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This week, Jennifer shares her lessons learned in brea. Clean Staying Connected With Spirit. Sometimes we feel so connected and then the next thing we know we've completely lost it. ACIM teaches us how to stay connected with Spirit and stay tuned in. Jennifer shares her own experience of developing the ability to remain seated in loving connect. Fear feels like it has power, but only God has power. We can use ACIM tools to bust up the habits of fear and live a life of peace.
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This week, Jennifer shares how to look at the world in a way that's truly helpful. Clean Undoing the Errors. When guilt doesn't let us release the past we suffer. This week, Jennifer shares the shorter path to healing the errors of the past. For the transcript of this episode and more pl. Clean Does God Hear Us?
In this week's episode, Jennifer shares her experience of learning to feel God's listening presence. To learn more about A Course in Miracles and Rev. Jennifer Hadley, visit www. For a transcript of this episode, please visit www. Healing the emotional and mental patterns of anxiety is just one of the benefits people have as a result of living ACIM. Author Corinne Zupko has given us a clear, step-by-step instruction from one who knows! In this week's episode, Jennifer and Corinne. Clean Gary Renard, Jesus, and Buddha. In this book, Gary shares more fascinating information from Ascended Masters Arten and Pursah and explores the idea of lifetime incarnat.
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A Course in Miracles shows us how to heal our mind from this nightmare. In this week's episode, Jennifer shows us how to transform the fear and pain int. Clean Ending a Relationship. Deciding whether or not to end a relationship can be so challenging. The best relationship advice comes from A Course in Miracles. In this week's episode, Jennifer shows us how to handle it with love when you feel you'd like to end a relationship.
Clean The Love of Your Life. What does ACIM have to say about finding the love of your life? Relationships are the greatest helper we have for healing our mind. In this week's episode, Jennifer shows us how to expand int. Most everyone would like more love in their relationships. A Course in Miracles shows us the way to heal our relationships and experience more love.
In this week's episode, Jennifer shows us how to apply ACIM teachings to the most difficult parts of our. A big question for many spiritual students is, "How can I be loving and still have healthy boundaries?
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In this week's episode, Jennifer shows us how. Many self-help programs focus on behavior modification as a way of changing habits that aren't helpful. In this week's episode, Jennifer shows us how to apply ACIM teachings on a practical day-to-day level to have lasting healing rather than settling fo. In this week's episode, Jennifer and special guest David Hoffmeister share how to apply ACIM teachings on a practical day-to-day level to live a joyfull life.
In this week's episode, Jennifer shows us how to apply ACIM teachings on a practical day-to-day level to permanently eliminate our repetitive upsets and suffering. Let's forgive the past and let Spirit wipe the slate clean. Let's begin again and go back to the beginning. A Course in Miracles shows us how to release the meaning we made of things and see with new eyes and begin again. In this week's episode, Jennife. You might be surprised at what Jesus tells us about the power within our mind. Now is the time for us to activate the power of God within us and bring forth a transformation of our own mind that we can share with others.
A Course in Miracles shows us ho. We say we'd like to really feel connected to the Holy Spirit, but then we don't actually remember to connect. We can shift that. The Holy Spirit offers us the end of all suffering. Let's be very clear about the Holy Spirit's guide to our decision-making. Clean How to Stop Teaching Persecution. ACIM invites us to look at the hidden ways we perpetuate persecution, attack, and lack. The ego values, reviles, and perpetuates persecution.
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To learn more about A Course in Miracles please visit. People sometimes settle for love substitutes and they don't even realize it. The ego distracts us from our healing and awakening by enticing us to manage, cope, and eventually settle with, substitutes for love. A Course in Miracles shows us how to get t. Guilt is the weapon the ego employs to keep love out of our minds. Guilt is the odorless stink bomb in our lives. A Course in Miracles is a step-by-step instruction manual of how to identify and eliminate guilt from out minds, but many people don't even. Have you studied ACIM for years and not felt miraculous healing yet?
Are you understanding ACIM on an intellectual level, but still making exceptions for fear, and forgetting to choose Love in times of challenge? There are simple ways to remember to app. A Course in Miracles leads us to realize that opportunities are considerable and also constant. In this week's episode, Jennifer Hadley shares her own experience of uncovering the rewards of being consistent in a living practice of love.
