The source of arrogance is the belief that we can change what God has created. It is magnified and strengthened by every thought that what is opposite to Love is real.
How would you interpret “free will” if you understood there is no will but the Will of God? Without the will of What created you like Itself there is no meaning to the concept of what “will” is. Free will, then, means we are free to accept the Will of the Creator, or to deny it and experience the chaos of “another,” separate will expressing different and conflicted goals and beliefs. ACIM teaches, “There is no will but God’s.” Everything else is an illusion. This thing we prize so highly to express our “individuality” we mostly use to separate ourselves from the awareness of being a part of the perfect Presence that is the Peace, the Love, the Will of God. The Holy Spirit does, however have a use for our free will. He will help us use it to forgive ourselves for what has only happened in a dream that there was another will apart from the one we share with God.
There is a light in you that you cannot now see. There is a love and joy in you that you cannot now feel. You cannot see or feel them because they connect you to your brother and it is this you have long tried to avoid. Yet it is this light that shines away the darkness that hides what you have always sought. This Light of love and joy has always existed everywhere but has gone unrecognized because you have denied its very home. You have sought it everywhere outside of you and so could not recognize its presence where you really wanted it the most and where it has always been. Your name is very holy because it expresses the Thought of God. It is your brothers name as well. Neither can be called but that both must answer. Help your brother remember that his name is yours. See him exactly as you see yourself with no distinctions made for the stories each of you might tell. Ask to see him in the Light and hear the one name that calls you Home together. Join with him and find what you thought was missing in you.
I ask if there is a “short cut” to forgiveness and the choice to be happy. Our Brother quickly replies, “If you want to be happy now, stop trying to fix what isn’t broken. Love has created you like Itself. You know this, but need to make room in your mind for it to be remembered. Forgive every thought that there is something wrong simply because it isn’t true. This aligns your will with God’s, leaving nothing to oppose the perfect happiness that has always been yours.”
Every attack begins within my mind. Its target is always my guilty self, even when I try to “share” my guilt with others by judging them for my “sins.” Yet what is attacked is just a story; a character I pretend is me. Every desire to love is also born within my mind. Its purpose is to see and extend a loving self. Both “selves” seem to be there, even when I think it is only the loving one I want. But my mind will seem to be split between loving and not loving until I have forgiven my guilt and know that I am lovable. Only then will I recognize it is only love that I possess; it is all I have to give.
Love is everywhere you are willing to find it and you will find it whenever you are willing to have it. Love must be shared to be recognized for what it is. Until love is all you want to share you cannot know yourSelf.
The world is a state of mind. The idea of “place,” or even space itself, is a concept in our mind. The “big bang” symbolizes the harmony of Oneness breaking into infinite individual parts with different and conflicting functions. But in truth there are no galaxies, there is no cosmos, no physical world or human bodies. Nothing of physical “matter” actually exists outside the mind that “sees” them and mind is not a physical thing. In truth, there is only Mind. When we begin to understand this all of the guilt from the seeming tragedies and terrors of our stories is seen in a different light. We begin to understand why our stories of hate have had no real effect on those who are dreaming they must suffer and finally die. Forgive your brother his misperceptions. The dreaming will not end until the dreamer realizes he only dreams.
The ego’s first thought of how to be helpful is to point out what is wrong with you. When you consider, however, that our life experience stems directly from our thoughts and beliefs it becomes apparent that the only real problem we have is the belief that there is something wrong with us. The truth is we have never changed what God created perfectly. That awareness remains with us but is lost within the story we tell about who we are in the world. Behind the judgments we make about one another remains the presence of our true loving nature. Forgiving when the inclination to judge arises opens our mind to this loving presence. It also sends a clear message to the one we would have judged: I recognize there is nothing wrong with you! Or me!
There is a time I realize that what I want most is to be loving in every moment, regardless of how that “moment” unfolds in the world. I feel a sureness of this thought for a time and then my mind begins to doubt. I ask why I can’t seem to hold the feeling. I hear Brother say, “How long you are able to hold the feeling of loving your brother is determined by how long you are willing to hold a loving thought of yourself.”
When I feel a sense of loss at giving up the world my ego thoughts have made, I hear, “You can only lose what has caused you pain. What God Gives is permanently loving.”
