Light And Joy And Peace Abide In Me


You think you are the home of evil, darkness and sin. You think if anyone could see the truth about you he would be repelled, recoiling from you as if from a poisonous snake. You think if what is true about you were revealed to you, you would be struck with horror so intense that you would rush to death by your own hand, living on after seeing this being impossible.

These are beliefs so firmly fixed that it is difficult to help you see that they are based on nothing. That you have made mistakes is obvious. That you have sought salvation in strange ways; have been deceived, deceiving and afraid of foolish fantasies and savage dreams; and have bowed down to idols made of dust,–all this is true by what you now believe.

Reading the first sentences in today’s lesson, it may strike you how visual it really is. Jesus, in the New Testament, uses parables, stories and symbols you can relate to. Today he uses the visual ‘recoiling from you as if from a poisonous snake’. Look at it for a moment, see it as it is expressed. This is what you believe will happen when you express the truth of who you are. Not only that, you will be ‘struck with horror so intense’, all very negative connotations, and all equally meaningless.

Now Jesus leads you gently into this belief system that you value so dearly and he shows you what it offers you: the belief that you have made mistakes, that you are strange, deceived, deceiving and afraid, that you have let yourself be misled by idols. Looking around in this circle of littleness within your own mind, you may well ask yourself how you can get out if this belief system. You are not alone in this. Jesus is with you.

Today we question this, not from the point of view of what you think, but from a very different reference point, from which such idle thoughts are meaningless. These thoughts are not according to God’s Will. These weird beliefs He does not share with you. This is enough to prove that they are wrong, but you do not perceive that this is so.

Why would you not be overjoyed to be assured that all the evil that you think you did was never done, that all your sins are nothing, that you are as pure and holy as you were created, and that light and joy and peace abide in you Your image of yourself cannot withstand the Will of God. You think that this is death, but it is life. You think you are destroyed, but you are saved.

You are brought to zero, to the place where you let it all go. There is no belief, no judgment, no idea to hold on to. The image you hold of yourself, your identity, is not who you truly are. It is being erased, undone. You think it is death, but it is life. And the amazing thing of it is, that in this undoing, as you come to life, you realize you’re still you. This can’t be explained. You remember who you truly are, beyond this world, beyond any limited self-identity.

The self you made is not the Son of God. Therefore, this self does not exist at all. And anything it seems to do and think means nothing. It is neither bad nor good. It is unreal, and nothing more than that. It does not battle with the Son of God. It does not hurt him, nor attack his peace. It has not changed creation, nor reduced eternal sinlessness to sin, and love to hate. What power can this self you made possess, when it would contradict the Will of God?

 Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God. Over and over this must be repeated, until it is accepted. It is true. Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God. Nothing can touch it, or change what God created as eternal. The self you made, evil and full of sin, is meaningless. Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God, and light and joy and peace abide in you.

As you read this lesson, and apply it to your mind, you start to feel the light and joy and peace it offers you. The words express the truth of you. You feel all your old ideas fall away, and new ones instantly take their place. You recognize them immediately, they are new and yet ancient. You remember them well. All this lesson offers is an undoing of your old thought system, so that the Thought of God can take its place.

Salvation requires the acceptance of but one thought;–you are as God created you, not what you made of yourself.  Whatever evil you may think you did, you are as God created you. Whatever mistakes you made, the truth about you is unchanged. Creation is eternal and unalterable. Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God. You are and will forever be exactly as you were created. Light and joy and peace abide in you because God put them there.

In our longer exercise periods today, which would be most profitable if done for the first five minutes of every waking hour, begin by stating the truth about your creation:

Light and joy and peace abide in me.
My sinlessness is guaranteed by God.

Then put away your foolish self-images, and spend the rest of the practice period in trying to experience what God has given you, in place of what you have decreed for yourself.

As you practice these words, let the experience be formless. Don’t try to figure out what the words mean, or what it is that you are being led to. It will reveal itself to you effortlessly if you simply step back. Say the words and let them work in you. Let them reveal their truth to you. As Jesus says in A Course In Miracles ‘resign now as your own teacher’. Be willing not to know. In that instant all knowledge can be revealed to you.

You are what God created or what you made. One Self is true; the other is not there. Try to experience the unity of your one Self. Try to appreciate Its Holiness and the love from which It was created. Try not to interfere with the Self which God created as you, by hiding Its majesty behind the tiny idols of evil and sinfulness you have made to replace It. Let It come into Its Own. Here you are; This is You. And light and joy and peace abide in you because this is so.


