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.

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My Sight Goes Forth To Look Upon Christ’s Face

I ask Your blessing on my sight today. It is the means which You have chosen to become the way to show me my mistakes, and look beyond them. It is given me to find a new perception through the Guide You gave to me, and through His lessons to surpass perception and return to truth. I ask for the illusion which transcends all those I made. Today I choose to see a world forgiven, in which everyone shows me the face of Christ, and teaches me that what I look upon belongs to me; that nothing is, except Your holy Son.

It is interesting that in today’s lesson you ask for the illusion that transcends all the ones that you have made. In A Course In Miracles Jesus makes reference to the real world and to real perception, but He also makes it clear that this is only the beginning. It is through your willingness to see things differently that your fear of God is seen exactly for what it is and you open your mind for the final step that is taken by God.

The real world is a symbol, like the rest of what perception offers. Yet it stands for what is opposite to what you made. Your world is seen through eyes of fear, and brings the witnesses of terror to your mind. The real world cannot be perceived except through eyes forgiveness blesses, so they see a world where terror is impossible, and witnesses to fear can not be found.

The real world holds a counterpart for each unhappy thought reflected in your world; a sure correction for the sights of fear and sounds of battle which your world contains. The real world shows a world seen differently, through quiet eyes and with a mind at peace. Nothing but rest is there. There are no cries of pain and sorrow heard, for nothing here remains outside forgiveness. And the sights are gentle. Only happy sights and sounds can reach the mind that has forgiven itself.

What need has such a mind for thoughts of death, attack and murder? What can it perceive surrounding it but safety, love and joy? What is there it would choose to be condemned, and what is there that it would judge against? The world it sees arises from a mind at peace within itself. No danger lurks in anything it sees, for it is kind and only kindness does it look upon.

The real world is the symbol that the dream of sin and guilt is over, and God’s Son no longer sleeps. His waking eyes perceive the sure reflection of his Father’s Love; the certain promise that he is redeemed. The real world signifies the end of time, for its perception makes time purposeless.

The Holy Spirit has no need of time when it has served His purpose. Now He waits but that one instant more for God to take His final step, and time has disappeared, taking perception with it as it goes, and leaving but the Truth to be Itself. That instant is our goal, for it contains the memory of God. And as we look upon a world forgiven, it is He Who calls to us and comes to take us home, reminding us of our Identity Which our forgiveness has restored to us.

Perception is now a tool that the Holy Spirit can use for your awakening, for your remembering of the truth about yourself. It is not of your own doing. Your willingness to apply the lesson today opens a door for the Holy Spirit to enter and use everything for the purpose of salvation. You can see things differently, and in that experience you go beyond this world altogether and you see it for what it is. The world you see is but an illusion, but it is given you to go beyond the illusion and experience the truth.

Today our sight is blessed indeed. We share one vision, as we look upon the face of Him Whose Self is ours. We are one because of Him Who is the Son of God; of Him Who is our own Identity.

I am sustained by the Love of God

Here is the answer to every problem that will confront you, today and tomorrow and throughout time. In this world, you believe you are sustained by everything but God. Your faith is placed in the most trivial and insane symbols; pills, money, “protective” clothing, influence, prestige, being liked, knowing the “right” people, and an endless list of forms of nothingness that you endow with magical powers.

All these things are your replacements for the Love of God. All these things are cherished to ensure a body identification. They are songs of praise to the ego. Do not put your faith in the worthless. It will not sustain you.

Today’s lesson shows you everything you do to make yourself comfortable. You only have to read the 3rd sentence and you know that this is exactly what you do. There is at least one thing in this sentence that you recognize as something you do to make yourself comfortable, but the fact is that you use them all. It is a habit. You feel bad, you take a pill. You open your wallet and see the money that you have and for one moment you feel that you are taken care of, or maybe it is a source of great discomfort because you believe that only money can help you but you never have enough. And of course you use everything around you to feel good or bad about yourself. It is really the same thing.

Only the Love of God will protect you in all circumstances. It will lift you out of every trial, and raise you high above all the perceived dangers of this world into a climate of perfect peace and safety. It will transport you into a state of mind that nothing can threaten, nothing can disturb, and where nothing can intrude upon the eternal calm of the Son of God.

The Love of God will transport you, it will lift you, it will raise you. Notice how this takes no doing on your part, it is done for you. What is required? A little faith, a little willingness. The Love of God is in you, it is not hard to find.

For ten minutes, twice today, morning and evening, let the idea for today sink deep into your consciousness. Repeat it, think about it, let related thoughts come to help you recognize its truth, and allow peace to flow over you like a blanket of protection and surety. Let no idle and foolish thoughts enter to disturb the holy mind of the Son of God. Such is the Kingdom of Heaven. Such is the resting place where your Father has placed you forever.

This is the action of your mind, it is the vigilance that is required. Today’s idea is a thought of God and it will give you everything of God. Think only this thought and allow for no other and your reward will be in Heaven. It does take a mind training, but only for a moment. It does take the willingness to be wrong about everything and to be corrected. In that willingness is everything given you. Don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself. Ask for the experience. You are the Son of God, everything is given you. It is yours but for the asking.

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.