I am sustained by the Love of God.
Here is the answer to every problem that will confront you, today and tomorrow and throughout time. In this world, you believe you are sustained by everything but God. Your faith is placed in the most trivial and insane symbols; pills, money, “protective” clothing, influence, prestige, being liked, knowing the “right” people, and an endless list of forms of nothingness that you endow with magical powers.
All these things are your replacements for the Love of God. All these things are cherished to ensure a body identification. They are songs of praise to the ego. Do not put your faith in the worthless. It will not sustain you.
Only the Love of God will protect you in all circumstances. It will lift you out of every trial, and raise you high above all the perceived dangers of this world into a climate of perfect peace and safety. It will transport you into a state of mind that nothing can threaten, nothing can disturb, and where nothing can intrude upon the eternal calm of the Son of God.
Put not your faith in illusions. They will fail you. Put all your faith in the Love of God within you; eternal, changeless and forever unfailing. This is the answer to whatever confronts you today. Through the Love of God within you, you can resolve all seeming difficulties without effort and in sure confidence. Tell yourself this often today. It is a declaration of release from the belief in idols. It is your acknowledgment of the truth about yourself.
For ten minutes, twice today, morning and evening, let the idea for today sink deep into your consciousness. Repeat it, think about it, let related thoughts come to help you recognize its truth, and allow peace to flow over you like a blanket of protection and surety. Let no idle and foolish thoughts enter to disturb the holy mind of the Son of God. Such is the Kingdom of Heaven . Such is the resting place where your Father has placed you forever.
It appears that I have placed my faith in some insane symbols, pills, doctors, and a whole slew of medical professions, tests, and surgery. And to a point, I have, but not really. My faith is in the Love of God. Or said another way, my faith is in the Love that is God. I have faith that I am in the right place doing the right thing. I have faith that all my many helpers both embodied and in spirit surround and keep me. I have faith that angels hover all about, protecting me from any dark thoughts that would enter my mind.
I don’t see this help as keeping me alive or even having a successful surgery. I see this situation as another way that I ready myself for awakening and that I help the entire Sonship to awaken as I bring each fear thought, each attack thought to the Holy Spirit for healing. I see it helping us all wake up as I use the doctor and hospital visits to uplift and love those around me. So even though this upcoming surgery seems like a major drama in the life of Myron, it is really just one more step toward enlightenment for the Sonship.
One error that creeps into the minds of many spiritual students is “magical thinking.” Magical thinking is believing that spiritual practice protects us and makes us happy by correcting the things in the world that we think need correcting. This error is fairly common and is fiercely protected by the ego, so it isn’t always easily let go.
Everything that is born will die. Each one of us does well to accept this fact. When we accept that the body-personalities that we perceive ourselves to be are temporary and can end at anytime, we are ready to seek for our eternal Self. Our eternal Self is beyond everything temporary and is affected by none of it. The realization of our eternal Self as our truth is ‘salvation’, ‘awakening’, and ‘eternal life’.
“Only the Love of God will protect you in all circumstances. It will lift you out of every trial, and raise you high above all perceived dangers of this world into a climate of perfect peace and safety.” This refers to truth realization. When you know what you are, you are not affected by the ups and downs of this world because you know yourself as beyond it.
p.s. Because magical thinking is such a strong ego defense (to keep us identified with the body), people often ask me questions like, “Should I take medication?” I resonate with Byron Katie’s response. She says that the body is the doctor’s business, not hers.
Let the doctor play games with the body. If the doctor says to take a medication or go through a certain procedure, go ahead, but watch your mind for the idea that this will save you. Identification with the body is an error. You are not the body.
This was pretty much my thoughts about my surgery. My doctor was my partner. He took care of the body and I watched my mind for wrong-minded thinking and I tried to extend love as much as I could. I have a purpose here and it is not to extend the life of the body. I am not this body, it is just a useful tool while I still need it. It is to use the body for my awakening. I use it to help me see what beliefs I need to undo. I use it as a true communication device, that is to extend love.
I will say this, though, others have taken a different road and arrived at the same place. A case in point is David Hawkins. He did the lessons in A Course in Miracles and from there understood that his body could be healed. He healed every single issue with his body, and there were many. He also awakened before he left the body, and judging from later talks he seemed to have lost interest in doing anything with the body. This doesn’t mean that anyone is wrong, just that there are many paths all leading to God, and there are many lessons to be learned. One person’s lesson is to let go of concern for the body as a way of learning that we are not the body and another learns that they are not the body through the healing of the body. We will have the experience that brings us to awakening sooner. I am going to say this, though. I believe that in the end, healing the sick and raising the dead will be our destiny. I just don’t believe that it is a goal that everyone will reach immediately. We have many lessons to learn and healing the body is not the most important, but rather the inevitable result of those lessons.
I am not going to list all the ways in which I try defend myself. Jesus has done that and I am fully aware of my own favorite methods. These are the words I want to contemplate this morning.
“Only the Love of God will protect you in all circumstances. It will lift you out of every trial, and raise you high above all the perceived dangers of this world into a climate of perfect peace and safety. It will transport you into a state of mind that nothing can threaten, nothing can disturb, and where nothing can intrude upon the eternal calm of the Son of God.”
