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Remembering the Difference Between the Real and the Unreal

Robert:
My thoughts determine my mood. The thoughts I am aware of depend on what I think I am. If I identify with an image of a separate self, my mood will be less than peaceful because I will see myself as vulnerable and in need of defense. Judgement is an automatic response that reinforces the sense of being alone. This is not a happy mood.

But if I identify with the Self, created by Love and remaining as It was created, I am in peace and joy. I feel perfectly safe, knowing that the strength of God is mine. I am in peace because in the oneness of this One Self, there is no other that could disturb me. I am happy because this Self accepts the Will of God, which is perfect happiness.

Thus my mood is a clear indicator of what I think I am. If I am not supremely happy, it is time for me to step back, with empty hands and an open heart and mind, and willingly receive the gift of true perception from the Self I share with all.


Mary:
As I woke up this morning, the thought that kept coming to me was, “God is but Love, and therefore so am I.” As I went through my morning chores the thought returned again and again, “God is but Love, and therefore so am I.”

This really helps me remember the difference between the real and the unreal. All form is unreal. Because I am only Love and everyone else in this world is only Love, there is nothing to fear.

I remember that Love is changeless and eternal. This helps me return to the fact that everything that changes is not real. I am reminded that I don’t have to make a “big deal” about what is not real. This remembering helps me return to accepting God’s gift of peace. It is eternally there for me, but I just need to let go of false ideas that get in the way. These false ideas really are like clouds that can be passed by. The Light of Love really is there behind the meaningless clouds.

Today, remembering that “God is but Love and therefore so am I” really does help me recognize the difference between the real and the unreal. And I give thanks.

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Let Go and Accept the Vision of Your True Self

Holy Spirit to Mary:
With every circumstance you encounter today, practice relaxing and letting go of the reins. Practice letting go and letting God. Remember that you are safe in God’s Arms, perfect in every way. Remember that everyone around you is safe in God’s Arms and in truth are still as God created them.

Practice letting the veil be lifted so that you can see with Christ’s vision today. Relax and let yourself be carried. This is how you heal and are healed. This is how you wake up from the dream of separation.


Holy Spirit to Robert:
It is impossible to feel safe in the world because it is a place of change and uncertainty. Peace cannot be found in the world. This is why it is essential that you establish a firm habit of stepping back from your perceptions and asking for My vision to see truly.

With your willingness, I can help you sort the unreal from the real. The real is changeless and peace is found in the real. Join with Me and we will recognize the Real together and you will experience the peace you seek.

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The Importance of Choosing Peace

Mary:
Today is a day of accepting peace. Today is a day of making the choice to accept peace my highest priority. Accepting and extending peace provides the reminder I need to let the veil be lifted. As the veil is lifted, I am able to see past illusions of separation to the truth of oneness. The truth is we are all the same Light of God. There are no differences.

What helps me throughout the day is to ask myself, “Am I choosing to accept and extend God’s peace right now?” As I am willing to accept God’s peace more and more, there is a natural flow of inspiration that carries me. Remembering to accept God’s gift of eternal peace provides a solid foundation for opening to the flow of awareness that comes from my true Self. This is my focus for today. This all that is important. This is how I receive and extend Holy Spirit’s healing help and I give thanks for all the help I receive as my willingness expands.


Robert:
Today is another day to practice being mindful of my thoughts and how I feel in each moment. If I observe that I am not at peace, it is a reminder to step back and take time to open my mind to peace, to open my mind to Holy Spirit’s vision. I want the Holy Spirit to be my interpreter of all things.

Yet I have a well-established habit of jumping to conclusions, having an opinion or interpretation of what a circumstance, event or what somebody says means. It is this habit that needs to be interrupted to make way for my true Self to show me Its interpretation. This is how I will learn to see with the forgiving eyes of Christ’s vision. This is how I accept God’s gift of happiness. This is my job today.

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Let Go of Efforting

Mary:
Today is a day to practice letting the veil be lifted. Being willing to practice this will bring joy to my heart and mind. The Holy Spirit always takes the opportunity to heal my mind when I give Him the chance. The Holy Spirit is my advisor and comforter. Letting Him in by making space for Him and giving Him welcome is what my job is. A Course in Miracles reminds me, “In quiet is every problem quietly resolved.” As I relax and listen, peace returns to my confused mind and replaces all the scattered thoughts. Thank goodness I have the Holy Spirit to return me to peace when my mind wanders and I think I am separate and alone. In my mind resides the greatest gift — the gift of my universal Self. Today I will practice receiving this priceless gift and let the veil be lifted to recognize the eternal truth in me and everyone. And for this opportunity I give thanks.


Robert:
When I feel any sense of efforting, it is a sure sign that I am denying my union with God (Love). All strength and power come from Love. A sense of efforting can only mean that I believe my strength is diminished and I am working against a greater strength. This is impossible in truth, since there is no strength but Love’s, and my true Self remains unified in that Love.

