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105: God’s peace and joy are mine

Lesson 105 “Godʹs peace and joy are mine.”

Godʹs peace and joy are yours. Today we will accept. them, knowing they belong to us. And we will try to understand these gifts increase as we receive them. They are not like to the gifts the world can give, in which the giver loses as he gives the gift; the taker is the richer by his loss. These are not gifts, but bargains made with guilt. The truly given gift entails no loss. It is impossible that one can gain because another loses. This implies a limit and an insufficiency.

No gift is given thus. Such “gifts” are but a bid for a more valuable return; a loan with interest to be paid in full; a temporary lending, meant to be a pledge of debt to be repaid with more than was received by him who took the gift. This strange distortion of what giving means pervades all levels of the world you see. It strips all meaning from the gifts you give, and leaves you nothing in the ones you take.

A major learning goal this course has set is to reverse your view of giving, so you can receive. For giving has become a source of fear, and so you would avoid the only means by which you can receive. Accept Godʹs peace and joy, and you will learn a different way of looking at a gift. Godʹs gifts will never lessen when they are given away. They but increase thereby. As Heavenʹs peace and joy intensify when you accept them as Godʹs gift to you, so does the joy of your Creator grow when you accept His joy and peace as yours.

True giving is creation. It extends the limitless to the unlimited, eternity to timelessness, and love unto itself. It adds to all that is complete already, not in simple terms of adding more, for that implies that it was less before. It adds by letting what cannot contain itself fulfill its aim of giving everything it has away, securing it forever for itself.

Today accept Godʹs peace and joy as yours. Let Him complete Himself as He defines completion. You will understand that what completes Him must complete His Son as well. He cannot give through loss. No more can you. Receive His gift of joy and peace today, and He will thank you for your gift to Him.

Today our practice periods will start a little differently. Begin today by thinking of those brothers who have been denied by you the peace and joy which are their right under the equal laws of God. Here you denied them to yourself. And here you must return, to claim them as your own. Think of your “enemies” a little while, and tell each one as he occurs to you:

My brother, peace and joy I offer you, That I may have Godʹs peace and joy as mine.”

Thus you prepare yourself to recognize Godʹs gifts to you, and let your mind be free of all that would prevent success today. Now are you ready to accept the gift of peace and joy which God has given you. Now are you ready to experience the joy and peace you have denied yourself. Now you can say “Godʹs peace and joy are mine,” for you have given what you would receive.

You must succeed today if you prepare your mind as we suggest, for you have let all bars to peace and joy be lifted up, and what is yours can come to you at last. So tell yourself “Godʹs peace and joy are mine,” and close your eyes a while, and let His Voice assure you that the words you speak are true.

Spend your five minutes thus with Him each time you can today, but do not think that less is worthless when you cannot give Him more. At least remember hourly to say the words which call on Him to give you what He wills to give, and wills you to receive.

Determine not to interfere today with what He wills. And if a brother seems to tempt you to deny Godʹs gift to him, see it as but another chance to let yourself receive the gifts of God as yours. Then bless your brother thankfully, and say:

My brother, peace and joy I offer you, That I may have Godʹs peace and joy as mine.”

Lesson 105

104: I seek but what belongs to me in truth

Lesson 104 “I seek but what belongs to me in truth.

Todayʹs idea continues with the thought that joy and peace are not but idle dreams. They are your right, because of what you are. They come to you from God, Who cannot fail to give you what He wills. Yet must there be a place made ready to receive His gifts. They are not welcomed gladly by a mind which has instead received the gifts it made where His belong, as substitutes for them.

Today we would remove all meaningless and self‐made gifts which we have placed upon the holy altar where Godʹs gifts belong. These are the gifts which are our own in truth. These are the gifts which we inherited before time was, and which will still be ours when time has passed into eternity. These are the gifts which are within us now, for they are timeless. And we need not wait to have them. They belong to us today. Therefore we will to have them now, and know in choosing them in place of what we made, we but unite our will with what God wills, and recognize the same as being One.

Our longer practice periods today, the hourly five minutes given to the truth for your salvation, should begin with this:

I seek but what belongs to me in truth.” And joy and peace are my inheritance.

