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Remembering God’s Love

The Holy Spirit takes you gently by the hand, and retraces with you your mad journey outside yourself, leading you gently back to the truth and safety within. He brings all your insane projections and the wild substitutions that you have placed outside you to the truth. Thus He reverses the course of insanity and restores you to reason.

In your relationship with your brother, where [the Holy Spirit] has taken charge of everything at your request, He has set the course inward to the truth you share. In the mad world outside you nothing can be shared but only substituted, and sharing and substituting have nothing in common in reality. Within yourself you love your brother with a perfect love. Here is holy ground, in which no substitution can enter, and where only the truth in your brother can abide. Here you are joined in God, as much together as you are with Him. The original error has not entered here, nor ever will. Here is the radiant truth, to which the Holy Spirit has committed your relationship. Let Him bring it here, where you would have it be. Give Him but a little faith in your brother, to help Him show you that no substitute you made for Heaven can keep you from it.

In you there is no separation, and no substitute can keep you from your brother. Your reality was God’s creation, and has no substitute. You are so firmly joined in truth that only God is there. And He would never accept something else instead of you. He loves you both, equally and as one. And as He loves you, so you are. You are not joined together in illusions, but in the Thought so holy and so perfect that illusions cannot remain to darken the holy place in which you stand together. God is with you, my brother. Let us join in Him in peace and gratitude, and accept His gift as our most holy and perfect reality, which we share in Him. (A Course in Miracles, T-18.I.7:3-10:9. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

We all stand together as one in the holiness of God. His holiness created us as holy as Himself. The appearance of billions of bodies with separate identities is just a fragmented projection of the mad idea that it is possible to be separate from our Creator. The truth that unites us all as one is the Love of God, given equally to all.

When we are willing to put the Holy Spirit in charge of all our relationships, He will teach us to see past the fragmented images to the one Love that is in all everywhere. It is this vision that will awaken us from the dream, leading us to the real world where all is forgiven. No thought of judgment enters here, for the innocence of Love is seen as all that is real. From this place of total acceptance of the truth, we awaken to the Heaven of God’s Love we never left in truth.

Today we choose to put the Holy Spirit in charge of all our relationships.

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Our Resurrection Is the Remembrance of Love

Very simply, the resurrection is the overcoming or surmounting of death. It is a reawakening or a rebirth; a change of mind about the meaning of the world. It is the acceptance of the Holy Spirit’s interpretation of the world’s purpose; the acceptance of the Atonement for oneself. It is the end of dreams of misery, and the glad awareness of the Holy Spirit’s final dream. …[The resurrection] is the invitation to God to take His final step. It is the relinquishment of all other purposes, all other interests, all other wishes and all other concerns. It is the single desire of the Son for the Father.

Now there are no distinctions. Differences have disappeared and Love looks on Itself. What further sight is needed? What remains that vision could accomplish? We have seen the face of Christ, His sinlessness, His Love behind all forms, beyond all purposes. Holy are we because His Holiness has set us free indeed! And we accept His Holiness as ours; as it is. As God created us so will we be forever and forever, and we wish for nothing but His Will to be our own. Illusions of another will are lost, for unity of purpose has been found.

These things await us all, but we are not prepared as yet to welcome them with joy. As long as any mind remains possessed of evil dreams [of separation], the thought of hell is real. God’s teachers have the goal of wakening the minds of those asleep, and seeing there the vision of Christ’s face to take the place of what they dream. The thought of murder [separation] is replaced with blessing. Judgment is laid by, and given Him [the Holy Spirit] Whose function judgment is. And in His Final Judgment is restored the truth about the holy Son of God. (A Course in Miracles, M-28.1;5:1-6:6)

What is the final dream that leads us to awaken to the truth that we remain Love as God created us? It is the dream of complete forgiveness. It is when we relinquish all our judgments to the Holy Spirit and accept His judgment in their place.

His judgment is simple: Only Love is Real; God’s Son is Love and nothing else. The acceptance of Holy Spirit’s judgment in place of our own resurrects us from the dream of separation and death. It returns us to awareness of the Life we live in God.

Today we welcome the Holy Spirit’s judgment in place of our own.