Now is the time. God's Teachers include anyone who has had even a moment of realizing that we're not separate from each other. A Course in Miracles inspires us to see the connection we have with our fellow human beings so that our mind opens to our role in the end of se. Clean Special Love Relationship. The "special" relationship offers the ego the promise of safe-haven and relief from suffering, and yet its chief delivery is the opportunity to learn through pain.
A Course in Miracles leads us out of the pain of the unholy relationship into the heaven. Clean The End of Doubt. Sometimes doubt is so insidious we don't even realize it's a constant noise in the background of our mind. A Course in Miracles shows us how to release the habit of living in doubt so we can live in trust and faith. In this week's episode, Jennifer Hadl. Clean Lessons of the Holy Spirit. A Course in Miracles shows us how to release all forms of suffering and to live and learn in way that is joyous and helpful.
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In ACIM, there are so many clear directions about how we can heal our life and experience miracles, if we're willing. Gratitude is one of them. We can have a living practice of gratitude. A Course in Miracles shows us the way to transform our mind throu. Clean Living Your Purpose. Many people feel they don't know their purpose. Others are bereft because they feel stuck in a job they don't like and want to be able to have a life with purpose. A Course in Miracles gives us clear direction in our life purpose to discover the life-ch.
Clean Having a Spiritual Career. We can be truly helpful at work and teach only Love in our workplace. Truly living ACIM means practicing everywhere we go and all of the time. A Course in Miracles lets us know that this the goal-to be consistent. In this week's episode, Jennifer Hadley.
Many are afraid of God's will for them because they feel they are a lowly sinner. There's a great fear of God, and that God wants to punish us. A Course in Miracles makes it very clear that God's will for us is perfect Love. In this week's episode, Jenn. Clean Circle of Atonement. In this week's episode, Jennifer Hadley talks with Robert. We can embrace a miraculous life-it's our destiny, and we are miraculous beings. Miracles are normal for us. If you feel you're not living a miraculous life, ACIM provides a pathway for us if we're willing to move out of the intensity of density.
There is a second coming and we're part of that movement that is a return to sanity. A Course in Miracles assures us that in our working the workbook lessons we're being restored, and returned to an awareness of our eternal and perfect nature. Clean Conditions of Learning. You can become the happy learner, and understanding the conditions that are most conducive to learning is very helpful. A Course in Miracles leads, guides, and directs us to the faster path of learning. In this week's episode, Jennifer Hadley shares her.
There is a method of discernment and finding answers that is given to us for relief from suffering. A Course in Miracles teaches us how to find our way back to reasoning and alignment with divine will. On today's show, Jennifer Hadley shares how to over. Doubt and mistrust are the genesis of so much suffering. A Course in Miracles teaches us how to cultivate a certain faith and trust in Love itself, which is the end of all doubt.
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We're on a path of awakening and we're cultivating the faith, belief, and vision of God. No matter how much doubt we have, that's still the path we're on. A Course in Miracles shows us the direct path for us to reclaim our holiness. A Course in Miracles tells us that we're already free, but it can be hard to see. There is a path of liberation already laid out in our minds if we're willing to follow it.
We can find the Joy in it. A Course in Miracles shows us the fastest way to our. Clean Release From Sin. We can get stuck in the past in a variety of ways and not even realize it-the ego is so tricky! Each moment offers an opportunity for healing, expansion, clarity, and freedom. A Course in Miracles gives us the inspiration and motivation to make a break.
Clean Let Spirit Decide. It can seem very difficult to let Spirit decide the way. Ego seems to insist on being the decider. Yet, there's a way to more Peace, Love, and Joy, and we can follow it. A Course in Miracles shows us the way and we can practice letting the Holy Spirit b.
Clean Working for God, Inc. Sometimes it seems like we take two steps forward and one step back, then one step forward and one step back. There is a way to feel that you're always making steady spiritual progress and experiencing more peace. A Course in Miracles lets us know that.
We're told by A Course in Miracles that there's a script we're following. We're told there's a plan for our escape from hell. We wonder if we're on the right plan, and whether we have the right script. How does it really work? If things feel like they'r. Clean Healing From Relationship Hell. The most difficult emotional turmoil most people might experience comes from the challenges of their special relationships.
