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Putting Our Faith in Our True Self

What you think you are is a belief to be undone. But what you really are must be revealed to you. The belief you are a body calls for correction, being a mistake. The truth of what you are calls on the strength in you to bring to your awareness what the mistake conceals.

You need to feel something to put your faith in, as you lift it from the body. You need a real experience of something else, something more solid and more sure; more worthy of your faith, and really there.

…allow your mistaken thoughts about your attributes to be corrected, and their opposites to take their place. Say, for example:

I am not weak, but strong.
I am not helpless, but all powerful.
I am not limited, but unlimited.

Remember that all sense of weakness is associated with the belief you are a body, a belief that is mistaken and deserves no faith. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 91, W-pI.91.6:7-10;7:2-4;8:2-7;9:3. See also ACIM Lesson 91 Insights.)

When a thought is repeated over and over, it becomes a belief. But this belief does not influence our behavior until we have faith in it as true. It is only our faith in the belief that we are a body that makes the body seem to be real. We see this cycle of an idea becoming a belief and then given faith that it is real demonstrated over and over in our lives and the world.

The Course is training us to withdraw our faith in mistaken beliefs and let them go. The central belief that we are a body must be undone for us to see the truth that we are Love, an extension of God’s Love. Our faith in the body extends to what the body sees and hears. Yet we are giving faith to a belief in an illusion which denies the truth that we are one Self, united with our Creator.

The Workbook lessons direct us to repeat many times that we are not a body. As we have over learned the belief that we are a body, we need frequent reinforcement that this belief is not true. The lessons help us to experience the truth of What and redirect our faith to the fact that we are Love and nothing else.

The attributes of the body are no more true than the body. As we welcome the experience of our true Self, Its attributes become our reality. We are strong, all powerful and unlimited in Love. We claim this fact as we let Love’s vision replace the ego’s image-making. Let us join together in reinforcing this vision in ourselves and in every brother.

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Letting Christ’s Vision Reveal Love’s Presence

Let not my world obscure the sight of Christ.

I can obscure my holy sight, if I intrude my world upon it. Nor can I behold the holy sights Christ looks upon, unless it is His vision that I use. Perception is a mirror, not a fact. And what I look on is my state of mind, reflected outward. I would bless the world by looking on it through the eyes of Christ. And I will look upon the certain signs that all my sins have been forgiven me.

You lead me from the darkness to the light; from sin to holiness [separation to oneness]. Let me forgive, and thus receive salvation for the world. It is Your gift, my Father, given me to offer to Your holy Son, that he may find again the memory of You, and of Your Son as You created him. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 304, W-pII.304. See also ACIM Lesson 304 Insights.)

Christ’s vision sees through the eyes of Love. Love sees only innocence because It sees only Itself. We bring salvation to the world when we set aside our propensity to judge everything as separate and different from ourselves. What we see is a reflection of what we believe we are. If we believe we are a separate identity, we see a world of images we judge as separate. This is what the body’s eyes were made to see to justify judgment, defense and attack.

Forgiveness dismisses images of separation as meaningless and having no effect on the Reality of Love. This makes way for Christ’s vision to see the limitless Love that is God’s gift to His Son. Forgiveness lets us see Love reflected back to us in the world. In this reflection we learn What we are. We free ourselves from the false limitation that comes with believing we are a separate individual. We feel the blessing of Love flow through us as we join with the Love that is every brother. We let the ego’s world of fear be replaced by God’s world of Love.

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Remembering Our Eternal Unity in Love

I seek a future different from the past.

From new perception of the world there comes a future very different from the past. The future now is recognized as but extension of the present. Past mistakes can cast no shadows on it, so that fear has lost its idols and its images, and being formless, it has no effects. Death will not claim the future now, for life is now its goal, and all the needed means are happily provided. Who can grieve or suffer when the present has been freed, extending its security and peace into a quiet future filled with joy?