Rev. Maria Felipe will be the Pathways of Light presenter at the A Course in Miracles Conference 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. Click here to learn more about this exciting international gathering of ACIM students and teachers on May 24-26th, 2019.

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Complete Forgiveness

Perhaps it is not yet quite clear to you that each decision that you make is one between a grievance and a miracle. Each grievance stands like a dark shield of hate before the miracle it would conceal. And as you raise it up before your eyes, you will not see the miracle beyond. Yet all the while it waits for you in light, but you behold your grievances instead.

Then let us ask of Him Who knows this Son of God in his reality and truth, that we may look on him a different way, and see our savior shining in the light of true forgiveness, given unto us. We ask Him in the holy Name of God and of His Son, as holy as Himself:

Let me behold my savior in this one You have appointed as the one for me to ask to lead me to the holy light in which he stands, that I may join with him.

The body’s eyes are closed, and as you think of him who grieved you, let your mind be shown the light in him beyond your grievances.” (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 78,W-pI.78.1;7. See also ACIM Lesson 78 Insights.)

The body’s eyes cannot see the Light of the Son of God in our brothers. The Light of God’s Son is seen in the Mind we share with God. It is through the Holy Spirit in our mind that we are shown the truth in our brothers and ourselves.

The Holy Spirit teaches us that the images of the world are meaningless, have no value and can do no harm. Forgiveness is accomplished as we lay aside the images of the world because we have learned the images do nothing.

As we withdraw the value we have placed on the world’s images, our grievances fade away and we see the Light of God’s Son. As this Light shines upon us, we realize It is our own as well. There is only one Light. The adversary we thought stood before us is now recognized as our one Self, united in Love. Forgiveness is complete.

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Our Inner Place of Peace

To do anything involves the body. And if you recognize you need do nothing, you have withdrawn the body’s value from your mind. Here is the quick and open door through which you slip past centuries of effort, and escape from time. This is the way in which sin loses all attraction right now. For here is time denied, and past and future gone. Who needs do nothing has no need for time. To do nothing is to rest, and make a place within you where the activity of the body ceases to demand attention. Into this place the Holy Spirit comes, and there abides. He will remain when you forget, and the body’s activities return to occupy your conscious mind.

Yet there will always be this place of rest to which you can return. And you will be more aware of this quiet center of the storm than all its raging activity. This quiet center, in which you do nothing, will remain with you, giving you rest in the midst of every busy doing on which you are sent. For from this center will you be directed how to use the body sinlessly. It is this center, from which the body is absent, that will keep it so in your awareness of it. (A Course in Miracles,T-18.VII.7-8. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

We have been given the means to awaken from the dream of separation with all its fear and guilt. The practice of frequently pausing to go to the center of peace within opens our awareness to the Holy Spirit’s inspiration. It is helpful to start the day with a time when you quiet your mind by setting aside thoughts of activities of the day, of bodily concerns and of thoughts about the past or future.

The quiet center of peace is in the now moment. As we let our minds quiet, we become aware of the Holy Spirit in our mind. We open to His perception, Christ’s vision. We open to His Voice to guide us as we return to the busy doing we are sent on in the service of awakening.

The practice of frequently pausing during the day to step back and enter the place of peace again becomes easier. The more we practice this, making it a habit, the more we use the body for the Holy Spirit’s holy purpose instead of the ego’s.

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The Path to Joy and Peace

The real world is a symbol, like the rest of what perception offers. Yet it stands for what is opposite to what you made. Your world is seen through eyes of fear, and brings the witnesses of terror to your mind. The real world cannot be perceived except through eyes forgiveness blesses, so they see a world where terror is impossible, and witnesses to fear can not be found.

The real world holds a counterpart for each unhappy thought reflected in your world; a sure correction for the sights of fear and sounds of battle which your world contains. The real world shows a world seen differently, through quiet eyes and with a mind at peace. Nothing but rest is there. There are no cries of pain and sorrow heard, for nothing there remains outside forgiveness. And the sights are gentle. Only happy sights and sounds can reach the mind that has forgiven itself.

The real world signifies the end of time, for its perception makes time purposeless. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Part II, Section 8,W-pII.8.1-2;4:3. See also ACIM Lesson 291 Insights.)

