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From Ego’s Projections to Christ’s Vision

There is no end to all the peace and joy, And all the miracles that I will give, When I accept God’s Word. Why not today?

Why should I wait, my Father, for the joy You promised me? For You will keep Your Word You gave Your Son in exile. I am sure my treasure waits for me, and I need but reach out my hand to find it. Even now my fingers touch it. It is very close. I need not wait an instant more to be at peace forever. It is You I choose, and my Identity along with You. Your Son would be Himself, and know You as his Father and Creator, and his Love. A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 1355, (W-pII.355. See also ACIM Lesson 355 Insights.)

Our perception of the world can change in an instant. We have all experienced how quickly our perception changes when we learn that what we thought we perceived was based on mistaken or false information. The truth sets us free from misperception. We accept God’s Word when we choose His Teacher as our Guide.

Our misperception comes from choosing the ego as our guide. The ego can only offer us the false information that we are alone, separate from everything we see and separate from our Source. We can claim God’s Word and all His gifts by disowning the ego and choosing Christ’s vision in place of the projections of separation the ego offers.

We do this by forgiving what we perceive happened. With the Holy Spirit’s help we see past the veil of separation and recognize that only Love is real. We remain united with the Love of God in every brother and in ourselves. This is how we offer miracles.

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Bringing Heaven’s Reflection to the World

When no perception stands between God and His creations, or between His children and their own, the knowledge of creation must continue forever. The reflections you accept into the mirror of your mind in time but bring eternity nearer or farther. But eternity itself is beyond all time. Reach out of time and touch [eternity], with the help of its reflection in you. And you will turn from time to holiness, as surely as the reflection of holiness calls everyone to lay all guilt aside. Reflect the peace of Heaven here, and bring this world to Heaven. For the reflection of truth draws everyone to truth, and as they enter into it they leave all reflections behind.

In Heaven reality is shared and not reflected. By sharing its reflection here, its truth becomes the only perception the Son of God accepts. And thus, remembrance of his Father dawns on him, and he can no longer be satisfied with anything but his own reality. You on earth have no conception of limitlessness, for the world you seem to live in is a world of limits. In this world, it is not true that anything without order of difficulty can occur. The miracle, therefore, has a unique function, and is motivated by a unique Teacher Who brings the laws of another world to this one. The miracle is the one thing you can do that transcends order, being based not on differences but on equality.”\ (A Course in Miracles, T-14.X.1-2. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

In this world we are disconnected from everything. Things are defined by differences. Even the thoughts we are aware of are different from other people’s thoughts. We cannot know other people’s thoughts because of these perceived differences. The best we can do in this world is project our interpretations of what we perceive based on our past experiences. Thus everything we look on is colored by our past. Nothing is seen as it truly is now. We see only reflections of our past overlaid on the present.

What the world reflects back to us depends upon what we use as our point of reference. If we use our past for reference, the reflection is simply a repeat of our past, often disguised as another form. But we can choose another point of reference. We can choose to let the Holy Spirit purify our perceptions. His vision will show us what is real and eternal in every brother and ourselves.

The Holy Spirit’s perception thus reflects the limitlessness of Heaven. This reflection leads to forgiveness, for it shows us that the world and everything that seems to happen in it never occurred. Through this perception, we forgive the world for all we thought it was. We bring Heaven’s reflection to the world. When forgiveness is complete, we stand in peace at the door to Heaven, where we easily step into Love’s eternal oneness.

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The Return to Joy

My holiness is far beyond my own ability to understand or know. Yet God, my Father, Who created it, acknowledges my holiness as His. Our Will, together, understands it. And Our Will, together, knows that it is so.

Father, my holiness is not of me. It is not mine to be destroyed by sin. It is not mine to suffer from attack. Illusions can obscure it, but can not put out its radiance, nor dim its light. It stands forever perfect and untouched. In it are all things healed, for they remain as You created them. And I can know my holiness. For Holiness Itself created me, and I can know my Source because it is Your Will that You be known. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 299, W-pII.299. See also ACIM Lesson 299 Insights.)

The ego is the belief in being alone. It is why the world is a place of loneliness and depression. Joy is an attribute of our holiness and unity with God. But our belief in being alone makes us unaware of our innate joy. Though it will never tell us this, the ego is the choice to be unhappy, frightened and guilty. We can choose once again.

The moment we made the insane choice for loneliness, God gave us the means to return to joy and the eternal unity of Love. His Voice is ever present in our mind, ready to help us remember that our Will is united with our Source. Our Will is to share the holiness of our Creator. His Will that we share His holiness is eternal. When we choose to let the Holy Spirit guide all our thoughts, we choose happiness and peace.

Today we practice offering all our thoughts to the Holy Spirit for His loving transformation which reminds us that we share God’s holiness. It will be a happy day indeed.

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How to Let God’s Voice Be Our Guide

Let this day be a day of stillness and of quiet listening. Your Father wills you hear His Word today. He calls to you from deep within your mind where He abides. Hear Him today. No peace is possible until His Word is heard around the world; until your mind, in quiet listening, accepts the message that the world must hear to usher in the quiet time of peace.

This world will change through you. No other means can save it, for God’s plan is simply this: The Son of God is free to save himself, given the Word of God [His Voice] to be his Guide, forever in his mind and at his side to lead him surely to his Father’s house by his own will, forever free as God’s. He is not led by force, but only love. He is not judged, but only sanctified.

In stillness we will hear God’s Voice today without intrusion of our petty thoughts, without our personal desires, and without all judgment of His holy Word. We will not judge ourselves today, for what we are can not be judged. We stand apart from all the judgments which the world has laid upon the Son of God. It knows him not. Today we will not listen to the world, but wait in silence for the Word of God. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 125, W-pI.125.1-3. See also ACIM Lesson 125 Insights.)