Miracles Are Seen In Light, And Light And Strength Are One

Miracles are seen in light

The idea for today is an extension of the previous one. You do not think of light in terms of strength, and darkness in terms of weakness. That is because your idea of what seeing means is tied up with the body and its eyes and brain. Thus you believe that you can change what you see by putting little bits of glass before your eyes. This is among the many magical beliefs that come from the conviction you are a body, and the body’s eyes can see.

You also believe the body’s brain can think. If you but understood the nature of thought, you could but laugh at this insane idea. It is as if you thought you held the match that lights the sun and gives it all its warmth; or that you held the world within your hand, securely bound until you let it go. Yet this is no more foolish than to believe the body’s eyes can see; the brain can think.

The workbook lesson for today follows the lesson ‘Miracles Are Seen In Light’. You have been shown how crucial the light is, you can’t see in darkness, and your mind is directed to find this light. Now you are asked to look at your belief that you are a body and that the body’s eyes can see, and you are shown that the body’s eyes will never see this light. You have been given a reset button for your belief that the body’s eyes can see and that the brain can think. It is not so. Let’s look a little further.

It is God’s strength in you that is the light in which you see, as it is His Mind with which you think. His strength denies your weakness. It is your weakness that sees through the body’s eyes, peering about in darkness to behold the likeness of itself; the small, the weak, the sickly and the dying, those in need, the helpless and afraid, the sad, the poor, the starving and the joyless. These are seen through eyes that cannot see and cannot bless.

Strength overlooks these things by seeing past appearances. It keeps its steady gaze upon the light that lies beyond them. It unites with light, of which it is a part. It sees itself. It brings the light in which your Self appears. In darkness you perceive a self that is not there. Strength is the truth about you; weakness is an idol falsely worshipped and adored that strength may be dispelled, and darkness rule where God appointed that there should be light.

There is a strength in you that is of God. It is your natural inheritance. This has nothing to do with the body, nothing to do with any idea of limitation. Your Identity is the grandeur that is given you by God. Beyond the body, beyond this world, beyond any idea you have of who you are and who God is, lies the truth. This is what you are directed to today. Try not to give it any form, let it be revealed to you exactly as it is.

Strength comes from truth, and shines with light its Source has given it; weakness reflects the darkness of its maker. It is sick and looks on sickness, which is like itself. Truth is a savior and can only will for happiness and peace for everyone.  It gives its strength to everyone who asks, in limitless supply. It sees that lack in anyone would be a lack in all. And so it gives its light that all may see and benefit as one. Its strength is shared, that it may bring to all the miracle in which they will unite in purpose and forgiveness and in love.

Weakness, which looks in darkness, cannot see a purpose in forgiveness and in love. It sees all others different from itself, and nothing in the world that it would share. It judges and condemns, but does not love. In darkness it remains to hide itself, and dreams that it is strong and conquering, a victor over limitations that but grow in darkness to enormous size.

It fears and it attacks and hates itself, and darkness covers everything it sees, leaving its dreams as fearful as itself. No miracles are here, but only hate. It separates itself from what it sees, while light and strength perceive themselves as one. The light of strength is not the light you see. It does not change and flicker and go out. It does not shift from night to day, and back to darkness till the morning comes again.

This is so spectacular. The strength of God has nothing to do with your limited idea of what strength is. You think of strength as victory, as a posture of puffed-upness where nothing can touch you or really affect you, yet all the while you are afraid. Real strength is defenselessness, the willingness to be zero. In that place, in a holy instant, you go past all illusions to the truth that is the strength of God in you. Beyond words, it is an experience. It is real and it is available to you right here and now.

The light of strength is constant, sure as love, forever glad to give itself away, because it cannot give but to itself. No one can ask in vain to share its sight, and none who enters its abode can leave without a miracle before his eyes, and strength and light abiding in his heart.

The strength in you will offer you the light, and guide your seeing so you do not dwell on idle shadows that the body’s eyes provide for self-deception. Strength and light unite in you, and where they meet, your Self stands ready to embrace you as Its Own. Such is the meeting place we try today to find and rest in, for the peace of God is where your Self, His Son, is waiting now to meet Itself again, and be as One.

In practicing this workbook you become so grateful for what it offers you. What is in you, given by God, you cannot lose. Once you experience it, you can always find it, no matter what the circumstance. Think of what is given you. The real law of cause and effect, the knowledge that there is nothing outside you. This is the real power of your mind. You can at any given moment, right here and right now, experience the truth of who you are.

