I am sustained by the Love of God.
Here in Lesson 50 is the truth: here is the one fact that will save us. Here is the cause of joy and peace. Here we are brought home in perfect stillness and equanimity. Here we remember what we are in truth.
Lesson 50 is penultimate – one of several times over the course of the workbook in which we are given the so-called bottom line and invited to use it to bring to an end all our wandering and confusion. If you want to know what the endgame of A Course in Miracles is, look no further.
Only the Love of God will protect you in all circumstances. It will life you out of every trial, and raise you high above all perceived dangers of this world into a climate of perfect peace and safety. It will transport you into a state of mind that nothing can threaten, nothing can disturb, and where nothing can intrude upon the eternal calm of the Son of God (W-pI.50.3:1-3).
And yet this is not our experience. Why?
The answer is simple: our attention is given not to the Love of God but rather to idols which are intended to obscure that Love. The whole world and the whole long sordid story of our life in the world is a vast orgy of idolization the functions as a dense cover over the clear and helpful light of God’s Will for us (e.g., W-pI.49.4:3).
All these things are your replacements for the Love of God. All these things are cherished to ensure a body identification. They are songs of praise to the ego (W-pI.50.2:1-3).
We need to resolve to “see things differently” (W-pI.21), and to become responsible for the way in which our minds function. It has to be a sincere desire to remember our Creator, and to bring forth only what our Creator wills that we bring forth.
We must be determined to remember that awareness of love’s presence is our “natural inheritance” (T-in.1:7) and resolve that nothing will stop us from coming to this awareness and resting in it. This is possible not as a function of the body in the world, but as the self which God created like unto love (e.g., W-pI.42.1:3-4).
Put not your faith in illusions. They will fail you. Put all your faith in the Love of God within you; eternal, changeless and forever unfailing (W-pI.50.4:1-3).
Thus, when we notice that we are invested in our lives in the world – how much money we are making, what we look like, who we are sleeping with, how often we are comparing ourselves to our brothers and sisters – we simply laugh and remember that we have mistakenly replace the Love of God with a cheap and unhelpful idol.
And then we give our attention to the Love of God, which is our inheritance as creations of God, and never removed from us.
. . . allow peace to flow over you like a blanket of protection and surety. Let no idle and foolish thoughts enter to disturb the holy mind of the Son of God. Such is the Kingdom of Heaven (W-pI.50.5:2-4).
This is the practice that ends our need for practice. This is the truth that undoes all illusions. This is the strength that dissolves our reliance on idols. This is the peace which surpasses understanding.