Can you imagine being in a situation that in the past would have caused great anxiety, and now, because you know that you have nothing to fear, you know that you are sustained, not by anything in the world, but by the love of God, you are perfectly calm, peaceful and confident. Can you imagine never being disturbed by what you see or what you hear?
This lesson is explaining to us in simple easily relatable terms that we don’t have anything to worry about because, in spite of appearances we are not in the thick of the battleground, but above it. Where we are, we are perfectly safe. We don’t feel like this is true because we seem to be in this world, in this story, and very much a part of it. We are not.
The only way we are going to know we are not is to start thinking as if we are perfectly sustained by the love of God. In doing so we will discover for ourselves that the world was just a thought in the mind and that this world will end when we decided to stop thinking it. We start with a hope that this is truly the way out, and with a little willingness and a little trust, we begin to back out of the illusion.
Once we understand that this is what Jesus is doing for us, that he has a plan to gently extricate us from the dream state in which we are entangled, we can see where the lessons are taking us. He begins with the “meaningless lessons” in which he shows us that nothing in the world means anything in and of itself and that we give it the meaning it has. We are not, after all, helpless victims to the world.
He helps us to see that the meaninglessness of the world came from our meaningless thoughts because the world is the effect of our thoughts. He then points out that meaninglessness is scary and that is why we are afraid, but that we don’t have to worry because God did not create a meaningless world, and we have real thoughts, thoughts with all meaning because they are the thoughts we think with God.
He then spends some time on lessons that help us to see that even though our thoughts are meaningless, they still are powerful because of what we are as God’s Son. He explains that our thoughts become images that we make and that is what we imagine is the “real” world, but is not. He tells us that we made the body’s eyes, not to see, but to report to us what we made with our thoughts.
He reinforces this by explaining to us that all thought produces form at some level. None of our thoughts are neutral, we are always making images that we then believe in. Not only that, but our minds are joined and so we are having a shared delusion, not only in what we make but how we see what we make. Now that we have a clear understanding of what is actually happening, Jesus gives us a lesson to help us reverse our thinking. In Lesson 20 we make a commitment to this reversal when we declare that we are determined to see.
He goes on to encourage us to understand that we are hurting ourselves and that we can stop. He explains that it is our attack thoughts that are attacking us. He reminds us that we don’t understand anything and that we don’t perceive our own best interests so maybe we should resign as our own teacher and accept his instruction and the Holy Spirit’s help in changing our minds.
In the next lessons, we dedicate ourselves to seeing, really seeing, rather than image making we call seeing. We state that above all else we want to see, we want to see differently. Then another bombshell, God is in everything I see. This lesson explains everything, every idea before and after. If I only believed and remembered this in every circumstance, never making an exception, how would that change my behavior, my words, my thoughts, my sense of reality?
And not only that, but God is in everything I see because God is in my mind. From this lesson, we learn that there is a new way we can project. Instead of projecting to rid ourselves of the thoughts we are afraid of or ashamed of, we are going to find what is true in our minds, and project that. We will then join with what we see rather than keeping it apart from us.
Slowly, Jesus takes us from the idea that we are a victim of the world we see, to the truth that we are the maker of that world and that we can change what we see as we learn to recognize our holiness. Our mind is part of God, how could we be anything but holy. But to accept our holiness we must stop looking at the world we made as if it is reality, realize it is just an effect of our confused ego thoughts projected outward, and that as we get in touch with our true thoughts, we will see that there is nothing our holiness cannot do. Our holiness will save us.
As Jesus tells us that God is with us, that He is our strength and our vision, that He is the Mind with which we think, the Love in which we forgive and trust, we are being led to realize there is nothing to fear. How could there be anything to fear. We are part of God, He is in us and we are in Him. There is no way to separate us except in the strange dreams we make, and dreams are not reality. All that we do, we do through God. All that is done outside God is not real, only fantasy because in reality nothing can be done outside of God.
This first foundational section ends by telling us that we are never alone. God speaks to us all through the day and we can learn to hear only His Voice. And now we are told that we are sustained by the Love of God. Looking back over these lessons, it is easy to see how gently we have been led to this understanding. Can I now accept that I have been trying to sustain myself as if I were actually the image I made to experience the idea of not-God?
Will I be willing to see this differently, to know that I am safe because I am still where I have always been; I am now and always will be in the mind of God. I have had a long run at this play acting and I am so deeply engrossed in the story that I have come to believe in it, but I am ready to return to true creation instead of this image making I have done so long.
So I will remind myself often today that I am sustained by the Love of God. I have nothing to fear because I am sustained, not by my own feeble machinations, but by the Love of God. I will see the world as I made it, of course, but I now know that what I see is not real. I will give my willingness to see through the images to the truth, to see not what my eyes show me, but to see with vision what is actually there. My mind is part of God’s. I am very holy. There is nothing my holiness cannot do. God goes with me where ever I go. His Voice speaks to me throughout the day and His Love sustains me. I need nothing else.