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The Only Meaningful Use of Time

Reality is never frightening. ³It is impossible that it could upset me. ⁴Reality brings only perfect peace. ⁵When I am upset, it is always because I have replaced reality with illusions I made up. ⁶The illusions are upsetting because I have given them reality, and thus regard reality as an illusion. ⁷Nothing in God’s creation is affected in any way by this confusion of mine. ⁸I am always upset by nothing.

I see only my own thoughts, and my mind is preoccupied with the past. ³What, then, can I see as it is? ⁴Let me remember that I look on the past to prevent the present from dawning on my mind. ⁵Let me understand that I am trying to use time against God. ⁶Let me learn to give the past away, realizing that in so doing I am giving up nothing. (A Course in Miracles, W-52.1:2-8;3:2-6. See also ACIM Lesson 52 Insights.)

Time is a measure of change. But Love is eternal and changeless. There is no need to measure time when there is no change. Our true Self is Love and nothing else. Being an extension of Love, forever one with It, our true Self is changeless and eternal.

In every now moment, we have the option to let go of the past we have carried in our split mind and welcome changeless Love. We let go of the false image and accept the timelessness of our true Self. This is what forgiveness does. It is the only meaningful use of time in the dream. It leads to awakening to the truth that we are changeless Love, along with every brother.

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The Tranquility of Changeless Love

The stillness of the peace of God is mine.

Perhaps we are now ready for a day of undisturbed tranquility. ²If this is not yet feasible, we are content and even more than satisfied to learn how such a day can be achieved. ³If we give way to a disturbance, let us learn how to dismiss it and return to peace. ⁴We need but tell our minds, with certainty, “The stillness of the peace of God is mine,” and nothing can intrude upon the peace that God Himself has given to His Son.

Father, Your peace is mine. ²What need have I to fear that anything can rob me of what You would have me keep? ³I cannot lose Your gifts to me. ⁴And so the peace You gave Your Son is with me still, in quietness and in my own eternal love for You. (A Course in Miracles, W-273. See also ACIM Lesson 273 Insights.)

Even though our schedule for today may be filled with many busy doings, we can still have a day of peaceful tranquility. It’s not what seems to happen in the world, it’s how we perceive it. If we use Christ’s vision from our peaceful center within, we will perceive every moment as an opportunity to extend Love. Love brings peace with it. It sees no adversaries or conflict; only itself reflected back to it.

Christ’s vision comes when we forgive the wish for specialness and differences. With forgiveness, the presence of Love everywhere is recognized. We see that we dwell in Love along with all our brothers. Our days become joyous and peaceful. Nothing can disturb the tranquility of changeless Love. And we give thanks.

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How to Find the Love We Seek

Father, I will but to remember You.

What can I seek for, Father, but Your Love? ²Perhaps I think I seek for something else; a something I have called by many names. ³Yet is Your Love the only thing I seek, or ever sought. ⁴For there is nothing else that I could ever really want to find. ⁵Let me remember You. ⁶What else could I desire but the truth about myself?

This is your will, my brother. ²And you share this will with me, and with the One as well Who is our Father. ³To remember Him is Heaven. ⁴This we seek. ⁵And only this is what it will be given us to find. (A Course in Miracles, W-231. See also ACIM Lesson 231 Insights.)

The ego does not want God’s Love. In fact, if God’s Love were to be accepted, the ego would no longer seem to exist. As long as we give our allegiance to the ego, we will feel a need to search for Love. But the ego will always direct us to look where it cannot be found. The best it can offer is a form of specialness that does not satisfy our longing to remember our Source, to remember Love.

That inner yearning for Love comes from our will to remember our Creator. Our heart’s desire is to awaken to the Love we are. We want to see the Love that is the truth in every brother. We want to remember we are Love. The only thing that interferes with this certainty is the wish for specialness.

It is time to forgive this mistaken wish. It appears in many forms. We need to forgive the images of separation we perceive in the world. They are not real. They represent our denial of the Love we are. As we let Christ’s vision be our Guide, we see the truth of eternal Love everywhere and in everything. This is how we remember God and our Self.

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Christ’s Vision Sees Our Glory as God’s Son

Only my condemnation injures me.

²My condemnation keeps my vision dark, and through my sightless eyes I cannot see the vision of my glory. ³Yet today I can behold this glory and be glad.

It can be but my gratitude I earn.

²Who should give thanks for my salvation but myself? ³And how but through salvation can I find the Self to Whom my thanks are due?

⁴I am not a body. ⁵I am free.
⁶For I am still as God created me.
(A Course in Miracles, W-218.1:1-3;W-217.1. See also ACIM Lesson 218 Insights.)

Judgment denies oneness. It depends upon seeing differences. When we accept the oneness of the Love we are, we see no differences, nothing to judge. This is why forgiveness is the key to our salvation. It clears away the veil that hides the glory of the Love we are.

