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Building Our Life on Changeless Love

I. The Origins of Separation

To extend [Love] is a fundamental aspect of God which He gave to His Son. ²In the creation, God extended Himself to His creations and imbued them with the same loving Will to create [extend Love]. ³You have not only been fully created, but have also been created perfect. ⁴There is no emptiness in you. ⁵Because of your likeness to your Creator you are creative [loving]. ⁶No child of God can lose this ability because it is inherent in what he is, but he can use it inappropriately by projecting. ⁷The 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. ⁸This process involves the following steps:
⁹First, you believe that what God created can be changed by your own mind.
¹⁰Second, you believe that what [the Son of God] is perfect can be rendered imperfect or lacking.
¹¹Third, you believe that you can distort the creations of God, including yourself.
¹²Fourth, 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.” ²None of this existed before the separation, nor does it actually exist now. ³Everything God created is like Him. ⁴Extension, 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. (A Course in Miracles, T-2.I.1:1–2:4,8. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

Belief does not make true, but it can make a lie appear true. Our beliefs represent what we want to be true. If what we believe is an illusion or untrue, we need to disregard truth to maintain the illusions that a lie is true. The ego is the wish that separation, which could never be true, is real. The entire dream of a world of separation is built on a foundation of belief. It is like building a house on a foundation of sand. Like shifting sand, beliefs are unstable and changeable.

The Love of God is unchangeable, the rock upon which we create by extending His Love. The return to Love comes as we let go of our beliefs and accept that only Love is real. By the grace of God, beliefs cannot change Reality. He has given us the Holy Spirit to help us release our mistaken beliefs to free ourselves to be only Love.

Today we choose the Holy Spirit as our Guide all through the day.

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