It is here! Mama’s Christmas Carol, You Got the Power, Mom!

Universal Reading 1 August 2022

It takes me a week to incorporate what I am being taught with the readings lately. That is how the Holy Spirit works.

Consistent review of what we think we believe will clarify our thoughts and create a better future.

It takes me a week to incorporate this reading into my understanding. It is interesting how the Holy Spirit works.

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1. See others as you would like to be seen, as you are right now.

Let them throw off the cloak of guilt, shame, and embarrassment along with you.

The true and complete forgiveness of the Atonement does not allow any of that guilt, shame, or even embarrassment because you are a beloved child of God. So is everyone else, yup, even that one, and even them!

At the same time, you want to have healthy boundaries because if they are in ego mind they are out to attack, and while you may not need to point that out to them. You can be aware of it yourself and still engage in a loving manner.

2. As you engage with others, do so as if you were feeling God’s Love through them and bringing God’s Love to them because you are.

This is a relatively new understanding for me.

It took a lot of years for the Holy Spirit to show me that sometimes people do not have “nice intentions”. In fact, some were downright hateful. ACIM (A Course In Miracles) confirmed that instruction.

Then came the years that Holy Spirit taught me to “see” what they were doing, even while I loved and forgave them, and I just tried to avoid being hurt by them.

It required me to level the playing field between myself and others. I had been taught that I had to meet some standard but that I was to be understanding and forgive anyone else, whatever they may do.

One of the things that I did was to see what gifts they offered me as coming from God, not from them because I understood that there would be conditions and expectations from them for extending the gifts that I may not be comfortable with otherwise. I said “thank you” to whoever I received it from but I gave God the credit for the gift. And then I treated them with respect as a child of God.

That concept is something that is not easily understood because people think that respect is to be given to those deserving of respect and if we did that we would respect NO ONE, including ourselves which happens to be the case and gives us the world we see at the moment.

Giving thanks to God is actually a key component of what really started separating me from people because that is an ego game and how we “seem to connect” in societal situations. It would be several years before the distances were really seen (or acknowledged without an attempt to correct it) by me and I let go of the attempt to connect in society. Having children that would grow up and need to create their own lives and abide by the “rules of societal connection”, plus being part of a church that was very structured also extended our separation but it did finally happen. Please understand that I know that the separation has no reality because God IS.

Today I find myself hesitant to socialize with others much because the “games people play” as egos are fairly easy for me to see through now and I do not have any desire to confront people. Once the Holy Spirit shows me their intent or way of viewing the world I cannot disrespect that or we will clash and there will be problems.

This was what got me into several relationships in my life. I would not listen to the red flags and such that I was able to see. I do not begrudge them because they all taught me more and more about myself, people, and God.

Today I am able to see things that no one would acknowledge and I need to know how to interact with them as Father would have me do.

Today I am hearing the Spirit whisper to me that I want to see the Love of God in them. Feeling God’s Love through them and bringing God’s Love to them because I am.

This is not where we live life yet. I truly believe this. It is sort of a pre-life because at this time we have this crazy idea that we could be separated from God and that is insane.

Life is in another “dimension,” or something, where we are all aware that we are as God created us.

3. You can use the things you are learning to give different perspectives to old issues.

Just like you clean out your closets your beliefs need to have regular review and adjustments. This is how we grow and understand ourselves better.

Writing a journal or keeping a word document of comments you make can give you great insight.

You could even do like me and do readings from a book of what you understand about life and discover what you are learning along the path of life.

4. Depression

Disclaimer: I am not a therapist of any sort. Just a resident of planet earth.

Depression is one of the three base temptations of Jesus after 40 days of fasting. The other two are power hunger and addiction.

Dissatisfaction with the world as it is will at the least leave you sad. I call that PTSpD, Post Traumatic Separation Disorder.

I do suspect that a lot of what brings depression in the world is believing that this is life.

I mean, how can it be life when we think we are separated from God and one another in purpose and that lack is possible in any form? Seriously, this needs to be let go of through the Atonement!

The Atonement is the only place that truly relieves depression because it is the only thing that allows one to connect with God and all that is and know that we have not arrived but we will.

Faith would be a good place to start but the Atonement is better.

Till next time, God bless, debi.

My thoughts* on ACIM Review Lesson 217. I had more to say here. Caution: Possible Triggers.

When reading the words of Jesus one MUST consider the understanding of the one he spoke through.

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I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.
1. (197) It can be but my gratitude I earn.
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* It is important to be very careful here. Mortal minds think of the little self, the little “i”. Which of course is fraught with ego temptation to think oneself above another. I choose to align a passage like this alongside the other comments that Jesus makes about us worshiping only God. I choose to give thanks to God for allowing a plan to be in order for the Son to return to His True Awareness of His position as God’s Son.
* If one does not there is a true loss, in my opinion, because you have lost the relationship with the Father and consider Him not because the result is to consider yourself God and I do not believe this is a correct principle.
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²Who should give thanks for my salvation but myself?
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* Note the wording here. This sentence claims accountability and the responsibility for gratitude as my own. (I cannot help but speculate on the influence of the Trinity in the Catholic Church in the 60’s as being responsible for the wording being as it is. All three who had anything to do with the wording of the Course in its original form had only this as a background to the teachings of Jesus. The concept of the Trinity was the reason that a lot of the offshoots of Christianity came about giving sway to the understanding of duality between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The concept of duality versus non-duality is today a big reason for the diversity of ways that the Course is understood. As long as we allow wording like this to be an issue we will NOT be able to become of One Mind as the Course would have us be. From my perspective, it adds up to being willing to accept our own existence not apart from God but IN Him or seeing only God, whether we consider ourselves God or lose ourselves completely In God. I can only say that God took too many decades of my life to show me that I had existence for me to toss that aside easily, though He knows in my heart should it come to that I would rather He be real than me.)
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³And how but through salvation can I find the Self to Whom my thanks are due?
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* Here is that capital “S” Self. Let’s look at what this might refer to.
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* From Text, Chapter 4, 1. Right Teaching and Right Learning:
2. Many stand guard over their ideas because they want to protect their thought systems as they are, and learning means change.
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* Note the “guard over their ideas” meaning that we prefer our ideas to God’s. We can still see Him as a unique identity from ourselves.
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²Change is always fearful to the separated, because they cannot conceive of it as a move towards healing the separation. ³They always perceive it as a move toward further separation, because the separation was their first experience of change.
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* “Change” is the optimal word here. Jesus has told us that in God there is no change. And here he states that the experience of separation was our first experience of change. This does not mean that having our own identity is a sin or false, it means exactly what it says that the idea of separation was our first experience of change.
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⁴You believe that if you allow no change to enter into your ego you will find peace.
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* What could be more natural? Given that we come from God with whom there is no change? And here I think we need to quantify the term “change.” I suspect that it means “being inside or outside of God’s Will” and not “an experience”. When we think of change as an experience it gives credence to the idea that we should have no experience or awareness of our existence and that goes against what Jesus teaches us about God wanting a Son and creation continuing eternally as God has established it.
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⁵This profound confusion is possible only if you maintain that the same thought system can stand on two foundations. ⁶Nothing can reach spirit from the ego, and nothing can reach the ego from spirit. ⁷Spirit can neither strengthen the ego nor reduce the conflict within it.
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* Even after accepting the complete forgiveness of the Atonement one will continue to be taught and cleansed by the Holy Spirit more than likely through experiences with other people. So, do not be concerned if you are still learning, even once you receive a witness of having been picked up by Father’s Hand and placed in Heavenly Eternity. You are just being washed and “blinking” between two thought systems.
* And do not forget: “our story,” individually and collectively holds the symbols of the Voice God would have us be once we allow the Holy Spirit to guide Christ/us Home.
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⁸The ego is a contradiction. ⁹Your self and God’s Self are in opposition.
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* Mind you that this is NOT your true self but the one you think you are out of fear of God’s punishment and/or separation.
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¹⁰They are opposed in source, in direction and in outcome. ¹¹They are fundamentally irreconcilable, because spirit cannot perceive and the ego cannot know.
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* What happens is the Holy Spirit helps you let go of the ego traps and trappings you have taken on. Remember though when you want it to “speed up” that if you were “completely spirit” you would not be able to assist with the healing the rest of the Sonship needs and only you can supply. We each have a significant place and role in the Atonement. Thank you for fulfilling yours.
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¹²They are therefore not in communication and can never be in communication.
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* Right. Not in communication (so do not be surprised if the world presents itself that way to you, meaning it is difficult if not impossible to communicate). However:
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¹³Nevertheless, the ego can learn, even though its maker can be misguided.
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* Praise God for that! The ego’s maker is Christ and each individual’s part of the Sonship is unique. Sometimes we speak of the Course and what we hear is that we are ego alone and as separated from Christ, however, it seems important to understand Christ is who had the initial thought of separation (at least a tiny part of Him did). For me, this makes it easy then to completely forgive all that is for any error because I have a witness that Christ is perfect because He is the Son of God. Maybe that comes from my previous Christian background but I am not going to discount it as long as the Holy Spirit confirms it inside of me.
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¹⁴He cannot, however, make the totally lifeless out of the life-given.
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* Thank God for this! I say that as an exclamation and as a sincere statement. God gave us our life and existence, our “being”. We are alive by God’s Decree. We are each a part of the extension of Christ as we think here just as we are a part of Christ Himself.
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⁴I am not a body. ⁵I am free.
⁶For I am still as God created me.
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Thank you, till next time, God bless, debi.

