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Part 1 Undoing the Way We See Things Now

Lesson 100 My Part is Essential to God’s Plan for Salvation.

  1. Just as God’s Son completes his Father, so your part in it completes your Father’s plan. Salvation must reverse the mad belief in separate thoughts and separate bodies, which lead separate lives and go their separate ways. One function shared by separate minds unites them in one purpose, for each one of them is equally essential to them all.
  2. God’s will for you is perfect happiness. Why should you choose to go against His Will? The part that He has saved for you to take in working out His plan is given you that you might be restored to what He wills. This part is as essential to His plan as to your happiness. Your joy must be complete to let His plan be understood by those to whom He sends you. They will see their function in your shining face, and hear God calling to them in your happy laugh.
  3. You are indeed essential to God’s plan. Without your joy, His joy is incomplete. Without your smile, the world could not be saved. While you are sad, the light that God Himself appointed as the means to save the world is dim and lusterless, and no one laughs because all laughter can but echo yours.
  4. You are indeed essential to God’s plan. Just as your light increases every light that shines in heaven, so your joy on earth calls to all minds to let their sorrows go and take their place beside you in God’s plan. God’s messengers are joyous, and their joy heals sorrow and despair. They are the proof that God wills perfect happiness for all who will accept their Father’s gifts as theirs.
  5. We will not let ourselves be sad today.  For if we do, we fail to take the part that is essential to God’s plan, as well as to our vision. Sadness is a sign that you would play another part, instead of what has been assigned to you by God. Thus do you fail to show the world how great the happiness He wills for you. And so you do not recognize that it is yours.
  6. Today we will attempt to understand joy is our function here. If you are sad, your part is unfulfilled, and all the world is thus deprived of joy, along with you. God asks you to be happy, so the world can see how much He loves His Son, and wills no sorrow rises to abate His joy; no fear besets Him to disturb His peace. You are God’s messenger today. You bring His happiness to all you look upon; His peace to everyone who looks on you and sees His message in your happy face.
  7. We will prepare ourselves for this today, in our five-minute practice periods, by feeling happiness arise in us according to our Father’s will and ours. Begin the exercises with the thought today’s idea contains. Then realize your part is to be happy. Only this is asked of you or anyone who wants to take His place among God’s messengers. Think what this means. You have indeed been wrong in your belief that sacrifice is asked. You but receive according to God’s plan, and never lose or sacrifice or die.
  8. Now let us try to find that joy that proves to us and all the world God’s Will for us. It is your function that you find it here, and that you find it now. For this you came. Let this one be the day that you succeed! Look deep within you, undismayed by all the little thoughts and foolish goals you pass as you ascend to meet the Christ in you.
  9. He will be there, and you can reach Him now. What could you rather look upon in place of Him who waits that you may look on Him? What little thought has power to hold you back? What foolish goal can keep you from success when He Who calls to you is God Himself?
  10. He will be there. You are essential to His plan. You are His messenger today. And you must find what He would have you give. Do not forget the idea for today between your hourly practice periods. It is your Self who calls to you today. And it is Him you answer, every time you tell yourself you are essential to God’s plan for the salvation of the world.[1]
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Notes and Personal ApplicationOne of the most difficult things that I face here in the world is separateness.  To come from a place of togetherness, intimacy, oneness and then to come here to a place of separateness, loneliness, and feelings of being adrift and anchorless has been one of the keenest and most poignant lessons to learn in the world of separation.  Ego chooses separation to keep us maligned against one another.  In unity and oneness, we can know no defeat, but as separate beings in physical form we twist our natural inclinations toward oneness into competitiveness and war.  We will form alliances but not truly devoted and wholly loving relationships because in the world of separateness we learn suspiciousness, we learn betrayal, we learn and teach hypocrisy and the lie.  In oneness all of this is impossible; in separateness it is called survival. 

God’s plan of salvation is to correct this by undoing separation.  This is the only thing that will make us happy.  We think that we can find happiness and truth in our separated state, and we can continue to search for it there as long as we wish.  Time is of no consequence to God. 

And yet His joy is incomplete without our joy, Jesus tells us today.  As I am writing this, an earthly example of this phenomenon arises in my mind.  A few months ago I was visiting an aunt and uncle who have scores of grandchildren, great grandchildren and even great greats.  They are a close and loving family.  They are doted upon in their elder years.  They are in a position to relish the results of all their hard work and personal sacrifices – owners of a successful chain of local restaurants, they have established a good name, a brand, a legacy to leave to their descendants.  To know them is to respect them, to love them, to extend to them goodwill.  Or so I thought.  I was astonished to find that their joy is incomplete.  One of their grandchildren holds toward them a spite that they do not deserve.  They are denied access to this guy’s children, two of their beloved great-grandchildren.  When they see their grandson, he is gruff; he grudgingly greets them only in the politest and most impersonal way.  They have it all, and yet their joy is incomplete.

Jesus is telling us today that this is God.  He has it all, and yet His joy is incomplete as long as we are content to try to find our happiness in separateness.  The closest thing we can come to represent God’s unity and oneness in this world is the family – when one suffers, we all suffer.  When one holds out on love and forgiveness, all of us are taught the unhappiness of being adrift.  We may have all manner of joy in our life, but it is incomplete without the love, affection, and goodwill of those we are called to love.  Created in God’s image, we thrive and survive on love, on connecting, on sharing, on oneness. 

The ego uses bodies to pervert this natural, God-given trait.  We often use our sexuality to become one, and then, finding this impossible, attack our partners for not providing the intimacy we crave, the oneness that cannot be achieved in separated forms.  When we use our intellects to form like-minded groups, we end up breaking off into factions over senseless disagreements and illogical demands.  Religions, which hold the promise of reconciliation and return, often lead us into more disconnectedness and despair.  We cannot find what we are and who we are in our bodies, and then full of self-recrimination and despair, we turn to yet another avenue to find what can only be found in the place it never left.    

Today, Jesus says we must not let ourselves be sad.  Sadness, he says, is a sign that we would play yet another part instead of what has been assigned to us by God.  When we fail to show the world the happiness that God wills for us, we fail to recognize that this happiness is ours. 

God asks us to accept happiness.  When we are happy, we are not denying the fact that there is yet another virus that infects people and causes them to die.  We are saying that whatever happens in this world, we know it is not the end, but only the means.  Time and all that occurs in it, is only the means to our salvation and to our return to God and His Kingdom.  We can be happy because this is so.  With or without the virus that could bring economic collapse to nations worldwide, killing off bodies before we are ready to say good-bye, making modern day pleasantries even more costly and scarce, we can be happy because what happens in time is not even a blip on eternity.  And we are eternal, created by God and for God, nothing that happens here is worth giving up our joy in our identity with Christ. 

Jesus says we came here to find our function and to find it now.  Let this be the day we find our function, Jesus says.  Today can be the day we look past our earthly perceptions and go deep within to meet the Christ in us.  He promises to meet us there.  He calls to us to join with Him, to become one with Him and to stop this foolish search for what only He can offer in a dying, vying, withering flesh world of separateness. 

We are essential to His plan.  We are His messengers.  We are to find what He would have us give.  As we practice today’s idea in our hourly exercises, it is our Self who calls to us today.  We respond to our oneness, our unity in Christ each time we remind ourselves that we are essential to God’s plan for the salvation of the world.


[1] A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 100 My part is essential…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). pp. 180-181.