My holiness blesses the world.
W-pI.37.1. This idea contains the first glimmerings of your true function in the world, or why you are here. 2 Your purpose is to see the world through your own holiness. 3 Thus are you and the world blessed together. 4 No one loses; nothing is taken away from anyone; everyone gains through your holy vision. 5 It signifies the end of sacrifice because it offers everyone his full due. 6 And he is entitled to everything because it is his birthright as a Son of God.
W-pI.37.2. There is no other way in which the idea of sacrifice can be removed from the world’s thinking. 2 Any other way of seeing will inevitably demand payment of someone or something. 3 As a result, the perceiver will lose. 4 Nor will he have any idea why he is losing. 5 Yet is his wholeness restored to his awareness through your vision. 6 Your holiness blesses him by asking nothing of him. 7 Those who see themselves as whole make no demands.
W-pI.37.3. Your holiness is the salvation of the world. 2 It lets you teach the world that it is one with you, not by preaching to it, not by telling it anything, but merely by your quiet recognition that in your holiness are all things blessed along with you.
W-pI.37.4. Today’s four longer exercise periods, each to involve three to five minutes of practice, begin with the repetition of the idea for today, followed by a minute or so of looking about you as you apply the idea to whatever you see:
2 My holiness blesses this chair.
3 My holiness blesses that window.
4 My holiness blesses this body.
5 Then close your eyes and apply the idea to any person who occurs to you, using his name and saying:
6 My holiness blesses you, [name].
W-pI.37.5. You may continue the practice period with your eyes closed; you may open your eyes again and apply the idea for today to your outer world if you so desire; you may alternate between applying the idea to what you see around you and to those who are in your thoughts; or you may use any combination of these two phases of application that you prefer. 2 The practice period should conclude with a repetition of the idea with your eyes closed, and another, following immediately, with your eyes open.
W-pI.37.6. The shorter exercises consist of repeating the idea as often as you can. 2 It is particularly helpful to apply it silently to anyone you meet, using his name as you do so. 3 It is essential to use the idea if anyone seems to cause an adverse reaction in you. 4 Offer him the blessing of your holiness immediately, that you may learn to keep it in your own awareness.
My true function is to look at the world through my holiness. What does that feel like? Well, when I look at the world, I often see love. The world looks beautiful, people I meet are interesting and I feel grateful they are in the world with me. I look around my house and I am so happy to have this place to live. This is not because I live someplace special, with what we typically think of as beautiful, populated with fascinating people.
This vision is not image-making that we normally experience through looking with the eyes, but what is seen with the mind. We don’t really need our eyes to see. Think when you are asleep and dreaming, you see many things, perhaps some of which can’t be seen when you open your eyes. Even now, if you close your eyes and think of someone you love you can see their face. So, this vision in which our eyes are not involved is not that unusual when you think about it.
Vision that has been purified, that is not contaminated with judgment, this kind of vision is seen with our holy mind. I don’t see through my holiness consistently yet, but more and more I do so. It makes me happy and Jesus tells us that it blesses everything I look upon, so not only do I benefit from it but so does everything and everyone else.
It makes me think of Dr. Hew Lin who uses the Hawaiian blessing Hoʻoponopono to heal people and to “clean” the environment. When he gives a talk, he first cleans (that is, he blesses) the room, the chairs, everything there. So, it is not so strange for me to think of blessing the desk and the computer with my holiness. Why not, everything is made of light or energy and it is not different for the desk than it is for this body.
When we bless others through our holiness, Jesus says in paragraph 1, sentence 5: It signifies the end of sacrifice because it offers everyone his full due. When we look with our eyes, filtering what we see through our ego thinking, we judge what we see. Looking in this way, I might see my neighbor, and immediately my mind decides who he is based on gossip, what he has said to me in the past, and how I have seen him behave. I have taken away from him his full due as a holy Son of God. Because we receive as we give, I have also sacrificed my own wholeness.
Explaining the importance of blessing the world with our holiness, Jesus makes another of those uncompromising statements. He says: There is no other way in which the idea of sacrifice can be removed from the world’s thinking. We can see how important it is that we do this. It is not hard, but it does take effort as we learn that we are not interested in the ego’s judgments and we use that simple three step process Jesus gave us in an earlier lesson. Our part is to notice the thoughts that are preventing us from blessing the world and releasing them to the Holy Spirit, we accept His healing. The Holy Spirit will do the rest. He will heal our mind and then we will just look at the world through our holiness.
Going through the world as we usually do, in competition and always judging, we leave in our wake brothers who have suffered our casual thoughts. But Jesus says we can restore them in our blessing of seeing them through our holiness.
And this paragraph: 3. Your holiness is the salvation of the world. 2 It lets you teach the world that it is one with you, not by preaching to it, not by telling it anything, but merely by your quiet recognition that in your holiness are all things blessed along with you. Oh, my! As we do this practice, we are the saviors of the world. Through our holiness we are saving the world. And we don’t have to say or do anything in the world. All we have to do is to look at the world through our holiness. We can achieve this ability through letting go of any thoughts or beliefs that teach us we are less than holy, and simply looking out on the world from that healed mind.
Let’s remember to do the practice this lesson suggests and let us also remember that 3 It is essential to use the idea if anyone seems to cause an adverse reaction in you. 4 Offer him the blessing of your holiness immediately, that you may learn to keep it in your own awareness.