Friday, October 3, 2008

Lesson 171 & Lesson 172 151-154

LESSON 171


God is but Love, and therefore so am I.


(151) All things are echoes of the Voice for God.

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

(152) The power of decision is my own.

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.



LESSON 172


God is but Love, and therefore so am I.


(153) In my defenselessness my safety lies.

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

(154) I am among the ministers of God.

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.









The Following is Forwarded from Pathwaysoflight.org


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Lesson 171
Review: "God is but Love, and therefore so am I."
"All things are echoes of the Voice for God.
The power of decision is my own."

An echo is a reflection of sound. Thus all things are a reflection of God's Voice. All things, seen truly, are messages from God, reflected through what I am seeing. If I don't see those messages, then I have used my power of decision to deny them. When I deny His messages, I deny God and therefore I deny my Self. When I deny God, I deny Love.

This world seems to show me everything but Love, which is sharing on Self. But Love is there to be seen. It is not the body's eyes that will show me this. It is through Christ's vision that I see the Love that is everywhere. In every moment I make the decision: Will I accept Christ's vision or will I believe literally what the body's eyes show me?

If I want to know my Self as created by God, I must accept Christ's vision. To do this, I must let go of believing that I am a body and that it is my identity. Being an illusion, the body cannot offer me anything I really want. It cannot offer me happiness. It cannot offer me peace. It cannot offer me Love. If I use the body to seek the attention of other bodies, I have forgotten who I am. I am not a body. I am Love and nothing else.

Love is complete in Itself and therefore so am I. I lack nothing because I am Love. I am alone in nothing because I am Love. My joy is shared with all that is because I am Love. I am free and unlimited because I am Love. I am whole and perfectly safe because I am Love. I am Holiness Itself because I am Love and nothing else. I recognize that all this is mine when I choose to accept the awareness of my Self. I have the power to claim It in every instant.

Today I will practice listening to His Voice in all things so that I may remember that God is but Love and therefore so am I.


In this world we have tried to change the meaning of Love. We have tried to change God. We have tried to change what we think we are. If we see a world of separate images which are unique and alone, we have joined with the false mind, which makes up millions of separate images that are not true.

God is one and will forever remain so. God is all inclusive. In lesson 169 it says, "We say 'God is.' and then we cease to speak, for in that knowledge words are meaningless." (5:4) God is all. There is nothing outside of God. God is synonymous with the Mind of Love. What we all truly are is synonymous with the Mind of Love.

When we are in our right mind, we remember that we are Love. We remember our true Identity. Today I use the power of decision to return to my right mind. I return to my true Identity as Love. I remember that I cannot change myself or my identity. My Identity is Love. It could never really be anything else.

Everyone's true Identity is safe. Everyone's true Identity is Love and nothing else. Today I practice remembering this truth again and again until Love is the only thing I see because I remember Love is the only thing that is real.


All day I have been very aware of every time I have had an unloving thought. Each time it has happened, I have stopped myself and thought about it. I have seen these thoughts as weapons of destruction that, when wielded, harm the intended victim and then come back,like a boomerang, and harm me. I have stopped kidding myself about my intention when I defend myself. All attack is meant to hurt, and it is myself I hurt the most by teaching myself that I am vulnerable.

Each time, I have articulated the unloving thoughts as clearly as I can and then laid them at the feet of Holy Spirit. In my mind I now have an empty place that Holy Spirit can fill with a new perception; one that is closer to the truth.






Lesson 172
Review: "God is but Love, and therefore so am I."
"In my defenselessness my safety lies.
I am among the ministers of God."

My practice now is opening to the truth. The truth is that all is Love. My body's eyes do not show me this. But I am quietly learning to look past the separate body to the one Love that is always there.

I am going through a daily mind retraining process. My ideas about individuality, vulnerability, time and space are being undone. I am learning that only the holy instant is eternally true. Only God, Which is Love, is true. The rest is a dream and it is false.

Only the Holy Spirit in my mind can show me the difference between what is real and what is unreal. This is an ongoing process. Each day I practice having a clean and open mind. I practice opening a space for the Holy Spirit. I practice letting the Light of the Holy Spirit heal my conflicted mind. I practice being open to the receive the truth. I come back to remembering that only God's eternal changeless Love is real.

I may forget again and again, but now I know the path to freedom, and that is a return to joining with the Holy Spirit to have my false ideas be undone once again. That is all time is for. My practice of seeing my brothers as Love and nothing else is very important to me now. It strengthens my remembering. It strengthens my return to Love.

Only Love has ever been real at all. The rest is just silly illusions and mean nothing. Today I would rather be happy than right. Today I would practice stepping back and again leaving space for the Holy Spirit so that my mind can be healed again of another false idea.


If I am to know my Self as Love, I have to give up the denial of Love. Defensiveness denies Love, for it sets me apart with the idea that I am separate from my brother. Defenselessness acknowledges the one Self I share with all my brothers. There is no need to defend against what is one with me. If I would know my Self, I cannot hold resentments against a brother. I cannot judge anyone as different from me. I cannot equate myself with a weak and vulnerable body, born to die. I cannot perceive myself as vulnerable to destructive outside forces. All these deny that I am Love as God is.

As I give up denial of my Self, I begin to feel It's certainty, the peace that comes with knowing there is no 'other' to defend against, nothing outside me that can harm me in any way. I settle into a serene and deep inner peace. I open to the Light of Love that has always been What I am.

As I walk the world, holding this more strongly in my awareness, I am a minister of God. No preaching is necessary. I need only live in harmony with my Self. I then see past my brother's illusions to the Love in him that I share. I see his innocence that reflects my own. I see the holiness in him that comes from the one Self we are.

Today I practice bringing all disturbances to my peace of mind, to the Holy Spirit for His gentle correction. Thus is my Self revealed to me. Defenses are laid down and I bring peace wherever I go. From Love I was created and to Love I return.

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