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“There is no death. The Son of God is free.”

Today the last sentence of the lesson stood out to me: “We accept Your Thoughts as ours, and our will is one with Yours eternally.” As I repeat that statement in my mind, I feel a gentle peace wash over me. I feel safe. There is a quiet joy in my heart, for I see only a loving world. I accept Your Thoughts as mine. God is only Love and so His thoughts are extensions of Love and nothing else. My only real Thoughts are extensions of Love.

As I accept His Thoughts as mine, I look upon a world of Love. There is nothing else to see. My heart overflows with joy and gratitude. My only desire is to embrace the world with Love, to bring Love to the sorrowful and the sick, to the fearful and those who perceive themselves as guilty. My only thought is, “You are loved and you are Love.” This thought I carry to every brother because I accept God’s Thoughts as mine. Because I carry those thoughts to my brothers, I feel blessed beyond measure.

As I remind myself that my will is one with my Father’s eternally, I rest in perfect safety. Conflict is gone. There is no thought of a will that differs from His. I rest in God in perfect unity. In God’s changelessness, I find peace as I accept that my will is one with His. There is nothing to disturb my peace, for now I see there is no will but God’s and His Will is mine eternally.

That changelessness is my safety and my salvation. It is in my acceptance of His Will as mine that I am free of all conflict, all sense of loss, loneliness, fear and guilt. In God is my freedom, my safety, my peace and my joy. I thank you Father for these words of comfort today.


If I am as God created me, death is the wish to be as I am not. God did not make death and therefore it is an illusion. Now is the time to wake up from illusions, to wake up from belief in death and recognize that the Son of God is free.

There is a place in my mind that helps me wake up from illusions. That place is where the Holy Spirit resides. If I am willing, the Holy Spirit will help me look past death and see the truth behind it. The Holy Spirit will build a bridge that reaches to Heaven. The Holy Spirit will lead me to where I am in truth. The Holy Spirit will show me God created only Love and the whole Sonship is still as God created It. The Holy Spirit will show me if what I am seeing is not Love, it is an illusion. It is belief in death.

Today I will practice letting go of death in all the forms it takes. I will practice stepping back from my illusions and open my mind to receive the truth.


This is a very powerful lesson. It says death is a thought that takes on many forms such as concern for bodies, lack of trust, and many others. I knew there had to be more to life than this and that’s probably because half the time I have one or more of these thoughts, so therefore I’m not really living.

The lesson says all things but death are seen to be unsure, too quickly lost, uncertain in their outcome. And I wonder why I sometimes feel like I’m walking through life on eggshells, afraid to love and be loved for fear I’ll lose the few defenses I have.

As I read this lesson, the whole thing sounds so insane, but I actually do allow these kinds of thoughts into my mind. The lesson asks, “Would you bow down to idols such as this?” and my right mind says, “No, of course not!” and yet I do, apparently over and over again.

Since I’ve started the Course, it’s been my experience that, even though my world is still an illusion, lessons such as these give me awareness. I’ve noticed I’m more vigilant and, with dedication to these lessons, I learn a little more each time I experience these thoughts.

Yes, Heavenly Father, please bless our eyes today. We are willing to be Your messengers, Your instruments of peace. Help us to remember that we live and move in You alone and are not separate from Your eternal life. Divine Father, we accept Your Thoughts as ours. Holy Spirit, help us to remember these thoughts today. Amen.

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Below are example references to specific sentences using the notation of the Second & Third Editions of A Course in Miracles published by the Foundation for Inner Peace:

T-26.IV.4:7 = Text, Chapt. 26, Section IV, paragraph 4, sentence 7.

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