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God’s Guarantee

You are what God created or what you made. One Self is true; the other is not there. Try to experience the unity of your one Self. Try to appreciate Its Holiness and the Love from which It was created. Try not to interfere with the Self which God created as you, by hiding Its majesty behind the tiny idols of evil and sinfulness you have made to replace It. Let It come into Its Own. Here you are; This is You. And light and joy and peace abide in you because this is so.

If a situation arises that seems to be disturbing, quickly dispel the illusion of fear by repeating these thoughts again. Should you be tempted to become angry with someone, tell him silently:

Light and joy and peace abide in you.
Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God.

You can do much for the world’s salvation today. You can do much today to bring you closer to the part in salvation that God has assigned to you. And you can do much today to bring the conviction to your mind that the idea for the day is true indeed.” (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 93, W-pI.93.9;11. See also ACIM Lesson 93 Insights.)

In this world it seems we are constantly presented with triggers that bring up guilt, fear or anger. All this comes from believing that we are separate from what we perceive. This leaves us feeling alone, without Love and vulnerable to external forces beyond our control. Yet we are assured that Light and joy and peace are in us now. We don’t experience this only because we believe in the false idea that separation is real. And so we seem to live in a dark dream that holds no hope for peace or lasting happiness.

Thankfully, a dream is not real. We can awaken from the dream and accept God’s eternal gifts of Light and joy and peace. His assurance that we remain eternally one with Him guarantees our innocence and our union with Him in His Love.

It is time to change our beliefs about ourselves. It is time to accept God’s guarantee, for we are one Self, united with our Creator in His peace, joy and Love.

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The Certainty of Our Innocence

There is a light in you the world can not perceive. And with its eyes you will not see this light, for you are blinded by the world. Yet you have eyes to see it. It is there for you to look upon. It was not placed in you to be kept hidden from your sight. This light is a reflection of the thought we practice now. To feel the Love of God within you is to see the world anew, shining in innocence, alive with hope, and blessed with perfect charity and love.

Who could feel fear in such a world as this? It welcomes you, rejoices that you came, and sings your praises as it keeps you safe from every form of danger and of pain. It offers you a warm and gentle home in which to stay a while. It blesses you throughout the day, and watches through the night as silent guardian of your holy sleep. It sees salvation in you, and protects the light in you, in which it sees its own. It offers you its flowers and its snow, in thankfulness for your benevolence.

This is the world the Love of God reveals. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 189, W-pI.189.1:1-3:1. See also ACIM Lesson 189 Insights.)

When we chose the ego thought system as our guide, we lost awareness of God’s Love. We lost awareness of Reality. Instead, we see a world of conflict, loss, limitation, guilt and fear. Love is unknown in this world and its perceived absence is depressing. We feel a void that compels us to search for what will fill this emptiness.

We search for it in things, in circumstances we feel will make us happy or safe, in special relationships or substances that will numb the pain of loneliness. But none of these can ever satisfy our innate need to be the Self that is part of the unity of Love. Only the Love of God will satisfy because this Love is our completion, our one Reality. In this changeless Love, we know we are safe. We feel Love’s blessing and joyfully share It, for sharing Love is our completion.

We thank you, Father, for the gift of Your Love, for the comfort It brings, the certainty of our innocence and for the quiet joy that fills our heart.

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Opening to the Light of Heaven

Those who would let illusions be lifted from their minds are this world’s saviors, walking the world with their Redeemer [Holy Spirit], and carrying His message of hope and freedom and release from suffering to everyone who needs a miracle to save him.

How easy is it to offer this miracle to everyone! No one who has received it for himself could find it difficult. For by receiving it, he learned [the miracle] was not given him alone. Such is the function of a holy relationship; to receive together and give as you received. Standing before the veil, it still seems difficult. But hold out your hand, joined with your brother’s, and touch this heavy-seeming block, and you will learn how easily your fingers slip through its nothingness. It is no solid wall. And only an illusion stands between you and your brother, and the holy Self you share together. (A Course in Miracles, T-22.IV.6:5-7:8. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

The key to release from fear is the acceptance that we are one with all that is Real. Nothing outside of Reality exists at all and therefore is incapable of harm. The ego teaches the opposite, for its seeming existence depends on fostering belief that separation is real. All the images of the world are part of the ego’s scheme to hide Love’s oneness from our awareness. Only our belief in the ego’s basic premise of separation makes its scheme seem to work at all.