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Respect Does NOT Have To Be Earned If It Does Know that You Serve Ego, Not God

Respect Does NOT Have To Be Earned If It Does Know that You Serve Ego, Not God

God created us and He has decided our worth, even when we make mistakes.

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When we say “I will not show respect until it has been earned.” We are claiming authority we do not have to decide who is worthy of respect and who is not. If you think about it, it is a form of punishment before anything even happens.

What I am trying to express is something that would go a long way in reducing the mental issues that are so rampant.

What establishes this “right to exist” and dignified treatment of all is the acknowledgment of the Creator, not so much the creation.

The creation is under the influence of a belief system that says it is separated from the Creator and “must” create itself. That was a mistake. And it leads to power addiction and power lust but punishment is not the answer.

I mean not showing respect for the creation is to show disrespect for the Creator and it also encourages and supports the false idea of guilt that came along with the belief that creation had separated from the Creator.

You speak of what teenagers need. A solid foundation of expectations and consequences for stepping outside of those expectations. And that would be fine in a “healthy” world but it is not.

What that creates is the idea that someone must be “right” and someone is capable of “doing wrong”. Because someone besides God establishes what the expectations and consequences are, therefore defining who is worthy of respect and who is not. God says we are one and we are as He created us. And nothing else is real.

When we “buy” the thought that someone else can govern us even ourselves, we will give our energies and dollars to whoever happens to say they know what the expectations are and what the consequences should be. No amount of anything will compensate for the lack of acknowledgment of God and that you are His creation.

If anyone besides the Creator, Himself determines your value then freedom and actually, the dignity of all have been put into jeopardy. And the government is left to the most cunning, or persuasive voice. This hasn’t even brought into play the concept of the false belief in possession and property as an excuse for the right to decide what is expected and what are consequences.

We think we are so civilized but without acknowledgment of a common Creator that gives basic rights, including the right of respectful treatment, regardless of the mistakes one might make, we are bound by an illogical mental construct that gives no equal ground to stand on for any of us.

If we could understand this concept we would be well on our way to bringing Heaven to earth because the one thing that is in Heaven besides all of our needs and wants being met is communion with the Creator directly by each individual there.

This is doable now, on this planet. Healing is not an impossibility.

When we look at another and say “I will judge your value on anything other than the Creator’s intent upon creation” we have condemned ourselves, and them, to punishment and failure. And we do this without giving anyone, ourselves included, the blueprint of what is expected so how can we help but fail?

When we look at another and say “I see God in you because He created you and you have forgotten that, just like I have at times.” We give ourselves the freedom to make mistakes.

We will make mistakes but the Holy Spirit can help us get back on track and know our worth, our value, and who provides all that we stand in need of. Then we can say, “Come on, let’s figure this out together.”

Which is something we do not have and need so desperately!

Then we will find inspiration to resolve our issues and our misconceptions through the promptings of the Holy Spirit that resides in each of us.

Currently, we are ALL in big trouble and by judging ourselves and others we never figure that out, nor get any answers about what the solutions might be. And I happen to know that the solutions are here right now and we simply refuse to acknowledge them because of this very issue of respect and who gets to decide who is deserving of it.

Let’s consider this carefully. One by one we can make a difference.

Till next time, God bless, debi.

Universal Reading from 24 July 2022 “No Force” is a Basic Quality of God

No one will be allowed to force you to know or accept Him or His Love. Period.

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1. “No force” will be used by God for you to acknowledge that love is all there is. Although acceptance of it receives all that He Is including a true witness of who you are.

That is the bottom line and it does not have to wait until you die. It is meant to happen now. In the flesh, you are the vessel of His Love under that transmutation of the Holy Spirit in the Atonement.

As we are willing to receive, nothing will be withheld from us.

Hold fast to this understanding and let it work within you because it is our unwillingness to receive from the Father that keeps us from Heaven today.

2. Power-Hunger

This is singular, isolated focus on separate things in their awareness be it a person or an ideology or territory.

When we feel less than “in control” what better way to “fix it” than to have power where we at least “seem” to be able to control things?

This is a fundamental ego attitude not to be confused with power addiction which must control ALL that is in IT’S world and finds a way to remove ALL that does not “fit” or IT does not approve of. (It is important to remember that a mind caught in this behavior is NOT the ego they believe themselves to be.

Going into year three in the Atonement I am understanding that we will eventually give up ALL desire to employ power anywhere. Mainly because the power of all that is IS ours by birthright. There is no need to manifest it in any isolated situation or place in the Sonship because it is all and it is Love, true Love of the Creator, not imagined love of a portion of all that is.

Wanting to feel “in control” is a habit, brought on by thinking that we are a body and that we are separated from God who in fact supplies all that we need or desire as soon are willing to allow Him to. Meaning we want to “feel” in control because we currently feel “out of control” because of our belief in separation.

We are the ones who hold the blessings of our birthright power of Love at arm’s length by denying our place as His Worthy Son.

The habit may well release itself layer by layer (even after one has accepted the Atonement) because one is usually not aware of the many ways we seek power over what God would direct and supply if we allowed it.

What one starts to understand is that the true power comes as one lets go of wielding it.

The doorway of the Atonement opens the channel of willingness that allows the Holy Spirit to guide us until Father, Himself may step in and put us in Heaven with Him.

Father is the only true Power and we recognize it and call it Love. This is nothing we earn and nothing that we do for ourselves . This is because of Who God Is which Jesus says encompasses the Whole of the Sonship and ALL of Creation which Itself IS Eternal. Hmm.

Our efforts in steering our thoughts and actions are essential BECAUSE this reveals our willingness to receive “God”, however you wish to personify or perceive Him, in our own awareness.

Do not be quick to think that you understand love because as Jesus states in A Course In Miracles, what is called love is often hate in disguise.

The Holy Spirit will reveal exactly where we are clinging to power little by little so that we can learn to rest in the Hands of God for our needs to be taken care of. Even when it seems that they are NOT we will KNOW better.

One form of power hunger that I have struggled with is wanting others to understand me or to have a “connection” to the world around me. I do not believe this is uncommon.

What I am learning from my studies is that connection in the world is only a facade at best and “connection with everything” is truly found inside as one accepts the Atonement and knows that God is in all that one sees (and doesn’t see with the natural eye). And that:

ALL have the guidance of the Holy Spirit according to their willingness AND their own choice of when to receive it.

Letting go of the craving for connection “outside myself” allows me to see the true connection we have as a creation to all that is and our Creator.

Teaching anyone else anything is something that I am learning to let go of. I share my writing so that I may understand. I am letting go of the “need” to have anyone “hear” or “understand” it. In fact, it kind of “spooks” me when it seems others “hear” me.

Learning is not done from the outside in but from the inside out as the Holy Spirit teaches us inside and our actions affirm His teaching to us, as well as to others associated with us, even in the smallest way.

In reality, we can only be examples of finding that “inner connection” and that is about it. There is no need to feel you are not “doing enough in the world,” it is enough to do your connecting work with the Creator, and “all that is.”

Teaching or governing from outside is a form of the need to have “power over” and control because we have denied that our guidance comes from God, Himself. We know this deep inside ourselves.

Still, we seek cults, gurus, leaders, and down-right gangsters to tell us how to think and what is acceptable, and so forth.

God has GOT THIS (meaning His Son and His awakening are in His Care, God has provided for this and whether it takes another 100,000,000 years or not is not an issue), meaning He will be the teacher via the Holy Spirit as each of us is ready and willing.

This is an individual thing that will be experienced individually by the Whole.

Acknowledging this allows each the opportunity to live in Heaven while on earth because they have yielded to the only true power source, which, as does Jesus, I call God.

3. Throw away guilt, shame, and embarrassment.

You are as God created you. Embrace that and be glad in it.

This applies to your looks and capabilities. I am not saying “do not do what you can to be your best selves” but know that what you are is more than sufficient for the time that you are here.

AND that you personally, may have signed a contract to do or be a certain something in the Universal Plan at this time that you and your contemporaries here may not understand or even resonate with. Mama Cass is one I can think of with her beautiful voice that may not have fit with her body and personality as sophisticated mortals may have thought. Even Hitler or any number of criminal minds could be seen in this light. Hopefully, you get the picture because we truly are all one as God created us.

