What is God’s plan for salvation? In the language of the Course, it is forgiveness. What is forgiveness? It is removing your attention from the untrue.
Removing attention from problems.
Removing attention from grievances.
Removing attention from fears.
Removing attention from regrets.
Removing attention from jealousies and envies.
Removing attention from judgments.
Removing attention from all of our ideas about how other people should be.
Removing attention from all thoughts about our weaknesses and shortcomings.
Removing attention from our doubts that the truth is true.
Today’s lesson says, “We take a stand on but one side today. We side with truth and let illusions go. We will not vacillate between the two, but take a firm position with the One.”
If you notice your attention has gone to illusory thoughts, simply remind yourself that you accept your function as spirit, gently remove your attention from anything you do not want to enliven with spirit, and place attention with …
A careful reading of today’s lesson will reveal that you are being guided to place attention with happiness and gratitude. So when you catch attention with illusory thoughts, you might ask yourself, “What happiness can I place my attention with now? What can I be grateful for?”
A bird’s song may catch your ear, and you might recognize the simple joy of life and place attention there. You may notice your own honest willingness for truth, and feel gratitude for your sincerity. You might feel a contraction in your chest because of the fear you were focused on a moment ago, and feel grateful that your attention can now go to rest, accept and trust.
Today is a chance to make a deeper commitment to our function. It’s another new beginning. Be still during the 5-minute breaks and contemplate how much you want to make this commitment today. Enjoy the opportunity to live the commitment during the other 55 minutes of each hour today.
Today we give the gifts of happiness and gratitude to ourselves and to the world