“Christ is but my Self”

[Please note: ACIM passages quoted in this article reference the Foundation for Inner Peace (FIP) Edition.]

I have just had an interesting experience in my morning quiet time with today’s lesson, and I wanted to share it with you before it goes. It’s nothing new or exciting, just a deeper realization about the idea for the day.

First of all, here’s the idea:

Lesson 353.
My eyes, my tongue, my hands, my feet today
Have but one purpose; to be given Christ
To use to bless the world with miracles.

What I realized (that is, really realized) is that when I give my eyes, my tongue, my hands, my feet to Christ to use, I am not giving them to some enlightened being outside myself or even to just a part of myself; I am giving them to my own true Self. I am calling my true Self forth and I am giving my Self my body parts to use to perform miracles. As I said, this is no new realization, but what made it different this morning is that I really felt that who I am is Christ. As I focused on each body part individually and gave it to Christ to use, I felt it infused with Christ.

Since this is who I am, it’s natural that I would see, speak, reach out, and walk with my true Self. I can’t really do anything else. Just as I, Mary Anne, can’t go through this world as James; I can’t really go through life as the ego, as anything other than Christ–although I have done a good job at trying to! I could see how not accepting Christ as my Identity would lead to a sort of schizophrenia, which, I see, has its roots in the Greek, “split mind”! So we’re not only insane, we’re schizophrenic!

As I reflected, I saw that this is all about Identity. It’s no surprise that this lesson comes in the “What am I?” section. Yesterday’s lesson ended with, “For I would love my own Identity, and find in it the memory of You.” Today’s ends with, “Then I lose myself in my Identity, and recognize that Christ is but my Self.” I got excited and checked out some of the other references to our body parts and our Identity, and found these:

Identify with Him [Christ], and what has He that you have not? He is your eyes, your ears, your hands, your feet. (T-24.V.3:4-5)

You are my voice, my eyes, my feet, my hands through which I save the world. The Self from which I call to you is but your own. (W-pI.rV 9:3-4)

I don’t know if I’m accurately conveying what this really meant to me. This is who I am!! How could I want to be anything but this when it brings such blessings to me and to all my brothers? I feel that it’s time to fully accept my Identity and fully commit to expressing it. That is how I will honour God and myself, as well as all my brothers.

I just paused to do my hourly remembrance, and I felt myself giving my hands to Christ to type these words. Not that they are blessing you with miracles per se, but, as I type them, I can feel myself blessing you and joining with you. I hope that, through these words you can feel me telling you that I love you.

Thank you for being in my life!

Mary Anne