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This course is a beginning, not an end.199 Your Friend goes with you. You are not alone. No one who calls on Him can call in vain. Whatever troubles you, be certain that He has the answer, and will gladly give it to you if you simply turn to Him and ask it of Him. He will not withhold all answers that you need for anything that seems to trouble you. He knows the way to solve all problems and resolve all doubts. His certainty is yours. You need but ask it of Him, and it will be given you.

2. You are as certain of arriving home as is the pathway of the sun laid down before it rises, after it has set and in the half-lit hours in between. Indeed, your pathway is more certain still, for it cannot be possible to change the course of those whom God has called to Him. Therefore, obey your will, and follow Him Whom you accepted as your voice to speak of what you really want and really need. His is the Voice of God, and also yours. And thus He speaks of freedom and of truth.

3. No more specific lessons are assigned, for there is no more need of them. Henceforth, hear but the Voice for God and for your Self when you retire from the world to seek reality instead. He will direct your efforts, telling you exactly what to do, how to direct your mind, and when to come to Him in silence, asking for His sure direction and His certain Word.200 His is the Word that God has given you. His is the Word you chose to be your own.

4. And now I place you in His hands, to be His faithful followers, with Him as Guide through every difficulty and all pain that you may think is real. Nor will He give you pleasures that will pass away, for He gives only the eternal and the good. Let Him prepare you further. He has earned your trust by speaking daily to you of your Father and your brother and your Self.201 He will continue. Now you walk with Him, as certain as is He of where you go; as sure as He is of how you should proceed, as confident as He is of the goal and of your safe arrival in the end.

5. The end is certain, and the means as well. To this we say “Amen.” We will be told exactly what God wills for us each time there is a choice to make. And He will speak for God and for your Self, thus making sure that hell will claim you not, and that each choice you make brings Heaven nearer to your reach. And so we walk with Him from this time on, and turn to Him for guidance and for peace and sure direction. Joy attends our way, for we go homeward to an open door which God has held unclosed to welcome us.

6. We trust our ways to Him and say “Amen.” In peace we will continue in His way and trust all things to Him. In confidence we await His answers, as we ask His will for everything we do. He loves God’s Son as we would love him, and He teaches us how to behold him through His eyes and love him as He does. You do not walk alone. His love surrounds you, and of this be sure: that I will never leave you comfortless.202, [1].

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Footnote 199. The ending of the Workbook concludes what we might call the “Course proper,” which consists of the Text and the Workbook. The Manual for teachers is meant first and foremost for those who have completed the Course and will now teach it.

Footnote 200. This means that Holy Spirit will now direct your practice periods, telling you when to take them and “how to direct your mind” during them. For more specific instructions for how to practice after the Workbook, see Section 16 in the Manual, “How Should the Teacher of God Spend His Day?”

Footnote 201. This refers to Him speaking to you in your practice periods and you hearing His message, which is the intended result of all the training the Workbook has provided in how to listen for guidance.

Footnote 202. John 14:18 (KJV): “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” This comes from what is known as the Farewell Discourse in John 14-17.

I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing these 365 days of Lessons with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 365

This Holy Instant Would I Give To You. Be You In Charge. For I Would Follow You, Certain That Your Direction Brings Me Peace.

 

And if I need a word to help me, He will give it to me. if I need a thought, that will He also give. And if I need but stillness and a tranquil, open mind, these are the gifts I will receive of Him.198 He is in charge by my request. And He will hear and answer me, because He speaks for God my Father and His holy Son.[1].

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Footnote 198. These are all ways in which Holy Spirit may step in and guide our practice period. He may give us a word to repeat—we may not be ready for a complete absence of words. He may give us a still, tranquil, open mind. Thus, even though Jesus has talked as if the bulk of our practice period will be free of words, we need to be open to our individual need as understood by Holy Spirit.

Personal Notes:

This holy instant would I give to You. Be You in charge. For I would follow You, certain that Your direction brings me peace. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 364

This Holy Instant Would I Give To You. Be You In Charge. For I Would Follow You, Certain That Your Direction Brings Me Peace.

And if I need a word to help me, He will give it to me. if I need a thought, that will He also give. And if I need but stillness and a tranquil, open mind, these are the gifts I will receive of Him.198 He is in charge by my request. And He will hear and answer me, because He speaks for God my Father and His holy Son.[1].

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Footnote 198. These are all ways in which Holy Spirit may step in and guide our practice period. He may give us a word to repeat—we may not be ready for a complete absence of words. He may give us a still, tranquil, open mind. Thus, even though Jesus has talked as if the bulk of our practice period will be free of words, we need to be open to our individual need as understood by Holy Spirit.

Personal Notes:

This holy instant would I give to You. Be You in charge. For I would follow You, certain that Your direction brings me peace. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 363

This Holy Instant Would I Give To You. Be You In Charge. For I Would Follow You, Certain That Your Direction Brings Me Peace.

And if I need a word to help me, He will give it to me. if I need a thought, that will He also give. And if I need but stillness and a tranquil, open mind, these are the gifts I will receive of Him. He is in charge by my request. And He will hear and answer me, because He speaks for God my Father and His holy Son.[1].

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Personal Notes:

This holy instant would I give to You. Be You in charge. For I would follow You, certain that Your direction brings me peace. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 362

This Holy Instant Would I Give To You. Be You In Charge. For I Would Follow You, Certain That Your Direction Brings Me Peace.

And if I need a word to help me, He will give it to me. if I need a thought, that will He also give. And if I need but stillness and a tranquil, open mind, these are the gifts I will receive of Him. He is in charge by my request. And He will hear and answer me, because He speaks for God my Father and His holy Son.[1].

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Personal Notes:

This holy instant would I give to You. Be You in charge. For I would follow You, certain that Your direction brings me peace. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Final Lessons

Introduction

Our final lessons will be left as free of words as possible. We use them but at the beginning of our practicing, and only to remind us that we seek to go beyond them. Let us turn to Him Who leads the way and makes our footsteps sure. To Him we leave these lessons, as to Him we give our lives henceforth.194 For we would not return again to the belief in sin which made the world seem ugly and unsafe, attacking and destroying, dangerous in all its ways, and treacherous beyond the hope of trust and the escape from pain.

2. His is the only way to find the peace that God has given us. It is His way that everyone will travel in the end, because it is the ending God Himself appointed. In the dream of time it seems to be far off. And yet in truth it is already here; already serving us as gracious guidance in the way to go. Let us together follow in the way that truth points out to us. And let us be the leaders of our many brothers, who are seeking for the way, but find it not.

