ACIM Lesson 326 I am forever an Effect of God.
Father, I was created in Your Mind, a holy Thought that never left its home. ²I am forever Your Effect, and You forever and forever are my Cause.
I am forever an Effect of God.
ACIM Lesson 326
I am forever an Effect of God.
1. Father, I was created in Your Mind, a holy Thought that never left its home. ²I am forever Your Effect, and You forever and forever are my Cause. ³As You created me I have remained. ⁴Where You established me I still abide. ⁵And all Your attributes abide in me, because it is Your Will to have a Son so like his Cause that Cause and Its Effect are indistinguishable. ⁶Let me know that I am an Effect of God, and so I have the power to create like You. ⁷And as it is in Heaven, so on earth. ⁸Your plan I follow here, and at the end I know that You will gather Your effects into the tranquil Heaven of Your Love, where earth will vanish, and all separate thoughts unite in glory as the Son of God.
2. Let us today behold earth disappear, at first transformed, and then, forgiven, fade entirely into God’s holy Will.
As You created me I have remained. ⁴Where You established me I still abide.
Wow! What an incredibly beautiful lesson! This is the absolute and only truth of what we are. We are forever an Effect of God. What God creates is always as He created it. This is how we know that our present experience is just that, an experience. These bodies are not what we are and this world is not where we are. We only dream of this.
All Your attributes remain in me
We are like God in every way because He created us as an extension of Himself. Imagine that I were to draw a dot on a sheet of paper and then extend that dot into a line. The dot would be black ink and the line would also be black ink. It could never become red ink or yellow crayon. It is an extension of the dot, not the dot as something else. We are an extension of God and can never be something else.
I have the power to create like You.
Unlike the inked line, we can think of something else and imagine that we are different, but what we are remains safe and unaffected. We might wonder how it is that we could imagine something that appears so very real. The answer is that we have the power to create like God. How then, did it all become such a mess? And the answer is that we did not follow God’s plan, that is, we did not extend Love. However, we can change the plan now and choose love over fear. In so doing, we will bring the earth itself into alignment with Heaven.
And as it is in Heaven, so on earth
We have been given a simple plan to accomplish our purpose, one that cannot fail. Recognizing that all things are images of thoughts, the solution is to choose loving thoughts every time. And when we choose less than loving thoughts, it is a simple matter to forgive that choice, let it go and choose again. Consistent practice creates a permanent change.
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