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The Lessons God Would Have Us Learn

God does not know of learning. Yet His Will extends to what He does not understand, in that He wills the happiness His Son inherited of Him be undisturbed; eternal and forever gaining scope, eternally expanding in the joy of full creation, and eternally open and wholly limitless in Him. That is His Will. And thus His Will provides the means to guarantee that it is done.

God sees no contradictions. Yet His Son believes he sees [contradictions]. Thus [His Son] has a need for One Who can correct his erring sight, and give him vision that will lead him back to where perception ceases. God does not perceive at all. Yet it is He Who gives the means by which perception is made true and beautiful enough to let the light of Heaven shine upon it. It is He Who answers what His Son would contradict, and keeps his sinlessness forever safe.

These are the lessons God would have you learn. …They are the same in fundamental content. It is this:

Forgive, and you will see this differently. (, A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 193,W-pI.193.1-2;3:1,5-7, A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 193,)

The lesson that will relieve us of fear, guilt, pain and suffering is very simple. We must learn to forgive or let go of the belief that we could be separate from our Creator, from Love. Though God cannot conceive of lovelessness, He recognizes that we believe a world where Love is absent is possible and real.

He has given us the remedy for this mistaken belief. It is the Holy Spirit Who knows the oneness of Love and can see our mistaken perceptions without believing in them. This is how He is able to guide us past our mistaken perceptions. He can teach us to recognize our mistaken perceptions as untrue and therefore unreal. This is the core lesson we must learn. This lesson frees us from the self-imposed limitation of the ego thought system.

As we accept the Holy Spirit’s purification of our perception, we learn that only Love is real. We come to the gates of Heaven where we are welcomed into the Heart of Love, our Source. We have seen the world of ego differently and have recognized it as unreal. We have learned that God’s joy, peace and Love are ours now. Our mistaken perceptions have been transformed to true perception.

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Opening to Holy Spirit’s Way of Seeing

When you meet anyone, remember it is a holy encounter. As you see him you will see yourself. As you treat him you will treat yourself. As you think of him you will think of yourself. Never forget this, for in him you will find yourself or lose yourself. Whenever two Sons of God meet, they are given another chance at salvation. Do not leave anyone without giving salvation to him and receiving it yourself. For I am always there with you, in remembrance of you.

The Holy Spirit teaches you that if you look only at yourself you cannot find yourself, because that is not what you are. Whenever you are with a brother, you are learning what you are because you are teaching what you are. He will respond either with pain or with joy, depending on which teacher you are following. He will be imprisoned or released according to your decision, and so will you. Never forget your responsibility to him, because it is your responsibility to yourself. Give him his place in the Kingdom and you will have yours. (A Course in Miracles, T-8.III.4;5:7-12. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

We give salvation to our brother by remembering he is not a body. We let the Holy Spirit help us look past the body image to the Love that is the truth in him. By doing this we teach our brother that he is only Love and learn that we are only Love.

As we ask the Holy Spirit to help us see as He sees, we let go of the meaning we have given to world. This is forgiveness. We make way for the Holy Spirit to show us His meaning, which is Love or the recognition of a call for Love. Every judgment, fear or guilt is a call for Love, whether it is seen in another or felt in ourselves. The Holy Spirit always responds with Love. Today we practice opening our minds to the Holy Spirit’s way of seeing.

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Seeing Only Love

Every situation, properly perceived, becomes an opportunity to heal the Son of God. And he is healed because you offered faith to him, giving him to the Holy Spirit and releasing him from every demand your ego would make of him. Thus do you see him free, and in this vision does the Holy Spirit share. …It is this joining Him in a united purpose that makes this purpose real, because you make it whole. And [making whole] is healing. The body is healed because you came without it, and joined the Mind in which all healing rests.

