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Lesson 1

“Nothing I see in this room [on this street, from this window, in this place] means anything.” Now look slowly around you, and practice applying this idea very specifically to whatever you see: “This table does not mean anything.” “This … Continue reading

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Lesson 10

“My thoughts do not mean anything.” This idea applies to all the thoughts of which you are aware, or become aware in the practice periods. The reason the idea is applicable to all of them is that they are not … Continue reading

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Lesson 100

“My part is essential to God’s plan for salvation.” Just as God’s Son completes his Father, so your part in it completes your Father’s plan. Salvation must reverse the mad belief in separate thoughts and separate bodies which lead separate … Continue reading

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Lesson 101

“God’s Will for me is perfect happiness.” Today we will continue with the theme of happiness. This is a key idea in understanding what salvation means.You still believe it asks for suffering as penance for your “sins.”This is not so.Yet … Continue reading

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Lesson 102

“I share God’s Will for happiness for me.” You do not want to suffer.You may think it buys you something, and may still believe a little that it buys you what you want.Yet this belief is surely shaken now, at … Continue reading

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Lesson 103

“God, being Love, is also happiness.” Happiness is an attribute of love. It cannot be apart from it, nor can it be experienced where love is not. Love has no limits, being everywhere. And therefore joy is everywhere as well. … Continue reading

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Lesson 104

“I seek but what belongs to me in truth.” Today’s idea continues with the thought that joy and peace are not but idle dreams. They are your right, because of what you are. They come to you from God,Who cannot … Continue reading

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Lesson 105

“God’s peace and joy are mine.” God’s peace and joy are yours.Today we will accept them, knowing they belong to us. And we will try to understand these gifts increase as we receive them.They are not like to the gifts … Continue reading

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Lesson 106

“Let me be still and listen to the truth.” If you will lay aside the ego’s voice however loudly it may seem to call; if you will not accept its petty gifts which give you nothing that you really want; … Continue reading

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Lesson 107

“Truth will correct all errors in my mind.” What can correct illusions but the truth? And what are errors but illusions that remain unrecognized for what they are? Where truth has entered errors disappear.They merely vanish, leaving not a trace … Continue reading

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Lesson 108

“To give and to receive are one in truth.” Vision depends upon today’s idea. The light is in it, for it reconciles all seeming opposites. And what is light except the resolution, born of peace, of all your conflicts and … Continue reading

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Lesson 109

“I rest in God.” We ask for rest today, and quietness unshaken by the world’s appearances. We ask for peace and stillness in the midst of all the turmoil born of clashing dreams.We ask for safety and for happiness, although … Continue reading

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Lesson 11

“My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world.” This is the first idea we have had which is related to a major phase of the correction process; the reversal of the thinking of the world. It seems as if … Continue reading

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Lesson 110

“I am as God created me.” We will repeat today’s idea from time to time. For this one thought would be enough to save you and the world, if you believed that it is true. Its truth would mean that … Continue reading

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Lesson 111

Review iii Our third review begins today.We will review two of the last twenty ideas each day until we have reviewed them all.We will observe the special format for these practice periods, which you are urged to follow as closely … Continue reading

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Lesson 112

For morning and evening review: [93] “Light and joy and peace abide in me.” I am the home of light and joy and peace. I welcome them into the home I share With God, because I am a part of … Continue reading

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Lesson 113

For morning and evening review: [95] “I am one Self, united with my Creator.” Serenity and perfect peace are mine Because I am one Self, completely whole, At one with all creation and with God. [96]“Salvation comes from my One … Continue reading

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Lesson 114

For morning and evening review: [97] “I am spirit.” I am the Son of God. No body can Contain my Spirit, nor impose on me A limitation God created not. [98]“I will accept my part in God’s plan for salvation.” … Continue reading

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Lesson 115

For morning and evening review: [99]“Salvation is my only function here.” My function here is to forgive the world for all the errors I have made. For thus Am I released from them with all the world. [100]“My part is … Continue reading

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Lesson 116

For morning and evening review: [101]“God’s Will for me is perfect happiness.” God’s Will is perfect happiness for me. And I can suffer but from the belief There is another will apart from His. [102] “I share God’s Will for … Continue reading

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Lesson 117

For morning and evening review: [103]“God, being Love, is also happiness.” Let me remember love is happiness And nothing else brings joy.And so I choose Toentertain no substitutes for love. [104]“I seek but what belongs to me in truth.” Love … Continue reading

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Lesson 118

For morning and evening review: [105] “God’s peace and joy are mine.” Today I will accept God’s peace and joy In glad exchange for all the substitutes Which I have made for happiness and peace. [106] “Let me be still … Continue reading

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Lesson 119

For morning and evening review: [107]“Truth will correct all errors in my mind.” I am mistaken when I think I can Be hurt in any way. I am God’s Son, Whose Self rests safely in the Mind of God. [108]“To … Continue reading

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Lesson 12

“I am upset because I see a meaningless world.” The importance of this idea lies in the fact that it contains a correction for a major perceptual distortion. You think that what upsets you is a frightening world, or a … Continue reading

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Lesson 120

For morning and evening review: [109] “I rest in God.” I rest in God today, and let Him work In me and through me, while I rest in Him In quiet and in perfect certainty. [110]“I am as God created … Continue reading

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Lesson 121

“Forgiveness is the key to happiness.” Here is the answer to your search for peace. Here is the key to meaning in a world which seems to make no sense. Here is the way to safety in apparent dangers which … Continue reading

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Lesson 122

“Forgiveness offers everything I want.” What could you want forgiveness cannot give? Do you want peace? Forgiveness offers it. Do you want happiness, a quiet mind, a certainty of purpose, and a sense of worth and beauty that transcends the … Continue reading

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Lesson 123

“I thank my Father for His gifts to me.” Today let us be thankful. We have come to gentler pathways and to smoother roads. There is no thought of turning back, and no implacable resistance to the truth. A bit … Continue reading

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Lesson 124

“Let me remember I am one with God.” Today we will again give thanks for our identity in God. Our home is safe, protection guaranteed in all we do, power and strength available to us in all our undertakings. We … Continue reading

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Lesson 125

“In quiet I receive God’s Word today.” Let this day be a day of stillness and of quiet listening.Your Father wills you hear His Word today. He calls to you from deep within your mind where He abides. Hear Him … Continue reading

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Lesson 126

“All that I give is given to myself.” Today’s idea, completely alien to the ego and the thinking of the world, is crucial to the thought reversal which this course will bring about. If you believed this statement there would … Continue reading

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Lesson 127

“There is no love but God’s.” Perhaps you think that different kinds of love are possible. Perhaps you think there is a kind of love for this, a kind for that; a way of loving one, another way of loving … Continue reading

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Lesson 128

“The world I see has nothing that I want.” The world you see has nothing that you need to offer you; nothing that you can use in any way, nor anything at all that serves to give you joy. Believe … Continue reading

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Lesson 129

“Beyond this world there is a world I want.” This is the thought which follows from the one we practiced yesterday. You cannot stop with the idea the world is worthless, for unless you see that there is something else … Continue reading

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Lesson 13

“A meaningless world engenders fear.” Today’s idea is really another form of the preceding one, except that it is more specific as to the emotion aroused. Actually, a meaningless world is impossible. Nothing without meaning exists. However, it does not … Continue reading

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Lesson 130

“It is impossible to see two worlds.” Perception is consistent. What you see reflects your thinking. And your thinking but reflects your choice of what you want to see.Your values are determiners of this, for what you value you must … Continue reading

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Lesson 131

“No-one can fail who asks to reach the truth.” Failure is all about you while you seek for goals that cannot be achieved. You look for permanence in the impermanent; for love where there is none; for safety in the … Continue reading

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Lesson 132

“I loose the world from all I thought it was.” What keeps the world in chains but your beliefs? And what can save the world except your Self? Belief is powerful indeed. The thoughts you hold are mighty, and illusions … Continue reading

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Lesson 133

“I will not value what is valueless.” Sometimes in teaching there is benefit, particularly after you have gone through what seems theoretical and quite remote from what the student has already learned, to bring him back to practical concerns. This … Continue reading

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Lesson 134

“Let me perceive forgiveness as it is.” Let us review the meaning of “forgive,” for it is apt to be distorted and to be perceived as something which entails an unfair sacrifice of righteous wrath, a gift unjustified and undeserved, … Continue reading

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Lesson 135

“If I defend myself I am attacked.” Who would defend himself unless he thought he was attacked, that the attack is real, and that his own defense can save himself? And herein lies the folly of defense; it gives illusions … Continue reading

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Lesson 136

“Sickness is a defense against the truth.” No-one can heal unless he understands what purpose sickness seems to serve. For then he understands as well its purpose has no meaning. Being causeless and without a meaningful intent of any kind, … Continue reading

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Lesson 137

“When I am healed I am not healed alone.” Today’s idea remains the central thought on which salvation rests. For healing is the opposite of all the world’s ideas which dwell on sickness and on separate states. Sickness is a … Continue reading

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Lesson 138

“Heaven is the decision I must make.” In this world Heaven is a choice, because here we believe there are alternatives to choose between. We think that all things have an opposite, and what we want we choose. If Heaven … Continue reading

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Lesson 139

“I will accept Atonement for myself.” Here is the end of choice. For here we come to a decision to accept ourselves as God created us. And what is choice except uncertainty of what we are? There is no doubt … Continue reading

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Lesson 14

“God did not create a meaningless world” The idea for today is, of course, the reason why a meaningless world is impossible. What God did not create does not exist. And everything that does exist exists as He created it.The … Continue reading

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Lesson 140

“Only salvation can be said to cure.” Cure is a word that cannot be applied to any remedy the world accepts as beneficial. What the world perceives as therapeutic is but what will make the body “better.”When it tries to … Continue reading

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Lesson 141

Review IV Now a review again, this time aware we are preparing for the second part of learning how the truth can be applied.Today we will begin to concentrate on readiness for what will follow next. Such is our aim … Continue reading

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Lesson 142

“My mind holds only what I think with God.” [123]“I thank my Father for His gifts to me.” [124]“Let me remember I am one with God.”

