Lesson 335: I choose to see my brother's sinlessness
1 Forgiveness is a choice. I never see my brother as he is, for that is far beyond perception. What I see in him is merely what I wish to see because it stands for what I want to be the truth. It is to this alone that I respond, however much I seem to be impelled by outside happenings. I choose to see what I would look upon, and this I see and only this. My brother's sinlessness shows me that I would look upon my own. And I will see it, having chosen to behold my brother in its holy light.
2 What could restore Your memory to me except to see my brother's sinlessness? His holiness reminds me that he was created one with me and like myself. In him I find my Self, and in Your Son I find the memory of You as well.
The conflict felt, every conflict, is an uneasiness with acceptance of Love. Therefore, any conflict or choice to see ego over Source is to deny the Truth of Your Self. It is to choose separation over and over again.
In the process of learning this Course, many a student will say, “but how am I held accountable for a choice that I myself did not make?” In other words, why is God allowing me to dream of separation from Him? The Truth is that God is not initiating. God knows Only the Truth of His Creation. While it is His Creation that temporarily is dreaming by not realizing their Self. The choice is not from a distant past as much as the choice lingers in the present by seeing shame, blame and guilt in the ones perceived to be not of you. The choice for separation occurs in every judgment, conflict, upset, word, irritant, war, and instant when you do not see your companion as your Self. This is the choice, relived again and again in a myriad of ways, through warped justifications and means.
So you may ask, how then am I to forgive everyone? Start by forgiving your self. Start by being daring to admit your own failure to See Love here and now. Why focus on the splinter in another’s eye when the beam is in your own? Sound familiar?
Ask yourself, why am I unable to see the better intentions in the ones who stand near me? I am not asking for the beginning to be a focus on global affairs; but on the one who seems to bestow you the practice in smaller irritations and upsets. These “sins” will be the easiest to let go. For example, the one who speeds, the one who drives too slow, the one who gives you ‘that look’ or shares with you ‘that opinion,’ etc.
I say this not to discount the horrors of the world but to help the thinking mind recognize that it is not the horrors of the world which led you here. These are but a mere byproduct of the ever experienced ongoing choice to deny the Self and thus deny Source Love. Focus on the horrors of the world and there will be a myriad of justifications for ego thinking. Yet focus on Your Source and the desire to See first That Awareness and the horrors of the world will disappear (perhaps not in form at first, but in content of how you are choosing their affect upon You) [notice capital Y].
I’m not saying the body cannot suffer, it does – repeatedly. Instead though, simply ask if this suffering is where you wish to lay your self definition. Is it through these actions and repetitions that you wish to stay? If not, Seeing another way is the Only Way, Truth and Light. Here we rest. Peace and its endless potential becomes Us once more.
So do not ask why the ego has happened- see Instead how does the thinking mind choose the awareness of the separation happening now.. and now and now.. and.. get it? Peace is with You, unless of course you see something else.
Here do See not your potential or even possibility, but Your Imperviousness and True Nature. Here we Trust that This Source Self has not, cannot change - especially despite [insert the situation]. Rest here for then Love Is.
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