I Am As God Created Me

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Today’s lesson is essential in the workbook of A Course In Miracles. There are 3 lessons with the same title:

Lesson 94 ~ I am as God created me.
Lesson 100 ~ I am as God created me.
Lesson 162 ~ I am as God created me.

After that come the reviews, so you can say that this is an important lesson. You may, in fact, say it is the most important lesson. It offers you the remembering of who you truly are. It is the essence of you.

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 that this world ever held are wiped away forever by this one idea. Here is salvation accomplished. Here is sanity restored.

You may read this and wonder how the sounds of this world can be still, how the sights of this world disappear, and how all thoughts are wiped away. In the text Jesus tells you something of the same order: the body should not feel at all. How is this possible? Certainly it is not of your doing, since you believe you are a body in a world. You trust your ears and eyes implicitly, even though they have been faulty witnesses. You rely on them for your judgments, to keep  separation from everyone and everything in place. Jesus has asked you why you keep trusting your judgements, when you have been proven wrong so often. And then there are times when you have been mistaken, and you were completely unaware how wrong you actually were. It is like you are stuck in a bubble, and you can’t see past it. Today’s lesson offers you a way out.

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 God’s Son. 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 that never sinned, nor made an image to replace reality. This is the Self that never left Its home in God to walk the world uncertainly. This is the Self that knows no fear, nor could conceive of loss or suffering or death.

Make no mistake about it, this is not a doing but an undoing. It is not hard to reach God, it doesn’t take great effort. It  is not a long, hard road upward that you walk with bleeding feet, exhausted when you reach your goal. It is a letting go, a stepping back.

Nothing is required of you to reach this goal except to lay all idols and self-images aside; go past the 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 cannot fail because He cannot fail.

Ask and you shall receive. It can’t be any simpler. You can practice this lesson wherever you are, whenever you are. In the midst of chaos, you can still your mind. At work, at play, driving, singing, dancing. The truth will reveal itself to you effortlessly and fill you with light and peace and joy.

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.

You simply let it all go, because you want to experience the truth. No trivial upset is worth disrupting your peace of mind. It always comes down to a simple question ‘Do you want to be right or do you want to be happy?’ Let it all go today. Let it all be God. What is offered you is so much more than you can imagine. And when you experience it, you will realize that you want it above all else.

I Will There Be Light

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Looking at today’s lesson, there is a word that stands out: will. I will there be light. It doesn’t say I want there be light, it is far more powerful than that. To say I will there be light is an expression of the will you share with God, it is an acknowledgement of the power of your mind. Look at it for a moment, the words are chosen carefully and purposefully.

Today we are considering the will you share with God. This is not the same as the ego’s idle wishes, out of which darkness and nothingness arise. The will you share with God has all the power of creation in it. The ego’s 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.

Will. Power. Creation. As you let the words sink in, it starts to dawn on you that you may not be the little persona that you have endowed yourself with. You look around you and see how meaningless everything is, as you experience the magnitude of the power that is in our own mind. This is a real experience. It has nothing to do with a situation, a person, a circumstance, it is simply the recognition of your Self as you were created by God.

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 ego’s need for grievances, which are necessary to maintain it, peoples it with figures that seem to attack you and call for “righteous” judgment. These figures become the middlemen the ego employs to traffic in grievances. They stand between your awareness and your brothers’ reality. Beholding them, you do not know your brothers or 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?

Bartering… the idea of this and that, and the belief in exchange. If you believe truth and illusions can co-exist, you will think you go from one to the other, trying to decide for yourself which one is which, but never completely letting go. There is a place in you that goes beyond judgment altogether, beyond grievances, a place where you experience the truth of you. It is like a breath of fresh air, as you drop the burden of  anger, judgment, grievances and pain. This has nothing to do with intellect, because it has nothing to do with information gathered in the past on which you base your future. It is always only here and now, completely beyond the form, beyond time and space, beyond the body.

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 ego’s 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 passed, 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?

These are real questions, answer them within your own mind. What do you want? The choice is yours. But there is no compromise between truth and illusion. Truth is a total commitment, as you leave all illusions behind. Forgiveness is a total commitment, since it does you no good to forgive some things, but hold on to others. All illusions are equally binding, and they tie you to the world you see, the world of pain, sickness and death. But you can let it go.

We will succeed today if you remember that you want salvation for yourself. You want to accept God’s 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 that stands powerless before your will. Your will is free, and nothing can prevail against it.

Decide for truth and everything falls into place. You don’t need to know how, you simply do the little that is asked of you. Jesus gives you very specific instructions today, all you have to do is follow them. Then… of that we can’t speak. Truly. Because it is an experience and it is between you and God.

I will there be light. Let me behold the light that reflects God’s Will and mine.

I will there be light. Darkness is not my will.

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Love Created Me Like Itself

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Today’s idea is a complete and accurate statement of what you are. This is why you are the light of the world. This is why God appointed you as the world’s savior. This is why the Son of God looks to you for his salvation. He is saved by what you are. We will make every effort today to reach this truth about you, and to realize fully, if only for a moment, that it is the truth.

The workbook in A Course In Miracles keeps telling you think about the lesson of the day, to let related thoughts come to you. This is because the mind is always active. You are thinking all the time. In fact, the moment of stillness, the collapse into the black hole of your mind, is your greatest fear. Because when you quiet your mind, you will remember God. And even though you tell yourself that you are not afraid of God, the very fact that you keep filling your mind with meaningless thoughts and you keep yourself busy with things that are entirely unimportant, actively shows how afraid you really are to be still, to let the light in, to remember your Creator and your Self.

