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We Want to Awaken to Our True Self

Injury is impossible. ²And yet illusion makes illusion. ³If you can condemn, you can be injured. ⁴For you have believed that you can injure, and the right you have established for yourself can be now used against you, till you lay it down as valueless, unwanted and unreal. ⁵Then does illusion cease to have effects, and those it seemed to have will be undone. ⁶Then are you free, for freedom is your gift, and you can now receive the gift you gave.

Condemn and you are made a prisoner. ²Forgive and you are freed. ³Such is the law that rules perception. ⁴It is not a law that knowledge understands, for freedom is a part of knowledge. ⁵To condemn is thus impossible in truth. ⁶What seems to be [condemnation’s] influence and its effects have not occurred at all. ⁷Yet must we deal with them a while as if they had. ⁸Illusion makes illusion. ⁹Except one. ¹⁰Forgiveness is illusion that is answer to the rest.

Forgiveness sweeps all other dreams away, and though it is itself a dream, it breeds no others. ²All illusions save this one must multiply a thousandfold. ³But [forgiveness] is where illusions end. ⁴Forgiveness is the end of dreams, because it is a dream of waking. ⁵It is not itself the truth. ⁶Yet does it point to where the truth must be, and gives direction with the certainty of God Himself. ⁷It is a dream in which the Son of God awakens to his Self and to his Father, knowing They are one. (A Course in Miracles, W-198.1:1–3:7. See also ACIM Lesson 198 Insights.)

Our Self and our Creator are one. This is the truth that forgiveness reveals. Only our wish for specialness, which denies the unity of Love, makes it seem that injury is possible. When we forgive this mistaken wish, the dream is undone. And we return to the oneness of Love.

Today we ask the Holy Spirit to help us see the valuelessness of the dream’s illusions. All we truly want is to awaken to our true Self, united with the Source of Love.

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