Thursday, May 22, 2008

LESSON 75 The light has come.

LESSON 75


The light has come.


The light has come. You are healed and you can heal. The light has come. You are saved and you can save. You are at peace, and you bring peace with you wherever you go. Darkness and turmoil and death have disappeared. The light has come.

Today we celebrate the happy ending to your long dream of disaster. There are no dark dreams now. The light has come. Today the time of light begins for you and everyone. It is a new era, in which a new world is born. The old one has left no trace upon it in its passing. Today we see a different world, because the light has come.

Our exercises for today will be happy ones, in which we offer thanks for the passing of the old and the beginning of the new. No shadows from the past remain to darken our sight and hide the world forgiveness offers us. Today we will accept the new world as what we want to see. We will be given what we desire. We will to see the light; the light has come.

Our longer practice periods will be devoted to looking at the world that our forgiveness shows us. This is what we want to see, and only this. Our single purpose makes our goal inevitable. Today the real world rises before us in gladness, to be seen at last. Sight is given us, now that the light has come.

We do not want to see the ego's shadow on the world today. We see the light, and in it we see Heaven's reflection lie across the world. Begin the longer practice periods by telling yourself the glad tidings of your release:

The light has come. I have forgiven the world.

Dwell not upon the past today. Keep a completely open mind, washed of all past ideas and clean of every concept you have made. You have forgiven the world today. You can look upon it now as if you never saw it before. You do not know yet what it looks like. You merely wait to have it shown to you. While you wait, repeat several times, slowly and in complete patience:

The light has come. I have forgiven the world.

Realize that your forgiveness entitles you to vision. Understand that the Holy Spirit never fails to give the gift of sight to the forgiving. Believe He will not fail you now. You have forgiven the world. He will be with you as you watch and wait. He will show you what true vision sees. It is His Will, and you have joined with Him. Wait patiently for Him. He will be there. The light has come. You have forgiven the world.

Tell Him you know you cannot fail because you trust in Him. And tell yourself you wait in certainty to look upon the world He promised you. From this time forth you will see differently. Today the light has come. And you will see the world that has been promised you since time began, and in which is the end of time ensured.

The shorter practice periods, too, will be joyful reminders of your release. Remind yourself every quarter of an hour or so that today is a time for special celebration. Give thanks for mercy and the Love of God. Rejoice in the power of forgiveness to heal your sight completely. Be confident that on this day there is a new beginning. Without the darkness of the past upon your eyes, you cannot fail to see today. And what you see will be so welcome that you will gladly extend today forever.

Say, then:

The light has come. I have forgiven the world.

Should you be tempted, say to anyone who seems to pull you back into darkness:

The light has come. I have forgiven you.

We dedicate this day to the serenity in which God would have you be. Keep it in your awareness of yourself and see it everywhere today, as we celebrate the beginning of your vision and the sight of the real world, which has come to replace the unforgiven world you thought was real.



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Lesson 75
“The light has come.”

This is one of my favorite lessons. It is so uplifting and affirming, yet when I read the lesson, I am aware of an ego aspect that tells me I am not worthy of it. It points out the many ways that I have not yet forgiven the world and asks me, “Who am I to say the light has come?” Yet these are just the ego’s frantic efforts to hold on to its place in my image of myself, for if I truly acknowledge that I have forgiven the world, the light has come, that is the end of the go.

This lesson is affirming the truth about me, not the ego lies. It is uplifting because it is reminding me of what my true Self experiences in every moment. My true Self does see a forgiven world. It does see its Light reflected back from everything it looks upon. It does experience the serenity that God would have me experience. The apparent fact that I don’t experience this is simply because I have been thinking illusions were real. This does not change reality one iota. But it does cast a shadow upon the world of Light that is my reality.

As I affirm again and again, “The light has come. I have forgiven the world,” I am both reminding myself of what is and teaching myself how to open my mind to what is. I open my mind to the Light by forgiving the world. I open my mind by letting all thoughts of the past go and seeing the world as if I had never seen it before. In truth, I have never truly seen the world, for I have always laid images of the past upon it and called that seeing. It was only hallucinating.

As I remind myself that the light has come, I have forgiven the world, I feel a wonderful, soft, comforting sense of peace come over me. My heart overflows with gratitude and in joy I offer Love to the world. And if only for a moment I experience that the light has come, it is enough to motivate me to keep on practicing letting go of the past. I want to live in the Light in every moment. And so today I will remind myself again and again, “The light has come. I have forgiven the world.”


This lesson invites me to recognize the truth that the Light that is in everyone is the only truth. This lesson invites me to let go of the images of separate bodies I have made. This lesson invites me to accept the only Truth that could ever be real. This lesson invites me to see past illusions to the truth. The part that stands out to me most is, “We dedicate this day to the serenity in which God would have you be. Keep it in your awareness of yourself and see it everywhere today, as we celebrate the beginning of your vision and the sight of the real world, which has come to replace the unforgiven world you thought was there.”

Keeping the serenity of God in my awareness and seeing it everywhere is what helps me remember that the light has come. It never left. I only put illusions in its place. As I become more willing to let illusions of uniqueness go, I am able to recognize the wandering in the wilderness of image making for what it is and not attach meaning to it.

God did not make a world of separation. Our oneness and indivisibility in the all encompassing Light of God is what is real and separate bodies are not real. Truth is true and nothing else is true. The Light of God has come because the Light of God is all that ever was true. This recognition brings me serenity. This recognition helps me see serenity everywhere. The Light has come.


Something happened yesterday that hurled me into the darkness and it was so sudden and so unexpected that I felt myself trapped there. I felt paralyzed in my fear and guilt and unable to extricate myself. That is the way I left it last night and so, of course, when I woke up, it was still there. When I saw today's lesson I thought, how ironic. And then I thought, how am I going to do this lesson today. I am as far from the light as I have been in a long time. It seemed absurd, feeling as I did, to say "the light has come."

I started doing it, though. I did a peace meditation and as always, it helped a lot. Something from the lesson helped me a lot. It said, "No shadows from the past remain..." I felt a sense of relief as I remembered that the illusion is just shadows. I was feeling like I was weighed down with huge granite blocks and that they were chained to me. Whew! They were only shadows after all. From that point, things got better. When I allow myself to become caught in the ego's dark thoughts, it is easy to think they are more real than reality and that escape is impossible. When I come out of it, I feel like laughing at my foolishness.

I am so glad that I stayed with it and didn't give into the ego impulse to just curl up and pull the covers over my head. The ego does love to wallow in misery. I am especially grateful because a few moments ago I received a call from my son and he needed my love and comfort. He needed me to be there for him without becoming part of his problem and I couldn't have done that if I had not used today's lesson to pull myself out of my own funk.

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