Love Created Me Like Itself

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Today’s idea is a complete and accurate statement of what you are. This is why you are the light of the world. This is why God appointed you as the world’s savior. This is why the Son of God looks to you for his salvation. He is saved by what you are. We will make every effort today to reach this truth about you, and to realize fully, if only for a moment, that it is the truth.

The workbook in A Course In Miracles keeps telling you think about the lesson of the day, to let related thoughts come to you. This is because the mind is always active. You are thinking all the time. In fact, the moment of stillness, the collapse into the black hole of your mind, is your greatest fear. Because when you quiet your mind, you will remember God. And even though you tell yourself that you are not afraid of God, the very fact that you keep filling your mind with meaningless thoughts and you keep yourself busy with things that are entirely unimportant, actively shows how afraid you really are to be still, to let the light in, to remember your Creator and your Self.

In the longer practice period, we will think about your reality and its wholly unchanged and unchangeable nature. We will begin by repeating this truth about you, and then spend a few minutes adding some relevant thoughts, such as:

Holiness created me holy.

Kindness created me kind.

Helpfulness created me helpful.

Perfection created me perfect.

As you practice this lesson and say the words, you experience that holiness, kindness, helpfulness, perfection and love are revealed to you as you step back and let the words be exactly what they are. You are not asked to fill in the blanks. This is not a doing, it is an undoing. Your idea of holiness has nothing to do with holiness. The same goes for kindness and helpfulness. What you deem to be kind and helpful enables the idea of sickness and death. Your idea about perfection is merely arrogance. Once you realize you do not know, you can be shown who you truly are. It is given. It is a remembering not of your doing. Only application of the lesson is required, and you simply receive the gifts of God.

Any attribute which is in accord with God as He defines Himself is appropriate for use. We are trying today to undo your definition of God and replace it with His Own. We are also trying to emphasize that you are part of His definition of Himself.

After you have gone over several such related thoughts, try to let all thoughts drop away for a brief preparatory interval, and then try to reach past all your images and preconceptions about yourself to the truth in you. If love created you like itself, this Self must be in you. And somewhere in your mind It is there for you to find.

You let all thoughts drop away for an instant, and on that clean slate your true Identity is written for you. It can’t be found among the senseless thoughts with which you preoccupy your mind. It is found in the space between your thoughts; in the quiet, the stillness, the willingness to receive.

You may find it necessary to repeat the idea for today from time to time to replace distracting thoughts. You may also find that this is not sufficient, and that you need to continue adding other thoughts related to the truth about yourself. Yet perhaps you will succeed in going past that, and through the interval of thoughtlessness to the awareness of a blazing light in which you recognize yourself as love created you. Be confident that you will do much today to bring that awareness nearer, whether you feel you have succeeded or not.

Love created me like itself. This is the thought that saves you today. It is the inspiration for true thoughts, for thoughts of God. It offers you the awareness of a blazing light that you have been searching for since the beginning of time. The mind training of A Course In Miracles offers you a remembering of yourself as God created you. It is that simple. And you can’t fail. With the help of God beside you, how could you fail? Try not to measure if you are succeeding, but realize that your limited ideas about yourself can’t possibly help you to remember your magnitude in God. Don’t look outside of yourself for verification of any kind, simply let God be. Love created you like itself. This is the truth.

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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.

Review Lesson 1 – 5

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Today you are asked to look again at the first 5 lessons of the workbook in A Course In Miracles. As you read them, think about them, let them work in you, you start to recognize the incredible offering of this mind training. It is the undoing of the way that you see now, the recognition of the meaninglessness of what you perceive. As you let go of the way you see, vision is revealed to you.

1) Nothing I see means anything.
The reason this is so is that I see nothing, and nothing has no meaning. It is necessary that I recognize this, that I may learn to see. What I think I see now is taking the place of vision. I must let it go by realizing it has no meaning, so that vision may take its place.

