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Review + lesson 81


Introduction Review 2


We are now ready for another review.  We will begin where our last review left off, and cover two ideas each day.  The earlier part of the day will be devoted to one of these ideas, and the latter part of the day to the other.  We will have one longer exercise period and frequent shorter ones in which we practice each of them.

The longer practice periods will follow this general form: Take about 15 minutes for each of them, and begin by thinking about the idea and the comments which are included in the assignments.  Devote about 3 or 5 minutes to reading them over slowly, several times if you wish, and then close your eyes and listen.  Repeat the first phase if you find your mind wandering, but try to spend the major part of the practice period listening quietly but attentively.

There is a message waiting for you.  Be confident that you will receive it.  Remember that it belongs to you, and that you want it.  Do not allow your intent to waver in the face of distracting thoughts.  Realize that, whatever form they take, they have no meaning and no power.  Replace them with your determination to succeed.

Do not forget that your will has power over fantasies and dreams.  Trust it to see you through, and carry you beyond them all.  Regard these practice periods as dedications to the way, the truth, and the life.  Refuse to be side‐tracked into detours, illusions, and thoughts of death.  You are dedicated to salvation.  Be determined each day not to leave your function unfulfilled. Reaffirm your determination in the shorter practice periods as well, and using the original form of the idea for general application, and a more specific form when needed.  Some specific forms will be included in the comments. These, however, are merely suggestions.  It is not the particular words you use that matter

Lesson 81 Our ideas for review today are: (61‐62)


61. “I am the light of the world.”
How holy am I, who have been given the function of lighting up the world!  Let me be still before my holiness.  In its calm light let all my conflicts disappear.  In its peace let me remember who I am.
Some specific forms for applying the idea when specific difficulties seem to arise might be:
Let me not obscure the light of the world in me.”
“Let the light of the world shine through this appearance.”
“This shadow will vanish before the light.”

62. “Forgiveness is my function as the light of the world.”
It is through accepting my function that I will see the light in me.  And in this light will my function stand clear and perfectly unambiguous before my sight.  My acceptance does not depend on my recognizing what my function is, for I do not yet understand forgiveness.  Yet I will trust that in the light I will see it as it is.
Specific forms for using the idea might include:
Let this help me learn what forgiveness means.”
“Let me not separate my function from my will.”
“I would not use this for an alien purpose.”

Introduction and Lesson 81

79: Let me recognize the problem so it can be solved

Lesson 79 “Let me recognize the problem so it can be solved.”

A problem cannot be solved if you do not know what it is. Even if it is really solved already, you will still have the problem because you cannot recognize that it has been solved.  This is the situation of the world.  The problem of separation, which is really the only problem, has already been solved.  But the solution is not recognized because the problem is not recognized.

Everyone in this world seems to have his own special problems.  Yet they are all the same, and must be recognized as one if the one solution which solves them all is to be accepted.  Who can see that a problem has been solved if he thinks the problem is something else?  Even if he is given the answer, he cannot see its relevance.

That is the position in which you find yourselves now.  You have the answer, but you are still uncertain about what the problem is.  A long series of different problems seem to confront you, and as one is settled the next one and the next arise.  There seems to be no end to them.  There is no time in which you feel completely free of problems, and at peace.

The temptation to regard problems as many is the temptation to keep the problem of separation unsolved.  The world seems to present you with a vast number of problems, each requiring a different answer.  This perception places you in a position in which your problem solving must be inadequate, and failure must be inevitable.

No‐one could solve all the problems the world appears to hold.  They seem to be on so many levels, in such varying forms and with such varied content, that they confront you with an impossible situation.  Dismay and depression are inevitable as you regard them.  Some spring up unexpectedly, just as you think you have resolved the previous ones.  Others remain unsolved under a cloud of denial, and rise to haunt you from time to time, only to be hidden again but still unsolved.

All this complexity is but a desperate attempt not to recognize the problem, and therefore not to let it be resolved.  If you could recognize that your only problem is separation, no matter what form it takes, you could accept the answer because you would see its relevance.  Perceiving the underlying constancy in all the problems which confront you, you would understand that you have the means to solve them all.  And you would use the means because you recognize the problem.

