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313: Now let a new perception come to me

Lesson 313 “Now let a new perception come to me.”

 “Father, there is a vision which beholds all things as sinless, so that fear has gone, and where it was is Love invited in.  And Love will come wherever it is asked.  This vision is Your gift.  The eyes of Christ look on a world forgiven.  In His sight are all its sins forgiven, for He sees no sin in anything He looks upon.  Now let His true perception come to me, that I may waken from the dream of guilt and look within upon my sinlessness, which You have kept completely un‐ defiled upon the altar to Your holy Son, the Self with Which I would identify.”

 Let us today behold each other in the sight of Christ.  How beautiful we are!  How holy and how loving!  Brother, come and join with me today.  We save the world when we are joined.  For in our vision it becomes as holy as the Light in us.

283: My true Identity abides in You

Lesson 283 “My true Identity abides in You.”

Father, I made an image of myself, and it is this I call the Son of God.  Yet is creation as it always was, for Your creation is unchangeable.  Let me not worship idols.  I am he my Father loves.  His holiness remains the light of Heaven and the Love of God.  Is not what is beloved of You secure?  Is not the light of Heaven infinite?  Is not Your Son my true Identity, when You created everything that is?”

Now are we one in shared Identity, with God our Father as our only Source, and everything created part of us.  And so we offer blessing to all things, uniting lovingly with all the world, which our forgiveness has made one with us.

277: Let me not bind Your Son with Laws I made

Lesson 277 “Let me not bind Your Son with laws I made.”
Your Son is free, my Father.  Let me not imagine I have bound him with the laws I made to rule the body.  He is not subject to any laws I made by which I try to make the body more secure.  He is not changed by what is changeable.  He is not slave to any laws of time.  He is as You created him, because he knows no laws except the Law of Love.”

Let us not worship idols, nor believe in any laws idolatry would make to hide the freedom of the Son of God.  He is not bound except by his beliefs.  Yet what he is is far beyond his faith in slavery or freedom.  He is free because he is his Fatherʹs Son.  And he can not be bound unless Godʹs Truth can lie, and God can will that He
deceive Himself.

272: How can illusions satisfy God’s Son ?

Lesson 272 “How can illusions satisfy Godʹs Son?

Father, the truth belongs to me.  My home is set in Heaven by Your Will and mine.  Can dreams content me?  Can illusions bring me happiness?  What but Your memory can satisfy Your Son?  I will accept no less than You have given me.  I am surrounded by Your Love, forever still, forever gentle and forever safe.  Godʹs Son must be as You created him.”

Today we pass illusions by.  And if we hear temptation call to us to stay and linger in a dream, we turn aside and ask our‐ selves if we, the Sons of God, could be content with dreams, when Heaven can be chosen just as easily as hell, and love will happily replace all fear.

The New Beginning

The “new beginning” now becomes the focus of the curriculum. The goal is clear, but now you need specific methods for attaining it. The speed by which it can be reached depends on only this; your willingness to practice every step. Each one will help a little, every time it is attempted. And, together, they will lead you both from dreams of judgment to forgiving dreams, and out of pain and fear. They are not new to you, but they are more ideas than rules of thought to you as yet. So now we need to practice them a while, until they are the rules by which you live. We seek to make them habits now, so you will have them ready, and for ANY need.

Ch 30, A: Introduction, Textbook Urtext Manuscripts of A Course in Miracles


In the Online Daily Miracles classes we dive into the key lessons of A Course in Miracles. Today: I will accept atonement for myself, lesson 139 of the Workbook of A Course in Miracles.

But what is that? Atonement. In the early chapters of the Course we read that atonement really is the ‘undoing‘ of yourself. But what is that you might ask. And is it a pleasant occasion or am I losing things I might want to keep?

And what about this new beginning, can I really start my day over and begin again? How can I spend my day and not making any decisions of myself? Is that even possible?

All this you find out in the video below.

The video

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

Lesson 86

Lesson 86 These ideas are for review today: (71‐72)

71 “Only God’s plan for salvation will work.”

It is senseless for me to search wildly about for salvation. I have seen it in many people and in many things, but when I reached for it, it was not there. I was mistaken about where it is. I was mistaken about what it is. I will undertake no more idle seeking. Only Godʹs plan for salvation will work. And I will rejoice because His plan can never fail.

These are some suggested forms for applying this idea specifically:

Godʹs plan for salvation will save me from my perception of this.”

This is no exception in Godʹs plan for my salvation.”

Let me perceive this only in the light of Godʹs plan for salvation.”

