You place pathetic faith in what your eyes and ears report. You think your fingers touch reality, and close upon the truth. This is awareness that you understand, and think more real than what is witnessed to by the eternal Voice for God Himself.

Can this be judgment? You have often been urged to refrain from judging, not because it is a right to be withheld from you. You cannot judge. You merely can believe the ego's judgments, all of which are false. It guides your senses carefully, to prove how weak you are; how helpless and afraid, how apprehensive of just punishment, how black with sin, how wretched in your guilt.

This thing it speaks of, and would yet defend, it tells you is yourself. And you believe that this is so with stubborn certainty. Yet underneath remains the hidden doubt that what it shows you as reality with such conviction it does not believe. It is itself alone that it condemns. It is within itself it sees the guilt. It is its own despair it sees in you.

Hear not its voice. The witnesses it sends to prove to you its evil is your own are false, and speak with certainty of what they do not know. Your faith in them is blind because you would not share the doubts their lord can not completely vanquish. You believe to doubt his vassals is to doubt yourself.

Yet you must learn to doubt their evidence will clear the way to recognize yourself, and let the Voice for God alone be Judge of what is worthy of your own belief. He will not tell you that your brother should be judged by what your eyes behold in him, nor what his body's mouth says to your ears, nor what your fingers' touch reports of him. He passes by such idle witnesses, which merely bear false witness to God's Son. He recognizes only what God loves, and in the holy light of what He sees do all the ego's dreams of what you are vanish before the splendor He beholds.

Let Him be Judge of what you are, for He has certainty in which there is no doubt, because it rests on Certainty so great that doubt is meaningless before Its face. Christ cannot doubt Himself. The Voice for God can only honor Him, rejoicing in His perfect, everlasting sinlessness. Whom He has judged can only laugh at guilt, unwilling now to play with toys of sin; unheeding of the body's witnesses before the rapture of Christ's holy face.

And thus He judges you. Accept His Word for what you are, for He bears witness to your beautiful creation, and the Mind Whose Thought created your reality. What can the body mean to Him Who knows the glory of the Father and the Son? What whispers of the ego can He hear? What could convince Him that your sins are real? Let Him be Judge as well of everything that seems to happen to you in this world. His lessons will enable you to bridge the gap between illusions and the truth.

He will remove all faith that you have placed in pain, disaster, suffering and loss. 2 He gives you vision which can look beyond these grim appearances, and can behold the gentle face of Christ in all of them. 3 You will no longer doubt that only good can come to you who are beloved of God, for He will judge all happenings, and teach the single lesson that they all contain.

He will select the elements in them which represent the truth, and disregard those aspects which reflect but idle dreams. And He will reinterpret all you see, and all occurrences, each circumstance, and every happening that seems to touch on you in any way from His one frame of reference, wholly unified and sure. And you will see the love beyond the hate, the constancy in change, the pure in sin, and only Heaven's blessing on the world.

Such is your resurrection, for your life is not a part of anything you see. It stands beyond the body and the world, past every witness for unholiness, within the Holy, holy as Itself. In everyone and everything His Voice would speak to you of nothing but your Self and your Creator, Who is One with Him. So will you see the holy face of Christ in everything, and hear in everything no sound except the echo of God's Voice.

We practice wordlessly today, except at the beginning of the time we spend with God. We introduce these times with but a single, slow repeating of the thought with which the day begins. And then we watch our thoughts, appealing silently to Him Who sees the elements of truth in them. Let Him evaluate each thought that comes to mind, remove the elements of dreams, and give them back again as clean ideas that do not contradict the Will of God.

Give Him your thoughts, and He will give them back as miracles which joyously proclaim the wholeness and the happiness God wills His Son, as proof of His eternal Love. And as each thought is thus transformed, it takes on healing power from the Mind which saw the truth in it, and failed to be deceived by what was falsely added. All the threads of fantasy are gone. And what remains is unified into a perfect Thought that offers its perfection everywhere.

