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“Father, I will but to remember You.”

The ego has a mistaken idea of what we are and what will bring us happiness. Centered on the idea of separation and the desire for specialness, the ego’s idea of Heaven is to be different, unique and to have more specialness than others.

But believing in separation brings with it a sense of loss because desiring specialness makes it impossible to experience Love, which can only be given equally to all. This sense of loss brings with it a sense of guilt because the belief is that we have done something that broke the flow of Love and therefore did harm.

Thus everyone in this world carries a burden of loss and guilt and is seeking to escape that burden. Constant effort is focused on trying to fill the emptiness and hide from the guilt. No one questions whether the emptiness and guilt are real. Having accepted that separation is real, the emptiness and guilt are inevitable. Our only apparent hope is to find temporary fixes in which we seem to have periods where the emptiness subsides and the guilt is hidden.

Yet because the underlying belief in separation remains, the guilt will resurface and the emptiness will return because their cause remains. The drive to win, to have more money, more friends, to look good, to have a special partner, to have status, are all just many forms of attempts to fill the illusion of emptiness with an illusion of specialness.

Acts of anger are just attempts to make others guilty to hide from the guilt believed to be within. Yet all attempts to project guilt simply attest to the belief that guilt is justified and keep it firmly rooted in the ego thought system. All this comes with the thought system of separation.

It is all undone when we remember Love and accept our unity with It. Underneath all our ego false ideas, we want to return to remembering Love, our Source. We were created by Love, in Love, as Love. In this Identity there can be no emptiness and there can be no guilt. Love is one and all the same. Within Love there can be no pockets of emptiness without Love. In Its unity is Its peace. Being one and the same, It cannot harm and so there can be no guilt in Love. This is the Heaven we seek. We need but accept that our will is one with God’s, that our only purpose is to extend Love, and we will be free.

I thank you, Father, for your Love for me. I thank you Father for your Guide, Who’s only purpose is to guide me back to you. I will but to remember You.

What does it take for me to remember Love, which is our Father? It takes a willingness to let go of what is not of our Father. The false ideas of the ego are myriad. Love, our Father, is one. Love is. God is. There is nothing else.

I lay the ego down by not making it real. I lay the ego down by listening to the Holy Spirit. It shows me the difference between the ego’s lies and Reality. The Holy Spirit brings me to the remembrance of Love, our Father.

Today I will step back and listen for the truth. Today I would follow, I would not lead. Today I would let God’s peace lead the way. Today I would focus on what is eternal.

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