My mind is part of God’s. I am very holy

Today’s idea does not describe the way you see yourself now. It does, however, describe what vision will show you. It is difficult for anyone who thinks he is in this world to believe this of himself. Yet the reason he thinks he is in this world is because he does not believe it.

My mind is part of God’s. I am very holy.

Say today’s lesson out loud and you may think it sounds arrogant. You may think that in no way can you declare yourself as being very holy. But the fact is that you are created by God, in His likeness. The declaration of today’s lesson states the truth about yourself. Your mind is part of God’s, because what is created by God is of God. And you are very holy, because you are as God created you.

The idea for today presents a very different view of yourself. By establishing your Source it establishes your Identity, and it describes you as you must really be in truth.

It’s a beautiful thing. You have confused cause and effect and now it is reversed into the true order. You are the cause of what you see, the world you see is simply the effect of your idea about yourself. Believe that you are separate from God and a world arises to support that. Declare that your mind is part of God’s, you are very holy, and vision is given you. Be honest with yourself today, apply the lesson to whatever you believe about yourself, good or bad, right or wrong.

I see myself as imposed on.
I see myself as depressed.
I see myself as failing.
I see myself as endangered.
I see myself as helpless.
I see myself as victorious.
I see myself as losing out.
I see myself as charitable.
I see myself as virtuous.

And then let it all go.

But my mind is part of God’s. I am very holy.

You don’t have to believe it, simply apply it. Your understanding is not required, it is in fact completely unnecessary. And that is the good news. These words will do the work, because they are given by God. They need no help whatsoever, only the little willingness to say them as often as possible today.

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I see no neutral things

This idea is another step in the direction of identifying cause and effect as it really operates in the world. You see no neutral things because you have no neutral thoughts. It is always the thought that comes first, despite the temptation to believe that it is the other way around. This is not the way the world thinks, but you must learn that it is the way you think. If it were not so, perception would have no cause, and would itself be the cause of reality. In view of its highly variable nature, this is hardly likely.

You see no neutral things because you have no neutral thoughts. Today’s lesson is a beautiful follow-up on the previous one.

I have no neutral thoughts.

I see no neutral things.

Everything you see you associate with something. Nothing is simply what it is. You bring the past to everything and everyone, you think this is what knowledge is. The more past you have, the more you think you know. But the fact is: the more you bring time into it, the less you know. Knowledge is available to you right here and now, it has nothing to do with your thought system as you have been using it. This is why today’s lesson is crucial for the undoing of your false idea of self, your false idea of thinking. You see no neutral things.

I do not see a neutral wall, because my thoughts about walls are not neutral.
I do not see a neutral body, because my thoughts about bodies are not neutral.

It’s amazing how many thoughts come in when you look at one single object. You do this all the time and you don’t even realize it. Everything is linked to everything else. There is a continuous timeline in your thinking.  It is simply amazing that you are shown all this in A Course In Miracles. What you are offered here is not of this world. You are remembering your Self and it has nothing to do with the world, with time, with any idea about anything. Are you willing to let go of every idea you have ever had? That’s all it takes to recognize your oneness with God. Jesus tells you in the Urtext, ” God is not in you, but you are a part of God.” It’s all the difference there is. It’s the letting go of yourself as a separate identity and the recognition that minds are joined. It’s right next to every idea you have ever had, but only God can lead you to it. Be grateful that it is only your undoing and not your doing. It doesn’t require your understanding, only your willingness.

I see nothing as it is now

It is difficult for the untrained mind to believe that what it seems to picture is not there. This idea can be quite disturbing, and may meet with active resistance in any number of forms. Yet that does not preclude applying it. No more than that is required for these or any other exercises. Each small step will clear a little of the darkness away, and understanding will finally come to lighten every corner of the mind that has been cleared of the debris that darkens it.

What you seem to be seeing is actually not there. Why? It is because you see only the past. All the lessons you have been doing, staring at lesson 1, are leading up to this.