You have a temporary “story” to live and that may have its moments of joy but find the joy and peace within so that your peace never has to leave. That is secured as you forgive creation for belief in separation. Both from God and from itself.

Remember that you do not need to save someone else. The fact is you cannot.

Nor do you need to lay down so that they can get to “higher ground” by “walking on you.”

The idea of separation gave creation its sense of fear instead of love which is its natural state. Fabricated love to ward off fear is not the Love you are worthy of.

Fear brings various forms of self-denial and abuse which we felt compelled to in greater degrees and ultimately manifest a belief in death.

None of this is “natural” to that which was created out of the Idea of Purity and Love. Let the Holy Spirit show you how to cast it off step by step and layer by layer.

4. Your interactions and thoughts of others are to be based on testifying of God’s awareness and Love for them.

I want to understand that I can go back to my attitude as a child and trust that what comes to me is what is supposed to be instead of thinking that I can protect myself always with healthy boundaries.

(Whether I use the pronoun I “or you” it is the same.)

In other words, I can “find myself in the center of the storm and I will survive” as I have heard others say recently.

I knew this as a child and I want to remember it as a so-called adult.

It is important for me to remember that the Love of the Creator flows through and around everyone and everything, even when it does not appear to be so or we forget.

Someone recently reminded me that heaven and earth are in our minds and I have the choice of how to interpret what I see.

Thank you for sharing this time with me, till next time, God bless, debi.

My thoughts* on ACIM, Lesson 199, WARNING; Graphic Sexual Content

A very important lesson that Jesus says is to be remembered and cherished EVERY day.
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I am not a body. I am free.

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* This means that I am not bound by the dictates of the body. I am free to understand that God IS and that life is eternal and that Heaven is now.

* It does NOT mean that I have no interaction with the body, no sensations from the body, or no engagement with the body. Or other bodies.

1. Freedom must be impossible as long as you perceive a body as yourself. ²The body is a limit. ³Who would seek for freedom in a body looks for it where it can not be found. ⁴The mind can be made free when it no longer sees itself as in a body, firmly tied to it and sheltered by its presence. ⁵If this were the truth, the mind were vulnerable indeed!
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  • Yes! The way to find freedom is to know that you cannot be harmed and have all that there is at your disposal by the Will of a Heavenly Father that adores you. Does it get any better than that?
  • However, you HAVE a body for the purpose of sharing the Love of the Father to the Son and the Love of the Son to the Father.
  • The only way one truly knows they are not a body is IN the Atonement because there He meets God His Father and KNOWS He is LIKE Him, as is the rest of the Sonship.
  • 2. 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. ²Attack thoughts cannot enter such a mind, because it has been given to the Source of love, and fear can never enter in a mind that has attached itself to love. ³It rests in God. ⁴And who can be afraid who lives in Innocence, and only loves?
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  • “…fear can never enter in a mind that has attached itself to love.” First of all, one must recognize that this is the Love of God. (IE “It rests in God.”) Second this has NOTHING to do with sexual/romantic love which is an addiction like eating. I suggest that it was not supposed to say “only loves” but “only Love.” At this point in time true love comes from God and only Him.
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  • I will also say that as long as we have a body that a form of fear IS possible even while we recognize it as the illusion that it is. It is like watching a very scary movie, we feel the emotional roller-coaster but we know the show will end because IT IS NOT REAL.

  • 3. It is essential for your progress in this course that you accept today’s idea, and hold it very dear.
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  • ESSENTIAL, ESSENTIAL, ESSENTIAL, and hold it VERY DEAR, IMPORTANT, VALUABLE, FOREFRONT, BASIC, WITHOUT QUESTION.
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    ²Be not concerned that to the ego it is quite insane. ³The ego holds the body dear because it dwells in it, and lives united with the home that it has made. ⁴It is a part of the illusion that has sheltered it from being found illusory itself.
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  • 4 I see as; “The BODY is a part of the illusion that has sheltered (or hidden) the EGO from being found OUT TO BE NOT REAL itself.

  • 4. Here does it hide, and here it can be seen as what it is.
  • I hear; “IN THE BODY (which is not “real”) does THE EGO hide, and IN THE BODY (which is still not real) can THE EGO be seen as what THE EGO is (IE UNREAL).
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    ²Declare your innocence and you are free.
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  • Just acknowledge your innocence, let go of your guilt by acknowledging the complete forgiveness of Christ for the belief in separation from God and all that has come from that belief.
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    ³The body disappears, because you have no need of it except the need the Holy Spirit sees.
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  • Okay, this SOUNDS fine and dandy but did you ever “just want to get LAID, LAYED, SCREWED, HUGGED with INTENT? WELL, what the HELL, you get the picture!!!
  • Sorry, I’m just in one of those moods. Lol
  • Now, here is the question that begs to be answered: Is there anything wrong with feeling like that? And the answer (I believe at this particular point in time.) Is NO!!!
  • Now, what you do with the feeling and who you allow to direct the energy of that feeling IS IMPORTANT.
  • Will it be the EGO who hides in the phony reality of the body? Or will it be the HOLY SPIRIT who knows what the purpose of your body is? Which happens to be to show (communicate) the LOVE of GOD to the SON and to Himself.
  • Will it be the EGO who decides it is okay to bed 68 women whom he had called mother and to rape a twelve year old girl in front of them in an inner-most sanctuary and Holy of Holies within a so-called temple as the leader of a “renegade Mormon church”, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint,” Warren Steed Jeffs has done and THEN ALLOWED to CONTINUE to lead this “church” from inside his prison walls IS NOT WHAT I AM TRYING TO SAY HERE.
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  • (That he is allowed to run his “church” from inside his prison walls could not be because of the MONEY that he and his father have panhandled from hundreds, maybe thousands of people, could it?!? And those of us who tolerate that are equally in our “hidden ego” rather than with the Holy Spirit as the man who put his rod where it had NO business in that twelve year old virgin. We tolerate laws that are dysfunctional because we BELIEVE in bodies instead of GOD. Heaven Fuckin’ Forbid we believe in God and SET THESE CHILDREN FREE!!!)
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    ⁴For this, the body will appear as useful form for what the mind must do.
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  • The body is capable of going to polls and demanding that laws fit the crime and preserve the safety and dignity of ALL of the innocents, not just the “CRIMINALLY” innocent.
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    ⁵It thus becomes a vehicle which helps forgiveness be extended to the all-inclusive goal that it must reach, according to God’s plan.
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  • Do you get the message here? We currently protect the criminal because he serves the ego’s guilty conscience but we punish the victims, YES, I said that word, victims with our pious social stigmas and shunnings that are exclusive and abusive. We would rather free the adulterer or rapist than console the innocent spouse or child. THIS is not the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth in the Bible and other sacred books, including A Course In Miracles.
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  • The “all-inclusive goal” is that of uniting the Christ Consciousness in the witness of God, the Father, and itself as the Son. Worthy of all that the Father has and is. That criminals might be rehabilitated by doing work that serves themselves and others with healthy boundaries that prevent further injury to society.
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  • NONE of this is possible without a recognition of the Atonement by the MAJORITY or at least a STRONG (by this I mean solid in the Atonement) minority of the Sonship that is currently in human form on the earth. Which would be able to see all of creation as ONE under the DIVINE PROTECTION and Authority of God not faulty laws.
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  • Did you catch the final phrase of that sentence? “⁵It thus becomes a vehicle which helps forgiveness be extended to the all-inclusive goal that it must reach, according to God’s plan.” According to God’s plan, not humanities. God MUST be permitted to have a Voice here and now on the earth.
    5. Cherish today’s idea, and practice it today and every day.
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  • This is important! These things I have spoken to in the lesson reach much further into the consciousness of Christ and how our lives play out here than ANY quantum physics mumbo-jumbo hyperbole that does not address the here and now in our state of confusion.
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  • Let’s repeat “⁴For this, the body will appear as useful form for what the mind must do.” The body will function at least in appearance “for what the mind ~which we understand IS real~ must do.”
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    ²Make it a part of every practice period you take. ³There is no thought that will not gain thereby in power to help the world, and none which will not gain in added gifts to you as well.
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  • Please understand that body has a useful purpose from the mind that is given over to the Holy Spirit for God’s plan.
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    ⁴We sound the call of freedom round the world with this idea.
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  • Freedom around the world.
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    ⁵And would you be exempt from the acceptance of the gifts you give?
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  • Your freedom, as well.

