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Remembering the Peace of God Is Ours

Today the peace of God envelops me, And I forget all things except His Love.

Father, I wake today with miracles correcting my perception of all things. And so begins the day I share with You as I will share eternity, for time has stepped aside today. I do not seek the things of time, and so I will not look upon them. What I seek today transcends all laws of time and things perceived in time. I would forget all things except Your Love. I would abide in You, and know no laws except Your law of love. And I would find the peace which You created for Your Son, forgetting all the foolish toys I made as I behold Your glory and my own.

And when the evening comes today, we will remember noth­ing but the peace of God. For we will learn today what peace is ours, when we forget all things except God’s Love. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 346, W-pII.346. See also ACIM Lesson 346 Insights.)

The ego is the idea that it is possible to have something other than Love. Possession of these things—special relationships, status, wealth, even illness—establishes our value in the world. But because only Love is real, the things the ego offers have no real value.

When we are willing to forget the ego and all it offers and remember only Love, we choose Reality over illusions. We remember our true Self. We remember God. We remember our eternal Home in the peace of God’s Love.

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Right Use of Judgment

Anger must come from judgment. Judgment is The weapon I would use against myself, To keep the miracle away from me.

Father, I want what goes against my will, and do not want what is my will to have. Straighten my mind, my Father. It is sick. But You have offered freedom, and I choose to claim Your gift today. And so I give all judgment to the One You gave to me to judge for me. He sees what I behold, and yet He knows the truth. He looks on pain, and yet He understands it is not real, and in His understanding it is healed. He gives the miracles my dreams would hide from my awareness. Let Him judge today. I do not know my will, but He is sure it is Your Own. And He will speak for me, and call Your miracles to come to me.

Listen today. Be very still, and hear the gentle Voice for God assuring you that He has judged you as the Son He loves. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 347, W-pII.347. See also ACIM Lesson 347 Insights.)

In the dream of separation judgment is necessary, but not as the ego judges. The belief in separation has made illusions that hide the presence of Love that is eternally in us. We have been given the Holy Spirit Whose function is to judge all things on our behalf.

His judgment is very simple. He looks upon our pain, our sorrow, our sickness and our guilt and judges them all as unreal. As we learn to accept His judgment as our own, the shadows of separation fade as the Light of Love enlightens our mind more and more. His judgments on our behalf realign our mind with our true Will, which we share with God.

Our vocation within the dream is very simple—to let the Holy Spirit judge all things on our behalf. Our reluctance to do this comes from the belief that we do not want God’s Will for us. We do not want His gifts of Love, peace and joy. We perceive accepting our true Will as loss of the specialness we treasure. We do not realize the fearful and deadly consequence of this choice.

The Holy Spirit is kind and gentle. He does not demand that we give up our preference for specialness all at once. But as we practice letting the Holy Spirit judge all things, we learn that specialness is replaced by everlasting Love, joy beyond description and perfect peace. Gradually we realize that we really do prefer the Will we share with God. We are less willing to accept the price of specialness. We awaken to Love.

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The Forgiveness That Ends All Grievances

This holy instant is salvation come.

What joy there is today! It is a time of special celebration. For today holds out the instant to the darkened world where its release is set. The day has come when sorrows pass away and pain is gone. The glory of salvation dawns today upon a world set free. This is the time of hope for countless millions. They will be united now, as you forgive them all. For I will be forgiven by you today.

We have forgiven one another now, and so we come at last to You again. Father, Your Son, who never left, returns to Heaven and his home. How glad are we to have our sanity restored to us, and to remember that we all are one. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 241, W-pII.241. See also ACIM Lesson 241 Insights.)

The ego is a grievance against God. It is like a rebellious teenager, unwilling to accept the universal gifts of joy and peace our Father gives to His Son. The ego is the wish to have a unique domain it can call its own without interference from God’s Will of joy, peace and Love. So it makes up a world that must exclude God’s gifts. This is a world of sorrow, conflict, fear and death that overshadows God’s Universe of eternal joy, peace and Love.

All the images and experiences of this made-up world represent the core grievance against accepting God’s gifts. Every time we experience unhappiness, guilt and fear, even in the form of the slightest sigh of frustration, is based upon the ego’s core grievance against God. It cannot forgive God for not yielding to its demand for specialness because it would mean the ego would cease to seem to exist.

Each time we forgive a mistaken perception, a false belief, we make way for the acceptance of God’s joy. All those forms that must be forgiven pass as we let the Holy Spirit teach us to see with the eyes of Love. We gradually learn that all the different things that need forgiveness are really just disguises for the one grievance behind them all. When forgiveness is complete, our grievance against God is let go. We release the world to let Love be our one Reality. We celebrate in joy, for we have returned Home.

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Letting Love Correct Our Misperceptions

I am in danger nowhere in the world.

Your Son is safe wherever he may be, for You are there with him. He need but call upon Your Name, and he will recollect his safety and Your Love, for they are one. How can he fear or doubt or fail to know he cannot suffer, be endangered, or experience unhappiness, when he belongs to You, beloved and loving, in the safety of Your Fatherly embrace?

And there we are in truth. No storms can come into the hal­lowed haven of our home. In God we are secure. For what can come to threaten God Himself, or make afraid what will forever be a part of Him? (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 244, W-pII.244. See also ACIM Lesson 244 Insights.)

We are forever part of God. Our true Self is already safe in His changelessness. Our only problem is a mistaken belief that we have separated from our Father and left the safety of our Home.

