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Let Go and Let God

Mary:
This morning after our reading and quiet listening, what came to me was, “Let go and let God.” This reminds me to relax and follow in each present moment. This reminds me to keep my mind open to Holy Spirit’s inspiration all through the day. This reminds me to step back consistently and ask to see as Holy Spirit sees.

Holy Spirit’s world of Love is there as I am willing to receive. From this inner place I am more easily able to see the Christ instead of bodies separate from me. I give thanks that this is available whenever I am willing.


Robert:
This is my prayer today: Let all my doing serve awakening. Guide my seeing that I may see with the eyes of Love. Guide my doing that I may extend Love and be truly helpful. Help me look beyond all form to the real meaning and true value in everything.

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Remembering and Accepting Peace

Robert:
Judgment always brings conflict with it. Forgiveness always brings peace with it. If I want to be at peace, I need to be willing to let go of all my judgments and opinions that I have carried with me from the past. As I am willing to give all my judgments and opinions to the Holy Spirit and let them go, I leave an open space into which the vision of Christ can flow. This is my practice for today.


Mary:
A helpful way to practice handing over all my opinions based on the past is to remember the sentence, “I could choose peace instead of this.” Saying this frequently to myself all throughout the day opens the door to accepting the peace of the Holy Spirit, which is always there for me. Accepting the peace of my true Self changes my experience in the present moment. It helps me see with Holy Spirit’s vision. This is my practice for today.

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Let Peace Lead the Way

Mary:
This is my focus for today: Holy Spirit, today I open to Your peace… Receiving Your peace and extending Your peace is what today is for… I willingly follow where peace leads with no agenda of my own… Today I dedicate to peace.


Robert:
My true Self remains as God created It. This will never change because my Self shares God’s changelessness. The peace of this Self can never be disturbed. It remains at the center of my Being, no matter what illusions I may hold that interfere with my awareness of It.

The way to remember this Self is to rise above the seeming conflicts and “reality” of the world. I let myself return to peace. From this place of peace it is clear what is true and what is false, what is meaningful or meaningless. I will step back and let peace lead the way today.

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Remembering Love

Mary:
This is my prayer for today: Let my mind quiet, Father, that I may remember You. The quiet joy of Heaven is Your gift to me. As I am willing to receive Your gift, I see the Light of Heaven in everyone. I willingly forget everyone’s past and open to the eternal Present, which shows me that only Your Light is what is true. I willingly move past time to become aware again of Your eternal Presence.


Robert:
My practice today is to step back and let Holy Spirit lead the way, let my true Self lead the way. This is another way of saying that I want Love to be my Guide. This is how I see the truth in my brother and my Self. This is how I let go of the past, for Love never judges. This is how I will experience the joy of the eternal Present.

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Acknowledging Our One Self

Mary:
In our reading in the Workbook of A Course in Miracles this morning, this paragraph stood out:

You are as God created you. Today honor your Self. Let graven images you made to be the Son of God instead of what he is be worshipped not today. Deep in your mind the holy Christ in you is waiting your acknowledge as you. And you are lost and do not know yourself while He is unacknowledged and unknown. (W-pI.110.9)

Today my practice is to give acknowledgment to the one Self we all share. This means that I have to let go of the self-image I have made. Today is devoted to vigilance to acknowledging our one Self. This is all I want; this is all I need.


Robert:
I have observed that I am much happier when I am not judging. Having an opinion is a downer. It makes my “happiness” dependent upon situations, things and people being the way my opinion says they should be. Opinions declare that I am unwilling to accept God’s gift of eternal joy and would rather have some image that I make up to my liking.

So ultimately every opinion is a judgment against God. Why would I do that? Only if I believe that it is possible that I could have more than everything. That is the core of the ego thought system. I can go on seeking for brief moments of seeming happiness when my opinion is that I like the circumstance or I can let go of a crazy idea that I could have more than all of God. Since Love (God) is all there is, only this eternal Love given me and everyone wholly and completely will ever satisfy. This Love is changeless. It does not come and go. Being ever present, it is there, waiting only upon my acknowledgment.

Today I practice acknowledging the Love, the Christ, the one Self that I am along with everyone. And I will have a happy day.

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Seeing with Holy Spirit

Robert:
What would I experience if I accepted that only Love is real? I would experience joy a thousand times beyond the happiest moment in my experience in time. I would feel complete and whole, invulnerable in the certainty that I am one with all. I would experience the free exchange of giving and receiving Love without end. And I would experience peace so deep that it cannot be disturbed. All this comes with the acceptance of the reality of Love.

The fact that I do not experience this shows that I am believing in an hallucination of what I am and where I am. This belief comes from a hidden wish to have a unique and special identity that I can call my own. All judgments about anything in the world stem from this wish. They make it appear that I have succeeded in making a separate self, different from what God created.

With these judgments comes guilt. There cannot be one without the other. The body’s seeing was made to justify judgments and therefore guilt. It is impossible to believe that the images of the world are real without having guilt come with it.

The good news is that there is another means for seeing. This seeing looks past the images of the world and shows me the reality of Love. It shows me that what I have valued, and all the pain and suffering, fear and guilt that come with it, has no value and is not real. This vision shows me the way to return to the Love That created me and that I am.

Today I ask the Holy Spirit’s help to see as He sees, to look past the images of the world and see the face of Love reflected back to me. This is how I forgive the world.


Mary:
This is my prayer for today: Holy Spirit, help me to see Your Will in all things today. I ask to perceive the world as You see it. My goal today is to stay relaxed by consistently accepting Your gift of peace that is always there for me. I pray that I decide nothing on my own that I may by shown the Love That is everywhere.

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Forgiveness Sets Us Free

Robert:
In recent days there has been much jubilation, for “the wicked witch is dead.” Osama bin Laden is a magnificent target for the projection of the guilt we believe in. It seems easy to see him as a sinner whose deeds are far more onerous than anything we would do. This is how the ego “helps” us feel less guilty by seeing another as more guilty. Yet what is really going on is that by seeing another as guilt we maintain our own guilt.

As we were reading in A Course in Miracles today, these sentences stood out to me: “The body cannot be looked upon except by judgment. Who sees a brother’s body has laid a judgment on him, and sees him not. It is impossible to see your brother as sinless and yet to look upon him as a body.” (T-20.VII.8:1, 6:1, 4:1)

This is an essential key to forgiveness. To see the innocence in a brother we must use vision not of our own making, but given to us by the Holy Spirit. That is how we can see any brother, no matter what the body appears to have done, as innocent. It is in seeing our brother as innocent that we see our own innocence reflected back to us.

We also read today, “Only my condemnation injures me. Only my own forgiveness sets me free.” (ACIM, W-pI.198.9:3-4) This forgiveness comes by using the vision of Christ, which is not of our own making. This vision comes from beyond the thought system of separation, being a gift of God. Today is a day to practice opening my heart and mind to the gift that helps me see the face of Christ in every brother beyond any bodily appearance.


Mary:
Today it is my opportunity to let go of all I think I “know.” Today is an opportunity to be as a little child and be taught what is true.

We all are still as God created us. We are one Son — Love’s extension — and we cannot change that. Believing in individuality and separation from your Source can never make it true. Forgiving the dream of separation instead of trying to reinforce it is my practice for today. This is accomplished through my willingness to step back, choose peace and listen to the Light of true understanding. It is only through accepting peace and extending peace that I am truly helpful. This is my practice for today.

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