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Letting Love Be

The Love of God is what created me. The Love of God is
everything I am. The Love of God proclaimed me as His
Son. The Love of God within me sets me free.

Pain is my own idea. It is not a Thought of God, but one I
thought apart from Him and from His Will. His Will is joy,
and only joy for His beloved Son. And that I choose, instead
of what I made.

In silence and in true humility I seek God’s glory, to behold
it in the Son whom He created as my Self.

I seek the function that would set me free from all the vain
illusions of the world. Only the function God has given me
can offer freedom. Only this I seek, and only this will I
accept as mine.
(A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 209, W-pI.209.1:2-5;210:1:2-5;211:1:2;212:1:2-4. See also ACIM Lesson 209 Insights.)

Our one Self was created by Love to be Love’s extension. As Love’s extension, our Self’s only function is to extend Love.

In the dream world of separation, forgiveness is Love’s reflection. Forgiveness clears away the interference for Love to be Itself. Thus the function God gave us in the world is to forgive or let go of the false idea of being separate from Love, our Creator. Love is already in us. We need only forgive to clear away our self-made barriers to Love’s presence. This is how we accept God’s Will to be joy-filled and at peace. This is how we accept God’s gift of Himself and all His glory.

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Seeing the Reality of Love Everywhere

When you say, “Above all else I want to see this table differently,” you are making a commitment to withdraw your preconceived ideas about the table, and open your mind to what it is, and what it is for. You are not defining it in past terms. You are asking what it is, rather than telling it what it is. You are not binding its meaning to your tiny experience of tables, nor are you limiting its purpose to your little personal thoughts.

Hidden under all your ideas about it is its real purpose, the purpose it shares with all the universe.

In using the table as a subject for applying the idea for today, you are therefore really asking to see the purpose of the universe. You will be making this same request of each subject that you use in the practice periods. And you are making a commitment to each of them to let its purpose be revealed to you, instead of placing your own judgment upon it. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 28, W-pI.28.3;5:3-6:3. See also ACIM Lesson 28 Insights.)

From the moment of our birth into this dream world, we have been learning to identify forms and what we think their purpose is. We believe this ability to label everything and identify its purpose is necessary for our survival. Yet all we are protecting is the “survival” of the image of the body. It is all a mechanism for maintaining the seeming reality of the world of separation.

The Course is guiding us to set aside our labels and our self-determined purposes and open our minds to a new way of seeing. This new way of seeing does not come through the body. It comes into our minds as we set aside our labels — our judgments. The truth of what we are is created by Love and thus has all Its characteristics. Only Love creates and only like Itself. God’s universe, the only real universe, is the universe of Love. The purpose of this universe is to extend Love and only Love eternally.

Thus when we ask to see the table differently we are expressing our willingness to set aside our label and open our minds to see beyond the form. Beyond all form is Love and nothing else. The only meaningful purpose in the universe is to extend Love. It is this we will see when we have set aside our judgment about what any form means and let ourselves be shown the purpose of the Universe.

Today we ask the Holy Spirit’s help to see past form to the reality of Love everywhere.

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Letting Go of Denying Our Wholeness

Let healing be through you this very day. And as you rest in quiet, be prepared to give as you receive, to hold but what you give, and to receive the Word of God to take the place of all the foolish thoughts that ever were imagined. Now we come together to make well all that was sick, and offer blessing where there was attack. Nor will we let this function be forgot as every hour of the day slips by, remembering our purpose with this thought:

When I am healed I am not healed alone.
And I would bless my brothers, for I would
be healed with them, as they are healed with me. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 137, W-pI.137.15. See also ACIM Lesson 137 Insights.)

The body and the world seem very real to us. We have invested in the false idea of separation and want it to be true. Deep within we know the idea is a lie but we hide it beneath layers of images we have convinced ourselves are true. But because these images are an unreal dream, they bring with them a sense of emptiness, weakness, instability and loss.

Beneath it all there is a persistent desire to return Home. We have lost our way but we have an ever-present Guide ready to lead us to our real Home where all strength is ours, where we are safe and one with All That is Real.

Today we would let go of our mistaken denial of Truth and welcome the Reality we never really lost. We will forgive the denial of Truth and Truth will return to the holy Mind we share with God and the one Self Love created.

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Following the Guide to Truth

What has no meaning cannot be perceived. And meaning always looks within to find itself, and then looks out. All meaning that you give the world outside must thus reflect the sight you saw within; or better, if you saw at all or merely judged against. Vision is the means by which the Holy Spirit translates your nightmares into happy dreams; your wild hallucinations that show you all the fearful outcomes of imagined sin into the calm and reassuring sights with which He would replace them. These gentle sights and sounds are looked on happily, and heard with joy. They are His substitutes for all the terrifying sights and screaming sounds the ego’s purpose brought to your horrified awareness. They step away from sin, reminding you that it is not reality that frightens you, and that the errors which you made can be corrected.