Faithlessness [perceiving a brother as a body] would always limit and attack; faith would remove all limitations and make whole. Faithlessness would destroy and separate; faith would unite and heal. Faithlessness would interpose illusions between the Son of God and his Creator; faith would remove all obstacles that seem to rise between them. Faithlessness is wholly dedicated to illusions; faith wholly [dedicated] to truth. Partial dedication is impossible. Truth is the absence of illusion; illusion the absence of truth. Both cannot be together, nor perceived in the same place. To dedicate yourself to both [illusions and truth] is to set up a goal forever impossible to attain, for part of it [illusion] is sought through the body, thought of as a means for seeking out reality through attack. The other part [the goal of truth] would heal, and therefore calls upon the mind and not the body. (A Course in Miracles, T-19.I.2:1-3,5-7;5:3-11. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

To have faith in our brother is to have faith in the truth in him — Love and nothing else. Faith in illusion is faith in nothing and is therefore faithlessness. Nothing real can come from an illusion.

To see a brother as a body and respond to what the body does is to put faith in an illusion. This is faithlessness. This perpetuates the perception of separation and makes healing impossible. Healing is of the mind and comes with putting our faith in the truth. As we let the Holy Spirit guide our vision, we see the truth of Love and join with It in Its oneness. To fully experience this, we must be wholly dedicated to seeing only Love, to having faith only in Love’s oneness.

Let us today join with the Holy Spirit in our dedication to truth. This is how we give and receive the gift of healing. This is how we remember only Love is real.

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Claiming Our Unity with God’s Love

Our footsteps have not been unwavering, and doubts have made us walk uncertainly and slowly on the road this course sets forth. But now we hasten on, for we approach a greater certainty, a firmer purpose and a surer goal.

Steady our feet, our Father. Let our doubts be quiet and our holy minds be still, and speak to us. We have no words to give to You. We would but listen to Your Word, and make it ours. Lead our practicing as does a father lead a little child along a way he does not understand. Yet does he follow, sure that he is safe because his father leads the way for him.

So do we bring our practicing to You. And if we stumble, You will raise us up. If we forget the way, we count upon Your sure remembering. We wander off, but You will not forget to call us back. Quicken our footsteps now, that we may walk more certainly and quickly unto You. And we accept the Word You offer us to unify our practicing, as we review the thoughts that You have given us.

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

This Self alone knows Love. This Self alone is perfectly consistent in Its Thoughts; knows Its Creator, understands Itself, is perfect in Its knowledge and Its Love, and never changes from Its constant state of union with Its Father and Itself. (, A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson Review V, W-pI.revV.1:5-3:6;4:3-5)

The ego tells us that God is judgmental, punitive and may, at a whim, end our life and condemn us to hell. This image is certainly frightening. But it’s really the ego’s projection of its own image. The ego’s version of eternity is unforgivable guilt. It is this ego fantasy that needs to be undone for us to remember the changeless of God’s Love.

Reminding ourselves frequently that “God is but Love, and therefore, so am I” is a way to undo the ego’s definition of God. Love does not condemn. Love is one and there is nothing real outside of Love. Love does not change nor come and go with a whim. It has no degrees or variations. It gives wholly of Itself with no limitations as It extends Itself to all.

This is the Love that we are, united with our Creator. This is the Love that will bring us certainty, a sense of safety and peace that cannot be disturbed. It brings the gift of joy beyond description. This is what we claim when we remind ourselves, “God is but Love and therefore so am I.”

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Welcoming God’s Gifts in the Present

We ask for rest today, and quietness unshaken by the world’s appearances. We ask for peace and stillness, in the midst of all the turmoil born of clashing dreams. We ask for safety and for happiness, although we seem to look on danger and on sorrow. And we have the thought [I rest in God] that will answer our asking with what we request.

This is the day of peace. You rest in God, and while the world is torn by winds of hate your rest remains completely undisturbed. Yours is the rest of truth. Appearances cannot intrude on you. You call to all to join you in your rest, and they will hear and come to you because you rest in God. They will not hear another voice than yours because you gave your voice to God, and now you rest in Him and let Him speak through you.

You rest within the peace of God today, and call upon your brothers from your rest to draw them to their rest, along with you. You will be faithful to your trust today, forgetting no one, bringing everyone into the boundless circle of your peace, the holy sanctuary where you rest. Open the temple doors and let them come from far across the world, and near as well; your distant brothers and your closest friends; bid them all enter here and rest with you. (, A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 109, W-pI.109.1;4;8. See also ACIM Lesson 109 Insights.)