In our longer practice periods, we will ask what the problem is, and what is the answer to it.  We will not assume that we already know.  We will try to free our minds of all the many different kinds of problems that we think we have.  We will try to realize that we have only one problem, which we have failed to recognize.  We will ask what it is, and wait for the answer.  We will be told.  Then we will ask for the solution to it.  And we will be told.

Our exercises for today will be successful to the extent to which we do not insist on defining the problem.  Perhaps we will not succeed in letting all our preconceived notions go, but that is not necessary.  All that is necessary is to entertain some doubt about the reality of our version of what our problems are.  We are trying to recognize that we have been given the answer by recognizing the problem, so that the problem and the answer can be brought together, and we can be at peace. The shorter practice periods for today will not be set by time, but by need.  You will see many problems today, each one calling for an answer.  Our efforts will be directed toward recognizing that there is only one problem and one answer.  In this recognition are all problems resolved.  In this recognition there is peace.

Be not deceived by the form of problems today.  Whenever any difficulty seems to rise, tell yourself quickly:
Let me recognize this problem so it can be solved.

Then try to suspend all judgment about what the problem is.  If possible, close your eyes for a moment, and ask what it is.  You will be heard and you will be answered.

Lesson 79

76: I am under no laws but God’s

Lesson 76 “I am under no laws but Godʹs
We have observed before how many senseless things have seemed to you to be salvation.  Each has imprisoned you with laws as senseless as itself.  You are not bound by them.  Yet to understand that this is so, you must first realize salvation lies not there. While you would seek for it in things that have no meaning, you bind yourself to laws that make no sense.

Thus do you seek to prove salvation is where it is not.  Today we will be glad you cannot prove it.  For if you could, you would forever seek where it is not and never find it.  The idea for today tells you once again how simple is salvation.  Look for it where it waits for you, and there it will be found.  Look nowhere else, for it is nowhere else.

Think of the freedom in the recognition that you are not bound by all the strange and twisted laws which you have set up to save you.  You really think that you would starve unless you have stacks of green paper strips and piles of metal discs.  You really think a small round pellet or some fluid pushed into your veins through a sharpened needle will ward off death.  You really think you are alone unless another body is with you.

It is insanity that thinks these things.  You call them laws, and put them under different names in a long catalogue of rituals that have no use and serve no purpose.  You think you must obey the “laws” of medicine, of economics, and of health.  Protect the body and you will be saved.  These are not laws, but madness.

The body is endangered by the mind that hurts itself.  The body suffers that the mind will fail to see it is the victim of itself. The bodyʹs suffering is a mask the mind holds up to hide what really suffers.  It would not understand it is its own enemy; that it attacks itself and wants to die.  It is from this your “laws” would save the body.  It is for this you think you are a body.

There are no laws except the laws of God.  This needs repeating, ‐ over and over until you realize that it applies to everything that you have made in opposition to His Will.  Your magic has no meaning.  What it is meant to save does not exist.  Only what it is meant to hide will save you.

The laws of God can never be replaced.  We will devote today to rejoicing that this is so.  It is no longer a truth which we would hide.  We realize instead it is a truth which keeps us free forever.  Magic imprisons, but the laws of God set free.  The light has come because there are no laws but His.

We will begin the longer practice periods today with a short review of the different kinds of “laws” we have believed we must obey.  These would include, for example, the laws of nutrition, of immunization, of medication, and of the bodyʹs protection in innumerable ways.  Think further; you believe in laws of friendship, of “good” relationships and reciprocity.

Perhaps you even think that there are laws which set forth what is Godʹs and what is yours.  Many “religions” have been based on this.  They would not save, but damn in Heavenʹs name.  Yet they are no more strange than other “laws” you hold must be obeyed to make you safe.

There are no laws but Godʹs.  Dismiss all foolish magical beliefs today, and hold your mind in silent readiness to hear the Voice that speaks the truth to you.  You will be listening to One Who says there is no loss under the laws of God.  Payment is neither given nor received.  Exchange cannot be made, there are no substitutes, and nothing is replaced by something else.  Godʹs laws forever give and never take.

