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June 21, 2015 A Course in Miracles: Lesson 172

June 21, 2015

A Course in Miracles:  Lesson 172

 

Happy Fathers Day and Happy Solstice.  As we review it will be helpful to use this time to go deeper into the lessons.   Remember, the idea behind this review is, “God is but Love, and therefore so am I.” 

Each word of each lesson has a resonance, a signature, if you like.  And each lesson, when read with its companion lesson, brings new things to light.  Let’s look at how this works with today’s review lessons, which are:

1.  “In my defenselessness, my safety lies.”

2.  “I am among the ministers of God.”

 

First:  please do not mistake defenselessness for passivity.  Meekness is not a trait of God.  In fact, the opposite is true; Source knows Its own invulnerability.  Source cannot even conceive of self-hatred or self-doubt, nor should we.   Attack always begins first within the mind of one who doubts her own value.  Perceiving herself weak, she believes she can be attacked.  Perceiving herself vulnerable, she prepares against the inevitable, and this is how war begins. 

Second:  one who knows her own safety needs no defense, and she wears this security like an invisible shield of self-love, which she then shares in the company of others.  This is how she is a minister of God – not through words but in the simple experience of being her own knowing.  Her knowing is peace.  Her knowing is God is only Love, and she is Love also.  She does not need to defend, and therefore she never attacks.  Those who never attack are a blessing to be around.  They offer wordless shelter in the face of blame and accusation.  This is what being a minister of God is.   Do you see how these two lessons relate?  Can you see that each deepens the meaning of the other?

Today we practice for 15 minutes or longer in the a.m. and p.m.  Begin by taking your seat and being comfortable in it.  Keep your back straight, your shoulders relaxed, and let the tongue lightly touch the roof of your mouth.  Softly close your eyes and settle into awareness of your body and the sounds around you.  Just notice without attaching to anything.  When you feel ready, turn your attention gently to the breath, and follow it.  Allow the breath to happen naturally, with no effort at all.  Spend a little time watching the breath.  Notice how, over time, the breath slows down and even deepens. When you are ready, say slowly and purposefully in your mind, 

“God is but Love and therefore so am I.”

1.  “In my defenselessness, my safety lies.”

“God is but Love and therefore so am I.”

2.  “I am among the ministers of God.”

God is but Love and therefore so am I.”

Now ask Source to join you, and sit in silent contemplation as you keep awareness of the breath in the background.  Generally, the breath should take between 40% - 60% of your awareness.  Allow thoughts to arise as they will and watch them.  Allow feelings to arise, as they will.  Have your experience with them too.   Let all things wash over you like a wave.  Notice when it rises, when it crests, and when it moves away. 

 If your mind wanders too much, choose one of the ideas and repeat it like a mantra.  Feel each word in the idea and then allow your mind to go beyond the words to the Source of their meaning.  You are seeking an experience that truly cannot be described by words alone.  Source will show you the way.  The knowledge is in you already.  You are simply remembering something you forgot long ago. 

Give to yourself often this day as you remember, “God is but Love and therefore so am I.” 

May all fathers everywhere receive loving kindness today.  May all fathers everywhere know they are loved and be free to give love in return. 

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