Father, we were mistaken in the past, and choose to use the present to be free. Now do we leave the future in Your Hands, leaving behind our past mistakes, and sure that You will keep Your present promises, and guide the future in their holy light. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 314, W-pII.314. See also ACIM Lesson 314 Insights.)

Only Love is present in the now moment. In the unity of Love, there are no differences, no separate forms, no distance, no past, only the eternal now. When we allow ourselves to accept the present moment as it is, the past is gone. What is not there cannot harm us nor be cause for guilt or anger. The vision of Love sees only Itself, wholly loved and loving.

Because Love is one, when we accept It in this holy instant, It remains the same for eternity. This is interpreted in the world of time as the future. In reality the future is now. There is nothing else.

The ego denies Love and therefore ignores the Love that is present now. It can only project a future made up of images from the past. They are all based upon the belief that separation is real.  The ego is dedicated to separation and terrified of Love’s oneness. When we accept Love’s oneness without reservation, the ego simply ceases to seem to exist. We free ourselves to be the Love God created us to be.

Today we ask the Holy Spirit to show us the truth beyond the ego’s false images. With His vision we will remember that we are united in Love eternally.

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Remembering Our Safety in Love

Today I learn the law of love; that what I give my brother is my gift to me.

This is Your law, my Father, not my own. I have not understood what giving means, and thought to save what I desired for myself alone. And as I looked upon the treasure that I thought I had, I found an empty place where nothing ever was or is or will be. Who can share a dream? And what can an illusion offer me? Yet he whom I forgive will give me gifts beyond the worth of anything on earth. Let my forgiven brothers fill my store with Heaven’s treasures, which alone are real. Thus is the law of love fulfilled. And thus Your Son arises and returns to You.

How near we are to one another, as we go to God. How near is He to us. How close the ending of the dream of sin, and the redemption of the Son of God.” (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 344, W-pII.344. See also ACIM Lesson 344 Insights.)

When we forgive a brother, we clear away a barrier to the awareness of Love’s presence. We allow the Love that is the truth in our brother to be reflected back to us. Thus the gift of forgiveness is a gift to ourself. It allows Christ’s vision to replace the ego’s projections of loveless images. Christ’s vision shows us the Love that is our Home. It brings us the peace and happiness that comes with God’s gift of Love.

The ego’s world presents myriad images that seem to justify hate and fear. Yet these are empty images based on the mistaken belief that separation is real. We need not be controlled by the ego’s projections. We are not the ego. We are God’s Son, complete and whole in the universe of God’s Love.

Today we welcome the Holy Spirit’s help to heal our fear-based thoughts and lead us to the forgiveness that will return us Home to the safety, peace and joy of God’s Love.

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Setting Ourselves on the Path to Awakening

This holy instant would I give to You.
Be You in charge. For I would follow You,
Certain that Your direction gives me peace.

And if I need a word to help me, He will give it to me. If I need a thought, that will He also give. And if I need but stillness and a tranquil, open mind, these are the gifts I will receive of Him. He is in charge by my request. And He will hear and answer me, because He speaks for God my Father and His holy Son.” (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 365, W-pII.365. See also ACIM Lesson 365 Insights.)

This lesson has two important parts. The first is a request that confirms our willingness to let God’s Voice be in charge of our mind. The second part assures us that with God in charge, all we need will be provided. We have His sure protection and the certainty that everything of value will be given us.

By this request we set aside the ego’s denial of God’s gifts. We do well to begin every day by repeating this request as an expression of our willingness to accept our Identity as God’s Son. The response to our request will bring clarity to our mind. It will help us learn to distinguish between the empty offerings of the ego and the reality of the gift that God gives us. The ego’s offerings are appealing in form because they seem to satisfy the ego’s wish for specialness. But their content is empty, for they exclude the reality of Love.

We can make this a year of peace and happiness by remembering and reinforcing this request daily.

