It Can Be But My Gratitude I Earn

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The first 2 paragraphs of today’s lesson are entirely uncompromising. They are a complete confrontation with your self. It is the beauty of A Course In Miracles: you are always directed to your own mind, always asked to look at the action of your mind, the thoughts you think and that you give all power.

Here is the second step we take to free your mind from the belief in outside force pitted against your own. You make attempts at kindness and forgiveness. Yet you turn them to attack again, unless you find external gratitude and lavish thanks. Your gifts must be received with honor, lest they be withdrawn. And so you think God’s gifts are loans at best; at worst, deceptions which would cheat you of defenses, to ensure that when He strikes He will not fail to kill.

When you look at your mind honestly, you know that this is exactly what you do. You try to be kind, you fail at it in some way, and so you change your behavior. It is always directed outward, always focused on what you believe to be outside of you. Your acts of kindness have no true source, they come from a completely chaotic perception, from an entirely unstable thought system.

How easily are God and guilt confused by those who know not what their thoughts can do. Deny your strength, and weakness must become salvation to you. See yourself as bound, and bars become your home. Nor will you leave the prison house, or claim your strength, until guilt and salvation are not seen as one, and freedom and salvation are perceived as joined, with strength beside them, to be sought and claimed, and found and fully recognized.

This is all an action in your mind. What you experience and what you decide upon depends entirely on what you see, on where your focus lies. This is why the experience that to give and to receive are one is extremely important for you. Because once you recognize this, you will know that you only give to yourself. And in that experience you become more careful at what it is you give, what it is you extend. Because you know that when you condemn your brother you condemn yourself, that when you release your brother you release yourself.

The world must thank you when you offer it release from your illusions. Yet your thanks belong to you as well, for its release can only mirror yours. Your gratitude is all your gifts require, that they be a lasting offering of a thankful heart, released from hell forever. Is it this you would undo by taking back your gifts, because they were not honored? It is you who honor them and give them fitting thanks, for it is you who have received the gifts.

As you go inward, in your experience of your True Source that is God, and you extend from this holy altar in you, everything changes. This is because the world is a reflection of your mind. As you release your brother from the perception you have placed upon him, you experience the freedom of this release. But it is not until you actually experience this, that you will know it to be true. Until then, it is just words. A Course In Miracles does not offer a lofty experience, it is a very reasonable course. It is trying to bring you to a place where salvation is reasonable to you.

It does not matter if another thinks your gifts unworthy. In his mind there is a part that joins with yours in thanking you. It does not matter if your gifts seem lost and ineffectual. They are received where they are given. In your gratitude are they accepted universally, and thankfully acknowledged by the Heart of God Himself. And would you take them back, when He has gratefully accepted them?

This releases you entirely from looking for reflections of gratitude and lavish thanks. It may not look that way. But you don’t have to be concerned about it. Your gifts are always received. Don’t worry about appearances. Your gifts are received in you.

God blesses every gift you give to Him, and every gift is given Him, because it can be given only to yourself. And what belongs to God must be His Own. Yet you will never realize His gifts are sure, eternal, changeless, limitless, forever giving out, extending love and adding to your never-ending joy while you forgive but to attack again.

Withdraw the gifts you give, and you will think that what is given you has been withdrawn. But learn to let forgiveness take away the sins you think you see outside yourself, and you can never think the gifts of God are lent but for a little while, before He snatches them away again in death. For death will have no meaning for you then.

You never have to look any further than your own mind. Never, ever. In every encounter, in every situation, take responsibility for it. Let this be a total experience in your mind. You will be astonished at what happens in you. And you will immediately let it go, and make room for all that God is giving you each moment. This is the adventure. This is the excitement. It is not ego based at all, it is completely divine and always given.

Thanks be to you, the holy Son of God. For as you were created, you contain all things within your Self. And you are still as God created you. Nor can you dim the light of your perfection. In your heart the Heart of God is laid. He holds you dear, because you are Himself. All gratitude belongs to you, because of what you are.

You are as God created you. Period. End of story. This is the experience that is offered you every instant. Any grievance, any defense, any thought not of God blocks the experience. And this is where your awakening is entirely up to you. Let no idle thoughts come between you and your Father, no matter how beautiful and lofty they seem to be, let those go as well. God is reasonable. It is the part of your mind where things simply make sense, effortlessly. This is what you are offered today. And today you will receive it.