Relationships can be heaven or hell, depending on our choosing. A Course in Miracles gives us the most healing instructions to tr. A Course in Miracles tells us we're here "only to be truly helpful," but many times we back away after hearing the cry for love in our brothers and sisters. We are either overwhelmed or repulsed. A Course in Miracles tells us how to answer the cry for l.
Clean From Darkness to Light. Are you attracted to the darkness? The belief in sin and punishment is so strong that many have come to think of it as immutable, and yet ACIM tells us how to rise above that battleground with ease and grace. A Course in Miracles gives us clear directio. It's possible to learn lots of information about spiritual healing without having any spiritual healing.
We can study awakening without getting any closer to enlightenment. A Course in Miracles gives us clarity about how to learn in a way that supports. We can get out of our own way and experience much greater happy. Maria Felipe knows a lot about that. A Course in Miracles tells us we don't even know what will make us happy, so it's time for us to stop deluding ourselves. In this week's episode, Jenni. Clean Fastest Path of Awakening. We can take the fast path or the slow path. It's really our choice. We'll all get there in the end-so if you're tired of feeling tired, if you're sick of feeling.
Clean When Feelings Are Helpful. How would you like to be able to have an understanding of your feelings that improves the quality of your life every day? It often seems as though our feelings are dragging us down, freaking out, or deterring us from our happiness. Many of us have felt crucified. Many of us have had times where we embraced martyrdom rather than the Christ rising within. Many of us have attempted to crucify others.
We are told that resurrection is possible if we choose it. A Course in Miracles show. It can be challenging to understand how "God could be in everything I see" when there are so many things in the world that seem cruel and terrifying. A Course in Miracles explains it to us so we can understand it-and that helps us to "rise above the bat. Clean Peace of God. We live in a time of great healing. It's a time when many of us are experiencing old patterns of pain and negativity coming up in our awareness for healing.
Each upset is a divine opportunity to cultivate and value the Peace of God. Jennifer's special guest is musician, author, teacher, and filmmaker James Twyman. He is well-known as the "Peace Troubadour" and maker of a documentary about A Course in Miracles. Join Jennifer and James as they share about the resurrection as ta. Clean Jon Mundy—Eternal Life. This week, Jennifer's special guest is author and teacher, Jon Mundy.
A Path to Eternity in the Essential Text. Jon is author of many other well-loved books and also the publisher of the pop. When the world looks insane and feels insane, we might as well admit it is insane. A Course in Miracles helps us to cultivate a sane mind in an insane world. Our willingness is all that's required.
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I'm taking your relationship questions this week as part of a monthlong focus on relationships. Join me live and call in your question or submit it in writing. The link to access the call-in is in my daily Spiritual Espresso today at Jen. Our relationships with our brothers and sisters are the No. When we complain about our relationships, we delay our healing and keep our distress repeating. A Course in Miracles gives us clear direction. Clean Healing the Fear to Look Within. Our spiritual growth and expansion requires us to be willing to look within.
How can we seek the kingdom first when we're terrified to look within? A Course in Miracles gives us clear direction and relief from this pervasive fear. In this week's episode. Clean Making Inspired Decisions. Even when we feel like a victim, we're the one who decides. Part of the pain many people suffer is that they consciously make unloving and unkind decisions that cause their suffering. A Course in Miracles teaches us how to recognize our painful decision. Clean What Is the Ego?
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Do we truly know what the ego is? ACIM students are often referring to the ego, but seldom do they ever discussed what the ego actually is. A Course in Miracles tells us in various ways how to recognize, consider, and dissolve the ego. Having a clear un. Clean The Little Willingness. Are you searching for the way out of a difficult time?
Do you feel stuck, trapped, lost? There is a way out of the realms of hell in our mind. The way out is the little willingness. The cornerstone of our liberation lies in this little willingness. Clean Beginning of the Return. We can activate the beginning of the return to knowledge and keep going from there.
Let us welcome our inheritance and the return to being the happy learner. A Course in Miracles gives us step-by-step instructions for how to be led and guided. Clean Strength or Weakness. Sometimes we choose the thought that causes us to feel weak. It's as if we're Superman and we're choosing to hold on to the kryptonite. Strength or weakness is our choice, but sometimes we would rather believe it's happening to us rather than by us.
