God Goes With Me Wherever I Go

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Today’s idea will eventually overcome completely the sense of loneliness and abandonment all the separated ones experience. Depression is an inevitable consequence of separation. So are anxiety, worry, a deep sense of helplessness, misery, suffering and intense fear of loss.

The separated ones have invented many “cures” for what they believe to be “the ills of the world.” But the one thing they do not do is to question the reality of the problem. Yet its effects cannot be cured because the problem is not real. The idea for today has the power to end all this foolishness forever. And foolishness it is, despite the serious and tragic forms it may take.

In looking at the lesson for today, it is important to recognize that it is not offering you any justification for problems that you may be experiencing. It is not a solace to make you feel better without actively looking at the action of your mind. You are asked to look beyond the appearance of the problem and to look at the reality of the problem itself. The problem is not real. This recognition solves all problems in all of time. It is the awareness of what you are using your mind for, which is the action of making problems real, and then to redirect the mind to a new purpose and a knowing that all problems have been solved already in God.

Deep within you is everything that is perfect, ready to radiate through you and out into the world. It will cure all sorrow and pain and fear and loss because it will heal the mind that thought these things were real, and suffered out of its allegiance to them.

You can never be deprived of your perfect holiness because its Source goes with you wherever you go. You can never suffer because the Source of all joy goes with you wherever you go. You can never be alone because the Source of all life goes with you wherever you go. Nothing can destroy your peace of mind because God goes with you wherever you go.

This is the fact of the matter. You are perfect, healed and whole. If you are not experiencing this, you have forgotten that you are dreaming a dream. You can awaken. The workbook of A Course In Miracles offers you the opportunity every day, every instant, to remember who you truly are. You are as God created you. You are mind and pure mind. Open the Course anywhere and you are reminded that you are not a body, you are free.

We understand that you do not believe all this. How could you, when the truth is hidden deep within, under a heavy cloud of insane thoughts, dense and obscuring, yet representing all you see? Today we will make our first real attempt to get past this dark and heavy cloud, and to go through it to the light beyond.

Amazing. Do not underestimate the power of belief. What you believe you will make true for you. As long as you value thoughts of depression, of loss, of anxiety and worry, they will be true for you. But right next to them is the truth of you. Your complete dependence on God is what peace and joy is. And maybe it needs a little practice. So here it goes.

There will be only one long practice period today. In the morning, as soon as you get up if possible, sit quietly for some three to five minutes, with your eyes closed. At the beginning of the practice period, repeat today’s idea very slowly. Then make no effort to think of anything. Try, instead, to get a sense of turning inward, past all the idle thoughts of the world. Try to enter very deeply into your own mind, keeping it clear of any thoughts that might divert your attention.

From time to time, you may repeat the idea if you find it helpful. But most of all, try to sink down and inward, away from the world and all the foolish thoughts of the world. You are trying to reach past all these things. You are trying to leave appearances and approach reality.

Within  you is the answer. Within you is everything you have been looking for. And it is the last place you thought to look. Today allow your mind to go inward. Be honest with yourself. Ask yourself what you truly want. Because if you so choose, you can experience right now that God goes with you wherever you go.

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I Will Not Fear To Look Within Today

Today’s lesson is so great, because it directs you to your Self. It is the simple recognition that the truth is in you and that all your problems have already been solved. Because when you stand in this moment, when you look within and recognize your innocence, there is no past and there is no future. There is only right now. And in this moment, in this holy instant, you stand in the present memory of the Love of your Father.

Within me is eternal innocence, because it is God’s Will that it be there forever and forever. I, His Son, whose will is limitless as is His Own, can will no change in this. For to deny my Father’s Will is to deny my own. To look within is but to find my will as God created it, and as it is. I fear to look within because I think I made another will that is not true, and made it real. Yet it has no effects. Within me is the Holiness of God. Within me is the memory of Him.

The Workbook of A Course In Miracles, and the lessons contained in it, are always only directed to you and how you use your mind. The lessons are very practical. The first 50 lessons point to your seeing, your thinking, your understanding, your determination. These are all in you. And as you go within, and look without fear, you can see how you are using your mind and what you are using it for. And in that moment you can decide to change your mind, to apply it differently, and all the angels rush in to help you. Because you are never alone. Within you is the Holiness of God, within you is the Holy Spirit who helps you when you ask, within you is the perfect memory of God, with you walks Jesus who tells you that you are resurrected with Him. So go within today, look there with open eyes and remember your holiness and sinlessness as you were created by God.

The step I take today, my Father, is my sure release from idle dreams of sin. Your altar stands serene and undefiled. It is the holy altar to my Self, and there I find my true Identity.