(2) I have given what I see all the meaning it has for me.
I have judged everything I look upon, and it is this and only this I see. This is not vision. It is merely an illusion of reality, because my judgments have been made quite apart from reality. I am willing to recognize the lack of validity in my judgments, because I want to see. My judgments have hurt me, and I do not want to see according to them.

(3) I do not understand anything I see.
How could I understand what I see when I have judged it amiss? What I see is the projection of my own errors of thought. I do not understand what I see because it is not understandable. There is no sense in trying to understand it. But there is every reason to let it go, and make room for what can be seen and understood and loved. I can exchange what I see now for this merely by being willing to do so. Is not this a better choice than the one I made before?

The first 3 lessons are about seeing. Seeing and believing are very closely related. You will see what you believe about yourself. In the text you have been shown “Projection makes perception. The world you see is what you gave it.” You have a thought, you then project it outside of you and so it seems to be real. In truth, what you see has no reality. And so you are directed inward, to your thoughts, because when you change your mind you will see differently.

(4) These thoughts do not mean anything.
The thoughts of which I am aware do not mean anything because I am trying to think without God. What I call “my” thoughts are not my real thoughts. My real thoughts are the thoughts I think with God. I am not aware of them because I have made my thoughts to take their place. I am willing to recognize that my thoughts do not mean anything, and to let them go. I choose to have them be replaced by what they were intended to replace. My thoughts are meaningless, but all creation lies in the thoughts I think with God.

You have real thoughts. They have nothing to do with what you think you are thinking now. Thoughts about space and time, sequential thoughts, simply cover up your real Thoughts. You have been practicing a thought system that has no reality, but today you will practice letting it go. Because you want your real Thoughts. You want to remember you are one with God.

(5) I am never upset for the reason I think.
I am never upset for the reason I think because I am constantly trying to justify my thoughts. I am constantly trying to make them true. I make all things my enemies, so that my anger is justified and my attacks are warranted. I have not realized how much I have misused everything I see by assigning this role to it. I have done this to defend a thought system that has hurt me, and that I no longer want. I am willing to let it go.

 

God Is The Mind With Which I Think

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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.

I Can Elect To Change All Thoughts That Hurt

Loss is not loss when properly perceived. Pain is impossible. There is no grief with any cause at all. And suffering of any kind is nothing but a dream. This is the truth, at first to be but said and then repeated many times; and next to be accepted as but partly true, with many reservations. Then to be considered seriously more and more, and finally accepted as the truth. I can elect to change all thoughts that hurt. And I would go beyond these words today, and past all reservations, and arrive at full acceptance of the truth in them.

Father, what You have given cannot hurt, so grief and pain must be impossible. Let me not fail to trust in You today, accepting but the joyous as Your gifts; accepting but the joyous as the truth.

It is a miracle to have A Course In Miracles in your hand. Truly. To be given a lesson today, a thought from God, to direct your mind to the truth… it is priceless.

Jesus has always taught that your reward is in Heaven. Every loving action you perform, every service to your brother, is a gift that cannot be expressed in a currency of any kind. Your mind should always be directed towards Heaven, because you really only want the reward that God gives you. The rewards of this world are always fleeting, no matter how satisfying they seem to be for a moment. They never last. You long for the eternal, because that is your true inheritance.

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing back; and your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High.

So today, just for today, direct your mind to what is true. Give of your most loving Father, extend the light that you are. Your reward will be great and you will remember who you are as you see the Christ in your brother. When you look at it honestly: what else is there to do?

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The key to every man is his thought. He can only be reformed by showing him a new idea which commands his own.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is amazing when you recognize that the truth is all around you, and always has been. Someone is always trying to tell you something, if you are willing to listen. Ralph Waldo Emerson is a 19th century philosopher and poet whose writings come from an awakening experience of God. It’s good to stretch your mind a little, to read something and let it reveal itself to you.

The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear.

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.

