[acimlessons_list] Lesson 143--May 23
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Lesson 143, Review IV - May 23
"My mind holds only what I think with God."
"In quiet I receive God's Word today."
"All that I give is given to myself."
PURPOSE: To prepare for part II of the Workbook, by concentrating on
readiness for it and by reviewing the last 20 lessons in a way that will
facilitate that readiness.
LONGER: 2--beginning and ending of the day for 5 minutes or more.
* Open your mind, clear it of all distracting thoughts. For five minutes
let this thought alone occupy it, displacing all others: "My mind holds only
what I think with God."
* Read the day's two ideas. Close eyes and repeat ideas slowly, without
hurry, for this is what time was made for. Let each word shine with the
meaning God gave it. Receive from each idea the gift God placed in it.
REMARKS: Phase 1 will be enough to set your day along the lines God
planned, making it a special time of blessing for you and for the world. It
will be enough to place Him in charge of all your thoughts. Your thoughts
will come from more than you. They will also come from Him and tell you of
His Love. Thus will you, His completion, join with Him. And He, your
completion, will join with you. He thanks you for your practicing. And as
your day ends, His gratitude will surround you.
SHORTER: hourly, for a quiet moment
* Say: "My mind holds only what I think with God." Spend a quiet moment
* Then repeat the day's two ideas, slowly enough to see their gifts and
receive their gifts.
God's thought creates. We were created when God thought of us; His mind
extended outward, and what was in His Mind extended into and became our
mind. As the review Introduction says, speaking of the main theme thought,
"My mind holds only what I think with God," "It is this thought by which the
Father gave creation to the Son, establishing the Son as co-creator with
Our minds must therefore be like His, creating like His by extending our
thoughts outward. We are God's Thoughts, and His thoughts have His nature.
"As God's creative Thought proceeds from Him to you, so must your creative
thought proceed from you to your creations. Only in this way can all
creative power extend outward. God's accomplishments are not yours, but
yours are like His. He created the Sonship and you increase it. You have the
power to add to the Kingdom, though not to add to the Creator of the
Kingdom. You claim this power when you become vigilant only for God and His
Kingdom. By accepting this power as yours you have learned to remember what
you are" (T-7.I.2:3-9).
As we receive God's Word today, so we must give it. If we receive it we
<will> give it, because what we receive is a thought of sharing. We were
created by this sharing of thought, this extending of God's Self; sharing,
or giving ourselves, is our heritage, the essence of what we are. In the
first thought we review for today are the words, "I receive;" in the second
thought are the words, "I give."
Accepting or remembering what we are means realizing we are beings who
extend, who give, who share. Created by Love, we are lovers. This is why the
Course places such stress on accepting our <function> as saviors of the
world; in accepting this, we are accepting our Self as God created It. We
are merely taking our place in the creative process, choosing no longer to
block the flow of love from God to us, and through us to the world. "To
create is to love. Love extends outward simply because it cannot be
In quiet today I receive God's Word, which is the affirmation of His love
for all His creations. I open myself to acknowledge that love, receiving it
for myself. And then I step forth to give as I have received, knowing that
in giving to my sisters and my brothers, I am indeed giving that love to
myself. My giving of it <is> my receiving of it. By my words, my thoughts,
my expressions and my attitudes I communicate to all around me the Word I
have received: "You, too, are loved. You, too, are loving. You, too, are the
expression and channel of the love of God."
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