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SIN is a very loaded word in our modern consciousness. It is perhaps even more difficult than the word God. People will tell me “I don’t believe in sin”. What they are rightly saying is that they don’t believe in a traditional religious story that keeps us in a state of unworthiness and perpetual guilt, feeling bad about ourselves.  Modern consciousness knows that isn’t the truth. Like many of us, I experience a growing awareness and desire to accept the Innocence and genuine loving nature that we share.

However, the section just finished, (for those following the yearly cycle of lessons), lessons 251 – 260, took me into a whole new realm of understanding what is really meant by the word sin.  Here I will comment on a few thoughts that were particularly meaningful to me.

Anything that is not the Oneness, (Love creating love, us, like Itself), is sin. Sin is all the thoughts/devices/bodies that we put between ourselves and truth, to stop us from knowing the truth about our Oneness.  What need would I have for eyes to see if I was being who I really am?  There is NOTHING out there to see. We created the world as proof that everything is separate, diverse, different. Eyes, and all our other senses, simply perceive our belief in separation, they prove there is a you and a me. The world doesn’t exist in and of itself, but it does reflect my state of mind in any moment.

Lesson 251 begins, “I sought for many things and found despair”. How true is that?! When I look back over my life, I feel exhausted by all my seeking and striving that seems to have come to nought.  The theme of this section reminds me of two of the most important lessons for me in the first half of the work book: 128  “The world I see holds nothing that I want” and 129 “Beyond this world there is a world I want”.  I am not going to find anything here in this world that endures, that does not change, that will not eventually hurt me, however hard I try to find it and keep it safe. That is the meaning of sin. But there IS a world that is true and constant and filled with a LOVE I can only begin to imagine right now, but that I can open to and have in this holy instant! It is all a question of choice.

That is what we are reminded of in lesson 253.  “My Self is ruler of the Universe”. ~ With which self do I want to identify?  The self that rules a separate universe as small as my identity as Annie, body and personality, or the Self that rules a universe that  stretches as far as I can imagine and beyond time and space, emanating an unconditional and boundless Love.

A huge relief for me in doing A Course in Miracles is finally I  feel like I have found my purpose, I know what I am doing here on Earth. And that is practicing forgiveness. Lesson 257 reminds us, “let me remember what my purpose is” and lesson 258 tells us why, “let me remember that my goal is God”.  That is all I want, not the things for which I have sought and striven, that I thought would bring me happiness and peace.

In the introduction to the section about sin, Jesus says it is the body’s nature to strive.. I have just started working out with a personal trainer at the gym, and joked that luckily for him, because it keeps him in work, “the body always wants more”.  And what he really means is the ego. Whatever we achieve we will never be satisfied for long. However, we can give the striving of the body a different goal, remembering it is, in itself neutral, an effect of the mind and not a cause of anything.  We can use it as a means of communicating Oneness, through our being-ness, not our proselytising. Just being, extending love.  This leads on wonderfully into the next section of the workbook which is all about the body!

Blessings to you all who might be reading this. Have a beautiful day.

Annie.

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the lilies of forgiveness

liliesI felt inspired to respond to lesson 241, last Saturday, 29th August, but I was going away for the weekend, and didn’t have time. But it has stopped me from writing anything else since, so here goes!

Lesson 241:~ “This holy instant is salvation come”.

There is a line in the commentary on this lesson where Jesus says: “I will be forgiven by you today”.

Forgiving Jesus??? To me, at first, this seemed to be a preposterous and extraordinary idea. This is not the only place in ACIM where Jesus asks for our forgiveness.

I first came across this idea in one of my most favourite passages, in the Clarification of Terms about Jesus-Christ. “Walking with him (Jesus) is just as natural as walking with a brother whom you knew since you were born, for such indeed is he. Some bitter idols have been made of him who would be only brother to the world. Forgive him your illusions, and behold how dear a brother he would be to you”.

I have realised how all the images of Jesus, all the stories and ideas of what he means to us, and how history has used his name to commit a mighty number of cruel and violent deeds, all of these things, obscure the reality of his holy and living Presence, his infinite LOVE and tenderness, his power and his Peace, and the truth that we are ONE with what he is.

In the Easter Section of the Text, (20. 11. 4. 1,2.)  Jesus says “I have great need of lilies, for the Son of God has not forgiven me. … he who offers thorns to anyone is against me still and who is whole without him? Be you his friend for me that I may be forgiven, and you may look upon the Son of God as whole”.

There is only One Son of God, and it is ALL OF US. Jesus is part of us, inseparable. Forgiving anyone, seeing through to the Truth of them as the One Self we share, IS forgiving Jesus. While any person on this earth remains unforgiven, then Jesus is waiting with us for forgiveness.  While we hate ourselves, and refuse to accept what we truly are, Jesus we are denying who Jesus truly is as well.

Let us deepen and renew our commitment to forgive ourselves, and those around us. Let us see ourselves as God sees us.

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