  • 6. The Holy Spirit is the home of minds that seek for freedom.
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  • I LOVE THIS! “The Holy Spirit is the home of minds that seek for freedom.” Of course! This is why when fully in the Atonement one is in Heaven and in God’s Presence Eternally! Wow! That’s cool! 🙂
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    ²In Him they have found what they have sought. ³The body’s purpose now is unambiguous.
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  • Unambiguous; not open to more than one interpretation:”instructions should be unambiguous”
  • The body no longer has a double meaning. It is the vessel of expression of God’s Love to His Son under the direction of the Holy Spirit. It is the last part there (under the direction of the Holy Spirit) that makes it so that sexual expression is not used helter-skelter).
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  • How often is sex used as a power play or possession game? How often is it used to claim exclusivity instead of the sharing of the universal wholeness of God’s Son? Jesus says “If two come together in full faith the whole universe goes with them.” We are speaking about what happens in the mind here. It is not an advertisement for universal orgies. Which I kind of suspect that ACIM HAS been used for in some circles.
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    ⁴And it becomes perfect in the ability to serve an undivided goal.
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  • And the BODY becomes perfect in the ability to serve an undivided goal of FREEDOM for ALL.
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    ⁵In conflict-free and unequivocal response to mind with but the thought of freedom as its goal, the body serves, and serves its purpose well.
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  • Freedom, not free-sex you sillies! The body serves FREEDOM for all, and SERVES THAT purpose well.
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    ⁶Without the power to enslave, it is a worthy servant of the freedom which the mind within the Holy Spirit seeks.
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  • The body will not enslave anything or anyone if it is ruled by a mind that is led by the Holy Spirit.
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  • Free to know God and have an expression of life as the mind is directed by the Holy Spirit. The problem comes when humanity determines to decide what other body’s can or cannot do with their ego-led minds.
    7. Be free today.
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  • Free from the ego that seeks your destruction.
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    ²And carry freedom as your gift to those who still believe they are enslaved within a body.
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  • You will be shown how to do this by the Holy Spirit.
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    ³Be you free, so that the Holy Spirit can make use of your escape from bondage, to set free the many who perceive themselves as bound and helpless and afraid. ⁴Let love replace their fears through you.
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  • Let God’s Love replace their fears through you. Only God is REAL in that sense right now and in this way you and I are NOT until we become the vessels for God’s Love because God is our Creator and His Essence, however you want to define that, is WHAT we are.
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    ⁵Accept salvation now, and give your mind to Him Who calls to you to make this gift to Him. ⁶For He would give you perfect freedom, perfect joy, and hope that finds its full accomplishment in God.
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  • This is the statement that is calling out to me at this time, “⁵Accept salvation now, and give your mind to Him Who calls to you to make this gift to Him.”
  • To be willing to trust that God speaks and acts through you to show His Love is a phenomenal thing!
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  • People do not accept that. Not even those who consider themselves “spiritual.” In fact, you will be accused of being in your “ego”. You will be told “the ego is ruling you” if you do not behave in their predetermined understanding of what some quote or guru says.
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  • We really can let God take the reigns instead of the ego.

  • 8. You are God’s Son.
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  • Yes, every one of you, along with all of creation.
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    ²In immortality you live forever.
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  • Immortality is a “done deal”. No magic potion required.
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    ³Would you not return your mind to this?
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  • It is only an act of remembering! And we understand this by listening to that still small voice inside of us that knows who we are and is not cannibalizing us, like the ego does, rather restores our awareness to our true selves.
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    ⁴Then practice well the thought the Holy Spirit gives you for today. ⁵Your brothers stand released with you in it; the world is blessed along with you, God’s Son will weep no more, and Heaven offers thanks for the increase of joy your practice brings even to it.
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  • Our decision to remember with the Holy Spirit increases the joy in Heaven. Think about that.
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    ⁶And God Himself extends His Love and happiness each time you say:
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  • God IS, people! God is the only true reality at the moment.
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    ⁷I am not a body.
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  • This means that I am not bound by the dictates of the body. I am free to understand that God IS and that life is eternal and that Heaven is now.
  • It does NOT mean that I have no interaction with the body, no sensations from the body, or no engagement with the body. Or other bodies.
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    ⁸I am free. ⁹I hear the Voice that God has given me, and it is only this my mind obeys.
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  • We got this! Much appreciation!
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    Till next time, God bless, debi.

