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.

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Be in my mind, my Father, through the day

Today’s lesson is such an amazing prayer. Simply the title of it puts you in a different frame of mind altogether.

Be in my mind, my Father, through the day.

In case you hadn’t noticed, this lesson is written in iambic pentameter. Simply put, a line of iambic pentameter sounds like this:

Da-DUM  Da-DUM  Da-DUM  Da-DUM  Da-DUM
Be IN my MIND my FAther THROUGH the DAY

And this is true for every lesson in part II of the workbook. Starting at lesson 221 you can find iambic pentameter in every single lesson.

Peace TO my MIND, let ALL my THOUGHTS be STILL
God IS with ME. I LIVE and MOVE in HIM

It’s a great practice. When you remember the lesson you can simply say it out loud and count to ten. It’s a can’t miss and it shows you really how out of time this course is.

Recognizing the beauty of this, you may think that your awakening is smooth sailing.

The grass is pushing through the soil, the trees are budding now, and birds have come to live within their branches.  Earth is being born again in new perspective. Night has gone, and we have come together in the light.

These are always the favorite quotes from the course. You love the idea that flowers blossom and a stream starts to flow again in your experience. And this, of course, does happen. But there are those moments when you trip and fall, and you wonder what the hell is going on. Those moments are your wake- up calls, and they usually aren’t pretty. Don’t worry about it. It is simply the moment where you ask for help and you recognize that you don’t like how you feel now. Look again, take responsibility, and let yourself be shown another way. Chapter 30 is dedicated to this.

At least I can decide I do not like what I feel now.
And so I hope I have been wrong.

It’s the joy of recognizing that you are wrong and the allowance for the correction. Let the Holy Spirit take care of it. Be willing to be wrong about everything: your idea of love, of giving, of extension of light. Let it all be revealed to you anew in your total dependence on God. This day your focus is on God. There is a place in you where you remember your Father perfectly well. It is a place of quiet, of peace, and it is in you. Stay in prayer today, stay with God. He knows you completely, beyond the body and beyond every idea about yourself. Forget everything you have learned about love and let it be revealed to you anew. Let it be a revelation right here and now.

Be in my mind, my Father, when I wake, and shine on me throughout the day today. Let every minute be a time in which I dwell with You. And let me not forget my hourly thanksgiving that You have remained with me, and always will be there to hear my call to You and answer me. As evening comes, let all my thoughts be still of You and of Your Love. And let me sleep sure of my safety, certain of Your care, and happily aware I am Your Son.

This is as every day should be. Today, practice the end of fear. Have faith in Him Who is your Father. Trust all things to Him. Let Him reveal all things to you, and be you undismayed because you are His Son.

God is the light in which I see

In order to see, you must recognize that light is within, not without. You do not see outside yourself, nor is the equipment for seeing outside you. An essential part of this equipment is the light that makes seeing possible. It is with you always, making vision possible in every circumstance.

Today we are going to attempt to reach that light.

God is the light in which you see, because God goes with you wherever you go. There is nowhere that His light is not. It takes a moment, just an instant, of going inward to reach the altar that was placed in you and that has been kept undefiled. Today’s lesson offers you the tool to do just that.

Your mind is no longer wholly untrained. You are quite ready to learn the form of exercise we will use today, but you may find that you will encounter strong resistance. The reason is very simple. While you practice in this way, you leave behind everything that you now believe, and all the thoughts that you have made up. Properly speaking, this is the release from hell. Yet perceived through the ego’s eyes, it is loss of identity and a descent into hell.

Everything is the exact opposite of what you think and believe. It is an amazing thing. This is why you can’t depend on yourself at all. Depend on God, call on the Holy Spirit, ask for help and receive it. Be guided continuously, stay in prayer.

God is the light in which I see.

Thanksgiving

Praying to Christ in anyone is true prayer because it is a gift of thanks to His Father. To ask that Christ be but Himself is not an entreaty. It is a song of thanksgiving for what you are. Herein lies the power of prayer. It asks nothing and receives everything. This prayer can be shared because it receives for everyone. To pray with one who knows that this is true is to be answered. Perhaps the specific form of resolution for a specific problem will occur to either of you; it does not matter which. Perhaps it will reach both, if you are genuinely attuned to one another. It will come because you have realized that Christ is in both of you. That is its only truth.

Today is Thanksgiving, a time you spend with family and friends. It is a good moment to look around you and be grateful for all that you have been given, it is also a good moment to go inward and remember your purpose. As you look around the room, around the dinner table, it is your decision to recognize the Christ in you and those you meet. As you recognize the Christ in whomever is sitting next to you, you recognize the Christ in yourself. What a gift. The beauty is in its simplicity. Salvation is not hard. Awakening is the simple recognition that there is nothing outside of you, nothing that can distract you from the knowledge that you are as God created you. Stand in this knowledge today, in the awareness of your Holiness, and give yourself away. There is no greater gift to give this Thanksgiving day.

I will not hurt myself again today.

Let us this day accept forgiveness as our only function Why should we attack our minds, and give them images of pain? Why should we teach them they are powerless, when God holds out His power and His Love, and bids them take what is already theirs? The mind that is made willing to accept God’s gifts has been restored to spirit, and extends its freedom and its joy, as is the Will of God united with its own. The Self Which God created cannot sin, and therefore cannot suffer. Let us choose today that He be our Identity, and thus escape forever from all things the dream of fear appears to offer us.

Father, Your Son can not be hurt And if we think we suffer, we but fail to know our one Identity we share with You. We would return to It today, to be made free forever from all our mistakes, and to be saved from what we thought we were.

