PART II. SECTION 7. What is the Holy Spirit?
Lesson 285 My Holiness Shines Bright and Clear Today
- Today I wake with joy, expecting but the happy things of God to come to me. I ask but them to come and realize my invitation will be answered by the thoughts to which it has been sent by me. And I will ask for only joyous things, the instant I accept my holiness. For what would be the use of pain to me, what purpose would my suffering fulfill, and how would grief and loss avail me if insanity departs from me today, and I accept my holiness instead?
- Father, my holiness is Yours. Let me rejoice in it, and through forgiveness be restored to sanity. Your Son is still as You created him. My holiness is part of me, and also part of You. And what can alter Holiness Itself?
Today is a chilly, overcast, drizzling, dreary day at the Friar Patch. So today’s lesson idea was especially appealing. As I read over my post from last year, its words rang like new in my heart and mind. And so I share it again, today with the bountiful blessings from God extended from me to you.
To experience joy, to expect the happy things of God to come to us, is to be released from the ego’s dark message of fear, torment, and certain death. Our lesson today is again putting the responsibility for our experiences upon our thoughts – what we are inviting to us through our thoughts about ourselves, others, and God. When we accept the holiness of God as our own, realizing that God could not create unholy, we begin on the spot to ask for and expect only that which is happy-making, peaceful, loving, and blissful. We have no more use for pain and suffering. We have no more use for guilt, for pointing fingers, for assigning blame. We are no longer living by the laws of the insane ego because we are accepting the holiness of Sons of God, creatures made in God’s likeness.
Let us claim our holiness as God’s Son today. We can rejoice in it. Consciously forgiving all the false teachings and belief systems that would drive us and keep us insane, our practices will restore our right minds. We are still as God created us. God’s holiness is part of us, and we are part of God. And there is nothing that can change that.
We go down so many wrong paths to finally come to this truth. The ego would deceive us into thinking holiness a dull and boring walk with goody-two-shoe companions who hold their heads in that stiff, funny way some religious people seem to have. The ego tempts us to trade in the joy and bliss of our holiness for the bangs and clangs of trendy intoxicants, wearying status climbing, and hurtful and manipulative special relationships, thus keeping our attention distracted from the inevitable conclusion of every ego-inspired scheme for our lives – pain, suffering, death.
Today we forgive this insanity. We forgive ourselves and each other for falling for these lies, for trading in our holiness for such paltry substitutes. And through our forgiveness, we shine bright and clear today in holiness and in joy.
 A Course In Miracles, Workbook for Students. Lesson 285. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 440,
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