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Release from the Dream of Death

…the idea of death takes many forms. It is the one idea which underlies all feelings that are not supremely happy. It is the alarm to which you give response of any kind that is not perfect joy. All sorrow, loss, anxiety and suffering and pain, even a little sigh of weariness, a slight discomfort or the merest frown, acknowledge death. And thus deny you live.

Ideas leave not their source. The emphasis this course has placed on that idea is due to its centrality in our attempts to change your mind about yourself. It is the reason you can heal. It is the cause of healing. It is why you cannot die. Its truth established you as one with God.

Death is the thought that you are separate from your Creator.

What seems to die is but the sign of mind asleep.

What seems to be the opposite of life is merely sleeping. When the mind elects to be what it is not, and to assume an alien power which it does not have, a foreign state it cannot enter, or a false condition not within its Source, it merely seems to go to sleep a while. It dreams of time; an interval in which what seems to happen never has occurred, the changes wrought are substanceless, and all events are nowhere. When the mind awakes, it but continues as it always was. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 167, W-pI.167.2:3-7;3:6-11;4:1;6:7;9. See also ACIM Lesson 167 Insights.)

The Course tells us what it would feel like if we were wholly true to our Self — supreme happiness and perfect joy. It also points out some of the feelings which come from not being true to our Self, some of which are so common in our experience that we don’t realize they are signals of Self denial. Based on these signals, most of us probably spend most of our time in Self denial. Fortunately Self denial only makes us unaware of our one Self, but does not change It at all.

The fact that thoughts cannot leave their Source is the basis for healing this mistaken denial. The first step to healing denial is learning that we don’t like what we experience in denial. The next step is to learn that what we have been denying ourselves is what we truly want. We want to know supreme happiness and perfect joy. We want peace. We want to know that we are love, loving and loved.

These characteristics of our true Self are guaranteed because of the irrevocable law that ideas cannot leave their source. And the Source of our one Self is the changelessness of God. The fact that our true Self remains Love as Love created It is the justification for forgiveness that will release us from the dream of Self denial.

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The Greatest Gift We Can Give Ourselves

A miracle is a correction. It does not create, nor really change at all. It merely looks on devastation, and reminds the mind that what it sees is false. It undoes error, but does not attempt to go beyond perception, nor exceed the function of forgiveness. Thus it stays within time’s limits. Yet it paves the way for the return of timelessness and love’s awakening, for fear must slip away under the gentle remedy it brings.

A miracle inverts perception which was upside down before, and thus it ends the strange distortions that were manifest. Now is perception open to the truth. Now is forgiveness seen as justified. (A Course in Miracles Workbook “What is a Miracle, W-pII.13.1;2:4-5. See also ACIM Lesson 341 Insights.)

Anything that disturbs our peace must be based on a false perception that we mistakenly believe is true. When we bring our perceptions to the Holy Spirit with willingness to receive His perception in its place, we are welcoming the miracle. We are willing to see that our perception is not true. When what we believe is true is recognized as false, we freely let it go — we forgive.

The Holy Spirit’s gift of the miracle shows us that what we believed happened did not really occur except in a fantasy that is not real. It is this process that will free us from the fantasy world of fear and guilt to return to our eternal, changeless Home in Love. There is no greater gift that we could give ourselves. We are worth the practice.

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Welcoming Holy Spirit’s Lessons in Love

The lessons to be learned are only two. Each has its outcome in a different world. And each world follows surely from its source. The certain outcome of the lesson that God’s Son is guilty is the world you see. It is a world of terror and despair. Nor is there hope of happiness in it. There is no plan for safety you can make that ever will succeed. There is no joy that you can seek for here and hope to find. Yet this is not the only outcome which your learning can produce. However much you may have overlearned your chosen task, the lesson that reflects the Love of God is stronger still. And you will learn God’s Son is innocent, and see another world.

The outcome of the lesson that God’s Son is guiltless is a world in which there is no fear, and everything is lit with hope and sparkles with a gentle friendliness. Nothing but calls to you in soft appeal to be your friend, and let it join with you. …The soft eternal calling of each part of God’s creation to the whole is heard throughout the world this second lesson brings.” (A Course in Miracles, T-31.I.7;8:1-2,8. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

The world we see is the effect of learning the ego’s lesson that we are guilty. It is a world where fear is a constant companion and peace is impossible.

The Holy Spirit’s lesson teaches us that we are still God’s one Son, complete, whole and innocent. It teaches us that there is nothing to fear, for only Love is real. Peace is our natural state as God’s one, innocent Son.

The Holy Spirit offers us this lesson every moment of every day. We receive this lesson by offering all our perceptions to the Holy Spirit with willingness to show us the true perception of Love. His lessons will show us that everyone is our brother and friend, beyond the behavior of the body. Holy Spirit’s lesson teaches us that no one is a body and the truth beyond the body is innocent Love and nothing else. Today we welcome Holy Spirit’s lessons in Love.

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Accepting Reality as It Is

Determine now to see all …people as friends. Say to them all, thinking of each one in turn as you do so:

I would see you as my friend, that I may remember you
are part of me and come to know myself.

