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Healing Artificial Values

My function here is to let my mind be healed by the Holy Spirit. I have bought into artificial values and have suffered from my belief in them. My opportunity now is to open my mind to a total thought reversal. My true Self knows that the world of separate bodies I see is not the truth. My true Self is not deceived by these children’s toys.

I see now that I find true and lasting happiness as I am willing to open to the healing perspective of the Holy Spirit, which shows me that nothing can really happen but the extension of God’s Love because only God’s perfect Love is real. Today I am willing to be shown the Light of truth behind every illusion of separation. I let myself open to the truth of God’s Love today.

All I really want is to remember Love. I want to remember that I remain Love as Love created me. Since only Love is real, all real value lies in Love. The appearance of anything else cannot be real, and therefore has no value. Letting go of the belief that it is possible to be separate from Love is how I let go of artificial values. My function is to offer all my perceptions to the Truth in me, my true Self, with an open mind willing to see differently. This is forgiveness.

Today, as I go about my activities in the world, I will practice holding my mind open to the inner vision of my true Self. Inner vision looks past the form to how everything serves Love’s purpose. As I let Love be my guide today, I will see how the things of the world can be used in the service of Love. This is my practice today.

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The Quiet Answer

We read the section “The Quiet Answer” in Chapter 27, Section IV of the Text of A Course in Miracles today. It reminded me that no meaningful answer can be found within the thought system of separation. All ego-based answers will always be based on the premise that separation is real. Thus ego answers always offer another illusion. The exchange of an illusion for an illusion accomplishes nothing.

If I want to heal and awaken from the dream, I need to replace illusion with true perception. Because I believe I am in the world of separation, true perception cannot come from me. It comes from the Holy Spirit, Who does not believe in separation and is always there to remind me of the truth.

My job is to offer every question to the Holy Spirit with an open mind. An open mind means that I am not placing limits on Holy Spirit’s answer. If I ask, “Which car should I buy?” I am attempting to limit Holy Spirit’s answer to some form of car. Maybe the best answer in the world might be a truck or motorcycle or nothing at all.

Beneath these forms is still another answer and that is to remember that my only need is for Love and I know that need is met by accepting and extending Love. So whether or not to buy a car needs to be answered within the question of what is it for as the Holy Spirit sees it.

This brings me back to the early lesson which says that I do not know what anything means. The Course’s mind training program is a guide to help me let go of my preconceived ideas and beliefs so that I can come with wholly empty hands to the Holy Spirit and receive the answer that will help me loose the world from all I think it is. This is how I remove the barriers to Love’s presence and awaken to Love.

The first sentence of this section is “In quietness are all things answered, and is every problem quietly resolved.” (T-27.IV.1:1) This sentence has been very helpful to me and I have returned to it again and again when I got caught up in thinking I had a problem. This reminds me that the answer does not lie somewhere in the world. The answer lies in opening to another state of mind — the Holy Spirit’s state of mind.

The ego mind always brings up conflict. It always brings up problems. It always thinks in terms of differences and time and distance. It thinks that individual minds are real. It thinks this world is real. It thinks in terms of constantly building defenses against outside dangers.

Because I still get caught up with the ego mind, I need the practice of stepping back frequently into quietness and remembering once again that I do not know what anything means. I need to allow this mind to quiet and open to the Holy Spirit’s state of mind. This is my true Self. It is everyone’s true Self. It calls to all of us to return Home where we belong.

Today my practice is to answer that call and give the Holy Spirit the opportunity to reverse all the false ideas I am holding on to. With the Holy Spirit I once again return to the awareness that I am still safe in the Mind of God. The whole Sonship is still one with God because nothing has happened to change God’s one Son. Illusions of separation change nothing.

Handing over all my thoughts to the Holy Spirit is the only way that my perceived problems are quietly resolved. And I am so thankful that we could never really leave God and make a world of specialness, constant change and death. The Holy Spirit reminds me in quietness, “It is not so. You, along with every brother, are still Love and nothing else is true.”

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Vigilance for Peace

Today my practice is to be vigilant for peace. This means paying attention to when I am not at peace and offering my disturbed thoughts to the Holy Spirit for His kind and loving correction. His vision will show me the truth beyond the misperception so that I can see truly with Christ’s vision. This is how I will accept my part in God’s plan for salvation of the world.

My practice for today is to pay attention to what is happening in my mind. Right now, am I joined with ego thoughts or am I experiencing God’s peace? Right now, in this present moment, which hand am I holding?

Right now, my practice is to be willing to remember that I am eternal Spirit, along with every brother. My practice is to remember that Heaven is here. Heaven is now. There is no other place. This practice today will take vigilance and patience, remembering that I always have all the help I need from the Holy Spirit as I go through this day.

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Accepting the Light in You

This morning we were guided to A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 61, “I am the light of the world.” As I did the practice of the lesson, this is what came to me:

I am the light of the world. Light is in me.
Wherever I go, Light Is, so I can only see Light.
If I perceive anything but Light,
I am perceiving something that is imaginary, not real.

Light as we know it in the world never limits itself. It continually extends. We can put up barriers against the light to make a place of darkness, but the light continues to shine. It does not battle against the barrier. Light always joins with other light. If darkness is brought to light, light fills the darkness and the darkness is dispelled.

