Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Lesson 309 I will not fear to look within today.

Lesson 309

I will not fear to look within today.

Within me is eternal innocence, because it is God's Will that it be there forever and forever. I, His Son, whose will is limitless as is His Own, can will no change in this. For to deny my Father's Will is to deny my own. To look within is but to find my will as God created it, and as it is. I fear to look within because I think I made another will that is not true, and made it real. Yet it has no effects. Within me is the Holiness of God. Within me is the memory of Him.

The step I take today, my Father, is my sure release from idle dreams of sin. Your altar stands serene and undefiled. It is the holy altar to my Self, and there I find my true Identity.

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Lesson 309
"I will not fear to look within today."

The burden of guilt that everyone in this world carries is far greater than we recognize. The guilt we are aware of is like the tip of an iceberg. Beneath the surface, hidden in our unconscious mind, is intolerable guilt that seems to lurk, waiting to be discovered. Yet it is feared, for if it were recognized, it would be so dark and horrible that we would no longer want to live.

To protect ourselves from what we believe is there, we push it into unconsciousness and project it onto a world we believe is guilty. We do not see that the guilt we perceive in the world is the guilt we perceive in ourselves, reflected back to us. This is the ego's belief system. It is founded on the belief that we actually separated from our Source and have made a will different from His.

Today's lesson brings us freedom from this insane story. It tells us that contrary to what we believe, within us is Eternal Innocence. It tells us that we have not succeeded in making a will in opposition to God's. The perception of an opposing will is an illusion that could never be real. This is our release from guilt.

The section on the Second Coming that goes with this lesson tells us that the Second Coming is the return of sanity. It is the moment in time when forgiveness rests equally on all things. Forgiveness opens our mind to the recognition that the rift we thought occurred between us and God never happened. We remain united with God. We share His Will and His Will for us is perfect happiness.

The way we reach full recognition of the eternal innocence within is to step by step bring every thought of guilt and fear to the Holy Spirit. As we give them to Him with an open mind and heart, we receive His gift of recognition that nothing has ever occurred to alter the Holy Son of God in any way. The Son is our Self, our Identity, forever pure, forever innocent and forever Love.

Today I would accept Holy Spirit's gift of innocence and share it with the world. For I would not fear to look within today.

This is not an easy concept to grasp. When I first started reading the Course, it discussed this guilt thing immediately. Well, I thought this does not apply to me. My reasoning was I rarely ever do anything to my fellow travelers that would warrant guilt. Besides, if I accidentally offended someone, I would go and "clean" that up and take care of it. This works well for me.

However, the Course discusses guilt at a deeper level, just like the 10 commandments have a deeper meaning to them. I admit that I probably still don't have the "guilt" concept down 100%, but at least now it makes sense to me. I now stay vigilant to where I may be projecting guilt on to others. However, I don't find this to be easy to fulfill.

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