I am under no laws but God's.
W-pI.76.1. We have observed before how many senseless things have seemed to you to be salvation. 2 Each has imprisoned you with laws as senseless as itself. 3 You are not bound by them. 4 Yet to understand that this is so, you must first realize salvation lies not there. 5 While you would seek for it in things that have no meaning, you bind yourself to laws that make no sense. 6 Thus do you seek to prove salvation is where it is not.
W-pI.76.2. Today we will be glad you can not prove it. 2 For if you could, you would forever seek salvation where it is not, and never find it. 3 The idea for today tells you once again how simple is salvation. 4 Look for it where it waits for you, and there it will be found. 5 Look nowhere else, for it is nowhere else.
W-pI.76.3. Think of the freedom in the recognition that you are not bound by all the strange and twisted laws you have set up to save you. 2 You really think that you would starve unless you have stacks of green paper strips and piles of metal discs. 3 You really think a small round pellet or some fluid pushed in to your veins through a sharpened needle will ward off disease and death. 4 You really think you are alone unless another body is with you.
W-pI.76.4. It is insanity that thinks these things. 2 You call them laws, and put them under different names in a long catalogue of rituals that have no use and serve no purpose. 3 You think you must obey the "laws" of medicine, of economics and of health. 4 Protect the body, and you will be saved.
W-pI.76.5. These are not laws, but madness. 2 The body is endangered by the mind that hurts itself. 3 The body suffers just in order that the mind will fail to see it is the victim of itself. 4 The body's suffering is a mask the mind holds up to hide what really suffers. 5 It would not understand it is its own enemy; that it attacks itself and wants to die. 6 It is from this your "laws" would save the body. 7 It is for this you think you are a body.
W-pI.76.6. There are no laws except the laws of God. 2 This needs repeating, over and over, until you realize it applies to everything that you have made in opposition to God's Will. 3 Your magic has no meaning. 4 What it is meant to save does not exist. 5 Only what it is meant to hide will save you.
W-pI.76.7. The laws of God can never be replaced. 2 We will devote today to rejoicing that this is so. 3 It is no longer a truth that we would hide. 4 We realize instead it is a truth that keeps us free forever. 5 Magic imprisons, but the laws of God make free. 6 The light has come because there are no laws but His.
W-pI.76.8. We will begin the longer practice periods today with a short review of the different kinds of "laws" we have believed we must obey. 2 These would include, for example, the"laws" of nutrition, of immunization, of medication, and of the body's protection in innumerable ways. 3 Think further; you believe in the "laws" of friendship, of "good" relationships and reciprocity. 4 Perhaps you even think that there are laws which set forth what is God's and what is yours. 5 Many "religions" have been based on this. 6 They would not save but damn in Heaven's name. 7 Yet they are no more strange than other "laws" you hold must be obeyed to make you safe.
W-pI.76.9. There are no laws but God's. 2 Dismiss all foolish magical beliefs today, and hold your mind in silent readiness to hear the Voice that speaks the truth to you. 3 You will be listening to One Who says there is no loss under the laws of God. 4 Payment is neither given nor received. 5 Exchange cannot be made; there are no substitutes; and nothing is replaced by something else. 6 God's laws forever give and never take.
W-pI.76.10. Hear Him Who tells you this, and realize how foolish are the "laws" you thought upheld the world you thought you saw. 2 Then listen further. 3 He will tell you more. 4 About the Love your Father has for you. 5 About the endless joy He offers you. 6 About His yearning for His only Son, created as His channel for creation; denied to Him by his belief in hell.
W-pI.76.11. Let us today open God's channels to Him,and let His Will extend through us to Him. 2 Thus is creation endlessly increased. 3 His Voice will speak of this to us, as well as of the joys of Heaven which His laws keep limitless forever. 4 We will repeat today's idea until we have listened and understood there are no laws but God's. 5 Then we will tell ourselves, as a dedication with which the practice period concludes:
6 I am under no laws but God's.
W-pI.76.12. We will repeat this dedication as often as possible today; at least four or five times an hour, as well as in response to any temptation to experience ourselves as subject to other laws throughout the day. 2 It is our statement of freedom from all danger and all tyranny. 3 It is our acknowledgment that God is our Father, and that His Son is saved.
I am entitled to miracles.
W-pI.77.1. You are entitled to miracles because of what you are. 2 You will receive miracles because of what God is. 3 And you will offer miracles because you are one with God. 4 Again, how simple is salvation! 5 It is merely a statement of your true Identity. 6 It is this that we will celebrate today.
W-pI.77.2. Your claim to miracles does not lie in your illusions about yourself. 2 It does not depend on any magical powers you have ascribed to yourself, nor on any of the rituals you have devised. 3 It is inherent in the truth of what you are. 4 It is implicit in what God your Father is. 5 It was ensured in your creation, and guaranteed by the laws of God.
W-pI.77.3. Today we will claim the miracles which are your right, since they belong to you. 2 You have been promised full release from the world you made. 3 You have been assured that the Kingdom of God is within you, and can never be lost. 4 We ask no more than what belongs to us in truth. 5 Today, however, we will also make sure that we will not content ourselves with less.
W-pI.77.4. Begin the longer practice periods by telling yourself quite confidently that you are entitled to miracles. 2 Closing your eyes, remind yourself that you are asking only for what is rightfully yours. 3 Remind yourself also that miracles are never taken from one and given to another, and that in asking for your rights, you are upholding the rights of everyone. 4 Miracles do not obey the laws of this world. 5 They merely follow from the laws of God.
W-pI.77.5. After this brief introductory phase, wait quietly for the assurance that your request is granted. 2 You have asked for the salvation of the world, and for your own. 3 You have requested that you be given the means by which this is accomplished. 4 You cannot fail to be assured in this. 5 You are but asking that the Will of God be done.
W-pI.77.6. In doing this, you do not really ask for anything. 2 You state a fact that cannot be denied. 3 The Holy Spirit cannot but assure you that your request is granted. 4 The fact that you accepted must be so. 5 There is no room for doubt and uncertainty today. 6 We are asking a real question at last. 7 The answer is a simple statement of a simple fact. 8 You will receive the assurance that you seek.
W-pI.77.7. Our shorter practice periods will be frequent, and will also be devoted to a reminder of a simple fact. 2 Tell yourself often today:
3 I am entitled to miracles.
4 Ask for them whenever a situation arises in which they are called for. 5 You will recognize these situations. 6 And since you are not relying on yourself to find the miracle, you are fully entitled to receive it whenever you ask.
W-pI.77.8. Remember, too, not to be satisfied with less than the perfect answer. 2 Be quick to tell yourself, should you be tempted:
3 I will not trade miracles for grievances. 4 I want only what belongs to me. 5 God has established miracles as my right.
Let miracles replace all grievances.
W-pI.78.1. Perhaps it is not yet quite clear to you that each decision that you make is one between a grievance and a miracle. 2 Each grievance stands like a dark shield of hate before the miracle it would conceal. 3 And as you raise it up before your eyes, you will not see the miracle beyond. 4 Yet all the while it waits for you in light, but you behold your grievances instead.
W-pI.78.2. Today we go beyond the grievances, to look upon the miracle instead. 2 We will reverse the way you see by not allowing sight to stop before it sees. 3 We will not wait before the shield of hate, but lay it down and gently lift our eyes in silence to behold the Son of God.
W-pI.78.3. He waits for you behind your grievances, and as you lay them down he will appear in shining light where each one stood before. 2 For every grievance is a block to sight, and as it lifts you see the Son of God where he has always been. 3 He stands in light, but you were in the dark. 4 Each grievance made the darkness deeper, and you could not see.
W-pI.78.4. Today we will attempt to see God's Son. 2 We will not let ourselves be blind to him; we will not look upon our grievances. 3 So is the seeing of the world reversed, as we look out toward truth, away from fear. 4 We will select one person you have used as target for your grievances, and lay the grievances aside and look at him. 5 Someone, perhaps, you fear and even hate; someone you think you love who angered you; someone you call a friend, but whom you see as difficult at times or hard to please, demanding, irritating or untrue to the ideal he should accept as his, according to the role you set for him.
