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Empty Hands and an Open Heart

Mary:  On page 32 of the Manual for Teachers in A Course in Miracles, Jesus tells us, “Awareness of dreaming is the real function of God’s teachers.” It also tells us, “Unity alone is not a thing of dreams. And it is this God’s teachers acknowledge as behind the dream, beyond all seeming and yet surely theirs.”

This section is very helpful to me when I lose awareness that the dream is just a dream and nothing more. I notice that when I take the dream too seriously, I can get tense and fearful. I can get wrapped up in thinking that harm could be real. This is why nurturing the habit of stepping back and allowing the Holy Spirit to take the lead is so important.

The dream does seem so real at times. I still have work to do because I still can be drawn into having opinions, which just draws me deeper into believing the dream is real. One of the most helpful things for me is, when I notice that I am tense, to just take a deep breath and relax. Just doing this helps the next step, which is an inner call for a change of mind by the Holy Spirit. Once I open to the Holy Spirit, the rest is done for me.

I cannot undo my belief in the dream. It is impossible. It is only the Holy Spirit, our one true Self, that brings Light into the false perceptions and shows me that there is nothing to fear. These false perceptions fall away easily because the Holy Spirit shows me their nothingness. Together we have a little chuckle that I once again got caught by taking the dream seriously. This is why it is so important that I allow awareness of dreaming to be applied to every situation I encounter.

Dreaming is not a sin. It is just a mistaken thought that I no longer need. I can relax now. The whole Sonship is safe in unity right now. Thank God that the truth is true and nothing else is true.


Holy Spirit to Robert:
The ego seeks to preserve itself by planning for the future. It attempts to build an illusion of safety with plans that seem to prepare for the future. Sometimes it seems like these plans are attempts to make a future different from the past. Yet because these plans are built upon beliefs and “remembered” experiences from the past, these future plans are simply the past dressed in different images. The ego’s real wish is that the future be like the past, maintaining the illusion of separation is real.

Robert: This is why it is essential that I not attempt to make any plans on my own. It is essential that I remember that of myself I do not know what anything means or what it is for. I need to come to the Holy Spirit with empty hands and an open heart to receive direction for what to do, where to go, what to say and to whom. That direction will always be some form of expression of Love in the world and thus will always be a blessing to me.

I dedicate today to be another day of practice in stepping back and letting Spirit take the lead.

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Let the Holy Spirit Be Your Interpreter

Holy Spirit to Mary:  Oneness is true. Separation is false. What you see through the body’s eyes is separation. Let the Holy Spirit show you what is beyond what the body’s eyes see. Let the Holy Spirit show you the difference between the real and the unreal.
Let the Holy Spirit lift the veil of separation to the oneness that is really there.

In truth we are one mind. There are no differences between us. There is only one mind. Little “private” minds are just the effect of believing in separation. You are now coming to a point where you are willing to understand that this is true. Today practice stepping back from what the body’s eyes are showing you. Let the Holy Spirit be the interpreter of what you see. Let the Holy Spirit help you rise above to see the Love.


Holy Spirit to Robert:
  Hold the Hand of peace today. Let peace guide your thoughts and your actions. When you walk with peace, it is easy to recognize disturbances as false images to be disregarded as you would a leaf falling to the ground, or a feather drifting by. It has no power to change the peace you are. When you hold the Hand of peace, you join with your Self.

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Watch Your Mind for Fear Thoughts

Holy Spirit to Robert:  There is no greater joy than the joy that comes with recognizing your brother as your Self. In that recognition, all defenses are laid down. The exquisite exchange of Love without limit is the experience of Heaven. No barriers appear to stand between you, for there is the full recognition that there is no other, only One. This is the reality of God’s Son and thus this is your reality.

Any other seeming experience comes from a false belief of what you are. It is this false belief that must be carried freely and willingly to the Holy Spirit to be gently and lovingly corrected. Because in that moment you believe in a false idea, you cannot correct it. It needs to be taken to the part of your mind That does not believe it, That knows you as the Son of God. Your willingness to receive His vision opens the door to your return to the joy of Loving.


Self to Annie:
  All of Heaven celebrates whenever anyone is truly helpful in the name of Love.