Then lay aside the conflicts of the world which offer other gifts and other goals made of illusions, witnessed to by them, and sought for only in a world of dreams.

All this we lay aside, and seek instead that which is truly ours, as we ask to recognize what God has given us. We clear a holy place within our minds before His altar, where His gifts of peace and joy are welcome, and to which we come to find what has been given us by Him. We come in confidence today, aware that what belongs to us in truth is what He gives. And we would wish for nothing else, for nothing else belongs to us in truth.

So do we clear the way for Him today by simply recognizing that His Will is done already, and that joy and peace belong to us as His eternal gifts. We will not let ourselves lose sight of them between the times we come to seek for them where He has laid them. This reminder will we bring to mind as often as we can:

I seek but what belongs to me in truth. Godʹs gifts of joy and peace are all I want.

Lesson 104

103: God, being Love, is also happiness

Lesson 103 “God, being Love, is also happiness.”

Happiness is an attribute of love. It cannot be apart from it, nor can it be experienced where love is not. Love has no limits, being everywhere. And therefore joy is everywhere as well. Yet can the mind deny that this is so, believing there are gaps in love where sin can enter, bringing pain instead of joy. This strange belief would limit happiness by redefining love as limited, and introducing opposition in what has no limit and no opposite.

Fear is associated then with love, and its results become the heritage of minds which think what they have made is real. These images, with no reality in truth, bear witness to the fear of God, forgetting being Love. He must be joy. This basic error we will try again to bring to truth today, and teach ourselves:

God, being Love, is also happiness. To fear Him is to be afraid of joy.

Begin your longer exercises for today with this association, which corrects the false belief that God is fear. It also emphasizes happiness belongs to you because of what He is.

Allow this one correction to be placed within your minds each waking hour today. Then welcome all the happiness it brings, as truth replaces fear, and joy becomes what you expect to take the place of pain. God being Love, it will be given you. Bolster this expectation frequently throughout the day, and quiet all your fears with this assurance, kind and wholly true:

God, being Love, is also happiness.

And it is happiness I seek today.

I cannot fail, because I seek the truth.”

Lesson 103

102: I share God’s Will for happiness for me

Lesson 102 “I share Godʹs Will for happiness for me.

You do not want to suffer. You may think it buys you something, and may still believe a little that it buys you what you want. Yet this belief is surely shaken now, at least enough to let you question it, and to suspect it really makes no sense. It has not gone as yet, but lacks the roots that once secured it tightly to the dark and hidden secret places of your mind.

Today we try to loose its weakened hold still further and to realize that pain is purposeless, without a cause, and with no power to accomplish anything. It cannot purchase anything at all. It offers nothing, and does not exist, and everything you think it offers you is lacking in existence like itself. You have been slave to nothing. Be you free today to join the happy Will of God.

For several days we will continue to devote our longer practice periods to exercises planned to help you reach the happiness Godʹs Will has placed in you. Here is your home, and here your safety is. Here is your peace, and here there is no fear. Here is salvation. Here is rest at last.

Begin the longer practice periods today with this acceptance of Godʹs Will for you:

I share Godʹs Will for happiness for me, And I accept it as my function now.

Then seek this function deep within your mind, for it is there, awaiting but your choice. You cannot fail to find it when you learn it is your choice, and that you share Godʹs Will.

Be happy, for your only function here is happiness. You have no need to be less loving to Godʹs Son than He Whose Love created him as loving as Himself. Besides these hourly five minute rests, pause frequently today to tell yourself that you have now accepted happiness as your one function. And be sure that you are joining with Godʹs Will in doing this.

Lesson 102

The Promise of Resurrection

This is Palm Sunday… this is how chapter 20 starts of the Urtext Manuscripts I read you the Introduction:

The Promise of the Resurrection – Introduction

Holy Week

The Holy Week starts on Palm Sunday and ends in Easter. It expresses in fact your spiritual awakening process. A process of the acceptance of the truth of the Reality of Who you are and its EXPRESSION.

If you see this as your awakening trajectory, and it is, then it becomes so inspiring to read or listen to what Jesus shares in A Course in Miracles.

