We find it impossible to even imagine that we make this world when we identify ourselves as the impotent and insignificant character in our story. This character seems cut-off from everything, alone in a place he must struggle to even exist. But imagine for a moment that this character is actually connected to every other character in his world; sharing their thoughts, pursuing the same goals, deeply and irrevocably loving them – yet pretending all the while to be cut-off and in conflict with them. To be able to do such a thing is the stuff mythic gods are made of. But this is just what we do, pretend and play games and try to make real what only exists in a dream. Be it a brother or a mystical god or our loving Creator, nothing exists that is not part of us. The meaning and purpose of everything changes as we recognize this is our truth. When what was divided now becomes one, the reality of Love is remembered. Now the Face of Christ is all that is seen and only God’s Voice can be heard.
I ask: What can I do to help bring us Home? I hear: “BE the Home you and your brothers are seeking. Be the witness to where your Home is. Be the Light that shows the way and the magnet of Love that draws them there. Seek no longer for Home outside yourself. YOU are my creation. You are My Home. Now see this also in your brother. Feel the joining as he recognizes the same in you. This then is where your search ends, for as you join you recognize what “Home” means and realize it is impossible you have ever left it.”
Feel where this takes you: If everyone is part of me then I can never die or be absent from any experience that has ever taken place anywhere in the “history” of Creation. No one has ever felt peace that I didn’t feel. No one has ever been joyful that I didn’t laugh. And no one has loved that was not meant for me. I am always present, though only aware when I claim you as the rest of mySelf. What once looked like hell then clearly is Heaven, for when I am present no one is left out. Love then is remembered; God is complete. This is the meaning of oneness.
When you give anything in pure love, you become one with your gift. You have remembered that you are the Presence of Love.
Fearful thoughts are those we imagine we can think apart from God; those that come from the feeling we are alone and very vulnerable. They come up when we forget it is the Mind of Love we “live” in, where all Creation lives and you cannot be alone. But for now we have forgotten His Will and ours are joined; forgotten we are forever as He created us to be a part of Him. Only when I forgetfully abandon Him and imagine I could be apart from you and all that He created one with me, do I seem to suffer the effects of a hell that arises from my perception that there is something wrong with me, with us. Only in my thought we are alone does it seem possible that love has gone. For Love is the thought that created us like Itself and one with Him Who is It’s Source, and part of everything It Is. Fearful thoughts and thoughts of Love cannot exist together. They have opposing goals. When they seem to control our mind it is because we have abandoned God and one another. So when fear next seems to come, turn inside to our God Self and know it cannot follow. For here you have entered into Love’s World where you are known and cherished and held with joy.
If everyone now dedicated to finding their truth was willing to see one brother who is not so dedicated, as part of them, literally connected to their “soul,” the idea of separateness would soon fall apart. There would be nothing left in our awareness to give rise to conflict or the many forms of differences that now seem to divide us. With conflict gone, attack would have no meaning and guilt would also pass away. There is no sickness now, no hurricanes or hunger. There is no such thing as death. A fantasy, you say? It isn’t possible that everyone would want to see another as part of them. But what if this oneness idea is really true and separateness is not a real option? What if there is just one Mind, one consciousness we all share? What if your decision to love someone “unlovable” would then motivate someone else to do the same? Are you willing to risk it? To forgive someone of everything you think is wrong with you? If you are, try it. Open your mind to a love within you that doesn’t know where to stop. Lets turn our understanding of oneness into our belief by forgiving our guilty self and seeing our world joined as God created it to be.
As this day passes and another takes its place,
I let my thoughts of sin,
of separation, fear and judgment,
pass with it.
I choose instead to accept my holiness,
along with yours,
and welcome a forgiven world into our mind.
I choose to believe
that endless peace and joy
awaits us in this world
where every thought begins with love
and ends with just the same.
I trust that should I falter in my resolve,
there is a light in us
that you will hold for me while I remember.
I do not make this choice alone,
for we are but parts of one whole Self.
We go to truth joined as one,
or we go there not at all.
So take my hand as I take His,
Remembering that as we do
We once again become
The Presence of a Love that will bring peace
To our forever holy Mind.
Forgive and love the self you now see. Do not be deceived by pursuing a perfect self-image the ego thinks is lovable. There is no such thing as a “perfect self image.” The need for it is driven by the ego, but by its own standards the ego’s goals cannot be met. They are always self-defeating. A loving self will always be “just around the corner” from what the ego will accept. Forgive and love the self you now see because the Self you now are is already perfect, merely waiting to be seen. Only because you now see it thru the misperception of guilt and unworthiness does it seem flawed. Forgive the self you now see and all the imagined stories of how unlovable you have been in the past will disappear. Nor will there be seem to be things to judge yourself for in the present or future. The ego thinks it is meaningless to accept the self you now see because its perception of that self is sinful. It is determined to see a self that it has changed to something hateful. Forgiving and loving the self you now see will remove the blocks in your awareness to Loves Presence. To the ego this makes no sense, but it is the willingness our God Self needs to open our mind to the truth that we have never changed our Self from what God created us to be. Nothing has ever happened to take us from this place. If God is infinite Love, can He be other than the Love I am right now? We can only begin to accept this “forever” truth as we forgive and love the Self we see, right here, right now.
The endless stars and planets, the entire universe of time and space is the playground of my imagination. What will become of them when I have no need to hide from God and you?
