I am one Self, united with my Creator.
Today's idea accurately describes you as God created you. You are one within yourself, and one with Him. Yours is the unity of all creation. Your perfect unity makes change in you impossible. You do not accept this, and you fail to realize it must be so, only because you believe that you have changed yourself already.
You see yourself as a ridiculous parody on God's creation; weak, vicious, ugly and sinful, miserable and beset with pain. Such is your version of yourself; a self divided into many warring parts, separate from God, and tenuously held together by its erratic and capricious maker, to which you pray. It does not hear your prayers, for it is deaf. It does not see the oneness in you, for it is blind. It does not understand you are the Son of God, for it is senseless and understands nothing.
We will attempt today to be aware only of what can hear and see, and what makes perfect sense. We will again direct our exercises towards reaching your one Self, which is united with Its Creator. In patience and in hope we try again today.
The use of the first five minutes of every waking hour for practicing the idea for the day has special advantages at the stage of learning in which you are at present. It is difficult at this point not to allow your mind to wander, if it undertakes extended practice. You have surely realized this by now. You have seen the extent of your lack of mental discipline, and of your need for mind training. It is necessary that you be aware of this, for it is indeed a hindrance to your advance.
Frequent but shorter practice periods have other advantages for you at this time. In addition to recognizing your difficulties with sustained attention, you must also have noticed that, unless you are reminded of your purpose frequently, you tend to forget about it for long periods of time. You often fail to remember the short applications of the idea for the day, and you have not yet formed the habit of using the idea as an automatic response to temptation.
Structure, then, is necessary for you at this time, planned to include frequent reminders of your goal and regular attempts to reach it. Regularity in terms of time is not the ideal requirement for the most beneficial form of practice in salvation. It is advantageous, however, for those whose motivation is inconsistent, and who remain heavily defended against learning.
We will, therefore, keep to the five-minutes-an-hour practice periods for a while, and urge you to omit as few as possible. Using the first five minutes of the hour will be particularly helpful, since it imposes firmer structure. Do not, however, use your lapses from this schedule as an excuse not to return to it again as soon as you can. There may well be a temptation to regard the day as lost because you have already failed to do what is required. This should, however, merely be recognized as what it is; a refusal to let your mistake be corrected, and an unwillingness to try again.
The Holy Spirit is not delayed in His teaching by your mistakes. He can be held back only by your unwillingness to let them go. Let us therefore be determined, particularly for the next week or so, to be willing to forgive ourselves for our lapses in diligence, and our failures to follow the instructions for practicing the day's idea. This tolerance for weakness will enable us to overlook it, rather than give it power to delay our learning. If we give it power to do this, we are regarding it as strength, and are confusing strength with weakness.
When you fail to comply with the requirements of this course, you have merely made a mistake. This calls for correction, and for nothing else. To allow a mistake to continue is to make additional mistakes, based on the first and reinforcing it. It is this process that must be laid aside, for it is but another way in which you would defend illusions against the truth.
Let all these errors go by recognizing them for what they are. They are attempts to keep you unaware you are one Self, united with your Creator, at one with every aspect of creation, and limitless in power and in peace. This is the truth, and nothing else is true. Today we will affirm this truth again, and try to reach the place in you in which there is no doubt that only this is true.
Begin the practice periods today with this assurance, offered to your mind with all the certainty that you can give:
I am one Self, united with my Creator, at one with every aspect of creation, and limitless in power and in peace.
Then close your eyes and tell yourself again, slowly and thoughtfully, attempting to allow the meaning of the words to sink into your mind, replacing false ideas: I am one Self. Repeat this several times, and then attempt to feel the meaning that the words convey.
You are one Self, united and secure in light and joy and peace. You are God's Son, one Self, with one Creator and one goal; to bring awareness of this oneness to all minds, that true creation may extend the allness and the unity of God. You are one Self, complete and healed and whole, with power to lift the veil of darkness from the world, and let the light in you come through to teach the world the truth about yourself.
You are one Self, in perfect harmony with all there is, and all that there will be. You are one Self, the holy Son of God, united with your brothers in that Self; united with your Father in His Will. Feel this one Self in you, and let It shine away all your illusions and your doubts. This is your Self, the Son of God Himself, sinless as Its Creator, with His strength within you and His Love forever yours. You are one Self, and it is given you to feel this Self within you, and to cast all your illusions out of the one Mind that is this Self, the holy truth in you.
Do not forget today. We need your help; your little part in bringing happiness to all the world. And Heaven looks to you in confidence that you will try today. Share, then, its surety, for it is yours. Be vigilant. Do not forget today. Throughout the day do not forget your goal. Repeat today's idea as frequently as possible, and understand each time you do so, someone hears the voice of hope, the stirring of the truth within his mind, the gentle rustling of the wings of peace.
Your own acknowledgment you are one Self, united with your Father, is a call to all the world to be at one with you. To everyone you meet today, be sure to give the promise of today's idea and tell him this:
You are one Self with me, united with our Creator in this Self. I honor you because of What I am, and What He is, Who loves us both as One.
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“I am one Self, united with my Creator.”
Jesus knows that we can’t be aware of our one Self and make illusions real at the same time. We have to let go of one to have the other. In this lesson he guides us to focus on the truth about ourselves and our brothers. To do this, we must let go of our illusions about ourselves and our brothers.
As we allow in the awareness of the truth that we are one Self united with our Creator, we are able to feel our Identity as peace and joy and Love. It fills up our mind and relaxes every concern. We realize that the truth is true and nothing else is true. We realize that only Love matters. We realize that all the craziness of the world is just a reflection of the ego’s madness and it doesn’t matter because it is an illusion.
Behind all the conflict is the truth. Behind all the conflict is the peace of God. Behind all the conflict is our one true Identity. We have never left our Creator. We are one Light and there is no distance between us. This remembering carries a feeling. It is a feeling of safety and joy and peace.
Let me practice opening up to this feeling today. Let me remember the truth. Let me lay all illusions aside. Let me practice this again and again and still again today. I will to be happy. I will to remember the truth that we are one Self, united with our Creator, and nothing else is true.
As I repeat slowly to myself, “I am one Self,” I feel myself moving into deeper and deeper levels of peace. I am one Self. I include more and more in my awareness of What is my one Self. Exclusions and exceptions diminish. I feel more deeply that you and I are one Self, united with our Creator. As I move toward including all and excluding nothing, my experience of peace deepens. Joy grows as gratitude fills my heart. Everywhere I look, I see my one Self. I see past words and behavior and forms of many kinds.
As the Light of my one Self grows stronger and stronger in my awareness, I see that there is no loss in my one Self, for It remains one with my Creator, one with all Love. As I remind myself throughout the day that I am one Self, united with my Creator, I move closer and closer to identifying with the truth of What I am instead of a false image of weakness, fear and guilt. This is my goal today, to remember my one Self.
I am grateful for these practice sessions, which redirect my attention from a false image to the truth about me and everyone. “I am one Self, united with my Creator.”
This morning as I sat down to meditate, I had to stop and complain. I told Spirit, “How could I possibly stop at the top of every hour and close my eyes for five minutes to think of the lesson” I have too much to do! And I don't feel good if I reach the end of the day without getting my stuff done.” Etc, etc. Oh my.
I think I know so much about how to be happy. I think if my house is clean and the paperwork done that I will be happy. And when I'm at work, I think that if I keep my thoughts focused on the tasks required that I will be happy. I think to please my ego and this ego is my cruel dictator that I have come to think I love.
I need to understand how brainwashed I have become. This lesson tells me the only way I can do this right now is to give five minutes of every hour to remembering how to Think. I will try.
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