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Clearing the Way to True Happiness

Now we would see and hear and learn. “What is salvation, Father?” Ask and you will be answered. Seek and you will find. We are no longer asking the ego what salvation is and where to find it. We are asking it of truth. Be certain, then, that the answer will be true because of Whom you ask.

Whenever you feel your confidence wane and your hope of success flicker and go out, repeat your question and your request, remembering that you are asking of the infinite Creator of infinity, Who created you like Himself:

What is salvation, Father? I do not know.
Tell me, that I may understand.

He will answer. Be determined to hear. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 72, W-pI.72.11-12. See also ACIM Lesson 72 Insights.)

When we look for situations, relationships or any form in the world to make us happy or to feel valued, we are seeking salvation from the ego, where it cannot be found. The Course tells us that since God is Love, He is also happiness.

Choosing the ego as our guide to happiness is actually choosing against happiness. The ego does not know what true happiness is and will always lead us on fruitless chases for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Sooner or later we all come to a point of realizing there must be a better way.

To ask the Source of happiness to learn what happiness is, is to ask where the answer is. The core of His answer will always be Love. While we believe we are in the world, His answer will always be in a form that we can understand. It is always some form of forgiveness. Forgiveness draws aside the veil of guilt and fear so that we can see the Light of Love that is ever present.

We have long been accustomed to seeking where happiness cannot be found. It is time to build a new habit of turning to our Source for the answers that clear the way to true happiness. Today is a good day to start.

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Remembering Our One Self

Serenity and perfect peace are mine, because I am one Self, completely whole, at one with all creation and with God.

From my one Self, Whose knowledge still remains within my mind, I see God’s perfect plan for my salvation perfectly fulfilled. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 113, W-pI.113.1:2;2:2. See also ACIM Lesson 113 Insights.)

Our one Self constantly calls to us to remember Who we are. We are called to remember we are Love and nothing else, and we share Love’s attributes of peace and joy. While we lose ourselves in dreams of separation, fear and guilt, our true Self remembers for us that we remain Love as Love created us.

This memory is always available to us. We need only be willing to step back from the dream and look within to the truth of What we are. As we accept our Truth, we see the truth of Love in everyone, for what is true for our one Self is true for everyone. Today we would remember Who we are.

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Claiming Our Identity as God’s Son

Today we ask of God the gift He has most carefully preserved within our hearts, waiting to be acknowledged. This the gift by which God leans to us and lifts us up, taking salvation’s final step Himself. All steps but this we learn, instructed by His Voice. But finally He comes Himself, and takes us in His Arms and sweeps away the cobwebs of our sleep. His gift of grace is more than just an answer. It restores all memories the sleeping mind forgot; all certainty of what Love’s meaning is.

God loves His Son. Request Him now to give the means by which this world will disappear, and vision first will come, with knowledge but an instant later. For in grace you see a light that covers all the world in love, and watch fear disappear from every face as hearts rise up and claim the light as theirs.

Your grace is given me. I claim it now. Father, I come to You. And You will come to me who ask. I am the Son You love. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 168, W-pI.168.3:1-4:3;6:5-9. See also ACIM Lesson 168 Insights.)

We, as one Self, are the Son God loves eternally. We need only acknowledge His gift to know it is ours. God does not need us to ask for the gift He has already given us. It is for ourselves that we need to ask for God’s gift because in the asking, we reverse the denial of the ego thought system.

Though we seem to be in a loveless dream of separation, God has given us His Voice to teach us how to wake up from the dream through forgiveness. With the Holy Spirit’s help we can learn to see past the things we thought justified our guilt and fear. What we see beyond them is that the dreams of fear and guilt have not changed the truth of Who we are. We remain God’s Son, as changeless as Himself.

Today we claim our Identity as God’s Son and remember His Love.

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See the Innocence in Every Brother

Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God. Over and over this must be repeated, until it is accepted. It is true. Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God. Nothing can touch it, or change what God created as eternal. The self you made, evil and full of sin, is meaningless. Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God, and light and joy and peace abide in you.

Salvation requires the acceptance of but one thought;—you are as God created you, not what you made of yourself. Whatever evil you may think you did, you are as God created you. Whatever mistakes you made, the truth about you is unchanged. Creation is eternal and unalterable. Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God. You are and will forever be exactly as you were created. Light and joy and peace abide in you because God put them there. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 93, W-pI.93.6-7. See also ACIM Lesson 93 Insights.)

The Self that God guarantees sinless is not the self we believe we are. It is not the image of a body, separate and alone. Our sinless Self is not contained in a body. It is one Self that unites us with all our brothers, for we share this one Self. This Self is guaranteed sinless, for it is eternally united with God.

