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Forgiveness Awakens the Memory of God

It is our function to remember [God] on earth, as it is given us to be His Own completion in reality. So let us not forget our goal is shared, for it is that remembrance which contains the memory of God, and points the way to Him and to the Heaven of His peace. And shall we not forgive our brother, who can offer [the Heaven of God’s peace] to us? [Our brother] is the way, the truth and life that shows the way to us. In him resides salvation, offered us through our forgiveness, given unto him.

We will not end this year without the gift our Father promised to His holy Son. We are forgiven now. And we are saved from all the wrath we thought belonged to God, and found it was a dream. We are restored to sanity, in which we understand that anger is insane, attack is mad, and vengeance merely foolish fantasy. We have been saved from wrath because we learned we were mistaken. Nothing more than that. And is a father angry at his son because he failed to understand the truth?

We come in honesty to God and say we did not understand, and ask Him to help us to learn His lessons, through the Voice of His Own Teacher. (A Course in Miracles Final Lessons, W-pII.Final Lessons Intro.4:1-6:1. See also ACIM Lesson 361 Insights.)

We are forgiven now because God has never judged against us. He knows us as His Son, an extension of Himself. It is we who must forgive the image we have made of ourselves as separate individuals. What we perceive about our brothers is a projection of what we believe we are. We perceive him as a body because we believe we are a body.

All the attributes we assign to our brother as a body are attributes we have accepted as our own. We believe bodies can harm and be harmed. We believe bodies can die because we believe we can die. These beliefs are constructs of the ego thought system of separation. They seem true only because we believe them. We forgive these illusions by withdrawing our belief in them.

To do this we need the Holy Spirit’s help. The Holy Spirit sees what we see but does not believe them. He uses the images and symbols we have made to teach us what we believe is not true. As we accept His lessons, we forgive the illusions and the memory of God returns to our holy mind.

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Our Goal Is to Forgive the World

[The Holy Spirit] is the only way to find the peace that God has given us. It is His way that everyone must travel in the end, because it is this ending God Himself appointed. In the dream of time it seems to be far off. And yet, in truth, it is already here; already serving us as gracious guidance in the way to go. Let us together follow in the way that truth points out to us. And let us be the leaders of our many brothers who are seeking for the way, but find it not.

And to this purpose let us dedicate our minds, directing all our thoughts to serve the function of salvation. Unto us the aim is given to forgive the world. It is the goal that God has given us. It is His ending to the dream we seek, and not our own. For all that we forgive we will not fail to recognize as part of God Himself. And thus His memory is given back, completely and complete. (A Course in Miracles Final Lessons Introduction, W-pII.Final Lessons Intro.2-3. See also ACIM Lesson 361 Insights.)

The world of form was made by the ego to block our perception of the truth of every brother — that he is only Love, at one with us. As we let go of our belief in the ego’s images, the veil becomes thinner and we remember more clearly that we are still in God.

When forgiveness is complete, we know that only Love is real. Nothing else exists. We experience the peace of God. This is the goal that God has given us because He would share His Love with us. As we share God’s Love, we extend God’s Creation.

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Neutralizing the Ego’s Defenses

The Holy Spirit is not delayed in His teaching by your mistakes. He can be held back only by your unwillingness to let them go. Let us therefore be determined… to be willing to forgive ourselves for our lapses in diligence…. This tolerance for weakness will enable us to overlook it, rather than give it power to delay our learning. If we give it power to do this, we are regarding it as strength, and are confusing strength with weakness.

When you fail to comply with the requirements of this course, you have merely made a mistake. This calls for correction, and for nothing else. To allow a mistake to continue is to make additional mistakes, based on the first and reinforcing it. It is this process that must be laid aside, for it is but another way in which you would defend illusions against the truth.

Let all these errors go by recognizing them for what they are. They are attempts to keep you unaware you are one Self, united with your Creator, at one with every aspect of creation, and limitless in power and in peace. This is the truth, and nothing else is true. Today we will affirm this truth again, and try to reach the place in you in which there is no doubt that only this is true.

I am one Self, united with my Creator, at one with every aspect of creation, and limitless in power and in peace. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 95, W-pI.95.8-10;11:2. See also ACIM Lesson 95 Insights.)

