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Remembering Our Safety in God

God is the only goal I have today.

The way to God is through forgiveness here. ²There is no other way. ³If sin had not been cherished by the mind, what need would there have been to find the way to where you are? ⁴Who would still be uncertain? ⁵Who could be unsure of who he is? ⁶And who would yet remain asleep, in heavy clouds of doubt about the holiness of him whom God created sinless? ⁷Here we can but dream. ⁸But we can dream we have forgiven him in whom all sin remains impossible, and it is this we choose to dream today. ⁹God is our goal; forgiveness is the means by which our minds return to Him at last.

And so, our Father, would we come to You in Your appointed way. ²We have no goal except to hear Your Voice, and find the way Your sacred Word has pointed out to us. (A Course in Miracles, W-256. See also ACIM Lesson 256 Insights.)

Today we choose to put the Holy Spirit in charge of our dream. Under His direction we will see the innocence of Love in our brother. As we see him we will learn that we are holy, as is he. The Holy Spirit will lovingly and gently guide us to remember our innocence as God’s extension of Himself.

We will be certain of our safety. We will remember that we remain as our Father created us — Love and nothing else.

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Remembering Our Reality in the Love of God

God’s answer is some form of peace. All pain is healed; all misery replaced with joy. All prison doors are opened. And all sin is understood as merely a mistake.

Father, today we will forgive Your world, and let creation be Your Own. ²We have misunderstood all things. ³But we have not made sinners of the holy Sons of God. ⁴What You created sinless so abides forever and forever. ⁵Such are we. ⁶And we rejoice to learn that we have made mistakes which have no real effects on us. ⁷Sin is impossible, and on this fact forgiveness rests upon a certain base more solid than the shadow world we see. ⁸Help us forgive, for we would be redeemed. ⁹Help us forgive, for we would be at peace. (A Course in Miracles, W-359. See also ACIM Lesson 359 Insights.)

Our true Self shares God’s peace, Love and happiness. Only our mistaken beliefs block our awareness of this Self. Our awareness will be restored as we accept His help to forgive those mistakes.

God has not retracted His gift of all of Himself. He has given us the Holy Spirit to help us forgive our errors in thought. As we accept this help, our sadness is replaced by joy. Our pain is healed. Our fear is replaced by His Love.

Our heart’s desire is to remember the Love of our Father. Today we practice pausing to welcome His peace. As we let that peace fill our mind, we are able to receive the Holy Spirit’s help to learn our mistaken thoughts have no effect on our true Reality. We remember the peace and Love that is our natural state.

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Learning to Accept the Love We Are

God’s teachers have learned how to be simple. ²They have no dreams that need defense against the truth. ³They do not try to make themselves. ⁴Their joy comes from their understanding Who created them. ⁵And does what God created need defense? ⁶No one can become an advanced teacher of God until he fully understands that defenses are but foolish guardians of mad illusions. ⁷The more grotesque the dream, the fiercer and more powerful its defenses seem to be. ⁸Yet when the teacher of God finally agrees to look past them, he finds that nothing was there. ⁹Slowly at first he lets himself be undeceived. ¹⁰But he learns faster as his trust increases. ¹¹It is not danger that comes when defenses are laid down. ¹²It is safety. ¹³It is peace. ¹⁴It is joy. ¹⁵And it is God. (A Course in Miracles, M-4.VI.1)

Our dream of identifying with a body is a defense against the oneness of God’s Love. Separate images do not exist in what is uniformly one. This is why the Course teaches us that we are not a body. We are God’s Son, united with Him and His Love.

Having made the choice to believe in a separate identity, we need help from our inner Teacher to learn to see the truth beyond the illusions. Each time we let the Holy Spirit help us forgive a thought of separation, we take a step closer to letting truth dawn upon our minds. The truth sets us free to accept God’s gift of all His Love. As we we accept this gift, we become messengers of His Love.

It is a gentle process, because the Holy Spirit always leads us away from fear. His lessons help us accept the peace and happiness that is our natural state. Today we welcome His help to lay down our defenses and awaken to the safety and joy of our Life in God.

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The Choice for Peace

I will step back and let Him lead the way.

There is a way of living in the world that is not here, although it seems to be. ²You do not change appearance, though you smile more frequently. ³Your forehead is serene; your eyes are quiet. ⁴And the ones who walk the world as you do recognize their own. ⁵Yet those who have not yet perceived the way will recognize you also, and believe that you are like them, as you were before.

The world is an illusion. ²Those who choose to come to it are seeking for a place where they can be illusions, and avoid their own reality. ³Yet when they find their own reality is even here, then they step back and let it lead the way. ⁴What other choice is really theirs to make? ⁵To let illusions walk ahead of truth is madness. ⁶But to let illusion sink behind the truth and let the truth stand forth as what it is, is merely sanity.

This is the simple choice we make today. ²The mad illusion will remain awhile in evidence, for those to look upon who chose to come, and have not yet rejoiced to find they were mistaken in their choice. ³They cannot learn directly from the truth, because they have denied that it is so. ⁴And so they need a Teacher Who perceives their madness, but Who still can look beyond illusion to the simple truth in them.

…there is another road that leads away from loss of every kind, for sacrifice and deprivation both are quickly left behind. ²This is the way appointed for you now. (A Course in Miracles, W-155.1–3;5:1-2. See also ACIM Lesson 155 Insights.)

