I am as God created me.
Purpose: To cease worshiping false images of who you are and to instead seek and find your true Self.
Longer: Every hour on the hour, for five minutes (if you cannot do this, at least do the alternate).
- Say, "I am as God created me. His Son can suffer nothing. And I am His Son."
- The rest of the practice period is a meditation which is extremely similar to what you did with the first occurrence of this idea, in Lesson 94 (you may want to go back and read my practice instructions for that lesson). Your whole focus should be on seeking that deep place in your mind where your true Self, the Christ, abides. To get there, you need to set aside all your images of who you are-they are the idols and graven images referred to in the lesson. As usual, remember your training in meditation: focus all your intent on sinking down and inward to the center of your mind, draw your mind back from wandering as often as necessary, and approach your Self with desire, for it is your Self Who has the power to save you.
Frequent reminders: As often as you can.
Repeat the idea to remind yourself of your true Identity as the holy Son of God.
Encouragement to practice: You are told to "practice today's idea with gratitude" (5:3) because, quite simply, it carries so much power (as you can see from reading the first five paragraphs). This is the Workbook's premier lesson. You are reminded repeatedly today that today's idea is "enough" (1:2; 2:2-4) to save you, that it is "all you need" (2:1; see also 3:3).
This one thought, we are told, is enough to save not only ourselves, but the world, if we believe it to be true.
Its truth would mean that you have made no changes in yourself that have reality, nor changed the universe so that what God created was replaced by fear and evil, misery and death. (1:3)
This is the primary meaning of this idea for me: nothing I have done has changed anything. Ego thoughts have done nothing, changed nothing. Fear and evil, misery and death have not occurred. I remain as God created me. I have not damaged anything. The tiny, mad idea to replace God on His throne accomplished absolutely nothing. I am still perfect, innocent, golden love.
It is enough to let time be the means for all the world to learn escape from time, and every change that time appears to bring in passing by. (2:4)
We tend to see the ravages of time. We see the aging body. We see loved ones come and go. We see decay and death and loss. But time can be the means by which we learn escape from time and all its changes. We learn through time to look beyond the appearances of change to what is unchanging, and we come to learn that only that is real. "Lead me in the way everlasting" (Ps 139:24).
If you are as God created you, then there has been no separation of your mind from His, no split between your mind and other minds, and only unity within your own. (4:2)
No separation, no split, no schizophrenia. I am one Self, united with my Creator, and limitless in power and in love. I can trust my brothers, who are one with me, because I am as God created me and have never split from them. What I find within myself when I listen to the Spirit's quiet voice is what all others are as well. I find within myself the Holy One. I am This; you are This. Let me simply become aware of any thought that says anything different, any picture of myself that creates a false and limited idol, and just drop that thought.
Deep in your mind the holy Christ in you is waiting your acknowledgment as you. And you are lost and do not know yourself while He is unacknowledged and unknown. (9:4-5)