Father, You gave me all Your Sons, to be my saviors and my counselors in sight; the bearers of Your holy Voice to me. In them are You reflected, and in them does Christ look back upon me from my Self. Let not Your Son forget Your holy Name. Let not Your Son forget his holy Source. Let not Your Son forget his Name is Yours.
This day we enter into Paradise, calling upon God’s Name and on our own, acknowledging our Self in each of us; united in the holy Love of God. How many saviors God has given us! How can we lose the way to Him, when He has filled the world with those who point to Him, and given us the sight to look on them?
How can we lose the way to God when He has filled the world with those who point to Him, and when he has given us the sight to look on them?
Jesus told his disciples that they have ears, but do not hear and eyes, but do not see. I think this was borrowed from Psalm 135 which says, in part:
O LORD, your name is forever, your renown, from age to age!
For the LORD defends his people, shows mercy to his servants.
The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of human hands.
They have mouths but speak not; they have eyes but see not;
They have ears but hear not; no breath is in their mouths.
Their makers shall be like them, all who trust in them.
House of Israel, bless the LORD! House of Aaron, bless the LORD!
What is it we see? Do we only see the images we have made? If so, then we aren’t seeing. True sight is seeing God reflected in all things – not the images we have made! I’ve been worshipping my own self-made images of late. No wonder I think I’m in hell instead of paradise.
I have indeed misunderstood the world, because I laid my sins on it and saw them looking back at me. How fierce they seemed! And how deceived was I to think that what I feared was in the world, instead of in my mind alone. Today I see the world in the celestial gentleness with which creation shines. There is no fear in it. Let no appearance of my sins obscure the light of Heaven shining on the world. What is reflected there is in God’s Mind. The images I see reflect my thoughts. Yet is my mind at one with God’s. And so I can perceive creation’s gentleness.
In quiet would I look upon the world, which but reflects Your Thoughts, and mine as well. Let me remember that they are the same, and I will see creation’s gentleness.
Sometimes it seems much easier to recognize that others see their sins in front of them than it is for me to realize that I see my sins in front of me.
It used to seem arrogant to think of myself as sinless. Now it seems arrogant to think of my sins as having any power over God/Creation!!
Father, You stand before me and behind, beside me, in the place I see myself, and everywhere I go. You are in all the things I look upon, the sounds I hear, and every hand that reaches for my own. In You time disappears, and place becomes a meaningless belief. For what surrounds Your Son and keeps him safe is Love itself. There is no source but this, and nothing is that does not share its holiness; that stands beyond Your one creation, or without the Love which holds all things within itself. Father, Your Son is like Yourself. We come to You in Your Own Name today, to be at peace within Your everlasting Love.
My brothers, join with me in this today. This is salvation’s prayer. Must we not join in what will save the world, along with us?
It’s interesting to see how the mind processes upsets when we are willing to step outside of the upset and view it as an objective third person. It’s much easier to show compassion toward the one who upset you. I’ve been noticing that more and more, lately. I like the idea that God is in everything. God is even that person in front of me that is making false accusations against me. Blame, hatred, fear, etc. is not going to save the world. Neither is defense. Love, compassion, understanding, patience, clarity, awareness. That will save the world.
Father, Your Mind created all that is, Your Spirit entered into it, Your Love gave life to it. And would I look upon what You created as if it could be made sinful? I would not perceive such dark and fearful images. A madman’s dream is hardly fit to be my choice, instead of all the loveliness with which You blessed creation; all its purity, its joy, and its eternal, quiet home in You.
And while we still remain outside the gate of Heaven, let us look on all we see through holy vision and the eyes of Christ. Let all appearances seem pure to us, that we may pass them by in innocence, and walk together to our Father’s house as brothers and the holy Sons of God.
God’s Mind – ground of being
Spirit – emanations of God? Like rays of light
God’s Love – life giving
When you think of it that way, it does seem crazy to look upon the world as sinful! It’s all what we choose to perceive – where we place our focus. I’ll use my favorite example again. When Victor Frankl was lined up to be the nth man shot at the Auschwitz Concentration Camp, he could have focused on whether or not he was next in line to be shot or the beautiful sunrise (or maybe it was sunset?) before him. He chose the sunrise.
Father, You have one Son. And it is he that I would look upon today. He is Your one creation. Why should I perceive a thousand forms in what remains as one? Why should I give this one a thousand names, when only one suffices? For Your Son must bear Your Name, for You created him. Let me not see him as a stranger to his Father, nor as stranger to myself. For he is part of me and I of him, and we are part of You Who are our Source, eternally united in Your Love; eternally the holy Son of God.
We who are one would recognize this day the truth about ourselves. We would come home, and rest in unity. For there is peace, and nowhere else can peace be sought and found.
I had a strange dream last night. In the dream, I was talking with several spiritual gurus and they all told me that they were struggling with narcissism until they gave up the idea of some supreme guru. I forget the name, now, but it was clear that this guru taught monism – that all is one.
There are two ways to understand that all is one. One is narcisstic – it’s really just an egoic projection. You see “the other” and think he is no different than you. The other way to recognize that all is one is more paradoxical. In order to fully realize that all is one, you must be willing to see the other as fully “other”, without egoic projection. We tend to be afraid of what is “other”, but as ACIM repeatedly reminds us, there is nothing to fear because what appears to be “other” is an illusion. If we understand the illusion, we can have the courage to allow the other to be other without making demands that they be what we want him/her to be.
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.
I love that idea of not trying to find peace in murderous attack because that is what I’ve been doing of late. Murderously attacking. Especially when it comes to what it is I see as ingratitude from my son. I play scenes over and over again in my mind and don’t allow myself to let them go which just makes me angrier and angrier and makes the fight between my son and I even worse. I forget to see my son as myself and see him as the cause of my unhappiness. I know this is crazy and irrational because he’s just a teen going through all of his crazy stuff. And anyway, I do know he is my Zen master. He offers me a gift. As my husband says, it may not be what I consider to be a “good” gift. But it is a gift nonetheless and if I would begin to accept it as such, perhaps I’d quit making idols out of nothing.
Father, I did not make myself, although in my insanity I thought I did. Yet, as Your Thought, I have not left my Source, remaining part of Who created me. Your Son, my Father, calls on You today. Let me remember You created me. Let me remember my Identity. And let my sinlessness arise again before Christ’s vision, through which I would look upon my brothers and myself today.
Now is our Source remembered, and Therein we find our true Identity at last. Holy indeed are we, because our Source can know no sin. And we who are His Sons are like each other, and alike to Him.
We all know we didn’t create ourselves, right? We may disagree on where we came from. Maybe we have evolved from the intelligence gathered over millions and millions of years. Or maybe we were created out of clay by some sort of magical, mythological creationist. I personally prefer the first theory. But either way, very few of us think we created ourselves! That would be complete and total arrogance of grandiose delusional proportions. The problem with both theories, (Evolution and Creationism), is that they apply only to our physical existence and not that which transcends the physical.
When ACIM says that God created “Me”, I don’t think what it’s talking about the physical, experiential reality, it’s talking about the ground of being that makes the physical, experiential reality possible. I, you, all of us, are the potential for the experience and not merely the experience itself.
What created that potential? Potential creates potential. We are an extension of God just like rays of light are an extension of the sun. The light cannot be separated from the sun. The rays of light originated with the sun, and we originated with God.