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Remembering the Love We Are

The Origins of Separation

To extend is a fundamental aspect of God [Love] which He gave to His Son. In the creation, God extended Himself to His creations and imbued them with the same loving Will to create [extend Love]. You have not only been fully created, but have also been created perfect. There is no emptiness in you. Because of your likeness to your Creator you are creative [loving]. No child of God can lose this ability because it is inherent in what he is, but he can use it inappropriately by projecting. The inappropriate use of extension, or projection, occurs when you believe that some emptiness or lack exists in you, and that you can fill it with your own ideas instead of truth. This process involves the following steps:

First, you believe that what God created can be changed by your own mind.
Second, you believe that what is perfect [the Son of God] can be rendered imperfect or lacking.
Third, you believe that you can distort the creations of God, including yourself.
Fourth, you believe that you can create yourself, and that the direction of your own creation is up to you.

These related distortions represent a picture of what actually occurred in the separation, or the “detour into fear.” None of this existed before the separation, nor does it actually exist now. Everything God created is like Him. Extension, as undertaken by God, is similar to the inner radiance that the children of the Father inherit from Him. …all loving creation is freely given in one continuous line, in which all aspects are of the same order [no difference, only oneness]. (A Course in Miracles, T-2.I.1;2:1-4,8. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

It is helpful to understand the beliefs we have accepted that are the foundation of the illusory world we perceive is real. When we forgive, or let go of, these beliefs, the dream of separation will disappear. We will awaken to the fact that the Love we were created to be never changed. We remain Love in the Heaven of Love’s oneness. We share the changelessness of God. He has given us all His Love and that will never change.

We can practice remembering this as we look upon a brother by reminding ourselves that the body we see is only a veil that hides the changeless Love he is. We can ask the Holy Spirit to help us see the truth beyond the veil. As we accept the Holy Spirit’s correction, the eternal presence of God’s Love becomes increasingly real to us and the appearances of the world diminish in their importance. When we have released all the mistaken beliefs in separation, we remember we are Love and nothing else, united with all Love.

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