All that I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.

There is never a moment where you can lean back and lazily and arrogantly say: “I know it all.” God is constant revelation, there is nothing static about knowledge. It moves and reveals itself in moments quite unexpected. There is always the tendency to become settled,  but only in the willingness to be unsettled is there any hope for you. Let your mind be changed. Stretch yourself a little and travel to the universe. Your mind is limitless.

Salvation comes from my one Self.
It’s thoughts are mine to use.

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.

Do you realize what a miracle it is that you have A Course In Miracles in your hand? It is not just any book, it is the key to your salvation. Read today’s lesson and the words simply work in you. Do you read them like a regular book or do you take the time to let each word sink in? Read today’s lesson in an unhurried manner, say the words out loud, and feel them working in you. They are indeed miraculous.

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.

In your mind are the thoughts of God. They are waiting for you. Under all the senseless musings of your mind, all the things you think you know and understand, each thought that follows another in a long line of meaningless stories, lie the thoughts you share with God. They are holy.

Where, then, are your real thoughts? Today we will attempt to reach them. We will have to look for them in your mind, because that is where they are. They must still be there, because they cannot have left their source. What is thought by the Mind of God is eternal, being part of creation.

It’s amazing when you really look at it. Behind all the drama’s are the thoughts you think with God. Beyond all the gossip lie the thoughts of God. Every thought of pain, sickness and death simply vanishes when you apply today’s lesson.

God is the Mind with which I think.
My real thoughts are in my mind. I would like to find them.

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.

Today’s lesson offers you every incentive to quiet your mind and be in the experience of the thoughts you think with God. It’s simple, it’s easy, it changes everything, and it is all happening in you. The Kingdom of Heaven lies in you. It is not a state you will find later in time, when you die, or some strange idea like that. Swear not to die, you holy Son of God. You make a bargain that you can’t keep. Death is not real, it is simply an idea. And like all the thoughts which have no reality, it simply vanishes before the truth of God

God is the Mind with which I think.

My holiness is my salvation

If guilt is hell, what is its opposite? Like the text for which this workbook was written, the ideas used for the exercises are very simple, very clear and totally unambiguous. We are not concerned with intellectual feats nor logical toys. We are dealing only in the very obvious, which has been overlooked in the clouds of complexity in which you think you think.

Jesus makes it very clear to you in A Course In Miracles that your understanding is not required. Anything you offer in the idea that it is helpful, actually hampers you in reality. You, as you see yourself within a body and an identity in space and time, can bring nothing to the totality that is God. God is whole in and of Himself, and you are created in His likeness. Your holiness remains untouched by any intellectual feats or logical toys. It is time to put your toys away. The message of this course is very simple, and the application of the workbook lesson has no complexity whatsoever. Simply do as you are told. You get out of the way, ask for help, and follow instructions. It is really that simple.

Your holiness is the answer to every question that was ever asked, is being asked now, or will be asked in the future.
Your holiness means the end of guilt, and therefore the end of hell.
Your holiness is the salvation of the world, and your own.

How could you to whom your holiness belongs be excluded from it? God does not know unholiness.
Can it be He does not know His Son?

This lesson is incredible, every sentence is immaculate and an immediate confrontation. I am grateful that this morning I was offered a beautiful example of pure dedication and willingness. This lesson does work. Immerse yourself in it, trust it, follow instructions, do as you are told, and you will get the immediate result that is not of this world. You can see it as a weapon, given you by God, to use when thoughts of anger and depression arise.

My unloving thoughts about ___ are keeping me in hell
My holiness is my salvation.

This is just about you, not anybody else, because there isn’t anybody else. Only your thoughts affect you. You wouldn’t be affected by figures in a dream if you knew that you were dreaming. They can be as vicious as they may, they could have no effect on you unless you failed to realize that this is your world. Your inner world is the cause of your perception of the outer world. Only your thoughts affect you, and today you have been given the key to your salvation and the salvation of the world.

