Can you see everyone in the world living in total abundance, in perfect peace, perfect health, and endless joy and loving? You can see this, not because they are attributes to be achieved from the world, but because they mirror a world filled with brothers and sisters who are known to be innocent and blessed by your love. We are lost now in a world of deserving and not deserving to be loved, not recognizing this means there is a lack, a loss of permanent and stabile love for everyone. Do not be fooled that you can have a better dream than another. The outcome of every dream is the same. Oneness is a fact. Joining is not an option. Separateness exists only in the desires of our dream. The Love you long for belongs to everyone and will seem to be missing in you until you can give as you want to receive. Open your heart. Be willing to see God in All He created. Now you can see a world devoted simply to loving and bathed only in holiness, both yours and His.
Feel for a moment what it would be like to instantly love everyone you see, or even think of. Imagine every moment filled with happiness, without fear for moments past or to come. There is no sickness or conflict in the world you see, nothing missing in your life or left undone. These are your moments when the thought of sin no longer controls the meaning of your thoughts or the direction they take. And who does have charge of your thoughts? Is it this thing called “ego” that seems to independently appear with ideas you would rather disown? Truth is, deep down we know it still feels better to learn of our holiness than simply to accept it. There still seems a distance between Love and What It has made; between what really is true and what we are just trying to accept. Our Teacher has said we can learn to accept what is true by doing it and feeling the love we receive in return. When we actually see our brother’s sinlessness and feel the love that frees us both from our imagined guilt, we know the lie that sin has bound us to. And by withdrawing our conviction of him we have freed ourselves as well. Seeing holiness now where sin had seemed to be is how we practice “seeing differently.” That is how we accept what is true by doing it.
When you become discouraged at the impossible scope of the world’s choice for pain and sorrow, remember this: They all will vanish the moment we choose to put our faith in loving and let our fears recede. There is another world that God has made. It exists in the same “place” this one does. It is a world where only Love is present, but we can’t see it because now we are blinded looking for something else. ACIM does not tell us to help our brother change. It asks simply that we see him differently. The bible says, “seek and you will find.” We don’t need to make a better world, or find a solution for climate change. We only need to see the one that comes with the acceptance of our brother’s holiness. Love’s world is good enough. Take a chance. Ignore, forgive, the hateful, fear-filled stories so many still seem to tell. If we are willing to see beneath them all, God’s Vision of His perfect world is all that we will see.
Every moment of every day is a moment when truth is available to replace our illusions. For truth is in full bloom within our mind, this very instant. It will only seem to grow as we accept the single thought: Sin is not real. Forgive this one thought now and be willing to see a happy world arise to replace the one we have made a prisoner of fear. Remove the thought of sin from your mind and let the world become a haven of peace and safety. There is no world but this one within our mind. There is no darkness there but disguises the Light of His perfect Love. Choose this moment to be the one you will accept God’s Gift of Truth and free the world to be a mirror for His Love.
The next time you are feeling happy take your happiness to God and consciously share it with Him. Open your mind to feeling the love of that communion. Notice how easy it is to feel Love’s Presence when there is an intention for it. Make this a habit; make being in Love’s Presence the natural place to be. Now when a need for help arises and fear seems to isolate you, finding the comfort of this place and the guidance it offers you will not seem such a difficult thing to do. And you will find your happy times are even happier when shared with the One Who wills perfect happiness for you.
The mind that serves the principles the body represents limits itself to what those principles will allow. The Voice For God will not be heard by the body’s ears. The Vision of Christ is not seen with the body’s eyes. You cannot remember yourself united with God with a mind believing it is part of a body made to be separate. To allow these experiences mind must be freed to see a self unencumbered by the body’s “sins;” a self that is free to be a part of eternal life, not one committed to death. Free your mind of the laws imposed by time and space. Expose the world to the immortality of love.
I am not the character in our story. The world that accommodates our story exists only in the ego consciousness, so where am “I,” the storyteller ? A Rumi poem comes to 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.” Brother recently said to me: “Learn to associate ‘where’ you are with where you will 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 Willed His Creation 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.”
When ACIM tells us, “Be vigilant only for God and His Kingdom,” perhaps it means that when a loving thought comes into our mind, we should open our mouth and let it out. But when an unloving thought arrives we tap the “delete” key.
The world is changing. Our perception is changing. It will soon reflect a different, more peaceful perception than what we now see. One of the most dramatic changes we will note is that there will be many who find no need for the body to die. Not because we have found some new miraculous way to save it, or because it is important to who and what we are. This will happen because we are accepting it is irrelevant to who we are and so are finding less need to maintain our guilt and our separateness from one another. The awareness that sin is unreal has become stronger in our consciousness; the need to punish guilt is beginning to diminish. The escalation of hatred and violence we are seeing in the world is the egos response to this, but will abate as we become more certain that peace is what we want. Now it is even more important to remember that what “happens” in the world is of our making. It will be our choices that move the consciousness from fear to love. Every choice for forgiveness removes an ego opportunity to judge. Everyone you see as “sinless” will become a reassurance of our goal and a force for peace.
If you knew that your mind, right now, held all the peace and joy of Heaven, would you open it and share it with everyone? If you knew all the Love of God was yours to give, would you give it to everyone? If you knew that you could end all the worlds hunger and pain and suffering of every nature, would you do it? Then know these are the choices you make with each decision to judge or to forgive, for all of Heaven, all God’s Love is in you now waiting only to be shared. The world is yours to heal.
