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  Darkness has vanished; the egoʹs idle wishes have been withdrawn.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

Lesson 73

Review Lesson 60

Lesson 60 These ideas are for todayʹs review. (46‐50)

46) “God is the Love in which I forgive.”

God does not forgive because He has never condemned. The blameless cannot blame, and those who have accepted their innocence see nothing to forgive. Yet forgiveness is the means by which I will recognize my innocence. It is the reflection of Godʹs Love on earth. It will bring me near enough to Heaven that the Love of God can reach down to me and raise me to my home.

47) “God is the Strength in which I trust.”

It is not my own strength through which I forgive. It is through the strength of God in me, which I am remembering as I forgive. As I begin to see, I recognize His reflection on earth. I forgive all things because I feel the stirring of His strength in me. And I begin to remember the Love I chose to forget, but Which has not forgotten me.

48) “There is nothing to fear.”

How safe the world will look to me when I can see it! It will not look anything like what I imagine I see now. Everyone and everything I see will lean toward me to bless me. I will recognize in everyone my dearest Friend. What could there be to fear in a world which I have forgiven, and which has forgiven me?

49) “God’s Voice speaks to me all through the day.

There is not a moment in which Godʹs Voice ceases to call on my forgiveness to save me. There is not a moment in which His Voice fails to direct my thoughts, guide my actions, and lead my feet. I am walking steadily on toward truth. There is nowhere else I can go, because Godʹs Voice is the only voice and the only guide that has been given to His Son.

50) “I am sustained by the Love of God.”

As I listen to Godʹs Voice, I am sustained by His Love. As I open my eyes, His Love lights up the world for me to see. As I forgive, His Love reminds me that His Son is sinless. And as I look upon the world with the vision He has given me, I remember that I am His Son.

Review Lesson 60

Review Lesson 59

Lesson 59 The following ideas are for review today: (41‐45)

41) “God goes with me wherever I go.

How can I be alone when God always goes with me? How can I be doubtful and unsure of myself when perfect certainty abides in Him? How can I be disturbed by anything when He rests in absolutepeace? How can I suffer when love and joy surround me through Him? Let me not cherish illusions about myself. I am perfect because God goes with me wherever I go.

42) “God is my strength. Vision is His gift.”

Let me not look to my own eyes to see today. Let me be willing to exchange my pitiful illusion of seeing for the vision that is given by God. Christʹs vision is His gift, and He has given it to me. Let me call upon this gift today, so that this day may help me to understand eternity.

43) “God is my Source. I cannot see apart from Him.”

I can see what God wants me to see. I cannot see anything else. Beyond His Will lie only illusions. It is these I choose when I think I can see apart from Him. It is these I choose when I try to see through the bodyʹs eyes. Yet the vision of Christ has been given me to replace them. It is through this vision that I choose to see.

44) “God is the Light in which I see.

I cannot see in darkness. God is the only Light. Therefore, if I am to see, it must be through Him. I have tried to define what seeing is, and I have been wrong. Now it is given me to understand that God is the Light in which I see. Let me welcome vision and the happy world it will show me.

45) “God is the Mind with which I think.”

I have no thoughts which I do not share with God. I have no thoughts apart from Him because I have no mind apart from His. As part of His Mind, my thoughts are His and His Thoughts are mine.

Review Lesson 59

46: God is the Love in which I forgive.

Lesson 46 “God is the Love in which I forgive.” 

God does not forgive because He has never condemned.  And there must be condemnation before forgiveness is necessary.  Forgiveness is the great need of this world, but that is because it is a world of illusions.  Those who forgive are thus releasing themselves from illusions, while those who withhold forgiveness are binding themselves to them.  As you condemn only yourself, so do you forgive only yourself.

Although God does not forgive, His Love is nevertheless the basis of forgiveness.  Fear condemns and love forgives.  Forgiveness thus undoes what fear has produced, returning the mind to the awareness of God.  For this reason, forgiveness can truly be called salvation.  It is the means by which illusions disappear. 

Todayʹs exercises require at least three full five‐minute practice periods, and as many shorter applications as possible.  Begin the practice periods by repeating todayʹs idea to yourself, as usual.  Close your eyes as you do so, and spend a minute or two in searching your mind for those whom you have not forgiven.  It does not matter “how much” you have not forgiven. You have forgiven them entirely or not at all. 

If you are doing the exercises well, you should have no difficulty in finding a number of people you have not forgiven.  It is a safe rule that anyone you do not like is a suitable subject.  Mention each one by name, and say: 
God is the Love in which I forgive you, (name)”

The purpose of the first phase of todayʹs practice is to put you in the best position to forgive yourself.  After you have applied the idea for today to all those who have come to mind, tell yourself: 
God is the Love in which I forgive myself.”  
Then devote the remainder of the practice period to offering related ideas such as: 
“God is the Love with which I love myself.” 
“God is the Love in which I am blessed.”

The form of the applications may vary considerably, but the central idea should not be lost sight of.  You might say, for example: 
I cannot be guilty because I am a Son of God.” 
“I have already been forgiven.” 
“No fear is possible in a mind beloved of God.” 
“There is no need to attack because love has forgiven me.” 

The practice period should end, however, with a repetition of todayʹs idea as originally stated.  The shorter applications may consist either of a repetition of the idea in the original or in a related form or in more specific applications if needed.  They will be needed at any time during the day when you become aware of any kind of negative reaction to anyone, present or not.  In this event, tell him silently: 
God is the Love in which I forgive you.” 

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God is the Love in which I forgive