Friday, December 19, 2008

Lesson 231 Father, I will but to remember You.

2. What is Salvation?

Salvation is a promise, made by God, that you would find your way to Him at last. It cannot but be kept. It guarantees that time will have an end, and all the thoughts that have been born in time will end as well. God's Word is given every mind which thinks that it has separate thoughts, and will replace these thoughts of conflict with the Thought of peace.

The Thought of peace was given to God's Son the instant that his mind had thought of war. There was no need for such a Thought before, for peace was given without opposite, and merely was. But when the mind is split there is a need of healing. So the Thought that has the power to heal the split became a part of every fragment of the mind that still was one, but failed to recognize its oneness. Now it did not know itself, and thought its own Identity was lost.

Salvation is undoing in the sense that it does nothing, failing to support the world of dreams and malice. Thus it lets illusions go. By not supporting them, it merely lets them quietly go down to dust. And what they hid is not revealed; an altar to the holy Name of God whereon His Word is written, with the gifts of your forgiveness laid before it, and the memory of God not far behind.

Let us come daily to this holy place, and spend a while together. Here we share our final dream. It is a dream in which there is no sorrow, for it holds a hint of all the glory given us by God. The grass is pushing through the soil, the trees are budding now, and birds have come to live within their branches. Earth is being born again in new perspective. Night has gone, and we have come together in the light.

From here we give salvation to the world, for it is here salvation was received. The song of our rejoicing is the call to all the world that freedom is returned, that time is almost over, and God's Son has but an instant more to wait until his Father is remembered, dreams are done, eternity has shined away the world, and only Heaven now exists at all.

Lesson 231

Father, I will but to remember You.

What can I seek for, Father, but Your Love? Perhaps I think I seek for something else; a something I have called by many names. Yet is Your Love the only thing I seek, or ever sought. For there is nothing else that I could ever really want to find. Let me remember You. What else could I desire but the truth about myself?

This is your will, my brother. And you share this will with me, and with the One as well Who is our Father. To remember Him is Heaven. This we seek. And only this is what it will be given us to find.

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Lesson 231
"Father, I will but to remember You."

The ego has a mistaken idea of what we are and what will bring us happiness. Centered on the idea of separation and the desire for specialness, the ego's idea of Heaven is to be different, unique and to have more specialness than others.

But believing in separation brings with it a sense of loss because desiring specialness makes it impossible to experience Love, which can only be given equally to all. This sense of loss brings with it a sense of guilt because the belief is that we have done something that broke the flow of Love and therefore did harm.

Thus everyone in this world carries a burden of loss and guilt and is seeking to escape that burden. Constant effort is focused on trying to fill the emptiness and hide from the guilt. No one questions whether the emptiness and guilt are real. Having accepted that separation is real, the emptiness and guilt are inevitable. Our only apparent hope is to find temporary fixes in which we seem to have periods where the emptiness subsides and the guilt is hidden.

Yet because the underlying belief in separation remains, the guilt will resurface and the emptiness will return because their cause remains. The drive to win, to have more money, more friends, to look good, to have a special partner, to have status, are all just many forms of attempts to fill the illusion of emptiness with an illusion of specialness.

Acts of anger are just attempts to make others guilty to hide from the guilt believed to be within. Yet all attempts to project guilt simply attest to the belief that guilt is justified and keep it firmly rooted in the ego thought system. All this comes with the thought system of separation.

It is all undone when we remember Love and accept our unity with It. Underneath all our ego false ideas, we want to return to remembering Love, our Source. We were created by Love, in Love, as Love. In this Identity there can be no emptiness and there can be no guilt. Love is one and all the same. Within Love there can be no pockets of emptiness without Love. In Its unity is Its peace. Being one and the same, It cannot harm and so there can be no guilt in Love. This is the Heaven we seek. We need but accept that our will is one with God's, that our only purpose is to extend Love, and we will be free.

I thank you, Father, for your Love for me. I thank you Father for your Guide, Who's only purpose is to guide me back to you. I will but to remember You.

What does it take for me to remember Love, which is our Father? It takes a willingness to let go of what is not of our Father. The false ideas of the ego are myriad. Love, our Father, is one. Love is. God is. There is nothing else.

I lay the ego down by not making it real. I lay the ego down by listening to the Holy Spirit. It shows me the difference between the ego's lies and Reality. The Holy Spirit brings me to the remembrance of Love, our Father.

Today I will step back and listen for the truth. Today I would follow, I would not lead. Today I would let God's peace lead the way. Today I would focus on what is eternal.

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