Let us give twenty minutes twice today to join this meeting. Let yourself be brought unto your Self. Its strength will be the light in which the gift of sight is given you. Leave, then, the dark a little while today, and we will practice seeing in the light, closing the body’s eyes and asking truth to show us how to find the meeting place of self and Self, where light and strength are one.

Morning and evening we will practice thus. After the morning meeting, we will use the day in preparation for the time at night when we will meet again in trust. Let us repeat as often as we can the idea for today, and recognize that we are being introduced to sight, and led away from darkness to the light where only miracles can be perceived.

My Salvation Comes From Me

Clouds can't stop you

All temptation is nothing more than some form of the basic temptation not to believe the idea for today. Salvation seems to come from anywhere except from you. So, too, does the source of guilt. You see neither guilt nor salvation as in your own mind and nowhere else. When you realize that all guilt is solely an invention of your mind, you also realize that guilt and salvation must be in the same place. In understanding this you are saved.

Today you are directed to the power of your mind. It’s a tricky thing, because using the power of your mind does not mean that you use magic to change the form of the world you are dreaming into one you like. Recognizing the power of your mind means that you recognize causation. Guilt and salvation are both in your mind, the problem and the answer are both in your mind. In understanding this, time and space collapse completely.

The seeming cost of accepting today’s idea is this: It means that nothing outside yourself can save you; nothing outside yourself can give you peace. But it also means that nothing outside yourself can hurt you, or disturb your peace or upset you in any way. Today’s idea places you in charge of the universe, where you belong because of what you are. This is not a role that can be partially accepted. And you must surely begin to see that accepting it is salvation.

Today’s idea is true in every way. You can’t be saved by something outside of you, you can’t be hurt by something outside of you. The first one you like, the second one you find hard to believe. You have overlearned the idea that there are things outside of you, and that the emotions that ensue from actions and situations are not caused by you. You have forgotten the power of your mind. You are the dreamer of the dream. You are the cause.

It may not, however, be clear to you why the recognition that guilt is in your own mind entails the realization that salvation is there as well. God would not have put the remedy for the sickness where it cannot help. That is the way your mind has worked, but hardly His. He wants you to be healed, so He has kept the Source of healing where the need for healing lies.

You have tried to do just the opposite, making every attempt, however distorted and fantastic it might be, to separate healing from the sickness for which it was intended, and thus keep the sickness. Your purpose was to ensure that healing did not occur. God’s purpose was to ensure that it did.

Looking at this, you may begin to realize that how you have been dealing with your body may not be the way to go. The remedies you use to cure any sickness you perceive, actually do not heal, they simply deal with the symptoms. This doesn’t mean that you won’t use any remedy, but it does mean that you look inside your mind and ask yourself if you want healing. Letting go of sickness, you have to look at the value and importance that you give to the idea of sickness itself. The fear that comes with it, the inevitable outcome of death always looking over your shoulder. The belief that you are a body is powerful indeed, it has been overlearned.

Perhaps there is another way of looking at this. Perhaps there is a God that is all loving, Perhaps you are not a body. Perhaps… there is a solution in your mind, waiting for you to find it. This is what is offered you today. It goes far beyond any idea you can conceive of. This is the fun part.

Today we practice realizing that God’s Will and ours are really the same in this. God wants us to be healed, and we do not really want to be sick, because it makes us unhappy. Therefore, in accepting the idea for today, we are really in agreement with God. He does not want us to be sick. Neither do we. He wants us to be healed. So do we.

Begin these practice periods by repeating the idea for today, adding a statement signifying your recognition that salvation comes from nothing outside of you. You might put it this way:

My salvation comes from me. It cannot come from anywhere else.

Then devote a few minutes, with your eyes closed, to reviewing some of the external places where you have looked for salvation in the past;–in other people, in possessions, in various situations and events, and in self-concepts that you sought to make real. Recognize that it is not there, and tell yourself:

My salvation cannot come from any of these things.
My salvation comes from me and only from me.

Now we will try again to reach the light in you, which is where your salvation is. You cannot find it in the clouds that surround the light, and it is in them you have been looking for it. It is not there. It is past the clouds and in the light beyond. Remember that you will have to go through the clouds before you can reach the light. But remember also that you have never found anything in the cloud patterns you imagined that endured, or that you wanted.

