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Finding Our Way Home to Love

Would you know the Will of God for you? Ask it of me (Jesus) who knows it for you and you will find it. I will deny you nothing, as God denies me nothing. Ours is simply the journey back to God Who is our home. Whenever fear intrudes anywhere along the road to peace, it is because the ego has attempted to join the journey with us and cannot do so. Sensing defeat and angered by it, the ego regards itself as rejected and becomes retaliative. You are invulnerable to its retaliation because I am with you. On this journey you have chosen me as your companion instead of the ego. Do not attempt to hold on to both, or you will try to go in different directions and will lose the way.

The ego’s way is not mine, but it is also not yours. The Holy Spirit has one direction for all minds, and the one He taught me is yours. Let us not lose sight of His direction through illusions, for only illusions of another direction can obscure the one for which God’s Voice speaks in all of us. Never accord the ego the power to interfere with the journey. It has none, because the journey is the way to what is true. Leave all illusions behind, and reach beyond all attempts of the ego to hold you back. I go before you because I am beyond the ego. Reach, therefore, for my hand because you want to transcend the ego. My strength will never be wanting, and if you choose to share it you will do so. I give [my strength] willingly and gladly, because I need you as much as you need me. (A Course in Miracles, T-8.V.5-6. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

Everyone in the world feels lost because we are not at Home. We are all searching to find our way back. If we follow the ego’s direction, we will not find our way because the ego does not want to find it. This is why we need to follow the part of our mind that remembers the truth.

Jesus symbolizes the part of our mind that has wholly accepted the truth and rejected the ego. When we accept Jesus’ help, we are accepting the help of our holy Mind. The Mind of our true Self is wholly united with the Mind of God and shares all of God’s strength. When we choose to take Jesus’ hand because we are willing to accept his help, we are choosing to join with the Mind of our one Self and the Mind of God. Thus we are choosing to accept the strength of God in us, which does not battle with the ego. The Mind that knows Its invincibility sees no need to defend or conquer.

Today we join with the Mind of our one Self by symbolically taking Jesus’ hand and accepting God’s strength as ours. By so doing we accept that our will is one with God’s Will. This is how we find peace and happiness, for that is God’s Will. This is how we find our way Home.

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Learning Holy Spirit’s Happy Lessons

Each day, each hour and minute, even each second, you are deciding between the crucifixion and the resurrection; between the ego and the Holy Spirit. The ego is the choice for guilt; the Holy Spirit the choice for guiltlessness. The power of decision is all that is yours. What you can decide between is fixed, because there are no alternatives except truth and illusion. And there is no overlap between them, because they are opposites which cannot be reconciled and cannot both be true. You are guilty or guiltless, bound or free, unhappy or happy.

The joy of learning that darkness has no power over the Son of God is the happy lesson the Holy Spirit teaches, and would have you teach with Him. It is His joy to teach it, as it will be yours.

Teach no one he has hurt you, for if you do, you teach yourself that what is not of God has power over you. The causeless cannot be. Do not attest to it, and do not foster belief in it in any mind. Remember always that mind is one, and cause is one. You will learn communication with this oneness only when you learn to deny the causeless, and accept the Cause of God as yours.” (A Course in Miracles, T-14.III.4;6:6-7;8:2-6. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

Because only Love is real, Love is the only Cause. Love can only create like Itself so only Love is extended. The cause of all our pain and suffering is the belief that we are a separate image, disconnected from the Source of all that is Real. This false image cannot be real and so it has no real effect. Only our belief in it seems to give it existence. Withdraw our belief and it will disappear into the nothingness from which it came.

To find our way out of this dark and painful belief, we need help from the Teacher Who does not believe this false idea. In every moment the Holy Spirit offers us the happy lesson that we are not a body. We are guiltless. We are free from self-imposed limitation. We are still God’s Son as He created us. It is a happy lesson indeed.

Today we choose to walk with Holy Spirit and learn His happy lessons that we may remember only Love is real.

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Opening to True Inspiration

In quietness are all things answered, and is every problem quietly resolved. …If God gave an answer there must be a way in which your problems are resolved, for what He wills already has been done.