3. And to this purpose let us dedicate our minds, direction all our thoughts to serve the function of salvation. Unto us the aim is given to forgive the world. It is the goal that God has given us. It is His ending to the dream we seek, and not our own. For all that we forgive we will not fail to recognize as part of God Himself. And thus His memory is given back, completely and complete.

4. It is our function to remember Him on earth, as it is given us to be His Own completion in reality. So let us not forget our goal is shared, for it is that remembrance which contains the memory of God, and points the way to Him and to the Heaven of His peace. And shall we not forgive our brother, who can offer this to us? He is the way, the truth, and life that shows the way to us. In him resides salvation, offered us through our forgiveness, given unto him.

5. We will not end this year without the gift our Father promised to His holy Son. We are forgiven now, and we are saved from all the wrath we thought belonged to God and found it was a dream. We are restored to sanity, in which we understand that anger is insane, attack is mad, and vengeance merely foolish fantasy. We have been saved from wrath because we learned we were mistaken. Nothing more than that. And is a father angry at his son because he failed to understand the truth?196

6. We come in honesty to God and say we did not understand, and ask Him to help us to learn His lessons through the voice of His Own Teacher. Would He hurt His Son? Or would He rush to answer him and say, “This is My Son, and all I have is his?”197 Be certain He will answer thus, for these are His Own words to you. And more than that can no one ever have, for in these words is all there is and all that there will be throughout all time and in eternity.[1]

Lesson 361

This Holy Instant Would I Give To You. Be You In Charge. For I Would Follow You, Certain That Your Direction Brings Me Peace.

And if I need a word to help me, He will give it to me. If I need a thought, that will He also give. And if I need but stillness and a tranquil, open mind, these are the gifts I will receive of Him. He is in charge by my request. And He will hear and answer me, because He speaks for God my Father and His holy Son.[1].

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Footnote 194. In our practice periods, once we repeated the idea for the day and entered into a state of waiting for God, we are meant to be open to however the Holy Spirit wants to guide the practice period. This latter point will be expanded on in the instructions that follow the heading for the final lessons.

Footnote 196. In other words, God is not angry with us, because we were merely mistaken, just temporarily insane.

Footnote 197. God’s response to us is a combination of two Bible verses. The first is probably God’s announcement about Jesus in Matthew’s account of the baptism (though see also Luke 9:35 [RSV]). The second is the father’s statement to his eldest son in the parable of the prodigal son: “Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine” (Luke 15:31 [KJV]). In the scene above, we come to God saying we did not understand and asking for His help in learning, yet we fear that we will receive His wrath instead. However, instead of hurting us, He rushes to answer, announcing (apparently publicly, given that He refers to us in the third person), “This is My Son, and all I have is his.”

Personal Notes:

This holy instant would I give to You. Be You in charge. For I would follow You, certain that Your direction brings me peace. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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14. Who Am I?

Lesson 360

Peace Be To Me, The Holy Son Of God. Peace To My Brother, Who Is One With Me. Let All The World Be Blessed With Peace Through Us.

Father, it is Your peace that I would give, receiving it of You. I am Your Son, forever just as You created me, for the great rays remain forever still and undisturbed within me. I would reach to them in silence and in certainty, for nowhere else can certainty be found. Peace be to me, and peace to all the world. In holiness were we created, and in holiness do we remain. Your Son is like to You in perfect sinlessness, and with this thought we gladly say “Amen.” [1].

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Personal Notes:

Peace be to me, the holy Son of God. Peace to my brother, who is one with me. Let all the world be blessed with peace through us. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 359

God’s Answer Is Some Form Of Peace. All Pain Is Healed; All Misery Replaced With Joy. All Prison Doors Are Open.191 And All Sin Is Understood As Merely A Mistake.

Father, today we will forgive Your world and let creation be Your own. We have misunderstood all things, but we have not made sinners of the holy Sons of God. What You created sinless so abides forever and forever. Such are we. And we rejoice to learn that we have made mistakes which have no real effects on us. Sin is impossible, and on this fact forgiveness rests upon a certain base more solid than the shadow world we see. Help us forgive, for we would be redeemed. Help us forgive, for we would be at peace.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Footnote 191. Isaiah 61:1 (RSV): “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has appointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.” Acts 5:19 (RSV): “But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out.” See also Acts 16:26-27.

Personal Notes:

God’s answer is some form of peace. All pain is healed; all misery replaced with joy. All prison doors are opened. And all sin is understood as merely a mistake. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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14. Who Am I?

Lesson 358

No Call To God Can Be Unheard Or Left Unanswered. And Of This I Can Be Sure: His Answer Is The One I Really Want.

You Who remember what I really am alone remember what I really want. You speak for God, and so You speak for me. And what You give me comes from God Himself. Your Voice, my Father, then is mine as well, and all I want is what You offer me in just the form You choose that it be mine. Let me remember all I do not know, and let my voice be still, remembering. But let me not forget Your love and care, keeping Your promise to Your Son in my awareness always. Let me not forget myself is nothing, but my Self is all.[1].

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Personal Notes:

No call to God can be unheard or left unanswered. And of this I can be sure: His answer is the one I really want. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 357

Truth Answers Every Call We Make To God, Responding First With Miracles, And Then Returning Unto Us To Be Itself.

Forgiveness, truth’s reflection, tells me how to offer miracles, and thus escape the prison house in which I think I live. Your holy Son is pointed out to me, first in my brother, then in me. Your Voice instructs me patiently to hear Your Word and give as I receive. And as I look upon Your Son today, I hear Your Voice instructing me to find the way to You, as You appointed that the way shall be: “Behold his sinlessness and be you saved. Look on the Christ in him and be you healed.”[1].

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Personal Notes:

Truth answers every call we make to God, responding first with miracles, and then returning unto us to be itself. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 356

Sickness Is But Another Name For Sin. Healing Is But another Name For God.

The Miracle Is Thus A Call To Him.

Father, You promised You would never fail to answer any call Your Son might make to You. It does not matter where he is, what seems to be his problem, or what he believes he has become. He is Your Son, and You will answer him. The miracle reflects Your love, and thus it answers him. Your Name replaces every thought of sin, and who is sinless cannot suffer pain. Your Name gives answer to Your Son, because to call Your Name is but to call his own.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Personal Notes:

Sickness is but another name for sin. Healing is but another name for God. The miracle is thus a call to Him. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 355

There Is No End To All The Peace And Joy, And All The Miracles That I Will Give, When I Accept God’s Word. Why Not Today?

