Workbook Review Lessons 253-259
Lesson 253: My Self is ruler of the universe.
It may appear difficult to believe that everything that comes to you is bidden by yourself. That would be the things that appear to be desirable and those that appear to be undesirable. But it is so. The world you see only demonstrates to you what you are asking, what you are seeking. It is simply a reflection of your wants, desires, hopes and dreams. What you want to occur happens; what you do not want to occur does not happen. Accepting this is the first step toward correction.
What you are seeing and experiencing shows you the guide/Guide you have chosen – ego or Spirit. If you have chosen the ego as your guide through this dream world, it would explain why you experience those things that appear to be undesirable. And as you choose the Holy Spirit as your Guide in this dream, it will draw only the highest and best to you. So the “correction” would be to choose the Holy Spirit in ALL things and in ALL situations – instead of choosing ego. How simple.
And yet you often appear to make this anything but simple. You still appear to be “clinging to the old rugged cross.” (T-4.i) You cling to judgment, vengeance, ineptness and unforgiveness. Do you know why? It is what is familiar. It is habit. And it seems to be justified. Your ego judges, and then sentences, and then crucifies; it feels justified in doing so because the ego only sees offense.
The remedy is to “Be still and know that I am God.” These words are inspired and reflect knowledge. God does not judge, He does not sentence, crucify or otherwise berate His Son. He LOVES His Son. Your foundation is LOVE. It is you who rule your destiny – through LOVE. Your Self is LOVE, and is thereby ruler of the universe. Your Self is but Your Will in perfect union with God, and this is Heaven.
Lesson 254: Let every voice but God’s be still in me.
The ego has many voices. God has but one: the Voice of the Holy Spirit. When you think you hear a voice or have a thought that is not of God, simply take a quiet step back, look at it with the Holy Spirit to be sure, and then let it go. You do not want what comes with ego thoughts! They are followed by more thoughts of the same ilk; one after another after another until you find yourself on a downward spiral to disharmony and disease. So do not keep them. Return to the stillness and the quiet and listen for the one Voice that is God’s. He will speak to you of peace and joy and love. He will tell you of God’s Will and of your own. And you will find yourself being lifted out of the ego muck in which you appear stuck, and into the beautiful tranquil life of truth and peace. It is a miraculous transition, so deserved by the Son of God. So deserved by you!
Lesson 255: This day I choose to spend in perfect peace.
Perhaps it does not seem to you that you can choose to have only peace, and then have it be so. And yet, as God’s Son, this is not only available to you today, it is “the way” every day. As God’s Son you can have no cares, no worries, no decisions, no frustrations, no illness, no weakness, no uncertainty, no scarcity and no unhappiness – and you must remain forever in the peace of Heaven. This is God’s Will for you and your will for yourself. It is God’s gift to you and to all your brothers. Will you accept this gift now? The peace God gave you is still in your mind; spend today there with God.
Lesson 256: God is the only goal I have today.
The only way to God is through forgiveness here. Do not cherish sin and guilt today. God is your goal; let your mind return to Him by the means of forgiveness. Hold no grievances today that separate you from your brother or from Him. Listen only for the Voice of the Holy Spirit, guiding you to your goal of remembering and awakening in God. The ego voice of unforgiveness is harsh; God’s Voice is gentle.
And so, our Father, would we come to You in Your appointed way. We have no goal except to hear Your Voice, and find the way Your sacred Word has pointed out to us. Amen.
Lesson 257: Let me remember what my purpose is.
To avoid confusion, simply remember your goal; keep it in the forefront of your mind and uppermost in your thoughts always. If you forget your goal and become confused, remember to invite the Holy Spirit to take charge of your thoughts, and Jesus will bring Him down to you, as he has promised. And just to be sure you know, your goal is God; your goal is salvation. Forgiveness is His chosen means for your salvation, so be determined to remember this consistently, in all thoughts, words and actions, that you may achieve only what God would have you do this day and every day. Your purpose must be in alignment with His, if you would reach the peace He wills for you.
Lesson 258: Let me remember that my goal is God.
God is our only goal, our only Love. All that is needful is to train your mind to overlook all little senseless aims that lead nowhere, and to remember that your goal is God. Senseless aims only take your time and attention away from the truth, which means they lead toward deceit and illusion. This benefits no one, certainly not you. God’s memory is hidden in your mind, obscured by these pointless little goals and aims which offer nothing and do not even exist! They are time wasters.
What could you possibly want that would outshine God’s Light in your mind? There is nothing that can do that! The Holy Spirit is holding the memory of God for you, holding the light for you, until you choose to quit playing with pointless time-wasting nothings and come home. Will it be today?
Lesson 259: Let me remember that there is no sin.
Sin is the only thought that makes the goal of God seem unattainable. The idea of sin is the home of all illusions, which but stand for things imagined, issuing from thoughts that are untrue. And only an illusion could hide the memory of God from you. What else could hide what cannot be hidden?? What else could blind you to the obvious, and make the strange and distorted seem more clear than Clarity Itself? What else but sin could be the source of guilt, demanding punishment and suffering?
What but sin could be the source of fear, obscuring God’s creation; giving love the attributes of fear and of attack? Do you see? Sin is insanity. Sin is fear. Sin is the fear of love. Only insanity would fear love. Love is gentle, love is kind, love is warm, love is precious, love is everything, love is real. There is NO SIN, there is NO WORLD, there is NO FEAR, there is NO DREAM. Awaken to the truth:
❤ ONLY GOD'S LOVE IS REAL ❤
Father, I would not be insane today. I would not be afraid of love, nor seek for refuge in its opposite, for there is no opposite to love. Love is All. You are the Source of everything there is. And everything that is remains with You, and You with it. And that includes ME.
Let me remember my Identity today. Let me remember my purpose, my goal. Let me remember Love. Let my sinlessness arise again before Christ’s vision, through which I would look upon my brothers and myself today. Today I would come home to the only peace and joy there is: in Heaven with You. Amen