Workbook Review Lessons 92-98
Lesson 92: Miracles are seen in light, and light and strength are one.
Do you still think you see with your eyes and think with your brain? If so, think again, and this time think with the Mind of God. The ego thinks it sees with the body’s eyes, and beholds the likeness of itself. It sees the small, the weak, the sickly and the dying, those in need, the helpless and afraid, the sad, the poor, the starving and the joyless. When these things are seen, it is the split mind projecting its image of itself onto others. It sees what it has made well enough, but it does not see what God created. What you see is not the truth, so do not give credence to it. It is all an illusion. No matter how real it may seem, it is not.
Yet when you use God’s strength in you as the light in which you see, and think with His Mind, you will overlook these weak and helpless images, you will look past appearances, and you will see your Self reflected in all those around you. You will see the truth. And healing will take place -- for you and your brothers. Jesus did not see the leprosy; he saw the truth. He did not see a dying child; he saw her as sleeping. Use Jesus as your model for healing.
Strength comes from truth, and shines with light its Source has given it; weakness reflects the darkness of its maker which is sick and looks on sickness, which is like itself. Truth is a savior and can only will for happiness and peace for everyone. Its strength is shared, that it may bring to all the miracle in which they will unite in purpose and forgiveness and in love and truth. Today let us meet at the place where strength and light unite in you. Let us see only in the light today, and help others do the same. Jesus needs more miracle workers, not more wanderers or seekers in the dark.
Lesson 93: Light and joy and peace abide in me.
Are you the home of evil, darkness and sin? Do you think if anyone could see the truth about you he would be repelled, recoiling from you as if from a poisonous snake? If so, these are beliefs so firmly fixed that it is difficult to help you see that they are based on nothing. Question: Do you ever recoil from anything, either a thought, a sight, or anything that appears outside yourself? If you do, you are actually recoiling from your ego “self.” Your Self, your beautiful Spirit, recoils at nothing because your Self is Love and love does not invite “recoil.” The Self sees only love because love only sees itself reflected in everything, both the inner and what may currently appear as the outer.
Certainly you have made mistakes. And you have sought salvation in strange ways. You have been deceived and deceiving and afraid, and you have succumbed to circumstances you have perceived as beyond your control. God does not share any of this with you so none of it is true. Be assured that all the evil that you think you did was never done, that all your “sins” are nothing, and that you are as pure and holy as you were created. The self you made does not exist at all. And anything it seems to do and think means nothing. It is neither bad nor good; it is unreal, and nothing more than that. What power can this self you made possess, when it would contradict the Will of God Who is Love?
Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God. You cannot sin. “To sin would be to violate reality, and to succeed” (T-19.II.1:2), and that simply is not possible. If something is impossible for you to do, it is certain that you have never done it and never will. You cannot remake yourself in darkness. Salvation requires the acceptance of but one thought: you are as God created you, not what you made of yourself. You are and forever will be exactly as you were created. Be assured of this:
“The Son of God can be mistaken; he can deceive himself, he can even turn the power of his mind against himself.
But he cannot sin.
There is nothing he can do that would really change his reality in any way, nor make him really guilty.”
Lesson 94: I am as God created me.
This is the one idea which brings complete salvation; the one statement which makes all forms of temptation powerless; the one thought which renders the ego silent and entirely undone. With this idea, the sounds of this world are still, the sights of this world disappear, and all the thoughts that this world ever held are wiped away forever and only Thoughts of God remain.
If you remain as God created you, despite what you may think of yourself, you must be strong and light must be in you. True light is strength, and strength is sinlessness. You stand in light, strong in the sinlessness in which you were created, and in which you will remain throughout eternity. Darkness cannot obscure the glory of God’s Son. Darkness is not real; God’s Son IS.
Now lay all idols and self-images aside, go past your own self-concepts, and reach the Son of God in you. This is the Self that never sinned nor made an image to replace reality. This is the Self That never left Its home in God to walk the world uncertainly. This is the Self That knows no fear, nor could conceive of loss or suffering or death. God Himself has promised truth will be revealed to all who ask for it. You are asking now, and what you ask will be revealed. “I am as God created me.” This is the truth that will set you free.
Lesson 95: I am one Self, united with my Creator.
