True words aren’t eloquent;
eloquent words aren’t true.
Wise men don’t need to prove their point;
men who need to prove their point aren’t wise.
The Master has no possessions.
The more he does for others,
the happier he is.
The more he gives to others,
the wealthier he is.
The Tao nourishes by not forcing.
By not dominating, the Master leads.
Tao Te Ching v81
The Christ within is my constant support—my everlasting source of comfort.
Wherever I am, God is. This verse from the “Prayer for Protection” by James Dillet Freeman reminds me that my indwelling consciousness—the Christ—is closer than my own hands and feet. This presence is forever available to me. When I look into the peace-filled eyes of an infant, I am reminded that Spirit is within each of us from the very beginning.
I call upon God within me whether I want guidance or reassurance for a decision, comfort for a loss, or encouragement for a new endeavor. Whatever I seek, the Christ in me will provide. Any anxious thoughts or feelings fade away as I rest in the indwelling Spirit that has always been and will forever be my everlasting source of comfort.
For the Lord has comforted his people, and will have compassion on his suffering ones.–Isaiah 49:13
We are now ready for another review. We will begin where our last review left off, and cover two ideas each day. The earlier part of each day will be devoted to one of these ideas, and the latter part of the day to the other. We will have one longer exercise period, and frequent shorter ones in which we practice each of them.
The longer practice periods will follow this general form: Take about fifteen minutes for each of them, and begin by thinking about the ideas for the day, and the comments that are included in the assignments. Devote some three or four minutes to reading them over slowly, several times if you wish, and then close your eyes and listen.
Repeat the first phase of the exercise period if you find your mind wandering, but try to spend the major part of the time listening quietly but attentively. There is a message waiting for you. Be confident that you will receive it. Remember that it belongs to you, and that you want it.
Do not allow your intent to waver in the face of distracting thoughts. Realize that, whatever form such thoughts may take, they have no meaning and no power. Replace them with your determination to succeed. Do not forget that your will has power over all fantasies and dreams. Trust it to see you through, and carry you beyond them all.
Regard these practice periods as dedications to the way, the truth and the life. Refuse to be sidetracked into detours, illusions and thoughts of death. You are dedicated to salvation. Be determined each day not to leave your function unfulfilled.
Reaffirm your determination in the shorter practice periods as well, using the original form of the idea for general applications, and more specific forms when needed. Some specific forms are included in the comments which follow the statement of the ideas. These, however, are merely suggestions. It is not the particular words you use that matter.
Our ideas for review today are:
I am the light of the world.
How holy am I, who have been given the function of lighting up the world! Let me be still before my holiness. In its calm light let all my conflicts disappear. In its peace let me remember Who I am.
Some specific forms for applying this idea when special difficulties seem to arise might be:
Let me not obscure the light of the world in me.
Let the light of the world shine through this appearance.
This shadow will vanish before the light.
Forgiveness is my function as the light of the world.
It is through accepting my function that I will see the light in me. And in this light will my function stand clear and perfectly unambiguous before my sight. My acceptance does not depend on my recognizing what my function is, for I do not yet understand forgiveness. Yet I will trust that, in the light, I will see it as it is.
Specific forms for using this idea might include:
Let this help me learn what forgiveness means.
Let me not separate my function from my will.
I will not use this for an alien purpose.
A Course In Miracles ~81
. . . Is A Tower Of Strength And Light
God Is Merciful
The karma of the individual can be transmuted by the power of the Christ Spirit. We so frequently hear the thought: ‘Oh, it is my karma, I must accept it.’ It is true that you must accept divine law, but divine law is merciful, and the love of the Christ growing in your heart can release your soul from bondage.
The Quiet Mind – Sayings of White Eagle