Thursday, September 4, 2008

Lesson 152 The power of decision is my own.


The power of decision is my own.

No one can suffer loss unless it be his own decision. No one suffers pain except his choice elects this state for him. No one can grieve nor fear nor think him sick unless these are the outcomes that he wants. And no one dies without his own consent. Nothing occurs but represents your wish, and nothing is omitted that you choose. Here is your world, complete in all details. Here is its whole reality for you. And it is only here salvation is.

You may believe that this position is extreme, and too inclusive to be true. Yet can truth have exceptions? If you have the gift of everything, can loss be real? Can pain be part of peace, or grief of joy? Can fear and sickness enter in a mind where love and perfect holiness abide? Truth must be all-inclusive, if it be the truth at all. Accept no opposites and no exceptions, for to do so is to contradict the truth entirely.

Salvation is the recognition that the truth is true, and nothing else is true. This you have heard before, but may not yet accept both parts of it. Without the first, the second has no meaning. But without the second, is the first no longer true. Truth cannot have an opposite. This can not be too often said and thought about. For if what is not true is true as well as what is true, then part of truth is false. And truth has lost its meaning. Nothing but the truth is true, and what is false is false.

This is the simplest of distinctions, yet the most obscure. But not because it is a difficult distinction to perceive. It is concealed behind a vast array of choices that do not appear to be entirely your own. And thus the truth appears to have some aspects that belie consistency, but do not seem to be but contradictions introduced by you.

As God created you, you must remain unchangeable, with transitory states by definition false. And that includes all shifts in feeling, alterations in conditions of the body and the mind; in all awareness and in all response. This is the all-inclusiveness which sets the truth apart from falsehood, and the false kept separate from the truth, as what it is.

Is it not strange that you believe to think you made the world you see is arrogance? God made it not. Of this you can be sure. What can He know of the ephemeral, the sinful and the guilty, the afraid, the suffering and lonely, and the mind that lives within a body that must die? You but accuse Him of insanity, to think He made a world where such things seem to have reality. He is not mad. Yet only madness makes a world like this.

To think that God made chaos, contradicts His Will, invented opposites to truth, and suffers death to triumph over life; all this is arrogance. Humility would see at once these things are not of Him. And can you see what God created not? To think you can is merely to believe you can perceive what God willed not to be. And what could be more arrogant than this?

Let us today be truly humble, and accept what we have made as what it is. The power of decision is our own. Decide but to accept your rightful place as co-creator of the universe, and all you think you made will disappear. What rises to awareness then will be all that there ever was, eternally as it is now. And it will take the place of self-deceptions made but to usurp the altar to the Father and the Son.

Today we practice true humility, abandoning the false pretense by which the ego seeks to prove it arrogant. Only the ego can be arrogant. But truth is humble in acknowledging its mightiness, its changelessness and its eternal wholeness, all-encompassing, God's perfect gift to His beloved Son. We lay aside the arrogance which says that we are sinners, guilty and afraid, ashamed of what we are; and lift our hearts in true humility instead to Him Who has created us immaculate, like to Himself in power and in love.

The power of decision is our own. And we accept of Him that which we are, and humbly recognize the Son of God. To recognize God's Son implies as well that all self-concepts have been laid aside, and recognized as false. Their arrogance has been perceived. And in humility the radiance of God's Son, his gentleness, his perfect sinlessness, his Father's Love, his right to Heaven and release from hell, are joyously accepted as our own.

Now do we join in glad acknowledgment that lies are false, and only truth is true. We think of truth alone as we arise, and spend five minutes practicing its ways, encouraging our frightened minds with this:

The power of decision is my own. 4 This day I will accept myself as what my Father's Will created me to be.

Then will we wait in silence, giving up all self-deceptions, as we humbly ask our Self that He reveal Himself to us. And He Who never left will come again to our awareness, grateful to restore His home to God, as it was meant to be.

In patience wait for Him throughout the day, and hourly invite Him with the words with which the day began, concluding it with this same invitation to your Self. God's Voice will answer, for He speaks for you and for your Father. He will substitute the peace of God for all your frantic thoughts, the truth of God for self-deceptions, and God's Son for your illusions of yourself.

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Lesson 152
"The power of decision is my own."

Jesus is encouraging me to accept the truth and let go of the ego lies of separation. The truth is, all that is real is one in God and has never changed from how God created it. All is one continuous whole in God. This one, continuous whole is changeless and eternal. This is my true Identity and everyone's true Identity. This is the real universe as God created it. In today's lesson Jesus is encouraging me to let go of what is not true, what is not real. What is not real -- bodies in a world of time and constant change -- is not what God created.

Let me accept the truth today. Let me not try to change God's creation and make an individual self image. Let me let go of that self image and accept only the truth as true. Let me accept my one universal Self in God as all that is real. This is salvation. My identity could never be anything other than as God created it. Let me accept the truth today.

This lesson lays responsibility for the world I see squarely in my own hands. Recognition of this as true is essential to my release from it. As long as I believe that anything in the world I see is not of my own making, I am a victim of the world, powerless to do anything about it. Acceptance of full responsibility for the world is key to my release from it. It means I have all the power I need to release the world I see and return to Heaven, where I was created to be and still am in truth.

The decision for what I want to believe is true is always mine. This is a point that is repeated many ways, again and again throughout the Course. The ego puts up all kinds of smoke screens trying to hide this fact and make it seem as though what happens in the world I see is entirely out of my control. The ego's very existence depends upon my believing this. The recognition that the world and everything I seem to experience in it is of my own making brings instant release.

No one consciously hangs on to pain, isolation, fear and guilt. It is the quick forgetting referred to in an earlier lesson that makes these decisions seem to be unconscious and holds the illusionary world in place.As I accept my Self as God created me to be, I free myself from the world of limitation and death. Only I can make this decision, for it is only I who has made the decision to deny it. Today's lesson is simply a reinforcement of the lesson, "Heaven is the decision I must make." Today I will practice remembering that I remain as God created me to be.

I love the first paragraph of this lesson, but it also scares me. I am perfectly willing to accept the idea that I am responsible for everything in my world, but somehow I am unwilling to accept that I have the power to change it. Can I really have the power of decision as my own and if so, why do I not use it? What is wrong with me that I choose misery, guilt and fear instead?

In my meditation this morning I asked Holy Spirit to show me specific places in my mind that I have chosen to believe that the truth is not true. These were all familiar places to me. I knew they were there and often I have pretended to myself that I wanted healing and even asked for healing. God doesn't hear my false words that I use to fool myself; He hears, instead, what is in my heart and so I choose to believe I can keep these exceptions to the truth and pretend they are the real world I inhabit.

I am not going to waste any time trying to figure out why I choose pain over joy. I have asked Holy Spirit to gently remind me throughout the day when I am making these choices. This day I am not going to pretend circumstances are out of my control and that there is nothing I can do about certain things in my life. I accept that God did not create me to be fearful and so if I am feeling fearful I am trying to make my own truth to replace God's Truth. How crazy is that? I am not going to try to reason with the ego or allow anything to cloud the issue. That is how I've kept these self-deceptions in place for so long. If it is fear, God did not make it and it is not true.

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