While reading the “Epilogue” following ACIM Teachers Manuel, listening to Brother say he is committing us to the care and guidance of the HS to lead us in God’s Plan for our awakening, a thought comes into my mind. It is a thought of the men’s department of the Macy’s store. It seems a silly, meaningless thought and I ignore its intrusion into my peaceful space. It persists and when I go with it I feel a welling up, even an increase of the loving feelings I had been experiencing. I let it grow and hear Brother say: “Learn to associate your presence with where you will your love to be.” As I sit with this the meaning expands and grows and shifts and grows. . . and continues even now. I remember a couple of weeks a ago a question arose: If I am not the character in my story, not in the world, where is the dreamer who seems to be me? “Where” am I? I hear him say again: “Learn to associate your presence with where your love is.” I sit with this and find new meaning in, “I am not a body, I am free. I am as God created me.” I am the living, loving Christ, here to listen to the Voice and be the presence of the GS in the world. As I learn to pay attention to GS Thoughts that appear in my mind I must see that I am not alone; I must recognize there is a Plan for us and as I respond to what is asked of me I become part of that Plan; I recognize I am both receiving what I need and giving what will help others. I see that we are joined in a loving Presence beyond our fear-filled perception. It now seems logical that my will is the Will of God, my voice and the Voice For God are one. I cannot be the character in this story of sin. Nor can you. The “reality” of the world begins to fade. I ask where I should will my love to be.
The only difference between Heaven and earth is our willingness to accept the unreality of our thought of sin.
Your mind is nearly ready to accept the Love God offers and it is this that will dispel the myth that you need to be separate. I have said it is only the denial of God’s Love upon which all your misperceptions rest. And I now will reinforce that it is just this one thought you must abandon: that you could lose the Love of God; the “tiny mad idea” of which I have spoken. Were this so, the universe that is life would crumble and fade to nothing, for the Love of God is the “substance” which holds all of creation together.
Excerpt from a recent dialogue with our brother:
“Your mind is nearly ready to accept the Love God offers and it is this that will dispel the myth that you need to be separate. I have said it is only the denial of God’s Love, upon which all your perceptions rest. And I now will reinforce that it is just this one thing you must abandon that will expose the dormant belief that has been in your mind: that you could lose the Love of God; the “tiny mad idea” of which I have spoken. Were this so, the universe that is life would crumble and fade to nothing, for the Love of God is the substance which holds all of creation together.”
I am feeling a little confused about our literal oneness with God and so ask: Father, in terms I can relate to, how should I think of myself being “part” of you? I hear: “You are a Thought of Me . . . Loving.”
I’m remembering an experience from many years ago: I’m in a grocery store purchasing buns for a beach picnic. Coming up the aisle is a young mother “pulling” her young son, 2 – 3 years old, grumbling and crying, having a really bad day. The situation has a somewhat comical feel to it and I take the time to bring him into a happy, peaceful place in my mind. As they approach he sees me looking at him and, pulling his hand from his mother’s, stops, points a finger at me and says, “I know you!” It was one of those confirming moments you instantly know you will never forget. So much said in just three words by such a small child. Its still a good reminder when I see or think of someone in pain or fear; bring them to the Presence of our God Self, see past the pain and fear and remember, “I know you!”
In our dream of separation the beliefs we hold in our mind form the foundation of the world we see. Our beliefs now spring from the thought that there is something wrong with us; that we have sinned and condemned ourselves to die. And so our dreams are fearful, hurting dreams, confirming our belief. These dreams will end when the dream of sin is gone. All fear and pain, all hate and loss are gone when what has caused them is no more. We pretend to live in a world that shapes our thoughts, when it is just the opposite that is true; It is not the world, or a brother who would attack us that makes our world a dangerous place; it is our thought that we have sinned. It is not a virus that makes our body ill, or a hurricane that wrecks destruction on us. Forgive this thought of sin in all its many disguises. It is our thoughts that make our world; it is ourselves we fear. And it is ourselves we must forgive. Only our thoughts can hurt us; only our thoughts can keep us separate from God and from our holy, loving Self. There are no magic, future moments to imagine this will happen. Forgiveness is a moment-to-moment response to every urge to judge and make sin real. Forgive this one idea. All our dreams will end when the dream of sin and death is gone. Sin is not real. “Swear not to die, you holy Son of God. You make a promise you cannot keep.”
We, the collective Child of God, are the extension and Presence of His Love. Yet because there seems to be so much hatred and fear prevalent in our world today it is a time, for those who can, to step back a moment from that world. Free your mind of all but your intention to simply be what you are. This is enough for His Love is everywhere and waits only on our welcome. Give it now to your God Self and feel it reach out to all of Creation and gather to itself every part of what It Is. Feel the joy that comes with accepting the Love of God. Feel it embrace and connect us all as one. This is the healing of our world. This is our Love come Home.
A Rumi poem comes to my mind: “I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons; knocking on a door. It opens. I’ve been knocking from the inside.” Yesterday Brother said to me: “Learn to associate ‘where’ you are with where you direct your love to be.” I think of what Rumi has said in that context: I have kept myself from remembering I am whole, that I am the truth by seeking for the truth. I look for God to remember I am loved, thereby denying that is what God intended my Self / Himself to be. I look for God to deny that is Who I am. I will remember this is true as I discover God in you. The door to truth will open when I accept your sinlessness. I will return Gods Gift to me when I see Him in you. “You are where you direct your love to be.”
We experience being powerless, unable to change our mind, because we try to act alone. Acting – thinking – as “individuals” we perpetuate the dream of separation in which we have predetermined we will suffer the rewards of guilt. Only when we have let forgiveness heal our need to be separate and we begin to see everybody’s needs the same as ours will the power, the ability, to change our mind return. Changing the individual dream only keeps the dream in place; nothing really changes. Seeing a brother’s interest exactly the same as ours bridges the dreams divide between us. When you see “him” as part of you and both as part of God, the Truth is restored in Mind. The split is gone and mind can again function as a whole and change its thoughts.
In her meditation this morning Linda received a very simple message: “I am therefore I love. I love therefore I am.” Is there a need for more?