My part is essential to God's plan for salvation.
W-pI.100.1. Just as God's Son completes his Father, so your part in it completes your Father's plan. 2 Salvation must reverse the mad belief in separate thoughts and separate bodies, which lead separate lives and go their separate ways. 3 One function shared by separate minds unites them in one purpose, for each one of them is equally essential to them all.
W-pI.100.2. God's Will for you is perfect happiness. 2 Why should you choose to go against His Will? 3 The part that He has saved for you to take in working out His plan is given you that you might be restored to what He wills. 4 This part is as essential to His plan as to your happiness. 5 Your joy must be complete to let His plan be understood by those to whom He sends you. 6 They will see their function in your shining face, and hear God calling to them in your happy laugh.
W-pI.100.3. You are indeed essential to God's plan. 2 Without your joy, His joy is incomplete. 3 Without your smile, the world cannot be saved. 4 While you are sad, the light that God Himself appointed as the means to save the world is dim and lusterless, and no one laughs because all laughter can but echo yours.
W-pI.100.4. You are indeed essential to God's plan. 2 Just as your light increases every light that shines in Heaven, so your joy on earth calls to all minds to let their sorrows go, and take their place beside you in God's plan. 3 God's messengers are joyous, and their joy heals sorrow and despair. 4 They are the proof that God wills perfect happiness for all who will accept their Father's gifts as theirs.
W-pI.100.5. We will not let ourselves be sad today. 2 For if we do, we fail to take the part that is essential to God's plan, as well as to our vision. 3 Sadness is the sign that you would play another part, instead of what has been assigned to you by God. 4 Thus do you fail to show the world how great the happiness He wills for you. 5 And so you do not recognize that it is yours.
W-pI.100.6. Today we will attempt to understand joy is our function here. 2 If you are sad, your part is unfulfilled, and all the world is thus deprived of joy, along with you. 3 God asks you to be happy, so the world can see how much He loves His Son, and wills no sorrow rises to abate his joy; no fear besets him to disturb his peace. 4 You are God's messenger today. 5 You bring His happiness to all you look upon; His peace to everyone who looks on you and sees His message in your happy face.
W-pI.100.7. We will prepare ourselves for this today, in our five-minute practice periods, by feeling happiness arise in us according to our Father's Will and ours. 2 Begin the exercises with the thought today's idea contains. 3 Then realize your part is to be happy. 4 Only this is asked of you or anyone who wants to take his place among God's messengers. 5 Think what this means. 6 You have indeed been wrong in your belief that sacrifice is asked. 7 You but receive according to God's plan, and never lose or sacrifice or die.
W-pI.100.8. Now let us try to find that joy that proves to us and all the world God's Will for us. 2 It is your function that you find it here, and that you find it now. 3 For this you came. 4 Let this one be the day that you succeed! 5 Look deep within you, undismayed by all the little thoughts and foolish goals you pass as you ascend to meet the Christ in you.
W-pI.100.9. He will be there. 2 And you can reach Him now. 3 What could you rather look upon in place of Him Who waits that you may look on Him? 4 What little thought has power to hold you back? 5 What foolish goal can keep you from success when He Who calls to you is God Himself?
W-pI.100.10. He will be there. 2 You are essential to His plan. 3 You are His messenger today. 4 And you must find what He would have you give. 5 Do not forget the idea for today between your hourly practice periods. 6 It is your Self Who calls to you today. 7 And it is Him you answer, every time you tell yourself you are essential to God's plan for the salvation of the world.
God's Will for me is perfect happiness.
W-pI.101.1. Today we will continue with the theme of happiness. 2 This is a key idea in understanding what salvation means. 3 You still believe it asks for suffering as penance for your "sins." 4 This is not so. 5 Yet you must think it so while you believe that sin is real, and that God's Son can sin.
W-pI.101.2. If sin is real, then punishment is just and cannot be escaped. 2 Salvation thus cannot be purchased but through suffering. 3 If sin is real, then happiness must be illusion, for they cannot both be true. 4 The sinful warrant only death and pain, and it is this they ask for. 5 For they know it waits for them, and it will seek them out and find them somewhere, sometime, in some form that evens the account they owe to God. 6 They would escape Him in their fear. 7 And yet He will pursue, and they can not escape.
W-pI.101.3. If sin is real, salvation must be pain. 2 Pain is the cost of sin, and suffering can never be escaped, if sin is real. 3 Salvation must be feared, for it will kill, but slowly, taking everything away before it grants the welcome boon of death to victims who are little more than bones before salvation is appeased. 4 Its wrath is boundless, merciless, but wholly just.
W-pI.101.4. Who would seek out such savage punishment? 2 Who would not flee salvation, and attempt in every way he can to drown the Voice which offers it to him? 3 Why would he try to listen and accept Its offering? 4 If sin is real, its offering is death, and meted out in cruel form to match the vicious wishes in which sin is born. 5 If sin is real, salvation has become your bitter enemy, the curse of God upon you who have crucified His Son.
