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Claiming God’s All-Encompassing Love

God’s blessing shines upon me from within my heart, where He abides. I need but turn to Him, and every sorrow melts away, as I accept His boundless Love for me.

I will be still, and let the earth be still along with me. And in that stillness we will find the peace of God. It is within my heart, which witnesses to God Himself. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lessons 207 & 208, W-pII.207,208. See also ACIM Lessons 207 & 208 Insights.)

God is Love and nothing else. The Love He is dwells in our heart. His Love is not distant. It is the Heart of What we are. We live and are in His Love, where we are eternally safe, happy and at peace.

Experiences of fear, sadness and loneliness come only when we believe the ego’s lie that we are separate from God’s Love. This need not be.

Today we practice pausing to go to the quiet place within our mind and heart to welcome the experience of the safety and peace of God’s all-encompassing Love. This is our true Home. We claim it now.

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The Key to Happiness and Inner Peace

It is not our part to judge our worth, nor can we know what role is best for us; what we can do within a larger plan we cannot see in its entirety.

Whatever your appointed role may be, it was selected by the Voice for God, Whose function is to speak for you as well. Seeing your strengths exactly as they are, and equally aware of where they can be best applied, for what, to whom and when, He chooses and accepts your part for you. He does not work with­out your own consent. But He is not deceived in what you are, and listens only to His Voice in you.

It is through His ability to hear one Voice which is His Own that you become aware at last there is one Voice in you. And that one Voice appoints your function, and relays it to you, giving you the strength to understand it, do what it entails, and to succeed in everything you do that is related to it. God has joined His Son in this, and thus His Son becomes His messenger of unity with Him.

It is this Voice which speaks of laws the world does not obey; which promises salvation from all sin, with guilt abolished in the mind that God created sinless. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 154, W-pI.154.1:5;2-3;4:2. See also ACIM Lesson 154 Insights.)

The key to happiness and inner peace is to let the Voice for God direct all our perceptions, thoughts and doing. We lost our way to happiness when we chose the ego as our guide. it does not know what happiness and peace are and can only offer illusions that offer temporary relief from the painful belief that we have lost God’s Love.

God’s Voice assures us that we cannot lose His Love because He has given It to His Son for eternity. God’s unity with His Son is immutable. Only in dreams does loss seem possible. Our function, given us by God and accepted for us by the Holy Spirit in our mind, is to extend Love to everyone, always. Only with His help can we learn how to do this while we dream of lack of Love.

Today we welcome God’s Voice in our mind. We are willing to listen and let It guide our ways. We want to awaken from the world and accept our eternal place in the Heart of Love.

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Freeing Ourselves from the World

There is no world! This is the central thought the course attempts to teach.

…healing is the gift of those who are prepared to learn there is no world, and can accept the lesson now. Their readiness will bring the lesson to them in some form which they can under­stand and recognize.

You are as God created you. There is no place where you can suffer, and no time that can bring change to your eternal state. How can a world of time and place exist, if you remain as God created you?

What is the lesson for today except another way of saying that to know your Self is the salvation of the world? To free the world from every kind of pain is but to change your mind about yourself. There is no world apart from your ideas because ideas leave not their source, and you maintain the world within your mind in thought.

I loose the world from all I thought it was, and choose my own [true reality in God] instead. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 132, W-pI.132.7:1-2;9:2-10:3;17:2. See also ACIM Lesson 132 Insights.)

The world we see and experience is a projection from our mind. It represents what we believe is real. This projection comes from the part of our mind that believes separation is real. This belief directly opposes to the fact that we remain one in the oneness of God’s Love.

We are always free to deny that a fact is true. But we cannot make the reality of Love untrue. We only hide it beneath projections of separation. Thus the world we experience is bound by our belief in separation.

We release the ties that bind us to the world by changing our mind about what we believe is real. To let these beliefs go, we have a Teacher in our mind Who is not deceived by our mistaken beliefs. We need to acknowledge that we do not know what anything means to open our minds to our inner Teacher’s lessons in Truth. The practice of asking the Holy Spirit to interpret all appearances on our behalf will lead us to release the world and return to the glorious experience of our Home in Love.

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A Day Dedicated to Remembering God’s Love

The glory of my Father is my own.

Let not the truth about ourselves today be hidden by a false humility. Let us instead be thankful for the gifts our Father gave us. Can we see in those with whom He shares His glory any trace of sin and guilt? And can it be that we are not among them, when He loves His Son forever and with perfect constancy, knowing he is as He created him?

We thank You, Father, for the light that shines forever in us. And we honor it, because You share it with us. We are one, united in this light and one with You, at peace with all creation and ourselves. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 239, W-pII.239. See also ACIM Lesson 239 Insights.)

Today is Valentine’s day. It is a day the ego dedicates to the pursuit of specialness, with gifts and cards to be given to special people proclaiming love. But the Course tells us that love selectively given is not Love at all. It is fear disguised by special “gifts” because it denies the all inclusiveness of God’s Love.

In truth, we already have all of God’s Love, the only real Love that has no limitations nor conditions. God gives wholly, for what He creates remains united with Him. His Creation shares His glory, joy, innocence and peace. God does not reserve His Love to be given only on a special day of the year. His Love is changeless and constant. We can count on His Love being with us and in us in every moment. He does not change His mind about His gift or the Son He created one with Himself.

Together let us use this day to remember that we have Love and are Love eternally. Together we are His Son eternally.

