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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

94: I am as God Created me

Lesson 94 “I am as God created me.”

Today we continue with the one idea which brings complete salvation; the one statement which makes all forms of temptation powerless; the one thought which renders the ego silent and entirely undone. You are as God created you. The sounds of this world are still, the sights of this world disappear, and all the thoughts which this world ever held are wiped away forever by this one idea. Here is salvation accomplished. Here is sanity restored.

True light is strength, and strength is sinlessness. If you remain as God created you, you must be strong, and light must be in you. He Who ensured your sinlessness must be the guarantee of strength and light as well. You are as God created you. Darkness cannot obscure the glory of the Son of God. You stand in light, strong in the sinlessness in which you were created, and in which you will remain throughout eternity.

Today we will again devote the first five minutes of each waking hour to the attempt to feel the truth in you. Begin these times of searching with these words:

I am as God created me. I am His Son eternally.

Now try to reach the Son of God in you. This is the Self Which never sinned, nor made an image to replace reality. This is the Self Which never left Its home in God, to walk the world uncertainly. This is the Self Which knows no fear, nor could conceive of loss or suffering or death. Nothing is required of you to reach this goal except to lay all idols and self‐images aside; go past the long list of attributes, both “good” and “bad,” you have ascribed to yourself; and wait in silent expectancy for the truth. God has Himself promised that it will be revealed to all who ask for it. You are asking now. You will not fail because He cannot fail.

If you do not meet the requirement of practicing for the first five minutes of every hour, at least remind yourself hourly:

I am as God created me. I am His Son eternally.

Tell yourself frequently today that you are as God created you. And be sure to respond to anyone who seems to irritate you with these words:

You are as God created You. You are His Son eternally.”

Make every effort to do the hourly exercises today. Each one you do will be a giant stride toward your release, and a milestone in learning the thought system which this course sets forth.

Lesson 94

93: Light and joy and peace abide in me

Lesson 93 “Light and joy and peace abide in me.”

You think you are the home of evil, darkness and sin. You think if anyone could see the truth about you he would be repelled, recoiling from you as if from a poisonous snake. You think if what is true about you were revealed to you, you would be struck with horror so intense that you would rush to death by your own hand, living on after seeing this being impossible.

These are beliefs so firmly fixed that it is difficult to help you see that they are based on nothing. That you have made mistakes is obvious. That you have sought salvation in strange ways; have been deceived, deceiving and afraid of foolish fantasies and savage dreams; and have bowed down to idols made of dust; all this is true by what you now believe.

Today we question this, not from the point of view of what you think, but from a very different reference point, from which such idle thoughts are meaningless. These thoughts are not according to Godʹs Will. These weird beliefs He does not share with you. This is enough to prove that they are wrong, but you do not perceive that this is so.

Why would you not be overjoyed to be assured that all the evil which you think you did was never done, that all your “sins” are nothing; that you are as pure and holy as you were created, and that light and joy and peace abide in you? Your image of yourself cannot withstand the Will of God. You think that this is death, but it is life. You think you are destroyed, but you are saved.

The self you made is not the Son of God. Therefore this self does not exist at all. And anything it seems to do and think means nothing. It is neither bad nor good. It is unreal, and nothing more than that. It does not battle with the Son of God. It does not hurt him, nor attack his peace. It has not changed creation, nor reduced eternal sinlessness to sin and love to hate. What power can this self you made possess, when it would contradict the Will of God?

Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God. Over and over this must be repeated until it is accepted. It is true. Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God. Nothing can touch it, nor can change what God created as eternal. The self you made, evil and full of sin, is meaningless. Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God, and light and joy and peace abide in you.

Salvation requires the acceptance of but one thought; you are as God created you, not what you made of yourself. Whatever evil you may think you did, you are as God created you. Whatever mistakes you made, the truth about you is unchanged. Creation is eternal and unalterable. Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God. You are and will forever be exactly as you were created. Light and joy and peace abide in you because God put them there.

