Through your holiness the power of God is made manifest. Through your holiness the power of God is made available. And there is nothing the power of God cannot do. Your holiness, then, can remove all pain, can end all sorrow, and can solve all problems. It can do so in connection with yourself and with anyone else. It is equal in its power to help anyone because it is equal in its power to save anyone.
If you are holy, so is everything God created. You are holy because all things He created are holy. And all things He created are holy because you are. In today's exercises, we will apply the power of your holiness to all problems, difficulties or suffering in any form that you happen to think of, in yourself or in someone else. We will make no distinctions because there are no distinctions.
In the four longer practice periods, each preferably to last a full five minutes, repeat the idea for today, close your eyes, and then search your mind for any sense of loss or unhappiness of any kind as you see it. Try to make as little distinction as possible between a situation that is difficult for you, and one that is difficult for someone else. Identify the situation specifically, and also the name of the person concerned. Use this form in applying the idea for today:
In the situation involving _____ in which I see myself, there is nothing that my holiness cannot do.
In the situation involving _____ in which _____ sees himself, there is nothing my holiness cannot do.
From time to time you may want to vary this procedure, and add some relevant thoughts of your own. You might like, for example, to include thoughts such as:
There is nothing my holiness cannot do because the power of God lies in it.
Introduce whatever variations appeal to you, but keep the exercises focused on the theme, "There is nothing my holiness cannot do." The purpose of today's exercises is to begin to instill in you a sense that you have dominion over all things because of what you are.
In the frequent shorter applications, apply the idea in its original
form unless a specific problem concerning you or someone else arises,
or comes to mind. In that event, use the more specific form in applying
the idea to it
Commentary by Allen Watson
Toward the end of the lesson there is this informative line: "The purpose of today's exercises is to begin to instill in you a sense that you have dominion over all things because of what you are". In a much later lesson (190) the same idea is echoed:
There is nothing in the world that has the power to make you ill or sad, or weak or frail. But it is you who have the power to dominate all things you see by merely recognizing what you are.
Now, if you are like me, you probably don't feel as though you have the power to dominate all things or that you are "unlimited in power." You probably don't feel as though the power of God is made manifest through your holiness, that because of what you are you can "remove all pain, can end all sorrow, and can solve all problems". If you did feel that way, you'd probably suspect in some part of your mind that you were suffering from delusions of grandeur.
That's exactly why we need this kind of lesson. What we are, in reality, is so far above what we normally think we are that when we hear words like this lesson there is a part of us that whispers, "This is getting a little freaky here." We have no idea of the power of our minds, which were created by God and given the same creative power as His. When we get hints of how powerful we are, it scares us, and we try to forget about it.
What we really are is "beyond every restriction of time, space, distance and limits of any kind". We really do have the power to solve all problems, our own and anyone else's. If practicing today's lesson simply begins to instill this sense in us, it has been successful.
When I face a situation that is troubling me and repeat, "In this
situation, there is nothing that my holiness cannot do," even if ninety
percent of my mind is protesting against the idea, something shifts
within me. A little faith is generated. Maybe the percentage shifts
from ten percent belief to eleven percent belief. And when I do it
again, twelve percent. We've all read stories of people who overcame
unbelievable odds just because they believed in themselves; that only
hints at what the Course is talking about, but it illustrates the
The Course is talking about the power of belief, but much more as well; it is talking about the power of what we honest-to-God areAnd it is talking about the power of our holiness, not just belief. You and I are made out of God-stuff. When we actually get that, we can change the world.
True learning is constant, and so vital in its power that a Son of God can recognize his power in one instant and change the world in the next.