Longer: 2--morning and evening for 5 minutes
* Begin by reviewing your mission: "I will accept Atonement for myself. For I remain as God created me."
* Then accept the truth about yourself. You have not lost the knowledge of who you are. It is still in your memory, along with the knowledge of how dear your brothers are, how much a part of you. You can remember today for everyone, for all minds are one.
Shorter: hourly, for several minutes
Lay aside all thoughts that would distract you. Learn that the chains that would hide your Self from awareness are mere fragile cobwebs cluttering your mind, as you say: "I will accept Atonement for myself. For I remain as God created me."
To accept the Atonement for myself means to accept the truth of what I am, to decide to "accept ourselves as God created us" (1:2). And what am I? I already know, in my heart of hearts, but I resist knowing. This lesson is magnificent in its trechant dissection of the insanity of the way we question our Identity. It questions all our questioning. It raises all our doubts to doubt. It denies the possibility of denial. It belittles our thoughts of littleness. How can we be anything except what we are? How can we not know what we are? "The only thing that can be surely known by any living thing is what it is" (2:3).
God created us as extensions of His Love. That is our mission; it is what we are. To accept the Atonement is to accept this truth about ourselves. To accept the Atonement is to begin to function as God's Love in the world.
Every time we refuse to see the magnificence in another we are denying our own. We look on others with less than love because we refuse to see how much we merit it. We are God's representatives on earth; accepting the Atonement is to accept our mission. We are here to restore the grandeur of what we all are to every mind--not just to our own. This grandness, this magnificent inclusiveness, this divine generosity is our very being. We are the open heart that embraces the world, remembering "how much a part of us is every mind" (11:6).
In us our Father's Love can contain them all. Our heart is big enough for all the world.
This is Who we are. Today, let me remember. Today, let me accept my holy aim. Today, let me know myself as part of this great throbbing, all-embracing Heart of God.
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