Why should I wait, my Father, for the joy You promised me? For You will keep Your Word You gave Your Son in exile. I am sure my treasure waits for me, and I need but reach out my hand to find it. Even now my fingers touch it. It is very close. I need not wait an instant more to be at peace forever. It is You I choose, and my identity along with You. Your Son would be himself, and know You as his Father and Creator and his love.[1].

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Personal Notes:

There is no end to all the peace and joy, and all the miracles that I will give, when I accept God’s Word. Why not today? I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 354

We Stand Together, Christ And I, In Peace And Certainty Of Purpose. And In Him Is His Creator, As He Is In Me.

My oneness with the Christ establishes me as Your Son, beyond the reach of time and wholly free of every law but Yours. I have no self except the Christ in me. I have no purpose but His Own. And He is like His Father. Thus must I be one with You as well as Him. For who is Christ except Your Son as You created Him? And what am I except the Christ in me?[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Personal Notes:

We stand together, Christ and I, in peace and certainty of purpose. And in Him is His Creator, as He is in me. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 353

My Eyes, My Tongue, My Hands, My Feet Today Have But One Purpose: To Be Given Christ

To Use To Bless The World With Miracles.

Father, I give all that is mine today to Christ, to use in any way that best will serve the purpose that I share with Him. Nothing is mine alone, for He and I have joined in purpose. Thus has learning come almost to its appointed end. A while I work with Him to serve His purpose. Then I lose myself in my identity, and recognize that Christ is but my Self.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Personal Notes:

My eyes, my tongue, my hands, my feet today have but one purpose: to be given Christ to use to bless the world with miracles. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 352

Judgment And Love Are Opposites. From

One

Come All The Sorrows Of The World. But

From

The Other Comes The Peace

Of God Himself.

Forgiveness looks on sinlessness alone, and judges not. Through this I come to You. Judgment will bind my eyes and make me blind. Yet love, reflected in forgiveness here, reminds me You have given me a way to find Your peace again. I am redeemed when I elect to follow in this way. You have not left me comfortless.178 I have within me both the memory of You, and One Who leads me to it.179 Father, I would hear Your Voice and find Your peace today. For I would love my own identity, and find in Him the memory of You.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Footnote 178. John 14:18 (KJV): “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”

Footnote 179. The Holy Spirit is the “One Who leads me to” the memory of God.

Personal Notes:

Judgment and love are opposites. From one come all the sorrows of the world. But from the other comes the peace of God Himself. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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14. What Am I?

I am God’s Son, complete and healed and whole, shining in the reflection of His love.172In me is His creation sanctified and guaranteed eternal life. In me is love perfected, fear impossible, and joy established without opposite. I am the holy home of God Himself. I am the Heaven where His love abides I am His Holy sinlessness itself, for in my purity abides His Own.

2. Our use for words is almost over now. Yet in the final days of this one year we gave to God together, you and I, we found a single purpose that we shared. And thus you joined with me, so what I am are you as well. The truth of what we are is not for words to speak of nor describe. Yet we can realize our function here, and words can speak of this and teach it too, if we exemplify the words in us.174

3. We are the bringers of salvation. We accept our part as saviors of the world, which through our joint forgiveness is redeemed. And this, our gift, is therefore given us. We look on everyone as brother, and perceive all things as kindly and as good. We do not seek a function that is past the gate of Heaven. Knowledge will return when we have done our part. We are concerned only with giving welcome to the truth.

4. Ours are the eyes through which Christ’s vision sees a world redeemed from every thought of sin. Ours are the ears that hear the Voice of God proclaim the world as sinless. Ours the minds which join together as we bless the world. And from the oneness that we have attained, we call to all our brothers, asking them to share our peace and consummate our joy.

5. We are the holy messengers of God, who speak for Him, and carrying His Word to everyone whom He has sent to us, we learn that it is written on our hearts.175 And thus our minds are changed about the aim for which we came and which we seek to serve. We bring glad tidings to the Son of God, who thought he suffered.176 Now is he redeemed. And as he sees the gate of Heaven stand open before him, he will enter in and disappear into the heart of God.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Footnote 172. This means that His love shines on me and then reflects off me, so that I too shine.

Footnote 174. In other words, words can describe our function and even be vehicles through which we accomplish our function, but only if exemplify those words in our lives. From this point on, the section is about our function, not about “the truth of what we are,” as we have just been told that the former can be described with words while the latter cannot.

Footnote 175. Jeremiah 31:33 (RSV): “I will put my law within them, and I will write it upon their hearts; and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” See also Proverbs 3:3, 7:3, Romans 2:15, 2 Corinthians 3:2-3, and Hebrews 8:10. In the above passage, we learn that His Word is written on our hearts through carrying it “to everyone whom He has sent to us.”

Footnote 176. Romans 10:15 (KJV): “How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”

Lesson 351

My Sinless Brother Is My Guide To Peace. My Sinful Brother Is My Guide To Pain. And Which I Choose To See I Will Behold.

Who is my brother but Your holy Son? And if I see him sinful, I proclaim myself a sinner, not a Son of God, alone and friendless in a fearful world. Yet this perception is a choice I make, and can relinquish. I can see my brother sinless, as Your holy Son. And with this choice I see my sinlessness, my everlasting Comforter and Friend beside me,177 and my way secure and clear. Choose, then, for me, my Father, through Your Voice, for He alone gives judgement in Your Name.[1]

Footnote 177. The “everlasting Comforter and Friend” is the Holy Spirit.

Personal Notes:

My sinless brother is my guide to peace. My sinful brother is my guide to pain. And which I choose to see I will behold. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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13. What Is A Miracle?

Lesson 350

Miracles Mirror God’s Eternal Love. To Offer Them Is To Remember Him, And Through His Memory To Save The World.

What we forgive becomes a part of us as we perceive ourselves. The Son of God incorporates all things within himself as You created him. Your memory depends on his forgiveness. What he is, is unaffected by his thoughts, but what he looks upon is their direct results. Therefore, my Father, I would turn to You. Only Your memory will set me free, and only my forgiveness teaches me to let Your memory return to me and give it to the world in thankfulness.

2. And as we gather miracles from Him, we will indeed be grateful. For as we remember Him, His Son will be restored to us in the reality of love.[1].

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Personal Notes:

Miracles mirror Gods eternal love. To offer them is to remember Him, and through His memory to save the world. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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13. What Is A Miracle?

