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Part 1

Undoing The Way We See Things Now

Lesson 72

Holding Grievances is an Attack on God’s Pan for Salvation

While we have recognized that the ego’s plan for salvation is the opposite of God’s, we have not yet emphasized that it is an active assault on His plan and a deliberate attempt to destroy it. In the attack, God is assigned the attributes which are actually associated with the ego, while the ego appears to take on the attributes of God.

2. The ego’s fundamental wish is to replace God. In fact, the ego is the physical embodiment of this wish. For it is this wish which seems to surround the mind with a body, keeping it separate and alone and unable to reach other minds except through the body which was made to imprison it. This, however, cannot be true communication. The limit on communication cannot be the best means to expand communication. Yet the ego would have you believe that it is.

3. Although the attempt to keep the limitations which the a body would impose is obvious here, it is perhaps not so apparent why holding grievances is an attack on God’s plan for salvation. But let us consider the kinds of things which you are apt to hold grievances for. Are they not always associated with something a body does? A person says something we do not like; he does something that displeases us; he “betrays” his hostile thoughts in his behavior.

4. We are not dealing here with what the person is. On the contrary, we are exclusively concerned with what he does in a body. We are doing more than failing to help in freeing him from its limitations. We are actively trying to hold him to it, by confusing it with him and judging them as one. Herein is God attacked, for if His Son is only a body, so must He be as well. A creator wholly unlike his creation is inconceivable.

5. If God is a body, what must His plan for salvation be? What could it be but death? In trying to present Himself as the Author of life and not of death, He is a liar and a deceiver, full of false promises and offering illusions in place of truth.

6. The body’s apparent reality makes this view of God quite convincing. In fact, if the body were real, it would be difficult indeed to escape this conclusion. And every grievance that you hold insists that the body is real. It overlooks entirely what your brother is. It reinforces your belief that he is a body, and condemns him for it. And it asserts that his salvation must be death, projecting this attack onto God and holding Him responsible for it.

7. To this carefully prepared arena, where angry animals seek for prey and mercy enters not, the ego comes to save you. God made you a body. Very well. Let us accept this and be glad. As a body, do not let yourself be deprived of what the body can give you. Take the little you can get. God gave you nothing. The body is your only salvation.

8. This is the universal belief of the world you see. Some hate the body, and try to harm and humiliate it. Others love the body, and try to glorify and exalt it. But while it stands at the center of your concept of yourself, you are attacking God’s plan for salvation, and holding your grievances against Him and His creation, that you may not hear the Voice of truth and welcome It as friend. Your chosen savior takes His place instead. It is your friend; He is your enemy.

9. We will try today to stop these senseless attacks on salvation. We will try to welcome it instead. Our upside-down perception has been ruinous to our peace of mind. We have seen ourselves in a body and the truth outside us, locked away from our awareness by the body’s limitations. Now we are going to try to see this differently.

10. The light of truth is in us, where it was placed by God. It is the body that is outside us and is not our concern. To be without a body is to be in our natural state. To recognize the light of truth in us is to recognize ourselves as we are. To see our Self as separate from the body is to end the attack on God’s plan for salvation and to accept it instead. And wherever it is accepted, it is accomplished already.

11. Our goal in the longer practice periods today is to become aware that God’s plan for salvation has already been accomplished in us. To achieve this goal, we must replace attack with acceptance. As long as we attack it, we cannot understand what God’s plan for us is. We are therefore attacking what we do not recognize. Now we are going to try to lay judgment aside and ask what God’s plan for us is:

What is salvation, Father?

I do not know.

Tell me, that I may understand.

     Then we will wait in quiet for His answer.

12. We have attacked God’s plan for salvation without waiting to hear what it is. We have shouted our grievances so loudly that we have not listened to His Voice. We have used our grievances to close our eyes and stop our ears. Now we would see and hear and learn. What is salvation, Father? Ask and you will be answered. Seek and you will find.100

13. You are no longer asking the ego what salvation is and where to find it. You are asking it of truth. Be certain, then that the answer will be true, because of Whom you ask. Whenever you feel your confidence wane and your hope of success flicker and go out, repeat your question and your request, remembering that you are asking them of the infinite Creator of infinity, Who created you like Himself:

What is salvation, Father?

I do not know.

Tell me, that I may understand.

     He will answer. Be determined to hear.

14. One or perhaps two shorter practice periods an hour will be enough for today, since they will be somewhat longer that usual. These exercises are as follows:

Holding grievances is an attack on God’s plan for salvation.

Let me accept it instead.

What is salvation, Father?

     Then wait a minute or so in silence, preferably with your eyes closed, and listen for His answer.[1]

[1] A Course in Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition

Footnote 100.Matthew 7:7 (RSV): “Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

Personal Notes:

“Holding grievances is an attack on God’s plan for salvation.” I choose today to replace attack on God’s plan with acceptance of His plan. I do not hold any grievances in my mind or against anyone or anything, God’s plan for me and others is too important to me. What is salvation Father? I do not know. Tell me, that I may understand. I will repeat these questions in my practice periods today several times as instructed and wait patiently for my Father’s answer, I am confident it will come. Only God’s plan for Salvation works. All other plans do not work. I pray Heavenly Father, lead and guide me in Your Tender Loving, Mercy, Grace and Wisdom into All Truth in Jesus Name. I pray for all my brothers, sisters, and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination of purpose in The Way, The Truth, The Life in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

God is Love

Love is God

I choose Love

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