W-pI.78.5. You know the one to choose; his name has crossed your mind already. 2 He will be the one of whom we ask God's Son be shown to you. 3 Through seeing him behind the grievances that you have held against him, you will learn that what lay hidden while you saw him not is there in everyone, and can be seen. 4 He who was enemy is more than friend when he is freed to take the holy role the Holy Spirit has assigned to him. 5 Let him be savior unto you today. 6 Such is his role in God your Father's plan.
W-pI.78.6. Our longer practice periods today will see him in this role. 2 You will attempt to hold him in your mind, first as you now consider him. 3 You will review his faults, the difficulties you have had with him, the pain he caused you, his neglect, and all the little and the larger hurts he gave. 4 You will regard his body with its flaws and better points as well, and you will think of his mistakes and even of his "sins."
W-pI.78.7. Then let us ask of Him Who knows this Son of God in his reality and truth, that we may look on him a different way, and see our savior shining in the light of true forgiveness, given unto us. 2 We ask Him in the holy Name of God and of His Son, as holy as Himself:
3 Let me behold my savior in this one You have appointed as the one for me to ask to lead me to the holy light in which he stands, that I may join with him.
4 The body's eyes are closed, and as you think of him who grieved you, let your mind be shown the light in him beyond your grievances.
W-pI.78.8. What you have asked for can not be denied. 2 Your savior has been waiting long for this. 3 He would be free, and make his freedom yours. 4 The Holy Spirit leans from him to you, seeing no separation in God's Son. 5 And what you see through Him will free you both. 6 Be very quiet now, and look upon your shining savior. 7 No dark grievances obscure the sight of him. 8 You have allowed the Holy Spirit to express through him the role God gave Him that you might be saved.
W-pI.78.9. God thanks you for these quiet times today in which you laid your images aside, and looked upon the miracle of love the Holy Spirit showed you in their place. 2 The world and Heaven join in thanking you, for not one Thought of God but must rejoice as you are saved, and all the world with you.
W-pI.78.10. We will remember this throughout the day, and take the role assigned to us as part of God's salvation plan, and not our own. 2 Temptation falls away when we allow each one we meet to save us, and refuse to hide his light behind our grievances. 3 To everyone you meet, and to the ones you think of or remember from the past, allow the role of savior to be given, that you may share it with him. 4 For you both, and all the sightless ones as well, we pray:
5 Let miracles replace all grievances.
Let me recognize the problem so it can be solved.
W-pI.79.1. A problem cannot be solved if you do not know what it is. 2 Even if it is really solved already you will still have the problem, because you will not recognize that it has been solved. 3 This is the situation of the world. 4 The problem of separation, which is really the only problem, has already been solved. 5 Yet the solution is not recognized because the problem is not recognized.
W-pI.79.2. Everyone in this world seems to have his own special problems. 2 Yet they are all the same, and must be recognized as one if the one solution that solves them all is to be accepted. 3 Who can see that a problem has been solved if he thinks the problem is something else? 4 Even if he is given the answer, he cannot see its relevance.
W-pI.79.3. That is the position in which you find yourself now. 2 You have the answer, but you are still uncertain about what the problem is. 3 A long series of different problems seems to confront you, and as one is settled the next one and the next arise. 4 There seems to be no end to them. 5 There is no time in which you feel completely free of problems and at peace.
W-pI.79.4. The temptation to regard problems as many is the temptation to keep the problem of separation unsolved. 2 The world seems to present you with a vast number of problems, each requiring a different answer. 3 This perception places you in a position in which your problem solving must be inadequate, and failure is inevitable.
W-pI.79.5. No one could solve all the problems the world appears to hold. 2 They seem to be on so many levels, in such varying forms and with such varied content, that they confront you with an impossible situation. 3 Dismay and depression are inevitable as you regard them. 4 Some spring up unexpectedly, just as you think you have resolved the previous ones. 5 Others remain unsolved under a cloud of denial, and rise to haunt you from time to time, only to be hidden again but still unsolved.
W-pI.79.6. All this complexity is but a desperate attempt not to recognize the problem, and therefore not to let it be resolved. 2 If you could recognize that your only problem is separation, no matter what form it takes, you could accept the answer because you would see its relevance. 3 Perceiving the underlying constancy in all the problems that seem to confront you, you would understand that you have the means to solve them all. 4 And you would use the means, because you recognize the problem.
W-pI.79.7. In our longer practice periods today we will ask what the problem is, and what is the answer to it. 2 We will not assume that we already know. 3 We will try to free our minds of all the many different kinds of problems we think we have. 4 We will try to realize that we have only one problem, which we have failed to recognize. 5 We will ask what it is, and wait for the answer. 6 We will be told. 7 Then we will ask for the solution to it. 8 And we will be told.
W-pI.79.8. The exercises for today will be successful to the extent to which you do not insist on defining the problem. 2 Perhaps you will not succeed in letting all your preconceived notions go, but that is not necessary. 3 All that is necessary is to entertain some doubt about the reality of your version of what your problems are. 4 You are trying to recognize that you have been given the answer by recognizing the problem, so that the problem and the answer can be brought together and you can be at peace.
W-pI.79.9. The shorter practice periods for today will not be set by time, but by need. 2 You will see many problems today, each one calling for an answer. 3 Our efforts will be directed toward recognizing that there is only one problem and one answer. 4 In this recognition are all problems resolved. 5 In this recognition there is peace.
W-pI.79.10. Be not deceived by the form of problems today. 2 Whenever any difficulty seems to rise, tell yourself quickly:
3 Let me recognize this problem so it can be solved.
4 Then try to suspend all judgment about what the problem is. 5 If possible, close your eyes for a moment and ask what it is. 6 You will be heard and you will be answered.
Let me recognize my problems have been solved.
W-pI.80.1. If you are willing to recognize your problems, you will recognize that you have no problems. 2 Your one central problem has been answered, and you have no other. 3 Therefore, you must be at peace. 4 Salvation thus depends on recognizing this one problem, and understanding that it has been solved. 5 One problem, one solution. 6 Salvation is accomplished. 7 Freedom from conflict has been given you. 8 Accept that fact, and you are ready to take your rightful place in God's plan for salvation.
W-pI.80.2. Your only problem has been solved! 2 Repeat this over and over to yourself today, with gratitude and conviction. 3 You have recognized your only problem, opening the way for the Holy Spirit to give you God's answer. 4 You have laid deception aside, and seen the light of truth. 5 You have accepted salvation for yourself by bringing the problem to the answer. 6 And you can recognize the answer, because the problem has been identified.
W-pI.80.3. You are entitled to peace today. 2 A problem that has been resolved cannot trouble you. 3 Only be certain you do not forget that all problems are the same. 4 Their many forms will not deceive you while you remember this. 5 One problem, one solution. 6 Accept the peace this simple statement brings.
W-pI.80.4. In our longer practice periods today, we will claim the peace that must be ours when the problem and the answer have been brought together. 2 The problem must be gone, because God's answer cannot fail. 3 Having recognized one, you have recognized the other. 4 The solution is inherent in the problem. 5 You are answered, and have accepted the answer. 6 You are saved.
W-pI.80.5. Now let the peace that your acceptance brings be given you. 2 Close your eyes, and receive your reward. 3 Recognize that your problems have been solved. 4 Recognize that you are out of conflict; free and at peace. 5 Above all, remember that you have one problem, and that the problem has one solution. 6 It is in this that the simplicity of salvation lies. 7 It is because of this that it is guaranteed to work.
W-pI.80.6. Assure yourself often today that your problems have been solved. 2 Repeat the idea with deep conviction, as frequently as possible. 3 And be particularly sure to apply the idea for today to any specific problem that may arise. 4 Say quickly:
5 Let me recognize this problem has been solved.
W-pI.80.7. Let us be determined not to collect grievances today. 2 Let us be determined to be free of problems that do not exist. 3 The means is simple honesty. 4 Do not deceive yourself about what the problem is, and you must recognize it has been solved.