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My thoughts* on ACIM Lesson 198,, Warning: Triggers
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Only my condemnation injures me.
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* This means that God does not condemn me. Not that He does not exist. He knows I am as I was created.
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1. Injury is impossible. ²And yet illusion makes illusion. ³If you can condemn, you can be injured.
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* To state that something has occurred is not the same as condemning something. Nor is it making it “real” rather than recognizing it as part of the dream/illusion. It is having healthy boundaries which from my observation can be nearly unheard of here and now. There are all kinds of silent rules in society or family that interfere with genuinely taking care of our own space which begins in our minds.
* And what others think of you you cannot do anything about. That is why it is nice to know that God is in your corner and has your back under the direction of the Holy Spirit.
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⁴For you have believed that you can injure, and the right you have established for yourself can be now used against you, till you lay it down as valueless, unwanted and unreal.
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* Remember, Christ, at the instant of conception in the Mind of God, believed injury had occurred as separation from God was considered. We all have it and we each must make the decision to lay it aside. Not only from ourselves toward others but to ourselves.
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* I obviously bought into the idea of the possibility of injury from the setup of my life so far and I want to release that, NOT ONLY in my initial complete forgiveness of the Christ but in my walking day to day in life as I interact with others. Sending the Holy Spirit before me is one way I do this. Keeping at least a small smile on my face helps, and giving thanks for all who cross my path are ways that I want to focus on to help implement this change of mind and heart.
* Then I need to trust what the Holy Spirit tells me about a person or situation and not subject myself to the laws of courtesy or anything besides His direction. Nice is the new “screw you” canopy because if you are silly enough to be drawn in by it they are going to take advantage of it and treat you from wherever their ego story has them. It is like thieves and panhandlers in days of old. Trust the Holy Spirit to direct you. Seriously. “Ego” is not nice whether it is in a stranger or not.
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⁵Then does illusion cease to have effects, and those it seemed to have will be undone. ⁶Then are you free, for freedom is your gift, and you can now receive the gift you gave.
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* People will try and tell you that you have not done this. They will say your ego is showing when you are committed to following the inner voice of the Holy Spirit but you want to give yourself the space and benefit of the doubt to see if that is what you are doing. I had this happen this week from a couple of directions and I had to look at myself closely. I need to trust what I have done and not second guess what the Holy Spirit has revealed to me because some “body” out there says “it ain’t so”.
* And trust me, be careful who you share this experience with, because the ego is tricky and it can be turned on you once more and you will feel as if you must be insane, even while you are accepting sanity through the witness of the Holy Spirit.
* Everything that is called a “safe space” is not necessarily so.
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2. Condemn and you are made a prisoner. ²Forgive and you are freed.
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* If you know that you can see an offense of the ego and still look beyond it and feel the love and connection that you have with all that is (including the one that the offense appeared to come from) and know inside that nothing could break that you can rest assured that you ARE whole and in the Atonement. You have forgiven and are freed as you have allowed them to be. **THIS IS HUGE. It describes the vision that the Holy Spirit gives once you accept the complete forgiveness of creation through the Atonement.
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³Such is the law that rules perception. ⁴It is not a law that knowledge understands, for freedom is a part of knowledge.
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* Perception then, has two steps; seeing the offense and looking beyond it to the connection and Love that we have with all that is through the Sonship of the Son of God. Knowledge on the other hand, stands in the witness of freedom by its very definition.
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⁵To condemn is thus impossible in truth.
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* To condemn is impossible in truth. Even if one sees injuries within the illusion, because of the witness of the Holy Spirit that they are not real.
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⁶What seems to be its influence and its effects have not occurred at all.
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* “What seems” tells us that we will see them and the knowledge given by the Holy Spirit that “its effects have not occurred at all” will bring us peace.
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⁷Yet must we deal with them a while as if they had.
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* We “deal with them a while as if they had” by seeing them.
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⁸Illusion makes illusion.
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* And it will, as long as any part of the Sonship is not ready to partake of the Atonement and be released from the illusion.
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⁹Except one. ¹⁰Forgiveness is illusion that is answer to the rest.
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* Forgiveness does not mean then, that we do not identify an injury or offense but that we “see through it” by means of forgiveness and the witness or vision of the Holy Spirit as described above.
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3. Forgiveness sweeps all other dreams away, and though it is itself a dream, it breeds no others.
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* And how sweet it is! And it is possible to “see” this through tears of the deepest grief or terror. Though others may NOT be able to see what you “see” from within. I have experienced this. Not in every horrific accounting that humanity can imagine but through enough to be able to say with assurance that this is so.
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²All illusions save this one must multiply a thousandfold. ³But this is where illusions end.
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* Is this not how forgiveness can save us 1000’s of years of suffering?
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⁴Forgiveness is the end of dreams, because it is a dream of waking.
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* The “dream of waking”: forgiveness. What beautiful imagery!
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⁵It is not itself the truth.
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* Forgiveness was not a creation of God so it cannot be truth but a correction necessary due to the confusion of the Son to correct an error. So, it comes from God’s inspiration but has “no reality in creation” because it came about due to an “impossible” error.
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⁶Yet does it point to where the truth must be, and gives direction with the certainty of God Himself.
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* Here is the beauty of the affirmation of God’s existence expressed! “… the certainty of God Himself.”
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⁷It is a dream in which the Son of God awakens to his Self and to his Father, knowing They are one.
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* Yes, TRUE forgiveness of the illusions within the dream gives us A WITNESS OF “ME” as the CHRIST and of MY FATHER, GOD. And OUR relationship as ONE MADE UP OF MANY within ONE WHOLE COMPLETE “MIND”.
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4. Forgiveness is the only road that leads out of disaster, past all suffering, and finally away from death.
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* Amen!
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²How could there be another way, when this one is the plan of God Himself?
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* God is REAL! (~ to deny him is to deny you which many do)
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³And why would you oppose it, quarrel with it, seek to find a thousand ways in which it must be wrong; a thousand other possibilities?
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* Because we are running away from our own guilt. We want to be sure that we, ourselves, are included in the complete forgiveness.
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5. Is it not wiser to be glad you hold the answer to your problems in your hand?
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* Not because YOU made the answer or release possible but because you may choose it from the Hand and Heart of God, Himself.
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²Is it not more intelligent to thank the One Who gives salvation, and accept His gift with gratitude?
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* This One is God. His gift is complete forgiveness not from HIM but from YOURSELF. In other words, you forgive you. God does not have any need to forgive what you could never have done except in a bad dream.
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³And is it not a kindness to yourself to hear His Voice and learn the simple lessons He would teach, instead of trying to dismiss His words, and substitute your own in place of His?
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* His Voice is the still small voice within known as the Holy Spirit. This is what becomes available to us as we forgive. Direction directly from God. Communion with God and through Him to all of the Sonship.
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6. His words will work. ²His words will save. ³His words contain all hope, all blessing and all joy that ever can be found upon this earth. ⁴His words are born in God, and come to you with Heaven’s love upon them.
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* This you can count on from the Holy Spirit.
* DO NOT think you can count on the fact that others will understand what you are saying from forgiveness nor hear you from the place of forgiveness themselves. More than likely, even those proclaiming great spirituality, such as those who have experienced wondrous things of the near-death experience may see you as ego and lay judgment on you, as well as labels, insisting that you get additional education from another “body” (person) even though you have found your True Northern guidance in God, Himself through the Holy Spirit. (Yep, been there, done that.)
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⁵Those who hear His words have heard the song of Heaven.
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* Beautiful!
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⁶For these are the words in which all merge as one at last.
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* One WORD, even the fullness of the Son of God as the last bit of confusion gives way to the complete forgiveness of the Atonement.
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⁷And as this one will fade away, the Word of God will come to take its place, for it will be remembered then and loved.
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* The Word of God is Christ, Himself. Each of us together as a Whole, united in the witness that God IS. And NOTHING outside of Him is real.
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7. This world has many seeming separate haunts where mercy has no meaning, and attack appears as justified.
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* Justification cannot be given as a reason to attack. (Even though “healthy boundaries” have been known to be called “attack” they are not.)
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²Yet all are one; a place where death is offered to God’s Son and to his Father.
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* The death of both can be heard in discussions of ACIM as the ego finds a way to take the message of Jesus and convince you that you are “NOT”, and neither is God.
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³You may think They have accepted.
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* You may think that God and His Son have accepted death.
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⁴But if you will look again upon the place where you beheld Their blood, you will perceive a miracle instead.
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* The miracle. The truth that neither God nor His Son can be destroyed because it is an impossibility. (The Holy Instant reveals this through the witness of the Holy Spirit.)
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⁵How foolish to believe that They could die! ⁶How foolish to believe you can attack! ⁷How mad to think that you could be condemned, and that the holy Son of God can die!
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* I would almost like to see capitals on each of these pronouns. “You” are a part of the Sonship of Christ. ~ Just in this reference because I think it really applies. (And not that I am suggesting a rewrite of anything. Just awareness for consideration.)
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8. The stillness of your Self remains unmoved, untouched by thoughts like these, and unaware of any condemnation which could need forgiveness.
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* This is the peace which we can have inside that has no rational reason to be there.
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²Dreams of any kind are strange and alien to the truth. ³And what but truth could have a Thought which builds a bridge to it that brings illusions to the other side?
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* So, we (the Thought) can build the bridge that takes the illusion to Heaven. Yay!
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9. Today we practice letting freedom come to make its home with you. ²The truth bestows these words upon your mind, that you may find the key to light and let the darkness end:
³Only my condemnation injures me.
⁴Only my own forgiveness sets me free.
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* 100% Correct!
* However, do not think that this takes the place of God! Nor see yourself or anyone else as savior. God is the one who deserves the praise because He is the one who gave you the bridge (and everything else). (**And I do not care if it says you are “savior” in another place in the Course! The reason for that was to allow Helen to feel comfortable with it OR to appease Kenneth’s new found wisdom on the teachings of Jesus and his insistence that there be a savior noted in what was also called the Christ.)
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⁵Do not forget today that there can be no form of suffering that fails to hide an unforgiving thought.
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* I am going to put a caveat on this statement and say that there is PTSpD. Post Traumatic Separation Disorder comes from being a part of the illusion as long as we are not all within the Atonement.
* Here, in PTSpD, there can be sorrow, grief, and any amount of emotion, however, it is also understood that what brings about the emotion IS NOT REAL. It in no way interferes with your joy, peace, and happiness that the complete forgiveness of the Atonement brings. Even though it can be temporarily difficult to manuever.
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⁶Nor can there be a form of pain forgiveness cannot heal.
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* Likewise, PTSpD is applicable here as well. And amen to the statement that forgiveness heals! Forgiveness needs to be applied like a balm or ointment over any form of distress because it is an impossibility, even though it can feel so real here.
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10. Accept the one illusion which proclaims there is no condemnation in God’s Son, and Heaven is remembered instantly; the world forgotten, all its weird beliefs forgotten with it, as the face of Christ appears unveiled at last in this one dream. ²This is the gift the Holy Spirit holds for you from God your Father. ³Let today be celebrated both on earth and in your holy home as well. ⁴Be kind to Both, as you forgive the trespasses you thought Them guilty of, and see your innocence shining upon you from the face of Christ.
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* Be kind to earth and your experience there and your holy home as well.
* In our holy home we thought that Christ, as a whole, had made this error of belief in separation from God and yet it was corrected as soon as it became a concrete thought. I do not think I need to explain the way we see errors here on earth. lol
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11. Now is there silence all around the world. ²Now is there stillness where before there was a frantic rush of thoughts that made no sense. ³Now is there tranquil light across the face of earth, made quiet in a dreamless sleep. ⁴And now the Word of God alone remains upon it. ⁵Only that can be perceived an instant longer.
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* I take “silence” to be a reflection on the lack of contention and strife rather than silence in our use of the word which means no speaking or form of expression.
* The Word of God in Jesus’ vernacular is Christ, the Son of God. It is God’s Word manifested not in any particular form but in expression. That we might see only Christ everywhere.
* There will be a time when all parts of the Sonship are aligned and that will have its own expression that is eternal creation.
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⁶Then are symbols done, and everything you ever thought you made completely vanished from the mind that God forever knows to be His only Son.
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* In another place in the Course around Chapter Eighteen, it says that what is removed is all that is unloving. And that what remains is Heaven. So I do not take this verbatim as if “everything” vanishes but “that which is false” vanishes and I understand this is a stickler of a situation for many Course students.
* Is it possible that with the original error of belief in separation from God that many time lines and dimensions have been thrown together and smashed into a linear construct so dense that it seems to require laws without number to maintain safe existence? Could this be why it is possible to be drawn to multiple lovers, for instance, whether you carry out the behavior or not, you know what I mean?
I believe that the “Heaven” includes all possibilities for any Loving thought or outcome and that we may visit all places at the same “time” etc. I think it is an intriguing thing to consider.
We are not our bodies and yet bodies seem to be a tool of experience here, yet it is only to communicate God’s Love to His Son. Hmm.
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12. There is no condemnation in him. ²He is perfect in his holiness. ³He needs no thoughts of mercy.
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* This does not mean that the Son (you) does not need His (your) Father, God.
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⁴Who could give him gifts when everything is his?
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⁵And who could dream of offering forgiveness to the Son of Sinlessness Itself, so like to Him Whose Son he is, that to behold the Son is to perceive no more, and only know the Father?
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⁶In this vision of the Son, so brief that not an instant stands between this single sight and timelessness itself, you see the vision of yourself, and then you disappear forever into God.
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* 5 and 6 do not seem to align with what I know about what Jesus teaches or what the Holy Spirit has taught me. I suspect it is the teaching of the Trinity as it was understood in the sixties which had Father, Son and Holy Spirit as one being as taught by the predominant denomination of Christianity at that time.
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13. Today we come still nearer to the end of everything that yet would stand between this vision and our sight. ²And we are glad that we have come this far, and recognize that He Who brought us here will not forsake us now. ³For He would give to us the gift that God has given us through Him today. ⁴Now is the time for your deliverance. ⁵The time has come. ⁶The time has come today.
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* “He Who brought us here” would be the Holy Spirit, sent with the gift of the witness of Christ that allows us to embrace the complete forgiveness of the Atonement.
* Again, this vision which is described in 5 and 6 of 12 I do not see as correct representation of Jesus’ teachings.
* The deliverance is from the blinders to God’s Love, not from our “being.”
* If we call it Christ’s Vision and not God’s we are placing a False-Savior in front of us once again and placing a barrier betweent the Love of God and Him Son.
*This is my understanding today.
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Thank you for sharing this discussion with me. Till next time, God bless, debi.