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Lesson 143

“My mind holds only what I think with God.” [125]“In quiet I receive God’s Word today.” [126]“All that I give is given to myself.”

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Lesson 144

“My mind holds only what I think with God.” [127]“There is no love but God’s.” [128]“The world I see has nothing that I want.”

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Lesson 145

“My mind holds only what I think with God.” [129]“Beyond this world there is a world I want.” [130]“It is impossible to see two worlds.”

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Lesson 146

“My mind holds only what I think with God.” [131] “No-one can fail who asks to reach the truth.” [132]“I loose the world from all I thought it was.”

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Lesson 147

“My mind holds only what I think with God.” [133]“I will not value what is valueless.” [134]“Let me perceive forgiveness as it is.”

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Lesson 148

“My mind holds only what I think with God.” [135]“If I defend myself I am attacked.” [136]“Sickness is a defense against the truth.”

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Lesson 149

“My mind holds only what I think with God.” [137] “When I am healed I am not healed alone.” [138]“Heaven is the decision I must make.”

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Lesson 15

“My thoughts are images which I have made.” It is because the thoughts you think you think appear as images that you do not recognize them as nothing.You think you think them, and so you think you see them.This is … Continue reading

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Lesson 150

“My mind holds only what I think with God.” [139]“I will accept Atonement for myself.” [140]“Only salvation can be said to cure.”

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Lesson 151

“All things are echoes of the Voice of God.” No-one can judge on partial evidence. That is not judgement. It is merely an opinion based on ignorance and doubt. Its seeming certainty is but a cloak for the uncertainty it … Continue reading

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Lesson 152

“The power of decision is my own.” No-one can suffer loss unless it be his own decision. No-one suffers pain except his choice elects this state for him. No-one can grieve nor fear nor think him sick unless these are … Continue reading

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Lesson 153

“In my defenselessness my safety lies.” You who feel threatened by this changing world, its twists of fortune and its bitter jests, its brief relationships and all the “gifts” it merely lends to take away again, attend this lesson well.The … Continue reading

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Lesson 154

“I am among the ministers of God.” Let us today be neither arrogant nor falsely humble. We have gone beyond such foolishness.We cannot judge ourselves, nor need we do so. These are but attempts to hold decision off, and to … Continue reading

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Lesson 155

“I will step back and let Him lead the way.” There is a way of living in the world that is not here, although it seems to be.You do not change appearance, though you smile more frequently.Your forehead is serene; … Continue reading

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Lesson 156

“I walk with God in perfect holiness.” Today’s idea but states the simple truth that makes the thought of sin impossible. It promises there is no cause for guilt, and being causeless it does not exist. It follows surely from … Continue reading

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Lesson 157

“Into His Presence would I enter now.” This is a day of silence and of trust. It is a special time of promise in your calendar of days. It is a time Heaven has set apart to shine upon, and … Continue reading

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Lesson 158

“Today I learn to give as I receive.” What has been given you? The knowledge that you are a mind, in Mind and purely mind, sinless forever, wholly unafraid because you were created out of Love. Nor have you left … Continue reading

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Lesson 159

“I give the miracles I have received.” No-one can give what he has not received. To give a thing requires first you have it in your own possession. Here the laws of Heaven and the world agree. But here they … Continue reading

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Lesson 16

“I have no neutral thoughts.” The idea for today is a beginning step in dispelling the belief that your thoughts have no effect. Everything you see is the result of your thoughts.There is no exception to this fact.Thoughts are not … Continue reading

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Lesson 160

“I am at home. Fear is the stranger here.” Fear is a stranger to the ways of love. Identify with fear, and you will be a stranger to yourself. And thus you are unknown to you.What is your Self remains … Continue reading

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Lesson 161

“Give me your blessing, holy Son of God.” Today we practice differently, and take a stand against our anger that our fears may disappear and offer room to love. Here is salvation in the simple words in which we practice … Continue reading

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Lesson 162

“I am as God created me.” This single thought, held firmly in the mind, would save the world. From time to time we will repeat it, as we reach another stage in learning. It will mean far more to you … Continue reading

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Lesson 163

“There is no death.The Son of God is free.” Death is a thought which takes on many forms, often unrecognized. It may appear as sadness, fear, anxiety or doubt; as anger, faithlessness and lack of trust; concern for bodies, envy, … Continue reading

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Lesson 164

“Now are we One with Him Who is our Source.” What time but now can truth be recognized? The present is the only time there is. And so today, this instant, now, we come to look upon what is forever … Continue reading

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Lesson 165

“Let not my mind deny the Thought of God.” What makes this world seem real except your own denial of the truth which lies beyond? What but your thoughts of misery and death obscure the perfect happiness and the Eternal … Continue reading

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Lesson 166

“I am entrusted with the gifts of God.” All things are given you. God’s trust in you is limitless. He knows His Son. He gives without exception, holding nothing back that can contribute to your happiness. And yet, unless your … Continue reading

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Lesson 167

“There is one life, and that I share with God.” There are not different kinds of life, for life is like the truth. It does not have degrees. It is the one condition in which all that God created share. … Continue reading

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Lesson 168

“Your grace is given me. I claim it now.” God speaks to us. Shall we not speak to Him? He is not distant. He makes no attempt to hide from us. We try to hide from Him, and suffer from … Continue reading

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Lesson 169

“By grace I live. By grace I am released.” Grace is an aspect of the Love of God which is most like the state prevailing in the Unity of truth. It is the world’s most lofty aspiration, for it leads … Continue reading

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Lesson 17

“I see no neutral things.” This idea is another step in the direction of identifying cause and effect as it really operates.You see no neutral things because you have no neutral thoughts. It is always the thought that comes first, … Continue reading

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Lesson 170

“There is no cruelty in God and none in me.” No-one attacks without intent to hurt.This can have no exception. When you think that you attack in self defense, you mean that to be cruel is protection; you are safe … Continue reading

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Lesson 171

Review V We now review again.This time we are ready to give more effort and more time to what we undertake.We recognize we are preparing for another phase of understanding. We would take this step completely, that we may go … Continue reading

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Lesson 172

“God is but Love, and therefore so am I.” [153]“In my defenselessness my safety lies.” “God is but Love, and therefore so am I.” [154]“I am among the ministers of God.” “God is but Love, and therefore so am I.”

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Lesson 173

“God is but Love, and therefore so am I.” [155]“I will step back and let Him lead the way.” “God is but Love, and therefore so am I.” [156]“I walk with God in perfect holiness.” “God is but Love, and … Continue reading

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Lesson 174

“God is but Love, and therefore so am I.” [157]“Into His Presence would I enter now.” “God is but Love, and therefore so am I.” [158]“Today I learn to give as I receive.” “God is but Love, and therefore so … Continue reading

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Lesson 175

“God is but Love, and therefore so am I.” [159]“I give the miracles I have received.” “God is but Love, and therefore so am I.” [160] “I am at home. Fear is the stranger here.” “God is but Love, and … Continue reading

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Lesson 176

“God is but Love, and therefore so am I.” [161]“Give me your blessing, holy Son of God.” “God is but Love, and therefore so am I.” [162]“I am as God created me.” “God is but Love, and therefore so am … Continue reading

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Lesson 177

“God is but Love, and therefore so am I.” [163]“There is no death.The Son of God is free.” “God is but Love, and therefore so am I.” [164]“Now are we One with Him Who is our Source.” “God is but … Continue reading

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Lesson 178

“God is but Love, and therefore so am I.” [165]“Let not my mind deny the Thought of God.” “God is but Love, and therefore so am I.” [166]“I am entrusted with the gifts of God.” “God is but Love, and … Continue reading

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Lesson 179

“God is but Love, and therefore so am I.” [167]“There is one life, and that I share with God.” “God is but Love, and therefore so am I.” [168]“Your grace is given me. I claim it now.” “God is but … Continue reading

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Lesson 18

“I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my seeing.” The idea for today is another step in learning that the thoughts which give rise to what you see are never neutral or unimportant. It also emphasizes the idea … Continue reading

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Lesson 180

“God is but Love, and therefore so am I.” [169]“By grace I live. By grace I am released.” “God is but Love, and therefore so am I.” [170]“There is no cruelty in God and none in me.” “God is but … Continue reading

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Lesson 181

Our next few lessons make a special point of firming up your willingness to make your weak commitment strong; your scattered goals blend into one intent.You are not asked for total dedication all the time, as yet. But you are … Continue reading

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Lesson 182

“I will be still an instant and go home.” This world you seem to live in is not home to you. And somewhere in your mind you know that this is true. A memory of home keeps haunting you, as … Continue reading

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Lesson 183

“I call upon God’s Name and on my own.” God’s Name is holy, but no holier than yours.To call upon His Name is but to call upon your own.A father gives his son his name, and thus identifies the son … Continue reading