W-pI.rII.in.1. We are now ready for another review. 2 We will begin where our last review left off, and cover two ideas each day. 3 The earlier part of each day will be devoted to one of these ideas, and the latter part of the day to the other. 4 We will have one longer exercise period, and frequent shorter ones in which we practice each of them.
W-pI.rII.in.2. The longer practice periods will follow this general form: Take about fifteen minutes for each of them, and begin by thinking about the ideas for the day, and the comments that are included in the assignments. 2 Devote some three or four minutes to reading them over slowly, several times if you wish, and then close your eyes and listen.
W-pI.rII.in.3. Repeat the first phase of the exercise period if you find your mind wandering, but try to spend the major part of the time listening quietly but attentively. 2 There is a message waiting for you. 3 Be confident that you will receive it. 4 Remember that it belongs to you, and that you want it.
W-pI.rII.in.4. Do not allow your intent to waver in the face of distracting thoughts. 2 Realize that, whatever form such thoughts may take, they have no meaning and no power. 3 Replace them with your determination to succeed. 4 Do not forget that your will has power over all fantasies and dreams. 5 Trust it to see you through, and carry you beyond them all.
W-pI.rII.in.5. Regard these practice periods as dedications to the way, the truth and the life. 2 Refuse to be sidetracked into detours, illusions and thoughts of death. 3 You are dedicated to salvation. 4 Be determined each day not to leave your function unfulfilled.
W-pI.rII.in.6. Reaffirm your determination in the shorter practice periods as well, using the original form of the idea for general applications, and more specific forms when needed. 2 Some specific forms are included in the comments which follow the statement of the ideas. 3 These, however, are merely suggestions. 4 It is not the particular words you use that matter.
Our ideas for review today are:
W-pI.81.1. (61) I am the light of the world.
2 How holy am I, who have been given the function of lighting up the world!
3 Let me be still before my holiness. 4 In its calm light let all my conflicts
disappear. 5 In its peace let me remember Who I am.
W-pI.81.2. Some specific forms for applying this idea when special difficulties seem to arise might be:
2 Let me not obscure the light of the world in me. 3 Let the light of the world shine through this appearance. 4 This shadow will vanish before the light.
W-pI.81.3. (62) Forgiveness is my function as the light of the world.
2 It is through accepting my function that I will see the light in me. 3 And in this light will my function stand clear and perfectly unambiguous before my sight. 4 My acceptance does not depend on my recognizing what my function is, for I do not yet understand forgiveness. 5 Yet I will trust that, in the light,I will see it as it is.
W-pI.81.4. Specific forms for using this idea might include:
2 Let this help me learn what forgiveness means. 3 Let me not separate my function from my will. 4 I will not use this for an alien purpose.
We will review these ideas today:
W-pI.82.1. (63) The light of the world brings peace to every mind through my forgiveness.
2 My forgiveness is the means by which the light of the world finds expression through me. 3 My forgiveness is the means by which I become aware of the light of the world in me. 4 My forgiveness is the means by which the world is healed, together with myself. 5 Let me, then, forgive the world, that it may be healed along with me.
W-pI.82.2. Suggestions for specific forms for applying this idea are:
2 Let peace extend from my mind to yours,[name]. 3 I share the light of the world with you,[name]. 4 Through my forgiveness I can see this as it is.
W-pI.82.3. (64) Let me not forget my function.
2 I would not forget my function, because I would remember my Self. 3 I cannot fulfill my function if I forget it. 4 And unless I fulfill my function, I will not experience the joy that God intends for me.
W-pI.82.4. Suitable specific forms of this idea include:
2 Let me not use this to hide my function from me. 3 I would use this as an opportunity to fulfill my function. 4 This may threaten my ego, but cannot change my function in any way.
Today let us review these ideas:
W-pI.83.1. (65) My only function is the one God gave me.
2 I have no function but the one God gave me. 3 This recognition releases me from all conflict, because it means I cannot have conflicting goals. 4 With one purpose only, I am always certain what to do, what to say and what to think. 5 All doubt must disappear as I acknowledge that my only function is the one God gave me.
W-pI.83.2. More specific applications of this idea might take these forms:
2 My perception of this does not change my function. 3 This does not give me a function other than the one God gave me. 4 Let me not use this to justify a function God did not give me.
W-pI.83.3. (66) My happiness and my function are one.
2 All things that come from God are one. 3 They come from Oneness, and must be received as one. 4 Fulfilling my function is my happiness because both come from the same Source. 5 And I must learn to recognize what makes me happy, if I would find happiness.
W-pI.83.4. Some useful forms for specific applications of this idea are:
2 This cannot separate my happiness from my function. 3 The oneness of my happiness and my function remains wholly unaffected by this. 4 Nothing, including this, can justify the illusion of happiness apart from my function.
These are the ideas for today's review:
W-pI.84.1. (67) Love created me like itself.
2 I am in the likeness of my Creator. 3 I cannot suffer, I cannot experience loss and I cannot die. 4 I am not a body. 5 I would recognize my reality today. 6 I will worship no idols, nor raise my own self-concept to replace my Self. 7 I am in the likeness of my Creator. 8 Love created me like itself.
W-pI.84.2. You might find these specific forms helpful in applying the idea:
2 Let me not see an illusion of myself in this. 3 As I look on this, let me remember my Creator. 4 My Creator did not create this as I see it.
W-pI.84.3. (68) Love holds no grievances.
2 Grievances are completely alien to love. 3 Grievances attack love and keep its light obscure. 4 If I hold grievances I am attacking love, and therefore attacking my Self. 5 My Self thus becomes alien to me. 6 I am determined not to attack my Self today, so that I can remember Who I am.
W-pI.84.4. These specific forms for applying this idea would be helpful:
2 This is no justification for denying my Self. 3 I will not use this to attack love. 4 Let this not tempt me to attack myself.
Today's review will cover these ideas:
W-pI.85.1. (69) My grievances hide the light of the world in me.
2 My grievances show me what is not there, and hide from me what I would see. 3 Recognizing this, what do I want my grievances for? 4 They keep me in darkness and hide the light. 5 Grievances and light cannot go together, but light and vision must be joined for me to see. 6 To see, I must lay grievances aside. 7 I want to see, and this will be the means by which I will succeed.
W-pI.85.2. Specific applications for this idea might be made in these forms:
2 Let me not use this as a block to sight. 3 The light of the world will shine all this away. 4 I have no need for this. 5 I want to see.
W-pI.85.3. (70) My salvation comes from me.
2 Today I will recognize where my salvation is. 3 It is in me because its Source is there. 4 It has not left its Source, and so it cannot have left my mind. 5 I will not look for it outside myself. 6 It is not found outside and then brought in. 7 But from within me it will reach beyond, and everything I see will but reflect the light that shines in me and in itself.
W-pI.85.4. These forms of the idea are suitable for more specific applications:
2 Let this not tempt me to look away from me for my salvation. 3 I will not let this interfere with my awareness of the Source of my salvation. 4 This has no power to remove salvation from me.
These ideas are for review today:
W-pI.86.1. (71) Only God's plan for salvation will work.
2 It is senseless for me to search wildly about for salvation. 3 I have seen it in many people and in many things, but when I reached for it, it was not there. 4 I was mistaken about where it is. 5 I was mistaken about what it is. 6 I will under take no more idle seeking. 7 Only God's plan for salvation will work. 8 And I will rejoice because His plan can never fail.
W-pI.86.2. These are some suggested forms for applying this idea specifically:
2 God's plan for salvation will save me from my perception of this. 3 This is no exception in God's plan for my salvation. 4 Let me perceive this only in the light of God's plan for salvation.
W-pI.86.3. (72) Holding grievances is an attack on God's plan for salvation.
2 Holding grievances is an attempt to prove that God's plan for salvation will not work. 3 Yet only His plan will work. 4 By holding grievances, I am therefore excluding my only hope of salvation from my awareness. 5 I would no longer defeat my own best interests in this insane way. 6 I would accept God's plan for salvation, and be happy.
W-pI.86.4. Specific applications for this idea might be in these forms:
2 I am choosing between misperception and salvation as I look on this. 3 If I see grounds for grievances in this, I will not see the grounds for my salvation. 4 This calls for salvation, not attack.