There is a light available to you that is of God. It has nothing to do with this world. A dear friend once reminded me of this, “All you have to do is let the light in.” It is really that simple. This may be a  moment of fear, but remember that God is Love. Take a deep breath, let it all go. The light will find you of itself. And if you find it difficult to let this light in, repeat the lesson for today. Experience the help that is given you.

Since all illusions of salvation have failed you, surely you do not want to remain in the clouds, looking vainly for idols there, when you could so easily walk on into the light of real salvation. Try to pass the clouds by whatever means appeals to you. If it helps you, think of me holding your hand and leading you. And I assure you this will be no idle fantasy.

This is Jesus speaking to you. He is walking with you. He is not some figure from an old book, idolized and admired, that resurrected and disappeared, leaving you behind. He is with you now. He is reminding you that His resurrection is your resurrection. He is inviting you to walk with Him, to remember. He loves you with a never-ending love. This is a real experience. Let Him help you walk through the clouds. You do not walk alone. All the help is given you, and it is given you right now.

The Light Of The World Brings Peace To Every Mind Through My Forgiveness


Today’s lesson is very interesting. Look at the wording of the title. It is the perfect circle of Atonement.

The light of the world is you.
You bring peace to every mind.
It is through your forgiveness that peace is extended.

No sentence in A Course In Miracles is by chance. Every word has a complete purpose.

How holy are you who have the power to bring peace to every mind! How blessed are you who can learn to recognize the means for letting this be done through you! What purpose could you have that would bring you greater happiness?

You are indeed the light of the world with such a function. The Son of God looks to you for his redemption. It is yours to give him, for it belongs to you. Accept no trivial purpose or meaningless desire in its place, or you will forget your function and leave the Son of God in hell. This is no idle request that is being asked of you. You are being asked to accept salvation that it may be yours to give.

This is no idle request that is being asked of you.

lacking worth or basis, vain.
Not occupied or employed.
Shiftless, lazy.
Having no evident lawful means of support.

This is an active request, it requires action on your part. And you are fully supported in this, with all the help in the universe. It is completely valuable, since all you give, you give to yourself. And it is your function. Look at all that is said in one simple sentence and you feel grateful and completely taken care of. Accept salvation that it may be yours to give.

Recognizing the importance of this function, we will be happy to remember it very often today. We will begin the day by acknowledging it, and close the day with the thought of it in our awareness. And throughout the day we will repeat this as often as we can:

The light of the world brings peace to every mind through my forgiveness. I am the means God has appointed for the salvation of the world.

If you close your eyes, you will probably find it easier to let the related thoughts come to you in the minute or two that you should devote to considering this. Do not, however, wait for such an opportunity. No chance should be lost for reinforcing today’s idea. Remember that God’s Son looks to you for his salvation. And Who but your Self must be His Son?

And Who But your Self must be His Son? It is again a full circle of Atonement. A Course In Miracles is a complete offering of salvation. All that is asked of you is to read the lesson and to apply it. You don’t have to understand it, you may not recognize the value of it, but it is the application that offers the experience. If you do not know, ask. All help is given you. Let the answer sink in. It has already been given, it is simply waiting for your acceptance.

Review Lesson 53

Lesson 53

Today’s review lessons are really a life saver. Jesus tells you in the Introduction that you will need your learning most in situations that appear to be upsetting, rather than in those that already seem to be calm and quiet. It’s easy to read the words to yourself when you are comfortable, they make perfect sense. But it is when everything is in uproar that you experience the true value of these lessons as you apply them to yourself.

(11) My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world.
Since the thoughts of which I am aware do not mean anything, the world that pictures them can have no meaning. What is producing this world is insane, and so is what it produces. Reality is not insane, and I have real thoughts as well as insane ones. I can therefore see a real world, if I look to my real thoughts as my guide for seeing.

(12) I am upset because I see a meaningless world.
Insane thoughts are upsetting.They produce a world in which there is no order anywhere. Only chaos rules a world that represents chaotic thinking, and chaos has no laws. I cannot live in peace in such a world. I am grateful that this world is not real, and that I need not see it at all unless I choose to value it. And I do not choose to value what is totally insane and has no meaning.

(13) A meaningless world engenders fear.
The totally insane engenders fear because it is completely undependable, and offers no grounds for trust. Nothing in madness is dependable. It holds out no safety and no hope. But such a world is not real. I have given it the illusion of reality, and have suffered from my belief in it. Now I choose to withdraw this belief, and place my trust in reality. In choosing this, I will escape all the effects of the world of fear, because I am acknowledging that it does not exist.

