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Learning to Be a Teacher of God

The teachers of God appear to share the illusion of separation, but because of what they use the body for, they do not believe in the illusion despite appearances.

The central lesson is always this; that what you use the body for it will become to you [in your mind]. Use it for sin or for attack [to reinforce separation], which is the same as sin, and you will see it as sinful [unworthy]. Because it is sinful [full of guilt] it is weak, and being weak, it suffers and it dies. Use [the body] to bring the Word of God to those who [think they] have it not, and the body becomes holy. Because it is holy it cannot be sick, nor can it die. When its usefulness is done it is laid by, and that is all. The mind makes this decision, as it makes all decisions that are responsible for the body’s condition. Yet the teacher of God does not make this decision alone. To do that would be to give the body another purpose from the one that keeps it holy. God’s Voice will tell him when he has fulfilled his role, just as It tells him what his function is. He does not suffer either in going or remaining. Sickness is now impossible to him.

Oneness and sickness [belief in separation] cannot coexist. God’s teachers choose to look on dreams a while. …Awareness of dreaming is the real function of God’s teachers. They watch the dream figures come and go, shift and change, suffer and die. Yet they are not deceived by what they see. They recognize that to behold a dream figure as sick and separate is no more real than to regard it as healthy and beautiful. Unity alone is not a thing of dreams. And it is this God’s teachers acknowledge as behind the dream, beyond all seeming and yet surely theirs. (A Course in Miracles, M-12.4:6-5:11;6:1-2,6-11)

As we learn that our true Self is not a body but Spirit, united with our Creator, we learn to overlook appearances in the dream of bodies and forms of separation. With the help of the Holy Spirit’s gentle lessons we are able to see as the Holy Spirit sees. The images of forms in the world become less believable and less disturbing of our peace. As we are willing to accept the Holy Spirit’s lessons, we see past appearances to the reality of Love’s unity.

As teachers of God this is the message we must bring to our brothers. As we teach under Holy Spirit’s guidance, we learn that we are Spirit in the Mind of Love, along with all our brothers. Differences fade in their seeming importance. The certainty of our unity in Love is accepted more and more. This is how we serve God’s plan of salvation as teachers of God.

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The Light of True Vision

What is light except the resolution, born of peace, of all your conflicts and mistaken thoughts into one concept which is wholly true?

True light that makes true vision possible is not the light the body’s eyes behold. It is a state of mind that has become so unified that darkness cannot be perceived at all. And thus what is the same is seen as one, while what is not the same remains unnoticed, for it is not there.

This is the light [of the unified mind] that shows no opposites, and vision, being healed, has power to heal. This is the light that brings your peace of mind to other minds, to share it and be glad that they are one with you and with themselves. This is the light that heals because it brings single perception, based upon one frame of reference, from which one meaning comes. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 108, W-pI.108.1:3;2-3. See also ACIM Lesson 108 Insights.)

One of the Course’s lessons has us declare that we are the light of the world. It is our mind unified in the Thought of Love’s oneness that brings Light to the world. As we let go of the ego thought system of separation, we move toward the one Thought that created us one with Itself. True vision is already ours. We need only let go of mistaken beliefs that makes separation seem plausible.

Forgiveness is the means to let our minds be corrected. The Holy Spirit is the Teacher Who shows us how to see truly and recognize ultimately that there is nothing that needs forgiveness. Nothing has really happened to change what God created as Mind unified with His Mind.

Today we ask the Holy Spirit to help us let go of imagined interference with true vision. We want to see with the unified vision of Love and bring peace to the world. As we offer peace to our brothers, we join with the Love in them and know that we are one.

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Recognizing Our Brother as Our Savior

This is the savior’s vision; that he see his innocence in all he looks upon, and see his own salvation everywhere. He holds no concept of himself between his calm and open eyes and what he sees. He brings the light to what he looks upon, that he may see it as it really is.

