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Learning to See with the Eyes of Love

Today it will be given you to feel a touch of Heaven, though you will return to paths of learning. ²Yet you have come far enough along the way to alter time sufficiently to rise above its laws, and walk into eternity a while. ³This you will learn to do increasingly, as every lesson, faithfully rehearsed, brings you more swiftly to this holy place and leaves you, for a moment, to your Self.

He will direct your practicing today, for what you ask for now is what He wills. ²And having joined your will with His this day, what you are asking must be given you. ³Nothing is needed but today’s idea [Into His Presence would I enter now] to light your mind, and let it rest in still anticipation and in quiet joy, wherein you quickly leave the world behind.

From this day forth, your ministry takes on a genuine devotion, and a glow that travels from your fingertips to those you touch, and blesses those you look upon. ²A vision reaches everyone you meet, and everyone you think of, or who thinks of you. ³For your experience today will so transform your mind that it becomes the touchstone for the holy Thoughts of God. (A Course in Miracles, W-157.3:1–5:3. See also ACIM Lesson 157 Insights.)

When we identify with the ego and the image of a body, we deny our Source of Life, of Love. But we can choose to reverse this denial. It has led us on an exhausting journey of loneliness, vulnerability, anger, fear and guilt.

Today we choose to enter into the presence of our true Self, the Son of God. This choice brings us back to the Heaven of Love that is our Home. We choose it by being willing to pause and step back from our engagement with the world. We enter His presence by quieting our mind and welcoming the gift of Love.

Love shines away the shadows of separation that have denied Life. Love guides our mind to see the truth of Love’s Presence everywhere. With our willingness, Love directs our thoughts, words and actions. We see with the eyes of Love which show us the Love that is every brother.

As we begin this practice we are only aware of momentary glimpses of Love’s Presence. But with our determination to see things differently, we see the presence of Love more consistently and clearly. Love becomes the primary Guide on our journey. Distractions by the ego’s shadows of denial are given less attention and are less tempting. This is a journey of awakening to Love. Today we take another step along the path to Love’s remembrance.

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Reclaiming the Self Love Created

Whatever suffers is not part of me.

I have disowned the truth. ²Now let me be as faithful in disowning falsity. ³Whatever suffers is not part of me. ⁴What grieves is not myself. ⁵What is in pain is but illusion in my mind. ⁶What dies was never living in reality, and did but mock the truth about myself. ⁷Now I disown self-concepts and deceits and lies about the holy Son of God. ⁸Now am I ready to accept him back as God created him, and as he is.

Father, my ancient love for You returns, and lets me love Your Son again as well. ²Father, I am as You created me. ³Now is Your Love remembered, and my own. ⁴Now do I understand that they are one. (A Course in Miracles, W-248.. See also ACIM Lesson 248 Insights.)

When we identify with the body and the ego thought system of separation, we are disowning the truth. Today we disown this misidentification and reclaim the Self God created one with Himself. We choose to remember what we have disowned as we pray:

Father, I remember that You are Love. This memory calls to the Love in me so I naturally respond with Love. And I remember that I love everyone with that same Love, because Love is One. I am grateful to remember that I am Love as Love created me.

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Remembering God’s Limitless Love

To love my Father is to love His Son.

Let me not think that I can find the way to God, if I have hatred in my heart. ²Let me not try to hurt God’s Son, and think that I can know his Father or my Self. ³Let me not fail to recognize myself, and still believe that my awareness can contain my Father, or my mind conceive of all the love my Father has for me, and all the love which I return to Him.

I will accept the way You choose for me to come to You, my Father. ²For in that will I succeed, because it is Your Will. ³And I would recognize that what You will is what I will as well, and only that. ⁴And so I choose to love Your Son. ⁵Amen. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 1, W-246. See also ACIM Lesson 246 Insights.)

What we believe about ourself and our brother is what we believe about God. If we believe our brother is separate from us, we believe we are separate from God. Our belief in being separate is projected through all our perceptions. We cannot fathom the Love God gives us when we believe we are separate from Him.

God does not limit His Love for His Son, nor see His Son as many. He shares all of His Love with His one Son. The truth in everyone is that we are all collectively His one Son. While we believe we are separate, we believe in limits. It does not seem possible that a brother could receive all of God’s Love and leave any Love left for us.