Today my practice is to be vigilant for Love… to accept Love’s strength… to offer each thought of weakness to my true Self to be healed. This practice will take me great strides on my journey Home.

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Sorting the Real from the Unreal

Mary:
This morning I woke up with the idea that the emphasis for this coming year is on recognizing the difference between the real and the unreal, and then to hand over the unreal thoughts of separation to the Holy Spirit to be transformed in the Light. This year is a year of recognizing the thoughts that come into my mind for what they are. It is a year of practicing forgiveness. It is a year of observing which hand I am holding at any given moment and allowing ego thoughts to be replaced by the healing thoughts of my true Self.

It is a year of letting go of defending against the truth that we are one Self, united with our Creator. This one Self we all are is one with God. Letting the truth return to our awareness is all that time is for. This is a year of gratitude and remembering that only the truth is true and nothing else is true. We are all God’s Love in God’s one Mind of Love. For this we give thanks.


Robert:
As I relax into God’s peace, I feel supported as though I were lying back in a reclining chair… Feeling this support, I feel safe to relax more… I feel my muscles letting go as my attention on the body lessens… I focus on the feeling of being fully supported in God’s Love… As I accept His support, my mind clears… Doubts and concerns fade… I feel more and more confident in my safety in God… Concerns in the world fade…

As I become more and more aware of the one Self I am in God, I become more aware that everyone is with me in this one Self — no exclusions. Together we are one Self, united in our Creator. In this one Self, all our needs are met and we are perfectly safe. As I accept this for myself, the conflict and doubt in the world becomes like a distant mirage. I remember my Strength, my Self, changeless and eternally held in the peace of God.

My focus now is to carry this awareness in all the doing that seems to come up during the day. I am grateful for this reminder that I am eternally safe in the Love of God.

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Let Holy Spirit Replace All Thoughts

Let Holy Spirit Replace All Thoughts
Robert:
As I read A Course in Miracles, I’m reminded that Love is everywhere to be experienced and given. It is never absent, though I may be unaware of It because of denial. Judgment is the mechanism of the denial of Love. To judge, I must perceive myself as separate from what I judge. This is the denial of the oneness of Love.

As I practice mindfulness, I become more aware of subtle ways I slip into judgment. Whenever I use my past experience as the basis for interpreting perceptions of the present, I am judging. As I recognize how much of the day I spend doing this, the ego would turn it around and point its accusing, guilt-projecting finger at me, telling me that I am obviously at least a slow learner or at worst, a failure. After all, look at how long I’ve been studying the Course.

Gratefully, the Holy Spirit tells me, “Don’t believe it.” All I need to do is continue to practice stepping back and letting the Holy Spirit be my interpreter. Just as a concert pianist must practice over and over to refine his skill, I must practice over and over stepping back and following Holy Spirit’s lead. This is not because I am deficient. It’s just because I have been such a good teacher. I have been very effective at teaching myself that I am what I am not.

So now I am learning to redirect my teaching ability to learn that I am as God created me, along with everyone. Today is a happy day of practicing stepping back and following Holy Spirit’s lead.


Mary:
How does the Holy Spirit help me? The Holy Spirit reminds me again and again that the stories I am telling myself are not real. The Holy Spirit reminds me that everyone’s stories in this world are not real. They are stories of differences and separation from God, our Source. The Holy Spirit reminds me that I can hand over these stories to be replaced by the truth of eternal oneness, eternal happiness, eternal peace and joy.

This is my opportunity today — to recognize the stories I am telling myself and to consistently hand them over all through the day to be replaced by the truth. I have been believing in stories of individuality and differences, and now it is time to let them go. Now is the time to free myself of all the barriers to the awareness that only Love is real. As I let my mind be healed by accepting thoughts from the Holy Spirit, I do my part in the awakening of God’s one Son to the Truth.

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Vigilance for Truth

Mary:
Today it is my opportunity to practice opening my mind to the truth. As I am willing to receive the truth that only God’s Love is real, I am more open to understanding that what I see through the body’s eyes is just an hallucination. As I allow the barriers to Love’s oneness be removed, I am less threatened by the truth that all the stories of this world are not real. I am less inclined to take the world so seriously. I am more open to receiving God’s eternal peace and infinite happiness.

Opening to the truth takes constant vigilance. I still find it very easy to get lost in the dream and forget that what I am seeing is an hallucination coming from believing the ego world is real. This is a day for vigilance in letting go of the barriers to the truth, one by one. God’s one Son is still united in the Mind of Love and all of God’s gifts still remain with the whole Sonship. Opening to the truth is my opportunity all through the day and I have a Guide to lead the way, as I am willing.


Robert:
I want to welcome Love today. I do this by letting go of judgment. I do this by choosing the Holy Spirit’s interpretation in place of my own. As I accept Holy Spirit’s interpretation, I see with forgiving eyes and welcome the Love that is everywhere. Today I will step back and let the Self I share with God guide all my doing. And in gratitude, I will accept God’s gift of perfect Love.

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