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Claiming Our Inheritance

How can I know who I am when I see myself as under constant attack? Pain, illness, loss, age and death seem to threaten me. All my hopes and wishes and plans appear to be at the mercy of a world I cannot control. Yet perfect security and complete fulfillment are my inheritance.

Recognizing that what I see reflects what I think I am, I realize that vision is my greatest need. The world I see attests to the fearful nature of the self-image I have made. If I would remember who I am, it is essential that I let this image of myself go. As it is replaced by truth, vision will surely be given me. And with this vision, I will look upon the world and on myself with charity and love.

I would let the door behind this world be opened for me, that I may look past it to the world that reflects the Love of God. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 56, W-pI.56.1:2-5;2:2-6;3:4. See also ACIM Lesson 56 Insights.)

While we believe we are in the world, we cannot see the truth without help. By the grace of God, the Help we need is already in our mind. But we must accept this Help. The Holy Spirit continuously offers us His vision of truth.

We welcome His vision by turning over all our perceptions to Him to be purified. He will show us the unity of Love behind the appearances we thought were real. This practice helps open the door to the truth beyond this world of illusions. It is a practice that allows the Holy Spirit to heal our fearful thoughts return us to the awareness of the Love we are.

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The Answer to Our Only Need

Remember that the Holy Spirit is the Communication Link between God the Father and His separated Sons. If you will listen to His Voice you will know that you cannot either hurt or be hurt, and that many need your blessing to help them hear this for themselves. When you perceive only this need in them, and do not respond to any other, you will have learned of me and will be as eager to share your learning as I am.

The Holy Spirit begins by perceiving you as perfect. Knowing this perfection is shared He recognizes it in others, thus strengthening it in both. Instead of anger this arouses love for both, because it establishes inclusion. Perceiving equality, the Holy Spirit perceives equal needs. This invites Atonement [perfect Love] automatically, because Atonement is the one need in this world that is universal. To perceive yourself this way is the only way in which you can find happiness in the world. That is because it is the acknowledgment that you are not in this world, for the world is unhappy. (A Course in Miracles, T-6.I.19;II.5. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

The only need anyone in the world has is for God’s perfect Love. Every distress, apprehension, loneliness or guilt comes from the belief in lack of Love. But lack of Love is only possible in a dream that denies Love. A dream is not real. To awaken from this dream we need to welcome perfect Love by forgiving the ego’s denial of Love. By letting the Holy Spirit guide our perception, we perceive the eternal presence of Love beyond the manifestations of ego’s denial.

As we choose the Holy Spirit’s vision, we offer perfect Love, the Atonement, to our brother in answer to his only true need. As we offer it, we accept it in ourselves. When we bless, we are blessed. Let us join with the Holy Spirit today to offer Love’s blessing to our brothers and learn that we are blessed.

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Becoming Aware of Our Oneness in Love

The forgetting of dreams and the awareness of Christ come with the awakening of others to share your redemption.

Do not set limits on what you believe I can do through you, or you will not accept what I can do for you.

God’s Son is saved. Bring only this awareness to the Sonship, and you will have a part in the redemption as valuable as mine. …There is no order of difficulty in miracles because all of God’s Sons are of equal value, and their equality is their oneness. The whole power of God is in every part of Him [all God’s Sons], and nothing contradictory to His Will is either great or small. What does not exist has no size and no measure. To God all things are possible. And to Christ it is given to be like the Father. (A Course in Miracles, T-11.VI.8:8;9:4;10:1-3,4-9. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

Being able to give something begins with having it. We can give miracles (extensions of Love) because we already have God’s Love, given us in our creation. We demonstrate to ourselves that we have God’s Love by sharing it.

But when we subscribe to the ego belief in lack of Love, we don’t know we already have and are all the Love we need. The sense of lack sends us on a futile search for Love in the world, where it cannot be found. We try to fill the emptiness with special relationships, possessions, status and myriad other forms which cannot satisfy because they are not real.

We can restore our awareness that we are eternally safe in God’s Love by letting the Holy Spirit teach us to see beyond the illusions of the world with Christ’s vision. Each time a judgment given to Him is healed, our awareness of our oneness with every brother is strengthened. The sense of separation and loneliness diminishes as we see more clearly that Christ is in every brother and ourselves. We learn that we are all one in Love.

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Finding Our Safety in God

Let me perceive no differences today.

Father, You have one Son. And it is he that I would look upon today. He is Your one creation. Why should I perceive a thousand forms in what remains as one? Why should I give this one a thousand names, when only one suffices? For Your Son must bear Your Name, for You created him. Let me not see him as a stranger to his Father, nor as stranger to myself. For he is part of me and I of him, and we are part of You Who are our Source, eternally united in Your Love; eternally the holy Son of God.

We who are one would recognize this day the truth about ourselves. We would come home, and rest in unity. For [at Home in Unity] is peace, and nowhere else can peace be sought and found. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 262, W-pII.262. See also ACIM Lesson 262 Insights.)

