Thursday, June 19, 2008

Lesson 99 “Salvation is my only function here.”


Salvation is my only function here.

Salvation and forgiveness are the same. They both imply that something has gone wrong; something to be saved from, forgiven for; something amiss that needs corrective change; something apart or different from the Will of God. Thus do both terms imply a thing impossible but yet which has occurred, resulting in a state of conflict seen between what is and what could never be.

Truth and illusions both are equal now, for both have happened. The impossible becomes the thing you need forgiveness for, salvation from. Salvation now becomes the borderland between the truth and the illusion. It reflects the truth because it is the means by which you can escape illusions. Yet it is not yet the truth because it undoes what was never done.

How could there be a meeting place at all where earth and Heaven can be reconciled within a mind where both of them exist? The mind that sees illusions thinks them real. They have existence in that they are thoughts. And yet they are not real, because the mind that thinks these thoughts is separate from God.

What joins the separated mind and thoughts with Mind and Thought which are forever One? What plan could hold the truth inviolate, yet recognize the need illusions bring, and offer means by which they are undone without attack and with no touch of pain? What but a Thought of God could be this plan, by which the never done is overlooked, and sins forgotten which were never real?

The Holy Spirit holds this plan of God exactly as it was received of Him within the Mind of God and in your own. It is apart from time in that its Source is timeless. Yet it operates in time, because of your belief that time is real. Unshaken does the Holy Spirit look on what you see; on sin and pain and death, on grief and separation and on loss. Yet does He know one thing must still be true; God is still Love, and this is not His Will.

This is the Thought that brings illusions to the truth, and sees them as appearances behind which is the changeless and the sure. This is the Thought that saves and that forgives, because it lays no faith in what is not created by the only Source it knows. This is the Thought whose function is to save by giving you its function as your own. Salvation is your function, with the One to Whom the plan was given. Now are you entrusted with this plan, along with Him. He has one answer to appearances; regardless of their form, their size, their depth or any attribute they seem to have:

Salvation is my only function here. God still is Love, and this is not His Will.

You who will yet work miracles, be sure you practice well the idea for today. Try to perceive the strength in what you say, for these are words in which your freedom lies. Your Father loves you. All the world of pain is not His Will. Forgive yourself the thought He wanted this for you. Then let the Thought with which He has replaced all your mistakes enter the darkened places of your mind that thought the thoughts that never were His Will.

This part belongs to God, as does the rest. It does not think its solitary thoughts, and make them real by hiding them from Him. Let in the light, and you will look upon no obstacle to what He wills for you. Open your secrets to His kindly light, and see how bright this light still shines in you.

Practice His Thought today, and let His light seek out and lighten up all darkened spots, and shine through them to join them to the rest. It is God's Will your mind be one with His. It is God's Will that He has but one Son. It is God's Will that His one Son is you. Think of these things in practicing today, and start the lesson that we learn today with this instruction in the way of truth:

Salvation is my only function here.

Salvation and forgiveness are the same.

Then turn to Him Who shares your function here, and let Him teach you what you need to learn to lay all fear aside, and know your Self as Love which has no opposite in you.

Forgive all thoughts which would oppose the truth of your completion, unity and peace. You cannot lose the gifts your Father gave. You do not want to be another self. You have no function that is not of God. Forgive yourself the one you think you made. Forgiveness and salvation are the same. Forgive what you have made and you are saved.

There is a special message for today which has the power to remove all forms of doubt and fear forever from your mind. If you are tempted to believe them true, remember that appearances can not withstand the truth these mighty words contain:

Salvation is my only function here.

God still is Love, and this is not His Will.

Your only function tells you you are one. Remind yourself of this between the times you give five minutes to be shared with Him Who shares God's plan with you. Remind yourself:

Salvation is my only function here.

Thus do you lay forgiveness on your mind and let all fear be gently laid aside, that love may find its rightful place in you and show you that you are the Son of God.