The ego feeds on guilt. It constantly searches for justification of guilt. This is because its seeming existence depends on keeping guilt in the mind, tying our perceptions to the past. Without the past, the ego would not seem to exist, for only the oneness of Love is now.

We need to practice applying the Course in our lives because we have a long-established habit of dwelling on the past, looking for guilt. This habit comes from our allegiance to the ego. Habits can be broken. But diligence is required to interrupt the habitual scripts that deny the truth, and turn to the Holy Spirit for a new vision that recognizes the innocence of Love’s oneness everywhere. This practice will help us identify with the one Self we are, united with our Creator.

The ego has a defense against this practice. It takes awhile to replace the old habits which have ruled our minds. We often have lapses in our practice. The ego uses these lapses to reinforce guilt, pointing out our weakness and inconsistency.

This is a time for us to redouble our practice by reminding ourselves that, in truth, we are one Self, united with our Creator. We need to let go of the lapses by recognizing that they cannot change the truth of what we are. The lapses have had no effect and are therefore not justification for guilt. Thus we neutralize the ego’s defense and continue on our journey of awakening with the Holy Spirit.

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Recognizing Our Perfection in Love

…your life is not a part of anything you see. It stands beyond the body and the world, past every witness for unholiness, within the Holy, holy as Itself. In every­one and everything His Voice would speak to you of nothing but your Self and your Creator, Who is one with Him. So will you see the holy face of Christ in everything, and hear in everything no sound except the echo of God’s Voice.

And then we watch our thoughts, appealing silently to Him Who sees the elements of truth in them. Let Him evaluate each thought that comes to mind, remove the elements of dreams, and give them back again as clean ideas that do not contradict the Will of God.

Give Him your thoughts, and He will give them back as mir­acles which joyously proclaim the wholeness and the happiness God wills His Son, as proof of His eternal Love. And as each thought is thus transformed, it takes on healing power from the Mind which saw the truth in it, and failed to be deceived by what was falsely added. All the threads of fantasy are gone. And what remains is unified into a perfect Thought that offers its perfection everywhere. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 151, W-pI.151.12;13:3-4;14. See also ACIM Lesson 151 Insights.)

An early Workbook lesson tells us that God is in everything we see. Because God is All That is with no limits, He has no form. The forms we see through the body’s eyes do not show us God. God (Love) cannot be seen with the body’s eyes, just as His Voice cannot be heard with the body’s ears.

But God’s Voice can be heard in our mind. As God is everywhere, His Voice is everywhere to be heard if we but listen in our mind. His Voice speaks to us throughout the day. It offers us true vision that looks past forms to the Love that unifies us with our brothers and with God.

While we perceive ourselves to be in a world of form, we need help to recognize the presence of God’s Voice speaking to us from beyond the images of the world. His Voice is there to be heard. We need only be willing to let our thoughts be purified of mistaken beliefs in separation so that we may recognize the miracle of Love’s oneness that is ever present to be received. We practice pausing frequently today to welcome the Holy Spirit’s help with recognizing the truth of our perfection in Love.

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Learning and Teaching Only Love Is Real

What you call upon in [your brother] you call upon in yourself. And as you call upon it in them it becomes real to you. God has but one Son, knowing them all as One. Only God Himself is more than they but they are not less than He is. Would you know what this means? If what you do to my brother you do to me, and if you do everything for yourself because we are part of you, everything we do belongs to you as well. Everyone God created is part of you and shares His glory with you. His glory belongs to Him, but it is equally yours. You cannot, then, be less glorious than He is.

Because the Sonship must create as one, you remember creation whenever you recognize part of creation. Each part you remember adds to your wholeness because each part is whole. Wholeness is indivisible, but you cannot learn of your wholeness until you see it everywhere. You can know yourself only as God knows His Son, for knowledge is shared with God. When you awake in Him you will know your magnitude by accepting His limitlessness as yours.

Very simply, the Holy Spirit teaches you to awaken others. As you see them waken you will learn what waking means, and because you have chosen to wake them, their gratitude and their appreciation of what you have given them will teach you its value. (A Course in Miracles, T-9.VI.3:3-10;4:4-8;5:2-3. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

We perceive others as being what we believe about ourselves. As we accept the Holy Spirit’s perception in place of our own, we see the Holy Spirit in our brothers which shows us the Holy Spirit in ourselves.