This is why light is an effective symbol for the Love of God, which also is unlimited and unaffected by false images of lack of Love. As light does not battle against barriers to the light, Love does not battle against barriers to Love. But Love always enters where It is welcome.

Being reminded that I am the light of the world tells me that I can never be without light, without Love. I can be unaware of Love because of barriers I have made against it. But Love is still in me, extending eternally, whether I am aware of it or not. This same Love is in everyone and joins us as one.

I welcome Love by letting go of judgment. Judgment is a defense against Love. As I am willing to turn over my judgments to the Holy Spirit and to receive Holy Spirit’s reinterpretation, I clear away the barrier and welcome Love. This is the gift forgiveness offers. Today is a day to practice bringing all my judgments to the Holy Spirit for His reinterpretation.

This ACIM quote comes to mind: “The sight of Christ is all there is to see. The song of Christ is all there to hear. The hand of Christ is all there is to hold. There is no journey but to walk with Him.” (T-24.V.7:7-10)

I am being reminded to be willing to remember the truth that nothing has happened to change God’s one Son. God is but Love, and therefore the whole Sonship is only Love and nothing else. If I am seeing something other than the Light and Love of God, it is merely coming from the false ego mind that is trying to replace God with ideas of separation and uniqueness.

Today it is my opportunity to be shown the difference between the real and the unreal, between truth and illusions. Just because I have believed in illusions of separation does not mean I have to continue making the same mistake. I can step back and let my mind be corrected. I can return from fear to Love. I can let my mind be healed today.

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We Are All Safe in God

When I went into a place of quiet this morning, what came to me is the thought that no matter what we are dreaming, the truth is that we are still safe in God. We share the one Mind of God and our beingness in God is eternal.

We can relax and open up to the truth of our eternal safety in God. We can feel the peace of God and the sense of well being that comes with accepting our true Mind’s beingness in peace. All this awareness of our true happiness comes with our willingness to accept the truth about ourselves and every brother.

My practice for today is to accept my inheritance as part of God. God’s Love is shared equally with all. And because God’s Love is my Love, my Love is shared with all equally. Letting this constant truth be in my mind is my practice for today.

When I let myself relax deeply into peace, I do feel the connection of Love with all my brothers. There is little distinction between those who I do not know such as someone I may pass in the grocery store and someone I may feel in close relationship to. The sense of Love connection is the same. The individual characteristics do not get my attention when I am in this place of peace. The connection at the level of Love brings with it a feeling of quiet joy and gratitude. There is a sense of being among friends which reflects the truth that we are all joined in one loving Self.

Today I will remind myself frequently, “peace first.” As I put peace first, I make way for the memory of our oneness in Love to return to my mind.

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Giving Time to God

This is what came to me when I quieted my mind and listened:

Let your mind relax… Just let go… Hand over all the meaning that you give to everything… Just relax and let simple, uncomplicated Love take over…

Let yourself remember that no matter what your “life” looks like, you are still in the Mind of God… You are still in God because your are part of God… God is pure Love and therefore you are pure Love eternally… You are changeless Love, full of peace, joy and happiness… Let yourself feel the changeless peace of your true Identity…

Just relax and let the truth of What you are and Where you are return to your awareness… Your mind is open to your one true Self…

This is how you give time to God… This is how you receive the truth of what Is now and forever… This is how you know that nothing has happened to change God’s one Son… Give time to God today and in return you will receive a deep awareness of Love’s Presence and Love’s peace.

Rest in God means letting go of control, letting go of trying to make the world fit my own personal liking. The idea of “personal liking” comes from the ego thought system of being separate and alone. Making a world to my own liking requires constant attention. It is a refusal to accept what I was created to be; it is a constant defense against Love.

This ongoing defense is so exhausting that I have to sleep for about eight hours every day just to recuperate from all the effort and prepare for another day of defense. This is the daily cycle of the ego’s world. All this is laid by when I let myself rest in God. I still seem to need sleep because I have not fully let go and let God. But the more I let go, the more I am at peace. The more I let go of trying to control my little domain, the more I feel God’s limitless Love as my own.

Today I will remind myself often that I rest in God, I am safe, I need no defense.

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Make Way for Joy

Today we read the following in the Workbook of A Course in Miracles:

We will not judge today. We will receive but what is given us from judgment made beyond the world. Our practicing today becomes our gift of thankfulness for our release from blindness and from misery. All that we see will but increase our joy, because its holiness reflects our own. (W pI.164.7:1-4)

This reminds me that if I want to be happy, I need to let go of all my judgments. As I let them go I make way for judgment that comes from beyond this world — the Holy Spirit. This passage also tells me that while it’s possible to release the world in one all-inclusive choice to forgive, the Course clearly acknowledges that we need to practice.

It is through practice that we open to the experience of increased happiness. This added joy serves as a motivation to keep practicing. Forgiveness really does pay off with joy. With practice, we all will eventually come to the point of full forgiveness that releases us completely from the thought system of separation and we remember we are in Heaven now. Today is another happy day of practice.

In order to let go of judgment, I must be willing to let my mind quiet and be open to the healing perception of the Holy Spirit. I must be willing to let go and follow the thoughts that Holy Spirit brings me. I must be willing to receive the gift of peace that brings me past the world of separation and opens my mind to the real world of Love’s oneness. This is my practice for today.

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