A Course in Miracles Lesson 155

I will step back and let Him lead the way.

Recent lessons have designed us as ministers of God, messengers of Love whose only function is to spread the peace and joy of Christ throughout the separation, in order to hasten its inevitable dissolution.

Today’s lesson emphasizes the method of our ministry. It is driven not by ego, but by our willingness to get out of the way. We consent to a ministry in which the terms and conditions of our work are not set by the world, nor anyone in it, but rather by the One Who knows the world is a vast illusion, capable only of causing suffering.

The world is an illusion. Those who choose to come to it are seeking for a place where they can be illusions, and avoid their own reality (W-pI.155.2:1-2).

A Course in Miracles charts a middle way between the path of renouncing the world while still believing it is real, and embracing the world beause it is real. Those paths lead to despair. The course’s middle way is the “happy dream,” a path that neither rejects nor accepts illusions, but simply passes through them, guided by Truth.

All roads lead to this one in the end. For sacrifice and deprivation are paths that lead nowhere, choices for defeat and aims that will remain impossible (W-pI.155.7:1-2).

On this path, we simply bear witness to the gentleness and certainty that truth provides. Salvation is accomplished; we merely recognize it with greater and greater clarity. The truth goes before us, “lighting up the path of ransom from illusion” (W-pI.155.8:2).

We pay nothing for our freedom. We walk with one another, supporting each other in our willingness to be finished with separation and the suffering it imposes on us, along with our brothers and sisters. The gaps we perceive between ourselves and everything else shrink. They cannot threaten us.

It does not matter that we do not understand how this is so. It does not matter that we can’t explain what it means to trust God. The joy and peace we feel is contagious, and it is this that our brothers and sisters need. The explanation can come after, if necessary.

You know now where you go. But One Who knows goes with you. Let Him lead you with the rest (W-pI.155.10:4-6).

We follow the truth in place of illusion, knowing it can only lead us to God.

Your feet are safely set upon the road that leads the world to God. Look not to ways that seem to lead you elsewhere. Dreams are not a worthy guide for you are are God’s Son (W-pI.155.13:1-3).

Our practice of this lesson requires us to be still and listen for God, whose “loving Voice” guides our journey into the quiet way of defenselessness and Heaven (e.g., W-pI.153.18:1-2). All God does is remind us of our innocence, which we share with all Creation, and thus alight in us the desire to know nothing else but God and Love.

Given peace and joy, what else would we ask for? And given peace and joy, what else would we offer others?

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