My grievances hide the light of the world in me.
Love does not hold grievances (W-pI.68.7:2), but ego does. Grievances – nurtured, cherished, clutched – are how ego sustains the darkness in which its unreality cannot be examined, found wanting, and let go.
Critically, the darkness that grievances make, does not only obscure our truth but the world’s as well. Our brothers and sisters cannot see when the light of the world is hidden, and so salvation remains distant, merely conceptual, ideal, and never recognized.
There is another way. And that is to pierce the dense clouds that ego argues are the sum total of our being and altogether impossible to pass through and, by passing through them, literally establish the salvation of all the world.
Share your salvation now with him who stood beside you when you were in hell. He is your brother in the light of the world that saves you both (W-pI.69.1:4-5).
This is all that we want – to wake up to reality. To realize that hell is simply the decision to believe that what never happened happened, and to force our brothers and sisters to share the belief. We have suffered, and so has everyone else, and so has the world. Is it not time to dry our tears and smile in the grace and peace of given us by our Creator?
Learning salvation is our only goal. Let us end the ancient search today by finding the light in us, and holding it up for everyone who searches with us to look upon and rejoice (W-pI.69.3:4-5).
In fact, when we begin to try to reach beyond the prison walls made by ego – and consented to by the mere fact of believing in them – we discover that it is actually quite natural and simple to find the light in us.
Your little effort and small determination call on the power of the universe to help you, and God Himself will raise you from darkness into light. You are in accord with His Will. You cannot fail because your will is His (W-pI.69.7:2-4).
Reaching the light is not to be understood in terms of the world. It isn’t like moonlight or the lamp on your desk. Rather, it is closer to the awareness – the consciousness – in which being itself is known, love and mercy are known, and in which time and space have no meaning whatsoever.
This light is pure and natural; everything that is real is real because of it. We are in it always because it is us. As we open to remembering it, it gently carries and lifts us into a sustained and deeper remembrance. This is salvation, our only need, and in truth, our only function.