Hear Him Who tells you this, and realize how foolish are the laws you thought upheld the world you thought you saw.  Then listen further.  He will tell you more.  About the love your Father has for you.  About the endless joy He offers you.  About His yearni ng for His only Son, created as His channel for creation; denied to Him by his belief in hell.

Let us today open Godʹs channels to Him, and let His Will extend through us to Him.  Thus is creation endlessly increased. His Voice will speak of this to us, as well as of the joys of Heaven which His laws keep limitless forever.  We will now repeat todayʹs idea until we have listened and understood there are no laws but Godʹs.  Then we will tell ourselves, as a dedication with which the practice period concludes:
I am under no laws but Godʹs.”

We will repeat this dedication as often as possible today; at least four or five times an hour, as well as in response to any temptation to experience ourselves as subject to other laws throughout the day.  It is our statement of freedom from all danger and all tyranny.  It is our acknowledgment that God is our Father, and that His Son is saved.

Lesson 76

75: The light has come

Lesson 75 “The light has come.

The light has come. You are healed and you can heal. The light has come. You are saved and you can save. You are at peace and you bring peace with you wherever you go. Darkness and turmoil and death have disappeared. The light has come. Today we celebrate the happy ending to your long dream of disaster. There are no dark dreams now. The light has come.

Today the time of light begins for you and everyone. It is a new era, in which a new world is born. The old one has left no trace upon it in its passing. Today we see a different world because the light has come. Our exercises for today will be happy ones, in which we offer thanks for the passing of the old and the beginning of the new. No shadows from the past remain to darken our sight and hide the world forgiveness offers us.

Today we will accept the new world as what we want to see. We will be given what we desire. We will to see the light; the light has come.

Our longer practice periods will be devoted to looking at the world which our forgiveness shows us. This is what we want to see, and only this. Our single purpose makes our goal inevitable. Today the real world rises before us in gladness, to be seen at last. Sight is given us, now that the light has come. We do not see the egoʹs shadow on the world today. We see the light, and in it we see Heavenʹs reflection lie across the world.

Begin the practice period by telling yourself the glad tidings of your release: “The light has come. I have forgiven the world.

Dwell not upon the past today. Keep a completely open mind, washed of all past ideas and clean of every concept you have made. You have forgiven the world today. You can look upon it now as if you never saw it before. You do not know yet what it looks like. You merely wait to have it shown to you. While you wait, repeat several times slowly and in complete patience;

The light has come. I have forgiven the world.

Realize that your forgiveness entitles you to vision. Understand that the Holy Spirit never fails to give the gift of sight to the forgiving. Believe He will not fail you now. You have forgiven the world. He will be with you as you watch and wait. He will show what true vision sees. It is His Will, and you have joined with Him.

Wait patiently for Him. He will be there. The light has come. You have forgiven the world. Tell Him you know you cannot fail because you trust in Him. Tell yourself you wait in certainty to look upon the world He promised you. From this time forth you will see differently. Today the light has come. And you will see the world that has been promised you since time began, and in which is the end of time ensured.

The shorter practice periods, too, will be joyful reminders of your release. Remind yourself every quarter of an hour or so that today is a time for special celebration. Give thanks for mercy and the Love of God. Rejoice in the power of forgiveness to heal your sight completely. Be confident that on this day there is a new beginning. Without the darkness of the past upon your eyes, you cannot fail to see today. And what you see will be so welcome that you will gladly extend today forever. Say, then:

The light has come. I have forgiven the world.”

Should you be tempted, say to anyone who seems to pull you back to darkness:

The light has come. I have forgiven you.”

We dedicate this day to the serenity in which God would have you be. Keep it in your awareness of yourself and see it everywhere today, as we celebrate the beginning of your vision, and the sight of the real world which has come to replace the unforgiven world you thought was real.

Lesson 75

Beyond the physical laws

The miracle principles you can find at the beginning of the Urtext Manuscripts of A Course in Miracles, in chapter 1. In the Urtext you can read many of the principles, more than in any other A Course in Miracles version. In the Spiritual Healing class presented today we use some of the principles.

