Lesson 42

“God is my strength.Vision is His gift.”
The idea for today combines two very powerful thoughts, both of
major importance. It also sets forth a cause and effect relationship
which explains why you cannot fail in your efforts to achieve the
goal of the course.You will see because it is the Will of God. It is His
strength, not your own, that gives you power. And it is His gift to
you, rather than your own, which offers vision to you.
God is indeed your strength. And what He gives is truly given.
This means that you can receive it any time and anywhere, wherever
you are and in whatever circumstances you find yourself. Your
passage through time and space is not random.You cannot but be in
the right place at the right time. Such is the strength of God. Such
are His gifts.
We will have two three-to-five-minute longer exercise periods
today, one as soon as possible after you wake, and another as close as
possible to the time you go to sleep. It is better, however, to wait until
you can sit quietly by yourself at a time when you feel ready than it
is to be concerned with the time as such.
Begin the practice period by repeating the idea for today slowly,
with eyes open, looking about you.Then close your eyes and repeat
the idea again, quite slowly. After this, try to think of nothing except
thoughts which occur to you in relation to today’s idea.You might
think, for example:
“Vision must be possible. God gives truly,”
“God’s gifts to me must be mine, because He gave them to me.”
Whatever thought that is clearly related to the idea itself is
suitable. You may, in fact,
be astonished at the amount of course-
related understanding some of your own thoughts contain. Let them
come without censoring unless you realize your mind is merely
wandering, and you have let obviously irrelevant thoughts intrude.
You may also reach a point where no thoughts at all seem to come to
mind. If such interferences occur, open your eyes and repeat the
thought once more while looking slowly about; close your eyes,
repeat the idea once more, and then continue to look for related
thoughts in your mind.
Remember, though that active searching is not appropriate for
today’s exercises.Try merely to step back and let the thoughts come.
If you find this difficult, it is better to spend the practice period
alternating between slow repetitions of the idea with eyes open, then
closed, then open, and so on, than it is to strain in order to find
suitable thoughts.
There is no limit on the number of short practice periods which
would be most beneficial.The idea for the day is a beginning step in
bringing thoughts together and teaching you that what you are
studying is a unified thought system in which nothing is lacking that
is needed, and nothing is included that is contradictory or irrelevant.
The more often you repeat the idea during the day, the more
often you will be reminding yourself that the goal of the course is
important to you, and that you have not forgotten it.

BRITNEY ADDED: God is indeed our Strength! And we can receive His gifts any time, any where, no matter what circumstance, or event. We can always ask to receive Gods Gifts, Gods Strength at ANY time of need.

Today we will step back, out of the thoughts in our mind, and let these true thoughts of strength that we share with God stream through.

We are learning that we are studying a unified thought system where nothing is lacking that is needed, and nothing is included that is contradictory or irrelevant. All is perfect, and all is a gift FOR us.

Through this lesson, we can learn the whole goal of the Course.

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