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Extending Love’s Unity

I do not know what anything is for. Purpose is meaning. Today’s idea explains why nothing you see means anything.

You perceive the world and everything in it as meaningful in terms of ego goals. These goals have nothing to do with your own best interests, because the ego is not you. This false identification makes you incapable of understanding what anything is for. As a result, you are bound to misuse it. When you believe this, you will try to withdraw the goals you have assigned to the world, instead of attempting to reinforce them.

Another way of describing the goals you now perceive is to say that they are all concerned with “personal” [separate, ego] interests. Since you have no personal interests, your goals are really concerned with nothing. In cherishing [ego goals], therefore, you have no goals at all. And thus you do not know what anything is for.

It is crucial to your learning to be willing to give up the goals you have established for everything. The recognition that they are meaningless, rather than “good” or “bad,” is the only way to accomplish this. (, A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 25, W-pI.25.1:1-2;2;3;5:1-2. See also ACIM Lesson 25 Insights.)


A central teaching of A Course in Miracles is that we are not an ego [separate, personal identity]. The ego is the belief in being separate, the opposite of the reality of Love’s oneness. What we truly are is Love and nothing else. Only the extension of Love is in our best interests because this is how we know that we are Love.

It is time to disown the ego as our identity. This means that we no longer want or believe in ego-based goals. The practice of reminding ourselves that we do not know what anything is for helps us step back from attempting to give meaning to the ego’s illusions.

By withdrawing the meaning we have given to the world, we make way for Love’s sole purpose — to extend Itself. Thus the illusions of the world made by the ego can be used for our best interests when they are used to extend Love. Only Love’s extension is meaningful. Through extending Love we learn of our oneness with our brother and our Creator. Everything used to extend Love’s Unity is in our best interest.

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Letting Love Inspire Us

Those who offer peace to everyone have found a home in Heaven the world cannot destroy. For it is large enough to hold the world within its peace.

In you is all of Heaven. …What aim can supersede the Will of God and of His Son, that Heaven be restored to him for whom it was created as his only home? …This can you bring to all the world, and all the thoughts that entered it and were mistaken for a little while. How better could your own mistakes be brought to truth than by your willingness to bring the light of Heaven with you, as you walk beyond the world of darkness into light?

The state of sinlessness is merely this: The whole desire to attack is gone, and so there is no reason to perceive the Son of God as other than he is. The need for guilt is gone because it has no purpose, and is meaningless without the goal of sin.

Who would attack whatever he perceives as wholly innocent? (A Course in Miracles, T-25.IV.4:9-10;5:1,5,11-12;V.1:1-2;2:6. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

The wish for specialness, to be a separate, unique identity, is the denial of God’s Will for perfect unity. To maintain a sense of a separate identity, we must perceive everything else as different and therefore conflicting in some way from what we believe we are. This could only seem to occur in the darkness of isolation from the Light of Love. Being one, God cannot conceive of conflict. Thus conflict could never be real.

The antidote to the dark dream of separation and isolation is to welcome the Light of Love in our mind. If we are willing to bring all our perceptions to the Light of Love in our mind, It will shine away the darkness where images of separation hide. What is revealed in the Light is the one Self we share with every brother and All That Is. Heaven is revealed in the Light of Love.

Today we will make way for Love to inspire our thoughts and actions by welcoming the Light of Love to shine on all our perceptions.

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Choosing the Guide to Happiness

Your day is not at random. It is set by what you choose to live it with, and how the friend whose counsel you have sought perceives your happiness. You always ask advice before you can decide on anything.

You and your adviser must agree on what you want before it can occur. It is but this agreement that permits all things to happen. Nothing can be caused without some form of union, be it with a dream of judgment or the Voice for God.

It needs but two [you and your advisor, Holy Spirit] who would have happiness this day to promise it to all the world. It needs but two to understand that they cannot decide alone, to guarantee the joy they asked for will be wholly shared. For they have understood the basic law that makes decision powerful, and gives [the decision] all effects that it will ever have. It needs but two. These two are joined before there can be a decision. Let this be the one reminder that you keep in mind, and you will have the day you want, and give it to the world by having it yourself. Your judgment has been lifted from the world by your decision for a happy day. And as you have received, so must you give. (A Course in Miracles,T-30.I.15:1-3;16:2-2-4;17. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

Everything we experience is the effect of our choice of an advisor in our decisions. If we experience anything less than perfect peace and supreme joy, we have chosen the ego belief in separation as our advisor.

The ego is the denial of God’s Love and Its attributes of peace and joy. To maintain he ego’s status as our advisor, we must judge all things based on the belief that separation is real. The dream of a world of bodies and forms, conflict and guilt, is the result of this choice.

But we can choose a different advisor Who understands unequivocally that only Love is real. His advice will always guide us to see the Love in all things beyond the appearance of forms.

Let us dedicate today to letting the Holy Spirit advise us about all our perceptions, that we may see the truth. In the acceptance of truth, we will find the perfect happiness of God’s changeless Love.

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Freeing Ourselves from Fear

Fear binds the world. Forgiveness sets it free.

The ego makes illusions. Truth undoes its evil dreams by shining them away. Truth never makes attack. It merely is. And by its presence is the mind recalled from fantasies, awaking to the real. Forgiveness bids [truth] enter in, and take its rightful place within the mind. Without forgiveness is the mind in chains, believing in its own futility. Yet with forgiveness does the light shine through the dream of darkness, offering it hope, and giving it the means to realize the freedom that is its inheritance.