Miracles are thought-creations. Thought can create lower-order or higher order realities. This is the basic distinction between intellectualization and thinking. One creates the physical, the other the spiritual, and we believe in what we create.

and

Christ inspires all miracles, which are essentially intercessions. They intercede for man’s holiness, and make him holy. They place man beyond the physical laws, and raise him into the sphere of celestial order. In this order, man IS perfect

V1-CH1-B12b and B27d Urtext Manuscripts

In the “blue book” of the Foundation for Inner Peace the miracles principles are differently formulated. Two crucial differences are: Miracles are thought-creations as the Urtext says… the FIP says: Miracles are thoughts. Here is one more: Christ inspires all miracles.. says the Urtext Manuscripts in FIP: I inspire all miracles

My question to you is: can you feel the difference?

To me it is remarkable. I become so grateful to read the original text, that is what was given us. I am able now to read the original words. Someone meant to leave some of the words out, but for what? To make it more readable? Really?! It’s never too late to read the original version, that is so great!! Thanks for joining in this, I am so grateful!!

Beyond the physical

Like I shared the class we had yesterday was all about metaphysics, beyond physics, beyond your description of the 3D world you perceive. What way is given us to actually experience what is beyond the physical?

I use words of Joel S. Goldsmith from the pamphlet “Metaphysical Healing” and I use the Miracles Healers Handbook. The last book is freely downloadable HERE. Part of it are the miracle principles and part is from the Teachers Manual of A Course in Miracles.

The Video

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Audio of the class “Beyond the physical”

73: I will there be light

Lesson 73 “I will there be light.

Today we are considering the will that you share with God. This is not the same as the egoʹs idle wishes, out of which darkness and nothingness arise.  The will you share with God has all the power of creation in it.  The egoʹs idle wishes are unshared, and therefore have no power at all.  Its wishes are not idle in the sense that they can make a world of illusions in which your belief can be very strong.  But they are idle indeed in terms of creation.  They make nothing that is real.

Idle wishes and grievances are partners or co‐makers in picturing the world you see.  The wishes of the ego gave rise to it, and the egoʹs need for grievances, which are necessary to maintain it, peoples it with figures which seem to attack you and call for “righteous” judgment.  They become the “middlemen” the ego employs to traffic in grievances, and stand between your awareness and your brotherʹs reality.  Beholding them, you do not know your brothers nor your Self.

Your will is lost to you in this strange bartering, in which guilt is traded back and forth, and grievances increase with each exchange.  Can such a world have been created by the will the Son of God shares with his Father?  Did God create disaster for His Son?  Creation is the will of both together.  Would God create a world that kills Himself?

Today we will try once more to reach the world that is in accordance with your will.  The light is in it because it does not oppose the Will of God.  It is not Heaven, but the light of Heaven shines on it.  Darkness has vanished; the egoʹs idle wishes have been withdrawn.  Yet the light that shines upon this world reflects your will, and so it must be in you that we will look for it.

Your picture of the world can only mirror what is within. The source of neither light nor darkness can be found without. Grievances darken your mind, and you look out on a darkened world.  Forgiveness lifts the darkness, reasserts your will, and lets you look upon a world of light.

We have repeatedly emphasized that the barrier of grievances is easily past, and cannot stand between you and your salvation.  The reason is very simple.  Do you really want to be in hell?  Do you really want to weep and suffer and die?  Forget the egoʹs arguments which seek to prove all this is really Heaven.  You know it is not so.  You can not want this for yourself.  There is a point beyond which illusions cannot go.  Suffering is not happiness, and it is happiness you really want.  Such is your will in truth.  And so salvation is your will as well.  You want to succeed in what we are trying to do today.  We undertake it with your blessing and your glad accord.

We will succeed today if you remember that you will salvation for yourself.  You will to accept Godʹs plan because you share in it.   You have no will that can really oppose it, and you do not want to do so.  Salvation is for you.  Above all else you want the freedom to remember who you really are.  Today it is the ego which stands powerless before your will.  Your will is free, and nothing can prevail against it.   

Therefore we undertake the exercises for today in happy confidence, certain that we will find what it is your will to find, and remember what it is your will to remember.  No idle wishes can detain us, nor deceive us with an illusion of strength.  Today let your will be done.  And end forever the insane belief that it is hell in place of Heaven that you choose.