Clean Pain and Sacrifice Disappear. We can find a light in the darkness. We can give up the habit of sacrifice. Pain does dissolve when Peace is no longer seen as a threat. A Course in Miracles tells us how to see the light when all we feel is darkness. In this week's episode, Jennifer Ha. Clean Finding the Treasure. Our pain and suffering comes from treasuring that which hurts us and has no lasting value.
We can lay the mistaken treasure aside and claim the real gift. A Course in Miracles leads us to the pot of true gold at the end of the rainbow. In this week's ep. Clean Effective Spiritual Practice. The end of laboring in vain has come. The ego sends us on wild goose chases of spiritual practices that don't add any benefit and can bring years of distractions. A Course in Miracles cuts through all the ego subterfuge to give us the golden nuggets of. From the ego perspective, justice often remains elusive.
We don't trust in divine justice, which causes a great amount of distress. Now is the perfect time for us to start making our life a whole lot easier and more graceful. Let's allow divine justice. In spiritual matters, there can be no compromise. Peace, Love, and Joy require an unyielding compromise-and that is the way out of hell. Too often, spiritual students find ways to compromise and then feel unsure, insecure, and imbalanced. A Course in Mi. Faith in the Holy Spirit is the way out of the hell of doubt and worry. Faith in the Holy Spirit is what allows us to experience the miraculous transformation of a special relationship to a holy relationship.
We can even have a holy relationship with ou. Clean You Are the Treasure. A Course in Miracles offers us the ultimate healing in self-esteem. It tells you that you are the treasure of God. You are the beloved of the Beloved. Now is the time for us to recognize not just ourselves, but also our brothers and sisters as the treas. Clean Healing the Past in the Present. Many people are tormented about the past. Even though the painful experiences of the past may not be occurring anymore, we can reexperience them in our mind. It's as if they're happening now-the pain is constantly kept fresh.
A Course in Miracles tells. Clean Taking Spiritual Action. People get confused about when to take action, what spiritual action is, and when to make a move. A Course in Miracles tells us to focus on changing our mind about the world rather than trying to change the world. When the world seems crazy, what can we. Could all of our relationship challenges be eliminated if we had the ability to be a compassionate listener? When we can listen to the one "voice" of Spirit speaking to us through everyone and all of life, we are on the fastest path to our healing, our.
The fastest path to our healing, our prosperity, and our awakening is a path of course correction. It's not hard when we give the heavy lifting to the Holy Spirit. However, many of us experience the journey as extremely difficult. A Course in Miracles t. Clean Finding Your Fundamental Goodness. The most infectious dis-ease on the planet is the "I'm bad, unlovable, not good enough, wrong, and not enough" dis-ease. Fortunately, it can be healed if we're willing. A Course in Miracles gives us the mind-training system to bring us back into alignme.
Clean Forgiveness Made Easy! Are you avoiding forgiveness and holding on to grudges? Does forgiveness feel hard to you? Do you feel like you've tried to forgive, but it's just not working? A Course in Miracles is all about forgiveness. It's our forgiveness that takes us out of hell. Clean Developing Psychic Powers. Are "psychic" powers desirable? Now do we live, for now we cannot die. Yet He reminds you still of one thing more you had forgotten. The gifts are yours, entrusted to your care, to give to all who chose the lonely road you have escaped.
Your sighs will now betray the hopes of those who look to you for their release. There are not different kinds of life, for life is like the truth. You think that death is of the body. Death is the thought that you are separate from your Creator. Death cannot come from life. The mind can think it sleeps, but that is all. The opposite of life can only be another form of life. God creates only mind awake. What seems to be the opposite of life is merely sleeping.
Let us today be children of the truth, and not deny our holy heritage. His holy home we strive to keep today as He established it, and wills it be forever and forever. We share one life because we have one Source, a Source from which perfection comes to us, remaining always in the holy minds which He created perfect.
God speaks to us. If you but knew the meaning of His Love, hope and despair would be impossible. Today we ask of God the gift He has most carefully preserved within our hearts, waiting to be acknowledged. God loves His Son. It is a new and holy day today, for we receive what has been given us.
