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Choosing the Path to Love

Learn now, without despair, there is no hope of answer in the world.

Who would be willing to be turned away from all the roadways of the world, unless he understood their real futility?

The learning that the world can offer but one choice, no matter what its form may be, is the beginning of acceptance that there is a real alternative instead.

There is a choice that you have power to make when you have seen the real alternatives. …This course attempts to teach no more than that the power of decision cannot lie in choosing different forms of what is still the same illusion and the same mistake.

There is no road that leads away from Him. A journey from yourself does not exist.

Forgive yourself your madness, and forget all senseless journeys and all goal-less aims. They have no meaning. You can not escape from what you are. For God is merciful, and did not let His Son abandon Him. For what He is be thankful, for in that is your escape from madness and from death. Nowhere but where He is can you be found. There is no path that does not lead to Him. (A Course in Miracles, T-31.IV.4:3;5:1;6:1;8:1,3;10:4-5;11. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

The ego offers countless paths that seem to offer hope of a semblance of happiness, peace and completion. But in keeping with its motto, seek and do not find, the ego’s paths never succeed in bringing the hoped for result. We must all come to the point of accepting that all the ego’s paths are empty illusions, leading nowhere.

The only real path leads to the Love and peace of God. This is the only choice we can make. It is the choice between reality and illusion. Willingness to make the choice for God comes with the recognition that the ego offers no real alternative.

We choose the path to Love by choosing to accept the Holy Spirit’s loving lessons which show us that what we valued in the world is nothing but an empty belief. The Holy Spirit is our Guide and Helper in bringing us the change of mind that welcomes the Truth that we are God’s Son, at one with Him. We are eternally at Home in the peace and Love of God.

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Healing Through Letting Go of the Past

The ego has a strange notion of time, and it is with this notion that your questioning might well begin. The ego invests heavily in the past, and in the end believes that the past is the only aspect of time that is meaningful. Remember that its emphasis on guilt enables it to ensure its continuity by making the future like the past, and thus avoiding the present. By the notion of paying for the past in the future, the past becomes the determiner of the future, making them continuous without an intervening present. For the ego regards the present only as a brief transition to the future, in which it brings the past to the future by interpreting the present in past terms.

“Now” has no meaning to the ego. The present merely reminds it of past hurts, and it reacts to the present as if it were the past. The ego cannot tolerate release from the past, and although the past is over, the ego tries to preserve its image by responding as if [the past] were present. It dictates your reactions to those you meet in the present from a past reference point, obscuring their present reality. In effect, if you follow the ego’s dictates you will react to your brother as though he were someone else, and this will surely prevent you from recognizing him as he is. And you will receive messages from him out of your own past because, by making it real in the present, you are forbidding yourself to let [the past] go. You thus deny yourself the message of release that every brother offers you now.

The shadowy figures from the past are precisely what you must escape. They are not real, and have no hold over you unless you bring them with you. They carry the spots of pain in your mind, directing you to attack in the present in retaliation for a past that is no more. And this decision is one of future pain. Unless you learn that past pain is an illusion, you are choosing a future of illusions and losing the many opportunities you could find for release in the present. The ego would preserve your nightmares, and prevent you from awakening and understanding they are past. Would you recognize a holy encounter if you are merely perceiving it as a meeting with your own past? For you would be meeting no one, and the sharing of salvation, which makes the encounter holy, would be excluded from your sight. The Holy Spirit teaches that you always meet yourself, and the encounter is holy because you are. The ego teaches that you always encounter your past, and because your dreams were not holy, the future cannot be, and the present is without meaning. (A Course in Miracles, T-13.IV.4-6. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

To see the Truth in our brothers and ourselves, we must let go of the past. The Truth is now and always. The past is over. The ego’s plan to overlay the past on the present is its mechanism to blind us to the Truth.

