Part 1 Undoing the Way We See Things Now
Lesson 38 There is nothing my holiness cannot do.
- Your holiness reverses all the laws of the world. It is beyond every restriction of time, space, distance, and limits of any kind. Your holiness is totally unlimited in its power because it establishes you as a Son of God, at one with the Mind of his Creator.
- Through your holiness, the power of God is made manifest. Through your holiness, the power of God is made available. And there is nothing the power of God cannot do. Your holiness, then, can remove all pain, can end all sorrow, and can solve all problems. It can do so in connection with yourself and with anyone else. It is equal in its power to help anyone because it is equal in its power to save anyone.
- If you are holy, so is everything God created. You are holy because all things He created are holy. And all things He created are holy because you are. In today’s exercises, we will apply the power of your holiness to all problems, difficulties or suffering in any form that you happen to think of, in yourself or in someone else. We will make no distinctions because there are no distinctions.
- In the four longer practice periods, each preferably to last a full five minutes, repeat the idea for today, close your eyes, and then search your mind for any sense of loss or unhappiness of any kind as you see it. Try to make as little distinction as possible between a situation that is difficult for you, and one that is difficult for someone else. Identify the situation specifically, and also the name of the person concerned. Use this form in applying the idea for today: In the situation involving ___________ in which I see myself, there is nothing that my holiness cannot do. In the situation involving __________ in which ___________sees himself, there is nothing my holiness cannot do.
- From time to time, you may want to vary this procedure and add some relevant thoughts of your own. You might like, for example, to include thoughts such as: There is nothing my holiness cannot do because the power of God lies in it.
- Introduce whatever variations appeal to you, but keep the exercises focused on the theme, “There is nothing my holiness cannot do.” The purpose of today’s exercises is to begin to instill in you a sense that you have dominion over all things because of what you are.
- In the frequent shorter applications, apply the idea in its original form unless a specific problem concerning you or someone else arises or comes to mind. In that event, use the more specific form in applying the idea to it.
Notes and Personal Application (2019): I applied this idea to a lot of things both in the formal practice sessions and throughout the day. If there is nothing that my holiness cannot do, then why not ask as much as I can of it? Why hold back, on top of praying for the members of my immediate family and friends, establishing healthy and fun and eternal relationships and restoring marriages and friendships and forgiving past wrongdoings, I brought a second cousin and her husband together in love and joy and the happy home. I healed the relationship between my sister and I and all our families. My sisterhood with a sister-in-law was healed. A niece and her husband and daughter – all the hard feelings and causes for dislike and anger were forgiven, forgotten, and healed by God’s love and holiness. Any distance (time, space, money) between another daughter and her husband and sweet kids – healed. I went on to bigger things – since there are no levels to miracles, I brought world peace into the world and saved the souls of every living thing. I prayed for all of creation and brought the Kingdom of God into our beings. Part of me, that split off part of me was telling me that I was crazy – reversing the signs of aging in my eyes and giving me my 20/20 vision for instance, and healing Lover’s soreness and pulled muscles and aching body parts. I healed all my old, castoff relationships. I blessed all my holy and unholy alliances. I blessed the chickens, ducks, and cats. I used this idea to everything that was brought to my mind.
Notes and Personal Application (2020): It was so lovely for James to be back this morning, having our devotions without the miles between us. Even though the body isn’t technically real in the face of eternity – it sure is nice in the here and now to have his warmth and presence back! We were on our second cup of coffee by the time we were called to devotions. James opened with a prayer of thankfulness for our happy reunion and then asked the Lord to bless our understanding and application of today’s lesson concept.
After I read all of the above, we discussed how we would apply this idea to our lives, to this day, to the rest of our days upon earth. In this situation, involving creating this tedious, time-consuming spreadsheet, there is nothing my holiness cannot do. In this situation, involving creating lessons plans for our ACIM group, there is nothing my holiness cannot do. In this situation with my holy friend, in which he sees himself pulled in too many different directions, there is nothing my holiness cannot do.
We talked about last year’s notes and personal application. The second cousin and her husband are still separated and unhappy; a sister, sister-in-law, niece, and daughter and their families still estranged. World peace still seems to be a dream; countries still at war and people in need of healing, miracles, salvation. I still wear reading glasses when I read or write; James has new aches and pains and pulled muscles!
What has changed is my understanding and perception of the outer world. What has changed is my idea about what healing is and a willingness to see the process as part of the miracle. What has changed is my grasp of unconscious projections that affect the outside world, in relationships, specific circumstances, and generalized situations.
My holiness is able to do anything because it is not limited to what is happening in someone else’s family and home; my holiness can do anything because it does not rely on bodies, personalities, or the ego. My holiness can experience world peace, whether every country in the world is at war with each other. My holiness is not of this world and is not based upon limitations, restrictions, grudges, aging, or the past.
Locked in this world and practiced in the body and for other bodies, my holiness is a vanity, a silly practice that may tempt me to feel superior to less-holy others. When I profess holiness in my body and about my person, I am a much-deserved source of scorn, mockery, and ridicule at best, persecution and revenge at worst. There is nothing I can do in my body or anything I could avoid doing in my body that would make me holy!
Our holiness is the result of training our minds to change the way we see the world and each other. Instead of seeing a cause for hatred, discord, sorrow, and more fear – our holiness shows us a call for help, a cry for love, and provides us a way out. Our holiness would guide us to respect another’s privacy and wisdom to choose their own friends and learn their own lessons. Our holiness would guide us about what relationships need to be avoided and which relationships are ready to be healed. Our holiness makes us whole. We are no longer bound by the rules of the special relationship or yearn for that which does not satisfy.
There is nothing our holiness cannot do because it is not directed by the ego; it is not making judgments, and it is not motivated by need. Relationships based on that which is not love will not survive; we need not spill our tears or wring our hands or pray the prayer of faith. We let them go with love and blessing. We have in our holiness the certain knowledge, the inevitability of oneness with God. It may take a moment, a day, a year, a thousand years in time – but our holiness assures us that there is nothing it cannot do because our holiness is God’s Will. And God always gets His way.