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The Miracle of True Perception

Specialness is a lack of trust in anyone except yourself.

What could the purpose of the body be but specialness? And it is this that makes it frail and helpless in its own defense. [The body] was conceived to make you frail and helpless. The goal of separation is [the body’s] curse. Yet bodies have no goal. Purpose is of the mind. And minds can change as they desire. What [minds] are, and all their attributes, [minds] cannot change. But what they hold as purpose can be changed, and body states must shift accordingly. Of itself the body can do nothing. See it as means to hurt, and it is hurt. See it as means to heal, and it is healed.”

“Do not defend this senseless dream, in which God is bereft of what He loves, and you remain beyond salvation. Only this is certain in this shifting world that has no meaning in reality: When peace is not with you entirely, and when you suffer pain of any kind, you have beheld some sin within your brother, and have rejoiced at what you thought was there. Your specialness seemed safe because of it. And thus you saved [the specialness] you appointed to be your savior, and crucified [your brother] whom God has given you instead. So are you bound with him, for you are one. And so is specialness his “enemy,” and yours as well.” (A Course in Miracles, T-24.IV.1:1;2;5. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

When we believe we are a body, we feel vulnerable and helpless in a world where everything has the potential to harm us. We need to be constantly alert to protect not only the body but the personality we associate with the body. This defensiveness leads us to attack whatever we perceive as potential threat. But the perceived threat is only a projection of our fear based on the belief that we maintain our specialness by devaluing everything perceived as external to us. This cycle of projection and defense maintains the ego in a constant battle to protect its image of what we are. This is the ego’s purpose for the body.

As we let the Holy Spirit guide our perceptions, a perceived adversary is recognized as one with us in the Love that is our true Self. Now the body is used for healing the mistaken division and our brother is acknowledged as our savior, for he reflects God’s Love to us. This is the healing the miracle of true perception brings to us. It leads us to accepting ourselves as God’s one Son, united eternally with Him in Love.

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Remembering Our Safety in God

I love You, Father, and I love Your Son.

My gratitude permits my love to be accepted without fear. And thus am I restored to my reality at last. All that intruded on my holy sight forgiveness takes away. And I draw near the end of senseless journeys, mad careers and artificial values. I accept instead what God establishes as mine, sure that in that alone I will be saved; sure that I go through fear to meet my Love.

Father, I come to You today, because I would not follow any way but Yours. You are beside me. Certain is Your way. And I am grateful for Your holy gifts of certain sanctuary, and escape from everything that would obscure my love for God my Father and His holy Son. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 298, W-pII.298. See also ACIM Lesson 298 Insights.)

The Course tells us “Love is the way I walk in gratitude” (Lesson 195) And “…Love cannot be far behind a grateful heart.” (M-23.4:6)

The ego is the manifestation of lack of gratitude for God’s gifts. What is not appreciated is rejected. Our engagement with the ego thought system brings with it ingratitude for God’s Creation, which is our true Self. Perception is selective, accepting only what is valued. The world of the ego does not value Love, so it is a loveless state of mind.

The Course is teaching us that all we truly want is to remember the Love God gave us in our Creation. Our belief in a loveless world has not changed the fact that we are the Love that we seem not to have. Perception of lovelessness brings fear with it. Though it is disguised in many forms, our underlying fear is of the Love of God.

Forgiveness clears away our mistaken beliefs, our artificial values that hide the Love we are from our awareness. Today we dedicate to frequently remind ourselves of God’s Love for us and express our gratitude for His eternal gift that remains the truth of What we are. What we value most is that we are safe in the Heart of God.

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Recognizing Opportunities to Learn Forgiveness

…[God] wills the happiness His Son inherited of Him be undisturbed; eternal and forever gaining scope, eternally expanding in the joy of full creation, and eternally open and wholly limitless in Him. That is His Will. And thus His Will provides the means to guarantee that it is done.

Certain it is that all distress does not appear to be but unforgiveness. Yet that is the content underneath the form.

Forgive, and you will see this differently.

These are the words the Holy Spirit speaks in all your tribulations, all your pain, all suffering regardless of its form. These are the words with which temptation ends, and guilt, abandoned, is revered no more. These are the words which end the dream of sin, and rid the mind of fear. These are the words by which salvation comes to all the world.

How can you tell when you are seeing wrong, or someone else is failing to perceive the lesson he should learn? Does pain seem real in the perception? If it does, be sure the lesson is not learned. And there remains an unforgiveness hiding in the mind that sees the pain through eyes the mind directs.

God would not have you suffer thus. He would help you forgive yourself. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 193, W-pI.193.1:2-4;4:1-2;5;7;8:1-2. See also ACIM Lesson 193 Insights.)

“Forgiveness is the key to happiness.” (Lesson 122) It is important to learn that anything that disturbs our peace is the result of unforgiveness. This is because the dream of separation is built upon the ego’s unwillingness to accept God’s gift of all His Love, joy and peace. All the forms in the world are outward pictures of the unforgiving mind’s belief in separation.

When we forgive God for not giving us specialness, the dream of separation fades away. We remove the barriers we made in our mind to “protect” against God’s Love. The way is cleared to awaken to the indescribable joy and peace that cannot be disturbed which are attributes of God’s Love.

This is why everything we perceive in the world is an opportunity to learn forgiveness. When forgiveness is complete, the dream world disappears into the nothingness from which it came.

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