ACIM Lesson 252 The Son of God is my Identity. My Self is holy beyond all the thoughts of holiness of which I now conceive.
The Son of God is my Identity.
1. My Self is holy beyond all the thoughts of holiness of which I now conceive. ²Its shimmering and perfect purity is far more brilliant than is any light that I have ever looked upon. ³Its love is limitless, with an intensity that holds all things within it, in the calm of quiet certainty. ⁴Its strength comes not from burning impulses which move the world, but from the boundless Love of God Himself. ⁵How far beyond this world my Self must be, and yet how near to me and close to God!
2. Father, You know my true Identity. ²Reveal It now to me who am Your Son, that I may waken to the truth in You, and know that Heaven is restored to me.
How many of us think of ourselves in this way? Not many relative to the present world population, but far more than there ever has been in history, I think, and the number is growing. Every one of us studying and diligently practicing these words from Jesus are beginning to awaken to this glorious truth. When I become discouraged with myself and begin to wonder if I will ever become willing to let go of this personal self, I read a lesson like this and my hope and determination are renewed.
The World Only Gives What We Gave It
The actual work involved, the practice itself, is very simple. I am doing a Pathways of Light course with some people and we are looking at this passage from the Text, Chapter 13.
3. The world can give you only what you gave it, for being nothing but your own projection, it has no meaning apart from what you found in it and placed your faith in. ²Be faithful unto darkness and you will not see, because your faith will be rewarded as you gave it. ³You will accept your treasure, and if you place your faith in the past, the future will be like it. ⁴Whatever you hold dear you think is yours. ⁵The power of your valuing will make it so. (ACIM, T-13.IX.3:1-5)
The world will always give us what we gave it. We need to be sure we are giving what we want to receive. We will give it what we place our faith in. We must question where it is that we put our faith. If we are faithful to guilt, fear, anger, or hatred, this is what we will project and what we will receive. If we give these things today because that is always what we gave, then the future will be like the past and nothing changes. What do we value? If we value something we will think it is ours and so it will be. Too often we value the valueless and our world is very dark. We can change this by forgiving what we chose before and by choosing again.
This is the kind of work, the kind of practice that helps us to clear away the dark thoughts that keep us bound to the world and keep us from knowing our Self and thus knowing God.
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