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Still…

stillnessLisa and I are in the middle of Review VI in the Course, which consists of lessons 201-220. At the beginning and end of each of these 20 short review lessons is the mantra:

I am not a body. I am free.

For I am still as God created me.

As I’d read the lessons, I found I preferred to read this mantra out loud each time, just as I would sing other mantras that are part of my everyday life and spiritual practice, and in doing so I felt calm, peaceful, and eternal. In other words, still.

I am not a body. I am free.

For I am still as God created me.

854723-bigthumbnailIn my post On Life, Death, & Original Sin, I discussed how we (our True Self, our souls) are not the physical body. It is our souls, unbound by attachment to the body, that is and is always free. Our souls, as extensions or children of God, are eternal, unchanging, free from the noise of the mind/ego, and at peace.

I am not a body. I am free.

For I am still as God created me.

The word that resonates in my heart as I repeat this mantra is stillStill has many meanings:

  • Motionless, non-moving, non-changing
  • Silent, free from sound
  • Now as before, all the same, eternal
  • Calm, tranquil, peaceful

I am not a body. I am free.

For I am still as God created me.

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To be still, to see the stillness that in within each of our hearts, is to know that we are that! We are unchanging. We are silent. We are eternal. We are peace within.

Lesson 220: There is no peace except the peace of God.

Let me not wander from the way of peace, for I am lost on other roads than this. But let me follow Him Who leads me home, and peace is certain as the Love of God.

I am not a body. I am free.

For I am still as God created me.

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Blazing Light of Glory, is a co-created and cooperative writing, studying, and teaching effort of Lisa of BloomLisa and Julianne Victoria of Through the Peacock’s Eyes.

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What Is Forgiveness?

TwainSince completing the last review section, lessons 201-220, The Course has taken a change of course in how it presents the lessons. They are now broken down into sections of ten lessons with a topic in the form of a question that is covered in the ten lessons. The lessons themselves have become shorter again with one paragraph as a prayer to the Father (God) and one paragraph as the channeled message from Jesus to the authors of The Course.

The first section with this new format is titled: What Is Forgiveness? And in the introduction it states beautifully:

Forgiveness, on the other hand is still, and quietly does nothing. It offends no aspect of reality, nor seeks to twist it to appearances it likes. It merely looks, and waits, and judges not.

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Forgiveness seems so hard for so many. Maybe it is because it is thought of as something that we must do, a great effort or task. But that is an illusion. In reality, we only have to let go and do nothing. Forgiveness is the release of the chains that we put on ourselves, of the suffering we create in our minds, so that we can what? Seek revenge? Hurt someone back? Not forgiving harms no one but ourselves. By finding the inner strength to release, let go, and surrender our anger, hatred, and fear into the arms of God, into Love, into Joy, into Peace, we will suddenly find ourselves at that place of stillness where we already are. And, it takes nothing!

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In Lesson 225 it states: Father, I must return Your Love for me, for giving and receiving are the same, and You have given all Your Love to me. 

When I read for givingI also read forgiving. This made me think of the meaning of forgive. The English word is very similar to the German word for forgive: vergeben, which has more clarity when breaking the word into its two parts: for/ver and give/geben. The give/geben is clear in meaning, but the for/ver tells us how the giving is done: completely, thoroughly, or beyond a boundary (bonds). 

Forgiveness is an act of giving fully, thoroughly, beyond the boundaries of the illusions of the mind. This thorough giving is to our own souls, freeing our Selves from the bonds of the illusions of the mind by surrendering it to Love. Forgiving and receiving are the same and all it takes is nothing!

Lesson 229: Love, Which Created Me, Is What I Am. 

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Blazing Light of Glory, is a co-created and cooperative writing, studying, and teaching effort of Lisa of BloomLisa and Julianne Victoria of Through the Peacock’s Eyes.