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Dispelling Our Barriers to Love

²The purpose of the world you see is to obscure your function of forgiveness, and provide you with a justification for forgetting it.

Nothing the body’s eyes seem to see can be anything but a form of temptation, since this was the purpose of the body itself. ²Yet we have learned that the Holy Spirit has another use for all the illusions you have made, and therefore He sees another purpose in them. ³To the Holy Spirit, the world is a place where you learn to forgive yourself what you think of as your sins. ⁴In this perception, the physical appearance of temptation becomes the spiritual recognition of salvation.

…your function here is to be the light of the world, a function given you by God. …³The world’s salvation awaits your forgiveness, because through it does the Son of God escape from all illusions, and thus from all temptation. ⁴The Son of God is you.

²Let me not forget my function.
³Let me not try to substitute mine for God’s.
⁴Let me forgive and be happy.
(A Course in Miracles, W-64.1:2;2;3:1,3-4;6:2-4. See also ACIM Lesson 64 Insights.)

The wish for specialness is the wish for misery. This wish is a demand to be separate from the Source of happiness and peace. Because God could not offer specialness and remain the Love He is, the ego made substitutes that it tells us will make us happy. But there is no substitute for the Love of God that will make us happy.

In every moment we choose between searching for appearances that we believe will make us happy or accepting God’s Love. Happiness is an attribute of Love. We do not need to seek for Love because Love is What we are. But we do need to seek for the false images that we accept as substitutes for His Love. When these false images are recognized as false and meaningless, we let them go. We realize they are incapable of bringing us true happiness. With this recognition, we forgive ourselves. We let go of our barriers to the awareness of Love’s presence.

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