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Becoming an Emissary of Love

Forgiveness ends all suffering and loss.

Forgiveness paints a picture of a world where suffering is over, loss becomes impossible and anger makes no sense. ²Attack is gone, and madness has an end. ³What suffering is now conceivable? ⁴What loss can be sustained? ⁵The world becomes a place of joy, abundance, charity and endless giving. ⁶It is now so like to Heaven that it quickly is transformed into the light that it reflects. ⁷And so the journey which the Son of God began has ended in the light from which he came.

Father, we would return our minds to You. ²We have betrayed them, held them in a vise of bitterness, and frightened them with thoughts of violence and death. ³Now would we rest again in You, as You created us. (A Course in Miracles, W-249. See also ACIM Lesson 249 Insights.)

It seems hard to believe that the body and the world we experience through it are illusions of our own making. That is because we have convinced ourselves that separation is real. That conviction brings with it all the illusions of separation.

Built into the thought system of separation is the self deception of projection. This mechanism allows us to project illusions from our mind so they appear separate from us and we are not their source. This closed system will not recognize or acknowledge anything that does not conform to the “rules” of separation. The reality of Love’s oneness is irreconcilable with the belief in separation. We see only what we believe.

The way out of the closed separation thought system is to change the belief at its foundation. This change comes through forgiveness. We need to forgive our choice to believe separation is real. To accomplish this, we need help from beyond our mistaken belief. That Help is the Holy Spirit, our true Self.

When we are willing to accept the Christ vision that the Holy Spirit offers, we see the reality of Love’s oneness beyond the projected images of separation. As we accept this vision, our experience in the world becomes increasingly happy, peaceful and loving. We are no longer alert for adversaries to defend against. We no longer need to protect ourselves from loss. Instead this vision expands our awareness of Love’s presence. Appearances of lovelessness are recognized as calls for Love and answered with Love. We become emissaries of Love in a world hungry for Love.

Today we choose to be emissaries of Love.

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Remembering Our Oneness in God

⁶Knowledge transcends the laws governing perception, because partial knowledge is impossible. ⁷It is all one and has no separate parts. ⁸You who are really one with [knowledge] need but know yourself and your knowledge is complete. ⁹To know God’s miracle is to know Him.

Forgiveness is the healing of the perception of separation. ²Correct perception of your brother is necessary, because minds have chosen to see themselves as separate. ³Spirit knows God completely. ⁴That is its miraculous power [to know God]. ⁵The fact that each one has this power completely is a condition entirely alien to the world’s thinking. ⁶The world believes that if anyone has everything, there is nothing left. ⁷But God’s miracles are as total as His Thoughts because they are His Thoughts.

As long as perception lasts prayer has a place. ²Since perception rests on lack, those who perceive have not totally accepted the Atonement and given themselves over to truth. ³Perception is based on a separated state, so that anyone who perceives at all needs healing. ⁴Communion, not prayer, is the natural state of those who know. ⁵God and His miracle are inseparable. ⁶How beautiful indeed are the Thoughts of God [His Sons] who live in His light! ⁷Your worth is beyond perception because it is beyond doubt. ⁸Do not perceive yourself in different lights. ⁹Know yourself in the One Light where the miracle that is you is perfectly clear. (A Course in Miracles, T-3.V.8:6–10:9. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

We are all God’s miracles — not as bodies but as His Thoughts held forever in His Mind. The perception of ourselves as bodies is an error, a misperception. Only within the false belief system of separation does it seem possible to perceive anything external.

A perception requires a perceiver, separate from what is perceived. This is the mechanism that holds the dream of separation in place. It does not make the dream real but it does reinforce the perceiver’s belief that separation is real. This is the belief that must be let go for us to return to the Knowledge of our oneness in God’s Love.

The antidote for perception is forgiveness. As we accept the Holy Spirit’s help to forgive our perceptions, the veil of separation fades and God’s Light dawns upon our mind. In His Light we know our unity with God and all of His Creations—His Thoughts which create His Sons one with Him.

Today we would awaken, with the Holy Spirit’s help, to the truth that we remain God’s Thought, at one with His joy, peace and Love.

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Deliverance from the Dream of Lovelessness

It is our function to remember [God] on earth, as it is given us to be His Own completion in reality. ²So let us not forget our goal is shared, for it is that remembrance which contains the memory of God, and points the way to Him and to the Heaven of His peace. ³And shall we not forgive our brother, who can offer this to us? ⁴He is the way, the truth and life that shows the way to us. ⁵In him resides salvation, offered us through our forgiveness, given unto him.

We will not end this year without the gift our Father promised to His holy Son. ²We are forgiven now. ³And we are saved from all the wrath we thought belonged to God, and found it was a dream. ⁴We are restored to sanity, in which we understand that anger is insane, attack is mad, and vengeance merely foolish fantasy. ⁵We have been saved from wrath because we learned we were mistaken. ⁶Nothing more than that. ⁷And is a father angry at his son because he failed to understand the truth?

