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Being the Love We Were Created to Be

Little children recognize that they do not understand what they perceive, and so they ask what it means. Do not make the mistake of believing that you understand what you perceive, for its meaning is lost to you. Yet the Holy Spirit has saved its meaning for you, and if you will let Him interpret it, He will restore to you what you have thrown away. Yet while you think you know its meaning, you will see no need to ask it of Him.

You do not know the meaning of anything you perceive. Not one thought you hold is wholly true. The recognition of this is your firm beginning. You are not misguided; you have accepted no guide at all. Instruction in perception is your great need, for you understand nothing. Recognize this but do not accept it, for understanding is your inheritance. Perceptions are learned, and you are not without a Teacher. Yet your willingness to learn of Him depends on your willingness to question everything you learned of yourself, for you who learned amiss should not be your own teacher. (A Course in Miracles, T-11.VIII.2:2-3:8. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

The forms we see through the body’s eyes have no meaning of their own. What we perceive is simply a projection of our beliefs reflected back to us to make the world seem real. We interpret what we perceive based on what we have taught ourselves in the past. But what we learned is only a self-deception. What deceives cannot be real. Only truth does not deceive. Only truth is real.

Meaning, then, does not come from the forms we perceive but from the meaning we assign to them through our interpretation. If we want to free ourselves from the limitations of the world, the fear, guilt and lack of Love, we need to stop interpreting anything on our own. Our own interpretations will always be mistaken because they are based on self-deceptions.

God has given us a Teacher of truth Who does not deceive. The practice of bringing all our interpretation to our inner Teacher for reinterpretation will teach us to see beyond the empty shells of form to the eternal presence of Love. We will learn to see that only Love is real. The forms will fade in importance. The desire of our true Self to see and teach only Love will take priority. This priority will set us free to be the Love we were created to be.

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