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Choosing the Safety of God’s Love

Father, You stand before me and behind, beside me, in the place I see myself, and everywhere I go. You are in all the things I look upon, the sounds I hear, and every hand that reaches for my own. In You time disappears, and place becomes a meaningless belief. For what surrounds Your Son and keeps him safe is Love Itself. There is no source but this, and nothing is that does not share Its holiness; that stands beyond Your one creation, or without the Love which holds all things within Itself. Father, Your Son is like Yourself. We come to You in Your Own Name today, to be at peace within Your everlasting Love.

My brothers, join with me in this today. This is salvation’s prayer. Must we not join in what will save the world, along with us? (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 264, W-pII.264.1-2. See also ACIM Lesson 246 Insights.)

We are surrounded by the changeless Love of God. Love’s changelessness protects us from harm because harm, were it possible, would cause a change. Love could be symbolized as an immutable bubble that includes God and all His creation, all that is real. As His Son, we are within the sure protection of this all inclusive Love.

If we identify with an imaginary separate body, we believe we are outside this bubble, without the sure protection of God’s Love. This leaves us feeling vulnerable and fearful. Yet this is only because we have imagined ourselves in a place that could never exist, outside the Reality of Love. We return to the comfort and safety of our Home in Love by letting go of identifying with an imaginary separate identity.

Forgiveness is the way we let go of false images that hide the safety of God’s Love from our awareness. Today we choose the safety of God’s Love in place of vain imaginings.

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How to See Love Everywhere

The attraction of guilt produces fear of love, for love would never look on guilt at all. It is the nature of love to look upon only the truth, for there it sees itself, with which it would unite in holy union and completion. As love must look past fear, so must fear see love not. For love contains the end of guilt, as surely as fear depends on it. Love is attracted only to love. Overlooking guilt completely, it sees no fear. Being wholly without attack, it could not be afraid. Fear is attracted to what love sees not, and each believes that what the other looks upon does not exist. Fear looks on guilt with just the same devotion that love looks on itself. And each has messengers which it sends forth, and which return to it with messages written in the language in which their going forth was asked.

If you send forth only the messengers the Holy Spirit gives you, wanting no messages but theirs, you will see fear no more. The world will be transformed before your sight, cleansed of all guilt and softly brushed with beauty. The world contains no fear that you laid not upon it. And none you cannot ask love’s messengers to remove from it, and see it still. The Holy Spirit has given you His messengers to send to your brother and return to you with what love sees. They have been given to replace the hungry dogs of fear you sent instead. And they go forth to signify the end of fear. (A Course in Miracles, T-19.IV.A.10;15. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

As it says in the beginning of the Course, fear is the opposite of Love. But Love has no opposite, so fear does not exist. Fear can only be experienced in the illusion of separation.

Judgment is the ego’s key tool for establishing and maintaining separation. Judgment establishes guilt. That is why the ego is attracted to guilt. It is this need to establish guilt that keeps the ego constantly searching for opportunities to judge. The ego’s messengers are always on the prowl to find “reason” to judge and make guilty. It is this that seems to make the ego exist. Since guilt demands punishment, fear always accompanys guilt.

The Holy Spirit, being the Voice for Love, sends out messengers seeking only Love. Love sees only Love, being unable to see anything but what is Real. Love does not judge and sees only innocence. Love is attracted to Itself and joins with Love everywhere. Love is one so it is eternally at peace. Fear is inconceivable in the oneness of Love.

Today we choose to let the Voice for Love show us the presence of Love everywhere.

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Welcoming the Voice for Healing

We waken hearing [the Voice for healing], and let Him speak to us five minutes as the day begins, and end the day by listening again five minutes more before we go to sleep. Our only preparation is to let our interfering thoughts be laid aside, not separately, but all of them as one. They are the same. We have no need to make them different, and thus delay the time when we can hear our Father speak to us. We hear Him now. We come to Him today.

With nothing in our hands to which we cling, with lifted hearts and listening minds we pray:

Only salvation [enlightenment} can be said to cure.
Speak to us, Father, that we may be healed.