Forgiveness is the Holy Spirit’s teaching aid to help us let go of the past and welcome the holy present. Forgiveness takes the blindfold off so that we see our brother truly and learn from him of the truth in ourselves. This opportunity is presented to us every moment of every day. We dedicate today to taking the opportunities offered to learn the truth that we are Love and nothing else.

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Building the Habit That Leads to Enlightenment

Look upon your Redeemer, and behold what He would show you in your brother, and let not sin arise again to blind your eyes. For sin would keep you separate from him, but your Redeemer would have you look upon your brother as yourself. Your relationship is now a temple of healing; a place where all the weary ones can come and rest. Here is the rest that waits for all, after the journey. And it is brought nearer to all by your [holy] relationship.

The extension of the Holy Spirit’s purpose from your relationship to others, to bring them gently in, is the way in which He will bring means and goal in line. The peace He lay, deep within you and your brother, will quietly extend to every aspect of your life, surrounding you and your brother with glowing happiness and the calm awareness of complete protection. And you will carry its message of love and safety and freedom to everyone who draws nigh unto your temple, where healing waits for him. You will not wait to give him this, for you will call to him and he will answer you, recognizing in your call the Call for God. And you will draw him in and give him rest, as it was given you. (A Course in Miracles, T-19.III.11;IV.1:5-9. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

Believing in the seeming reality of the body and what it shows us in the world is just a habit. Habits can be changed. Perception of reality can change, but Reality Itself can never change. This means that no matter how entrenched we are in our habit of believing in separation and guilt, we can let it go. We can open to the Reality that we live and have our being in the Love of God. We can open to the Reality that only innocence is true.

By the grace of God, we have the Holy Spirit to help us break the habit that blinds us from seeing the Light of Truth. The only new habit we need to form is the practice of bringing every perception to the Holy Spirit for His correction. On our own, we do not know what anything means. But with our willingness to receive the Holy Spirit’s lessons in Truth, we can break the habit of believing in false perceptions. Today is another opportunity to practice building the habit of receiving Holy Spirit’s vision. This is how we bring the message of love, safety and freedom to everyone.

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Bring Peace to the World Through Forgiveness

In peace I was created. And in peace do I remain. It is not given me to change my Self. How merciful is God my Father, that when He created me He gave me peace forever. Now I ask but to be what I am. And can this be denied me, when it is forever true?

Father, I seek the peace You gave as mine in my creation. What was given then must be here now, for my creation was apart from time, and still remains beyond all change. The peace in which Your Son was born into Your Mind is shining there unchanged. I am as You created me. I need but call on You to find the peace You gave. It is Your Will that gave it to Your Son. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 230, W-pII.230. See also ACIM Lesson 230 Insights.)

Because the world is a projection of the belief in separation, conflict in the world is inevitable and peace is impossible. Thankfully we have not lost our connection to the peace of God. He gave His peace to us when He created us as His one Son by extending His Thought of Love. The Thought of Love, our Identity, remains within God’s Mind, which is our Home.

Though we may seem to be lost in the dream of separation, God’s peace is still within us. We can make ourselves unaware of it, but we cannot lose it. What God creates cannot change, so we remain as we were created. It is fruitless to seek for peace within the world, but it is our function to bring peace to the world.

We do this with the daily practice of letting go of our guilt and fear with the Holy Spirit’s help. Each time we let the Holy Spirit transform our perception and release a thought of fear or guilt, we help to bring peace to the world. We see more and more clearly the face of Christ in every brother. The face of Christ is seen through forgiveness.

Today let us do our part in bringing peace to the world through our forgiveness.

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Letting Go of Nothing to Gain Everything

We walk to God. Pause and reflect on this. Could any way be holier, or more deserving of your effort, of your love and of your full intent? What way could give you more than everything, or offer less and still content the holy Son of God? We walk to God. The truth that walks before us now is one with Him, and leads us to where He has always been. What way but this could be a path that you would choose instead?

