My thoughts* on ACIM Urtext Lesson 93, for April 2, 2024. Light and joy and peace abide in me.

Debra (Debi) Yvonne Simmons
7 min readApr 4, 2024

Light and joy and peace abide in me.

* Because I reside in God.

1. You think you are the home of evil, darkness and sin.

* That is what we are currently taught by society anyway.

²You think if anyone could see the truth about you he would be repelled, recoiling from you as if from a poisonous snake.

* Once you have the Atonement you understand that they recoil from you because they are not willing to allow their own existence or God’s much less yours.

³You think if what is true about you were revealed to you, you would be struck with horror so intense that you would rush to death by your own hand, living on after seeing this being impossible.

* Do not take the wording of the Course to be ‘etched in stone’ and attach your meaning to it. You want to be open to the promptings and whisperings of the Holy Spirit that will tell you what the meaning of the words of Jesus are for you at this moment. This goes for other works that are credited to him as well.

* This needs to be applied to your prayers as well. You want to accept that you are worthy of feeling safe, happy, abundant, and connected. Tell Jesus what you wish to ‘feel’ and he will bring the experience into your awareness.

2. These are beliefs so firmly fixed that it is difficult to help you see that they are based on nothing.

* If you are based in unworthiness that is. Be careful here though. If you do this without including everyone in that same worthiness as God’s Son you can fall into the idea of entitlement and that is just as troublesome.

²That you have made mistakes is obvious.

* Everyone has.

³That you have sought salvation in strange ways; have been deceived, deceiving and afraid of foolish fantasies and savage dreams; and have bowed down to idols made of dust, — all this is true by what you now believe.

3. Today we question this, not from the point of view of what you think, but from a very different reference point, from which such idle thoughts are meaningless.

²These thoughts are not according to God’s Will.

³These weird beliefs He does not share with you.

⁴This is enough to prove that they are wrong, but you do not perceive that this is so.

* Often because of the guilt you have taken on or the false teachings that an opposition to God could exist. And the false-teachings that The Great Essence of All That Is or Ever Could has no consciousness of its own.

4. Why would you not be overjoyed to be assured that all the evil that you think you did was never done, that all your sins are nothing, that you are as pure and holy as you were created, and that light and joy and peace abide in you?

²Your image of yourself cannot withstand the Will of God.

* This just means that the Will of God is Supreme or Greater Than the false imaginings you may have. Thank, God! Lol

³You think that this is death, but it is life.

⁴You think you are destroyed, but you are saved.

5. The self you made is not the Son of God.

²Therefore, this self does not exist at all.

* The you who configured it does though. And for all practical purposes, it can go by the same name for the time being as long as you keep your spiritual eyes and ears attuned to the Holy Spirit.

³And anything it seems to do and think means nothing.

* Do not cancel ‘you’ out altogether, only the false image that you have made of yourself.

⁴It is neither bad nor good.

* This may be where people say there is no good or bad in the Course and that is a bit of a stretch here. God is GOOD. Period. God is what is real. We get into a problem when we try to define for others what is good or bad. We want, at this stage of the game, to acknowledge God’s Existence and our place in His Sonship. The Holy (Wholly) Spirit will guide us into greater light (good) individually and collectively. There is no need to worry about that.

⁵It is unreal, and nothing more than that.

⁶It does not battle with the Son of God.

⁷It does not hurt him, nor attack his peace.

* In the Atonement, and light of the True Gospel of Jesus, we grow into the understanding that we are the Son of God and what that means.

⁸It has not changed creation, nor reduced eternal sinlessness to sin, and love to hate.

* Our false imaginings do not override God and His Intention/Will for His Son.

⁹What power can this self you made possess, when it would contradict the Will of God?

6. Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God.

²Over and over this must be repeated, until it is accepted.

³It is true.

⁴Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God.

⁵Nothing can touch it, or change what God created as eternal.

* My eternal self exists right now, right here, and it resides in the safety and protection of God, regardless of what happens to my body or my psyche due to the circumstances of the world at large.

⁶The self you made, evil and full of sin, is meaningless.

⁷Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God, and light and joy and peace abide in you.

* Thank you, thank you, thank you for this witness within my mind and heart!!!

7. Salvation requires the acceptance of but one thought; — you are as God created you, not what you made of yourself.

²Whatever evil you may think you did, you are as God created you.

³Whatever mistakes you made, the truth about you is unchanged.

⁴Creation is eternal and unalterable.

⁵Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God.

⁶You are and will forever be exactly as you were created.

* Because God is your Creator and not you.

⁷Light and joy and peace abide in you because God put them there.

8. In our longer exercise periods today, which would be most profitable if done for the first five minutes of every waking hour, begin by stating the truth about your creation:

²Light and joy and peace abide in me.

³My sinlessness is guaranteed by God.

⁴Then put away your foolish self-images, and spend the rest of the practice period in trying to experience what God has given you, in place of what you have decreed for yourself.

* And understand that the shenanigans (and terrors) you see in others are but imaginings as well.

9. You are what God created or what you made.

* One or the other.

²One Self is true; the other is not there.

³Try to experience the unity of your one Self.

⁴Try to appreciate Its Holiness and the love from which It was created.

* I am getting the sense here that this could be taken as an individual as well as the entire Sonship as a Collective. Either way, the principle that you do not create yourself is real.

* You may fantasize and make up a story for yourself before you come to earth but this has nothing to do with what and who you ARE in reality as a part of the Son of God, except as I stated before it is reasonable to use the same name and such but let the Holy Spirit take you into an understanding that you are so much more than your storyline AND that it is to your benefit to allow Him to use your storyline to assist others to see this as well.

⁵Try not to interfere with the Self which God created as you, by hiding Its majesty behind the tiny idols of evil and sinfulness you have made to replace It.

⁶Let It come into Its Own.

⁷Here you are; This is You.

⁸And light and joy and peace abide in you because this is so.

* Wow. This is huge.

* To allow the Truth of ourselves come forward is difficult in the presence of those bound by the ego’s fearful thought patterns. Yet, please do so within yourself and allow yourself to be guided as to how to express in the sphere of form.

10. You may not be willing or even able to use the first five minutes of each hour for these exercises.

²Try, however, to do so when you can.

³At least remember to repeat these thoughts each hour:

⁴Light and joy and peace abide in me.

⁵My sinlessness is guaranteed by God.

⁶Then try to devote at least a minute or so to closing your eyes and realizing that this is a statement of the truth about you.

11. If a situation arises that seems to be disturbing, quickly dispel the illusion of fear by repeating these thoughts again.

²Should you be tempted to become angry with someone, tell him silently:

³Light and joy and peace abide in you.

⁴Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God.

⁵You can do much for the world’s salvation today.

⁶You can do much today to bring you closer to the part in salvation that God has assigned to you.

⁷And you can do much today to bring the conviction to your mind that the idea for the day is true indeed.

(ACIM, W-93.1:1–11:7)

Till next time, God bless, debi.

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Debra (Debi) Yvonne Simmons

Atonement, His (Christ’s) Story, Three Temptations: Addiction, Power-Hunger, and Depression, “Seeing” Truth in the “Unseen”, Living Above the Chaos C U there :)