W-pI.101.5. You need the practice periods today. 2 The exercises teach sin is not real, and all that you believe must come from sin will never happen, for it has no cause. 3 Accept Atonement with an open mind, which cherishes no lingering belief that you have made a devil of God's Son. 4 There is no sin. 5 We practice with this thought as often as we can today, because it is the basis for today's idea.
W-pI.101.6. God's Will for you is perfect happiness because there is no sin, and suffering is causeless. 2 Joy is just, and pain is but the sign you have misunderstood yourself. 3 Fear not the Will of God. 4 But turn to it in confidence that it will set you free from all the consequences sin has wrought in feverish imagination. 5 Say:
6 God's Will for me is perfect happiness. 7 There is no sin; it has no consequence.
8 So should you start your practice periods, and then attempt again to find the joy these thoughts will introduce into your mind.
W-pI.101.7. Give these five minutes gladly, to remove the heavy load you lay upon yourself with the insane belief that sin is real. 2 Today escape from madness. 3 You are set on freedom's road, and now today's idea brings wings to speed you on, and hope to go still faster to the waiting goal of peace. 4 There is no sin. 5 Remember this today, and tell yourself as often as you can:
6 God's Will for me is perfect happiness. 7 This is the truth, because there is no sin.
I share God's Will for happiness for me.
W-pI.102.1. You do not want to suffer. 2 You may think it buys you something, and may still believe a little that it buys you what you want. 3 Yet this belief is surely shaken now, at least enough to let you question it, and to suspect it really makes no sense. 4 It has not gone as yet, but lacks the roots that once secured it tightly to the dark and hidden secret places of your mind.
W-pI.102.2. Today we try to loose its weakened hold still further, and to realize that pain is purposeless, without a cause and with no power to accomplish anything. 2 It cannot purchase anything at all. 3 It offers nothing, and does not exist. 4 And everything you think it offers you is lacking in existence, like itself. 5 You have been slave to nothing. 6 Be you free today to join the happy Will of God.
W-pI.102.3. For several days we will continue to devote our periods of practicing to exercises planned to help you reach the happiness God's Will has placed in you. 2 Here is your home, and here your safety is. 3 Here is your peace, and here there is no fear. 4 Here is salvation. 5 Here is rest at last.
W-pI.102.4. Begin your practice periods today with this acceptance of God's Will for you:
2 I share God's Will for happiness for me, and I accept it as my function now.
3 Then seek this function deep within your mind, for it is there, awaiting but your choice. 4 You cannot fail to find it when you learn it is your choice, and that you share God's Will.
W-pI.102.5. Be happy, for your only function here is happiness. 2 You have no need to be less loving to God's Son than He Whose Love created him as loving as Himself. 3 Besides these hourly five-minute rests, pause frequently today, to tell yourself that you have now accepted happiness as your one function. 4 And be sure that you are joining with God's Will in doing this.
God, being Love, is also happiness.
W-pI.103.1. Happiness is an attribute of love. 2 It cannot be apart from it. 3 Nor can it be experienced where love is not. 4 Love has no limits, being everywhere. 5 And therefore joy is everywhere as well. 6 Yet can the mind deny that this is so, believing there are gaps in love where sin can enter, bringing pain instead of joy. 7 This strange belief would limit happiness by redefining love as limited, and introducing opposition in what has no limit and no opposite.
W-pI.103.2. Fear is associated then with love, and its results become the heritage of minds that think what they have made is real. 2 These images, with no reality in truth, bear witness to the fear of God, forgetting being Love, He must be joy. 3 This basic error we will try again to bring to truth today, and teach ourselves:
4 God, being Love, is also happiness. 5 To fear Him is to be afraid of joy.
6 Begin your periods of practicing today with this association, which corrects the false belief that God is fear. 7 It also emphasizes happiness belongs to you, because of what He is.
W-pI.103.3. Allow this one correction to be placed within your mind each waking hour today. 2 Then welcome all the happiness it brings as truth replaces fear, and joy becomes what you expect to take the place of pain. 3 God, being Love, it will be given you. 4 Bolster this expectation frequently throughout the day, and quiet all your fears with this assurance, kind and wholly true:
5 God, being Love, is also happiness. 6 And it is happiness I seek today. 7 I cannot fail, because I seek the truth.
I seek but what belongs to me in truth.
W-pI.104.1. Today's idea continues with the thought that joy and peace are not but idle dreams. 2 They are your right, because of what you are. 3 They come to you from God, Who cannot fail to give you what He wills. 4 Yet must there be a place made ready to receive His gifts. 5 They are not welcomed gladly by a mind that has instead received the gifts it made where His belong, as substitutes for them.
W-pI.104.2. Today we would remove all meaningless and self-made gifts which we have placed upon the holy altar where God's gifts belong. 2 His are the gifts that are our own in truth. 3 His are the gifts that we inherited before time was, and that will still be ours when time has passed into eternity. 4 His are the gifts that are within us now, for they are timeless. 5 And we need not wait to have them. 6 They belong to us today.
W-pI.104.3. Therefore, we choose to have them now, and know, in choosing them in place of what we made, we but unite our will with what God wills, and recognize the same as being one. 2 Our longer practice periods today, the hourly five minutes given truth for your salvation, should begin with this:
3 I seek but what belongs to me in truth, And joy and peace are my inheritance.
4 Then lay aside the conflicts of the world that offer other gifts and other goals made of illusions, witnessed to by them, and sought for only in a world of dreams.
