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Willingness to Let Love Be Itself

It is extremely important to be conscious of the activity of your mind as it takes place in your life in the form of a continuous or near continuous stream of thoughts, images, feelings, emotions and responses to outward conditions. Without this awareness the willingness to choose Truth over illusions cannot be brought into play consistently. Through the consistent choice of Truth, the mind is quickly and skillfully undone. In fact, the willingness to be vigilant even every moment, to be constantly present in your mind, is necessary for your willingness to choose Truth to have a chance to do so.

Willingness itself will grow under the Holy Spirit’s tutelage until it includes your entire life and all that you think, feel, and do. Willingness is the single requirement you must supply to the undertaking of the process of awakening to and as the Self. The Holy Spirit will provide everything else that is needed, and will supplement your little willingness with His. (From the Christ Mind Book II, p. 125)

Our experience as a body in the world is a form of trance. We have hypnotized ourselves with the belief that separation is real. In this hypnotic trance, we believe what we perceive is true. Walls appear to be solid and we cannot walk through them. People seem to get sick or die. Bombs appear to explode and destroy buildings and people. Certain people we like to be with; we may even think we are in love with them. But that “love” is limited to only certain special people. This is specialness, not Love, for Love cannot be limited. All this is part of the hypnotic trance of separation.

To free ourselves from this trance, we need to carefully monitor our thoughts and learn to recognize the signs of the trance. As we do, we have the choice to bring these thoughts and feelings to the Holy Spirit and let Him show us the Truth beyond the images of the trance. Through willingness to accept His help, we learn to let go of our identification with the trance and open to the Holy Spirit’s vision that shows us the reality of Love’s oneness. This practice will set us free to remember the Truth that we remain Love as Love created us.

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Bringing the Light of Love to the World

This is the way salvation works. As you step back, the light in you steps forward and encompasses the world. It heralds not the end of sin [separation] in punishment and death. In lightness and in laughter is sin gone, because its quaint absurdity is seen. It is a foolish thought, a silly dream, not frightening, ridiculous perhaps, but who would waste an instant in approach to God Himself for such a senseless whim?

Yet you have wasted many, many years on just this foolish thought. The past is gone, with all its fantasies. They keep you bound no longer. The approach to God is near. And in the little interval of doubt that still remains, you may perhaps lose sight of your Companion, and mistake Him for the senseless, ancient dream that now is past.

“Who walks with me?” This question should be asked a thousand times a day, till certainty has ended doubting and established peace. Today let doubting cease. God speaks for you in answering your question with these words:

I walk with God in perfect holiness. I light the world,
I light my mind and all the minds which God created
one with me.
(A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 156,W-pI.156.6-8. See also ACIM Lesson 156 Insights.)

Who is our Companion? Let us remember we always walk with God for we remain in His Presence no matter what illusions of separation we may dream.

If we are not in peace, we have substituted an illusion for the Love of God. The sense of loss of Love automatically brings fear. Let us remember once again, we walk with God. Each time we remember, we bring Light to the world. We remember our unity with the Light in every brother.

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The Path of Return to God’s Loving Arms

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 347,W-pII.347. See also ACIM Lesson 347 Insights.)

If we believed that God’s plan for us would lead us to perfect happiness, a sense of safety that cannot be disturbed and the knowledge that all Love is ours now, we would not hesitate to follow in the way God has appointed for us. But when we believe in the ego thought system of separation, we believe that happiness, safety and love can be found in a world of bodies and forms.

Yet the body and the myriad forms we perceive in the world are empty illusions that have no substance. They can never satisfy. The belief in the ego leads to an endless search for love, security and happiness where it cannot be found. This fruitless search leads to constant disappointment, dissatisfaction and depression, because it simply reinforces the lack of Love we feel because we have denied our unity with the Source of all Love.

At some point we must come to the recognition that there must be a better way. God has already given us this better way. When we are willing to consider turning away from the denial of Love, our minds open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Now we welcome the way appointed for us to return to the Loving Arms of God.

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Awakening to Our Home in Love

My resurrection comes again each time I lead a brother safely to the place at which the journey ends and is forgot. I am renewed each time a brother learns there is a way from misery and pain. I am reborn each time a brother’s mind turns to the light in him and looks for me. I have forgotten no one. Help me now to lead you back to where the journey was begun, to make another choice with me.

God would not have Heaven incomplete. It waits for you, as I do. I am incomplete without your part in me. And as I am made whole we go together to our ancient home, prepared for us before time was and kept unchanged by time, immaculate and safe, as it will be at last when time is done.

You are my voice, my eyes, my feet, my hands through which I save the world. The Self from which I call to you is but your own. To Him we go together. Take your brother’s hand, for this is not a way we walk alone. In [your brother] I walk with you, and you with me. Our Father wills His Son be one with Him.

You are His Son, completing His extension in your own. We practice but an ancient truth we knew before illusion seemed to claim the world. And we remind the world that it is free of all illusions every time we say:

God is but Love, and therefore so am I. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 171,W-pI.r-V.in.7;8:5-8;9:3-8;10:5-8. See also ACIM Lesson 171 Insights.)

We are being called to join with the Truth in our brother. We “take our brother’s hand” by joining with the Truth in Him, the Love he is. Bodies cannot join. But Love joins automatically, for Love is one. Our true Self is the one Self shared by all. It is this Self that calls to us from deep within to see our brother as one with us. It calls to us to bring the message of our unity in the Heart of our Creator.

