Lesson 39

Lesson 39

My holiness is my salvation.

If guilt is hell, what is its opposite? Like the text for which this workbook was written, the ideas used for the exercises are very simple, very clear and totally unambiguous. We are not concerned with intellectual feats nor logical toys. We are dealing only in the very obvious, which has been overlooked in the clouds of complexity in which you think you think.

If guilt is hell, what is its opposite? This is not difficult, surely. The hesitation you may feel in answering is not due to the ambiguity of the question. But do you believe that guilt is hell? If you did, you would see at once how direct and simple the text is, and you would not need a workbook at all. No one needs practice to gain what is already his.

We have already said that your holiness is the salvation of the world. What about your own salvation? You cannot give what you do not have. A savior must be saved. How else can he teach salvation? Today’s exercises will apply to you, recognizing that your salvation is crucial to the salvation of the world. As you apply the exercises to your world, the whole world stands to benefit.

Your holiness is the answer to every question that was ever asked, is being asked now, or will be asked in the future. Your holiness means the end of guilt, and therefore the end of hell. Your holiness is the salvation of the world, and your own. How could you to whom your holiness belongs be excluded from it? God does not know unholiness. Can it be He does not know His Son?

A full five minutes are urged for the four longer practice periods for today, and longer and more frequent practice sessions are encouraged. If you want to exceed the minimum requirements, more rather than longer sessions are recommended, although both are suggested.

Begin the practice periods as usual, by repeating today’s idea to yourself. Then, with closed eyes, search out your unloving thoughts in whatever form they appear; uneasiness, depression, anger, fear, worry, attack, insecurity and so on. Whatever form they take, they are unloving and therefore fearful. And so it is from them that you need to be saved.

Specific situations, events or personalities you associate with unloving thoughts of any kind are suitable subjects for today’s exercises. It is imperative for your salvation that you see them differently. And it is your blessing on them that will save you and give you vision.

Slowly, without conscious selection and without undue emphasis on any one in particular, search your mind for every thought that stands between you and your salvation. Apply the idea for today to each of them in this way:

My unloving thoughts about _____ are keeping me in hell.
My holiness is my salvation.

You may find these practice periods easier if you intersperse them with several short periods during which you merely repeat today’s idea to yourself slowly a few times. You may also find it helpful to include a few short intervals in which you just relax and do not seem to be thinking of anything. Sustained concentration is very difficult at first. It will become much easier as your mind becomes more disciplined and less distractible.

Meanwhile, you should feel free to introduce variety into the exercise periods in whatever form appeals to you. Do not, however, change the idea itself as you vary the method of applying it. However you elect to use it, the idea should be stated so that its meaning is the fact that your holiness is your salvation. 4 End each practice period by repeating the idea in its original form once more, and adding:

If guilt is hell, what is its opposite?

In the shorter applications, which should be made some three or four times an hour and more if possible, you may ask yourself this question, repeat today’s idea, and preferably both. If temptations arise, a particularly helpful form of the idea is:

My holiness is my salvation from this.



“4 Your holiness is the answer to every question that was ever asked, is being asked now, or will be asked in the future. Your holiness means the end of guilt, and therefore the end of hell. Your holiness is the salvation of the world, and your own. How could you to whom your holiness belongs be excluded from it? God does not know unholiness. Can it be He does not know His Son?”

“If guilt is hell, what is its opposite?”

It is guilt that must be relinquished if I am to save myself from hell, and I must save myself before I can save the world.

“You cannot give what you do not have. A savior must be saved. How else can he teach salvation?”

We all suffer from the belief in guilt. We may direct the guilt toward ourselves, or direct it outward toward others. It is the same and has the same effect, that is, it keeps us in hell. Sometimes we keep the guilt from our awareness. My sister-in-law and I studied the Course together for some time. She always complained about the emphasis on guilt saying that she didn’t feel guilty for anything. Toward the end of our time together, she finally became willing to see the guilt in her mind. That was a breakthrough for her because no one can be healed of something they deny having.

I have been aware of the guilt in my mind, aware that I felt guilty and that in an effort to relieve that guilt, I have projected it onto others. I notice that the practice of the Course has helped me a lot. I don’t do this to myself or to others as often as I did in the past. Now it is just a thought crossing my mind. I might consider it for a little while, but I never hold onto it like I used to. I’m so grateful for that. It really is hell to believe in guilt.

How could guilt be real under any circumstances? There is no guilt in God, therefore, there cannot be guilt in me or in anyone. When I feel guilty or see someone else as guilty, I remind myself of how impossible it is that anything God created could be guilty. I sit in stillness for a moment as I let the truth sink into my mind. I allow my holiness to envelop those I had seen as guilty, and to envelop my own mind and we are saved from this crazy belief.

Regina’s Tips

Once you are aware of how valuable this goal and its means (the workbook lesson) are to you, create a plan for accomplishing the longer practice periods. Set a stretch goal … aim to do more than the minimum … but stay with wisdom and do not set a goal that is beyond what is reasonable for you (and therefore possibly self-defeating.)

