A Course in Miracles

Workbook For Students

Lesson 101 - God's Will for me is perfect happiness.

Today we will continue with the theme of happiness. This is a key idea in understanding what salvation means. You still believe it asks for suffering as penance for your "sins." This is not so. Yet you must think it so while you believe that sin is real, and that God's Son can sin.

If sin is real, then punishment is just, and cannot be escaped. Salvation thus cannot be purchased but through suffering.

If sin is real, then happiness must be illusion, for they cannot both be true. The sinful warrant only death and pain, and it is this they ask for. For they know it waits for them, and it will seek them out and find them somewhere, sometime, in some form which evens the account they owe to God. They would escape Him in their fear. And yet He will pursue, and they can not escape.

If sin is real, salvation must be pain. Pain is the cost of sin, and suffering can never be escaped, if sin is real. Salvation must be feared, for it will kill, but slowly, taking everything away before it grants the welcome boon of death to victims who are little more than bones before salvation is appeased. Its wrath is boundless, merciless, but wholly just.

Who would seek out such savage punishment? Who would not flee salvation, and attempt in every way he can to drown the Voice which offers it to him? Why would he try to listen and accept Its offering?

If sin is real, its (salvation’s) offering is death, and meted out in cruel form to match the vicious wishes in which sin is born.

If sin is real, salvation has become your bitter enemy, the curse of God upon you who have crucified His Son.

Practice Instructions

You need the practice periods today. The exercises teach sin is not real, and all that you believe must come from sin will never happen, for it has no cause.

Accept Atonement with an open mind, which cherishes no lingering belief that you have made a devil of God's Son.

"There is no sin."

1. We practice with this thought as often as we can today, because it is the basis for today's idea. God's Will for you is perfect happiness because there is no sin, and suffering is causeless. Joy is just, and pain is but the sign you have misunderstood yourself. Fear not the Will of God. But turn to It in confidence that It will set you free from all the consequences sin has wrought in feverish imagination. Say:

“God's Will for me is perfect happiness.
There is no sin; it has no consequence.”

So should you start your practice periods, and then attempt again to find the joy these thoughts will introduce into your mind.

2. Give these five minutes gladly, to remove the heavy load you laid upon yourself with the insane belief that sin is real. Today escape from madness. You are set on freedom's road, and now today's idea brings wings to speed you on, and hope to go still faster to the waiting goal of peace.

There is no sin.

Remember this today, and tell yourself as often as you can:

“God's Will for me is perfect happiness. This is the truth, because there is no sin.”

 

ACIM WORKBOOK PART 1

The first part of the workbook deals with the undoing of the way you see now.

ACIM WORKBOOK PART 2

The second part of the workbook deals with the restoration of true sight.

 

ACIM LESSONS:

1 Nothing I see means anything
2 I have given everything I see all
4 These thoughts do no mean anthing
5 I am never upset for
10 My thoughts do not mean anything
11 My meaningless thoughts show me a
12 I am upset because
14 God did not create
21 Determined to see
23 I can escape
50 I am sustained
61 I am the light
62 Forgiveness is my
79 Let me recognize
91 Miracles are seen
93 Light & Joy
94 I am as God...
100 My part is...
101 God's Will...
102 Share God's Will
108 To give & receive
110 I am as God...
121 Forgiveness
126 All that I give...
134 Let me perceive
136 Sickness is
137 When I am healed
139 I will accept
153 Defenselessness
155 I will step back...
162 I am as God...
163 There is no death
193 All are lessons
199 I am not a body

 
 

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