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Trusting in the Changelessness of Love

Trusting [the truth in] your brothers is essential to establishing and holding up your faith in your ability to transcend doubt and lack of sure conviction in yourself. When you attack [judge] a brother, you proclaim that he is limited by what you have perceived in him. You do not look beyond his errors. Rather, they are magnified, becoming blocks to your awareness of the Self that lies beyond your own mistakes, and past his seeming sins as well as yours.

Remove your focus on your brother’s sins, and you experience the peace that comes from faith in sinlessness.

We seek for innocence and nothing else.

…as our focus goes beyond mistakes, we will behold a wholly sinless world. When seeing [innocence] is all we want to see, when this is all we seek for in the name of true perception, are the eyes of Christ inevitably ours. And the Love He feels for us becomes our own as well. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 182, W-pI.182.1;2:5;3:5;8:3-5. See also ACIM Lesson 182 Insights.)

The ego cannot see innocence because guilt is the foundation on which the seeming reality of separation is built. We cannot perceive guilt without judgment. Judgment is only possible when something is perceived as separate from us. Thus judgment is the ego’s chief defense against the oneness and innocence of God’s Love.

But we can learn to see the innocence that is the truth in every brother, including ourselves. It is already there to be seen. We just need to shift our focus. As we let the Holy Spirit help us focus on the innocence and Love that is the truth in our brother, we see with Christ’s vision. Now we can trust our brother because we are trusting in the changeless Love he is. Only Love is real. Trusting in God’s Love brings peace because It never changes.

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The Voice Calling Us Home

This world you seem to live in is not home to you. And some­where in your mind you know that this is true. A memory of home keeps haunting you, as if there were a place that called you to return, although you do not recognize the voice, nor what it is the voice reminds you of. Yet still you feel an alien here, from somewhere all unknown.

We speak today for everyone who walks this world, for he is not at home. He goes uncertainly about in endless search, seek­ing in darkness what he cannot find; not recognizing what it is he seeks. A thousand homes he makes, yet none contents his restless mind. He does not understand he builds in vain. The home he seeks can not be made by him. There is no substitute for Heaven. All he ever made was hell.

When you are still an instant, when the world recedes from you, when valueless ideas cease to have value in your restless mind, then will you hear His Voice.

Be still an instant and go home with Him, and be at peace a while. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 182, W-pI.182.1:1-4;3;8:1;12:9. See also ACIM Lesson 182 Insights.)

The memory of our true Home is forever in our mind. It is the part of our mind that accepts the thoughts we share with God — our true Self. This Self has never left its Home. It shares the changelessness of God’s Love. This is Who we truly are.

But the world we experience is a dream made by the part of the mind that believes it is separate from our Source. This dream can never be our Home because it denies the reality of Love’s oneness. Yet the part of our mind that is our true Self calls to our heart to awaken from the dream. While we are engaged in the dream, this call is interpreted as a need to fill an emptiness, a sense of loss. But this need can never be satisfied in the dream. Searching within the dream always leaves us empty handed, searching for more.

To find the answer for this emptiness, we need to practice being still a moment and opening to the peace that is in us now, the peace of our true Self. Each time we pause and choose peace in place of conflict or loss, we open to receive the message of the inner Voice that calls to us unceasingly.

When we attend to this Voice, It will guide us to the memory of our true Home. It will teach us to recognize that the dream is not real and show us it can be replaced by the reality of Love’s oneness. Each time we step back and welcome peace, even for a moment, we take another step toward awakening and remembering our true Home.

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God’s Will Has Always Been Our Will

I have already chosen what You will.

Father, I thought I wandered from Your Will, defied it, broke its laws, and interposed a second will more powerful than Yours. Yet what I am in truth is but Your Will, extended and extending. This am I, and this will never change. As You are One, so am I one with You. And this I chose in my creation, where my will became forever one with Yours. That choice was made for all eternity. It cannot change, and be in opposition to itself. Father, my will is Yours. And I am safe, untrou­bled and serene, in endless joy, because it is Your Will that it be so.

Today we will accept our union with each other and our Source. We have no will apart from His, and all of us are one because His Will is shared by all of us. Through it we recognize that we are one. Through it we find our way at last to God. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 329, W-pII.329. See also ACIM Lesson 329 Insights.)

All our anxiety, pain, fear and guilt come from believing we have defied God’s Will and laws. We have made a dream in which we appear to have our own will, separate from God’s and everyone else’s. This could only seem to happen in the unreality of a dream. This dream seems real to us only because we have invested our belief in it. We will awaken from the dream when we withdraw all our belief in it. In that awakening we will recognize that our will is the same as God’s Will, for we are one with Him. 

God created His Son by extending Himself without limit. All His attributes — His Will, His oneness, His peace, Love and joy. His Son is our true Self. In this world, His Son appears as many because of our belief in the possibility of more than one. When we return to identifying with our true Self, which is the one Self everyone shares, we will know that we are God’s Will and we have His peace, joy and Love now, because that is His Will.

We open our minds to accepting God’s Will as ours by letting the Holy Spirit be our Interpreter of all our perceptions in the world. He will show us the Light of Love beyond the images of the world. We choose Him as our Guide today.

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Finding Happiness and Peace

Only God’s plan for salvation will work.

It is senseless for me to search wildly about for salvation. I have seen it in many people and in many things, but when I reached for it, it was not there. I was mistaken about where it is. I was mistaken about what it is. I will undertake no more idle seeking. Only God’s plan for salvation will work. And I will rejoice because His plan can never fail.

