Daily Inspiration

Following the Path to Peace of Mind

First, [the teacher of God] must go through what might be called “a period of undoing.” This need not be painful, but it usually is so experienced. It seems as if things are being taken away, and it is rarely understood initially that their lack of value is merely being recognized. How can lack of value be perceived unless the perceiver is in a position where he must see things in a different light?

…the teacher of God [must] understand that he did not really know what was valuable and what was valueless. All that he really learned so far was that he did not want the valueless, and that he did want the valuable. Yet his own sorting out was meaningless in teaching him the difference. The idea of sacrifice, so central to his own thought system, had made it impossible for him to judge. …He must learn to lay all judgment aside, and ask only what he really wants in every circumstance.

…[tranquility is] the outcome of honest learning, consistency of thought and full transfer. This is the stage of real peace, for here is Heaven’s state fully reflected. (A Course in Miracles, M-4.I.A.1:1-4;7:2-5,8;8:4-5)

It does seem difficult to accept that nothing in the world we experience has any value. But we are not asked to make this seemingly giant leap of faith. Instead we are asked to be willing to relinquish our judgments about everything in the world to the Holy Spirit’s judgment.

The Holy Spirit is our key to freedom from the ego’s misperceptions that bring us fear and guilt. When we are willing to ask the Holy Spirit to judge every perception on our behalf, we are led on a journey to peace of mind.

With each judgment relinquished to the Holy Spirit, the Love of God flows more freely into our separated mind. The shadows of Love’s denial fade in Its Light. Our lives become increasingly peaceful and happy. The uncertainty and guilt that seem to dominate our daily experience fade as we increasingly see each day as an opportunity to accept and extend Love. Today we ask the Holy Spirit to be the judge of all our perceptions, for we would find the way to God’s Love.

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