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True Perception Sees Only Truth

The holy instant is the shining example, the clear and unequivocal demonstration of the meaning of every relationship and every situation, seen as a whole. …It is a situation of perfect peace, simply because you have let it be what it is.

This simple courtesy is all the Holy Spirit asks of you. Let truth be what it is. Do not intrude upon it, do not attack it, do not interrupt its coming. Let it encompass every situation and bring you peace. Not even faith is asked of you, for truth asks nothing. Let [truth] enter, and it will call forth and secure for you the faith you need for peace. But rise you not against it, for against your opposition it cannot come. (A Course in Miracles, T-17.VIII.1:4,6;2. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

Perception is selective. Perception is an ego device used to filter out what it does not want and allow awareness only of what confirms belief in separation. Thus everything we perceive in the world is not seen as a whole because it denies the truth that only the oneness of Love is real. The ego’s special relationships single out situations as different, denying the universality of Love.

The holy instant is a moment of acceptance of truth. In that instant, Love is accepted as what It is, with no differences and no limits. We accept the Holy Spirit’s call to truth. Because Love is true and nothing else is true, accepting truth brings peace with it. Love is one so there can be no conflict in It.

Today we choose to accept the Holy Spirit’s true perception in place of the ego’s perceptions that deny truth. We choose the Holy Spirit’s vision because we want to experience the peace of God. We want to accept the our true Self that God created as His Son.

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The Investment with Infinite Return

This is a year of joy, in which your listening will increase and peace will grow with its increase. The power of holiness and the weakness of attack are both being brought into your awareness.

Today, let us resolve together to accept the joyful tidings that disaster is not real and that reality is not disaster. Reality is safe and sure, and wholly kind to everyone and everything. There is no greater love than to accept this and be glad. For love asks only that you be happy, and will give you everything that makes for happiness.

You have never given any problem to the Holy Spirit He has not solved for you, nor will you ever do so. You have never tried to solve anything yourself and been successful. …This year invest in truth, and let it work in peace. Have faith in Him Who has faith in you. (A Course in Miracles, T-16.II.7:1-2;8:5-8;9:1-2,7-8. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

We invest in truth by welcoming peace because peace is the condition of truth. Whenever we are agitated in any way to even the slightest degree, we are believing in the lies of the ego.

Let us join together today in the practice of pausing frequently throughout the day to welcome peace into our minds. This is how we invest in truth. The more we welcome peace, the greater our joy, for in peace we withdraw our investment in the ego, which offers no return. By withdrawing our misdirected investment, we welcome God’s investment in giving His holy Son all His joy and Love. This investment returns everything to us at the “cost” of giving up what never existed in truth.

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Forgetting the Past Reveals Present Love

Let me forget my brother’s past today.

This is the thought that leads the way to You, and brings me to my goal. I cannot come to You without my brother. And to know my Source, I first must recognize what You created one with me. My brother’s is the hand that leads me on the way to You. His sins are in the past along with mine, and I am saved because the past is gone. Let me not cherish it within my heart, or I will lose the way to walk to You. My brother is my savior. Let me not attack the savior You have given me. But let me honor him who bears Your Name, and so remember that It is my own.

Forgive me, then, today. And you will know you have for­given me if you behold your brother in the light of holiness. He cannot be less holy than can I, and you can not be holier than he. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 288, W-pII.288. See also ACIM Lesson 288 Insights.)

The past is an ego construct. It is a repository where we store all our regrets and memories of loss, pain and harm. Without using the past as the basis for interpreting the present, there would be no fear or guilt.

This is why we need to forget the past, whether we perceive it as a brother’s past or our own. They are the one and the same — illusions. By forgetting the past, we make way for the reality of Love in the present to dawn upon our minds. Without the past, we recognize our brothers as one with our one Self, the Son of God. When the past has been let go, forgiveness is complete and we awaken to the loving Home God created for His Son, forever united in Love.

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The Need for Willingness

Prepare yourself for miracles today. Today allow your Father’s ancient pledge to you and all your brothers to be kept.

Hear Him today, and listen to the Word which lifts the veil that lies upon the earth, and wakes all those who sleep and cannot see. God calls to them through you. He needs your voice to speak to them, for who could reach God’s Son except his Father, calling through your Self? Hear Him today, and offer Him your voice to speak to all the multitude who wait to hear the Word that He will speak today.”

I will be still and listen to the truth.
What does it mean to give and to receive?

Ask and expect an answer. Your request is one whose answer has been waiting long to be received by you. It will begin the ministry for which you came, and which will free the world from thinking giving is a way to lose. And so the world becomes ready to understand and to receive. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 106, W-pI.106.4:8-5:4;7:5-8:4. See also ACIM Lesson 106 Insights.)

The key to all healing is willingness to stop and receive. We need to be willing to let go of our perceptions. We need to be willing to forgive and let Love guide all our doing, all our thoughts. We need to ask for the Holy Spirit’s help because asking is an expression of willingness. When we open the way in our mind to receive His guidance, we will receive it, guaranteed by God. We are asking for what is already given, awaiting our willingness to receive it.