(14) God did not create a meaningless world.
How can a meaningless world exist if God did not create it? He is the Source of all meaning, and everything that is real is in His Mind. It is in my mind too, because He created it with me. Why should I continue to suffer from the effects of my own insane thoughts, when the perfection of creation is my home? Let me remember the power of my decision, and recognize where I really abide.

(15) My thoughts are images that I have made.
Whatever I see reflects my thoughts. It is my thoughts that tell me where I am and what I am. The fact that I see a world in which there is suffering and loss and death shows me that I am seeing only the representation of my insane thoughts, and am not allowing my real thoughts to cast their beneficent light on what I see. Yet God’s way is sure. The images I have made cannot prevail against Him because it is not my will that they do so. My will is His, and I will place no other gods before Him.

The recurring word being ‘meaningless’, these lessons offer you the experience that you are literally giving everything you see all the meaning it has for you. You value it, and so you see it. You don’t see what you don’t value, it is really that simple. So Jesus is working with your mind. This is no small thing. It is everything. And it does require some rigorous honesty. Finally you don’t concern yourself with appearances anymore. Idols fall away, be they persons or situations.

An awakened mind is open. It is absolutely aware of everything. It doesn’t deny pain, but looks directly at it, feels it and lets it be healed through the recognition of causation. It doesn’t teach something outside of itself that it is the cause of the pain it is feeling, it recognizes that it is Cause itself. There is indeed nothing outside you. Go inward. Let your mind be undone, let God’s Thoughts be uncovered in you. They are there. They are waiting for you.

God Is The Mind With Which I Think


Today’s idea holds the key to what your real thoughts are. They are nothing that you think you think, just as nothing that you think you see is related to vision in any way. There is no relationship between what is real and what you think is real. Nothing that you think are your real thoughts resemble your real thoughts in any respect. Nothing that you think you see bears any resemblance to what vision will show you.

The lessons in the Workbook are directing your mind to where your real thoughts are. Your real thoughts are the thoughts you think with God. This has nothing to do with the many thoughts that are swirling in your mind about the world, people, situations and yourself. The thoughts of God are not connected in any way to the world you think you see.

You think with the Mind of God. Therefore you share your thoughts with Him, as He shares His with you. They are the same thoughts, because they are thought by the same Mind. To share is to make alike, or to make one. Nor do the thoughts you think with the Mind of God leave your mind, because thoughts do not leave their source. Therefore, your thoughts are in the Mind of God, as you are. They are in your mind as well, where He is. As you are part of His Mind, so are your thoughts part of His Mind.

As you practice going inward to the light in you, you experience the peace that comes from defenselessness. Every lesson in the workbook is a thought of God, a divine idea, that inspires you and actively places you in the place where you know perfectly well who you are. From there, connected thoughts come to your mind, divine words that are yours. And you extend the truth of who you are.

Our three five-minute practice periods for today will take the same general form that we used in applying yesterday’s idea. We will attempt to leave the unreal and seek for the real. We will deny the world in favor of truth. We will not let the thoughts of the world hold us back. We will not let the beliefs of the world tell us that what God would have us do is impossible. Instead, we will try to recognize that only what God would have us do is possible.

We will also try to understand that only what God would have us do is what we want to do. And we will also try to remember that we cannot fail in doing what He would have us do. There is every reason to feel confident that we will succeed today. It is the Will of God.

When you put your mind to this, you cannot fail. Try it. For one moment trust the offering of this Course and follow the instructions given you. The peace of God is in you, the love of God is what you are. You were created in His likeness. This is the truth.

Under all the senseless thoughts and mad ideas with which you have cluttered up your mind are the thoughts that you thought with God in the beginning. They are there in your mind now, completely unchanged. They will always be in your mind, exactly as they always were. Everything you have thought since then will change, but the Foundation on which it rests is wholly changeless.

It is this Foundation toward which the exercises for today are directed. Here is your mind joined with the Mind of God. Here are your thoughts one with His. For this kind of practice only one thing is necessary; approach it as you would an altar dedicated in Heaven to God the Father and to God the Son. For such is the place you are trying to reach. You will probably be unable as yet to realize how high you are trying to go. Yet even with the little understanding you have already gained, you should be able to remind yourself that this is no idle game, but an exercise in holiness and an attempt to reach the Kingdom of Heaven.

