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Letting Holy Spirit Extend Peace Through You

As peace extends from deep inside yourself to embrace all the Sonship and give it rest, it will encounter many obstacles. Some of them you will try to impose. Others will seem to arise from elsewhere; from your brothers, and from various aspects of the world outside. Yet peace will gently cover them, extending past completely unencumbered. 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. (A Course in Miracles T-19.IV.1:1-6)

Today our practice is to let the Holy Spirit extend peace through us. As we give our full attention to the peace within, it naturally embraces everything around us, and we receive its blessing as peace is reflected back to us. This focus on opening to Holy Spirit’s peace brings with it the calm awareness of complete protection. By accepting Holy Spirit’s peace, we have put Him in charge of our day. And we give thanks.

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Healing Artificial Values

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.

Should you begin to let yourself collect some needless burdens, or believe you see some difficult decisions facing you, be quick to answer with this simple thought: 

…I will not value what is valueless, for what is valuable belongs to me. (A Course in Miracles W-pI.133.13:1-2,4;14:2-3)

Today we open our minds to our inner Teacher… Today we choose to wake up from the dream of separation… Today we practice opening our minds to Holy Spirit’s bridge of return to Heaven… Today we open to the simple, uncomplicated Love that lies beyond the complexity of the dream of separate bodies. We allow our true Self to help us rise above to see the Love in every situation today. We are willing to remember that our real Life is the Life we live in God’s perfect Love.

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Seeing Every Circumstance with Holy Spirit

This is the lesson God would have you learn: There is a way to look on everything that lets it be to you another step to Him, and to salvation of the world. To all that speaks of terror, answer thus:

I will forgive, and this will disappear.

To every apprehension, every care and every form of suffering, repeat these selfsame words. And then you hold the key that opens Heaven’s gate, and brings the Love of God the Father down to earth at last, to raise it up to Heaven. (A Course in Miracles W-pI.193.13:1-5)

The truth is we are still as God created us and nothing has happened to change God’s one Son. Love does not come and go. Love does not change. We are still the same Love of God — changeless and eternal, as we have always been and always will be. The circumstances in our dream story of being separate and alone do not change our Identity.

Forgiveness means letting go of the false identity found within the ego thought system of separation. Today’s practice is to forgive or let go of all we thought we were. As we are willing to see every circumstance with Holy Spirit, every situation becomes a lesson God would have us learn. It becomes a lesson of release from limitation and isolation into the oneness of Love. It is a lesson that leads to the joy of God.

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From Unhappiness to Happiness

The attraction of guilt produces fear of love, for love would never look on guilt at all. It is the nature of love to look upon only the truth, for there it sees itself, with which it would unite in holy union and completion. As love must look past fear, so must fear see love not. For love contains the end of guilt, as surely as fear depends on it. Love is attracted only to love. Overlooking guilt completely, it sees no fear. Being wholly without attack, it could not be afraid. (A Course in Miracles T-19.IV.A.10:1-7)

There are only two thought systems to choose between as we go through the day. The ego thought system looks for separation by seeing differences and focuses only on what separate bodies say and do. The ego thought system, based on being separate from God and every brother, sees guilt everywhere. Guilt maintains separation, so the ego sees guilt as its salvation. The thought system of the Holy Spirit, on the other hand, sees past differences and knows that only Love is real. Awareness of Love’s presence brings gifts of peace, joy and everlasting happiness.

Today our practice is to pay close attention to which of these two thought systems we have joined with. We can tell by being mindful of our awareness of Love’s presence. If we find ourselves feeling upset, discouraged or not in a place of inner peace, we can step back, quiet our minds and ask the Holy Spirit to purify our thoughts to help us see past the images of separation to the truth that only Love is real. Vigilance and willingness to receive Holy Spirit’s help are the keys to free us from the bondage of the ego’s unhappy thought system of guilt and fear.

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Let Illusion Be Carried to the Truth

Teacher of God, your one assignment could be stated thus: Accept no compromise in which death plays a part. Do not believe in cruelty, nor let attack conceal the truth from you. What seems to die has but been misperceived and carried to illusion. Now it becomes your task to let the illusion be carried to the truth. Be steadfast but in this; be not deceived by the “reality” of any changing form. Truth neither moves nor wavers nor sinks down to death and dissolution. And what is the end of death? Nothing but this; the realization that the Son of God is guiltless now and forever. Nothing but this. But do not let yourself forget it is not less than this. (A Course in Miracles M-27.7)

Judgment is an attempt to make guilt and separation (death) real. This is why forgiveness is the means for awakening to Life eternal, happiness without limit, perfect peace and changeless Love. Thus forgiveness is our only meaningful function in this world. It is how we bring illusions to the truth.

The process is straightforward: Recognize our thoughts that are not extensions of Love and bring them to our inner Teacher to be purified, with willingness to receive His gift of truth in their place. As we make this practice an ongoing mental habit, we release the world from our mistaken images and awaken to the changeless Self that Love created. We remember that we remain innocent and see only the innocent everywhere. This is the real world from which we easily step into our Home in the Heart of God.

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As We Give Peace, We Receive Peace

Your peace surrounds me, Father. Where I go, Your peace goes there with me. It sheds its light on everyone I meet. I bring it to the desolate and lonely and afraid. I give Your peace to those who suffer pain, or grieve for loss, or think they are bereft of hope and happiness.

And so we go in peace. To all the world we give the message that we have received. And thus we come to hear the Voice for God, Who speaks to us as we relate His Word; Whose Love we recognize because we share the Word that He has given unto us. (A Course in Miracles W-pII.245.1:1-5;2)

Today we would remember that we are immersed in God’s peace, because in reality we are still pure Love in the Mind of God… We would remember What we are and Where we are in truth… As we remember the peace that is inherently ours, we naturally extend peace to every brother…

As we go through our day, if we are not experiencing God’s peace, then its time for us to pause to reconnect with His peace within… This is how we make way to receive God’s inspiration, His Word… From that center of peace, we give peace and reinforce it in ourselves…

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Let Love Decide

You have the right to all the universe; to perfect peace, complete deliverance from all effects of sin, and to the life eternal, joyous and complete in every way, as God appointed for His holy Son. This is the only justice Heaven knows, and all the Holy Spirit brings to earth. Your special function shows you nothing else but perfect justice can prevail for you. And you are safe from vengeance in all forms. The world deceives, but it cannot replace God’s justice with a version of its own. For only love is just, and can perceive what justice must accord the Son of God. Let love decide, and never fear that you, in your unfairness, will deprive yourself of what God’s justice has allotted you. (A Course in Miracles T-25.VIII.14)

Our practice today is to let Love decide all through the day. This practice frees us from the bondage that comes with belief in separation. As we continue letting Love decide throughout the day, peace comes with it. Happiness comes with it. The complexity of the ego’s thought system is transformed as Love transforms our thoughts and perceptions. The chaotic, choppy waters of the ego’s thought system are transformed to the peaceful, smooth waters of Love.

When we let Love decide, we see only innocence, and innocence is gentle and kind. Love sees past differences to the truth that nothing has happened to change God’s one Son, our true Self. Today we let Love decide and receive the joy and peace that Love brings.

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