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Let Love Decide

You can be perfect witness to the power of love and justice, if you understand it is impossible the Son of God could merit vengeance. You need not perceive, in every circumstance, that this is true. Nor need you look to your experience within the world, which is but shadows of all that is really happening within yourself. The understanding that you need comes not of you, but from a larger Self, so great and holy that He could not doubt His innocence. Your special function is a call to Him, that He may smile on you whose sinlessness He shares. His understanding will be yours. And so the Holy Spirit’s special function has been fulfilled. God’s Son has found a witness unto his sinlessness and not his sins. How little need you give the Holy Spirit that simple justice may be given you.

You have the right to all the universe; to perfect peace, complete deliverance from all effects of sin, and to the life eternal, joyous and complete in every way, as God appointed for His holy Son. This is the only justice Heaven knows, and all the Holy Spirit brings to earth.… For only love is just, and can perceive what justice must accord the Son of God. Let love decide, and never fear that you, in your unfairness, will deprive yourself of what God’s justice has allotted you. (A Course in Miracles, T-25.VIII.12;14:1-2,6-7. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

Our true Self is nothing but Love. Being wholly unified, our true Self sees only Love. Love cannot conceive of separation or specialness, for that would be the denial of Love’s unity. In this world unity cannot be seen because of the myriad forms made to hide it. To truly be fair to our brother, we must look beyond the laws of separation in the world to the vision of Love, which shows us our brothers as they truly are.

To let Love decide is to let our true Self be our Guide. Our true Self will look on all situations in the world as either Love or a call for Love. When we let Love decide, we will always be led to extend Love.

We dedicate this day to the practice of letting Love decide, to guide our thoughts, our words, our hands and feet, that we may be witnesses to God’s holy Son.

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Welcoming Holy Spirit’s Happy Dreams

Dreams are perceptual temper tantrums, in which you literally scream, “I want it thus!” And thus it seems to be.

Dreams [at night] show you that you have the power to make a world as you would have it be, and that because you want it you see it. And while you see it you do not doubt that it is real. Yet here is a world, clearly within your mind, that seems to be outside. You do not respond to it as though you made it, nor do you realize that the emotions the dream produces must come from you. It is the figures in the dream and what they do that seem to make the dream. You do not realize that you are making them act out for you, for if you did the guilt would not be theirs, and the illusion of satisfaction would be gone. In dreams these features are not obscure. You seem to waken, and the [night] dream is gone. Yet what you fail to recognize is that what caused the dream has not gone with it. Your [ego] wish to make another world that is not real remains with you. And what you seem to waken to is but another form of this same world you see in dreams. All your time is spent in dreaming. Your sleeping and your waking dreams have different forms, and that is all. Their content is the same. They are your protest against reality, and your fixed and insane idea that you can change [Reality].

The Holy Spirit, ever practical in His wisdom, accepts your dreams and uses them as means for waking.

He uses everyone who calls on Him as means for the salvation of everyone.… For we are joined as in one purpose, being of one mind with Him. (A Course in Miracles, T-18.II.4:1-2;5:1-15;6:1;7:6,10. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

This passage makes it clear that the world we experience through bodies is just a dream, though it seems very real. Because the dreams are made based on the belief that separation is real, the dreams block out the reality of oneness. The moment we wholly accept oneness as real, the images of separation would disappear.

If someone having a nightmare is suddenly wakened, they may feel disoriented and fearful. Instead, the Holy Spirit offers us a gentle waking. He can redirect our night or daytime dreams into dreams that lead to awakening. The dreams He brings are happy dreams of forgiveness and extending Love. The happy dreams He brings are peaceful and bring us close to Heaven’s state of peace, Love and joy. From His happy dreams we waken naturally without fear to the oneness and Love of Heaven. Today we welcome Holy Spirit’s happy dream of forgiveness.

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Remembering We Are as God Created Us

[I am as God created me is] the one idea which brings complete salvation; the one statement which makes all forms of temptation powerless; the one thought which renders the ego silent and entirely undone. You are as God created you. The sounds of this world are still, the sights of this world disappear, and all the thoughts that this world ever held are wiped away forever by this one idea. Here is salvation accomplished. Here is sanity restored.

True light is strength, and strength is sinlessness. If you remain as God created you, you must be strong and light must be in you.

I am as God created me.
I am His Son eternally.

Now try to reach the Son of God in you. This is the Self that never sinned [or experienced separation or lack of Love], nor made an image to replace reality. This is the Self that never left Its home in God to walk the world uncertainly. This is the Self that knows no fear, nor could conceive of loss or suffering or death.