My Thoughts* within ACIM Review Lesson 176

This is where I understood humanity does not know Love, Love is of God alone.
You are either welcoming Him or not and no one else does this for you.

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God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
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* I may not understand Love but I can know that I am that.
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1. (161) Give me your blessing, holy Son of God.
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* Why would the holy Son of God give me a blessing unless He is speaking to my ego which He is not?!?
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* IT SHOULD BE STATED, “Give me your blessing, Almighty God.”
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* We have allowed God to be annihilated in the teaching of ACIM which means we have denied our own existence.
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²God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

* I will seek to express as God does by following the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
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2. (162) I am as God created me.
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* As a part of the Sonship that is the Son of God.
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²God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
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* God finds delight in me as I express His essence and that brings me joy.
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Thank you for reading, till next time, God bless, debi.

Universal Reading 17 July 2022 We Want to Let Go and Let God Come Through Us Individually and Collectively

This is how we obtain freedom and manifest our inherent right to create.

1. You can use the things you are learning to give different perspectives on old issues.

The Holy Ghost will inspire you in different ways at different times according to the multiple ideas generated in the world universally.

Let yourself slip into something different when you get in a funk and KNOW that the universe has your back.

The other day I had a meeting that did not go the way that I wanted it to. I felt misunderstood and as I drove around looking for a place that I never did find, I found a park and a large body of water with lots of green and walking paths and huge shade trees.

I knew it was Father reaching out to me and giving me a place to restore myself and be in the presence of Mother Earth with her nurturing capabilities.

We need this. Especially when we are being guided to take on a different path or “attitude” than we have had before.

Ever since I was a little girl I knew something was terribly wrong in the world and I had thought that I would find a way to express the answer and present it to the world.

Today, I am being shown that, like an alcoholic, you cannot convince anyone that they are on a path to suffering by their own choice until they have had enough suffering and are willing to give it up.

So that kind of takes away my need to tell the world anything. Because, well, they are not going to be able to hear.

However, I can recognize our connectedness and within my own mind visualize the world I would like to see that blesses all that is and have the faith that humanity will be able to grasp the idea and share it with one another.

2. You are not separate from anything in all of creation.

Bash others, you bash yourself. Lift others you lift yourself.

5. The dreary, hopeless thought that you can make attacks on others and escape yourself has nailed you to the cross.WL 196,5:1

My inner voice is telling me to stop fixing the world and just BE IT within myself. That does not sound like a bad idea really.

I do not have any dependents and my “sensibilities” are so messed up that communicating with the world is nearly impossible.

Yet, if I can change the energy of water by how I think, see Dr. Masaru Emoto, perhaps my desire to tell myself (which physically is mostly water) that all is well is a healthy thing.

I wrote a song recently and it stays with me for these moments. Perhaps it was the catalyst for this train of thought:

“If It Were Up To Me It Would Be Peace I’d See All Around the World”

6/6 time Happily. Repeat four times, the last time with emphasized confidence. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face and joy in your heart, imho.

It would be awesome as a round!!! 🙏💗🙏

2nd verse
“If it was up to me, why, we would all be free all around the world.”
3rd
“If it was up to me healthy water would be free all around the world.”
4th
“If it was up to me food would abundantly be all around the world”
5th
“If it was up to me healthy education would be free all around the world.”
6th
“If it was up to me energy resources would be free all around the world.”
7th
“If it was up to me preventative medicine would be all around the world.”

You get the idea.
It is up to me according to the teachings of Jesus. And I trust him while I worship God.

Another way I expressed it is to say what I would like to see:

1. If it was up to me, I’d pick peace every time.

2. I’d see it everywhere, what joy we all would share.

3. I’d never need to call a blue day real or remember sorrow at all.

4. If it was up to me I’d pick Heav’n over hell for you and you and you and me.

(I’d gladly see Heaven over hell.)

5. I’d sing it in the streets. I’d sing it joyously,

so all could see how happy it makes me.

6. I’d bring it along with me where ever I go

I could not believe in the gloomies, no no no

7. I would bring it and you would plainly see
Peace is deep inside each one of us
and mine belongs to me by God’s decree.

8. See, it’s up to me but only me

What I choose to see
That, my friend, is the power
My Creator gave to me.

So oh,

If it was up to me

If it was up to me

If it was up to me

Peace is what I would see.

3. The first mistake was the one of Christ thinking He had pulled away from God and become separate.

It is that thought of separation from God that invited fear and guilt. It is also known as “the fall” in Christian traditions.

This can be undone through the Atonement which is simply forgiving that error that ‘as a collective’ we had.

This allows us to see ourselves connected to all that is and to hear the still small voice that says that creation (which is “life”, regardless of form) has value and purpose and is to be enjoyed.

That Voice comes from a Loving Heavenly Father (the Creator). This is important because without this acknowledgment you lose sight of your own existence.

4. No one can be forced to accept healing of any kind. The only one you can truly heal is you.

You do not deliver anyone else. You do not even deliver yourself.

What you do is let go of untrue attitudes and ideas.

Then God steps in and picks you up like a loving Father with a toddler who is learning how to walk. I just love that imagery and I feel it is correct for who we are and for how we really DO NOT KNOW.

What we want to do is give God a chance to share with us the joy of being and then we will come to witness and appreciate the art of creating as we see the world transformed. ❤

Till next time, God bless, debi.

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My thoughts* on ACIM Lesson 197, Caution: triggers, right off the bat.

The teachings of Jesus must come through the interpretation of another’s mind.
Is it any wonder we have been confused?