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Lesson 184

“The Name of God is my inheritance.” You live by symbols. You have made up names for everything you see. Each one becomes a separate entity, identified by its own name. By this you carve it out of unity. By … Continue reading

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Lesson 185

“I want the peace of God.” To say these words is nothing. But to mean these words is everything. If you could but mean them for just an instant, there would be no further sorrow possible for you in any … Continue reading

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Lesson 186

“Salvation of the world depends on me.” Here is the statement that will one day take all arrogance away from every mind. Here is the thought of true humility which holds no function as your own but that which has … Continue reading

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Lesson 187

“I bless the world because I bless myself.” No-one can give unless he has. In fact, giving is proof of having.We have made this point before.What seems to make it hard to credit is not this. No-one can doubt that … Continue reading

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Lesson 188

“The peace of God is shining in me now.” Why wait for Heaven? Those who seek the light are merely covering their eyes. The light is in them now. Enlightenment is but a recognition, not a change at all. Light … Continue reading

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Lesson 189

“I feel the Love of God within me now.” There is a light in you the world can not perceive. And with its eyes you will not see this light, for you are blinded by the world.Yet you have eyes … Continue reading

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Lesson 19

“I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my thoughts.” The idea for today is obviously the reason why your seeing does not affect you alone. You will notice that at times the ideas related to thinking precede those … Continue reading

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Lesson 190

“I choose the joy of God instead of pain.” Pain is a wrong perspective.When it is experienced in any form, it is a proof of self-deception. It is not a fact at all. There is no form it takes which … Continue reading

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Lesson 191

“I am the holy Son of God Himself.” Here is your declaration of release from bondage of the world. And here as well is all the world released.You do not see what you have done by giving to the world … Continue reading

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Lesson 192

“I have a function God would have me fill.” It is your Father’s holy Will that you complete Himself and that your Self shall be His sacred Son, forever pure as He, of love created and in love preserved, extending … Continue reading

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Lesson 193

“All things are lessons God would have me learn.” God does not know of learning. Yet His Will extends to what He does not understand, in that He wills the happiness His Son inherited of Him be undisturbed; eternal and … Continue reading

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Lesson 194

“I place the future in the Hands of God.” Today’s idea takes another step toward quick salvation, and a giant stride it is indeed! So great the distance is that it encompasses, it sets you down just short of Heaven, … Continue reading

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Lesson 195

“Love is the way I walk in gratitude.” Gratitude is a lesson hard to learn for those who look upon the world amiss.The most they can do is see themselves as better off than others. And they try to be … Continue reading

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Lesson 196

“It can be but myself I crucify.” When this is firmly understood and kept in full awareness, you will not attempt to harm yourself, nor make your body slave to vengeance.You will not attack yourself, and you will realize that … Continue reading

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Lesson 197

“It can be but my gratitude I earn.” Here is the second step we take to free your mind from the belief in outside force pitted against your own.You make attempts at kindness and forgiveness. Yet you turn them to … Continue reading

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Lesson 198

“Only my condemnation injures me.” Injury is impossible. And yet illusion makes illusion. If you can condemn you can be injured. For you have believed that you can injure, and the right you have established for yourself can be now … Continue reading

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Lesson 199

“I am not a body. I am free.” Freedom must be impossible as long as you perceive a body as yourself.The body is a limit.Who would seek for freedom in a body looks for it where it can not be … Continue reading

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Lesson 2

“I have given everything I see in this room [on this street, from this window, in this place] all the meaning that it has for me.” The exercises with this idea are the same as those for the first one. … Continue reading

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Lesson 20

“I am determined to see.” Wehave been quite casual about our practice periods thus far.There has been virtually no attempt to direct the time for undertaking them, minimal effort has been required, and not even active cooperation and interest have … Continue reading

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Lesson 200

“There is no peace except the peace of God.” Seek you no further. You will not find peace except the peace of God. Accept this fact, and save yourself the agony of yet more bitter disappointments, bleak despair, and sense … Continue reading

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Lesson 201

Review VI For this review, we take but one idea each day, and practice it as often as is possible. Besides the time you give morning and evening, which should not be less than fifteen minutes, and the hourly remembrances … Continue reading

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Lesson 202

“I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.” [182]“I will be still a moment and go home.” Why would I choose to stay an instant more where I do not belong, when … Continue reading

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Lesson 203

“I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.” [183]“I call upon God’s Name and on my own.” The Name of God is my deliverance from every thought of evil and of sin, … Continue reading

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Lesson 204

“I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.” [184]“The Name of God is my inheritance.” God’s Name reminds me that I am His Son, not slave to time, unbound by laws which … Continue reading

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Lesson 205

“I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.” [185]“I want the peace of God.” The peace of God is everything I want. The peace of God is my one goal; the aim … Continue reading

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Lesson 206

“I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.” [186]“Salvation of the world depends on me.” I am entrusted with the gifts of God, because I am His Son.And I would give His … Continue reading

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Lesson 207

“I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.” [187]“I bless the world because I bless myself.” God’s blessing shines upon me from within myheart, where He abides. I need but turn to … Continue reading

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Lesson 208

“I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.” [188]“The peace of God is shining in me now.” I will be still, and let the earth be still along with me.And in that … Continue reading

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Lesson 209

“I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.” [189]“I feel the Love of God within me now.” The Love of God is what created me. The Love of God is everything I … Continue reading

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Lesson 21

“I am determined to see things differently.” The idea for today is obviously a continuation and extension of the preceding one. This time, however, specific mind searching periods are necessary in addition to applying the idea to particular situations as … Continue reading

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Lesson 210

“I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.” [190]“I choose the joy of God instead of pain.” Pain is my own idea. It is not a thought of God, but one I … Continue reading

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Lesson 211

“I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.” [191]“I am the holy Son of God Himself.” In silence and in true humility I seek God’s glory, to behold it in the Son … Continue reading

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Lesson 212

“I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.” [192]“I have a function God would have me fill.” I seek the function that would set me free from all the vain illusions of … Continue reading

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Lesson 213

“I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.” [193] “All things are lessons God would have me learn.” A lesson is a miracle which God offers to me, in place of thoughts … Continue reading

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Lesson 214

“I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.” [194]“I place the future in the hands of God.” The past is gone; the future is not yet. Now am I freed from both. … Continue reading

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Lesson 215

“I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.” [195]“Love is the way I walk in gratitude.” The Holy Spirit is my only Guide. He walks with me in love.And I give thanks … Continue reading

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Lesson 216

“I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.” [196]“It can be but myself I crucify.” All that I do I do unto myself. If I attack, I suffer. But if I forgive, … Continue reading

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Lesson 217

“I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.” [197]“It can be but my gratitude I earn.” Who should give thanks for my salvation but myself? And how but through salvation can I … Continue reading

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lesson 218

“I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.” [198]“Only my condemnation injures me.” My condemnation keeps my vision dark, and through my sightless eyes I cannot see the vision of my glory.Yet … Continue reading

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Lesson 219

“I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.” [199]“I am not a body. I am free.” I am God’s Son. Be still, my mind, and think a moment upon this.And then return … Continue reading

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Lesson 22

“What I see is a form of vengeance.” Today’s idea accurately describes the way anyone who holds attack thoughts in his mind must see the world. Having projected his anger onto the world, he sees vengeance about to strike at … Continue reading

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Lesson 220

“I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.” [200]“There is no peace except the peace of God.” Let me not wander from the way of peace, for I am lost on other … Continue reading

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Lesson 221

“Peace to my mind. Let all my thoughts be still.” “Father, I come to You today to seek the peace that You alone can give. I come in silence. In the quiet of my heart, the deep recesses of my mind, … Continue reading

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Lesson 222

“God is with me. I live and breathe in Him.” God is with me. He is my Source of life, the life within, the air I breathe, the food by which I am sustained, the water which renews and cleanses … Continue reading

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Lesson 223

“God is my life. I have no life but His.” I was mistaken when I thought I lived apart from God, a separate entity which moved in isolation, unattached, and housed within a body. Now I know my life is … Continue reading

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Lesson 224

“God is my Father, and He loves His Son.” My true Identity is so secure, so lofty, sinless, glorious and great, wholly beneficent and free from guilt, that Heaven looks to It to give it light. It lights the world … Continue reading

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Lesson 225

“God is my Father, and His Son loves Him.” “Father, I must return Your Love for me. For giving and receiving are the same, and You have given all Your Love to me. I must return It, for I want … Continue reading

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Lesson 226

“My home awaits me. I will hasten there.” If I so choose, I can depart this world entirely. It is not death which makes this possible, but it is change of mind about the purpose of the world. If I … Continue reading

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Lesson 227

“This is my holy instant of release.” “Father, it is today that I am free, because my will is Yours. I thought to make another will.Yet nothing that I thought apart from You exists. And I am free because I … Continue reading

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Lesson 228

“God has condemned me not. No more do I.” My Father knows my holiness. Shall I deny His knowledge, and believe in what His knowledge makes impossible? Shall I accept as true what He proclaims as false? Or shall I … Continue reading

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Lesson 229

“ Love,Which created me, is what I am.” I seek my own identity, and find It in these words: “Love, Which created me, is what I am.” Now need I seek no more. Love has prevailed. So still it waited … Continue reading

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Lesson 23

“I can escape from the world I see by giving up attack thoughts.” The idea for today contains the only way out of fear that will succeed. Nothing else will work; everything else is meaningless. But this way cannot fail. … Continue reading

