Lesson 75
Miracles Are Expressions of Love
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38 Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven because that is where the laws of God operate truly, and they can operate only truly since they are the laws of Truth. But seek this only because you can find nothing else. There is nothing else. God is all in all in a very literal sense. All being is in Him who is all Being. You are therefore in Him since your being is His. Healing is a way of forgetting the sense of danger the ego has induced in you by not recognizing its existence in your brothers. This strengthens the Holy Spirit in both of you, because it is a refusal to acknowledge fear. Love needs only this invitation. It comes freely to all the Sonship, being what the Sonship is. By your awakening to it, you are merely forgetting what you are not. This enables you to remember what you are.  
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L e s s o n 75
The light has come. 

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1 The light has come. You are healed and you can heal. The light has come. You are saved, and you can save. You are at peace, and you bring peace with you wherever you go. Darkness and turmoil and death have disappeared. The light has come. 
2 Today we celebrate the happy ending to your long dream of disaster. There are no dark dreams now. The light has come. Today the time of light begins for you and everyone. It is a new era in which a new world is born. The old one has left no trace upon it in its passing. Today we see a different world because the light has come. 
3 Our exercises for today will be happy ones in which we offer thanks for the passing of the old and the beginning of the new. No shadows from the past remain to darken our sight and hide the world forgiveness offers us. Today we will accept the new world as what we want to see. We will be given what we desire. We will to see the light; the light has come. 
4 Our longer practice periods will be devoted to looking at the world which our forgiveness shows us. This is what we want to see, and only this. Our single purpose makes our goal inevitable. Today the real world rises before us in gladness, to be seen at last. Sight is given us, now that the light has come. 
5 We do not see the ego's shadow on the world today. We see the light, and in it we see Heaven's reflection lie across the world. Begin the longer practice periods by telling yourself the glad tidings of your release: 
6 The light has come. I have forgiven the world
7 Dwell not upon the past today. Keep a completely open mind, washed of all past ideas and clean of every concept you have made. You have forgiven the world today. You can look upon it now as if you never saw it before. You do not know yet what it looks like. You merely wait to have it shown to you. While you wait, repeat several times slowly and in complete patience: 
8 The light has come. I have forgiven the world.
9 Realize that your forgiveness entitles you to vision. Understand that the Holy Spirit never fails to give the gift of sight to the forgiving. Believe He will not fail you now. You have forgiven the world. He will be with you as you watch and wait. He will show you what true vision sees. It is His Will, and you have joined with Him. Wait patiently for Him. He will be there. The light has come. You have forgiven the world. 
10 Tell Him you know you cannot fail because you trust in Him. Tell yourself you wait in certainty to look upon the world He promised you. From this time forth you will see differently. Today the light has come. And you will see the world that has been promised you since time began, and in which is the end of time ensured. 
11 The shorter practice periods, too, will be joyful reminders of your release. Remind yourself every quarter of an hour or so that today is a time for special celebration. Give thanks for mercy and the Love of God. Rejoice in the power of forgiveness to heal your sight completely. Be confident that on this day there is a new beginning. Without the darkness of the past upon your eyes, you cannot fail to see today. And what you see will be so welcome that you will gladly extend today forever. Say, then: 
12 The light has come. I have forgiven the world.
13Should you be tempted, say to anyone who seems to pull you back to darkness: 
14 The light has come. I have forgiven you.
15We dedicate this day to the serenity in which God would have you be. Keep it in your awareness of yourself and see it everywhere today, as we celebrate the beginning of your vision and the sight of the real world which has come to replace the unforgiven world you thought was real.
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The light has come.
Sarah's Commentary:
In the Section, "What is Salvation?", we are told, "Salvation is a promise made by God, that you would find your way to Him at last." (W.PII.Q2.1.1) Jesus goes on to say that the promise must be kept, guaranteeing an end to time and an end to all thoughts of sin, guilt, and despair. In this Lesson, Jesus says, "You are healed and you can heal. The light has come. You are saved and you can save. You are at peace, and you bring peace with you wherever you go." (W.75.1.2-5) Yet this is not our daily experience because we are listening to another voice---the voice of the ego.