W-pI.104.4. All this we lay aside, and seek instead that which is truly ours, as we ask to recognize what God has given us. 2 We clear a holy place within our minds before His altar, where His gifts of peace and joy are welcome, and to which we come to find what has been given us by Him. 3 We come in confidence today, aware that what belongs to us in truth is what He gives. 4 And we would wish for nothing else, for nothing else belongs to us in truth.
W-pI.104.5. So do we clear the way for Him today by simply recognizing that His Will is done already, and that joy and peace belong to us as His eternal gifts. 2 We will not let ourselves lose sight of them between the times we come to seek for them where He has laid them. 3 This reminder will we bring to mind as often as we can:
4 I seek but what belongs to me in truth. 5 God's gifts of joy and peace are all I want.
God's peace and joy are mine.
W-pI.105.1. God's peace and joy are yours. 2 Today we will accept them, knowing they belong to us. 3 And we will try to understand these gifts increase as we receive them. 4 They are not like to the gifts the world can give, in which the giver loses as he gives the gift; the taker is the richer by his loss. 5 Such are not gifts, but bargains made with guilt. 6 The truly given gift entails no loss. 7 It is impossible that one can gain because another loses. 8 This implies a limit and an insufficiency.
W-pI.105.2. No gift is given thus. 2 Such "gifts" are but a bid for a more valuable return; a loan with interest to be paid in full; a temporary lending, meant to be a pledge of debt to be repaid with more than was received by him who took the gift. 3 This strange distortion of what giving means pervades all levels of the world you see. 4 It strips all meaning from the gifts you give, and leaves you nothing in the ones you take.
W-pI.105.3. A major learning goal this course has set is to reverse your view of giving, so you can receive. 2 For giving has become a source of fear, and so you would avoid the only means by which you can receive. 3 Accept God's peace and joy, and you will learn a different way of looking at a gift. 4 God's gifts will never lessen when they are given away. 5 They but increase thereby.
W-pI.105.4. As Heaven's peace and joy intensify when you accept them as God's gift to you, so does the joy of your Creator grow when you accept His joy and peace as yours. 2 True giving is creation. 3 It extends the limitless to the unlimited, eternity to timelessness, and love unto itself. 4 It adds to all that is complete already, not in simple terms of adding more, for that implies that it was less before. 5 It adds by letting what cannot contain itself fulfill its aim of giving everything it has away, securing it forever for itself.
W-pI.105.5. Today accept God's peace and joy as yours. 2 Let Him complete Himself as He defines completion. 3 You will understand that what completes Him must complete His Son as well. 4 He cannot give through loss. 5 No more can you. 6 Receive His gift of joy and peace today, and He will thank you for your gift to Him.
W-pI.105.6. Today our practice periods will start a little differently. 2 Begin today by thinking of those brothers who have been denied by you the peace and joy that are their right under the equal laws of God. 3 Here you denied them to yourself. 4 And here you must return to claim them as your own.
W-pI.105.7. Think of your "enemies" a little while, and tell each one, as he occurs to you:
2 My brother, peace and joy I offer you, That I may have God's peace and joy as mine.
3 Thus you prepare yourself to recognize God's gifts to you, and let your mind be free of all that would prevent success today. 4 Now are you ready to accept the gift of peace and joy that God has given you. 5 Now are you ready to experience the joy and peace you have denied yourself. 6 Now you can say, "God's peace and joy are mine," for you have given what you would receive.
W-pI.105.8. You must succeed today, if you prepare your mind as we suggest. 2 For you have let all bars to peace and joy be lifted up, and what is yours can come to you at last. 3 So tell yourself, "God's peace and joy are mine," and close your eyes a while, and let His Voice assure you that the words you speak are true.
W-pI.105.9. Spend your five minutes thus with Him each time you can today, but do not think that less is worthless when you cannot give Him more. 2 At least remember hourly to say the words which call to Him to give you what He wills to give, and wills you to receive. 3 Determine not to interfere today with what He wills. 4 And if a brother seems to tempt you to deny God's gift to him, see it as but another chance to let yourself receive the gifts of God as yours. 5 Then bless your brother thankfully, and say:
6 My brother, peace and joy I offer you, That I may have God's peace and joy as mine.
Let me be still and listen to the truth.
W-pI.106.1. If you will lay aside the ego's voice, however loudly it may seem to call, if you will not accept its petty gifts that give you nothing that you really want; if you will listen with an open mind, that has not told you what salvation is; then you will hear the mighty Voice of truth, quiet in power, strong in stillness, and completely certain in Its messages.
W-pI.106.2. Listen, and hear your Father speak to you through His appointed Voice, which silences the thunder of the meaningless, and shows the way to peace to those who cannot see. 2 Be still today and listen to the truth. 3 Be not deceived by voices of the dead, which tell you they have found the source of life and offer it to you for your belief. 4 Attend them not, but listen to the truth.
