Lesson 231
The Forgotten Song
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9 The notes are nothing. Yet you have kept them with you, not for themselves, but as a soft reminder of what would make you weep if you remembered how dear it was to you. You could remember, yet you are afraid, believing you would lose the world you learned since then. And yet you know that nothing in the world you learned is half so dear as this. Listen and see if you remember an ancient song you knew so long ago and held more dear than any melody you taught yourself to cherish since.  
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What is Salvation
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   Salvation is a promise, made by God,
   that you would find your way to Him at last.
   It cannot but be kept. It guarantees
   that time will have an end, and all the thoughts
   that have been born in time will end as well.
   God's Word is given every mind that thinks
   that it has separate thoughts, and will replace
   these thoughts of conflict with the Thought of peace.
   The Thought of peace was given to God's Son
   the instant that his mind had thought of war.
   There was no need for such a Thought before,
   for peace was given without opposite,
   and merely was. But when the mind is split,
   there is a need of healing. So the Thought
   Which has the power to heal the split became
   a part of every fragment of the mind
   which still was one, but failed to recognize
   its oneness. Now it did not know itself,
   and thought its own identity was lost.
   Salvation is undoing in the sense
   that it does nothing, failing to support
   the world of dreams and malice. Thus it lets
   illusions go. By not supporting them,
   it merely lets them quietly go down
   to dust. And what they hid is now revealed;
   an altar to the holy Name of God,
   whereon His Word is written, with the gifts
   of your forgiveness laid before It, and
   the memory of God not far behind.
   Let us come daily to this holy place,
   and spend a while together. Here we share
   our final dream. It is a dream in which
   there is no sorrow, for it holds a hint
   of all the glory given us by God.
   The grass is pushing through the soil, the trees
   are budding now, and birds have come to live
   within their branches. Earth is being born
   again in new perception. Night has gone,
   and we have come together in the light.
   From here we give salvation to the world,
   for it is here salvation was received.
   The song of our rejoicing is the call
   to all the world that freedom is returned,
   that time is almost over, and God's Son
   has but an instant more to wait until
   his Father is remembered, dreams are done,
   eternity has shined away the world,
   and only Heaven now exists at all.

      ~ Original Handscript of ACIM October 1, 1970

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L e s s o n 231
Father, I will but to remember You.

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    What can I seek for, Father, but Your Love?
    Perhaps I think I seek for something else;
    a something I have called by many names.
    Yet is Your Love the only thing I seek,
    or ever sought. For there is nothing else
    that I could ever really want to find.
    Let me remember You. What else could I
    desire but the truth about myself?
   This is your will, my brother. And you share
   this will with me, and with the One as well
   Who is our Father. To remember Him
   is Heaven. This we seek. And only this
   is what it will be given us to find.
      ~ Original Handscript of ACIM

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Father, I will but to remember You.

Sarah's Commentary:  