We come in honesty to God and say we did not understand, and ask Him to help us to learn His lessons, through the Voice of His Own Teacher. ²Would He hurt His Son? ³Or would He rush to answer him, and say, “This is My Son, and all I have is his”? ⁴Be certain He will answer thus, for these are His Own words to you. ⁵And more than that can no one ever have, for in these words is all there is, and all that there will be throughout all time and in eternity. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Final Lessons Introduction, W-fl.in.4–6. See also ACIM Lesson 361 Insights.)

Believing an illusion is real is the definition of insanity. Because only the oneness of Love is real, believing in anything else is insane. The world we experience as a body clearly denies the reality of Love’s oneness. It’s an insane dream.

Fortunately it is always possible to awaken from a dream. While we are engaged in a dream, we do not realize we are dreaming. It seems real and we respond to it based on this perception. We need an intervention from outside the dream to help us awaken. God gave us this Helper the instant the dream began. God does not will that His Son suffer. He sees only his innocence and knows His Son as eternally one with Him.

The mission of the Holy Spirit is to lovingly guide our dreaming mind to awaken to our eternal safety, innocence and love. The Holy Spirit is patient because He knows our dreams have no effect on the truth of What we are. While we wander in our misperceptions, He calls to us with messages of Love that guide us to see the presence of Love in our brothers. With His help we forgive our misperceptions and recognize the truth in them beyond the appearance of a body.

Today we practice pausing to step back from our perception and welcoming Christ’s vision to show us our dear brother whose Love is our own As we share this Love, we remember the Love of God in which we live in peace and happiness.

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It’s Time to Choose Everything Instead of Nothing

³Deny your own Identity, and this is what remains. ⁴You look on chaos and proclaim it is yourself.”

Yet what is it except a game you play in which Identity can be denied? ²You are as God created you. ³All else but this one thing is folly to believe. ⁴In this one thought is everyone set free. ⁵In this one truth are all illusions gone. ⁶In this one fact is sinlessness proclaimed to be forever part of everything, the central core of its existence and its guarantee of immortality.

But let today’s idea [I am the holy Son of God Himself] find a place among your thoughts and you have risen far above the world, and all the worldly thoughts that hold it prisoner. ²And from this place of safety and escape you will return and set it free. ³For he who can accept his true Identity is truly saved. ⁴And his salvation is the gift he gives to everyone, in gratitude to Him Who pointed out the way to happiness that changed his whole perspective of the world. (A Course in Miracles, W-191.2:3-4;4:1–5:4. See also ACIM Lesson 191 Insights.)

A single change in what we choose to believe is our identity can free us from the world and awaken us to our true Identity as God’s Son. This choice disowns the mistaken identification with the body as our identity. For the body to be real, separation must be real. But God’s Creation is one with no separation, no differences.

We have learned and over learned that we are a body, with a unique personality that defines us as different from everyone and every thing. This is so important in what we believe that anything that seems to suggest that it is not true or real is perceived as a threat. Our defenses arise immediately to protect this limited identity.

The choice for freedom is simple but it is difficult because of our fear that we will lose the identity we treasure. Yet we treasure an empty image to the exclusion of the Reality of God’s Love, joy and peace. It is time to stop choosing nothing and choose everything by accepting God’s gift of all of Himself to His Son, our true Self.

Today is a day to walk with our mind open to the Voice for Love. It will guide us to see beyond the meaningless forms to the oneness of Love that is our Home. Following this Guide is the choice to be free and be as God created His Son to be.

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Relying on the Holy Spirit’s Strength and Certainty

²From my holiness does the perception of the real world come. ³Having forgiven, I no longer see myself as guilty. ⁴I can accept the innocence that is the truth about me. ⁵Seen through understanding [forgiving] eyes, the holiness of the world is all I see, for I can picture only the thoughts I hold about myself.

²The perception of my holiness does not bless me alone. ³Everyone and everything I see in its light shares in the joy it brings to me. ⁴There is nothing that is apart from this joy, because there is nothing that does not share my holiness.

³What is there to be saved from except illusions? ⁴And what are all illusions except false ideas about myself?

³I am blessed as a Son of God. ⁴All good things are mine, because God intended them for me. ⁵I cannot suffer any loss or deprivation or pain because of Who I am. ⁶My Father supports me, protects me, and directs me in all things. ⁷His care for me is infinite, and is with me forever. ⁸I am eternally blessed as His Son. (A Course in Miracles, W-58.1:2-5;2:2-4;3:3-4;5:3-8.. See also ACIM Lesson 58 Insights.)

What we perceive in the world shows us what we believe about ourselves. It is a reflection of the thought system we have chosen as our guide. We have chosen the ego as our master. We cannot follow two masters which come from diametrically opposed thought systems.

