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Learning We Are Love and Nothing Else

The test of everything on earth is simply this; “What is it for?” The answer makes it what it is for you. It has no meaning of itself, yet you can give reality to it, according to the purpose that you serve. Here you are but means, along with it. God is a Means as well as End. In Heaven, means and end are one, and one with Him. This is the state of true creation, found not within time, but in eternity.

A co-creator with the Father must have a Son. Yet must this Son have been created like Himself. A perfect being, all-encompassing and all-encompassed, nothing to add and nothing taken from; not born of size nor place nor time, nor held to limits or uncertainties of any kind. Here do the means and end unite as one, nor does this one have any end at all. All this is true, and yet it has no meaning to anyone who still retains one unlearned lesson in his memory, one thought with purpose still uncertain, or one wish with a divided aim.

…what is yours will come to you when you are ready. Here [in the world] are the means and the purpose separate because they were so made and so perceived. And therefore do we deal with [means and purpose] as if they were [separate]. It is essential it be kept in mind that all perception still is upside down until its purpose has been understood. Perception does not seem to be a means. And it is this that makes it hard to grasp the whole extent to which it must depend on what you see it for. Perception seems to teach you what you see. Yet it but witnesses to what you taught. It is the outward picture of a wish; an image that you wanted to be true. (A Course in Miracles, T-24.VII.6:1-7;7;8:2-10. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

In the world it seems that we learn from what we perceive with the body. We judge based on what we have learned from our perceptions in the past. But the Course is telling us that our perceptions are just outward pictures of what we want to be true.

If we want to be a separate, special identity, our perceptions will seem to confirm that we are separate. But the oneness of Love which created us like Itself is all that is real. The perception of separation could never be true. The lessons of separation our perceptions have taught us are false. They were made to justify a false substitute for the one Self created by God.

This is why we must practice turning over all our perceptions to the Holy Spirit for his interpretation. We must ask the Holy Spirit of everything, “What is this for? What is its purpose?” The Light of the Holy Spirit’s vision will show us what is true and what is false. Because only Love is real, the truth in every situation is either true or some form of a call for Love. The Holy Spirit will show us how to respond to every call for Love with Love. This is how we learn that we are Love and nothing else.

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The Means to Awaken to Love

I love you for the truth in you, as God does. Your deceptions may deceive you, but they cannot deceive me. Knowing what you are, I cannot doubt you. I hear only the Holy Spirit in you, Who speaks to me through you. If you would hear me, hear my brothers in whom God’s Voice speaks. The answer to all prayers lies in them. You will be answered as you hear the answer in everyone. Do not listen to anything else or you will not hear truly.

Believe in [the truth in] your brothers because I believe in you, and you will learn that my belief in you is justified. Believe in me by believing in [the truth in] them, for the sake of what God gave them. They will answer you if you learn to ask only truth of them. Do not ask for blessings without blessing them, for only in this way can you learn how blessed you are. By following this way you are seeking the truth in you. This is not going beyond yourself but toward yourself. Hear only God’s Answer in His Sons, and you are answered. (A Course in Miracles, T-9.II.7-8. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

We interpret the words we hear or read based on our past learning. These interpretations perpetuate the ego thought system. It perpetuates the belief in fear, guilt and loss. Most importantly, these perceptions are projections of what we believe is true about ourselves. This process is a closed loop that denies the truth in our brothers and ourselves.

This is why it is essential for our healing to practice turning over all our perceptions to the Holy Spirit with willingness to receive His true perception. The Holy Spirit knows that we remain only Love as God created us. He is not deceived by perceptions of separation, guilt and fear. If we pay attention to the Holy Spirit’s interpretation of our brothers, we will learn to see them as one with us in Love. As He disregards the ego’s interpretations of words and behavior, He sees only the truth of Love in every brother.

When we accept the Holy Spirit’s vision, we recognize our brothers as one with us. With this recognition we learn that we are only Love. This is the message every brother offers us if we accept the Holy Spirit’s vision in place of the ego’s interpretations. Thus every brother offers us the means to awaken to the truth of What we are. We need only let the Holy Spirit show us the truth in our brother. This is the practice that will free us from fear and guilt.

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Finding What We Really Want

No one remains in hell [separation], for no one can abandon his Creator, nor affect His perfect, timeless and unchanging Love. You will find Heaven. Everything you seek but this will fall away. Yet not because it has been taken from you. It will go because you do not want it. You will reach the goal you really want as certainly as God created you in sinlessness.

Why wait for Heaven? It is here today. Time is the great illusion [Heaven] is past or in the future. Yet this cannot be, if [Heaven] is where God wills His Son to be. How could the Will of God be in the past, or yet to happen? What He wills is now, without a past and wholly futureless. It is as far removed from time as is a tiny candle from a distant star, or what you chose from what you really want.”

Today I seek and find all that I want.
My single purpose offers it to me.
No one can fail who seeks to reach the truth.
(, A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 131,W-pI.131.5-6;15:5-7. See also ACIM Lesson 131 Insights.)

Heaven is now because Heaven is eternal. We can dream of being separated from Heaven but we cannot make the dream real. Our true Self wants only to be remembered as It is — Love and nothing else. This is our true heart’s desire.

We have chosen to believe in separation and accept the ego’s goals. The best the ego can offer is a substitute for God’s Love that will never satisfy. Nothing the ego offers is real. Unreal substitutes can never satisfy our heart’s desire to remember Love. But we have taught ourselves to accept the ego’s goals, to believe the ego offers us something we want. We need to learn that there is nothing in the world, the ego’s dream of separation, that we really want.

The Holy Spirit will teach us the valuelessness of everything in the world if we are willing to let the Holy Spirit be our Guide in all things. What is recognized as valueless is easily let go. This is how we seek and find what we really want.