Peace is in our minds right now. "The Thought of peace was given to God's Son the instant that his mind had thought of war." (What is Salvation? W.PII.Q2.2.1) How can we be sure of this? We are sure because over and over we are told that we have the same Will as God, and since we are an idea in the mind of God and "Ideas leave not their source, and their effects but seem to be apart from them," (T.26.VII.4.7) (ACIM OE.T.26.VIII.49)we must still be part of Him and like Him. The truth is, there is a part of the mind at peace right at thismoment. Nothing can disturb that peace because God Wills it. The peace that is our reality is beyond the complexity of the ego identity with all its anxieties, issues, problems, concepts, and specialness.
Our reality is a fact. We are God's Son. While we still cling to our ego identity, we resist the truth of what we really are because it is a threat to our existence as a separate, autonomous self. The ego is threatened by the Self we are, knowing that if we recognize the truth, we will choose against the ego, and that will be its end. The recognition of our true reality will dawn on our minds when we have released that all concepts, beliefs, thoughts, and desires in our wrong minds block our reality. What is required is that we bring to light our grievances, expectations, worries, demands, anger, frustrations, beliefs, and opinions, which constitute our self-concepts and self-image. In other words, we give up needing to be right about who we think we are and what we think we know.
This frightens us because it is disorienting. All of our perceptions are turned upside down. To admit, "I do not know the thing I am, and therefore do not know what I am doing, where I am, or how to look upon the world or on myself," (T.31.V.17.7) (ACIM OE T.31.V.60) is very threatening to us. Jesus says, "There is no statement that the world is more afraid to hear than this." (T.31.V.17.6) (ACIM OE T.31.V.59) Questioning our thoughts is the beginning of undoing our false self so that the magnificent being we are is revealed.
I like the way Anita Moorjani discovered this when she wrote of her near-death experience. She said, "If we only knew how perfect and magnificent we are. It feels as if imperfection is the creation of the mind. Judgment too. Everything. As physical human beings, we need to process information through our minds. And all we perceive is separation because that is how our minds process information. But beyond the mind, we are one. We are totally interconnected."
Every Lesson we practice daily is for the purpose of not only being reminded of the truth but of becoming aware of the ego. Every lesson we have learned in our lives from the time we were born has been part of the conditioning that keeps us believing in the reality of this world. Its purpose is to keep us invested in the dream. In other words, we have all made adjustments as part of managing to live in the world. Every day, with each Lesson we apply to our lives, we lessen the impact of these conditioned beliefs.
Every day, we get seemingly sucked into the ego illusion, although it is all by our own decision. On this path, we may feel very much out of step with the rest of the world, and we are. When everyone believes something, even though it is not the truth, it is difficult to step away from what is commonly held by billions of people in consciousness. Yet just because billions of people hold a belief system, it does not make it true. As Jesus says, "All are called but few choose to listen." (T.3.IV.7.12) (ACIM OE T.3.VI.49)
It only takes an instant to change our minds. We simply need the desire and willingness to release what is false and to choose the truth. The ego wants to keep us focused on our problems that continually distract us and keep us invested in the illusion. It is how we separate cause from effect, believing the cause of our problems is in the world rather than in our own minds. Guilt demands punishment, which is delivered through perceived problems in the world. It does not mean all problems disappear when the guilt is healed, but we will no longer see their relevance in our lives. We will no longer see some problems as bigger than others. We will only see that they do not define us. We will see they are all equally unreal.
