A Course in Miracles Lesson 173

God is but Love, and therefore so am I

This is a walking lesson. During my Buddhist phase, I was taught kinhin – walking meditation. It was in addition to zazen. I wonder if this lesson can be practiced in a similar way. Can walking in a purposeful, measured and intentional way be part of our ACIM practice?

On the first step: I will step back, and let Him lead the way. On the next: I walk with God in perfect holiness. Or one statement every two steps.

Or just an easy mental rhythm as we move gently through the world. I will step back and let God lead the way. I walk with God in perfect holiness.

The metaphor both lessons adopt is that of being a walker – a body walking. The suggestion I am making is: let us put our actual bodies into it. What happens?

A Course in Miracles occurs in the context of separation, to assist in the undoing of separation. Therefore, it appears to bodies in a world. And the healing it anticipates and which its practice brings forth also appear to bodies in a world.

Rather than resist this obvious condition of healing, why not lean – or step – into it?

The suggestion is not that this is a right or even a better way to do the lesson than to sit still and meditation in the core ideas. The suggestion is that it may be more helpful. What do we have to lose by trying?

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  1. “I will step back and let God lead the way. I walk with God in perfect holiness.” –I think it is like spending time without a script. A thought trying to grab attention can arise but then we can ask “what do you want me to think or do about it, God? / Where am I to go with it?”–that I think creates spaces/gaps in which God can enter. A mechanical walk can become sauntering.

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