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A Course in Miracles, a spiritual discipline

The Blessed Art of Blessing

You are innocent

Lesson 200 - The peace of God

Description of The Light in the Lord's Prayer The Light in the Lord's Prayer

A few chapters from "The Light in the Lord's Prayer" by Margareth Lee

Lesson 51-60

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You are innocent by Margareth Lee
   Innocent reader - whoever you think you are,

When I tell someone that they're innocent, the first reaction is to reject this. Most people don't believe in unconditional innocence. So maybe you're wondering how I can name everyone as innocent.

Well, as a personality you're innocent, because you don't even know what you're doing. You don't have a choice, you live according to a program and are totally conditioned.

When you begin to become conscious, you'll become aware of your responsability. Individually you are responsible, and at the same time innocent, because when you are conscious, you know that whatever you do, it isn't real anyway.

Does that mean that you can hurt people?
That is a ridiculous idea. A conscious individual knows that everything he or she gives, returns more than a hundredfold. Everything you give you have given to yourself. You can never hurt another, only yourself. That is true for everyone, whether they're conscious or not.

I'm trying to explain something here that can't really be explained. It's an experience and inconceivable for ego-thinking.

Hopefully you recognize it and then it's a feast. Together we then reinforce the idea of our innocence in the collective consciousness.
Most people believe in guilt. The whole world we see is based on blame and other projections of guilt. Personalities see guilt everywhere, in themselves and others and everyone has a mask of false innocence. They are victim and everybody else is a possible enemy. Fortunately more and more people are beginning to see that this victim mentality and blaming yourself and others doesn't do any good.

There are even teachers of "A Course in Miracles" who joke about that. Scott Kalechstein Grace described a couple of habits that can be useful if you love drama. From "The Seven Habits of Highly Dramatic People":

#7 Make sure to solidly anchor yourself in the 3 G's...
Guilt, Guilt and guilt.
We already discussed blaming yourself. But don't stop there.
Blame everyone else too. Doesn't life go the way you want?
Guilt, guilt, guilt!
Blame first, ask questions later and maybe even take responsibility.
Appropriate targets are mom and dad, friends (if you still have those), your partner (if he/she is still around), the government, large corporations, and of course God.

Taking responsibility can lead to solutions for problems, which dissolves good drama. Instead use the guilt-spraycan, and spray everyone liberally with it, without any restriction, uncensored and undiluted. Guilt, guilt, guilt!

Scott presents it as a joke, but all ego-thinking rests on projection of guilt; seeing guilt in yourself and others. Human thinking is totally infested with it. Sometimes it's just like poison. And the only solution according to "A Course in Miracles" is forgiveness. Meanwhile I have learned that forgiviness is completely different from what I learned earlier. That's why I call it letting go or detaching or eliminating resistance. Jesus uses the word forgiveness because you know it well, even though you may not know what it really entails. He calls the traditional meaning forgiveness-to-destroy and describes it as follows in "The Song of Prayer": S-2.I.2. Forgiveness-to-destroy will therefore suit the purpose of the world far better than its true objective, and the honest means by which this goal is reached. 2 Forgiveness-to-destroy will overlook no sin, no crime, no guilt that it can seek and find and "love." 3 Dear to its heart is error, and mistakes loom large and grow and swell within its sight. 4 It carefully picks out all evil things, and overlooks the loving as a plague; a hateful thing of danger and of death. 5 Forgiveness-to-destroy is death, and this it sees in all it looks upon and hates. 6 God's mercy has become a twisted knife that would destroy the holy Son He loves.

And later on He says:
S-2.I.10. This is the world of opposites. 2And you must choose between them every instant while this world retains reality for you. 3 Yet you must learn alternatives for choice, or you will not be able to attain your freedom. 4 Let it then be clear to you exactly what forgiveness means to you, and learn what it should be to set you free. 5 The level of your prayer depends on this, for here it waits its freedom to ascend above the world of chaos into peace.

This text states that you are unable to choose now, because you don't know the possible choices. You will be astonished and delighted when you discover what is possible and how you can forgive yourself and the world.
The advantages of forgiveness.

In “The Song of Prayer” which is a supplement to the Course, a chapter is dedicated to the real meaning of forgiveness and the wrong interpretations of it. Forgiveness is actually detachment, letting go of your own projections. They are the ideas you have about others and life situations. Those ideas are always wrong, because they are based on the ego-thought system you learned. Even the so-called good of this way of thinking is an attack on you, because it's not in accordance with Who You really are. Who You are essentially has no opposite, it's good through and through.

When I began to study the Course, I had been involved in demonstrations for protection of animals. I felt strongly about this and joined in several actions. Until I experienced in Brussel (Belgium) at the European Parliament that it rained big hail stones on my head. We had to get quickly back into the bus. At first I was stunned, because why didn't my inner Guidance disapprove doing something good? I decided to dedicate myself to the lessons of The Course and I would see what I could do for the animals after that. I still had to learn that all protection of animals and humans comes from God. I have come to understand that I made the situation for animals worse by making it real instead of giving it to God.

In John 12:32 is written: “And if I am raised from earth I will attract everything to me.” Meaning that if my identity, the feeling of Who I Am, is sufficiently raised, It will draw in everything that's visible to the level, where my self is located. In this way we correct unpleasant outer circumstances. We don't do it by manipulation and trying to direct everything outside of us.

It is done by raising your realization of who you are and understanding that there is no separation between who you are and the way it appears to you.
“I need do nothing,” “A Course in Miracles” states. Such a relief...
Of course it takes some “doing”, but the work is on the inner plane. You don't have to run around to change things.