We see differences by seeing others as separate from us. We see them as guilty, which gives us the false impression that we can maintain innocence at the expense of those whom we judge. We judge them because we believe what we perceive through our senses, which seem very convincing in showing us the speck in our brother's eye while keeping us from seeing the beam in our own eye. Our attention is riveted on the world of form, but we can choose whether we give power to the ego (because it has no power when we withdraw belief from it) or choose forgiveness. As has been said many times, what we see outside of ourselves is just a projection of our inner state. We have been asleep for a very long time. It has been a dark dream of turmoil and conflict. We are now beginning to wake up.
We identify with what we think will make us safe. If we think we are a body that protects us, we will identify with it and use it for our purposes as we define them. We will pursue what we think will make us happy. We can spend a lifetime in such pursuits, even though Jesus tells us again and again, the ego sends us on missions to find happiness where it can't be found. We have no idea of true happiness beyond meeting our needs as we define them. Jesus reminds us that we don't know who we are, so how can we know our own best interests. Since this is the case, we can't possibly know how to find peace and happiness.
When we identify with the body and personality, we are in a constant state of deprivation, lack, and need. There can never be safety for us in this "rotting prison." (T.26.I.8.3) (ACIM OE T.26.II.9) Jesus describes us as being like a child, throwing temper tantrums and demanding our needs be met. He says that just like children who do not understand the language of adults, we insist that what we see and feel is reality. Just as children do, we think our "toys" mean something. To us, problems we perceive in the world do not feel like toys with which we play daily. The circumstances of our lives feel very real to us and not at all like meaningless children's toys. We take it all very seriously. It all seems very real and very important. Indeed, the world of the ego is a battlefield where we compete with everyone to have our needs met. We are constantly trying to gain at someone else's expense. When we identify with the ego, our focus is on a self-centered life of me, myself, and I. Yet our specialness is never satisfied. We never feel our needs are adequately met, so we must keep striving and competing and perceiving ourselves as victimized by the world.
As we become aware of what we have been doing to keep ourselves in hell, we become more willing to release our attachment to our childhood toys, recognizing we need not take anything seriously. We can afford to smile gently at the unreality of our situation. We are learning to release our investment in our separate identity, and increasingly recognize, it is not what we are. Our willingness to accept responsibility for the power of our own minds is increased as we do the forgiveness work, recognizing that we have the capacity to choose against the ego. There is nothing irrelevant in this Course. Every step in our reading and practice guarantees our awakening, our salvation. Nothing is missing. There is nothing else we need. Pursuing other paths can be way to delay. It is an ego ploy to seek but never find.
What is the real world? "The real world still is but a dream. Except the figures have been changed. They are not seen as idols which betray. It is a dream in which no one is used to substitute for something else, nor interposed between the thoughts the mind conceives and what it sees." (T.29.IX.7.1-4) (ACIM OE T.29.X.67) While the real world is still an illusion as it is not Heaven, it is not part of the dream of the ego. Heaven is reflected in everything that is seen. When we come to this place, nothing will interfere with our recognition of the truth. We will still see problems, yet we give, to whatever we see, no power to disrupt our peace. The expressions of anger and hate in the world are still there, but we see it as a mask that covers over the love that is there. Now we respond to everything with love. Truly, the light has come! It has come because it is a reflection of the light in the mind, no longer blocked by dark thoughts.
The Holy Spirit has heard our call. "Love always answers, being unable to deny a call for help, or not to hear the cries of pain that rise to it from every part of this strange world you made but do not want. All that you need to give this world away in glad exchange for what you did not make is willingness to learn the one you made is false." (T.13.VII.4.3-4) (ACIM OE T.12.VII.62) When our perception is wholly changed and we experience healing, we will experience a new world, shining in the light of our healed perception. It is the same as awakening from a nighttime dream where the dream is given no reality at all and "has left no trace." (W.75.2.6)
The way we awaken is always through forgiveness. Forgiveness is about releasing all the thoughts and beliefs that are not true so we can experience the holy instant. Love has responded. We have heard the notes of the "forgotten song," calling us home. When we experience even some fragments of the song, we want nothing else. We now recognize the sameness of everyone. We are all the Christ. We now understand that holding onto grievances, concerns, issues, concepts, sickness, and grief is a defense against the truth of what we are. As we understand this, we increasingly lay our concerns aside. As we do, we realize the peace that is there, only in unity. We don't have to pretend that we don't want the toys of this world, but as we feel the safety of the arms of Love sustaining us, we can increasingly allow the love and strength in us to grow. In any instant of release of the ego thought system, we experience a moment where, "The light has come," (W.75) until this has become a continuous and consistent experience.
