ACIM Lesson 188 “The Peace of God is shinning in me now” – this is a powerful lesson. It is a lesson for BOTH the Dreamer and the Characters in the dream.
“The shining in your mind reminds the world of what it has forgotten, and the world restores the memory to you as well. From you salvation radiates with gifts beyond all measure, given and returned. To you, the giver of the gift, does God Himself give thanks. And in His blessing does the light in you shine brighter, adding to the gifts you have to offer to the world.”
To realize that I am BOTH the dreamer and the character is profound – realizing that “I”, the Dreamer, ‘am as God Created Me – in the Image and Likeness of God’, can extend my peace around the characters in the dream, changing the dream to one of peace and not attack. But at the same time “I” as the character can extend what has been given me, to all the world – since I now possess it. And what is the Peace of God ? , but FORGIVENNESS, ACCEPTANCE, LOVE ITSELF.
“The peace of God can never be contained. Who recognizes it within himself must give it. And the means for giving it are in his understanding. He forgives because he recognized the truth in him. The peace of God is shining in you now, and in all living things. In quietness is it acknowledged universally. For what your inward vision looks upon is your perception of the universe.
Sit quietly and close your eyes. The light within you is sufficient. It alone has power to give the gift of sight to you. Exclude the outer world, and let your thoughts fly to the peace within. They know the way. For honest thoughts, untainted by the dream of worldly things outside yourself, become the holy messengers of God Himself.”
The recognition of the Christ Mind within is the Atonement Itself. The innocence of Christ is acknowledged and allowed to bless the dream of separation and restore it to ONENESS.
“Thus are our minds restored with them, and we acknowledge that the peace of God still shines in us, and from us to all living things that share our life. We will forgive them all, absolving all the world from what we thought it did to us. For it is we who make the world as we would have it. Now we choose that it be innocent, devoid of sin and open to salvation. And we lay our saving blessing on it, as we say:
The peace of God is shining in me now.
Let all things shine upon me in that peace,
And let me bless them with the light in me.”
God Bless Christ Bless I Bless