Wednesday, April 9, 2008

LESSON 35 My mind is part of God's. I am very holy.


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.

You will believe that you are part of where you think you are. That is because you surround yourself with the environment you want. And you want it to protect the image of yourself that you have made. The image is part of this environment. What you see while you believe you are in it is seen through the eyes of the image. This is not vision. Images cannot see.

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. We will use a somewhat different kind of application for today's idea because the emphasis for today is on the perceiver, rather than on what he perceives.

For each of the three five-minute practice periods today, begin by repeating today's idea to yourself, and then close your eyes and search your mind for the various kinds of descriptive terms in which you see yourself. Include all the ego-based attributes which you ascribe to yourself, positive or negative, desirable or undesirable, grandiose or debased. All of them are equally unreal, because you do not look upon yourself through the eyes of holiness.

In the earlier part of the mind-searching period, you will probably emphasize what you consider to be the more negative aspects of your perception of yourself. Toward the latter part of the exercise period, however, more self-inflating descriptive terms may well cross your mind. Try to recognize that the direction of your fantasies about yourself does not matter. Illusions have no direction in reality. They are merely not true.

A suitable unselected list for applying the idea for today might be as follows:

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.

You should not think of these terms in an abstract way. They will occur to you as various situations, personalities and events in which you figure cross your mind. Pick up any specific situation that occurs to you, identify the descriptive term or terms you feel are applicable to your reactions to that situation, and use them in applying today's idea. After you have named each one, add:

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

During the longer exercise periods, there will probably be intervals in which nothing specific occurs to you. Do not strain to think up specific things to fill the interval, but merely relax and repeat today's idea slowly until something occurs to you. Although nothing that does occur should be omitted from the exercises, nothing should be "dug out" with effort. Neither force nor discrimination should be used.

As often as possible during the day, pick up a specific attribute or attributes you are ascribing to yourself at the time and apply the idea for today to them, adding the idea in the form stated above to each of them. If nothing particular occurs to you, merely repeat the idea to yourself, with closed eyes.


Lesson 35
“My mind is part of God’s. I am very holy.”

Today I am being asked to take illusions to the truth. I am being asked to look very closely at the self-image I have made. I am being asked to look at the situations I see myself in and look at the thoughts that go with it. “What is the self-image that goes with this situation?” Then I am asked to take this image to the truth. Unless I am willing to look very closely at this self-image I have made, it will remain unconscious and not healed. But the closer I look at this self-image with the Holy Spirit, the sooner it will be undone.

The truth for myself and everyone is we are all part of God’s Mind. God’s holiness is ours. Today’s lesson is an important part of retraining my mind. With today’s lesson, I am learning to pay attention to what self-image I am reinforcing, and then to hand it over. All the images I have made are false. Because God is Mind, I am mind. I am willing to look at these images today and take them to my Source to be undone.

Recognizing that I am the perceiver of this world, I can choose to relinquish my belief in the ego thought system of separation. I can choose to perceive the truth of my mind -- my mind is part of God’s. I am very holy. This perception aligns my mind and my thoughts with the one Mind and releases my belief in thoughts of separation. Today I choose to focus on and remember the truth of Who I am. My mind is part of God’s. I am very holy. Repeating this affirmation brings me peace and joy because it is a reflection of my true Self.

Today’s idea brings great relief. It tells me that I am not the vulnerable, alone and fearful image that I have thought was me. It tells me that I am innocent, for I could not be guilty and also be holy and in the Mind of God. When I look at all the various attributes that came to mind when I did the exercise, I realized that all those attributes were ways of distinguishing myself from others and therefore being separate. My mind cannot be part of God’s and remain separate.

So each time I remind myself that my mind is part of God’s and I am very holy, I reclaim my innocence. I reclaim my place in God’s Mind. I affirm God’s completeness and my own. I reclaim the strength of God as mine. I reclaim my Self. I am grateful to be reminded that littleness is not my inheritance, but rather the grandeur of God is mine and everyone’s. No one has less or more, for God has given all of Himself to all. I rest in gratitude and joy.

What I appreciate about these lessons is that they make me very aware of my thoughts and actions. There is so much mind wandering and I tend to treat that as normal, expected and harmless because I am not aware of it in a conscious way. Doing lessons like this one brings these thoughts into focus and reminds me that they are indeed real thoughts with effects.

This lesson saves me from my "terminal uniqueness." I am no longer apart from, different than, separate from anyone! My mind is part of God's. I am very Holy. My identity is established and I no longer have to surround myself with reflections of a limited, unhappy, depressed, frozen self. I have the wings of an eagle. I'm tired of flopping & flapping around with the tiny wings of a sparrow!

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