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Lesson 230

“Now will I seek and find the peace of God.” In peace I was created. And in peace do I remain. It is not given me to change my Self. How merciful is God my Father, that when He created … Continue reading

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Lesson 231

“Father, I will but to remember You.” “What can I seek for, Father, but Your Love? Perhaps I think I seek for something else; a something I have called by many names.Yet is Your Love the only thing I seek, … Continue reading

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Lesson 232

“Be in my mind, my Father, through the day.” “Be in my mind, my Father, when I wake, and shine on me throughout the day today. Let every minute be a time in which I dwell with You.And let me … Continue reading

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Lesson 233

“I give my life to God to run today.” “Father, I give You all my thoughts today. I would have none of mine. In place of them give me Your Own. I give You all my acts as well, that … Continue reading

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Lesson 234

“Father, today I am Your Son again.” Today we will anticipate the time when dreams of sin and guilt are gone, and we have reached the holy peace we never left. Merely a tiny instant has elapsed between eternity and … Continue reading

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Lesson 235

“God in His mercy wills that I be saved.” I need but look upon all things that seem to hurt me, and with perfect certainty assure myself, “God wills that I be saved from this,” and merely watch them disappear. … Continue reading

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Lesson 236

“I rule my mind, which I alone must rule.” I have a kingdom I must rule. At times, it does not seem I am its king at all. It seems to triumph over me, and tell me what to think, … Continue reading

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Lesson 237

“Now would I be as God created me.” Today I will accept the truth about myself. I will arise in glory, and allow the light in me to shine upon the world throughout the day. I bring the world the … Continue reading

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Lesson 238

“On my decision all salvation rests.” “Father, Your trust in me has been so great I must be worthy.You created me, and know me as I am. And yet You placed Your Son’s salvation in my hands, and let it … Continue reading

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Lesson 239

“The glory of my Father is my own.” Let not the truth about ourselves today be hidden by a false humility. Let us instead be thankful for the gifts our Father gave us. Can we see in those with whom … Continue reading

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Lesson 24

“I do not perceive my own best interests.” In no situation which arises do you realize the outcome that would make you happy.Therefore you have no guide to appropriate action, and no way of judging the results. What you do … Continue reading

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Lesson 240

“Fear is not justified in any form.” Fear is deception. It attests that you have seen yourself as you could never be, and therefore look upon a world which is impossible. Not one thing in this world is true. It … Continue reading

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Lesson 241

“This holy instant is salvation come.” What joy there is today! It is a time of special celebration. For today holds out the instant to the darkened world where its release is set. The day has come when sorrows pass … Continue reading

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Lesson 242

“This day is God’s. It is my gift to Him.” I will not lead my life alone today. I do not understand the world. And so to try to lead my life alone must be but foolishness. For there is … Continue reading

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Lesson 243

“Today I will judge nothing that occurs.” I will be honest with myself today. I will not think that I already know what must remain beyond my present grasp. I will not think I understand the whole from bits of … Continue reading

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Lesson 244

“I am in danger nowhere in the world.” “Your Son is safe wherever he may be, for You are there with him. He need but call upon Your Name, and he will recollect his safety and Your Love, for they … Continue reading

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Lesson 245

“Your peace is with me, Father. I am safe.” “Your peace surrounds me, Father.Where I go,Your peace goes there with me. It sheds its light on everyone I meet. I bring it to the desolate and lonely and afraid. I … Continue reading

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Lesson 246

“To love my Father is to love His Son.” Let me not think that I can find the way to God if I have hatred in my heart. Let me not try to hurt God’s Son, and think that I … Continue reading

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Lesson 247

“Without forgiveness I will still be blind.” Sin is the symbol of attack. Behold it anywhere, and I will suffer. For forgiveness is the only means whereby Christ’s vision comes to me. Let me accept what His sight shows me … Continue reading

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Lesson 248

“Whatever suffers is not part of me.” I have disowned the truth. Now let me be as faithful in disowning falsity.Whatever suffers is not part of me.What grieves is not myself. What is in pain is but illusion in my … Continue reading

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Lesson 249

“Forgiveness ends all suffering and loss.” Forgiveness paints a picture of a world where suffering is over, loss becomes impossible and anger makes no sense. Attack is gone, and madness has an end.What suffering is now conceivable? What loss can … Continue reading

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Lesson 25

“I do not know what anything is for.” Purpose is meaning. Today’s idea explains why nothing you see means anything. You do not know what it is for. Therefore it is meaningless to you. Everything is for your own best … Continue reading

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Lesson 250

“Let me not see myself as limited.” Let me behold the Son of God today, and witness to his glory. Let me not try to obscure the holy light in him, and see his strength diminished and reduced to frailty; … Continue reading

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Lesson 251

“I am in need of nothing but the truth.” I sought for many things, and found despair. Now do I seek but one, for in that one is all I need, and only what I need. All that I sought … Continue reading

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Lesson 252

“The Son of God is my identity.” My Self is holy beyond all the thoughts of holiness of which I now conceive. Its shimmering and perfect purity is far more brilliant than is any light that I have ever looked … Continue reading

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Lesson 253

“My Self is ruler of the universe.” It is impossible that anything should come to me unbidden by myself. Even in this world, it is I who rule my destiny.What happens is what I desire. What does not occur is … Continue reading

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Lesson 254

“Let every voice but God’s be still in me.” “Father, today I would but hear Your Voice. In deepest silence I would come to You, to hear Your Voice and to receive Your Word. I have no prayer but this: I come … Continue reading

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Lesson 255

“This day I choose to spend in perfect peace.” It does not seem to me that I can choose to have but peace today. And yet, my God assures me that His Son is like Himself. Let me this day … Continue reading

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Lesson 256

“God is the only goal I have today.” The way to God is through forgiveness here.There is no other way. If sin had not been cherished by the mind, what need would there have been to find a way to … Continue reading

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Lesson 257

“Let me remember what my purpose is.” If I forget my goal, I can be but confused, unsure of what I am, and thus conflicted in my actions. No-one can serve contradicting goals and serve them well. Nor can he … Continue reading

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Lesson 258

“Let me remember that my goal is God.” All that is needful is to train our minds to overlook all little, senseless aims, and to remember that our goal is God. His memory is hidden in our minds, obscured but … Continue reading

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Lesson 259

“Let me remember that there is no sin.” Sin is the only thought that makes the goal of God seem unobtainable.What else could blind us to the obvious, and make the strange and the distorted seem more clear? What else … Continue reading

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Lesson 26

“My attack thoughts are attacking my invulnerability.” It is surely obvious that if you can be attacked you are not invulnerable. You see attack as a real threat. That is because you believe that you can really attack. And what … Continue reading

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Lesson 260

“Let me remember God created me.” “Father, I did not make myself, although in my insanity I thought I did.Yet as Your Thought I have not left my Source, remaining part of What created me. Your Son, my Father, calls on You … Continue reading

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Lesson 261

“God is my refuge and security.” I will identify with what I think is refuge and security. I will behold myself where I perceive my strength, and think I live within the citadel where I am safe, and cannot be … Continue reading

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Lesson 262

“Let me perceive no differences today.” “Father,You have one Son.And it is he that I would look upon today. He is Your one creation.Why should I perceive a thousand forms in what remains as one? Why should I give this one a … Continue reading

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Lesson 263

“My holy vision sees all things as pure.” “Father,Your Mind created all that is,Your Spirit entered into it;Your Love gave life to it.And would I look upon what You created as if it could be made sinful? I would not perceive such … Continue reading

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Lesson 264

“I am surrounded by the Love of God.” “Father,You stand before me and behind, beside me, in the place I see myself, and everywhere I go.You are in all the things I look upon, the sounds I hear, and every hand that … Continue reading

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Lesson 265

“Creation’s gentleness is all I see.” I have indeed misunderstood the world, because I laid my “sins” on it, and saw them looking back at me. How fierce they seemed! And how deceived was I to think that what I … Continue reading

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Lesson 266

“My holy Self abides in you, God’s Son.” “Father,You gave me all Your Sons, to be my Saviors and my Counselors in sight; the Bearers of Your holy Voice to me. In them are You reflected, and in them does Christ look … Continue reading

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Lesson 267

“ My heart is beating in the peace of God.” Surrounding me is all the life that God created in His Love. It calls to me in every heartbeat and in every breath; in every action and in every thought. … Continue reading

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Lesson 268

“Let all things be exactly as they are.” “Let me not be Your critic, Lord, today, and judge against You. Let me not attempt to interfere with Your creation, and distort it into sickly forms. Let me be willing to withdraw my … Continue reading

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Lesson 269

“My sight goes forth to look upon Christ’s face.” “I ask Your blessing on my sight today. It is the means which You have chosen to become the way to show me my mistakes, and look beyond them. It is given me … Continue reading

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Lesson 27

“Above all else I want to see.” Today’s idea expresses something stronger than mere determination. It gives vision priority among your desires. You may feel hesitant about using the idea on the ground that you are not sure you really … Continue reading

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Lesson 270

“I will not use the body’s eyes today.” “Father, Christ’s vision is Your gift to me, and it has power to translate all that the body’s eyes behold into the sight of a forgiven world. How glorious and gracious is this world! … Continue reading

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Lesson 271

“Christ’s is the vision I will use today.” Each day, each hour, every instant, I am choosing what I want to look upon, the sounds I want to hear, the witnesses to what I want to be the truth for … Continue reading

