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June 22, 2015 Blog A Course in Miracles: Lesson 173

June 22, 2015 Blog

A Course in Miracles:  Lesson 173


The review lessons for today are about equanimity and mindfulness.  We practice equanimity when we notice ourselves resisting the moment or holding onto something long past its due date.  Holding on is often habitual; we don’t notice we’re holding until discomfort arises – which is why mindfulness is so helpful. It allows us the simple awareness of our thoughts and reactions.  Over time, as the intention to be aware is held, an even greater degree of mindfulness unfolds.

The ego is always at the center of resistance to what is.  Its idea of perfection is singular and absolute.  Yet it never finds what it is looking for and searches endlessly.  Unfortunately for the ego, it cannot know perfection because its view is so limited.  Perfection can be approached only by a mind that is in alignment with Source, and even then there is trust involved – a willingness to say, “I don’t know yet, but I will wait and see because I trust.”   Only Source knows perfect wholeness.  Only Source knows absolute perfection.

Today’s two review lessons are:

“I will step back and let God lead the way.”

“I walk with God in perfect holiness.”


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.  “I will step back and let God lead the way.”

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

2.  “I walk with God in perfect holiness.”

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.  Today, try to place about 25 percent of your attention on the breath. Devote another 25 percent to mindfulness of the words of the lesson.  Let the remaining 50 percent rest in abiding space.  In other words, give it up to Source and watch what arises. Have your experience with resting in spacious Mind.

If your mind wanders too much, come back to the breath and the lesson.  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.”   Then mindfully step back and let God lead the way, knowing you walk in perfect wholeness with Source.

Receive today.  Give today.  Be in peace today, dear reader.



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