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The Gift of Willingness

Forget not once this journey is begun the end is certain. Doubt along the way will come and go and go to come again. Yet is the ending sure. No one can fail to do what God appointed him to do. When you forget, remember that you walk with Him and with His Word upon your heart. Who could despair when hope like this is his? Illusions of despair may seem to come, but learn how not to be deceived by them. Behind each one there is reality and there is God. Why would you wait for this and trade it for illusions, when His Love is but an instant farther on the road where all illusions end? The end is sure and guaranteed by God. Who stands before a lifeless image when a step away the Holy of the Holies opens up an ancient door that leads beyond the world?

Let us wait here in silence, and kneel down an instant in our gratitude to Him Who called to us and helped us hear His Call. And then let us arise and go in faith along the way to Him. Now we are sure we do not walk alone. For God is here, and with Him all our brothers. Now we know that we will never lose the way again. (A Course in Miracles,C-ep.1;4:1-5)

The Course is offering us a means to heal our minds through a complete reversal of what we have thought is true. Theoretically this reversal is as simple as turning a light switch on. Yet few of us find it that easy. We have invested deeply in believing that we are a separate identity, defined by a body, in a world populated by images of separation.

Letting go of that image seems to be life threatening. The ego shrieks, “Don’t go there!” It sees this reversal as death, for it is the end of the identity the ego has convinced us is real. Thus a simple change of mind becomes a complicated journey of letting go bit by bit of the mistaken beliefs that hide the truth of our real Identity from our awareness.

Progress may seem slow and the ego uses this seemingly slow pace to tell us the journey is hopeless. Despair is its tool to interrupt our willingness to leave the past behind. Yet we have a mighty Companion Who walks with us and supports us every step of the way. At the journey’s end we have lost nothing and remembered that we have everything given us by our Creator.

The seemingly long process of letting go of false beliefs accelerates each time we let the Holy Spirit shine away the shadow of an illusion. Lessons learned generalize as they are recognized as applying to many mistaken ideas. These false ideas fall away naturally as we continue to learn the Holy Spirit’s lessons by our willingness to be taught.

Today we hold out our hands offering the gift of willingness to the Holy Spirit, for we would return Home to the joy and peace and Love of God.

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