Listen once more:

This week we celebrate eternal life, NOT death

HOLY WEEK

Promise:

Let him not wander into the temptation of crucifixion and DELAY him there. Help him go in peace BEYOND it, with the light of his own innocence lighting his way to his redemption and release..

Ch 20 Urtext A Course in Miracles

THE PROMISE OF THE RESURRECTION

If you feel like listening to more of chapter 20 listen or download it here or watch it on YouTube:

Chapter 20: The Promise of the resurrection

101: God’s will for me is perfect happiness

Lesson 101 “Godʹs will for me is perfect happiness.”

Today we will continue with the theme of happiness. This is a key idea in understanding what salvation means. You still believe it asks for suffering as penance for your “sins.” This is not so. Yet you must think it so while you believe that sin is real, and that Godʹs Son can sin.

If sin is real then punishment is just, and cannot be escaped. Salvation thus cannot be purchased but through suffering. If sin is real then happiness must be illusion, for they cannot both be true. The sinful warrant only death and pain, and it is this they ask for, for they know it waits for them and it will seek them out and find them somewhere, sometime, in some form which evens the account they owe to God. They would escape Him in their fear. And yet He will pursue, and they can not escape.

If sin is real, salvation must be pain. Pain is the cost of sin, and suffering can never be escaped if sin is real. Salvation must be feared, for it will kill, but slowly, taking everything away before it grants the welcome boon of death307 to victims who are little more than bones before salvation is appeased. Its wrath is boundless, merciless, but wholly just.

Who would seek out such savage punishment? Who would not flee salvation, and attempt in every way he can to drown the Voice Which offers it to him? Why would he try to listen, and accept Its offering? If sin is real Its offering is death, and meted out in cruel form to match the vicious wishes in which sin is born. If sin is real salvation has become your bitter enemy, the curse of God upon you who have crucified His Son.

You need the practice periods today. The exercises teach sin is not real, and all that you believe must come from sin will never happen, for it has no cause. Accept atonement with an open mind which cherishes no lingering belief that you have made a devil of Godʹs Son.

There is no sin. We practice with this thought as often as we can today, because it is the basis for todayʹs idea. Godʹs Will for you is perfect happiness because there is no sin, and suffering is causeless. Joy is just, and pain is but the sign you have misunderstood yourself.

Fear not the Will of God. But turn to It in confidence that It will set you free from all the consequences sin has wrought in feverish imagination. Say:

Godʹs Will for me is perfect happiness. There is no sin; it has no consequence.”

So should you start your practice periods, and then attempt again to find the joy these thoughts will introduce into your mind. Give these five minutes gladly, to remove the heavy load you laid upon yourself with the insane belief that sin is real.

Today escape from madness. You are set on freedomʹs road, and now todayʹs idea brings wings to speed you on, and hope to go still faster to the waiting goal of peace. There is no sin. Remember this today, and tell yourself as often as you can:

“Godʹs Will for me is perfect happiness. This is the truth because there is no sin.

Lesson 101

100: My part is essential to God’s plan for salvation

Lesson 100 “My part is essential to Godʹs plan for salvation.

Just as Godʹs Son completes his Father, so your part in it completes your Fatherʹs plan.  Salvation must reverse the mad belief in separate thoughts and separate bodies which lead separate lives and go their separate ways.  One function shared by separate minds unites them in one purpose, for each one is equally essential to them all.

Godʹs Will for you is perfect happiness.  Why should you choose to go against His Will?  The part that He has saved for you to take in working out His plan is given you that you might be restored to what He wills.  This part is as essential to His plan as to your happiness.  Your joy must be complete to let His plan be understood by those to whom He sends you.  They will see their function in your shining face, and hear God calling to them in your happy laugh.

You are indeed essential to Godʹs plan.  Without your joy His joy is incomplete.  Without your smile the world cannot be saved.   While you are sad the light which God Himself appointed as the means to save the world is dim and lusterless.  And no‐one laughs because all laughter can but echo yours.  You are indeed essential to Godʹs plan.   Just as your light increases every light that shines in Heaven, so your joy on earth calls to all minds to let their sorrows go, and take their place beside you in Godʹs plan.