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We Have Help We Can Count On

If you are trusting in your own strength, you have every reason to be apprehensive, anxious and fearful. What can you predict or control? What is there in you that can be counted on? What would give you the ability to be aware of all the facets of any problem, and to resolve them in such a way that only good can come of it? What is there in you that gives you the recognition of the right solution, and the guarantee that it will be accomplished?

Of yourself you can do none of these things. To believe that you can is to put your trust where trust is unwarranted, and to justify fear, anxiety, depression, anger and sorrow. Who can put his faith in weakness and feel safe? Yet who can put his faith in strength and feel weak?

God is your safety in every circumstance. His Voice speaks for Him in all situations and in every aspect of all situations, telling you exactly what to do to call upon His strength and His protection. (, A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 47, W-pI.47.1:1-3:2. See also ACIM Lesson 47 Insights.)

Fear, anxiety, depression, anger and sorrow are of our own making. They are the effect of believing the ego is our identity. The ego denies our unity with God and thus denies the only Source of strength. But we are not left without Help in the ego’s fantasy world of separation.

God has given us His Voice to help us. We can count on the Holy Spirit’s help at all times. He is aware of all that we have perceived from the past and what effects the present moment brings to our future.

If we are willing to accept His help, fear, anger and depression are replaced with the vision of our certain safety in the strength of God. Sorrow is replaced by God’s joy. Anxiety is replaced by the peace of God. Fear is replaced by the Love of God. These are the gifts we receive when we accept the Holy Spirit’s help to resolve every perceived problem. He leads us out of the fantasy of separation into the experience of our eternal Home in God’s Love.

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God Is Our Eternal Companion

It is quite possible to reach God. In fact it is very easy, because it is the most natural thing in the world. You might even say it is the only natural thing in the world. The way will open, if you believe that it is possible.

Throughout the day use today’s idea [God goes with me wherever I go] often, repeating it very slowly, preferably with eyes closed. Think of what you are saying; what the words mean. Concentrate on the holiness that they imply about you; on the unfailing companionship that is yours; on the complete protection that surrounds you.

You can indeed afford to laugh at fear thoughts, remembering that God goes with you wherever you go. (, A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 41, W-pI.41.8:1-4;9-10. See also ACIM Lesson 41 Insights.)

The ego abandoned God to make a fantasy of a loveless world that is the denial of God. Unable to accept the guilt that comes with this abandonment, the ego projects its guilt on God. This projection leaves us feeling abandoned by God. Actually we abandoned God by choosing the ego as our identity.

No matter how strongly we have identified with the ego’s isolation, God remains with us. He knows us as His one Son, eternally united with Him. The angst that comes with identifying with the ego is relieved as we accept that God goes with us wherever we go.

All God’s Love, peace and joy are ours merely by accepting them. God’s gifts are given eternally. He does not change His mind about us, knowing that His Son is one with Him. God knows no fear, being only Love. As His Creation, we are only Love. There is nothing to fear.

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Practicing True Forgiveness

Forgiveness must be practiced, for the world cannot perceive its meaning, nor provide a guide to teach you its beneficence. There is no thought in all the world that leads to any understanding of the laws [forgiveness] follows, nor the Thought that it reflects. It is as alien to the world as is your own reality. And yet it joins your mind with the reality in you.

Today we practice true forgiveness, that the time of joining be no more delayed. For we would meet with our reality in freedom and in peace. Our practicing becomes the footsteps lighting up the way for all our brothers, who will follow us to the reality we share with them.

Forgiveness should be practiced through the day, for there will still be many times when you forget its meaning and attack yourself. When this occurs, allow your mind to see through this illusion as you tell yourself:

Let me perceive forgiveness as it is.
Would I accuse myself of doing this?
I will not lay this chain upon myself.
(, A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 134, W-pI.134.13:-14:3;17:1-5. See also ACIM Lesson 134 Insights.)

As part of God’s one Son, every brother is one with us. There is no distance nor separation. This is why if we judge another we are judging ourselves. We are in fact accusing ourselves for what we are judging in our brother. This is the opposite of the way the ego thinks.

The ego tells us that when we see guilt in another, we escape guilt in ourselves. This is the ego’s chief defense mechanism — projection. The ego is incapable of forgiveness.

To practice true forgiveness, we need to accept the help of the Guide to forgiveness in our minds. The Holy Spirit will help us see the truth beyond the projection of guilt. When we remind ourselves that when we judge another we judge ourselves, and ask for help to see as Holy Spirit sees, we take another step toward removing the chains that bind us to the world of guilt.

The journey of true forgiveness returns us to Love.

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Choose to Be Happy and at Peace

This holy instant would I give to You.
Be You in charge. For I would follow You,
Certain that Your direction gives me peace.

And if I need a word to help me, He will give it to me. If I need a thought, that will He also give. And if I need but stillness and a tranquil, open mind, these are the gifts I will receive of Him. He is in charge by my request. And He will hear and answer me, because He speaks for God my Father and His holy Son. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 361,W-pII.361-365. See also ACIM Lesson 361 Insights.)

The choice to put the Holy Spirit in charge is the choice for inner peace and happiness. The ego also tells us that it knows how to find happiness. The problem is that the ego denies the Source of true happiness. Thus the ego’s direction always leads us on a fruitless search to find what it cannot find.

When we let go of following the ego’s direction and accept the Holy Spirit’s guidance, we are on the path to finding true and lasting happiness and peace. The affirmation in this lesson, committed to wholeheartedly, is the means to free ourselves from the fear and guilt of this world. It is the means to find our way back to our Home in the peace and joy of God.

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