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Being the Harmlessness of Our True Self

You make what you defend against, and by your own
defense against it is it real and inescapable. Lay down
your arms, and only then do you perceive it false.

Now do your eyes belong to Christ, and He looks through them. Now your voice belongs to God and echoes His. And now your heart remains at peace forever. You have chosen Him in place of idols, and your attributes, given by your Creator, are restored to you at last. The Call for God is heard and answered. Now has fear made way for love, as God Himself replaces cruelty.

Father, we are like You. No cruelty abides in us, for there is none in You. Your peace is ours. And we bless the world with what we have received from You alone. We choose again, and make our choice for all our brothers, knowing they are one with us. We bring them Your salvation as we have received it now. And we give thanks for them who render us complete. In them we see Your glory, and in them we find our peace. Holy are we because Your Holiness has set us free. And we give thanks. Amen. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 170, W-pI.170.2:6-7;12:1-13:11. See also ACIM Lesson 170 Insights.)

The dream of a world of separation is a defense against the oneness of God’s Love. We populate the dream with images of separation — bodies, cultures, races, countries and continents — which stand as a defense against oneness. The images make separation seem real. It is impossible to experience the joy and peace of our true Self in the dream that defends against it.

We were created complete as the one Self we share with all our brothers. This one Self is God’s Son, the extension of God’s Love. Love does not condemn nor harm. There is no harm in the one Self that is the truth of our being. As we identify with our Self, we see with the eyes of Christ. We speak with His voice. We experience His peace and we recognize our completion by our unity with our brothers. 

Today we use the inner vision of our Self to look past the images of separation in the dream and welcome the recognition of the Love our brother is, united with us.

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How to Bless the World and Ourselves

[“My holiness blesses the world”] contains the first glimmerings of your true function in the world, or why you are here. Your purpose is to see the world through your own holiness. Thus are you and the world blessed together. No one loses; nothing is taken away from anyone; everyone gains through your holy vision. It signifies the end of sacrifice because it offers everyone his full due. And he is entitled to everything because it is his birthright as a Son of God.

His wholeness [is] restored to his awareness through your vision. Your holiness blesses him by asking nothing of him. Those who see themselves as whole make no demands.

Your holiness is the salvation of the world. It lets you teach the world that it is one with you, not by preaching to it, not by telling it anything, but merely by your quiet recognition that in your holiness are all things blessed along with you. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 37, W-pI.37.1;2:5-3:2. See also ACIM Lesson 37 Insights.)

Our true Self is holy because It is the oneness of Love. Our holy vision sees only Love everywhere, united with Itself. This vision unifies because it overlooks the images of separation in the world. As we look upon our brother with the holy vision of Love, we see the truth in him and remind ourselves of the truth in us. This is how we bless the world and ourselves simultaneously.

If we wish a brother behaved differently, said different things or looked different, we are not seeing him with holy vision. This wish denies our own holiness and withholds our brother’s birthright as Love’s Creation. Today we practice welcoming Love’s vision to help us see the oneness of Love everywhere and overlook the images of separation in the world. This is how we bless the world and ourselves.

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Learning Peace Is in Us Now

The Communication Link [God’s Voice] that God Himself placed within you, joining your mind with His, cannot be broken. You may believe you want It broken, and this belief does interfere with the deep peace in which the sweet and constant communication God would share with you is known. Yet His channels of reaching out cannot be wholly closed and separated from Him. Peace will be yours because His peace still flows to you from Him Whose Will is peace. You have it now. The Holy Spirit will teach you how to use [peace], and by extending it, to learn that it is in you.

Salvation is as sure as God. His certainty suffices. Learn that even the darkest nightmare that disturbs the mind of God’s sleeping Son holds no power over him. He will learn the lesson of awaking. God watches over him and light surrounds him.

You do not have to know that Heaven is yours to make it so. It is so. Yet to know it, the Will of God must be accepted as your will. (A Course in Miracles, T-13.XI.8:1-6;9:3-7;10:5-7. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

The appearance of devastation, disease and death is the ego’s out-picturing of the belief in separation and guilt. It is simply made up images that have no effect on the changeless Reality of God’s Son. Beyond the appearances, safely held in the reality of our true Self, is the peace of God. This peace cannot be lost, but we can deny Its presence.

The Voice for God is ever present in our mind, gently reminding us that we are united with the peace of God. Let us listen today. In our heart we want to hear Heaven’s choir singing the song of the peace that we share with all that is.

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How to Offer Love to the World

…we give these times of quiet to the Teacher Who instructs in quiet, speaks of peace, and gives our thoughts whatever meaning they may have.

…let Him teach you what to do and say and think, each time you turn to Him. He will not fail to be available to you, each time you call to Him to help you.

I feel the Love of God within me now.

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.

I am the holy Son of God Himself.

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

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.
(A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson Review VI, W-pI.VI.in.6:6;7:2-3. 209.1:1-5. 211.1. See also ACIM Lesson 209 Insights.)

The key to healing our minds is to interrupt the automatic stream of thoughts from the ego that move through our mind. These thoughts come from the ego’s trance script that will continue unabated until we interrupt the trance.

We interrupt the ego trance by pausing and taking time apart to welcome the Teacher within, Who will replace the ego fear thoughts we do not want with thoughts inspired by Love. These thoughts of Love will show us how to offer Love to the world instead of fear. Love will inspire us with what to think and say and do. Our activities in the world may be the same, but the foundation will be Love and extending Love. This is how we free the world from all we thought it was. It is the function God would have us fill. We choose this today.