By letting the Holy Spirit guide all our perceptions, we teach our brothers that the Holy Spirit is in them. Thus we teach both our brothers and ourselves the truth that only Love is real. In this lesson we learn of our oneness together as God’s one Son. This joining awakens us to the truth of What we are — perfect Love in the Heart of God’s Love.

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Thoughts That Heal Our Mind

Healing is a thought by which two minds perceive their oneness and become glad. This gladness calls to every part of the Sonship to rejoice with them, and lets God go out into them and through them. Only the healed mind can experience revelation with lasting effect, because revelation is an experience of pure joy. If you do not choose to be wholly joyous, your mind cannot have what it does not choose to be. Remember that spirit knows no difference between having and being. The higher mind thinks according to the laws spirit obeys, and therefore honors only the laws of God. To spirit getting is meaningless and giving is all. Having everything, spirit holds everything by giving it, and thus creates as the Father created. While this kind of thinking is totally alien to having things, even to the lower mind it is quite comprehensible in connection with ideas. If you share a physical possession, you do divide its ownership. If you share an idea, however, you do not lessen it. All of [the idea] is still yours although all of it has been given away. Further, if the one to whom you give it accepts it as his, he reinforces it in your mind and thus increases it. If you can accept the concept that the world is one of ideas, the whole belief in the false association the ego makes between giving and losing is gone.

Let us start our process of reawakening with just a few simple concepts:

Thoughts increase by being given away.
The more who believe in them the stronger they become.
Everything is an idea.
How, then, can giving and losing be associated?
(A Course in Miracles, T-5.I.1-2. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

 
The thoughts of our true Self are in line with the laws of God. Our true Self knows only oneness in the Love of God. The thoughts of our true Self are shared with God.

The lower mind is the part that accepts the ego thought system which denies oneness. The idea of separation makes sharing impossible. This is why the ego always perceives giving as loss. Nothing is shared in the ego mind.

The forms we perceive in the world do not seem to be effect of thoughts. These forms are just mental images which we believe are real. This mistaken belief makes it seem that we must defend what we think we have to protect against loss. Yet what we think we have is an empty illusion. Its seeming value comes only from our belief.

Our release from this fearful state of mind comes from the Holy Spirit, Who guides us to recognize the difference between images we made by belief and the reality of our oneness in Love. He guides us to let go of false beliefs and welcome our true Self in God. This is how we heal our mind from false perceptions and learn to recognize the face of Christ in everyone.

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Demonstrating the Love We Are

Let us but learn this lesson for today: We will not recognize what we receive until we give it. You have heard this said a hundred ways, a hundred times, and yet belief is lacking still. But this is sure; until belief is given it, you will receive a thousand miracles and then receive a thousand more, but will not know that God Himself has left no gift beyond what you already have; nor has denied the tiniest of blessings to His Son. What can this mean to you, until you have identified with Him and with His Own?

Our lesson for today is stated thus:

I am among the ministers of God, and I am grateful that I have the means by which to recognize that I am free.

The world recedes as we light up our minds, and realize these holy words are true. They are the message sent to us today from our Creator. Now we demonstrate how they have changed our minds about ourselves, and what our function is. For as we prove that we accept no will we do not share, our many gifts from our Creator will spring to our sight and leap into our hands, and we will recognize what we received. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 154, W-pI.154.12-14. See also ACIM Lesson 154 Insights.)

There is only one Will we can share and that is the Will of God. The ego seems to have a will of its own. But all the ego really has is wishes to be different and separate from the Love of God. These wishes produce illusions which seem real because we believe they are true. It is this belief that gives us the illusion of having a will we call our own. This will of our own cannot be shared. Only through joining as one is anything shared. But separation is the will not to join.

To share the Will of God is to join in Love and share It. Because sharing is an attribute of Love, we can only experience Love by sharing It. We all have had at least a momentary experience when we felt Love and the desire to express it, perhaps with a hug or a smile. In that expression, we demonstrate that Love is in us. As we remove the barriers to Love’s presence in our minds, we experience increasing blessings as we are more and more inspired to give Love and teach ourselves that we have Love.

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