Lesson 349

Today I Let Christ’s Vision Look Upon All Things For Me And Judge Them Not, But Give Each One A Miracle Of Love Instead.

So would I liberate all things I see, and give them freedom that I seek. For thus do I obey the law of love, and give what I would find and make my own. It will be given me because I have chosen it as the gift I want to give. Father, Your gifts are mine. Each one that I accept gives me a miracle to give. And giving as I would receive, I learn Your miracles belong to me.

2. Our Father knows our needs.170 He gives us grace to meet them all. And so we trust in Him to send us miracles to bless the world and heal our minds as we return to Him.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Footnote 170. Matthew 6:8 (RSV): “Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “Matthew 6:32 (RSV): “Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all” (a reference to the earthly needs of food, drink, and clothing).

Personal Notes:

Today I let Christ’s vision look upon all things for me and judge them not, but give each one a miracle of love instead. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 348

I Have No Cause For Anger Or Fear, For You Surround Me. And In Every Need That I Perceive Your Grace Suffices Me.168

Father, let me remember You are here, and I am not alone. Surrounding me is everlasting love.169 I have no cause for anything except the perfect peace and joy I share with You. What need have I for anger or fear? Surrounding me is perfect safety. Can I be afraid, when Your eternal promise goes with me? Surrounding me is perfect sinlessness. What can I fear, when You created me in holiness as perfect as Your own?

2. God’s grace suffices us in everything that He would have us do. And only that we choose to be our will as well as His.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Footnote 168. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (DBY): “And he said to me, My grace suffices thee; for my power is perfected in weakness.” This comes from an account related by the Apostle Paul in which he was given a “thorn for the flesh”—a physical ailment—and when he asked the Lord to heal it, the reply was that his grace was enough for Paul, for “my power is perfected in weakness.” In light of this, the meaning of this second sentence in today’s idea could be “I have no cause to feel in need because Your grace completely fills my sense of need.” This may sound as if God’s grace does not meet our earthly needs. However, the next lesson clarifies the issue: “Our Father knows our needs. He gives us grace to meet them all” (W-349.2:1-2).

Footnote 169. Jeremiah 31:3 (KJV): “The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love.”

Personal Notes:

I have no cause for anger or for fear, for You surround me. And in every need that I perceive Your grace suffices me. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 347

Anger Must Come From Judgment. Judgement is The Weapon I Would Use Against Myself To Keep The Miracle Away From Me.

Father, I want what goes against my will, and do not want what is my will to have.166 Straighten my mind, my Father. It is sick. But You have offered healing, and I choose to claim Your gift today. And so I give all judgement to the One You gave to me to judge for me. He sees what I behold, and yet He knows the truth. He looks on pain, and yet He understands it is not real, and in His understanding it is healed. He gives the miracles my dreams would hide from my awareness. Let Him judge today. I do not know my will, but He is sure it is Your Own. And He will speak for me, and call Your miracle to come to me.

2. Listen today. Be very still, and hear the gentle Voice of God assuring you that He has judged you as the Son He loves.167 [1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Footnote 166. Romans 7:19 (RSV): “For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do.” In the above passage, the conflict is not between what I want and what I do, but rather is between what “I want” and “my will”—between what I think I want and what I really want.

Footnote 167. Psalm 46:10 (KJV): “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” In the above reference, rather that being asked to be still and know God’s exaltedness, you are asked to be still and hear God’s Voice “assuring you that He has judged you as the Son He loves.”

Personal Notes:

Anger must come from judgment. Judgement is the weapon I would use against myself to keep the miracle away from me. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 346

Today The Peace Of God Envelops Me, And I Forget All Things Except His Love.

Father, I wake today with miracles correcting my perception of all things.165 And so begins a day I share with You as I will share eternity, for time has stepped aside today. I do not seek the things of time, and so I will not look upon them. What I seek today transcends all laws of time and things perceived in time. I would forget all things except Your love. I would abide in You and know no laws except Your law of love. And I would find the peace which You created for Your Son, forgetting all the foolish toys I made as I behold Your glory and my own.

2. And when the evening comes today, we will remember nothing but the peace of God. For we will learn today what peace is ours when we forget all things except His love.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Footnote 165. Based on the rest of the prayer, the new, corrected perception of earthly things, given me by miracles, seems to be that they are valueless, that they are merely “foolish toys”. Given this new perception, I do not seek them or look upon them. Instead, I forget all “things of time” (1:3), remembering only God’s love and peace.

Personal Notes:

Today the peace of God envelops me, and I forget all things except His love. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 345

I Offer Only Miracles Today, For I Would Have Them Be Returned To Me.

Father, a miracle reflects Your gifts to me, Your Son. And every one I give returns to me, reminding me the law of love is universal. Even here it takes a form which can be recognized and seen to work. The miracles I give are given back in just the form I need to help me with the problems I perceive. Father, in Heaven it is different, for there, there are no needs. But here on earth the miracle is closer to Your gifts than any other gift that I can give. Then let me give this gift alone today which, born of true forgiveness, lights the way that I must travel to remember You.

2. Peace to all seeking hearts today. The light has come to offer miracles to bless the tired world. It will find rest today, for we will offer what we have received.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Personal Notes:

I offer only miracles today, for I would have them be returned to me. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 344

Today I Learn The Law Of Love: That What I Give My Brother Is My Gift To Me.

This is Your law, my Father, not my own. I did not understand what giving means, and thought to save what I desired for myself alone. And as I looked upon the treasure that I thought I had, I found an empty place where nothing ever was or is or will be. Who can share a dream? And what can an illusion offer me? Yet he whom I forgive will give me gifts beyond the worth of anything on earth. Let my forgiven brothers fill my store with Heaven’s treasures, which alone are real. Thus is the law of love fulfilled.163. And thus Your Son arises and returns to You.

2. How near we are to one another as we go to God. How near is He to us. How close the ending of the dream of sin, and the redemption of the Son of God.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Footnote 163. Romans 13:8, 10 (RSV): “Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law….Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” In above passage, the law of love (“that what I give my brother is my gift to me”) is fulfilled when I give forgiveness to my brothers and they return that forgiveness to me.

Personal Notes:

Today I learn the law of love: that what I give my brother is my gift to me. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 343

I Am Not Asked To Make A Sacrifice To Find The Mercy And The Peace Of God.

The end of suffering cannot be loss. The gift of everything can but be gain. You only give. You never take away. And You created me to be like You, so sacrifice becomes impossible for me as well as You. I too must give, and all things are given unto me forever and forever. As I was created I remain. Your Son can make no sacrifice, for he must be complete, having the function of completing You. I am complete because I am Your Son. I cannot lose, for I can only give, and everything is mine eternally.