Holy Spirit to Mary:
  To the ego mind, Love is to be feared. To the ego mind, Love is nauseating. The ego always wants to run away from it. Love is the undoing of the ego and that is why it is so afraid.

Watch your mind for fear thoughts today. Watch what angers you, which is just another way of projecting separation. Watch what you are afraid of. Watch the thoughts and feelings with the Holy Spirit very calmly. Watch closely and let the Holy Spirit do Its healing work in your mind very gently. Watch the fear disappear. Watch the anger disappear. Watch with gratitude.

The Holy Spirit is the healer. Your willingness to watch with the Holy Spirit is your part. Herein lies salvation. Herein lies eternal peace. Herein lies the death of conflict. This is how you wake up to the truth that “nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.”


Holy Spirit to Dorie:
  See only Love, for only Love is true. Truth brings only peace. If you believe yourself to have no peace, then you are mistaken. Look again. See My Love. Be reassured. I hold you in My loving Arms so that you can feel the peace of My truth; the assurance of perfect Love.

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Accept the Happy Dream

Robert:  I have an image of myself floating on water that completely supports me without any effort on my part. It’s like floating on the Great Salt Lake, without the salt. I feel so supported. I can completely let go. There is no need to effort, just relax. As I relax more deeply, the sense of even being supported by anything different from me fades. I have become one with what supports me. There is nothing to fear. I am joined with absolute strength, absolute peace and I know I am safe.

In that knowing of perfect safety and peace, I feel free to invite everyone to join me. I know that no harm is possible. There is no need to defend, so now I can freely experience the joy of joining with everyone in perfect Love. There is nothing else to experience. There is no wish to experience anything else for the joy is perfectly fulfilling. I rest in this Love in gratitude and peace.


Holy Spirit to Sharyn:
  Letting go, which is the same as forgiveness, will bring you to the happy dream. Letting go of all thought of “I should do this,” or “I want it to go this way,” or “I need this,” or whatever it is, is your only job. This constant letting go releases you and brings you the freedom to realize Who you really are. You deserve, as everyone does, to live the happy dream. Let go and let Me take you there.


Self to Annie:
  The happy dream is everywhere. All you need to do is look with Spirit. He will show you the happiness contained in everything when you look at the Light in everything. There is a sweet reflection of Love in all things that we look upon. The Spirit puts it there to remind you of the Love that you are. He will use everything as a reminder.

Be happy today, because the happy dream is everywhere, because it is in your holy mind. The happy dream is the shared dream. It is the dream contained in joining in Love. The thought of the happy dream will make all hearts joyful, because its Originator is the Spirit of Joy.

The Self calls all to join in this happiness. It can be done right here, right now. You can put your sad dreams aside this very moment and join in the happy dream of the Holy Spirit. This is a blessing that belongs to all of you. Receive it with an open heart and an open mind. This is what is left for you to experience in this world that you have made. What is left is the happy dream. Accept it today. Don’t let it slip away. It is yours.


Mary:
This morning as I go into a place of quiet, I am shown that my opportunity for today is to look at every thought that floats by with Holy Spirit. With Holy Spirit, the thoughts that are not true are undone or seen as false ideas to forgive or let go of. I see that, as I do this forgiveness all through the day, I am led by the Holy Spirit to the happy dream. I am led to see past illusions of separation to the eternal truth.

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Let Yourself Experience the Blessing of Love

Holy Spirit to Mary:  See only the Holy Spirit in everyone. This means seeing only innocence, seeing only the Light of truth. Be aware of how it feels as you are willing to see only the Light of truth. Be aware that you are healed as you are willing to see only the Light of truth. Practice this today.


Holy Spirit to Sharyn:
  Today practice receiving all the miracles that are yours. Receiving miracles is simply allowing the Light to shine forth from within. Seeing the Light in everyone and everything allows miracles to happen often.

Receiving God’s Love and extending it to others allows them to receive miracles also. Keep spreading God’s Love and Light to all. As you have been given, pass this on to others so that they will receive. Never be concerned with keeping God’s gifts or withholding them from others. They are yours to share with everyone and He will continually fill you with more Light and more Love. So give freely today.


Holy Spirit to Robert:
The more you love the more you know you are loved and the more you know you are Love. Because you are Love, it is only natural for you to extend Love. So if you do not seem to be extending Love, there must be some interference. This interference is only a belief, it is not real. In truth, you always extend Love because of What you are. But your beliefs can hide your Love from you.