And we will feel salvation cover us with soft protection, and with peace so deep that no illusion can disturb our minds, nor offer proof to us that it is real. This will we learn today. And we will say our prayer for healing hourly, and take a minute as the hour strikes, to hear the answer to our prayer be given us as we attend in silence and in joy. This is the day when healing comes to us. This is the day when separation ends, and we remember Who we really are. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 140, W-pI.140.11-12. See also ACIM Lesson 140 Insights.)

Thoughts of separation interfere with the Thoughts we share with God, which are only Thoughts of Love’s Oneness. The body is an illusion of separation. What we perceive through the body’s senses is part of that same illusion. Our thoughts about the body and the entire world of form are simply thoughts of illusions that are not really there.

These thoughts pass through our mind in a steady stream as long as we identify with the body as our reality. It is these thoughts that we need to lay aside, for they interfere with our awareness of the Voice for healing. This Voice will teach us that what we have been perceiving is not true. Though the forms appear to be different, they all represent the same illusion of separation.

As we practice quieting our minds by letting these thoughts pass by, we open our minds to hear the Voice for God. His Voice will teach us that we are Love and nothing else. It will teach us that Love is all there is to see. It will help us see past the false images that have disturbed our peace of mind. As we recognize their falsity, they fade away and our minds are enlightened with the oneness and joy of God’s Love. We welcome this today.

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Our Safety Is in the Laws of Love

I am under no laws but God’s. Here is the perfect statement of my freedom. I am under no laws but God’s. I am constantly tempted to make up other laws and give them power over me. I suffer only because of my belief in them. They have no real effect on me at all. I am perfectly free of the effects of all laws save God’s. And His are the laws of freedom.

For specific forms in applying this idea, these would be useful:My perception of this shows me I believe in laws that do not exist.
I see only the laws of God at work in this.
Let me allow God’s laws to work in this, and not my own.
(A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 88, W-pI.88:3-4. See also ACIM Lesson 88 Insights.)

The laws of God are the laws of Love. Love is one and never changes. It constantly extends Itself to Itself. Our Home is Love. Here we are perfectly safe, free from any threat or change because we dwell in the changelessness of Love. This is the ultimate freedom.

If we perceive anything as separate from us, we are believing in a law that opposes the laws of Love. Our belief in this opposition makes it seem real, but in truth, it does not exist because only Love is real. Anything that disturbs our peace is only the result of belief in the ego’s laws that could never be true.

The antidote to this disturbance is to let the Holy Spirit show us the Truth behind the appearance. With His help, we will remember that we are safely held within the laws of Love where harm is impossible.

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The Path to Joy and Peace

This is the only thing that you need do for vision, happiness, release from pain and the complete escape from sin, all to be given you. Say only this, but mean it with no reservations, for here the power of salvation lies:

I am responsible for what I see.
I choose the feelings I experience, and I decide
upon the goal I would achieve.
And everything that seems to happen to me
I ask for, and receive as I have asked.

Deceive yourself no longer that you are helpless in the face of what is done to you. Acknowledge but that you have been mistaken, and all effects of your mistakes will disappear.

It is impossible the Son of God be merely driven by events outside of him. It is impossible that happenings that come to him were not his choice. His power of decision is the determiner of every situation in which he seems to find himself by chance or accident. No accident nor chance is possible within the universe as God created it, outside of which is nothing. Suffer, and you decided sin was your goal. Be happy, and you gave the power of decision to Him Who must decide for God for you. This is the little gift you offer to the Holy Spirit, and even this He gives to you to give yourself. For by this gift is given you the power to release your savior, that he may give salvation unto you. (A Course in Miracles, T-21.II.2-3. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

The means for release from the dream of separation is already in our minds. All we need do is put the Holy Spirit in charge of interpreting everything we perceive. His vision sees beyond the images of the world that seem to make separation real and immutable.

It seems hard to believe that the images in the world, the events and relationships we seem to have, are there by our own choice. They are there because we have accepted the mistaken idea that separation is real. With that choice comes identification with a body as our identity and it puts the ego in charge of interpreting our perceptions.

