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Reclaiming Our Identity as Light of the World

Who is the light of the world except God’s Son? ²This, then, is merely a statement of the truth about yourself. ³It is the opposite of a statement of pride, of arrogance, or of self-deception. ⁴It does not describe the self-concept you have made. ⁵It does not refer to any of the characteristics with which you have endowed your idols. ⁶It refers to you as you were created by God. ⁷It simply states the truth.

You will want to think about this idea as often as possible today. ²It is the perfect answer to all illusions, and therefore to all temptation. ³It brings all the images you have made about yourself to the truth, and helps you depart in peace, unburdened and certain of your purpose.

As many practice periods as possible should be undertaken today, although each one need not exceed a minute or two. ²They should begin with telling yourself:

³I am the light of the world. ⁴That is my only function. ⁵That is why I am here.

Today’s idea goes far beyond the ego’s petty views of what you are and what your purpose is. …⁵You are the light of the world. ⁶God has built His plan for the salvation of His Son on you. (A Course in Miracles, W-61.1;4:1–5:5;7:1,5-6. See also ACIM Lesson 61 Insights.)

In order to make specialness seem possible, the ego had to make a downsized, limited image of our identity. Only if our identity were limited, would it be possible to have more than other limited identities. The ego populates the world with projected images that seem to be different from our own ego-defined identity. These differences are the basis for specialness, being different from everything else.

The effect of this image making is a world of conflicting images, some seeming to have more value and others less. All these false images hide the Reality of our one Self, the Light of the world. God shared all of His Light, all of His Love with His Son, our Self. To deny God’s gift is arrogant. Believing we are limited to a body is believing we know the truth but God does not.

The antidote to this insane thinking is to accept the fact that we are the Light of the world because we remain at one with our Creator, the Source of all Love. Our function is to extend Love without limit as God has extended it to us. As we remove our self-imposed limits on Love’s extension we experience being the Light of the world.

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