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Distinguishing the Valuable from the Valueless

Each choice you make brings everything to you or nothing. Therefore, if you learn the tests by which you can distinguish everything from nothing, you will make the better choice.

First, if you choose a thing that will not last forever, what you chose is valueless. A temporary value is without all value. Time can never take away a value that is real.

Next, if you choose to take a thing away from someone else, you will have nothing left.

Your next consideration is the one on which the others rest. Why is the choice you make of value to you? What attracts your mind to it? What purpose does it serve?

If you feel any guilt about your choice, you have allowed the ego’s goals to come between the real alternatives.

Heaven itself is reached with empty hands and open minds, which come with nothing to find everything and claim it as their own. We will attempt to reach this state today, with self-deception laid aside, and with an honest willingness to value but the truly valuable and the real.…

I will not value what is valueless,
and only what has value do I seek,
for only that do I desire to find.
(A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 133, W-pI.133.5:3-6:3;7:1;8:1-4;11:2;13:1-2,4. See also ACIM Lesson 133 Insights.)

The more we recognize what has true value, the simpler our choices become. The Course is teaching us that no form in the world has any value of its own. In our journey of awakening, all value comes from the purpose that serves our awakening.

The practice of asking the Holy Spirit of everything, “What is this for? What is its purpose?” helps us recognize what choice is truly helpful. The Holy Spirit will guide us to all things that are helpful and will not keep us tied to the ego thought system. He will lead us away from things we think we need because we believe in the ego’s values and have mistaken them for our own.

The Holy Spirit never asks us to sacrifice. But if we think we need something because of the ego’s dictates, we will believe it is a sacrifice to give it up. Thus the Holy Spirit needs to teach us to recognize the valuelessness of what we have mistakenly valued. He needs our willingness. We need to come to Him with empty hands and open hearts to receive His kind and loving teaching that will lead us to everything of value.

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Welcoming Holy Spirit’s Healing Lessons

The Son of God has both Father and Son, because he is both Father and Son. To unite having and being is to unite your will with His, for He wills you Himself. And you will yourself to Him because, in your perfect understanding of Him, you know there is but one Will. Yet when you attack any part of God and His Kingdom your understanding is not perfect, and what you really want is therefore lost to you.

Healing thus becomes a lesson in understanding, and the more you practice it the better teacher and learner you become.”

Healing is a sign that you want to make whole. And this willingness opens your ears to the Voice of the Holy Spirit, Whose message is wholeness. He will enable you to go far beyond the healing you would undertake, for beside your small willingness to make whole He will lay His Own complete Will and make yours whole. What can the Son of God not accomplish with the Fatherhood of God in him? And yet the invitation must come from you, for you have surely learned that whom you invite as your guest will abide with you. (A Course in Miracles, T-11.II.1:3-2:1;4. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

The Holy Spirit is always with us, ready to guide us to healing and wholeness. But we are unaware of His presence while we focus our attention on the ego thought system of separation. While we are under the influence of the ego, our awareness is selective, carefully excluding thoughts that remind us we remain at one with God. We are choosing the ego as our guide.

But the moment we give even a little willingness to receive the Holy Spirit’s lessons, the Holy Spirit adds His willingness to make us whole. He shares His strength with us and His Light shines away the shadows of the ego’s denial. Each time we bring our unhealed thoughts to the Holy Spirit, the lesson that we remain as God created us, whole and at one with Him, becomes clearer in our mind. We bring this healing lesson to the world as we learn it for ourselves. This is our function. This is our practice today.

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Teaching Truth By Demonstration

The world is an illusion. Those who choose to come to it are seeking for a place where they can be illusions, and avoid their own reality. Yet when they find their own reality is even here, then they step back and let it lead the way. …To let illusion sink behind the truth and let the truth stand forth as what it is, is merely sanity.

This is the simple choice we make today. The mad illusion will remain awhile in evidence, for those to look upon who chose to come, and have not yet rejoiced to find they were mistaken in their choice. They cannot learn directly from the truth, because they have denied that it is so. And so they need a Teacher Who perceives their madness, but Who still can look beyond illusion to the simple truth in them.

Step back in faith and let truth lead the way. You know not where you go. But One Who knows goes with you. Let Him lead you with the rest. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 155, W-pI.155.2:1-3,6;3;10:3-6. See also ACIM Lesson 155 Insights.)

In the world it seems that we are vulnerable to myriad forms of threats to our well being. We spend our days building defenses to protect our little domains and seeking for love to fill the perceived lack of love. Yet this is all illusion, for we remain Love as Love created us, safe and whole.

We need help from One Who sees what we perceive but does not believe in the illusion of isolation and vulnerability in the world. This is our inner Teacher Who goes with us, always ready to help us see the truth beyond the illusion. As we learn to accept the Truth as true, the illusion fades and Truth lights our way. As we practice following the way of Truth — the way of Love — we demonstrate that we can free ourselves from the hell of belief in separation. We teach by our demonstration and bring our brothers with us as we step back and let Truth lead the way.

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Letting Ourselves Be Healed

Healing, forgiveness, and the [exchange of joy for sadness], are the means by which the Holy Spirit urges you to follow Him. His gentle lessons teach how easily salvation can be yours; how little practice you need undertake to let His laws replace the ones you made to hold yourself a prisoner to death. [Holy Spirit’s] life becomes your own, as you extend the little help He asks in freeing you from everything that ever caused you pain.