2. The mercy and the peace of God are free. Salvation has no cost. It is a gift that must be freely given and received.160 And it is this that we would learn today.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Footnote 160. Matthew 10:8 (KJV): “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.”

Personal Notes:

I am not asked to make sacrifice to find the mercy and the peace of God. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 342

I Let Forgiveness Rest Upon All Things, For Thus Forgiveness Will Be Given Me.

I thank You, Father, for Your plan to save me from the hell I made. It is not real. And You have given me the means to prove its unreality to me. The key is in my hand, and I have reached the door beyond which lies the end of dreams. I stand before the gate of Heaven, wondering if I should enter in and be at home. Let me not wait again today. Let me forgive all things and let creation be as You would have it be, and as it is. Let me remember that I am Your Son, and opening the door at last, forget illusions in the blazing light of truth, as memory of You returns to me.

2. Brother, forgive me now. I come to you to take you home with me. And as we go, the world goes with us on the way to God.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Personal Notes:

I let forgiveness rest upon all things, for thus forgiveness will be given me. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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A miracle is a correction. It does not create, nor really change at all. It merely looks on devastation and reminds the mind that what it sees is false. It undoes error, but does not attempt to go beyond perception, nor exceed the function of forgiveness. Thus it stays within time’s limits. Yet it paves the way for the return of timelessness and love’s awakening, for fear must slip away under the gentle remedy it gives.

2. A miracle contains the gift of grace, for it is given and received as one. And thus it illustrates the law of truth the world does not obey, because it fails entirely to understand its ways. A miracle inverts perception which was upside down before, and thus it ends the strange distortion that were manifest. Now is perception open to the truth. Now is forgiveness seen as justified.

3. Forgiveness is the home of miracles. The eyes of Christ deliver them to all they look upon in mercy and in love. Perception stands corrected in His sight, and what was meant to curse has come to bless. Each lily of forgiveness offers all the world the silent miracle of love. And each is laid before the Word of God upon the universal altar to Creator and creation, in the light of perfect purity and endless peace.

4. The miracle is taken first on faith, because to ask for it implies the mind has been made ready to conceive of what it cannot see and does not understand. Yet faith will bring its witnesses to show that what it rested on is really there. And thus the miracle will justify your faith in it, and show it rested on a world more real than what you saw before; a world redeemed from what you thought you saw.

5. Miracles fall like drops of healing rain from Heaven on a dry and dusty world where starved and thirsty creatures come to die.158 Now they have water. Now the world is green. And everywhere the signs of life spring up, to show that what is born can never die, for what has life has immortality.

Lesson 341

I Can Attack But My Own Sinlessness, And It Is Only That Which Keeps Me Safe.

Father, Your Son is holy, I am he on whom You Smile in love and tenderness so deep and dear and still, the universe smiles back on You and shares Your holiness. How pure, how safe, how sacred, then, are we, abiding in Your smile, with all Your love bestowed upon us, living one with You, in brotherhood and fatherhood complete; in sinlessness so perfect that the Lord of sinlessness conceives us as His Son, a universe of thought completing Him.

2. Let us not, then, attack our sinlessness. For it contains the Word of God to us, and in its kind reflection we are saved.[1].

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Footnote 158. William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice: The quality of mercy is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes. The allusion to these famous lines from Shakespeare’s implies that miracles are an interpersonal expression of mercy or forgiveness, and that they bring blessing to “him that gives and him that takes” (see 2:1: “[the miracle] is given and received as one”). The above passage also develops Shakespeare’s image of rain from Heaven, depicting it as falling on a desert world, one devoid of the water of life-giving love. The drops of healing miracles thus bring that world back to life, demonstrating that life can never die.

Personal Notes:

I can attack but my own sinlessness, and it is only that which keeps me safe. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 340

I Can Be Free Of Suffering Today.

Father, I thank You for today, and for the freedom I am certain it will bring. This day is holy, for today Your Son will be redeemed. His suffering is done. For he will hear Your Voice directing him to find Christ’s vision through forgiveness, and be free forever from all suffering. Thanks for today, my Father. I was born into this world but to achieve this day, and what it holds in joy and freedom for Your holy Son and for the world he made, which is released along with him today.

2. Be glad today! Be glad! There is no room for anything but joy and thanks today. Our Father has redeemed His Son this day. Not one of us but will be saved today. Not one who will remain in fear, and none the Father will not gather to Himself, awake in Heaven in the heart of Love.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Personal Notes:

I can be free of suffering today. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 339

I Will Receive Whatever I Request.

No one desires pain, but he can think that pain is pleasure. No one would avoid his happiness, but he can think that joy is painful, threatening, and dangerous. Everyone will receive what he requests, but he can be confused indeed about the things he wants; the state he would attain. What can he then request that he would want when he receives it?154 He has asked for what will frighten him and bring him suffering. Let us resolve today to ask for what we really want, and only this, that we may spend this day in fearlessness, without confusing pain with joy, or fear with love.

2. Father, this is Your day. It is a day in which I would do nothing by myself, but hear Your Voice in everything I do, requesting only what You offer me, accepting only thoughts You share with me.[1].

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Footnote 154. Because we are confused about what we want, we can think that something at a distance is desirable, yet when we actually receive it we discover that it brings only pain. This illuminates the meaning of today’s idea. It is not emphasizing how wonderful it is that we will receive whatever we request. Rather, because we will receive whatever we request, the emphasis is on making the right request: “Let us resolve today to ask for what we really want, and only this” (1:6).

Personal Notes:

I will receive whatever I request. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 338

I Am Affected Only By My Thoughts.

It needs but this to let salvation come to all the world, for in this single thought is everyone released at last from fear. Now he has learned that no one frightens him and nothing can endanger him. He has no enemies and he is safe from all external things. His thoughts can frighten him, but since these thoughts belong to him alone, he has the power to change them, and exchange each fear thought for a happy thought of love. He crucified himself, yet God has planned that His beloved Son will be redeemed.

2. Your plan is sure, my Father, only Yours. All other plans will fail. And I will have thoughts that will frighten me, until I learn that You have given me the only thought which leads me to salvation. Mine alone will fail, and lead me nowhere. But the thought You gave me promises to lead me home, because it holds Your promise to Your Son.153, [1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Footnote 153. God’s promise to His Son is multifaceted, but the main emphasis throughout the Course is the same as what seems to be suggested above, that we will return home to Him: “Salvation is a promise, made by God, that you would find your way to Him at last” (W-WI.2.1:1).