We will begin our longer practice periods with the recognition that Godʹs plan for salvation, and only His, is wholly in accord with your will.  It is not the purpose of an alien power, thrust upon you unwillingly.  It is the one purpose here on which you and your Father are in perfect accord. You will succeed today, the time appointed for the release of the Son of God from hell and from all idle wishes.  His will is now restored to his awareness.  He is willing this very day to look upon the light in him and be saved.

After reminding yourself of this and determining to keep your will clearly in mind, tell yourself with gentle firmness and quiet certainty:
“I will there be light.
Let me behold the light
that reflects God’s Will and mine.”

Then let your will assert itself, joined with the power of God and united with your Self.  Put the rest of the practice period under Their guidance.  Join with Them as They lead the way.

In the shorter practice periods, again make a declaration of what you really want.  Say:
I will there be light.
Darkness is not my will.”

This should be repeated several times an hour.  It is most important, however, to apply todayʹs idea in this form immediately you are tempted to hold a grievance of any kind.  This will help you let your grievances go, instead of cherishing them and hiding them in the darkness

Lesson 73

71: Only God’s plan for salvation will work

Lesson 71 “Only Godʹs plan for salvation will work.”  

You may not realize that the ego has set up a plan for salvation in opposition to Godʹs.  It is this plan in which you believe. Since it is the opposite of Godʹs, you also believe that to accept Godʹs plan in place of the egoʹs is to be damned.  This sounds preposterous, of course. Yet after we have considered just what the egoʹs plan is, perhaps you will realize that, however preposterous it may be, you do believe in it.

The egoʹs plan for salvation centers around holding grievances.   It maintains that if someone else spoke or acted differently, if some external circumstance or event were changed, you would be saved. Thus the source of salvation is constantly perceived as outside yourself. Each grievance you hold is a declaration, and an assertion in which you believe, that says, “If this were different, I would be saved.”  The change of mind that is necessary for salvation is thus demanded of everyone and everything except yourself.

The role assigned to your own mind in this plan, then, is simply to determine what other than itself must change if you are to be saved.  According to this insane plan, any perceived source of salvation is acceptable, provided that it will not work.  This ensures that the fruitless search will continue, for the illusion that, although this hope has failed, there is still grounds for hope in other places and in other things, persists.  Another person will yet serve better; another situation will yet offer success.

Such is the egoʹs plan for your salvation.  Surely you can see how it is in strict accord with the egoʹs basic doctrine, “Seek but do not find?” For what could more surely guarantee that you will not find salvation than to channelize all your efforts in searching for it where it is not?

Godʹs plan for salvation works simply because, by following His direction, you seek for salvation where it is.  But if you are to succeed, as God promises you will, you must be willing to seek there only.  Otherwise your purpose is divided, and you will attempt to follow two plans for salvation which are diametrically opposed in all ways.   The result can only bring confusion, misery, and a deep sense of failure and despair.

How can you escape all this?  Very simply.  The idea for today is the answer. Only Godʹs plan for salvation will work. There can be no real conflict about this, because there is no possible alternative to Godʹs plan that will save you. His is the only plan that is certain in its outcome. His is the only plan that must succeed. Let us practice recognizing this certainty today.  And let us rejoice that there is an answer to what seems to be a conflict with no resolution possible.  All things are possible to God. Salvation must be yours because of His plan, which cannot fail.

Begin the two longer practice periods for today by thinking about todayʹs idea, and realizing that it contains two parts, each making equal contribution to the whole. Godʹs plan for your salvation will work, and other plans will not. Do not allow yourself to become depressed or angry at the second part; it is inherent in the first. And in the first is your full release from all your own insane attempts and mad proposals to free yourself.  They have led to depression and anger, but Godʹs plan will succeed. It will lead to release and joy.

Remembering this, let us devote the remainder of the extended practice period to asking God to reveal His plan to us.  Ask Him very specifically:“What would you have me do?”
Where would You have me go?
What would You have me say, and to whom?”
Give Him full charge of the rest of the practice period, and let Him tell you what needs to be done by you in His plan for your salvation.   He will answer you in proportion to your willingness to hear His Voice.  Refuse not to hear.  The very fact that you are doing the exercises proves that you have some willingness to listen. This is enough to establish your claim to Godʹs answer.

