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Review: “I rest in God” and “I am as God created me.”
As the lesson reminds me, I need to let God tell me what I am instead of me telling God what I am. This reminder brings to mind the image of the rebellious teenager telling his parents he wants to do it his own way. “Don’t tell me what to do.” And I think of Frank Sinatra’s ode to the ego, “I did it my way.” The ego is the idea of independence from God. The last thing the ego wants is for God to tell me What I am. If I truly listened and accepted God’s definition of What I am, I would instantly drop any allegiance to the ego. Who would align himself to nothing when he is offered everything?
The whole Course is teaching me to recognize that everything that I have valued in what the ego offers is really nothing. No form of specialness has any substance. It is an empty substitute for the eternal, limitless Love of God. It takes great effort to try to manufacture illusions that seem to have value, that seem to give me something I want. It’s exhausting because none of it ever really works.
It’s like a car spinning its tires in a mud hole. It expends great energy and goes nowhere. That’s all the ego ever has to offer. The only reason I keep spinning my wheels is because I have a mistaken idea that somewhere in the mud I will find something of value. Meanwhile, the Holy Spirit gently tells me there is nothing there. There comes a point at which I am willing to say, “There must be a better way. I am willing to receive it.”
At first it seems I just sit there in the mud. I have to stop spinning my wheels long enough to get quiet and let the Voice for God give me a new vision of What I am. Having taken the time to rest and be quiet with an open mind, I am told to open the car door. And I step out on to the solid ground of God’s eternal Love. It was there all along, ready to support me in the eternal truth of my unity with God. I have been so enamored with the mud hole of independence that I could not see the solid support, the infinite strength of God that surrounds me. It is always there, ready for me to accept. Today I will practice quieting my mind and letting God teach me What I am.
Today’s review lessons talk about the part of me that is real. The part of me that is real rests in God. The part of me that is real is still as God created me. The part of me that is not real is represented by all the sick illusions I have made of myself.
Today Jesus asks me to focus on the part of me that is real. Jesus asks me to remember the truth of where I am and What I am. In truth I rest in God. Where I am is in God and nowhere else. I am still Love as God created me.
Today I practice letting my Father tell me What I really am. Today I practice not making decisions on my own. Today I practice stepping back and letting the Holy Spirit give me the meaning of everything I see. Today I practice remembering the truth.
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