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Read A Course in Miracles, Chapter 26, Section IV. (pages 548-549)
Our real function is to hold nothing in reserve, but to extend all Love to all of our one Self, which is what creating with God means. God or Love is synonymous with Love’s union. Love’s oneness gives all That Is to all of Itself because It knows that It is totally joined as one. Giving Love (Creation) is how Love Knows Itself.
As we let go of thinking we are unique or separate and forgive this false idea, we realign our mind with Heaven’s justice. We are able to see past the bondage of separation to the boundless Love that is always there to see, as we are willing. As we forgive the illusion of separation, we receive the benefit of freedom from ego’s dreams of guilt, death, fear and loss.
When reading paragraph 2, it is helpful to remember that the Course refers to the word ‘sin’ as the same as the belief in separation. As we forgive, or let go of our belief in separation (sin), Jesus tells us that we see a world of union that reflects the joy of Heaven. “There is no sadness and there is no parting here, for everything is totally forgiven. And what has been forgiven must join, for nothing stands between to keep them separate and apart. The sinless must perceive that they are one, for nothing stands between to push the other off.” (2:3-5 italics added)
Jesus answers this the following way: “Who could behold the face of Christ and not recall His Father as He really is?” (3:3) When we see every brother as he really Is, we are beholding our Father as He really Is. We are seeing past the world of separation and reaching to the joy and unity of Heaven. The blinding fog of the ego thought system is lifted and we return to the experience of our Father’s oneness. What was complex returns to simple, uncomplicated Love. “For here is what was lost restored to them, and all their radiance made whole again.” (3:8)
As we are returned to Heaven through our forgiveness of illusions of separation, we help the whole Sonship awaken and be glad. Here we are reminded once again that we don’t go Home alone: “Here the Son of God Himself comes to receive each gift that brings him nearer to his home. Not one is lost, and none is cherished more than any other. Each reminds him of his Father’s Love as surely as the rest. And each one teaches him that what he feared he loves the most. What but a miracle could change his mind, so that he understands that Love cannot be feared?” (4:2-5)
In the daily lessons Jesus reminds us that we are the Light of the world. Each time we forgive, or let go of our belief in illusions of separation, we help every brother return to Heaven, where he belongs. “Where sin once was perceived will rise a world that will be come an altar to the truth, and you will join the lights of Heaven there, and sing their song of gratitude and praise. And as they [your brothers] come to you to be complete, so will you go with them. For no one hears the song of Heaven and remains without a voice that adds its power to the song, and makes it sweeter still.” (5:1-3)
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How to Read References for Quotes from A Course in Miracles
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T-26.IV.4:7 = Text, Chapt. 26, Section IV, paragraph 4, sentence 7.
W-pI.169.5:2 = Workbook, Part I, Lesson 169, paragraph 5, sentence 2.
M-13.3:2 = Manual for Teachers, Question 13, paragraph 3, sentence 2.
C-6.4:6 = Clarification of Terms, Term 6, paragraph 4, sentence 6
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