And as you let yourself be healed, you see all those around you, or who cross your mind, or whom you touch or those who seem to have no contact with you, healed along with you. Perhaps you will not recognize them all, nor realize how great your offering to all the world, when you let healing come to you. But you are never healed alone. And legions upon legions will receive the gift that you receive when you are healed.

When I am healed I am not healed alone.
And I would bless my brothers, for I would
be healed with them, as they are healed with me.
(A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 137, W-pI.137.8-9;15:5-6. See also ACIM Lesson 137 Insights.)

To let ourselves be healed we only need to stop defending against healing. Identifying with the ego thought system and the body is a defense against healing. Healing cannot come from the thought system of separation, which is the source of a sick mind and body.

Healing comes from the Holy Spirit, the part of our mind that knows the truth and does not believe in separation. The practice of choosing the Holy Spirit as our Guide moment by moment welcomes His kind lessons in truth. It is the acceptance of truth in our mind that brings healing to the world.

Today we dedicate to the practice of letting Holy Spirit guide all our perceptions. With His help we will see past our old judgments. We will see past the illusionary images that seem to threaten us. We will see past the shadows of the ego to the Light of Love in everyone and in everything.

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Accepting Our One Self Brings Peace to the World

You are as God created you. Today honor your Self. Let graven images you made to be the Son of God instead of what he is be worshipped not today. Deep in your mind the holy Christ in you is waiting your acknowledgment as you. And you are lost and do not know yourself while He is unacknowledged and unknown.

Seek Him today, and find Him. He will be your Savior from all idols you have made. For when you find Him, you will understand how worthless are your idols, and how false the images which you believed were you. Today we make a great advance to truth by letting idols go, and opening our hands and hearts and minds to God today.

We will remember Him throughout the day with thankful hearts and loving thoughts for all who meet with us today. For it is thus that we remember Him.
(A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 110, W-pI.110.9:1-11:2. See also ACIM Lesson 110 Insights.)

Christ is always in us, for He is our one Self, the Son Who God created. It doesn’t seem that Christ is Who we are or that He is even in us. This is because we believe in a false image of what we are. We need to learn that we are not the ego and that we are not the false image the ego made as a substitute identity to overshadow the Son of God.

We have a Teacher in our minds ready to help us recognize the unreality and falsity of the image we believe we are. As we welcome the Holy Spirit’s vision in our minds, He will help us look past the shadows of the ego to the Light of Christ that is everywhere to behold. As we share His vision, we bring healing and salvation to the world. We bring peace to the world. This is the function God would have us fill and He has given us everything we need to fulfill it. We need only accept the help.

Today we dedicate to accepting the Holy Spirit’s help that we may see the truth beyond illusions.

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We Are Never Alone

Be in my mind, my Father, when I wake, and shine on me throughout the day today. Let every minute be a time in which I dwell with You. And let me not forget my hourly thanksgiving that You have remained with me, and always will be there to hear my call to You and answer me. As evening comes, let all my thoughts be still of You and of Your Love. And let me sleep sure of my safety, certain of Your care, and happily aware I am Your Son.

This is as every day should be. Today, practice the end of fear. Have faith in Him Who is your Father. Trust all things to Him. Let Him reveal all things to you, and be you undismayed because you are His Son. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 232, W-pII.232. See also ACIM Lesson 232 Insights.)

The ego is the wish to be alone, isolated and separate from everyone and everything. It is the wish to have a domain it can call its own. It must protect this domain from intrusions from all directions. This private domain could never be real but the choice to believe in it makes it seem real.

We can never be alone, for God is always with us. We may try to hide from Him out of our guilt and shame, yet God sees us as wholly innocent, united with Himself. No matter how deeply we fall into despair or fear, we can always call on Him. He will answer with His Love and strength.

Let us remember God is with us today, as He is every day. Let us trust in His strong support, His guidance in the way of Love and His certainty that we are His one Son. Let us remember we are never alone.

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Being God’s Messengers of Love

If you will lay aside the ego’s voice, however loudly it may seem to call; if you will not accept its petty gifts that give you nothing that you really want; if you will listen with an open mind, that has not told you what salvation is; then you will hear the mighty Voice of truth, quiet in power, strong in stillness, and completely certain in Its messages.

Be not afraid today to circumvent the voices of the world. Walk lightly past their meaningless persuasion. Hear them not. Be still today and listen to the truth.

Be ready for salvation. It is here, and will today be given unto you. And you will learn your function from the One Who chose it in your Father’s Name for you. Listen today, and you will hear a Voice which will resound throughout the world through you. The bringer of all miracles has need that you receive them first, and thus become the joyous giver of what you received.

Let me be still and listen to the truth.
I am the messenger of God today,
My voice is His, to give what I receive.
(A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 106, W-pI.106.1;3:1-4;6;10:3-4. See also ACIM Lesson 106 Insights.)

Only fulfilling our function here will bring us happiness. Our function is given us by God — to give the gifts He has given us — all His Love, all His joy, all His peace. We cannot try to keep any of God’s gifts for ourselves alone, for this only makes God’s gifts unknown to us. Inherent in God’s gifts is that they are shared equally with all.

As we let our minds be still and hear God’s Voice, we receive God’s gifts to share. It is in our sharing of these gifts that we claim them as our own on behalf of all our brothers. For what is ours belongs to all. Let us today be God’s messengers by offering God’s Love, peace and joy to all.

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