Clearly, at the deepest level of our minds, Jesus tells us that the only thing we truly want is to remember God and to know His Love. "This is your will, my brother. And you share this will with me [Jesus talking] and with the One as well Who is our Father." (W.231.2.1)
Jesus is aware that we do not necessarily think this is completely true for us. We still think that there are other things we want. We still fear that God demands sacrifice from us. Our fear is that if we completely choose His Will, we will be annihilated. Our fear creates an obstacle to complete acceptance of His love. Jesus recognizes our fear. He knows that we still search for happiness in the world. "Perhaps I think I seek for something else; a something I have called by many names." (W.231.1.2)
This may be fame, fortune, romance, security, family, a good time, a career, or anything we think we currently lack. They are all forms of specialness through which we seek the love that we believe we don't have in us. Whatever the forms we seek in the world, Jesus reminds us that there is nothing to feel guilty about when we seek for happiness, as we define it. We came here to have this experience, and we will do what we came here to do. Yet, we seek for what can never be found in anything in the world. Until we come to that realization, we will continue to seek. It is only when we choose to look within, where our happiness already exists, that we will know we already have everything we seek. Love, joy, and peace are what we truly want and what we have been given in our Creation.
In the movie, Bedazzled, the character Elliot, played by Brendon Fraser, thinks he knows what he needs and makes a pact with the devil to receive his wishes only to find there is no true happiness, peace, contentment, joy, nor anything of lasting value in his idle wishes when they are achieved. His wishes are granted by the devil, but there is always a malevolent element to each wish that he did not expect. Of course, many of us have had this same experience; but we still cling to our desires, trying one more time to find happiness in the things of the world. Only when we recognize that the search is pointless will we acknowledge that our will is only to remember God, thus reconnecting with the truth of what we are and where the source of our real joy and peace truly lie.
When we apply the thought system of this teaching to our lives, we increasingly see that the things of the world ultimately have not brought us peace, joy, nor a sense of wholeness. There have perhaps been many moments or even periods of pleasure in our lives, but they have no lasting effect and, ultimately, end in more suffering. Only a reconnection to our Source can bring us fulfillment. We are not asked to sacrifice any of our perceived pleasures while we still believe in their value. We will learn, over time, that they are very fleeting and our interest in them as a source of love and joy will simply fall away. Increasingly, we will find that true and lasting joy is the outcome of continually bringing our mistaken perspectives to the Light.
As each layer of misperception is healed, deeper layers of the mind are revealed for healing. While this may bring resistance and potentially more conflict into our lives, returning to the thought system of the ego is not an option. Yes, it takes courage to go into the darkness; but, it is the only way to discover the light that has always been there, under the guilt and fear we hold in the mind. The sin, guilt, and fear that we hold produces every difficulty we experience in our lives and any problem we perceive. Until we became immersed in this teaching, we were not aware that the thoughts we hold in the mind are the cause of all our difficulties. We had believed, instead, that our difficulties mostly came from problems that seemed to be imposed on us from the world. We had reversed cause and effect, believing that the world was the cause of our problems, rather than our own minds. Trying to solve these problems in form will never address the real problem, which is our choice for separation, and with it, the thought system of the ego based on sin, guilt, and fear.
All of these Lessons keep pointing out the same thing, which is that we have been mistaken in listening to the ego and that now we have the opportunity to make another choice and turn to another Teacher in our right minds. Jesus is showing us that this is the only way out of despair. It is about letting go of our way and putting trust in His way. What we have sought for in the world has not, and will not, work to bring us true and lasting peace and joy. It will never bring us the deep peace that is our inheritance because our peace is covered over with the deep sleep of amnesia.
We now have a new "What is?" section, and again we read this section for ten days as we do each Lesson, starting today with "What Is Salvation?" (W.PII.Q2) We are offered a definition that is a clear departure from the Christian perspective. To be saved in traditional Christian thinking, we must suffer and sacrifice, just like Jesus was perceived to have done through his crucifixion. It is all about atoning for our sins. Jesus tells us that all we are saved from is the belief that we have sinned and that we are guilty. As a result of our decision to believe the myth of the ego--- that we have killed God and left our home in Heaven---we now feel tremendous guilt. Therefore, the only thing we need to be saved from is our mistaken choice for the ego thought system. Clearly, who we really are does not need any salvation.
We save ourselves by taking responsibility for our dark thoughts and bringing them to the Holy Spirit. We must want this above all else. To do so, we must resist our desire to defend and recognize that our safety lies in defenselessness. We must be willing to be vulnerable, to trust in guidance, to give up thinking that we know anything, and to be radically self-honest. There is no one outside of ourselves to save us. The light is within us. The Holy Spirit is a symbol of that light and is part of our own mind. We have chosen the wrong mind where the ego rules, but we have a right mind, which is home to the Holy Spirit. Now we know that we have a choice. The healing light of the Holy Spirit is what saves us from the domination of the ego when we are willing to turn over our unhealed thoughts. In other words, we choose forgiveness, or the miracle. It is a decision to remember what we are in truth by being willing to surrender the blocks to love and place them on the inner altar where the light shines them away.
"Salvation is a promise, made by God, that you would find your way to Him at last." (W.PII.Q2.1.1) It is no idle promise, but a certainty. "It cannot but be kept. It guarantees that time will have an end" (W.PII.Q2.1.2-3) and all our thoughts of conflict will end and be replaced by "the Thought of peace." (W.PII.Q2.1.4) We can be certain of this because we are already saved. In this very moment, we are already at home in God, but in our sleeping state, we are not aware of this fact. We need not get discouraged because our reality is assured. We are given assurance that we have never left God's Mind and are still One with Him. We experience that power when we let illusions go.
What His promise establishes is the Atonement Principle, which is that we have never left God and have never changed ourselves into these human beings who are striving for the "goodies" of this world. We are still One with God, dreaming of exile. So how could the promise not hold true when it is already the truth about us? We are simply unaware of it. Through forgiveness, we open space in our minds for the truth. Through forgiveness, the mistaken choice for the ego mind is undone. This is what salvation offers. The power to undertake the undoing process comes from our own decision. It comes as part of our agreement to look at the ego that is at work in our lives and choose against it, with the help of the Holy Spirit.
We will never be thrust into awakening. The process is gentle. We determine how quickly we go. As Jesus reminds us, "My salvation comes from me." (W.70) All guilt is solely an invention of the mind. While it is tempting to lay blame elsewhere, which would make me a victim of outside forces, it also keeps me locked in the ego dream. As we recognize that we share God's Will for happiness and accept His promise into our minds, we are born again in Christ. In the undoing of all that interferes with our awareness of the Christ Self, all thoughts of conflict are replaced with the Thought of Peace.
Love and blessings, Sarah 
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A Course in Miracles
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Chapter Twenty One

The Inner Picture  
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I. Introduction 

