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Accepting a Life of Joy and Peace

Forgiveness through the Holy Spirit lies simply in looking beyond error from the beginning, and thus keeping it unreal for you. Do not let any belief in its realness enter your mind, or you will also believe that you must undo what you have made in order to be forgiven. What has no effect does not exist, and to the Holy Spirit the effects of error are nonexistent. By steadily and consistently cancelling out all [error’s] effects, everywhere and in all respects, He teaches that the ego does not exist and proves it.

Follow the Holy Spirit’s teaching in forgiveness, then, because forgiveness is His function and He knows how to fulfill it perfectly. …Miracles are merely the sign of your willingness to follow the Holy Spirit’s plan of salvation, recognizing that you do not understand what it is. His work is not your function, and unless you accept this you cannot learn what your function is. (A Course in Miracles, T-9.IV.5:3-6;6:1,3-4. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

Nothing that appears to happen in the dream of separation is real because separation is not real. But within the dream, forgiveness is impossible because it is a dream in which separation appears real. This is why we need the help of the Holy Spirit to lead us to true forgiveness.

We need to be willing to admit that we do not know what anything means. With this willingness, we must bring all our perceptions to the Holy Spirit with willingness to accept His correction. The Holy Spirit will teach us to overlook appearances in the dream by showing us they have no effect on the eternal Love that is our true Self.

To the ego, this lesson is impossible. To the Holy Spirit, it has already been accomplished. As we accept the lesson, we learn that only Love is real. We recognize this Love in more and more situations and we are less and less willing to accept the ego’s denial of Love. To accept the Love we are is to accept a life of joy and peace.

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