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Let Holy Spirit Replace All Thoughts

Let Holy Spirit Replace All Thoughts
Robert:
As I read A Course in Miracles, I’m reminded that Love is everywhere to be experienced and given. It is never absent, though I may be unaware of It because of denial. Judgment is the mechanism of the denial of Love. To judge, I must perceive myself as separate from what I judge. This is the denial of the oneness of Love.

As I practice mindfulness, I become more aware of subtle ways I slip into judgment. Whenever I use my past experience as the basis for interpreting perceptions of the present, I am judging. As I recognize how much of the day I spend doing this, the ego would turn it around and point its accusing, guilt-projecting finger at me, telling me that I am obviously at least a slow learner or at worst, a failure. After all, look at how long I’ve been studying the Course.

Gratefully, the Holy Spirit tells me, “Don’t believe it.” All I need to do is continue to practice stepping back and letting the Holy Spirit be my interpreter. Just as a concert pianist must practice over and over to refine his skill, I must practice over and over stepping back and following Holy Spirit’s lead. This is not because I am deficient. It’s just because I have been such a good teacher. I have been very effective at teaching myself that I am what I am not.

So now I am learning to redirect my teaching ability to learn that I am as God created me, along with everyone. Today is a happy day of practicing stepping back and following Holy Spirit’s lead.


Mary:
How does the Holy Spirit help me? The Holy Spirit reminds me again and again that the stories I am telling myself are not real. The Holy Spirit reminds me that everyone’s stories in this world are not real. They are stories of differences and separation from God, our Source. The Holy Spirit reminds me that I can hand over these stories to be replaced by the truth of eternal oneness, eternal happiness, eternal peace and joy.

This is my opportunity today — to recognize the stories I am telling myself and to consistently hand them over all through the day to be replaced by the truth. I have been believing in stories of individuality and differences, and now it is time to let them go. Now is the time to free myself of all the barriers to the awareness that only Love is real. As I let my mind be healed by accepting thoughts from the Holy Spirit, I do my part in the awakening of God’s one Son to the Truth.

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Vigilance for Truth

Mary:
Today it is my opportunity to practice opening my mind to the truth. As I am willing to receive the truth that only God’s Love is real, I am more open to understanding that what I see through the body’s eyes is just an hallucination. As I allow the barriers to Love’s oneness be removed, I am less threatened by the truth that all the stories of this world are not real. I am less inclined to take the world so seriously. I am more open to receiving God’s eternal peace and infinite happiness.

Opening to the truth takes constant vigilance. I still find it very easy to get lost in the dream and forget that what I am seeing is an hallucination coming from believing the ego world is real. This is a day for vigilance in letting go of the barriers to the truth, one by one. God’s one Son is still united in the Mind of Love and all of God’s gifts still remain with the whole Sonship. Opening to the truth is my opportunity all through the day and I have a Guide to lead the way, as I am willing.


Robert:
I want to welcome Love today. I do this by letting go of judgment. I do this by choosing the Holy Spirit’s interpretation in place of my own. As I accept Holy Spirit’s interpretation, I see with forgiving eyes and welcome the Love that is everywhere. Today I will step back and let the Self I share with God guide all my doing. And in gratitude, I will accept God’s gift of perfect Love.

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I Choose to See with Love Today

Mary:
In our reading of the Course this morning, this paragraph stood out to me:

Father, we are like You. No cruelty abides in us, for there is none in You. Your peace is ours. And we bless the world with what we have received from You alone. We choose again, and make our choice for all our brothers, knowing they are one with us. We bring them Your salvation as we have received it now. And we give thanks for them who render us complete. In them we see Your glory, and in them we find our peace. Holy are we because Your holiness has set us free. And we give thanks. Amen. (W-pI.170.13)

My practice for today is to reread this paragraph often to help me return to the truth. This is all that is important and I am thankful that the truth is there as I am willing to receive it.


Robert:
This Workbook lesson reminded me that any thought of being separate from Love, separate from All That Is, is an attack thought. It is a denial of God’s gift of the oneness of Love. If I believe anyone is a body, if I judge them in any way, as either good or bad, I am attacking myself. To judge I must see myself as separate from what I judge and to see myself as separate is to attack the oneness in which I was created.

Thankfully, belief does not change reality. It only makes a false reality seem to be true. I still remain as God created me. I want to remember this today. I ask my inner Teacher to help me see with Love’s vision and disregard (look past) the images the body’s senses show me. As I see with Love, I see innocence and I see my Self reflected back to me. All judgment falls away as I let Love guide my vision. I choose to see with Love today.

