Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Lesson 261 God is my refuge and security.

Lesson 261

Section 5. What is the Body?

The body is a fence the Son of God imagines he has built, to separate parts of his Self from other parts. It is within this fence he thinks he lives, to die as it decays and crumbles. For within this fence he thinks that he is safe from love. Identifying with his safety, he regards himself as what his safety is. How else could he be certain he remains within the body, keeping love outside?

The body will not stay. Yet this he sees as double safety. For the Son of God's impermanence is "proof" his fences work, and do the task his mind assigns to them. For if his oneness still remained untouched, who could attack and who could be attacked? Who could be victor? Who could be his prey? Who could be victim? Who the murderer? And if he did not die, what "proof" is there that God's eternal Son can be destroyed?

The body is a dream. Like other dreams it sometimes seems to picture happiness, but can quite suddenly revert to fear, where every dream is born. For only love creates in truth, and truth can never fear. Made to be fearful, must the body serve the purpose given it. But we can change the purpose that the body will obey by changing what we think that it is for.

The body is the means by which God's Son returns to sanity. Though it was made to fence him into hell without escape, yet has the goal of Heaven been exchanged for the pursuit of hell. The Son of God extends his hand to reach his brother, and to help him walk along the road with him. Now is the body holy. Now it serves to heal the mind that it was made to kill.

You will identify with what you think will make you safe. Whatever it may be, you will believe that it is one with you. Your safety lies in truth, and not in lies. Love is your safety. Fear does not exist. Identify with love, and you are safe. Identify with love, and you are home. Identify with love, and find your Self.

Lesson 261

God is my refuge and security.

I will identify with what I think is refuge and security. I will behold myself where I perceive my strength, and think I live within the citadel where I am safe and cannot be attacked. Let me today seek not security in danger, nor attempt to find my peace in murderous attack. I live in God. In Him I find my refuge and my strength. In Him is my Identity. In Him is everlasting peace. And only there will I remember Who I really am.

Let me not seek for idols. I would come, my Father, home to You today. I choose to be as You created me, and find the Son whom You created as my Self.

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Lesson 261
"God is my refuge and security."

Either I will think I live in a body or I will remember that I live in God. When I place my sense of security in the body to make me safe, I will be in fear. When I place my sense of trust and security in God, I will be in peace. It is my choice. Where will I place my trust today? Do I think I need to provide for myself on my own or will I be willing to remember that the only real Life I live is the Life I live in God?

The way I remember the Life I live in God is by being willing to recognize the ego mind when I am not at peace and open to the truth with the Holy Spirit. I have closed my mind to the truth and now it is time to open those doors, remove those barriers to Love which hide the truth. I hold the key in my hand. By letting my mind quiet, I will receive whatever I need in the present moment to heal my mind.

I will receive a different way to view the world. I will receive a new perspective on what I see through the body's eyes. I will be taught how to look past bodies to the one Christ Spirit that is the truth of every brother. I will be taught how to lay down the ego's fearful lies and scarcity and danger. I will be taught that true Love is sharing all of God's Love with everyone equally.

I will feel encompassed in peace. I will feel the fruits of living in God. I will feel the peace, Love and joy of God. I will feel Love's safety and know that it is eternal. It does not come and go. Today I would remember that "God is my refuge and security."

It is interesting to observe the many ways the ego attempts to offer substitutes for God's refuge and security. Any time I judge someone's behavior, I am believing that my safety somehow lies in that person having different behavior. There is a belief that if I could somehow fix things in the world I perceive outside of me, I will feel safe. If I have the right relationship, I will feel safe. If my 'significant other' would just not do that one annoying thing, I would feel safe. If the boss were not so insensitive, I would be happy. If I had a new car, I would be happy.

The list of things outside me that seem as though they could bring me happiness is endless as long as I believe the world of separate bodies has any value. Today's lesson is reminding me where my true refuge and security lie. All the things in the world are just decoy's, illusions of safety that offer nothing real or lasting.

Holy Spirit, help me to recognize the false substitutes for what they are so that I can let them go. In letting them go I open my mind to remembering that God is my refuge and security.

This is a good lesson for all of us. When I find myself getting too caught up in something or someone, I now say to myself: "Oh wait, I don't have to do that anymore."

Another favorite saying of mine is: "I don't need to muck around in someone else's garden," or "Oops, that's God's garden and He certainly doesn't need my input." I just remind myself its none of my business.

I think a good time to practice this is on the freeway when there's an accident and I want to slow down and take a good look, well guess what, its NONE of my business and so I just say a little prayer for that person and keeping watching the traffic in front of me.

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