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I follow in the way appointed me.

I have a special place to fill; a role for me alone. Salvation waits until I take this part as what I choose to do. Until I make this choice, I am the slave of time and human destiny. But when I willingly and gladly go the way my Father’s plan appointed me to go, then will I recognize salvation is already here, already given all my brothers and already mine as well.

Father, Your way is what I choose today. Where it would lead me do I choose to go; what it would have me do I choose to do. Your way is certain, and the end secure. The memory of You awaits me there. And all my sorrows end in Your embrace, which You have promised to Your Son, who thought mistakenly that he had wandered from the sure protection of Your loving Arms. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 317, W-pII.317. See also ACIM Lesson 317 Insights.)

What is the way appointed us? It is the way of Love. It is the path of removing the barriers to Love’s presence. It is a journey of forgiveness, of letting go of mistaken beliefs that we could change ourselves from being the Love that we were created to be.

We are not alone on this journey. We have a Guide, given us by our Creator, to lead us through the wilderness we have dreamed as a substitute for our Reality in Love. On our own we do not know the way out of the wilderness, but our Guide lights the way. It is this way that leads us back to the joy and Love of Heaven, our Home. We choose to follow this Guide today to fill the role appointed us.

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Remembering the Joy of Heaven

Projection makes perception. The world you see is what you gave it, nothing more than that. But though it is no more than that, it is not less. Therefore, to you it is important. [The world you see] is the witness to your state of mind, the outside picture of an inward condition. As a man thinketh, so does he perceive. Therefore, seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world. Perception is a result and not a cause. And that is why order of difficulty in miracles is meaningless. Everything looked upon with vision is healed and holy. Nothing perceived without it means anything. And where there is no meaning, there is chaos.

Damnation is your judgment on yourself, and this you will project upon the world. See it as damned, and all you see is what you did to hurt the Son of God. If you behold disaster and catastrophe, you tried to crucify him. If you see holiness and hope, you joined the Will of God to set him free. There is no choice that lies between these two decisions. And you will see the witness to the choice you made, and learn from this to recognize which one you chose. The world you see but shows you how much joy you have allowed yourself to see in you, and to accept as yours. And, if this is its meaning, then the power to give it joy must lie within you. (A Course in Miracles, T-21.in.1-2. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

The Course tells us that vision does not come through the body’s eyes. Vision is of the mind because it is seen through the purity of God’s Son. Vision sees only innocence and Oneness. It looks past form to the Light of Love that is everywhere, for only Love is real. Because joy is an attribute of Love, when we see with vision, we see a world of joy.

If we are not supremely happy, then we have chosen to believe in a barrier that blocks the joy that vision would show us. This is why forgiveness is the key to happiness. Forgiveness removes the barriers to recognizing Love’s presence.

We always have an immediate indicator that tells us whether we are choosing vision or the blindness caused by the belief in separation. If the world we see is not joyous, we have chosen against the joy of God. We have chosen against our true Self and replaced it with a false self-image. But we can make another choice. The Holy Spirit is ever present to help us forgive and choose Christ’s vision.

Today we will accept Holy Spirit’s vision to help us let go of the false images we have made and remember the joy of Heaven.

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Putting God in Charge of Our Thoughts

You think that death is of the body. Yet [death] is but an idea, irrelevant to what is seen as physical. A thought is in the mind. It can be then applied as mind directs it. But its origin [the mind] is where [the thought] must be changed, if change occurs. Ideas leave not their source. The emphasis this course has placed on that idea is due to its centrality in our attempts to change your mind about yourself. It is the reason you can heal. It is the cause of healing. It is why you cannot die. Its truth established you as one with God.

The mind can think it sleeps, but that is all. It cannot change what is its waking state. It cannot make a body, nor abide within a body. What is alien to the mind does not exist, because it has no source. For mind creates all things that are, and cannot give them attributes it lacks, nor change its own eternal, mindful state. It cannot make the physical. What seems to die is but the sign of mind asleep.

Let us today be children of the truth, and not deny our holy heritage. Our life is not as we imagine it. Who changes life because he shuts his eyes, or makes himself what he is not because he sleeps, and sees in dreams an opposite to what he is? We will not ask for death in any form today. Nor will we let imagined opposites to life abide even an instant [in the mind] where the Thought of life eternal has been set by God Himself. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 167, W-pI.167.3;6;10. See also ACIM Lesson 167 Insights.)

Let us put God in charge of our thoughts. As we are vigilant only for God and His Kingdom, we feel God’s grace. We remember we are being carried. We remember we have only one real purpose — to return our minds to the real Life we live in God.

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Forgiving Specialness to Remember Heaven

[Your brother] is your savior from your specialness. He is in need of your acceptance of himself as part of you, as you for his. [Both you and your brother] are alike to God as God is to Himself. [God] is not special, for He would not keep one part of what He is unto Himself, not given to His Son but kept for Him alone. And it is this you fear, for if [God] is not special, then He willed His Son to be like Him, and your brother is like you. Not special, but possessed of everything, including you. Give [your brother] but what he has, remembering God gave Himself to you and your brother in equal love, that both might share the universe with Him Who chose that love could never be divided, and kept separate from what it is and must forever be. (A Course in Miracles, T-24.II.10. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

While we believe that our identity is defined by what makes us unique and different from everyone, we will fear God’s Love, which is the same everywhere, always. Maintaining a separate identity requires that we distinguish ourselves from everything else. Anything that seems to threaten our distinction is perceived as an attack that must be defended against. The constant need to compare ourselves is tiring, for every comparison brings attention to our need to defend. The ego cannot tolerate oneness.