This week I have found myself coining a new term, “divine greediness.” Be divinely greedy by being excited to practice the day’s lesson. Be excited to say it to yourself 4 or more times per hour today, like someone was handing you a gold coin 4 times per hour and all you had to do was remember to stick your hand out to receive it. The longer practice periods are worth a one ounce bar of gold!!

Be divinely greedy and love today’s lesson. We only have this lesson for today, and then it is gone. Eat it up while it is here!!!

Past Entries

A couple of things caught my attention as I read this and as I did the exercise for today. One thing is that it is my thoughts that are keeping me in hell. I used the situations in my life that upset me, but it is with my thoughts that I brought this situation into my life. And it is my thoughts about the situation that are keeping me in hell.

I already knew that it is not the situation itself that is the cause of anything, but rather it is the effect, and the thoughts in the mind are the cause, but it is good to be reminded. I have chosen to misunderstand cause and effect for such a long time, and it takes getting used to the idea that cause and effect are reversed from what I believed. The situation did not cause my upset. The thoughts in my mind caused the situation and the thoughts in my mind about the situation keep me upset.

Another little thing I picked up on is that uneasiness, depression, anger, fear, worry, attack, insecurity and so on are different forms, but the content is the same for each; they are not love. A way to understand this is to imagine depression as a bottle, but when I pour the contents from the bottle what I find is fear. I pick up another container that seems like anger and when I pour from it, I get the same thing, fear. Jesus tells us: “Whatever form they take, they are unloving and therefore fearful. And so it is from them that you need to be saved.”

How am I saved from these unloving, fearful thoughts? Regardless that they appear different in form, anger, worry and so on, the solution is the same. It is my blessing on them that saves me. My holiness blesses my mind, and vision follows. I see things differently. Guilt and fear fall away in the face of my holiness.

In the past when I did this lesson I noticed as I went through my litany of unloving thoughts that some seemed to me to be more real than others and I had trouble “feeling” the holiness when I thought of these. I talked to Jesus about it and I asked for help to bring the idea today from my head to my heart. I begin with the concept that I am part of God and so I am very holy.

In the past, this has been only a concept. Unless I accept that I am very holy, and unless I truly embrace it, it remains a concept, visible to me, but just out of reach. When the thoughts that I allow to entrap me show up, a concept doesn’t help. I need the real thing. I need to believe in my holiness and to feel my holiness in order to believe in its blessing.

So I asked for this. I opened my mind and heart to the reality of what I am. I am holy and my holiness saves the world, and my holiness saves me from my unloving dreams. I named each upset. I rested in stillness. I didn’t try to do anything. I didn’t try to make anything happen. I didn’t think about it at all. I surrendered to my holiness. I practiced this a lot.

Now, this is not just a concept to me. I still hear the ego argue vehemently that nothing is happening and that this won’t work for me, at least not yet. But I am learning to disregard the ego objections and to expect my holiness to save me and everyone I bless with it. I also disregard everything in the illusion that seems to prove that my holiness is not real and that it cannot heal.

The illusion is the ego’s purview and it uses the body to prove it is right. I insist that guilt is not real and neither is the body and that there is nothing my holiness cannot do. Eventually, my world will catch up with the truth. My mind is part of God’s. I am very holy and there is nothing my holiness cannot do. My holiness is my salvation.


2 thoughts on “Lesson 39

  1. Myron your last few sentences described my “concern” exactly. I can easily see how my unloving thoughts about this or that person are keeping me in hell but then I become concerned that i will walk around pretending I don’t have those unloving thoughts and become pollyanna’ish. I have even tried that in the past. LIke you said above that is trying to make something happen. “Instead rest in stillness and surrender to my holiness” is what you said and that is the perfect answer to my worry that I will “pretend” to not have that thought of “others” mistakes. This lesson makes me want to journal a lot of anger/worry/depressing thoughts I have. I have noticed lately whenever I pass a mirror or see my reflection unexpectedly that my face looks angry. I saw it last night and asked Holy Spirit what is that look about? The answer? In my rushing around to the next thing I expect to be stopped, I expect to be held back and I am so determined to “get there” that I grit my teeth and rush around with a look like, “don’t get in my way.” I was unaware of this to some degree until last night when I finally admitted that angry look was anger and asked Holy Spirit for help. This morning I woke up and instead of rushing to get my tea so I could hurry up and do my lesson…(my lessons about peace and love…LOL) I sat by my window looking at the bamboo and thought maybe I’ll take a walk. I never sit in that chair because I don’t have time. I never look out my window because I am streaking through life at full bore hurrying up to get there. Where you might ask? I don’t know. That is anxiety, that is worry and that is fear coming out of that bottle like you said. This lesson is a great one for me. When I am in a hurry today and feel frustration at whomever is holding me back I will say My unloving thoughts about that slow driver are keeping me in hell. My unloving thoughts about the guy on the other end of the phone are keeping me in hell. All I need do is see my thoughts and ask Holy Spirit to help me see my holiness is my salvation and that a successful completed cycle of action done in fear and anger is not complete at all. Thank you Holy Spirit and thank you Myron.

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