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III. The Self-Accused   

Let us be glad that you will see what you believe, and that it has been given you to change what you believe. The body will but follow. It can never lead you where you would not be. It does not guard your sleep nor interfere with your awakening. Release your body from imprisonment, and you will see no one as prisoner to what you have escaped. You will not want to hold in guilt your chosen enemies nor keep in chains to the illusion of a changing love the ones you think are friends.
What Is Creation?  
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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.


   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.


   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.


   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 is 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,

   only to be restored to sanity,

   and to be but as God created us.


   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.


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L e s s o n  326
I am forever an effect of God.  



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    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 God, and so

    I have the power to create like Him.

    And as it is in Heaven, so on earth.

    His plan I follow here, and at the end

    I know that God will gather His Effects

    into the tranquil Heaven of His Love,

    where earth will disappear, and separate things

    unite in glory as the Son of God.


   Let us today behold earth disappear,

   at first transformed, and then, forgiven, fade

   entirely into God's holy Will.


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Lesson 326
I am forever an effect of God.
Sarah's Commentary:

This lesson reminds us that we, as a holy Thought in God's Mind, have never left our holy home. We are forever His Effect. We are His creation. "Creation is the sum of all God's Thoughts, in number infinite, and everywhere without all limit." (W.PII.Q11.1.1) "As You created me I have remained." (W.326.1.3) We have all of His character-istics. Nothing about us is unlike God, except that which we have conjured up in our own imagination.
Thus when we release our mistaken ideas about ourselves to the Holy Spirit, we experience a reflection of our true Self as created by God. That is the miracle. In spite of what we may think about ourselves, the truth is that there is nothing we can do or have done to change God's creation. In other words, we have not changed the truth about ourselves because we can't change what God created. It is very reassuring to know that we are still the pristine, pure, holy, divine Son of God. There is nothing that we have done that has changed the truth of who we, no matter how we think we have screwed up and made ourselves into something else.

It is very much like Lesson 67, "Love created me like Itself." This lesson says, "Today's idea is a complete and accurate statement of what you are. This is why you are the light of the world." (W.PI.67.1.1-2) Jesus says that this is why our reality and our nature is wholly unchanged and unchangeable. We are asked now to release everything that we have accepted about ourselves that blocks this truth. Everything that we have come to think that we are is false. We are not what we call ourselves. We are not our body. We are not our thoughts. We are not our personality nor the concepts that we hold about ourselves, and we cannot suffer and die. Our minds are simply preoccupied with false thoughts and false images.
In Chapter 7, "The Last Step," Jesus reminds us that we all see ourselves as outside of the Kingdom, so it is hard to imagine that we have never left our home with God. How can a Thought in the mind of God ever leave its Source? It would mean that that thought would have to be released from God's Mind. That is why we need the experience of the holy instant so we can realize our wholeness as a result of that instant of transcending the ego. No, it won't all change overnight, although it can do so, but because that is not the case for most of us, we have to be patient with ourselves.

Jesus reminds us that we are too afraid of God---too afraid of Love---so our awakening to reality is preceded by the happy dream. All of our practice of the lessons is to help us awaken from the dream and to experience the miracle so that our perception can be changed from fearful dreams to gentle dreams. With each experience, our motivation increases until at the end, we can have the confidence and assurance that God will gather us all up "into the tranquil Heaven" of His Love. (W.326.1.8) This is such a beautiful image of our homecoming after having wandered off from the beautiful tranquil experience of the love that we are.
 We are not these discrete and separate beings. We are one with God, yet we "seem to be discrete, and unaware of our eternal unity with Him," (W.PII.Q11.4.2) We can become aware of who we are, as we do our forgiveness work. We have been given a step by step process to go past all of our doubts and fears, moment by moment, in order to experience peace and joy and be restored to sanity. Certainty is of God. In this world nothing is certain, including what we think of as love. We have all experienced how quickly our notion of love can turn to anger and hate. The closest reflection of love in this world is forgiveness.

With each forgiving thought, we recognize that we are not separate. When we forgive, we are recognizing the innocence of our brother and thus we recognize our own. "Each one you see in light brings your light closer to your awareness. Love always leads to love." (T.13.VI.I0.3-4)(ACIM OE T.12.VI.54) It is encouraging to know that love, innocence and joy are already in us. As we extend it to our brothers, we know we have it in us to give. It is a choice to step back from our reactive inclination to attack, and instead make a choice to forgive our misperceptions and turn to the Holy Spirit to ask for His interpretation in place of our own. This does take discipline. It means constant vigilance on behalf of God and the Kingdom, stepping away from the ego mind that counsels us against our own best interests.
Even a thought in my mind that someone has done something wrong and that they are guilty must be seen as an attack. Even a thought that something outside of me is the reason for how I am feeling needs correction. For example we are currently renovating our bathroom. There are many decisions to be made, such as determining which tiles to pick. I was starting to get frustrated with the process and angry about all of these decisions. I noticed how much I was making the illusion real. I became aware of my thoughts and stepped back and asked the Holy Spirit to please make this easy for me. At the very next tile store, along came an angel who beautifully guided us through the process and it truly all was easy. Such events help me to recognize the constant presence of Help, always there. We just need to pay attention. We are not an effect of the ego. We truly are an effect of God. What that means is that there need not be any anxiety or worry. We can rest in the knowledge that everything is perfect.

