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.