Give thanks as you receive it. Be you free of all ingratitude to anyone who makes your Self complete. And from this Self is no one left outside. Give thanks for all the countless channels which extend this Self. All that you do is given unto Him. All that you think can only be His Thoughts, sharing with Him the holy Thoughts of God. Earn now the gratitude you have denied yourself when you forgot the function God has given you. But never think that He has ever ceased to offer thanks to you.

 

Review Lesson 86

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It is holy week, and on this day you are reviewing lessons 71 and 72. As you look at the teachings of Jesus leading up to His Resurrection, you see that the New Testament and A Course In Miracles offer the same message.

71. Only God’s plan for salvation will work.
It is senseless for me to search wildly about for salvation. I have seen it in many people and in many things, but when I reached for it, it was not there. I was mistaken about where it is. I was mistaken about what it is. I will undertake no more idle seeking. Only God’s plan for salvation will work. And I will rejoice because His plan can never fail.
These are some suggested forms for applying this idea specifically:

God’s plan for salvation will save me from my perception of this.
This is no exception in God’s plan for my salvation.
Let me perceive this only in the light of God’s plan for salvation.

This is no different than the first commandment ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength’. It’s a total commitment. Jesus’ final words before His Resurrection were, ‘Father, into Thy Hands I command my spirit’. It’s a surrender. Finally you are tired of being right about anything, you simply recognize that you need help.

72. Holding grievances is an attack on God’s plan for salvation.
Holding grievances is an attempt to prove that God’s plan for salvation will not work. Yet only His plan will work. By holding grievances, I am therefore excluding my only hope of salvation from my awareness. I would no longer defeat my own best interests in this insane way. I would accept God’s plan for salvation, and be happy.
Specific applications for this idea might be in these forms:

I am choosing between misperception and salvation as I look on this.
If I see grounds for grievances in this, I will not see the grounds for my salvation.
This calls for salvation, not attack.

Thou shalt love thy neigbor as thyself. This is the second commandment, and it is your salvation. Any grievance you have, will bind you to the world you see. Do you really want what you have made? There is another world that is available to you, another way of seeing, another way of thinking. You have to want it above all else. Ask and you shall receive. Jesus is walking with you and there is no greater time than right now to remember that He is risen and that you are risen with Him.

My Salvation Comes From Me

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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.

Let Me Not Forget My Function

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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.

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

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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.

Idle:
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.

I Am The Light Of The World

 

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As you practice the Workbook of A Course In Miracles there can be one line that really stands out. This is a personal experience. It is simply a combination of words that touch something in you, open something up, that strike you like lightning, that lift you out of your sequential thinking.

Humility consists of accepting your role in salvation and in taking no other.

Look at this sentence for a moment, feel the singularity of it, the certainty of it. This is the truth. It takes away the idea of choice, the idea of two. It’s surrender. It’s trust. Any word can offer this experience to you, any sentence. Use it. Let it work in you.

Who is the light of the world except God’s Son? This, then, is merely a statement of the truth about yourself. It is the opposite of a statement of pride, of arrogance, or of self-deception. It does not describe the self-concept you have made. It does not refer to any of the characteristics with which you have endowed your idols. It refers to you as you were created by God. It simply states the truth.

To the ego, today’s idea is the epitome of self-glorification. But the ego does not understand humility, mistaking it for self-debasement. Humility consists of accepting your role in salvation and in taking no other. It is not humility to insist you cannot be the light of the world if that is the function God assigned to you. It is only arrogance that would assert this function cannot be for you, and arrogance is always of the ego.

True humility requires that you accept today’s idea because it is God’s Voice which tells you it is true. This is a beginning step in accepting your real function on earth. It is a giant stride toward taking your rightful place in salvation. It is a positive assertion of your right to be saved, and an acknowledgment of the power that is given you to save others.

It’s beautiful how you are shown that it is humility to accept your function as the light of the world. It takes away any idea of arrogance and you start to recognize that remembering who you are is really a surrender to this moment, here and now. It is acceptance of a situation, an event, a person, a reaction. This doesn’t mean that you are neutral in any way, it is simply an acceptance of causation and a trust that as you see your brother truly, you will be shown what to say and do.

