Daily Inspiration

Pausing for Peace Heals Our Mind

You who were created by Love like Itself can hold no griev­ances and know your Self. To hold a grievance is to forget who you are. To hold a grievance is to see yourself as a body. To hold a grievance is to let the ego rule your mind and to condemn the body to death. Perhaps you do not yet fully realize just what holding grievances does to your mind. It seems to split you off from your Source and make you unlike Him. It makes you believe that He is like what you think you have become, for no one can conceive of his Creator as unlike himself.

Shut off from your Self, which remains aware of Its likeness to Its Creator, your Self seems to sleep, while the part of your mind that weaves illusions in its sleep appears to be awake. Can all this arise from holding grievances? Oh, yes! For he who holds grievances denies he was created by Love, and his Creator has become fearful to him in his dream of hate. Who can dream of hatred and not fear God?

It is as sure that those who hold grievances will suffer guilt, as it is certain that those who forgive will find peace. It is as sure that those who hold grievances will forget who they are, as it is certain that those who forgive will remember. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 68, W-pI.68.1-2;3:2-3. See also ACIM Lesson 68 Insights.)

The ego, the wish for specialness, is a grievance against God. The dream it spawns is the projection of that grievance. When we accept the dream of separation as real, we are joining with the ego’s grievance against God. The cost of this joining is guilt for having denied God and our Self. With it comes fear because the ego projects on God its own intension for retribution for the perceived attack. As long as we accept the ego as our identity, we are imprisoned in the cycle of grievances, guilt and fear and attack.

This is why we need to forgive our grievances. Forgiveness opens the door in our mind to accept the Love of our true Self. Every judgment is an expression of the ego’s core grievance against God. Feelings of unhappiness, stress, guilt and fear, even the slightest disturbance of our peace, all are signs that we have chosen the ego’s grievance against God as our identity.

We undo grievances each time we bring our fear-based thoughts to the Holy Spirit for His help to heal our minds. When we pause for peace, we welcome His help and make way for the return of our eternal unity in God’s Love.

Today we dedicate to pausing for peace in our mind and welcome the Loving correction of our misperceptions. It is a journey we take to letting go of all our grievances and accepting our Identity as God’s Son.

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