Today we choose Christ’s vision as our Guide. It will show us the Love that unifies and makes whole. It shows us the unity we share with everyone and everything in the oneness of God’s Love. With Christ’s vision, we set aside all judgments and welcome the truth of our glory as God’s Son.

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Making Every Day Happy

Today I let Christ’s vision look upon
all things for me and judge them not,
but give each one a miracle of love instead.

So would I liberate all things I see, and give to them the freedom that I seek. ²For thus do I obey the law of love, and give what I would find and make my own. ³It will be given me, because I have chosen it as the gift I want to give. ⁴Father, Your gifts are mine. ⁵Each one that I accept gives me a miracle to give. ⁶And giving as I would receive, I learn Your healing miracles belong to me.

Our Father knows our needs. ²He gives us grace to meet them all. ³And so we trust in Him to send us miracles to bless the world, and heal our minds as we return to Him. (A Course in Miracles, W-349. See also ACIM Lesson 349 Insights.)

When we choose Christ’s vision, we see only opportunities to extend Love. In every moment we let Love flow through us. In the oneness of Love, we see the Love in everyone and recognize It as the truth. With Christ’s vision we join with the Love everywhere.

There is no need for defense because there is nothing separate from What we are. We dwell and live in Love. We see everyone as brother, for we remember everyone shares one Father. It is a Life of joy. The joy of extending Love makes every day a happy day.

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We Let the Light of Love Shine

Into His Presence would I enter now.

This is a day of silence and of trust. ²It is a special time of promise in your calendar of days. ³It is a time Heaven has set apart to shine upon, and cast a timeless light upon this day, when echoes of eternity are heard. ⁴This day is holy, for it ushers in a new experience; a different kind of feeling and awareness. ⁵You have spent long days and nights in celebrating death. ⁶Today you learn to feel the joy of life.

Today it will be given you to feel a touch of Heaven, though you will return to paths of learning. ²Yet you have come far enough along the way to alter time sufficiently to rise above its laws, and walk into eternity a while. ³This you will learn to do increasingly, as every lesson, faithfully rehearsed, brings you more swiftly to this holy place and leaves you, for a moment, to your Self.

³Nothing is needed but today’s idea [into His Presence would I enter now] to light your mind, and let it rest in still anticipation and in quiet joy, wherein you quickly leave the world behind.

From this day forth, your ministry takes on a genuine devotion, and a glow that travels from your fingertips to those you touch, and blesses those you look upon. ²A vision reaches everyone you meet, and everyone you think of, or who thinks of you. ³For your experience today will so transform your mind that it becomes the touchstone for the holy Thoughts of God. (A Course in Miracles, W-157.1:1-6;3:1-3;4:3–5:3. See also ACIM Lesson 157 Insights.)

The Light of God’s Love is in us now and forever. But it is hidden from our awareness by the ego’s denial. This leaves us without awareness of the strength, Life and power that is in us. It is exhausting to maintain a dream of being separate from our Creator.

Today we are called to pause in the dream and welcome the presence of Love within. As we accept this Love, we find peace. We find the oneness that unites us with every brother in the Heart of Love. This thought of Love radiates from us to everyone and awakens them to the peace within. When we pause to welcome the Light of Love, we become beacons of hope and happiness. The Light is in us now and we let it shine.

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Being Thankful for the Truth of Love

Be in my mind, my Father, through the day.

Be in my mind, my Father, when I wake, and shine on me throughout the day today. ²Let every minute be a time in which I dwell with You. ³And let me not forget my hourly thanksgiving that You have remained with me, and always will be there to hear my call to You and answer me. ⁴As evening comes, let all my thoughts be still of You and of Your Love. ⁵And let me sleep sure of my safety, certain of Your care, and happily aware I am Your Son.

This is as every day should be. ²Today, practice the end of fear. ³Have faith in Him Who is your Father. ⁴Trust all things to Him. ⁵Let Him reveal all things to you, and be you undismayed because you are His Son. (A Course in Miracles, W-232. See also ACIM Lesson 232 Insights.)

Gratitude is key to awakening to the Love we are. The ego is the antithesis of gratitude. It is never satisfied with the present moment. It wants to change things and make them to its own liking. Even when it seems to succeed at this, it is not satisfied. Its underlying attitude is to seek and not find. Dissatisfaction is its general state of mind. It began with the thought of dissatisfaction with the oneness of God’s Love.

The way out of this dismal perspective is thanksgiving for the truth. When we are grateful for Love, grateful for the Self God created as the extension of Love, we experience the satisfaction that comes from remembering we are one in the Love of God.

Today we call upon our true Self and welcome Its vision, which sees only Love because that is what It is. Fear disappears as we recognize the Love in which we dwell; the Love that is every brother. This is the eternal gift we give to ourselves, our brothers and our Creator.

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