Thursday, October 23, 2008

Lesson 187 I bless the world because I bless myself.

Lesson 187

I bless the world because I bless myself.

p1. No one can give unless he has. 2
In fact, giving is proof of having. 3 We have
made this point before. 4 What seems to make
it hard to credit is not this. 5 No one can
doubt that you must first possess what you would give. 6
It is the second phase on which the world and true perception differ. 7
Having had and given, then the world asserts that you have lost what you
possessed. 8 The truth maintains that giving
will increase what you possess.
p2. How is this possible? 2 For it
is sure that if you give a finite thing away, your body’s eyes will not
perceive it yours. 3 Yet we have learned that
things but represent the thoughts that make them. 4
And you do not lack for proof that when you give ideas away, you strengthen
them in your own mind. 5 Perhaps the form in
which the thought seems to appear is changed in giving. 6
Yet it must return to him who gives. 7 Nor can
the form it takes be less acceptable. 8 It must
be more.
p3. Ideas must first belong to you, before you give them. 2
If you are to save the world, you first accept salvation for yourself. 3
But you will not believe that this is done until you see the miracles it
brings to everyone you look upon. 4 Herein is
the idea of giving clarified and given meaning. 5
Now you can perceive that by your giving is your store increased.
p4. Protect all things you value by the act of giving them away,
and you are sure that you will never lose them. 2
What you thought you did not have is thereby proven yours. 3
Yet value not its form. 4 For this will change
and grow unrecognizable in time, however much you try to keep it safe. 5
No form endures. 6 It is the thought behind
the form of things that lives unchangeable.
p5. Give gladly. 2 You can only gain
thereby. 3 The thought remains, and grows in
strength as it is reinforced by giving. 4 Thoughts
extend as they are shared, for they can not be lost. 5
There is no giver and receiver in the sense the world conceives of them.
6 There is a giver who retains; another who
will give as well. 7 And both must gain in this
exchange, for each will have the thought in form most helpful to him. 8
What he seems to lose is always something he will value less than what will
surely be returned to him.
p6. Never forget you give but to yourself. 2
Who understands what giving means must laugh at the idea of sacrifice. 3
Nor can he fail to recognize the many forms which sacrifice may take. 4
He laughs as well at pain and loss, at sickness and at grief, at poverty,
starvation and at death. 5 He recognizes sacrifice
remains the one idea that stands behind them all, and in his gentle laughter
are they healed.
p7. Illusion recognized must disappear. 2
Accept not suffering, and you remove the thought of suffering. 3
Your blessing lies on everyone who suffers, when you choose to see all suffering
as what it is. 4 The thought of sacrifice gives
rise to all the forms that suffering appears to take. 5
And sacrifice is an idea so mad that sanity dismisses it at once.
p8. Never believe that you can sacrifice. 2
There is no place for sacrifice in what has any value. 3
If the thought occurs, its very presence proves that error has arisen and
correction must be made. 4 Your blessing will
correct it. 5 Given first to you, it now is
yours to give as well. 6 No form of sacrifice
and suffering can long endure before the face of one who has forgiven and
has blessed himself.
p9. The lilies that your brother offers you are laid upon your
altar, with the ones you offer him beside them. 2
Who could fear to look upon such lovely holiness? 3
The great illusion of the fear of God diminishes to nothingness before the
purity that you will look on here. 4 Be not
afraid to look. 5 The blessedness you will behold
will take away all thought of form, and leave instead the perfect gift forever
there, forever to increase, forever yours, forever given away.
p10. Now are we one in thought, for fear has gone. 2
And here, before the altar to one God, one Father, one Creator and one Thought,
we stand together as one Son of God. 3 Not separate
from Him Who is our Source; not distant from one brother who is part of
our one Self Whose innocence has joined us all as one, we stand in blessedness,
and give as we receive. 4 The Name of God is
on our lips. 5 And as we look within, we see
the purity of Heaven shine in our reflection of our Father’s Love.
p11. Now are we blessed, and now we bless the world. 2
What we have looked upon we would extend, for we would see it everywhere.
3 We would behold it shining with the grace
of God in everyone. 4 We would not have it be
withheld from anything we look upon. 5 And to
ensure this holy sight is ours, we offer it to everything we see. 6
For where we see it, it will be returned to us in form of lilies we can
lay upon our altar, making it a home for Innocence Itself, Who dwells in
us and offers us His Holiness as ours.

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Lesson 187
"I bless the world because I bless myself."

One of the most significant sentences in this lesson to me is, "Illusion recognized must disappear." (7:1) It is only my belief in pain and loss, sickness and death, that keeps it in place. As I remove my belief from these ideas, they must disappear. "Illusion recognized must disappear." In hypnotherapy training we learned that belief is what holds experience in place. So now my job is to recognize the beliefs which are the opposite of God's oneness and with the help of the Holy Spirit, let them go. Not because of sacrifice but because they are not true.

It is helpful to ask myself, "What beliefs am I holding on to that are not true? Holy Spirit help me recognize these beliefs. Shine Your light on them and they will fall away." And we can look at those false beliefs with gentle laughter. I can then see that I do not need these silly beliefs. They do not help me and never did.

I thought I wanted separation. I thought it would bring me something that I wanted. I thought it would bring me something more than I already had. I thought it would be an exciting new adventure. But the truth is I still remain as part of God and never left. This recognition is a blessing to myself, and as I bless myself, I bless the world because I know the same truth is about my brother also.

We are all still enfolded and encompassed in God's Love. Everyone's Identity is still Love as part of God. As in a hologram, every part contains the whole. This is God's blessing and it remains eternally true. "Illusion recognized must disappear." I don't have to accept suffering because it is simply a false idea not to be taken seriously.

Today I would let myself soak in the remembrance of everyone's oneness in God's Love. Like taking a comforting soak in a hot tub, today I will soak in the healing waters of remembering the truth of our oneness. What a happy day to have this opportunity to receive and give this remembrance of the truth.

It is our oneness with all things that makes it possible for us to bring salvation and blessing to the world. That means whenever a brother extends a loving thought to anyone, I am blessed, even as he blesses himself with the thought. The only gift I can really give is Love because only Love is real. Love only increases in the giving. It is the only thought there is in truth. We each are a thought of Love in the mind of Love. That is why I bless the world because I bless myself.

In this world Love's reflection is forgiveness, seeing the innocence in all my brothers, letting go of the past, letting go of the belief in separation. Each time I have a thought of forgiveness, whatever form it may take, I bless the world because I bless myself.

Today is a good day for me to work on recognizing illusion so it can disappear. I have a lot of quiet work to do which allows my mind to wander and it is always interesting to see where it wanders. Each time I notice it wandering into illusion, I ask Holy Spirit to look at it with me and heal that place in my life. Can it really be so simple? Yes, I think it can. It is ego that makes everything seem complicated.

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