Each [time you practice] will be a giant stride toward your release, and a milestone in learning the thought system which this course sets forth. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 94, W-pI.94.1:1-2:2;3:3-8;5:8-9. See also ACIM Lesson 94 Insights.)

God’s Son remains united with his Creator and shares all His attributes. This means the Son of God is eternal and unchangeable. The choice to believe in separation from God could only seem to be real in a dream. Separation could not really occur because separating from God would change God, an impossibility.

The choice to believe in separation induced a sleep with a dream that made separation seem real. The physics theory of the big bang is the world’s explanation for the choice to believe in separation. But that choice led to a dream of separation layered upon separation. All seeming life in the dream is built upon the thought of separation. Cells reproduce by splitting; DNA mutate by splitting off; bodies reproduce by making another body. All the change that appears in the dream comes from the belief in separation. Death is the dream’s ultimate “proof” that separation is real. Yet its seeming reality is only held together by belief.

As we withdraw our belief in separation, the dream unravels. The Teacher of the lesson that only Love is real calls to us in every moment. As we hear the call, we begin to see past the veil woven by belief to the light and strength that is the Son of God. The forms and structures of the world diminish in their importance and the Love that is truly everywhere becomes more and more evident. Guilt and fear fade and the recognition of innocence and experience of changeless Love come forward. When we have let go of all the false images, we awaken from the dream and remember we are Home in the Heart of Love. We remember we are as God created us.

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The Holy Relationship in Practice

The holy relationship is the expression of the holy instant [seeing as Holy Spirit sees] in living in this world. Like everything about salvation, the holy instant is a practical device, witnessed to by its results. The holy instant never fails. The experience of it is always felt. Yet without expression it is not remembered. The holy relationship is a constant reminder of the experience in which the relationship became what it is. And as the unholy relationship is a continuing hymn of hate in praise of its maker, so is the holy relationship a happy song of praise to the Redeemer of relationships.

The holy relationship, a major step toward the perception of the real world, is learned. It is the old, unholy relationship, transformed and seen anew. The holy relationship is a phenomenal teaching accomplishment. In all its aspects, as it begins, develops and becomes accomplished, it represents the reversal of the unholy relationship. Be comforted in this; the only difficult phase is the beginning. For here, the goal of the relationship is abruptly shifted to the exact opposite of what it was. This is the first result of offering the relationship to the Holy Spirit, to use for His purposes. (A Course in Miracles, T-17.V.1-2. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

When we offer our relationship to the Holy Spirit to use for His purposes, it becomes a holy relationship. Its goal is holiness — full acceptance of our oneness in Love. This acceptance has to be learned. All the guilt that we carry consciously and unconsciously must be forgiven.

Each belief in guilt harbored in our mind blocks awareness of our holiness. A relationship dedicated to learning of our holiness is holy in its purpose, but does not start as holy in its day to day experience. But as we continue to practice learning Holy Spirit’s lessons, the holy relationship becomes our classroom to learn to look past the barriers to Love’s presence through forgiveness.

For a special relationship built on fear and guilt, the change to the Holy Spirit’s purpose can be disorienting. What seemed to hold the relationship together no longer fits the new purpose. So we need to learn how to see the relationship through Holy Spirit’s vision. It is the dedication to this practice that makes the relationship holy in its intent, even though old habits may spring up as lessons to learn to let them go. We dedicate today to learning Holy Spirit’s lessons in true vision.

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Our Brothers Offer the Gift of Release Now

“Now” has no meaning to the ego. The present merely reminds [the ego] of past hurts, and it reacts to the present as if it were the past. The ego cannot tolerate release from the past, and although the past is over, the ego tries to preserve its image by responding as if it were present. It dictates your reactions to those you meet in the present from a past reference point, obscuring their present reality. In effect, if you follow the ego’s dictates you will react to your brother as though he were someone else, and this will surely prevent you from recognizing him as he is. And you will receive messages from him out of your own past because, by making it real in the present, you are forbidding yourself to let it go. You thus deny yourself the message of release that every brother offers you now.

