I ask, why is it so hard to accept being happy? To let go of the fearful images of the world, to be a peaceful, loving being all the time? I hear Brother say, “You are trying to bring these attributes to the character in your story, and he is not capable of maintaining them. That is not the purpose of your story. Forgive this character to see that he is not real, not you. Let the dreamer of your dream awaken and you will find the happy and the loving Self you long for.” As I sit with this, I recall the many times I have tried to punish or reward this character; to correct his perception, do anything that would make him real. And wonder why he just never seemed to “get it.” “Forgive this character” for what he did not do. Let him go. He is not you. There is no loss, no sacrifice, just the chance to awaken my loving, dreaming, Self. Forgive this character. Is there something I could do that would bring me what I want more?
It is important to remember that this thing we call an “ego” is not another “presence” in our mind. It represents the seeming split in our perception, the “tiny, mad idea” that resists fully accepting our divine and holy Self. It has no substance beyond our doubt that we are as God created us. It has no power to affect our thinking, until we feel unloved. All of the ego’s power is derived from our mistaken belief that there is an alternative to Love. Forgive this belief in all the many forms in which it appears. Feel the relief, the freedom that comes with knowing there is absolutely nothing to judge or be judged for. This is the feeling that is Love. It is God’s Gift to us and so it is the greatest gift that we can give each other. Accept the joy of knowing this is what you are; what everyone is. Because we are as God created us, there is no opposite to Love; there is no ego, no pain and sorrow in “God’s World.” Accept this truth: There is no opposite to Love, and make Heaven on earth a reality.
You will be free of the world of pain and suffering when you no longer need an ego to judge you, thereby creating the guilt from which your pain and suffering have come. The world you see can only serve the purpose you give it. Ask now to remember the truth of what Love is. Let your mind be open to a joyful anticipation of joining with God and your brothers as you allow Love’s Purpose to be fulfilled. Free everyone from a future that could only mirror the past.
Watch the world then become transformed into a loving and a peaceful experience. Heaven is not a place apart from earth to go when we have “died.” It is an awareness of the Peace and Love of God that is within us now waiting only to be seen. Forgive yourself. Simply decide to accept God’s Creation, not your own. Make room in your mind for Heaven, here and now.
The purpose of the Holy Spirit is often misunderstood. We have a tendency to think of It as a source of guidance when we have a problem. We have forgotten this is God’s Gift to totally replace our ego’s perception. To better remember this, invite the Thought of God into your quiet mind. Acknowledge your desire to join with Him and accept the Gift He brings. Remind yourself this is the opportunity God has given us to replace our thoughts of pain and lack, of hate and fear and death. Reflect a moment on the full impact of what this means. This is God’s Plan for your own awakening. It will always be available now to replace the ego’s familiar plan of despair. It is not just there to guide you, but to remind you of your “real,” loving Self. Feel your connection to God’s Thought, so close now in your mind. This is your “right” mind, your real thoughts, your connection to your Source. It is given you to replace entirely your ego’s perception. Use it then all the time, for everything, and let love become the basis for your choices and the world you see.
A recent “gem” from Brother: “you will achieve your desire to be wholly loving when you recognize you are wholly loved.”
Nothing lives that was not created in eternal Love. Forgiveness is the willingness to let go of every thought that hides our recognition of this.
When forgiveness becomes difficult, particularly when you have asked for help and don’t seem to get it, it is likely for one of two reasons: You are either trying to forgive what is unforgivable, ie, something in the world that you have decided is “real” and must have consequences, or you are trying to forgive the wrong thing. We forget that when asking for help with forgiveness the first thing we must ask is “what” it is we have to forgive. ACIM tells us, “You are never upset for the reason you think.” There is always a series of effects from the initial cause of our misperception and until we have forgiven that cause these other effects will continue to plague us. And until we have forgiven the “reality” of our story and the world it has made, what happens there is literally unforgivqble in terms of having an effect on us. Learning to become dependent on the God Self awareness directly determines our willingness to awaken to our inner truth, which is that we are that Presence. Remind yourself that this is the very Presence of the Love you have been longing for. And you come closer to claiming It each time you turn to It and depend on It for determining your life experience. Make “asking” something you look forward to!