This accurately describes you as God created you. You are one within yourself, and one with Him. Your perfect unity with all creation makes changes in you impossible. If you do not accept this or realize it, it is only because you believe you have changed yourself already from the glorious Son of God into a weak and limited body with a grandiose ego. Yet this is impossible; it is a mistaken idea. The Holy Spirit can help you see the truth and is only held back by your unwillingness to let your mistakes go. If you give the ego your power to use to delay your learning, you will only be more confused. Remember, mistakes call for correction, not for condemnation.
“You have seen the extent of your lack of mental discipline,
and of your need for mind training.
It is necessary that you be aware of this.”
Your version of yourself is a self divided into many warring parts, separate from God, and tenuously held together by its erratic and capricious maker to which you pray. The ego does not hear your prayers, for it is deaf. It does not see the oneness in you for it is blind. It does not understand you are the Son of God for it does not know of God. There is “something” beyond itself, but it does not know What or Who that is. The ego is senseless and understands nothing because it is nothing – yet you give your allegiance to it and pray to it. You are GOD’s Son, not the ego’s toady. Brother, the ego is nothing. Pray to God. Only He can answer your prayers!
Be vigilant today. Heaven looks to you in confidence that you will find the one Self in you, and let It shine away all your illusions and your doubts. You will once again be your one Self, the holy truth in you. Hear the voice of hope, the stirring of the truth within your mind, the gentle rustling of the wings of peace. Your own acknowledgment you are one Self, united with your Father, is a call to all the world to be at one with you. To everyone you meet, aloud or silently, tell him this:
You are one Self with me, united with our Creator in this Self.
I honor you because of What I am, and What He is, Who loves us both as one.
Lesson 96: Salvation comes from my one Self.
Although you are one Self, you experience yourself as two; as both good and evil, loving and hating, mind and body. The sense of being split into two selves, as opposite as could be, is a source of constant conflict and confusion, which lead to frantic attempts to reconcile the contradictory aspects of your perception of yourself. All such attempts will fail. Because illusions and truth can never be compatible; opposites cannot be reconciled. Herein lies the problem. Yet only one Self is true. The other self does not exist at all. It is an image in an illusory dream from which you must awaken to experience freedom from conflict, and to experience joy.
This problem cannot be resolved within the framework it is set. It has to be given to the Holy Spirit to resolve. Your mind apart from spirit cannot even think. Waste no time trying. The Holy Spirit holds salvation in your mind, and offers it the way to peace. Invite Him to help you. Tell your frantic mind that salvation comes from your one Self, and even if you are still uncertain, you will not fail to find it. Claim Its thoughts as your own. In truth, they are your own real thoughts. Now confusion is done. You are restored. You have found your Self and your mind blesses all things.
Lesson 97: I am spirit.
This idea identifies you with your one Self. It accepts no split identity, nor does it try to weave opposites into unity. Use this idea against the temptation to believe that you are something else, and thus save yourself from the sorry consequences that you would otherwise experience.
The Holy Son of God rests in you whose mind has been restored to sanity. Each time you practice bringing this reality still closer to your mind, awareness is brought a little nearer at least; sometimes a thousand years or more are saved! You are the spirit in whose mind abides the miracle in which all time stands still; the miracle in which a minute spent in using these ideas becomes a time that has no limit and that has no end. This gift to Him will be multiplied a thousand fold and tens of thousands more as it is shared with all open minds. And when it is returned to you, it will lead you out of darkness into a blazing light of LOVE, surpassing in might even the radiance of the sun! And you will remember the way! How beautiful is Your plan, Father, how beautiful is Your plan!
Lesson 98: I will accept my part in God’s plan for salvation.
Now that you have recognized that you are spirit, you are ready to accept your part in God’s plan for salvation. Now take a stand on the side of truth, and let illusions go. Vacillate no longer between the two, but take a firm position with the One. No more wavering, weaving, bobbing and bouncing back and forth. Rest now in certainty that you will do what has been given you to do. Those still uncertain, too, will join with you, and borrowing your certainty will make it stronger still.
Do not doubt your own ability because your function will be filled completely in the perfect time and place. Lay all doubts aside and be still. All who have gone before you, and even those who have yet to be born, will assist you. Your part is ACCEPTANCE. Just speak the words, even if you falter. Then, “Give Him the words, and He will do the rest.” (W-98.9:1)
“I will accept my part in God’s plan for salvation.”