Lesson 73

I will there be light.”
Today we are considering the will you share with God. This is not
the same as the ego’s idle wishes, out of which darkness and
nothingness arise.The will you share with God has all the power of
creation in it.The ego’s idle wishes are unshared, and therefore have
no power at all. Its wishes are not idle in the sense that they can make
a world of illusions in which your belief can be very strong. But they
are idle indeed in terms of creation.They make nothing that is real.
Idle wishes and grievances are partners or co-makers in picturing
the world you see.The wishes of the ego gave rise to it, and the ego’s
need for grievances, which are necessary to maintain it, peoples it with
figures that seem to attack you and call for “righteous” judgement.
They become the middlemen the ego employs to traffic in grievances
and stand between your awareness and your brothers’ reality.
Beholding them, you do not know your brothers nor your Self.
Your will is lost to you in this strange bartering, in which guilt is
traded back and forth, and grievances increase with each exchange.
Can such a world have been created by the will the Son of God shares
with his Father? Did God create disaster for His Son? Creation is the
Will of Both together.Would God create a world that kills Himself?
Today we will try once more to reach the world that is in
accordance with your will.The light is in it because it does not oppose
the Will of God. It is not Heaven, but the light of Heaven shines on it.
Darkness has vanished; the ego’s idle wishes have been withdrawn.
Yet the light which shines upon this world reflects your will,
and so it must be in you that we
will look for it.Y
our picture of the
world can only mirror what is within.The source of neither light nor
darkness can be found without. Grievances darken your mind, and you
look out on a darkened world. Forgiveness lifts the darkness, reasserts
your will, and lets you look upon a world of light.
We have repeatedly emphasized that the barrier of grievances is
easily passed, and cannot stand between you and your salvation. The
reason is very simple. Do you really want to be in hell? Do you really
want to weep and suffer and die?
Forget the ego’s arguments which
seek to prove all this is really Heaven. You know it is not so. You
cannot want this for yourself.There is a point beyond which illusions
cannot go.
Suffering is not happiness, and it is happiness you really want.
Such is your will in truth. And so salvation is your will as well.You
want to succeed in what we are trying to do today.We undertake it
with your blessing and your glad accord.
We will succeed today if you remember that you will salvation
for yourself.You will to accept God’s plan because you share in it.You
have no will that can really oppose it, and you do not want to do so.
Salvation is for you.Above all else you want the freedom to remember
who you really are.
Today it is the ego which stands powerless before your will.Your
will is free, and nothing can prevail against it.Therefore we undertake
the exercises for today in happy confidence, certain that we will find
what it is your will to find, and remember what it is your will to
remember. No idle wishes can detain us, nor deceive us with an
illusion of strength.Today let your will be done. And end forever the
insane belief that it is hell in place of Heaven that you choose.
We will begin our longer practice periods with the recognition
that God’s plan for salvation, and only His, is wholly in accord with
your will. It is not the purpose of an alien power, thrust upon you
unwillingly. It is the one purpose here on which you and your Father
are in perfect accord.
You will succeed today, the time appointed for the release of the
Son of God from hell and from all idle wishes. His will is now
restored to his awareness. He is willing this very day to look upon the
light in him and be saved.
After reminding yourself of this and determining to keep
your will clearly in mind, tell yourself with gentle firmness and
quiet certainty:
“I will there be light. Let me behold the light that reflects
God’s Will and mine.”
Then let your will assert itself, joined with the power of God and
united with your Self. Put the rest of the practice period under Their
guidance. Join with Them as They lead the way.
In the shorter practice periods, again make a declaration of what you
really want. Say:
“I will there be light. Darkness is not my will.”
This should be repeated several times an hour. It is most important,
however, to apply today’s idea in this form immediately you are
tempted to hold a grievance of any kind.This will help you let your
grievances go, instead of cherishing them and hiding them in
the darkness

BRITNEY ADDED: Grievances darken your mind, and you look out on a darkened world. Forgiveness lifts the darkness, reasserts your will, and lets you look upon a world of light.

Suffering is not happiness, and it is happiness you really want. Such is your will in truth. And so salvation is your will as well. You want to succeed in what we are trying to do today. We undertake it with your blessing and your glad accord.

"I will there be light. Let me behold the light that reflects God's WIll and mine"

"I will there be light. Darkness is not my will."

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