Friday, September 19, 2008

Lesson 163 There is no death. The Son of God is free.

LESSON 163


There is no death.


Death is a thought that takes on many forms, often unrecognized. It may appear as sadness, fear, anxiety or doubt; as anger, faithlessness and lack of trust; concern for bodies, envy, and all forms in which the wish to be as you are not may come to tempt you. All such thoughts are but reflections of the worshipping of death as savior and as giver of release.


Embodiment of fear, the host of sin, god of the guilty and the lord of all illusions and deceptions, does the thought of death seem mighty. For it seems to hold all living things within its withered hand; all hopes and wishes in its blighting grasp; all goals perceived but in its sightless eyes. The frail, the helpless and the sick bow down before its image, thinking it alone is real, inevitable, worthy of their trust. For it alone will surely come.


All things but death are seen to be unsure, too quickly lost however hard to gain, uncertain in their outcome, apt to fail the hopes they once engendered, and to leave the taste of dust and ashes in their wake, in place of aspirations and of dreams. But death is counted on. For it will come with certain footsteps when the time has come for its arrival. It will never fail to take all life as hostage to itself.


Would you bow down to idols such as this? Here is the strength and might of God Himself perceived within an idol made of dust. Here is the opposite of God proclaimed as lord of all creation, stronger than God's Will for life, the endlessness of love and Heaven's perfect, changeless constancy. Here is the Will of Father and of Son defeated finally, and laid to rest beneath the headstone death has placed upon the body of the holy Son of God.


Unholy in defeat, he has become what death would have him be. His epitaph, which death itself has written, gives no name to him, for he has passed to dust. It says but this: "Here lies a witness God is dead." And this it writes again and still again, while all the while its worshippers agree, and kneeling down with foreheads to the ground, they whisper fearfully that it is so.


It is impossible to worship death in any form, and still select a few you would not cherish and would yet avoid, while still believing in the rest. For death is total. Either all things die, or else they live and cannot die. No compromise is possible. For here again we see an obvious position, which we must accept if we be sane; what contradicts one thought entirely can not be true, unless its opposite is proven false.


The idea of the death of God is so preposterous that even the insane have difficulty in believing it. For it implies that God was once alive and somehow perished; killed, apparently, by those who did not want Him to survive. Their stronger will could triumph over His, and so eternal life gave way to death. And with the Father died the Son as well.


Death's worshippers may be afraid. And yet, can thoughts like these be fearful? If they saw that it is only this which they believe, they would be instantly released. And you will show them this today. There is no death, and we renounce it now in every form, for their salvation and our own as well. God made not death. Whatever form it takes must therefore be illusion. This the stand we take today. And it is given us to look past death, and see the life beyond.


Our Father, bless our eyes today. We are Your messengers, and we would look upon the glorious reflection of Your Love which shines in everything. We live and move in You alone. We are not separate from Your eternal life. There is no death, for death is not Your Will. And we abide where You have placed us, in the life we share with You and with all living things, to be like You and part of You forever. We accept Your Thoughts as ours, and our will is one with Yours eternally. Amen.







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Lesson 163
"There is no death. The Son of God is free."

Today the last sentence of the lesson stood out to me: "We accept Your Thoughts as ours, and our will is one with Yours eternally." As I repeat that statement in my mind, I feel a gentle peace wash over me. I feel safe. There is a quiet joy in my heart, for I see only a loving world. I accept your Thoughts as mine. God is only Love and so His thoughts are extensions of Love and nothing else. My only real Thoughts are extensions of Love.

As I accept His Thoughts as mine, I look upon a world of Love. There is nothing else to see. My heart overflows with joy and gratitude. My only desire is to embrace the world with Love, to bring Love to the sorrowful and the sick, to the fearful and those who perceive themselves as guilty. My only thought is, "You are loved and you are Love." This thought I carry to every brother because I accept God's Thoughts as mine. Because I carry those thoughts to my brothers, I feel blessed beyond measure.

As I remind myself that my will is one with my Father's eternally, I rest in perfect safety. Conflict is gone. There is no thought of a will that differs from His. I rest in God in perfect unity. In God's changelessness, I find peace as I accept that my will is one with His. There is nothing to disturb my peace, for now I see there is no will but God's and His Will is mine eternally.

That changelessness is my safety and my salvation. It is in my acceptance of His Will as mine that I am free of all conflict, all sense of loss, loneliness, fear and guilt. In God is my freedom, my safety, my peace and my joy. I thank you Father for these words of comfort today.


If I am as God created me, death is the wish to be as I am not. God did not make death and therefore it is an illusion. Now is the time to wake up from illusions, to wake up from belief in death and recognize that the Son of God is free.

There is a place in my mind that helps me wake up from illusions. That place is where the Holy Spirit resides. If I am willing, the Holy Spirit will help me look past death and see the truth behind it. The Holy Spirit will build a bridge that reaches to Heaven. The Holy Spirit will lead me to where I am in truth. The Holy Spirit will show me that God created only Love and that the whole Sonship is still as God created It. The Holy Spirit will show me that If what I am seeing is not Love, it is an illusion. It is belief in death.

Today I will practice letting go of death in all the forms it takes. I will practice stepping back from my illusions and open my mind to receive the truth.


This is a very powerful lesson. It says that death is a thought that takes on many forms such as concern for bodies, lack of trust, and many others. I knew there had to be more to life than this and that's probably because half the time I have one or more of these thoughts so therefore I'm not really living.

The lesson says that all things but death are seen to be unsure, too quickly lost, uncertain in their outcome and I wonder why I sometimes feel like I'm walking through life on eggshells, afraid to love and be loved for fear I'll lose the few defenses I have.

As I read this lesson, the whole thing sounds so insane, but I actually do allow these kinds of thoughts into my mind. The lesson asks, "Would you bow down to idols such as this?" and my right mind says "No, of course not!" and yet I do, apparently over and over again.

Since I've started the course, though, it's been my experience that, even though my world still an illusion, lessons such as these give me awareness and I've noticed I'm more vigilant and, with dedication to these lessons, I learn a little more each time I experience these thoughts.

Yes Heavenly Father, please bless our eyes today. We are willing to be Your messengers, your instruments of peace. Help us to remember that we live and move in You alone and are not separate from Your eternal life. Divine Father, we accept Your Thoughts as ours. Holy Spirit, help me to remember these thoughts today. Amen.

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