Today’s idea is merely another way of saying “Let me not wander into temptation.” The purpose of the world you see is to obscure your function of forgiveness, and provide you with a justification for forgetting it. It is the temptation to abandon God and His Son by taking on a physical appearance. It is this the body’s eyes look upon.
Doing the workbook lesson as you start your day, you begin to recognize how perfectly each lesson applies to your thoughts. It does take some awareness, some honesty, to not let thoughts slip by unnoticed. There is a certain pattern in your thinking, a way you use your thoughts specifically to bind yourself to worry, doubt and fear. Each lesson in the workbook offers you a way out of your sequential thinking, if you let it.
Nothing the body’s eyes seem to see can be anything but a form of temptation, since this was the purpose of the body itself. Yet we have learned that the Holy Spirit has another use for all the illusions you have made, and therefore He sees another purpose in them. To the Holy Spirit, the world is a place where you learn to forgive yourself what you think of as your sins. In this perception, the physical appearance of temptation becomes the spiritual recognition of salvation.
The power of your mind is such, that when you focus on a problem or a situation or a person, it becomes your whole world. Literally. You zero in on it, trying to find a solution, never recognizing that your intense focus is what the problem is. You never see the whole picture, unless you are willing to step back and let a new vision come in, a new purpose, a function.
To review our last few lessons, your function here is to be the light of the world, a function given you by God. It is only the arrogance of the ego that leads you to question this, and only the fear of the ego that induces you to regard yourself as unworthy of the task assigned to you by God Himself. The world’s salvation awaits your forgiveness, because through it does the Son of God escape from all illusions, and thus from all temptation. The Son of God is you.
Only by fulfilling the function given you by God will you be happy. That is because your function is to be happy by using the means by which happiness becomes inevitable. There is no other way. Therefore, every time you choose whether or not to fulfill your function, you are really choosing whether or not to be happy.
The world’s salvation awaits your forgiveness. So every grievance you have, binds you and the world you see. Now you become aware of the action of your mind, and you realize you need to remember your function quite often, because you tend to forget. And now you see that the choice whether to fulfill your function or not, is really the choice whether to be happy or not. It does deserve your attention.
Let us remember this today. Let us remind ourselves of it in the morning and again at night, and all through the day as well. Prepare yourself in advance for all the decisions you will make today by remembering they are all really very simple. Each one will lead to happiness or unhappiness. Can such a simple decision really be difficult to make? Let not the form of the decision deceive you. Complexity of form does not imply complexity of content. It is impossible that any decision on earth can have a content different from just this one simple choice. That is the only choice the Holy Spirit sees. Therefore it is the only choice there is.
Salvation is simple. Jesus says this often in A Course In Miracles. But it does need some preparation on your part, since you have made your thinking so complicated. Now you see that you only choose for happiness or unhappiness. The choice is yours, there is no one to blame for how you feel. This is where your freedom lies.
Let me not forget my function.
Let me not try to substitute mine for God’s.
Let me forgive and be happy.
Remind yourself often today of the simplicity of salvation. You decide whether to remember or not. And if you forget, try again. Don’t bind yourself to the past, be in the moment and decide to be happy, decide to fulfill your function as the light of the world. It is a mind training, it is a discipline, but once applied, it is the easiest thing there is.