Daily Inspiration

The Choice for Peace and Happiness

The Christ in you is very still. He looks on what He loves, and knows it as Himself. And thus does He rejoice at what He sees, because He knows that it is one with Him and with His Father. Specialness, too, takes joy in what it sees, although it is not true. Yet what you seek for is a source of joy as you conceive it. What you wish is true for you. Nor is it possible that you can wish for something and lack faith that it is so. Wishing makes real, as surely as does will create. The power of a wish upholds illusions as strongly as does love extend itself. Except that one deludes; the other heals.”

“Where could your peace arise but from forgiveness? The Christ in you looks only on the truth, and sees no condemnation that could need forgiveness. He is at peace because He sees no sin. Identify with Him, and what has He that you have not? [Christ] is your eyes, your ears, your hands, your feet. How gentle are the sights He sees, the sounds He hears. How beautiful His hand that holds His brother’s, and how lovingly He walks beside him, showing him what can be seen and heard, and where he will see nothing and there is no sound to hear.” (A Course in Miracles, T-24.V.1;3. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

Our true Self is the Christ. This one Self is shared with everyone. No matter how much we dream of specialness, separation and differences, our one true Self remains unchanged, as God created It. No matter what seems to happen in dreams of specialness, our true Self remains united with (holds the hand of) the Christ in every brother. This cannot change, for this is what God created as united with Himself. And God does not change.

Forgiveness is how we let go of illusions of specialness and separation. As we let these go, Christ’s vision replaces the mistaken images. With Christ’s vision, we see the innocence of our brothers and our Self. The choice to accept Christ’s vision is the choice for peace and happiness. It turns away from images of differences, separation and guilt and looks to the Light of Love that is everywhere to be seen. Forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves and every brother.

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