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Review: “My grievances hide the light of the world in me.”
and “My salvation comes from me.”

“My salvation comes from me” means that within my mind is the Source of Love That is the real Me. As I am willing to return to that Source of Love, my grievances disappear. Thinking that there is anything other than Love disappears. Thinking that there is something outside me is a grievance against the Oneness of God’s Love. Thinking that someone is separate or different from Love is a grievance. Trying to make separation real is a grievance. My salvation comes with giving this up, letting this go, laying it down. That is how I set myself free.

The temptation to make a world outside of me real seems very strong at times. My job now is to go to the Source of Love in my mind and let the false mind, the ego mind, be undone as the inner Light shines it away.

The world of separation is so complicated, so full of conflict, so filled with guilt and blame. I do not try to fix it. I do not try to change it. Instead, I go to the Source of Love and practice seeing through the eyes of Love. Through the eyes of Love I see that all the separate forms are really hallucinations. They are not real. God created All That is from Himself, as Himself. Nothing could ever be real that is not Love.

I am recognizing that making separate forms real is a grievance holding the awareness of God’s oneness from my sight. I am willing to practice letting that go today. I am willing to practice returning to Love, my Source, again and again today. I am willing to practice remembering that only Love is real. My projections of an outside world mean nothing. I am willing to remember that it is only through the ego mind that I see the ego. It is through Love’s One Mind that I see Love. Which will I choose to see today? My salvation comes from me.


Expectations are a form of grievance. They are an attempt to find salvation outside of me. By expecting events to happen a certain way or expecting someone to say the “right” thing or do the “right” thing, I am putting a condition on the outer world that determines whether or not I will be happy or saved. This makes the Light of the world that is in me invisible to me because my attention is focused outside. I have turned my back on the Light and denied Its Presence. It leaves me thinking I am a victim to the outside world. My safety or my happiness is now dependent upon what others, who I do not perceive as part of me, do or say. Thus expectations are a denial of Oneness, a denial of my Self as God created me.

I can never experience lasting peace as long a I hang on to expectations. Today I ask the Holy Spirit to help me be aware of how I am looking to a world outside to make me happy and safe, to be my salvation. With His help and strength I will let these go and look within to the Light of innocence and Love, my Source. With the Holy Spirit’s help, I will be able to see that same Light everywhere I look, for I will recognize everyone as part of me as I am part of my Creator.

As I learn to see the Light within and in all things, I walk in peace. In this place of peace, I am able to be truly helpful in every circumstance because I am open to Holy Spirit’s lead. His lead always takes me away from fear and guilt an toward peace and the Love of God. Today let me accept my brother as he Is and my Self as I was created and still am.


With this lesson I received the following message:

Let your mind be free of all worry or concern. Be in the state of allowing. Love holds onto no thing. Love only extends Itself. Hold onto no thing, no perception, no feeling, no thought, no vision, no voice, no state of mind. Let go of all.

There is only Love, Love extending. Holding onto any thing blocks the awareness of Love’s presence. Let go of thinking there are divisions, separations — something to hold onto. Holding on is a thought of separation, no matter where its found. There is no separation except in the ego mind. Holding thoughts of separation, grievances, hide of Light of Love in you. Your salvation comes from letting go of thoughts of separation in your mind. This comes from letting go of blocks of Love’s presence, letting go of holding on. Your practice today is to hold onto no thing, to let go of any thing.

I practice letting go with the help of Holy Spirit. I let go of the idea that it must all be done today. Being only an extension of Love is eternal, constant, unchanging. It is Who I Am. I come to this one step at a time, gently, gradually, and purposefully. I let go of demands and judgments about how I think it should be. I look to Holy Spirit for direction and guidance. I look to the loving arms of Christ to envelop me with His tenderness and compassion. I am Allowing.

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