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Only the Unity of Love Is Real

What is true in earth and Heaven is beyond your naming.

It would indeed be strange if you were asked to go beyond all symbols of the world, forgetting them forever; yet were asked to take a teaching function. You have need to use the symbols of the world a while. But be you not deceived by them as well. They do not stand for anything at all, and in your practicing it is this thought that will release you from them. [The symbols of the world] become but means by which you can communicate in ways the world can understand, but which you recognize is not the unity where true communication can be found.

Thus what you need are intervals each day in which the learning of the world becomes a transitory phase; a prison house from which you go into the sunlight and forget the darkness. Here you understand the Word, the Name [Identity] which God has given you; the one Identity which all things share; the one acknowledgment of what is true. And then step back to darkness, not because you think it real, but only to proclaim its unreality in terms which still have meaning in the world that darkness rules. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 184, W-pI.184.8:3;9-10. See also ACIM Lesson 184 Insights.)

We have been carefully taught to distinguish all things in the world from each other. It is a skill needed to function in the world. This learning makes the world seem real to us because it seems to give it meaning. Yet the way to return to the reality that we remain unified with our Identity in God is to learn to not believe that any of the forms and symbols in the world are real.

The ego defends the belief in separation with all its guile for when we stop believing in the reality of the world of form, the ego will disappear. We will remember that we share our Identity with our Creator. In the Light of this remembrance the dark shadow of the ego will disappear.

The daily practice of taking time to quiet our minds and welcome the peace of God within us will help us loosen our attachment to the meaning we have given the world. We will begin to be aware of the formless, nameless Unity beyond the form. We will feel the comfort and safety of this Unity we share with All That is. As we let ourselves experience this, we can bring that experience into the world. It will help us be less reactive to appearances, for we are remembering more and more that only the Unity of Love is real.

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