Our review today will cover these ideas:
W-pI.87.1. (73) I will there be light.
2 I will use the power of my will today. 3 It is not my will to grope about in darkness, fearful of shadows and afraid of things unseen and unreal. 4 Light shall be my guide today. 5 I will follow it where it leads me, and I will look only on what it shows me. 6 This day I will experience the peace of true perception.
W-pI.87.2. These forms of this idea would be helpful for specific applications:
2 This cannot hide the light I will to see. 3 You stand with me in light, [name]. 4 In the light this will look different.
W-pI.87.3. (74) There is no will but God's.
2 I am safe today because there is no will but God's. 3 I can become afraid only when I believe there is another will. 4 I try to attack only when I am afraid, and only when I try to attack can I believe that my eternal safety is threatened. 5 Today I will recognize that all this has not occurred. 6 I am safe because there is no will but God's.
W-pI.87.4. These are some useful forms of this idea for specific applications:
2 Let me perceive this in accordance with the Will of God. 3 It is God's Will you are His Son, [name], and mine as well. 4 This is part of God's Will for me, however I may see it.
Today we will review these ideas:
W-pI.88.1. (75) The light has come.
2 In choosing salvation rather than attack, I merely choose to recognize what is already there. 3 Salvation is a decision made already. 4 Attack and grievances are not there to choose. 5 That is why I always choose between truth and illusion; between what is there and what is not. 6 The light has come. 7 I can but choose the light, for it has no alternative. 8 It has replaced the darkness, and the darkness has gone.
W-pI.88.2. These would prove useful forms for specific applications of this idea:
2 This cannot show me darkness, for the light has come. 3 The light in you is all that I would see,[name]. 4 I would see in this only what is there.
W-pI.88.3. (76) I am under no laws but God's.
2 Here is the perfect statement of my freedom. 3 I am under no laws but God's. 4 I am constantly tempted to make up other laws and give them power over me. 5 I suffer only because of my belief in them. 6 They have no real effect on me at all. 7 I am perfectly free of the effects of all laws save God's. 8 And His are the laws of freedom.
W-pI.88.4. For specific forms in applying this idea, these would be useful:
2 My perception of this shows me I believe in laws that do not exist. 3 I see only the laws of God at work in this. 4 Let me allow God's laws to work in this, and not my own.
These are our review ideas for today:
W-pI.89.1. (77) I am entitled to miracles.
2 I am entitled to miracles because I am under no laws but God's. 3 His laws release me from all grievances, and replace them with miracles. 4 And I would accept the miracles in place of the grievances, which are but illusions that hide the miracles beyond. 5 Now I would accept only what the laws of God entitle me to have, that I may use it on behalf of the function He has given me.
W-pI.89.2. You might use these suggestions for specific applications of this idea:
2 Behind this is a miracle to which I am entitled. 3 Let me not hold a grievance against you, [name],but offer you the miracle that belongs to you instead. 4 Seen truly, this offers me a miracle.
W-pI.89.3. (78) Let miracles replace all grievances.
2 By this idea do I unite my will with the Holy Spirit's, and perceive them as one. 3 By this idea do I accept my release from hell. 4 By this idea do I express my willingness to have all my illusions be replaced with truth, according to God's plan for my salvation. 5 I would make no exceptions and no substitutes. 6 I want all of Heaven and only Heaven, as God wills me to have.
W-pI.89.4. Useful specific forms for applying this idea would be:
2 I would not hold this grievance apart from my salvation. 3 Let our grievances be replaced by miracles,[name]. 4 Beyond this is the miracle by which all my grievances are replaced.
For this review we will use these ideas:
W-pI.90.1. (79) Let me recognize the problem so it can be solved.
2 Let me realize today that the problem is always some form of grievance that I would cherish. 3 Let me also understand that the solution is always a miracle with which I let the grievance be replaced. 4 Today I would remember the simplicity of salvation by reinforcing the lesson that there is one problem and one solution. 5 The problem is a grievance; the solution is a miracle. 6 And I invite the solution to come to me through my forgiveness of the grievance, and my welcome of the miracle that takes its place.
W-pI.90.2. Specific applications of this idea might be in these forms:
2 This presents a problem to me which I would have resolved. 3 The miracle behind this grievance will resolve it for me. 4 The answer to this problem is the miracle that it conceals.
W-pI.90.3. (80) Let me recognize my problems have been solved.
2 I seem to have problems only because I am misusing time. 3 I believe that the problem comes first, and time must lapse before it can be worked out. 4 I do not see the problem and the answer as simultaneous in their occurrence. 5 That is because I do not yet realize that God has placed the answer together with the problem, so that they cannot be separated by time. 6 The Holy Spirit will teach me this, if I will let Him. 7 And I will understand it is impossible that I could have a problem which has not been solved already.
W-pI.90.4. These forms of the idea will be useful for specific applications:
2 I need not wait for this to be resolved. 3 The answer to this problem is already given me, if I will accept it. 4 Time can not separate this problem from its solution.
Miracles are seen in light.
W-pI.91.1. It is important to remember that miracles and vision necessarily go together. 2 This needs repeating, and frequent repeating. 3 It is a central idea in your new thought system, and the perception that it produces. 4 The miracle is always there. 5 Its presence is not caused by your vision; its absence is not the result of your failure to see. 6 It is only your awareness of miracles that is affected. 7 You will see them in the light; you will not see them in the dark.
W-pI.91.2. To you, then, light is crucial. 2 While you remain in darkness, the miracle remains unseen. 3 Thus you are convinced it is not there. 4 This follows from the premises from which the darkness comes. 5 Denial of light leads to failure to perceive it. 6 Failure to perceive light is to perceive darkness. 7 The light is useless to you then, even though it is there. 8 You cannot use it because its presence is unknown to you. 9 And the seeming reality of the darkness makes the idea of light meaningless.
W-pI.91.3. To be told that what you do not see is there sounds like insanity. 2 It is very difficult to become convinced that it is insanity not to see what is there, and to see what is not there instead. 3 You do not doubt that the body's eyes can see. 4 You do not doubt the images they show you are reality. 5 Your faith lies in the darkness, not the light. 6 How can this be reversed? 7 For you it is impossible, but you are not alone in this.
W-pI.91.4. Your efforts, however little they may be,have strong support. 2 Did you but realize how great this strength, your doubts would vanish. 3 Today we will devote ourselves to the attempt to let you feel this strength. 4 When you have felt the strength in you, which makes all miracles within your easy reach, you will not doubt. 5 The miracles your sense of weakness hides will leap into awareness as you feel the strength in you.
W-pI.91.5. Three times today, set aside about ten minutes for a quiet time in which you try to leave your weakness behind. 2 This is accomplished very simply, as you instruct yourself that you are not a body. 3 Faith goes to what you want, and you instruct your mind accordingly. 4 Your will remains your teacher, and your will has all the strength to do what it desires. 5 You can escape the body if you choose. 6 You can experience the strength in you.
W-pI.91.6. Begin the longer practice periods with this statement of true cause and effect relationships:
2 Miracles are seen in light. 3 The body's eyes do not perceive the light. 4 But I am not a body. 5 What am I?
6 The question with which this statement ends is needed for our exercises today. 7 What you think you are is a belief to be undone. 8 But what you really are must be revealed to you. 9 The belief you are a body calls for correction, being a mistake. 10 The truth of what you are calls on the strength in you to bring to your awareness what the mistake conceals.
W-pI.91.7. If you are not a body, what are you? 2 You need to be aware of what the Holy Spirit uses to replace the image of a body in your mind. 3 You need to feel something to put your faith in, as you lift it from the body. 4 You need a real experience of something else, something more solid and more sure; more worthy of your faith, and really there.
W-pI.91.8. If you are not a body, what are you? 2 Ask this in honesty, and then devote several minutes to allowing your mistaken thoughts about your attributes to be corrected, and their opposites to take their place. 3 Say, for example:
4 I am not weak, but strong. 5 I am not helpless, but all powerful. 6 I am not limited, but unlimited. 7 I am not doubtful, but certain. 8 I am not an illusion, but a reality. 9 I cannot see in darkness, but in light.
