"Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists.
Herein Lies the peace of God."
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Attack and Fear

IV. The Relinquishment of Attack

39 We have used many words as synonymous which are not ordinarily regarded as the same. We began with having and being and more recently have used others. Hearing and being are examples, to which we can also add teaching and being, learning and being and, above all, projecting and being. This is because, as we have said before, every idea begins in the mind of the thinker and extends outward. Therefore, what extends from the mind is still in it, and from what it extends it knows itself . That is its natural talent. The word "knows" is correct here, even though the ego does not know and is not concerned with being at all.

40 The Holy Spirit still holds knowledge safe through His impartial perception. By attacking nothing, He presents no barrier at all to the communication of God. Thus, being is never threatened. Your Godlike mind can never be defiled. The ego never was and never will be part of it, but through the ego you can hear and teach and learn what is not true . From this, which you have made, you have taught yourselves to believe that you are not what you are. You cannot teach what you have not learned, and what you teach you strengthen in yourselves because you are sharing it. Every lesson you teach you are learning.

41 That is why you must teach only one lesson. If you are to be conflict-free yourselves, you must learn only from the Holy Spirit and teach only by Him. You are only love, but when you denied this you made what you are something you must learn . We said before that the message of the crucifixion was, "Teach only love, for that is what you are ." This is the one lesson which is perfectly unified because it is the only lesson which is one. Only by teaching it can you learn it. "As you teach, so will you learn." If that is true, and it is true indeed, you must never forget that what you teach is teaching you . What you project you believe .

42 The only real safety lies in projecting only the Holy Spirit because, as you see His gentleness in others, your own mind perceives itself as totally harmless. Once it can accept this fully, it does not see the need to protect itself. The protection of God then dawns upon it, assuring it that it is perfectly safe forever. The perfectly safe are wholly benign. They bless because they know they are blessed. Without anxiety the mind is wholly kind and because it projects beneficence, it is beneficent.

43 Safety is the complete relinquishment of attack . No compromise is possible in this. Teach attack in any form, and you have learned it, and it will hurt you. Yet your learning is not immortal, and you can unlearn it by not teaching it . Since you cannot not teach, your salvation lies in teaching the exact opposite of everything the ego believes. This is how you will learn the truth that will set you free and keep you so, as others learn it of you. The only way to have peace is to teach peace. By learning it through projection it becomes a part of what you know because you cannot teach what you have dissociated.

44 Only thus can you win back the knowledge that you threw away. An idea which you share you must have . It awakens in you through the conviction of teaching. Remember that, if teaching is being and learning is being, then teaching is learning. Everything you teach you are learning. Teach only love, and learn that love is yours, and you are love.

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Lesson 67
Love created me like Itself.

1 Today's idea is a complete and accurate statement of what you are. This is why you are the light of the world. This is why God appointed you as the world's savior. This is why the Son of God looks to you for his salvation. He is saved by what you are.

2 We will make every effort today to reach this truth about you and to realize fully, if only for a moment, that it is the truth. In the longer practice period, we will think about your reality and its wholly unchanged and unchangeable nature. We will begin by repeating this truth about you and then spend a few minutes adding some relevant thoughts, such as:

3 Holiness created me holy.
 Kindness created me kind.
 Helpfulness created me helpful.
 Perfection created me perfect.

4 Any attribute which is in accord with God as He defines Himself is appropriate for use. We are trying today to undo your definition of God and replace it with His own. We are also trying to emphasize that you are part of His definition of Himself.

5 After you have gone over several such related thoughts, try to let all thoughts drop away for a brief preparatory interval, and then try to reach past all your images and preconceptions about yourself to the truth in you. If Love created you like Itself, this Self must be in you. And somewhere in your mind, It is there for you to find.

6 You may find it necessary to repeat the idea for today from time to time to replace distracting thoughts. You may also find that this is not sufficient and that you need to continue adding other thoughts related to the truth about yourself. Yet perhaps you will succeed in going past that and through the interval of thoughtlessness to the awareness of a blazing light in which you recognize yourself as Love created you. Be confident that you will do much today to bring that awareness nearer, whether you feel you have succeeded or not.

7 It will be particularly helpful today to practice the idea for today as often as you can. You need to hear the truth about yourself as frequently as possible because your mind is so preoccupied with false self-images. Four or five times an hour, and perhaps even more, it would be most beneficial to remind yourself that Love created you like Itself. Hear the truth about yourself in this.

8 Try to realize in the shorter practice periods that this is not your tiny solitary voice that tells you this. This is the Voice for God reminding you of your Father and of your Self. This is the Voice of truth replacing everything that the ego tells you about yourself with the simple truth about the Son of God. You were created by Love like Itself.