This belief is the cause of our experiences of fear and guilt, loneliness and loss, sickness and death in the world. The belief in separation can only be maintained in a dream that cannot change Reality. But this dream makes us unaware of our eternal safety in God. We need to awaken from the nightmare. We have a kind and loving Presence in our mind Who sees our fitful dreams and knows they are not true.

In every moment we can turn to Him for help. He knows how to translate our perceptions in the dream to a bridge that leads to our acceptance of the Love beyond the dream. Today we choose the Presence of Love as our Guide to lead us Home.

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We Give This Day to Love

This day is God’s. It is my gift to Him.

I will not lead my life alone today. I do not understand the world, and so to try to lead my life alone must be but foolishness. But there is One Who knows all that is best for me. And He is glad to make no choices for me but the ones that lead to God. I give this day to Him, for I would not delay my coming home, and it is He Who knows the way to God.

And so we give today to You. We come with wholly open minds. We do not ask for anything that we may think we want. Give us what You would have received by us. You know all our desires and our wants. And You will give us everything we need in helping us to find the way to You. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 242, W-pII.242. See also ACIM Lesson 242 Insights.)

As long as we follow the ego’s lead, we have closed part of our mind against the truth. This separation is the ego’s mandate to maintain the separation that is essential to the ego’s seeming existence. The Course is dedicated to help us open that split-off part of our mind to consider the possibility that it is not real.

The split mind cannot know the truth; it sees itself alone and disconnected from everything. The ego is dispelled the moment the truth of our Self is accepted as one in Love with every brother and God.

We have been given the Holy Spirit, our inner Teacher, to gently and lovingly help us let go of our fearful beliefs and open our mind to welcome Love. His curriculum is customized to our individual need. We each have our unique set of memories from the past that we use to judge the present, blinding us to the presence of Love now. The Holy Spirit helps us forgive these memories by showing us they have had no effect on our true Self, which remains as God created It.

We give this day to God. His response is gratitude for our willingness to welcome His Love.

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How to Have a Day of Blessings

Illusion recognized must disappear. Accept not suffering, and you remove the thought of suffering. …The thought of sacrifice gives rise to all the forms that suffer­ing appears to take. And sacrifice is an idea so mad that sanity dismisses it at once.

Never believe that you can sacrifice [lose by giving]. There is no place for sac­rifice [loss] in what has any value. If the thought [of sacrifice] occurs, its very pres­ence proves that error has arisen and correction must be made. Your blessing [forgiveness] will correct [the error]. Given first to you, it now is yours to give as well. No form of sacrifice and suffering can long endure before the face of one who has forgiven and has blessed himself. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 187, W-pI.187.7:1-2,4-5;8. See also ACIM Lesson 187 Insights.)

The ego insists that form has value and possessing a form makes it ours alone. But we are learning that form is an illusion, for only the oneness of Love is real. Love cannot be divided into multiple parts. This is the key to distinguishing between illusions and the truth that Love is all That is.

When we forgive a perception of separation, we make way for Love to bless the world through forgiveness. How we perceive our brother tells us what we believe about ourselves. If he is a body separate from ours, we must first believe we are a body. This belief needs to be let go, for it blocks our awareness of our true Self, the extension of God’s Love. This belief seems to make bodies valuable. But belief does not make real or true value, though it seems to affirm separation’s reality.

To truly bless our brother, we need to let the Holy Spirit show us the Love our brother is behind the mask of physical appearance. This is the blessing we give our brother. And because our brother is reflecting back to us what we believe about ourselves, we receive the blessing as we bless our brother. We have forgiven ourself.

Today we welcome opportunities to let the Holy Spirit show us the truth in our brothers. It will be a day of many blessings.

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Accepting Our Holy Purpose

The beautiful relationship you have with all your brothers is a part of you because it is a part of God Himself.

Either there is a gap between you and your brother, or you are as one. There is no in between, no other choice, and no allegiance to be split between the two. …[the body] can be seen as not your home, but merely as an aid to help you reach the home where God abides.

With this as purpose is the body healed. It is not used to witness to the dream of separation and disease. Nor is it idly blamed for what it did not do. It serves to help the healing of God’s Son, and for this purpose it cannot be sick. It will not join a purpose not your own, and you have chosen that it not be sick. All miracles are based upon this choice, and given you the instant it is made. No forms of sickness are immune, because the choice cannot be made in terms of form. The choice of sickness seems to be of form, yet it is one, as is its opposite. And you are sick or well, accordingly.

…the body can be seen as what it is, and neither less nor more in worth than the extent to which it can be used to liberate God’s Son unto his home. And with this holy purpose is it made a home of holiness a little while, because it shares your Father’s Will with you. (A Course in Miracles, T-28.VII.2:1;3:1-2,6;4;7:7-8. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

An early ACIM Workbook lesson teaches that we do not know what anything is for. To the ego, everything is for justifying belief that separation is real. It is a hoax on such a grand scale that it has made a world that pictures separation so vividly that we really do seem to be separate individuals imprisoned in a body for a life that ends in death. It is not true and never can be true. Only our belief in in this ego dream binds us to it.

We can awaken from the dream. A child having a nightmare needs a kind and loving parent to awaken him from the dream and show him he is safe at home. Likewise the Voice for our Father is ever present in our mind to lovingly awaken us from the ego’s dream. The Holy Spirit gives the body a different purpose, using it as a teaching aid. Gently and patiently He guides us to recognize that the body and this world are not our Home. He brings the Light of Love into our mind in a way that does not frighten us, but instead attracts us to the peace and joy Love offers.

Each time we learn one of His lessons, we experience increased peace and happiness. The body is used for the Holy Spirit’s holy purpose to lead us Home to the Love that is our Life in God. Today we welcome His lessons.

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