It is God’s Will that we have all of His peace, all His joy and all His Love. It is all available to us in the present moment. But when the events of our world experienced through the body capture our attention, we are interpreting based on perceptions of the past. These perceptions are illusions. But using them to interpret our present experience brings the past to the present. This process blinds us to the eternal presence of peace that is the truth now.

Each time we remind ourselves that we rest in God, we loosen our attachment to the past and welcome God’s gifts in the present moment. “I rest in God” reminds us that what we have been perceiving in the world is not real. We remind ourselves to question these perceptions and welcome the peace of God. As we welcome God’s peace, the seeming reality of the world fades. Practicing this thought will help us reach the point where we overlook all appearances, for we are certain of our safety in our Home in God.

Today we will remind ourselves often, “I rest in God.”

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Let the Voice of Love Be Our Guide

Perhaps you think that different kinds of love are possible. Perhaps you think there is a kind of love for this, a kind for that; a way of loving one, another way of loving still another. Love is one. It has no separate parts and no degrees; no kinds nor levels, no divergencies and no distinctions. It is like itself, unchanged throughout. It never alters with a person or a circumstance. It is the Heart of God, and also of His Son.

No law the world obeys can help you grasp love’s meaning. What the world believes was made to hide love’s meaning, and to keep it dark and secret. There is not one principle the world upholds but violates the truth of what love is, and what you are as well.

Seek not within the world to find your Self. Love is not found in darkness and in death. Yet it is perfectly apparent to the eyes that see and ears that hear love’s Voice. Today we practice making free your mind of all the laws you think you must obey; of all the limits under which you live, and all the changes that you think are part of human destiny. Today we take the largest single step this course requests in your advance towards its established goal.

At least three times an hour think of one who makes the journey with you, and who came to learn what you must learn. And as he comes to mind, give him this message from your Self:

I bless you, brother, with the Love of God, which I would
share with you. For I would learn the joyous lesson that
there is no love but God’s and yours and mine and everyone’s.
(, A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 127,T-pI.127.1;5-6;12:2-5. See also ACIM Lesson 127 Insights.)

It is helpful to know that Love cannot be found in the world we experience with a body. The world’s laws deny the laws of Love.

But the Voice of Love is ever present in our mind to be called upon in every moment to learn what Love is. We need to turn to this Voice for guidance. This Voice will teach us to see beyond the forms of the world and to hear beyond the raucous noise of the world. The body’s senses cannot perceive the oneness of Love. The Voice of Love is the Voice of our true Self, for Love and our Self are one in truth.

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Returning from Darkness to God’s Light

It is your weakness that sees through the body’s eyes, peering about in darkness to behold the likeness of itself; the small, the weak, the sickly and the dying, those in need, the helpless and afraid, the sad, the poor, the starving and the joyless. These are seen through eyes that cannot see and cannot bless.

Strength overlooks these things by seeing past appearances. It keeps its steady gaze upon the light that lies beyond them. It unites with light, of which it is a part. It sees itself. It brings the light in which your Self appears. In darkness you perceive a self that is not there. Strength is the truth about you; weakness is an idol falsely worshipped and adored that strength may be dispelled, and darkness rule where God appointed that there should be light.

Strength comes from truth, and shines with light its Source has given it; weakness reflects the darkness of its maker [ego]. (, A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 92, W-pI.92.3:3-5:1. See also ACIM Lesson 92 Insights.)

Here the Course defines Light and Strength as attributes of God and His Love. As it says in the introduction to the Course, “Only Love is real.” Anything other than Love must be an illusion and therefore has no power of its own. Only our belief in the reality of appearances seems to give them strength.

God gave all of Himself and all His attributes to His Son — our Self. We were given the Light of God in our Creation. It remains the truth of What we are. This Light and Strength remain with us eternally. It is only a mistaken belief that makes it unknown to us. We need to remind ourselves that Light and Strength abide in us because we have convinced ourselves that we live in the darkness of the ego.

This is part of the process the Course is leading us through to undo our mistaken beliefs. As we remember that God’s Light and Strength abide in us, the darkness of the ego thought system is dispelled. We free ourselves from wandering in darkness and awaken to the Light of our true Self.

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