This need to perceive differences blinds us to the Love in our brother that is the same Love in us. It blinds us to the Love of God that is everywhere to be seen. Christ’s vision would show us the gift of Love our brother has to offer us. Christ’s vision comes as we forgive the need for specialness. It removes the blindfold that defends against the truth that we remain the same Love that God is. It allows us to welcome the gift of Love our brothers offer us and experience God’s joy as our own, together with our brothers.

Today we welcome the Holy Spirit’s help to see through the eyes of forgiveness, that we may remember Heaven.

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Present Trust Welcomes God’s Plan

The mind engaged in planning for itself is occupied in setting up control of future happenings. It does not think that it will be provided for, unless it makes its own provisions. Time becomes a future emphasis, to be controlled by learning and experience obtained from past events and previous beliefs. It overlooks the present, for it rests on the idea the past has taught enough to let the mind direct its future course.

The mind that plans is thus refusing to allow for change. What it has learned before becomes the basis for its future goals. Its past experience directs its choice of what will happen.

Your present trust in Him is the defense that promises a future undisturbed, without a trace of sorrow, and with joy that constantly increases, as this life becomes a holy instant, set in time, but heeding only immortality. Let no defenses but your present trust direct the future, and this life becomes a meaningful encounter with the truth that only your defenses would conceal.

Without defenses, you become a light which Heaven gratefully acknowledges to be its own. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 135, W-pI.135.15:1-16:3;19:1-20:1. See also ACIM Lesson 135 Insights.)

While we identify with the body it seems necessary that we plan for the future so we can pay our bills and have enough to eat, at the very least. It seems difficult to trust that the Holy Spirit understands our needs. But the Course is encouraging us to trust that the Holy Spirit always has our back. He knows what we really need and will help us in abundance.

The Holy Spirit knows what will be truly helpful, not only to our needs, but to an all inclusive view that not only solves our problems but serves the healing of everyone. Certainly on our own we cannot claim this scope of awareness. In addition, we often do not realize that what we believe is the problem is a self-deception based on a false belief.

The Holy Spirit is not deceived. If we want to experience the limitless joy that God has given us, we must step back from planning on our own. The Holy Spirit has a plan for us that will lead us to God’s joy. We need only be willing to welcome His plan with present trust.

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Bringing Healing to Ourselves and the World

[The body] can be seen as not your home, but merely as an aid to help you reach the home where God abides.

With this as purpose is the body healed. It is not used to witness to the dream of separation and disease.

Your home is built upon your brother’s health, upon his happiness, his sinlessness, and everything his Father promised him. …It is an ark of safety, resting on God’s promise that His Son is safe forever in Himself. What gap can interpose itself between the safety of this shelter and its Source? From here the body can be seen as what it is, and neither less nor more in worth than the extent to which it can be used to liberate God’s Son unto his home. And with this holy purpose is [the body] made a home of holiness a little while, because it shares your Father’s Will with you. (A Course in Miracles, T-28.VII.3:6-4:2;7:1,5-8. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

The Course tells us to ask of everything, “What is this for?” What we decide anything is for determines whether it is used to maintain the illusion of separation or it is used on behalf of recognizing our oneness with our Source and all that is. If the body is used to maintain belief in separation, it will be sick because the mind that believes in separation is sick. But a sick mind is nothing more than a belief in a false idea. Beliefs can be changed, so a sick mind can be healed.

As we learn to recognize the perceptions based on belief in separation, we can take those perceptions to the Holy Spirit in our minds. He will show us what is false and what is true. No one believes in something accepted to be untrue.

The Holy Spirit’s lessons that teach us to recognize what is untrue help us let go of false beliefs. The practice of asking Holy Spirit of everything, “Help me see this as You see it,” helps us learn to see the Holy Spirit’s purpose which always unifies. It is a way we can use the body as a means to bring unity to the world and awaken to our Home in God. By this practice we teach the world by our demonstration that in truth, we are one, united together in our Source. We bring healing to ourselves and to the world.

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Forgiveness Is the Means to Awaken

Illusions about yourself and the world are one. That is why all forgiveness is a gift to yourself. Your goal is to find out who you are, having denied your Identity by attacking creation and its Creator. Now you are learning how to remember the truth. For this attack must be replaced by forgiveness, so that thoughts of life may replace thoughts of death.

Remember that in every attack you call upon your own weakness, while each time you forgive you call upon the strength of Christ in you. Do you not then begin to understand what forgiveness will do for you? It will remove all sense of weakness, strain and fatigue from your mind. It will take away all fear and guilt and pain. It will restore the invulnerability and power God gave His Son to your awareness. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 62, W-pI.62.2-3. See also ACIM Lesson 62 Insights.)

We attack Creation when we believe we are a body. The body is an image of separation and thus denies the oneness of Creation. Believing our brothers are bodies is another form of attack on Creation. Forgiveness means letting go of identifying with a separate identity and accepting our oneness with all Creation. This acceptance will also automatically include every brother, for without the belief in our separate identity, the Identity of our brothers is automatically recognized as one with us.

Forgiveness is the way we let go of the mistaken false identity to make way for the Light of our true Identity to dawn upon our minds. The practice of forgiveness may be applied to situations or events in the world or a brother’s behavior or it may be applied to ourselves. The effect of forgiveness is the same, whether it appears to be applied to an external image or to ourselves because they are the same illusion.

We need to learn how to forgive from the inner Teacher, Who recognizes our perceptions but does not believe them. Our inner Teacher will help us recognize our mistaken beliefs and show us that they are meaningless. He will bring us Christ’s vision which shows us the truth of our oneness in Creation. We cannot forgive on our own but we can forgive if we accept the help of our inner Teacher. Today we practice bringing our perceptions to the Holy Spirit and accept His help to let them go.

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