W-pI.106.3. Be not afraid today to circumvent the voices of the world. 2 Walk lightly past their meaningless persuasion. 3 Hear them not. 4 Be still today and listen to the truth. 5 Go past all things which do not speak of Him Who holds your happiness within His Hand, held out to you in welcome and in love. 6 Hear only Him today, and do not wait to reach Him longer. 7 Hear one Voice today.
W-pI.106.4. Today the promise of God's Word is kept. 2 Hear and be silent. 3 He would speak to you. 4 He comes with miracles a thousand times as happy and as wonderful as those you ever dreamed or wished for in your dreams. 5 His miracles are true. 6 They will not fade when dreaming ends. 7 They end the dream instead; and last forever, for they come from God to His dear Son, whose other name is you. 8 Prepare yourself for miracles today. 9 Today allow your Father's ancient pledge to you and all your brothers to be kept.
W-pI.106.5. Hear Him today, and listen to the Word which lifts the veil that lies upon the earth, and wakes all those who sleep and cannot see. 2 God calls to them through you. 3 He needs your voice to speak to them, for who could reach God's Son except his Father, calling through your Self? 4 Hear Him today, and offer Him your voice to speak to all the multitude who wait to hear the Word that He will speak today.
W-pI.106.6. Be ready for salvation. 2 It is here, and will today be given unto you. 3 And you will learn your function from the One Who chose it in your Father's Name for you. 4 Listen today, and you will hear a Voice which will resound throughout the world through you. 5 The bringer of all miracles has need that you receive them first, and thus become the joyous giver of what you received.
W-pI.106.7. Thus does salvation start and thus it ends; when everything is yours and everything is given away, it will remain with you forever. 2 And the lesson has been learned. 3 Today we practice giving, not the way you understand it now, but as it is. 4 Each hour's exercises should begin with this request for your enlightenment:
5 I will be still and listen to the truth. 6 What does it mean to give and to receive?
W-pI.106.8. Ask and expect an answer. 2 Your request is one whose answer has been waiting long to be received by you. 3 It will begin the ministry for which you came, and which will free the world from thinking giving is a way to lose. 4 And so the world becomes ready to understand and to receive.
W-pI.106.9. Be still and listen to the truth today. 2 For each five minutes spent in listening, a thousand minds are opened to the truth and they will hear the holy Word you hear. 3 And when the hour is past, you will again release a thousand more who pause to ask that truth be given them, along with you.
W-pI.106.10. Today the holy Word of God is kept through your receiving it to give away, so you can teach the world what giving means by listening and learning it of Him. 2 Do not forget today to reinforce your choice to hear and to receive the Word by this reminder, given to yourself as often as is possible today:
3 Let me be still and listen to the truth. 4 I am the messenger of God today, My voice is His, to give what I receive.
Truth will correct all errors in my mind.
W-pI.107.1. What can correct illusions but the truth? 2 And what are errors but illusions that remain unrecognized for what they are? 3 Where truth has entered errors disappear. 4 They merely vanish, leaving not a trace by which to be remembered. 5 They are gone because, without belief, they have no life. 6 And so they disappear to nothingness, returning whence they came. 7 From dust to dust they come and go, for only truth remains.
W-pI.107.2. Can you imagine what a state of mind without illusions is? 2 How it would feel? 3 Try to remember when there was a time,--perhaps a minute, maybe even less--when nothing came to interrupt your peace; when you were certain you were loved and safe. 4 Then try to picture what it would be like to have that moment be extended to the end of time and to eternity. 5 Then let the sense of quiet that you felt be multiplied a hundred times, and then be multiplied another hundred more.
W-pI.107.3. And now you have a hint, not more than just the faintest intimation of the state your mind will rest in when the truth has come. 2 Without illusions there could be no fear, no doubt and no attack. 3 When truth has come all pain is over, for there is no room for transitory thoughts and dead ideas to linger in your mind. 4 Truth occupies your mind completely, liberating you from all beliefs in the ephemeral. 5 They have no place because the truth has come, and they are nowhere. 6 They can not be found, for truth is everywhere forever, now.
W-pI.107.4. When truth has come it does not stay a while, to disappear or change to something else. 2 It does not shift and alter in its form, nor come and go and go and come again. 3 It stays exactly as it always was, to be depended on in every need, and trusted with a perfect trust in all the seeming difficulties and the doubts that the appearances the world presents engender. 4 They will merely blow away, when truth corrects the errors in your mind.
W-pI.107.5. When truth has come it harbors in its wings the gift of perfect constancy, and love which does not falter in the face of pain, but looks beyond it, steadily and sure. 2 Here is the gift of healing, for the truth needs no defense, and therefore no attack is possible. 3 Illusions can be brought to truth to be corrected. 4 But the truth stands far beyond illusions, and can not be brought to them to turn them into truth.
W-pI.107.6. Truth does not come and go nor shift nor change, in this appearance now and then in that, evading capture and escaping grasp. 2 It does not hide. 3 It stands in open light, in obvious accessibility. 4 It is impossible that anyone could seek it truly, and would not succeed. 5 Today belongs to truth. 6 Give truth its due, and it will give you yours. 7 You were not meant to suffer and to die. 8 Your Father wills these dreams be gone. 9 Let truth correct them all.