One night, just before sleep, feeling frustrated at still struggling with ego thoughts, I remembered my favorite Rumi poem of meeting in the field that is past all thoughts of right doing and wrong doing. Oh Rumi, I cried out. Where is this field where we can meet? I hear a voice reply, “There is a light that you will follow. At first you will think it is a star. (I flash on the symbolism of the “star” of Bethlehem.) Then you will feel the difference. This is a light like no other you have seen or felt. (Great feelings of love rise up within me.) It has always been with you, though rarely seen. Trust it now. It will be a brief journey, only a moment more. But do come prepared to laugh a lot.”
A note to encourage you to mark your calendar on August 2nd. There is a group from India sponsoring a global initiative to promote peace thru forgiveness:
“The Moment of Calm calls upon people of the entire world to pause for 2 minutes on August 2 at 2pm (local time) to clear their heart of misgivings and breathe out an aspiration of peace and harmony. One can observe this Moment from wherever one is – the elevator, the gym, the office, the home, or anywhere. The goal is to generate powerful positive vibrations by raising world consciousness and promoting peace through the power of FORGIVENESS.”
It is good to recognize there are so many others around our globe engaged in bringing a more loving outlook to the world. Lets join with them, enhancing the power of our unified presence. More info available at: http://www.MomentofCalm.org.
A dear friend has shared a saying from the Buddha with me that I want to pass along: “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” Such a simple, yet direct way to remembering who we are.
Look for ways to be loving. Its the best way to find yourSelf.
Seeing differently is not about how to see what is painful in a loving way. Seeing differently is about changing the perspective from which you see from the ego’s perception that sin and separation are real, to the Vision of the Holy Spirit that only Love is real. In this awareness there is no belief in sin, no thoughts of pain and suffering in the mind that sees the world and so none to be found in the world it sees. The world we see mirrors only our thoughts about it. When you have accepted there is only love in the reality of the Mind you share with God, Heaven is all you will see.
Let every ego reaction to judge motivate you to find ways to express love. Loving is your God-given function. Doing this will help you remember who you are.
You are only free to change your mind when you recognize it is you that is creating your own experience.
Perfect happiness is God’s Will for us. But that is not His Gift. His Gift is loving us eternally. Happiness is our willingness to accept His Gift.
I read, “God’s Will for me is perfect happiness.” I wonder, what would perfect happiness be? The thought immediately comes, To know it is perfectly safe to always abandon myself to loving. God’s Will for me is to be perfectly loving. Of course, happiness and loving must be the same; each the cause and the expression of the other. What could better describe the experience of Heaven?
A message received by Linda: “Beloved, your Father has given you the creation of Himself as Love’s Perfection. We understand this is not what you now believe about yourself. But, you have a great amount of support to accept this challenge for yourself even now. Remember, this is not a change you are making, you are merely accepting what has been eternally yours. Know as well, that the more you do let go of your resistance, the more support you will become aware of. At this point in your minds focus you perceive this shift as kind of loss, but this is only a loss of what you find familiar. If you were to compare the two basic choices you seem to have, you would not hesitate to choose the joy of God’s Reality.”
In ACIM Jesus tells us, “It is by your will the world is given freedom.” My reaction was that it ought to be free then because that is what I certainly wanted for it. A short time later, Linda and I were having discussion about what might be the cause of a congestion I had in my chest. I heard myself say I could have gotten it from anyone in the shops we had visited earlier. In that statement I had made the world responsible for how I felt. It became the cause of my experience. I had denied its freedom – and my own.
Just past the thought that separateness is real is the awareness that no one has ever existed that does not love you.
There is really only one Source of power, one motivating force in all the universe: It is the Love of God. It is the Love that created us and so is also ours. This Love is the unbreakable communication link between God and All That He has created. It is literally the “glue” that binds creation together as One. It is the one thing we all want because it is the Source of our Identity and the Purpose of our being. This Love lies dormant now, Its power seems lost, unrecognized because we have tried to deny Its very purpose, tried to separate from what it connects us to. But God assures our connection to Love has never been lost. The Holy Spirit dwells in every Mind, maintaining their connection as One. Call upon this Awareness in Love’s Name. Ask to remember It’s Purpose. Release yourself and your brother from lifetimes of needless struggle. Accept the one Truth that dispels all illusions: We are all, without exception joined in, and as the Love of God.