In the shorter practice periods tell yourself often that Godʹs plan for salvation, and only His, will work.  Be alert to all temptation to hold grievances today, and respond to them with this form of todayʹs idea:
Holding grievances is the opposite of God’s plan for salvation. And only His plan will work.”

Try to remember the idea for today some six or seven times an hour.  There could be no better way to spend a half minute or less than to remember the Source of your salvation, and to see It where It is.

Lesson 71

Nothing so blinding as perception of form

Nothing so blinding as perception of form. For sight of form MEANS understanding HAS BEEN obscured. Only MISTAKES have different forms, and so they CAN deceive. You CAN change form, BECAUSE it is not true. It COULD not be reality, BECAUSE it can be changed. Reason will tell you that, if form is NOT reality, it  MUST be an illusion. And is Not THERE to see. And, IF you see it, you MUST be mistaken, for you are seeing what can NOT be real, as if it WERE. What cannot see BEYOND what is  not there, MUST be distorted perception. And must perceive illusions  AS THE TRUTH. Could it, then, RECOGNIZE the truth?
~Urtext Manuscripts Vol.I ch 22D7

The Video

"God gives you only happiness. Therefore the function He gave you must be happiness, even if it appears  to be different".

70: My salvation comes from me.

Lesson 70 “My salvation comes from me.
All temptation is nothing more than some form of the basic temptation not to believe the idea for today.  Salvation seems to come from anywhere except from you.  So, too, does the source of guilt.  You see neither guilt nor salvation as in your own mind, and nowhere else.  When you realize that all guilt is solely an invention of your mind, you must also realize that guilt and salvation must be in the same place.  Understanding this you are saved.

All temptation is nothing more than some form of the basic temptation not to believe the idea for today.  Salvation seems to come from anywhere except from you.  So, too, does the source of guilt.  You see neither guilt nor salvation as in your own mind, and nowhere else.  When you realize that all guilt is solely an invention of your mind, you must also realize that guilt and salvation must be in the same place.  Understanding this you are saved.

The seeming “cost” of accepting todayʹs idea is this: It means that nothing outside yourself can save you; nothing outside yourself can give you peace.  But it also means that nothing outside yourself can hurt you, or disturb your peace, or upset you in any way.  Todayʹs idea places you in charge of the universe, where you belong because of who you are.

This is not a role which can be partially accepted, and you must surely begin to see that accepting it is salvation.  It may not, however, be clear to you why the recognition that guilt is in your own mind entails the realization that salvation is there as well. God would not have put the remedy for sickness where it cannot help.  That is the way your mind has worked, but hardly His.  He wants you to be healed, and so He has kept the Source of healing where the need for healing lies.

You have tried to do just the opposite, making every attempt, however distorted and fantastic it might be, to separate healing from the sickness for which it was intended, and thus keep the sickness.   Your purpose was to ensure that healing did not occur; Godʹs purpose was to ensure that it did.  Today we will practice realizing that Godʹs Will and ours are really the same in this. God wants us to be healed, and we do not really want to be sick because it makes us unhappy.  Therefore, in accepting the idea for today, we are in agreement with God.  He does not want us to be sick. Neither do we. He wants us to be healed.  So do we.

We are ready for two longer practice periods today, each of which should last some ten to fifteen minutes.  We will, however, still let you decide when to undertake them.  We will follow this practice for a number of lessons, and it would again be well to decide in advance when would be a good time to lay aside for each of them, and adhere to your own decision as closely as possible.

Begin these practice periods by repeating the idea for today, adding a statement signifying your recognition that salvation comes from nothing outside of you.  You might put it this way:
My salvation comes from me.
It cannot come from anywhere else.
Then devote a few minutes with your eyes closed, to reviewing some of the external places where you have looked for salvation in the past, ‐ in other people, in possessions, in various situations and events, and in self‐concepts which you sought to make real.   Recognize that it was not there.  Tell yourself:
My salvation cannot come from any of these things.
My salvation comes from me, and only from me.”

