Comfort Passages Part II

Following are two workbook Lessons, 105 and 252, which feature messages of peace, joy and love. The peace, joy and love which are assured us in these Lessons are ours on the level of our being with God in Heaven, not is this illusory world. We experience them when we let go of our over-concern with our problems here and accept our true reality as part of God’s love in Heaven.
Use the first line of the New Lord’s Prayer, “Forgive us our illusions Father and help us accept our true relationship with you …” to aid our acceptance. [see last pgh. Of Text Ch. 16]
Understand, within our right mind as God’s extended spirit, peace and joy are always with us and recall, “God did create spirit in His Own Thought and of a quality like to His Own. [Text Ch 3 section V pgh. 7 sentence 3]
We experience peace and joy in “God’s Own Thought. There is nothing else.” [T-3.V.7.4] Don’t sweat the nothing else.

Lesson 105.
God’s peace and joy are mine.
God’s peace and joy are yours. Today we will accept them, knowing they belong to us. And we will try to understand these gifts increase as we receive them.
My brother, peace and joy I offer you, That I may have God’s peace and joy as mine.

Lesson 152 in in Part II of the and complements the ideas from Lesson 105: a common technique in ACIM. Jesus knows that sooner or later one of his ways of repeating iis message will get through to us.

The Son of God is my Identity.
My Self is holy beyond all the thoughts of holiness of which I now conceive. Its shimmering and perfect purity is far more brilliant than is any light that I have ever looked upon. Its love is limitless, with an intensity that holds all things within it, in the calm of quiet certainty. Its strength comes not from burning impulses which move the world, but from the boundless Love of God Himself. How far beyond this world my Self must be, and yet how near to me and close to God!

Father, You know my true Identity. Reveal It now to me who am Your Son, that I may waken to the truth in You, and know that Heaven is restored to me.

The Self (notice the capital S) in this lesson is our true Self which is within God’s Mind. That’s why our Self, unlike our ego projection self, is “holy beyond all thoughts of holiness.” We realize that that the states of being listed in subsequent sentences are true on the level of Spirit. If we apply those thoughts to our life here we are we will be, as a leading teacher of ACIM often says, “bliss ninnies.”
Again, experience the promise of the Lesson 152 in our right mind where we are part of God’s Thought,” and that there, “is nothing else.”

The final thought in Lesson 252 is a prayer meant to awaken us to the truth which is stated in the first part of the lesson.

Comforting Excerpts from ACIM

What most of us want from a spiritual path or religion is comfort coming from certainty about how to lead our lives. Now when more and more of us have abandoned religions and are coping on our own without some form of anchor to help us with everyday difficulties, somehow, from somewhere we want just a little help. In his Easter Sunday column in the NY Times Garry Gutting of Notre Dame told his readers how Catholicism fulfilled that need for him. It is a good example of Course Teaching that there are many paths that take us home to Heaven.

There are many passages in A Course in Miracles that lend comfort to our task here.

Here is my favorite. But first, remember it is as are most such passages, a metaphor. A further caution is provided for us in the following excerpt from The Manual for Teachers [M-21.1.9-10 and M-21.2.1-5]
(do read the whole passage for context)

9 Let us not forget, however, that words are but symbols of symbols. 10 They are thus twice removed from reality.
2. As symbols, words have quite specific references. 2 Even when they seem most abstract, the picture that comes to mind is apt to be very concrete.

Keep these thoughts in mind when you experience what comes to you when reading this passage from Text Chapter 21 Section I. I copied most of as it is impossible to share it by selecting one or two lines.

Listen,–perhaps you catch a hint of an ancient state not quite forgotten; dim, perhaps, and yet not altogether unfamiliar, like a song whose name is long forgotten, and the circumstances in which you heard completely unremembered. Not the whole song has stayed with you, but just a little wisp of melody, attached not to a person or a place or anything particular. But you remember, from just this little part, how lovely was the song, how wonderful the setting where you heard it, and how you loved those who were there and listened with you.
7. The notes are nothing. Yet you have kept them with you, not for themselves, but as a soft reminder of what would make you weep if you remembered how dear it was to you. You could remember, yet you are afraid, believing you would lose the world you learned since then. And yet you know that nothing in the world you learned is half so dear as this. Listen, and see if you remember an ancient song you knew so long ago and held more dear than any melody you taught yourself to cherish since.
8.. Beyond the body, beyond the sun and stars, past everything you see and yet somehow familiar, is an arc of golden light that stretches as you look into a great and shining circle. And all the circle fills with light before your eyes. The edges of the circle disappear, and what is in it is no longer contained at all. The light expands and covers everything, extending to infinity forever shining and with no break or limit anywhere. Within it everything is joined in perfect continuity. Nor is it possible to imagine that anything could be outside, for there is nowhere that this light is not.
9. This is the vision of the Son of God, whom you know well. Here is the sight of him who knows his Father. Here is the memory of what you are; a part of this, with all of it within, and joined to all as surely as all is joined in you. Accept the vision that can show you this, and not the body. You know the ancient song, and know it well. Nothing will ever be as dear to you as is this ancient hymn of love the Son of God sings to his Father still.
10. And now the blind can see, for that same song they sing in honor of their Creator gives praise to them as well. The blindness that they made will not withstand the memory of this song. And they will look upon the vision of the Son of God, remembering who he is they sing of. What is a miracle but this remembering? And who is there in whom this memory lies not? The light in one awakens it in all. And when you see it in your brother, you [are] remembering for everyone.

This passage reflects what the resurrection is for me; an awakening in my mind to the reality that we are now and ever at one with God in Heaven, and trying to share that by example with everyone I encounter.

In my next posts I’ll share some lines from the Workbook for Students.