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Accepting God’s Gift of Joy

Just as God’s Son completes his Father, so your part in it completes your Father’s plan. Salvation must reverse the mad belief in separate thoughts and separate bodies, which lead separate lives and go their separate ways. One function shared by separate minds unites them in one purpose, for each one of them is equally essential to them all.

God’s Will for you is perfect happiness. Why should you choose to go against His Will? The part that He has saved for you to take in working out His plan is given you that you might be restored to what He wills. This part is as essential to His plan as to your happiness. Your joy must be complete to let His plan be understood by those to whom He sends you. They will see their function in your shining face, and hear God calling to them in your happy laugh.

…your part is to be happy. Only this is asked of you or anyone who wants to take his place among God’s messengers.

Look deep within you, undismayed by all the little thoughts and foolish goals you pass as you ascend to meet the Christ in you.

He will be there. You are essential to His plan. You are His messenger today. And you must find [the joy] He would have you give. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 100, W-pI.100.1-2;7:3-4;8:5;10:1-4. See also ACIM Lesson 100 Insights.)

God has given His Son the gift of joy. It is in all of us now. If we are not wholly joyous, we have accepted a false belief that we are separate from God and each other. God’s joy is still in us but hidden from our awareness by our denial. This denial can be reversed. God has given us help to awaken to His joy.

Let us join together with our brothers to welcome the Holy Spirit’s help to let go of our mistaken belief in separation. With His help, the vision of Christ in our mind will help us see beyond the images of separation in the world. Joy is there to be seen in everyone. Christ’s vision reveals it as we are willing to accept help. We join together to look deep within, with Christ beside and in us, to find the joy that is ours now. As we accept the joy within, we become God’s messengers of joy. Together we bring healing and joy to the world.

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Our Vocation as a Teacher of God

The teachers of God appear to share the illusion of separation, but because of what they use the body for, they do not believe in the illusion despite appearances.

The central lesson is always this; that what you use the body for it will become to you. Use it for sin or for attack, which is the same as sin, and you will see it as sinful. Because it is sinful it is weak, and being weak, it suffers and it dies. Use [the body] to bring the Word of God to those who have it not, and the body becomes holy.

Oneness and sickness cannot coexist. God’s teachers choose to look on dreams a while. It is a conscious choice. For they have learned that all choices are made consciously, with full awareness of their consequences. The dream says otherwise, but who would put his faith in dreams once they are recognized for what they are? Awareness of dreaming is the real function of God’s teachers. They watch the dream figures come and go, shift and change, suffer and die. Yet they are not deceived by what they see. They recognize that to behold a dream figure as sick and separate is no more real than to regard it as healthy and beautiful. Unity alone is not a thing of dreams. And it is this God’s teachers acknowledge as behind the dream, beyond all seeming and yet surely theirs. (A Course in Miracles, M-12.4:4-5:4;6)

The Course tells us to ask of everything, “What is this for?” The body’s eyes see only perceptions of a world of separation. How we interpret those perceptions is determined by the purpose we give them. If we follow the ego’s beliefs, these perceptions will bring with them a sense of uncertainty, incompletion, guilt and fear. This suits the ego’s purpose, for it reinforces the belief that separation is real. That is the purpose for all the ego’s interpretations.

If we would be a teacher of God in the world, we must follow a different lead—the Holy Spirit. His interpretations of every perception can be summarized in two words: Real, unreal. He interprets the unreal as a call for Love. He sees only Love as real. When we accept the Holy Spirit’s interpretations, we will live in Love. The calls for Love are answered from our true Self with Love which joins with the unity of Love.

Our life in the world becomes peaceful, joyous and loving as we let the Holy Spirit help us see all things through the eyes of Love. We join with the Holy Spirit’s purpose to bring Love to the world by forgiving misperceptions to reveal Love’s presence everywhere, always. With the dedication to this practice we serve as teachers of God. It is the only vocation that will bring us fulfillment, for it is dedication to truth.

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