W-pI.91.9. In the second phase of the exercise period, try to experience these truths about yourself. 2 Concentrate particularly on the experience of strength. 3 Remember that all sense of weakness is associated with the belief you are a body, a belief that is mistaken and deserves no faith. 4 Try to remove your faith from it, if only for a moment. 5 You will be accustomed to keeping faith with the more worthy in you as we go along.
W-pI.91.10. Relax for the rest of the practice period, confident that your efforts, however meager, are fully supported by the strength of God and all His Thoughts. 2 It is from Them that your strength will come. 3 It is through Their strong support that you will feel the strength in you. 4 They are united with you in this practice period, in which you share a purpose like Their Own. 5 Theirs is the light in which you will see miracles, because Their strength is yours. 6 Their strength becomes your eyes, that you may see.
W-pI.91.11. Five or six times an hour, at reasonably regular intervals, remind yourself that miracles are seen in light. 2 Also, be sure to meet temptation with today's idea. 3 This form would be helpful for this special purpose:
4 Miracles are seen in light. 5 Let me not close my eyes because of this.
Miracles are seen in light, and light and strength are one.
W-pI.92.1. The idea for today is an extension of the previous one. 2 You do not think of light in terms of strength, and darkness in terms of weakness. 3 That is because your idea of what seeing means is tied up with the body and its eyes and brain. 4 Thus you believe that you can change what you see by putting little bits of glass before your eyes. 5 This is among the many magical beliefs that come from the conviction you are a body, and the body's eyes can see.
W-pI.92.2. You also believe the body's brain can think. 2 If you but understood the nature of thought, you could but laugh at this insane idea. 3 It is as if you thought you held the match that lights the sun and gives it all its warmth; or that you held the world within your hand, securely bound until you let it go. 4 Yet this is no more foolish than to believe the body's eyes can see; the brain can think.
W-pI.92.3. It is God's strength in you that is the light in which you see, as it is His Mind with which you think. 2 His strength denies your weakness. 3 It is your weakness that sees through the body's eyes, peering about in darkness to behold the likeness of itself; the small, the weak, the sickly and the dying, those in need, the helpless and afraid, the sad, the poor, the starving and the joyless. 4 These are seen through eyes that can not see and cannot bless.
W-pI.92.4. Strength overlooks these things by seeing past appearances. 2 It keeps its steady gaze upon the light that lies beyond them. 3 It unites with light, of which it is a part. 4 It sees itself. 5 It brings the light in which your Self appears. 6 In darkness you perceive a self that is not there. 7 Strength is the truth about you; weakness is an idol falsely worshipped and adored that strength may be dispelled, and darkness rule where God appointed that there should be light.
W-pI.92.5. Strength comes from truth, and shines with light its Source has given it; weakness reflects the darkness of its maker. 2 It is sick and looks on sickness, which is like itself. 3 Truth is a savior and can only will for happiness and peace for everyone. 4 It gives its strength to everyone who asks,in limitless supply. 5 It sees that lack in anyone would be a lack in all. 6 And so it gives its light that all may see and benefit as one. 7 Its strength is shared, that it may bring to all the miracle in which they will unite in purpose and forgiveness and in love.
W-pI.92.6. Weakness, which looks in darkness, can not see a purpose in forgiveness and in love. 2 It sees all others different from itself, and nothing in the world that it would share. 3 It judges and condemns, but does not love. 4 In darkness it remains to hide itself, and dreams that it is strong and conquering, a victor over limitations that but grow in darkness to enormous size.
W-pI.92.7. It fears and it attacks and hates itself, and darkness covers everything it sees, leaving its dreams as fearful as itself. 2 No miracles are here, but only hate. 3 It separates itself from what it sees, while light and strength perceive themselves as one. 4 The light of strength is not the light you see. 5 It does not change and flicker and go out. 6 It does not shift from night to day, and back to darkness till the morning comes again.
W-pI.92.8. The light of strength is constant, sure as love, forever glad to give itself away, because it can not give but to itself. 2 No one can ask in vain to share its sight, and none who enters its abode can leave without a miracle before his eyes, and strength and light abiding in his heart.
W-pI.92.9. The strength in you will offer you the light, and guide your seeing so you do not dwell on idle shadows that the body's eyes provide for self-deception. 2 Strength and light unite in you, and where they meet, your Self stands ready to embrace you as Its Own. 3 Such is the meeting place we try today to find and rest in, for the peace of God is where your Self, His Son, is waiting now to meet Itself again, and be as One.
W-pI.92.10. Let us give twenty minutes twice today to join this meeting. 2 Let yourself be brought unto your Self. 3 Its strength will be the light in which the gift of sight is given you. 4 Leave, then, the dark a little while today, and we will practice seeing in the light, closing the body's eyes and asking truth to show us how to find the meeting place of self and Self, where light and strength are one.
W-pI.92.11. Morning and evening we will practice thus. 2 After the morning meeting, we will use the day in preparation for the time at night when we will meet again in trust. 3 Let us repeat as often as we can the idea for today, and recognize that we are being introduced to sight, and led away from darkness to the light where only miracles can be perceived.
Light and joy and peace abide in me.
W-pI.93.1. You think you are the home of evil, darkness and sin. 2 You think if anyone could see the truth about you he would be repelled, recoiling from you as if from a poisonous snake. 3 You think if what is true about you were revealed to you, you would be struck with horror so intense that you would rush to death by your own hand, living on after seeing this being impossible .
W-pI.93.2. These are beliefs so firmly fixed that it is difficult to help you see that they are based on nothing. 2 That you have made mistakes is obvious. 3 That you have sought salvation in strange ways; have been deceived, deceiving and afraid of foolish fantasies and savage dreams; and have bowed down to idols made of dust,--all this is true by what you now believe.
W-pI.93.3. Today we question this, not from the point of view of what you think, but from a very different reference point, from which such idle thoughts are meaningless. 2 These thoughts are not according to God's Will. 3 These weird beliefs He does not share with you. 4 This is enough to prove that they are wrong, but you do not perceive that this is so.
W-pI.93.4. Why would you not be overjoyed to be assured that all the evil that you think you did was never done,that all your sins are nothing, that you are as pure and holy as you were created, and that light and joy and peace abide in you? 2 Your image of yourself can not withstand the Will of God. 3 You think that this is death, but it is life. 4 You think you are destroyed, but you are saved.
W-pI.93.5. The self you made is not the Son of God. 2 Therefore, this self does not exist at all. 3 And anything it seems to do and think means nothing. 4 It is neither bad nor good. 5 It is unreal, and nothing more than that. 6 It does not battle with the Son of God. 7 It does not hurt him, nor attack his peace. 8 It has not changed creation, nor reduced eternal sinlessness to sin, and love to hate. 9 What power can this self you made possess,when it would contradict the Will of God?
W-pI.93.6. Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God. 2 Over and over this must be repeated, until it is accepted. 3 It is true. 4 Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God. 5 Nothing can touch it, or change what God created as eternal. 6 The self you made, evil and full of sin, is meaningless. 7 Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God, and light and joy and peace abide in you.
W-pI.93.7. Salvation requires the acceptance of but one thought;--you are as God created you, not what you made of yourself. 2 Whatever evil you may think you did, you are as God created you. 3 Whatever mistakes you made, the truth about you is unchanged. 4 Creation is eternal and unalterable. 5 Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God. 6 You are and will forever be exactly as you were created. 7 Light and joy and peace abide in you because God put them there.
W-pI.93.8. In our longer exercise periods today,which would be most profitable if done for the first five minutes of every waking hour, begin by stating the truth about your creation:
2 Light and joy and peace abide in me. 3 My sinlessness is guaranteed by God.
4 Then put away your foolish self-images, and spend the rest of the practice period in trying to experience what God has given you, in place of what you have decreed for yourself.
W-pI.93.9. You are what God created or what you made. 2 One Self is true; the other is not there. 3 Try to experience the unity of your one Self. 4 Try to appreciate Its Holiness and the love from which It was created. 5 Try not to interfere with the Self which God created as you, by hiding Its majesty behind the tiny idols of evil and sinfulness you have made to replace It. 6 Let It come into Its Own. 7 Here you are; This is You. 8 And light and joy and peace abide in you because this is so.
