Lesson152

“The power of decision is my own.”

No-one can suffer loss unless it be his own decision. No-one suffers
pain except his choice elects this state for him. No-one can grieve
nor fear nor think him sick unless these are the outcomes that he
wants. And no-one dies without his own consent. Nothing occurs
but represents your wish, and nothing is omitted that you choose.
Here is your world, complete in all details. Here is its whole reality
for you. And it is only here salvation is.

You may believe that this position is extreme, and too inclusive
to be true. Yet can truth have exceptions? If you have the gift of
everything can loss be real? Can pain be part of peace, or grief of joy?
Can fear and sickness enter in a mind where love and perfect holiness
abide? Truth must be all-inclusive if it be the truth at all. Accept no
opposite and no exceptions, for to do so is to contradict the
truth entirely.

Salvation is the recognition that the truth is true and nothing else
is true.This you have heard before, but may not yet accept both parts
of it. Without the first the second has no meaning, but without the
second is the first no longer true.Truth cannot have an opposite.This
can not be too often said and thought about. For if what is not true is
true as well as what is true, then part of truth is false, and truth has lost
its meaning. Nothing but the truth is true, and what is false is false.

This is the simplest of distinctions, yet the most obscure. But not
because it is a difficult distinction to perceive. It is concealed behind a
vast array of choices which do not appear to be entirely your own.And
thus the truth appears to have some aspects that belie consistency, but
do not seem to be but contradictions introduced by you.

As God created you, you must remain unchangeable with
transitory states by definition false. And that includes all shifts in
feeling, alterations in conditions of the body and the mind, in all
awareness and in all response.This is the all-inclusiveness which sets
the truth apart from falsehood, and the false kept separate from the
truth as what it is.

Is it not strange that you believe to think you made the world
you see is arrogance? God made it not. Of this you can be sure.What
can He know of the ephemeral, the sinful and the guilty, the afraid,
the suffering and lonely, and the mind that lives within a body that
must die? You but accuse Him of insanity, to think He made a world
where such things seem to have reality. He is not mad. Yet only
madness makes a world like this.

To think that God made chaos, contradicts His Will, invented
opposites to truth, and suffers death to triumph over life, all this is
arrogance. Humility would see at once these things are not of Him.
And can you see what God created not? To think you can is merely
to believe you can perceive what God willed not to be. And what
could be more arrogant than this?

Let us today be truly humble, and accept what we have made as
what it is. The power of decision is our own. Decide but to accept
your rightful place as co-creator of the universe, and all you think
you made will disappear.What rises to awareness then will be all that
there ever was, eternally as it is now.And it will take the place of
self-deceptions made but to usurp the altar to the Father and the Son.

Today we practice true humility, abandoning the false pretense
by which the ego seeks to prove it arrogant. Only the ego can be
arrogant. But truth is humble in acknowledging its mightiness, its
changelessness and its eternal wholeness, all-encompassing, God’s
perfect gift to His beloved Son.

We lay aside the arrogance which says that we are sinners, guilty
and afraid, ashamed of what we are.And lift our hearts in true humility
instead to Him Who has created us immaculate, like to Himself in
power and in love.The power of decision is our own. And we accept
of Him that which we are, and humbly recognize the Son of God.

To recognize God’s Son implies as well that all self-concepts
have been laid aside and recognized as false.Their arrogance has been
perceived. And in humility the radiance of God’s Son, his gentleness,
his perfect sinlessness, his Father’s Love, his right to Heaven and
release from hell are joyously accepted as our own. Now do we join
in glad acknowledgment that lies are false and only truth is true.

We think of truth alone as we arise, and spend five minutes
practicing its ways, encouraging our frightened minds with this:

“The power of decision is my own.
This day I will accept myself as what
My Father’s Will created me to be.”

Then will we wait in silence, giving up all self-deceptions as we
humbly ask our Self that He reveal Himself to us.And He Who never
left will come again to our awareness, grateful to restore His home to
God as it was meant to be.

In patience wait for Him throughout the day, and hourly invite
Him with the words with which the day began, concluding it with
this same invitation to your Self. God’s Voice will answer, for He
speaks for you and for your Father. He will substitute the peace of
God for all your frantic thoughts, the truth of God for self-deceptions, and God’s Son for your illusions of yourself.

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