Daily Inspiration

Accepting the Gift of Peace

You have one test, as sure as God, by which to recognize if what you learned is true. If you are wholly free of fear of any kind, and if all those who meet or even think of you share in your perfect peace, then you can be sure that you have learned God’s lesson, and not your own. Unless all this is true, there are dark lessons in your mind that hurt and hinder you, and everyone around you. The absence of perfect peace means but one thing: You think you do not will for God’s Son what his Father wills for him. Every dark lesson teaches this, in one form or another. And each bright lesson with which the Holy Spirit will replace the dark ones you [no longer want], teaches you that you will with the Father and His Son.

Those who remember always that they know nothing, and who have become willing to learn everything, will learn it. But whenever they trust themselves [alone], they will not learn. They have destroyed their motivation for learning by thinking they already know. Think not you understand anything until you pass the test of perfect peace, for peace and understanding go together and never can be found alone. Each brings the other with it, for it is the law of God they be not separate. [Peace and understanding] are cause and effect, each to the other, so where one is absent the other cannot be. (A Course in Miracles, T-14.XI.5;12. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

Try to imagine what it would be like to be totally free of fear, feeling perfectly safe, with no need to make plans for protection. Imagine feeling indescribably joyful and overflowing with Love. Imagine seeing everyone joined with you in this joyful experience of the eternal flow of Love. This is God’s Will for us. It is the Home He created for us and gave to us, the extension of His Love, eternally.

As we let ourselves be taught the truth by the Holy Spirit in our minds, this will be our experience in every present moment. We don’t experience it now only because our belief in separation has hidden it from our awareness. Peace is our natural state. We are learning now that if this is not our experience, we need to undo the mistaken belief that makes the truth unknown to us.

We dedicate this day to offer all our thoughts to the Holy Spirit with open hands, willing to receive His Thoughts of Love in their place. Thus will He guide us to the peace of God that is ours now.

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