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October 10, 2015 Blog A Course in Miracles: Lesson 283
October 10, 2015 Blog
A Course in Miracles: Lesson 283
“My true Identity abides in You.”
When we are born we are given a name. We learn to write our name in school and say, “This is who I am.” Others observe our childish behavior. “Jack is a budding artist,” they might say. Or, “Francine has a mind like a steel trap.” Over time, and with repetition, we slowly become our identity, and much of it is imposed upon us from the outside. How we please others becomes who we are. How we avoid punishment or ridicule becomes who we are. How we win praise and adulation becomes who we are.
We define ourselves by our history and rarely look back. Our identity roots us in a sense of self. It can be bothersome at times, but mostly it feels safe and secure. But safety comes at a cost. It limits change. Have you ever had a moment where you’ve completely forgotten your own name? I have, and in that instant there was just a hint of freedom. I could be anybody. I could choose.
Our identity is an agreement we have made and it can be amended. Not in such a way that we become a stranger to our self, but in a way that deepens and expands what we know our self to be. The lesson today does exactly this. It says my true Identity is beyond the name I was given. It is beyond the masks I wear to shield myself from the world.
My true Identity is a shared one. It must be shared because the Thought that created me is still within my mind. I am an expression of It. But being an expression of One Mind doesn’t mean I’m not unique. Sharing my Identity isn’t a requirement for blandness, but rather an expansion of limitless proportions. The question is, do I know who I am? Do I accept who I am? Can I be who I am fearlessly?
When I know who I am and what my purpose is, I move through the world with security. I do not doubt my function or how it should be fulfilled. I can do all the small things required of me in this world. At the same time, underlying all of it is the knowledge I am One with my Creator, and my function is forgiveness. How I move and how I forgive are my own, but my task is clear.
My true Identity abides with you and our Identity abides together in Source. Your divinity is not for me to question. It IS. Today I am asked to remember we share our Identity together, in the Source Who Created Us. And I thank you for your uniqueness; knowing it is the ultimate expression of the limitless face of God.