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Accepting the Christ Within

The Christ in you is very still. He looks on what He loves, and knows it as Himself. And thus does He rejoice at what He sees, because He knows that it is one with Him and with His Father.

[Christ] knows that love is in you now, and safely held in you by that same hand that holds your brother’s in your own. Christ’s hand holds all His brothers in Himself. He gives them vision for their sightless eyes, and sings to them of Heaven, that their ears may hear no more the sound of battle and of death. He reaches through them, holding out His hand, that everyone may bless all living things, and see their holiness. And He rejoices that these sights are yours, to look upon with Him and share His joy. His perfect lack of specialness He offers you, that you may save all living things from death, receiving from each one the gift of life that your forgiveness offers to your Self. The sight of Christ is all there is to see. The song of Christ is all there is to hear. The hand of Christ is all there is to hold. There is no journey but to walk with Him. (A Course in Miracles, T-24.V.1:1-3;7:1-10. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

It is helpful to remember that the body and all its senses are constructs of the ego thought system and therefore are illusions. Illusions make illusions; they cannot make truth. What the body’s senses perceive are illusions.

To free ourselves from the dream of separation and specialness, we need to use a different means of perception to overlook the illusions of the dream. In our minds the Christ offers His vision, His hands, His feet to connect with the truth in our brothers. With the inner vision of Christ, we see the innocence and Love within our brothers. The hands of Christ join with the hands of our brothers, welcoming them into the oneness of Love. With Christ’s feet, we walk with our brothers on the journey of remembering we are one Self, the innocent Son of God, safe in the eternal presence of Love. Today we choose Christ in our mind as our Guide for all our doing.

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The Holy Trinity in Our Mind

The Holy Spirit links the other part — the tiny, mad desire to be separate, different and special — to the Christ, to make the oneness clear to what is really one.

The Holy Spirit serves Christ’s purpose in your mind, so that the aim of specialness can be corrected where the error lies. Because His purpose still is one with both the Father and the Son, He knows the Will of God and what you really will. But this is understood by mind perceived as one, aware that it is one, and so experienced. It is the Holy Spirit’s function to teach you how this oneness is experienced, what you must do that it can be experienced, and where you should go to do it.

All this takes note of time and place as if they were discrete, for while you think that part of you is separate, the concept of a Oneness joined as One is meaningless. It is apparent that a mind so split could never be the Teacher of a Oneness which unites all things within Itself. And so What [Holy Spirit] is within this mind, and does unite all things together, must be its Teacher. Yet must It use the language that this mind can understand, in the condition in which it thinks it is. And It must use all learning to transfer illusions to the truth, taking all false ideas of what you are, and leading you beyond them to the truth that is beyond them. All this can very simply be reduced to this:

What is the same can not be different, and what is one can not have separate parts. (A Course in Miracles, T-25.I.5:3;6;7. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

While we desire to be special and dream of being separate, we cannot understand the reality of oneness. We need to be taught how to see past the separate images of the dream. This is the Holy Spirit’s function in our minds. He recognizes the separate identity we believe we are but knows it is not true. With this understanding, He uses the symbols and language of the dream as a bridge to translate our illusions and lead us to truth.

Though we dream of being separate, Christ, the Son of God, is still in our mind. He is the one Self we share. Christ remains at one with our Creator. In the oneness of Love, there is no distinction between God and the Son of God.

The Holy Spirit speaks for Christ to the split mind we believe is our reality. The Holy Spirit is the Answer provided to link the illusion of a split mind to the oneness of Love that has never really changed. This Answer guarantees that we can not be forever lost in the dream of separation. We have a Teacher to guide us out of our delusion and awaken us to the fact that we remain one with our Creator. We remain Eternal Love and nothing else.

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Choosing Christ’s Vision as Our Guide

It cannot be that it is hard to do the task that Christ appointed you to do, since it is He Who does it. And in the doing of it will you learn the body merely seems to be the means to do it. For the Mind is His. And so it must be yours. [Christ’s] Holiness directs the body through the mind at one with Him. And you are manifest unto your holy brother, as he to you. Here is the meeting of the holy Christ unto Himself; nor any differences perceived to stand between the aspects of [Christ’s] Holiness, which meet and join and raise Him to His Father, whole and pure and worthy of His everlasting Love.

You are the means for God; not separate, nor with a life apart from His. His Life is manifest in you who are His Son. Each aspect of Himself is framed in holiness and perfect purity, in love celestial and so complete it wishes only that it may release all that it looks upon unto itself. Its radiance shines through each body that it looks upon, and brushes all its darkness into light merely by looking past it to the light. The veil is lifted through its gentleness, and nothing hides the face of Christ from its beholders. You and your brother stand before Him now, to let Him draw aside the veil that seems to keep you separate and apart. (A Course in Miracles, T-25.I.1;4. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

Christ is the part of our mind that knows the Son of God is one. Christ’s vision sees past bodies to the truth in every brother. In the dream of separation, the one Son of God appears as many in separate bodies. But Christ’s vision in our minds overlooks the images of separation and sees the oneness we all share as God’s one Son. With this vision we automatically join with our brothers, for the veil of separate images is lifted and we see the truth. This vision cannot be seen with the body’s eyes, but only with the vision of Christ in our mind.

To know our true Self, we must use Christ’s vision to look upon the Light in our brothers. What we see with this vision shows us what we are. As we let this vision guide us we release the world from our dream of separation and we join with the one Son in the heart of God. Here we know that we are Love and nothing else; we know and experience God’s peace and joy. Today we choose Christ in our mind as our Guide for seeing.

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