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The Key to Teaching Only Love

The only safety lies in extending the Holy Spirit, because as you see His gentleness in others your own mind perceives itself as totally harmless. Once it can accept this fully, [your mind] sees no need to protect itself. The protection of God then dawns upon it, assuring it that it is perfectly safe forever. The perfectly safe are wholly benign. They bless because they know that they are blessed. Without anxiety the mind is wholly kind, and because it extends beneficence it is beneficent. Safety is the complete relinquishment of attack. No compromise is possible in this. Teach attack in any form and you have learned it, and it will hurt you. Yet this learning is not immortal, and you can unlearn it by not teaching it.

Since you cannot not teach, your salvation lies in teaching the exact opposite of everything the ego believes. This is how you will learn the truth that will set you free, and will keep you free as others learn it of you. The only way to have peace is to teach peace. By teaching peace you must learn it yourself, because you cannot teach what you still dissociate. Only thus can you win back the knowledge that you threw away. An idea that you share you must have. It awakens in your mind through the conviction of teaching it. Everything you teach you are learning. Teach only love, and learn that love is yours and you are love. (A Course in Miracles, T-6.III.3-4. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

The ego always teaches attack because it is the idea of attacking the oneness of Love. The Holy Spirit teaches that Love cannot be divided and therefore is perfectly safe eternally. The world we experience as a body is the result of choosing the ego as our Guide and believing in what it leads us to do.

The antidote to this self-deception is to choose the Holy Spirit as our Guide instead. It is a simple choice. It seems difficult only because we have taught ourselves that we are the ego’s false image of our identity. Choosing the Holy Spirit seems like it is choosing against our identity, which would mean the end of what we believe we are.

This is true, but what we gain when we choose to learn of the Holy Spirit is our true Identity as the Self God created one with Him. We give up an illusionary self that has no reality. We gain the memory that we are Love and nothing else, invincible and unchangeable, eternally kind, joyous, and living in peace that cannot be disrupted.

Today we practice following the Holy Spirit’s lead, moment by moment and learn to teach only love.

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