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The Lesson That Leads to Heaven’s Gate

How can you tell when you are seeing wrong, or someone else is failing to perceive the lesson he should learn? Does pain seem real in the perception? If it does, be sure the lesson is not learned. And there remains an unforgiveness hiding in the mind that sees the pain through eyes the mind directs.

God would not have you suffer thus. He would help you forgive yourself.

This is the lesson God would have you learn: There is a way to look on everything that lets it be to you another step to Him, and to salvation of the world. To all that speaks of terror, answer thus:

I will forgive, and this will disappear.

To every apprehension, every care and every form of suffering, repeat these selfsame words. And then you hold the key that opens Heaven’s gate, and brings the Love of God the Father down to earth at last, to raise it up to Heaven. God will take this final step Himself. Do not deny the little steps He asks you take to Him.” (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 193, W-pI.193.7;8:1-2;13. See also ACIM Lesson 193 Insights.)

Here we have a key signal that lets us know there is a lesson to be learned; forgiveness is needed. Any form of pain, anything that disturbs our peace signifies the presence of unforgiveness. Somewhere in our mind we are hanging on to guilt, which at its foundation comes from the belief that we have separated from Love, our Source.

The practice of being vigilant for these signals and then bringing our perceptions to the Holy Spirit for His lesson in forgiveness will lead us Home to the certainty and peace of God’s unconditional, eternal Love. This practice turns everything that disturbs our peace into a gift we can give ourselves. We can exchange pain for peace, despair for happiness, fear for Love. Under the Holy Spirit’s tutelage, we can learn to forgive and let the barriers to Love’s presence disappear. We have the key in our hands. We can use it now.

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