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Learning to Accept Our True Reality

There is a way of finding certainty right here and now. Refuse to be a part of fearful dreams whatever form they take, for you will lose identity in them. You find yourself by not accepting [fearful dreams] as causing you, and giving you effects. You stand apart from them, but not apart from him who dreams them. Thus you separate the dreamer from the dream, and join in one, but let the other go. The dream is but illusion in the mind. And with the mind you would unite, but never with the dream. It is the dream you fear, and not the mind. You see them [dream and mind] as the same, because you think that you are but a dream. And what is real and what is but illusion in yourself you do not know and cannot tell apart. (A Course in Miracles, T-28.IV.2. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

When we believe we are a separate identity with a body in a world of separate bodies, we are believing that we are only a dream. Having accepted a dream figure as what we are, we cannot distinguish illusion from Reality. But we can be taught to recognize illusion for what it is. Thankfully, the instant we accepted the false idea of being separate, we were given the Teacher Who can teach us how to learn that we are not the false image we made.

We can refuse to be part of the fearful dream of separation by forming the habit of keeping our minds open to the Holy Spirit’s vision. When anything seems to disturb our peace, the habit of bringing that appearance to the Holy Spirit and accepting the Holy Spirit’s loving correction of the misperception is how we learn to distinguish the false from the true, the illusion from the reality. It’s how we wake up from the nightmare of fear and guilt. Today is another joyful opportunity to practice.

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Seeing Past Appearances

Appearances deceive, but can be changed. Reality is changeless. It does not deceive at all, and if you fail to see beyond appearances you are deceived.… Reality is thus reduced to form, and capable of change. Reality is changeless. It is this that makes it real, and keeps it separate from all appearances. [Reality] must transcend all form to be itself. It cannot change.

Temptation, then, is nothing more than this; a prayer the miracle touch not some dreams, but keep their unreality obscure and give to them reality instead. (A Course in Miracles, T-30.VIII.1:1-3,5-9;3:4. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

The Course reminds us that the body is the instrument of the ego which show us images of separation. But what the body’s eyes show is not real.

We are learning now to accept the miracle forgiveness offers where we are able to see past bodies to the truth that only changeless Love is real. Joined with the Holy Spirit, we are able to rise above to see the Love. We are able to remember that reality is changeless. We become less susceptible to getting lost in the dream of being separate, vulnerable and alone. We are able to trust in the strength of God instead of the idols of separation the ego shows us.

As we consistently hold Holy Spirit’s Hand while we walk through these dreams of separation, we are able to remember that we are safe in the Mind of God and have never left. We open to the happy dream where we remember that our Reality cannot be threatened in any way. We remember we are eternal Spirit and there is no death. As we consistently join with Holy Spirit, we see past appearances to changeless Reality. We are filled with gratitude for all the Help we have every step of the way.

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Today We Welcome Heaven

Deny not Heaven. It is yours today, but for the asking. Nor need you perceive how great the gift, how changed your mind will be before it comes to you. Ask to receive, and it is given you. Conviction lies within it. Till you welcome it as yours, uncertainty remains. Yet God is fair. Sureness is not required to receive what only your acceptance can bestow.

Ask with desire. You need not be sure that you request the only thing you want. But when you have received, you will be sure you have the treasure you have always sought. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 165, W-pI.165.4:1-5:3). See also ACIM Lesson 165 Insights.

Judgment is the denial of Love. It is the denial of our Identity as God’s Son, Love’s extension. Because the world we experience with a body is the denial of Love, we all experience a sense of lack of Love. We search for Heaven because we have denied Its eternal presence. It is this we do every time we judge.

Every time we ask the Holy Spirit to help us forgive, and accept His help, we ask for Heaven. We ask to return to Love. We extend a little more welcome to the Truth. Today we ask for Heaven by practicing bringing all our unforgiving thoughts to the Holy Spirit with willingness to accept His help to let them go. Today we welcome Heaven through forgiveness.

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Our Guide to Forgiveness

The real world still is but a dream.… What was once a dream of judgment now has changed into a dream where all is joy, because that is the purpose that it has. Only forgiving dreams can enter here, for time is almost over. And the forms that enter in the dream are now perceived as brothers, not in judgment, but in love.