Personal Notes:

I am affected only by my thoughts. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 337

My Sinlessness Protects Me From All Harm.

My sinlessness ensures me perfect peace, eternal safety, everlasting love, freedom forever from all thought of loss, complete deliverance from suffering. And only happiness can be my state, for only happiness is given me. What must I do to know all this is mine? I must accept Atonement for myself and nothing more. God has already done all things that need to be done. I but must learn I need do nothing of myself, for I need but accept my Self, my sinlessness, created for me, now already mine, to feel God’s love protecting me from harm, to understand my Father loves His Son, to know I am the Son my Father loves.

2. You Who created me in sinlessness are not mistaken about what I am. I was mistaken when I thought I sinned, but I accept Atonement for myself. Father, my dream is ended now. Amen.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Personal Notes:

My sinlessness protects me from all harm. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 336

Forgiveness Lets Me Know That Minds Are Joined.

Forgiveness is the means appointed for perception’s ending. Knowledge is restored after perception first is changed and then gives way entirely to what remans forever past its highest reach. For sights and sounds, at best, can serve but to recall the memory that lies beyond them all. Forgiveness sweeps away distortions and opens the hidden altar to the truth. Its lilies shine into the mind and call it to return and look within, to find what it had vainly sought without. For here, and only here is peace of mind restored, for this the dwelling place of God Himself.

2. In quiet may forgiveness wipe away my dreams of separation and of sin. Then let me, Father, look within and find Your promise of my sinlessness is kept; Your Word remains unchanged within my mind, Your love is still abiding in my heart.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Personal Notes:

Forgiveness lets me know that minds are joined. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 335

I Choose To See My Brother’s Sinlessness.

Forgiveness is a choice. I never see my brother as he is, for that is far beyond perception. What I see in him is merely what I wish to see, because it stands for what I want to be truth. It is to this alone that I respond, however much I seem to be impelled by outside happenings. I choose to see what I would look upon, and this I see and only this. My brother’s sinlessness shows me that I would look upon my own. And I will see it, having chosen to behold my brother in its holy light.

2. What could restore Your memory to me except to see my brother’s sinlessness? His holiness reminds me that he was created one with me and like myself. In him I find my Self, and in Your Son I find the memory of You as well.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Personal Notes:

I choose to see my brother’s sinlessness. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 334

Today I Claim The Gifts Forgiveness Gives.

I will not wait another day to find the treasures which my Father offers me. Illusions must be vain, and dreams are gone even while they are woven out of thoughts that rest on false perception. Let me not accept such meager gifts again today. God’s Voice is offering the peace of God to all who hear and choose to follow Him. This is my choice today. And so I go to find the treasures God has given me.

2. I seek but the eternal. For Your Son can be content with nothing less than this. What, then, can be his solace but what You are offering to his bewildered mind and frightened heart, to give him certainty and bring him peace? Today I would behold my brother sinless. This is Your will for me, for thus will I behold my sinlessness.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Personal Notes:

Today I claim the gifts forgiveness gives. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 333

Forgiveness Ends The Dream Of Conflict Here.

Conflict must be resolved. It cannot be evaded, set aside, denied, disguised, seen somewhere else, called by another name, or hidden by deceit of any kind, if it would be escaped. It must be seen exactly as it is, where it is thought to be, in the reality which has been given it, and with the purpose that the mind accorded it. For only then are its defenses lifted, and the truth can shine upon it as it disappears.

2. Father, forgiveness is the light You chose to shine away all conflict and all doubt, and light the way for our return to You. No light but this can end our evil dreams. No light but this can save the world. For this alone will never fail in anything, being Your gift to Your beloved Son.[1].

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Personal Notes:

Forgiveness ends the dream of conflict here. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 332

Fear Binds The World. Forgiveness Sets It Free.

The ego makes illusions. Truth undoes its evil dreams by shining them away. Truth never makes attack; it merely is. And by its presence is the mind recalled from fantasies, awaking to the real. Forgiveness bids this presence enter in and take its rightful place within the mind. Without forgiveness is the mind in chains, believing in its own futility. Yet with forgiveness does the light shine through the dream of darkness, offering it hope and giving it the means to realize the freedom that is its inheritance.

2. We would not bind the world again today. Fear holds it prisoner. And yet Your love has given us the means to set it free. Father, we would release it now. For as we offer freedom, it is given us, and we would not remain as prisoners while You hold out our freedom unto us.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Personal Notes:

Fear binds the world. Forgiveness sets it free. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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The ego is idolatry; the sign of limited and separated self, born in a body, doomed to suffer and to end its life in death. It is the will that sees the will of God as enemy and takes a form in which it is denied. The ego is the “proof” that strength is weak and love is fearful, life is really death, and what opposes God alone is true.

2. The ego is insane. In fear it stands beyond the everywhere, apart from all, in separation from the infinite. In its insanity it thinks it has become a victor over God Himself, and in its terrible autonomy it “sees” the will of God has been destroyed. It dreams of punishment and trembles at the figures in its dreams, its “enemies” who seek to murder it before it can ensure its safety by attacking them.

3. The Son of God is egoless. What can he know of madness and the death of God when he abides in Him? What can he know of sorrow and of suffering when he lives in eternal joy? What can he know of fear and punishment, of sin and guilt, of hatred and attack, when all there is surrounding him is everlasting peace, forever conflict-free and undisturbed, in deepest silence and tranquility?

4. To know reality is not to know the ego and its thoughts, its works, its acts, its laws and its beliefs, its dreams its hopes, its plans for its salvation, and the cost belief in it entails. In suffering, the price for faith in it is so immense that crucifixion of the Son of God is offered daily at its darkened shrine, and blood must flow before the altar where its sickly followers prepare its feast of death.149

5. Yet will one lily of forgiveness change the darkness into light; the altar to illusions to the shrine of Life Itself. And peace will be restored forever to the holy minds which God created as His dwelling place, His joy, His love, completely His, completely one with Him.

Footnote 149. This imagery is drawn from the Eucharist, especially the Catholic Mass, in which the body and blood of the Son of God is offered daily. The implication of the image here is that all who believe in the ego carry out a kind of twisted Mass every day, in which their true nature as God’s Son is continually crucified.

Lesson 331

There Is No Conflict. For My Will Is Yours.