It is as simple as mind training, and it is really the last thing you want to do. This is because it disrupts your whole thought system. You are okay with wailing in agony, dramatizing the impossibility of your situation, but you are unwilling to take the next step which is the undoing of every idea you have every had about anything. And that includes your ‘holy’ ideas. Everything has to go. You finally end up with wholly empty hands in front of your Father, your Creator, asking Him to show you the way. Now something can happen. Something new, yet ancient. You don’t know anything. You are not seeing anything. You, as you see yourself within an identity, are nothing. Your ideas are meaningless. Your beliefs have no foundation. Let’s start at zero today. It is a new beginning.

I do not see this typewriter as it is now.
I do not see this telephone as it is now.
I do not see this arm as it is now.

I do not see that coat rack as it is now.
I do not see that door as it is now.
I do not see that face as it is now.

I see nothing as it is now.

My mind is preoccupied with past thoughts

This idea is, of course, the reason why you see only the past. No one really sees anything. 3 He sees only his thoughts projected outward. The mind’s preoccupation with the past is the cause of the misconception about time from which your seeing suffers. Your mind cannot grasp the present, which is the only time there is. It therefore cannot understand time, and cannot, in fact, understand anything.

This is gentle Jesus reminding you that you do not understand anything. It is amazing how such a gentle tone, such beautiful words, can express an immediate truth and experience. It hits you right in the face, which just shows you that you don’t need to raise your voice to make a point. Truth is true and nothing else is true. When true words are spoken or written, you recognize them immediately, they resonate in you, it is cellular experience. Hearing the truth raises the frequency in you, everything starts vibrating at a higher level, you are more alert, more open. Your understanding is not required. It is simply an experience.

The one wholly true thought one can hold about the past is that it is not here. To think about it at all is therefore to think about illusions. Very few have realized what is actually entailed in picturing the past or in anticipating the future. The mind is actually blank when it does this, because it is not really thinking about anything.

The past is not here. That’s reasonable; you know this to be true. Then look at where Jesus takes your mind and it will be perfectly clear to you. You already know this, He is just reminding you. It’s not complicated, it takes no study. It is simply an immediate recognition. When you think about the past, you are not thinking about anything. Now you might want to decide that you want to use your mind differently and today’s lesson is just the tool for that.

The purpose of the exercises for today is to begin to train your mind to recognize when it is not really thinking at all.  While thoughtless ideas preoccupy your mind, the truth is blocked. Recognizing that your mind has been merely blank, rather than believing that it is filled with real ideas, is the first step to opening the way to vision.

I seem to be thinking about [name of a person], about [name of an object], about [name of an emotion], but my mind is preoccupied with past thoughts.

You are not really thinking about what you think you are thinking about. You are simply reliving the past, over and over and over again. You have done this every moment of every day. But no more. Today you will see things differently and you are in the happy recognition that you are in an awakening experience. What a miracle. There is no mistake about you finding A Course In Miracles, this book was brought to you because somewhere and somehow you asked for help. The help was given. Now it is up to you to use it, to stand in the active experience of it. It is indeed a whole new year, because you have decided to actually do the workbook of A Course In Miracles. It is the best decision you have ever made for yourself. It is the greatest gift that you have ever been given.

My mind is preoccupied with past thoughts.

I am never upset for the reason I think.

Well, there you have it. You are never upset for the reason you think. You think you know what is upsetting you and you give that all the meaning it has for you. Now you have placed the source of your upset outside of you and you are at the mercy of things you have no control over. This is how you have lived your life, and you have taught yourself that it is what life is. You were mistaken. Today you will see things differently.

I am never upset for the reason I think.

This idea, like the preceding one, can be used with any person, situation or event you think is causing you pain.

Notice how specific this lesson is. You are not asked to gloss over the emotion, to push it down and tell yourself that everything is okay and you are happy, happy, joy, joy. Instead you are asked to let the emotion rise to the surface, whatever it is. You are asked to look at what you think is causing this emotion and then you are offered the way to let it go.

