Following are two workbook Lessons, 105 and 252, which feature messages of peace, joy and love. The peace, joy and love which are assured us in these Lessons are ours on the level of our being with God in Heaven, not is this illusory world. We experience them when we let go of our over-concern with our problems here and accept our true reality as part of God’s love in Heaven.
Use the first line of the New Lord’s Prayer, “Forgive us our illusions Father and help us accept our true relationship with you …” to aid our acceptance. [see last pgh. Of Text Ch. 16]
Understand, within our right mind as God’s extended spirit, peace and joy are always with us and recall, “God did create spirit in His Own Thought and of a quality like to His Own. [Text Ch 3 section V pgh. 7 sentence 3]
We experience peace and joy in “God’s Own Thought. There is nothing else.” [T-3.V.7.4] Don’t sweat the nothing else.
God’s peace and joy are mine.
God’s peace and joy are yours. Today we will accept them, knowing they belong to us. And we will try to understand these gifts increase as we receive them.
My brother, peace and joy I offer you, That I may have God’s peace and joy as mine.
Lesson 152 in in Part II of the and complements the ideas from Lesson 105: a common technique in ACIM. Jesus knows that sooner or later one of his ways of repeating iis message will get through to us.
The Son of God is my Identity.
My Self is holy beyond all the thoughts of holiness of which I now conceive. Its shimmering and perfect purity is far more brilliant than is any light that I have ever looked upon. Its love is limitless, with an intensity that holds all things within it, in the calm of quiet certainty. Its strength comes not from burning impulses which move the world, but from the boundless Love of God Himself. How far beyond this world my Self must be, and yet how near to me and close to God!
Father, You know my true Identity. Reveal It now to me who am Your Son, that I may waken to the truth in You, and know that Heaven is restored to me.
The Self (notice the capital S) in this lesson is our true Self which is within God’s Mind. That’s why our Self, unlike our ego projection self, is “holy beyond all thoughts of holiness.” We realize that that the states of being listed in subsequent sentences are true on the level of Spirit. If we apply those thoughts to our life here we are we will be, as a leading teacher of ACIM often says, “bliss ninnies.”
Again, experience the promise of the Lesson 152 in our right mind where we are part of God’s Thought,” and that there, “is nothing else.”
The final thought in Lesson 252 is a prayer meant to awaken us to the truth which is stated in the first part of the lesson.