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Choosing to Value What Brings Us Peace

I loose the world from all I thought it was.

What keeps the world in chains but your beliefs? And what can save the world except your Self? Belief is powerful indeed. The thoughts you hold are mighty, and illusions are as strong in their effects as is the truth.

Yet is salvation easily achieved, for anyone is free to change his mind, and all his thoughts change with it. Now the source of thought has shifted, for to change your mind means you have changed the source of all ideas you think or ever thought or yet will think. You free the past from what you thought before. You free the future from all ancient thoughts of seeking what you do not want to find.

The present now remains the only time. Here in the present is the world set free. For as you let the past be lifted and release the future from your ancient fears, you find escape and give it to the world.

There is no world apart from what you wish, and herein lies your ultimate release. Change but your mind on what you want to see, and all the world must change accordingly. Ideas leave not their source. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 132, W-pI.132.1:1-4;2:1-3:3;5:1-3. See also ACIM Lesson 132 Insights.)

In every moment we choose between the ego and the Holy Spirit as the guide for our thoughts. When we value the ego as our source, our thoughts bring us a world of fear and guilt, lack and loss. When we choose the Holy Spirit as our Source, our thoughts bring us the real world of true forgiveness. Thus the change of mind that needs to happen for us to see a forgiven world is to value the Holy Spirit’s lead and give no value to the ego. This is the change of mind that the Course is teaching us to make.

Because of our investment in the ego as our identity, the change of mind we need occurs gently under the Holy Spirit’s guidance. As we remember that of our little self we know nothing and choose the Holy Spirit’s meaning for what we perceive, our mind is healed of an unforgiveness. We withdraw some of the value we have given the ego. This is a step forward on our journey Home to the oneness of Love. This needs to be a daily, hourly and even moment-by-moment practice to break the trance of the ego’s false images.

Each time we accept the Holy Spirit’s interpretation, more healing happens beyond the apparent specific issue forgiven. We learn to generalize forgiveness because the underlying foundation of the specific situation forgiven applies to far more unforgiveness in our mind. Over time we find things that used to bother us no longer disturb our peace. What used to trigger a disturbance in our mind no longer comes up. Peace instead of conflict increasingly becomes our state of mind. We are letting what we thought about the world go and finding the peace that was there all along.

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