And He descends to meet us, as we come to Him. Grace is an aspect of the Love of God which is most like the state prevailing in the unity of truth. Grace is acceptance of the Love of God within a world of seeming hate and fear. Grace is not learned. We have perhaps appeared to contradict our statement that the revelation of the Father and the Son as One has been already set. Oneness is simply the idea God is. We cannot speak nor write nor even think of this at all. This is beyond experience we try to hasten.
All learning was already in His Mind, accomplished and complete. For oneness must be here. There is no need to further clarify what no one in the world can understand. Suffice it, then, that you have work to do to play your part. Forgiveness is the central theme that runs throughout salvation, holding all its parts in meaningful relationships, the course it runs directed and its outcome sure. Be grateful to return, as you were glad to go an instant, and accept the gifts that grace provided you.
Our learning goal today does not exceed this prayer. No one attacks without intent to hurt.
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How thoroughly insane is the idea that to defend from fear is to attack! It seems to be the enemy without that you attack. If you consider carefully the means by which your fancied self-defense proceeds on its imagined way, you will perceive the premises on which the idea stands. With love as enemy, must cruelty become a god. Today we look upon this cruel god dispassionately. This moment can be terrible. Yet do not think that fear is the escape from fear. Where does the totally insane belief in gods of vengeance come from?
The choice you make today is certain. Now do your eyes belong to Christ, and He looks through them. Father, we are like You. We now review again. Steady our feet, our Father. So do we bring our practicing to You. This is the thought which should precede the thoughts that we review.
I take the journey with you. My resurrection comes again each time I lead a brother safely to the place at which the journey ends and is forgot. Release me as you practice once again the thoughts I brought to you from Him Who sees your bitter need, and knows the answer God has given Him. Let this review be then your gift to me. Let this review become a time in which we share a new experience for you, yet one as old as time and older still. With this we start each day of our review. Yet are the words but aids, and to be used, except at the beginning and the end of practice periods, but to recall the mind, as needed, to its purpose.
Our next few lessons make a special point of firming up your willingness to make your weak commitment strong; your scattered goals blend into one intent. Our lessons now are geared specifically to widening horizons, and direct approaches to the special blocks that keep your vision narrow, and too limited to let you see the value of our goal. And so we start our journey beyond words by concentrating first on what impedes your progress still. Trusting your brothers is essential to establishing and holding up your faith in your ability to transcend doubt and lack of sure conviction in yourself.
Perception has a focus. Therefore, in practicing today, we first let all such little focuses give way to our great need to let our sinlessness become apparent. A major hazard to success has been involvement with your past and future goals. How could this matter? We recognize that we have lost this goal if anger blocks our way in any form. And we will also use this thought to keep us safe throughout the day. Nor do we ask for fantasies. The world which once proclaimed our sins becomes the proof that we are sinless.
This world you seem to live in is not home to you. No one but knows whereof we speak. We speak today for everyone who walks this world, for he is not at home. Perhaps you think it is your childhood home that you would find again. This Child needs your protection. This Child is your defenselessness; your strength. When you are still an instant, when the world recedes from you, when valueless ideas cease to have value in your restless mind, then will you hear His Voice. Rest with Him frequently today.
Christ is reborn as but a little Child each time a wanderer would leave his home. Take time today to lay aside your shield which profits nothing, and lay down the spear and sword you raised against an enemy without existence. You have not lost your innocence. Repeat the Name of God, and little names have lost their meaning.
Thus do we give an invitation which can never be refused. Today you can achieve a state in which you will experience the gift of grace. Turn to the Name of God for your release, and it is given you. All little things are silent. You live by symbols. What are these names by which the world becomes a series of discrete events, of things ununified, of bodies kept apart and holding bits of mind as separate awarenesses? This is the way reality is made by partial vision, purposefully set against the given truth. Yet does this other vision still remain a natural direction for the mind to channel its perception.
This is the sum of the inheritance the world bestows. Such is the teaching of the world. Think not you made the world. It would indeed be strange if you were asked to go beyond all symbols of the world, forgetting them forever; yet were asked to take a teaching function. Thus what you need are intervals each day in which the learning of the world becomes a transitory phase; a prison house from which you go into the sunlight and forget the darkness. Use all the little names and symbols which delineate the world of darkness. God has no name. No one can fail who seeks the meaning of the Name of God.
