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Finding Peace in the World

I want the peace of God.

To say these words is nothing. ²But to mean these words is everything. ³If you could but mean them for just an instant, there would be no further sorrow possible for you in any form; in any place or time. ⁴Heaven would be completely given back to full awareness, memory of God entirely restored, the resurrection of all creation fully recognized.

No one can mean these words and not be healed. ²He cannot play with dreams, nor think he is himself a dream. ³He cannot make a hell and think it real. ⁴He wants the peace of God, and it is given him. ⁵For that is all he wants, and that is all he will receive.

To mean you want the peace of God is to renounce all dreams.

The mind which means that all it wants is peace must join with other minds, for that is how peace is obtained. ²And when the wish for peace is genuine, the means for finding it is given, in a form each mind that seeks for it in honesty can understand. A Course in Miracles, (W-185.1:1–2:5;5:1;6:1-2. See also ACIM Lesson 185 Insights.)

Everyone wants peace, for the mind identified with the ego thought system is unsettled and stressed. But under the ego’s direction we seek peace by inappropriate means. The ego always wants to seek and not find to maintain its seeming reality. The mind at peace has dismissed the ego and wants only the unity of God’s Love.

Throughout today we ask to see the world through the eyes of Love. This is how we align our mind with God’s. For His Will is to extend Love eternally. We will find peace in this practice, for peace is an attribute of Love.

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Accepting No Substitute for God’s Love

Today the peace of God envelops me, and I forget all things except His Love.

Father, I wake today with miracles correcting my perception of all things. ²And so begins the day I share with You as I will share eternity, for time has stepped aside today. ³I do not seek the things of time, and so I will not look upon them. ⁴What I seek today transcends all laws of time and things perceived in time. ⁵I would forget all things except Your Love. ⁶I would abide in You, and know no laws except Your law of love. ⁷And I would find the peace which You created for Your Son, forgetting all the foolish toys I made as I behold Your glory and my own.

And when the evening comes today, we will remember nothing but the peace of God. ²For we will learn today what peace is ours, when we forget all things except God’s Love. (A Course in Miracles, W-346. See also ACIM Lesson 346 Insights.)

We do not have to wait for the peace of God. His peace is now and always. We do not have to do anything to qualify for His peace. It is God’s Will that we have His peace now and forever.

We need only be willing to accept the fact that our will is God’s Will, one and the same. His peace was given us in our Creation as His Son. What God gives is eternal. Only our wish for specialness, to have more than everything interferes with our awareness of the peace that is already ours. The substitutes the ego offers to make a semblance of specialness interfere with our awareness of God’s gift because the substitutes deny His gifts.

Today we have the opportunity to lay down the ego’s substitutes and welcome His peace and Love.

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Seeing with Love’s Vision

There is another way of looking at the world.

Today’s idea is an attempt to recognize that you can shift your perception of the world in both its outer and inner aspects.”

…when any situation arises which tempts you to become disturbed, …say:

⁴There is another way of looking at this.

Remember to apply today’s idea the instant you are aware of distress. (A Course in Miracles, W-33.1:1;3:2-4;4:1. See also ACIM Lesson 3 Insights.)

The last thing the ego wants is for us to question its beliefs. The ego’s seeming existence depends on our continued belief that separation is real. This belief takes many forms which are only disguises that seem to confirm the belief. The glue that holds the ego’s world together is belief.

When we are willing to consider that there is another way of looking at the world, we are introducing the thought that beliefs can be changed. This is essential to unlocking the prison door that seems to trap us in a world of fear and guilt. The willingness to consider another way opens our mind to receive the Holy Spirit’s vision.

His vision sees the presence of Love, which dispels the fear and dissolves the belief that has closed the door to keep us from knowing we are in Heaven now. In truth, we are forever free, for we are Heaven; We are God’s Love.

We dedicate today to being open to see with the Light of Love.

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Accepting Our Completion in Love

²We said before that the Holy Spirit must teach through comparisons, and uses opposites to point to truth. ³The holy instant is the opposite of the ego’s fixed belief in salvation through vengeance for the past. ⁴In the holy instant it is understood that the past is gone, and with its passing the drive for vengeance has been uprooted and has disappeared. ⁵The stillness and the peace of now enfold you in perfect gentleness. ⁶Everything is gone except the truth.

⁷In the holy instant is His reminder that His Son will always be exactly as he was created. ⁸And everything the Holy Spirit teaches is to remind you that you have received what God has given you.

There is nothing you can hold against reality. ²All that must be forgiven are the illusions you have held against your brothers. ³Their reality has no past, and only illusions can be forgiven.

Remember that you always choose between truth and illusion; between the real Atonement that would heal and the ego’s “atonement” that would destroy. ²The power of God and all His Love, without limit, will support you as you seek only your place in the plan of Atonement arising from His Love. (A Course in Miracles, T-16.VII.6:2-6;8:7–8;9:1-3;10:1-2. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

The body is the central figure in the ego’s portrayal of separation. It is built upon a history of the past. Its DNA links the body to preceding generations of bodies. Its heritage is considered important and establishes its uniqueness; it seems to affirm its existence. Without the past there is no foundation for the seeming existence of the body. The Course emphasizes that we are not a body.

