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Our Journey of Awakening

You who hold your brother’s hand also hold mine, for when you joined [in a holy relationship] each other you were not alone. ²Do you believe that I would leave you in the darkness that you agreed to leave with me? ³In your [holy] relationship is this world’s light. ⁴And fear must disappear before you now. ⁵Be tempted not to snatch away the gift of faith you offered to your brother. ⁶You will succeed only in frightening yourself. ⁷The gift is given forever, for God Himself received it. ⁸You cannot take it back. ⁹You have accepted God. ¹⁰The holiness of your relationship is established in Heaven. ¹¹You do not understand what you accepted, but remember that your understanding is not necessary. ¹²All that was necessary was merely the wish to understand. ¹³That wish was the desire to be holy. ¹⁴The Will of God is granted you. ¹⁵For you desire the only thing you ever had, or ever were.

“Each instant that we spend together will teach you that this goal is possible, and will strengthen your desire to reach it. ²And in your desire lies its accomplishment. ³Your desire is now in complete accord with all the power of the Holy Spirit’s Will. ⁴No little, faltering footsteps that you may take can separate your desire from His Will and from His strength. ⁵I hold your hand as surely as you agreed to take your brother’s. ⁶You will not separate, for I stand with you and walk with you in your advance to truth. ⁷And where we go we carry God with us. (A Course in Miracles, T-18.III.4–5. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

Waking up from the dream of separation is a process. It begins with the wish to understand our holy relationship with God — our unity in Him. The dream started with the wish to reject the oneness of Love and replace it with specialness. That wish blotted out the awareness of Love’s presence from our mind. We never lost Love, for God never withdrew His gift to His Son. But by denying Love and favoring specialness, we have accepted a dream of fear and guilt as our reality.

Now we are learning that the wish for specialness brings us only pain and suffering and constant yearning for the Love we have forgotten we are. Our lives seem to be a constant quest for Love. But the ego sends us on meaningless searches for substitutes for Love that cannot satisfy.

We are learning we have a choice. There is another Teacher, given us by God, Whose function is to guide us back to full understanding that we remain Love and nothing else. The setting for these lessons is our relationships. When the relationship is dedicated to joining instead of separating, it becomes holy. This purpose will lead us to full remembrance that we are Love and nothing else.

It is a journey of forgiveness, guided and assisted by the Holy Spirit. Each time we accept His help and release a mistaken belief that divided us, the blessing it brings encourages us to continue. Our journey of awakening grows increasingly happy and peaceful. Love guides our vision, thoughts and actions more and more. The holiness of our relationships is evident when forgiveness is complete. We fully understand that only Love is real. This is our awakening.

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