The way out of the fear, conflict and guilt experienced in the world is to turn all our perceptions over to the Holy Spirit. If we ask for and accept His help, we will see past the behavior of another. We will see that behind it is either Love or a call for Love. He will guide us to offer Love in all circumstances. As we join with Love, joy and peace come with It. Putting Holy Spirit in charge of interpreting all our perceptions is the path to freedom from fear and guilt, joy beyond this world and peace that cannot be disturbed.

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Releasing Our Perception of Problems

Think, then, how great your own release will be when you are willing to receive correction for all your problems. You will not keep one, for pain in any form you will not want. And you will see each little hurt resolved before the Holy Spirit’s gentle sight. For all of them are little in His sight, and worth no more than just a tiny sigh before they disappear, to be forever undone and unremembered. What seemed once to be a special problem, a mistake without a remedy, or an affliction without a cure, has been transformed into a universal blessing. Sacrifice is gone. And in its place the Love of God can be remembered, and will shine away all memory of sacrifice and loss.

God cannot be remembered until justice is loved instead of feared. He cannot be unjust to anyone or anything, because He knows that everything that is belongs to Him, and will forever be as He created it. Nothing He loves but must be sinless and beyond attack. Your special function opens wide the door beyond which is the memory of His Love kept perfectly intact and undefiled. And all you need to do is but to wish that Heaven be given you instead of hell, and every bolt and barrier that seems to hold the door securely barred and locked will merely fall away and disappear. For it is not your Father’s Will that you should offer or receive less than He gave, when He created you in perfect love. (A Course in Miracles, T-26.II.7-8. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

Heaven is the experience of oneness in changeless Love. Love is eternally extending Itself. The appearance of lack or loss of any kind is a misperception and therefore not true. The body and the world we experience through the body seems to make loss and lack real. We are released from this limited perception as we consistently practice handing all our perceived problems over to the Holy Spirit for a change in perception.

As we increase our willingness to step back and let our thoughts be transformed by the Holy Spirit, we remember we are safe because we are still Love, as God created us. In reality, nothing has happened to change the Self that God created one with Him.

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Accepting Our True Identity

When “it can be but myself I crucify” is firmly understood and kept in full awareness, you will not attempt to harm yourself, nor make your body slave to vengeance. You will not attack yourself, and you will realize that to attack another is but to attack yourself. You will be free of the insane belief that to attack a brother saves yourself. And you will understand his safety is your own, and in his healing you are healed.

Today’s idea is one step we take in leading us from bondage to the state of perfect freedom. Let us take this step today, that we may quickly go the way salvation shows us, taking every step in its appointed sequence, as the mind relinquishes its burdens one by one. It is not time we need for this. It is but willingness. For what would seem to need a thousand years can easily be done in just one instant by the grace of God.

There is no Thought of God that does not go with you to help you reach that instant, and to go beyond it quickly, surely and forever. When the fear of God [Love’s oneness] is gone, there are no obstacles that still remain between you and the holy peace of God. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 196, W-pI.196.1;4;12:1-2. See also ACIM Lesson 196 Insights.)

Believing we are a separate identity contained in a body is an attack on the oneness of the Self God Created. To see a brother as a separate identity in a body is a reinforcement of our attack on the oneness of the Self God created. It is the perception of separate identities and separate forms that is an attack on the Reality of our one Self that is the Son of God. It is self crucifixion, “nailing” our Identity to the cross of separation.

The realization that we have done this to ourselves by preferring a separate identity to the unity of God’s Son gives us the freedom to let it go. We made the belief and we can change it. We can choose to accept our true Identity and be free.

The Holy Spirit, the Thought of God, is ever present in our mind to help us make this shift. We reclaim the strength and peace of God by letting the Holy Spirit show us the truth beyond our mistaken beliefs. We free ourselves by bringing all our perceptions to the Holy Spirit with willingness to see them anew. This is our journey Home to freedom and peace.

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