I am only free to change the self I have made and the world it sees when I have claimed full responsibility for having made them. And I am only free to want something different when I admit I do not know what I really want. This acknowledgment alone will open my mind to the Presence of the Gift God has placed there. Using that Presence and experiencing the joy that comes with It shows me what I really want and allows me to shift my faith from fear to love. Then I am free to see you sinless and sharing a world of peace with me.
Let this be the day when we forgive the thought of sin. Let us need no more thoughts for which to suffer pain, nor find reasons for us to die. Let us discover that when fear has gone, joy quite naturally takes its place. The world can now reflect the innocence we have found within our Self. With no more judgment to project, no reason not to join, we begin to remember what oneness is. Let this be the day when our need for learning and other self deception ends, for now we know that we are fully loved, and free to love again.
Happy birthday Brother, Merry Christmas everyone.
Healing is recognizing and accepting what is now true. It is so very tempting, when my story shows me a struggling, suffering character, to ask what to do to fix what is wrong with him. When I witness the travails of the fleeing refugees or the heartbreak of those involved with a mass shooting, my thoughts want to go to what will solve their problems, how to punish those who could commit such heinous acts. How “natural” it is to immediately presume that what you see has occurred because of some “evil” person “out there.” We all would be victims if this was the guilty world we see; God and the Son He created are lost. But if the world is a state of mind and what I see is a projection of my misperceived belief that there is something wrong with me, then changing this world must begin with changing my thoughts about me, and you. If I want to see a sinless world I must see it thru my own sinlessness. If I want to offer others healing and recognition of what is true, I must first accept the truth of myself. If I want to be truly loving I must recognize I am wholly loved.
If you are looking for reasons to be happy in the ego’s story of the world, you won’t find them. In this world there are an infinite number of reasons to be angry, fearful or sad. None to be happy for no reason at all. Fortunately there is nothing in the ego’s story that is real or true. So if you want to be “unreasonably” happy, join with your God Self and step outside your dream. Here ego reasons cease to exist. They are replaced with the knowing that only love is real and you are the Presence of Perfect Love. Can you be happy with that?
When we first begin to consider the reality of our oneness there are various means, different intellectual concepts we investigate to bring an understanding that will validate what we instinctively believe to be true. But after a time it becomes apparent there is no way for the ego’s perception to grasp the meaning or significance of what oneness represents. But when we turn our seeking over to our God Self, our need to understand gives way to a deeper, more “primal” desire – our fundamental need to love. Without Love, oneness has no purpose. But with the desire to Love joining and oneness are perfectly natural. We were created by One Love to express this same One Love. In the Vision of our God Self there is nothing more to understand.
Healing is the recognition of what is now true. That means we already know it, even if it is hidden behind our misperceptions and the judgments we make. This is why it is so important to open our mind to all that is there. The key to an open mind is the feeling of innocence. Guilt requires judgments, limiting our awareness to the scope of what we judge. Feeling there is something wrong with us creates fear, which narrows our thinking to what will keep us safe. Forgiveness reaches our sinlessness and opens our Mind to all of our awareness now lost to our misperception that Love can be divided, or lost. Oneness is an abstract concept to a perception based on sin and separation. It is an easily accepted reality to one that looks for ways to express Love.
When I judge anyone for anything at all it is my assertion that what they do controls my experience and thus empowers them to withhold the Peace of God from me. It may appear I have been first attacked without reason, that my judgment is in reaction to that attack. But it is only my thoughts that make my world what it seems to be. Had I not first judged myself sinful there would have been no thoughts of sin to project on my “attackers” and then return to me as an attack. I see the world thru the lens of my self-perception the nature of which is to react to my beliefs, my judgment that sin is real. But I have another Source from which to make my choices, one that knows our sinlessness. I can choose to see us both in the Love God has for us; the Love that replaces our perception when I have no desire to judge. I can reclaim the Peace of God simply by accepting what is true.
The real meaning of forgiveness is lost until it has embraced everything we see. We cannot know what happiness is while excluding anyone from wholly deserving it. The indescribable joy of unconditional loving is elusive because we think love is present only where we see it and think it should be. The Truth we seek will not be found within our perception. Nor is it achieved through years of dedicated study. There will simply be a moment when you look into a brother’s eyes and see love looking back at you. And you will know this Love is who you are as well as who he is. In this same moment you will feel complete and know you are at Home in God. This moment is eternal, waiting only our acceptance, for the Truth of who we are has never changed. Accept it now, or tomorrow, it will be the same. What is real and true has always been, will always be, real and true. What isn’t real exists only in our imagination and deserves all the credibility we give to stories of fiction and other fairy tales.
You may think your journey to the truth is a path you have followed alone, but that would be impossible. In Truth, because we all are parts of a single, interwoven consciousness, where one goes, all must surely go. Only in this story of separate bodies doing different things will it seem that one could go ahead while another was holding back. But different stories cannot make different what is really the same. For a moment, remove your brother from his story. Wipe away every trace of what he did or did not do. Leave nothing in your mind by which he could be judged. Here you are free of both his story and yours. In this moment of innocence you are joined and here you recognize that you have found yourSelf.
My choice is always simple: I will accept my innocence and become the extension of our Father’s Will, or seem to wander, lost in the wasteland of my guilty dreams. It is His Will that I share What He Is, bringing His joyful Presence to all I see. I cannot do this while lost in the fear of guilt, the sickness of my self-imposed despair. For it is only I who have condemned my brother and myself, letting my imagining separate us from our happiness and peace. I will not allow him to be lost in dreams of hate, cut off from love, fearful and alone. I will today forgive him and the world our fear has made. I will accept his innocence, knowing it is mine as well. I will embrace him in this innocence, loving him as his Father does. I will remind us both, our only real function is to free the love within us to find the Son of God still hiding there.