These are some suggested forms for applying this idea specifically:

God’s plan for salvation will save me from my perception of this.
This is no exception in God’s plan for my salvation.
Let me perceive this only in the light of God’s plan for salvation.
(A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 86, W-pI.86.1-2. See also ACIM Lesson 86 Insights.)

Whatever we think will bring us peace or happiness is what we believe is our salvation. The ego directs us on wild goose chases to seek peace and happiness in forms in the world. We seek for a special relationship, a better job, money, a nicer car or status in the world. All these are seeking salvation where it cannot be found. God’s peace and joy are already in us in our true Self. Our true Self remains united with God and shares all His attributes.

We find our salvation by following the Guide God gave us. The daily, moment by moment, practice of bringing all our perceptions to the Holy Spirit for His clear vision will bring us the true salvation we seek. He will clear the grievances that hide the Light of Love within us and return true perception to us. With this practice all events and situations become opportunities to accept God’s plan for salvation and remember we already have all of His gifts of peace, joy and Love.

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Celebrating Our Oneness in God’s Love

The Name of God is the inheritance He gave to those who chose the teaching of the world to take the place of Heaven. In our practicing, our pur­pose is to let our minds accept what God has given as the answer to the pitiful inheritance you made as fitting tribute to the Son He loves.

No one can fail who seeks the meaning of the Name of God. Experience must come to supplement the Word. But first you must accept the Name for all reality, and realize the many names you gave its aspects have distorted what you see, but have not interfered with truth at all.”

Father, our Name is Yours. In It we are united with all living things, and You Who are their one Creator. What we made and call by many different names is but a shadow we have tried to cast across Your Own reality. And we are glad and thankful we were wrong. All our mistakes we give to You, that we may be absolved from all effects our errors seemed to have. And we accept the truth You give, in place of every one of them. Your Name is our salvation and escape from what we made. Your Name unites us in the oneness which is our inheritance and peace. Amen. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 184, W-pI.184.12:5-13:3;15. See also ACIM Lesson 184 Insights.)

God shared His Identity with His Son, our true Self. God’s Identity is our inheritance. In the story of the prodigal son, the son left his home and his inheritance. Yet his father saved his son’s inheritance for him and celebrated his return.

Likewise, God’s Identity is still ours, even though we wander in the wilderness of the dream of separation. We can awaken from the dream by being willing to give all our mistaken perceptions to Him to be absolved of their effects. As we accept that only Love is real we escape from our dream, awakening to our unity with all in the Home our Father has held open for our return. We join in joyous celebration that we are truly at home in Love.

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Awakening from the Impossible Dream

I will receive whatever I request.

No one desires pain. But he can think that pain is pleasure. No one would avoid his happiness. But he can think that joy is painful, threatening and dangerous. Everyone will receive what he requests. But he can be confused indeed about the things he wants; the state he would attain. What can he then request that he would want when he receives it? He has asked for what will frighten him, and bring him suffering. Let us resolve today to ask for what we really want, and only this, that we may spend this day in fearlessness, without confusing pain with joy, or fear with love.

Father, this is Your day. It is a day in which I would do nothing by myself, but hear Your Voice in everything I do; requesting only what You offer me, accepting only Thoughts You share with me. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 339, W-pII.339. See also ACIM Lesson 339 Insights.)

It doesn’t seem that we choose pain and suffering. But that is what we choose when we identify with the ego belief that separation is not only possible but real. That choice led to the dream of a world of separation with the body as the hero of the dream.

With believing separation is real comes guilt because we believe we stole our self away from our Creator. With this belief comes a companion belief that our Creator must take vengeance upon us for what we stole. All this is the foundation of the dream world. Fortunately it is an impossible dream.

The way to awaken from the impossible dream is to choose God’s Voice as our Guide for everything we do. His Voice is the Voice of Love. It will guide us to awaken to Love and let go of the dream of guilt and fear. We need only maintain our commitment to follow only His Voice to awaken to our Home in the Heaven of God’s Love. Let us join together in this dedication today.

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The Cure for All Sickness

The happy dreams the Holy Spirit brings are different from the dreaming of the world, where one can merely dream he is awake. The dreams forgiveness lets the mind perceive do not induce another form of sleep, so that the dreamer dreams another dream. His happy dreams are heralds of the dawn of truth upon the mind. They lead from sleep to gentle waking, so that dreams are gone. And thus they cure for all eternity.

Atonement heals with certainty, and cures all sickness. For the mind which understands that sickness can be nothing but a dream is not deceived by forms the dream may take. Sickness where guilt is absent cannot come, for [sickness] is but another form of guilt. Atonement does not heal the sick, for that is not a cure. It takes away the guilt that makes the sickness possible. And that is cure indeed. For sickness now is gone, with nothing left to which it can return.

Peace be to you who have been cured in God, and not in idle dreams. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 140, W-pI.140.3:1-5:1. See also ACIM Lesson 140 Insights.)

Guilt is the underlying sickness beneath all appearances of sickness in the world. The world is the outward picture of the ego’s belief in guilt. It appears in myriad forms, ranging from body ailments and death to disappointment when circumstances to do not meet what we would like.

The ego made the outer world in an attempt to escape the pain of its guilt by projecting it. But it doesn’t work because thoughts do not leave their source. What is projected is retained in the mind that projected it. Projection is only an attempt to hide the guilt that remains in the mind by making the guilt unconscious.

In short, when we let the Holy Spirit help us undo the mistaken belief in separation and guilt, we free ourselves to remember the truth that we remain Love as Love created us. And nothing else. This is the mind healing that is the ultimate cure for all forms of sickness. It returns our mind to the truth that we remain one with All That is, for we realize that nothing else really exists.

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