Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sunday's Verse

1.  What keeps the world in chains but your beliefs?  And
what can save the world except your Self?  Belief is powerful
indeed.  The thoughts you hold are mighty, and illusions are
as strong in their effects as is the truth.  A madman thinks
the world he sees is real, and does not doubt it.  Nor can he
be swayed by questioning his thoughts' effects.  It is when
their source is raised to question that the hope of freedom
comes to him at last.

2.  Yet is salvation easily achieved, for anyone is free to
change his mind, and all his thoughts change with it.  Now
the source of thought has shifted, for to change your mind
means you have changed the source of all ideas you think or
ever thought or yet will think.  You free the past from what
you thought before.  You free the future from all ancient
thoughts of seeking what you do not want to find.

3.  The present now remains the only time.  Here in the
present is the world set free.  For as you let the past be
lifted and release the future from your ancient fears, you
find escape and give it to the world.  You have enslaved
the world with all your fears, your doubts and miseries,
your pain and tears, and all your sorrows press on it,
and keep the world a prisoner to your beliefs.  Death
strikes it everywhere because you hold the bitter thoughts
of death within your mind.

-Lesson 132: 1-3
Workbook for Students
A Course in Miracles

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