We spend the day in gratitude that this is so. "Our exercises for today will be happy ones, in which we offer thanks for the passing of the old and the beginning of the new." (W.75.3.1) In the practice periods, we are "devoted to looking at the world that our forgiveness shows us." (W.75.4.1) What do we see? We see innocence in everyone. Every situation, no matter how challenging it appears, provides us another opportunity to look past it and choose to see the innocence. From a peaceful state of mind, we bring peace to everyone we meet. There is no fear; there is no conflict in truth. When we accept the truth of who we are, we experience pure joy. We see the beauty in everyone we encounter. We see "Heaven's reflection" everywhere. (W.75.5.2) We experience release (W.75.5.3) where there is no past. It is like the movie 50 First Dates where. Due to loss of memory, every day is experienced as a brand-new day! Or it is like the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, where the memories of past dysfunction are wiped away so only the memory of love remains.
It is a state where you "Keep a completely open mind, washed of all past ideas and clean of every concept you have made." (W.75.6.2) We look on the world with a fresh perspective as if we have never seen any of it before. We are like a newborn infant, experiencing the first moments of life! We look through the "eyes" of the Holy Spirit. "He will show you what true vision sees." (W.75.7.6) "Wait patiently for Him." (W.75.7.8) We need have no anxiety, only absolute confidence that all the promises in the Course are kept. Simply "Tell Him you know you cannot fail because you trust in Him. And tell yourself you wait in certainty to look upon the world He promised you." (W.75.8.1-2) Why? It is because He keeps His promises. "And you will see the world that has been promised you since time began, and in which is the end of time ensured." (W.75.8.5) Today, we are simply asked to acknowledge all of this. Today is a day of prayer where our song of prayer is a song of thanks. It is a day of gratitude. It is a new beginning. (W.75.9.5) We are encouraged to "extend today forever." (W.75.9.7)
Whatever our experience may be today, and it may indeed seem challenging because or our circumstances, what is said here is still the truth. We can't be anything but what we were created to be. This is the will we share with God. The Course is not about trying to change our lives, only our minds. As our minds are healed, our lives will change because we will give everything a new interpretation. He tells us, "You must change your mind, not your behavior and this is a matter of willingness." (T.2.VI.3.4) (ACIM OE T.2.IV.74) Later he reminds us, we can't change our minds by changing our behavior. When the mind is changed, behavior follows accordingly.
Jesus tells us that this is a simple Course. "This course offers a very direct and a very simple learning situation, and provides the Guide Who tells you what to do." (T.9.V.9.1) (ACIM OE T.9.IV.29) It does not seem that way to our complex minds. To the ego, all this has to take a very long time. We tell ourselves how really messed up we are, and it is no easy matter to heal it all. When we believe this voice of the ego, we can get very discouraged. We fixate on changing our jobs, mates, diets, habits, and anything we can do in form, yet none of this will bring peace.
The light has come. It has never left us. Light abolishes darkness. Love cancels fear. Truth undoes illusion. What is being shown to us is how wonderful we will feel when we let go of our judgments and attack-thoughts, which we can't do alone. The ego will never undo itself. We do need the Holy Spirit. Our part is the willingness to surrender our way of seeing the situation by accepting that we have been wrong about everything that we think. The shadows of our past hide the world forgiveness offers to us. We hold onto our thoughts of attack precisely as a defense against this light. We fear the light because it will undo the ego; we still want to hold onto what we have made.