The ego’s veil of separation is lifted by letting go of our beliefs in separation. Forgiveness offers this release, for with the Holy Spirit’s help we see past the illusions, recognizing their falsity. The Light of Love shines through them, revealing the presence of Love’s oneness everywhere. In this Presence, we know our perfect safety. We feel the joy of God within us and we joyfully extend the gift of Love, for Love cannot be contained.

Today we walk with the Holy Spirit as our Guide to interpret all that we see. His interpretation will redeem us from the hell we made by believing separation is real.

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Awakening to Love in the Present

In sleep you are alone, and your awareness is narrowed to yourself. And that is why the nightmares come. You dream of isolation because your [spiritual] eyes are closed. You do not see your brothers, and in the darkness you cannot look upon the light you gave to them.

And yet the laws of love are not suspended because you sleep. And you have followed them through all your nightmares, and have been faithful in your giving, for you were not alone. Even in sleep has Christ protected you, ensuring the real world for you when you awake. In your name He has given for you, and given you the gifts He gave. God’s Son is still as loving as his Father. Continuous with his Father, he has no past apart from Him. So he has never ceased to be his Father’s witness and his own. Although he slept, Christ’s vision did not leave him. And so it is that he can call unto himself the witnesses that teach him that he never slept. (A Course in Miracles, T-13.VI.12:4-13:9. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

Only in dreams does there seem to be a past and future. Time is part of the ego dream, used to hide the present beneath layers of “memories” from the past. Even our thoughts about the future are constructed out of past memories.

Love is one, eternal and changeless. By this definition, Love cannot have a past, nor is the future any different than now. This is the reality of our true Self, the Son of God. We find the Love in the eternal present by forgiving the thoughts and beliefs we bring with us from the past. Forgiveness allows the Light of Love in the present to shine through the barriers the dream builds against present Love.

Thankfully dreams have no effect on the reality of Love. Love continuously extends Love, whether or not we sleep with our spiritual eyes closed to Love’s presence. Our true Self gives and receives Love continuously. We recognize and accept this Love as we forgive the barriers to Love that hold the dream in place. Today we practice frequently pausing to ask Christ’s vision to show us how to see past the barriers to the presence of Love.

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Setting Ourselves Free to Be Our True Self

Let me remember what my purpose is.

If I forget my goal I can be but confused, unsure of what I am, and thus conflicted in my actions. No one can serve contradict­ing goals and serve them well. Nor can he function without deep distress and great depression. Let us therefore be determined to remember what we want today, that we may unify our thoughts and actions meaningfully, and achieve only what God would have us do this day.

Father, forgiveness is Your chosen means for our salvation. Let us not forget today that we can have no will but Yours. And thus our purpose must be Yours as well, if we would reach the peace You will for us. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 257, W-pII.257. See also ACIM Lesson 1 Insights.)

In every moment we choose between two goals. If we choose the ego’s goal, we are choosing independence from God’s Will. This choice produces a world of lovelessness, fear and guilt. If we choose our true Will, which is God’s Will, we choose the Love and peace of Heaven. Confusion comes when we believe we have a choice between purposes. But this choice is between Reality and illusion. Our belief in this choice deceives us, making it seem like it’s a real choice. Actually it’s a choice between everything and nothing.

While we perceive ourselves to be in the ego’s world of separation, we have a special purpose that will set us free. Forgiveness is this purpose. When we forgive, we let go of mistaken beliefs by letting the Holy Spirit show us the reality of Love beyond the appearances in the world. As we accept His help, we free ourselves from the ego’s dream of limitation, lack and lovelessness. We awaken to the Will we share with God and remember only Love is real.