You will want to think about this idea as often as possible today. It is the perfect answer to all illusions, and therefore to all temptation. It brings all the images you have made about yourself to the truth, and helps you depart in peace, unburdened and certain of your purpose.

As many practice periods as possible should be undertaken today, although each one need not exceed a minute or two. They should begin with telling yourself:

I am the light of the world. That is my only function. That is why I am here.

Then think about these statements for a short while, preferably with your eyes closed if the situation permits. Let a few related thoughts come to you, and repeat the idea to yourself if your mind wanders away from the central thought.

Think about what you are shown. Point your mind, your thoughts, in that direction. Let the light in. Let it work in you and let it extend through you. You are the light of the world. It is your function. But you can’t fulfill your function if you forget it. Focus on it, remember it, let it be a natural extension of you. As you remember your function as the light of the world, every image disappears, the body disappears. this world disappears. It is simply being, beyond having an idea.

Be sure both to begin and end the day with a practice period. Thus you will awaken with an acknowledgment of the truth about yourself, reinforce it throughout the day, and turn to sleep as you reaffirm your function and your only purpose here. These two practice periods may be longer than the rest, if you find them helpful and want to extend them.

Remember. Remember. It’s an inward recognition. It’s between you and God. It is eternal. It is the truth.

Today’s idea goes far beyond the ego’s petty views of what you are and what your purpose is. As a bringer of salvation, this is obviously necessary. This is the first of a number of giant steps we will take in the next few weeks. Try today to begin to build a firm foundation for these advances. You are the light of the world. God has built His plan for the salvation of His Son on you.

 

Forgetting And Remembering

Let me forget my brother’s past today.

This is the thought that leads the way to You, and brings me to my goal. I cannot come to You without my brother. And to know my Source, I first must recognize what You created one with me. My brother’s is the hand that leads me on the way to You. His sins are in the past along with mine, and I am saved because the past is gone. Let me not cherish it within my heart, or I will lose the way to walk to You. My brother is my savior. Let me not attack the savior You have given me. But let me honor him who bears Your Name, and so remember that It is my own.

Forgive me, then, today. And you will know you have forgiven me if you behold your brother in the light of holiness. He cannot be less holy than can I, and you can not be holier than he.

A Course In Miracles directs you to open-mindedness. This is not about any limited idea about it, Jesus is very specific in the Manual for Teachers about this characteristic of a Teacher of God and he links it directly with forgiveness.

The centrality of open-mindedness, perhaps the last of the attributes the teacher of God acquires, is easily understood when its relation to forgiveness is recognized.  Open-mindedness comes with lack of judgment.  As judgment shuts the mind against God’s Teacher, so open-mindedness invites Him to come in.  As condemnation judges the Son of God as evil, so open-mindedness permits him to be judged by the Voice for God on His behalf.  As the projection of guilt upon him would send him to hell, so open-mindedness lets Christ’s image be extended to him.  Only the open-minded can be at peace, for they alone see reason for it.

There is nothing wishy-washy about open-mindedness. There is a certainty in it that is not of this world. You are asked to look at your brother, your neighbor, the one you deem to be a stranger, with no preconceived idea about him. Whenever any idea about him arises, you can simply let it go and remember the lesson for today. Open-mindedness is simple when you recognize that in it lies your salvation. You don’t want to be limited by your ideas about anything anymore. You can be free today, simply by remembering that your neighbor is yourself.

I Will Accept My Part In God’s Plan For Salvation

Today’s lesson is the review of lessons 97 and 98.

(97) I am spirit.

I am the Son of God. No body can contain my spirit,
nor impose on me a limitation God created not.

(98) I will accept my part in God’s plan for salvation.

What can my function be but to accept the Word of God,
Who has created me for what I am and will forever be?

Great lessons, and in the introduction Jesus asks you to spend 5 minutes in the morning and in the evening reading these lessons, thinking about them, letting them work in you. And then to apply them during the day as well. He alludes to the power of your mind and says something that really struck me this morning.

Place the ideas within your mind, and let it use them as it chooses.  Give it faith that it will use them wisely, being helped in its decisions by the One Who gave the thoughts to you.  What can you trust but what is in your mind?  Have faith, in these reviews, the means the Holy Spirit uses will not fail.  The wisdom of your mind will come to your assistance.  Give direction at the outset; then lean back in quiet faith, and let the mind employ the thoughts you gave as they were given you for it to use.