W-pI.107.7. We do not ask for what we do not have. 2 We merely ask for what belongs to us, that we may recognize it as our own. 3 Today we practice on the happy note of certainty that has been born of truth. 4 The shaky and unsteady footsteps of illusion are not our approach today. 5 We are as certain of success as we are sure we live and hope and breathe and think. 6 We do not doubt we walk with truth today, and count on it to enter into all the exercises that we do this day.
W-pI.107.8. Begin by asking Him Who goes with you upon this undertaking that He be in your awareness as you go with Him. 2 You are not made of flesh and blood and bone, but were created by the selfsame Thought which gave the gift of life to Him as well. 3 He is your Brother, and so like to you your Father knows that You are Both the same. 4 It is your Self you ask to go with you, and how could He be absent where you are?
W-pI.107.9. Truth will correct all errors in your mind which tell you you could be apart from Him. 2 You speak to Him today, and make your pledge to let His function be fulfilled through you. 3 To share His function is to share His joy. 4 His confidence is with you, as you say:
5 Truth will correct all errors in my mind, And I will rest in Him Who is my Self.
6 Then let Him lead you gently to the truth, which will envelop you and give you peace so deep and tranquil that you will return to the familiar world reluctantly.
W-pI.107.10. And yet you will be glad to look again upon this world. 2 For you will bring with you the promise of the changes which the truth that goes with you will carry to the world. 3 They will increase with every gift you give of five small minutes, and the errors that surround the world will be corrected as you let them be corrected in your mind.
W-pI.107.11. Do not forget your function for today. 2 Each time you tell yourself with confidence, "Truth will correct all errors in my mind," you speak for all the world and Him Who would release the world, as He would set you free.
To give and to receive are one in truth.
W-pI.108.1. Vision depends upon today's idea. 2 The light is in it, for it reconciles all seeming opposites. 3 And what is light except the resolution, born of peace, of all your conflicts and mistaken thoughts into one concept which is wholly true? 4 Even that one will disappear, because the Thought behind it will appear instead to take its place. 5 And now you are at peace forever, for the dream is over then.
W-pI.108.2. True light that makes true vision possible is not the light the body's eyes behold. 2 It is a state of mind that has become so unified that darkness cannot be perceived at all. 3 And thus what is the same is seen as one, while what is not the same remains unnoticed, for it is not there.
W-pI.108.3. This is the light that shows no opposites, and vision, being healed, has power to heal. 2 This is the light that brings your peace of mind to other minds, to share it and be glad that they are one with you and with themselves. 3 This is the light that heals because it brings single perception, based upon one frame of reference, from which one meaning comes.
W-pI.108.4. Here are both giving and receiving seen as different aspects of one Thought whose truth does not depend on which is seen as first, nor which appears to be in second place. 2 Here it is understood that both occur together, that the Thought remain complete. 3 And in this understanding is the base on which all opposites are reconciled, because they are perceived from the same frame of reference which unifies this Thought.
W-pI.108.5. One thought, completely unified, will serve to unify all thought. 2 This is the same as saying one correction will suffice for all correction, or that to forgive one brother wholly is enough to bring salvation to all minds. 3 For these are but some special cases of one law which holds for every kind of learning, if it be directed by the One Who knows the truth.
W-pI.108.6. To learn that giving and receiving are the same has special usefulness, because it can be tried so easily and seen as true. 2 And when this special case has proved it always works, in every circumstance where it is tried, the thought behind it can be generalized to other areas of doubt and double vision. 3 And from there it will extend, and finally arrive at the one Thought which underlies them all.
W-pI.108.7. Today we practice with the special case of giving and receiving. 2 We will use this simple lesson in the obvious because it has results we cannot miss. 3 To give is to receive. 4 Today we will attempt to offer peace to everyone, and see how quickly peace returns to us. 5 Light is tranquility, and in that peace is vision given us, and we can see.
W-pI.108.8. So we begin the practice periods with the instruction for today, and say:
2 To give and to receive are one in truth. 3 I will receive what I am giving now.
4 Then close your eyes, and for five minutes think of what you would hold out to everyone, to have it yours. 5 You might, for instance, say:
6 To everyone I offer quietness. 7 To everyone I offer peace of mind. 8 To everyone I offer gentleness.
W-pI.108.9. Say each one slowly and then pause a while, expecting to receive the gift you gave. 2 And it will come to you in the amount in which you gave it. 3 You will find you have exact return, for that is what you asked. 4 It might be helpful, too, to think of one to whom to give your gifts. 5 He represents the others, and through him you give to all.
W-pI.108.10. Our very simple lesson for today will teach you much. 2 Effect and cause will be far better understood from this time on, and we will make much faster progress now. 3 Think of the exercises for today as quick advances in your learning, made still faster and more sure each time you say, "To give and to receive are one in truth."
I rest in God.
W-pI.109.1. We ask for rest today, and quietness unshaken by the world's appearances. 2 We ask for peace and stillness, in the midst of all the turmoil born of clashing dreams. 3 We ask for safety and for happiness, although we seem to look on danger and on sorrow. 4 And we have the thought that will answer our asking with what we request.
