Course in Miracles
61 - I am the light of the world.
Who is the light of
the world except God’s Son? This, then, is merely a statement
of the truth about yourself. It is the opposite of a statement...
- of pride,
- of arrogance, or
- of self-deception.
It does not describe
the self-concept you have made. It does not refer to any of the
characteristics with which you have endowed your idols. It refers
to you as you were created by God. It simply states the truth.
To the ego, today's
idea is the epitome of self-glorification. But the ego does not
understand humility, mistaking it for self-debasement. Humility
consists of accepting your role in salvation and in taking no other.
It is not humility
to insist that you cannot be the light of the world, if that is
the function God assigned to you. It is only arrogance that would
assert this function cannot be for you, and arrogance is always
of the ego.
True humility requires
that you accept today's idea because it is God's Voice which tells
you it is true. This is a beginning step in accepting your real
function on earth. It is a giant stride toward taking your rightful
place in salvation. It is a positive assertion of your right to
be saved, and an acknowledgment of the power that is given you to
You will want to think
about this idea as often as possible today. It is the perfect answer
to all illusions, and therefore to all temptation. It brings all
the images you have made about yourself to the truth, and helps
you depart in peace, unburdened and certain of your purpose.
As many practice periods as possible should be undertaken
today, although each one need not exceed a minute or two. They should
begin with telling yourself:
the light of the world.”
“That is my only function.
That is why I
Then think about these statements for a short while, preferably
with your eyes closed if the situation permits. Let a few related
thoughts come to you, and repeat the idea to yourself if your mind
wanders away from the central thought.
Be sure both to begin and end the day with a practice period.
Thus you will...
- awaken with an acknowledgment
of the truth about yourself,
- reinforce it throughout
the day, and
- turn to sleep as
you reaffirm your function and your only purpose here.
These two practice
periods may be longer than the rest, if you find them helpful and
want to extend them.
Today's idea goes
far beyond the ego's petty views of what you are and what your purpose
is. As a bringer of salvation, this is obviously necessary. This
is the first of a number of giant steps we will take in the next
few weeks. Try today to begin to build a firm foundation for these
You are the
light of the world.
God has built His plan for the salvation of His Son on you.