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Choosing Holy Spirit’s Lessons in Forgiveness

Let us be still an instant, and forget all things we ever learned, all thoughts we had, and every preconception that we hold of what things mean and what their purpose is. Let us remember not our own ideas of what the world is for. We do not know. Let every image held of everyone be loosened from our minds and swept away.

Be innocent of judgment, unaware of any thoughts of evil or of good that ever crossed your mind of anyone. Now do you know him not. But you are free to learn of him, and learn of him anew. Now is he born again to you, and you are born again to him, without the past that sentenced him to die, and you with him. Now is he free to live as you are free, because an ancient learning passed away, and left a place for truth to be reborn. (A Course in Miracles, T-31.I.12-13. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

The ego has its own curriculum. Its lesson plan has one goal — to teach us that we are separate from God, alone and destined to die. Death is the ultimate image that seems to confirm that separation is real. This lesson ultimately brings with it guilt, for it teaches that we have been successful in denying God, His Creation, His one Son. This is perceived as an attack on God and projects on God the fearful retribution with which the ego would respond to attack. Thus the effect of the ego’s lesson is guilt.

Yet only the oneness of God’s Love is real. The ego’s lessons could never be true. The instant the ego’s curriculum was accepted, God responded with the Holy Spirit, Whose curriculum teaches the opposite lesson. The Holy Spirit’s lesson plan teaches us to see the reality of Love’s oneness. It teaches us to look beyond the appearances of the ego-made world to the changeless oneness of Love. Every perception of separation is a call to remember Love.

The Holy Spirit helps us answer this call with Love. What the ego used to reinforce guilt, the Holy Spirit uses to heal our misperception and remember we live in Love. When we accept the Holy Spirit’s curriculum, the goal of our learning is shifted from guilt to innocence, from death to the Life we live in Love, from limitation to the all encompassing oneness of our true Self as God’s one Son. In each moment we choose which curriculum we want to learn.

We choose the Holy Spirit’s curriculum by offering all our perceptions to the Holy Spirit with willingness to learn the Holy Spirit’s lessons in Love. We choose this curriculum today.

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