W-pI.93.10. You may not be willing or even able to use the first five minutes of each hour for these exercises. 2 Try, however, to do so when you can. 3 At least remember to repeat these thoughts each hour:
4 Light and joy and peace abide in me. 5 My sinlessness is guaranteed by God.
6 Then try to devote at least a minute or so to closing your eyes and realizing that this is a statement of the truth about you.
W-pI.93.11. If a situation arises that seems to be disturbing, quickly dispel the illusion of fear by repeating these thoughts again. 2 Should you be tempted to become angry with someone, tell him silently:
3 Light and joy and peace abide in you. 4 Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God.
5 You can do much for the world's salvation today. 6 You can do much today to bring you closer to the part in salvation that God has assigned to you. 7 And you can do much today to bring the conviction to your mind that the idea for the day is true indeed.
I am as God created me.
W-pI.94.1. Today we continue with the one idea which brings complete salvation; the one statement which makes all forms of temptation powerless; the one thought which renders the ego silent and entirely undone. 2 You are as God created you. 3 The sounds of this world are still, the sights of this world disappear, and all the thoughts that this world ever held are wiped away forever by this one idea. 4 Here is salvation accomplished. 5 Here is sanity restored.
W-pI.94.2. True light is strength, and strength is sinlessness. 2 If you remain as God created you, you must be strong and light must be in you. 3 He Who ensured your sinlessness must be the guarantee of strength and light as well. 4 You are as God created you. 5 Darkness cannot obscure the glory of God's Son. 6 You stand in light, strong in the sinlessness in which you were created, and in which you will remain throughout eternity.
W-pI.94.3. Today we will again devote the first five minutes of each waking hour to the attempt to feel the truth in you. 2 Begin these times of searching with these words:
3 I am as God created me. 4 I am His Son eternally.
5 Now try to reach the Son of God in you. 6 This is the Self that never sinned, nor made an image to replace reality. 7 This is the Self that never left Its home in God to walk the world uncertainly. 8 This is the Self that knows no fear, nor could conceive of loss or suffering or death.
W-pI.94.4. Nothing is required of you to reach this goal except to lay all idols and self-images aside; go past the list of attributes, both good and bad, you have ascribed to yourself; and wait in silent expectancy for the truth. 2 God has Himself promised that it will be revealed to all who ask for it. 3 You are asking now. 4 You cannot fail because He cannot fail.
W-pI.94.5. If you do not meet the requirement of practicing for the first five minutes of every hour, at least remind yourself hourly:
2 I am as God created me. 3 I am His Son eternally.
4 Tell yourself frequently today that you are as God created you. 5 And be sure to respond to anyone who seems to irritate you with these words:
6 You are as God created you. 7 You are His Son eternally.
8 Make every effort to do the hourly exercises today. 9 Each one you do will be a giant stride toward your release, and a milestone in learning the thought system which this course sets forth.
I am one Self, united with my Creator.
W-pI.95.1. Today's idea accurately describes you as God created you. 2 You are one within yourself, and one with Him. 3 Yours is the unity of all creation. 4 Your perfect unity makes change in you impossible. 5 You do not accept this, and you fail to realize it must be so, only because you believe that you have changed yourself already.
W-pI.95.2. You see yourself as a ridiculous parody on God's creation; weak, vicious, ugly and sinful, miserable and beset with pain. 2 Such is your version of yourself; a self divided into many warring parts, separate from God, and tenuously held together by its erratic and capricious maker, to which you pray. 3 It does not hear your prayers, for it is deaf. 4 It does not see the oneness in you, for it is blind. 5 It does not understand you are the Son of God, for it is senseless and understands nothing.
W-pI.95.3. We will attempt today to be aware only of what can hear and see, and what makes perfect sense. 2 We will again direct our exercises towards reaching your one Self, which is united with Its Creator. 3 In patience and in hope we try again today.
W-pI.95.4. The use of the first five minutes of every waking hour for practicing the idea for the day has special advantages at the stage of learning in which you are at present. 2 It is difficult at this point not to allow your mind to wander, if it undertakes extended practice. 3 You have surely realized this by now. 4 You have seen the extent of your lack of mental discipline, and of your need for mind training. 5 It is necessary that you be aware of this, for it is indeed a hindrance to your advance.
W-pI.95.5. Frequent but shorter practice periods have other advantages for you at this time. 2 In addition to recognizing your difficulties with sustained attention, you must also have noticed that, unless you are reminded of your purpose frequently, you tend to forget about it for long periods of time. 3 You often fail to remember the short applications of the idea for the day, and you have not yet formed the habit of using the idea as an automatic response to temptation.
W-pI.95.6. Structure, then, is necessary for you at this time, planned to include frequent reminders of your goal and regular attempts to reach it. 2 Regularity in terms of time is not the ideal requirement for the most beneficial form of practice in salvation. 3 It is advantageous, however, for those whose motivation is inconsistent, and who remain heavily defended against learning.
W-pI.95.7. We will, therefore, keep to the five-minutes-an-hour practice periods for a while, and urge you to omit as few as possible. 2 Using the first five minutes of the hour will be particularly helpful, since it imposes firmer structure. 3 Do not, however, use your lapses from this schedule as an excuse not to return to it again as soon as you can. 4 There may well be a temptation to regard the day as lost because you have already failed to do what is required. 5 This should, however, merely be recognized as what it is; a refusal to let your mistake be corrected, and an unwillingness to try again.
W-pI.95.8. The Holy Spirit is not delayed in His teaching by your mistakes. 2 He can be held back only by your unwillingness to let them go. 3 Let us therefore be determined, particularly for the next week or so, to be willing to forgive ourselves for our lapses in diligence, and our failures to follow the instructions for practicing the day's idea. 4 This tolerance for weakness will enable us to overlook it, rather than give it power to delay our learning. 5 If we give it power to do this, we are regarding it as strength, and are confusing strength with weakness.
W-pI.95.9. When you fail to comply with the requirements of this course, you have merely made a mistake. 2 This calls for correction, and for nothing else. 3 To allow a mistake to continue is to make additional mistakes, based on the first and reinforcing it. 4 It is this process that must be laid aside, for it is but another way in which you would defend illusions against the truth.
W-pI.95.10. Let all these errors go by recognizing them for what they are. 2 They are attempts to keep you unaware you are one Self, united with your Creator, at one with every aspect of creation, and limitless in power and in peace. 3 This is the truth,and nothing else is true. 4 Today we will affirm this truth again, and try to reach the place in you in which there is no doubt that only this is true.
W-pI.95.11. Begin the practice periods today with this assurance, offered to your mind with all the certainty that you can give:
2 I am one Self, united with my Creator, at one with every aspect of creation, and limitless in power and in peace.
3 Then close your eyes and tell yourself again, slowly and thoughtfully, attempting to allow the meaning of the words to sink into your mind, replacing false ideas:
4 I am one Self.
5 Repeat this several times, and then attempt to feel the meaning that the words convey.
W-pI.95.12. You are one Self, united and secure in light and joy and peace. 2 You are God's Son, one Self, with one Creator and one goal; to bring awareness of this oneness to all minds, that true creation may extend the allness and the unity of God. 3 You are one Self, complete and healed and whole, with power to lift the veil of darkness from the world, and let the light in you come through to teach the world the truth about yourself.
W-pI.95.13. You are one Self, in perfect harmony with all there is, and all that there will be. 2 You are one Self, the holy Son of God, united with your brothers in that Self; united with your Father in His Will. 3 Feel this one Self in you, and let It shine away all your illusions and your doubts. 4 This is your Self, the Son of God Himself, sinless as Its Creator, with His strength within you and His Love forever yours. 5 You are one Self, and it is given you to feel this Self within you, and to cast all your illusions out of the one Mind that is this Self, the holy truth in you.
