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 deception. He remains entirely accessible. He loves His Son. There is no certainty but this, yet this suffices. He will love His Son forever. When his mind remains asleep, He loves him still. And when his mind awakes, He loves him with a never-changing Love.

If you but knew the meaning of His Love, hope and despair would be impossible. For hope would be forever satisfied; despair of any kind unthinkable. His grace His answer is to all despair, for in it lies remembrance of His Love. Would He not gladly give the means by which His Will is recognized? His grace is yours by your acknowledgment. And memory of Him awakens in the mind that asks the means of Him whereby its sleep is done.

Today we ask of God the gift He has most carefully preserved within our hearts, waiting to be acknowledged. This the gift by which God leans to us and lifts us up, taking salvation’s final step Himself. All steps but this we learn, instructed by His Voice. But finally He comes Himself, and takes us in His Arms and sweeps away the cobwebs of our sleep. His gift of grace is more than just an answer. It restores all memories the sleeping mind forgot; all certainty of what Love’s meaning is.

God loves His Son. Request Him now to give the means by which this world will disappear, and vision first will come, with knowledge but an instant later. For in grace you see a light that covers all the world in love, and watch fear disappear from every face as hearts rise up and claim the light as theirs. What now remains that Heaven be delayed an instant longer? What is still undone when your forgiveness rests on everything?

It is a new and holy day today, for we receive what has been given us. Our faith lies in the Giver, not our own acceptance. We acknowledge our mistakes, but He to Whom all error is unknown is yet the One Who answers our mistakes by giving us the means to lay them down, and rise to Him in gratitude and love.

And He descends to meet us, as we come to Him. For what He has prepared for us He gives and we receive. Such is His Will, because He loves His Son. To Him we pray today, returning but the word He gave to us through His Own Voice, His Word, His Love:

Your grace is given me. I claim it now. Father, I come

to You. And You will come to me who ask.

I am the Son You love.



This beautiful and encouraging lesson tells me that God has not left me and He never would. He loves me with an unending and unchanging love that is not affected by my dreams. He placed His grace within my mind so that It would be there always waiting for my acknowledgment. When I choose to accept His grace, all will be restored as it was and as it still is.

As always I use the symbols of my rejection of God – the daily ego thoughts – to practice asking for another way to see. Lessons like this encourage me and motivate me to work diligently. I know that God loves me with an unwavering love and so it is painful to not be able to remember what that feels like. I am willing to know that feeling again.

I notice as I say this, the ego shrinks from the thought of experiencing that kind of love. The Holy Spirit shows me the thought in my mind that I don’t believe in this kind of love, that I cannot imagine it. I have no memory of it, at least none I can find in my mind. The ego thinks this is a trick, a lie to get me to put my guard down.

It all happens quickly, this fearful thought, this doubt, and uncertainty. It is just a feeling, but with Holy Spirit’s help, I have been able to see it more clearly. It is as if in that feeling of doubt I saw all the betrayals, all the rejections, all the pain and suffering in the world, and I could not imagine that it could all be gone, never to return. I ask the Holy Spirit to help me to see this differently and to remove the doubt from my mind. I am willing to believe in the Love of God and to believe in life without fear, life that is unending joy and peace.

My message from the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit: That is the ego reaction and you are not the ego. The ego is simply a thought system that you made and have chosen to identify with. You can choose differently now, and you do choose differently as you are vigilant for those thoughts, and choose Me as your teacher. Again, Myron, I encourage you to spend time with Me today. Remember that I am part of your mind, so it is not possible that this is hard to do. When it feels hard, be aware that this is the ego resistance to your choice for a new teacher. Being with Me is as natural as breathing is to the body.

Me: Holy Spirit, I know that this is true, but I still have a very hard time quieting the ego thoughts if I am not writing what You are telling me.

Holy Spirit: I am asking you to simply rest in Me, not to ask for anything, just to rest from the ego. It takes all of your energy and attention to maintain the illusion. Would you not like to simply rest for a moment in God’s Love? Allow yourself to accept this gift today, even if it is for only a moment at a time. It is from this place of rest that you will begin to remember God’s love.

You wonder how you will ever wake up, but you are doing it right now as you question the thoughts in your mind and bring them to me to be corrected. Everything seems to take time in the world, and so instead of experiencing this awakening from the dream in the instant it takes, you experience it as something slow and time-consuming.

You look within, and then you look without. You feel the rush of understanding, then you block it from your awareness once again. You believe Me, then you believe the ego thoughts in your mind. But all along you move steadily closer to the inevitable moment when you fall joyfully into God. It all seems to take so much time but that, too, is an illusion. Rest in Me, and let me reassure you and comfort you.

1 Comment

rosemarie tropf · June 16, 2016 at 7:43 am

I heard someone recently say that they call God, “IT” instead of he or she. I tried this out when I read this lesson. I liked that because this title removed the personality of God which is deceiving to me. When I think of God as a he or she ego projects ego thoughts about authorities such as parents, teachers, governments etc. When I think of God as “IT” this feels impersonal thus, ego-less. Ego makes everything personal and takes everything personally. This is mine, that is not yours, He loves “me” but not him or you etc. Because ego is separation calling God father, or He makes me feel separated and possibly judged. But when I say IT is pure love I can actually feel that! IT loves me is like the sun shining warmth with no discrimination at all. The sun just shines. We can cover up the sun with our thoughts of darkness like clouds cover the sun but the sun still shines. For me, that’s how God is. God IS! Period. God is not separate like my ego suggests so often to me. I AM not separate from God because IT shines like the sun 24/7 giving “me” life and warmth and light. This actually helped me so much with the whole Course teaching. Thank you Holy Spirit and thank you Myron for your share. I know you, Myron, have had an amazing month so far ay? Many adventures for ego to try and grasp onto ay? You are strong and it shows lately in your shares. I sense a new strength in you lately. So of course the ego will throw up his best weapons ay? Hugs and love to you.

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