A Leap Of Faith

A Course In Miracles offers you the simple recognition that the present is the only time there is. The past is over, the future can only be imagined. This moment, right here and right now, is all there is to time.

When you are present in this moment, you can see things as they truly are. You do not put a past reference on anything, you don’t plan to use things for a future event. As you look on things open-eyed, the truth is revealed to you in all its simplicity.

What time but now can truth be recognized? The present is the only time there is. And so today, this instant, now, we come to look upon what is forever there; not in our sight, but in the eyes of Christ. He looks past time, and sees eternity as represented there. He hears the sounds the senseless, busy world engenders, yet He hears them faintly. For beyond them all He hears the song of Heaven, and the Voice for God more clear, more meaningful, more near.

All the workbook lessons do, is bring you to a place in your own mind where you recognize that your judgments, memories and anticipations are not real and are, in fact, not helpful to you in your awakening. And as you stand in the empty place that is left when you let go of all your ideas, the Holy Spirit uses it to show you the truth of who you are. The clincher is, that you can’t know that the Holy Spirit steps in until you make room for him. You can be told over and over again what you need to do and what will happen when you do, but ultimately it is a leap of faith. Somewhere you simply decide to take a chance on Love.

Today you are asking for help to let go of the past. You recognize that the past is only imagined, you never see the full picture, and your ideas about anything are no longer helpful. You want your ideas and thoughts to be replaced with the truth. And all you have to do is ask. Don’t worry if there seems to be no response. Your request has been heard and you did receive the answer. Finally you no longer trust your limited instincts and beliefs anymore, you take the leap of faith and trust.

The past is over. It can touch me not.

Unless the past is over in my mind, the real world must escape my sight. For I am really looking nowhere; seeing but what is not there. How can I then perceive the world forgiveness offers? This the past was made to hide, for this the world that can be looked on only now. It has no past. For what can be forgiven but the past, and if it is forgiven it is gone.

Father, let me not look upon a past that is not there. For You have offered me Your Own replacement, in a present world the past has left untouched and free of sin. Here is the end of guilt. And here am I made ready for Your final step. Shall I demand that You wait longer for Your Son to find the loveliness You planned to be the end of all his dreams and all his pain?

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God is my strength. Vision is His gift.

The idea for today combines two very powerful thoughts, both of major importance.

God is my strength.
Vision is His gift.

It also sets forth a cause and effect relationship that explains why you cannot fail in your efforts to achieve the goal of the course. You will see because it is the Will of God. It is His strength, not your own, that gives you power. And it is His gift, rather than your own, that offers vision to you.

It is amazing when you really read what A Course In Miracles says. Really read it. You take a moment and let every word, every sentence, sink in. The message is not of this world, it is completely from out of time. The words take you out in the universe, where you truly belong. They lift you out of very trial and tribulation, out of depression or anger, out of sickness and pain. Let it sink into your mind today: God is my strength. Vision is His gift.

God is indeed your strength, and what He gives is truly given. This means that you can receive it any time and anywhere, wherever you are, and in whatever circumstance you find yourself. Your passage through time and space is not at random. You cannot but be in the right place at the right time. Such is the strength of God. Such are His gifts.

God’s gifts are truly given, each and every moment, right here and right now. It has nothing to do with place, it has nothing to do with time, nothing to do with seeming things outside of you, it’s all happening in you. You are given everything you need right now. That should make you indescribably happy. Read today’s lesson and joyous thoughts come to mind, joyous thoughts of God.

Vision must be possible. God gives truly.
God’s gifts to me must be mine, because He gave them to me.

Remember this lesson often today. As Jesus tells you, it is the reminder that the goal of this course is important to you. That you haven’t forgotten it. It is a statement of your determination, your perseverance, your gratitude.

God is my strength. Vision is His gift.

There is nothing my holiness cannot do

The lesson for today states the infinite possibilities of your holiness. You are unlimited, free in God, unbound by anyone or anything.

Your holiness reverses all the laws of the world. It is beyond every restriction of time, space, distance and limits of any kind. Your holiness is totally unlimited in its power because it establishes you as a Son of God, at one with the Mind of his Creator.

Read this and feel the peace of God in you. You are safe, you are taken care of. This has nothing to do with your identity in the world, nothing to do with your body. You are mind and pure mind, you are one with God. You can travel out into the universe right now, because you are unlimited.

Through your holiness the power of God is made manifest. Through your holiness the power of God is made available.  And there is nothing the power of God cannot do. Your holiness, then, can remove all pain, can end all sorrow, and can solve all problems. It can do so in connection with yourself and with anyone else. It is equal in its power to help anyone because it is equal in its power to save anyone.

Today is a day of stillness, the quiet recognition of the power of God in you. This is your holiness. This is what you are. You are unlimited, complete and healed and whole, and everything is healed through your recognition of your holiness. It is not limited by time and space, your holiness affects you and everyone you meet or even think of.

If you are holy, so is everything God created.  You are holy because all things He created are holy. And all things He created are holy because you are. In today’s exercises, we will apply the power of your holiness to all problems, difficulties or suffering in any form that you happen to think of, in yourself or in someone else. We will make no distinctions because there are no distinctions.