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Lesson 272

“How can illusions satisfy God’s Son?” “Father, the truth belongs to me. My home is set in Heaven by Your Will and mine. Can dreams content me? Can illusions bring me happiness? What but Your memory can satisfy Your Son? I will … Continue reading

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Lesson 273

“The stillness of the peace of God is mine.” Perhaps we are now ready for a day of undisturbed tranquility. If this is not yet feasible, we are content and even more than satisfied to learn how such a day … Continue reading

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Lesson 274

“Today belongs to Love. Let me not fear.” “Father, today I would let all things be as You created them, and give Your Sons the honor due their sinlessness; the love of brother to his brother and his friend.Through this I am … Continue reading

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lesson 275

“God’s healing Voice protects all things today.” Let us today attend the Voice of God,Which speaks an ancient lesson, no more true today than any other day.Yet has this day been chosen as the time when we will seek and … Continue reading

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Lesson 276

“The Word of God is given me to speak.” What is the Word of God? “My Son is pure, and holy as Myself.”And thus did God become the Father of the Son He loves, for thus was he created.This the … Continue reading

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Lesson 277

“Let me not bind Your Son with laws I made.” “Your Son is free, my Father. Let me not imagine I have bound him with the laws I made to rule the body. He is not subject to any laws I … Continue reading

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Lesson 278

“If I am bound, my Father is not free.” If I accept that I am prisoner within a body, in a world in which all things that seem to live appear to die, then is my Father prisoner with me. … Continue reading

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Lesson 279

“Creation’s freedom promises my own.” The end of dreams is promised me, because God’s Son is not abandoned by His Love. Only in dreams is there a time when he appears to be in prison, and awaits a future freedom … Continue reading

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Lesson 28

“Above all else I want to see things differently.” Today we are really giving specific application to the idea for yesterday. In these practice periods, you will be making a series of definite commitments.The question of whether you will keep … Continue reading

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Lesson 280

“What limits can I lay upon God’s Son?” Whom God created limitless is free. I can invent imprisonment for him, but only in illusions, not in truth. No Thought of God has left Its Father’s Mind. No Thought of God … Continue reading

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Lesson 281

“I can be hurt by nothing but my thoughts.” “Father,Your Son is perfect.When he thinks that he is hurt in any way, it is because he has forgotten who he is. And that he is as You created him.Your Thoughts can only … Continue reading

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Lesson 282

“I will not be afraid of love today.” If I could realize but this today, salvation would be reached for all the world. This the decision not to be insane, and to accept myself as God Himself, my Father and … Continue reading

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Lesson 283

“My true Identity abides in You.” “Father, I made an image of myself, and it is this I call the Son of God.Yet is creation as it always was, for Your creation is unchangeable. Let me not worship idols. I am he … Continue reading

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Lesson 284

“I can elect to change all thoughts that hurt.” Loss is not loss when properly perceived. Pain is impossible.There is no grief with any cause at all. And suffering of any kind is nothing but a dream. Such is the … Continue reading

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Lesson 285

“My holiness shines bright and clear today.” Today I wake with joy, expecting but the happy things of God to come to me. I ask but them to come and realize my invitations will be answered by the thoughts to … Continue reading

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Lesson 286

“The hush of Heaven holds my heart today.” “Father, how still today! How quietly do all things fall in place! This is the day that has been chosen as the time in which I come to understand the lesson that there is … Continue reading

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Lesson 287

“You are my goal, my Father. Only You.” Where would I go but Heaven? What could be a substitute for happiness? What gift could I prefer before the peace of God? What treasure would I seek and find and keep … Continue reading

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Lesson 288

“Let me forget my brother’s past today.” “This is the thought that leads the way to You, and brings me to my goal. I cannot come to You without my brother.And to know my Source, I first must recognize what You created … Continue reading

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Lesson 289

“The past is over. It can touch me not.” Unless the past is over in my mind, the real world must escape my sight. For I am really looking nowhere; seeing but what is not there. How can I then … Continue reading

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Lesson 29

“God is in everything I see.” The idea for today explains why you can see all purpose in anything. It explains why nothing is separate, by itself or in itself. And it explains why nothing you see means anything. In … Continue reading

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Lesson 290

“My present happiness is all I see.” Unless I look upon what is not there, my present happiness is all I see. Eyes that begin to open see at last. And I would have Christ’s vision come to me this … Continue reading

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Lesson 291

“This is a day of stillness and of peace.” Christ’s vision looks through me today. His sight shows me all things forgiven and at peace, and offers this same vision to the world. And I accept this vision in its … Continue reading

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Lesson 292

“A happy outcome to all things is sure.” God’s promises make no exceptions.And He guarantees that only joy can be the final outcome found for everything. Yet it is up to us when this is reached; how long we let … Continue reading

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Lesson 293

“All fear is past, and only love is here.” All fear is past because its source is gone, and all its thoughts gone with it. Love remains the only present state, whose Source is here forever and forever. Can the … Continue reading

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Lesson 294

“My body is a wholly neutral thing.” I am a Son of God. And can I be another thing as well? Did God create the mortal and corruptible? What use has God’s beloved Son for what must die? And yet … Continue reading

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Lesson 295

“The Holy Spirit looks through me today.” Christ asks that He may use my eyes today, and thus redeem the world. He asks this gift that He may offer peace of mind to me, and take away all terror and … Continue reading

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Lesson 296

“The Holy Spirit speaks through me today.” “The Holy Spirit needs my voice today, that all the world may listen to Your Voice, and hear Your Word through me. I am resolved to let You speak through me, for I would use … Continue reading

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Lesson 297

“Forgiveness is the only gift I give.” Forgiveness is the only gift I give because it is the only gift I want, and everything I give I give myself.This is salvation’s simple formula. And I, who would be saved, would … Continue reading

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Lesson 298

“I love You, Father, and I love Your Son.” My gratitude permits my love to be accepted without fear. And thus am I restored to my Reality at last.All that intruded on my holy sight forgiveness takes away.And I draw … Continue reading

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Lesson 299

“Eternal holiness abides in me.” My holiness is far beyond my own ability to understand or know.Yet God my Father, Who created it, acknowledges my holiness as His. Our Will, together, understands it.And our Will, together, knows that it is … Continue reading

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Lesson 3

“I do not understand anything I see in this room [on this street, from this window, in this place].” Apply this idea in the same way as the previous ones, without making distinctions of any kind.Whatever you see becomes a … Continue reading

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Lesson 30

“God is in everything I see because God is in my mind.” The idea for today is the springboard for vision. From this idea will the world open up before you, and you will look upon it and see in … Continue reading

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Lesson 300

“Only an instant does this world endure.” This is the thought that can be used to say that death and sorrow are the certain lot of all who come here. For their joys are gone before they are possessed, or … Continue reading

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Lesson 301

“And God Himself shall wipe away all tears.” “Father, unless I judge I cannot weep. Nor can I suffer pain, or feel I am abandoned and unneeded in the world.This is my home, because I judge it not. And therefore is it … Continue reading

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Lesson 302

“Where darkness was I look upon the light.” “Father, our eyes are opening at last.Your holy world awaits us, as our sight is finally restored and we can see.We thought we suffered. But we had forgot the Son whom You created. Now … Continue reading

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Lesson 303

“The holy Christ is born in me today.” Watch with me, angels, watch with me today. Let all God’s holy Thoughts surround me, and be still with me while Heaven’s Son is born. Let earthly sounds be quiet, and the … Continue reading

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Lesson 304

“Let not my world obscure the sight of Christ.” I can obscure my holy sight, if I intrude my world upon it. Nor can I behold the holy sights Christ looks upon unless it is His vision that I use. … Continue reading

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Lesson 305

“There is a peace that Christ bestows on us.” Who uses but Christ’s vision finds a peace so deep and quiet, undisturbable and wholly changeless, that the world contains no counterpart. Comparisons are still before this peace. And all the … Continue reading

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Lesson 306

“The gift of Christ is all I seek today.” What but Christ’s vision would I use today, when it can offer me a day in which I see a world so like to Heaven that an ancient memory returns to … Continue reading

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Lesson 307

“Conflicting wishes cannot be my will.” “Father,Your Will is mine, and only That. There is no other will for me to have. Let me not try to make another will, for it is senseless and will cause me pain.Your Will alone can … Continue reading

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Lesson 308

“This instant is the only time there is.” I have conceived of time in such a way that I defeat my aim. If I elect to reach past time to timelessness, I must change my perception of what time is … Continue reading

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Lesson 309

“I will not fear to look within today.” Within me is Eternal Innocence, because it is God’s Will that It be there forever and forever. I, His Son, whose will is limitless as is His own, can will no change … Continue reading

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Lesson 31

“I am not the victim of the world I see.” Today’s idea is the introduction to your declaration of release. Again, the idea should be applied to both the world you see without and the world you see within. In … Continue reading

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Lesson 310

“In fearlessness and love I spend today.” “This day, my Father, would I spend with You, as You have chosen all my days should be.And what I will experience is not of time at all.The joy that comes to me is not … Continue reading

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Lesson 311

“I judge all things as I would have them be.” Judgement was made to be a weapon used against the truth. It separates what it is being used against, and sets it off as if it were a thing apart. … Continue reading

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Lesson 312

“I see all things as I would have them be.” Perception follows judgement. Having judged, you therefore see what you would look upon. For sight can merely serve to offer you what you would have. It is impossible to overlook … Continue reading

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Lesson 313

“Now let a new perception come to me.” “Father, there is a vision which beholds all things as sinless, so that fear has gone, and where it was is Love invited in.And Love will come wherever it is asked.This vision is Your … Continue reading

