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, always makes me happy. It feels – if I may briefly channel my eighteenth century poetic forebears – sublime.
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. 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).
In this way, the lessons naturally loosen the crusty ego bonds and deepen our capacity to make contact with “the Self Who is the holy Son of God Himself” (W-pI.110.7:1).
There are two aspects of this lesson that jump out to me as being especially enlightening. 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 believed it. Implicit in that comment is the fact that we do not believe it, and the fact that it’s going to be repeated from time to time over the course of the next two hundred and fifty or so lessons means that we’re not likely to snap our fingers and start believing it now.
So it is helpful, then, to face that fact of unbelief within us. Indeed, the whole illusion of separation is premised on it. It is important not to gloss over this unbelief nor rush to an intellectual conclusion about it. When I rest with the truth that I am an unbeliever, then the Holy Spirit is able to gently enter my mind and begin to heal it. 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 not unduly complicated or mysterious. It is simple in nature and so the solution is as well. The whole truth of A Course in Miracles resides in the idea that God created us and nothing has intervened to change or undo that fact.
You 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 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).
It is important to approach the lessons with the humility and willingness of a student who trusts entirely their teacher. When we do that, our progress away from stultifying dreams 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.
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 His peace and eternity.