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The Choice to Accept Inner Peace

Your little part is but to give the Holy Spirit the whole idea of sacrifice. And to accept the peace He gives instead, without the limits that would hold [the extension of peace] back, and so would limit your awareness of [peace]. For what He gives must be extended if you would have its limitless power, and use [peace] for the Son of God’s release.

Faith in the eternal is always justified, for the eternal is forever kind, infinite in its patience and wholly loving. [The eternal] will accept you wholly, and give you peace. Yet it can unite only with what already is at peace in you, immortal as itself. The body can bring you neither peace nor turmoil; neither joy nor pain. It is a means, and not an end. [The body] has no purpose of itself, but only what is given to it. The body will seem to be whatever is the means for reaching the goal that you assign to it. Only the mind can set a purpose, and only the mind can see the means for its accomplishment, and justify its use. Peace and guilt are both conditions of the mind, to be attained. And these conditions are the home of the emotion [Love or fear] that calls them forth, and therefore is compatible with them. (A Course in Miracles, T-19.IV.B.9:1-3;10. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

We always have freedom of choice. We choose between accepting the truth of What we are as created by God or believing that we are a separate identity made by the ego idea of separation. This is the full range of options we are free to choose between. It is the choice between the Reality and illusion. Which choice we make results in the experience of eternal peace and changeless Love or the perception of being alone and vulnerable to attack and pain.

Either choice is mutually exclusive. When we believe we are a unique and separate identity, housed in a body, fear and pain are inevitable. The experience of eternal peace and the innocence of Love is inconceivable when we believe we are separate. But when we choose to accept God’s gift of eternal peace and extend that peace without limit, the perception of loss and pain is inconceivable. We accept God’s gift by sharing It without limit because that is what God’s gift is — eternal sharing of Himself. The Holy Spirit is our Guide to teach us how to share the limitless and let go of our belief in limitation and separation.

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