Practice today’s idea because your salvation lies in it. This is simply the recognition of the power of your mind, which has been so long underestimated by you. Fortunately time is not real and there is only here and now. In this moment you can recognize your holiness, in this moment you can remember that there is nothing that your holiness cannot do. Apply today’s lesson and watch things shift in you and around you. They are all connected. Nothing is static, unless you keep it static in your own mind. Every problem will simply disappear in the nothingness that it is, every thought of pain is effortlessly replaced with a thought of joy. You are as God created you, you are unlimited, and today you recognize this.

There is nothing my holiness cannot do.

My attack thoughts are attacking my invulnerability

The exciting thing about A Course In Miracles is that everything changes in an instant. Literally in the blink of an eye there is a whole new configuration and it is happening in you. This is the power of your mind. It can move mountains, it can part the sea, because in God all things are possible and you were created by God in His Likeness.

Today you are looking at your attack thoughts and the result that they give you. It is quite obvious by now, or it should be, that everything that happens to you is by your choice. By allowing for attack thoughts, by giving them power, you are stating your vulnerability and denying your invulnerability.

It is surely obvious that if you can be attacked you are not invulnerable. You see attack as a real threat. That is because you believe that you can really attack. And what would have effects through you must also have effects on you.

It starts with your decision, with your belief, it always does. Cause and effect are not apart. You believe you can attack and so you simultaneously believe that you can be attacked. This happens in one instant and now you proceed from that belief. You are trapped. Thank God for A Course In Miracles and the clarity of its message.

Because your attack thoughts will be projected, you will fear attack. And if you fear attack, you must believe that you are not invulnerable. Attack thoughts therefore make you vulnerable in your own mind, which is where the attack thoughts are. Attack thoughts and invulnerability cannot be accepted together. They contradict each other.

It’s not outside of you, because nothing is outside of you. Everything you experience is happening in your mind.

Nothing except your thoughts can attack you. Nothing except your thoughts can make you think you are vulnerable.  And nothing except your thoughts can prove to you this is not so.

Look at it for a moment and you will see the complete reasonableness of it. Your thoughts make up the whole world you see, your thoughts are a continuous story of a sequentiality of  time. One thought, after another, after another, following each other in a continuous movie reel that plays inside your head. It is up to you to stop it, it’s up to you to say, “No more.” In that one instant where your mind is empty, God enters in. He has been there all along, but while you were preoccupying your mind with thoughts about past and future you could not feel His presence and the Gifts that He offers you.

The practice period should begin with repeating the idea for today, then closing your eyes and reviewing the unresolved questions whose outcomes are causing you concern. The concern may take the form of depression, worry, anger, a sense of imposition, fear, foreboding or preoccupation. Any problem as yet unsettled that tends to recur in your thoughts during the day is a suitable subject.

Look at this offering, it is the complete release from depression, worry, anger, fear or preoccupation. You have the key in your hand right now for a day wherein you trust completely in God without any concern. Simply apply the lesson for today and allow it to work in you. It will work. God is here and He is complete Love.

I am concerned about  ___.

I am afraid ___ will happen.

That thought is an attack upon myself.

Wow! The power is in you to let go of all thoughts of attack today, this instant. All you have to do is be willing. You don’t have to believe the idea, you don’t even have to believe that it will work, just apply it. Let it work in you. Let it amaze and surprise you as it reveals the truth of itself to you. Miracles are offered you today, they are all around you. They are the most natural thing in the world. They are, in fact, the only natural thing in this world. They are your birthright.

I see only the past.

This idea is particularly difficult to believe at first. Yet it is the rationale for all of the preceding ones.

It is the reason why nothing that you see means anything.
It is the reason why you have given everything you see all the meaning that it has for you.
It is the reason why you do not understand anything you see.
It is the reason why your thoughts do not mean anything, and why they are like the things you see.
It is the reason why you are never upset for the reason you think.
It is the reason why you are upset because you see something that is not there.

What an amazing discovery: you see only the past. You needed to hear this, you needed someone to show you this fact, and Jesus has stepped up to the plate and given you the lesson for today. Now you recognize that you are not really seeing anything, you are only using your past reference because you believe it will keep you safe. As long as you keep in mind that something hot burns you, you will not hurt yourself. As long as you remember that sharp knives can cut you, you can take care of yourself. You keep all this information in your mind because you truly believe that only you can protect yourself, that only you can take care of yourself. You have forgotten that your only safety lies in God, and that you will be shown everything you need to know. It is full dependency on God, that is your natural state. You separate from God, trying to get by in a world that is outside of you, is your unnatural state.

Old ideas about time are very difficult to change, because everything you believe is rooted in time, and depends on your not learning these new ideas about it. Yet that is precisely why you need new ideas about time.

You have been given the practice to see things differently, bu it is up to you to apply it. Recognize that your ideas about a cup, a pencil, a table or a person are binding you to the past. You don’t have to do it anymore. All that is asked of you today is to recognize what it is you are seeing, to accept for a moment that you are using the past against the present. That will suffice. These lessons are aligned perfectly for the total experience. Take it one moment at a time, there is only now. The lesson you have been given for today offers you everything you need right here and right now.

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.