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The Light of God Is All There Is to See

Robert:
My prayer today: Help me to see with the eyes of Love today, that I may see the Self I share with all. Help me recognize the barriers I have put up in my mind and help me let them go. My heart’s desire is to see the reality of Love that is everywhere. This is how all conflict disappears, judgment is no more, and I rest in the certainty of peace. I give thanks for the Help that leads me Home.


Mary:
Today it is my opportunity to hand over all thoughts that come up to be healed by the Holy Spirit. In truth there is no separation; there is only oneness. In truth the Light of God is all there is to see. In this world of separate bodies I think there are many other things to see.

Today I have another opportunity to forgive the thoughts of separation that I am still holding on to. My only prayer today is that I step back again and again and again throughout the day and be willing to be shown the truth.

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Simple, Uncomplicated Love

Robert:
Do I want to be happy? Of course! Everyone in the world would say yes to this question. The problem is that if I see myself as separate, with a body and an identity different from anyone else, I will seek for happiness where it cannot be found.

Everybody’s actions in the world are motivated by the quest for happiness. In fact, the making of a world of separation came from the idea that having more than everything would bring happiness. But “more than everything” is impossible and seeking for the impossible is insane. Thus seeking for happiness in an insane thought system is an exercise in futility that can only lead to frustration and depression.

The good news is that there is another way. A Course in Miracles tells us that there remains in our minds a link to sanity, a link that an lead us back to the one Self we are. This one Self is united with our Creator. It shares the joy and love and peace of our Creator. This Self remains in our mind. We can be unaware of It but we can never lose It. It is in our one Self that we find lasting happiness. It is in our one Self that we find peace. That one Self is in us all and unites us as One.

Today is a day to practice reminding myself that I am one Self, united with my Creator. And this is where I find happiness.


Mary:
As I go into a place of quiet this morning, the words, “simple, uncomplicated Love” resound in my mind. I stay with it and ask to go deeper into it. What comes is, “Let simple, uncomplicated Love carry you through your day. Practice being still and listening for the direction of simple, uncomplicated Love throughout your day. Let simple, uncomplicated Love carry you. Do not try to do anything on your own.

“Let yourself be showered with the blessings that come with allowing simple, uncomplicated Love to lead you through every part of your day. Let yourself feel the storehouse of gifts that simple, uncomplicated Love showers on you through the day. Share the blessings you receive with the whole Sonship.”

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I Place the Future in the Hands of God

Mary:
Today my practice is to let go of all desire to see separation as real. This means my focus today is on letting go of wanting anything to show up in a particular form. I see that this practice of letting go of wanting certain special forms is what it takes to let go of specialness.

My practice for today involves letting go of what I think anything means. This is not easy, as I find myself coming back again and again to giving certain forms special meaning. And so I take this moment right now to practice handing over all that I think I know to the Holy Spirit to be transformed.

As I practice this I gently receive the peace of God. I am reminded that this is what it means to let go and let God. The Light of the Holy Spirit will replace all false ideas as I am willing to step back and let the Holy Spirit lead the way. The truth is all that I really need God has already given me. Am I willing to accept God’s Plan, or do I want something else? My practice for today is to let go of desiring something else. Today my mantra is, “I place the future in the Hands of God.”


Robert:
To rest in God I must trust in Him. I must trust that what He wants for me is what I want. A Course in Miracles tells me that my real will is the same as God’s Will. But if I think I want something else, then I will be afraid of God’s Will and I will not trust in Him. If I think I have a different will, I will not trust God. I will be afraid that He will demand that I give up something I treasure. It is the insane notion that there is anything other than God’s Will that could content me or make me happy that needs to be let go. The Course reminds me that God’s Will for me is perfect happiness. What more could I want?

So today I ask the Holy Spirit to help me recognize the false ideas of what I think will make me happy so that I can make way, with His help, for what will bring me lasting perfect happiness. This is what I really want. This is how I can accept the future God offers me.

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Celebrate Christ

Robert:
This is a day set aside to celebrate Christ. Let us celebrate by joining with the Christ in our hearts and seeing with the vision of Christ. Christ’s vision shows us only innocence. As ministers of God our function is to see with the eyes of forgiveness, Christ’s vision.

When I see with forgiving eyes, judgment is gone. My heart is open and the Love in me joins with the Love that is in everyone, everywhere. The Love of Christ is in the barking dog I hear outside the window. The Love of Christ is in the car I hear driving by on the street. The Love of Christ is in the families gathering together to celebrate in whatever form they choose.

The Love of Christ is everywhere. And as I join with It, I feel Its comfort and Its safety. Without defenses I welcome it for I remember the Love of Christ is What I am. It is all that is real. I rest in Love.


Mary:
Today is a day of resting in the truth. Today is a day of practice, letting the veil be lifted that I may see past individual bodies to God’s universal Love, Which is All That is. Christmas day is a day of resting in the one Christ Mind, Which includes everyone.

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