Godʹs messengers are joyous, and their joy heals sorrow and despair.  They are the proof that God wills perfect happiness for all who will accept their Fatherʹs gifts as theirs.  We will not let ourselves be sad today.  For if we do, we fail to take the part that is essential to Godʹs plan, as well as to our vision.  Sadness is the sign that you would play another part, instead of what has been assigned to you by God.  Thus do you fail to show the world how great the happiness He wills for you.  And so you do not recognize that it is yours.

Today we will attempt to understand joy is our function here.   If you are sad your part is unfulfilled, and all the world is thus deprived of joy, along with you.  God asks that you be happy, so the world can see how much He loves His Son, and wills no sorrow rises to abate his joy; no fear besets him to disturb his peace.   You are Godʹs messenger today.  You bring His happiness to all you look upon; His peace to everyone who looks on you, and sees His message in your happy face.

We will prepare ourselves for this today in our five minute practice periods, by feeling happiness arise in us according to our Fatherʹs will and ours.  Begin the exercises with the thought todayʹs idea contains.  Then realize your part is to be happy.  Only this is asked of you or anyone who wants to take his place among Godʹs messengers.

Think what this means.  You have indeed been wrong in your belief that sacrifice is asked.  You but receive according to Godʹs plan, and never lose or sacrifice or die.  Now let us try to find that joy which proves to us and all the world Godʹs Will for us.  It is your function that you find it here, and that you find it now.  For this you came.  Let this one be the day that you succeed!

 Look deep within you, undismayed by all the little thoughts and foolish goals you pass as you ascend to meet the Christ in you.  He will be there.  And you can reach Him now.  What could you rather look upon in place of Him who waits that you may look on Him?  What little thought has power to hold you back?   What foolish goal can keep you from success when He Who calls to you is God Himself?

He will be there.  You are essential to His plan.  You are His messenger today, and you must find what He would have you give.   Do not forget the idea for today between your longer practice periods.  It is your Self who calls to you today.  And it is Him you answer every time you tell yourself you are essential to Godʹs plan for the salvation of the world.

Lesson 100

99: Salvation is my only function here

Lesson 99 “Salvation is my only function here.”

Salvation and forgiveness are the same.  They both imply that something has gone wrong; something you need be saved from or forgiven for; something amiss that needs corrective change, something apart or different from the Will of God.  Thus do both terms imply something impossible but yet which has occurred, resulting in a state of conflict between what is and what could never be.

Truth and illusions both are equal now, for both have happened.  The impossible becomes the thing you need forgiveness for; salvation from.  Salvation is the borderland between truth and illusion. It reflects the truth because it is the means by which you can escape illusions.  Yet it is not truth because it undoes what was never done.

How could there be a meeting place at all where earth and Heaven can be reconciled within a mind where both of them exist?   The mind which sees illusions thinks them real.  They have existence in that they are thoughts.  And yet they are not real because the mind that thinks these thoughts is separate from God.

What joins the separated mind and thoughts with Mind and Thought which are forever One?  What plan could hold the truth inviolate, yet recognize the need illusions bring, and offer means by which they are undone without attack, and with no touch of pain?  What but a Thought of God could be this plan by which the never done is overlooked, and sins forgotten which were never real?

The Holy Spirit holds this plan of God exactly as it was received of Him within the Mind of God, and in your own.  It is apart from time in that its Source is timeless.  Yet it operates in time because of your belief that time is real.  Unshaken does the Holy Spirit look on what you see; on sin and pain and death, on grief and separation and on loss.  Yet does He know one thing must still be true; God still is Love, and this is not His Will.

This is the Thought Which brings illusions to the truth, and sees them as appearances behind which is the changeless and the sure.  This is the Thought Which saves and Which forgives, because It lays no faith in what is not created by the only Source It knows.  This is the Thought Whose function is to save by giving you Its function as your own.

Salvation is your function, with the One to Whom the plan was given.  Now are you entrusted with this plan, along with Him.   He has one answer to appearances regardless of their form, their size, their depth, or any attribute they seem to have:

Salvation is my only function here. God still is Love, and this is not His Will.”