In our longer exercise periods today, which would be most profitable if done for the first five minutes of every waking hour, we will begin by stating the truth about our creation:

Light and joy and peace abide in me. My sinlessness is guaranteed by God.

Then put away your foolish self‐images, and spend the rest of the practice period in trying to experience what God has given you, in place of what you have decreed for yourself.

You are what God created, or what you made. One Self is true; the other is not there. Try to experience the unity of your One Self. Try to appreciate Its holiness and the Love from Which It was created. Try not to interfere with the Self Which God created as you by hiding Its majesty behind the tiny idols of evil and sinfulness you have made to replace It. Let It come into Its own. Here you are; This is you. And light and joy and peace abide in you because this is so.

You may not be willing or even able to use the first five minutes of each hour for these exercises. Try, however, to do so when you can. At least remember to repeat these thoughts each hour:

Light and joy and peace abide in me. My sinlessness is guaranteed by God.

Then try to devote at least a minute or so to closing your eyes and realizing that this is a statement of the truth about you.

If a situation arises which seems to be disturbing, quickly dispel the illusion of fear by repeating these thoughts again. Should you be tempted to become angry with someone, tell him silently:

Light and joy and peace abide in you. Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God.”

You can do much for the worldʹs salvation today. You can do much today to bring you closer to the part in salvation which God has assigned to you. And you can do much today to bring the conviction to your mind that the idea for the day is true indeed.

Lesson 93

91: Miracles are seen in light

Lesson 91 “Miracles are seen in light.”

It is important to remember that miracles and vision necessarily go together. This needs repeating and frequent repeating. It is a central idea in your new thought system and the perception which it produces. The miracle is always there. Its presence is not caused by your vision; its absence is not the result of your failure to see. It is only your awareness of miracles that is affected. You will see it in the light; you will not see it in the dark.

To you, then, light is crucial. While you remain in darkness the miracle remains unseen. Thus you are convinced it is not there. This follows from the premises from which the darkness comes. Denial of light leads to failure to perceive it. Failure to perceive light is to perceive darkness. The light is useless to you then, even though it is there. You cannot use it because its presence is unknown to you. And the seeming reality of the darkness makes the idea of light meaningless.

To be told that what you do not see is there sounds like insanity. It is very difficult to become convinced that it is insanity not to see what is there, and to see what is not there instead. You do not doubt that the bodyʹs eyes can see. You do not doubt the images they show you are reality. Your faith lies in the darkness, not the light. How can this be reversed? For you it is impossible, but you are not alone in this.

Your efforts, however little they may be, have strong support. Did you but realize how great this strength, your doubts would vanish. Today we will devote ourselves to the attempt to let you feel this strength. When you have felt the strength in you, which makes all miracles within your easy reach, you will not doubt. The miracles your sense of weakness hides will leap into awareness as you feel the strength in you.

Three times today, set aside about 10 minutes for a quiet time in which you try to leave your weakness behind. This is accomplished very simply, as you instruct yourself that you are not a body. Faith goes to what you want, and you instruct your mind accordingly. Your will remains your teacher, and your will has all the strength to do whatever it desires. You can escape the body if you choose. You can experience the strength in you.

Begin the longer practice periods with this statement of true cause and effect relationships:

Miracles are seen in light. The bodyʹs eyes do not perceive the light. But I am not a body. What am I?”

The question with which this statement ends is needed for our exercises today. What you think you are is a belief to be undone. But what you really are must be revealed to you. The belief you are a body calls for correction, being a mistake. The truth of what you are calls on the strength in you to bring to your awareness what the mistake concealed.

If you are not a body, what are you? You need to be aware of what the Holy Spirit uses to replace the image of a body in your mind. You need to feel something to put your faith in, as you lift it from the body. You need a real experience of something else, something more solid and more sure; more worthy of your faith, and really there.

If you are not a body, what are you? Ask this in honesty, and then devote several minutes to allowing your mistaken thoughts about your attributes to be corrected, and their opposites to take their place. Say, for example:

I am not weak, but strong.”

I am not helpless, but all powerful.”

I am not limited, but unlimited.”

I am not doubtful, but certain.”

