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?
God’s Will for us is perfect happiness. This is the same as saying, God’s Will for us is that we be perfectly loving. Loving and happiness are the same.
When we judge anyone for the senseless story we all tell we deny our identity with God. We then unleash the endless possibilities of why and how his “sin” and ours might be true. It is the experience of these being untrue that becomes our world of fear, of pain and suffering. It is a world ruled by attack and defense. But the world is not a “bad” place. It is merely the story we tell of punishing this “bad” person we have made to take the place of the holy child of God. For just a moment, imagine that everyone in the world, regardless of their behavior, is the perfect Child of God Who has amnesia. How will you treat them now? Would you condemn or try to help them? This is the function of forgiveness; to help us see a call for love and free our Mind to accept His Love for both of us. Are we as He created us, or the character in the story we make up? Our answer is reflected in the amount of peace we have in our world.
Awakening to the Truth is choosing to listen to the God Self teach you the difference between what is real and what is not; to hear Him say it is God’s Will that you are part of Him. We can gather thoughts about ourselves that seem to make us different and unique, but behind all this is the one desire we all share: To Love all things that live and are a part of Him, and so must be a part of us as well. This one desire to love is our guarantee that Heaven must finally be the outcome of every dream of pain and fear. No one but shares the desire to love and to be loved. But in this world it is too easily hidden by our belief in the thought of sin, the thought that does not exist outside our dream. It is hard to imagine that all that stands between Heaven and hell is a thought that isn’t even true. Forgive yourself for clinging to what does not exist in Truth. Allow the Face of Christ to take the place of every kind of “terrorist” you now see. Hear the Voice For God say that you are part of Love Itself. Be willing to give your brother the thing that you want most and let yourself awaken to the Gift that you have always had.
Accept just the possibility that you and your brothers are innocent, that you have never changed what God created perfect as Himself, and Love will rush into your mind. In fact, you actually cannot keep love from your mind for that is what it is made of. You can only ignore that it is there by focusing on an unloving image of yourself being in an unloving story of one who is separated from their loving Source. If you would be free, forgive one brother his story that sin is real and so remove the block in your awareness to recognizing him as Love’s Presence. In this way Love Itself can repossess you and return God’s Will for perfect happiness to His beloved Son.
God created us to be the Presence of His perfect Love. To guarantee that Love would eternally be extended as witness to our Oneness, He then made us co-creators of It along with Him. When we condemn even the smallest part of our Self we have blocked our awareness of the flow and embrace of His love and isolated all those whom It has joined. In Truth, nothing has happened. We have not changed God’s Intention to share His Love equally and everywhere. We have merely made an experience, a world, that seems devoid of the Love that He has given us. We have redefined His Love to suit the purposes of sin and guilt which we have made to take It’s place. Do not mistake the power that the choice for sin has made, or the hell that it perpetuates. Nor should we doubt the power forgiveness has to open our mind to Christ’s Vision waiting for us there. Join your intention to the Vision held in trust for us since dreaming first began. Choose life as Love defines it. Open your heart and witness God’s Love embracing everyone you see, beginning with you.
In truth, there is only one life force. We have made the fishes and the birds, the animals, insects and reptiles, the trees and flowers, to be proof in our world that differences and separateness is true and real. We give each a different purpose and a different form to prove that differences are important. But there is only one life force, one consciousness, all bound together and energized by Love. Every thought that you or I have directs the movement and gives purpose to this consciousness. Thoughts of differences promote the sense of fear, while those of inclusiveness open our awareness to the Love that the truth of our oneness reveals.
The distance between Heaven and hell, between everlasting life and death, is measured by the strength of our belief that sin is real. Accept this single thought: outside our story of guilt the thought (and experience) of sin does not exist, and Heaven and earth become one. Without a sense of guilt there is no gap between Love and what is loved.