To experience the blessing of Loving, you need simply turn over all interfering beliefs to the Holy Spirit for His gentle correction. This is a moment by moment practice. You have a well learned habit of believing in what is not Love. But the moment by moment turning over of these beliefs can and will undo the habit. You will return to the Loving Self you are because it is your will.


Holy Spirit to Dorie:
  All healing comes from a well deep within your Spirit. You breathe in the Light of Love and extend It to all around you. As you look within, you find My healing Spirit. Let it calm you. Continue to breathe slowly. No harm can come to you for the Spirit within guides your way. The Spirit within heals you and all in your world.

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Keep the Faith by Seeing All Through Spirit’s Eyes

Holy Spirit to Robert: I am seeing myself standing in a temple of Love. This temple does not have physical form, rather it is an experience of deep peace, exquisite unity and the joyous extension of Love without limit. Nothing is excluded from this temple, for it is One. It represents our Home. It is where we live in truth.

Now I bring to mind all those in my life that I have thought of as other people. I bring them into the temple with me. I begin by naming names of people who come to mind. When names no longer come to mind, I remember no one is excluded, whether I have names or images for them or not. This temple of Love includes all, with no exceptions.

I see myself now standing in this temple of Love, joined by all. My heart overflows. I feel perfectly safe. I have no cares or worries because I feel the strength and assurance of Love. I know that there is nothing else. I am fully immersed in the peace of God and I am free. My heart is filled with gratitude.


Mary:
  I am believing in illusions or I am accepting the truth. This is always the choice that is before me in every moment. I can tell which I am choosing by the level of peace I feel or, on the other hand, the level of fear and conflict I feel. If I am judging anyone or any situation, I am choosing illusions.

Today it is my opportunity once again to forgive, or hand illusions over to the Holy Spirit, where they will be undone. My job is to hand them over. The Holy Spirit’s job is to show me the difference between truth and illusions. When I forgive, or let go of illusions, peace returns. Forgiveness is my only purpose today and every day. By this I am freed.


Holy Spirit to Dorie:
  See all things through Spirit’s eyes. Do this all day today. If you look only through Spirit’s eyes, there is no need for forgiveness, because there is no error. Especially see yourself through Spirit’s eyes when you are speaking to others. If you do so, you will see them as perfect as they are and your words will hold no error. It is impossible to see error when seeing through Spirit’s eyes.


Holy Spirit to Sharyn:
Trusting in Me is having faith that everything is taken care of for you. That means every little detail; not just some things but all things. Trusting in Me for the Answer for all your concerns is all you need do. Just ask and trust that it is done. Don’t take it back. Have faith and know that I am always there and I will answer your every need. I am here to serve you.

All I ask is that you will go and serve others in need. Have faith that the perfect ones will be sent to you. Have faith that I know what is best for all concerned, always. Most of all, have faith that when you are serving others, it is done through Me. Of yourself, you can do nothing. Keep the faith!

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The Joy of Loving

Holy Spirit to Robert:  There is great joy in extending Love. There is great depression and isolation in judgment. Love sees no differences, for It sees only Itself extended. Judgment sees differences because it is an attempt to disconnect and limit. In every moment you choose between the joy of loving and the sad isolation of judgment.

Now is the time to give up your pathetic attempts at judgment. You have no real basis for judgment so you make up images and stories that seem to justify your judgment. Now is the time to turn over all your vain attempts at judgment to the Holy Spirit in your mind, Who alone can judge truly, being united with Love.

Love’s judgment is simple: What is not Love is not real. The dedicated practice of turning all your thoughts over to Love for Its healing judgment will return you to the joy of loving. Now is the time.


Holy Spirit to Mary:
  Today practice stepping back and relaxing frequently. Practice stepping back, taking a deep breath and letting go. Practice opening to the stillness of God’s peace.

Practice listening to the Holy Spirit, Who is right there in your mind. The Holy Spirit will bring you to the truth that you are still safe in the Mind of God. You have never left Heaven. You are still as God created you. You are perfect Love and the dream is just a dream. Practice stepping back frequently today and allowing the truth to return to your mind.

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