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The Forgiving Dream Leads Us Home

Whenever you feel fear in any form,—and you are fearful if you do not feel a deep content, a certainty of help, a calm assurance Heaven goes with you,—be sure you made an idol, and believe it will betray you. For beneath your hope that it will save you lie the guilt and pain of self-betrayal and uncertainty, so deep and bitter that the dream cannot conceal completely all your sense of doom. Your self-betrayal must result in fear, for fear is judgment, leading surely to the frantic search for idols and for death.

Forgiving dreams remind you that you live in safety and have not attacked yourself. So do your childish terrors melt away, and [real world] dreams become a sign that you have made a new beginning, not another try to worship idols and to keep attack. Forgiving dreams are kind to everyone who figures in the dream. And so they bring the dreamer full release from dreams of fear. (A Course in Miracles, T-29.IX.9:1-10:4. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

Dreams of separation are Self attack for they are attempts to break our eternal unity in Love. Because only Love is real, it is impossible that this connection could really be broken. So we dream up a childish game in which we make believe we live in a separate world which we control. But the fear that comes with the betrayal of our Self in these dreams makes us search for idols to “protect” us from anticipated retribution for this betrayal. These idols are believed to be external and out of our control. But this is only because we have chosen to forget that we made them up.

The Holy Spirit offers us a different dream in which forgiveness replaces the judgments which we have projected on the external idols. As we forgive the judgments, the presence of Love is seen and our enemies are transformed into our loving brothers. This real world is focused entirely on the presence of Love instead of the forms that were used to hide Love’s presence. The purpose of the dream has been changed from maintaining judgment to forgiving our judgments and opening our minds to see the Love that has always been there.

Today we choose, with the Holy Spirit, to dream of the real world where kindness, happiness and peace have replaced fear, guilt and conflict. This dream will bring us Home to God’s Love.

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Returning to Our Life in God

Think who your brother is, before you would condemn him. And offer thanks to God that he is holy, and has been given the gift of holiness for you. Join him in gladness, and remove all trace of guilt from his disturbed and tortured mind. Help him to lift the heavy burden of sin you laid upon him and he accepted as his own, and toss it lightly and with happy laughter away from him.

Together we will disappear into the Presence beyond the veil, not to be lost but found; not to be seen but known. And knowing, nothing in the plan God has established for salvation will be left undone. This is the journey’s purpose, without which is the journey meaningless. Here is the peace of God, given to you eternally by Him. Here is the rest and quiet that you seek, the reason for the journey from its beginning. Heaven is the gift you owe your brother, the debt of gratitude you offer to the Son of God in thanks for what he is, and what his Father created him to be. (A Course in Miracles, T-19.IV.D.16:2-5;19. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

Our brother is the Son of God, as are we all. If we see our brother as a body, we are not recognizing the Son of God he is because we do not see ourselves as the Son of God. Perception is projection. We see in others what we believe about ourselves.

If we let the Holy Spirit show us the innocence of Love in our brother, we see the Love we are reflected back to us. This is why forgiveness is the key to happiness, peace and freedom from the limitations of the ego. The forgiveness we give to a brother is a gift to ourselves. It is a gift that leads us to the acceptance of the one Self, the Son of God, as What we are.

Today let us join together in accepting Christ’s vision to see the truth in our brother as nothing but Love, and know the truth about our Self. This practice is the escape from the dead thoughts of the ego and the return to the Life we live in God.

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How to Welcome God’s Love

The face of Christ has to be seen before the memory of God can return. The reason is obvious. Seeing the face of Christ involves perception. No one can look on knowledge. But the face of Christ is the great symbol of forgiveness. It is salvation. It is the symbol of the real world. Whoever looks on this no longer sees the world. He is as near to Heaven as is possible outside the gate. Yet from this gate it is no more than just a step inside. It is the final step. And this we leave to God.

How lovely does the world become in just that single instant when you see the truth about yourself reflected there. Now you are sinless and behold your sinlessness. Now you are holy and perceive it so. And now the mind returns to its Creator; the joining of the Father and the Son, the Unity of unities that stands behind all joining but beyond them all. God is not seen but only understood. His Son is not attacked but recognized. (A Course in Miracles, C-3.4;8)

The truth of What we are is the oneness of Love. While we identify with the body we cannot see the Love we are, for Love is beyond perception. The intermediary step between the world of perception and the knowledge of Love’s oneness is symbolized by the face of Christ. It symbolizes the oneness and sinlessness of Love for a mind limited to perceptions.

To see the face of Christ in a brother is to recognize his innocence and Love. This recognition reflects back on us, showing us our innocence and Love. When we reach the point of seeing the face of Christ, Love’s innocence, in all things, we stand at the gate of Heaven. We are wholeheartedly ready to accept that only Love is real. Now we welcome God’s Love with no reservation and accept His embrace which brings us back to the Heaven that is our Home.

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Remembering We Are Only Love

Grace is an aspect of the Love of God which is most like the state prevailing in the unity of truth. It is the world’s most lofty aspiration, for it leads beyond the world entirely. [Grace] is past learn­ing, yet the goal of learning, for grace cannot come until the mind prepares itself for true acceptance. Grace becomes inevitable in­stantly in those who have prepared a table where it can be gently laid and willingly received; an altar clean and holy for the gift.