Eternal Holiness Abides In Me

My holiness is far beyond my own ability to understand or know. Yet God, my Father, Who created it, acknowledges my holiness as His. Our Will, together, understands it. And Our Will, together, knows that it is so.

Today is a day of overwhelming gratitude.  The recognition that holiness goes far beyond your own understanding is an understatement, and when it hits you there are no words that can express what is happening to you. It is physical, emotional and completely uncontrollable. And when you look at your physical awakening it is good to know that it it absolutely natural and necessary. Look at it as Kundalini , a transformation on the physical, mental, emotional, psychic and spiritual level. It can look like anything, it is extremely personal because it is your undoing. A Course In Miracles works with your mind, and all the beliefs that you have had about yourself, about the world, about you as a body, are being undone. Sometimes this can feel uncomfortable, and it is good to remember that there is nothing to fear.

The presence of fear is a sure sign that you are trusting in your own strength. The awareness that there is nothing to fear shows that somewhere in your mind, not necessarily in a place which you recognize as yet, you have remembered God and let His Strength take the place of yours. The instant you are willing to do this there is indeed nothing to fear.

This is from lesson 48 There is nothing to fear and it was given you for a reason. Jesus knows that in your transformation you will be lead directly into fear. You will not be left there, but it is important for you to look directly at your beliefs and to let them go. This can cause some upheaval, but you are not alone in this. And this is where the gratitude comes in.

Father, my holiness is not of me. It is not mine to be destroyed by sin. It is not mine to suffer from attack. Illusions can obscure it, but can not put out its radiance, nor dim its light. It stands forever perfect and untouched. In it are all things healed, for they remain as You created them. And I can know my holiness. For Holiness Itself created me, and I can know my Source because it is Your Will that You be known.

So today, be grateful. Be gratitude. Don’t try to understand anything, simply be it. You are shown the whole universe is you, that wholeness and the peace of God are yours and that you can experience it right here and right now.

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.

Lesson 58

It is good to read the introduction to the review lessons again to remember what the purpose of these lessons are.

It is not necessary to cover the comments that follow each idea either literally or thoroughly in the practice periods.  Try, rather, to emphasize the central point, and think about it as part of your review of the idea to which it relates.

The central point in the lessons for today is your holiness.

My holiness envelops everything I see.
My holiness blesses the world.
There is nothing my holiness cannot do.
My holiness is my salvation.

Look at these lessons for a moment. They state the truth of what you really are. They resonate with the altar of God that is in you, no matter what you do or say. You are as God created you. This you can’t change. No matter how insane your mind becomes with meaningless chatter, your holiness remains untouched. No matter how much you want to believe that there are indeed other people outside of you that are separate from you, you can remember that your holiness envelops them. No matter how you get caught up in a story, you can experience that there is nothing your holiness can’t do. Your holiness is your salvation. It is the only thing that is not a two-edged sword. It can only bless. And in remembering this, you know with full certainty:

I am blessed as a Son of God.
Herein lies my claim to all good and only good. I am blessed as a Son of God. All good things are mine, because God intended them for me. I cannot suffer any loss or deprivation or pain because of Who I am. My Father supports me, protects me, and directs me in all things. His care for me is infinite, and is with me forever. I am eternally blessed as His Son.

God goes with me wherever I go

Today’s idea will eventually overcome completely the sense of loneliness and abandonment all the separated ones experience. Depression is an inevitable consequence of separation. So are anxiety, worry, a deep sense of helplessness, misery, suffering and intense fear of loss.

God goes with you wherever you go. You are never alone. Whatever problem seems to arise, you can give it to Him. This is a continuous practice. There is always the temptation to get lost in the world, to preoccupy your mind with senseless thoughts. Whenever you are afraid or concerned, you can call on God. He will answer.

Deep within you is everything that is perfect, ready to radiate through you and out into the world. It will cure all sorrow and pain and fear and loss because it will heal the mind that thought these things were real, and suffered out of its allegiance to them.

It’s an amazing recognition that everything you need is already in you. God goes with you wherever you go. And your natural inheritance is to extend, to give what you have been given, so you can recognize that you have received it.

You can never be deprived of your perfect holiness because its Source goes with you wherever you go. You can never suffer because the Source of all joy goes with you wherever you go. You can never be alone because the Source of all life goes with you wherever you go. Nothing can destroy your peace of mind because God goes with you wherever you go.

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.

There is nothing my holiness cannot do

The lesson for today states the infinite possibilities of your holiness. You are unlimited, free in God, unbound by anyone or anything.

Your holiness reverses all the laws of the world. It is beyond every restriction of time, space, distance and limits of any kind. Your holiness is totally unlimited in its power because it establishes you as a Son of God, at one with the Mind of his Creator.