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Lesson 67
Love created me like Itself.

This thought follows on yesterday's Lesson, which reminds us that we have not and cannot change ourselves as we were created. We were created by God as love because that is what He is, and we are as His Son. We are a thought in the mind of God. "Love created me like Itself," (W.67) which "is a complete and accurate statement of what you are." (W.67.1.1) How more clear can a statement be about who we are as the light of the world? It is not something we can change about ourselves. We can't change the truth of who we are. "Truth is beyond your ability to destroy, but entirely within your ability to accept. It belongs to you because, as an extension of God, you created it with Him. It is yours because it is part of you, just as you are part of God because He created you." (T.5.IV.1.4-6) (ACIM OE T.5.VI.46)
We don't regard ourselves as holy, as a savior of the world, or as the light of the world. That is why there are so many Lessons where we are reminded of our true identity. We are told this in the daily reminders in Review V and Review VI, in Lessons 94, 110, 162, as well as in many other Lessons and throughout the Text. This is not about simply affirming the truth by "shouting down our ego," as Ken Wapnick puts it. To know we are as God created us is to undertake the mind training by bringing our dark thoughts to awareness. Jesus is constantly reminding us of the truth so we stay focused on what we really are and we stay motivated in working with him to undo the false.
Our false self-concepts can only be undone by seeing them for what they are. That is our part in the forgiveness process, which is to look at the beliefs and concepts we hold and give them over to the Truth in us. We don’t fix ourselves; that is the job of the Holy Spirit in our minds. He is the healer. The ego will never undo itself. When we do our part, we need to trust that the undoing of the false is in good hands. All that is required of us is the willingness to be wrong about the way we think about ourselves and others when we are thinking with the ego. We are asked today to make every effort to reach the truth of who we are. What is required is not just to affirm the truth, but to be willing to keep looking at the blocks we have set up against it so the truth of who we really are is revealed.
In today's Lesson, we are asked to remind ourselves at least four or five times an hour, if not more, so we can "Hear the truth about yourself in this." (W.67.5.4) Jesus also asks us to "try to reach past all of your images and preconceptions about yourself to the truth in you." (W.67.3.1) "In the longer practice period, we will think about your reality and its wholly unchanged and unchangeable nature." (W.67.2.1) Include related thoughts like, "Holiness created me holy. Kindness created me kind. Helpfulness created me helpful. Perfection created me perfect." (W.67.2.3-6) Just keep adding relevant thoughts.
Why is there so much focus on talking to ourselves about who we are? It is because we don't believe this about ourselves. In fact, we spend most of our time listening to the voice of our ego, which is constantly reinforcing our preconceived notions of who and what we think we are. We are listening to the dirge we constantly sing to ourselves. "Healing occurs as a patient begins to hear the dirge he sings, and questions its validity." (Psychotherapy Pamphlet 3.G.1) These are the false ideas that occupy our minds and keep the truth at bay. It is our defense against the truth because truth will only come to the quiet mind. Whenever we are not forgiving, we are defending the image we have made of ourselves.
We think of ourselves as sometimes loving but often impatient, demanding, controlling, manipulating, fearful, angry, and yes some "nice" attributes, but all of them are of our making and all changeable. They change with the issues, circumstances, and events of the day. Our emotions, feelings, and self-concepts are being reinforced all day, except when we watch our minds and allow forgiveness to wash away the false thoughts. I am always trying to improve myself, but what is this self I am trying to improve? It is my ego, my false self, which is the persona or image I have made of myself. That is the reason we remind ourselves of the truth as often as we can today. "You need to hear the truth about yourself as frequently as possible, because your mind is so preoccupied with false self-images." (W.67.5.2)
When the false self takes precedence in the mind, we need to take notice of what we are holding as the truth of who we are. "This thought I do not want," I tell myself. I am, instead, willing to bring it to the truth, so I can truly know that "Love created me like itself." (W.67) If I am willing to take the false thoughts and misinterpretations of everything and everyone that I hold in my mind to the Holy Spirit, He will give me His interpretation. What is that? It is that I have not changed myself; what I am seeing is not true; my brother is my Self; everything is either love or a call for love, and Love created me, and everyone else, like Itself.
We tend to think we have some love in us, but we don't think it is all we have and are. The truth is that we are only love and nothing else. Through our work with the Course, the way we have defined ourselves is brought to awareness so our misconceptions of ourselves can be replaced with what we are in truth. Our nature is unchangeable regardless of how much we think we have changed ourselves. "What fear has hidden [our magnificent Self] still is part of you. Joining the Atonement [the correction of errors] is the way out of fear." (T.5.IV.1.1‑2) (ACIM OE T.5.VI.45) The Atonement Principle is the assurance from God that we can't change what we are in truth, but we can be, and are, unaware of the truth about ourselves. Thus, we need to hear this truth over and over again. It is not our familiar ego voice that talks incessantly that lets us know this. It is the Voice for God, the Voice for Truth, which is in our right minds. When we affirm the truth with great conviction and take it to heart, we are remembering who we are while forgetting the self we have constructed. "The Holy Spirit calls you both to remember and forget." (T.5.II.6.1) (ACIM OE T.5.IV.22)
