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Our Friend Who Leads Us Home

Anything in this world that you believe is good and valuable and worth striving for can hurt you, and will do so. ²Not because it has the power to hurt, but just because you have denied it is but an illusion, and made it real. ³And it is real to you. ⁴It is not nothing. ⁵And through its perceived reality has entered all the world of sick illusions. ⁶All belief in sin [separation], in power of attack, in hurt and harm, in sacrifice and death, has come to you. ⁷For no one can make one illusion real, and still escape the rest. ⁸For who can choose to keep the ones that he prefers, and find the safety that the truth alone can give? ⁹Who can believe illusions are the same, and still maintain that even one is best?

⁵Without [the Holy Spirit] you are friendless. ⁶Seek not another friend [ego] to take His place. ⁷There is no other friend. ⁸What God appointed has no substitute, for what illusion can replace the truth?

³Make no illusion friend, for if you do, it can but take the place of Him Whom God has called your Friend. ⁴And it is He Who is your only Friend in truth. ⁵He brings you gifts that are not of this world, and only He to Whom they have been given can make sure that you receive them. ⁶He will place them on your throne, when you make room for Him on His. (A Course in Miracles, T-26.VI.1;2:5-8;3:3-6. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

We have chosen a “friend” whose sole purpose is to alienate us from God. This pseudo friend offers us gifts of specialness that seem to elevate our status, comfort us or protect us from harm. Yet it offers nothing but illusions.

There is no greater status than to be God’s Son, eternally united with Him in the oneness of Love. Because only Love is real, nothing the ego offers is real. By accepting its offerings we are choosing nothing in place of everything.

In His Love for His Son, God appointed him a Friend Whose sole purpose is to reunite him with his Creator. This gift returns us to Heaven when we choose to follow our appointed Friend. Today we choose to walk with our Friend on a journey without distance to our Home in Love which we never left in truth.

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