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How to Have a Day of Peace

I rest in God.

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.

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.

Time is not the guardian of what we give today. We give to those unborn and those passed by, to every Thought of God, and to the Mind in which these Thoughts were born and where they rest. And we remind them of their resting place each time we tell ourselves, “I rest in God.” (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 109, W-pI.109.1:1-3;4;8:1-2;9:4-6. See also ACIM Lesson 109 Insights.)

The appearances of the world represent the ego belief in separation. They are illusions symbolizing the belief that it is possible to be without Love. These illusions appear to conflict with each other and make a world of chaos. But appearances by definition are not real. Only our belief makes an appearance seem real.

When we choose to accept that we rest in the oneness of God’s Love, there is no “other” to perceive. We rest in Love, which never changes. Its changelessness brings with it perfect safety and peace. By affirming “I rest in God,” we are claiming the one Self God created one with Him. We overlook the appearances of the world to see the truth of our unity with every brother in God’s Love.

We welcome every brother to join us as we rest in God. A brother we recognize as part of us does not appear as a threat to our peace. Rather we recognize him as part of our peace which is completed by his inclusion. As we learn to overlook all appearances, our rest is complete, for no-one is excluded from the Love we share with God.

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Undoing Our Belief in Sin (Separation)

My sinlessness protects me from all harm.

My sinlessness ensures me perfect peace, eternal safety, everlasting love, freedom forever from all thought of loss; complete deliverance from suffering. And only happiness can be my state, for only happiness is given me. What must I do to know all this is mine? I must accept Atonement for myself, and nothing more. God has already done all things that need be done. And I must learn I need do nothing of myself, for I need but accept my Self, my sinlessness, created for me, now already mine, to feel God’s Love protecting me from harm, to understand my Father loves His Son; to know I am the Son my Father loves.

You Who created me in sinlessness are not mistaken about what I am. I was mistaken when I thought I sinned, but I accept Atonement for myself. Father, my dream is ended now. Amen. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 337, W-pII.337. See also ACIM Lesson 337 Insights.)

Sin is belief in being separate and denies the oneness of Love. Sinlessness accepts Love’s oneness as our own. We accept the Atonement by letting go or undoing our belief in separation. Separation could never actually occur, but our belief in it gives it reality in our perception. In truth, we are still as God created us, at one with Him and His Son.

The changelessness of Love makes harm and separation impossible. It is this that guarantees our sinlessness. It guarantees that we have God’s peace and joy eternally, ensured by God in our creation. To claim our sinlessness, we need only accept what we already have and are.

The Holy Spirit’s function is to teach us to recognize mistaken beliefs in being separate and let them go. With His help, we will accept Atonement for ourself and leave the ego in the nothingness from which it came.

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Joining in the Oneness of God’s Love

To love my Father is to love His Son.

Let me not think that I can find the way to God, if I have hatred in my heart. Let me not try to hurt God’s Son, and think that I can know his Father or my Self. Let me not fail to recognize myself, and still believe that my awareness can contain my Fa­ther, or my mind conceive of all the love my Father has for me, and all the love which I return to Him.

I will accept the way You choose for me to come to You, my Father. For in that will I succeed, because it is Your Will. And I would recognize that what You will is what I will as well, and only that. And so I choose to love Your Son. Amen. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 246, W-pII.246. See also ACIM Lesson 246 Insights.)

Hatred is not limited to the people whom we perceive have offended or harmed us. To perceive anyone as a body, separate from us is, to hate the truth of what our brother is. It is a denial of the Love that unites us with our brother and our Creator.

Because we are all united in one Love, we can only know our Creator by loving all of His creations. That means we disregard the perception of separation represented by a body. We look past that false image to the Love that unites us. This is God’s Will for us because His Will is only Love.

Being one with God’s Love, joining in Love is our Will along with God’s. To remember Who we are as God’s one Son, we must remember our oneness with our brother in the Love that unites us with our Creator.

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Remembering the Peace of Our True Home

The hush of Heaven holds my heart today.

Father, how still today! How quietly do all things fall in place! This is the day that has been chosen as the time in which I come to under­stand the lesson that there is no need that I do anything. In You is every choice already made. In You has every conflict been resolved. In You is everything I hope to find already given me. Your peace is mine. My heart is quiet, and my mind at rest. Your Love is Heaven, and Your Love is mine.

The stillness of today will give us hope that we have found the way, and travelled far along it to a wholly certain goal. Today we will not doubt the end which God Himself has promised us. We trust in Him, and in our Self, Who still is one with Him. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 286, W-pII.286. See also ACIM Lesson 286 Insights.)

This lesson reminds us of our natural state as God’s Son. We are held eternally in the quiet peace of Heaven, our Home. Though we wandered off into a dream of lack, conflict, guilt and fear, we still remain in the Heart of God.

We do not need to do anything to be where and What we were created to be. In fact, we need to stop trying to be something else. It is the wish to be something else that makes the dream of a world of separation appear real. This wish gives value to illusions and holds them in our minds as a barrier hiding Heaven from our awareness. We return to knowing Heaven when we let go of wishing to have a domain we call our own, to be separate.

Today we remind ourselves that all we really want is to be aware of our true Home by frequently repeating to ourselves, “The hush of Heaven holds my heart today.”

