All temptation is nothing more than some form of the basic temptation not to believe the idea for today. Salvation seems to come from anywhere except from you. So, too, does the source of guilt. You see neither guilt nor salvation as in your own mind and nowhere else. When you realize that all guilt is solely an invention of your mind, you also realize that guilt and salvation must be in the same place. In understanding this you are saved.
Today you are directed to the power of your mind. It’s a tricky thing, because using the power of your mind does not mean that you use magic to change the form of the world you are dreaming into one you like. Recognizing the power of your mind means that you recognize causation. Guilt and salvation are both in your mind, the problem and the answer are both in your mind. In understanding this, time and space collapse completely.
The seeming cost of accepting today’s idea is this: It means that nothing outside yourself can save you; nothing outside yourself can give you peace. But it also means that nothing outside yourself can hurt you, or disturb your peace or upset you in any way. Today’s idea places you in charge of the universe, where you belong because of what you are. This is not a role that can be partially accepted. And you must surely begin to see that accepting it is salvation.
Today’s idea is true in every way. You can’t be saved by something outside of you, you can’t be hurt by something outside of you. The first one you like, the second one you find hard to believe. You have overlearned the idea that there are things outside of you, and that the emotions that ensue from actions and situations are not caused by you. You have forgotten the power of your mind. You are the dreamer of the dream. You are the cause.
It may not, however, be clear to you why the recognition that guilt is in your own mind entails the realization that salvation is there as well. God would not have put the remedy for the sickness where it cannot help. That is the way your mind has worked, but hardly His. He wants you to be healed, so He has kept the Source of healing where the need for healing lies.
You have tried to do just the opposite, making every attempt, however distorted and fantastic it might be, to separate healing from the sickness for which it was intended, and thus keep the sickness. Your purpose was to ensure that healing did not occur. God’s purpose was to ensure that it did.
Looking at this, you may begin to realize that how you have been dealing with your body may not be the way to go. The remedies you use to cure any sickness you perceive, actually do not heal, they simply deal with the symptoms. This doesn’t mean that you won’t use any remedy, but it does mean that you look inside your mind and ask yourself if you want healing. Letting go of sickness, you have to look at the value and importance that you give to the idea of sickness itself. The fear that comes with it, the inevitable outcome of death always looking over your shoulder. The belief that you are a body is powerful indeed, it has been overlearned.
Perhaps there is another way of looking at this. Perhaps there is a God that is all loving, Perhaps you are not a body. Perhaps… there is a solution in your mind, waiting for you to find it. This is what is offered you today. It goes far beyond any idea you can conceive of. This is the fun part.
Today we practice realizing that God’s Will and ours are really the same in this. God wants us to be healed, and we do not really want to be sick, because it makes us unhappy. Therefore, in accepting the idea for today, we are really in agreement with God. He does not want us to be sick. Neither do we. He wants us to be healed. So do we.
Begin these practice periods by repeating the idea for today, adding a statement signifying your recognition that salvation comes from nothing outside of you. You might put it this way:
My salvation comes from me. It cannot come from anywhere else.
Then devote a few minutes, with your eyes closed, to reviewing some of the external places where you have looked for salvation in the past;–in other people, in possessions, in various situations and events, and in self-concepts that you sought to make real. Recognize that it is not there, and tell yourself:
My salvation cannot come from any of these things.
My salvation comes from me and only from me.
Now we will try again to reach the light in you, which is where your salvation is. You cannot find it in the clouds that surround the light, and it is in them you have been looking for it. It is not there. It is past the clouds and in the light beyond. Remember that you will have to go through the clouds before you can reach the light. But remember also that you have never found anything in the cloud patterns you imagined that endured, or that you wanted.
There is a light available to you that is of God. It has nothing to do with this world. A dear friend once reminded me of this, “All you have to do is let the light in.” It is really that simple. This may be a moment of fear, but remember that God is Love. Take a deep breath, let it all go. The light will find you of itself. And if you find it difficult to let this light in, repeat the lesson for today. Experience the help that is given you.
Since all illusions of salvation have failed you, surely you do not want to remain in the clouds, looking vainly for idols there, when you could so easily walk on into the light of real salvation. Try to pass the clouds by whatever means appeals to you. If it helps you, think of me holding your hand and leading you. And I assure you this will be no idle fantasy.
This is Jesus speaking to you. He is walking with you. He is not some figure from an old book, idolized and admired, that resurrected and disappeared, leaving you behind. He is with you now. He is reminding you that His resurrection is your resurrection. He is inviting you to walk with Him, to remember. He loves you with a never-ending love. This is a real experience. Let Him help you walk through the clouds. You do not walk alone. All the help is given you, and it is given you right now.