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It can be but my gratitude I earn.
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* Earn is NOT the right word. Accept would be more correct. Earning is something that Christianity brings to the table and is not appropriate if the teachings of Jesus in the Course are correct. Even gain would be incorrect because it suggests something that is beyond what is already there. And the gratitude from God and the whole Sonship is already there in the perfection of God’s Love.
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1. Here is the second step we take to free your mind from the belief in outside force pitted against your own. ²You make attempts at kindness and forgiveness. ³Yet you turn them to attack again, unless you find external gratitude and lavish thanks. ⁴Your gifts must be received with honor, lest they be withdrawn. ⁵And so you think God’s gifts are loans at best; at worst, deceptions which would cheat you of defenses, to ensure that when He strikes He will not fail to kill.
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* Note here that Jesus is saying that God exists and it is an understanding of His ways that we want to find.
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2. How easily are God and guilt confused by those who know not what their thoughts can do. ²Deny your strength, and weakness must become salvation to you. ³See yourself as bound, and bars become your home. ⁴Nor will you leave the prison house, or claim your strength, until guilt and salvation are not seen as one, and freedom and salvation are perceived as joined, with strength beside them, to be sought and claimed, and found and fully recognized.
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* It may seem odd but he is stating here that the guilt we feel comes not from God’s judgment but from our own. (And our mistakes come from believing we are separate from God which is an impossibility.)
* “³See yourself as bound, and bars become your home.” In a world where narcissism and covert manipulations that give power hunger and power addiction free reign because of our courtesies that protect the attackers and subject the receivers to feeling guilty if they even for a moment consider themselves a victim, it is easy to feel imprisoned.
* Just like when Jesus was crucified he had the victory because he knew that none of that was real and that the psyche of Christ was confused and baffled about who it actually was.
* It is not a matter of seeing the circumstances of your life be corrected. It is a matter of knowing that they are NOT real and can have no LASTING effect on you in ANY way.
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3. The world must thank you when you offer it release from your illusions. ²Yet your thanks belong to you as well, for its release can only mirror yours. ³Your gratitude is all your gifts require, that they be a lasting offering of a thankful heart, released from hell forever. ⁴Is it this you would undo by taking back your gifts, because they were not honored? ⁵It is you who honor them and give them fitting thanks, for it is you who have received the gifts.
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* Do not expect the world to pat you on the back. More likely, it will attack you out of jealousy to protect the ego-costumes they wear. “How DARE you Love ME!” Is their war cry. Yet you will be guided by the Holy Spirit so trust the signs and trust your instincts and know that you are worthy because God said so and that MAKES it SO.
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4. It does not matter if another thinks your gifts unworthy. ²In his mind there is a part that joins with yours in thanking you. ³It does not matter if your gifts seem lost and ineffectual. ⁴They are received where they are given. ⁵In your gratitude are they accepted universally, and thankfully acknowledged by the Heart of God Himself. ⁶And would you take them back, when He has gratefully accepted them?
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* So the “gift is releasing the illusion and not accepting it as a truth. And somewhere in our psyche we each know that we are connected and that there is a God who Loves us.
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5. God blesses every gift you give to Him, and every gift is given Him, because it can be given only to yourself.
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* * I DO NOT like how this is worded because it makes it sound like you are God.
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²And what belongs to God must be His Own.
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* This, also, seems to carry with it the idea that you ARE God and that is not correct. However, the next sentence is crucial and is often overlooked!
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³Yet you will never realize His gifts are sure, eternal, changeless, limitless, forever giving out, extending love and adding to your never-ending joy while you forgive but to attack again.
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* BEAR IN MIND that the way to attack IS to FEEL IT NECESSARY to FORGIVE AGAIN. Meaning that if you do not forgive the Son of God completely and without reservation you have not forgiven Him, which would INCLUDE yourself AT ALL.
*This has nothing to do with calling out an abusive or neglectful situation and everything to do with ONCE and FOR ALWAYS forgiving the Son of God.
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6. Withdraw the gifts you give, and you will think that what is given you has been withdrawn.
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* The gift is forgiveness and every time you have to “forgive” somebody for something new or a new person, politic, or part of the Sonship you tell yourself that there is NO WAY that you could be WORTHY or FORGIVEN. Forgive; once and DONE and then follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit that says you and all that is IS worthy. Judgment of no sort has to enter your mind EVER again because the Holy Spirit will guide you.
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²But learn to let forgiveness take away the sins you think you see outside yourself, and you can never think the gifts of God are lent but for a little while, before He snatches them away again in death. ³For death will have no meaning for you then.
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* In connection with what the rest of the Course teaches this is misleading and shines the light on a truth that is IRRELEVANT in this circumstance. “learn to let forgiveness take away the sins you think you see outside yourself” It makes it sound as if you are the sole manifester of all that is, and that is not so. There are MANY in the Sonship. And while our thoughts can have a role in how we perceive there are other “mind-parts” of the Sonship that do not understand the error in the belief of separation as yet.
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7. And with the end of this belief is fear forever over.
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* Fear of vengeance from God or self but not from the ego mind while we get to live in the belief of suffering and death.
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²Thank your Self for this, for He is grateful only unto God, and He gives thanks for you unto Himself.
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* This is a convoluted statement that could easily be misconstrued to say that you are God. Somehow it seems to be suggesting to give thanks to Christ but here again, this is what I understand to be the teachings of Christianity and not of Jesus.
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³To everyone who lives will Christ yet come, for everyone must live and move in Him.
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* Here is that “Christian” idea when in fact Jesus taught that we are all the Christ along with all of creation. Yes, we live and move in Christ because we ARE Christ.
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⁴His Being in His Father is secure, because Their Will is One.
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* Their Will is One and it is our will with Heavenly Father’s where we are ALL secure because all error was just a mistake in the belief that the Son could be separate from the Father.
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⁵Their gratitude to all They have created has no end, for gratitude remains a part of love.
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* Absolutely correct but be careful NOT to read it as if they are separate from you in any way and note that gratitude as well as Love comes FIRST from God who is worthy of worship by His Son which is shown by gratitude.
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8. Thanks be to you, the holy Son of God. ²For as you were created, you contain all things within your Self. ³And you are still as God created you. ⁴Nor can you dim the light of your perfection.
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* True. As long as you recognize this includes all of creation.
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⁵In your heart the Heart of God is laid.
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* NOT IN ITS ENTIRETY because the HEART OF GOD encompasses all of creation beyond our imagination.
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⁶He holds you dear, because you are Himself.
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* NO! He holds you dear, because you are OF Himself. There is a BIG DIFFERENCE.
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⁷All gratitude belongs to you, because of what you are.
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* NO WAY! All gratitude belongs to God because of who He is as our FATHER! To one another as a part of ourself but gratitude belongs to God foremost and first. We show that gratitude to God by our kindness to others, the planet, and our own minds and thoughts.
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9. Give thanks as you receive it.
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* Yes, we receive thanks from God because He Loves us and created us.
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²Be you free of all ingratitude to anyone who makes your Self complete.
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* All of creation deserves our gratitude because it is all a part of THE SONSHIP of CHRIST.
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³And from this Self is no one left outside.
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* Self means CHRIST, the Sonship.
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⁴Give thanks for all the countless channels which extend this Self.
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* Amen.
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⁵All that you do is given unto Him.
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* Do NOT think of Christ as an entity OTHER than yourself. This is what brings about the idea of worshipping Christ which is not correct, we are to worship only God, the Father.
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⁶All that you think can only be His Thoughts, sharing with Him the holy Thoughts of God.
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* Yes, your thoughts are the thoughts of Christ as you are a part of the Sonship, and the Sonship ~as a whole and individually~ shares the Holy Thoughts of God. This gets a bit muddled because Thoughts are us as Souls which are the embodiment of Christ. I understand it as thoughts in general and accept the understanding that my thoughts are the thoughts of God; those things that create ideas without the thought of lack or comparison.
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⁷Earn now the gratitude you have denied yourself when you forgot the function God has given you.
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* EARN would be an inappropriate term here and would have only been permitted by Helen if she was confused and gaslit, maybe tired(?) because she knows there is no way the Son of God has to do anything to be whole in the Father. Embrace now or ACCEPT would have been more appropriate.
* So “we embrace and accept the gratitude that we denied ourselves” WHEN WE BELIEVED IN SEPARATION unless the “function” is creation and not forgiveness. It well could be creation which is the function God gave His Son at the beginning and which the Son turned away from by believing in separation. (In which case, it would be CORRECT as stated.)
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⁸But never think that He has ever ceased to offer thanks to you.
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* Should be to His Son or to you as His Son.
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* These lessons did not need to be so difficult to understand. But Jesus had told Helen that they were rushing forward because the dark (or confusing) energies of the world were speeding up. So we can know that much good came through this work, even if there was error to be found in it. That is important to understand about the flexibility that we need to have when considering our experiences, especially historically. Something was being taught for the good of Christ Consciousness.
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* This is my witness and understanding of this lesson today.
* I have no judgment on what was done or by whom I only wish to report how Jesus would have taught because my life depends on what is the truth as does yours and all the rest of creation.
* Till next time, God bless, debi.

My thoughts* on ACIM Lesson 196 Life Inside the Atonement is Different

God is recognized as the Supreme Being and Illusion is revealed.