Spend fifteen minutes thus when you awake, and gladly give another fifteen more before you go to sleep. Your ministry begins as all your thoughts are purified. So are you taught to teach the Son of God the holy lesson of his sanctity. No one can fail to listen, when you hear the Voice for God give honor to God's Son. And everyone will share the thoughts with you which He has retranslated in your mind.

Such is your Eastertide. And so you lay the gift of snow-white lilies on the world, replacing witnesses to sin and death. Through your transfiguration is the world redeemed, and joyfully released from guilt. Now do we lift our resurrected minds in gladness and in gratitude to Him Who has restored our sanity to us.

And we will hourly remember Him Who is salvation and deliverance. As we give thanks, the world unites with us and happily accepts our holy thoughts, which Heaven has corrected and made pure. Now has our ministry begun at last, to carry round the world the joyous news that truth has no illusions, and the peace of God, through us, belongs to everyone.

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Lesson 151
"All things are echoes of the Voice for God."

There are two main points that I get from this lesson. The first is that the information I obtain through the body's senses is not only woefully inadequate as a basis for judgment, but it is totally false. The second point is that I have an alternative that will always show me the truth and that is the Holy Spirit.

I have gone through my life thinking that what I see and hear and touch is the basis for understanding. Yet like the lesson says, there have been innumerable occasions in which I made a judgment, only to find out later that I didn't see what I thought I saw or hear what I thought I heard. Or I may have heard and seen accurately, but there was more that I didn't see or hear that changed the meaning of the event.

Surely by now it would seem I would have learned that my body's senses cannot give me all that I need for accurate and true judgment. Yet it seems I am still more inclined to believe the information I gain through the body than to listen for and trust the Holy Spirit's Voice.

I am grateful for this Course because I am more and more willing to question everything I think I know and turn to the Holy Spirit for His Vision. Whenever I do, I always find peace. I always see innocence in my brother and myself. I recognize that all things are echoes for the Voice for God when I am willing to step back from my judgments, to not believe the information coming to me through the body's senses, and listen instead to the Holy Spirit's Voice.

When I am able to successfully do this, it is like the images of the world are thin veils through which I am able to see the loving Light that unifies everything. The veil is so thin and faint that it does not interfere with seeing the Light, the innocence, the Love that is truly there.

It is my goal to be able to walk the world lightly and carry this "x-ray" vision of the Holy Spirit in all my doing. I can imagine putting on a set of "Christ vision goggles." With these goggles I am able to see through the chaotic confusion of images and remain at peace because I see the unity of Love and innocence in all. The images of form may still be there, but the old meanings I gave them have faded away and with Christ vision goggles I am able to see the face of Christ everywhere. Today in any moment in which I do not feel complete peace, I will practice seeing with Christ vision goggles. This is a way of walking in peace.

As I read the Course each day, I am always led in one way or another to follow the perceptions of my inner Teacher, the Holy Spirit. Today Jesus reminds me that it is only the Holy Spirit That can be the true Judge of anything.

What I see through the body's eyes always bears false witness. The body's eyes were made to see separation from God and from my brother. None of this is true.

Through the Holy Spirit I am led to look past these false witnesses and see that nothing has changed from God's extension of the Love and Light that everyone is. It is only by my consistently opening to Holy Spirit that I am able to awaken from this false dream of separation and return to the awareness of the unity of God. In truth there is only one Life and that is the Life we all live in God as One. Today my job is to practice giving all judgment to the Holy Spirit, where it belongs.

Holy Spirit help me see that I cannot judge. What I see through the body's eyes only brings false witness. Help be not to believe in these false witness, but rather receive Your Vision of what is eternally true. Be my Guide all through the day. Purify my thoughts as I hand them over to you, one by one. Help me distinguish between what is real and what is false. Help me see as You see, that I may extend what You extend. Help me see the innocence and unity that is behind every form of separation. Help me remember the truth. My part is to give all my judgments to You, remembering that I cannot judge. Only You judge truly.

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