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Read ACIM Chapter 14, Section VIII (pages 289-290)
Earlier in this chapter it was reinforced that illusion and truth, darkness and Light, cannot coexist. When we deny our union with Love (God) we cannot know the glory that God shares with us. Yet that does not change the fact that God’s glory remains ours. It only makes it unknown to us. Our job in this world is to bring all of our dark thoughts, our thoughts of fear and guilt and loss, to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s judgment is always that these thoughts are nothing and have no effect. So when we bring these thoughts to Him, His judgment undoes them and the glory they hid is revealed.
In our quest for a special and unique identity, we turned our back on God. Because God is oneness, He could not grant the wish for a separate, individual identity. Thus the wish for specialness shuts out God, keeping Him hidden from us behind doors of rejection. “It is the closing of the doors that interferes with recognition of the power of God that shines in you. Banish not power from your mind, but let all that would hide your glory be brought to the judgment of the Holy Spirit, and there undone.” (1:4-5)
No matter what we may believe we are, we cannot change the fact that, as God’s Son, we remain united with Him. Being united with God, we share in all that God is. The Love that God is, we are. Since God is only Love, we are only Love. If we judge a brother as being anything other than Love, we are making that same judgment of God. This judgment makes our brother, the Son of God, unknown to us and it also makes God unknown to us. Jesus tells us, “Can you offer guilt to God? You cannot, then, offer it to His Son. For they are not apart, and gifts to one are offered to the other. You know not God because you know not this. And yet you do know God and also this. All this is safe within you, where the Holy Spirit shines.” (2:5-10)
The Holy Spirit shines in the part of our mind that knows our oneness with our Creator and with all His creations. In this place our communication, our union with God remains unbroken. When we open to the Holy Spirit we will remember that, “Unbroken and uninterrupted Love flows constantly between the Father and the Son, as both would have it be. And so it is.” (2:15-16)
We have wandered through darkened corridors with thoughts of individuality and with the guilt that comes from holding these dark thoughts. Because we believe they are real, we cannot lead ourselves out of this darkness. But God appointed the Holy Spirit to guide us out of our self-imposed darkness into His oneness, where separation vanishes. We are guided to the holy meeting place of God and His Son. In this meeting place we see that we are all united in one Reality. There is no ‘other’ in truth.
God has given Himself to us, His creation. Union with Him is His gift. “Heaven Itself is union with all of creation, and with Its one Creator. And Heaven remains the Will of God for you.” (5:2-3) When we desire nothing else, Heaven is what we will experience. Heaven is here now. In reality, there is nothing else. We will recognize that this is true when we let go of our desire to keep an individual identity.
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