With each prayer, we are making a personal appeal to our own decision making minds to open to the experience of God's power, and that power is simply the power to extend love here on earth. How do we manifest this power? We extend love and blessings to everyone we meet. We see that we are the same in our creation. We choose to see the innocence and beauty in everyone. We see the Christ, but that is not something that can be manufactured. We are often triggered by circumstances, people and events in our lives and we react in anger, frustration and judgment. Since this world is a classroom for our healing, we have a choice to either act on those feelings that are triggered in us or become aware of our unhealed pain. This is an opportunity to investigate the beliefs we are holding that are not serving us. It is not to judge ourselves as that just keeps us in the ego loop.
Isn't it reassuring to know that we can't determine what we are? God is the Cause and we are His effect. Nothing can change that. Nothing we have done makes any difference to the truth. The truth simply shines forth, waiting for us to acknowledge that this is so. "Cause and its effects are indistinguishable," (W.326.1.5) meaning that we simply cannot be distinguished from our Source. We have all of God's attributes. We are divine beings with the power to create just like His power to create. When I join with a brother or sister and connect at a deep level, experiencing the joy, peace and compassion of true joining, I know that it is not this Sarah personality, the dream figure, that is capable of doing anything. It is the truth of my Self that is shining through when the concepts and beliefs that I hold about myself are released. This requires surrendering of my way, my control, and my defenses. The connection of two souls is truly the power of divinity shining through this body.
In our experience on this earth, we can be a mirror that reflects Heaven when all that stands in the way is released and forgiven. "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 vanish, and all separate thoughts unite in glory as the Son of God." (W.326.1.8) While we seem to be here, we just have one function, which is forgiveness, until we come to true perception and the real world. In the end, there will be no more need to be in this earthly classroom any longer and we disappear into God. "Let us today behold earth disappear, at first transformed, and then forgiven, fade entirely into God's holy Will." (W.326.2.1) In other words, when we come to the end of our journey here, our experience will be transformed into the happy dream because our mind is now the clear reflection of God's Love. That is the case when our unhealed thoughts are all brought to truth. Now our worldly classroom is no longer needed.
Today we ask our Father to help us to know that we can never leave Him. Let us use every opportunity to watch our thoughts and challenge them so that we don't act on them when they come from anger, judgment, frustration, superiority etc. We feel the pain of the unhealed parts of our own mind but we are willing to give up the idea that trying to change or control anything will bring peace. All this does is cover over this unhealed pain that we are trying to distract ourselves from. Denying and repressing the pain in the desire to be positive will not help. It must be investigated so that it can be given over. If, however you do find yourself having reacted to some event or situation today, recognize that this is just another learning opportunity presented to you, which can be looked at with the Holy Spirit without self-judgment.

Love and blessings, Sarah 


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III. The Self-Accused           

26 Only the self-accused condemn. As you prepare to make a choice that will result in different outcomes, there is first one thing that must be overlearned. It must become a habit of response so typical of everything you do that it becomes your first response to all temptation and to every situation that occurs. Learn this and learn it well, for it is here delay of happiness is shortened by a span of time you cannot realize. You never hate your brother for his sins, but only for your own. Whatever form his sins appear to take, it but obscures the fact that you believe them to be yours and therefore meriting a "just" attack.


27 Why should his sins be sins if you did not believe they could not be forgiven in you? Why are they real in him if you did not believe that they are your reality? And why do you attack them everywhere, except you hate yourself? Are you a sin? You answer "yes" whenever you attack, for by attack do you assert that you are guilty and must give as you deserve. And what can you deserve but what you are? If you did not believe that you deserved attack, it never would occur to you to give attack to anyone at all. Why should you? What would be the gain to you? What could the outcome be that you would want? And how could murder bring you benefit?


28 Sins are in bodies. They are not perceived in minds. They are not seen as purposes but actions. Bodies act, and minds do not. And therefore must the body be at fault for what it does. It is not seen to be a passive thing, obeying your commands and doing nothing of itself at all. If you are sin you are a body, for the mind acts not. And purpose must be in the body, not the mind. The body must act on its own and motivate itself. If you are sin, you lock the mind within the body, and you give its purpose to its prison-house, which acts instead of it. A jailer does not follow orders, but enforces orders on the prisoner.


29 Yet is the body prisoner and not the mind. The body thinks no thoughts. It has no power to learn, to pardon, nor enslave. It gives no orders that the mind need serve nor sets conditions that it must obey. It holds in prison but the willing mind that would abide in it. It sickens at the bidding of the mind that would become its prisoner. And it grows old and dies because that mind is sick within itself. Learning is all that causes change. And so the body, where no learning can occur, could never change unless the mind preferred the body change in its appearances to suit the purpose given by the mind. For it can learn, and there is all change made.


30 The mind that thinks it is a sin has but one purpose-that the body be the source of sin and keep it in the prison-house it chose and guard and hold itself at bay, a sleeping prisoner to the snarling dogs of hate and evil, sickness and attack, of pain and age, of grief and suffering. Here are the thoughts of sacrifice preserved, for here guilt rules and orders that the world be like itself-a place where nothing can find mercy or survive the ravages of fear except in murder and in death. For here are you made sin, and sin cannot abide the joyous and the free, for they are enemies which sin must kill. In death is sin preserved, and those who think that they are sin must die for what they think they are.


31 Let us be glad that you will see what you believe, and that it has been given you to change what you believe. The body will but follow. It can never lead you where you would not be. It does not guard your sleep nor interfere with your awakening. Release your body from imprisonment, and you will see no one as prisoner to what you have escaped. You will not want to hold in guilt your chosen enemies nor keep in chains to the illusion of a changing love the ones you think are friends.


32 The innocent release in gratitude for their release. And what they see upholds their freedom from imprisonment and death. Open your mind to change, and there will be no ancient penalty exacted from your brother or yourself. For God has said there is no sacrifice that can be asked; there is no sacrifice that can be made.




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