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Accepting Our True Self’s Purpose

Who is the light of the world except God’s Son? This, then, is merely a statement of the truth about yourself. It is the opposite of a statement of pride, of arrogance, or of self-deception. It does not describe the self-concept you have made. It does not refer to any of the characteristics with which you have endowed your idols. It refers to you as you were created by God. It simply states the truth.

To the ego, today’s idea is the epitome of self-glorification. But the ego does not understand humility, mistaking it for self-debasement. Humility consists of accepting your role in salvation and in taking no other. It is not humility to insist you cannot be the light of the world if that is the function God assigned to you. It is only arrogance that would assert this function cannot be for you, and arrogance is always of the ego.

[“I am the light of the world”] is the perfect answer to all illusions, and therefore to all temptation. It brings all the images you have made about yourself to the truth, and helps you depart in peace, unburdened and certain of your purpose. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 61, W-pI.61.1-2;4:2-3. See also ACIM Lesson 61 Insights.)

In every moment we choose between the ego’s purpose to make separation appear real and our true Self’s purpose to extend the oneness of Love we are. The ego’s purpose always produces fear and guilt because it is the denial of Love. Our true Self’s purpose brings a state of peace and joy because that is the condition of God’s Love. When we choose our true Self’s purpose, we bring the light of Love to the world. This Light shines away the shadows of the ego’s false images.

If we are not feeling the peace and happiness of our true Self, we need to step back and reconnect with the Love of our true Self. When we ask our true Self “How would Love see this?” we are asking for the vision of our true Self. We are choosing our true Self’s purpose. As we accept this purpose, we remember that we are the Light of the world.

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