W-pI.109.2. "I rest in God." 2 This thought will bring to you the rest and quiet, peace and stillness, and the safety and the happiness you seek. 3 "I rest in God." 4 This thought has power to wake the sleeping truth in you, whose vision sees beyond appearances to that same truth in everyone and everything there is. 5 Here is the end of suffering for all the world, and everyone who ever came and yet will come to linger for a while. 6 Here is the thought in which the Son of God is born again, to recognize himself.
W-pI.109.3. "I rest in God." 2 Completely undismayed, this thought will carry you through storms and strife, past misery and pain, past loss and death, and onward to the certainty of God. 3 There is no suffering it cannot heal. 4 There is no problem that it cannot solve. 5 And no appearance but will turn to truth before the eyes of you who rest in God.
W-pI.109.4. This is the day of peace. 2 You rest in God, and while the world is torn by winds of hate your rest remains completely undisturbed. 3 Yours is the rest of truth. 4 Appearances cannot intrude on you. 5 You call to all to join you in your rest, and they will hear and come to you because you rest in God. 6 They will not hear another voice than yours because you gave your voice to God, and now you rest in Him and let Him speak through you.
W-pI.109.5. In Him you have no cares and no concerns, no burdens, no anxiety, no pain, no fear of future and no past regrets. 2 In timelessness you rest, while time goes by without its touch upon you, for your rest can never change in any way at all. 3 You rest today. 4 And as you close your eyes, sink into stillness. 5 Let these periods of rest and respite reassure your mind that all its frantic fantasies were but the dreams of fever that has passed away. 6 Let it be still and thankfully accept its healing. 7 No more fearful dreams will come, now that you rest in God. 8 Take time today to slip away from dreams and into peace.
W-pI.109.6. Each hour that you take your rest today, a tired mind is suddenly made glad, a bird with broken wings begins to sing, a stream long dry begins to flow again. 2 The world is born again each time you rest, and hourly remember that you came to bring the peace of God into the world, that it might take its rest along with you.
W-pI.109.7. With each five minutes that you rest today, the world is nearer waking. 2 And the time when rest will be the only thing there is comes closer to all worn and tired minds, too weary now to go their way alone. 3 And they will hear the bird begin to sing and see the stream begin to flow again, with hope reborn and energy restored to walk with lightened steps along the road that suddenly seems easy as they go.
W-pI.109.8. You rest within the peace of God today, and call upon your brothers from your rest to draw them to their rest, along with you. 2 You will be faithful to your trust today, forgetting no one, bringing everyone into the boundless circle of your peace, the holy sanctuary where you rest. 3 Open the temple doors and let them come from far across the world, and near as well; your distant brothers and your closest friends; bid them all enter here and rest with you.
W-pI.109.9. You rest within the peace of God today, quiet and unafraid. 2 Each brother comes to take his rest, and offer it to you. 3 We rest together here, for thus our rest is made complete, and what we give today we have received already. 4 Time is not the guardian of what we give today. 5 We give to those unborn and those passed by, to every Thought of God, and to the Mind in which these Thoughts were born and where they rest. 6 And we remind them of their resting place each time we tell ourselves, "I rest in God."
I am as God created me.
W-pI.110.1. We will repeat today's idea from time to time. 2 For this one thought would be enough to save you and the world, if you believed that it is true. 3 Its truth would mean that you have made no changes in yourself that have reality, nor changed the universe so that what God created was replaced by fear and evil, misery and death. 4 If you remain as God created you fear has no meaning, evil is not real, and misery and death do not exist.
W-pI.110.2. Today's idea is therefore all you need to let complete correction heal your mind, and give you perfect vision that will heal all the mistakes that any mind has made at any time or place. 2 It is enough to heal the past and make the future free. 3 It is enough to let the present be accepted as it is. 4 It is enough to let time be the means for all the world to learn escape from time, and every change that time appears to bring in passing by.
W-pI.110.3. If you remain as God created you, appearances cannot replace the truth, health cannot turn to sickness, nor can death be substitute for life, or fear for love. 2 All this has not occurred, if you remain as God created you. 3 You need no thought but just this one, to let redemption come to light the world and free it from the past.
W-pI.110.4. In this one thought is all the past undone; the present saved to quietly extend into a timeless future. 2 If you are as God created you, then there has been no separation of your mind from His, no split between your mind and other minds, and only unity within your own.
W-pI.110.5. The healing power of today's idea is limitless. 2 It is the birthplace of all miracles, the great restorer of the truth to the awareness of the world. 3 Practice today's idea with gratitude. 4 This is the truth that comes to set you free. 5 This is the truth that God has promised you. 6 This is the Word in which all sorrow ends.
W-pI.110.6. For your five-minute practice periods, begin with this quotation from the text:
2 I am as God created me. 3 His Son can suffer nothing. 4 And I am His Son.
W-pI.110.7. Then, with this statement firmly in your mind, try to discover in your mind the Self Who is the holy Son of God Himself.