Grace is acceptance of the Love of God within a world of seem­ing hate and fear. By grace alone the hate and fear are gone, for grace presents a state so opposite to everything the world con­tains, that those whose minds are lighted by the gift of grace can not believe the world of fear is real.

It is here [in holy instants] that miracles are laid; to be returned by you from holy instants you receive, through grace in your experience, to all who see the light that lingers in your face. What is the face of Christ but his who went a moment into time­lessness, and brought a clear reflection of the unity he felt an instant back to bless the world? (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 169, W-pI.169.1-2;13:2-3. See also ACIM Lesson 169 Insights.)

A holy instant occurs when we forgive a barrier to the awareness of Love’s presence. We do this by accepting the Holy Spirit’s perception in place of the ego’s view of the world. In this instant we feel the touch of Heaven, for we have accepted Love’s oneness in place of separation.

Now the world is seen anew. The Light of Love shines in us and is recognized by our brothers. This Light reminds them of the peace and joy their heart seeks to remember. It reminds them of the one Self that joins us in the Love of God. It reminds us of What we all are in truth.

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The Blessing of Giving God’s Gifts

I am not asked to make a sacrifice To find the mercy and the peace of God.

The end of suffering can not be loss. The gift of everything can be but gain. You [God} only give. You never take away. And You created me to be like You, so sacrifice becomes impossible for me as well as You. I, too, must give. And so all things are given unto me forever and forever. As I was created I remain. Your Son can make no sacrifice, for he must be complete, having the function of completing You. I am complete because I am Your Son. I cannot lose, for I can only give, and everything is mine eternally.

The mercy and the peace of God are free. Salvation has no cost. It is a gift that must be freely given and received. And it is this that we would learn today. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 1343, W-pII.343. See also ACIM Lesson 343 Insights.)

We know we have Love by giving It. When we are kind to a brother, we feel its blessing ourselves. When we forgive a brother for something we perceived he did, a weight is lifted off our shoulders. Peace replaces fear or anger. Happiness replaces sadness or depression. Giving the gift of God’s Love, peace and joy is always a gift we give ourselves.

Let us practice today using Christ’s vision to see Love’s innocence in everyone. And we will be truly blessed.

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The Love of God Is All We Really Want

I want the peace of God.

To say these words is nothing. But to mean these words is everything. If you could but mean them for just an instant, there would be no further sorrow possible for you in any form; in any place or time. Heaven would be completely given back to full awareness, memory of God entirely restored, the resurrection of all creation fully recognized.

No one can mean these words and not be healed. He cannot play with dreams, nor think he is himself a dream. He cannot make a hell and think it real. He wants the peace of God, and it is given him. For that is all he wants, and that is all he will receive.

No compromise is possible in this. You choose God’s peace, or you have asked for dreams. And dreams will come as you requested them. Yet will God’s peace come just as certainly, and to remain with you forever. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 185, W-pI.185.1:1-2:5;9:3-6. See also ACIM Lesson 185 Insights.)

Because the ego is the rejection of God, nothing the ego offers in the dream of separation can bring us God’s peace. To mean, “I want the peace of God,” we must see no value in anything the ego offers as a substitute for God’s gifts. Peace cannot be found while we identify with the body because the perception of differences is inevitable from this perspective. Differences cause conflict, making peace impossible. All our true Self desires is to see the reality of Love everywhere. Love’s oneness is valued above any appearance in form.

When we accept Love’s value as all we want, our life experience becomes joyful and peaceful. We join with the Love in our brothers. And in our unity, we extend Love’s Creation. All this comes as we forgive illusions of separation and value only the Reality of Love’s oneness.

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From an Illusion of a World to Love’s Reality

Can what has no beginning really end? The world will end in an illusion, as it began. Yet will its ending be an illusion of mercy. The illusion of forgiveness, complete, excluding no one, limitless in gentleness, will cover it, hiding all evil, concealing all sin and ending guilt forever. So ends the world that guilt had made, for now it has no purpose and is gone. The father of illusions is the belief that they have a purpose; that they serve a need or gratify a want. Perceived as purposeless, they are no longer seen. Their uselessness is recognized, and they are gone. How but in this way are all illusions ended? They have been brought to truth, and truth saw them not. It merely overlooked the meaningless.

Until forgiveness is complete, the world does have a purpose. It becomes the home in which forgiveness is born, and where it grows and becomes stronger and more all-embracing. Here is it nourished, for here it is needed. A gentle Savior, born where sin was made and guilt seemed real. Here is His home, for here there is need of Him indeed. He brings the ending of the world with Him. It is His Call God’s teachers answer, turning to Him in silence to receive His Word. The world will end when all things in it have been rightly judged by His judgment. The world will end with the benediction of holiness upon it. When not one thought of sin remains, the world is over. It will not be destroyed nor attacked nor even touched. It will merely cease to seem to be. (A Course in Miracles, M-14.1-2)

The end of the world is a blessing welcomed through forgiveness. When forgiveness is complete with no exceptions, all barriers to Love have been removed. Now the blessing of Love’s peace and joy are accepted and extended.

No longer are limitations perceived. Our hearts are filled with the joyous purpose to give and receive Love eternally. Fear and guilt have no cause, so they are gone. Love, the only Cause, is accepted as our Home and our Source. Perception ends, for there is no longer belief in separation. Now we know with the certainty of God Himself that we are Love and nothing else.

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