Daily Inspiration

The Choice That Will Bring a Happy New Year

To the extent to which you value guilt, to that extent will you perceive a world in which attack is justified. To the extent to which you recognize that guilt is meaningless, to that extent you will perceive attack cannot be justified. This is in accord with perception’s fundamental law: You see what you believe is there, and you believe it there because you want it there. Perception has no other law than this. The rest but stems from this, to hold it up and offer it support. This is perception’s form, adapted to this world, of God’s more basic law; that love creates itself, and nothing but itself.

Everyone here has entered darkness, yet no one has entered it alone. Nor need he stay more than an instant. For he has come with Heaven’s Help within him, ready to lead him out of darkness into light at any time. The time he chooses can be any time, for help is there, awaiting but his choice. And when he chooses to avail himself of what is given him, then will he see each situation that he thought before was means to justify his anger turned to an event which justifies his love. He will hear plainly that the calls to war he heard before are really calls to peace. He will perceive that where he gave attack is but another altar where he can, with equal ease and far more happiness, bestow forgiveness. And he will reinterpret all temptation as just another chance to bring him joy.

Let all your brother’s errors be to you nothing except a chance for you to see the workings of the Helper given you to see the world He made instead of yours. (A Course in Miracles, T-25.III.1;6;7:2. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

Perception is ego’s substitute for God’s law that Love creates Itself. The wish for specialness blinded us to the Light of Love and left us in darkness. Because true vision is impossible in the dark, the ego made perception to fill the darkness with images that gave specialness and separation the appearance of reality. As long as we choose to believe in separation, the world we experience will always have conflict, fear and guilt.

But we have another choice that transforms the world we experience to a means for waking to the changeless Light of Love. When we choose to accept the Holy Spirit’s way of seeing the world, we learn that images have no substance. We learn to see beyond the images to changeless Love by forgiving ourselves for making images that deny Love.

With the Holy Spirit as our Guide to seeing, our day to day experiences become opportunities to let go of false perception (forgive) and see that only Love is real. Instead of seeing conflict we see calls for Love and the Love that we are answers the call. The world is seen as a place of joy because it is a place of extending and joining in Love. Let this be our chosen purpose for this new year.

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