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Christ Reborn = Our Real Self

ACIM Workbook Lesson 303 – for Sunday, October 30, 2011

Affirmation:  “The holy Christ is born in me today.”

“Let Christ be welcomed where He is at home.  And let Him hear the sounds He understands, and see but sights that show His Father’s Love.  Let Him no longer be a stranger here, for He is born again in me today.  (WB451)”

Reflections:

1 – What It Means for Christ to Be Born in Me

When Christ is born again in us, we are living the Self that is our real Self.  We are no longer the little self (as I have called it), the egoic self.  May we take this step into the sunlight today.

2 – Welcome the Self and Know Peace

If we welcome the Christ, the Self that we really are, we will know peace.  We will no longer be followed about by dreams, illusions, of disaster.  Even if bad things happen (and they may, though they are less likely), then we will rise above, with the help of the Holy Spirit.  We create our own reality, and we will not miscreate anymore.  We will know how to live well, and we will not dwell on mistakes and misdeeds.  We will forgive ourselves and others, and then we will create aright in our little world.  Joy follows inexorably.

3 – We Create Our Own Reality

Jane Roberts, in the “Seth” (an entity she channeled) books, often said that we “create our own reality.”  Jesus says the same in ACIM.  And that reality will be good if we learn how to think with God.  We do not have to suffer in silence.  We do not have to suffer at all (though we may, for we are fallible).  When we dream the happy dreams the Holy Spirit brings (from the Workbook), we are being prepared for the real world, which sees only good.  Mother Teresa wrote about seeing “Jesus in all his distressing disguises.”  She certainly saw much suffering in her life, even in her own life.  But she kept the faith.  And Jesus would ask us to do the same.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Help me to understand my Self, Who is Meant by the Christ.  These final thoughts in the Workbook are puzzling, and I need Your help not to let the ego intrude.  None of us has anything that everyone else does not have.  We are all One.  Help me to know that to say that Christ is born in me is not an egoic statement.

Be with us today as we seek to create the reality in which we live.  May that real world be inhabited by each of us for longer and longer periods of time.  We need to let this illusory world fall from our sight and be replaced with a seeing that is almost incomprehensible to us now.  May we look only with love, and may we have the vision that You would have us understand.

Amen.

Everyone Shows Me the Face of Christ

ACIM Workbook Lesson  269 – for Monday, September 26, 2011

Affirmation:  “My sight goes forth to look upon Christ’s face.”

“I ask Your blessing on my sight today.  It is the means which You have chosen to become the way to show me my mistakes, and look beyond them.  It is given me to find a new perception through the Guide You gave to me, and through His lessons to surpass perception and return to truth.  I ask for the illusion which transcends all those I made.  Today I choose to see a world forgiven, in which everyone shows me the face of Christ, and teaches me that what I look upon belongs to me; that nothing is, except Your holy Son.  (WB430)”

Reflections:

1 – The Miracle of Seeing the Face of Christ

This prayer says directly that we are to see the face of Christ in all of our brothers and sisters:  “a world forgiven, in which everyone shows me the face of Christ.”  This is a miraculous occurrence, and because it is perceptual, it will not last (a Text tenet).  But the miracle can recur, and even if it does not, and we see the face of Christ only once or, at most, a few times, we will be blessed by the miracle.  Mother Teresa saw the face of Christ in the people whom she tended, “Christ in all his distressing disguises,” she said.

2 – A Personal Experience

I once did have this experience.  It did not last, and has not recurred, but it was a transformative experience of my early twenties.  A decade and more later on, a friend who was quite “religious,” but not a student of A Course in Miracles, told me that she thought we were meant to see the face of Christ in everyone.  By that time, I had discovered ACIM, and I had I found the same sentiment as expressed by Jesus.  Once we have experienced this miracle, we will not look upon others in quite the same way.  We will know that, even if we are not seeing Christ’s face currently, it is there for our cleansed eyes to see.  And we will be blessed by the memory of what we have once experienced.

3 – We Must Forgive to See Christ’s Face

Jesus says that our forgiveness is a prerequisite to seeing the face of Christ in others.  One of the faces of a friend, in which I perceived a Christ likeness, was one whom I had forgiven fully for past perceived injustices.  Others, at nearly the same time, were strangers to me.  But I certainly held no animosity toward them, and I believe that it might be said that I was in a state of total acceptance and forgiveness of them.  May we experience the face of Christ over and over, and may we be blessed by the miracle.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I would see the face of Christ in everyone I see today.  I know that to do so, I must hold no unforgiveness in my heart.  Help me to love today, totally and completely.  Help me to pray for those who seem to be estranged from me.  I wish all well.  I do not know what may be prompting the estrangement, but I would pray for its healing.

May the face of Christ give me healing today, for I need it also.  Be with me, through thick and thin, and lead me back home to You.  Thank You.

Amen.