Think but an instant just on this; you can behold the holiness God gave His Son. And never need you think that there is something else for you to see. (A Course in Miracles, T-20.viii.10,11:3-4. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

The world we perceive is a projection of the mind that has chosen the ego’s purpose — to make separation appear real. Thus perception starts with belief in separation. Beliefs can be changed, so belief in separation can be changed to acceptance of the truth that only Oneness is real.

The Holy Spirit’s purpose is to guide us away from the belief in separation that could never be true to the full awareness that we remain one in the Mind of Love. The Holy Spirit’s guidance is kind and gentle. It helps us recognize that what we thought we wanted in the world of separation really gave us nothing. All we got was empty forms that we tried to give meaning, but what is nothing cannot have meaning.

While we choose the ego’s purpose, we are on an endless search, finding nothing. Ultimately we all come to the point of recognizing there must be a better way to find happiness and peace. Now we become willing to choose another Guide Whose purpose is to lead us to Reality and true meaning. Today we choose to follow the Guide to Love, the Guide to Truth.

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Accepting the Wholeness of Our One Self

…healing is the gift of those who are prepared to learn there is no world, and can accept the lesson now. Their readiness will bring the lesson to them in some form which they can understand and recognize.

…to know your Self is the salvation of the world. To free the world from every kind of pain is but to change your mind about yourself. There is no world apart from your ideas because ideas leave not their source, and you maintain the world within your mind in thought.

Yet if you are as God created you, you cannot think apart from Him, nor make what does not share His timelessness and Love. Are these inherent in the world you see? Does it create like Him? Unless it does, it is not real, and cannot be at all. If you are real the world you see is false, for God’s creation is unlike the world in every way. And as it was His Thought by which you were created, so it is your thoughts which made [the world] and must set it free, that you may know the Thoughts you share with God. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 132, W-pI.132.7:1-2;10:1-11:6. See also ACIM Lesson 132 Insights.)

The basis for all healing is the fact that only Love is real and only Love creates. Love is innocent and Its Creation shares Its innocence. Forgiveness is justified for only innocence is real; there is nothing to judge. Love is formless and all of Its Creation shares Its formlessness.

A world of bodies and forms could never be real. Accepting this seems like a huge leap because the world is all we are consciously aware of. In our minds we have built a wall to keep out the experience of changeless Love, freedom from fear and happiness that is literally out of this world. But we built the wall and we can take it down.

As we are willing to accept that we are wrong about the meaning we are giving the world, we open the door to remembering that we remain as Love created us — whole, complete, safe and innocent. The practice of bringing all our perceptions to the Holy Spirit with willingness to receive His perception in their place is how we release the world and take down the wall we have built to defend against Love.

Today is another day to practice.

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Accepting Love’s Function

…try to understand and accept what [“my only function is the one God gave me”] really means. Today’s idea offers you escape from all your perceived difficulties. It places the key to the door of peace, which you have closed upon yourself, in your own hands. It gives you the answer to all the searching you have done since time began.

“…try to uncover each thought that arises to interfere with it. Note each one as it comes to you, with as little involvement or concern as possible, dismissing each one by telling yourself:

This thought reflects a goal that is preventing me from accepting my only function.

After a while, interfering thoughts will become harder to find. Try, however, to continue a minute or so longer, attempting to catch a few of the idle thoughts that escaped your attention before, but do not strain or make undue effort in doing this. Then tell yourself:

On this clean slate let my true function be written for me.

(A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 65, W-pI.65.3;5:4-6:4. See also ACIM Lesson 65 Insights.)

We accept Love’s function when we do what Love does, which is to extend Love. As we remember that Love is One and that Love shares all Love with all, we are remembering our function. Loving all equally all the time is our function. Because giving is receiving, as we extend Love we are receiving Love. The circle of Love never ends. This is the only function God (Love) has given us. Love sees only Love and extends only Love, without exception.

Today we practice uncovering each thought that interferes with Love’s extension. We hand each thought over to the Holy Spirit, where it dissolves in Love’s Light, because we clearly see that it is just a meaningless thought. The joy that comes with accepting Love’s function fills our heart and mind. Our mind is cleansed of all idols that lead nowhere. We let our mind be healed along with every brother. We are filled with peace and gratitude as we accept Love’s function.

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Welcoming God’s Peace

God’s is the only Will. When you have recognized this, you have recognized that your will is His. The belief that conflict is possible has gone. Peace has replaced the strange idea that you are torn by conflicting goals. As an expression of the Will of God, you have no goal but His.

I am at peace.
Nothing can disturb me. My will is God’s.
My will and God’s are one.
God wills peace for His Son.

There is no will but God’s. I seek His peace today.
(A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 74, W-pI.74.1:2-6;3:5-9;7:2. See also ACIM Lesson 74 Insights.)

Peace and happiness are our birthright because, as God’s Son, we were created by the Source of peace and happiness. If we experience anything else, it must be based on a false idea that is the denial of our birthright.

If we want to experience God’s peace and happiness, we need to stop denying our birthright. We need to let go of or forgive our wish to be anything other than the extension of Love that is God’s Son, our Self.

Today we practice recognizing when we are not experiencing God’s peace and bring our perception to the Holy Spirit to receive His correction and welcome God’s peace.

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