There are no small upsets. They are all equally disturbing to my peace of mind.

I am never upset for the reason I think.

All you have to do is apply the lesson for today. Again, you are not asked to understand it or to add anything to it. Simply do as you are asked.

I am not angry at ___ for the reason I think.
I am not afraid of ___ for the reason I think.

I am not worried about ___ for the reason I think.
I am not depressed about ___ for the reason I think.

Have fun with this lesson. Look at everything that is going on in your mind, at everyone and everything you think it is related to. If you are angry, use it. If you are worried, use it. If you are depressed, use it. Help is right here, right now. All you have to do is be honest, so that all obstacles in your mind may be removed by a power greater than your own. There is a God.

I am never upset for the reason I think.

I do not understand anything I see

No truer words were ever spoken. You do not understand anything you see in this room, on this street, from this window, in this place. What a relief that you don’t have to understand it. It is enough to know that it is not understandable. You don’t have to figure it out, you can’t judge it, you simply hand it over to God. And the peace that comes with that is not of this world.

The point of the exercises is to help you clear your mind of all past associations, to see things exactly as they appear to you now, and to realize how little you really understand about them.

There comes a point in your awakening, and it is right now, that you feel the joy of not knowing. There is a bigger plan, there is One Who Knows, and He is one with you. In your not knowing, in you as a body identity admitting that you have absolutely no idea about anything, knowledge can be revealed to you. It comes to an open mind, unclouded by judgments of any kind. It is revealed in the heart of God.

It is therefore essential that you keep a perfectly open mind, unhampered by judgment.

And that is all. You are not asked to make any decision other than to do the lesson for today and to apply it indiscriminately to what you see. It is all that is required. How simple it is, you only have to step back and let things be revealed to you as they truly are. There is nothing you can add to this lesson, nothing you think you know that makes this lesson more valuable. It is in the letting go of all ideas, the letting go of all you think you know, that you remember who you truly are. There is a certain humility in that, an honesty in which you recognize how small you have made yourself. You can’t be separate from God and that is an experience. It is offered you today. Let it be a joyous experience that you do not understand anything you see.

Sickness is but another name for sin. Healing is but another name for God. The miracle is thus a call to Him.

Wow. Great lesson for today. The titles of the lessons are incredible and speak to you of things beyond your understanding. A Course In Miracles is not like any course in the world, your understanding is not required. It is only the little willingness to let the words speak to you, to let an ancient knowing and sense of peace rise to the surface. Beyond all your worries, all your plans and thoughts, lies the knowledge of your oneness with God. It is this you ask to experience today.

Father, You promised You would never fail to answer any call Your Son might make to You. It does not matter where he is, what seems to be his problem, nor what he believes he has become. He is Your Son, and You will answer him.  The miracle reflects Your Love, and thus it answers him. Your Name replaces every thought of sin, and who is sinless cannot suffer pain. Your Name gives answer to Your Son, because to call Your Name is but to call his own.

The fact is, God is with you now. He has always been with you. Reading the lesson for today, letting it sink into you, you can feel that healing is but another name for God. Healing is available to you right here and now. Simply ask for it and let God show you the way. You are not a body, you are free. Your mind is all-powerful and what you ask for you receive. This season let the memory of Jesus return to your mind, let His message resound in you and allow it to be extended through you. Jesus is you. You are resurrected with Him. He is with you now, leading you every step of the way, telling you that His experience is yours. You were born in a manger and are now standing up and declaring your saviorship. It is your function. All that is left for you now is to give your experience away, to share your Awakening. There are those that are waiting for you to fulfill your function. Their salvation is yours. Shine your light today, don’t hide it under a bushel. Let it shine from the mountaintop. Wherever you go, whatever you seem to be doing, your light takes care of everything, because it is the light of God.