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Opening the Door to Peace

Robert: 
Peace cannot be found in the world. Peace can be experienced in the world, but it comes from within, not from a world outside. To find the peace that is inherent in What I am, I need to lift the veil of beliefs and self-concepts that hide it from my awareness. This is what forgiveness does.

I cannot let go of false beliefs without help from outside of the belief system I hold dear. I am grateful for the Voice for God in my mind That is there ready to teach me what is true and what is not. It is there to help me release what interferes with my experience of the Self that Love created.

Today I dedicate to practicing holding my heart and mind open to the Holy Spirit’s kind and patient teaching that leads me to the remembrance of the Love I am that joins me with all my brothers.


Mary:
When I open to the changeless Love of the one eternal Spirit of Love, I feel safe and patient. I know that everything is alright and that all is well. I feel at peace. When I forget this, I get caught up in the stories of suffering and loss, of guilt and death.

I can see the difference in how I feel with each state of mind. This motivates me to accelerate my willingness to consistently choose the peace that opens the door to the awareness of Love’s presence. As I let this habit become stronger, I am able to apply it to more and more situations. I am able to generalize accepting the truth of oneness instead of separation in more situations.

This is my practice today and every day. Do I want to continue with the ego’s false stories and feel the pain and stress that goes with it? Or do I want to accept the awareness of my true Self and the peace and understanding that goes with this? My true Self is always there ready to bring me the awareness of Love’s presence as I am willing. My practice today is to relax and follow Holy Spirit’s lead.

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The Only Real Need

Mary:
This morning we read from A Course in Miracles:

The Holy Spirit leads me unto Christ, and where else would I go? What need have I but to awake in Him?

Then follow Him in joy, with faith that He will lead you safely through all dangers to your peace of mind this world may set before you. Kneel not before the altars to sacrifice, and seek not what you will surely lose. Content yourself with what you will as surely keep, and be not restless, for you undertake a quiet journey to the peace of God, where He would have you be in quietness. (T-13.VII.14:2-3, 15:1-3)

What stood out to me the most is, “What need have I but to awake in Him?” In this world it seems like I have so many other needs that demand my attention other than awakening in Him. But in truth this is my only real need.

When I join with the ego thought system, the needs or problems are very effective distractions that encourage me to think that all these other things are more important than waking up to my true Self. But here I am reminded that the reverse is true. Waking up from the dream is all important. That is why it is so important for me to return to the humility of remembering that of myself I know nothing. As I am willing to practice stepping back and listening rather than deciding on my own what is important, I will return again to peace.

The Light of peace has a way of dissolving ego thoughts and showing me how meaningless they are. What seemed a mountain now becomes a mole hill. I return again to remembering that I am safe, no matter what problems appear to show up in the dream. As I choose one more time to accept peace, I am filled with the awareness that nothing has really happened to change God’s one Son. I am reminded that separation is not real and that only Love is real. My conflicted mind is quieted as I once again choose peace to lead me away from fear and again return to the quietness of truth.


Robert:
What stood out to me in this paragraph from ACIM was, “Seek not what you will surely lose.” Earlier in this section we were told that everything we make in the world begins to decay as soon as it is made. There is nothing in this world that is eternal. So if I value any form in the world, I am seeking what I will surely lose.

When I redirect my value to giving and receiving Love, I am valuing the eternal. As I practice stepping back into peace and opening my mind and heart to the Holy Spirit’s teaching, I learn to recognize the valuelessness of form and easily lay it down.

Sometimes some forms seem especially important. They seem to be essential to my survival. But that very statement indicates that I believe I am vulnerable and capable of loss. This is another misplaced value, for what God created me to be is invulnerable and eternal. Love is changeless.

Through the forgiveness process of letting go of the false beliefs about what I am, I return to Love. This process is what time is for now. There is no greater value for time than to use it, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to heal my mind.

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Forgive the World, Forgive Yourself and Return Home

Forgive the World, Forgive Yourself and Return Home

Holy Spirit to Mary:
Today practice staying in the present moment. Practice welcoming Love in the present moment. As soon as you notice thoughts about the past or the future, hand those those thoughts to Me. I will shine a Light on them and return you to the peace and joy of the present moment. In truth you always reside in eternity, not in time. Time is over and in your heart of hearts you want to return to this awareness.

Be kind to yourself today. Welcome peace and let peace lead the way. Let go of efforting or trying to make things go the way you want. Let go and let God. Let go of control and let yourself be carried today. As you welcome peace, you are led to the quietness of God. You are led Home.


Holy Spirit to Robert:
Seek not to make the world you see your home. It can never satisfy you. Whenever you try to organize events and circumstances to meet what you believe would make you happy, you are trying to make this world your home. You will fail in this attempt because illusion can never be your home.

Your Home is Love. You have never really left your Home, but when you seek to make the world your home, your real Home becomes hidden to you. Instead of knowing the safety and peace of your Home, you have experienced the vulnerability and conflict of the world of separation you made up. Let it go. Forgive the world for what it has never accomplished. Forgive yourself for believing that you could leave your Home.

Your Father has never condemned you and waits with open arms of Love to welcome you Home. Forgive yourself, forgive the world and return to the peace and happiness of the Home where you belong and have never truly left.

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Step Back and Let Love Lead the Way

Holy Spirit to Robert:
Awakening requires only a willingness to accept the truth and let go of what is not true. The only reason you do not experience Heaven now is that there are still some illusions you still prefer over the truth. You are not asked to sacrifice illusions you hold dear. But if you want to experience lasting happiness, perfect peace and limitless Love, you must be willing to bring your illusions to Me and let Me show you what is valuable and what is not.