Our reality is in the now moment, without the past. Its changeless foundation is the eternal Love of God, given us in our Creation. The present moment is the time to forgive our mistaken identification with the body and its dependence upon a past that does not exist.

As we let the Holy Spirit teach us to see the reality of Love beyond appearances in the world, we free ourselves from the past. We are free to be Love without limit. When the past has been wholly forgiven, our awareness of the Love we are is complete. This is the Atonement.

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There Is No Substitute for God’s Love

³The Holy Spirit takes you gently by the hand, and retraces with you your mad journey outside yourself, leading you gently back to the truth and safety within. ⁴He brings all your insane projections and the wild substitutions that you have placed outside you to the truth. ⁵Thus He reverses the course of insanity and restores you to reason.

In your relationship with your brother, where He has taken charge of everything at your request, He has set the course inward to the truth you share. ²In the mad world outside you nothing can be shared but only substituted, and sharing and substituting have nothing in common in reality. ³Within yourself you love your brother with a perfect love. ⁴Here is holy ground, in which no substitution can enter, and where only the truth in your brother can abide. ⁵Here you are joined in God, as much together as you are with Him. ⁶The original error has not entered here, nor ever will. ⁷Here is the radiant truth, to which the Holy Spirit has committed your relationship. ⁸Let Him bring it here, where you would have it be. ⁹Give Him but a little faith in your brother, to help Him show you that no substitute you made for Heaven can keep you from it. (A Course in Miracles, T-18.I.8:3–9:9. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

God created His Son eternally united with Himself. This unbreakable link joins us also with every brother. We are forever united as one in God’s Love. In this unity we are perfectly safe. This is our Reality.

This does not seem to be our reality because we have accepted the ego’s substitute world where separation is believed to be real. Our unquestioned belief in the ego’s substitute makes bodies seem real and death our ultimate end. But this substitute is not real. By definition, substitutes are not the original. The truth of our Origin is hidden by the ego’s substitutes, but It is not lost. We have the Holy Spirit to gently guide us out of the quagmire of ego substitutions back Home to awareness of the Love we are.

Today we welcome the Holy Spirit’s guidance, for we would return Home to the peace of God.

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The Bridge to Truth

There is a very simple way to find the door to true forgiveness, and perceive it open wide in welcome. ²When you feel that you are tempted to accuse someone of sin in any form, do not allow your mind to dwell on what you think he did, for that is self-deception. ³Ask instead, “Would I accuse myself of doing this?”

Thus will you see alternatives for choice in terms that render choosing meaningful, and keep your mind as free of guilt and pain as God Himself intended it to be, and as it is in truth. ²It is but lies that would condemn. ³In truth is innocence the only thing there is. ⁴Forgiveness stands between illusions and the truth; between the world you see and that which lies beyond; between the hell of guilt and Heaven’s gate.

Across this bridge, as powerful as love which laid its blessing on it, are all dreams of evil and of hatred and attack brought silently to truth. (A Course in Miracles, W-134.9:1–11:1. See also ACIM Lesson 134 Insights.)

Forgiveness is the bridge to truth. It is the bridge from fear and hate to Love and innocence. In truth, where all is one, forgiveness is not needed. But in the dream of separation, forgiveness is the means to awaken from the dream.

The dream is held in place with judgment. Perceptions of “another,” different from itself is believed to be normal and necessary for survival. Judgment as defense is deemed necessary to protect our fragile identity. Forgiveness looks upon perception as meaningless and sees beyond it to the true meaning of Love, the only Reality.

Today we practice asking the Holy Spirit to help us look beyond appearances to awareness of Love’s presence everywhere and always. In this awareness we know we are safe, innocent and loved. We are grateful to be part of our Creator’s eternal extension of Himself.

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Learning to Welcome Love

Let me not see myself as limited.

Let me behold the Son of God today, and witness to his glory. ²Let me not try to obscure the holy light in him, and see his strength diminished and reduced to frailty; nor perceive the lacks in him with which I would attack his sovereignty.

He is Your Son, my Father. ²And today I would behold his gentleness instead of my illusions. ³He is what I am, and as I see him so I see myself. ⁴Today I would see truly, that this day I may at last identify with him. (A Course in Miracles, W-250. See also ACIM Lesson 250 Insights.)

The world we see is a mirror that shows us what we believe is real. The perception of a world outside is a projection of our beliefs. This is an important key that the Holy Spirit uses to show us where our mind needs healing.

If the world we see seems to make us feel unhappy, fearful or unloved, we are being shown a belief that needs healing. If we practice bringing those perceptions to the Holy Spirit for His loving correction, we step forward on our journey of awakening to Love. Love is ever present. It is what we are.

We have induced a dream of lovelessness by identifying with the ego. But the Holy Spirit will gently help us awaken from this dream. He shows us the Love beyond the appearances if we are willing to accept His help. He helps us respond to calls for Love which may appear in others. These calls represent our own calls based on our belief in lack of Love.

Love has no limits, being eternal and changeless. Love calls to us unceasingly. We answer the call by accepting the Holy Spirit’s help to heal or forgive our beliefs and welcome the Love that is ever present.

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