Read this and feel the peace of God in you. You are safe, you are taken care of. This has nothing to do with your identity in the world, nothing to do with your body. You are mind and pure mind, you are one with God. You can travel out into the universe right now, because you are unlimited.

Through your holiness the power of God is made manifest. Through your holiness the power of God is made available.  And there is nothing the power of God cannot do. Your holiness, then, can remove all pain, can end all sorrow, and can solve all problems. It can do so in connection with yourself and with anyone else. It is equal in its power to help anyone because it is equal in its power to save anyone.

Today is a day of stillness, the quiet recognition of the power of God in you. This is your holiness. This is what you are. You are unlimited, complete and healed and whole, and everything is healed through your recognition of your holiness. It is not limited by time and space, your holiness affects you and everyone you meet or even think of.

If you are holy, so is everything God created.  You are holy because all things He created are holy. And all things He created are holy because you are. In today’s exercises, we will apply the power of your holiness to all problems, difficulties or suffering in any form that you happen to think of, in yourself or in someone else. We will make no distinctions because there are no distinctions.

Practice today’s idea because your salvation lies in it. This is simply the recognition of the power of your mind, which has been so long underestimated by you. Fortunately time is not real and there is only here and now. In this moment you can recognize your holiness, in this moment you can remember that there is nothing that your holiness cannot do. Apply today’s lesson and watch things shift in you and around you. They are all connected. Nothing is static, unless you keep it static in your own mind. Every problem will simply disappear in the nothingness that it is, every thought of pain is effortlessly replaced with a thought of joy. You are as God created you, you are unlimited, and today you recognize this.

There is nothing my holiness cannot do.

My holiness blesses the world

This idea contains the first glimmerings of your true function in the world, or why you are here. Your purpose is to see the world through your own holiness. Thus are you and the world blessed together. No one loses; nothing is taken away from anyone; everyone gains through your holy vision. It signifies the end of sacrifice because it offers everyone his full due.  And he is entitled to everything because it is his birthright as a Son of God.

Through your vision, through your turning your will and your life over to God, everyone is blessed. That is an amazing thing. It is the only thing that is not a two-edged sword. Everything in the world that pleases you can hurt you, what you love you can lose, what you like you hate the next moment, there is nothing in the world that is whole. But vision, which is of God, is total and complete, it offers everything to everyone. It is not of this world at all.

Your holiness is the salvation of the world. It lets you teach the world that it is one with you, not by preaching to it, not by telling it anything, but merely by your quiet recognition that in your holiness are all things blessed along with you.

It doesn’t take any effort, no doing whatsoever, simply by being, by accepting the atonement for yourself, your holiness blesses everything and is what salvation is. This is not through words, but through the action of your mind. That is the power of your mind. It takes no time, no effort, no doing. It merely is.

My holiness blesses this chair
My holiness blesses that window
My holiness blesses this body.

My holiness blesses you.

This is all you have to practice for today. Simply say it, think it, be it. It is who you are and who you have always been.

My holiness blesses the world.

My holiness envelops everything I see

Today’s idea extends the idea for yesterday from the perceiver to the perceived. You are holy because your mind is part of God’s. And because you are holy, your sight must be holy as well. “Sinless” means without sin. You cannot be without sin a little. You are sinless or not. If your mind is part of God’s you must be sinless, or a part of His Mind would be sinful.  Your sight is related to His Holiness, not to your ego, and therefore not to your body.

Vision is not related to the body, has nothing to do with the body’s eyes, because it comes from God. Your sight is related to His Holiness and has nothing to do with you as you see yourself within an identity. Today is the day to let go of the idea that seeing has to do with the body’s eyes. These eyes do not see anything. They are only used to connect the past to the present, and so you do not see at all. Vision has nothing to do with time. Vision only sees things right now and right here, as they truly are. It’s revelatory. All things are revealed to you when you empty your mind of every thought, every idea you believe is true, every memory or anticipation. Point to your forehead and say, ‘Empty’. That’s a good start. Now let all things be revealed to you anew.

My holiness envelops that rug.
My holiness envelops that wall.
My holiness envelops these fingers.
My holiness envelops that chair.
My holiness envelops that body.
My holiness envelops this pen.

Your holiness, given you by God, envelops everything you see. It envelops every thing and every body, big or small, animate or inanimate. This revelation changes everything. Now you are seeing things as they are, because you remember who you are. You are holy, very holy, because your mind is part of God’s. And your holiness envelops everything you see. Remember it today, repeat it to yourself. Take a moment in your busy day and spend it with God. This is your natural state, you are one with your Creator, and He has everything to show you.