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 death have disappeared. The light has come.
Today we celebrate the happy ending to your long dream of disaster. There are no dark dreams now. The light has come. Today the time of light begins for you and everyone. It is a new era, in which a new world is born. The old one has left no trace upon it in its passing. Today we see a different world, because the light has come.
Our exercises for today will be happy ones, in which we offer thanks for the passing of the old and the beginning of the new. No shadows from the past remain to darken our sight and hide the world forgiveness offers us. Today we will accept the new world as what we want to see. We will be given what we desire. We will to see the light; the light has come.
Our longer practice periods will be devoted to looking at the world that our forgiveness shows us. This is what we want to see, and only this. Our single purpose makes our goal inevitable. Today the real world rises before us in gladness, to be seen at last. Sight is given us, now that the light has come.
We do not want to see the ego’s shadow on the world today. We see the light, and in it we see Heaven’s reflection lie across the world. Begin the longer practice periods by telling yourself the glad tidings of your release:
The light has come. I have forgiven the world.
Dwell not upon the past today. Keep a completely open mind, washed of all past ideas and clean of every concept you have made. You have forgiven the world today. You can look upon it now as if you never saw it before. You do not know yet what it looks like. You merely wait to have it shown to you. While you wait, repeat several times, slowly and in complete patience:
The light has come. I have forgiven the world.
Realize that your forgiveness entitles you to vision. Understand that the Holy Spirit never fails to give the gift of sight to the forgiving. Believe He will not fail you now. You have forgiven the world. He will be with you as you watch and wait. He will show you what true vision sees. It is His Will, and you have joined with Him. Wait patiently for Him. He will be there. The light has come. You have forgiven the world.
Tell Him you know you cannot fail because you trust in Him. And tell yourself you wait in certainty to look upon the world He promised you. From this time forth you will see differently. Today the light has come. And you will see the world that has been promised you since time began, and in which is the end of time ensured.
The shorter practice periods, too, will be joyful reminders of your release. Remind yourself every quarter of an hour or so that today is a time for special celebration. Give thanks for mercy and the Love of God. Rejoice in the power of forgiveness to heal your sight completely. Be confident that on this day there is a new beginning. Without the darkness of the past upon your eyes, you cannot fail to see today. And what you see will be so welcome that you will gladly extend today forever.
The light has come. I have forgiven the world.
Should you be tempted, say to anyone who seems to pull you back into darkness:
The light has come. I have forgiven you.
We dedicate this day to the serenity in which God would have you be. Keep it in your awareness of yourself and see it everywhere today, as we celebrate the beginning of your vision and the sight of the real world, which has come to replace the unforgiven world you thought was real.
I am going to share this entry from my journal. I wrote it this morning. Afterward, I will share the entry from last year. I don’t relate to last years entry at all this year and I started to delete it. But I kept it and the reason I am keeping it here is that it shows how much can change in a year with consistent practice that leads to total commitment.
Awakening Takes Total Commitment
Holy Spirit wants me to move through a persistent fear and come out the other side. It keeps coming up again and again and each time it does, I am given or pointed to, something helpful according to my level of acceptance. Yesterday I felt the fear wash over me again while I was eating lunch in a restaurant. The fear in this particular case shows up sometimes as grief over a broken relationship. The grief was a tidal wave that threatened to drown me and I pushed it back, because, after all, no one wants to see me drown in my sorrow while they are trying to eat lunch.
I had brought a manuscript into the restaurant with me to read while I ate and I had my phone there so I could use either one to distract me. I chose the manuscript and in it, I read that in order to wake up, waking up has to be a complete commitment. It said that any attachments we choose to retain to the ego’s script of separation will block our Awakening. Awakening takes total commitment to the exclusion of all lies of guilt, fear, and grief. This writing was, of course, absolutely perfect for what I needed yesterday.
Since then the ego has tried to get my attention back on the unsolvable problem by offering solutions and when that doesn’t work, by suggesting ways the other person is at fault. But while I hear that voice I have also heard the Holy Spirit asking me if I am ready to commit to Awakening. This morning as I read the lesson something new happened. For the first time reading this lesson I heard it differently. I understood that I can see the light or I can see the darkness. It is a choice I can make right now, but obviously, it is not possible to see light and darkness.
In this lesson, I am being invited to make the choice for light, and I felt the light rising in me. And of course, the ego pushed back with a scene of dark possibilities. But I went right back to the lesson. The light has come is a promise and a simple fact. I can look at the light or not, but not looking doesn’t mean the light is not there. I think the reason that it has always seemed a distant possibility, or even a present possibility but not a certainty, is that I thought I had to bring the light into being. I thought I had to overcome the darkness.
But that is not what is asked of me. I need only desire the light above anything else. I need only say to the Holy Spirit that I am ready for the light, and that I give Him the dark story of grief and fear, and that I give it without hesitation or regret. This decision, made with Him, ushers in the light. This morning I chose the light and the dark thoughts simply vanished before my holy will. Of course they did. My holy will is the same as God’s Will, and what darkness can overcome God’s Will? Today the light has come, and I will forgive any dark temptations as I remember that light is here and it is my will to see it.
I Open My Heart to Possibilities
From a past entry
It is inevitable that I see the real world. I hear the ego voice tell me that this level of surrender is dangerous and it invites me to follow it back to hell, but I smile and turn away. I have no desire to follow that voice. I walk in gratitude this day.
There was a time when I felt anger when I read this lesson. It was too much, and I couldn’t do it and surely Jesus knew that. It made me mad to think he was asking the impossible of me. The anger was fear, of course, as all anger is fear. When I read the lesson for today, I felt the ego shake its head and give up before the lesson was half through. Sure I could work on it and things could get better, but this lofty vision was just not going to happen today.
I heard the ego. I didn’t believe the ego. Today, I will open my heart to possibilities. I will do the lesson as if today is the day I step fully into the real world and never look back. And why not? It will happen at some point. That is inevitable. So why not today? I can think it won’t happen yet, and the ego will bring me proof I am not ready. Or I can think it could happen today and the Holy Spirit will bring me proof that it can.
Could I spend even an hour without thoughts of judgment, without fear and guilt? These are the thoughts that keep me firmly rooted in the illusion and seem so “normal” and unavoidable that I doubt anyone could be without them. But then that is why I collect awakened people. I read about, and meet if I can, people who are awakened. Real live people, who until recently, were as clueless as me. I learn their stories. I see their bright faces with their peaceful eyes. I enjoy their humor. And when the ego says this just can’t be done, I think about these people and their stories, and their joy in life.
So today, I am doing this lesson as if it is the last lesson I will ever need. I am not thinking about what could happen or how it will look. I am not making judgments about the outcome. I am just opening my heart and waiting to see what happens. In the Course, Jesus says that he will never ask us to do something we can’t do. He also says that we don’t need to believe in our own readiness if we will depend on his. Well, here I am, Jesus. I am as open and willing as I know how to be. Please use what I have, and I will lean on your perfect willingness.