I understand the people who so long to defend the animals. To see how you contribute to the suffering of animals with this kind of help, seeing everything in this world of contrast as some sort of triangle,
overstijgen van dualisme

I once saw a man in my neighbourhood together with another man watching a group of teenagers who where just getting into a car on the other side of the street. I thought that the man and his companion looked threatening. I thought they looked like 2 prison thugs. Such projections! I made prisons, agression, criminals, crime and all within a second!

Ego is chock full of pitfalls to draw you into the world of illusion. It has several subtle sneaky manipulations to keep you out of your Reality. I may say “surrender your illusions” but it's necessary to recognize the stumbling blocks on your path and eliminate them.

When you assume a “we versus the other” position, you are based in separation and you don't realize that you're one with everything and everyone. That goes for every resistance to abuses, environmental issues, poverty, repression, abuse of power, inequality etc. As long as you have a separate identity and don't realize that you're one with the other, you're not aware of the mirror-effect. Everyone is your mirror. Everything that lives inside you is pictured outside of you. You are what you see! We are one!

Another important principle is unconditional love. All that is, exists through unconditional love, a love that doesn't judge. For Divine Mind we are like children who are outside playing a game of war or something like it, and God doesn't see anything rerpehensible or bad in us. I guess It would like us to come inside to be together again...
Essentially we're all unconditional love. We were taught to judge and are filled with resistance, but that is not who we really are.

The contrast of “good and evil” which we perceive, dissolves as we let go of our projection and forgive. There are more ways to do that.
When we have forgiven, we have no longer seen ourselves as separate from the other. Or we have relinquished the meaning we gave to the situation. In both cases the problem that upset us, will disappear.

What is often apparent, is that people would prefer to be freed from all contrast. Especially when it influences them personally. However, it is a fundamental part of our “game” here. We constructed it and even though it isn't real, we do experience it.

Through forgiveness every problem dissolves into the nothingness from which it came. And by realizing that it isn't real, you can peacefully look upon all your experiences. You just think “look what I created” without guilt, but with admiration. To be able to create such impossible situations witnesses unimaginable power. You are a perfect divine Being who can experience a godless world filled with imperfection, sickness, suffering, apparent lovelessness and lack. And because you don't judge it, you don't have any resistance and it dissolves. It dissolves because you used a higher principle to solve it. That is the only solution in the world of illusion. So you have to go to a higher level. Then you know “even though I have negative experiences, I am and remain divine. A divine Being with pain and fear, that is completely impossible. God really is almighty!

Until then this world of experiences takes an incredible amount of energy and life force. When you begin to let go of your grievances and to transform your thinking, all that energy becomes available. Imagine what it would be like to always live in a state of love, only that feeling is focused on everything and everyone. It's like constantly walking on air.

The Course in Miracles mentions a lot about the advantages of forgiveness. If we let go of the interpretation that someone harmed us and that we “forgive” that person, is that not a radical transformation of our thinking? If your mind is creative and you're the one always attracting into your life everything you experience, who is there to blame? Society is based on thinking in terms of guilt and if the finger cannot point to someone else, we point it to ourselves. What if you choose to see yourself and everyone as completely innocent? Forgiveness, letting go, truly offers everything you want.

From lesson 122: Forgiveness offers everything I want.
1. What could you want forgiveness cannot give? 2Do you want peace? 3Forgiveness offers it. 4Do you want happiness, a quiet mind, a certainty of purpose, and a sense of worth and beauty that transcends the world? 5Do you want care and safety, and the warmth of sure protection always? 6Do you want a quietness that cannot be disturbed, a gentleness that never can be hurt, a deep, abiding comfort, and a rest so perfect it can never be upset?

2. All this forgiveness offers you, and more. 2It sparkles on your eyes as you awake, and gives you joy with which to meet the day. 3It soothes your forehead while you sleep, and rests upon your eyelids so you see no dreams of fear and evil, malice and attack. 4And when you wake again, it offers you another day of happiness and peace. 5All this forgiveness offers you, and more. 3. Forgiveness lets the veil be lifted up that hides the face of Christ from those who look with unforgiving eyes upon the world. 2It lets you recognize the Son of God, and clears your memory of all dead thoughts so that remembrance of your Father can arise across the threshold of your mind. 3What would you want forgiveness cannot give?

From lesson 192: 1. Forgiveness gently looks upon all things unknown in Heaven, sees them disappear, and leaves the world a clean and unmarked slate on which the Word of God can now replace the senseless symbols written there before. 2Forgiveness is the means by which the fear of death is overcome, because it holds no fierce attraction now and guilt is gone. 3Forgiveness lets the body be perceived as what it is; a simple teaching aid, to be laid by when learning is complete, but hardly changing him who learns at all.

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Each individual has infinitely more influence in this world than you may realize, without having to work on society or things outside of you. Your true contribution to the world gives you enormous power and responsibility. This also means that you deserve to be respected, praised and loved for your contribution to the salvation of all.
Can you imagine how you will feel? Do you also want to see the real innocence and the Light in everyone, including yourself? Join us on this magnificent journey, in order to lead the life that will truly make you happy. The life you deserve and that is in accordance with Who You really are.

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Margareth Lee - The Light in the Lord's Prayer

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A Course in Miracles, a spiritual discipline

The Blessed Art of Blessing

You are innocent

Lesson 200 - The peace of God

Description of The Light in the Lord's Prayer The Light in the Lord's Prayer

A few chapters from "The Light in the Lord's Prayer" by Margareth Lee

Lesson 51-60

Relevant Links