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Lesson 314

“I seek a future different from the past.” From new perception of the world there comes a future very different from the past.The future now is recognized as but extension of the present. Past mistakes can cast no shadows on … Continue reading

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Lesson 315

“All gifts my brothers give belong to me.” Each day a thousand treasures come to me with every passing moment. I am blessed with gifts throughout the day, in value far beyond all things of which I can conceive. A … Continue reading

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Lesson 316

“All gifts I give my brothers are my own.” As every gift my brothers give is mine, so every gift I give belongs to me. Each one allows a past mistake to go, and leave no shadow on the holy … Continue reading

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Lesson 317

“I follow in the way appointed me.” I have a special place to fill; a role for me alone. Salvation waits until I take this part as what I choose to do. Until I make this choice, I am the … Continue reading

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Lesson 318

“In me salvation’s means and end are one.” In me, God’s holy Son, are reconciled all parts of Heaven’s plan to save the world.What could conflict, when all the parts have but one purpose and one aim? How could there … Continue reading

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Lesson 319

“I came for the salvation of the world.” Here is a thought from which all arrogance has been removed, and only truth is left. For arrogance opposes truth. But where there is no arrogance, the truth will come immediately, and … Continue reading

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Lesson 32

“I have invented the world I see.” Today we are continuing to develop the theme of cause and effect. You are not the victim of the world you see because you invented it. You can give it up as easily … Continue reading

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Lesson 320

“My Father gives all power unto me.” The Son of God is limitless. There are no limits on his strength, his peace, his joy, or any attributes his Father gave in his creation. What he wills with his Creator and … Continue reading

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Lesson 321

“Father, my freedom is in You alone.” “I did not understand what made me free, nor what my freedom is, nor where to look to find it. Father, I have searched in vain until I heard Your Voice directing me. Now I … Continue reading

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Lesson 322

“I can give up but what was never real.” I sacrifice illusions; nothing more. And as illusions go I find the gifts illusions tried to hide, awaiting me in shining welcome, and in readiness to give God’s ancient messages to … Continue reading

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Lesson 323

“I gladly make the ‘sacrifice’ of fear.” “Here is the only ‘sacrifice’You ask of Your beloved Son;You ask him to give up all suffering, all sense of loss and sadness, all anxiety and doubt, and freely let Your Love come streaming in … Continue reading

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Lesson 324

“I merely follow, for I would not lead.” “Father,You are the One Who gave the plan for my salvation to me.You have set the way I am to go, the role to take, and every step in my appointed path. I cannot … Continue reading

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Lesson 325

“All things I think I see reflect ideas.” This is salvation’s keynote: What I see reflects a process in my mind, which starts with my idea of what I want. From there, the mind makes up an image of the … Continue reading

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Lesson 326

“I am forever an Effect of God.” “Father, I was created in Your Mind, a holy Thought that never left its home. I am forever Your Effect, and You forever and forever are my Cause. As You created me I have remained. … Continue reading

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Lesson 327

“I need but call and You will answer me.” I am not asked to take salvation on the basis of an unsupported faith. For God has promised He will hear my call, and answer me Himself. Let me but learn … Continue reading

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Lesson 328

“I choose the second place to gain the first.” What seems to be the second place is first, for all things we perceive are upside down until we listen to the Voice of God. It seems that we will gain … Continue reading

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Lesson 329

“I have already chosen what You will.” “Father, I wandered from Your Will, defied It, broke Its laws, and interposed a second will more powerful than Yours.Yet what I am in truth is but Your Will, extended and extending. This am I. … Continue reading

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Lesson 33

“There is another way of looking at the world.” Today’s idea is an attempt to recognize that you can shift your perception of the world in both its outer and inner aspects. A full five minutes should be devoted to … Continue reading

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Lesson 330

“I will not hurt myself again today.” Let us this day accept forgiveness as our only function. Why should we attack our minds, and give them images of pain? Why should we teach them they are powerless, when God holds … Continue reading

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Lesson 331

“There is no conflict, for my will is Yours.” “How foolish, Father, to believe Your Son could cause himself to suffer! Could he make a plan for his damnation, and be left without a certain way to his release? You love me, … Continue reading

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Lesson 332

“Fear binds the world. Forgiveness sets it free.” The ego makes illusions. Truth undoes its evil dreams by shining them away.Truth never makes attack. It merely is.And by its Presence is the mind recalled from fantasies, awaking to the Real. … Continue reading

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Lesson 333

“Forgiveness ends the dream of conflict here.” Conflict must be resolved. It cannot be evaded, set aside, denied, disguised, seen somewhere else, called by another name, nor hidden by deceit of any kind, if it would be escaped. It must … Continue reading

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Lesson 334

“Today I claim the gifts forgiveness gives.” I will not wait another day to find the treasures which my Father offers me. Illusions must be vain, and dreams are gone even while they are woven out of thoughts that rest … Continue reading

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Lesson 335

“I choose to see my brother’s sinlessness.” Forgiveness is a choice. I never see my brother as he is, for that is far beyond perception. What I see in him is merely what I wish to see, because it stands … Continue reading

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Lesson 336

“Forgiveness lets me know that minds are joined.” Forgiveness is the means appointed for perception’s ending. Knowledge is restored after perception first is changed, and then gives way entirely to what remains forever past its highest reach. For sights and … Continue reading

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Lesson 337

“My sinlessness protects me from all harm.” My sinlessness ensures me perfect peace, eternal safety, everlasting love, freedom forever from all thought of loss; complete deliverance from suffering. And only happiness can be my state, for only happiness is given … Continue reading

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Lesson 338

“I am affected only by my thoughts.” It needs but this to let salvation come to all the world. For in this single thought is everyone released at last from fear. Now he has learned that no-one frightens him, and … Continue reading

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Lesson 339

“I will receive whatever I request.” No-one desires pain. But he can think that pain is pleasure. No-one would avoid his happiness. But he can think that joy is painful, threatening and dangerous. Everyone will receive what he requests. But … Continue reading

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Lesson 34

“I could see peace instead of this.” The idea for today begins to describe the conditions that prevail in the other way of seeing. Peace of mind is clearly an internal matter. It must begin with your own thoughts, and … Continue reading

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Lesson 340

“I can be free of suffering today.” “Father, I thank You for today, and for the freedom I am certain it will bring. This day is holy, for today Your Son will be redeemed. His suffering is done. For he will hear … Continue reading

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Lesson 341

“I can attack but my own sinlessness, And it is only that which keeps me safe.” “Father,Your Son is holy. I am he on whom You smile in love and tenderness so deep and dear and still the universe smiles back … Continue reading

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Lesson 342

“I let forgiveness rest upon all things, For thus forgiveness will be given me.” “I thank You, Father, for Your plan to save me from the hell I made. It is not real. And You have given me the means to … Continue reading

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Lesson 343

“I am not asked to make a sacrifice Tofind the mercy and the peace of God.” “The end of suffering can not be loss.The gift of everything can but be gain. You only give.You never take away. And You created me … Continue reading

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Lesson 344

“Today I learn the law of love; that what I give my brother is my gift to me.” “This is Your law, my Father, not my own. I did not understand what giving means, and thought to save what I desired … Continue reading

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Lesson 345

“I offer only miracles today, For I would have them be returned to me.” “Father, a miracle reflects Your gifts to me,Your Son. And every one I give returns to me, reminding me the law of love is universal. Even here … Continue reading

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Lesson 346

“Today the peace of God envelops me, And I forget all things except His Love.” “Father, I wake today with miracles correcting my perception of all things. And so begins the day I share with You as I will share eternity, … Continue reading

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Lesson 347

“Anger must come from judgement. Judgement is The weapon I would use against myself Tokeep all miracles away from me.” “Father, I want what goes against my will, and do not want what is my will to have. Straighten my mind, … Continue reading

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Lesson 348

“I have no cause for anger or for fear, For You surround me. And in every need That I perceive Your grace suffices me.” “Father, let me remember You are here, and I am not alone. Surrounding me is everlasting Love. … Continue reading

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Lesson 349

“Today I let Christ’s vision look upon All things for me and judge them not, but give Each one a miracle of love instead.” “So would I liberate all things I see, and give to them the freedom that I … Continue reading

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Lesson 35

“My mind is part of God’s. I am very holy.” Today’s idea does not describe the way you see yourself now. It does, however, describe what vision will show you. It is difficult for anyone who thinks he is in … Continue reading

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Lesson 350

“Miracles mirror God’s eternal Love. Tooffer them is to remember Him, And through His memory to save the world.” “What we forgive becomes a part of us, as we perceive ourselves.The Son of God incorporates all things within himself as You … Continue reading

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Lesson 351

“My sinless brother is my guide to peace. My sinful brother is my guide to pain. And which I choose to see I will behold.” “Who is my brother but Your holy Son? And if I see him sinful, I … Continue reading

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Lesson 352

“Judgement and love are opposites. From one Come all the sorrows of the world. But from The Other comes the peace of God Himself.” “Forgiveness looks on sinlessness alone, and judges not.Through this I come to You. Judgement will bind … Continue reading

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Lesson 353

“My eyes, my tongue, my hands, my feet today Have but one purpose; to be given Christ Touse to bless the world with miracles.” “Father, I give all that is mine today to Christ, to use in any way that … Continue reading