It is a divine purpose you have today. And it is completely between you and God. Don’t let your world tell you who you are. Trust the experience that is happening in you. It is real. And those who recognize you will come to you, to stand with you for a little while. No words are necessary. It is a quiet recognition. You are the light of the world. God is the light in which you see. God is the mind with which you think.

Look And See What Is Hidden

A Course In Miracles never ceases to confront you with ideas within your own mind. It doesn’t matter where you open the book, there is always the one sentence that blows you away.

You are not special. If you think you are, and would defend your specialness against the truth of what you really are, how can you know the truth?

To learn this course requires willingness to question every value that you hold. Everything is brought to the surface so you can look at it again. Every belief, every judgment has the power to dictate every decision that you make, and so it is essential that you look clearly at your mind and see what is hidden there.

The aim of specialness is to set apart, to believe that you are different than your brother and somehow more special to God. In fact, you believe that specialness is love. You want to be special to someone, to carve out a safe spot for your and your loved one alone. It will never work. You will never be safe except in unity with everything, because that is your natural state. Your strength lies in oneness, not in differences.

All fear is past and only love is here.

All fear is past, because its source is gone, and all its thoughts gone with it. Love remains the only present state, whose Source is here forever and forever. Can the world seem bright and clear and safe and welcoming, with all my past mistakes oppressing it, and showing me distorted forms of fear? Yet in the present love is obvious, and its effects apparent. All the world shines in reflection of its holy light, and I perceive a world forgiven at last.

Father, let not Your holy world escape my sight today. Nor let my ears be deaf to all the hymns of gratitude the world is singing underneath the sounds of fear. There is a real world which the present holds safe from all past mistakes. And I would see only this world before my eyes today.

Healing The Mind

It is amazing when you recognize how quickly you forget the simple message of A Course In Miracles. Every day a million little things happen that you have set up to distract you from the recognition that there is nothing outside of you. The body seems to be autonomous and real, and when sickness threatens your peace of mind you retreat in concern and worry without giving it a second thought.

It is helpful to remember that whenever you feel a loss of peace you can simply open op A Course In Miracles and read what it says. The message that you are offered is completely uncompromising and sets your mind in the right direction. Whenever you feel physical symptoms Jesus will direct you to the recognition that healing is of the mind and this realigns your thinking to the truth in you.

The body cannot heal, because it cannot make itself sick. It needs no healing. Its health or sickness depends entirely on how the mind perceives it, and the purpose that the mind would use it for. And it is obvious that a segment of the mind can see itself as separated from the Universal Purpose. When this occurs, the body becomes its weapon, used against this Purpose to demonstrate the “fact” that separation has occurred. The body thus becomes the instrument of illusion, acting accordingly; seeing what is not there, hearing what truth has never said, and behaving insanely, being imprisoned by insanity.

This is a course in mind training and it does require a complete dedication. Jesus says in the New Testament ‘Since you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spit you out of my mouth’. You are either completely in or out, you cannot dip your toe into this course and see how you can fit it into your limited perception. It will never work. The offering is a complete undoing of your mind and you die unto your Self. You literally die daily. Only to awaken to your Self.

Truth and illusion have no connection. This will remain forever true, however much you seek to connect them. But illusions are always connected, as is truth. Each is united, a complete thought-system, but totally disconnected to each other.

I invite you to read Chapter 19 today, and to read it with an open mind. Letting go of all your ideas about the body, about yourself, opens up a window to a new experience. This Course has much more to offer you than you have let it. This is a message from beyond time and space altogether, constantly inviting you to go beyond any idea of limitation about yourself. This is Jesus speaking to you, in a language you can understand. And when you let Him speak to you of things new and yet ancient, you will hear and you will remember you are as God created you.

The Highway To Heaven

The hush of Heaven holds my heart today.

Father, how still today! How quietly do all things fall in place! This is the day that has been chosen as the time in which I come to understand the lesson that there is no need that I do anything. In You is every choice already made. In You has every conflict been resolved. In You is everything I hope to find already given me. Your peace is mine. My heart is quiet, and my mind at rest. Your Love is Heaven, and Your Love is mine.

When A Course In Miracles says I need do nothing it is really talking about a state of mind. A mind that is focused on the body, and that believes in a limited idea of self, will always believe that I need do nothing has to do with the action of the body. A belief in limitation causes a limited perception and this is exactly why you need a change of mind.

