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How to Have a Joyous Day

Forgiveness is the key to happiness.

Here is the answer to your search for peace. Here is the key to meaning in a world that seems to make no sense. Here is the way to safety in apparent dangers that appear to threaten you at every turn, and bring uncertainty to all your hopes of ever fin­d­ing quietness and peace. Here are all questions answered; here the end of all uncertainty ensured at last.

The unforgiving mind is full of fear, and offers love no room to be itself; no place where it can spread its wings in peace and soar above the turmoil of the world.

Forgiveness is acquired. It is not inherent in the mind, which cannot sin. 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 [separate from God].

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. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 121, W-pI.121.1;2:1;6-7. See also ACIM Lesson 121 Insights.)

We have convinced ourselves that we have successfully separated from God. We believe we are alone and capable of judging a world we perceive is outside of us. We believe that learning this lesson is essential for our survival. Yet it is a lesson that teaches us an illusionary self-image is real. Judgment maintains the seeming reality of this delusion.

This is why forgiveness is the means to awaken from this delusion of fear, guilt and unhappiness. The practice of taking all our judgments to the Holy Spirit to receive His lesson in Love opens the door to let in God’s joy. We let in His Love, which we naturally extend to the world when we accept His gift. Joy is an attribute of His Love, so it could be said that forgiveness is the key to Love. Forgiveness is Love’s reflection in the world (W-pII.352).

Today let us join in the practice of accepting the Holy Spirit’s forgiving vision in place of our judgments. It will be a joyous day indeed.

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The Path to Peace and Happiness

Be vigilant only for God and His Kingdom.

I have already told you that you can be as vigilant against the ego as for it. This lesson teaches not only that you can be, but that you must be [vigilant against the ego].

If you allow yourself to have in your mind only what God put there, you are acknowledging your mind as God created it. Therefore, you are accepting it as it is.

Truth is without illusions and therefore within the Kingdom. Everything outside the Kingdom is illusion. When you threw truth away you saw yourself as if you were without it. By making another kingdom that you valued, you did not keep only the Kingdom of God in your mind, and thus placed part of your mind outside it. What you made has imprisoned your will, and given you a sick mind that must be healed. Your vigilance against this sickness is the way to heal it. Once your mind is healed it radiates health, and thereby teaches healing.

Your vigilance is the sign that you want Him to guide you. Vigilance does require effort, but only until you learn that effort itself is unnecessary. (A Course in Miracles, T-6.V.C.2:8;4:2-3;5:4-5;9:1-7;10:3-4. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

If we want the peace of God and His Love, we need to consistently follow the Holy Spirit’s lead. The Holy Spirit’s only purpose is to guide our unhealed mind back to God’s Kingdom. The way to be vigilant only for God and His Kingdom is to consistently be attentive to the Holy Spirit’s presence in our mind. As we follow His direction, we recognize the illusions of the world as meaningless and look past them to the eternal Presence of Love. This is God’s Kingdom, our Home.

This practice restores our mind to wholeness by dispelling the ego beliefs. It frees us from the limitations of the ego to the unlimited extension of God’s Love through our mind. This is the path to peace and happiness.

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Answering God’s Call

Certain pupils have been assigned to each of God’s teachers, and they will begin to look for him as soon as he has answered the Call. They were chosen for him because the form of the universal curriculum that he will teach is best for them in view of their level of understanding. His pupils have been waiting for him, for his coming is certain. Again, it is only a matter of time. Once he has chosen to fulfill his role, they are ready to fulfill theirs. Time waits on his choice, but not on whom he will serve. When he is ready to learn, the opportunities to teach will be provided for him.

God’s Teacher speaks to any two who join together for learning purposes. The relationship is holy because of that purpose, and God has promised to send His Spirit into any holy relationship. In the teaching-learning situation, each one learns that giving and receiving are the same. The demarcations they have drawn between their roles, their minds, their bodies, their needs, their interests, and all the differences they thought separated them from one another, fade and grow dim and disappear. Those who would learn the same course share one interest and one goal. And thus he who was the learner becomes a teacher of God himself, for he has made the one decision that gave his teacher to him. He has seen in another person the same interests as his own. (A Course in Miracles, M-2.1;5:3-9)

What does it mean to “answer the Call”? The Holy Spirit, the Voice for God, is always calling to us. He offers us His vision to see past the images of separation in the world. We answer His Call when we are willing to accept His vision to see the one Self Which unites us with every brother.

As we accept His vision, we teach by demonstration that there are, in fact, no differences between each brother. With this vision, we see past the imagined barriers in the world and join in the one Self we share. Appearances of separation and differences fade and the Light of Love that shines within us all is clearly seen. Fear and conflict dissolve and we join in holy union with the holiness in our brothers. Today we choose to answer the Call by letting the Holy Spirit guide our thoughts, words and actions throughout the day.

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Hastening Our Awakening to Love

I am one Self, united with my Creator.

Serenity and perfect peace are mine, because I am one Self, completely whole, at one with all creation and with God.

Salvation comes from my one Self.

From my one Self, Whose knowledge still remains within my mind, I see God’s perfect plan for my salva­tion perfectly fulfilled. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 133, W-pI.133:1-2. See also ACIM Lesson 133 Insights.)