We would not bind the world again today. Fear holds it prisoner. And yet Your Love has given us the means to set it free. Father, we would release it now. For as we offer freedom, it is given us. And we would not remain as prisoners, while You are holding freedom out to us. (, A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 332,W-pII.332. See also ACIM Lesson 332 Insights.)

In every moment we have the means to free ourselves from fear. We need only let the Holy Spirit help us remember the truth that we remain changeless Love as Love created us. Fear always signals that we are believing in a false idea of what we are. We are not a body, weak and vulnerable, capable of harming or being harmed.

Today we choose to open our minds to the Holy Spirit’s vision to correct our misperceptions, our judgments, that we may free the world and ourselves from fear. His vision will show us the truth of our being as God’s one Son, at Home in Heaven.

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From Conflict to Peace

The Holy Spirit teaches one lesson, and applies it to all individuals in all situations. Being conflict-free, He maximizes all efforts and all results. By teaching the power of the Kingdom of God Himself, He teaches you that all power is yours. Its application does not matter. It is always maximal. Your vigilance does not establish [the power of the Kingdom] as yours, but it does enable you to use it always and in all ways. When I said “I am with you always,” I meant it literally. I am not absent to anyone in any situation. Because I am always with you, you are the way, the truth and the life. You did not make this power, any more than I did. [The power of the Kingdom] was created to be shared, and therefore cannot be meaningfully perceived as belonging to anyone at the expense of another.

Because God’s equal Sons have everything, they cannot compete. Yet if they perceive any of their brothers as anything other than their perfect equals, the idea of competition has entered their minds. Do not underestimate your need to be vigilant against this idea, because all your conflicts come from it. It is the belief that conflicting interests are possible, and therefore you have accepted the impossible as true. (A Course in Miracles, T-7.III.1:1-11;3:3-6. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

All conflict comes from belief in differences. Yet there are no differences in God and therefore there are no differences in His Son. God has one Son Who shares all of God. This is key to understanding that peace comes from accepting our oneness and equality with every brother. There can be no conflict between what is all the same.

Any perception that perceives a brother as different or having different interests needs to be let go, forgiven. This is the journey the Course is guiding us on. It is a journey of letting go of a false belief in separation and accepting the unified power of the Kingdom as our own. It is a journey leading out of conflict into peace.

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Freedom to Be Love and Nothing Else

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could see peace instead of this. Peace of mind is clearly an internal matter. It must begin with your own thoughts, and then extend outward. It is from your peace of mind that a peaceful perception of the world arises.

It is your inner world to which the applications of today’s idea should be made.

Search your mind for fear thoughts, anxiety-provoking situations, “offending” personalities or events, or anything else about which you are harboring unloving thoughts.

The purpose is to protect yourself from temptation throughout the day. If a specific form of temptation arises in your awareness, the exercise should take this form:

I could see peace in this situation instead of what I now see in it.

It will help you if you tell yourself specifically:

I can replace my feelings of depression, anxiety or worry [or my thoughts about this situation, personality or event] with peace. (, A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 34, W-pI.34.1:2-4;2:4;3:2;5:2-4;6:3-4. See also ACIM Lesson 34 Insights.)

The Course tells us that peace and understanding always come together. This is why the practice of reminding ourselves that we could see peace in place of anything that disturbs our peace is essential to release ourselves from the limitations of the ego. Peace is the condition of knowledge; it is the condition of knowing that the peace of God is our own.

The practice of opening our minds to see peace in place of any disturbance is the means of returning to our true Home in the Heart of God. This practice will free us from the fear and guilt inherent in the ego thought system. It will free us from identifying with a false, separate identity. It will lead us to the full remembrance that we are Love and nothing else, for only Love is real.

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Choosing the Path to Freedom

Henceforth, hear but the Voice for God and for your Self when you retire from the world, to seek reality instead. He will direct your efforts, telling you exactly what to do, how to direct your mind, and when to come to Him in silence, asking for His sure direction and His certain Word. His is the Word that God has given you. His is the Word you chose to be your own.

And now I place you in His hands, to be His faithful follower, with Him as Guide through every difficulty and all pain that you may think is real. Nor will He give you pleasures that will pass away, for He gives only the eternal and the good. Let Him prepare you further. He has earned your trust by speaking daily to you of your Father and your brother and your Self. He will continue. Now you walk with Him, as certain as is He of where you go; as sure as He of how you should proceed; as confident as He is of the goal, and of your safe arrival in the end.

You do not walk alone. God’s angels hover near and all about. His Love surrounds you, and of this be sure; that I will never leave you comfortless. (, A Course in Miracles Workbook Epilogue, W-pII.ep.3:2-4:6;6:6-8)

We have a Friend ever present in our mind Whose sole purpose is to guide us back to full remembrance that we are at Home in Heaven, now. The antidote to all the perceive problems, pain, uncertainty, guilt and fear is to turn to our dear Friend for guidance in all things.

Today we choose the path to freedom. Today we choose to listen to the Voice for God, our true Friend. As we follow His lead, we walk steadily toward the peace and joy and Love of our Home in God. This is our choice today and every day.

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