Workbook Review Lessons 267-273
Lesson 267: My heart is beating in the peace of God.
Jesus tells you that the only way you can be at home is to be in, and live from, the Heart of God. To do this you must see things differently from the way you have been taught, differently from the way things seem or appear, and differently from the way you feel. To begin this, he suggests that you see yourself differently. He suggests that you see yourself as “a messenger of God, directed by His Voice, sustained by Him in love, and held forever quiet and at peace within His loving Arms.” (This may be a stretch from seeing yourself as a body in a world of trial and turmoil – but it is a necessary adjustment to viewing yourself correctly.)
Recognize that surrounding you is all the life that God created in His Love. His Love calls to you in every heartbeat and in every breath, in every action and in every thought. Peace fills your heart, and floods your body with the purpose of forgiveness. In forgiveness is your mind healed, and all you need to save the world is thereby given you. The Holy Spirit will direct you where to go and what to do, whom to see and what to say, what to think and how to respond to any situation or person in front of you, or confronting you. He will love you, protect you and comfort you.
All is given you by the Holy Spirit, even though you may still be choosing fear as your guide. Yet when blocked by immobilizing fear, you do not hear His still, quiet Voice and therefore do not respond to It, so you appear to remain in darkness. The saving grace here is that darkness is only an appearance; it is not the truth. So be still and listen to the Holy Spirit as He gently leads you to light.
To hear or not to hear; that is the question! Since you want to be led out of darkness, choose the Holy Spirit as your guide through this world, choose to follow him exactly, and to hear Him assure you that you are still home, that you never left, and that this world is NOT God’s Will! The gates of Heaven are open to you -- UCome on in!
Lesson 268: Let all things be exactly as they are.
Whether or not you choose the Holy Spirit for your guide through this world, it does not change how things ARE. Though you may see things as fearful, they are not. Fear is not real. Though you may see things as confusing, they are not. Confusion is not the truth. Though you may see things as unhappy, they are not. Perfect happiness is God’s Will for His Son. So, despite appearances to the contrary, in truth you are actually perfectly happy!
Yet what causes the appearance that you are not happy? You judge against God and His Will for you when you choose what is NOT His Will. You attempt to interfere with His creation and to distort it into sickly forms, by adhering to the lies of the ego instead of to the truth of His Voice. When you relinquish the ego wishes from the unity of His creation, you will recognize yourself as God created you: whole, complete, and perfectly happy in His grace. When you “let all things be exactly as they are,” no thing in this world will frighten or confuse you. You were created in Love, and in Love you will remain forever. Amen.
Lesson 269: My sight goes forth to look upon Christ’s face.
You have been so used to seeing yourself and your brothers as a body, to seeing with the eyes of the body, to hearing with the body’s ears, and touching things that seem to be real -- that to be told that the world and nothing in it, including the bodies you see in it, are not real, and to be asked to change your mind and actions toward it now at this seemingly late date, may appear as difficult at best and as impossible at worst. Yet it can be as easy as flipping a coin to the other side, if you will let it happen without resistance or interference. Yes, it can be done, but considering that you have maintained your current bodily stance in this world for so long, and have not yet effected the change, it obviously will not happen by your efforts alone. It is evident that you must have HELP!
You can find a new perception of yourself and your brothers and the world, by asking the Holy Spirit to bless your sight. He will show you your mistakes, and how to look beyond them. Through His lessons you will pass perception by, and return to truth. Choose to see a world forgiven and let everyone show you the face of Christ, and teach you that what you look upon is God’s holy Son, and your Self. You will have all the HELP you need when you choose to know the truth that will set you free. Will you choose it now?
Lesson 270: I will not use the body’s eyes today.
Christ’s vision is God’s gift to you. It has power to translate all that the body’s eyes behold, into the light of a forgiven world. A forgiven world is a glorious and gracious world; a world where everyone acknowledges his Father and lets his dreams be brought to truth. God’s memory returns to him, and every thought is a Thought of God! Let Christ be YOUR eyes today. Offer healing to the world through Him. Be your Holy Self, bless everyone, and peace will come to everyone through HIM and through YOU in Him.
Theme of Relevance 6: What is the Christ?
Christ is God’s Son as He created Him, the link that keeps you one with God, and guarantees that the separation has never occurred. He is the part in which God’s Answer lies, where all decisions are already made and all dreams are over. The Christ is the home of the Holy Spirit, where you remain at peace within the Heaven of your holy mind. This is the only part of you that has reality in truth. The rest is dreams. The Holy Spirit reaches from the Christ in you to all your dreams, and bids them come to Him, to be translated into truth. Therefore seek to find Christ’s face, through forgiveness and peace, in stillness and in quiet, and look on nothing else. As you behold His glory, you will know you have no need of learning or perception or time, or any need at all. You are the holy Self, the Christ Whom God created as His wholly perfect Son.
Lesson 271: Christ’s is the vision I will use today.
Each day, each hour, every instant, you are choosing what you want to look upon, the sounds you want to hear, the witnesses to what you want to be the truth for you. Are you happy with what you have chosen? Maybe with some of it but not all? Is the happiness you experience constant and consistent, or sporadic and fleeting? Is it maximal happiness or minimal? THINK – is what you see what God created? Or is it what you made for yourself? Use Christ’s vision to look upon what Christ would have you see; letting ego perception disappear. And listen only to God’s Voice and be happy!
Lesson 272: How can illusions satisfy God’s Son?
They cannot. God’s Son was not, is not now, and will never be satisfied with anything less than the Truth of God. Dreams cannot content you; illusions will not bring you happiness; only God’s memory can satisfy His Son. Accept no less than this. Pass illusions by. Turn aside from dreaming for just a moment to ask yourself if you, the holy Son of God, can ever truly be content with dreams, when Heaven can be chosen just as easily, and love will happily replace all fear. You know you will be content only with His Truth. Choose the Truth now and allow contentment and peace to manifest immediately.
Lesson 273: The stillness of the peace of God is mine.
Perhaps you are now ready for a day of undisturbed tranquility? If this is not yet feasible, do learn how such a day can be achieved. If you give way to a disturbance, learn how to dismiss it and return to peace. Tell your mind with certainty: “The stillness of the peace of God is mine” and “Nothing can intrude upon the peace that God Himself has given to His Son.” (See Rules for Decision, T-30.i-I)
Father, Your peace is mine. What need have I to fear that anything can rob me of what You would have me keep? I cannot lose Your gifts to me. And so the peace You gave Your Son is with me still, in quietness and in my own eternal love for you. Amen. ❤