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Review : “My mind holds only what I think with God.” and
“I thank my Father for His gifts to me. Let me remember I am one with God.”

Gratitude and appreciation go hand in hand with acceptance. If someone offers me something I don’t appreciate, I won’t accept it. I might put on a show of acceptance so as to not hurt the giver’s feelings, but if there is no appreciation, the gift goes on the back shelf or in the closet, where it is forgotten about. This world is the effect of not appreciating God’s gifts to me. He gave me my Self — pure Love. But by not appreciating the gift, I have forgotten my Self. Instead this world was made in an attempt to find something I would like better, something more special.

Because I have not appreciated God’s gifts to me, I do not know my Self, nor do I value my Self. It is no wonder the world is filled with people who feel unworthy. This is why it is important for me to thank my Father for His gifts to me. God doesn’t need my thanks, but I need gratitude for His gifts in order to know my Self. That is how I will know my worth. That is how I will find full appreciation for my Self and all my brothers.

Help me Holy Spirit to recognize the value of God’s gifts and the valuelessness of the ego’s offerings, for I would know my Self. This is my true desire.


Love is my Source. From Love came all that is real. I cannot leave my Source and become something different. I cannot change my Self. I remain Love as I was created. Love holds only Love. Love extends only Love. I am one with Love as I was created.

If I try to deny my Identity as Love, I will try to think I have changed myself into something else, separate from Love. I will try to make up a world that is different from the oneness of Love. I will try to make individuality and differences real in my mind. I will try to think I am separate and alone. I will try to think I am independent of my Source.

I am learning now that this is the unhappy dream. In this unhappy dream I have denied my Identity as part of God and have not appreciated God’s gifts to me. I have denied that my mind holds only what I think with God. It is now time to lay down this denial.

I want to return to happiness. I want to return to God’s peace and joy and Love. I want to return to my oneness with my Source. I want to remember that I am still one in the Mind of God. I want to accept my Self as I was created. I want to let go of all the false ideas about individuality and being separate from my Source.

Now is the time of return. Now is the time for me to remember that my mind holds only what I think with God in truth. All the other thoughts I have added are nothing and nowhere. They are meaningless ideas and I am willing to practice laying them down. I am thankful that these meaningless ideas were never true and that I am still changeless Love as I was created.

I return to God’s gifts as I open up to them, accept them and appreciate them. My gratitude for the truth of my Identity as one with God opens my mind so that I can see that I never left. In truth my mind has held only what I think with God. I have always remained one with God and so has everyone. A false world of separation was never real. Only in dreams could I have imagined this. Today I practice opening to the truth by being willing to lay this false dream down. I practice opening to the truth that my mind holds only what I think with God.

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