My holiness is my salvation.

There is another way of looking at the world

Today’s idea is an attempt to recognize that you can shift your perception of the world in both its outer and inner aspects.

Everything is an idea. This much you have been told in A Course In Miracles. Everything you see, you experience, is the result of a thought in your mind. That makes it really simple, but that is also where your fear lies.

You think salvation lies in the idea that you are separate from God and everything around you. If you would look honestly at this idea, you would see immediately that it makes no sense. If all things are separate from you, you are in utter chaos, and you do believe that God throws dice with the universe, that your fate depends on things you have no control over, that your Creator is not all loving. Your salvation lies in the knowledge that everything that happens to you is what you receive as you have asked. What you see ‘out there’ is what is caused ‘in here’, in your mind and in your mind only. It’s very singular. There is only one mind. And that mind is you.

Merely glance casually around the world you perceive as outside yourself, then close your eyes and survey your inner thoughts with equal casualness. Try to remain equally uninvolved in both, and to maintain this detachment as you repeat the idea throughout the day.

There is another way of looking at the world.

Today you are practicing that what you perceive as outside yourself is the same as what is happening inside of you. You literally relieve yourself of any attachment to anything. You are in an active practice of freedom, every instant, and you can apply it specifically as well if you become disturbed by anything inside or outside.

There is another way of looking at this.

All the help you need is given to you right here and right now. Every request you make goes out to the universe, but the request has to be made by you. The mind training is the recognition that your mind is always active, but that you have a new purpose. In that purpose all things are given you. If you desire to meet those who are in an active experience of the Course, check out the events at www.acimi.com. Advents are happening all over the world and you are invited. Your active participation is required. Beyond simply practicing the lesson, you are asked to give away what you have received, so you can stay in the active experience of the receiving. What you give to your brother, you receive. What you keep from your brother, you keep from yourself. Stay active in this, reach out, step up. It is up to you to take the first step, God will take the final step Himself. And of that we cannot speak.

God is in everything I see because God is in my mind

The idea for today is the springboard for vision. From this idea will the world open up before you, and you will look upon it and see in it what you have never seen before. Nor will what you saw before be even faintly visible to you.

It’s so beautifully expressed: today’s idea is the springboard for vision. You can see yourself on the springboard, jumping right into Heaven. Notice how it doesn’t say ‘a springboard’, it is ‘the springboard’. Today’s lesson is the thought that returns the memory of your Self to you.

Today we are trying to use a new kind of “projection.” We are not attempting to get rid of what we do not like by seeing it outside. Instead, we are trying to see in the world what is in our minds, and what we want to recognize is there.  Thus, we are trying to join with what we see, rather than keeping it apart from us. That is the fundamental difference between vision and the way you see.

It starts with the recognition that what you are doing now, how you are seeing now, is not giving you the result that you want. Somewhere you are tired of the reflection that you are getting of pain, sickness and death. And the only way to see things differently is by taking full responsibility for what you are seeing and by changing your mind about it. This is an inward happening, it has nothing to do with the images you see. Decide what you want to see, decide the result you want, and everything shifts accordingly. Cause and effect are not apart. It starts in you, the cause, and reflects to the world, the effect. You can see the purpose of the universe in everything that catches your eye, and that is still the best thing that you have ever been told. Your eyes don’t truly see, it is your decision beyond the eyes that makes up your perception.

Real vision is not only unlimited by space and distance, but it does not depend on the body’s eyes at all. The mind is its only source.

These are incredible sentences in and of themselves. A Course In Miracles is full of great zingers like these. Real vision has nothing to do with time and space, and so today you apply the lesson to what you see and what is beyond your sight. This gives you a glimpse of the power of  your mind, the power of your thoughts to affect everything that you even think of. You can indeed move mountains, if you only believe. It starts with vision and it ends with vision.

God is in everything I see because God is in my mind.