My holiness is my salvation.
W-pI.39.1. If guilt is hell, what is its opposite? 2 Like the text for which this workbook was written, the ideas used for the exercises are very simple, very clear and totally unambiguous. 3 We are not concerned with intellectual feats nor logical toys. 4 We are dealing only in the very obvious, which has been overlooked in the clouds of complexity in which you think you think.
W-pI.39.2. If guilt is hell, what is its opposite? 2 This is not difficult, surely. 3 The hesitation you may feel in answering is not due to the ambiguity of the question. 4 But do you believe that guilt is hell? 5 If you did, you would see at once how direct and simple the text is, and you would not need a workbook at all. 6 No one needs practice to gain what is already his.
W-pI.39.3. We have already said that your holiness is the salvation of the world. 2 What about your own salvation? 3 You cannot give what you do not have. 4 A savior must be saved. 5 How else can he teach salvation? 6 Today’s exercises will apply to you, recognizing that your salvation is crucial to the salvation of the world. 7 As you apply the exercises to your world, the whole world stands to benefit.
W-pI.39.4. Your holiness is the answer to every question that was ever asked, is being asked now, or will be asked in the future. 2 Your holiness means the end of guilt, and therefore the end of hell. 3 Your holiness is the salvation of the world, and your own. 4 How could you to whom your holiness belongs be excluded from it? 5 God does not know unholiness. 6 Can it be He does not know His Son?
W-pI.39.5. A full five minutes are urged for the four longer practice periods for today, and longer and more frequent practice sessions are encouraged. 2 If you want to exceed the minimum requirements, more rather than longer sessions are recommended, although both are suggested.
W-pI.39.6. Begin the practice periods as usual, by repeating today’s idea to yourself. 2 Then, with closed eyes, search out your unloving thoughts in whatever form they appear; uneasiness, depression, anger, fear, worry, attack, insecurity and so on. 3 Whatever form they take, they are unloving and therefore fearful. 4 And so it is from them that you need to be saved.
W-pI.39.7. Specific situations, events or personalities you associate with unloving thoughts of any kind are suitable subjects for today’s exercises. 2 It is imperative for your salvation that you see them differently. 3 And it is your blessing on them that will save you and give you vision.
W-pI.39.8. 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. 2 Apply the idea for today to each of them in this way:
3 My unloving thoughts about _____ are keeping me in hell. 4 My holiness is my salvation.
W-pI.39.9. 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. 2 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. 3 Sustained concentration is very difficult at first. 4 It will become much easier as your mind becomes more disciplined and less distractible.
W-pI.39.10. Meanwhile, you should feel free to introduce variety into the exercise periods in whatever form appeals to you. 2 Do not, however, change the idea itself as you vary the method of applying it. 3 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:
5 If guilt is hell, what is its opposite?
W-pI.39.11. 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. 2 If temptations arise, a particularly helpful form of the idea is:
3 My holiness is my salvation from this.
It seems obvious to me that if guilt is hell then its opposite is innocence. Innocence is Heaven. But can I experience innocence if guilt is in my mind? No, of course not. If I think I am guilty of anything, I have kicked myself out of Heaven. If I think anyone else is guilty or if a situation is guilty then I am in hell. But the question is, do I believe that guilt is hell?
For most of my life, I did not. In fact, I thought guilt was real and that it was my job to pinpoint it in my life. I was to decide who was guilty and of what. It never occurred to me that guilt was not real. Once I started A Course in Miracles, I tried to believe guilt was not real, but at the same time, I seemed to cling to it. The Course calls this the sick attraction of guilt. I couldn’t believe I would do that even as I did it. I valued guilt and was reluctant to relinquish it. What if I needed it again?
I did learn that guilt, no matter where I was seeing it, in myself or another, was keeping me in hell. I began the process of releasing it until now it is almost obliterated from my mind. I still have a thought of guilt at times, but I have no interest in it so it goes away as quickly as it came. The ego continues to try to interest me in guilt but I am determined to never embrace guilt again.
This practice is what is necessary for us to fulfill our function as the light of the world. No one can save who has not been saved. We are not only healing our own minds; we are healing everyone’s mind. My salvation is crucial to the salvation of the world. Oh, my. Would I leave the whole world to its suffering just so that I can hold a grievance or make a judgment against a brother?
My holiness is the answer to the world’s suffering. My holiness can heal anything. My holiness is my salvation and the salvation of the world. I can say that innocence is the opposite of guilt and so innocence is the salvation of the world, or I can say that my holiness is the salvation of the world. It is the same statement. I don’t have to strive for holiness or innocence. They are truth. I strive only to make it a consistent habit to place my awareness on the truth rather than on the illusion of guilt.
It is imperative for my salvation that I see my thoughts differently. This is a consistent practice on my part and has been for a long time now. I seem still to keep a little corner of my mind as a hospital for my sick thoughts. There are not many now, but as long as there are any thoughts that are not in line with the thoughts I think with God, then I am not done. So today, Jesus, please help me to be aware of the thoughts that are keeping me in hell. I know that I am holy because I was created holy. My holiness is my salvation from these thoughts.