Lesson 302 • October-29

Where darkness was I look upon the light.


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

This is the change that a shift in perception brings. Where we saw darkness we now see light. What appeared as attack becomes a call for love. Insanity in a brother becomes an opportunity to bless. Stones we stumbled over become stepping stones. All things become lessons God would have us learn. The light is always there, but we saw darkness. "Now we see that darkness is our own imagining, and light is there for us to look upon" (1:5).

Perhaps today I can find one thing that seems dark and remember to say, "Where I see darkness, I choose to see the light." Perhaps I can remember to look for love instead of condemnation and judgment. Perhaps I can look on something that seems like a curse and learn to count it as a blessing. Let me begin in small increments, and in lessons close to home. It may be beyond me now to look on global disasters and see light in them, but I can begin with things closer to home: my disturbed plans, the intrusive friend, the withdrawing spouse. "Let me forgive Your holy world today, that I may look upon its holiness and understand it but reflects my own" (1:7).

We are not alone as we travel this road.

Our Love awaits us as we go to Him, and walks beside us showing us the way. He fails in nothing. He is the end we seek, and He the means by which we go to Him. (2:1-3)

"Our Love," to me, means the Christ. To me, and perhaps to others of you, He is symbolized by Jesus. Perhaps you think of Him as your higher Self. He is both the means and the end of our journey. He waits at the end, calling us toward Him, and yet He also walks alongside of us, instructing us, guiding us, and empowering us as we travel. Let us be grateful today for His help, and aware of it as we go through the day.

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