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Review: “God is but Love, and therefore so am I.”
“All things are echoes of the Voice for God. The power of decision is my own.”

An echo is a reflection of sound. Thus all things are a reflection of God’s Voice. All things, seen truly, are messages from God, reflected through what I am seeing. If I don’t see those messages, then I have used my power of decision to deny them. When I deny His messages, I deny God and therefore I deny my Self. When I deny God, I deny Love.

This world seems to show me everything but Love, which is sharing one Self. But Love is there to be seen. It is not the body’s eyes that will show me this. It is through Christ’s vision that I see the Love that is everywhere. In every moment I make the decision: Will I accept Christ’s vision or will I believe literally what the body’s eyes show me?

If I want to know my Self as created by God, I must accept Christ’s vision. To do this, I must let go of believing that I am a body and that it is my identity. Being an illusion, the body cannot offer me anything I really want. It cannot offer me happiness. It cannot offer me peace. It cannot offer me Love. If I use the body to seek the attention of other bodies, I have forgotten who I am. I am not a body. I am Love and nothing else.

Love is complete in Itself and therefore so am I. I lack nothing because I am Love. I am alone in nothing because I am Love. My joy is shared with all that is because I am Love. I am free and unlimited because I am Love. I am whole and perfectly safe because I am Love. I am Holiness Itself because I am Love and nothing else. I recognize that all this is mine when I choose to accept the awareness of my Self. I have the power to claim It in every instant.

Today I will practice listening to His Voice in all things so I may remember that God is but Love and therefore so am I.


In this world we have tried to change the meaning of Love. We have tried to change God. We have tried to change what we think we are. If we see a world of separate images which are unique and alone, we have joined with the false mind, which makes up millions of separate images that are not true.

God is one and will forever remain so. God is all inclusive. In lesson 169 it says, “We say ‘God is.’ and then we cease to speak, for in that knowledge words are meaningless.” (5:4) God is all. There is nothing outside of God. God is synonymous with the Mind of Love. What we all truly are is synonymous with the Mind of Love.

When we are in our right mind, we remember we are Love. We remember our true Identity. Today I use the power of decision to return to my right mind. I return to my true Identity as Love. I remember I cannot change myself or my identity. My Identity is Love. It could never really be anything else.

Everyone’s true Identity is safe. Everyone’s true Identity is Love and nothing else. Today I practice remembering this truth again and again until Love is the only thing I see because I remember Love is the only thing that is real.


All day I have been very aware of every time I have had an unloving thought. Each time it has happened, I have stopped myself and thought about it. I have seen these thoughts as weapons of destruction that, when wielded, harm the intended victim and then come back like a boomerang and harm me. I have stopped kidding myself about my intention when I defend myself. All attack is meant to hurt, and it is myself I hurt the most by teaching myself that I am vulnerable.

Each time, I have articulated the unloving thoughts as clearly as I can and then laid them at the feet of Holy Spirit. In my mind I now have an empty place that Holy Spirit can fill with a new perception, one that is closer to the truth.

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Below are example references to specific sentences using the notation of the Second & Third Editions of A Course in Miracles published by the Foundation for Inner Peace:

T-26.IV.4:7 = Text, Chapt. 26, Section IV, paragraph 4, sentence 7.

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