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Finding Heaven Now

Can you imagine what it means to have no cares, no worries, no anxieties, but merely to be perfectly calm and quiet all the time? ²Yet that is what time is for; to learn just that and nothing more. ³God’s Teacher cannot be satisfied with His teaching until it constitutes all your learning. ⁴He has not fulfilled His teaching function until you have become such a consistent learner that you learn only of Him. ⁵When this has happened, you will no longer need a teacher or time in which to learn.

…time, according to [the ego’s] teaching, is nothing but a teaching device for compounding guilt until it becomes all-encompassing, demanding vengeance forever.

“The Holy Spirit would undo all of this now. ²Fear is not of the present, but only of the past and future, which do not exist. ³There is no fear in the present when each instant stands clear and separated from the past, without its shadow reaching out into the future. ⁴Each instant is a clean, untarnished birth, in which the Son of God emerges from the past into the present. ⁵And the present extends forever. ⁶It is so beautiful and so clean and free of guilt that nothing but happiness is there. ⁷No darkness is remembered, and immortality and joy are now.

⁵Take this very instant, now, and think of it as all there is of time. ⁶Nothing can reach you here out of the past, and it is here that you are completely absolved, completely free and wholly without condemnation. ⁷From this holy instant wherein holiness was born again you will go forth in time without fear, and with no sense of change with time. (A Course in Miracles, T-15.I.1;7:7–8:7;9:5-7. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

Peace and joy are within our reach now. In fact it is not a reach at all. It is in us now, eternally in the present moment. It only seems to require a reach because of layers of ego illusions from the past that cover the present moment. Only our belief in the past holds the veil of fear and guilt to hide the present where Heaven is.

In truth, we are in Heaven now. It is not off in the future. It is not something we lost in the past. We claim it now by stepping back from engagement with the world for just a moment.

The practice of pausing frequently throughout the day to welcome peace lets God’s Voice come through the ego’s chatter. In peace, we experience the now moment where we feel perfectly safe and recognize our brother as united with us as God’s one Son.

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