Instead of choosing the ego as our master, we can choose Love, our Creator. The thought system of Love is singular. Only Love is real. Nothing else exists. When we choose Love as our Guide, certainty is guaranteed. There are no other options in truth. This singular Thought is peaceful, for there is no conflict in it. It is joyous because there is no greater joy than to join in the eternal extension of God’s Love.

Today we forgive our mistaken belief that anything but Love could be real. We accept the Holy Spirit’s help to see beyond the temptation to believe illusions are true. We rely on His strength and certainty to support us and reinforce our willingness to accept our Self, Which God created as His Son.

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Taking Ownership of Our Inheritance

The Holy Spirit teaches one lesson, and applies it to all individuals in all situations. ²Being conflict-free, He maximizes all efforts and all results. ³By teaching the power of the Kingdom of God Himself, He teaches you that all power is yours. ⁴Its application does not matter. ⁵It is always maximal. ⁶Your vigilance does not establish it as yours, but it does enable you to use it always and in all ways. ⁷When I said “I am with you always,” I meant it literally. ⁸I am not absent to anyone in any situation. ⁹Because I am always with you, you are the way, the truth and the life. ¹⁰You did not make [the power of the Kingdom], any more than I did. ¹¹It was created to be shared, and therefore cannot be meaningfully perceived as belonging to anyone at the expense of another.

²You who are not at war must look for brothers and recognize all whom you see as brothers, because only equals are at peace. ³Because God’s equal Sons have everything, they cannot compete. ⁴Yet if they perceive any of their brothers as anything other than their perfect equals, the idea of competition has entered their minds. ⁵Do not underestimate your need to be vigilant against this idea, because all your conflicts come from it. ⁶It is the belief that conflicting interests are possible, and therefore you have accepted the impossible as true.

To be in the Kingdom is merely to focus your full attention on it. ²As long as you believe you can attend to what is not true, you are accepting conflict as your choice. …¹⁰Your right mind sees only brothers, because it sees only in its own light.

God has lit your mind Himself, and keeps your mind lit by His light because His light is what your mind is. (A Course in Miracles, T-7.III.1:1-11;3:2-6;4:1-2,10;5:1. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

The idea of exclusive ownership is central to the ego thought system of separation. Exclusivity is antithetical to the inclusive oneness of God’s Love. The world has a massive structure of laws to define and defend ownership, from intellectual property to national boundaries. Conflict is inevitable in this system because even the defined laws are not agreeable to everyone. What one appears to gain, another must lose.

But loss is impossible in the oneness of God’s Kingdom. This is why we need to be vigilant only for God’s Kingdom. Instead of being vigilant to protect our “rights” and ownership, we need to be vigilant to pay attention to the Holy Spirit’s vision. His vision shows us the certainty of Love everywhere. The changelessness of Love guarantees that loss is impossible. There is nothing to defend because we have all that is real in the Love God shares with us.

Today we turn our minds away from belief in separation to the Voice of Love Which reminds us of our inheritance. God has given us His kingdom of Love as our Home and our very being. We cannot lose. We only gain by extending the Love we are given without limit.

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Choosing the Path to Freedom

Anger must come from judgment. Judgment is the weapon I would use against myself, to keep the miracle away from me.

Father, I want what goes against my will, and do not want what is my will to have. ²Straighten my mind, my Father. ³It is sick. ⁴But You have offered freedom, and I choose to claim Your gift today. ⁵And so I give all judgment to the One You gave to me to judge for me. ⁶He sees what I behold, and yet He knows the truth. ⁷He looks on pain, and yet He understands it is not real, and in His understanding it is healed. ⁸He gives the miracles my dreams would hide from my awareness. ⁹Let Him judge today. ¹⁰I do not know my will, but He is sure it is Your Own. ¹¹And He will speak for me, and call Your miracles to come to me.

Listen today. ²Be very still, and hear the gentle Voice for God assuring you that He has judged you as the Son He loves. (A Course in Miracles, W-347.1:1–2:2. See also ACIM Lesson 347 Insights.)

Judgment keeps us bound to the dream of fear and guilt. Our judgments are based on false images which portray a world of separation. These judgments seem justified because we perceive through the body, a false identity made to see only confirmation that separation is real.

We need help from outside this closed thought system. God has given us the Holy Spirit as the bridge to lead us out of our misperceptions. He understands what we perceive but knows they are not true. He offers His true perception to replace our errors. Our judgments are based on illusion. This is why we must yield all our judgments to Him.

In every moment we make a choice between reinforcing our private world of fear and guilt or accepting freedom from it by handing over our judgments to the Holy Spirit. He judges on behalf of our Creator, seeing us solely as God’s one Son, forever one in Love.

We dedicate today to choosing the path to freedom by letting the Holy Spirit judge all things on our behalf.

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