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“There is no end to all the peace and joy,
And all the miracles that I will give,
When I accept God’s Word. Why not today?”
Accepting God’s Word is accepting the truth. I accept the truth by opening my mind to receive the Holy Spirit’s healing perceptions. I accept the truth by opening to receive God’s peace.
To receive God’s peace I focus on God’s peace. I focus on letting it in. I know that I have let peace in when I can feel it, for it softens every concern. God’s peace brings a gentleness and a quiet certainty with it. There is also a feeling of well being and a knowing that everything is all right, no matter what may appear to be happening in the dream. If I am open to receive mind healing around any particular area of my life, I will receive it in a form that is best for me at that moment.
I receive God’s Word through my desire to receive it. When my desire is strong, I open easily and there is no efforting because it always has been there waiting for my acceptance.
There are but two thought systems for me to choose between. I must be willing to lay down the ego thought system in order to receive God’s Word, in order to receive my true inheritance. I will remember my true Identity only as I am willing to let go of what is not mine. The ego thought system is not what I am nor will it ever be.
It is my choosing that brings me the ego or God’s Word. In today’s lesson, Jesus is asking me to join with him in choosing God’s Word. He encourages me to accept the peace and joy that comes with returning to my true Self. Today, now, I choose to join with God’s Word. I choose to let Love heal my mind of all its false ideas.
Everyone in this world is searching for peace, for this is a world of conflict and depression. Whether or not we find peace depends upon the guide we listen to. The ego directs us to look for some form that will make us happy and will bring us peace, because that is all it knows. So if we follow the ego’s direction, we look for peace in the right job, the right partner, the right house, having the right stuff. Or we may look for it in a bottle, a chemical or physical pleasures or by trying to get rid of those we do not like, even to the point of war and murder. All these attempts are in keeping with the ego’s motto “seek and do not find.”
No one has ever found lasting peace and happiness in any of these things. In fact, they only bring us more pain. Fortunately, “Tolerance for pain may be high, but it is not without limit. Eventually everyone begins to recognize, however dimly, that there must be a better way.” (Text 2.III.3:5-6) At that point we open the door a crack to be receptive to God’s Word. His Word comes to us through the Holy Spirit in our minds.
When we let the Holy Spirit guide us, we are led to recognize that there is no value in any form in this world. We are led gently and patiently to recognize the Love and peace that we seek is already in us. And we begin to see it in our brothers as well. We begin to see that all the conflict is over nothing. We begin to see that we are not alone, but are always in the presence of our loving Father and Creator. We begin to see that our brothers are part of us, not adversaries, but partners in the journey to remembering Love.
The Word of God tells me that I remain one with Love as I was created. As I accept this, I give the miracle of the vision of unity to all I see. Conflict fades away, for I recognize there is no other in opposition to the Will of Love. I recognize my will is the Will of Love and I see that all my brothers join me in that Will.
The fruitless searching is over. My attention now is focused with a singleness of purpose on a Prize that has always been mine. Each time I bring a painful thought to the Holy Spirit to receive His healing Light, I move a step closer to the Prize. I forgive and Light replaces darkness, peace replaces conflict and Love replaces fear. I forgive and I remember God’s Word.
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