There is one thing that you have never done; you have not utterly forgotten the body. It has perhaps faded at times from your sight, but it has not yet completely disappeared. You are not asked to let this happen for more than an instant, yet it is in this instant that the miracle of Atonement happens. Afterwards you will see the body again, but never quite the same. And every instant that you spend without awareness of it gives you a different view of it when you return.

At no single instant does the body exist at all. It is always remembered or anticipated, but never experienced just now.

It’s amazing when you really look at this. You are valuing and believing in something that doesn’t exist, you literally give the body all the meaning that it has for you. You don’t have to do it anymore. You may not like the uncompromising statement from this Course, you may not believe it, but you can accept it and let yourself be lifted to a place where you know that you are not a body.

When peace comes at last to those who wrestle with temptation and fight against the giving in to sin; when the light comes at last into the mind given to contemplation; or when the goal is finally achieved by anyone, it always comes with just one happy realization; “I need do nothing.”

Rest in God today, and feel His peace surround you, wherever and whenever you may seem to find yourself. The curriculum is not of you, but you can elect what you want to take at a given time. Let it be a miracle, let it be of God and not of you. Look at what your control has brought you and decide today to let the Holy Spirit take the wheel on the fast lane on the King’s Highway to Heaven.

The stillness of today will give us hope that we have found the way, and travelled far along it to a wholly certain goal. Today we will not doubt the end which God Himself has promised us. We trust in Him, and in our Self, Who still is One with Him.

I Seek But What Belongs To Me In Truth

Today’s review lessons are:

(103) God, being Love, is also happiness.

Let me remember love is happiness, and nothing else brings joy. And so I choose to entertain no substitutes
for love.

(104) I seek but what belongs to me in truth.

Love is my heritage, and with it joy. These are the gifts my Father gave to me. I would accept all that is
mine in truth.

The amazing thing about A Course In Miracles is how alive each sentence is. Every word contains infinite possibilities and is always only limited by your preconceived ideas about it. The more you read this Course, the more you apply the lessons, the more it speaks to you, the more you recognize how alive it really is. Each lesson is a complete and whole idea that you can use to replace all your senseless musings. And as you repeat the lesson, think about it, apply it as you are asked, it finds its way in your mind. And as Jesus says: your mind knows how to use the lessons wisely.

You have been given them in perfect trust; in perfect confidence that you would use them well; in perfect faith that you would see their messages and use them for yourself.  Offer them to your mind in that same trust and confidence and faith.  It will not fail.  It is the Holy Spirit’s chosen means for your salvation.  Since it has His trust, His means must surely merit yours as well.

What Jesus offers you here is confidence and trust. He trusts you. He knows your mind. He knows you better than you know yourself, and that is the good news. Your simple contribution is the application of the ideas for today, nothing more, but certainly nothing less. 5 Minutes in the morning, 5 minutes in the evening, and every half hour in between.

The exercises to be done throughout the day are equally important, and perhaps of even greater value.  You have been inclined to practice only at appointed times, and then go on your way to other things, without applying what you learned to them.  As a result, you have gained little reinforcement, and have not given your learning a fair chance to prove how great are its potential gifts to you.  Here is another chance to use it well.

Just so you know, Jesus in on to you. He knows how your mind wanders. When you pretend to ignore how you are failing to apply the lesson as you are asked, Jesus is standing next to you in absolute patience. And when your whole world falls apart, yet again, He stands there still and loves you with an eternal love. And He tells you: here is another chance. Let’s try again.

If you are shaken, think of it again.  These practice periods are planned to help you form the habit of applying what you learn each day to everything you do.  Do not repeat the thought and lay it down.  Its usefulness is limitless to you.  And it is meant to serve you in all ways, all times and places, and whenever you need help of any kind.  Try, then, to take it with you in the business of the day and make it holy, worthy of God’s Son, acceptable to God and to your Self.

All you have to do, is apply the lesson. When you are in any form of distress, open up your Course In Miracles. Jesus even addresses Helen Schucman, the scribe of the Course, in her unwillingness to simply open up the book when she needs help. All you need is in there. But a closed book, in your unwillingness to simply read it and apply it, will do you no good. There are simple words that Jesus is giving you, and hear them well because they will help you tremendously:

Do not forget how little you have learned.
Do not forget how much you can learn now.
Do not forget your Father’s need of you,
As you review these thoughts He gave to you.