The Course is teaching us to let go of identifying with a false image as what we are. As we identify more and more strongly with the Love God created as our Self, we naturally recognize our Self in everyone. We need to lay aside our false images and welcome the truth. And we will learn to see the sinlessness in every brother.

As we say to our brother, “Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God,” we are reminding ourselves that this is true for us. We are reminding ourselves to look past the body and its seeming behavior, for beyond the form is always the Love that is our one Self. Today we will remind ourselves often that our sinlessness is guaranteed by God.

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Recognizing Love’s Eternal Presence in Our Mind

Now do your eyes belong to Christ, and He looks through them. Now your voice belongs to God and echoes His. And now your heart remains at peace forever. You have chosen Him in place of idols, and your attributes, given by your Creator, are restored to you at last. The Call for God is heard and answered. Now has fear made way for love, as God Himself replaces cruelty.

Father, we are like You. No cruelty abides in us, for there is none in You. Your peace is ours. And we bless the world with what we have received from You alone. We choose again, and make our choice for all our brothers, knowing they are one with us. We bring them Your salvation as we have received it now. And we give thanks for them who render us complete. In them we see Your glory, and in them we find our peace. Holy are we because Your Holiness has set us free. And we give thanks. Amen. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 170, W-pI.170.12-13. See also ACIM Lesson 170 Insights.)

We give thanks that You are always with us, Father… Our minds are healed as we invite You in and receive your holy peace and Love and joy… In quiet we listen…

We accept in gratitude and are willing to be vigilant to receive awareness of your real world of eternal Love… In deep gratitude we celebrate Your eternal Presence… Amen

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Attending to the Voice for God

Let me remember love is happiness, and nothing else brings joy. And so I choose to entertain no substitutes for love.

Love is my heritage, and with it joy. These are the gifts my Father gave to me. I would accept all that is mine in truth.

Today I will accept God’s peace and joy, in glad exchange for all the substitutes that I have made for happiness and peace.

Let my own feeble voice be still, and let me hear the mighty Voice for Truth Itself assure me that I am God’s perfect Son. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 117, W-pI.117.1:2-3;2:2-4. 118.1:2;2:2. See also ACIM Lesson 117 Insights.)

The Course tells us not to mistake the body for the Son of God. Thus identifying with the body as what we are is the denial of being the Son of God. When we deny being the Son of God, we deny Love, happiness and peace. It is no wonder the world we experience through the body is filled with fear, sadness and conflict.

Fortunately there is an antidote for what we experience as a body. The antidote is clearly stated in the review lessons that ask us to repeat many times a day for 20 days: “I am not a body. I am free. I am still as God created me.” (Review VI)

God created us as Love, an extension of His Love. As an extension, we remain part of His Love. Being part of His Love, we share all of His attributes. His joy and peace are ours eternally. If we experience anything else, we are simply denying our Self, the Son of God. This Self we share with all our brothers and remains united with our Creator. This connection can never be lost, although it can be forgotten.

To help us with our forgetfulness, God gave us His Voice eternally present in our mind. We need only be willing to choose this Voice instead of the ego’s to be reminded that we still have all of God’s Love, all His joy and peace. Today we choose to attend to the Voice for God.

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Accepting That We Walk With God

“I walk with God in perfect holiness” …states the simple truth that makes the thought of sin [separation from God] impossible. It promises there is no cause for guilt, and being causeless it does not exist. It follows surely from the basic thought so often mentioned in the text; ideas leave not their source. If this be true, how can you be apart from God? How could you walk the world alone and separate from your Source?

You cannot walk the world apart from God, because you could not be without Him. He is what your life is. Where you are He is. There is one life. That life you share with Him. Nothing can be apart from Him and live.

Yet where He is, there must be holiness [oneness] as well as life. No attribute of His remains unshared by everything that lives. What lives is holy as Himself, because what shares His life is part of Holiness…. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 156, W-pI.156.1;2:4-3:3. See also ACIM Lesson 156 Insights.)

If we knew without doubt that God walks with us as our constant Companion, loneliness would be impossible. Fear would be impossible because we would be constantly in the Presence of Love. Peace would be our constant state, for there is no conflict in God.

All that stands between us and this experience is the mistaken belief that we are separate from God. Fortunately, beliefs can change and we have Help to change our beliefs. Forgiveness is the means to release false beliefs. The Holy Spirit is present in our minds to teach us to recognize the falsity of the idea that we could be separate from our Source.

Whenever we experience sadness, anxiety, fear, guilt and anger, He will help us see that these feelings have no foundation in truth. He will help us look past the false images that seem to justify these feelings to the Presence of Love that walks with us. As we accept the Holy Spirit’s help, we clear away the veil that seems to separate us from remembering that we walk with God.

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