Father, our Name is Yours. To say these words is nothing. No one can mean these words and not be healed. Two minds with one intent become so strong that what they will becomes the Will of God. Yet compromise alone a dream can bring. To mean you want the peace of God is to renounce all dreams. The mind which means that all it wants is peace must join with other minds, for that is how peace is obtained.
Let us today devote our practicing to recognizing that we really mean the words we say. Today devote your practice periods to careful searching of your mind, to find the dreams you cherish still. This is the choice you make. You want the peace of God.
No one who truly seeks the peace of God can fail to find it. For you was peace created, given you by its Creator, and established as His Own eternal gift. No one can lose and everyone must gain whenever any gift of God has been requested and received by anyone. It is this one intent we seek today, uniting our desires with the need of every heart, the call of every mind, the hope that lies beyond despair, the love attack would hide, the brotherhood that hate has sought to sever, but which still remains as God created it.
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Let us not fight our function. There is one way, and only one, to be released from the imprisonment your plan to prove the false is true has brought to you. Arrogance makes an image of yourself that is not real. All this the Voice for God relates to you. And so we find our peace. Is this the Son of God? These unsubstantial images will go, and leave your mind unclouded and serene, when you accept the function given you.
His gentle Voice is calling from the known to the unknowing. These are the forms which never can deceive, because they come from Formlessness Itself. No one can give unless he has. How is this possible? Ideas must first belong to you, before you give them. Protect all things you value by the act of giving them away, and you are sure that you will never lose them.
Never forget you give but to yourself. Illusion recognized must disappear.
Never believe that you can sacrifice. The lilies that your brother offers you are laid upon your altar, with the ones you offer him beside them. Now are we one in thought, for fear has gone. Now are we blessed, and now we bless the world. This light can not be lost. The peace of God is shining in you now, and from your heart extends around the world. The shining in your mind reminds the world of what it has forgotten, and the world restores the memory to you as well. The peace of God can never be contained.
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Sit quietly and close your eyes. These thoughts you think with Him. We practice coming nearer to the light in us today. Thus are our minds restored with them, and we acknowledge that the peace of God still shines in us, and from us to all living things that share our life. There is a light in you the world can not perceive. Who could feel fear in such a world as this? This is the world the Love of God reveals. What would you see? You will look upon that which you feel within.
Today we pass illusions, as we seek to reach to what is true in us, and feel its all-embracing tenderness, its Love which knows us perfect as itself, its sight which is the gift its Love bestows on us. Be still, and lay aside all thoughts of what you are and what God is; all concepts you have learned about the world; all images you hold about yourself. Is it not He Who knows the way to you? And so today we do not choose the way in which we go to Him.
Father, we do not know the way to You. Pain is a wrong perspective. Can such projections be attested to? Pain is a sign illusions reign in place of truth. Peace to such foolishness! It is your thoughts alone that cause you pain. My holy brother, think of this awhile: The world you see does nothing. The world may seem to cause you pain. Pain is the thought of evil taking form, and working havoc in your holy mind. Here will you understand there is no pain. Pain is illusion; joy, reality. And so again we make the only choice that ever can be made; we choose between illusions and the truth, or pain and joy, or hell and Heaven.
Here is your declaration of release from bondage of the world. What have you done that this should be your world? Deny your own Identity, and you will not escape the madness which induced this weird, unnatural and ghostly thought that mocks creation and that laughs at God. Yet what is it except a game you play in which Identity can be denied? One holy thought like this and you are free: You are the holy Son of God Himself.
A miracle has lighted up all dark and ancient caverns, where the rites of death echoed since time began. You who perceive yourself as weak and frail, with futile hopes and devastated dreams, born but to die, to weep and suffer pain, hear this: All power is given unto you in earth and Heaven. Then let the Son of God awaken from his sleep, and opening his holy eyes, return again to bless the world he made.
They must await your own release. Therefore, you have a function in the world in its own terms. Creation cannot even be conceived of in the world. Forgiveness gently looks upon all things unknown in Heaven, sees them disappear, and leaves the world a clean and unmarked slate on which the Word of God can now replace the senseless symbols written there before. The mind without the body cannot make mistakes. Yet do we need forgiveness to perceive that this is so. Who can be born again in Christ but him who has forgiven everyone he sees or thinks of or imagines?
