Daily Inspiration

Replacing the Illusion of Death with Eternal Life

Comparison must be an ego device, for love makes none. Specialness always makes comparisons. It is established by a lack seen in another, and maintained by searching for, and keeping clear in sight, all lacks it can perceive. This does it seek, and this it looks upon. And always whom it thus diminishes would be your savior, had you not chosen to make of him a tiny measure of your specialness instead. Against the littleness you see in him you stand as tall and stately, clean and honest, pure and unsullied, by comparison with what you see. Nor do you understand it is yourself that you diminish thus.

Pursuit of specialness is always at the cost of peace. Who can attack his savior [every brother] and cut him down, yet recognize his strong support? Who can detract from his omnipotence, yet share his power? And who can use him as the gauge of littleness, and be released from limits? You have a function in salvation. Its pursuit will bring you joy. But the pursuit of specialness must bring you pain. Here is a goal that would defeat salvation, and thus run counter to the Will of God. To value specialness is to esteem an alien will to which illusions of yourself are dearer than the truth.

The key 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.1-2;14. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

The ego uses comparison to make differences and separation seem real. Love makes no comparisons because it is one. There is no “other” to compare with. The ego is dedicated to comparing because its seeming existence depends on it.

We have been given another way of seeing that dissolves the ego’s illusions. Christ’s vision sees with the eyes of Love. This is a vision in our mind that overlooks the ego’s images of separation and sees only Love. We free ourselves to be the Love we were created to be by giving our attention to the vision of Love in our minds. This vision shows us God’s peace and joy and recognizes that this peace and joy are ours.

We were created as Love by Love. As we use Christ’s vision when we look upon our brother, he becomes our savior because he shows us the Love we were created to be. Love always joins with Love. Separation and comparison disappear. In the unity of Love, we know that we are one with our Creator, at Home in Heaven.

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