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The Voice of Freedom

God is the Love in which I forgive. …forgiveness is the means by which I will recognize my innocence. It is the reflection of God’s Love on earth. It will bring me near enough to Heaven that the Love of God can reach down to me and raise me up to Him.

As I begin to see, I recognize His reflection on earth. I forgive all things because I feel the stirring of His strength in me. And I begin to remember the Love I chose to forget, but which has not forgotten me.

There is not a moment in which God’s Voice ceases to call on my forgiveness to save me. There is not a moment in which His Voice fails to direct my thoughts, guide my actions and lead my feet. I am walking steadily on toward truth. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 60, W-pI.60.1:1,4-6;2:4-6;4:2-4. See also ACIM Lesson 60 Insights.)

The ego is held in place by guilt. That is why the ego is constantly judging to maintain the perception of guilt. Yet this is a misperception because the truth of us as God’s Son shares the innocence of perfect Love.

Forgiveness is the means to free ourselves from the ego’s habitual condemnation and insistence on guilt. His Voice will help us see the truth of Love behind the ego’s images of guilt and fear.

Nothing we see with the body’s eyes is true. But what we see with the Vision the Holy Spirit brings into our minds is the reality of Love’s innocence everywhere. Nothing else is real. As Love’s creation, our one Self is Love and nothing else.

As we welcome the help and guidance of God’s Voice, we walk steadily forward on the path to Heaven. We dedicate today to being attentive to this Voice of freedom, for we would see the reality of Love everywhere.

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Awakening from Fear to Our Home in Love

Condemn and you are made a prisoner. Forgive and you are freed. Such is the law that rules perception. It is not a law that knowledge understands, for freedom is a part of knowledge. To condemn is thus impossible in truth. What seems to be its influence and its effects have not occurred at all. Yet must we deal with them a while as if they had. Illusion makes illusion. Except one. Forgiveness is illusion that is answer to the rest.

Forgiveness sweeps all other dreams away, and though it is itself a dream, it breeds no others. All illusions save this one must multiply a thousandfold. But this is where illusions end. Forgiveness is the end of dreams, because it is a dream of waking. It is not itself the truth. Yet does it point to where the truth must be, and gives direction with the certainty of God Himself. It is a dream in which the Son of God awakens to his Self and to his Father, knowing They are One.

Forgiveness is the only road that leads out of disaster, past all suffering, and finally away from death. How could there be another way, when this one is the plan of God Himself?

And is it not a kindness to yourself to hear His Voice and learn the simple lessons He would teach, instead of trying to dismiss His words, and substitute your own in place of His? (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 198, W-pI.198.2:1-4:2;5:3. See also ACIM Lesson 198 Insights.)

Judgment is a trap that imprisons us in the dream of separation. It takes us down a rabbit hole of fear and guilt, providing no means for escape. But God has a plan that will free us from the dream of fear and condemnation. We must be willing to listen to His Voice that brings His plan that will teach us to turn away from condemnation and forgive.

As we accept the Holy Spirit’s dream of forgiveness, the chains of judgment fall away. The prison door of guilt swings open and we are free to awaken to the Self God created as His Son. As we forgive, the world of fear and guilt disappears and we remember Heaven is our Home.

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Accepting Our True Self’s Purpose

Who is the light of the world except God’s Son? This, then, is merely a statement of the truth about yourself. It is the opposite of a statement of pride, of arrogance, or of self-deception. It does not describe the self-concept you have made. It does not refer to any of the characteristics with which you have endowed your idols. It refers to you as you were created by God. It simply states the truth.

To the ego, today’s idea is the epitome of self-glorification. But the ego does not understand humility, mistaking it for self-debasement. Humility consists of accepting your role in salvation and in taking no other. It is not humility to insist you cannot be the light of the world if that is the function God assigned to you. It is only arrogance that would assert this function cannot be for you, and arrogance is always of the ego.