Spend the remainder of the practice period trying to think of yourself as completely at peace with everyone and everything, safe in a world that protects you and loves you, and that you love in return. Try to feel safety surrounding you, hovering over you and holding you up. Try to believe, however briefly, that nothing can harm you in any way. At the end of the practice period tell yourself:

Love holds no grievances. When I let all my grievances
go I will know I am perfectly safe.

I would wake to my Self by laying all my grievances aside and wakening in Him. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 68, W-pI.68.6;7:6. See also ACIM Lesson 68 Insights.)

The Truth in everyone is our best friend forever because It is our one Self. When we have a grievance toward anyone or anything, it is because we are perceiving a false image that hides the Truth of our universal Oneness. If all that is real is one, there is no possibility of conflict or harm because there is no “other” in what is One.

The perception of danger, harm, loss, fear or guilt can only come from the belief that separation is real. Yet separation is not God’s Will and therefore cannot be real. As we learn to forgive the false images and beliefs, the Light of Love’s oneness shines through the shadows of false beliefs.

When we try to imagine what it would feel like to be perfectly safe all the time, we are trying to imagine what it would be like to let go of everything that is false and remember only Truth. This is not fantasy. This is accepting Reality as It is.

Today we practice bringing our grievances to the Holy Spirit to receive His help to let them go.

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Finding the True Answer to Problems

The holy instant is the interval in which the mind is still enough to hear an answer that is not entailed within the question asked. It offers something new and different from the question.

Therefore, attempt to solve no problems in a world from which the answer has been barred. But bring the problem to the only place that holds the answer lovingly for you. Here are the answers that will solve your problems because [the answers] stand apart from [the problems], and see what can be answered; what the question is. Within the world the answers merely raise another question, though they leave the first unanswered. In the holy instant, you can bring the question to the answer, and receive the answer that was made for you. (A Course in Miracles, T-27.IV.6:9-10;7. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

Much of the Course is teaching us that on our own we have no clue as to what the cause of our problems really is. We need Help from beyond the thought system of separation we are enmeshed in. Ultimately the belief in separation is the cause of all problems. It’s fruitless to ask the cause of problems to solve problems. Yet this is exactly what we are doing when we try to figure out solutions on our own.

To free ourselves from the limitations of belief in separation, we need to open our minds to Help from outside the separation box. The Holy Spirit is that Help. We open our minds to receive His answer that will truly heal by letting our minds be still. The practice of taking time each day to let ourselves sink deeply into peace opens the door to the answers that are truly helpful. Peace and understanding always come together.

For minds accustomed to focusing on the world, becoming quiet seems difficult at first. But we are trainable. We have learned to make a world of chaos where peace is shut out. We can just as well learn to open our minds to the peace that is our natural state. It requires practice and vigilance. But we are worthy of the effort. It is the way we remember the oneness of our true Self.

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Let the Light of Love Dawn Upon Our Minds

How holy am I, who have been given the function of lighting up the world! Let me be still before my holiness. In its calm light let all my conflicts disappear. In its peace let me remember Who I am.

Let me not obscure the light of the world in me.
Let the light of the world shine through this appearance.
This shadow will vanish before the light.

My forgiveness is the means by which the light of the world finds expression through me. My forgiveness is the means by which I become aware of the light of the world in me. My forgiveness is the means by which the world is healed, together with myself. Let me, then, forgive the world, that it may be healed along with me. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lessons 81-82, W-pI.81:1:2-4,2:2-4. 82.1:2-5. See also ACIM Lesson 81-82 Insights.)

Like the sun brings light to the world at dawn, forgiveness lets Love’s Light dawn in our minds. When we let this Light in, it shines away the shadows of our thoughts of separation like the sun at dawn shines away the shadow of the earth.

Each time we forgive a mistaken belief, the shadow of what we believed was true dissipates in the Light of Love. We no longer need to live in the darkness of hate, fear and guilt. We have the means to rise above it and let the Light of Love shine in our minds to show us the truth that we all remain God’s one Son at Home in God.

Today we choose to welcome the Light that brings us true happiness and peace by choosing to forgive the world.

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We Welcome God’s Answer

If you but knew the meaning of His Love, hope and despair would be impossible. For hope would be forever satisfied; despair of any kind unthinkable. His grace is His answer to all despair, for in [His grace] lies remembrance of His Love. Would He not gladly give the means by which His Will is recognized? His grace is yours by your acknowledgment. And memory of Him awakens in the mind that asks the means of Him whereby its sleep is done.

His gift of grace is more than just an answer. It restores all memories the sleeping mind forgot; all certainty of what Love’s meaning is.

God loves His Son. Request Him now to give the means by which this world will disappear, and vision first will come, with knowledge but an instant later. For in grace you see a light that covers all the world in love, and watch fear disappear from every face as hearts rise up and claim the light as theirs. {A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 168, W-pI.168.2;3:5-4:3. See also ACIM Lesson 168 Insights.)

The Holy Spirit is the means God gave us to restore our sleeping minds to the full awareness of God’s Presence. When we are willing to turn to the Holy Spirit to receive His perception in place of ours, He shines the Light of Love on what we perceive, dissipating the shadows of fear and guilt. For Love is the opposite of fear and sees only innocence.

Today we welcome God’s Answer to our sleep, for we would waken to our one Self Which is God’s Son.

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