Daily Inspiration

The Escape from Loneliness

Whenever you are angry, you can be sure that you have formed a special relationship which the ego has “blessed,” for anger is its blessing. Anger takes many forms, but it cannot long deceive those who will learn that love brings no guilt at all, and what brings guilt cannot be love and must be anger. All anger is nothing more than an attempt to make someone feel guilty, and this attempt is the only basis the ego accepts for special relationships. Guilt is the only need the ego has, and as long as you identify with it, guilt will remain attractive to you. Yet remember this; to be with a body is not communication. And if you think it is, you will feel guilty about communication and will be afraid to hear the Holy Spirit, recognizing in His Voice your own need to communicate.

In the holy instant guilt holds no attraction, since communication has been restored. And guilt, whose only purpose is to disrupt communication, has no function here [in the holy instant]. Here there is no concealment, and no private thoughts. The willingness to communicate attracts communication to it, and overcomes loneliness completely. There is complete forgiveness here, for there is no desire to exclude anyone from your completion, in sudden recognition of the value of his part in [your completion]. In the protection of your wholeness, all are invited and made welcome. (A Course in Miracles, T-15.VII.10;14:2-7. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

True communication occurs only in the mind. It is joining in the one thought of God — Love. Because Love is one, joining in the thought of Love is uniting in the Mind of God.

The body is a fence the ego has constructed to attempt to separate part of the mind from its unity with God. Separation makes communication impossible. The belief in being separate carries with it an intense sense of loneliness. The ego’s answer for this loneliness is to seek relationships with other bodies. Such relationships do not resolve the loneliness.

It is only through realizing that we are Mind, not limited by the body, that we can have the experience of our completion and wholeness in the Love of God. When we experience that we are whole, loneliness is impossible. As we are willing to accept the Holy Spirit’s help to find our wholeness, we open to the holy instant in which we experience the unity of our Mind with the loving Mind of God. Loneliness is impossible when we know we are complete.

Whenever we are bothered by what another body appears to do or say, we are identifying ourselves as a body. The lesson the Holy Spirit would have us learn is that no one is a body. He would teach us to overlook the body and all its seeming behavior to see the radiant Son of God in everyone, including ourselves.

Today we practice bringing every thought or perception that disturbs our peace to the Holy Spirit. He will teach us to see that the cause for the disturbance is a mistaken belief that the body and separation are real. This practice will heal the loneliness, the guilt and the fear we experience. It will awaken us to the Self that is one with our Creator.

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