You who will yet work miracles, be sure you practice well the idea for today.  Try to perceive the strength in what you say, for these are words in which your freedom lies.  Your Father loves you.   All the world of pain is not His will.  Forgive yourself the thought He wanted this for you.  Then let the Thought with Which He has replaced all your mistakes enter the darkened places of your mind which thought the thoughts that never were His Will.  This part belongs to God, as does the rest.  It does not think its solitary thoughts and make them real by hiding them from Him.

Let in the light, and you will look upon no obstacle to what He wills for you.  Open your secrets to His kindly Light, and see how bright this Light still shines in you.  Practice His Thought to day, and let His Light seek out and lighten up all darkened spots, and shine through them to join them to the rest.

It is Godʹs will your mind be One with His.  It is Godʹs Will that He has but one Son.  It is Godʹs Will that His one Son is you.   Think of these things in practicing today, and start your longer practice periods with this instruction in the way of truth:
Salvation is my only function here.
Salvation and forgiveness are the same.”
Then turn to Him who shares your function with you, and let Him teach you what you need to learn to lay all fear aside, and know your Self as Love Which has no opposite in you.

Forgive all thoughts which would oppose the truth of your completeness, unity and peace.  You cannot lose the gifts your Father gave.  You do not want to be another self.  You have no func‐
tion that is not of God.  Forgive yourself the one you think you made.  Forgiveness and salvation are the same.  Forgive what you have made, and you are saved.


You have a special message for today which has the power to remove all forms of doubt and fear forever from your mind.  If you are tempted to believe them true, remember that appearances can not withstand the truth these mighty words contain:
Salvation is my only function here.
God still is Love, and this is not His Will.

Your only function tells you you are One.  Remind yourself of this between the times you give five minutes to be shared with Him Who shares Godʹs plan with you.  Remind yourself:
Salvation is my only function here.”
Thus do you lay forgiveness on your mind, and let all fear be gently laid aside that Love may find Its rightful place in you, and show you that you are the Son of God.

Lesson 99

98: I will accept my part in God’s plan for salvation

Lesson 98 “I will accept my part in Godʹs plan for salvation.”

Today is a day of special dedication.  We take a stand on but one side today.  We side with the truth and let illusions go.  We will not vacillate between the two, but take a firm position with the One.  We dedicate ourselves to truth today, and to salvation as God planned it be.  We will not argue it is something else, we will not seek for it where it is not.  In gladness we accept it as it is, and take the part assigned to us by God.

How happy to be certain!  All our doubts we lay aside to‐ day, and take our stand with certainty of purpose, and with thanks that doubt is gone and surety has come.  We have a mighty purpose to fulfill, and have been given everything we need with which to reach the goal.  Not one mistake stands in our way.  For we have been absolved of errors.  All our sins are washed away by realizing that they were but mistakes.

The guiltless have no fear, for they are safe and recognize their safety.  They do not appeal to magic, nor invent escapes from fancied threats without reality.  They rest in quiet certainty that they will do what it is given them to do.  They do not doubt their own ability, because they know their function will be filled completely, in the perfect time and place.  They took the stand which we will take today, that we may share their certainty, and thus increase it by accepting it ourselves.

They will be with us; all who took the stand we take today will gladly offer us all that they learned and every gain they made.  Those still uncertain, too, will join with us, and borrowing our certainty, will make it stronger still.  While those as yet unborn will hear the call we heard, and answer it, when they have come to make their choice again.  We do not choose but for ourselves today.

Is it not worth five minutes of your time each hour to be able to accept the happiness which God has given you?  Is it not worth five minutes hourly to recognize your special function here?   Is not five minutes of the hour but a small request in terms of a reward so great it has no measure?  You have made a thousand losing bargains at the least. Here is an offer guaranteeing you your full release from pain of every kind, and joy the world does not contain.  You can exchange a little of your time for peace of mind and certainty of purpose, with the promise of complete success.  And since time has no meaning, you are being asked for nothing in return for everything.  Here is a bargain which you cannot lose.  And what you gain is limitless indeed!

Each hour today give Him your tiny gift of but five minutes.  He will give the words you use in practicing todayʹs idea the deep conviction and the certainty you lack.  His words will join with yours, and make each repetition of todayʹs idea a total dedication, made in faith as perfect and as sure as His in you.  His confidence in you will bring the light to all the words you say, and you will go beyond their sound to what they really mean.   

