Daily Inspiration

The Antidote for Fear and Guilt

[“I am spirit”] identifies you with your one Self. It accepts no split identity, nor tries to weave opposing factors into unity. It simply states the truth. Practice this truth today as often as you can, for it will bring your mind from conflict to the quiet fields of peace.

You are the spirit lovingly endowed with all your Father’s Love and peace and joy. You are the spirit which completes Himself, and shares His function as Creator. He is with you always, as you are with Him.

He will offer all His strength to every little effort that you make. Give Him the minutes which He needs today, to help you understand with Him you are the spirit that abides in Him, and that calls through His Voice to every living thing; offers His sight to everyone who asks; replaces error with the simple truth.

He will speak to you, reminding you that you are spirit, one with Him and God, your brothers and your Self. Listen for His assurance every time you speak the words [“I am spirit”] He offers you today, and let Him tell your mind that they are true. Use them against temptation, and escape its sorry consequences if you yield to the belief that you are something else. The Holy Spirit gives you peace today. Receive His words, and offer them to Him. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 97, W-pI.97.1:1-4;2:2-4;4:3-4;8:2-5. See also ACIM Lesson 97 Insights.)

Peace comes from accepting the fact that we are Spirit. Spirit is one. There is no conflict in this oneness, for as Spirit, we are united with our Creator.

All conflict, fear and guilt come from believing we are something other than Spirit. Reminding ourselves that we are Spirit is the antidote for the ego’s false belief that we are limited to a body, separate and alone, vulnerable to opposing forces that can hurt or destroy. As we accept that we are Spirit, we are released from identifying with limitation. The reality that we are eternally Love in the Mind of Love supplants the illusion of lovelessness that the ego has made.

As we look at another and affirm in our mind “You are Spirit,” we are teaching ourselves that we are Spirit. It is in the acceptance of this fact that we remember our true Self. We remember that we are at Home in Love.

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