Forgiveness is the basis for opening up to the light. "Understand that the Holy Spirit never fails to give the gift of sight to the forgiving. Believe He will not fail you now." (W.75.7.2-3) "We dedicate this day to the serenity in which God would have you be." (W.75.11.1)
To withdraw the meanings that we have given the world is to forgive it, which entitles us to vision. (W.75.7.1) We wait in patience and confidence, repeating several times, "The light has come. I have forgiven the world." (W.75.10.2-3)
In the process of letting go of our fear of the light, we must be as patient and gentle with ourselves and others as Jesus is with us. Whenever you are tempted today to be upset with someone, say, "The light has come. I have forgiven you." (W.75.10.5-6) This upset might be a thought about some person, event or circumstance from the past, or someone who is presently on your path who upsets you. It is a day of practicing vigilance in releasing grievances against any brother, recognizing how our grievances bring misery into our lives. If we really believed this, we would truly want to let our judgments of others go and let the light shine away the darkness of the guilt in our minds so we can experience peace regardless of circumstances.

Love and blessings, Sarah
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Chapter Seven

The Consistency of the Kingdom 

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V. The Recognition of Truth  

God's meaning waits in the Kingdom because that is where He placed it. It does not wait in time. It merely rests in the Kingdom because it belongs there, as you do. How can you, who are God's meaning, perceive yourselves as absent from it? You can see yourselves as separated from your meaning only by experiencing yourself as unreal. This is why the ego is insane; it teaches that you are not what you are. This is so contradictory that it is clearly impossible. It is therefore a lesson which you cannot really learn, and therefore cannot really teach. Yet you are always teaching. You must therefore be teaching something else as well, even though the ego does not know what it is.
27 The ego, then, is always being undone and does suspect your motives. Your mind cannot be unified in allegiance to the ego because the mind does not belong to it. Yet what is "treacherous" to the ego is faithful to peace. The ego's "enemy" is therefore your friend. We said before that the ego's friend is not part of you, since the ego perceives itself as at war and therefore in need of allies. You who are not at war must look for brothers and recognize all whom you see as brothers, because only equals are at peace.
28 Because God's equal Sons have everything, they cannot compete. Yet if they perceive any of their brothers as anything other than their perfect equals, the idea of competition has entered their minds. Do not underestimate your need to be vigilant against this idea, because all your conflicts come from it. It is the belief that conflicting interests are possible, and therefore you have accepted the impossible as true. How is that different from saying that you are perceiving yourself as unreal?
29 To be in the Kingdom is merely to focus your full attention on it. As long as you believe that you can attend to what is not true, you are accepting conflict as your choice. Is it really a choice? It seems to be, but seeming and reality are hardly the same. You who are the Kingdom are not concerned with seeming. Reality is yours because you are reality. This is how having and being are ultimately reconciled, not in the Kingdom, but in your minds. The altar there is the only reality. The altar is perfectly clear in thought because it is a reflection of perfect Thought. It sees only brothers because it sees only in its own light.
30 God has lit your minds Himself and keeps your minds lit by His light because His light is what your minds are. This is totally beyond question, and when you questioned it you were answered. The answer merely undoes the question by establishing the fact that to question reality is to question meaninglessly. That is why the Holy Spirit never questions. His sole function is to undo the questionable and thus lead to certainty. The certain are perfectly calm because they are not in doubt. They do not raise questions because nothing questionable enters their minds. This holds them in perfect serenity because this is what they share, knowing what they are.
31 As has so often been said, healing is both an art and a science. It is an art because it depends on inspiration in the sense that we have already used the term. Inspiration is the opposite of dispiriting and therefore means to make joyous. The dispirited are depressed because they believe that they are literally "without the Spirit," which is an illusion. You do not put the Spirit in them by inspiring them because that would be magic and therefore would not be real healing. You do, however, recognize the Spirit that is already there and thereby reawaken it. This is why the healer is part of the resurrection and the life. The Spirit is not asleep in the minds of the sick, but the part of the mind that can perceive it and be glad is.