Today you practice with Him, as you say:
I will accept my part in God’s plan for salvation.”
In each five minutes that you spend with Him, He will accept your words and give them back to you all bright with faith and confidence so strong and steady they will light the world with hope and gladness.  Do not lose one chance to be the glad receiver of His gifts, that you may give them to the world today.

Give Him the words, and He will do the rest.  He will enable you to understand your special function.  He will open up the way to happiness, and peace and trust will be His gifts, His answer to your words.  He will respond with all His faith and joy and certainty that what you say is true.  And you will have conviction then of Him Who knows the function that you have on earth as well as Heaven. He will be with you each practice period you share with Him, exchanging every instant of the time you offer Him for timelessness and peace.

Throughout the hour let your time be spent in happy preparation for the next five minutes you will spend again with Him.  Repeat todayʹs idea while you wait for the glad time to come to you again.  Repeat it often, and do not forget each time you do so, you have let your mind be readied for the happy time to come.

And when the hour is gone, and He is there once more to spend a little time with you be thankful, and lay down all earthly tasks, all little thoughts and limited ideas, and spend a happy time again with Him.  Tell Him once more that you accept the part which He would have you take, and help you fill, and He will make you sure you want this choice, which He has made with you, and you with Him.

Lesson 98

97: I am Spirit

Lesson 97 “I am Spirit.”

Todayʹs idea identifies you with your One Self. It accepts no split identity, nor tries to weave opposing factors into unity. It simply states the truth. Practice this truth today as often as you can, for it will bring your mind from conflict to the quiet fields of peace. No chill of fear can enter, for your mind has been absolved of madness, letting go illusions of a split identity.

We state again the truth about your Self, the holy Son of God Who rests in you; Whose mind has been restored to sanity. You are the Spirit lovingly endowed with all your Fatherʹs Love and peace and joy. You are the Spirit Which completes Himself, and shares His Function as Creator. He is with you always, as you are with Him.

Today we try to bring reality still closer to your mind. Each time you practice, awareness is brought a little nearer at least; sometimes a thousand years or more are saved. The minutes which you give are multiplied over and over, for the miracle makes use of time, but is not ruled by it. Salvation is a miracle, the first and last; the first that is the last, for it is one.

You are the Spirit in Whose Mind abides the miracle in which all time stands still; the miracle in which a minute spent in using these ideas becomes a time which has no length and which has no end. Give, then, these minutes willingly, and count on Him Who promised to lay timelessness beside them. He will offer all His strength to every little effort which you make.

Give Him the minutes which He needs today to help you understand with Him you are the Spirit that abides in Him, and Which calls through His Voice to every living thing; offers His sight to everyone who asks; replaces errors with the simple truth.

The Holy Spirit will be glad to take five minutes of each hour from your hands, and carry them around this aching world where pain and misery appear to rule. He will not overlook one open mind that will accept the healing gifts they bring, and He will lay them everywhere He knows they will be welcome. And they will increase in healing power each time someone accepts them as his thoughts, and uses them to heal.

Thus will your gifts to Him be multiplied a thousand‐fold and tens of thousands more. And when it is returned to you, it will surpass in might the little gift you gave as much as does the radiance of the sun outshine the tiny gleam a firefly makes an uncertain moment, and goes out. The steady brilliance of this light remains, and leads you out of darkness, nor will you be able to forget the way again.

Begin these happy exercises with the words the Holy Spirit speaks to you, and let them echo round the world through Him:

Spirit am I, a holy Son of God, Free of all limits, safe and healed and whole, Free to forgive, and free to save the world.”

Expressed through you, the Holy Spirit will accept this gift which you received of Him, increase its power, and give it back to you.

Offer each practice period today gladly to Him. And He will speak to you, reminding you that you are Spirit, one with Him and God, your brothers and your Self. Listen for His assurance every time you speak the word He offers you today, and let Him tell your mind that they are true. Use them against temptation, and escape its sorry consequences if you yield to the belief that you are something else. The Holy Spirit gives you peace today. Receive His words, and offer them to Him.

Lesson 97