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Accepting Holy Spirit’s Guidance

No one can doubt the ego’s skill in building up false cases. Nor can anyone doubt your willingness to listen until you choose not to accept anything except truth. When you lay the ego aside, it will be gone. The Holy Spirit’s Voice is as loud as your willingness to listen. It cannot be louder without violating your freedom of choice, which the Holy Spirit seeks to restore, never to undermine.

The Holy Spirit teaches you to use your body only to reach your brothers, so He can teach His message through you. This will heal them and therefore heal you. Everything used in accordance with its function as the Holy Spirit sees it cannot be sick. Everything used otherwise is. Do not allow the body to be a mirror of a split mind. Do not let it be an image of your own perception of littleness. Do not let it reflect your decision to attack. Health is seen as the natural state of everything when interpretation is left to the Holy Spirit, Who perceives no attack on anything. Health is the result of relinquishing all attempts to use the body lovelessly. Health is the beginning of the proper perspective on life under the guidance of the one Teacher Who knows what life is, being the Voice for Life Itself. (A Course in Miracles, T-8.VIII.8:4-9:10. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

When we believe we are a body, we are identifying with an image of littleness and limitation. We are identifying with the ego. We need to let go of believing we are this mistaken identity. Healing comes when we accept that we are the one Self God created us to be.

To free ourselves from the limited identity we have accepted, we need to be willing to listen to the Voice of the Holy Spirit. We believe what we perceive is true. The Holy Spirit recognizes what we perceive but does not believe our interpretation of it. Thus He can teach us to reinterpret our perceptions through His vision of the truth. With His help, we will exercise our freedom of choice and choose to accept the eternal Love we were given in our Creation. We will claim Love’s strength as our own and let go of the limited little self-image the ego made.

Today we practice opening our mind to receive the Holy Spirit’s perception throughout the day. We frequently pause and ask the Holy Spirit, “How would you see this situation? What is your interpretation of this perception?” The more we remember to ask these questions and accept His answers, the happier, more loving and peaceful our day will be.

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We Are at Home in the Arms of Love

It is surely good advice to tell you not to judge what you do not understand. No one with a personal investment is a reliable witness, for truth to him has become what he wants it to be. If you are unwilling to perceive an appeal for help as what it is, it is because you are unwilling to give help and to receive it. To fail to recognize a call for help is to refuse help. Would you maintain that you do not need [help]? Yet this is what you are maintaining when you refuse to recognize a brother’s appeal, for only by answering his appeal can you be helped. Deny him your help and you will not recognize God’s Answer to you. The Holy Spirit does not need your help in interpreting motivation, but you do need His.

Only appreciation is an appropriate response to your brother. Gratitude is due him for both his loving thoughts and his appeals for help, for both are capable of bringing love into your awareness if you perceive them truly. And all your sense of strain comes from your attempts not to do just this. How simple, then, is God’s plan for salvation. There is but one response to reality, for reality evokes no conflict at all. There is but one Teacher of reality, Who understands what it is. He does not change His Mind about reality because reality does not change. Although your interpretations of reality are meaningless in your divided state, His remain consistently true. He gives [His interpretations] to you because they are for you. Do not attempt to “help” a brother in your way, for you cannot help yourself. But hear his call for the Help of God, and you will recognize your own need for the Father. (A Course in Miracles, T-12.I.5-6. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

Under the Holy Spirit’s direction, our experience in the world is a classroom for lessons in awakening to Love. The ego’s purpose for the world is to teach us to deny Love. As long as we subscribe to the ego’s purpose, we will be on a constant search to find Love, peace and happiness. But we will never find them because the ego’s plan is always to direct us to search where they cannot be found.

If we want to be happy and know we are loved, we need to choose the Teacher within Who knows where to find it. His lessons are in front of us in every moment. But it is only by choosing the Holy Spirit as our Guide that we will recognize His lessons that teach us only Love is real. His lessons release us from the pain of feeling lack of Love and return us to awareness that we already are the Love we seek. He is ever ready to show us the opportunities for our own healing in our brothers’ calls for Love. He teaches us that we are at Home now in the Arms of Love.

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Healing by Using the Body to Express Love

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 “self” that needs protection is not real. 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 [the mind] 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.135.7:1-3;8:1-2;9;10:1-2. See also ACIM Lesson 135 Insights.)

The body is the manifestation of the ego’s wish to limit the mind to an identity separate from the oneness of Love. The ego needed to build a wall around this separate self to “protect” it from Love. If Love’s oneness were accepted, the ego’s choice to deny Love would be recognized as a meaningless fantasy that could have no effect on the Mind of Love. So the ego’s purpose for the body is to hide from Love.

Perceiving ourselves as lacking Love is painful. It denies What we are. This pain is manifested in the body as vulnerability, sickness, pain, fear and guilt. All this comes with assigning the body the role of protecting a limited self from the unlimited Love of our true Self.

When we accept the Holy Spirit’s purpose for the body, it is used on behalf of extending Love to the world. When we accept that the mind is not limited to the body, we become open to the Holy Spirit’s perception. We welcome His lessons in Love. As we let the Holy Spirit express through the body, the body is healed. It is no longer used to maintain the illusion of a separate self. It is used to bring healing to the world by using it to express the oneness of Love.

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