This is how we are resurrected from the sleeping mind that dreams of separation. As we join with the Truth in our brother, we awaken and remember we never really left our Home in Love.

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Remembering We Are Spirit

You see the flesh or recognize the spirit. There is no compromise between the two. If one is real the other must be false, for what is real denies its opposite. There is no choice in vision but this one. What you decide in this determines all you see and think is real and hold as true. On this one choice does all your world depend, for here have you established what you are, as flesh or spirit in your own belief. If you choose flesh, you never will escape the body as your own reality, for you have chosen that you want it so. But choose the spirit, and all Heaven bends to touch your eyes and bless your holy sight, that you may see the world of flesh no more except to heal and comfort and to bless.

Are you invulnerable? Then the world is harmless in your sight. Do you forgive? Then is the world forgiving, for you have forgiven it its trespasses, and so it looks on you with eyes that see as yours. Are you a body? So is all the world perceived as treacherous, and out to kill. Are you a spirit, deathless, and without the promise of corruption and the stain of sin upon you? So the world is seen as stable, fully worthy of your trust; a happy place to rest in for a while, where nothing need be feared, but only loved. Who is unwelcome to the kind in heart? And what could hurt the truly innocent?

The truth in you remains as radiant as a star, as pure as light, as innocent as love itself. (A Course in Miracles,T-31.VI.1;6;7:4. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

The recognition that we are Spirit and not a body is a central lesson of the Course. It seems to be the most difficult lesson to learn because we have taught ourselves that the body is our identity. It seems that giving up this identity would hurl us into oblivion.

From the perspective of body identification, we cannot see our true Identity which shares the limitless Love and glory of our Creator. Because the body is illusion, to give up the body as our identity is to give up nothing. It is merely a shadow of misperception that hides our true Self, which is God’s Son.

As we give up the false image, our Reality as Spirit is revealed more clearly. This is our true Will, which we share with our Creator. Each time we bring a fearful or guilty thought to the Holy Spirit for His loving correction, we make a choice to recognize that we are Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s lessons are always lessons in Love, which is of Spirit.

Today we hold our minds open to the Holy Spirit’s lessons in Love in all our doing that we may remember we are Spirit.

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Learning to See the Real World of Love

Neutral thoughts are impossible because all thoughts have power. They will either make a false world or lead me to the real one. But thoughts cannot be without effects. As the world I see arises from my thinking errors, so will the real world rise before my eyes as I let my errors be corrected. My thoughts cannot be neither true nor false. They must be one or the other. What I see shows me which they are.

What I see witnesses to what I think. If I did not think I would not exist, because life is thought. Let me look on the world I see as the representation of my own state of mind. I know that my state of mind can change. And so I also know the world I see can change as well. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 54,W-pI.54.1:2-8;2:1-6. See also ACIM Lesson 54 Insights.)

On page one of the Course, we are told that Love can have no opposite because It is all encompassing. This is why fear can only seem to exist in illusions. Thus the real world is the world of Love and nothing else.

When we see images and actions that seem to represent harm, loss, lack, pain, sickness, vulnerability, hate or fear, we are seeing the effect of thoughts based on our belief in being separate from Love. They seem real only because of thinking errors caused by our belief. They represent of our state of mind.

It is important to remember that we can change our beliefs. When we change our beliefs, our state of mind changes and what we see will change. As we practice being mindful of what we are seeing, we can become aware of when there is a need to let our errors be corrected.

They are cues that we need to bring these perceptions and thoughts to the Holy Spirit with willingness to receive His correction. This is how we learn to focus on the reality of Love and disregard the mistaken thoughts based on belief in separation. We change our state of mind as we learn to see the real world of Love’s oneness.

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Awakening to Love Without Limit

Today’s idea [I walk with God in perfect holiness] but states the simple truth that makes the thought of sin impossible. It promises there is no cause for guilt, and being causeless it does not exist. It follows surely from the basic thought so often mentioned in the text; ideas leave not their source. If this be true, how can you be apart from God? How could you walk the world alone and separate from your Source?

We are not inconsistent in the thoughts that we present in our curriculum. Truth must be true throughout, if it be true. It cannot contradict itself, nor be in parts uncertain and in others sure. You cannot walk the world apart from God, because you could not be without Him. He is what your life is. Where you are He is. There is one life. That life you share with Him. Nothing can be apart from Him and live.

Yet where He is, there must be holiness as well as life. No attribute of His remains unshared by everything that lives. What lives is holy as Himself, because what shares His life is part of Holiness…. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 156,W-pI.156.1:1-3:3. See also ACIM Lesson 156 Insights.)

Our true Self is a Thought in the Mind of God that has not left Its Source. It shares all of God’s attributes because thoughts do not leave their source. This fact is the foundation upon which release from guilt is built.

The world of separation we perceive with the body is the effect of the belief that we have separated from our Source. Since this could never be true, the world we perceive is illusion and therefore meaningless. All meaning it seems to have, all perception of loss, lack, guilt and fear, comes only from our mistaken belief separation is true. This belief that we have separated from our Source must be healed for us to experience the fact that we walk with God in perfect holiness.

The purpose of the Course is to teach us that what we have believed about ourselves and others is untrue and meaningless. As we accept this teaching under the Holy Spirit’s tutelage, we awaken to the Life we live in God. We awaken to perfect peace, boundless joy and Love without limit.

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