Thus it must be that time is not involved and every problem can be answered now. Yet it must also be that, in your state of mind, solution is impossible. Therefore, God must have given you a way of reaching to another state of mind in which the answer is already there. Such is the holy instant. It is here that all your problems should be brought and left.

Attempt to solve no problems in a world from which the answer has been barred. But bring the problem to the only place that holds the answer lovingly for you. Here are the answers that will solve your problems because they stand apart from them, and see what can be answered; what the question is. Within the world the answers merely raise another question, though they leave the first unanswered. In the holy instant, you can bring the question to the answer, and receive the answer that was made for you. (A Course in Miracles, T-27.IV.1:1,7;2:1-5;7:1-5. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

The vast majority of everyone’s time is spent in attempting to solve problems. Yet no worldly answer to any problem is accepted by everyone as right. In a world of separation, conflict is the name of the game. If we want to solve problems, we cannot look to the source of the problem for the answer. The ego thought system of separation can solve no problem because separation is the source of the problem.

We must seek another state of mind outside the belief in separation. This state of mind is the holy instant, found in peace. When conflict is recognized, the first step is to pause and quiet our minds. Then ask to receive insight from inner Inspiration for a new way to perceive the “problem.”

The source of Inspiration is within us all and is available to everyone. We need only be willing to open to a peaceful state of mind. In that instant we can receive an answer that resolves the seeming conflict in our minds. Today we practice stepping back, going within and opening to true Inspiration.

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Choosing True Perception Heals Our Mind

It is your mind which gave the body all the functions that you see in it, and set its value far beyond a little pile of dust and water.

The body is in need of no defense. This cannot be too often emphasized. It will be strong and healthy if the mind does not abuse it by assigning it to roles it cannot fill, to purposes beyond its scope, and to exalted aims which it cannot accomplish.

The body, valueless and hardly worth the least defense, need merely be perceived as quite apart from you, and it becomes a healthy, serviceable instrument through which the mind can operate until its usefulness is over.

Defend the body and you have attacked your mind. For you have seen in it the faults, the weaknesses, the limits and the lacks from which you think the body must be saved. You will not see the mind as separate from bodily conditions. And you will impose upon the body all the pain that comes from the conception of the mind as limited and fragile, and apart from other minds and separate from its Source.

These are the thoughts in need of healing, and the body will respond with health when they have been corrected and replaced with truth. This is the body’s only real defense. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 135, W-pI.135.6:1;7:1-3;8:2;9:1-10:2. See also ACIM Lesson 135 Insights.)

Believing we are a body is the primary cause for all of our stress, fear and guilt. What but the body seems capable of harm or being harmed? What but the body can appear to die? Yet the Son of God is not a body, so all these beliefs cannot apply to What we are in truth. This is why one of the most repeated Workbook lessons is, “I am not a body. I am free. I am still as God created me.” Our mind will be healed when we learn this lesson without reservation.

This thought seems to be difficult to comprehend because the only experience we are aware of is through the body. When we believe the body as our identity, we block out awareness of the truth that we are Spirit, the Holy Son of God. The body is blind to the truth because it is an illusion, a false image and is incapable of seeing Truth.

It is time to loosen our insistence that we are what we are not. To do this we need help from beyond the belief that we are a body, separate and alone. By the grace of God, we have His Answer That we can turn to for help to correct our mistaken mind. As we bring all of our perceptions to the Holy Spirit with willingness to let Him sort the true from the false on our behalf, our mind is healed.

Holy Spirit, today we choose your true perception in place of our own, for we would be healed. We would remember that we are the one Self That God created whole.

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Taking Charge of Our Thoughts

I have a kingdom I must rule. At times, it does not seem I am its king at all. It seems to triumph over me, and tell me what to think, and what to do and feel. And yet it has been given me to serve whatever purpose I perceive in it. My mind can only serve. Today I give its service to the Holy Spirit to employ as He sees fit. I thus direct my mind, which I alone can rule. And thus I set it free to do the Will of God.

Father, my mind is open to Your Thoughts, and closed today to every thought but Yours. I rule my mind, and offer it to You. Accept my gift, for it is Yours to me. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 236, W-pII.236. See also ACIM Lesson 236 Insights.)

