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Learning to Accept God’s Gift of Peace

Peace of mind is clearly an internal matter. It must begin with your own thoughts, and then extend outward. It is from your peace of mind that a peaceful perception of the world arises.

Search your mind for fear thoughts, anxiety-provoking situations, “offending” personalities or events, or anything else about which you are harboring unloving thoughts. Note them all casually, repeating the idea:

I could see peace in this situation instead of what I now see in it.

(A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 34, W-pI.34.1:2-4;3:2-3;5:4. See also ACIM Lesson 34 Insights.)

We are training our mind to choose with the Holy Spirit, instead of with the ego. With Holy Spirit, we are reversing thoughts of conflict to thoughts of peace, joy and Love. We reversing thoughts of vulnerability and weakness, and claiming our Higher Power within. We are accepting enlightened thoughts instead of dark, depressing thoughts.

Today we practice accepting peace from our inner Teacher, the Holy Spirit. We allow ourselves to feel the calmness and safety that eternally surround us.

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We Are Entitled to Happiness

Happiness is an attribute of love. It [happiness] cannot be apart from it [Love]. Nor can [happiness] be experienced where love is not. Love has no limits, being everywhere. And therefore joy is everywhere as well. Yet can the mind deny that this is so, believing there are gaps in love where sin [separation] can enter, bringing pain instead of joy. This strange belief would limit happiness by redefining love as limited, and introducing opposition in what has no limit and no opposite.

Allow this one correction to be placed within your mind each waking hour today. Then welcome all the happiness it brings as truth replaces fear, and joy becomes what you expect to take the place of pain. God, being Love, [happiness] will be given you. Bolster this expectation frequently throughout the day, and quiet all your fears with this assurance, kind and wholly true:

God, being Love, is also happiness.
And it is happiness I seek today.
I cannot fail, because I seek the truth.
(A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 103, W-pI.103.1;3. See also ACIM Lesson 103 Insights.)

Limitless joy is our birthright. It is already ours. We are not aware of it because we have disowned what God gave us. But God did not stop giving it. We can reclaim our birthright in any moment by forgiving, letting go of, the mistaken belief that we have separated from God.

The statement, “I need do nothing,” means stop interfering with the eternal flow of the Love and happiness that God is giving us. There is nothing we need do to qualify or earn His gifts. We just need to stop interfering and rejecting His gifts.

Today we will remind ourselves frequently that happiness belongs to us because it is God’s Will, and therefore ours. We are entitled to happiness now.

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Awakening to the Perfect Son of God

The unforgiving mind is full of fear, …sad, …suffers and abides in misery….”

Forgiveness is acquired. It is not inherent in the mind, which cannot sin [separate from God]. As sin is an idea you taught yourself, forgiveness must be learned by you as well, but from a Teacher other than yourself, Who represents the other Self in you. Through Him you learn how to forgive the self you think you made, and let it disappear. Thus you return your mind as one to Him Who is your Self, and Who can never sin.

Each unforgiving mind presents you with an opportunity to teach your own how to forgive itself. Each one awaits release from hell through you, and turns to you imploringly for Heaven here and now. It has no hope, but you become its hope. And as its hope, do you become your own. The unforgiving mind must learn through your forgiveness that it has been saved from hell. And as you teach salvation, you will learn. Yet all your teaching and your learning will be not of you, but of the Teacher Who was given you to show the way to you.”

Forgiveness is the key to happiness. I will awaken from the dream that I am mortal, fallible and full of sin, and know I am the perfect Son of God. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 121, W-pI.121.2;6;7;13:6-7. See also ACIM Lesson 121 Insights.)

When we or a brother appear to be fearful, angry, sad, miserable or sick, it is a call for Love. Sin, separation from God, is the belief in lack of Love. Where Love is absent, there can be no peace or happiness. This could only seem to occur in a dream of being separate from God, Love. Forgiveness is the key to happiness because it is the means to let go of the mistaken belief that it is possible to not be Love, to not be one with our Creator.

Letting go of belief in being without Love awakens us to our true Self, Who remains unbreakably united with Its Source. The Holy Spirit in our minds was given us to teach us how to let go of the false identity we taught ourselves to believe is real.

This little self is maintained only through belief. Through undoing these mistaken beliefs with the help of our inner Teacher, we are restored to our Self. We are restored to the undisturbable peace, indescribable joy and unlimited, eternal Love in the Heaven that is our Home. We remember that we are the perfect Son of God.

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Letting Our True Self Be Our Guide

If you are as God created you, then there has been no separation of your mind from His, no split between your mind and other minds, and only unity within your own.

You are as God created you. Today honor your Self. Let graven images you made to be the Son of God instead of what he is be worshipped not today. Deep in your mind the holy Christ in you is waiting your acknowledgment as you. And you are lost and do not know yourself while He is unacknowledged and unknown.