We have mistaken an image of a self, limited to a body, as our identity. This lesson is teaching us that we have a true Identity, our one Self, that remains eternally united with our Creator. There is nothing outside of this one Self. Within Its unity is the Love of God and nothing else.

Its oneness excludes the possibility of differences, of anything that could possibly change the Self that God created one with Him. We cannot lose this one Self because It was created by God to be as unchangeable as Himself. The acceptance of this fact is our salvation.

The affirmations in this lesson are God’s guarantee that not only is our one Self eternally united with Him, but that we can awaken to the reality of our Self. We cannot lose what God has given us. We may dream of a false, separate identity, but we still have the knowledge of our true Self.

Our true Self calls to us from the center of peace in our mind to waken from the dream. Let’s practice pausing for peace frequently today so we can answer this call and see the world as our true Self sees it. Thus we hasten our awakening to Love.

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Make Way for Love

Condemn your savior [brother] not because he thinks he is a body. For beyond his dreams is his reality. But he must learn he is a savior first, before he can remember what he is. And he must save who would be saved. On saving you depends his happiness. For who is savior but the one who gives salvation [Love]? Thus he learns it must be his to give. Unless he gives he will not know he has, for giving is the proof of having.

He must be savior from the dream he made, that he be free of it. He must see someone else as not a body, one with him without the wall the world has built to keep apart all living things who know not that they live.

Within the dream of bodies and of death is yet one theme of truth; no more, perhaps, than just a tiny spark, a space of light created in the dark, where God still shines. You cannot wake yourself. Yet you can let yourself be wakened. You can overlook your brother’s dreams. So perfectly can you forgive him his illusions he becomes your savior from your dreams. And as you see him shining in the space of light where God abides within the darkness, you will see that God Himself is where his body is. Before this light the body disappears, as heavy shadows must give way to light. The darkness cannot choose that it remain. The coming of the light means [darkness] is gone. In glory will you see your brother then, and understand what really fills the gap so long perceived as keeping you apart. There, in its place, God’s witness has set forth the gentle way of kindness to God’s Son. Whom you forgive is given power to forgive you your illusions. By your gift of freedom is it given unto you.

Make way for love, which you did not create, but which you can extend. On earth this means forgive your brother, that the darkness may be lifted from your mind. (A Course in Miracles, T-29.III.1:1-8;2:6-7;3:2-4:2. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

Every judgment we hold in our mind must be forgiven, for judgment can only be justified if we believe what we judge is separate from ourselves. When we have completely forgiven all our mistaken beliefs, we no longer judge our brother as a separate body. We have let go of the limitations we tried to impose on God’s Son. We see our brother as the extension of God’s Love he is and learn that we are one with him in that Love.

When we see our brother truly, we know that our interests are the same. We share the unified desire to extend only Love and learn that Love is What we are.

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All We Want Is the Peace of God

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 one who truly seeks the peace of God can fail to find it. For he merely asks that he deceive himself no longer by denying to himself what is God’s Will. Who can remain unsatisfied who asks for what he has already? Who could be unanswered who requests an answer which is his to give? The peace of God is yours. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 185, W-pI.185.1:1-2:5;11. See also ACIM Lesson 185 Insights.)

The world we perceive is anything but peaceful. The news is filled with reports of lack, sickness and death. This very fact confirms that this world is a dream. It denies God’s Love and peace; it denies Heaven. We perceive this world only because we have deceived ourselves into believing we want the individuality and specialness separation (the ego) offers.

To affirm that we want the peace of God means we no longer want to deny Love; we no longer want a separate identity. We no longer want the limited, little self identified as a body with an individual personality.

In fact, we want to accept what God gave His Son in His Creation. We want to be our true Self. Wanting only the peace of God sets us free from all limitation. Our true Self has no limits because it is one with the Love of God.

Today we join with every brother in remembering that in our hearts everyone wants God’s gifts of peace, Love and joy. Everyone wants to awaken to the one Self that is the Son of God.

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Following the Guide to Safety

Where darkness was I look upon the light.

Father, our eyes are opening at last. Your holy world awaits us, as our sight is finally restored and we can see. We thought we suffered. But we had forgot the Son whom You created. Now we see that dark­ness is our own imagining, and light is there for us to look upon. Christ’s vision changes darkness into light, for fear must disappear when love has come. Let me forgive Your holy world today, that I may look upon its holiness and understand it but reflects my own.

Our Love awaits us as we go to Him, and walks beside us showing us the way. He fails in nothing. He the End we seek, and He the Means by which we go to Him. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 302, W-pII.302. See also ACIM Lesson 302 Insights.)

The world our body’s eyes show us is a lie. It is an image reflecting our belief in separation, which denies the reality of Love.

So how do we respond to the appearances of sickness and death in the world? We do not deny that we perceive these fearful images. Instead we turn them over to the Holy Spirit, asking Him to help us forgive the thoughts that trigger our fear. He will help us release our misperceptions and show us the Light of Love in which we live and have our being. These transforming perceptions bring us peace of mind and certainty of our safety. Our true Self cannot be harmed, cannot die.

Today we practice quieting our mind and focusing on the center of peace within. Letting this peace grow stronger in our awareness opens our mind to the Holy Spirit’s guidance for what to do, where to go, what to say and to whom. We choose Him as our Guide moment by moment and let Him lead us to our true, eternal Self, united in the oneness of God’s Love.

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