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“Let all things be exactly as they are.”
Probably most of us do not think of ourselves as being God’s critic. Yet if we look at what the world is for, it is clearly a criticism of God’s creation. God, being Love which is one, created only Love, extending Love while still keeping His Creations one with Love. The world is the manifestation of the ego idea of not wanting to share Love equally with all, of wanting specialness. A critic is not satisfied with what it judges.
The ego has judged against God, being unsatisfied with Love being given equally to all. Only Love is real, so the ego seeks to alter reality, replacing Love with specialness. The title of today’s lesson, “Let all things be exactly as they are” is setting the intent to stop seeking to replace Love with substitutes.
In the “What is the body?” section that goes with this lesson, we are told that the body was made to keep us safe from Love. To allow ourselves to experience Love, we must give up our special, unique identity, which the body is used to define. Identifying with the body keeps us separate and holds specialness in place. It could be said that the world was made to show us exactly what everything is not, to show us illusions.
This is why it is so important for us to develop a strong inner communication with the Holy Spirit in our minds so that we learn to trust His vision more than we trust the sight of the body’s eyes. This is the means by which we let go of the ego’s substitutes for the reality of God’s Love, by learning to look past them. We maintain our openness to the Holy Spirit’s vision by staying at peace. Thus will we remember that we were created as Love by Love and learn to see only Love.
Holy Spirit, I dedicate my day to following Your vision, saying what You would have me say, doing what You would have me do. In deep gratitude I would follow only You today.
Am I willing to accept the truth today? Today’s lesson helps me with that practice. As I practice letting all things be exactly as they are, I will remember that all things are safe in Love as Love. Today’s practice helps me remember that I am still Love as God created me. And because Love sees only Love and extends only Love, I will feel safe in Love’s eternal Presence.
What a wonderful opportunity I have today — to accept the truth that only Love is real. Today is a happy day as I practice letting all things be exactly as they are.
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W-pI.169.5:2 = Workbook, Part I, Lesson 169, paragraph 5, sentence 2.
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C-6.4:6 = Clarification of Terms, Term 6, paragraph 4, sentence 6
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