I am not an illusion, but a reality.”

I cannot see in darkness, but in light.”

In the second phase of the exercise period, try to experience these truths about yourself. Concentrate particularly on the experience of strength. Remember that all sense of weakness is associated with the belief you are a body, a belief that is mistaken and deserves no faith. Try to remove your faith from it, if only for a moment. You will become accustomed to keeping faith with the more worthy in you as we go along.

Relax for the rest of the practice period, confident that your efforts, however meager, are fully supported by the strength of God and all His Thoughts. It is from Them your strength will come. It is through Their strong support that you will feel the strength in you. They are united with you in this practice period, in which you share a purpose like Their own. Theirs is the light in which you will see miracles, because Their strength is yours. Their strength becomes your eyes, that you may see.

Five or six times an hour, at reasonably regular intervals, remind yourself that miracles are seen in light. Also, be sure to meet temptation with todayʹs idea. This form would be helpful for this special purpose:

Miracles are seen in light.

Let me not close my eyes because of this.”

Lesson 91

Lesson 88

Lesson 88 Today we will review these ideas: (75‐76)

75 “The light has come.”

In choosing salvation rather than attack I merely choose to recognize what is already there. Salvation is a decision made already. Attack and grievances are not there to choose. That is why I always choose between truth and illusion; between what is there and what is not. The light has come. I can but choose the light, for it has no alternative. It has replaced the darkness, and the dark is gone.

These would prove useful forms for specific applications of this idea:

This cannot show me darkness, for the light has come.”

The light in you is all that I would see, (name)

I would see in this only what is there.

76 “I am under no laws but God’s.

Here is the perfect statement of my freedom. I am under no laws but Godʹs. I am constantly tempted to make up other laws, and give them power over me. I suffer only because of my belief in them. They have no real effect on me at all. I am perfectly free of the effects of all laws save Godʹs. And His are the laws of freedom.

For specific forms in applying this idea, these would be useful:

My perception of this shows me I believe in laws which do not exist.”

I see only the laws of God at work in this.”

Let me allow Godʹs laws to work in this, and not my own.”

Lesson 88

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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

Lesson 84

Lesson 84 These are the ideas for todayʹs review: (67‐68)

67. “Love created me like Itself.”

I am in the likeness of my Creator. I cannot suffer, I cannot experience loss, and I cannot die. I am not a body. I would recognize my reality today. I will worship no idols, nor raise my own self‐concepts to replace my Self. I am in the likeness of my Creator. Love created me like Itself.

You might find these specific forms helpful in applying the idea:

Let me not see an illusion of myself in this.”

As I look on this, let me remember my Creator.

My Creator did not create this as I see it.”

68. “Love holds no grievances.”

Grievances are completely alien to love. Grievances attack love, and keep its light obscure. If I hold grievances I am attacking love, and therefore attacking my Self. My Self thus becomes alien to me. I am determined not to attack my Self today, so that I can remember who I am.

These specific forms for applying this idea would be helpful:

This is no justification for denying my Self.”

I will not use this to attack love.”

Let this not tempt me to attack myself.

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Lesson 83

Lesson 83 Today let us review these ideas: (65‐66)

65. “My only function is the one God gave me.”

I have no function but the one God gave me. This recognition releases me from all conflict, because it means I cannot have conflicting goals. With one purpose only, I am always certain what to do, what to say, and what to think. All doubt must disappear and I acknowledge that my only function is the one God gave me.

More specific applications of this idea might take these forms:

My perception of this does not change my function.”

This does not give me a function other than the one God gave me.”

Let me not use this to justify a function God did not give to me.”

66. “My happiness and my function are one.”

All things that come from God are one. They come from Oneness, and must be received as one. Fulfilling my function is my happiness because both come from the same Source. And I must learn to recognize what makes me happy if I would find happiness.

Some useful forms for specific applications of this idea are:

This cannot separate my happiness from my function.”

The oneness of my happiness and my function remains wholly unaffected by this.”

Nothing, including this, can justify the illusion of happiness apart from my function.”

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