Today we practice asking for His vision, for we are willing to give as we receive.

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Breaking Down Our Barriers to Love

Little children recognize that they do not understand what they perceive, and so they ask what it means. Do not make the mistake of believing that you understand what you perceive, for its meaning is lost to you. Yet the Holy Spirit has saved its meaning for you, and if you will let Him interpret it, He will restore to you what you have thrown away. Yet while you think you know its meaning, you will see no need to ask it of Him.

You do not know the meaning of anything you perceive. Not one thought you hold is wholly true. The recognition of this is your firm beginning. You are not misguided; you have accepted no guide at all. Instruction in perception is your great need, for you understand nothing. Recognize this but do not accept it, for understanding is your inheritance. Perceptions are learned, and you are not without a Teacher. Yet your willingness to learn of Him depends on your willingness to question everything you learned of yourself, for you who learned amiss should not be your own teacher. (A Course in Miracles, T-11.VIII.2:2-5;3. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

Everyone has had the experience of learning that a perception they thought was true was proven to be incorrect. All our perceptions as a separate individual are based on incomplete facts. This is because the belief in being an individual denies the fact that only the oneness of Love is real. There is nothing in the world of individuals that can teach us this fact.

But we have an inner Teacher Who speaks for our true Self Who is ready and willing to teach us what is false and what is true. But to receive these transformative lessons we must question everything we believe is true now. When we are ready to consider that our perceptions and beliefs may be incorrect, we are open to learn the truth. This questioning is essential if we want to awaken and remember that we are at Home in the peace and joy of God’s changeless Love.

Today we practice taking all our perceptions to the Holy Spirit with willingness to receive His loving correction. This is how we break down the walls we have built up against the truth. This is how we return Home to Love.

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Willingness to Accept Holy Spirit’s Help

It has never really entered your mind to give up every idea you ever had that opposes knowledge. You retain thousands of little scraps of fear that prevent the Holy One from entering. Light cannot penetrate through the walls you make to block it, and it is forever unwilling to destroy what you have made. No one can see through a wall, but I can step around it. Watch your mind for the scraps of fear, or you will be unable to ask me to do so. I can help you only as our Father created us. I will love you and honor you and maintain complete respect for what you have made, but I will not uphold it unless it is true. I will never forsake you any more than God will, but I must wait as long as you choose to forsake yourself. Because I wait in love and not in impatience, you will surely ask me truly. I will come in response to a single unequivocal call. (A Course in Miracles, T-4.III.7. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

Every image of separation that we believe is real is a scrap of fear that binds us to the ego’s world. It maintains a wall between our true Self, which is united with God and His Love, and what we believe we are. We have been believing in a false image of our self. Fortunately, beliefs can be changed. They are not set in stone, although the ego diligently tries to convince us that they are unchangeable.

To heal the mistaken beliefs that are the basis of our fears, we need help from outside the ego’s fearful world. We have been given the Holy Spirit in our mind to heal these false beliefs. But He cannot heal what we are not willing to have healed.

Today we practice being vigilant to identify our fear based thoughts. We remind ourselves, “This thought is a lie.” We express our willingness to receive the Holy Spirit’s lesson by reminding ourselves, “I am willing to let it go.” This is how we welcome the Holy Spirit’s loving gift of healing.

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Returning to Our Foundation as Love

Your peace lies in its limitlessness. Limit the peace you share, and your Self must be unknown to you.

Only you can deprive yourself of anything. Do not oppose this realization, for it is truly the beginning of the dawn of light. Remember also that the denial of this simple fact takes many forms, and these you must learn to recognize and to oppose steadfastly, without exception. This is a crucial step in the reawakening. The beginning phases of this reversal are often quite painful, for as blame is withdrawn from without, there is a strong tendency to harbor [blame] within. It is difficult at first to realize that this is exactly the same thing, for there is no distinction between within and without.

If your brothers are part of you and you blame them for your deprivation, you are blaming yourself. And you cannot blame yourself without blaming them. That is why blame must be undone, not seen elsewhere. Lay it to yourself and you cannot know yourself, for only the ego blames at all. Self-blame is therefore ego identification, and as much an ego defense as blaming others. You cannot enter God’s Presence if you attack His Son. (A Course in Miracles, T-11.IV.3:1-2;4:1-5:6. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

The fact that separation is impossible means that every brother is one with us. There is no “other” to blame. The attempt to blame is an ego defense to escape from its perceived guilt. But guilt can only be justified in the made-up world of separation. Our attempts to blame are based upon the fearful thought that we have succeeded in separating from God’s Love. The ego uses blame to reinforce the belief that separation is real.

The practice of asking the Holy Spirit to heal our fear-based thoughts neutralizes the basis for blame. Without the presence of fear in our mind, the oneness of Love floods our mind. On the foundation of the Love we are, the thought of blame cannot occur. We see our brother as one with us and remember that together we are one with our Father. We accept the salvation inherent in our Creation as God’s one Son.

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