In the longer practice period, we will think about your reality and its wholly unchanged and unchangeable nature. We will begin by repeating this truth about you, and then spend a few minutes adding some relevant thoughts, such as:

Holiness created me holy.

Kindness created me kind.

Helpfulness created me helpful.

Perfection created me perfect.

As you practice this lesson and say the words, you experience that holiness, kindness, helpfulness, perfection and love are revealed to you as you step back and let the words be exactly what they are. You are not asked to fill in the blanks. This is not a doing, it is an undoing. Your idea of holiness has nothing to do with holiness. The same goes for kindness and helpfulness. What you deem to be kind and helpful enables the idea of sickness and death. Your idea about perfection is merely arrogance. Once you realize you do not know, you can be shown who you truly are. It is given. It is a remembering not of your doing. Only application of the lesson is required, and you simply receive the gifts of God.

Any attribute which is in accord with God as He defines Himself is appropriate for use. We are trying today to undo your definition of God and replace it with His Own. We are also trying to emphasize that you are part of His definition of Himself.

After you have gone over several such related thoughts, try to let all thoughts drop away for a brief preparatory interval, and then try to reach past all your images and preconceptions about yourself to the truth in you. If love created you like itself, this Self must be in you. And somewhere in your mind It is there for you to find.

You let all thoughts drop away for an instant, and on that clean slate your true Identity is written for you. It can’t be found among the senseless thoughts with which you preoccupy your mind. It is found in the space between your thoughts; in the quiet, the stillness, the willingness to receive.

You may find it necessary to repeat the idea for today from time to time to replace distracting thoughts. You may also find that this is not sufficient, and that you need to continue adding other thoughts related to the truth about yourself. Yet perhaps you will succeed in going past that, and through the interval of thoughtlessness to the awareness of a blazing light in which you recognize yourself as love created you. Be confident that you will do much today to bring that awareness nearer, whether you feel you have succeeded or not.

Love created me like itself. This is the thought that saves you today. It is the inspiration for true thoughts, for thoughts of God. It offers you the awareness of a blazing light that you have been searching for since the beginning of time. The mind training of A Course In Miracles offers you a remembering of yourself as God created you. It is that simple. And you can’t fail. With the help of God beside you, how could you fail? Try not to measure if you are succeeding, but realize that your limited ideas about yourself can’t possibly help you to remember your magnitude in God. Don’t look outside of yourself for verification of any kind, simply let God be. Love created you like itself. This is the truth.

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. My 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?

The lessons now are such beautiful prayers, they immediately lift you out of every trial and tribulation. The recognition that you made an image of yourself is the recognition that you have believed that you were separate from God, and from that idea sprung the whole world you see.

The world you see has nothing to do with reality. It is of your own making, and it does not exist.

This is directly from lesson 14 in A Course In Miracles, so very early on Jesus directs you to the fact that you are dreaming and that you can awaken. Nothing in reality was affected by your mistake about your self and about the world. Creation is as it always was. Truth is true and nothing else is true. Thank God for that, because if you could change truth you would be lost forever. Instead, your holiness remains untouched by anything that you have made up and you are secure in the Love of God. And from this prayer, which directs you to your holiness and your reality as created by God, you step out into the world and give your love and light away. This happens purely by your recognition of Who you are, through your extension of the Love of God. It’s not necessarily in words, though it may be, it doesn’t have anything to do with the body, although it may happen through a smile or touch, it happens simply by being Who you are: as God created you. It’s undefined, it happens here and now, and it is miraculous.

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.

I have no neutral thoughts

These lessons are absolute lifesavers, and they are so easy to apply. Whenever you feel your mind wander into thoughts, going down a path that leads nowhere, you simply remember the lesson for today.

I have no neutral thoughts.

Everything you see is the result of your thoughts. There is no exception to this fact. Thoughts are not big or little; powerful or weak. They are merely true or false. Those that are true create their own likeness. Those that are false make theirs.

It is amazing how everything is given you. I was reading the Urtext and it is mind blowing to see how Jesus literally addresses everything that is happening, even to the seeming littlest things: a meeting, a phone conversation, a thought. And He will say: you only have to ask me first. It is really that simple. Every moment of every day you can ask for help, every moment of every day you can apply the lesson of the workbook. It’s all used, it’s all integrated, and it is indeed a mind training. The undoing of your mind as you use it now.

There is no more self-contradictory concept than that of “idle thoughts.” What gives rise to the perception of a whole world can hardly be called idle. Every thought you have contributes to truth or to illusion; either it extends the truth or it multiplies illusions. You can indeed multiply nothing, but you will not extend it by doing so.

Talk about a wake-up call… Every thought you have contributes to truth or illusion. That brings the responsibility right back to you. What decision are you making right now? What thought are you having? This does take vigilance. Watch your mind wander and say:

This thought about ___ is not a neutral thought.
That thought about ___ is not a neutral thought.

This is the key to salvation. You recognize that every thought you have brings either peace or war; either love or fear. A neutral result is impossible because a neutral thought is impossible. Now it get’s intense, now it gets exciting. You realize that you need help every moment, with every thought you have. As much as you want salvation, as much as you want to awaken, you can’t do it yourself. You can only take the first step, show the little willingness, the rest is up to God. You still think you can decide, you still think you can make up the rules for you transformation, it is not so. It is simply the following of instructions: do the lesson. When you are asked to go somewhere, you do it and you make sure that you are on time. You show your brother courtesy. Freedom is not in doing your own will. Freedom is in following directions, listening to One Who Knows, freedom is of the mind and has nothing to do with circumstances. Today’s lesson offers you absolute freedom in the undoing of your thought system.You have no neutral thoughts. You recognize the power of your mind and you take responsibility for it. Now you are in an awakening experience.