The savior’s vision is as innocent of what your brother is as it is free of any judgment made upon yourself. It sees no past in anyone at all. And thus it serves a wholly open mind, unclouded by old concepts, and prepared to look on only what the present holds. It cannot judge because it does not know. And recognizing this, it merely asks, “What is the meaning of what I behold?” Then is the answer given. And the door held open for the face of Christ to shine upon the one who asks, in innocence, to see beyond the veil of old ideas and ancient concepts held so long and dear against the vision of the Christ in you. (A Course in Miracles, T-31.VII.11:5-7;13. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

The savior’s vision sees with forgiving eyes. The past has been let go and so it perceives only the present. Having let go of the past, it has no basis to judge in the present.

That is why we must ask, “What is the meaning of what I behold?” When we forgive, we no longer look to the past for meaning. There never really was any meaning in the past, for the past is illusion. In the now moment, free of the past, we can accept the answer to this question.

The veil of the past that blinded us to the present Light of Love that is everywhere has been lifted. In each moment we choose between judging based on the past or accepting Christ’s vision of innocence. When we choose Christ’s vision, we choose to be the savior of our brothers and ourselves. We recognize our brother as our savior, for we see Him as our Self. We have accepted Christ’s unifying vision.

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Learning of Our Unity in Love

That you and your brother are joined is your salvation; the gift of Heaven, not the gift of fear. Does Heaven seem to be a burden to you? In madness, yes. And yet what madness sees must be dispelled by reason. Reason assures you Heaven is what you want, and all you want. Listen to Him Who speaks with reason, and brings your reason into line with His. Be willing to let [Holy Spirit’s] reason be the means by which He would direct you how to leave insanity behind. Hide not behind insanity in order to escape from reason. What madness would conceal, the Holy Spirit still holds out for everyone to look upon with gladness.

You are your brother’s savior. He is yours. [Holy Spirit’s reason] speaks happily indeed of this. This gracious plan was given love by Love. And what Love plans is like Itself in this: Being united, It [Love] would have you learn what you must be. And being one with [Love], it must be given you to give what It has given, and gives still. Spend but an instant in the glad acceptance of what is given you to give your brother, and learn with him what has been given both of you. To give is no more blessed than to receive. But neither is it less. (A Course in Miracles, T-21.VI.8-9. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

When we accept the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we are accepting the Voice of Reason. The Holy Spirit speaks to us as God’s messenger of truth. Thus His reason will always lead us to the truth that we remain united in God’s Love. Separation could never be real.

The ego has its own version of reason but it is based on the insane idea that separation (sin) could be real. Reason based on insanity leads only to insanity. When we choose to accept the Holy Spirit’s guidance we choose God’s plan for our salvation, because we choose reason based on truth. The Voice of Reason is always eternally in our minds, given us by our Creator in answer to the insane thought of separation.

Today we practice opening our mind and heart to the Holy Spirit’s lessons that teach us we are Love, united with the Love of God. With His help we will see this Love everywhere.

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The Means for Release from the World of Fear

Let me recognize the problem so it can be solved.

A problem cannot be solved if you do not know what it is. Even if it is really solved already you will still have the problem, because you will not recognize that it has been solved. This is the situation of the world. The problem of separation, which is really the only problem, has already been solved. Yet the solution is not recognized because the problem is not recognized.

If you could recognize that your only problem is separation, no matter what form it takes, you could accept the answer because you would see its relevance. Perceiving the underlying constancy in all the problems that seem to confront you, you would understand that you have the means to solve them all. And you would use the means, because you recognize the problem.

…today we will ask what the problem is, and what is the answer to it. We will not assume that we already know. We will try to free our minds of all the many different kinds of problems we think we have.

Be not deceived by the form of problems today. Whenever any difficulty seems to rise, tell yourself quickly:

Let me recognize this problem [my thought of separation] so it can be solved.

Then try to suspend all judgment about what the problem is. If possible, close your eyes for a moment and ask what it is. You will be heard and you will be answered.” (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 79, W-pI.79.1;6:2-7:3;10. See also ACIM Lesson 79 Insights.)

