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The Miracle of True Perception

Specialness is a lack of trust in anyone except yourself.

What could the purpose of the body be but specialness? And it is this that makes it frail and helpless in its own defense. [The body] was conceived to make you frail and helpless. The goal of separation is [the body’s] curse. Yet bodies have no goal. Purpose is of the mind. And minds can change as they desire. What [minds] are, and all their attributes, [minds] cannot change. But what they hold as purpose can be changed, and body states must shift accordingly. Of itself the body can do nothing. See it as means to hurt, and it is hurt. See it as means to heal, and it is healed.”

“Do not defend this senseless dream, in which God is bereft of what He loves, and you remain beyond salvation. Only this is certain in this shifting world that has no meaning in reality: When peace is not with you entirely, and when you suffer pain of any kind, you have beheld some sin within your brother, and have rejoiced at what you thought was there. Your specialness seemed safe because of it. And thus you saved [the specialness] you appointed to be your savior, and crucified [your brother] whom God has given you instead. So are you bound with him, for you are one. And so is specialness his “enemy,” and yours as well.” (A Course in Miracles, T-24.IV.1:1;2;5. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

When we believe we are a body, we feel vulnerable and helpless in a world where everything has the potential to harm us. We need to be constantly alert to protect not only the body but the personality we associate with the body. This defensiveness leads us to attack whatever we perceive as potential threat. But the perceived threat is only a projection of our fear based on the belief that we maintain our specialness by devaluing everything perceived as external to us. This cycle of projection and defense maintains the ego in a constant battle to protect its image of what we are. This is the ego’s purpose for the body.

As we let the Holy Spirit guide our perceptions, a perceived adversary is recognized as one with us in the Love that is our true Self. Now the body is used for healing the mistaken division and our brother is acknowledged as our savior, for he reflects God’s Love to us. This is the healing the miracle of true perception brings to us. It leads us to accepting ourselves as God’s one Son, united eternally with Him in Love.

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