Daily Inspiration

Accepting the Gifts Our Brothers Offer

Dream softly of your sinless brother, who unites with you in holy innocence. ²And from this dream the Lord of Heaven will Himself awaken His beloved Son. ³Dream of your brother’s kindnesses instead of dwelling in your dreams on his mistakes. ⁴Select his thoughtfulness to dream about instead of counting up the hurts he gave. ⁵Forgive him his illusions, and give thanks to him for all the helpfulness he gave. ⁶And do not brush aside his many gifts because he is not perfect in your dreams. ⁷He represents his Father, Whom you see as offering both life and death to you.

Brother, He gives but life. ²Yet what you see as gifts your brother offers represent the gifts you dream your Father gives to you. ³Let all your brother’s gifts be seen in light of charity and kindness offered you. ⁴And let no pain disturb your dream of deep appreciation for his gifts to you. (A Course in Miracles, T-27.VII.15:1–16:4. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

We can choose how we see our brother. Our choice depends on what we believe we are. If we follow the ego’s dictates, we will judge our brother as we judge ourselves. We will judge what his body does, how it looks, what it says and how it behaves.

The Course is teaching us to see our brother differently. If we can choose change our focus to recognize his kindness and his helpfulness, and forgive his illusions. With this choice, we do the same for ourselves. What we forgive in a brother, we forgive in ourselves. The gratitude that comes with forgiving our brother brings us happiness and peace.

Today is a great day for us to focus on what we are grateful for in our brother and experience the happiness that gratitude brings.

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