I am as God created me.
The successive nature of the lessons – each one expanding, sometimes obviously, sometimes subtly, on the previous – so that the whole workbook evolves or extends in the manner of a snowflake, a dynamic pattern beautifully extending itself, is one of the most beautiful and pleasing aspects of A Course in Miracles.
Thus, this lesson – with its gentle assertion that we are as God created us – is really the reason why the previous lesson is logically consistent and thus reliable. We can rest in God because we are natural extensions of God.
If you are remain as God created you, appearances cannot replace the truth, health cannot turn to sickness, nor can death be substituted for live, or fear for love. All this has not occurred, if you remain as God created you (W-pI.110.3:1-2).
The world of suffering and fear – in which pain comes and goes, sometimes replaced by pleasure, sometimes merely by a bland neutrality that is neither joful nor joyless – is an effect of believing we are other than as God created us. It reflects the belief that our existence is up to us. But if we remain in Creation as God wills, then the world constructed by our will is simply an error which can be easily corrected. Lesson 110 is the correction.
In this way – symphonically, cumulatively – the lessons together naturally loosen the bonds of ego and deepen our capacity to make contact with “the Self Who is the holy Son of God Himself” (W-pI.110.7:1).
Two aspects of this lesson bear special notice. The first is the pointed observation in the second sentence of the first paragraph that this one lesson would save both us and the world if we only believe it. Implicit in that comment is the fact that we do not believe it but can. It is a challenge to us because it is a reminder that salvation need not be a future event but a present recollection. Our suffering can end now, if we will only give up the crazy idea that our will is separate from God’s.
Thus, it is helpful to face that fact of unbelief where it is within us. Indeed, the whole illusion of separation – the vast network of projection alienating us from love – is premised on this unbelief. When we do not resist the truth that we are unbelievers, then the Holy Spirit is able to gently enter our dream of separation and begin to heal it by reminding us that separation is not so. Awareness of the problem is always precedent to its solution (W-pI.79.1:1).
The other aspect of this lesson that stands out is its quiet confidence that the undoing of our seeming separation is neither unduly complicated nor mysterious. It is simple in nature and so the solution is as well. The whole truth of A Course in Miracles can be found in the idea that God created us and nothing has ever intervened to change or undo that fact. Thus, we are assured that we “need no thought but just this one, to let redemption come to light the world and free it from the past” (W-pI.110.3:3).
The healing power of today’s idea is limitless. It is the birthplace of all miracles, the great restorer of the truth to the awareness of the world (W-pI.110.5:1-2).
And so we can seek in confidence the interior Christ who is savior unto the world and our self because we are not seeking an elusive trickster who delights in confounding and frustrating us, but rather our true Self whose Word is the liberation of the world (W-pI.110.8:1). We want to be found; we want to be saved.
It is helpful to approach these lessons with the humility and willingness of a student who unconditionally trusts their teacher. When we do that, our progress away from dreams of fear and toward informed and creative wakefulness is assured. At any moment we might recall – in a deep and foundational way – that we are the Christ we seek. And if not today, then tomorrow or the day after. There is nothing else to find.
That is the power of the workbook – its ability, through a guide who is within us but not of us – to reliably bring into application the abstract glory of the text. For we are as God created us – a truth in no way conditioned upon our belief – and so abide forever in divine peace and eternity.