On the face of it, this lesson sounds incredibly bland. "Let me remember God created me." Yeah? So? I sort of already knew that, you know. Isn't that what every God-believing religion tells me? Why is it so important that I remember that idea today? What's the big deal?
That's why we need the body of the lesson. It is there to specify, clarify, and fill out the meaning of the idea for the day. From the body of today's lesson, we can gain two main ideas.
First, "God created me" means "I did not make myself" (1:1). What does it mean to think I made myself? Certainly, I don't think I made my mind and body, or my soul. That would be ludicrous. What it means is that I think I have formed my identity. I may have come equipped with a body, mind, and soul, but my actual identity (or so I think) is built on top of that raw material by my own actions. It is established on a moment-by-moment basis as I think selfish or unselfish thoughts, say intelligent or stupid things, and do responsible or irresponsible things. That's why I'm so anxious all the time. I believe that the next thing I do might wreck the identity I've so carefully built up and carried. I've likened this belief to the egg-and-spoon race. Carrying our identity is like carrying that egg on the spoon while we hurry along at top speed, nervous as hell that at any moment we might break our fragile identity.
So the first meaning of "Let me remember God created me" translates to "nothing I do today can damage my identity. I am free of all the ill effects of my thoughts, words, and deeds. None of them can actually taint who I am." If you really believed that, what would you feel today? Wouldn't it be absolute peace?
Second, "God created me" means that He established my identity. There is a great line in the early dictation that Helen Schucman received where Jesus says, "Jung was right indeed in insisting that the ego is not the self, and that the self should be regarded as an achievement. He did not recognize (a term we now understand) that the achievement was God's." Our identity, then, is not our own achievement, it is God's. What kind of identity, then, has God established as ours? We can glean five characteristics from this lesson:
- Our identity is a Thought of God's (1:2).
- We have not left God's Mind (1:2). We are there now. Since thoughts never float free of a thinker, God is thinking us right now. Our very being is a Thought of His.
- We are part of God (1:2).
- We are like God, a chip off the old block (2:3).
- Being like God, we are sinless, holy, divinely pure (1:6, 2:2).
So the second meaning of "Let me remember God created me" translates to "I have the right to the most serenely exalted self-esteem, because God poured the very best of Himself into me. I am His masterpiece. I am with Him, like Him, and part of Him. I am holy." Again, if you really believed that today, what would you feel? I'll let you answer that for yourself.
As it turns out, then, "Let me remember God created me" is far from bland. It contains a radical reversal of how we typically see ourselves, and thus contains a complete overhaul of our normal emotional state. We go from the high-anxiety of the egg-and-spoon race to the comfort and tranquility of knowing that our identity is forever cradled in God's Arms, forever included in His Own Heart.