Monday, November 9, 2020

A Course In Miracles Workbook Lesson #83, Review of lessons 65 and 66.


 Lesson #83
Review of Lessons 65 and 66

65 - My only function is the one God gave me.
66 - My happiness and my function are one.

A Course In Miracles teaches that our function here, in life, is forgiveness. Forgiveness as defined by A Course In Miracles is the decision to not make the things on the path of the ego real. The idols of the ego: money, power, romance, status, prestige, possessions are false promises of happiness. The path of the Spirit requires that we unload our baggage. We need to shed our conditioning, our socialization, all the nonsense which society has taught us will make us happy, 

God gives us Unconditional love and wants us to spread it to others. This is our function: to spread the sugar, the sweetness, the peace, the bliss which is our natural inheritance.

In Alcoholics Anonymous we are encouraged, in step nine, to make amends to people we have harmed pursuing the idols of the ego. First, we have to make amends to ourselves for our stupidity and mistakes, and being healed ourselves, then we share what we have found.

In Unitarian Universalism we are encouraged to covenant together to affirm and promote seven principles, the first of which is the inherent worth and dignity of every person. It is this affirmation and promotion of the inherent worth and dignity that is the function that God has given us. In order to engage in this affirmation and promotion we have to forgive a great deal of mistakes and nonsense which has gone on in the world of the ego. It is helpful to think of this sometimes as a rising above and an overlooking of the mistakes, sins, which have imprisoned us and kept us captive in a hell on earth.

Today, we are asked to take 10 - 15 minutes twice, and as often as we are tempted by resentments and grievances to reflect on the fact that my only function is the one that God has given me, and that my happiness and function are one. It is in forgiving the insanity and nonsense that we set ourselves free and experience the peace and bliss which is our natural inheritance.

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