[acimlessons_list] Review V, Lesson 180 - June 29
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Review V, Lesson 180 - June 29
"GOD IS BUT LOVE, AND THEREFORE SO AM I."
(169) "BY GRACE I LIVE. BY GRACE I AM RELEASED."
(170) "THERE IS NO CRUELTY IN GOD AND NONE IN ME."
See Review V practice instructions.
Paragraph 12 of the review introduction:
Yesterday we thought again about the means of practice that we are being
taught, the frequent repetition of the thoughts for the day. Today's
paragraph reminds us that the words are only aids. Their purpose is simply
to "recall the mind, as needed, to its purpose" (12:1). The purpose is in
the experience, the communion with God experienced during the holy instants
we spend. "We place faith in the experience that comes from practice, not
the means we use" (12:2).
What is the mind's purpose to which we are being recalled? It is remembering
Who we are, and sharing that with the world, reminding others of their true
Self, shared with us. The repetition of words only brings us back to this
memory of a Self that is in constant union with Its Father and Itself, His
natural extension. The goal of our practice is to experience that state of
right-mindedness, even if only for a brief moment. We are remembering that
what we are is only Love, because that is all that God is. If that is so,
there can be no cruelty in God, nor any cruelty in us.
The experience of the Self is what brings conviction (12:3). The words "God
is but Love, and therefore so am I" or "By grace I live" cannot bring
conviction or certainty. The experience of it not only <can> bring
conviction, it <does> bring conviction. The goal of practice is to go beyond
the words to the experience, to their meaning, "which is far beyond their
How does that happen? I can't tell you; no one can. But I can tell you that
it does happen. It won't happen without practice. Practice does not make it
happen, but it prepares the mind. It opens the door. It washes the mind
clean with crystal pure thoughts, and readies it for the experience that is
always there, always waiting. And in that experience, we find our rest.
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