The myriad forms of problems we experience in the world are the ego’s disguises to hide the real problem. It doesn’t seem that the only problem is believing separation is real. The importance of pausing and stepping back from our perceived problem, and asking what the real problem is, cannot be over emphasized.

As long as we insist on trying to fix the forms, we simply maintain the illusion of separation. We have to be willing to at least question the reality of the problem. This opens the door in our mind to receive the means from the Holy Spirit to solve the problem. We must be willing to ask for help and so we must be willing to question the problem. This willingness is essential for our release from the constant series of ego’s problems. It is the means for release from the world and return to the oneness of God’s Love.

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Releasing Fear and Returning to Love

God is the Love in which I forgive.

God does not forgive because He has never condemned. And there must be condemnation before forgiveness is necessary. Forgiveness is the great need of this world, but that is because it is a world of illusions. Those who forgive are thus releasing themselves from illusions, while those who withhold forgiveness are binding themselves to them. As you condemn only yourself, so do you forgive only yourself.

Yet although God does not forgive, His Love is nevertheless the basis of forgiveness. Fear condemns and love forgives. Forgiveness thus undoes what fear has produced, returning the mind to the awareness of God. For this reason, forgiveness can truly be called salvation. It is the means by which illusions disappear. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 46, W-pI.46.1-2. See also ACIM Lesson 46 Insights.)

God has given us a very simple plan that will return us to the awareness that we are Love, Loved by our Creator and being Loving is our Nature. In the presence of Love, fear disappears because fear comes from the mistaken belief that Love is absent. This is a belief in an illusion, for only Love is real. Forgiveness is the means to undo the mistaken belief that Love is absent. This belief disconnects us from awareness of the oneness of Love.

Forgiveness is the means to release ourselves from the belief that Love is absent. This belief manifests in myriad forms. The central figure in this belief is the body, for it seems to make us separate from other bodies and the world. Bodies seem to cause harm, physically, mentally and emotionally.

Each time we take the perception of any kind of harm to the Holy Spirit for His loving correction, He shows us that the perception has no foundation in truth. The moment we recognize the fear was based on an illusion, we freely let it go. We release ourselves from the mistaken belief that caused the fear. This is God’s plan for our release from fear. It seems like a process that takes time only because we have many false images in our mind that seem to justify fear.

As we practice bringing these images to the Holy Spirit, we begin to recognize that the cause for each fearful image is the same. Our forgiveness generalizes and we experience greater and greater peace. The generalization of our forgiveness accelerates until we reach the point that we fully realize that there is nothing to forgive, for only Love is real.

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Remembering Our True Nature Is Love

Father, I was created in Your Mind, a holy Thought that never left its home. I am forever Your Effect, and You forever and forever are my Cause. As You created me I have remained. Where You established me I still abide. And all Your attributes abide in me, because it is Your Will to have a Son so like his Cause that Cause and Its Effect are indistinguishable. Let me know that I am an Effect of God, and so I have the power to create like You. And as it is in Heaven, so on earth. Your plan I follow here, and at the end I know that You will gather Your effects into the tranquil Heaven of Your Love, where earth will vanish, and all separate thoughts unite in glory as the Son of God. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 326, W-pII.326.1. See also ACIM Lesson 326 Insights.)

Because God is Love and He created His Son to be exactly like Himself, our true Nature must be Love. As we learn to see through the vision of our true Nature, we see the Love in every brother and nothing else. Only belief in separation stands as a barrier to the recognition of the loving Nature in everyone.

It is our mistaken perceptions, based on the foundation of belief separation is real, that must be forgiven. God’s plan for our return to His Heaven is brought to us through His Voice. This is our Inner Teacher, Who will teach us lovingly to recognize that all our judgments, our guilt and our fears are based on a mistaken belief that separation is real.

If we are willing to receive His loving lessons, our thoughts will be transformed. Fear and guilt will fade away. We will see Christ in every brother and we will recognize that we are the Effect of Love’s extension. Today we ask our inner Teacher for His strength and His help to look past imagined separation to the true Nature of Love in everyone.

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