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Lesson 354

“We stand together, Christ and I, in peace And certainty of purpose. And in Him Is His Creator, as He is in me.” “My oneness with the Christ establishes me as Your Son, beyond the reach of time, and wholly … Continue reading

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Lesson 355

“There is no end to all the peace and joy And all the miracles that I will give When I accept God’s Word.Why not today?” “Why should I wait, my Father, for the joy You promised me? For You will … Continue reading

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Lesson 356

“Sickness is but another name for sin. Healing is but another Name for God. The miracle is thus a call to Him.” “Father,You promised You would never fail to answer any call Your Son might make to You. It does … Continue reading

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Lesson 357

“Truth answers every call we make to God, Responding first with miracles, and then Returning unto us to be Itself.” “Forgiveness, truth’s reflection, tells me how to offer miracles and thus escape the prison house in which I think I … Continue reading

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Lesson 358

“No call to God can be unheard nor left Unanswered. And of this I can be sure; His answer is the one I really want.” “You Who remember what I really am alone remembers what I really want.You speak for … Continue reading

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Lesson 359

“God’s answer is some form of peace. All pain Is healed; all misery replaced with joy. All prison doors are opened. And all sin Is understood as merely a mistake.” “Father, today we will forgive Your world, and let creation … Continue reading

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Lesson 36

“My holiness envelops everything I see.” Today’s idea extends the idea for yesterday from the perceiver to the perceived. You are holy because your mind is part of God’s. And because you are holy, your sight must be holy as … Continue reading

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Lesson 360

“Peace be to me, the holy Son of God. Peace to my brother, who is one with me. Let all the world be blessed with peace through us.” “Father, it is Your peace that I would give, receiving it of … Continue reading

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Lesson 361 to 365

* Our final lessons will be left as free of words as possible.We use them but at the beginning of our practicing, and only to remind us that we seek to go beyond them. Let us turn to Him Who … Continue reading

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Lesson 37

“My holiness blesses the world.” This idea contains the first glimmerings of your true function in the world, or why you are here.Your purpose is to see the world through your own holiness.Thus are you and the world blessed together. … Continue reading

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Lesson 38

“There is nothing my holiness cannot do.” Your holiness reverses all the laws of the world. It is beyond every restriction of time, space, distance and limits of any kind. Your holiness is totally unlimited in its power because it … Continue reading

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Lesson 39

“My holiness is my salvation.” If guilt is hell, what is its opposite? Like the text for which this workbook was written, the ideas which are used for the exercises are very simple, very clear and totally unambiguous. We are … Continue reading

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Lesson 4

“These thoughts do not mean anything.They are like the things I see in this room [on this street, from this window, in this place].” Unlike the preceding ones, these exercises do not begin with the idea for the day. In … Continue reading

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Lesson 40

“I am blessed as a Son of God.” Today we will begin to insert some of the happy things to which you are entitled, being what you are. No long practice periods are required today, but very frequent short ones … Continue reading

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Lesson 41

“God goes with me wherever I go.” Today’s idea will eventually overcome completely the sense of loneliness and abandonment which all the separated ones experience. Depression is an inevitable consequence of separation. So are anxiety, worry, a deep sense of … Continue reading

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Lesson 42

“God is my strength.Vision is His gift.” The idea for today combines two very powerful thoughts, both of major importance. It also sets forth a cause and effect relationship which explains why you cannot fail in your efforts to achieve … Continue reading

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Lesson 43

“God is my Source. I cannot see apart from Him.” Perception is not an attribute of God. His is the realm of knowledge. Yet He has created the Holy Spirit as the Mediator between perception and knowledge. Without this link … Continue reading

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Lesson 44

“God is the Light in which I see.” Today we are continuing with the idea for yesterday, adding another dimension to it. You cannot see in darkness, and you cannot make light.You can make darkness and then think you see … Continue reading

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Lesson 45

“God is the Mind with which I think.” Today’s idea holds the key to what your real thoughts are. They are nothing that you think you think, just as nothing that you think you see is related to vision in … Continue reading

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Lesson 46

“God is the Love in which I forgive.” God does not forgive because He has never condemned. And there must be condemnation before forgiveness is necessary. Forgiveness is the great need of this world, but that is because it is … Continue reading

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Lesson 47

“God is the Strength in which I trust.” If you are trusting your own strength, you have every reason to be apprehensive, anxious, and fearful. What can you predict or control? What is there in you that can be counted … Continue reading

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Lesson 48

“There is nothing to fear.” The idea for today simply states a fact. It is not a fact to those who believe in illusions, but illusions are not facts. In truth there is nothing to fear. It is very easy … Continue reading

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Lesson 49

“God’s Voice speaks to me all through the day.” It is quite possible to listen to God’s Voice all day without interrupting your regular activities in any way. The part of your mind in which truth abides is in constant … Continue reading

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Lesson 5

“I am never upset for the reason I think.” This idea, like the preceding one, can be used with any person, situation or event you think is causing you pain.Apply it specifically to whatever you believe is the cause of … Continue reading

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Lesson 50

“I am sustained by the Love of God.” Here is the answer to every problem that confronts you today and tomorrow and throughout time. In this world, you believe you are sustained by everything but God.Your faith is placed in … Continue reading

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Lesson 51

Review I Beginning with today, we will have a series of review periods. Each of them will cover five of the ideas already presented, starting with the first and ending with the fiftieth.There will be short comments after each of … Continue reading

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Lesson 52

Today’s review covers these ideas: [6]“I am upset because I see what is not there.” Reality is never frightening. It is impossible that it could upset me. Reality brings only perfect peace. When I am upset, it is always because … Continue reading

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Lesson 53

Today we will review the following: [11]“My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world.” Since the thoughts of which I am aware do not mean anything, the world which pictures them can have no meaning.What is producing this world … Continue reading

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Lesson 54

These are the review ideas for today: [16] “I have no neutral thoughts.” Neutral thoughts are impossible because all thoughts have power. They will either make a false world or lead me to the real one. But thoughts cannot be … Continue reading

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Lesson 55

Today’s review includes the following: [21]“I am determined to see things differently.” What I see now are but signs of disease, disaster and death. This cannot be what God created for His beloved Son.The very fact that I see such … Continue reading

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Lesson 56

Our review for today covers the following: [26]“My attack thoughts are attacking my invulnerability.” How can I know who I am when I see myself as under constant attack? Pain, illness, loss, age and death seem to threaten me. All … Continue reading

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Lesson 57

Today let us review these ideas: [31]“I am not the victim of the world I see.” How can I be the victim of a world that can be completely undone if I so choose? My chains are loosened. I can … Continue reading

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Lesson 58

These ideas are for review today: [36] “My holiness envelops everything I see.” From my holiness does the perception of the real world come. Having forgiven, I no longer see myself as guilty. I can accept the innocence that is … Continue reading

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Lesson 59

The following ideas are for review today: [41]“God goes with me wherever I go.” How can I be alone when God always goes with me? How can I be doubtful and unsure of myself when perfect certainty abides in Him? … Continue reading

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Lesson 6

“I am upset because I see something that is not there.” The exercises with this idea are very similar to the preceding ones. Again, it is necessary to name both the form of upset (anger, fear, worry, depression, and so … Continue reading

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Lesson 60

These ideas are for today’s review: [46] “God is the Love in which I forgive.” God does not forgive because He has never condemned. The blameless cannot blame, and those who have accepted their innocence see nothing to forgive. Yet … Continue reading

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Lesson 61

“I am the light of the world.” Who is the light of the world except God’s Son? This, then, is merely a statement of the truth about yourself. It is the opposite of a statement of pride, of arrogance, or … Continue reading

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Lesson 62

“Forgiveness is my function as the light of the world.” It is your forgiveness that will bring the world of darkness to the light. It is your forgiveness that lets you recognize the light in which you see. Forgiveness is … Continue reading

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Lesson 63

“The light of the world brings peace to every mind through my forgiveness.” How holy are you who have the power to bring peace to every mind! How blessed are you who can learn to recognize the means for letting … Continue reading

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Lesson 64

“Let me not forget my function.” Today’s idea is merely another way of saying, “Let me not wander into temptation.” The purpose of the world you see is to obscure your function of forgiveness, and provide you with a justification … Continue reading

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Lesson 65

“Let me not forget my function.” Today’s idea is merely another way of saying, “Let me not wander into temptation.” The purpose of the world you see is to obscure your function of forgiveness, and provide you with a justification … Continue reading

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Lesson 66

“My happiness and my function are one.” You have surely noticed an emphasis throughout our recent lessons on the connection between fulfilling your function and achieving happiness. This is because you do not really see the connection.Yet there is more … Continue reading

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Lesson 67

“Love created me like Itself.” Today’s idea is a complete and accurate statement of what you are. This is why you are the light of the world. This is why God appointed you as the world’s savior.This is why the … Continue reading

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Lesson 68

“Love holds no grievances.” You who were created by Love like Itself can hold no grievances and know your Self.To hold a grievance is to forget who you are.To hold a grievance is to see yourself as a body. It … Continue reading

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Lesson 69

“My grievances hide the light of the world in me.” No-one can look upon what your grievances conceal. Because your grievances are hiding the light of the world in you, everyone stands in darkness, and you beside him. But as … Continue reading

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Lesson 7

“I see only the past.” This idea is particularly difficult to believe at first. Yet it is the rationale for all of the preceding ones. It is the reason why nothing that you see means anything. It is the reason … Continue reading

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Lesson 70

“My salvation comes from me.” All temptation is nothing more than some form of the basic temptation not to believe the idea for today. Salvation seems to come from anywhere except from you. So, too, does the source of guilt.You … Continue reading