True Prayer

Prayer is a way offered by the Holy Spirit to reach God. It is not merely a question or an entreaty. It cannot succeed until you realize that it asks for nothing. How else could it serve its purpose? It is impossible to pray for idols and hope to reach God. True prayer must avoid the pitfall of asking to entreat. Ask, rather, to receive what is already given; to accept what is already there.

You have been told to ask the Holy Spirit for the answer to any specific problem, and that you will receive a specific answer if such is your need. You have also been told that there is only one problem and one answer. In prayer this is not contradictory. There are decisions to make here, and they must be made whether they be illusions or not. You cannot be asked to accept answers which are beyond the level of need that you can recognize. Therefore, it is not the form of the question that matters, nor how it is asked. The form of the answer, if given by God, will suit your need as you see it. This is merely an echo of the reply of His Voice. The real sound is always a song of thanksgiving and of Love.

You cannot, then, ask for the echo. It is the song that is the gift. Along with it come the overtones, the harmonics, the echoes, but these are secondary. In true prayer you hear only the song. All the rest is merely added. You have sought first the Kingdom of Heaven, and all else has indeed been given you.

The Song of Prayer is really an eye-opening text. All your ideas about prayer go out the window and a whole new vision is offered you. You are shown that you have everything already, and so prayer is merely the remembering of all that God gave you in His creation.

To allow the full experience of prayer there has to be a small willingness to see things differently, to let go of everything you have believed to be true. There are a lot of prayers asking for specifics, but to be shown that specifics do not matter, that you are dreaming a dream that has no reality, that you can see things differently… it might require a deep devastation, or at least the recognition that you are standing in a spot where you have no answers, you don’t know what to do and you will take all the help you can get. Be willing to be wrong about everything and you can be shown reality and unlimited possibilities that in fact have nothing to do with this world as you see it, but have everything to with God as He reveals Himself to you.

The lesson for today is a beautiful prayer. It asks for nothing, it is simply the recognition of your eternal state. Read the words and they will resound the truth to you, they resonate in the deepest of your being and you remember. They are the words to the eternal song that is being sung every instant. The notes you recognize and they bring you Home the same instant you hear them. Listen to God today, be aware of His Presence. The song of Thanksgiving and Love is in the air, in every fiber of your being, and especially this time of year you can recognize that there is much to be thankful for.

I am forever an Effect of God

Father, I was created in Your Mind, a holy Thought that never left its home I am forever Your Effect, and You forever and forever are my Cause. As You created me I have remained. Where You established me I still abide. And all Your attributes abide in me, because it is Your Will to have a Son so like his Cause that Cause and Its Effect are indistinguishable.

Let me know that I am an Effect of God, and so I have the power to create like You. And as it is in Heaven, so on earth. Your plan I follow here, and at the end I know that You will gather Your effects into the tranquil Heaven of Your Love, where earth will vanish, and all separate thoughts unite in glory as the Son of God.
Let us today behold earth disappear, at first transformed, and then, forgiven, fade entirely into God’s holy Will.

The Song of Prayer

Prayer is the greatest gift with which God blessed His Son at his creation. It was then what it is to become; the single voice Creator and creation share; the song the Son sings to the Father, Who returns the thanks it offers Him unto the Son. Endless the harmony, and endless, too, the joyous concord of the Love They give forever to Each Other. And in this, creation is extended. God gives thanks to His extension in His Son. His Son gives thanks for his creation, in the song of his creating in his Father’s Name. The Love They share is what all prayer will be throughout eternity, when time is done. For such it was before time seemed to be.

To you who are in time a little while, prayer takes the form that best will suit your need. You have but one. What God created one must recognize its oneness, and rejoice that what illusions seemed to separate is one forever in the Mind of God. Prayer now must be the means by which God’s Son leaves separate goals and separate interests by, and turns in holy gladness to the truth of union in his Father and himself.

Lay down your dreams, you holy Son of God, and rising up as God created you, dispense with idols and remember Him. Prayer will sustain you now, and bless you as you lift your heart to Him in rising song that reaches higher and then higher still, until both high and low have disappeared. Faith in your goal will grow and hold you up as you ascend the shining stairway to the lawns of Heaven and the gate of peace. For this is prayer, and here salvation is. This is the way. It is God’s gift to you.

This is the introduction of ‘The Song of Prayer’, a beautiful part of the Course that is not printed in the book. It’s an incredible read, it resonates to everything in you that is true. Prayer is in fact your natural communication with your Father. You should be in prayer every moment. This doesn’t mean that you have to be in church, on your knees, with folded hands, doing penance. Prayer is active, it happens right here and right now. Every moment you turn your thoughts to God, you are praying. You can do this first thing in the morning, as you open your eyes, as you take your shower, when you drive in your car to work, during work and on and on. Every moment suffices, it only takes an instant to drop every thought, every concern, every idea about pain or suffering or sickness and to think: ‘God’. You will feel an immediate release, joy washes over you, a sense of safety that is not of this world, and a deep knowing that love and light is what you are.

The lessons right now are beautiful prayers and they do direct your thoughts to God instantly. Use them. Today’s lesson is a beautiful prayer and all of Heaven responds when you decide to lay your thoughts of fear and worry aside and pick up the Course to read the lesson. Practice it, use it. Pray.

I merely follow, for I would not lead.

Father, You are the One Who gave the plan for my salvation to me. You have set the way I am to go, the role to take, and every step in my appointed path. I cannot lose the way. I can but choose to wander off a while, and then return.  Your loving Voice will always call me back, and guide my feet aright. My brothers all can follow in the way I lead them. Yet I merely follow in the way to You, as You direct me and would have me go.

So let us follow One Who knows the way. We need not tarry, and we cannot stray except an instant from His loving Hand. We walk together, for we follow Him. And it is He Who makes the ending sure, and guarantees a safe returning home.