W-pI.110.8. Seek Him within you Who is Christ in you, the Son of God and brother to the world; the Savior Who has been forever saved, with power to save whoever touches Him, however lightly, asking for the Word that tells him he is brother unto Him.
W-pI.110.9. You are as God created you. 2 Today honor your Self. 3 Let graven images you made to be the Son of God instead of what he is be worshipped not today. 4 Deep in your mind the holy Christ in you is waiting your acknowledgment as you. 5 And you are lost and do not know yourself while He is unacknowledged and unknown.
W-pI.110.10. Seek Him today, and find Him. 2 He will be your Savior from all idols you have made. 3 For when you find Him, you will understand how worthless are your idols, and how false the images which you believed were you. 4 Today we make a great advance to truth by letting idols go, and opening our hands and hearts and minds to God today.
W-pI.110.11. We will remember Him throughout the day with thankful hearts and loving thoughts for all who meet with us today. 2 For it is thus that we remember Him. 3 And we will say, that we may be reminded of His Son, our holy Self, the Christ in each of us:
4 I am as God created me.
5 Let us declare this truth as often as we can. 6 This is the Word of God that sets you free. 7 This is the key that opens up the gate of Heaven, and that lets you enter in the peace of God and His eternity.
W-pI.rIII.in.1. Our next review begins today. 2 We will review two recent lessons every day for ten successive days of practicing. 3 We will observe a special format for these practice periods, that you are urged to follow just as closely as you can.
W-pI.rIII.in.2. We understand, of course, that it may be impossible for you to undertake what is suggested here as optimal each day and every hour of the day. 2 Learning will not be hampered when you miss a practice period because it is impossible at the appointed time. 3 Nor is it necessary that you make excessive efforts to be sure that you catch up in terms of numbers. 4 Rituals are not our aim, and would defeat our goal.
W-pI.rIII.in.3. But learning will be hampered when you skip a practice period because you are unwilling to devote the time to it that you are asked to give. 2 Do not deceive yourself in this. 3 Unwillingness can be most carefully concealed behind a cloak of situations you cannot control. 4 Learn to distinguish situations that are poorly suited to your practicing from those that you establish to uphold a camouflage for your unwillingness.
W-pI.rIII.in.4. Those practice periods that you have lost because you did not want to do them, for whatever reason, should be done as soon as you have changed your mind about your goal. 2 You are unwilling to cooperate in practicing salvation only if it interferes with goals you hold more dear. 3 When you withdraw the value given them, allow your practice periods to be replacements for your litanies to them. 4 They gave you nothing. 5 But your practicing can offer everything to you. 6 And so accept their offering and be at peace.
W-pI.rIII.in.5. The format you should use for these reviews is this: Devote five minutes twice a day, or longer if you would prefer it, to considering the thoughts that are assigned. 2 Read over the ideas and comments that are written down for each day's exercise. 3 And then begin to think about them, while letting your mind relate them to your needs, your seeming problems and all your concerns.
W-pI.rIII.in.6. Place the ideas within your mind, and let it use them as it chooses. 2 Give it faith that it will use them wisely, being helped in its decisions by the One Who gave the thoughts to you. 3 What can you trust but what is in your mind? 4 Have faith, in these reviews, the means the Holy Spirit uses will not fail. 5 The wisdom of your mind will come to your assistance. 6 Give direction at the outset; then lean back in quiet faith, and let the mind employ the thoughts you gave as they were given you for it to use.
W-pI.rIII.in.7. You have been given them in perfect trust; in perfect confidence that you would use them well; in perfect faith that you would see their messages and use them for yourself. 2 Offer them to your mind in that same trust and confidence and faith. 3 It will not fail. 4 It is the Holy Spirit's chosen means for your salvation. 5 Since it has His trust, His means must surely merit yours as well.
W-pI.rIII.in.8. We emphasize the benefits to you if you devote the first five minutes of the day to your reviews, and also give the last five minutes of your waking day to them. 2 If this cannot be done, at least try to divide them so you undertake one in the morning, and the other in the hour just before you go to sleep.
W-pI.rIII.in.9. The exercises to be done throughout the day are equally important, and perhaps of even greater value. 2 You have been inclined to practice only at appointed times, and then go on your way to other things, without applying what you learned to them. 3 As a result, you have gained little reinforcement, and have not given your learning a fair chance to prove how great are its potential gifts to you. 4 Here is another chance to use it well.
W-pI.rIII.in.10. In these reviews, we stress the need to let your learning not lie idly by between your longer practice periods. 2 Attempt to give your daily two ideas a brief but serious review each hour. 3 Use one on the hour, and the other one a half an hour later. 4 You need not give more than just a moment to each one. 5 Repeat it, and allow your mind to rest a little time in silence and in peace. 6 Then turn to other things, but try to keep the thought with you, and let it serve to help you keep your peace throughout the day as well.
W-pI.rIII.in.11. If you are shaken, think of it again. 2 These practice periods are planned to help you form the habit of applying what you learn each day to everything you do. 3 Do not repeat the thought and lay it down. 4 Its usefulness is limitless to you. 5 And it is meant to serve you in all ways, all times and places, and whenever you need help of any kind. 6 Try, then, to take it with you in the business of the day and make it holy, worthy of God's Son, acceptable to God and to your Self.