Just like Jesus, who brought light to the world and is recognized as the savior of the world, we are to be teachers of love in the same way. He is our example and our teacher, and we have a Guide in the Holy Spirit, Who is in our right minds. When we open to healing, we bring light to the world by being a demonstration of that light that shines through us. The key is to keep watching the mind and to bring to awareness the darkness of the ego. It is the only way that we can come to know the Self that we are. Looking at the egoic thoughts and perceptions without judgment is to see our fear without being afraid of it, to see our anger without being angry at ourselves for it, to take note of our judgments without judging ourselves for them, to see our distress without being distressed by it, and to notice our guilt without feeling guilty about it. In other words, we are looking at our self-concepts with the Holy Spirit from outside of this dream, seeing that they are false, meaningless, and without value but not judging any of our thoughts and emotions as bad. On the contrary, we are happy to see our ego for what it is. That is what it means to be a happy learner.
What we need to do is look at all the thoughts that get in the way of our true nature, and to be willing not to justify them or weave them into stories. We simply put them on the inner altar where they can be released. Remember in Lesson 65 where we were asked to look dispassionately at each interfering thought and let it go until we reach a place of peace. It is from this place of peace that we get a glimpse of our true nature. It is from this place that we experience the holy instant, and that is where this Lesson is taking us---to the experience of the holy instant.
It is a place of peace, a place of healing, a place of deep calm, and a place where we can truly feel protected in the loving arms of our Father. We can totally relax there. We rest in God. We bring all our fears there and let them dissipate in His healing light. As our inner knowing is strengthened, our need for acceptance and approval dissipate. We release our inclination for people pleasing. There is no guilt, no self-condemnation, and no tension in our true Self. As we emerge into the world, we bring this light of acceptance to everyone we meet. Every meeting becomes a holy encounter. We become invulnerable to attack. What can hurt a Child of God? What can bring guilt to an innocent mind? What can bring attack when we remember that every "negative" behavior is a call for love?
"This is why God appointed you as the world's savior. This is why the Son of God looks to you for his salvation." (W.67.1.3-4) While we can have moments of such an illuminating experience, this is a process, and we are being led to where this becomes more and more available to us. The memory of who we are is already in our minds. It is about clearing away the ego debris by bringing our awareness to it. We must look at what the ego is up to in every encounter and every relationship. The Holy Spirit can't replace the ego with His truth unless I bring that ego thought system to Him.
"We are trying today to undo your definition of God and replace it with His Own. We are also trying to emphasize that you are part of His definition of Himself." (W.67.2.8‑9) Our definition of God is one of duality. If we exist, He cannot. Thus, He becomes our enemy, someone we can't trust. He is the God that the ego made, and having made Him, we tell Him who He is.
I was listening to Sean Penn today in an interview he did about his work in Haiti where he said that God had put his heavy hand on the people of Haiti and suppressed them. That is the consciousness a lot of us hold about God in our minds. It is a God that seems to bring difficulties to our lives. This is the God we have projected our split mind onto, believing that He is like us only more powerful and somehow out of reach. The truth is that there is no duality. We have all the characteristics of God. We have the same power and glory as God, and we share it with all our brothers as One.
We can make a difference in ways we can't even conceive of when we let His love shine through us. It is not something we try to do. It is something we are and know when we get out of our own way. Let's commit today to let Him lead us. Let us be willing to do this practice on behalf of our own peace and happiness. Let's not worry today about outcomes or become impatient with ourselves because ego thoughts show up. Let's remember that we can afford to be confident today because of the Mighty Companion that is always with us and is there for us to reinforce every step in our journey home.
"Be confident that you will do much today to bring that awareness nearer, whether you feel you have succeeded or not . " (W.67.4.4) In other words, we will have wandering thoughts, and we may not have the experience that is the goal for this practice, but we are being encouraged to keep doing the Lessons. Changes will come as we keep doing the mind training and staying vigilant and disciplined in our practice. With the application of these lessons, we bring the time closer to when we will experience more consistent, deep inner peace. "Now you must learn that only infinite patience produces immediate effects . " (T.5.VI.12.1) (ACIM OE T.5.VIII.81)

Love and blessings, Sarah

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