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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  Darkness has vanished; the egoʹs idle wishes have been withdrawn.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

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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

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"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.”

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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.

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New urtext audio chapter

Just today published! A new chapter of the Urtext Manuscripts of A Course in Miracles is published as audio chapter. This chapter is very reasonable. For anyone wanting to take a good look at how reasonable healing is, this is the chapter. So incredibly lovely!! One excerpt here:

Children of peace, the light HAS come to you. The light you bring you do NOT recognize, and yet you will remember.  Who can deny HIMSELF the vision that he brings to others? And who would fail to recognize a gift he let be laid in Heaven through HIMSELF? The gentle service that you give the Holy Spirit IS service to yourself. You who are now HIS means must love all that He loves. And what you bring is YOUR remembrance of everything that is eternal. No trace of anything in time can long remain in minds that serve the timeless. And NO illusion can disturb the peace of a relationship which has become the MEANS of peace.
 [V1ch 22G6)

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Chapter 22: Salvation and the holy relationship

68: Love holds no grievances

Lesson 68 “Love holds no grievances.

You who were created by Love like Itself can hold no grievances and know your Self. To hold a grievance is to forget who you are. To hold a grievance is to see yourself as a body. It is the decision to let the ego rule your mind, and to condemn the body to death. Perhaps you do not yet fully realize just what holding grievances does to your awareness. It seems to split you off from your Source, and make you unlike Him. It makes you believe that He is like what you think you have become, for no‐one can conceive of his Creator as unlike himself.

Shut off from your Self, Who remains aware of His likeness to His Creator, your Self seems to sleep, while the part of your mind that weaves illusions in its sleep appears to be awake. Can all this arise from holding grievances? Oh yes! For he who holds grievances denies he was created by Love, and his Creator has become fearful to him in his dreams of hate. Who can dream of hatred and not fear God?

It is as sure that those who hold grievances will redefine God in their own image as it is certain that God created them like Himself and defined them as part of Him. It is as sure that those who hold grievances will suffer guilt as it is certain that those who forgive will find peace. It is as sure that those who hold grievances will forget who they are as it is certain that those who forgive will remember.

Would you not be willing to relinquish your grievances if you believed all this were so? Perhaps you do not think that you can let all your grievances go. That, however, is simply a question of motivation. Today we will try to find out how you would feel without them. If you succeed even by ever so little, there will never be a problem in motivation ever again.

Begin todayʹs extended practice period by searching your mind for those against whom you hold what you regard as major grievances. Some of these will be quite easy to find. Then think of the seemingly minor grievances you hold against those you like, and even think you love. It will quickly become apparent that there is no‐one against whom you do not cherish grievances of some sort. This has left you alone in all the universe in your perception of yourself.

Determine now to see all these people as friends. Say to them all, collectively, thinking of each one in turn as you do so:

I would see you as my friend, that I may remember you are part of me, and come to know myself.”

Spend the remainder of the practice period trying to think of yourself as completely at peace with everyone and everything, safe in a world which protects you and loves you, and which you love in return.

Try to feel safety surrounding you, hovering over you, and holding you up. Try to believe, however briefly, that nothing can harm you in any way. At the end of the practice period tell yourself:

Love holds no grievances. when I let all my grievances go, I will know I am perfectly safe.”

The short practice periods should include a quick application of todayʹs ideas in this form, whenever any thought of grievance arises against anyone, physically present or not:

Love holds no grievances. Let me not betray my Self.

In addition, repeat the idea several times an hour in this form:

Love holds no grievances. I would wake to my Self by laying all my grievances aside and wakening in Him.”

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67: Love created me like Itself

Lesson 67 “Love created me like Itself.”
Todayʹs idea is a complete and accurate statement of what you are.  This is why you are the light of the world.  This is why God appointed you as the worldʹs savior.  This is why the Son of God looks to you for his salvation.  He is saved by what you are.   We will make every effort today to reach this truth about you, and to realize fully, if only for a moment, that it is the truth.

In the longer practice period, we will think about your reality and its wholly unchanged and unchangeable nature.  We will begin by repeating this truth about you, and then spend a few minutes adding some relevant thoughts, such as:
Holiness created me holy“
“Kindness created me kind.”
“Helpfulness created me helpful.”
“Perfection created me perfect.
Any attribute which is in accord with God as He defines Himself is appropriate for use.   We are trying today to undo your definition of God and replace it with His Own.  We are also trying to emphasize that you are part of His definition of Himself.

After you have gone over several such related thoughts, try to let all thoughts drop away for a brief preparatory interval, and then try to reach past all your images and preconceptions about yourself to the truth in you.  If Love created you like Itself this Self must be in you.  And somewhere in your mind It is there for you to find.

