Lesson 35

“My mind is part of God’s. I am very holy.”
Today’s idea does not describe the way you see yourself now. It does,
however, describe what vision will show you. It is difficult for anyone
who thinks he is in this world to believe this of himself. Yet the
reason he thinks he is in this world is because he does not believe it.
You will believe that you are part of where you think you are.
That is because you surround yourself with the environment you
want.And you want it to protect the image of yourself that you have
made.The image is part of it.What you see while you believe you are
in it is seen through the eyes of the image. It is not vision. Images
cannot see.
The idea for today presents a very different view of yourself. By
establishing your Source it establishes your Identity, and it describes
you as you must really be in truth.We will use a somewhat different
kind of application for today’s idea, because the emphasis for today is
on the perceiver, rather than on what he perceives.
For each of the three five-minute practice periods today, begin
by repeating today’s idea to yourself, and then close your eyes and
search your mind for the various kinds of descriptive terms in which
you see yourself. Include all of the ego-based attributes which you
ascribe to yourself, positive or negative, desirable or undesirable,
grandiose or debased. All of them are equally unreal because you do
not look upon yourself through the eyes of holiness.
In the earlier part of the mind searching period, you will
probably emphasize what you consider to be the more negative
aspects of your perception of yourself. Toward the latter part of the
exercise period, however, more self-inflating descriptive terms may
well cross your mind. Try to recognize that the direction of your
fantasies about yourself does not matter. Illusions have no direction
in reality.They are merely not true.
A suitable unselected list for applying the idea for today might
be as follows:
“I see myself as imposed on.”
“I see myself as depressed.”
“I see myself as failing.”
“I see myself as endangered.”
“I see myself as helpless.”
“I see myself as victorious.”
“I see myself as losing out.”
“I see myself as charitable.”
“I see myself as virtuous.”
You should not think of these terms in an abstract way. They
will occur to you as various situations, personalities and events in
which you figure cross your mind. Pick up any specific situation that
occurs to you, identify the descriptive term or terms which you feel
are applicable to your reactions to that situation, and use them in
applying today’s idea. After you have named each one, add:
“But my mind is part of God’s. I am very holy.”
During the longer exercise periods, there will probably be
intervals in which nothing specific occurs to you. Do not strain to
think up specific things to fill the interval, but merely relax and
repeat today’s idea slowly until something occurs to you. Although
nothing that does occur should be omitted from the exercises,
nothing should be “dug out” with effort. Neither force nor
discrimination should be used.
As often as possible during the day, pick up a specific attribute
or attributes you are ascribing to yourself at the time, and apply the
idea for today to them, adding the idea to each of them in the form
stated above. If nothing particular occurs to you, merely repeat the
idea to yourself, with closed eyes.

BRITNEY ADDED: Todays idea does not describe how we see ourselves now, but it is our truth in reality, as we are very holy becuase our mind is part of God's.

With the thought of the day, we are attempting to move beyond our current ideas of ourself, to the truth about our self. All ego attributes we give ourselves, the good and the bad, are equally untrue because they are not seen through the eyes of holiness. Today we will actively search our mind for all thoughts that we currently have about our self, so we can move beyond them to the truth.

We are given very specific instructions for todays practice period. I would suggest reading the lesson thoroughly and applying the thought as prescribed.

However, if you come across negative or positive thoughts about yourself come forward during the day, become aware of it, pause, turn inwards and say "But my mind is part of God's. I am very holy."

Enjoy todays beautiful lesson!!

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