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The Path of Return to Love

The Holy Spirit will never teach you that you are sinful. ²Errors He will correct, but this makes no one fearful. ³You are indeed afraid to look within and see the sin you think is there.

What if you looked within and saw no sin? ²This “fearful” question is one the ego never asks. ³And you who ask it now are threatening the ego’s whole defensive system too seriously for it to bother to pretend it is your friend. ⁴Those who have joined their brothers have detached themselves from their belief that their identity lies in the ego. ⁵A holy relationship is one in which you join with what is part of you in truth. ⁶And your belief in sin [separation] has been already shaken, nor are you now entirely unwilling to look within and see it not.

³Your faith is moving inward, past insanity and on to reason. ⁴And what your reason tells you now the ego would not hear. ⁵The Holy Spirit’s purpose was accepted by the part of your mind [right mind] the ego knows not of. ⁶No more did you. ⁷And yet this part, with which you now identify, is not afraid to look upon itself. ⁸It knows no sin. ⁹How, otherwise, could it have been willing to see the Holy Spirit’s purpose as its own?

This part [of your mind] has seen your brother, and recognized him perfectly since time began. ²And it desired nothing but to join with him and to be free again, as once it was. ³It has been waiting for the birth of freedom; the acceptance of release to come to you. (A Course in Miracles, T-21.IV.1:1-3;3;4:3–5:3. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

One of the early ideas the Course introduces is that we are not the ego. It defines the ego as simply the idea of separating from Love. It denies Love, which is What we are, at one with the Source of all Love. The ego disowns God and thus our true Self, which remains forever with God.

When we believe we are the ego, we believe in a false self symbolized by the body. This is not our real identity. The body is incapable of joining, being unique and separate from all other bodies. Yet despite the ego’s interference, our true Self remains one with every brother.

When we are able to forgive and look upon a brother without judgment, not separate, we make way for a holy relationship. This is how we learn of our true Self, which sees only itself in every brother. Now we welcome him truly as part of us. Conflict disappears and hope of peace is strengthened.

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