A Course In Miracles is really the only book where the introductions are as amazing as the lessons themselves. What I love  is that it says, The wisdom of your mind will come to your assistance. It is so simple, the recognition that the answer is in you, and that the power of your mind as created by God will never fail you. What can you trust but what is in your mind?  Have faith, in these reviews, the means the Holy Spirit uses will not fail. For any answer to any problem that seems to confront you, you never have to look any further than your own mind. God placed the solution where the problem is. Have faith that what you have been given will never fail you. Trust these lessons, apply them as asked, and let them work in you and through you. This is how you recognize that the problem has been solved.

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.

So, to sum it all up, it is really completely up to you. However much you apply the lesson, in equal amount will it offer you what you give to it. When you recognize the power of your mind, when you see how much you have overlearned ideas and beliefs that have no reality, then you recognize simultaneously that you do need help. The help is given you in new ideas about yourself and the world, they are the lessons in the workbook. Apply them, use them, trust them, have faith in the Holy Spirit and in the wisdom of your mind. You are as God created you. It is a fact. Now let that knowledge reveal itself to you.

Look Within And Find Me There

The experience of the presence of Jesus is a very personal one. This is why A Course In Miracles is so amazing. Jesus actually tells you that He is with you, in no uncertain terms.

When I said “I am with you always,” I meant it literally.  I am not absent to anyone in any situation.  Because I am always with you, you are the way, the truth and the life.

This goes way beyond the iconic figure of the Bible. Jesus is asking you not to see Him as an idol, but to recognize that you are the savior of the world. That He is walking with you every step of the way.

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.

Amazing. Jesus is with you right here and right now. Are you using Him? Are you asking for help? His answer is,  “Look within and find me there.” It’s astonishing in it’s simplicity. There is no long search, no intense study of the Bible. If you need an answer, just ask Him. His presence is reassuring and the experience of the peace of God. He knows you perfectly well and He understands what is happening to you.

I take the journey with you. For I share your doubts and fears a little while, that you may come to me who recognize the road by which all fears and doubts are overcome. We walk together. I must understand uncertainty and pain, although I know they have no meaning. Yet a savior must remain with those he teaches, seeing what they see, but still retaining in his mind the way that led him out, and now will lead you out with him.

So, you have a function. You are being undone and you are not alone in this. Whenever you are afraid, call on Jesus. Whenever you worry, you can find Him there. Whenever you are in pain, He reminds you it is not so. And whenever you are happy, He rejoices with you. What an incredible experience. It is very personal, between Jesus and you, and it is very real.

There is nothing to fear

It’s a short lesson for today, simple and quick.

There is nothing to fear.

The idea for today simply states a fact. It is not a fact to those who believe in illusions, but illusions are not facts. In truth there is nothing to fear. It is very easy to recognize this. But it is very difficult to recognize it for those who want illusions to be true.

Amazing idea. There is nothing to fear. It is so alien to the world and yet it is your natural state. In God there is indeed nothing to fear, but when you trust in your own strength and try to make sense out of chaos you are in fear all the time. You don’t even realize that every moment of every day you worry, think ahead or back, you are in a constant fear-state. It is so common to you that you don’t even realize it. You think it offers you comfort. You even use it to protect yourself, call it instinct. When you are in fear, something is wrong. But you are in fear all the time, be it big or small, so something is definitely wrong. Today you decide you are not going to do it anymore. You deserve peace and it is right there in a place where you can find it: it is in you.

The presence of fear is a sure sign that you are trusting in your own strength. The awareness that there is nothing to fear shows that somewhere in your mind, though not necessarily in a place you recognize as yet, you have remembered God, and let His strength take the place of your weakness. The instant you are willing to do this there is indeed nothing to fear.

It’s really simple, but it does take the willingness to be corrected, even if it’s every so slightly. Any twinge of concern is fear. Any sense of depression is fear. Any stab of anger is fear. Let it all be lifted from you, simply by applying the idea for today. Let yourself be corrected by a power that is greater than you and in that you will realize that this power is you. It’s undoing and resurrection at the same time. And it is all happening in you.

There is nothing to fear.