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Rise Above the Battle to See the Love

Each form of murder [belief in separation] and attack that still attracts you and that you do not recognize for what it is, limits the healing and the miracles you have the power to extend to all. Yet does the Holy Spirit understand how to increase your little gifts and make them mighty. Also He understands how your relationship is raised above the battleground, in it no more. This is your part; to realize that murder in any form is not your will. The overlooking of the battleground is now your purpose.

Be lifted up, and from a higher place look down upon it. From there will your perspective be quite different. Here in the midst of it, it does seem real. Here you have chosen to be part of it. Here murder [separation] is your choice. Yet from above, the choice is miracles [extensions of love] instead of murder. And the perspective coming from this choice shows you the battle is not real, and easily escaped. Bodies may battle, but the clash of forms is meaningless. And it is over when you realize it never was begun. How can a battle be perceived as nothingness when you engage in it? How can the truth of miracles be recognized if murder is your choice?

When the temptation to attack rises to make your mind darkened and murderous, remember you can see the battle from above. Even in forms you do not recognize, the signs you know. There is a stab of pain, a twinge of guilt, and above all, a loss of peace. This you know well. When they occur leave not your place on high, but quickly choose a miracle instead of murder. And God Himself and all the lights of Heaven will gently lean to you, and hold you up. For you have chosen to remain where He would have you, and no illusion can attack the peace of God together with His Son. (A Course in Miracles, T-23.IV.4:3-6:7. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

Belief in separation causes perception of differences, and differences conflict. Thus the ego’s world is a battleground. As we look at the world through the body’s eyes, conflict is everywhere: between countries, cultures, religions, political parties, families and individuals. The ego is indeed a battleground.

We can rise above the battleground with Holy Spirit’s help. As we are willing to let the Holy Spirit show us His vision, we see that all the seeming conflicts in the world are meaningless. It is only our identification with a body that seems to make conflicts capable of having an impact on us. From that perspective, fear and guilt are inevitable. But from above the battleground, we see that the conflict is meaningless, for the body is not what we are. We remain safe in the Heart of God’s Love.

Today we practice being vigilant for the temptation to engage in conflict. We will remind ourselves to stay above the battleground and remember that we share God’s purpose to extend Love and nothing else. This is how we will experience the peace of God.

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