Daily Inspiration

Opening to the Light of Love

To give and to receive are one in truth.

Vision depends upon today’s idea. ²The light is in it, for it reconciles all seeming opposites. ³And what is light except the resolution, born of peace, of all your conflicts and mistaken thoughts into one concept which is wholly true? ⁴Even that one will disappear, because the Thought behind it will appear instead to take its place. ⁵And now you are at peace forever, for the dream is over then.

True light that makes true vision possible is not the light the body’s eyes behold. ²It is a state of mind that has become so unified that darkness cannot be perceived at all. ³And thus what is the same is seen as one, while what is not the same remains unnoticed, for it is not there.

This is the light that shows no opposites, and vision, being healed, has power to heal. ²This is the light that brings your peace of mind to other minds, to share it and be glad that they are one with you and with themselves. ³This is the light that heals because it brings single perception, based upon one frame of reference, from which one meaning comes.

Here are both giving and receiving seen as different aspects of one Thought whose truth does not depend on which is seen as first, nor which appears to be in second place. ²Here it is understood that both occur together, that the Thought remain complete. (A Course in Miracles, W-108.1:1–4:2. See also ACIM Lesson 108 Insights.)

When the Course speaks of giving and receiving, it is not about an object or form, which is never real. The only true giving and receiving must be Love, for only Love is real. Whenever we have loving thoughts, we experience Love’s blessing. These thoughts may not be expressed in words, but the blessing is both experienced and extended. As we let Love be the Guide for all our thoughts and actions, we have a joyful life experience. Joy is an aspect of Love.

But if we harbor guilt because of a belief that we have separated from Love, we cannot experience Love’s blessing. Guilt is denial of Light. Forgiveness welcomes Light. It lets go of a belief that darkens our mind. When we identify with the ego, we deny the Light of Love.

But forgiveness of our mistaken identification with the ego dispels the ego’s dark thoughts. We are able to see with true perception, the vision of Christ, and recognize the presence of the Light of Love. Light always dispels darkness. Our denial of Light has no effect whatsoever on the Light. It only hides it from our awareness. Today we choose Christ’s vision which sees truly and brings Light to our experience of the world.

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