Unless you learn that past pain is an illusion, you are choosing a future of illusions and losing the many opportunities you could find for release in the present. The ego would preserve your nightmares, and prevent you from awakening and understanding they are past. Would you recognize a holy encounter if you are merely perceiving it as a meeting with your own past? For you would be meeting no one, and the sharing of salvation, which makes the encounter holy, would be excluded from your sight. The Holy Spirit teaches that you always meet yourself, and the encounter is holy because you are. The ego teaches that you always encounter your past, and because your dreams were not holy, the future cannot be, and the present is without meaning. (A Course in Miracles, T-13.IV.5;6:5-10. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

The ego has a clever scheme to keep us hooked in its thought system of separation. By teaching us that the past is real and with us now, it makes the present moment invisible to us because we’ve covered it with past memories. We then interpret everything we perceive in terms of the past. This means we see nothing as it is now as long as we subscribe to the ego’s scheme.

It’s time to unsubscribe. The ego does not offer us an unsubscribe link. But the Holy Spirit offers us an alternative that renders the ego scheme inoperative. By letting ourselves open to the Holy Spirit’s vision, we learn that the past is not with us. The past is over and cannot affect us at all unless we choose the ego’s scheme.

As we accept the Holy Spirit’s vision, we see our brothers truly. We freely join with them, for they are part of our one Self. In the joining, we receive our brothers’ gift of release from the separation scheme to remember that we are one in God’s Love.

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Our Return to Love Is Guaranteed

The miracle establishes you dream a dream, and that its content is not true. This is a crucial step in dealing with illusions. No one is afraid of them when he perceives he made them up. The fear was held in place because he did not see that he was author of the dream, and not a figure in the dream. He gives himself the consequences that he dreams he gave his brother. …The miracle does nothing but to show him that he has done nothing. What he fears is cause without the consequences that would make it cause. And so it never was.

This world is full of miracles. They stand in shining silence next to every dream of pain and suffering, of sin and guilt. They are the dream’s alternative, the choice to be the dreamer, rather than deny the active role in making up the dream. [Miracles] are the glad effects of taking back the consequence of sickness to its cause. The body is released because the mind acknowledges “this is not done to me, but I am doing this.” And thus the mind is free to make another choice instead. Beginning here, salvation will proceed to change the course of every step in the descent to separation, until all the steps have been retraced, the ladder gone, and all the dreaming of the world undone. (T-28. II.7:1-5,10-12;12)

While we believe the body is our identity, the world seems very real. The one thing that seems guaranteed is that the body will die. There is nothing here that would convince us that this experience is just a story, an illusion of separating from our Creator.

This is why the Holy Spirit was given us to bring a vision to our minds from outside the belief in a world of separation. His mission is to bring us miracles that will show us that what seems so real has no real cause and thus did nothing to change the truth that we are God’s one Son, innocent, whole and unchangeable.

In every moment the miracle of the Holy Spirit’s lesson is available to us to show us the purity of the one Self we share with all that lies beyond the veil of false perception. We always have a choice between believing in the dream of being separate and accepting the freedom the Holy Spirit’s vision offers us.

The first step is to learn and remember that we are the dreamer, not the dream. We are not victim of the dream. We can choose an alternative dream offered by the Holy Spirit which will lead us to see a forgiven world. When our forgiveness is complete, our Creator will carry us across the little gap between the dream and the Reality of our oneness with our Creator. We are guaranteed to find our way Home, for it is God’s Will that we remain one with Him.

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Accepting Holy Spirit’s Vision

Those who accept the Holy Spirit’s purpose as their own share also His vision. And what enables Him to see His purpose shine forth from every altar now is yours as well as His. He sees no strangers; only dearly loved and loving friends. He sees no thorns but only lilies [of forgiveness], gleaming in the gentle glow of peace that shines on everything He looks upon and loves.

You have the vision now to look past all illusions. It has been given you to see no thorns, no strangers and no obstacles to peace. The fear of God is nothing to you now. Who is afraid to look upon illusions, knowing his savior [brother] stands beside him? With him, your vision has become the greatest power for the undoing of illusion that God Himself could give. For what God gave the Holy Spirit, you have received. (A Course in Miracles, T-20.II.5:3-6;7:1-6. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

We have the means to bring peace to the world. Through the Holy Spirit we have the vision to recognize illusion as illusion and know the truth that Love is all that is real. When we accept Holy Spirit’s vision, what we perceived as cause for guilt or fear fades as we welcome the Light of Love.

On our own, believing we are separate, this vision is impossible. But when we accept the Holy Spirit’s help, this vision is inevitable. The Holy Spirit’s purpose is to transform every perception we offer him to true perception, which sees only innocence and oneness. It sees no cause for guilt or fear.

We dedicate today to accepting Holy Spirit’s help to transform our mistaken perceptions. For we would be savior to ourselves, our brothers and the world, according to God’s plan.

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