[“I am the light of the world”] is the perfect answer to all illusions, and therefore to all temptation. It brings all the images you have made about yourself to the truth, and helps you depart in peace, unburdened and certain of your purpose. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 61, W-pI.61.1-2;4:2-3. See also ACIM Lesson 61 Insights.)

In every moment we choose between the ego’s purpose to make separation appear real and our true Self’s purpose to extend the oneness of Love we are. The ego’s purpose always produces fear and guilt because it is the denial of Love. Our true Self’s purpose brings a state of peace and joy because that is the condition of God’s Love. When we choose our true Self’s purpose, we bring the light of Love to the world. This Light shines away the shadows of the ego’s false images.

If we are not feeling the peace and happiness of our true Self, we need to step back and reconnect with the Love of our true Self. When we ask our true Self “How would Love see this?” we are asking for the vision of our true Self. We are choosing our true Self’s purpose. As we accept this purpose, we remember that we are the Light of the world.

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Peace Is Our Power

Your little part is but to give the Holy Spirit the whole idea of sacrifice. And to accept the peace He gives instead, without the limits that would hold its extension back, and so would limit your awareness of [peace]. For what He gives must be extended if you would have its limitless power, and use it for the Son of God’s release.

Faith in the eternal is always justified, for the eternal is forever kind, infinite in its patience and wholly loving. It will accept you wholly, and give you peace. Yet it can unite only with what already is at peace in you, immortal as itself. The body can bring you neither peace nor turmoil; neither joy nor pain. It is a means, and not an end. It has no purpose of itself, but only what is given to it. The body will seem to be whatever is the means for reaching the goal that you assign to it. Only the mind can set a purpose, and only the mind can see the means for its accomplishment, and justify its use. Peace and guilt are both conditions of the mind, to be attained. And these conditions [peace or guilt] are the home of the emotion [love or fear] that calls them forth, and therefore is compatible with [peace or guilt]. (A Course in Miracles, T-19.IV.B.9:1-3;10:1-10. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

Our true Self is eternally united with the Source of Love’s power. Peace is an attribute of Love and therefore has all Its power. If we feel vulnerable or fearful, we have denied our Self by believing we are a false image of our self. This false image is manifested in the world as a body.

Only the body can appear to harm or be harmed. Mind cannot harm but mind can give the purpose of harm to the body. When we identify with a body, we believe we are capable of harm. It is only our belief that we are a body that brings us fear and guilt. The Holy Spirit reminds us that we are not a body and remain Love as Love created us. He reminds us of our natural condition of peace, an attribute of Love.

When we choose to accept the Holy Spirit’s purpose for the body, the body becomes a means to extend peace to the world. Instead of following the ego’s dictates to see guilt, the Holy Spirit guides us to answer calls for Love with Love. As Love is extended, peace comes with it. The power of Love is the power to bring peace to the world, for it is the power to see that only Love is real and conflict is impossible.

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Remembering the Christ in Everyone

You are as God created you. Today honor your Self.

Seek [the holy Christ in you] today, and find Him. He will be your Savior from all idols you have made. For when you find Him, you will understand how worthless are your idols, and how false the images which you believed were you. Today we make a great advance to truth by letting idols go, and opening our hands and hearts and minds to God today.

We will remember Him throughout the day with thankful hearts and loving thoughts for all who meet with us today. For it is thus that we remember Him. And we will say, that we may be reminded of His Son, our holy Self, the Christ in each of us:

I am as God created me.

Let us declare this truth as often as we can. This is the Word of God that sets you free. This is the key that opens up the gate of Heaven, and that lets you enter in the peace of God and His eternity.” (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 110, W-pI.110.9:1-2;10-11. See also ACIM Lesson 110 Insights.)

Whenever we are not in perfect peace, we are believing in an idol, a false image, that blinds us to the presence of changeless Love. The Christ in us is the changeless Love that God created us to be. Love is perfectly secure in Its changelessness so Its peace cannot be disturbed.