Thus the underlying story in the world is that there is not enough for everyone and we must complete for the little scraps satisfy what we believe we need. In the thought system of separation, everyone is a pauper with insufficient love to fill our need. We are all hungry for Love in the ego thought system. All this comes from the choice to be separate and pursue specialness.

No matter what we believe, God still gives all of His Love to all. God knows no limits and imposes no limits on His Son. Our self-imposed limits are released through our forgiveness. As we learn to look past the limitations of bodies, our awareness of the one Self we share with everyone becomes more clear. We share one Self with everyone. Instead of seeing ourselves as competing with our brothers for a limited amount of Love, we see our brothers as the Love they are. We happily join with the Love in our brothers, remembering the limitless Love we share. In this remembering, we remember our true Self and remember God.

Today we ask the Holy Spirit to help us see our brothers truly, for we would awaken to God’s Love.

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Blessings Come in the Details

God’s healing Voice protects all things today.

Let us today attend the Voice for God, which speaks an ancient lesson, no more true today than any other day. ²Yet has this day been chosen as the time when we will seek and hear and learn and understand. ³Join me in hearing. ⁴For the Voice for God tells us of things we cannot understand alone, nor learn apart. ⁵It is in this that all things are protected. ⁶And in this the healing of the Voice for God is found.

Your healing Voice protects all things today, and so I leave all things to You. ²I need be anxious over nothing. ³For Your Voice will tell me what to do and where to go; to whom to speak and what to say to him, what thoughts to think, what words to give the world. ⁴The safety that I bring is given me. ⁵Father, Your Voice protects all things through me. (W-275, A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 275. See also ACIM Lesson 275 Insights.)

We can call upon God’s Voice to guide us throughout the day, every day. There is no detail too small or mundane to be unworthy of His attention. The ego would have us believe that we live on an island lost to God, lost to our true Self, alone and vulnerable. We can count on the help of God’s Voice to help us, but we must be willing to listen. The ego defends against this help by flooding our mind with meaningless thoughts about the past and worries about the future.

To neutralize the ego’s defenses, we need to practice stepping back from our involvement in our current circumstance to welcome the peace of God into our mind. It is always there to be called upon. As we let peace quiet our minds, we become open to His Help through which all seeming problems are quietly resolved.

His answers come in many ways. A thought enters our mind on what to do. We hear something in a conversation that helps us—a passage in a book, an unexpected phone call, someone shows up with skills to help. These are just a few of the ways God’s Voice speaks to us. But we need to be attentive by welcoming His peace in our mind.

The more we practice this, the more we will experience His Help throughout the day. The ego’s chatter will fade. We become less willing to respond to it and more willing to respond to God’s Voice. These experiences build upon each other, strengthening our confidence and teaching us that we are not alone. We are still united with our Creator, at Home in His Love.

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Great News!

Salvation requires the acceptance of but one thought;—you are as God created you, not what you made of yourself. ²Whatever evil you may think you did, you are as God created you. ³Whatever mistakes you made, the truth about you is unchanged. ⁴Creation is eternal and unalterable. ⁵Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God. ⁶You are and will forever be exactly as you were created. ⁷Light and joy and peace abide in you because God put them there.

…for the first five minutes of every waking hour, begin by stating the truth about your creation:

²Light and joy and peace abide in me.
³My sinlessness is guaranteed by God.

⁴Then put away your foolish self-images, and spend the rest of the practice period in trying to experience what God has given you, in place of what you have decreed for yourself.

You are what God created or what you made. ²One Self is true; the other is not there. ³Try to experience the unity of your one Self. ⁴Try to appreciate Its Holiness and the love from which It was created. ⁵Try not to interfere with the Self which God created as you, by hiding Its majesty behind the tiny idols of evil and sinfulness you have made to replace It. ⁶Let It come into Its Own. ⁷Here you are; This is You. ⁸And light and joy and peace abide in you because this is so. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 93, W-93.7:1–9:8. See also ACIM Lesson 93 Insights.)