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Choosing the Strength and Vision of Christ

Trials are but lessons that you failed to learn presented once again, so where you made a faulty choice before you now can make a better one, and thus escape all pain that what you chose before has brought to you. In every difficulty, all distress, and each perplexity Christ calls to you and gently says, “My brother, choose again.” He would not leave one source of pain unhealed, nor any image left to veil the truth. He would remove all misery from you whom God created altar unto joy. He would not leave you comfortless, alone in dreams of hell, but would release your mind from everything that hides His face from you. His Holiness is yours because He is the only power that is real in you. His strength is yours because He is the Self that God created as His only Son.

The images you make cannot prevail against what God Himself would have you be. Be never fearful of temptation, then, but see it as it is; another chance to choose again, and let Christ’s strength prevail in every circumstance and every place you raised an image of yourself before. For what appears to hide the face of Christ is powerless before His majesty, and disappears before His holy sight. The saviors of the world, who see like Him, are merely those who choose His strength instead of their own weakness, seen apart from Him. They will redeem the world, for they are joined in all the power of the Will of God. And what they will is only what He wills. (A Course in Miracles, T-31.VIII.3-4. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

The strength and vision of Christ are ever present in our mind. But we are unaware of Christ’s presence when we choose the ego as our guide. By the grace of God, we are always free to choose the Christ within instead of the ego. Christ sees only the face of Christ in everyone. We claim this vision through our acceptance of it.

“To accept Christ into our life” means to choose to see as He sees, to be the Love that God created us to be. Our savior is already within us. It is not about the man, Jesus. He was the demonstration of one who accepted the Christ in him wholeheartedly. Like an elder brother, we can use His example to show us what we already have and simply need to choose to accept. No one has an exclusive right to claim Christ. Everyone has the universal option to choose to see the innocence of Love in everyone — to see the face of Christ. This choice is our salvation and the salvation of the world.

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Remembering the Love We Are

The Origins of Separation

To extend is a fundamental aspect of God [Love] which He gave to His Son. In the creation, God extended Himself to His creations and imbued them with the same loving Will to create [extend Love]. You have not only been fully created, but have also been created perfect. There is no emptiness in you. Because of your likeness to your Creator you are creative [loving]. No child of God can lose this ability because it is inherent in what he is, but he can use it inappropriately by projecting. The inappropriate use of extension, or projection, occurs when you believe that some emptiness or lack exists in you, and that you can fill it with your own ideas instead of truth. This process involves the following steps:

First, you believe that what God created can be changed by your own mind.
Second, you believe that what is perfect [the Son of God] can be rendered imperfect or lacking.
Third, you believe that you can distort the creations of God, including yourself.
Fourth, you believe that you can create yourself, and that the direction of your own creation is up to you.

These related distortions represent a picture of what actually occurred in the separation, or the “detour into fear.” None of this existed before the separation, nor does it actually exist now. Everything God created is like Him. Extension, as undertaken by God, is similar to the inner radiance that the children of the Father inherit from Him. …all loving creation is freely given in one continuous line, in which all aspects are of the same order [no difference, only oneness]. (A Course in Miracles, T-2.I.1;2:1-4,8. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

It is helpful to understand the beliefs we have accepted that are the foundation of the illusory world we perceive is real. When we forgive, or let go of, these beliefs, the dream of separation will disappear. We will awaken to the fact that the Love we were created to be never changed. We remain Love in the Heaven of Love’s oneness. We share the changelessness of God. He has given us all His Love and that will never change.

We can practice remembering this as we look upon a brother by reminding ourselves that the body we see is only a veil that hides the changeless Love he is. We can ask the Holy Spirit to help us see the truth beyond the veil. As we accept the Holy Spirit’s correction, the eternal presence of God’s Love becomes increasingly real to us and the appearances of the world diminish in their importance. When we have released all the mistaken beliefs in separation, we remember we are Love and nothing else, united with all Love.

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