Today’s idea holds the key to what your real thoughts are. They are nothing that you think you think, just as nothing that you think you see is related to vision in any way. There is no relationship between what is real and what you think is real. Nothing that you think are your real thoughts resemble your real thoughts in any respect. Nothing that you think you see bears any resemblance to what vision will show you.
The lessons in the Workbook are directing your mind to where your real thoughts are. Your real thoughts are the thoughts you think with God. This has nothing to do with the many thoughts that are swirling in your mind about the world, people, situations and yourself. The thoughts of God are not connected in any way to the world you think you see.
You think with the Mind of God. Therefore you share your thoughts with Him, as He shares His with you. They are the same thoughts, because they are thought by the same Mind. To share is to make alike, or to make one. Nor do the thoughts you think with the Mind of God leave your mind, because thoughts do not leave their source. Therefore, your thoughts are in the Mind of God, as you are. They are in your mind as well, where He is. As you are part of His Mind, so are your thoughts part of His Mind.
As you practice going inward to the light in you, you experience the peace that comes from defenselessness. Every lesson in the workbook is a thought of God, a divine idea, that inspires you and actively places you in the place where you know perfectly well who you are. From there, connected thoughts come to your mind, divine words that are yours. And you extend the truth of who you are.
Our three five-minute practice periods for today will take the same general form that we used in applying yesterday’s idea. We will attempt to leave the unreal and seek for the real. We will deny the world in favor of truth. We will not let the thoughts of the world hold us back. We will not let the beliefs of the world tell us that what God would have us do is impossible. Instead, we will try to recognize that only what God would have us do is possible.
We will also try to understand that only what God would have us do is what we want to do. And we will also try to remember that we cannot fail in doing what He would have us do. There is every reason to feel confident that we will succeed today. It is the Will of God.
When you put your mind to this, you cannot fail. Try it. For one moment trust the offering of this Course and follow the instructions given you. The peace of God is in you, the love of God is what you are. You were created in His likeness. This is the truth.
Under all the senseless thoughts and mad ideas with which you have cluttered up your mind are the thoughts that you thought with God in the beginning. They are there in your mind now, completely unchanged. They will always be in your mind, exactly as they always were. Everything you have thought since then will change, but the Foundation on which it rests is wholly changeless.
It is this Foundation toward which the exercises for today are directed. Here is your mind joined with the Mind of God. Here are your thoughts one with His. For this kind of practice only one thing is necessary; approach it as you would an altar dedicated in Heaven to God the Father and to God the Son. For such is the place you are trying to reach. You will probably be unable as yet to realize how high you are trying to go. Yet even with the little understanding you have already gained, you should be able to remind yourself that this is no idle game, but an exercise in holiness and an attempt to reach the Kingdom of Heaven.
It is a divine purpose you have today. And it is completely between you and God. Don’t let your world tell you who you are. Trust the experience that is happening in you. It is real. And those who recognize you will come to you, to stand with you for a little while. No words are necessary. It is a quiet recognition. You are the light of the world. God is the light in which you see. God is the mind with which you think.