Your feet are safely set upon the road that leads the world to God. Look not to ways that seem to lead you elsewhere. Dreams are not a worthy guide for you who are God’s Son. Forget not He has placed His Hand in yours, and given you your brothers in His trust that you are worthy of His trust in you. He cannot be deceived. His trust has made your pathway certain and your goal secure. You will not fail your brothers nor your Self.

And now He asks but that you think of Him a while each day, that He may speak to you and tell you of His Love, reminding you how great His trust; how limitless His Love. In your Name and His Own, which are the same, we practice gladly with this thought today:

I will step back and let Him lead the way,
For I would walk along the road to Him.
(A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 155, W-pI.155.12-14. See also ACIM Lesson 155 Insights.)

We dedicate today to following the Guide to God. His Voice will lead us to everything. We literally have nothing to lose. We are letting go of false values given to illusions, which offer nothing in return. Now we choose to walk toward what is true and real. We walk toward recognition of our completion as God’s Creation, at one with Him.

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Happiness Motivates Willingness

Healing, forgiveness, and the glad exchange of all the world of sorrow for a world where sadness cannot enter, 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. His 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. …you are never healed alone. And legions upon legions will receive the gift that you receive when you are healed.

Those who are healed become the instruments of healing. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 137, W-pI.137.9;10:1,3-4;11:1. See also ACIM Lesson 137 Insights.)

Of course the ego defends against our acceptance of the truth that we remain united with our Creator and every brother as God’s one Son. It tries to convince us first that our unity with God is not true. But if we start to accept the idea that we are not the ego and that we can remember our true Self, it tries to convince us that it will take great effort and an impossible amount of time to accept that we remain unchanged as we were created.

But the ego has not outsmarted God. God gave us the Holy Spirit Who knows the truth about us and understands the ego thought system while not believing it. To motivate us the Holy Spirit helps us experience the freedom, peace and happiness that comes each time we lay aside an element of the ego thought system — each time we forgive.

Forgiveness is the key to happiness. And everyone wants to be happy. So the Holy Spirit is ever ready to help us forgive, to let go of a judgment, to transform a misperception, so that we continue down the road to the vision of a forgiven world. We need only be willing to ask for and receive the Holy Spirit’s help with letting go of guilt and fear. The payoff is our return to Heaven. And we bring our brothers with us. We do not go Home alone.

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Freeing Ourselves from the Ego’s Prison

Begin to practice the Holy Spirit’s use of time as a teaching aid to happiness and peace. Take this very instant, now, and think of it as all there is of time. Nothing can reach you here out of the past, and it is here that you are completely absolved, completely free and wholly without condemnation. From this holy instant wherein holiness was born again you will go forth in time without fear, and with no sense of change with time.

You will never give this holy instant to the Holy Spirit on behalf of your release while you are unwilling to give it to your brothers on behalf of theirs. For the instant of holiness is shared, and cannot be yours alone. Remember, then, when you are tempted to attack a brother, that his instant of release is yours. Miracles are the instants of release you offer, and will receive. They attest to your willingness to be released, and to offer time to the Holy Spirit for His use of it. (A Course in Miracles, T-15.I.9:1-7;12. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

We offer time to the Holy Spirit by being willing to follow His guidance, making no decisions on our own. It seems like having to include the Holy Spirit in all our decisions is loss of our independence. That is what the ego tells us. But the ego’s thought system is imprisonment, for it is the belief in limitation. The Holy Spirit knows that we are as unlimited as God, for we are one with Him. So being willing to let Holy Spirit guide all our decisions, all our perceptions, is the key to unlock the ego’s prison cell.

Choosing the ego thought system is like choosing solitary confinement, for the ego is the idea of being alone. The Holy Spirit is the key to unlock the door. His gift to us is perfect freedom to be the Love we were created to be. That freedom is accepted as we offer it to every brother. We don’t know we are free unless we offer freedom to all.

Today we practice accepting the Holy Spirit’s lessons that show us the innocence in our brothers and ourselves. With His help, we offer freedom from guilt and receive it.

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