W-pI.95.14. Do not forget today. 2 We need your help; your little part in bringing happiness to all the world. 3 And Heaven looks to you in confidence that you will try today. 4 Share, then, its surety, for it is yours. 5 Be vigilant. 6 Do not forget today. 7 Throughout the day do not forget your goal. 8 Repeat today's idea as frequently as possible, and understand each time you do so, someone hears the voice of hope, the stirring of the truth within his mind, the gentle rustling of the wings of peace.
W-pI.95.15. Your own acknowledgment you are one Self, united with your Father, is a call to all the world to be at one with you. 2 To everyone you meet today, be sure to give the promise of today's idea and tell him this:
3 You are one Self with me, united with our Creator in this Self. 4 I honor you because of What I am, and What He is,Who loves us both as one.
Salvation comes from my one Self.
W-pI.96.1. Although you are one Self, you experience yourself as two; as both good and evil, loving and hating, mind and body. 2 This sense of being split into opposites induces feelings of acute and constant conflict, and leads to frantic attempts to reconcile the contradictory aspects of this self-perception. 3 You have sought many such solutions, and none of them has worked. 4 The opposites you see in you will never be compatible. 5 But one exists.
W-pI.96.2. The fact that truth and illusion can not be reconciled, no matter how you try, what means you use and where you see the problem, must be accepted if you would be saved. 2 Until you have accepted this, you will attempt an endless list of goals you cannot reach; a senseless series of expenditures of time and effort, hopefulness and doubt, each one as futile as the one before, and failing as the next one surely will.
W-pI.96.3. Problems that have no meaning cannot be resolved within the framework they are set. 2 Two selves in conflict could not be resolved, and good and evil have no meeting place. 3 The self you made can never be your Self, nor can your Self be split in two, and still be what It is and must forever be. 4 A mind and body cannot both exist. 5 Make no attempt to reconcile the two, for one denies the other can be real. 6 If you are physical, your mind is gone from your self-concept, for it has no place in which it could be really part of you. 7 If you are spirit,then the body must be meaningless to your reality.
W-pI.96.4. Spirit makes use of mind as means to find its Self expression. 2 And the mind which serves the spirit is at peace and filled with joy. 3 Its power comes from spirit, and it is fulfilling happily its function here. 4 Yet mind can also see itself divorced from spirit, and perceive itself within a body it confuses with itself. 5 Without its function then it has no peace,and happiness is alien to its thoughts.
W-pI.96.5. Yet mind apart from spirit cannot think. 2 It has denied its Source of strength, and sees itself as helpless, limited and weak. 3 Dissociated from its function now, it thinks it is alone and separate, attacked by armies massed against itself and hiding in the body's frail support. 4 Now must it reconcile unlike with like, for this is what it thinks that it is for.
W-pI.96.6. Waste no more time on this. 2 Who can resolve the senseless conflicts which a dream presents? 3 What could the resolution mean in truth? 4 What purpose could it serve?5 What is it for? 6 Salvation cannot make illusions real, nor solve a problem that does not exist. 7 Perhaps you hope it can. 8 Yet would you have God's plan for the release of His dear Son bring pain to him, and fail to set him free?
W-pI.96.7. Your Self retains Its Thoughts, and they remain within your mind and in the Mind of God. 2 The Holy Spirit holds salvation in your mind, and offers it the way to peace. 3 Salvation is a thought you share with God, because His Voice accepted it for you and answered in your name that it was done. 4 Thus is salvation kept among the Thoughts your Self holds dear and cherishes for you.
W-pI.96.8. We will attempt today to find this thought, whose presence in your mind is guaranteed by Him Who speaks to you from your one Self. 2 Our hourly five-minute practicing will be a search for Him within your mind. 3 Salvation comes from this one Self through Him Who is the Bridge between your mind and It. 4 Wait patiently, and let Him speak to you about your Self, and what your mind can do, restored to It and free to serve Its Will.
W-pI.96.9. Begin with saying this:
2 Salvation comes from my one Self. 3 Its Thoughts are mine to use.
4 Then seek Its Thoughts, and claim them as your own. 5 These are your own real thoughts you have denied, and let your mind go wandering in a world of dreams, to find illusions in their place. 6 Here are your thoughts, the only ones you have. 7 Salvation is among them; find it there.
W-pI.96.10. If you succeed, the thoughts that come to you will tell you you are saved, and that your mind has found the function that it sought to lose. 2 Your Self will welcome it and give it peace. 3 Restored in strength, it will again flow out from spirit to the spirit in all things created by the Spirit as Itself. 4 Your mind will bless all things. 5 Confusion done, you are restored, for you have found your Self.
W-pI.96.11. Your Self knows that you cannot fail today. 2 Perhaps your mind remains uncertain yet a little while. 3 Be not dismayed by this. 4 The joy your Self experiences It will save for you, and it will yet be yours in full awareness. 5 Every time you spend five minutes of the hour seeking Him Who joins your mind and Self, you offer Him another treasure to be kept for you.
W-pI.96.12. Each time today you tell your frantic mind salvation comes from your one Self, you lay another treasure in your growing store. 2 And all of it is given everyone who asks for it, and will accept the gift. 3 Think, then, how much is given unto you to give this day, that it be given you!
I am spirit.
W-pI.97.1. Today's idea identifies you with your one Self. 2 It accepts no split identity, nor tries to weave opposing factors into unity. 3 It simply states the truth. 4 Practice this truth today as often as you can, for it will bring your mind from conflict to the quiet fields of peace. 5 No chill of fear can enter, for your mind has been absolved from madness, letting go illusions of a split identity.
W-pI.97.2. We state again the truth about your Self,the holy Son of God Who rests in you; whose mind has been restored to sanity. 2 You are the spirit lovingly endowed with all your Father's Love and peace and joy. 3 You are the spirit which completes Himself, and shares His function as Creator. 4 He is with you always, as you are with Him.
W-pI.97.3. Today we try to bring reality still closer to your mind. 2 Each time you practice, awareness is brought a little nearer at least; sometimes a thousand years or more are saved. 3 The minutes which you give are multiplied over and over, for the miracle makes use of time, but is not ruled by it. 4 Salvation is a miracle, the first and last; the first that is the last, for it is one.
W-pI.97.4. You are the spirit in whose mind abides the miracle in which all time stands still; the miracle in which a minute spent in using these ideas becomes a time that has no limit and that has no end. 2 Give, then, these minutes willingly, and count on Him Who promised to lay timelessness beside them. 3 He will offer all His strength to every little effort that you make. 4 Give Him the minutes which He needs today, to help you understand with Him you are the spirit that abides in Him, and that calls through His Voice to every living thing; offers His sight to everyone who asks; replaces error with the simple truth.
W-pI.97.5. The Holy Spirit will be glad to take five minutes of each hour from your hands, and carry them around this aching world where pain and misery appear to rule. 2 He will not overlook one open mind that will accept the healing gifts they bring, and He will lay them everywhere He knows they will be welcome. 3 And they will increase in healing power each time someone accepts them as his thoughts, and uses them to heal.
W-pI.97.6. Thus will each gift to Him be multiplied a thousand fold and tens of thousands more. 2 And when it is returned to you, it will surpass in might the little gift you gave as much as does the radiance of the sun outshine the tiny gleam a firefly makes an uncertain moment and goes out. 3 The steady brilliance of this light remains and leads you out of darkness, nor will you be able to forget the way again.
W-pI.97.7. Begin these happy exercises with the words the Holy Spirit speaks to you, and let them echo round the world through Him:
2 Spirit am I, a holy Son of God, free of all limits, safe and healed and whole, free to forgive, and free to save the world.
3 Expressed through you, the Holy Spirit will accept this gift that you received of Him, increase its power and give it back to you.
W-pI.97.8. Offer each practice period today gladly to Him. 2 And He will speak to you, reminding you that you are spirit, one with Him and God, your brothers and your Self. 3 Listen for His assurance every time you speak the words He offers you today, and let Him tell your mind that they are true. 4 Use them against temptation, and escape its sorry consequences if you yield to the belief that you are something else. 5 The Holy Spirit gives you peace today. 6 Receive His words, and offer them to Him.
I will accept my part in God's plan for salvation.
