My holiness is my salvation.
If guilt is hell, what is its opposite? Like the text for which this workbook was written, the ideas used for the exercises are very simple, very clear and totally unambiguous. We are not concerned with intellectual feats nor logical toys. We are dealing only in the very obvious, which has been overlooked in the clouds of complexity in which you think you think.
If guilt is hell, what is its opposite? This is not difficult, surely. The hesitation you may feel in answering is not due to the ambiguity of the question. But do you believe that guilt is hell? If you did, you would see at once how direct and simple the text is, and you would not need a workbook at all. No one needs practice to gain what is already his.
We have already said that your holiness is the salvation of the world. What about your own salvation? You cannot give what you do not have. A savior must be saved. How else can he teach salvation? Today’s exercises will apply to you, recognizing that your salvation is crucial to the salvation of the world. As you apply the exercises to your world, the whole world stands to benefit.
Your holiness is the answer to every question that was ever asked, is being asked now, or will be asked in the future. Your holiness means the end of guilt, and therefore the end of hell. Your holiness is the salvation of the world, and your own. How could you to whom your holiness belongs be excluded from it? God does not know unholiness. Can it be He does not know His Son?
A full five minutes are urged for the four longer practice periods for today, and longer and more frequent practice sessions are encouraged. If you want to exceed the minimum requirements, more rather than longer sessions are recommended, although both are suggested.
Begin the practice periods as usual, by repeating today’s idea to yourself. Then, with closed eyes, search out your unloving thoughts in whatever form they appear; uneasiness, depression, anger, fear, worry, attack, insecurity and so on. Whatever form they take, they are unloving and therefore fearful. And so it is from them that you need to be saved.
Specific situations, events or personalities you associate with unloving thoughts of any kind are suitable subjects for today’s exercises. It is imperative for your salvation that you see them differently. And it is your blessing on them that will save you and give you vision.
Slowly, without conscious selection and without undue emphasis on any one in particular, search your mind for every thought that stands between you and your salvation. Apply the idea for today to each of them in this way:
My unloving thoughts about _____ are keeping me in hell.
My holiness is my salvation.
You may find these practice periods easier if you intersperse them with several short periods during which you merely repeat today’s idea to yourself slowly a few times. You may also find it helpful to include a few short intervals in which you just relax and do not seem to be thinking of anything. Sustained concentration is very difficult at first. It will become much easier as your mind becomes more disciplined and less distractible.
Meanwhile, you should feel free to introduce variety into the exercise periods in whatever form appeals to you. Do not, however, change the idea itself as you vary the method of applying it. However you elect to use it, the idea should be stated so that its meaning is the fact that your holiness is your salvation. 4 End each practice period by repeating the idea in its original form once more, and adding:
If guilt is hell, what is its opposite?
In the shorter applications, which should be made some three or four times an hour and more if possible, you may ask yourself this question, repeat today’s idea, and preferably both. If temptations arise, a particularly helpful form of the idea is:
My holiness is my salvation from this.
A couple of things caught my attention as I read this and as I did the exercise for today. One thing is that it is my thoughts that are keeping me in hell. I used the situations in my life that upset me, but it is with my thoughts that I brought this situation into my life. And it is my thoughts about the situation that are keeping me in hell.
I already knew that it is not the situation itself that is the cause of anything, but rather it is the effect, and the thoughts in the mind are the cause, but it is good to be reminded. I have chosen to misunderstand cause and effect for such a long time, and it takes getting used to the idea that cause and effect are reversed from what I believed. The situation did not cause my upset. The thoughts in my mind caused the situation and the thoughts in my mind about the situation keep me upset.
Another little thing I picked up on is that uneasiness, depression, anger, fear, worry, attack, insecurity and so on are different forms, but the content is the same for each; they are not love. A way to understand this is to imagine depression as a bottle, but when I pour the contents from the bottle what I find is fear. I pick up another container that seems like anger and when I pour from it, I get the same thing, fear. Jesus tells us: “Whatever form they take, they are unloving and therefore fearful. And so it is from them that you need to be saved.”
How am I saved from these unloving, fearful thoughts? Regardless that they appear different in form, anger, worry and so on, the solution is the same. It is my blessing on them that saves me. My holiness blesses my mind, and vision follows. I see things differently. Guilt and fear fall away in the face of my holiness.
In the past when I did this lesson I noticed as I went through my litany of unloving thoughts that some seemed to me to be more real than others and I had trouble “feeling” the holiness when I thought of these. I talked to Jesus about it and I asked for help to bring the idea today from my head to my heart. I begin with the concept that I am part of God and so I am very holy.
In the past, this has been only a concept. Unless I accept that I am very holy, and unless I truly embrace it, it remains a concept, visible to me, but just out of reach. When the thoughts that I allow to entrap me show up, a concept doesn’t help. I need the real thing. I need to believe in my holiness and to feel my holiness in order to believe in its blessing.
So I asked for this. I opened my mind and heart to the reality of what I am. I am holy and my holiness saves the world, and my holiness saves me from my unloving dreams. I named each upset. I rested in stillness. I didn’t try to do anything. I didn’t try to make anything happen. I didn’t think about it at all. I surrendered to my holiness. I practiced this a lot.
Now, this is not just a concept to me. I still hear the ego argue vehemently that nothing is happening and that this won’t work for me, at least not yet. But I am learning to disregard the ego objections and to expect my holiness to save me and everyone I bless with it. I also disregard everything in the illusion that seems to prove that my holiness is not real and that it cannot heal.
The illusion is the ego’s purview and it uses the body to prove it is right. I insist that guilt is not real and neither is the body and that there is nothing my holiness cannot do. Eventually, my world will catch up with the truth. My mind is part of God’s. I am very holy and there is nothing my holiness cannot do. My holiness is my salvation.