Stop for a moment and consider that without our invention of time, in the reality of God’s eternity this moment you are in is the same moment Creation began and will eternally exist exactly as it is. Thoughts will come and go, bodies seem to appear and disappear; worlds will arise and fall, and this moment will remain eternally the same. There is nothing in this moment you did not bring here because you are both the creator of the moment and giver of all the meaning that it has. Feel the peace that comes as you release all past interpretations of what this moment holds or why it has come to you. As your past perceptions fade watch how what had before seemed “your” mind become a limitless expanse of conscious awareness that engulfs and embraces what once seemed to be “other” minds, but here, in this one moment are all One. Everything and nothing is here and seen to be the same. The feeling of peace now is consumed with a sense of joy and you recognize this is the Love of God, the Treasure you long have sought. And you know it has always been here, in this moment free of time you are willing to accept exactly as it is.
God’s Gift to us is eternal Love. Happiness is our willingness to accept it.
What is the difference between Heaven and earth? Only the thought of where you think you deserve to be.
God’s Will for me, for you, for the “terrorist” and the “saint,” is perfect happiness. This must mean that I, we, all deserve it. More, that unless I hide my happiness behind my own thoughts of unworthiness and guilt, I already have it! And the way I recognize I have it is by embracing you within it and giving it to you. Do this. Join your will with God’s. Let no one in all creation escape your loving will that they be happy and watch a world of judgment become a haven of peace.
If you walked into an auditorium hosting two events, one on self-improvement the other on self-acceptance, which would you attend? Clearly recognizing this will help you recognize the purpose of your learning. For most of us it has been self-improvement, which actually only reinforces our story that there is something wrong with us and consequently turns our “learning” against the truth. Our stories are not true. None of them. Turn your story “off” for just a moment. Risk opening your mind to an experience of undefended, unplanned awareness. Your God Self will happily help you do this. It is, after all, a far more natural thing for you to do. It may not happen with the first effort, but there will be a moment when a feeling of pure bliss will arise and you will know a perfect peace. “Bookmark” this moment. It is your knowing that you have never changed what God created wholly loving and wholly loved.
Where is God’s House? Where could He “Live” outside of what He created? Do you recognize His House when you see your brother? It is hard to recognize when we confuse our brother with the character in his dream. Forgive this character BECAUSE there is nothing really there! Let your forgiveness release you from the image of yourself that you have made to suffer and to die. God does not live in a “place” that could suffer and die and so neither could you. Discover God’s Home, and yours, in the heart of your brother.
Happy holidays dear friends! Sorry about the lag in postings – I have been in the hospital, having managed to pick up a bacteria “guilt” bug. I’m home now and improving every day. Had this insight this morning: Awakening to the truth of ourselves would be so much simpler if we would only stop resisting what we already are. We fail to recognize that all our years of study and learning the truth of who we are is largely negated because at a very deep level we do not want what God created us to be. We want instead what we have tried to make of ourselves; the character in the story we tell. As insane as it may be, we prefer out world of bodies, of pain and suffering, of fear and death, to Heaven’s eternal peace and joy and the comfort of Loves embrace. Our goal is to create a perfectly loving ego in a peaceful world of separate bodies. It is an impossible dream. But there is another way to see this world until we are ready to let it go. We can change its purpose from crucifying God’s Son to forgiving him; from being a place he comes to die, to one of finding his innocence. Thought by thought we can refuse to judge what happens in a world that is not real. We can look for ways to offer peace and love to those who do not believe they can have it. We can begin to accept God’s Plan for our awakening. Much love to everyone!
“Except you share it, nothing can exist.” (ACIM C28.V.1.10) “Sharing” something means to accept it as the truth. The impact of this teaching and how it applies to our “awakening” process, is enormous! It tells us that while there still seems to be a choice between truth and illusion, every illusion we share becomes a world of hate and conflict, of pain and suffering and death. Reflect a moment on how many illusions you share throughout your day. How “natural” it is to feel “sorry” for someone who is in pain. To pray for a miracle to lift their suffering feels like a caring thing to do when in truth, we are sharing their illusion that they are a frail and temporary body doomed to suffer and to die. Here we are also lost in the illusion we share, making sickness and guilt real for everyone. How many ways do we have of sharing illusions and making them real? When a small child sees a “monster” in the darkness, we calm their terror by assuring them there is nothing really there. We turn on the light and hold them and love them until they feel the safety of our knowing. God has given us the Vision of our safety in the Presence of the Holy Spirit. Here is the alternative to sharing dreams of fear. Forgive the one who dreams of sin and death. Do not confuse him with what he dreams. Share with him, and so make real, God’s Vision of Who you are that you both may feel the peace and love that is your Truth.
I ask Brother to give me a simple way to tell the difference between illusion and the truth. “You dream when you think you see someone that is not a part of you,” he said. That seems simple enough.
If you would change your dream world, you must first accept you are the dreamer, not the character in the dream you are dreaming.