A Course In Miracles, Lesson 36 plus Commentary by Allen Watson
My holiness envelops everything I see. Today's idea extends the idea for yesterday from
the perceiver to the perceived. You are holy because your mind is part
of God's. And because you are holy, your sight must be holy as well. "Sinless" means without sin. You cannot be without sin a little. You
are sinless or not. If your mind is part of God's you must be sinless,
or a part of His Mind would be sinful. Your sight is related to His
Holiness, not to your ego, and therefore not to your body. Four three-to-five-minute practice periods are
required for today. Try to distribute them fairly evenly, and make the
shorter applications frequently, to protect your protection throughout
the day. The longer practice periods should take this form:.
First, close your eyes and repeat the idea for today
several times, slowly. Then open your eyes and look quite slowly about
you, applying the idea specifically to whatever you note in your casual
survey. Say, for example: My holiness envelops that rug. My holiness envelops that wall. My holiness envelops these fingers. My holiness envelops that chair. My holiness envelops that body. My holiness envelops this pen.
Several times during these practice periods, close
your eyes and repeat the idea to yourself. Then open your eyes, and
continue as before.
For the shorter exercise periods, close your eyes and
repeat the idea; look about you as you repeat it again; and conclude
with one more repetition with your eyes closed. All applications
should, of course, be made quite slowly, as effortlessly and
unhurriedly as possible.
Commentary by Allen Watson
I've always had a fondness for this lesson, because
the first time I did it I had a very real sense of how holiness was
emanating from me and surrounding everything, first in my room, then my
town, then the world, and finally the universe. For a very brief moment
I felt like a Buddha, sitting and blessing the entire world (that's
tomorrow's lesson, by the way). The result was so effective for me that
often, when I am simply sitting in meditation and not practicing any
particular lesson, I think of this one and allow that sense to steal
over me again.
Not everyone responds to every lesson, but everyone
responds to some of the lessons. Notice the ones that seem particularly
effective for you, and remember them. Lesson 194 in the Workbook speaks
of building a "problem-solving repertoire" of things that we find
If you can see the lesson for today as the deliverance
it really is, you will not hesitate to give as much consistent effort
as you can, to make it be a part of you. As it becomes a thought that
rules your mind, a habit in your problem-solving repertoire, a way of
quick reaction to temptation, you extend your learning to the world.
In yesterday's lesson the focus was on the perceiver:
"I am very holy." Today the holiness extends to what is perceived. Because I am holy, my perception must also be holy. And I am perfectly
holy because God created me that way. Holy means "sinless," and you
cannot be partly sinless any more than a woman can be "a little"
pregnant. The logic here is quite simple and plain: If I am part of God
I must be sinless, or part of God would be sinful. If I am without sin
I must have holy perception as well.
How I see myself affects how I see the world. My
holiness envelops the world if I see myself as holy. My awfulness
envelops the world if I see myself as awful. If I am willing to see the
world enveloped in holiness, I can learn to see myself that way.
I know, that sounds like I have it backwards; the
order "should be" that I see myself holy first, and then the world. The
thing of it is, what keeps me from seeing myself as holy is my
unwillingness to see the world that way. From within the ego mindset,
it seems as if seeing the world as holy will make me unholy by
comparison. The ego always thinks in terms of comparison. The fact is
that as I see the world, so I see myself, and as I see myself, so I see
The ego mind will insist it must be one way or the
other because it operates on a presumption of separateness. The Holy
Spirit presents it both ways at once because He operates on the
presumption of unity. There is no separation between myself and what I
see; there is only the one.
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