72 “Holding grievances is an attack on God’s plan for salvation.”

Holding grievances is an attempt to prove that Godʹs plan for salvation will not work. Yet only His plan will work. By holding grievances I am therefore excluding my own only hope of salvation from my awareness. I would no longer defeat my own best interests in this insane way. I would accept Godʹs plan for salvation and be happy.

Specific applications of this idea might be in these forms:

I am choosing between misperception and salvation as I look on this.”

If I see grounds for grievances in this, I will not see the grounds for my salvation.”

This calls for salvation, not attack.

Lesson 86

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

64: Let me not forget my function

Lesson 64 “Let me not forget my function.”

Todayʹs idea is merely another way of saying, “Let me not wander into temptation.” The purpose of the world you see is to obscure your function of forgiveness, and provide you with a justification for forgetting it.  It is the temptation to abandon God and His Son, taking on a physical appearance.  It is this which the bodyʹs eyes look upon.

Nothing the bodyʹs eyes seem to see can be anything but a form of temptation, since this was the purpose of the body itself. Yet we have learned that the Holy Spirit has another use for all the illusions you have made, and therefore He sees another purpose in them.  To the Holy Spirit, the world is a place where you learn to forgive yourself what you think of as your sins.  In this perception, the physical appearance of temptation becomes the spiritual recognition of salvation.

To review our last few lessons, your function here is to be the light of the world, a function given you by God.  It is only the arrogance of the ego which leads you to question this, and only the fear of the ego which induces you to regard yourself as unworthy of the task assigned to you by God Himself.  The worldʹs salvation awaits your forgiveness because through it does the Son of God escape from all illusions and thus from all temptation.  The Son of God is you.

Only by fulfilling the function given you by God will you be happy.  That is because your function is to be happy by using the means by which happiness becomes inevitable.  There is no other
way.  Therefore every time you choose whether or not to fulfill your function, you are really choosing whether to be happy or not.

Let us remember this today.  Let us remind ourselves of it in the morning and again at night, and all through the day as well. Prepare yourself in advance for all the decisions you will make today by remembering that they are all really very simple. Each one will lead to happiness or unhappiness.  Can such a simple decision really be difficult to make? Let not the form of the decision deceive you.  Complexity of form does not imply complexity of content.  It is impossible that any decision on earth can have a content different from just this one simple choice.  That is the only choice the Holy Spirit sees.  Therefore it is the only choice there is.

Today, then, let us practice these thoughts:
“Let me not forget my function.
Let me not try to substitute mine for Godʹs.
Let me forgive and be happy.”

At least once devote ten or fifteen minutes to reflecting on this with closed eyes.   Related thoughts will come to help you, if you remember the crucial importance of your function to you and to the world.

In the frequent applications of todayʹs idea to be made throughout the day, devote several minutes to reviewing the thoughts, and then to thinking about them and about nothing else.  This will be difficult at first particularly, since you are not proficient in the mind discipline which it requires.  You may need to repeat “Let me not forget my function” quite often, to help you concentrate.

Two forms of the shorter practice periods are required.  At times, do the exercises with your eyes closed, trying to concentrate on the thoughts you are applying.  At other times keep your eyes
open after reviewing the thoughts and look slowly and unselectively about you, telling yourself:
This is the world it is my function to save.”

Lesson 64

63: The light of the world brings peace to every mind through my forgiveness

Lesson 63 “The light of the world brings peace to every mind through my forgiveness.”

How holy are you who have the power to bring peace to every mind!  How blessed are you who can learn to recognize the means for letting this be done through you!  What purpose could you have that would bring you greater happiness?

You are indeed the light of the world with such a function.  The Son of God looks to you for his redemption.  It is yours to give him, for it belongs to you.  Accept no trivial purpose or meaningless desire in its place, or you will forget your function and leave the Son of God in hell.  This is no idle request that is being asked of you. You are asked to accept salvation that it may be yours to give.

Recognizing the importance of this function, we will be happy to remember it very often today.  We will begin the day by acknowledging it, and close the day with the thought of it in our awareness.  And throughout the day, we will repeat this as often as we can:

The light of the world brings peace to every mind through my forgiveness.

I am the means God has appointed for the salvation of the world.”

You will probably find it easier to let the related thoughts come to you in the minute or two which you should devote to considering this if you can close your eyes.  Do not, however, wait for such an opportunity.  No chance should be lost for reinforcing todayʹs idea.  Remember that Godʹs Son looks to you for his salvation. And who but your Self must be His Son?

Lesson 63