You may find it necessary to repeat the idea for today from time to time, to replace distracting thoughts.  You may also find that this is not sufficient, and that you need to continue adding other thoughts related to the truth about yourself.  Yet perhaps you will succeed in going past that, and through the interval of thoughtlessness to the awareness of a blazing light in which you recognize yourself as Love created you.  Be confident that you will do much today to bring that awareness nearer, whether you feel you have succeeded or not.

It will be particularly helpful today to practice the idea for today as often as you can.  You need to hear the truth about yourself as frequently as possible, because your mind is so preoccupied with false self‐images.  Four or five times an hour, and perhaps even more, it would be most beneficial to remind yourself that Love created you like Itself.  Hear the truth about yourself in this.

Try to realize in the shorter practice periods, that this is not your tiny solitary voice that tells you this.  This is the Voice for God, reminding you of your Father and of your Self.  This is the Voice of truth, replacing everything that the ego tells you about yourself with the simple truth about the Son of God.  You were created by Love like Itself.

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66: My happiness and my function are one

Lesson 66 “My happiness and my function are one.

You have surely noticed an emphasis throughout our recent lessons on the connection between fulfilling your function and achieving happiness.  This is because you do not really see the connection.  Yet there is more than just a connection between them; they are the same.  Their forms are different, but their content is completely one.

The ego does constant battle with the Holy Spirit on the fundamental question of what your function is.  So does it do constant battle with the Holy Spirit about what your happiness is.  It is
not a two‐way battle.  The ego attacks and the Holy Spirit does not respond.  He knows what your function is.  He knows that it is your
happiness.

Today we will try to go past this wholly meaningless battle, and arrive at the truth about your function.  We will not engage in ceaseless arguments about what it is.  We will not become hopelessly involved in defining happiness and determining the means for achieving it.  We will not indulge the ego by listening to its attacks on truth.  We will merely be glad that we can find out what truth is.

Our longer practice period today has as its purpose your acceptance of the fact that not only is there a very real connection between the function God gave you and your happiness, but that they are actually identical.  God gives you only happiness.   Therefore the function He gave you must be happiness, even if it appears to be different.   Todayʹs exercises are an attempt to go beyond these differences in appearance, and recognize a common content where it exists in truth.

Begin the 10 to 15 minute practice period by reviewing these thoughts:
God gives me only happiness.
He has given my function to me. Therefore my function must be happiness.”
Try to see the logic in this sequence, even if you do notaccept the conclusion.  It is only if the first two thoughts are wrong that the conclusion could be false.  Let us, then, think about the premises for a while, as we are practicing.

The first premise is that God gives you only happiness.  This could be false, of course, but in order to be false it is necessary to define God as something He is not.  Love cannot give evil, and what is not happiness is evil.  God cannot give what He does not have, and He cannot have what He is not.  Unless God gives you only happiness, He must be evil.  And it is this definition of Him which you are believing if you do not accept the first premise.

The second premise is that God has given you your function.  We have seen that there are only two parts of your mind.  One is ruled by the ego, and is made up of illusions.  The other is the home of the Holy Spirit, where truth abides.  There are no other guides but these to choose between, and no other outcomes possible as a result of your choice but the fear which the ego always engenders and the love which the Holy Spirit always offers to replace it.

Thus it must be that your function is established by God through His Voice or is made by the ego which you made to replace Him.  Which is true?  Unless God gave your function to you, it must be the gift of the ego.  Does the ego really have gifts to give, being itself an illusion and offering only the illusion of gifts?

Think about this during the longer practice period today. Think also about the many forms which the illusion of your function has taken in your mind, and the many ways in which you try to find salvation under the egoʹs guidance.  Did you find it?  Were you happy?   Did they bring you peace? We need great honesty today.  Remember the outcomes fairly, and consider also whether it was ever reasonable to expect happiness from anything the ego has ever proposed.  Yet the ego is the only alternative to the Holy Spiritʹs Voice.

You will listen to madness or hear the truth.  Try to make this choice as you think about the premises on which our conclusion rests.   We can share in this conclusion, but in no other.  For God Himself shares it with us.

Todayʹs idea is another giant stride in the perception of the same as the same, and the different as different.  On one side stand all illusions.  All truth stands on the other.   Let us try today to realize that only the truth is true.

In the shorter practice periods, which would be most helpful today if undertaken twice an hour, this form of the application is suggested:
My happiness and function are one,
because God has given me both.”

It will not take more than a minute, and probably less, to repeat these words slowly, and think about them a little as you say them.

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