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Review: “God is but Love, and therefore so am I.”
“In my defenselessness my safety lies. I am among the ministers of God.”

My practice now is opening to the truth. The truth is that all is Love. My body’s eyes do not show me this. But I am quietly learning to look past the separate body to the one Love that is always there.

I am going through a daily mind retraining process. My ideas about individuality, vulnerability, time and space are being undone. I am learning that only the holy instant is eternally true. Only God, Which is Love, is true. The rest is a dream and it is false.

Only the Holy Spirit in my mind can show me the difference between what is real and what is unreal. This is an ongoing process. Each day I practice having a clean and open mind. I practice opening a space for the Holy Spirit. I practice letting the Light of the Holy Spirit heal my conflicted mind. I practice being open to receive the truth. I come back to remembering only God’s eternal changeless Love is real.

I may forget again and again, but now I know the path to freedom, and it is a return to joining with the Holy Spirit to have my false ideas be undone once again. That is all time is for. My practice of seeing my brothers as Love and nothing else is very important to me now. It strengthens my remembering. It strengthens my return to Love.

Only Love has ever been real at all. The rest is just silly illusions and mean nothing. Today I would rather be happy than right. Today I would practice stepping back and leaving space for the Holy Spirit so that my mind can be healed again of another false idea.

If I am to know my Self as Love, I have to give up the denial of Love. Defensiveness denies Love, for it sets me apart with the idea that I am separate from my brother. Defenselessness acknowledges the one Self I share with all my brothers. There is no need to defend against what is one with me. If I would know my Self, I cannot hold resentments against a brother. I cannot judge anyone as different from me. I cannot equate myself with a weak and vulnerable body, born to die. I cannot perceive myself as vulnerable to destructive outside forces. All these deny that I am Love as God is.

As I give up denial of my Self, I begin to feel It’s certainty, the peace that comes with knowing there is no ‘other’ to defend against, nothing outside me that can harm me in any way. I settle into a serene and deep inner peace. I open to the Light of Love that has always been What I am.

As I walk the world, holding this more strongly in my awareness, I am a minister of God. No preaching is necessary. I need only live in harmony with my Self. I then see past my brother’s illusions to the Love in him I share. I see his innocence reflects my own. I see the holiness in him comes from the one Self we are.

Today I practice bringing all disturbances to my peace of mind to the Holy Spirit for His gentle correction. Thus is my Self revealed to me. Defenses are laid down and I bring peace wherever I go. From Love I was created and to Love I return.

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