32 Healing is also a science because it obeys the laws of God, Whose laws are true. Because they are true, they are perfectly dependable and therefore universal in application. The real aim of science is neither prediction nor control but only understanding. This is because it does not establish the laws it seeks, cannot discover them through prediction, and has no control over them at all. Science is nothing more than an approach to what already is. Like inspiration it can be misunderstood as magic and will be whenever it is undertaken as separate from what already is and perceived as a means for establishing it. To believe this is possible is to believe you can do it. This can only be the voice of the ego.
33 Truth can only be recognized and need only be recognized. Inspiration is of the Spirit and certainty is of God according to His laws. Both, therefore, come from the same Source, since inspiration comes from the Voice for God and certainty comes from the laws of God. Healing does not come directly from God, Who knows His creations as perfectly whole. Yet healing is still of God, because it proceeds from His Voice and from His laws. It is their result, in a state of mind which does not know Him. The state is unknown to Him and therefore does not exist, but those who sleep are stupefied, or better, unaware. Because they are unaware, they do not know.
34 The Holy Spirit must work through you to teach you He is in you. This is an intermediary step toward the knowledge that you are in God because you are part of Him. The miracles which the Holy Spirit inspires can have no order of difficulty because every part of creation is of one order. This is God's Will and yours. The laws of God establish this, and the Holy Spirit reminds you of it. When you heal, you are remembering the laws of God and forgetting the laws of the ego. We said before that forgetting is merely a way of remembering better. It is therefore not the opposite of remembering, when it is properly perceived. Perceived improperly, it induces a perception of conflict with something else, as all incorrect perception does. Properly perceived, it can be used as a way out of conflict, as all proper perception can.
35 All abilities, then, should be given over to the Holy Spirit, Who knows how to use them properly. He can use them only for healing because He knows you only as whole. By healing you learn of wholeness, and by learning of wholeness you learn to remember God. You have forgotten Him, but the Holy Spirit still knows that your forgetting must be translated into a way of remembering and not perceived as a separate ability which opposes an opposite. That is the way in which the ego tries to use all abilities since its goal is always to make you believe that you are in opposition.
36 The ego's goal is as unified as the Holy Spirit's, and it is because of this that their goals can never be reconciled in any way or to any extent. The ego always seeks to divide and separate. The Holy Spirit always seeks to unify and heal. As you heal you are healed because the Holy Spirit sees no order of healing. Healing is the way to undo the belief in differences, being the only way of perceiving the Sonship without this belief. This perception is therefore in accord with the laws of God, even in a state of mind which is out of accord with His. The strength of right perception is so great that it brings the mind into accord with His because it yields to His pull which is in all of you.
37 To oppose the pull or the Will of God is not an ability but a real delusion. The ego believes that it has this ability and can offer it to you as a gift. You do not want it. It is not a gift. It is nothing at all. God has given you a gift which you both have and are. When you do not use it, you do not know you have it. By not knowing this, you do not know what you are. Healing, then, is a way of approaching knowledge by thinking in accordance with the laws of God and recognizing their universality. Without this recognition, you have made the laws themselves meaningless to you. Yet the laws are not meaningless, since all meaning is contained by them and in them.
38 Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven because that is where the laws of God operate truly, and they can operate only truly since they are the laws of Truth. But seek this only because you can find nothing else. There is nothing else. God is all in all in a very literal sense. All being is in Him who is all Being. You are therefore in Him since your being is His. Healing is a way of forgetting the sense of danger the ego has induced in you by not recognizing its existence in your brothers. This strengthens the Holy Spirit in both of you, because it is a refusal to acknowledge fear. Love needs only this invitation. It comes freely to all the Sonship, being what the Sonship is. By your awakening to it, you are merely forgetting what you are not. This enables you to remember what you are.

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