My holiness is my salvation

If guilt is hell, what is its opposite? Like the text for which this workbook was written, the ideas used for the exercises are very simple, very clear and totally unambiguous. We are not concerned with intellectual feats nor logical toys. We are dealing only in the very obvious, which has been overlooked in the clouds of complexity in which you think you think.

Jesus makes it very clear to you in A Course In Miracles that your understanding is not required. Anything you offer in the idea that it is helpful, actually hampers you in reality. You, as you see yourself within a body and an identity in space and time, can bring nothing to the totality that is God. God is whole in and of Himself, and you are created in His likeness. Your holiness remains untouched by any intellectual feats or logical toys. It is time to put your toys away. The message of this course is very simple, and the application of the workbook lesson has no complexity whatsoever. Simply do as you are told. You get out of the way, ask for help, and follow instructions. It is really that simple.

Your holiness is the answer to every question that was ever asked, is being asked now, or will be asked in the future.
Your holiness means the end of guilt, and therefore the end of hell.
Your holiness is the salvation of the world, and your own.

How could you to whom your holiness belongs be excluded from it? God does not know unholiness.
Can it be He does not know His Son?

This lesson is incredible, every sentence is immaculate and an immediate confrontation. I am grateful that this morning I was offered a beautiful example of pure dedication and willingness. This lesson does work. Immerse yourself in it, trust it, follow instructions, do as you are told, and you will get the immediate result that is not of this world. You can see it as a weapon, given you by God, to use when thoughts of anger and depression arise.

My unloving thoughts about ___ are keeping me in hell
My holiness is my salvation.

This is just about you, not anybody else, because there isn’t anybody else. Only your thoughts affect you. You wouldn’t be affected by figures in a dream if you knew that you were dreaming. They can be as vicious as they may, they could have no effect on you unless you failed to realize that this is your world. Your inner world is the cause of your perception of the outer world. Only your thoughts affect you, and today you have been given the key to your salvation and the salvation of the world.

My holiness is my salvation.

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I am determined to see things differently

In the lesson for today Jesus asks you to use the emotion that you are feeling and He focuses on one on particular: anger.

In the practice periods, begin by repeating the idea to yourself. Then close your eyes and search your mind carefully for situations past, present or anticipated that arouse anger in you. The anger may take the form of any reaction ranging from mild irritation to rage. The degree of the emotion you experience does not matter. You will become increasingly aware that a slight twinge of annoyance is nothing but a veil drawn over intense fury.

The fact is that the application of the workbook, practicing the lesson for the day every day, increases the frequency of light in you. This frequency you may identify as something that has nothing to do with the actual experience; you may identify it as anger. It can feel like the pressure is building up in you and looking for a release. You will look for anything or anyone to leash out at. Now is the time for the practice of the lesson. Now is the time to let all your ideas, all your assumptions, be undone in you. Now is the time for defenselessness.

Try, therefore, not to let the “little” thoughts of anger escape you in the practice periods. Remember that you do not really recognize what arouses anger in you, and nothing that you believe in this connection means anything. You will probably be tempted to dwell more on some situations or persons than on others, on the fallacious grounds that they are more “obvious.” This is not so. It is merely an example of the belief that some forms of attack are more justified than others.

I am determined to see ___ [name of person] differently.
I am determined to see ___ [specify the situation] differently.

Keep in mind that you really do not know anything. This is not an attack, but simply the fact of the matter. As you are using your mind you can’t know anything, because you are trying to dissociate yourself from your Creator. This world is a dream, you are looking at dream figures that are reflections of your mind. They don’t mean anything. It does take a practice, for a moment. And Jesus tells you in A Course In Miracles, “If you forget, try again.” Don’t hold the past against yourself, let go of your mistake. This is a brand new moment in which you are reborn. Practice the lesson anew and let it reveal itself to you anew.

I am determined to see things differently.

Today I learn the law of love; that what I give my brother is my gift to me

This is Your law, my Father, not my own. I have not understood what giving means, and thought to save what I desired for myself alone. And as I looked upon the treasure that I thought I had, I found an empty place where nothing ever was or is or will be. Who can share a dream? And what can an illusion offer me? Yet he whom I forgive will give me gifts beyond the worth of anything on earth. Let my forgiven brothers fill my store with Heaven’s treasures, which alone are real. Thus is the law of love fulfilled. And thus Your Son arises and returns to You.

How near we are to one another, as we go to God How near is He to us. How close the ending of the dream of sin, and the redemption of the Son of God.

It’s really an eye-opening experience when you recognize that everything you do, every thought you have, affects everyone and everything. That all things are connected and are one. There is no such thing as a private thought, there is no such thing as you apart from everything else, there is no such thing as you wandering alone in a world of chaos.

The human mind-set is one of separation. It is the fixed belief that you are alone, with no connection to people around you unless you specifically single someone out for friendship or relationship. You pick and choose who you want to connect with, and you avoid anything that disrupts your idea about yourself. It is painful. You are alone in all the universe. And you inevitably come to a point where this pain becomes unbearable. This is where you turn to God, this is where you ask for help.

Your salvation lies in the fact that you are one with everything, whether you recognize it or not. All things are connected and they are connected in you. This is how God created you. Not as the person that you think you are, that which you call ego with a name, but as pure mind at one with God, created in His likeness. You recognize this oneness through service to your brother, by giving to whomever you meet. Someone is suddenly made glad by the simplest offering you make and you instantly recognize this joy and feel it in you. This is a real experience. Now you know that nothing is outside of you. Now you are awake.

I am affected only by my thoughts

The lesson for today is amazing, incredible. It is your way out. In all the stories that you have told yourself, all the different scenarios in which you operate, it is good news to hear that you are always only affected by your thoughts.

It needs but this to let salvation come to all the world. For in this single thought is everyone released at last from fear. Now has he learned that no one frightens him, and nothing can endanger him. He has no enemies, and he is safe from all external things. His thoughts can frighten him, but since these thoughts belong to him alone, he has the power to change them and exchange each fear thought for a happy thought of love. He crucified himself. Yet God has planned that His beloved Son will be redeemed.

It is so easy to gloss over this lesson, to see it as just a lovely concept but with no reality. But it is a fact that every moment you are affected by what you think. As much as you want to blame the guy out there for what you feel, the only thing you have any real control over is what you are doing in your mind. It has nothing to do with anybody else. A thought about something is as powerful as the actual happening.  Thinking you have lost someone or something evokes an emotion, whether it is actually happening or not. You are in a dream and you see what you believe and you believe in what you see. But it is always only your thoughts that affect you and you can change your mind about yourself and the world you see. You can turn your will and your life over to God this instant, and everything will change accordingly. It is really that simple.

Your plan is sure, my Father,–only Yours. All other plans will fail. And I will have thoughts that will frighten me, until I learn that You have given me the only Thought that leads me to salvation. Mine alone will fail, and lead me nowhere. But the Thought You gave me promises to lead me home, because it holds Your promise to Your Son.