In every moment we have the opportunity to dismiss illusions and choose the peace of God. The chaos of this world is only a dream that is not true. The peace of God is always in us, hidden only by our choice to believe the illusions in the dream.

Let us join today in the oneness of God’s Love. In truth, this is where we live. As we make the choice for truth, we walk the world lightly in His Light. We become God’s messengers who show the way to our brothers who search for what we have found. As we accept His Love, we bring blessing to the world. We dwell in gratitude.

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Learning from the Teacher of Truth

[The] space you see as setting off all things from one another is the means by which the world’s perception is achieved. ²You see something where nothing is, and see as well nothing where there is unity; a space between all things, between all things and you. ³Thus do you think that you have given life in separation. ⁴By this split you think you are established as a unity which functions with an independent will.

Such is the teaching of the world. ²It is a phase of learning everyone who comes must go through. ³But the sooner he perceives on what it rests, how questionable are its premises, how doubtful its results, the sooner does he question its effects. ⁴Learning that stops with what the world would teach stops short of meaning. ⁵In its proper place, it serves but as a starting point from which another kind of learning can begin, a new perception can be gained, and all the arbitrary names the world bestows can be withdrawn as they are raised to doubt.

Think not you made the world. ²Illusions, yes! ³But what is true in earth and Heaven is beyond your naming. ⁴When you call upon a brother, it is to his body that you make appeal. ⁵His true Identity is hidden from you by what you believe he really is. (A Course in Miracles, W-184.2;7:1–8:5. See also ACIM Lesson 184 Insights.)

The oneness of God’s universe of Love is simple — only Love is real. Nothing else exists.

The dream of separation is complex. It is not understandable, though many have spent lifetimes trying to make sense of it. Illusions have no meaning and efforts to understand them never bring peace.

Today we are called to give our attention to the Teacher of Truth. When we are willing to step back from our focus on the world, our minds are open to receive Christ’s vision. We see opportunities to answer calls for Love with Love. We recognize the Love that is the truth in every brother. We are grateful for the peace that comes with joining with the Love that is the truth in every brother.

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The Key to Reversing Our False Beliefs

²What God did not create does not exist. ³And everything that does exist exists as He created it. ⁴The world you see has nothing to do with reality. ⁵It is of your own making, and it does not exist.

[God did not create a meaningless world] is another step in learning to let go the thoughts that you have written on the world, and see the Word of God in their place. …⁶Our direction is toward perfect safety and perfect peace.

With eyes closed, think of all the horrors in the world that cross your mind. ²Name each one as it occurs to you, and then deny its reality. ³God did not create it, and so it is not real. ⁴Say, for example:

⁵God did not create that war, and so it is not real.
⁶God did not create that airplane crash, and so it is not real.
⁷God did not create that disaster [specify], and so it is not real.

“Suitable subjects for the application of today’s idea also include anything you are afraid might happen to you, or to anyone about whom you are concerned.”

“²These things are part of the world you see. ³Some of them are shared illusions, and others are part of your personal hell. ⁴It does not matter. ⁵What God did not create can only be in your own mind apart from His. ⁶Therefore, it has no meaning.” (A Course in Miracles, W-14.1:2-5;3:1,6;4:1–5:1;6:2-6. See also ACIM Lesson 14 Insights.)

This lesson prepares our mind for healing of our false beliefs. As we can accept that the body and what we perceive with its senses are not real, we leave room for truth to enter our mind. The truth is the opposite of what we see in this world.

Our true Self dwells in the oneness of Love. Here there are no differences, no loss nor harm, only the joyous eternal extension of Love. This is our real Life.

We have been given the Holy Spirit to help us reverse our thoughts and beliefs. This reversal sets us free from the body’s limitations and the fear and guilt that come with believing this world is real. We are grateful that we have the means to awaken to the Life we live in Love.

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Willingness to Let Go of False Beliefs

There are no laws but God’s. ²Dismiss all foolish magical beliefs today, and hold your mind in silent readiness to hear the Voice that speaks the truth to you. ³You will be listening to One Who says there is no loss under the laws of God. ⁴Payment is neither given nor received. ⁵Exchange cannot be made; there are no substitutes; and nothing is replaced by something else. ⁶God’s laws forever give and never take.

Hear Him Who tells you this, and realize how foolish are the “laws” you thought upheld the world you thought you saw. ²Then listen further. ³He will tell you more. ⁴About the Love your Father has for you. ⁵About the endless joy He offers you. ⁶About His yearning for His only Son, created as His channel for creation; denied to Him by his belief in hell.

Let us today open God’s channels to Him, and let His Will extend through us to Him. ²Thus is creation endlessly increased. ³His Voice will speak of this to us, as well as of the joys of Heaven which His laws keep limitless forever. (A Course in Miracles, W-76.9:1–11:3. See also ACIM Lesson 76 Insights.)

The Will of God that extends through us is the eternal extension of Love to Love. That is our function as His Son. Fulfillment and joy overflow as we accept the Will we share with God.

Today we ask the Holy Spirit to help us recognize the false beliefs that interfere with the flow of Love through us to the world. We offer these beliefs to Him to be healed. Our part is to be willing to let them go. He will do the rest. With His help, we will forgive ourselves for our mistakes and join in the eternal flow of Love to Itself. We will remember the Love in which we live.

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