Projection makes perception. The world you see is what you gave it, nothing more than that. But though it is no more than that, it is not less. Therefore, to you it is important. It is the witness to your state of mind, the outside picture of an inward condition. As a man thinketh, so does he perceive. Therefore, seek not to change the world, but will to change your mind about the world. Perception is a result, not a cause. And that is why order of difficulty in miracles is meaningless. Everything looked upon with vision is healed and holy. Nothing perceived without it means anything. And where there is no meaning, there is chaos.
2 Damnation is your judgment on yourself, and this you will project upon the world. See it as damned, and all you see is what you did to hurt the Son of God. If you behold disaster and catastrophe, you tried to crucify him. If you see holiness and hope, you joined the Will of God to set him free. There is no choice that lies between these two decisions. And you will see the witness to the choice you made and learn from this to recognize which one you chose. [The world you see but shows you how much joy you have allowed yourself to see in you and to accept as yours. And if this is its meaning, then the power to give it joy must lie within you.]

II. The Imagined World 

3 Never forget the world the sightless "see" must be imagined, for what it really looks like is unknown to them. They must infer what could be seen from evidence forever indirect and reconstruct their inferences as they stumble and fall because of what they did not recognize, or walk unharmed through open doorways which they thought were closed. And so it is with you. You do not see. Your cues for inference are wrong, and so you stumble and fall down upon the stones you did not recognize, but fail to be aware you can go through the doors you thought were closed but which stand open before unseeing eyes, waiting to welcome you.
4 How foolish it is to attempt to judge what could be seen instead. It is not necessary to imagine what the world must look like. It must be seen before you recognize it for what it is. You can be shown which doors are open, and you can see where safety lies and which way leads to darkness, which to light. Judgment will always give you false directions, but vision shows you where to go. Why should you guess?
5 There is no need to learn through pain. And gentle lessons are acquired joyously and are remembered gladly. What gives you happiness you want to learn and not forget. It is not this you would deny. Your question is whether the means by which this course is learned will bring to you the joy it promises. If you believed it would, the learning of it would be no problem. You are not happy learners yet because you still remain uncertain that vision gives you more than judgment does, and you have learned that both you cannot have.
6 The blind become accustomed to their world by their adjustments to it. They think they know their way about in it. They learned it, not through joyous lessons, but through the stern necessity of limits they believed they could not overcome. And still believing this, they hold those lessons dear and cling to them because they cannot see. They do not understand the lessons keep them blind. This they do not believe. And so they keep the world they learned to "see" in their imagination, believing that their choice is that or nothing. They hate the world they learned through pain. And everything they think is in it serves to remind them that they are incomplete and bitterly deprived.
7 Thus they define their life and where they live, adjusting to it as they think they must, afraid to lose the little that they have. And so it is with all who see the body as all they have and all their brothers have. They try to reach each other, and they fail and fail again. And they adjust to loneliness, believing that to keep the body is to save the little that they have. Listen and try to think if you remember what we will speak of now.
8 Listen---perhaps you catch a hint of an ancient state not quite forgotten; dim, perhaps, and yet not altogether unfamiliar, like a song whose name is long forgotten, and the circumstances in which you heard completely unremembered. Not the whole song has stayed with you, but just a little wisp of melody, attached not to a person or a place or anything particular. But you remember from just this little part how lovely was the song, how wonderful the setting where you heard it, and how you loved those who were there and listened with you.
9 The notes are nothing. Yet you have kept them with you, not for themselves, but as a soft reminder of what would make you weep if you remembered how dear it was to you. You could remember, yet you are afraid, believing you would lose the world you learned since then. And yet you know that nothing in the world you learned is half so dear as this. Listen and see if you remember an ancient song you knew so long ago and held more dear than any melody you taught yourself to cherish since.
10 Beyond the body, beyond the sun and stars, past everything you see and yet somehow familiar, is an arc of golden light that stretches as you look into a great and shining circle. And all the circle fills with light before your eyes. The edges of the circle disappear, and what is in it is no longer contained at all. The light expands and covers everything, extending to infinity, forever shining and with no break or limit anywhere. Within it everything is joined in perfect continuity. Nor is it possible to imagine that anything could be outside, for there is nowhere that this light is not.
11 This is the vision of the Son of God, whom you know well. Here is the sight of him who knows his Father. Here is the memory of what you are---a part of this, with all of it within and joined to all as surely as all is joined in you. Accept the vision which can show you this and not the body. You know the ancient song and know it well. Nothing will ever be as dear to you as is this ancient hymn [of love] the Son of God sings to his Father still.
12 And now the blind can see, for that same song they sing in honor of their Creator gives praise to them as well. The blindness which they made will not withstand the memory of this song. And they will look upon the vision of the Son of God, remembering who he is they sing of. What is a miracle but this remembering? And who is there in whom this memory lies not? The light in one awakens it in all. And when you see it in each other, you are remembering for everyone. 
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