Now we will try again to reach the light in you, which is where your salvation is.   You cannot find it in the clouds that surround the light, and it is in them you have been looking for it.  It is not there.  It is past the clouds, and in the light beyond.  Remember that you will have to go through the clouds before you can reach the light.  But remember also that you have never found anything in the cloud patterns you imagined that endured, or that you wanted.

Since all illusions of salvation have failed you, surely you do not want to remain in the clouds looking vainly for idols there, when you could so easily walk on into the light of real salvation. Try to pass the clouds by whatever means appeals to you.  If it helps you, think of me holding your hand and leading you.  And I assure you that this will be no idle fantasy.

For the short and frequent practice periods today, remind yourself that your salvation comes from you, and nothing but your own thoughts can hamper your progress.  You are free from all external interference.  You are in charge of your salvation.  You are in charge of the salvation of the world.  Say, then:
My salvation comes from me.
Nothing outside of me can hold me back.
Within me is the world’s salvation and my own.”

Lesson 70

69: My grievances hide the light of the world in me

Lesson 69 “My grievances hide the light of the world in me.

No‐one can look upon what your grievances conceal. Because your grievances are hiding the light of the world in you, everyone stands in darkness, and you beside him. But as the veil of your grievances is lifted, you are released with him.  Share your salvation now with him who stood beside you when you were in hell.  He is your brother in the light of the world which saves you both.

Today let us make another real attempt to reach the light in you.  Before we undertake this in our more extended practice period, let us devote several minutes in thinking about what we are trying to do. We are literally attempting to get in touch with the salvation of the world.  We are trying to see past the veil of darkness that keeps it concealed.  We are trying to let the veil be lifted, and see the tears of Godʹs Son disappear in the sunlight.

Let us begin our longer practice period today with the full realization of all this,and real determination to reach what is dearer to us than all else.   Salvation is our only need.  There is no other purpose here, and no other function to fulfill.  Learning salvation is our only goal.  Let us end the ancient search today, by finding the light in us and holding it up for everyone who searches with us to look upon and rejoice.

Very quietly now, with your eyes closed, try to let all the content which generally occupies your consciousness go.  Think of your mind as a vast round area, surrounded by a layer of heavy dark clouds.  You can see only the clouds because you seem to be standing outside the whole area, and quite apart from it.  From where you stand, you can see no reason to believe there is a brilliant light hidden by the clouds.  The clouds seem to be the only reality. They seem to be all there is to see.  Therefore you do not attempt to go through them and past them, which is the only way in which you would be really convinced of their lack of substance.   We will make this attempt today.

After you have thought about the importance of what you are trying to do for yourself and the world, try to settle in perfect stillness, remembering only how much you want to reach the light in you today, ‐ now.  Determine to go past the clouds.   Reach out and touch them in your mind.  Brush them aside with your hand; feel them resting on your cheeks and forehead and eyelids as you go through them.  Go on; clouds cannot stop you.

If you are doing the exercises properly, you will begin to feel a sense of being lifted up and carried ahead.  Your little effort and small determination call on the power of the universe to help you, and God Himself will raise you from darkness into light.   You are in accord with His Will.  You cannot fail because your will is His.

Have confidence in your Father today, and be certain that He has heard you and has answered you.  You may not recognize His answer yet, but you can indeed be sure that it is given you, and you will yet receive it.  Try, as you attempt to go through the clouds to the light, to hold this confidence in your mind.  Try to remember that you are at last joining your will to Godʹs.  Try to keep the thought clearly in mind that what you undertake with God must succeed.  Then let the power of God work in you and through you, that His Will and yours may be done.

In the shorter practice periods, which you will want to do as often as possible in view of the importance of todayʹs idea to you and your happiness, remind yourself that your grievances are hiding the light of the world from your awareness.  Remind yourself also that you are not searching for it alone, and that you do know where to look for it.   Say, then:
My grievances hide the light of the world in me.
I cannot see what I have hidden.
Yet I want to let it be revealed to me for my salvation and the salvation of the world.”

Also, be sure to tell yourself:
If I hold this grievance, the light of the world will be hidden from me,”
if you are tempted to hold anything against anyone today.

Lesson 69