Part 1 Undoing the Way We See Things Now
Lesson 152 The Power of Decision is My Own.
- No one can suffer loss unless it be his own decision. No one suffers pain except his choice elects this state for him. No one can grieve nor fear nor think him sick unless these are the outcomes that he wants. And no one dies without his own consent. Nothing occurs but represents your wish, and nothing is omitted that you choose. Here is your world, complete in all details. Here is its whole reality for you. And it is only here Salvation is.
- You may believe that this position is extreme, and too inclusive to be true. Yet can truth have exceptions? If you have the gift of everything, can loss be real? Can pain be part of peace, or grief of joy? Can fear and sickness enter in a mind where love and perfect holiness abide? Truth must be all-inclusive if it be the truth at all. Accept no opposites and no exceptions, for to do so is to contradict the truth entirely.
- Salvation is the recognition that the truth is true, and nothing else is true. This you have heard before but may not yet accept both parts of it. Without the first, the second has no meaning. But without the second, is the first no longer true. Truth cannot have an opposite. This cannot be too often said and thought about. For if what is not true is true as well as what is true, then part of truth is false. And truth has lost its meaning. Nothing but the truth is true, and what is false is false.
- This is the simplest of distinctions, yet the most obscure, but not because it is a difficult distinction to perceive. It is concealed behind a vast array of choices that do not appear to be entirely your own. And thus the truth appears to have some aspects that belie consistency, but do not seem to be but contradictions introduced by you.
- As God created you, you must remain unchangeable, with transitory states by definition false. And that includes all shifts and feeling, alterations in conditions of the body and the mind, in all awareness and in all response. This is the all-inclusiveness which sets the truth apart from falsehood, and the false kept separate from the truth, as what it is.
- Is it not strange that you believe to think you made the world you see is arrogance? God made it not. Of this you can be sure. What can He know of the ephemeral, the sinful, and the guilty, the afraid, the suffering, and lonely, and the mind that lives within a body that must die? You but accused Him of insanity, to think He made a world where such things seemed to have reality. He is not mad. Yet only madness makes a world like this.
- To think that God made chaos, contradicts His Will, invented opposites to truth, and suffers death to triumph over life; all this is arrogance. Humility would see at once these things are not of Him. And can you see what God created not? To think you can is merely to believe you can perceive what God willed not to be. And what could be more arrogant than this?
- Let us today be truly humble and accept what we have made as what it is. The power of decision is our own. Decide but to accept your rightful place as co-creator of the universe, and all you think you made will disappear. What rises to awareness then will be all that there ever was, eternally as it is now. And it will take the place of self-deceptions made but to usurp the altar to the Father and the Son.
- Today we practice true humility, abandoning the false pretense by which the ego seeks to prove it arrogant. Only the ego can be arrogant. But truth is humble in acknowledging its mightiness, its changelessness, and its eternal wholeness, all-encompassing, God’s perfect gift to His beloved Son. We lay aside the arrogance which says that we are sinners, guilty and afraid, ashamed of what we are; and lift our hearts in true humility instead to Him who has created us immaculate, like to Himself in power and in love.
- The power of decision is our own. And we accept of Him that which we are, and humbly recognize the Son of God. To recognize God’s Son implies as well that all self-concepts have been laid aside and recognized as false. Their arrogance has been perceived. And in humility the radiance of God’s Son, his gentleness, his perfect sinlessness, his Father’s Love, his right to Heaven and release from hell, are joyously accepted as our own.
- Now do we join in glad acknowledgement that lies are false, and only truth is true. We think of truth alone as we arise, and spend five minutes practicing its ways, encouraging our frightened minds with this: The power of decision is my own. This day I will accept myself as what my Father’s Will created me to be. Then will we wait in silence, giving up all self-deceptions, as we humbly ask our Self that He reveal Himself to us. And He Who never left will come again to our awareness, grateful to restore His home to God, as it was meant to be.
- In patience wait for Him throughout the day, and hourly invite Him with the words with which the day began, concluding it with this same invitation to your Self. God’s Voice will answer, for He speaks for you and for your Father. He will substitute the peace of God for all your frantic thoughts, the truth of God for self-deceptions, and God’s Son for your illusions of yourself.
Notes and Personal Application: Today we come to the Lord in all humility to accept our Sonship, to acknowledge that we have believed in a lie, have dishonored our inheritance, have been taken in by the enchantment of this world. We take full responsibility for having been duped by the dispirit of the lie. As Sons of God we were only too willing to exchange our invulnerability for a meat and flesh body; our everlasting power, light, and love for a desire to be special and compete to “survive” in a dog-eat-dog world, relying upon the unreliable to light our way. With no shame and no regret, with only the humble confidence of a dearly beloved child who is ever certain of its Father’s love, we return our minds to what can only be true.
In Part I of our yearly lessons, we devote ourselves each day to one more step in undoing the way we see things now. Now we see the world and experience this world and all the atrocities that seem to repeat themselves down through history as our “reality.” However, Jesus urges us to recognize that none of this is real, it cannot be real because only truth is real. Truth cannot have an opposite – and our God of Love would not and could not create an atrocity. This is a world of our own doing – a godless, loveless world founded by minds which believed in what could never be true.
This may seem like a difficult concept to grasp until we consider the simple equation of two plus two equals four. Two and two more can only equal four. Any other answer than four is simply wrong. It is not true. We do not have to quarrel, get into spats, create cults and denominations based upon the truth of four. If we do not want to accept the truth of four but would choose to spend our lives debating all the other supposed and possible outcomes we will enter into a false state of division, confusion, and upheaval. No matter what we do within that state of believing the answer to two plus two is three, five, six, or seven, we are not operating upon reality. The believers of two plus two equals three can argue until the cows come home with the believers of two plus two equals seven, but only until all believers of that which does not add up to four lay down their resistance to the truth will there be anything but chaos, arguments, and debates. Any other equation that is built upon the concept of two plus two equals anything other than four will never be true, stable, or dependable. One seemingly harmless mistake will have upset the very foundation of math learning. We can expect only fractious, irrational results from all mathematical theories based upon such error.
Jesus emphasizes to us in today’s lesson idea that this is the basic problem of the world we experience with our senses. Because it is based upon a lie, the fear of God instead of the love of God, none of it can be true. Our very salvation depends upon recognizing that God did not create this place of separation, sacrifice, and suicide. We did. Our sojourn in time is an illusion which we made in place of truth. No matter how real it may seem, it simply cannot be true – its foundation is built upon the shifting sands of time, everything fades and shifts as soon as it begins because we believed in lies.
We are the only ones to make the decision for truth. We lay aside the humanity we have made to replace our Sonship and humbly acknowledge our immortality. We let everything we learned about ourselves as bodies go and see that the arrogant conceptions we held about ourselves was deception. With everlasting joy we accept the gentle radiance, the holiness, the everlasting love of our Father which releases us from the hellish dream.
Today we spend at least five minutes morning and evening acknowledging the truth of this lesson. We encourage our minds, to give up its frightened hold upon traditions of lies and false practices, by repeating this prayer:
The power of decision is my own. This day I will accept myself as what my Father’s Will created me to be.
Silently throughout the day we give up self-deceptions. We accept the world’s delineations no longer. The world we made can no longer define or discount our love for God. We ask our true Self, our oneness with Christ, our holy and everlasting Spirit to reveal Himself to us. Jesus says that as we pray this unpretentious prayer, our Self in Christ will come again to our awareness, so full of gratitude that His home is restored to God as it was always meant to be!
 A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 152 The power of decision…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).
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