Thousands of thoughts pass through our minds every day. Some we hardly notice and are quickly forgotten. Some capture our attention and lead to follow up thoughts which may draw upon the past or may welcome inspiration from our true Self. Most of our thoughts are reflections of our past brought to us by the ego thought system we identify with. Accepting these thoughts shields us from the holy Thoughts of God offered us through our true Self.

Because of the ego’s need for guilt, its top priority is to hide the loving thoughts of our true Self. The innocence of Love cannot coexist with the guilt and fear of the ego.

In every moment we are free to choose our true Self’s thoughts. Our mind is not the victim or slave of the ego. We can direct our mind to listen to the thoughts of our true Self. These are the thoughts we share with God. These are our real thoughts which extend Love and bring peace to the world.

Holy Spirit, help us choose our real Thoughts today. We place our minds in Your service today, for we would remember Love.

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How to Accept God’s Gifts

God’s Will does not oppose. It merely is. It is not God you have imprisoned in your plan to lose your Self. He does not know about a plan so alien to His Will. There was a need He did not understand, to which He gave an Answer. That is all. And you who have this Answer given you have need no more of anything but this.

Now do we live, for now we cannot die. The wish for death is answered, and the sight that looked upon it now has been replaced by vision which perceives that you are not what you pretend to be. One walks with you Who gently answers all your fears with this one merciful reply, “It is not so.” He points to all the gifts you have each time the thought of poverty oppresses you, and speaks of His Companionship when you perceive yourself as lonely and afraid.

Yet [the Holy Spirit] reminds you still of one thing more you had forgotten. For His touch on you has made you like Himself. The gifts you have are not for you alone. What He has come to offer you, you now must learn to give. This is the lesson that His giving holds, for He has saved you from the solitude you sought to make in which to hide from God. He has reminded you of all the gifts that God has given you. He speaks as well of what becomes your will when you accept these gifts, and recognize they are your own. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 166, W-pI.166.10-12. See also ACIM Lesson 166 Insights.)

We accept God’s gifts of Love and peace and joy by offering them to everyone without exception. One judgment treasured denies all of God’s gifts. That is why forgiveness is the key to happiness and peace. That is why forgiveness is our function here.

To truly forgive, we must accept the Holy Spirit’s help. It is only as we let the Holy Spirit’s vision supersede what we see through the body’s eyes that we are able to see our brothers truly. With true vision, we recognize our brother’s changeless innocence, the Love he is and the joy He brings as we unite with Him.

Today we welcome the Holy Spirit’s vision as our Guide to seeing that we may accept and give God’s gifts.

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Letting Love Transform Our Perception

Perception rests on choosing; knowledge does not. Knowledge has but one law because it has but one Creator. But this world has two who made it, and they do not see it as the same. To each it has a different purpose, and to each it is a perfect means to serve the goal for which it is perceived.

There is another purpose in the world that error made, because it has another Maker Who can reconcile its goal with His Creator’s purpose. In His perception of the world, nothing is seen but justifies forgiveness and the sight of perfect sinlessness. Nothing arises but is met with instant and complete forgiveness.

Everyone here has entered darkness, yet no one has entered it alone. Nor need he stay more than an instant. For he has come with Heaven’s Help within him, ready to lead him out of darkness into light at any time. The time he chooses can be any time, for help is there, awaiting but his choice. And when he chooses to avail himself of what is given him, then will he see each situation that he thought before was means to justify his anger turned to an event which justifies his love. He will hear plainly that the calls to war he heard before are really calls to peace. He will perceive that where he gave attack is but another altar where he can, with equal ease and far more happiness, bestow forgiveness. And he will reinterpret all temptation as just another chance to bring him joy. (A Course in Miracles, T-25.III.3:1-4;5:1-3;6:1-8. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

Whenever we allow ourselves to perceive with Love, our hearts are always filled with joy. As we accept Heaven’s help within us, this can be our constant perception. Though the ego made the world we perceive as a place to be alone and separate, we are never truly alone. Our Creator instantly answered the wish for separation with the Link that keeps us connected with Him. We are never truly alone.

In every moment we can choose to accept the Help provided to see as Love sees. And we will see a forgiven world, where Love is recognized as all that is real and joy is complete. Each time we choose the Holy Spirit’s vision, perceptions of fear and guilt are transformed to Love and innocence.

Today we practice choosing Holy Spirit’s Help.

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