Perception of differences — bodies, all forms, even different, private thoughts — is a sure sign we have chosen the ego as our identity and guide. Choosing our Identity as the Son of God means we choose His oneness, His perfect, changeless Love, His peace and His joy. There can be no conflict in His unity, for there is nothing different within what is one.

In this world we have accepted the dream of separation as real. We blinded ourselves to the presence of Love’s unity. We need the help of the Holy Spirit, Who does not believe in our dream of separation, to help us awaken to our Identity in God. He is with us in every moment, ready to show us the truth beyond the loveless dream of fear and guilt. We have sought refuge in illusions of defense and safety that do not work.

Today we open our hearts and minds to the Holy Spirit’s kind and gentle lessons which lead us to our true Safety, our Home in God. With His help, our mistaken perceptions are transformed and we see the safety of Love which surrounds us. And we give thanks.

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Dwelling in the Presence of Love

…he who has escaped all fear of future pain has found his way to present peace, and certainty of care the world can never threaten.

Place, then, your future in the Hands of God. For thus you call the memory of Him to come again, replacing all your thoughts of sin (separation) and evil (guilt) with the truth of love. …Who entrusts himself to God has also placed the world within the Hands to which he has himself appealed for comfort and security. He lays aside the sick illusions of the world along with his, and offers peace to both.

Now are we saved indeed. For in God’s Hands we rest untroubled, sure that only good can come to us. If we forget, we will be gently reassured. If we accept an unforgiving thought, it will be soon replaced by love’s reflection. And if we are tempted to attack (judge), we will appeal to Him Who guards our rest to make the choice for us that leaves temptation far behind. No longer is the world our enemy, for we have chosen that we be its friend. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 194, W-pI.194.7:4;8:1-2,4-5;9. See also ACIM Lesson 194 Insights.)

The only reason we experience fear and guilt, sickness and loss, is because we have refused to accept God’s gift of all His Love, peace and joy. His gifts are already ours. It is only our denial that makes them unknown to us.

When we place the future in God’s hands, we are reclaiming His gifts. We are choosing against the ego’s belief in separation and guilt. We make this choice moment by moment by choosing the Holy Spirit as our Guide. With His help, we learn to let go of judgment, to forgive, and see with the eyes of Love. This is the vision forgiveness offers. It is the vision that sees a future where Love prevails. All sense of loss disappears. All pain of guilt is forgotten, for we dwell in the presence of God’s changeless Love.

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Joy Comes by Accepting God’s Will as Ours

A happy outcome to all things is sure.

God’s promises make no exceptions. And He guarantees that only joy can be the final outcome found for everything. Yet it is up to us when this is reached; how long we let an alien will appear to be opposing His. And while we think this will is real, we will not find the end He has appointed as the outcome of all problems we perceive, all trials we see, and every situation that we meet. Yet is the ending certain. For God’s Will is done in earth and Heaven. We will seek and we will find according to His Will, which guarantees that our will is done.

We thank You, Father, for Your guarantee of only happy outcomes in the end. Help us not interfere, and so delay the happy endings You have promised us for every problem that we can perceive; for every trial we think we still must meet. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 292, W-pII.292. See also ACIM Lesson 292 Insights.)

The ego is an impostor offering an alien “will” that is 100% in opposition to God’s Will. It denies everything that is real and can only offer artificial substitutes that will never satisfy our true Will, which is to share God’s joy. When we identify with the ego, we are denying our own true will. We are choosing illusions over truth, empty images in place of the Reality of God’s eternal happiness.

The ego sends us on countless meaningless journeys leading to nothing in the end. Sometimes the images it offers seems to please us, both they never last. Now is the time to choose our true Identity which shares the Will of God. Now we can choose true and lasting happiness.

The Holy Spirit is offering us the vision of truth in place of ego illusions, which blind us to the truth. Together we are the one Self God created as His Son, eternally one with Him. Let us join together in accepting God’s joy by following the Guide Who leads us Home.

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Following the Holy Spirit, 24/7

I am in need of nothing but the truth.

I sought for many things, and found despair. Now do I seek but one, for in that one is all I need, and only what I need. All that I sought before I needed not, and did not even want. My only need I did not recognize. But now I see that I need only truth. In that all needs are satisfied, all cravings end, all hopes are finally fulfilled and dreams are gone. Now have I everything that I could need. Now have I everything that I could want. And now at last I find myself at peace.

And for that peace, our Father, we give thanks. What we denied ourselves You have restored, and only that is what we really want. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 251, W-pII.251. See also ACIM Lesson 251 Insights.)

The needs of the world are the ego’s needs. The ego has denied what God has given to all His creation. To satisfy its made up needs, the ego makes up illusions that temporarily seem to meet its needs. But they never last because they are not real. We think these needs are ours because we have identified with the ego. But the ego is not us.

Our only real need is to be what we were created to be — to be one with God and all Love. This is not actually a need at all because it is What we are. But we need to accept what we have already been given. We accept this eternal gift by letting go of our identification with the ego and its false needs. We do this by following the Holy Spirit’s guidance in all that we do and think, 24/7.

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