The Course is giving us clear direction for how to let God’s Voice be our Guide. We need to dismiss our petty thoughts and personal desires and let go of all judgments. This is how we still our mind to receive His Word — to be inspired with how to express Love in the world. Love brings peace with It. Love is our salvation because It is our true Self, eternally united with our Source.

The chaos in the world, the anger and attacks, the fear and guilt, comes from believing we lack Love. It is simply a call for Love. That call is answered when we let the Holy Spirit guide us to be His messenger of Love in the world. His guidance comes in forms that are helpful in the present moment and circumstance. It can be as simple as a smile toward someone we pass on the sidewalk. It may be an expression of true forgiveness where we once held judgment that blocked the flow of Love from our hearts. This Guidance will always come when we allow our minds to be still, without expectations, to receive the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

We dedicate today to this practice, trusting that the Holy Spirit will always lead us with Love and patience.

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The Path to Love’s Comforting Presence

We walk to God. Pause and reflect on this.

Your feet are safely set upon the road that leads the world to God. Look not to ways that seem to lead you elsewhere. Dreams are not a worthy guide for you who are God’s Son. Forget not He has placed His Hand in yours, and given you your brothers in His trust that you are worthy of His trust in you. He cannot be deceived. His trust has made your pathway certain and your goal secure. You will not fail your brothers nor your Self.

And now He asks but that you think of Him a while each day, that He may speak to you and tell you of His Love, reminding you how great His trust; how limitless His Love. In your Name and His Own, which are the same, we practice gladly with this thought today:

I will step back and let Him lead the way,
For I would walk along the road to Him.
(A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 155, W-pI.155.12:1-2;13-14. See also ACIM Lesson 155 Insights.)

It would be comforting to be told every day that we are loved. In fact, that message is directed to us 24/7. If we don’t feel this comfort and blessing, it is because we are believing a dream without Love is real. This need not be.

We can learn that we remain in Love and are blessed by Love. The instant we chose to believe in separation, God gave us His Teacher to guide us on the road back to the awareness of eternal Love. As we practice opening our minds to His teaching, we walk to God. Teaching this lesson is His only function.

When we have learned this lesson wholly and without reservation, we will feel the comfort and the joy of Love, our true Self. The practice of listening to the Voice of this Teacher in our mind will guide our journey to freedom from limitation and to the blessing of knowing we are Love and nothing else.

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Our Memory of God Is Never Lost

Today we will anticipate the time when dreams of sin and guilt are gone, and we have reached the holy peace we never left. Merely a tiny instant has elapsed between eternity and timeless­ness. So brief the interval there was no lapse in continuity, nor break in thoughts which are forever unified as one. Nothing has ever happened to disturb the peace of God the Father and the Son. This we accept as wholly true today.

We thank You, Father, that we cannot lose the memory of You and of Your Love. We recognize our safety, and give thanks for all the gifts You have bestowed on us, for all the loving help we have received, for Your eternal patience, and the Word which You have given us that we are saved. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 234, W-pII.234. See also ACIM Lesson 234 Insights.)

When we hear news of mass shootings and conflict in the world, it seems difficult to believe that its only a dream that has no effect on the truth of What we are. This is because we have taught ourselves repeatedly, over and over, to believe we are an identity that is not real. This belief makes the world and everything that seems to happen within it seem real.

Beneath this façade, we stand on a rock-solid, unchangeable foundation that God created one with Him. No matter what we believe about what we are, our true Self remains unfazed. It remains God’s Son, His extension of the Love He is. This foundation keeps us safe from the effects of any fantasy we may entertain about what we are.

The memory of What we are cannot be lost. We may deny it and hide it from ourselves, but we can remember It in any instant. We need only forgive ourselves for believing we are a false identity. The Holy Spirit is ever present in our mind to guide us to this release. He will never ask us to make a leap that would bring us fear. With infinite patience He will guide us gently to let go of our mistaken beliefs one by one until we realize that all these mistaken beliefs are the same at their core. They are all beliefs in separation that could never be real. As we accept this fully, our forgiveness is complete and we remember we are God’s Son.

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Extending Love Inspires Gratitude

We sing the song of thankfulness today, in honor of the Self that God has willed to be our true Identity in Him. Today we smile on everyone we see, and walk with lightened footsteps as we go to do what is appointed us to do.

We do not go alone. And we give thanks that in our solitude a Friend has come to speak the saving Word of God to us. And thanks to you for listening to Him. His Word is soundless if it be not heard. In thanking Him the thanks are yours as well. An unheard message will not save the world, however mighty be the Voice that speaks, however loving may the message be.

Thanks be to you who heard, for you become the messenger who brings His Voice with you, and lets It echo round and round the world. Receive the thanks of God today, as you give thanks to Him.

(A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 123, W-pI.123.4:2-6:2. See also ACIM Lesson 123 Insights.)

Our function is to be a messenger for the Holy Spirit in the world. As we pay attention to His guidance and express it in the world, we learn to see past its false images to the unifying Love that is the truth in every brother and ourselves.

The daily, even moment-by-moment, practice of pausing to open our minds to receive the Holy Spirit’s guidance is how we fulfill our part in God’s plan for salvation of the world. This practice deepens our experience of peace and brings joy to our hearts as we become instruments of God’s Love.

This is the means God has given us to free ourselves from the limitations of the ego we accepted by believing separation is real. The blessing we experience by extending Love inspires gratitude that nothing ever happened to change our true Self, the Son God created one with Him.

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