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“The glory of my Father is my own.”

All of God’s glory is what you are. All of God’s glory is what I am. In God we are one. We are still in God. Because we are still as God created us, there is no sin and guilt in us because there is no sin and guilt in God.

Today my practice is to remember this truth about my brother and myself. The glory of God is what we all are. Now is the time to let go of illusions of being separate from God. Now is the time let go of illusions of sin and guilt. Now is the time to return to the truth. This is my practice today.

When we see someone in pain or acting out in anger, it seems difficult to see that this person remains safe and whole in God. The pain and attack seem very real. Yet today’s lesson reminds us that we remain at one with our Father. God cannot sin nor be guilty. Neither can His Son, Who is one with Him.

The challenge is to not make the error real. This is not something we can do on our own. Believing we are on our own is the error. That same error will be perceived everywhere but not recognized as error. We will perceive as true everything that supports what we believe we are. What does not support this belief is perceived as false. If we believe we are separate individuals then we will perceive innocence in our brother as false. Along with believing we are separate comes the belief in sin because sin is simply separation, or lack of Love. And so sin is perceived as true and innocence is perceived as false. This is the upside down thinking of the ego.

To step out of this false world of perception, we need help from outside the thought system of separation. This is the Thought of peace given us by God the moment we had the thought of separation, which is the thought of conflict. This thought of peace, the Holy Spirit, is in our minds to help us heal the split, which never truly occurred, but which we believe is real. As we learn to turn to the Holy Spirit for guidance instead of the ego thought system, He will bring us correction. He will help us recognize the false as false and truth as true.

The ego looks on attack and injustice as justification for condemnation and punishment. The Holy Spirit looks at the same action as a call for Love requiring correction rather than punishment. Correction is healing and the means of correction is forgiveness. An insane mind, distorted by belief in what could never be, needs loving and careful correction. It is not done by simply saying, “Get over it.” It requires careful, step by step training of the mind to learn to recognize the beliefs that underlie the terrifying world insanity shows us.

Being the Messenger of God, the Holy Spirit has the wisdom to know exactly what will be helpful in every moment. This is why it is our job to develop the habit of letting the Holy Spirit be our Guide in every moment. He will guide us in what to say and do in every moment to support, encourage and strengthen forgiveness and let go of guilt. The Holy Spirit knows guilt is never justified. In our identification with the ego, guilt always appears to be justified. This is the error the Holy Spirit will help us correct if we but turn to Him in every circumstance for His guidance and vision.

If we think we know what to do on our own, we will make our judgments and reinforce guilt. There will be no openness to the Holy Spirit’s teaching. But as we learn that on our own we do not know what anything means, we become teachable. Now we are open to the Thought of peace, which can heal the split and help us recognize that the glory of our Father is our own.

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