Therefore, hold no one prisoner. God does not know of learning. God sees no contradictions. These are the lessons God would have you learn. Certain it is that all distress does not appear to be but unforgiveness. Shall we not learn to say these words when we are tempted to believe that pain is real, and death becomes our choice instead of life? How can you tell when you are seeing wrong, or someone else is failing to perceive the lesson he should learn? God would not have you suffer thus. All things are lessons God would have you learn. We will attempt today to overcome a thousand seeming obstacles to peace in just one day.
Give all you can, and give a little more. Each hour, spend a little time today, and in the days to come, in practicing the lesson in forgiveness in the form established for the day. This is the lesson God would have you learn: There is a way to look on everything that lets it be to you another step to Him, and to salvation of the world. In no one instant is depression felt, or pain experienced or loss perceived. God holds your future as He holds your past and present.
If you can see the lesson for today as the deliverance it really is, you will not hesitate to give as much consistent effort as you can, to make it be a part of you. What worry can beset the one who gives his future to the loving Hands of God? Place, then, your future in the Hands of God. Now are we saved indeed. Gratitude is a lesson hard to learn for those who look upon the world amiss. It is insane to offer thanks because of suffering. You do not offer God your gratitude because your brother is more slave than you, nor could you sanely be enraged if he seems freer.
Therefore give thanks, but in sincerity. We thank our Father for one thing alone; that we are separate from no living thing, and therefore one with Him. Then let our brothers lean their tired heads against our shoulders as they rest a while. Walk, then, in gratitude the way of love. Today we learn to think of gratitude in place of anger, malice and revenge.
Our gratitude will pave the way to Him, and shorten our learning time by more than you could ever dream of. When this is firmly understood and kept in full awareness, you will not attempt to harm yourself, nor make your body slave to vengeance. Perhaps at first you will not understand how mercy, limitless and with all things held in its sure protection, can be found in the idea we practice for today.
Thus do you also teach your mind that you are not an ego. The dreary, hopeless thought that you can make attacks on others and escape yourself has nailed you to the cross. Such is the form of madness you believe, if you accept the fearful thought you can attack another and be free yourself. To question it at all, its form must first be changed at least as much as will permit fear of retaliation to abate, and the responsibility returned to some extent to you. Our next steps will be easy, if you take this one today. There is an instant in which terror seems to grip your mind so wholly that escape appears quite hopeless.
Now, for an instant, is a murderer perceived within you, eager for your death, intent on plotting punishment for you until the time when it can kill at last. There is no Thought of God that does not go with you to help you reach that instant, and to go beyond it quickly, surely and forever. Here is the second step we take to free your mind from the belief in outside force pitted against your own.
How easily are God and guilt confused by those who know not what their thoughts can do. The world must thank you when you offer it release from your illusions. It does not matter if another thinks your gifts unworthy. God blesses every gift you give to Him, and every gift is given Him, because it can be given only to yourself.
Withdraw the gifts you give, and you will think that what is given you has been withdrawn. And with the end of this belief is fear forever over. Thanks be to you, the holy Son of God. Give thanks as you receive it. Condemn and you are made a prisoner. Forgiveness sweeps all other dreams away, and though it is itself a dream, it breeds no others.
Forgiveness is the only road that leads out of disaster, past all suffering, and finally away from death. Is it not wiser to be glad you hold the answer to your problems in your hand? His words will work. This world has many seeming separate haunts where mercy has no meaning, and attack appears as justified.
The stillness of your Self remains unmoved, untouched by thoughts like these, and unaware of any condemnation which could need forgiveness. Today we practice letting freedom come to make its home with you. Now is there silence all around the world. There is no condemnation in him. Today we come still nearer to the end of everything that yet would stand between this vision and our sight.
Freedom must be impossible as long as you perceive a body as yourself. The mind that serves the Holy Spirit is unlimited forever, in all ways, beyond the laws of time and space, unbound by any preconceptions, and with strength and power to do whatever it is asked. Here does it hide, and here it can be seen as what it is. The Holy Spirit is the home of minds that seek for freedom. So we begin the practice periods with the instruction for today, and say: For your five-minute practice periods, begin with this quotation from the text: