Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Lesson 335 I choose to see my brother's sinlessness.

Lesson 335

I choose to see my brother's sinlessness.

Forgiveness is a choice. I never see my brother as he is, for that is far beyond perception. What I see in him is merely what I wish to see, because it stands for what I want to be the truth. It is to this alone that I respond, however much I seem to be impelled by outside happenings. I choose to see what I would look upon, and this I see, and only this. My brother's sinlessness shows me that I would look upon my own. And I will see it, having chosen to behold my brother in its holy light.

What could restore Your memory to me, except to see my brother's sinlessness? His holiness reminds me that he was created one with me, and like myself. In him I find my Self, and in Your Son I find the memory of You as well.

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Lesson 335
"I choose to see my brother's sinlessness."

Seeing my brother sinless is the same as seeing my brother without guilt and without blame. When I look at the world with the Holy Spirit, I see that every brother, no matter what insane dream he is dreaming, is still as God created him. He is still innocent, holy and eternally an extension of God's Love.

Dreams are just mistaken ideas. They may look very complex and very diverse, but in truth one dream is the same as any other dream -- they are all equally untrue. They never really happened. All dreams come from mistaken ideas that could never be true. Insanity is just insanity and is not a sin. And hate and vengeance are just reflections of insanity.

The whole world is just a reflection of insanity. Every single part of the dream of separation is equally untrue. That is why there is no order of difficulty in miracles. If it is Love, it is true. If it is anything else, it is untrue. The only thing to do is to let go of the untrue.

Love is one. Love is eternal. Love is sinless. Behind every story of separation lies the sinless Love that every brother truly is. Today, "I choose to see my brother's sinlessness." Today I choose to remember the truth. Today I choose to remember our oneness in God.

Perception is a choice. Everything I see is a perception. Therefore, everything I see is a choice. It doesn't seem that I choose to see pain, disease and death. But if I believe separation is real, that is exactly what I am choosing to see. Death is just one of many symbols of separation. Some of the ego's symbols of separation are quite obvious. Certainly when we perceive that when someone has died we feel separated from that person. We can no longer see them or touch them or hear their voice.

But clothes, for example, can be equally a symbol of separation. Clothes are often used to represent status. We talk about blue collar and white collar workers. Thus we use clothes as a symbol of separation, a way to distinguish one from another. The list of forms in this world used to represent separation is endless. In fact if it is form, it must be representing separation. Form can only be recognized by what makes it different from its surroundings.

In the old Star Trek series when somebody was being transported out of the space ship, you would see the form gradually become less and less distinct until the transporting was complete and that was left was light. As we can learn to let the perception of the body soften and look beyond it to the holy Light of God that is the Son of God, we will be less and less influenced by what bodies and forms seem to do. More and more we will know the peace that comes from recognizing the changeless, eternal Love that is all that is real.

Forgiveness works like the transporter. As we let the Holy Spirit teach us to distinguish the real from the unreal and to help us let go of the unreal, bodies and what they do will have less and less meaning to us. More and more we see past the form to the sinless Love that is all there really is to see. More and more we will see that innocence and recognize our oneness with it. Our peace will become undisturbed because what is one with us brings no conflict. Today I choose to see my brother's sinlessness so that I may remember the peace of God.

These types of lessons from the Course have always been the most challenging for me. It's usually easy and I don't have a problem seeing the sinlessness and innocence in the people whom I love, but I have a real hard time with people who I perceive have hurt me or who irritate me or aren't living the way I think they should be.

But today if I can, just for a split second, keep from making judgment on people in the multitude of symbols or forms I see them as... black or white, blue collar or white collar, educated or uneducated, etc., etc.; I believe that in that split second, I meet with the Holy Spirit at the altar, even though I may still not recognize my brother as he truly is.

The Altar, right now, is unfamiliar to me and sometimes even makes me uncomfortable because of the fact that I feel I'm on alien ground, but by practicing these lessons, my world is beginning to turn right side up and seeing my brother as different from me is beginning to make me uncomfortable.

Today I am willing to make no judgment on my brother; I am willing to accept the idea that these situations with the people I have that I perceive as difficult are opportunities for me to ask for guidance and meet the Holy Spirit at the Altar.

Thank you. You expressed, very well, a lot of the stuff that I'm going through as I try to learn to see differently. Like you, I am trying to turn my world right side up by looking past the forms and meeting my brothers without judgment. It seems like it is too much for me to do by myself. Thank you God, that I don't have to do it alone.

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