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Remembering Only Love Is Real

It can be but myself I crucify.

When this is firmly understood and kept in full awareness, you will not attempt to harm yourself, nor make your body slave to vengeance. You will not attack yourself, and you will realize that to attack another is but to attack yourself. You will be free of the insane belief that to attack a brother saves yourself. And you will understand his safety is your own, and in his healing you are healed.

For once you understand it is impossible that you be hurt except by your own thoughts, the fear of God must disappear. You cannot then believe that fear is caused without.

When you realize, once and for all, that it is you you fear, the mind perceives itself as split. And this had been concealed while you believed attack could be directed outward, and returned from outside to within. It seemed to be an enemy outside you had to fear. And thus a god outside yourself became your mortal enemy; the source of fear.

When the fear of God is gone, there are no obstacles that still remain between you and the holy peace of God. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 196, W-pI.196.1;8:3-4;10:2-5;12:2. See also ACIM Lesson 196 Insights.)

When we see anyone as separate from us, we are attacking our brother and ourselves. We are attempting to limit our identity to a form that is separate from each other and our Creator. If we believe this is possible, we are afraid of God because we think we have stolen a piece of Him and claimed it as our own alone. Only our belief makes this seem to be true. But beliefs can be changed. With the Holy Spirit’s help, we can learn to see the eternal unity of the Love we share with every brother and with God.

Whenever we are tempted to judge another or defend against potential harm, we need to remind ourselves that this judgment or defense is self crucifixion. We are reinforcing the mistaken belief that we are separate and therefore maintaining a barrier against God’s Love. With this recognition, we open our mind to the Holy Spirit’s lessons in forgiveness and remember only Love is real.

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