By the grace of God, we are and will forever be as God created us. We are His Sons Whom He sees as one. This lesson assures us that we have not succeeded in making a sinner of the Son God created holy as Himself. The appearances that seem to justify guilt and fear are nothing but illusions. It is only our belief in them that seems to make them real.

These beliefs are based on our mistaken identification with the ego and its images of bodies and myriad separate forms. This exercise can open our divided mind to learn the truth that we are Love and nothing else. The Light and joy of Love are our innate characteristics. God guarantees that we cannot lose them.

This exercise has the potential to free us from the dream of belief in separation. Just five minutes of every hour can be used to transform our mind to awaken us to God’s Mind of Love. It is worth diligent practice.

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Bringing Love’s Blessing to the World

I can give up but what was never real.

I sacrifice illusions; nothing more. ²And as illusions go I find the gifts illusions tried to hide, awaiting me in shining welcome, and in readiness to give God’s ancient messages to me. ³His memory abides in every gift that I receive of Him. ⁴And every dream serves only to conceal the Self which is God’s only Son, the likeness of Himself, the Holy One Who still abides in Him forever, as He still abides in me.

Father, to You all sacrifice remains forever inconceivable. ²And so I cannot sacrifice except in dreams. ³As You created me, I can give up nothing You gave me. ⁴What You did not give has no reality. ⁵What loss can I anticipate except the loss of fear, and the return of love into my mind? (A Course in Miracles, W-322. See also ACIM Lesson 322 Insights.)

Because God is only Love, all His gifts are extensions of His Love. Love makes no demands; It only gives of Itself. Nothing else exists.

Yet the ego portrays God in its own image. It tells us that God demands sacrifice to His Will. But the ego demands we sacrifice our inheritance from our Creator and accept its illusions which hide the fact that we share God’s Will. We do not have to surrender to what we already are. In fact, the word “surrender” does not occur in A Course in Miracles. But to know the Love of God as ours, we do need to accept His gift.

Love gives of Itself eternally; that is its nature. We accept His gift of Love by giving It. We give It by seeing the Love in our brothers. We answer calls for Love with Love’s blessing as guided by our true Self, a.k.a. the Holy Spirit. While we still identify with the ego, we do not know how to extend Love. But our true Self knows. It extends Love without limit, for this one Self is joined with all our brothers as God’s one Son.

Today we choose to express our one Self by letting It guide our thoughts, words and actions. We let Love bring blessing to the world through us.

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How to Receive Forgiveness by Giving It

All that I give is given to myself.

Let us consider what you do believe, in place of this idea. ²It seems to you that other people are apart from you, and able to behave in ways which have no bearing on your thoughts, nor yours on theirs. ³Therefore, your attitudes have no effect on them, and their appeals for help are not in any way related to your own. ⁴You further think that they can sin without affecting your perception of yourself, while you can judge their sin, and yet remain apart from condemnation and at peace.

You do not understand forgiveness. …⁶[Your ‘forgiveness’] is not what God intended it to be for you.

Today we try to understand the truth that giver and receiver are the same.

In silence, close your eyes upon the world that does not understand forgiveness, and seek sanctuary in the quiet place where thoughts are changed and false beliefs laid by. ²Repeat today’s idea, and ask for help in understanding what it really means. ³Be willing to be taught. ⁴Be glad to hear the Voice of truth and healing speak to you, and you will understand the words He speaks, and recognize He speaks your words to you.

³All that I give is given to myself. ⁴The Help I need to learn that this is true is with me now. ⁵And I will trust in Him. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 126, W-126.2;6:1,6;8:1;10;11:3-5. See also ACIM Lesson 126 Insights.)

In the world, it is impossible to give anything away and also receive it. This is because the world is based on belief in separation. Nothing is truly shared. True forgiveness is the one illusion that heals belief in separation. We receive the forgiveness we give in the world as we receive the Love we extend in the Heaven of God’s Love.

Having divorced God by choosing the ego as our identity, we need Help to forgive our misperceptions of separation. We need to be willing to be taught true forgiveness by frequently stepping back from our involvement in the world, quieting our mind, and asking the Holy Spirit’s Help to teach us how to see with Christ’s vision and give the gift of joining in Love.

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