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Lesson 99
“Salvation is my only function here.”

As I read this lesson, I felt an inner softening. This lesson presents an image of God that differs from the world’s image and the image I learned as I was growing up. It peels away all the false ideas that God would do anything that would bring pain, suffering and loss and it brings to the forefront the recognition that God is Love and nothing else. It takes away the fear of God and replaces it with a sense of deep comfort and safety.

God is my refuge, my loving and compassionate Father, Whose only Will for me is perfect happiness and perfect peace. He did not make this world of disease, destruction and death. That is not His Will for me. His Will is that I am His one Son, forever one with His Love. I breathe a sigh of relief as I take in this thought. There is nothing to fear, for only Love is real and I am safe in that Love.

God did not make this world. The acceptance of this idea undoes all guilt, all thoughts of deserving punishment and all thoughts of a punishing God. Even in this world we see a loving parent embrace a child with love and want to protect that child from hurting itself. God, too, embraces us with His Love and gave us His Voice, the Holy Spirit, to lead us out of thoughts of destruction and pain and guide us back Home to the safety of His Love.

The loving parent we see in this world is but a tiny testament to the all encompassing Love of God. His Love is beyond anything we have allowed ourselves to experience in the world of form. It never stops, never changes. It sees us forever as innocent and worthy of all Love.

I see that it is very important to accept that God did not make the world I see through the body’s eyes. For, if I believe He made this world, I will believe that God’s Will includes pain and death. With this belief comes fear of God, which stands as a barrier to the full experience of His Love. As I remember God is still Love and this is not His Will, I release Him from my projections of fear and I release myself to receive His Love.

Here is salvation. Here is happiness. Here is freedom. Today I will practice accepting my only function and remember God is still Love and this world that I experience through the body is not His Will.

This lesson helps me step back from believing in all the stories I see through the body’s eyes. This lesson helps me remember my only function, which is forgiveness, or letting go of illusions. My job now is to let the Light of truth shine away my belief in the ego’s false idea that separation could ever be real. My function is to let go of believing in what my body’s eyes are showing me.

This helps as I watch the images of destruction on TV, the images of body pitted against body, country pitted against country. These are very fearful images of attack and defend. This lesson reminds me that my function is to see past the images to the Light that is true.

This whole world of separation is not God’s Will. This whole world of separation is a call for Love. It comes from thoughts of fear. It comes from rejecting the oneness of God’s Love. Salvation is letting all these false images be seen for what they truly are, just false ideas which mean nothing. God is still Love and this is not His Will.

Today I am willing to practice letting the Holy Spirit shine Its Light in my mind so that I see these images anew. With the Holy Spirit’s Light, I am able to see the truth behind all the images. As I am able to see the truth, I rest in peace. From this vantage point, I am able to extend peace to all my brothers. I am able to connect mind to mind with the whole Sonship and remember we are one Light, there is no distance between us.

In this place of peace, as I watch the images change constantly, it makes no difference. Truth is true and nothing else is true. God is still Love and what is not God’s Will does not exist. I see my job is to extend Love to all parts of my self that are believing in fearful dreams. As I remember that extending Love is my one function, I am helped in awakening to the truth.

Today I practice with the Holy Spirit’s help remembering what is real and what is not real. Making illusions real is not my job. Seeing past all forms of separation to the one Light of God is my function. I am determined to practice this today.

What but a Thought of God could be the plan by which the never done is overlooked and sins forgotten which were never real? I love the way I feel when I think of God; when I take the time to step back from the everyday chaos and rest with the Holy Spirit.

This lesson says that I am entrusted with this plan of salvation for me, but because my ego can't begin to imagine what this plan is, I need to practice this thought and remove myself from the thoughts of this world and listen to the Holy Spirit as we will accomplish this plan together.

Most Holy Spirit, help me to have the willingness to open my heart, my mind, and hear the words my Heavenly Father sends to me this day, that I may know and remember my function here. Amen.

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