Forgiveness, once complete, brings timelessness so close the song of Heaven can be heard, not with the ears, but with the holiness that never left the altar that abides forever deep within the Son of God. And when he hears this song again, he knows he never heard it not. (A Course in Miracles, T-29.IX.7:1,6-7;8:5-6. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

Judgment makes the world of separation seem real. Judgment is a declaration of guilt and begins with judgment of ourselves. When we judge another, it is simply an attempt to free ourselves from the guilt our self-judgment brings. Yet it actually keeps the guilt in place, making release from guilt impossible.

But release from guilt comes automatically when its cause is removed. Forgiveness stops judgment, removing the cause of guilt. In the reality of Love’s oneness, there is no judgment and no need to forgive. But in the dream of judgment, forgiveness is the alternative to judgment that leads directly to the end of guilt.

The Holy Spirit is our Guide to forgiveness. As we practice turning all our judgments over to Him to judge on our behalf, we are able to forgive. The Holy Spirit judges all things as either real or unreal. His Light shines through the our mistaken judgments, showing us their unreality. What we recognize as unreal is easily let go so we can see the Love in every brother. Today is a great day to practice.

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Seek Only Innocence

Perception has a focus. It is this that gives consistency to what you see. Change but this focus, and what you behold will change accordingly. Your vision now will shift, to give support to the intent which has replaced the one you held before. Remove your focus on your brother’s sins, and you experience the peace that comes from faith in sinlessness. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 181, W-pI.181.2:1-5. See also ACIM Lesson 181 Insights.)

As we practice seeking only innocence, it brings us such happiness… such peace… such joy… Let us practice seeing past the body and its behavior today to seeing the loving innocence of our brothers. We will help ourselves and the world. It is worth the vigilance.

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The Certainty of Love

[God] speaks from nearer than your heart to you. His Voice is closer than your hand. His Love is everything you are and that He is; the same as you, and you the same as He.

It is your voice to which you listen as He speaks to you. It is your word He speaks. It is the Word of freedom and of peace, of unity of will and purpose, with no separation nor division in the single Mind of Father and of Son. In quiet listen to your Self today, and let Him tell you God has never left His Son, and you have never left your Self. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 125, W-pI.125.7:2-4;8. See also ACIM Lesson 125 Insights.)

God cannot forget His Son, and our Self is His Son. We remain eternally in God, safe within His Love.

The world of separate bodies is a dream of being without God. Yet we are still God’s Son, not as individual identities, but as the one Self God created. This can never change. But when we identify with the body as what we are, we deny our Self and deny our unity with God. We feel unloved and search the world for Love, where it cannot be found.

This is why we need to take time to step back and let ourselves quietly sink into the peace within our hearts. This peace is the peace of God. It is where we find our Self and remember we are eternally held in the Arms of Love. The Voice of our true Self eternally brings us the Word of Love. We need only let ourselves hear Its message, which reminds us of our Home, our safety and the certainty of ever-present Love

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Following Holy Spirit All Through the Day

To follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance is to let yourself be absolved of guilt. It is the essence of the Atonement. It is the core of the curriculum. The imagined usurping of functions not your own is the basis of fear. The whole world you see reflects the illusion that you have done so, making fear inevitable. To return the function to the One to Whom it belongs is thus the escape from fear. And it is this that lets the memory of love return to you. Do not, then, think that following the Holy Spirit’s guidance is necessary merely because of your own inadequacies. It is the way out of hell for you. (A Course in Miracles, M-29.3:3-11)

Our practice for today is to trust Holy Spirit’s plan for us. Our practice for today is to open our minds to receive Holy Spirit’s peace… to feel the awareness of Love’s Presence… to remember that Holy Spirit will carry us as we are willing to step back and receive His care…

We are so grateful to receive the knowing that we are safe in Holy Spirit’s Arms… As we are wiling to join as one mind with the Holy Spirit, we are able to see that same safety, kindness, gentleness and patience in every brother we see or even think of… We remember that this is the truth, no matter what the story of the world looks like… Everyone remains safe in God and is safe like we are…

We all are still as God created us, whole, perfect and complete, one with God in every way… We relax in this remembering… We are willing to play our part by following Holy Spirit all through the day. For this we give thanks.

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