My Love for you is without limit. We are joined in that Love and so I could never bring pain to you. I will gently teach you what is valueless. When you recognize an illusion has no value, you freely let it go with no sense of sacrifice. You will experience pain, sometimes denied and well hidden, whenever you value the nothingness of illusion in place of the infinity of God’s Love. It is this pain that eventually becomes intolerable and brings about a willingness, an openness to find a better way. Thus even pain becomes a gift you give yourself when you use it to turn away from self deception and open your mind to the truth of Love.

Practice today stepping back and letting Love lead the way.


Mary:
Today it is my job to step back and let my inner Comforter lead the way. Today it is my job to receive His peace. In accepting His peace, my mind is transformed.

The meaningless fearful ideas of the ego are shined away as I am willing to receive the gift of peace. Tension melts away and I feel the truth of the statement, “Health is inner peace.” As I truly am willing to accept inner peace, my priorities are shifted. My willingness to remember that I am eternal Spirit in God’s ocean of peace returns. I remember that all is well. I am safe, I am innocent, I am loved, I am Home. I let this remembering be my guide today.

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How to Have a Happy Da

Holy Spirit to Robert: 
Love is simple. It does not make distinctions for It sees only oneness, being one Itself. Love’s indiscriminateness blesses all equally.

As you learn to identify with the Love you are, your experience in the world of complexity becomes simpler. You begin to see more and more that there is truly no distinction between one thing or another. You recognize the meaninglessness of form and look past it to the Love which is all meaning. As you rest in the quiet peace of Love, what was made in the world to be conflicted and complex becomes unified and simple.

Let yourself rest in Love’s quiet peace today. Let Love guide all your seeing. Let Love show you the true simplicity of All That is. Love will teach you What you are.


Holy Spirit to Mary:
Today let yourself remember that you rest in God. Let yourself remember What you are and Where you are in Reality. Let Me return your mind to a place of peace and quiet rest.

You are Love immersed in Love. Let yourself feel the truth of Where you are always and have never left. Let Me guide your thoughts today in each present moment. Here you will find peace. This practice will bring you a happy day.

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Open the Door

Holy Spirit to Mary:
A willingness to go into a place of quiet listening is a willingness to let your mind be transformed. Forgiveness is a willingness to let go of what you think you made to replace God’s oneness. Unless you allow Me an open space to enter, I cannot come in to your awareness. I wait for your willingness to invite Me in. You invite Me in by allowing time for Me.

I fill your mind with peace when you are willing to open the door. The peace I bring carries your conflicted mind into a state of rest. You must be willing to receive this state of rest. This is how you let go and let God. In this place of open receptivity to the truth, you receive a mind healing. The Light shines away all the false ideas. This is inner health.

This inner willingness brings you the inspiration you need to let your values be changed for you. What was important to the ego mind falls away. The fearful thoughts are replaced with an awareness that everything is all right… all is well… you are safe, no matter what seems to be appearing in the dream of separate bodies. You are filled with a sense of well-being. Your mind is quiet. You know that you are given everything you need to wake up from the dream of separation as your willingness to receive God’s peace grows.

You have one goal now: To accept God’s peace and to extend God’s peace. You are relaxed and extend only Love. As you apply this in your daily life you are given the inspiration you need in the moment to be truly helpful.


Holy Spirit to Robert:
Every moment is a gift you give yourself to awaken to Love. You accept the gift when you use the moment to extend Love. When the moment appears to be a problem, ask the question that Rev. Myron Jones used in her audio book, Healing Family Relationships: “Holy Spirit, how can we use this to undo the ego?”

This question opens your mind to the Holy Spirit’s loving lesson. He will teach you how to use the situation to extend Love. That is the only meaning in anything you do in this world. If you choose to not accept the gift and stay in conflict, the next moment offers another gift. You will continue to be offered the gift of Love in every moment because Love is all there is eternally. The appearance of lack of Love is only the effect of Love’s denial.

Today hold your mind and heart open to the gift offered you in each moment.

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Stepping Back into Peace

Robert: 
Today we read in A Course in Miracles Workbook, Lesson 158, that Christ’s vision does not mistake the body for the Son of God. The Son of God is Love and, being one, has no form. To see with Christ’s vision we need to learn to look past all form to the Light of Love. This vision is forgiveness. To see Christ’s vision we must look through forgiving eyes. That means we do not bring the labels and judgments we learned in the past and try to apply them to our perceptions in the present. When we let the present be, without overlaying the past on it, Christ’s vision shows us the Light of Love that is there. Thus, to have this clear vision of the Light of the Son of God, we must free ourselves of the past; in other words, we must forgive it.

Today is another opportunity to practice stepping back and opening my heart and mind to peace. In peace there can be no judgment. In peace I am open to the Holy Spirit’s gentle teaching that shows me the past is gone and is not here. In peace I see the Light of God’s Son, free of the shadows of the past. In peace I experience the Light of God’s Son in all that I see and I recognize It as my Self.


Mary:
As I start my day, the question I ask myself is, “Am I willing to put God first today?” If I am truly willing to put God first, I will accept God’s gifts of peace and Christ’s vision. How my day goes depends on my willingness to accept what has already been given me. Am I willing to step back and receive Holy Spirit’s inspiration in quiet? Or will I replay the old past habit of deciding things on my own? Am I making what I see through the body’s eyes real? Or am I willing to let the Holy Spirit show me the constant Love and peace of God that lie beyond all illusions of separation. Which will I choose today?

Today I am being blessed with another day of practice. My constant focus today is to remember to step back and choose with Holy Spirit. Then today will be filled with peace, joy and gratitude for the opportunity of joining with the Holy Spirit’s one purpose of forgiving the dream of separation and remembering what is forever true.

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