Lesson 295 • October-22

The Holy Spirit looks through me today.


Practice Instructions

See complete instructions in separate document. A short summary:

  • Read the commentary paragraph slowly and personally.
  • Pray the prayer, perhaps several times.
  • Morning and evening: Repeat the idea and then spend time in Open Mind Meditation.
  • Hourly remembrance: Repeat the idea and then spend time in Open Mind Meditation.
  • Frequent reminders: Repeat the idea and then spend a quiet moment in meditation.
  • Response to temptation: Repeat the idea whenever upset, to restore peace.
  • Read the "What Is" section slowly and thoughtfully once during the day.

Commentary

My eyes are Christ's. "Christ asks that He may use my eyes today" (1:1). And in the prayer at the end, Christ's eyes are mine. "Help me to use the eyes of Christ today" (2:2). Two ways of saying the same thing: to ask that Christ look through my eyes, or to ask that I see through His eyes, is to ask that His vision, His eyes, replace my own limited vision.

Christ asks for my eyes to "offer peace of mind to me, and take away all terror and all pain" (1:2). He is not asking me for sacrifice, but asking so that He can give a gift to me. He offers to take my perception from me because my perception shows me terror and pain; He offers to replace it with His own vision, showing me peace, joy, and love.

As we give our lives to God we begin to experience that rather than living we are being "lived." The Holy Spirit is looking through our eyes. He is speaking through our lips. He is thinking with our minds. It is an experience of being taken up and carried through life by a limitless energy of love that is far greater than we can contain because it includes everything.

Sometimes I seem so far from that, and yet I know that it is as near to me as breathing. Nearer. This morning I ask, Father, for grace to surrender to that flow of love, to surrender to the Holy Spirit, now, in this moment, and over and over through the day, that I may share His vision of the world.

In a way this lesson is the entire Course: to let the Holy Spirit look through me, to bathe the world with eyes of love. To walk through the day with no purpose in its outward things, yet to live with a hidden agenda, a secret mission: I will be love in this situation. That is all it is about, and nothing else matters, nothing else is real. I am the light of the world. I am here to "allow the Holy Spirit's Love to bless all things which I may look upon, that His forgiving Love may rest on me" (2:2). That is what my life is about, that is all it is about. I am here only to be what I am, to be my Self, which is Love.

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