W-pI.98.1. Today is a day of special dedication. 2 We take a stand on but one side today. 3 We side with truth and let illusions go. 4 We will not vacillate between the two, but take a firm position with the One. 5 We dedicate ourselves to truth today,and to salvation as God planned it be. 6 We will not argue it is something else. 7 We will not seek for it where it is not. 8 In gladness we accept it as it is, and take the part assigned to us by God.
W-pI.98.2. How happy to be certain! 2 All our doubts we lay aside today, and take our stand with certainty of purpose,and with thanks that doubt is gone and surety has come. 3 We have a mighty purpose to fulfill, and have been given everything we need with which to reach the goal. 4 Not one mistake stands in our way. 5 For we have been absolved from errors. 6 All our sins are washed away by realizing they were but mistakes.
W-pI.98.3. The guiltless have no fear, for they are safe and recognize their safety. 2 They do not appeal to magic, nor invent escapes from fancied threats without reality. 3 They rest in quiet certainty that they will do what it is given them to do. 4 They do not doubt their own ability because they know their function will be filled completely in the perfect time and place. 5 They took the stand which we will take today, that we may share their certainty and thus increase it by accepting it ourselves.
W-pI.98.4. They will be with us; all who took the stand we take today will gladly offer us all that they learned and every gain they made. 2 Those still uncertain, too, will join with us, and, borrowing our certainty, will make it stronger still. 3 While those as yet unborn will hear the call we heard, and answer it when they have come to make their choice again. 4 We do not choose but for ourselves today.
W-pI.98.5. Is it not worth five minutes of your time each hour to be able to accept the happiness that God has given you? 2 Is it not worth five minutes hourly to recognize your special function here? 3 Is not five minutes but a small request to make in terms of gaining a reward so great it has no measure? 4 You have made a thousand losing bargains at the least.
W-pI.98.6. Here is an offer guaranteeing you your full release from pain of every kind, and joy the world does not contain. 2 You can exchange a little of your time for peace of mind and certainty of purpose, with the promise of complete success. 3 And since time has no meaning, you are being asked for nothing in return for everything. 4 Here is a bargain that you cannot lose. 5 And what you gain is limitless indeed!
W-pI.98.7. Each hour today give Him your tiny gift of but five minutes. 2 He will give the words you use in practicing today's idea the deep conviction and the certainty you lack. 3 His words will join with yours, and make each repetition of today's idea a total dedication, made in faith as perfect and as sure as His in you. 4 His confidence in you will bring the light to all the words you say, and you will go beyond their sound to what they really mean. 5 Today you practice with Him, as you say:
6 I will accept my part in God's plan for salvation.
W-pI.98.8. In each five minutes that you spend with Him, He will accept your words and give them back to you all bright with faith and confidence so strong and steady they will light the world with hope and gladness. 2 Do not lose one chance to be the glad receiver of His gifts, that you may give them to the world today.
W-pI.98.9. Give Him the words, and He will do the rest. 2 He will enable you to understand your special function. 3 He will open up the way to happiness, and peace and trust will be His gifts; His answer to your words. 4 He will respond with all His faith and joy and certainty that what you say is true. 5 And you will have conviction then of Him Who knows the function that you have on earth as well as Heaven. 6 He will be with you each practice period you share with Him, exchanging every instant of the time you offer Him for timelessness and peace.
W-pI.98.10. Throughout the hour, let your time be spent in happy preparation for the next five minutes you will spend again with Him. 2 Repeat today's idea while you wait for the glad time to come to you again. 3 Repeat it often, and do not forget each time you do so, you have let your mind be readied for the happy time to come.
W-pI.98.11. And when the hour goes and He is there once more to spend a little time with you, be thankful and lay down all earthly tasks, all little thoughts and limited ideas, and spend a happy time again with Him. 2 Tell Him once more that you accept the part that He would have you take and help you fill, and He will make you sure you want this choice, which He has made with you and you with Him.
Salvation is my only function here.
W-pI.99.1. Salvation and forgiveness are the same. 2 They both imply that something has gone wrong; something to be saved from, forgiven for; something amiss that needs corrective change; something apart or different from the Will of God. 3 Thus do both terms imply a thing impossible but yet which has occurred, resulting in a state of conflict seen between what is and what could never be.
W-pI.99.2. Truth and illusions both are equal now, for both have happened. 2 The impossible becomes the thing you need forgiveness for, salvation from. 3 Salvation now becomes the borderland between the truth and the illusion. 4 It reflects the truth because it is the means by which you can escape illusions. 5 Yet it is not yet the truth because it undoes what was never done.
W-pI.99.3. How could there be a meeting place at all where earth and Heaven can be reconciled within a mind where both of them exist? 2 The mind that sees illusions thinks them real. 3 They have existence in that they are thoughts. 4 And yet they are not real, because the mind that thinks these thoughts is separate from God.
W-pI.99.4. What joins the separated mind and thoughts with Mind and Thought which are forever One? 2 What plan could hold the truth inviolate, yet recognize the need illusions bring, and offer means by which they are undone without attack and with no touch of pain? 3 What but a Thought of God could be this plan, by which the never done is overlooked, and sins forgotten which were never real?
W-pI.99.5. The Holy Spirit holds this plan of God exactly as it was received of Him within the Mind of God and in your own. 2 It is apart from time in that its Source is timeless. 3 Yet it operates in time, because of your belief that time is real. 4 Unshaken does the Holy Spirit look on what you see; on sin and pain and death, on grief and separation and on loss. 5 Yet does He know one thing must still be true; God is still Love, and this is not His Will.
W-pI.99.6. This is the Thought that brings illusions to the truth, and sees them as appearances behind which is the changeless and the sure. 2 This is the Thought that saves and that forgives, because it lays no faith in what is not created by the only Source it knows. 3 This is the Thought whose function is to save by giving you its function as your own. 4 Salvation is your function, with the One to Whom the plan was given. 5 Now are you entrusted with this plan, along with Him. 6 He has one answer to appearances; regardless of their form, their size, their depth or any attribute they seem to have:
7 Salvation is my only function here. 8 God still is Love, and this is not His Will.
W-pI.99.7. You who will yet work miracles, be sure you practice well the idea for today. 2 Try to perceive the strength in what you say, for these are words in which your freedom lies. 3 Your Father loves you. 4 All the world of pain is not His Will. 5 Forgive yourself the thought He wanted this for you. 6 Then let the Thought with which He has replaced all your mistakes enter the darkened places of your mind that thought the thoughts that never were His Will.
W-pI.99.8. This part belongs to God, as does the rest. 2 It does not think its solitary thoughts, and make them real by hiding them from Him. 3 Let in the light, and you will look upon no obstacle to what He wills for you. 4 Open your secrets to His kindly light, and see how bright this light still shines in you.
W-pI.99.9. Practice His Thought today, and let His light seek out and lighten up all darkened spots, and shine through them to join them to the rest. 2 It is God's Will your mind be one with His. 3 It is God's Will that He has but one Son. 4 It is God's Will that His one Son is you. 5 Think of these things in practicing today, and start the lesson that we learn today with this instruction in the way of truth:
6 Salvation is my only function here. 7 Salvation and forgiveness are the same.
8 Then turn to Him Who shares your function here, and let Him teach you what you need to learn to lay all fear aside,and know your Self as Love which has no opposite in you.
W-pI.99.10. Forgive all thoughts which would oppose the truth of your completion, unity and peace. 2 You cannot lose the gifts your Father gave. 3 You do not want to be another self. 4 You have no function that is not of God. 5 Forgive yourself the one you think you made. 6 Forgiveness and salvation are the same. 7 Forgive what you have made and you are saved.
W-pI.99.11. There is a special message for today which has the power to remove all forms of doubt and fear forever from your mind. 2 If you are tempted to believe them true, remember that appearances can not withstand the truth these mighty words contain:
3 Salvation is my only function here. 4 God still is Love, and this is not His Will.
W-pI.99.12. Your only function tells you you are one. 2 Remind yourself of this between the times you give five minutes to be shared with Him Who shares God's plan with you. 3 Remind yourself:
4 Salvation is my only function here.
5 Thus do you lay forgiveness on your mind and let all fear be gently laid aside, that love may find its rightful place in you and show you that you are the Son of God.