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Lesson 71

“Only God’s plan for salvation will work.” You may not realize that the ego has set up a plan for salvation in opposition to God’s. It is this plan in which you believe. Since it is the opposite of God’s, … Continue reading

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Lesson 72

“Holding grievances is an attack on God’s plan for salvation.” While we have recognized that the ego’s plan for salvation is the opposite of God’s, we have not yet emphasized that it is an active attack on His plan, and … Continue reading

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Lesson 73

“I will there be light.” Today we are considering the will you share with God. This is not the same as the ego’s idle wishes, out of which darkness and nothingness arise.The will you share with God has all the … Continue reading

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Lesson 74

“There is no will but God’s.” The idea for today can be regarded as the central thought toward which all our exercises are directed. God’s is the only will.When you have recognized this, you have recognized that your will is … Continue reading

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Lesson 75

“The light has come.” The light has come.You are healed and you can heal. The light has come.You are saved and you can save.You are at peace and you bring peace with you wherever you go. Darkness and turmoil and … Continue reading

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Lesson 76

“I am under no laws but God’s.” We have observed before how many senseless things have seemed to you to be salvation. Each has imprisoned you with laws as senseless as itself. You are not bound by them.Yet to understand … Continue reading

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Lesson 77

“I am entitled to miracles.” You are entitled to miracles because of what you are.You will receive miracles because of what God is.And you will offer miracles because you are one with God. Again, how simple is salvation! It is … Continue reading

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Lesson 78

“Let miracles replace all grievances.” Perhaps it is not yet quite clear to you that each decision that you make is one between a grievance and a miracle. Each grievance stands like a dark shield of hate before the miracle … Continue reading

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Lesson 79

“Let me recognize the problem so it can be solved.” A problem cannot be solved if you do not know what it is. Even if it is really solved already, you will still have the problem because you cannot recognize … Continue reading

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Lesson 8

“My mind is preoccupied with past thoughts.” This idea is, of course, the reason why you see only the past. No-one really sees anything. He sees only his thoughts projected outward.The mind’s preoccupation with the past is the cause of … Continue reading

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Lesson 80

“Let me recognize my problems have been solved.” If you are willing to recognize your problems, you will recognize that you have no problems.Your one central problem has been answered, and you have no other. Therefore you must be at … Continue reading

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Lesson 81

Review II We are now ready for another review. We will begin where our last review left off, and cover two ideas each day.The earlier part of each day will be devoted to one of these ideas, and the latter … Continue reading

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Lesson 82

We will review these ideas today: [63] “The light of the world brings peace to every mind through my forgiveness.” My forgiveness is the means by which the light of the world finds expression through me. My forgiveness is the … Continue reading

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Lesson 83

Today let us review these ideas: [65] “My only function is the one God gave me.” I have no function but the one God gave me. This recognition releases me from all conflict, because it means I cannot have conflicting … Continue reading

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Lesson 84

These are the ideas for today’s review: [67]“Love created me like Itself.” I am in the likeness of my Creator. I cannot suffer, I cannot experience loss, and I cannot die. I am not a body. I would recognize my … Continue reading

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Lesson 85

Today’s review will cover these ideas: [69] “My grievances hide the light of the world in me.” My grievances show me what is not there, and hide from me what I would see. Recognizing this, what do I want my … Continue reading

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Lesson 86

These ideas are for review today: [71] “Only God’s plan for salvation will work.” It is senseless for me to search wildly about for salvation. I have seen it in many people and in many things, but when I reached … Continue reading

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Lesson 87

Our review today will cover these ideas: [73] “I will there be light.” I will use the power of my will today. It is not my will to grope about in darkness, fearful of shadows and afraid of things unseen … Continue reading

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Lesson 88

Our review today will cover these ideas: [73] “I will there be light.” I will use the power of my will today. It is not my will to grope about in darkness, fearful of shadows and afraid of things unseen … Continue reading

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Lesson 89

These are our review ideas for today: [77] “I am entitled to miracles.” I am entitled to miracles because I am under no laws but God’s. His laws release me from all grievances, and replace them with miracles. And I … Continue reading

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Lesson 9

“I see nothing as it is now.” This idea obviously follows from the two preceding ones. But while you may be able to accept it intellectually, it is unlikely that it will mean anything to you as yet. However, understanding … Continue reading

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Lesson 90

For this review we will use these ideas: [79] “Let me recognize the problem so it can be solved.” Let me realize today that the problem is always some form of grievance which I would cherish. Let me also understand … Continue reading

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Lesson 91

“Miracles are seen in light.” It is important to remember that miracles and vision necessarily go together. This needs repeating and frequent repeating. It is a central idea in your new thought system and the perception which it produces. The … Continue reading

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Lesson 92

“Miracles are seen in light, and light and strength are one.” The idea for today is an extension of the previous one.You do not think of light in terms of strength and darkness in terms of weakness. That is because … Continue reading

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Lesson 93

“Light and joy and peace abide in me.” You think you are the home of evil, darkness and sin.You think if anyone could see the truth about you he would be repelled, recoiling from you as if from a poisonous … Continue reading

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Lesson 94

“I am as God created me.” 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. You are … Continue reading

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Lesson 95

“I am One Self, united with my Creator.” Today’s idea accurately describes you as God created you.You are one within yourself, and One with Him.Yours is the unity of all creation. Your perfect unity makes change in you impossible. You … Continue reading

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Lesson 96

“Salvation comes from my One Self.” Although you are One Self, you experience yourself as two; as both good and evil, loving and hating, mind and body.This sense of being split into opposites induces feelings of acute and constant conflict, … Continue reading

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Lesson 97

“I am Spirit.” Today’s idea identifies you with your One Self. It accepts no split identity, nor tries to weave opposing factors into unity. It simply states the truth. Practice this truth today as often as you can, for it … Continue reading

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Lesson 98

“I will accept my part in God’s plan for salvation.” Today is a day of special dedication.We take a stand on but one side today. We side with truth and let illusions go. We will not vacillate between the two, … Continue reading

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Lesson 99

“Salvation is my only function here.” Salvation and forgiveness are the same. They both imply that something has gone wrong; something you need to be saved from or forgiven for; something amiss that needs corrective change, something apart or different … Continue reading

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PART 1

INTRODUCTION A theoretical foundation such as the text is necessary as a background to make these exercises meaningful. Yet it is the exercises which will make the goal possible. An untrained mind can accomplish nothing. It is the purpose of … Continue reading

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Part 2

INTRODUCTION Words will mean little now. We use them but as guides on which wedo not now depend. For now we seek direct experience of truth alone. The lessons which remain are merely introductions to the times in which we … Continue reading

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What am I?

I am God’s Son, complete and healed and whole, shining in the reflection of His Love. In me is His creation sanctified and guaranteed eternal life. In me is love perfected, fear impossible, and joy established without opposite. I am … Continue reading

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What is a Miracle?

A miracle is a correction. It does not create, nor really change at all. It merely looks on devastation, and reminds the mind that what it sees is false. It undoes error, but does not attempt to go beyond perception, … Continue reading

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What is Creation?

Creation is the sum of all God’s Thoughts, in number infinite, and everywhere without all limit. Only Love creates, and only like Itself. There was no time when all that It created was not there. Nor will there be a … Continue reading

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What is Forgiveness?

Forgiveness recognizes what you thought your brother did to you has not occurred. It does not pardon sins and make them real. It sees there was no sin. And in this view are all your sins forgiven.What is sin except … Continue reading

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What is Salvation?

Salvation is a promise, made by God, that you would find your way to Him at last. It cannot not be kept. It guarantees that time will have an end, and all the thoughts that have been born in time … Continue reading

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What is Sin?

Sin is insanity. It is the means by which the mind is driven mad, and seeks to let illusions take the place of truth. And being mad, it sees illusions where truth should be, and where it really is. Sin … Continue reading

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What is the body?

The body is a fence the Son of God imagines he has built to separate parts of his Self from other parts. It is within this fence he thinks he lives, to die as it decays and crumbles. For within … Continue reading

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What is the Christ?

Christ is God’s Son as He created Him. He is the Self we share, uniting us with one another, and with God as well. He is the Thought Which still abides within the Mind That is His Source. He has … Continue reading

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What is the ego?

The ego is idolatry; the sign of limited and separated self, born in a body, doomed to suffer and to end its life in death. It is the will that sees the Will of God as enemy, and takes a … Continue reading

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What is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit mediates between illusions and the truth. As He must bridge the gap between reality and dreams, perception leads to knowledge through the grace that God has given Him, to be His gift to everyone who turns to … Continue reading

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What is the Last Judgement?

Christ’s Second Coming gives the Son of God the gift to hear the Voice for God proclaim that what is false is false, and what is true has never changed. And this the judgement is in which perception ends. At … Continue reading

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What is the Real World?

The real world is a symbol, like the rest of what perception offers.Yet it stands for what is opposite to what you made.Your world is seen through eyes of fear, and brings the witnesses of terror to your mind. The … Continue reading

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What is the Second Coming ?

Christ’s Second Coming, which is sure as God, is merely the correction of mistakes and the return of sanity. It is a part of the condition which restores the never-lost, and re-establishes what is forever and forever true. It is … Continue reading

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What is the World?

The world is false perception. It is born of error, and it has not left its source. It will remain no longer than the thought which gave it birth is cherished.When the thought of separation has been changed to one … Continue reading

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