Thursday, August 21, 2008

Lesson 141 & 142 (121- 124)

LESSON 141


My mind holds only what I think with God.


(121) Forgiveness is the key to happiness.

(122) Forgiveness offers everything I want.



LESSON 142


My mind holds only what I think with God.


(123) I thank my Father for His gifts to me.
(124) Let me remember I am one with God.






The Following is Forwarded from Pathwaysoflight.org


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Lesson 141
Review IV: "My mind holds only what I think with God." and
"Forgiveness is the key to happiness.
Forgiveness offers everything I want."

As I opened my mind to receive understanding about what it means that my mind holds only what I think with God, it became clear why the titles of the two review statements are true. The Course tells me that God is Love and nothing else. And being Love, He is also happiness. Thus the only thoughts my mind can hold must be expressions of Love and must bring happiness with them. If I do not perceive these thoughts, I must be deciding against God, denying my unity with Him, denying my unity with Love.

Forgiveness is the key to happiness because forgiveness is the undoing of the denial of Love. The moment I welcome Love, I am welcoming happiness. Anytime I am bothered because the computer does not respond like I think it should, or someone does not behave like I think they should, I am clearly not happy and not loving. Simple, true forgiveness clears the false image and opens my mind to the awareness of Love's presence once again.

All I or anyone in this world wants is Love and happiness. If we think happiness can be found in the forms of this world, we will try all kinds of ego-based manipulations and gyrations in an attempt to make the images of the world provide the Love and happiness we seek. But Love and happiness cannot be found there. The ego directs us to look to these images in keeping with its motto, seek and do not find.

The moment we let our minds be guided by the Voice for God, we will be helped to let go of the values we have given these empty images. In other words we will be guided to forgive. This forgiveness is the key to happiness because it clears our minds of meaningless false images so that we can receive and accept what has always been ours.

The moment I cease to give my attention to the empty images of this world and give them no value, I truly recognize that my mind holds only what I think with God and I experience everything I really want. Eternal happiness is mine.


Recognizing that my mind holds only what I think with God helps me realize that all the thoughts I get involved with in this world of separation are not really thinking at all. As I do the Course lessons day by day, these lessons help me recognize mindless thoughts and open my mind to the Holy Spirit's help so that the thoughts can be purified.

My mindless thoughts, which come from belief in separation, may appear real at the time, but they are really nothing at all. Letting these thoughts be seen for what they are by the Holy Spirit is forgiveness, and forgiveness brings happiness. I tried to replace God with all these meaningless ideas of separation, but it has only been ego image making. They were never real.

Today I practice returning to remembering that my mind holds only what I think with God. God's Mind is eternal and changeless and therefore my mind is eternal and changeless. Only my true Identity as God's Extension is real. All the additions I have tried to make are not real. All the image making dreams I have been involved with are not real. As I learn to forgive or let go of these thoughts, this image making, I find true happiness. The truth lies beyond image making, which is a denial of the truth.

As I let go of the images which deny the truth, the truth returns to my awareness. Letting go of what never was, which is forgiveness, is the key to happiness and offers everything I really want. My mind holds only what I think with God. Nothing else is true. I am willing to be happy today. I am willing to forgive.


Lesson 142
Review : "My mind holds only what I think with God." and
"I thank my Father for His gifts to me.
Let me remember I am one with God."

Gratitude and appreciation go hand in hand with acceptance. If someone offers me something I don't appreciate, I won't accept it. I might put on a show of acceptance so as to not hurt the giver's feelings, but if there is no appreciation, the gift goes on the back shelf or in the closet, where it is forgotten about. This world is the effect of not appreciating God's gifts to me. He gave me my Self -- pure Love. But by not appreciating the gift, I have forgotten my Self. Instead this world was made in an attempt to find something I would like better, something more special.

Because I have not appreciated God's gifts to me, I do not know my Self, nor do I value my Self. It is no wonder the world is filled with people who feel unworthy. This is why it is important for me to thank my Father for His gifts to me. God doesn't need my thanks, but I need gratitude for His gifts in order to know my Self. That is how I will know my worth. That is how I will find full appreciation for my Self and all my brothers.

Help me Holy Spirit to recognize the value of God's gifts and the valuelessness of the ego's offerings, for I would know my Self. This is my true desire.


Love is my Source. From Love came all that is real. I cannot leave my Source and become something different. I cannot change my Self. I remain Love as I was created. Love holds only Love. Love extends only Love. I am one with Love as I was created.

If I try to deny my Identity as Love, I will try to think I have changed myself into something else, separate from Love. I will try to make up a world that is different from the oneness of Love. I will try to make individuality and differences real in my mind. I will try to think I am separate and alone. I will try to think I am independent of my Source.

I am learning now that this is the unhappy dream. In this unhappy dream I have denied my Identity as part of God and have not appreciated God's gifts to me. I have denied that my mind holds only what I think with God. It is now time to lay down this denial.

I want to return to happiness. I want to return to God's peace and joy and Love. I want to return to my oneness with my Source. I want to remember that I am still one in the Mind of God. I want to accept my Self as I was created. I want to let go of all the false ideas about individuality and being separate from my Source.

Now is the time of return. Now is the time for me to remember that my mind holds only what I think with God in truth. All the other thoughts I have added are nothing and nowhere. They are meaningless ideas I am willing to practice laying them down. I am thankful that these meaningless ideas were never true and that I am still changeless Love as I was created.

I return to God's gifts as I open up to them, accept them and appreciate them. My gratitude for the truth of my Identity as one with God opens my mind so that I can see that I never left. In truth my mind has held only what I think with God. I have always remained one with God and so has everyone. A false world of separation was never real. Only in dreams could I have imagined this. Today I practice opening to the truth by being willing to lay this false dream down. I practice opening to the truth that my mind holds only what I think with God.

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