II. SECTION 12. What is the Ego?
Lesson 337 My sinlessness protects me from all harm.
- My sinlessness ensures me perfect peace, eternal safety, everlasting love, freedom forever from all thought of loss, complete deliverance from suffering. And only happiness can be my state, for only happiness is given me. What must I do to know all this is mine? I must accept Atonement for myself and nothing more. God has already done all things that need be done. And I must learn I need do nothing of myself, for I need but accept my Self, my sinlessness, created for me, now already mine, to feel God’s Love protecting me from harm, to understand my Father loves His Son; to know I am the Son my Father loves.
- You Who created me in sinlessness are not mistaken about what I am. I was mistaken when I thought I sinned, but I accept Atonement for myself. Father, my dream is ended now. Amen.
When we accept the Atonement, when we get the message of the resurrection of Christ, we realize our innocence, our purity, and holiness. We begin to understand that there is nothing that mere flesh, blood, and gristle of the ego can do that would change us from who and what we were created to be. There are no prayers that we could pray; no sacrifices that we could make; no offerings that we could present that would make us worthy of our salvation, for we were created worthy and are forever worthy. It is a lie of the ego that would tell us otherwise!
As this truth begins to sink into our awareness, we can relax into the love and bliss of God. The ego would have us believe that this is all there is – this flesh that withers upon the bones; these organs, brains, and limbs that fade away into yesteryears and are no more. But God could and would not make a mistake such as this. God’s creation is eternal; there is no sorrow and no shame, no pain, and certainly no horror! This miscreation, which fills us with such arrogance and grandiosity, is but a dream in time, replaying its sorrowful fiction throughout the annals of its history, projecting the past into the future – over and over again.
When we accept the Atonement we step out of the flesh and into the spirit. This is a process that the Holy Spirit encourages us not to delay and yet we can take as long as we want and need. Yet it is only when we accept our sinlessness that we can truly experience the security, assuredness, and peace that comes when this dream ends and reality is made known to us. There is nothing the ego offers that would tempt us to accept its offerings, substitutions, and nothingness. In the face of its temptations, dangers, threats, and persecutions, we know that whatever it casts upon us will fade away and disappear – for only God is forever, and we are Sons of God.
A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 337 My sinlessness protects me…Foundation of Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 471.