Seek Him today, and find Him. He will be your Savior from all idols you have made. For when you find Him, you will under­stand how worthless are your idols, and how false the images which you believed were you. Today we make a great advance to truth by letting idols go, and opening our hands and hearts and minds to God today. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 110, W-pI.110.4:1;9-10. See also ACIM Lesson 110 Insights.)

When we believe we are a separate identity in a body, we are believing in a false image, an idol made to replace our true Self, the Son of God. This belief blocks our awareness of the loving Self that remains eternally one with God.

Again and again the Course emphasizes that we were created as God’s Son and this will never change. Our beliefs do not change Reality, but they can block our awareness of It. This is why forgiveness of our mistaken beliefs is the path to awakening to Reality.

Today let us pause frequently to ask, “How would Love perceive this… [situation, relationship, thought]?” With this question we are seeking to let our true Self be our Guide. With this as our focus, Christ’s vision will see past the false images of the world and show us our unity with the Love that is everywhere around us and in us.

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Opening to the Heart of Love Within

My heart is beating in the peace of God.

Surrounding me is all the life that God created in His Love. It calls to me in every heartbeat and in every breath; in every action and in every thought. Peace fills my heart, and floods my body with the purpose of forgiveness. Now my mind is healed, and all I need to save the world is given me. Each heartbeat brings me peace; each breath infuses me with strength. I am a messenger of God, directed by His Voice, sustained by Him in love, and held forever quiet and at peace within His loving Arms. Each heart­beat calls His Name, and every one is answered by His Voice, assuring me I am at home in Him.

Let me attend Your Answer, not my own. Father, my heart is beating in the peace the Heart of Love created. It is there and only there that I can be at home. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 267, W-pII.267. See also ACIM Lesson 267 Insights.)

We open the door to God’s peace through forgiveness. When we judge anything on our own, we interfere with the constant flow of peace from the Loving Heart of God. But each time we step back from our perceptions of the world and open our minds to the presence of peace, we accept forgiveness as our purpose. Through forgiveness we recognize the reality of Love beyond our perceptions in the world.

Instead of believing in images of separation in the world, we look past them to the innocence of Christ with Holy Spirit’s help. This day-by-day, moment-by-moment, practice opens our heart to accept the Heart of Love as our own; we learn to see the presence of Love all around us. The images of differences grow dimmer as we let go of our investment in them. The Light of Love is seen more clearly.

Forgiveness is our only meaningful purpose in this world. It is the means by which we awaken to our Life in the Love of God.

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The Lineage of Our True Self

The Name of God is my inheritance.

God’s Name reminds me that I am His Son, not slave to time, unbound by laws which rule the world of sick illu­sions, free in God, forever and forever one with Him.

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 204, W-pII.204. See also ACIM Lesson 204 Insights.)

It is essential to the ego that we maintain our identification with a body. The body is the anchor that binds us to the dream of separation. Part of reinforcing the “reality” of the body is dwelling on its lineage. There are websites that earn big income from people who want to know the lineage of their body. The list of ancestors seems to give meaning and existence to the body and makes time seem real. DNA is another link to the physical body used to reinforce the appearance that the body is real. The focus on lineage, whether it’s DNA or historical “family” records, keeps the ego as our primary identification.

The more attention given this, the heavier the seeming veil that hides the truth of our true Self from our awareness. For we are not a body. The misidentification with a body needs to be recognized and let go to free our minds to accept our true Self, Whose single lineage is God.

The lineage of our true Self goes only to the single Source of all that is true and Real. This Self includes all of the oneness of Love. We are one with every brother in this Love. Our true lineage is all encompassing. No one is excluded from It. One Son, one Creator. We are that Son, now. There is no other; there is no history nor time.

The truth of What we are remains as It was created — eternal, changeless Love. Let us join together in accepting the Love that is our Heritage.

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The Call to Awaken to Our True Self

I am surrounded by the Love of God.

Father, You stand before me and behind, beside me, in the place I see myself, and everywhere I go. You are in all the things I look upon, the sounds I hear, and every hand that reaches for my own. In You time disappears, and place becomes a meaningless belief. For what sur­rounds Your Son and keeps him safe is Love itself. There is no source but this, and nothing is that does not share its holiness; that stands beyond Your one creation, or without the Love which holds all things within itself. Father, Your Son is like Yourself. We come to You in Your Own Name today, to be at peace within Your everlasting Love.

My brothers, join with me in this today. This is salvation’s prayer. Must we not join in what will save the world, along with us? (W-pII.264)

This is a helpful lesson to remember when fear thoughts come into our minds. The ego likes to depreciate the power of Love to make itself appear strong and frightening. But the fact that only Love is real means that anything that frightens us is a figment of our imagination. It is a bad dream that will disappear when we awaken to the Love that is everywhere around us and in us. If we are surrounded by all that is real, then any made up illusion can have no effect on us.

Today let us join together in vigilance to remember that we dwell in the safety of changeless Love. This is our salvation, our release from frightening dreams. It is a call to awaken to our true Self.

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