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June 19, 2015 Blog A Course in Miracles: Lesson 170
June 19, 2015 Blog
A Course in Miracles: Lesson 170
Today's lesson is:
"There is no cruelty in God and none in me."
Lesson 170 contains vitally important information about how our minds work. Anyone who thinks she wants happiness in life should understand this lesson. Here is a quote from the first paragraph:
"No one attacks without intent to hurt. This can have no exceptions. When you think that you attack in self-defense, you mean that to be cruel is protection; you are safe because of cruelty. You mean that you believe to hurt another brings you freedom. And you mean that to attack is to exchange the state in which you are for something better, safer, more secure from dangerous invasion and from fear."
A Course is nothing if not logical. If I am Whole, Eternal, and One, then my attack on another MUST begin first with an attack against my Self. Defense is always the first act of warfare: warfare against my own invulnerability. My perceived need for defense arises out of my own denial of my perfect Self. No one can attack me unless I attack my Self first. This is always the case. There are no exceptions.
Cruelty can only come from a mind that has forgotten its Self. Cruelty says, "I am justified in doing harm. AND the harm I do to you will not harm me in any way as a result. Therefore, I can harm you with impunity and justify it as defense." This is a lie of such proportion it cannot be fathomed. It has created all the pain of this world.
Love asks that we lay down our arms – first against ourselves and then those we call 'enemy.' But in a world that knows cruelty, such a move is seen at best as naïve, and so ignorant as to invite punishment at worst. "A good defense is the best offense," my father used to say. "If you're not prepared for war, you get what you deserve." This thinking makes Love the enemy. With love as the enemy, cruelty becomes a god.
The escape from fear comes from facing fear itself. And there is one fear buried so deep we rarely see it all. Our biggest fear is of God Itself. For we believe we have attacked Oneness by splitting from It, and that It is coming after us with a vengeance. This entire world is built on the fear we have offended the very One who gave us the power to create it. For we HAVE created this world and we HAVE projected our fear upon it. We truly perceive ourselves as only bodies, separate from each other and from our Source. If we can separate from our Source, then It can separate from us. Cruelty is now born.
So the return to Love begins with facing the fear of fear itself. Face your fear and name it untrue. It is the ego that tells you fear is real because it wishes to keep the truth from you. The truth is, it is the ego itself that is unreal. Begin to know your Oneness in Source and fear lifts like the mist it is. There is no cruelty in Oneness and there is none in you. God is not coming after us but God is inviting us to return Home. Unlike the ego mind, God knows we never left.
Today we practice facing fear and calling it untrue. Love is our Source and Love does not know cruelty. It exists only in a split mind that values fear as a motivator. Cease the attack against yourself today.
Practice twice today for about 15 minutes each. Take a seat and be comfortable. Close your eyes or lower your gaze. Settle into awareness of your body and the sounds around you. When you are ready, turn your attention gently to the breath. Follow the breath as it happens naturally, with no effort at all. Be at peace in it. Allow it serve as your anchor for the next 15 minutes. When you are ready, say slowly and purposefully in your mind, "There is no cruelty in God and none in me."
Now think upon this: "Source created me One with every living thing. My form may change, but I can never die. I have no need to fear anything whatsoever. Without fear, I am free to bless this world and all who share it with me. I choose again and make the choice for Love. I am thankful. I am forever safe. I am complete."
Spend the rest of the contemplation in silent watchfulness of all thought and feeling that arises. Let all things be as they are. Keep attention also on the breath, returning to full awareness of it when the mind wanders too much. Repeat the lesson slowly in your mind if you need to. When you feel peace, when you feel safe, when you feel even the smallest hint of joy – know you are connected to Source.
Be mindful today. Repeat the lesson often. Better yet, FEEL the words behind the lesson as often as possible as you go about your day. Carry the words with you.
Enjoy. Receive the peace that is offered. Many blessings.