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From the Quest for Specialness to Acceptance of God’s Love

[Your brother] is your savior from your specialness. He is in need of your acceptance of himself as part of you, as you for his. You are alike to God as God is to Himself. [God] is not special, for He would not keep one part of what He is unto Himself, not given to His Son but kept for Him alone. And it is this you fear, for if He is not special, then He willed His Son to be like Him, and your brother is like you. Not special, but possessed of everything, including you. Give him but what he has, remembering God gave Himself to you and your brother in equal Love, that both might share the universe with Him Who chose that Love could never be divided, and kept separate from what It is and must forever be.

What has been given [your brother] makes you complete, as it does him. God’s Love gave you to him and him to you because He gave Himself. What is the same as God is one with Him.

The key [to Heaven that] you threw away God gave your brother, whose holy hands would offer it to you when you were ready to accept His plan for your salvation in the place of yours. How could this readiness be reached save through the sight of all your misery, and the awareness that your plan has failed, and will forever fail to bring you peace and joy of any kind? Through this despair you travel now, yet it is but illusion of despair. The death of specialness is not your death, but your awaking into life eternal. You but emerge from an illusion of what you are to the acceptance of yourself as God created you. (A Course in Miracles, T-24.II.10;11:3-5;14. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

Many talk of an experience of “the dark night of the soul.” It is an experience of realizing that happiness and peace cannot be found in the world of specialness. This is an important turning point and can set us on a happy journey of waking to the truth that we remain eternally at one with the Love of God. As we open the door to our inner Teacher, we are taught to see the Truth beyond the appearances of specialness and separation.

We learn to seek for peace and happiness where it can be found — in the acceptance of God’s plan for our salvation. We learn that our quest for value in forms of specialness leads literally to nothing and will never satisfy. As we accept this lesson, we turn away from the ego as our guide to the Voice for God. We open to His vision in place of the ego’s perceptions. We learn to see our brother as the Love He is, at one with us. We turn from a quest for specialness to acceptance of God’s Love as ours.

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