We will review these ideas today:
W-pI.82.1. (63) The light of the world brings peace to every mind through my forgiveness.
2 My forgiveness is the means by which the light of the world finds expression through me. 3 My forgiveness is the means by which I become aware of the light of the world in me. 4 My forgiveness is the means by which the world is healed, together with myself. 5 Let me, then, forgive the world, that it may be healed along with me.
W-pI.82.2. Suggestions for specific forms for applying this idea are:
2 Let peace extend from my mind to yours, [name].
3 I share the light of the world with you, [name].
4 Through my forgiveness I can see this as it is.
When I added a name to my statements, they took on a deeper meaning for me. I felt the gift of peace being extended and the person I thought of and to the world as a whole. I felt the peace within me, so in this way, my gift was to myself as well.
I did it with a different person, someone with whom I have a different relationship. It felt like a blessing when I extended peace to her. I felt both the responsibility implied in being the light of the world and at the same time, I felt humbled that I am given this mighty function. Doing this changes the way I see others and the way I see the world. It changes how I see myself.
W-pI.82.3. (64) Let me not forget my function.
2 I would not forget my function, because I would remember my Self. 3 I cannot fulfill my function if I forget it. 4 And unless I fulfill my function, I will not experience the joy that God intends for me.
W-pI.82.4. Suitable specific forms of this idea include:
2 Let me not use this to hide my function from me.
3 I would use this as an opportunity to fulfill my function.
4 This may threaten my ego, but cannot change my function in any way.
The way I respond to everything that is happening in my life reflects either the thoughts I think with God or the thoughts I think with ego. If I feel upset, angry, frustrated, fearful, or guilty, I know that my function is to forgive the situation, the people, and myself. I forgive the belief in those thoughts. Only my ego feels threatened and I am not the ego. I am not this body or this character I seem to be playing. Only bodies can be threatened; I cannot.
I was at the store today and I was noticing how many people were not wearing masks. I started having these imagined conversations in my head with some of them. Pretty quickly, I realized that I was judging them for their choice. I was surprised because I haven’t thought like that in a good while. I stopped myself but later I noticed I was doing it again. Then I remembered that I am the light of the world and darkness is not my will. This may threaten my ego but cannot change my function in any way. The light has come and I have forgiven the world. The silly thoughts were gone and I was back to being happy.