How foolish, Father, to believe Your Son could cause himself to suffer! Could he make a plan for his damnation, and be left without a certain way to his release? You love me, Father. You could never leave me desolate, to die within a world of pain and cruelty. How could I think that Love has left Itself? There is no will except the will of Love. Fear is a dream, and has no will that can conflict with Yours. Conflict is sleep, and peace awakening. Death is illusion; life, eternal truth. There is no opposition to Your will. There is no conflict, for my will is Yours.

2. Forgiveness shows us that God’s will is one and that we share it. Let us look upon the holy sights forgiveness shows today, that we may find the peace of God. Amen.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Personal Notes:

There is no conflict, for my will is Yours. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 330

I Will Not Hurt Myself Again Today.

Let us this day accept forgiveness as our only function. Why should we attack our minds and give them images of pain? Why should we teach them they are powerless, when God holds out His power and His love, and bids them take what is already theirs? The mind that is made willing to accept God’s gifts has been restored to spirit, and extends its freedom and its joy as is the will of God united with its own. The Self Which God created cannot sin, and therefore cannot suffer. Let us choose today that He be our identity, and thus escape forever from all things the dream of fear appears to offer us.

2. Father, Your Son cannot be hurt. And if we think we suffer, we but fail to know our one identity we share with You. We would return to it today, to be made free forever from all our mistakes, and to be saved from what we thought we were.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Personal Notes:

I will not hurt myself again today. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 329

I Have Already Chosen What You Will.

Father, I thought I wandered from Your will, defied it, broke its laws, and interposed a second will more powerful than Yours. Yet what I am in truth is but Your will, extended and extending. This am I, and this will never change. As You are one, so am I one with You. And this I chose in my creation, where my will became forever one with Yours. That choice was made for all eternity. It cannot change and be in opposition to itself. Father, my will is Yours. And I am safe, untroubled and serene, in endless joy, because it is Your will that it be so.

2. Today we will accept our union with each other and our Source. We have no will apart from His, and all of us are one because His will is shared by all of us. Through it we recognize that we are one. Through it we find our way at last to God.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Personal Notes:

I have already chosen what You will. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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11. What Is Creation?

Lesson 328

I Choose The Second Place To Gain The First.

What seems to be the second place is first, for all things we perceive are upside down until we listen to the Voice of God. it seems that we will gain autonomy but by our striving to be separate, and that our independence from the rest of God’s creation is the way in which salvation is obtained. Yet all we find is sickness, suffering, and loss and death. This is not what our Father wills for us, nor is there any second to His will. To join with His, it is to find our own. And since our will is His, it is to Him that we must go to recognize our will.

2. There is no will but Yours. And I am glad that nothing I imagine contradicts what You would have me be. It is Your will that I be holy, safe, eternally at peace. And happily I share that will which You, my Father, gave as part of me.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Personal Notes:

I choose the second place to gain the first. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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11. What Is Creation?

Lesson 327

I Need But Call And You Will Answer Me.

I am not asked to take salvation on the basis of an unsupported faith. For God has promised He will hear my call and answer me Himself. Let me but learn from my experience that this is true, and faith in Him must surely come to me. This is the faith that will endure, and take me further and still farther on the road that leads to Him. For thus I will be sure that He has not abandoned me and loves me still, awaiting but my call to give me all the help I need to come to Him.

2. Father, I thank You that Your promises will never fail in my experience, if I but test them out. Let me attempt therefore to try them, and to judge them not. Your Word is one with You. You give the means whereby conviction comes, and surety of Your abiding love is gained at last.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Personal Notes:

I need but call and You will answer me. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 326

I Am Forever An Effect Of God.

Father, I was created in Your Mind, a holy thought that never left its home. I am forever Your effect, and You forever and forever are my Cause. As You created me I have remained. Where You established me I still abide. And all Your attributes abide in me, because it is Your will to have a Son so like his Cause that Cause and its effect are indistinguishable. Let me know that I am an effect of You, and so I have the power to create like You. And as it is in Heaven, so on earth.141 Your plan I follow here, and at the end I know that You will gather Your effects into the tranquil Heaven of Your love, where earth will disappear, and separate things united in glory as the Son of God.

2. Let us today behold earth disappear: at first transformed, and then, forgiven, fade entirely into God’s holy will.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Footnote: 141.Matthew 6:10 (RSV): “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.” Here “as it is in Heaven, so on earth” means that just as my being is God’s effect in Heaven, so my life is God’s effect on earth: “Your plan I follow here” (1:8).

Personal Notes:

I am forever an effect of God. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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11. What Is Creation?

Lesson 325

All Things I Think I See Reflect Ideas.

This is salvation’s keynote. What I see reflects a process in my mind, which starts with my idea of what I want. From there, the mind makes up an image of the things the mind desires, judges valuable, and therefore seeks to find. These images are then projected outward, looked upon, esteemed as real, and guarded as one’s own. From insane wishes comes an insane world. From judgment comes a world condemned. And from forgiving thoughts a gentle world comes forth, with mercy for the holy Son of God, to offer him a kindly home where he can rest a while before he journeys on, and help his brothers walk ahead with him and find the way to Heaven and God.140

2. Our Father, Your ideas reflect the truth, and mine apart from Yours but make up dreams. Let me behold what only Yours reflect, for Yours and Yours alone establish truth.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Footnote 140. Because perception comes from a process of deciding what I want, making images of what I want, and then projection those images and seeing them in the world, I can see two different worlds. Through judgment, I will want to look on images that should be condemned, and they are what I will see. Through forgiveness, I will want to see images of a gentle, merciful world, and that is the world I will see.

Personal Notes:

All things I think I see reflect ideas. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 324

I Merely Follow, For I Would Not Lead.

Father, You are the One Who gave the plan for my salvation to me. You have set the way I am to go, the role to take, and every step in my appointed path. I cannot lose the way. I can but choose to wander off a while and then return. Your loving Voice will always call me back and guide my feet aright. My brothers all can follow in the way I lead them. Yet I merely follow in the way to You, as You direct me and would have me go.

2. So let us follow, One Who knows the way. We need not tarry, and we cannot stray except and instant, from His loving hand. We walk together, for we follow Him. And it is He Who makes the ending sure and guarantees a safe returning home.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Personal Notes:

I merely follow, for I would not lead. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 323

I Gladly Make The “Sacrifice” Of Fear.

Here is the only “sacrifice” You ask of Your beloved Son: You ask him to give up all suffering, all sense of loss and sadness, all anxiety and doubt, and freely let Your love come streaming in to his awareness, healing him of pain and giving him Your Own eternal joy. Such is the “sacrifice” You ask of me, and one I gladly make; the only “cost” of restoration of Your memory to me, for the salvation of the world.

