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The Happy Exchange of Fear for Love

The real world holds a counterpart for each unhappy thought reflected in your world; a sure correction for the sights of fear and sounds of battle which your world contains. ²The real world shows a world seen differently, through quiet eyes and with a mind at peace. ³Nothing but rest is there. ⁴There are no cries of pain and sorrow heard, for nothing there remains outside forgiveness. ⁵And the sights are gentle. ⁶Only happy sights and sounds can reach the mind that has forgiven itself.

The real world is the symbol that the dream of sin and guilt is over, and God’s Son no longer sleeps. ²His waking eyes perceive the sure reflection of his Father’s Love; the certain promise that he is redeemed. ³The real world signifies the end of time, for its perception makes time purposeless.

…as we look upon a world forgiven, it is He [God] Who calls to us and comes to take us home, reminding us of our Identity which our forgiveness has restored to us. (A Course in Miracles, W-pII.8.2;4;5:4. See also ACIM Lesson 291 Insights.)

The ego is always angry. It is upset with God because He could not give it more than everything. The world we experience with the ego is a manifestation of its temper tantrum. It does not like the Home God created for His Son so it’s trying to run away from Home. But there is no other place that is real. So the ego has had to make a dream world to satisfy its wish for specialness.

We can leave this dream behind by forgiving—letting go of—the insane wish to have more than everything. Because we have identified with the ego, we need the help of the Holy Spirit to wake up from the dream. Our part of waking up is to offer all our perceptions to Him to be exchanged for Christ’s vision. With this happy exchange the shadows of the ego’s denial are dispelled and we see past its meaningless images to the eternal presence of Love.

Today we happily welcome Christ’s vision.

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