Let not my mind deny the
Thought of God.
< GUIDANCE from ELDER BROTHER >
What is 'Iambic Pentameter'?
What makes this world seem real except your own
denial of the truth that lies beyond?
What but your thoughts of misery and death
obscures the perfect happiness and the
Eternal Life your Father wills for you?
And what could hide what cannot be concealed
except illusion? What could keep from you
what you already have except your choice
to see it not, denying it is there?
The Thought of God created you. It left
you not, nor have you ever been apart
from It an instant. It belongs to you.
By It you live. It is the Source of Life,
holding you One with It, and everything
is One with you because It left you not.
The Thought of God protects you, cares for you,
makes soft your resting place and smooth your way,
lighting your mind with happiness and love.
Eternity and Everlasting Life
shine in your mind because the Thought of God
has left you not, and still abide with you.
Who would deny his safety and his peace,
his joy, his healing and his peace of mind,
his quiet rest, his calm awakening,
if he but recognized where they abide?
Would he not instantly prepare to go
where they are found, abandoning all else
as worthless in comparison with them?
And having found them, would he not make sure
they stay with him and he remains with them?
Deny not Heaven. It is yours today
but for the asking. Nor need you perceive
how great the gift, how changed your mind will be,
before it comes to you. Ask to receive,
and it is given you. Conviction lies
within it. Till you welcome it as yours
uncertainty remains. Yet God is fair.
Sureness is not expected, to receive
what only your acceptance can bestow.
Ask with desire. You need not be sure
that you request the only thing you want.
But when you have received you will be sure
you have the treasure you have always sought.
What would you then exchange it for? What would
induce you now to let it fade away
from your ecstatic vision? For this sight
proves that you have exchanged your blindness for
the seeing eyes of Christ; your mind has come
to lay aside denial, and accept
the Thought of God as its inheritance.
Now is all doubting past, the journey's end
made certain, and salvation given you.
Now is Christ's power in your mind, to heal
as you were healed. For now are you among
the Saviours of the world. Your destiny
lies there and nowhere else. Would God consent
to let His Son remain forever starved
by his denial of the nourishment
he needs to live? Abundance dwells in him,
and deprivation cannot cut him off
from God's sustaining Love and from his home.|
Practice today in hope. For hope indeed
is justified. Your doubts are meaningless,
for God is certain. And the Thought of Him
is never absent. Sureness must abide
within you who are host to Him. This course
removes all doubts which you have interposed
between Him and your certainty of Him.|
We count on Him and not upon ourselves
to give us certainty. And in His Name
we practice as His Word directs us do.
His sureness lies beyond our every doubt.
His Love remains beyond our every fear.
The Thought of Him is still beyond all dreams
and in our minds, according to His Will.|
~ Original Handscript of ACIM
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