A Course in Miracles Lesson 164

Now we are one with Him Who is our Source.

Judgment requires time. We evaluate the present by comparing it to the past in anticipation of the future. Today is better than yesterday which bodes well for tomorrow.

Today, A Course in Miracles invites us to let judgment go, and discover in the Holy Instant our natural relationship with Christ.

How holy is your practicing today, as Christ gives you His sight and hears for you, and answer in your name the Call He hears! How quiet is the time you give to spend with Him, beyond the world. How easily are all your seeming sins forgot, and all your sorrows unremembered (W-pI.164.3:1-3).

Lesson 164 is a good example of how A Course in Miracles sometimes uses highly poetic language to draw our attention away from the world, and guide our practice to a place that does not rely on formal application (say this, do that, for this allotted number of minutes, et cetera). It’s kin to a spiritual pep talk. It trusts us with the invitation to go beyond both body and world.

There is a silence into which the world cannot intrude. There is an ancient peace you carry in your heart and have not lost. There is a sense of holiness in you the thought of sin has never touched (W-pI.164.4:1-3).

It is okay to let those words move us; they are offered the way they are for that very purpose. It is okay to hold a lofty goal for the day – to remember Christ, to feel Christ as near as your very self, and to remember the Call of God to shared Divine Stillness.

We want to enter the day’s prayerful spaces with confidence. Not with greed – not with a desire for personal accomplishment. But with the quiet assurance that we are still as God created us (e.g., W-pI.162.6:3), and that awareness of God’s Love is our birthright (In.1:7).

Nor do we pray for ourselves alone.

We stand forgiven in the sight of Christ, with all the world forgiven in our own. We bless the world, as we hold it in the light in which our Savior looks on us, and offer it the freedom given us through His forgiving vision, not our own (W-pI.164.7:5-6).

The title of this lesson makes clear its ultimate objective: the memory of our perfect unity with God, our Creator. When this unity is recalled and known, then time ends and the world is saved because nothing happened. If that is too big a metaphysical pill to swallow, consider simply accepting – however briefly – the end of suffering and the beginning of eternal joy.

This is the promise A Course in Miracles makes: that we will remember we are not separate from either Creator or creation, and that in that memory the grace and peace of Christ will become us, allowing us to heal every mind that yet believes it is separate and alone.

Truly, if we are ready and willing, today will be the day we return home.

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