I am as God created me.
This truly is the backbone of the course, the hinge upon which all our learning turns. If we can but remember this one fact – if we can only realize it – then the ego’s game is up and we are home. Yet we have forgotten this – we have hidden it away and rendered it so terrifying that to even imagine its potential as truth is hard for us. How many times do students come to this lesson and gloss over it, or promise themselves they’ll get to it tomorrow, or next time, and just continue on in shadows? It happens to all of us. If it didn’t, A Course in Miracles wouldn’t exist.
Like yesterday’s lesson, this one can be a beautiful shot in the arm, bucking us up for what seems to be a long and wearisome road. I take it that way sometimes – a reminder that somebody believes in me, even if I do not, or only barely do. We need that. We need to know that we’re going to be okay and that it’s going to work out.
But I think the heart of this lesson lies in its blatant emphasis on how little we have to do to realize its truth. What God created does not need to be recreated. It does not need to be spit-polished. It does not need to go through rehearsals to be ready for the limelight. It does not need to be improved upon in any way. It is perfect as it is. In that simple fact, the past and the future are both undone, and only the present moment remains. We reclaim our knowledge of eternity on that note. There’s nothing to do.
Nothing is required of you to reach this goal except to lay all idols and self-images aside; go past the list of attributes, both good and bad, you have ascribed to yourself; and wait in silent expectancy for the truth (W-pI.94.4:1).
Yes, I know. After that “nothing is required” comes a long list of what we have to do – and it seems like a mighty big charge. Laying aside not just a few idols, or the really big nettlesome idols, but all idols. And not just a handful of the attributes we’ve attributed to ourselves – every single last one of them. It’s almost like Jesus is laughing at us a little. Sure, nothing is required – except just about everything.
But here’s the thing. It’s not so hard to let all that go. If you are willing to let it go, and if you are able to bring that willingness to bear with the Holy Spirit, all that baggage will fall away. It really will. Because it’s not real. It’s not who you are. It has no weight, no substance, no meaning. It has no effect. And when you see that – when you are even just willing to see it – then it disappears like mist in the warm sun. It really will.
And so in truth not much at all is being asked here except that we consider the possibility that we’ve been wrong and that we’re ready and willing now to learn what is right. That’s all. We’ve made a mess of inner peace and joy and now we’re ready to admit that fact and let the One who knows better instruct us.