The belief in time is part of the ego thought system of separation. Guilt depends on time to make what happened in the past seem real. Time makes it seem that the past comes with us. We use the past to interpret what we perceive in the present. This makes the reality of the present invisible to us, for we have covered it with images from the past.

As we learn to forgive the past, to let it go, the basis for guilt fades. We begin to see through the shadows of guilt to the ever present changeless Light of Love. Love sees only innocence, for Love neither harms nor can be harmed. Love’s changelessness maintains its innocence.

The Holy Spirit is our Guide to forgiveness. He sees our projections of guilt and fear, but does not believe them. As we are willing to accept His vision in place of our perception, we learn that the past is gone. It cannot touch us, for it does not exist. As this becomes stronger in our awareness, the perception of the real world of happiness and peace replaces the ego’s world of guilt and fear.

Today we practice keeping our minds open to receive the Holy Spirit’s vision in place of our perceptions. It is the path to joy and peace.

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Welcoming the Holy Spirit’s True Perception

All healing is release from the past. That is why the Holy Spirit is the only Healer. He teaches that the past does not exist, a fact which belongs to the sphere of knowledge, and which therefore no one in the world can know. It would indeed be impossible to be in the world with this knowledge [that the past does not exist]. For the mind that knows this unequivocally knows also it dwells in eternity, and utilizes no perception at all. It therefore does not consider where it is, because the concept “where” does not mean anything to it. It knows that it is everywhere, just as it has everything, and forever.

This is the miracle of creation; that it is one forever. Every miracle you offer to the Son of God is but the true perception of one aspect of the whole. Though every aspect is the whole, you cannot know this until you see that every aspect is the same, perceived in the same light and therefore one. Everyone seen without the past thus brings you nearer to the end of time by bringing healed and healing sight into the darkness, and enabling the world to see. For light must come into the darkened world to make Christ’s vision possible even here. Help Him to give His gift of light to all who think they wander in the darkness, and let Him gather them into His quiet sight that makes them one. (A Course in Miracles,T-13.VIII.1;5. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

Our belief in time makes knowledge of our unity in God’s Love impossible. Time is an attempt to introduce separation into eternity. In the world we bring our past experience into everything we perceive. No form in the world would have meaning to us without past experience.

From infancy we learn to interpret what forms mean. The process of giving meaning to form continues with our formal education and beyond through our day-to-day experiences. Yet all this learning simply reinforces the seeming reality of our perceptions, which are built upon the past.

The Holy Spirit teaches a different lesson. By teaching us to see the Light of Love everywhere, to see with Christ’s vision, we learn to see the oneness of Love. The perception of differences based on the past fades. More and more we see the sameness of Love’s oneness in all things, everywhere. The past loses its importance in our perception. Without the past our perception is healed and our mind becomes unified in the Love of God.

Today we practice accepting the Holy Spirit’s Light to bring clarity to our perceptions that we may have true perception.

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How to Become Miracle Minded

Specialness is a lack of trust in anyone except yourself. Faith is invested in yourself alone.

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 its 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, they cannot change. But what [mnds] 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.

The purpose of attack is in the mind, and its effects are felt but where it is [in the mind]. Nor is the mind limited; so must it be that harmful purpose hurts the mind as one. Nothing could make less sense to specialness. Nothing could make more sense to miracles. For miracles are merely change of purpose from hurt to healing. This shift in purpose does “endanger” specialness, but only in the sense that all illusions are “threatened” by the truth. [Illusions] will not stand before [truth].

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. (A Course in Miracles,T-24.IV.1:1;2;3:5-11;5:2. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

Any lack of peace is a sure sign that we have seen guilt in a brother, which is a projection of guilt we see in ourselves. If we are mindful of any disturbance to our peace, we can use this disturbance to remind ourselves to ask for Holy Spirit’s help to forgive.

As we bring our perceptions to the Holy Spirit, with willingness to receive His replacement, we will learn to see past the ego’s images of separation to the eternal presence of limitless Love. We will see past perceptions of guilt to the recognition of the reality of innocence. This is how we give the body the purpose of healing in place of the ego’s purpose to harm. This is how we become miracle minded.

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