Affirming “I am as God created me” reminds us of the changeless Love we are. It reminds us of the Love that is every brother. It reminds us of the Heaven that is our Home. Each time we make this affirmation, we open our minds to the certainty of the holy Christ that is in everyone. As we welcome this memory of God more and more, we experience more of His joy and peace. It’s worth the practice.

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Bringing Release to Ourself and Our Brothers

…forgiveness, taught and learned, brings with it the experiences which bear witness that the time the mind itself determined to abandon all but this is now at hand.

Suffice it, then, that you have work to do to play your part. …For your part is still what all the rest depends on. As you take the role assigned to you, salvation comes a little nearer each uncertain heart that does not beat as yet in tune with God.

Forgiveness is the central theme that runs throughout salvation, holding all its parts in meaningful relationships, the course it runs directed and its outcome sure. And now we ask for grace, the final gift salvation can bestow. Experience that grace provides will end in time, for grace foreshadows Heaven….

What is the face of Christ but his who went a moment into timelessness, and brought a clear reflection of the unity he felt an instant back to bless the world? How could you finally attain to it forever, while a part of you remains outside, unknowing, unawakened, and in need of you as witness to the truth?

Be grateful to return, as you were glad to go an instant, and accept the gifts that grace provided you. You carry them back to yourself. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 169, W-pI.169.7:2;11:1,4-5;12:1-3;13:3-14:2. See also ACIM Lesson 169 Insights.)

Forgiveness is the role assigned to everyone who believes they are alone in a world of separation. The forms of forgiveness is the special function that is unique for each of us. We each have our own set of beliefs that influence our perceptions in a dream of separation. It is these beliefs we must forgive through the help of the Holy Spirit.

When we have achieved true forgiveness of a mistaken belief that has brought us fear and guilt, the release changes the way we see the world. With each release, the oneness of Love beyond every form is seen and felt more clearly. We respond differently to circumstances in our experience. And our enlightened response extends the lesson we have learned. The ongoing practice of this process is our role in which we bring salvation to our brothers, who are one with us.

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Pause and Let Love Lead the Way

The world is false perception. It is born of error, and it has not left its source. It will remain no longer than the thought that gave it birth is cherished. When the thought of separation has been changed to one of true forgiveness, will the world be seen in quite another light; and one which leads to truth, where all the world must disappear and all its errors vanish.

As sight was made to lead away from truth, it can be redirected. Sounds become the call for God, and all perception can be given a new purpose by the One Whom God appointed Savior to the world. Follow His light, and see the world as He beholds it. Hear His Voice alone in all that speaks to you. And let Him give you peace and certainty, which you have thrown away, but Heaven has preserved for you in Him. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 241, W-pII.3.1:1-4;4:1-5. See also ACIM Lesson 241 Insights.)

The Course tells us to ask of everything, “What is it for?” The core purpose we choose in every moment is between reinforcing the seeming reality of separation or accepting Love’s purpose to extend Love and nothing else. Since only Love is real, only Love’s purpose has any real effect. The ego’s purpose always reinforces the illusion of separation, but it has no effect whatsoever on Reality.

The body and its senses were made by the ego for the purpose of reinforcing belief in separation. The body is incapable of perceiving anything without form. Its limited perception excludes awareness of Love, which has no form. But the body can be given another purpose by the Holy Spirit.

As we accept the Holy Spirit’s purpose, we recognize the calls for Love in the world and respond with Love instead of defensiveness and attack. Thus every event in our lives becomes an opportunity to apply the Holy Spirit’s purpose. If we pause and ask of every perception, “How would Love see this?” Holy Spirit will inspire us with Christ’s vision. Our response to this vision will bring healing to ourselves and our brothers. Thoughts of guilt and fear will fade away. We may be led to some action in the world or we may simply experience increasing peace and joy as we see Love everywhere. Today we choose to let Love lead the way.

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