2. And as we pay the debt we owe to truth–a debt which merely is the letting go of self-deceptions and of images we worshipped falsely—truth returns to us in wholeness and in joy. We are deceived no longer. Love has now returned to our awareness. And we are at peace again, for fear has gone and only love remains.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Personal Notes:

I gladly make the “sacrifice” of fear. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 322

11. What Is Creation

I Can Give Up But What Was Never Real.

I sacrifice illusions, nothing more. And as illusions go I find the gifts illusions tried to hide, awaiting me in shining welcome and in readiness to give God’s ancient messages to me. His memory abides in every gift that I receive of Him. And every dream serves only to conceal the Self Which is God’s only Son, the likeness of Himself,137 the Holy One Who still abides in Him forever, as He still abides in me.

2. Father, to You all sacrifice remains forever inconceivable. And so I cannot sacrifice except in dreams. As You created me, I can give up nothing You gave me. What You did not give has no reality. What loss can I anticipate except the loss of fear, and the return of love into my mind?[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Footnote 137. Genesis 1:26 (KJV): “And God said Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.

Personal Notes:

I can give up but what was never real. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Creation is the sum of all God’s thoughts, in number infinite, and everywhere without all limit. Only Love creates, and only like Itself. There was no time when all that It created was not there. Nor will there be a time when anything that It created suffers any change. Forever and forever are God’s thoughts exactly as they were and as they are, unchanged through time and after time is done.

2. God’s thoughts are given all the power that their own Creator has, for He would add to love by its extension. Thus His Son shares in creation, and must therefore share in power to create. What God has willed to be forever one will still be one when time is over, and will not be changed throughout the course of time, remaining as it was before the thought of time began.

3. Creation is the opposite of all illusions, for creation is the truth. Creation is the holy Son of God, for in creation is His will complete in every aspect, making every part container of the whole. Its oneness is forever guaranteed inviolate, forever held within His holy will beyond all possibility of harm, of separation, imperfection, and of any spot upon its sinlessness.

4. We are creation; we the Sons of God. We seem to be discrete, and unaware of our eternal unity with Him. Yet back of all our doubts, past all our fears, there still is certainty. For Love remains with all Its thoughts, Its sureness being theirs. God’s memory in our holy minds, which know their oneness and their unity with their Creator. Let our function be only to let this memory return only to let God’s will be done on earth,136 only to be restored to sanity, and to be but as God created us.

5. Our Father calls to us. We hear His Voice, and we forgive creation in the Name of its Creator, Holiness Itself, Whose holiness His Own creation shares, Whose holiness is still a part of us.

Lesson 321

Father, My Freedom Is In You Alone.

I did not understand what makes me free, nor what my freedom is, nor where to look to find it. Father, I searched in vain until I heard Your Voice directing me. Now I would guide myself no more, for I have neither made nor understood the way to find my freedom. But I trust in You. You Who endowed me with my freedom as Your holy Son will not be lost to me. Your Voice directs me, and the way to You is opening and clear to me at last. Father, my freedom is in You alone. Father, it is my will that I return.

2. Today we answer for the world, which will be freed along with us. How glad are we to find our freedom through the certain way our Father has established. And how sure is all the world’s salvation, when we learn our freedom can be found in God alone.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Footnote 136. Matthew 6:10 (RSV): “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.” In the above reference, we are the instruments through which God’s will is done on earth.

Personal Notes:

Father, my freedom is in You alone. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 320

My Father Gives All Power Unto Me.134

The Son of God is limitless. There are no limits on his strength, his peace, his joy, or any attributes his Father gave in his creation. What he wills with his Creator and Redeemer must be done. His holy will can never be denied, because his Father shines upon his mind and lays before it all the strength and love in earth and Heaven. I am he to whom all this is given. I am he in whom the power of my Father’s will abides.

2. Your will can do all things in me, and then extend to all the world as well through me. There is no limit on Your will. And so all power has been given to Your Son.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Footnote 134. Matthew 28:18 (KJV): “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. “Just as the Bible says that all power has been given unto Jesus in heaven and earth, so we are told here that all power has been given unto us “in earth and Heaven” (1:4).

Personal Notes:

My Father gives all power unto me. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 319

I Came For The Salvation Of The World.

Here is a thought from which all arrogance has been removed, and only truth is left. For arrogance opposes truth, but where there is no arrogance, the truth will come immediately and fill up the space the ego left unoccupied by lies. Only the ego can be limited, and therefore it must seek for aims which are curtailed and limiting. The ego thinks that what one gains, totality must lose. And yet it is the will of God I learn that what one gains is given unto all.

2. Father, Your will is total, and the goal that stems from it shares its totality. What aim but the salvation of the world could You have given me? And what but this could be the will my Self has shared with You?[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Personal Notes:

I came for the salvation of the world. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 318

In Me Salvation’s Means And End Are One.

In me, God’s holy Son, are reconciled all parts of Heaven’s plan to save the world. What could conflict, when all the parts have but one purpose and one aim? How could there be a single part that stands aside, or one of more or less importance than the rest? I am the means by which God’s Son is saved, because salvation’s purpose is to find the sinlessness that God has placed in me. I was created as the thing I seek. I am the goal the world is searching for. I am God’s Son, His one eternal love. I am salvation’s means and end as well.

2. Let me today, my Father, take the role You offer me in Your request that I accept Atonement for myself. For thus does what is thereby reconciled in me become as surely reconciled to You.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Personal Notes:

In me salvation’s means and end are one. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 317

I Follow In The Way Appointed Me.

I have a special place to fill, a role for me alone. Salvation waits until I take this part as what I choose to do. Until I make this choice am I the slave of time and human destiny. But when I willingly and gladly go the way my Father’s plan appointed me to go, then will I recognize salvation is already here, already given all my brothers and already mine as well.

2. Father, Your way is what I choose today. Where it would lead me do I choose to go; what it would have me do I choose to do. Your way is certain and the end secure. The memory of You awaits me there. And all my sorrows end in Your embrace, which You have promised to Your Son, who thought mistakenly that he had wandered from the sure protection of Your loving arms.[1]

[1]. A Course In Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition.

Personal Notes:

I follow in the way appointed me. I meditate on above prayer today, and in quiet I wait to hear my Father’s Voice. I pray for all my brothers and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination, of The Way, The Truth, The Life, in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

God is Love

Love is God

I choose Love