Friday, June 20, 2008

Lesson 100 “My part is essential to God’s plan for salvation.”


My part is essential to God's plan for salvation.

Just as God's Son completes his Father, so your part in it completes your Father's plan. Salvation must reverse the mad belief in separate thoughts and separate bodies, which lead separate lives and go their separate ways. One function shared by separate minds unites them in one purpose, for each one of them is equally essential to them all.

God's Will for you is perfect happiness. Why should you choose to go against His Will? The part that He has saved for you to take in working out His plan is given you that you might be restored to what He wills. This part is as essential to His plan as to your happiness. Your joy must be complete to let His plan be understood by those to whom He sends you. They will see their function in your shining face, and hear God calling to them in your happy laugh.

You are indeed essential to God's plan. Without your joy, His joy is incomplete. Without your smile, the world cannot be saved. While you are sad, the light that God Himself appointed as the means to save the world is dim and lusterless, and no one laughs because all laughter can but echo yours.

You are indeed essential to God's plan. Just as your light increases every light that shines in Heaven, so your joy on earth calls to all minds to let their sorrows go, and take their place beside you in God's plan. God's messengers are joyous, and their joy heals sorrow and despair. They are the proof that God wills perfect happiness for all who will accept their Father's gifts as theirs.

We will not let ourselves be sad today. For if we do, we fail to take the part that is essential to God's plan, as well as to our vision. Sadness is the sign that you would play another part, instead of what has been assigned to you by God. Thus do you fail to show the world how great the happiness He wills for you. And so you do not recognize that it is yours.

Today we will attempt to understand joy is our function here. If you are sad, your part is unfulfilled, and all the world is thus deprived of joy, along with you. God asks you to be happy, so the world can see how much He loves His Son, and wills no sorrow rises to abate his joy; no fear besets him to disturb his peace. You are God's messenger today. You bring His happiness to all you look upon; His peace to everyone who looks on you and sees His message in your happy face.

We will prepare ourselves for this today, in our five-minute practice periods, by feeling happiness arise in us according to our Father's Will and ours. Begin the exercises with the thought today's idea contains. Then realize your part is to be happy. Only this is asked of you or anyone who wants to take his place among God's messengers. Think what this means. You have indeed been wrong in your belief that sacrifice is asked. You but receive according to God's plan, and never lose or sacrifice or die.

Now let us try to find that joy that proves to us and all the world God's Will for us. It is your function that you find it here, and that you find it now. For this you came. Let this one be the day that you succeed! Look deep within you, undismayed by all the little thoughts and foolish goals you pass as you ascend to meet the Christ in you.

He will be there. And you can reach Him now. What could you rather look upon in place of Him Who waits that you may look on Him? What little thought has power to hold you back? What foolish goal can keep you from success when He Who calls to you is God Himself?

He will be there. You are essential to His plan. You are His messenger today. And you must find what He would have you give. Do not forget the idea for today between your hourly practice periods. It is your Self Who calls to you today. And it is Him you answer, every time you tell yourself you are essential to God's plan for the salvation of the world.


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Lesson 100
“My part is essential to God’s plan for salvation.”

What I am learning from today’s lesson is that happiness is always within me. Happiness is in the Christ Mind, which is my real Mind. In order to find the Christ Mind, the only real Mind, I need to learn to pass by the little thoughts and foolish goals of the ego mind. I need to practice going deep within with one intent and that intent is to open up to the truth -- what is real -- the Christ Mind.

The Christ Mind carries the feeling of deep peace, deep joy and deep happiness. It does not fluctuate, but is constant. There is no change and no differences. It steadily radiates happiness. It sees that Love is everywhere, that Love is all that is. This Source of Love within me is my anchor, my support, my source of giving.

This is my part in God’s plan for salvation. The peace and joy I feel and extend is contagious. This is how I can be helpful. Being in this place of peace is my most important goal. I cannot extend peace and happiness unless I receive peace and happiness, and I receive peace and happiness by giving peace and happiness. Giving and receiving are the same.

What is my intent? Do I want to make separate minds with separate bodies real or am I open to be a part of reversing this mad belief? Continuing to practice going to this sacred place in my mind is how my mind is healed. This is the only way I am able to fulfill my part in God’s plan for salvation.

Today I saw images of citizens dancing in the streets of Bagdad, celebrating their freedom from tyranny. That symbolizes what we feel inside when we let go of our allegiance to the tyrannical role of the ego. The ego is the idea of limitation and so it ‘rules’ by limiting. When I shift my allegiance from the ego to my true Self, I shift from the loss and sacrifice and death demanded by the ego to the perfect happiness and perfect peace given me by God.

We do not need to attack the ego to subdue it. In fact, such an attempt simply strengthens the ego’s perception, because the ego becomes strong in strife. We only attack what we think is real.

The ego has no defense against the joy and peace of God, for what is nothing can have no effect on what is everything. My part in God’s plan for salvation is simply to accept His gifts and demonstrate my acceptance by letting His gifts radiate through me to embrace all. It shows by the smile on my face, the happy laughter and the unshakable peace that is mine to give as I accept God’s Will for me, as I accept perfect happiness.

There is a passage in the Bible that says, “My soul doth magnify the Lord.” Today’s lesson is talking about that. I was created as an extension of God’s Love, which magnifies His Love. But if I deny that Love, this magnification is not seen or recognized. As I learn to accept my Self as I was created, Love extends through me. That is how I know the perfect happiness that is His gift to His one Son, the Self I share with everyone. As I open up to and express the joy of God, I magnify His Love. This Love reaches out and touches the Love in the hearts of everyone, whether or not they recognize that the Love is in them.

Today I dedicate to remembering to accept the joy and peace of God and let it shine through me so that I can take my place in God’s plan for salvation.

This lesson says that God's will for me is perfect happiness. Realizing this gives me a huge amount of willingness to stay focused on this journey to peace, because if God wills happiness for me, it's just a matter of putting my part in it. My part is essential to God's plan for salvation. Today I choose to do God's will for me and be happy. I know that in that happiness I will know peace, know love, know my true Self; the Self that my Heavenly Father created, the Self that is always in my mind if I set myself aside from the insanity of this world and join with the Holy Spirit.

As I prepare myself for today, I surrender myself and ask the guidance of the Holy Spirit to help keep me focused on today's lesson. Thank you, Father; thank you, Holy Spirit. Amen.

It all seems so simple. God loves me. He wants me to be happy. Being happy is my only job here. The only thing keeping me from being happy is my decision not to be. The way to change that is to forgive this decision and to open my mind to Holy Spirit so He can show me another way to see.

It is amazing to me how resistant I am to this process. One thing that has changed over the last couple of years is that I am more determined to succeed. I really want this. I may not want it to the exclusion of everything else, but that will come because I want it too much to quit trying.

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