W-pI.rIII.in.12. Each day's review assignments will conclude with a restatement of the thought to use each hour, and the one to be applied on each half hour as well. 2 Forget them not. 3 This second chance with each of these ideas will bring such large advances that we come from these reviews with learning gains so great we will continue on more solid ground, with firmer footsteps and with stronger faith.
W-pI.rIII.in.13. Do not forget how little you have learned. 2 Do not forget how much you can learn now. 3 Do not forget your Father's need of you, As you review these thoughts He gave to you.
For morning and evening review:
W-pI.111.1. (91) Miracles are seen in light.
2 I cannot see in darkness. 3 Let the light of holiness and truth light up my mind, and let me see the innocence within.
W-pI.111.2. (92) Miracles are seen in light, and light and strength are one.
2 I see through strength, the gift of God to me. 3 My weakness is the dark His gift dispels, by giving me His strength to take its place.
W-pI.111.3. On the hour:
2 Miracles are seen in light.
3 On the half hour:
4 Miracles are seen in light, and light and strength are one.
For morning and evening review:
W-pI.112.1. (93) Light and joy and peace abide in me.
2 I am the home of light and joy and peace. 3 I welcome them into the home I share with God, because I am a part of Him.
W-pI.112.2. (94) I am as God created me.
2 I will remain forever as I was, created by the Change-less like Himself. 3 And I am one with Him, and He with me.
W-pI.112.3. On the hour:
2 Light and joy and peace abide in me.
3 On the half hour:
4 I am as God created me.
For morning and evening review:
W-pI.113.1. (95) I am one Self, united with my Creator.
2 Serenity and perfect peace are mine, because I am one Self, completely whole, at one with all creation and with God.
W-pI.113.2. (96) Salvation comes from my one Self.
2 From my one Self, Whose knowledge still remains within my mind, I see God's perfect plan for my salvation perfectly fulfilled.
W-pI.113.3. On the hour:
2 I am one Self, united with my Creator.
3 On the half hour:
4 Salvation comes from my one Self.
For morning and evening review:
W-pI.114.1. (97) I am spirit.
2 I am the Son of God. 3 No body can contain my spirit, nor impose on me a limitation God created not.
W-pI.114.2. (98) I will accept my part in God's plan for salvation.
2 What can my function be but to accept the Word of God, Who has created me for what I am and will forever be?
W-pI.114.3. On the hour:
2 I am spirit.
3 On the half hour:
4 I will accept my part in God's plan for salvation.
For morning and evening review:
W-pI.115.1. (99) Salvation is my only function here.
2 My function here is to forgive the world for all the errors I have made. 3 For thus am I released from them with all the world.
W-pI.115.2. (100) My part is essential to God's plan for salvation.
2 I am essential to the plan of God for the salvation of the world. 3 For He gave me His plan that I might save the world.
W-pI.115.3. On the hour:
2 Salvation is my only function here.
3 On the half hour:
4 My part is essential to God's plan for salvation.
For morning and evening review:
W-pI.116.1. (101) God's Will for me is perfect happiness.
2 God's Will is perfect happiness for me. 3 And I can suffer but from the belief there is another will apart from His.
W-pI.116.2. (102) I share God's Will for happiness for me.
2 I share my Father's Will for me, His Son. 3 What He has given me is all I want. 4 What He has given me is all there is.
W-pI.116.3. On the hour:
2 God's Will for me is perfect happiness.
3 On the half hour:
4 I share God's Will for happiness for me.
For morning and evening review:
W-pI.117.1. (103) God, being Love, is also happiness.
2 Let me remember love is happiness, and nothing else brings joy. 3 And so I choose to entertain no substitutes for love.
W-pI.117.2. (104) I seek but what belongs to me in truth.
2 Love is my heritage, and with it joy. 3 These are the gifts my Father gave to me. 4 I would accept all that is mine in truth.
W-pI.117.3. On the hour:
2 God, being Love, is also happiness.
3 On the half hour:
4 I seek but what belongs to me in truth.
For morning and evening review:
W-pI.118.1. (105) God's peace and joy are mine.
2 Today I will accept God's peace and joy, in glad ex- change for all the substitutes that I have made for happiness and peace.
W-pI.118.2. (106) Let me be still and listen to the truth.
2 Let my own feeble voice be still, and let me hear the mighty Voice for Truth Itself assure me that I am God's perfect Son.
W-pI.118.3. On the hour:
2 God's peace and joy are mine.
3 On the half hour:
4 Let me be still and listen to the truth.
For morning and evening review:
W-pI.119.1. (107) Truth will correct all errors in my mind.
2 I am mistaken when I think I can be hurt in any way. 3 I am God's Son, whose Self rests safely in the Mind of God.
W-pI.119.2. (108) To give and to receive are one in truth.
2 I will forgive all things today, that I may learn how to accept the truth in me, and come to recognize my sinlessness.
W-pI.119.3. On the hour:
2 Truth will correct all errors in my mind.
3 On the half hour:
4 To give and to receive are one in truth.