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Joining with the Light in Our Brothers

Be very still an instant. Come without all thought of what you ever learned before, and put aside all images you made. The old will fall away before the new without your opposition or intent. There will be no attack upon the things you thought were precious and in need of care. There will be no assault upon your wish to hear a call that never has been made. Nothing will hurt you in this holy place, to which you come to listen silently and learn the truth of what you really want. No more than this will you be asked to learn. But as you hear it, you will understand you need but come away without the thoughts you did not want, and that were never true.

Forgive your brother all appearances, that are but ancient lessons you have taught yourself about the sinfulness in you. Hear but his call for mercy and release from all the fearful images he holds of what he is and of what you must be. He is afraid to walk with you, and thinks perhaps a bit behind, a bit ahead would be a safer place for him to be. …the journey’s goal… is but to decide to walk with him, so neither leads nor follows. Thus it is a way you go together, not alone. And in this choice is learning’s outcome changed, for Christ has been reborn to both of you. (A Course in Miracles, T-31.II.8:1-9:3,5-7). See also ACIM Text Q & A.

The central theme in the Course is that we need to let go of all our thoughts from the past. This is what forgiveness does. It is never the present that needs to be forgiven. Only Love is now. It is our insistence on holding on to the past that keeps guilt in place and makes sin (separation) seem real. The past is over and can be easily let go if we are willing to let go of our insistence on making separation seem real.

Today we choose a new direction. We choose to lay down our thoughts from the past and open our minds to the vision of Christ. Without the shadows of the past, the brilliance of the Light of Christ in our brothers will shine upon us. It is this Light that joins us with our brothers. The Light in our brother is one with us, exactly the same, for this Light is God’s Love, given equally to all.

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