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.
Feeling badly about yourself has never affected the truth about you. Take away your ego’s self image and what remains is the Love of God. Removing that image is the function of forgiveness. Come to recognize that each time you refuse to accept the reality of the ego’s world, refuse to judge what the body’s eyes see, you move past that self image that hides the Love that you are. Consciously remind yourself why you choose to forgive. Know that your denial of the reality of the dream gives thanks to God for His Gift of Love to you. Expect God’s Love to grow in the space forgiveness has made in your heart. Give welcome to the God Self that is you.
All that we are is the Will of God. All that exists is the Will of the One Who created It, without which it would not exist. We cannot change the Will of God nor be separate from It. We cannot choose to be sick or to die because that is not God’s Will. We can deny God’s Will and dream of a character we make up that experiences sickness and death being real. God’s Will for us is perfect happiness and so we cannot be unhappy. We can only imagine a story of “why” we believe our character should be unhappy, but the you who is dreaming cannot actually be unhappy outside the dream. We cannot change the Will of God. This may seem irrelevant if you are having the experience of being sick or unhappy, but the distinction is vital if we are to learn how to let happiness in, let sickness go. It is not changing the “things” that seem to make us sick or unhappy. It is letting go of the belief that we can change the Will of God, or be separate from It. Just that. There is nothing for us to attain or become. There is only to surrender a fear that cannot be true and accept being loved beyond imagination.
The ego needs to plan in order to control and preserve the status quo. To be “in the moment” opens the mind to trusting an awareness not of the ego. It is an essential step of transferring the power we give to the world of fear and conflict to the unseen Presence of the God Self that is holding the awareness of the Truth for us. Your will and the Will of God are forever one. You cannot change yourself because you cannot change the Will of God. Only the awareness of your holy perfection can change. The sole function of our learning is to let go of the old ideas that hide our awareness of this Truth. Forgive what you have seen before and allow your mind to see what is really there. Love, and the miracles it brings, is always there to fill the space that hate has left.
ACIM states its goal is to teach us to tell the difference between illusion and truth. This is fundamental to our awareness because we will make a world that mirrors whatever we think is true then use what we have made to justify our misperception. The world now seems to be a place where both truth and illusion can exist because our split mind has accepted both the ego and the God Self as real. But we must learn there is no place in our awareness to truthfully reconcile that both fear and love are real. There is one or the other, fear or love; truth or illusion. They are opposites and cannot co-exist in the Truth of Oneness. You cannot overlook, forgive the “atrocities” of a terrorist or the rude behavior of a friend if what they “do” has an impact on your world. Practice first forgiving your friends. Learn that what you are trying to change is the value you place on anything your eyes tell you is real. Only then will you feel open to a different kind of “seeing” and actively pursue a different Source of awareness. Practicing this in our daily choices is the process of “seeing differently,” awakening you to the power of loving.
When speaking of his crucifixion, Brother has said that while he did not consider the specific effects of his choice, he was aware of his need to completely let go of his perception and surrender to the awareness held for him by the Holy Spirit. He knew that he must trust what his perception could not understand or reconcile. This is an awareness we all must come to. Our learning will not of itself transcend our misperceptions. Its purpose is to bring us to the moment we can feel safe enough to trust a reality that is not reconcilable with anything our perception can relate to. To find an inner instinct and trust it enough to surrender ourselves to our God created Self. It cannot be a “holy” version of what is acceptable to our ego. It will not be anything the ego can now imagine for there is nothing in its perception joyful or loving enough to perceive what it could be. See your brother sinless, he tells us. See him as you see God. Recognize this is where your learning is taking you, to that moment still dimly remembered when there was no distinction made between God and God’s Creation; when there was nothing to interfere with or distort the experience of peace and joy. Expect your learning to bring you here, then expect to let it all go and fall into the lap of pure loving.
The path to awakening would be very simple if we would stop trying to change ourselves and just accept what we already are. We could let go our need to “learn” since learning is only necessary because we deny what we already know and try to substitute our misperceptions instead. We could stop trying to overcome or change our ego self, knowing it was only a character in a fictional story. There would be no need to become “enlightened,” we would just trust that what God created us to be was good enough, perhaps even a tad better, than what we try to make of ourselves. God has a Plan for each of us to do this if we will only be open to accept It. It begins with the realization we have never changed what God created Like Himself and ends as we recognize the one we have called “brother,” looks suspiciously like our Self.
Love is not the best answer to every problem you perceive; it is the only answer.
This is an excerpt from a message given us about Jesus crucifixion: “The Light is in you. You are the Presence of God’s Love and so the Presence of God Himself must be in you. Nothing is missing beyond your acceptance of this truth. Let this be the time of your awakening from the dream of crucifixion and death to the joy of life, the fulfillment of simply loving one another. It is time to let go your rejection of being loved for this is the denial of life itself. You crucify yourself each time you let pass the opportunity to return the gift of loving God has given you. Let yourself be lifted now from thoughts that have imprisoned you from life. Forgive your brother for what he has not done, could never do. Trust that the joy of life which is the Will of God, will find you the moment you are willing to have it.”
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.