Lesson 113 2021

Lesson 113

For morning and evening review:

Artwork by Nancy Moore

1. (95) I am one Self, united with my Creator.

²Serenity and perfect peace are mine, because I am one Self, completely whole, at one with all creation and with God.

I’ve read this and other statements like it many times over the years I have studied A Course in Miracles. Sometimes, I say I am one Self, united with my Creator without pausing to consider what this means. I say it with the casual disregard I might feel if I was saying that I am a woman. I have to slow my mind down and bring myself back to the present moment and sit here in contemplation of what I have just proclaimed.

I have to take this in and let myself feel the chill bumps rise on my arms as I realize the magnitude of that statement. Then, I might feel the tears begin to form as I allow gratitude to rise up in me. Thank God, I am not this body, this collection of unfounded beliefs I have collected over a lifetime and have mistakenly, foolishly, identified with as if this could be me.

What was I thinking? Could I, the Son of God, the Christ, be a single separated being in a sea of separated beings? Could I be a human body subject to fear and guilt? Could I find myself in a frail and vulnerable body that came here to suffer and then to die? I Who is Life Itself, how could that even be possible? Could I somehow have torn myself from my Self and my Creator?

It is all just too insane to take seriously. No wonder that in our decision to have this experience we had to agree not to laugh. How else could we have pulled off this charade? Even as I shake off the remnants of this crazy dream, I find myself pausing to consider some other aspect of the illusion as if it has something new to offer me. But I am truly weary of the whole thing and oh so ready to go Home.

Father, whatever it is that calls to me from the dream, whatever confusion remains that ties me to this body image, I am ready to release. I have tasted serenity and peace and it has restored me to my senses, and now I am ready to embrace perfect serenity and peace as my identity. Please bring me clarity of mind and purity of thought. Cut the cord that binds me to the belief in this body identification.

2. (96) Salvation comes from my one Self.

²From my one Self, Whose knowledge still remains within my mind, I see God’s perfect plan for my salvation perfectly fulfilled.

Our Creator will not pull us from this dream. He created us free and so we can play around in our illusion as long as we want to but we will tire of it. Those who are studying this Course or are some other spiritual path of awakening are ready to remember. And remembering is what we are doing. The Answer is in our mind just waiting for us to notice it. Knowledge has gone nowhere just because we preferred ignorance for a while. Clarity of purpose will bring us clarity of mind.

No one will wake us up because we don’t need them to. We can simply choose to awaken and everything we need to gently bring us out of our long dream will become apparent to us. We will find the right book, the right teacher. We will find ourselves in the perfect circumstances to show us the next step to take, the next belief to undo. Everything we need to restore our memory is right here in our mind. Desire for this knowledge will show us God’s plan for salvation and carry us to the completion of that plan.

3. On the hour:
²I am one Self, united with my Creator.

³On the half hour:
⁴Salvation comes from my one Self.

(ACIM, W-113.1:1–3:4)

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