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My thoughts* on ACIM Lesson 196, fewer comments in the first section, full lesson included.
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It can be but myself I crucify.
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1. When this is firmly understood and kept in full awareness, you will not attempt to harm yourself, nor make your body slave to vengeance. ²You will not attack yourself, and you will realize that to attack another is but to attack yourself. ³You will be free of the insane belief that to attack a brother saves yourself. ⁴And you will understand his safety is your own, and in his healing you are healed.
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2. 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. ²It may, in fact, appear to be a sign that punishment can never be escaped because the ego, under what it sees as threat, is quick to cite the truth to save its lies. ³Yet must it fail to understand the truth it uses thus. ⁴But you can learn to see these foolish applications, and deny the meaning they appear to have.
3. Thus do you also teach your mind that you are not an ego. ²For the ways in which the ego would distort the truth will not deceive you longer. ³You will not believe you are a body to be crucified. ⁴And you will see within today’s idea the light of resurrection, looking past all thoughts of crucifixion and of death, to thoughts of liberation and of life.
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4. Today’s idea is one step we take in leading us from bondage to the state of perfect freedom. ²Let us take this step today, that we may quickly go the way salvation shows us, taking every step in its appointed sequence, as the mind relinquishes its burdens one by one. ³It is not time we need for this. ⁴It is but willingness. ⁵For what would seem to need a thousand years can easily be done in just one instant by the grace of God.
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* “⁵For what would seem to need a thousand years can easily be done in just one instant by the grace of God.” We can count on this. The Holy Instant where one recognizes all of Creation as the Son that God created is that moment given to us by the Holy Spirit.
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5. The dreary, hopeless thought that you can make attacks on others and escape yourself has nailed you to the cross. ²Perhaps it seemed to be salvation. ³Yet it merely stood for the belief the fear of God is real. ⁴And what is that but hell? ⁵Who could believe his Father is his deadly enemy, separate from him, and waiting to destroy his life and blot him from the universe, without the fear of hell upon his heart?
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6. Such is the form of madness you believe, if you accept the fearful thought you can attack another and be free yourself. ²Until this form is changed, there is no hope. ³Until you see that this, at least, must be entirely impossible, how could there be escape? ⁴The fear of God is real to anyone who thinks this thought is true. ⁵And he will not perceive its foolishness, or even see that it is there, so that it would be possible to question it.
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7. 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. ²From there you can at least consider if you want to go along this painful path. ³Until this shift has been accomplished, you can not perceive that it is but your thoughts that bring you fear, and your deliverance depends on you.
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* The shift that needs to happen is to understand that it is not God that is going to punish you. It is yourself by accepting guilt for something that is impossible.
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8. Our next steps will be easy, if you take this one today. ²From there we go ahead quite rapidly. ³For once you understand it is impossible that you be hurt except by your own thoughts, the fear of God must disappear. ⁴You cannot then believe that fear is caused without. ⁵And God, Whom you had thought to banish, can be welcomed back within the holy mind He never left.
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* ³For once you understand it is impossible that you be hurt except by your own thoughts, the fear of God must disappear. ⁴You cannot then believe that fear is caused without. ⁵And God, Whom you had thought to banish, can be welcomed back within the holy mind He never left.
* This means that God is REAL. That only what HE CREATES is REAL and you accept that, thus, accepting Him.
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9. Salvation’s song can certainly be heard in the idea we practice for today. ²If it can but be you you crucify, you did not hurt the world, and need not fear its vengeance and pursuit. ³Nor need you hide in terror from the deadly fear of God projection hides behind. ⁴The thing you dread the most is your salvation. ⁵You are strong, and it is strength you want. ⁶And you are free, and glad of freedom. ⁷You have sought to be both weak and bound, because you feared your strength and freedom. ⁸Yet salvation lies in them.
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* It cannot be you that you crucify. I am so grateful for this because ~now walk with me here~ because each of us lives by the perceptions that we create in our own mind and God has Willed it so that you have complete rule over your own mind, you cannot truly harm another nor be harmed by another. This is because you and all of the Christ Sonship which is Creation is within the Mind and Will of God, the Father.
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10. There is an instant in which terror seems to grip your mind so wholly that escape appears quite hopeless. ²When you realize, once and for all, that it is you you fear, the mind perceives itself as split.
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* Okay, I am trying to get a grasp on this. Recently, I found myself in a state of being terrorized. I externalized it onto the Home Health person who thought I had no business being home on my own because I had no real help. Then her partner visited and caused real pain to grab my leg and cause me to yell which did not happen before that nor after.
* Is Jesus saying that I threw that out there into the cosmos and got this back because I expected to have difficulty with others? Maybe so.
* I know that I allowed the terror to grab ahold of me so much so that I am distrusting of everyone.
* I believe in their singular identity but my reaction to the first person started a chain reaction that I felt I could not stop and I still feel is valid in the ego-world. They were forgiven before the incident occurred but would it have manifested if I had not been set to terrorize myself?
* I am walking through this as best I can with the understanding that I have today. Basically, I am hearing the lesson say that I have accountability for how I perceive things. I also know that the lessons are to bring us to a place of full forgiveness of the Son of God and the ability to walk with the Holy Spirit. Thereafter, I walk according to the Holy Spirit’s guidance and be aware that I have much to learn and much that I will never know because there is so much I am not able to be aware of.
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³And this had been concealed while you believed attack could be directed outward, and returned from outside to within. ⁴It seemed to be an enemy outside you had to fear. ⁵And thus a god outside yourself became your mortal enemy; the source of fear.
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* Look at that, I do not believe that any longer. I do not fear God of any sort but I do have a healthy respect for the potential harm that an ego-gone-berzerk can do. God is not my enemy but humanity without a witness of God is. ~this is from my place in the Atonement which places me with God, as part of the Sonship of Christ, and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit who testifies of truth which is why I have joy, peace, and happiness in the midst of hell, quite frankly.
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11. 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. ²Yet in this instant is the time as well in which salvation comes. ³For fear of God has disappeared.
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* Salvation does come because the witness of the TRUTH despite all that appears contrary is REAL.
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⁴And you can call on Him to save you from illusions by His Love, calling Him Father and yourself His Son.
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* This happens through the Atonement as described above.
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⁵Pray that the instant may be soon,—today. ⁶Step back from fear, and make advance to love.
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* Here I would like to add clarification. “… make advance to acceptance of God’s Love.”
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* It is impossible for it to be “your” love not because you do not have “potential” realness (or are not an eternal creation yourself) but because a part of the Mind of Christ still feels outside of God and until the Whole does accept the Atonement we will be only able to reflect the truth through God. Once we all accept the truth we then will be the gods that our creations look to for affirmation of their innocence, purity, and reality.
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12. 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.
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* Eternally one Mind, the Son, IE the Thought of God goes unitedly into the truth.
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²When the fear of God is gone, there are no obstacles that still remain between you and the holy peace of God.
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* As I shared above you will have fear of the hallucinations of the Son of God but you will understand them to be unreal.
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³How kind and merciful is the idea we practice! ⁴Give it welcome, as you should, for it is your release. ⁵It is indeed but you your mind can try to crucify. ⁶Yet your redemption, too, will come from you.
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*God has no need to redeem you and Christ is who you are along with the whole Sonship.
* It will come to you through you because God IS. This is the ONLY sense in which Christ (you) is a redeemer because it is he who must release himself.
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*These are my understandings today. Thank you for taking a walk with me and bringing the Holy Spirit with you, till next time, God bless, debi.

We Have Been Gaslit By the Interpretations of One of Humanities Greatest Documents

It makes what happened in ancient times totally understandable.

But only through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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My thoughts* on ACIM Lesson 194 Caution; Definite Triggers
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I place the future in the Hands of God.
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* AMEN
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1. Today’s idea takes another step toward quick salvation, and a giant stride it is indeed! ²So great the distance is that it encompasses, it sets you down just short of Heaven, with the goal in sight and obstacles behind. ³Your foot has reached the lawns that welcome you to Heaven’s gate; the quiet place of peace, where you await with certainty the final step of God. ⁴How far are we progressing now from earth! ⁵How close are we approaching to our goal! ⁶How short the journey still to be pursued!
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* I want you to understand that I know that this place is reachable now. It is not in tomorrow or when this happens or that happens. It simply awaits your decision to accept the Atonement that Jesus calls you to. Heaven and peace await you whenever you are ready.
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2. Accept today’s idea, and you have passed all anxiety, all pits of hell, all blackness of depression, thoughts of sin, and devastation brought about by guilt. ²Accept today’s idea, and you have released the world from all imprisonment by loosening the heavy chains that locked the door to freedom on it. ³You are saved, and your salvation thus becomes the gift you give the world, because you have received.
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* Sounded good until number three where the acknowledgment that God received you and brought you unto Himself seems to have been omitted and instead YOU appear to be the salvation of the world, by receiving God into your bosom. A little grandiose if you ask me. And so it was when Jesus’ words were recorded in ancient times as well. God was set aside and CHRIST became SAVIOR which left humanity in his ego-state that Jesus had been able to overcome by stepping into the Atonement.
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3. In no one instant is depression felt, or pain experienced or loss perceived. ²In no one instant sorrow can be set upon a throne, and worshipped faithfully. ³In no one instant can one even die. ⁴And so each instant given unto God in passing, with the next one given Him already, is a time of your release from sadness, pain and even death itself.
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* Okay, here is God acknowledged. Yet, somehow superficially. You are still getting the CREDIT for bringing God into “your presence” in the holy instant and what needs to be understood is that God’s Presence MAKES the Holy Instant Possible and Real. It is when you look at all of Creation with the Eye(s) of God through the WITNESS of the Holy Spirit that you know yourself, God, and your brother.
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4. God holds your future as He holds your past and present. ²They are one to Him, and so they should be one to you.
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* Future, Past, and Present are One to God. And should be to us. This gives me a new meaning to the idea of NOW. Because all of it is in the Holy Instant and Seen through the Eye(s) of God by way of the Holy Spirit. I propose that this is how Jesus did his healing. By being in the place of the Holy Instant and knowing that the person he was inviting to join him there had the faith to do so at least for that moment.
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³Yet in this world, the temporal progression still seems real. ⁴And so you are not asked to understand the lack of sequence really found in time.
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* I propose that time mentioned here is not our linear time but may well be what we might experience within Heaven, in God’s Presence. After all, we are giving our Future into God’s Hands are we not? And this is not something that we must wait for until after we die. Heaven is accessible now.
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* We may not be asked to understand how Past, Present, and Future can all fit within the Holy Instant of NOW but we can be aware of it.
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⁵You are but asked to let the future go, and place it in God’s Hands. ⁶And you will see by your experience that you have laid the past and present in His Hands as well, because the past will punish you no more, and future dread will now be meaningless.
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5. Release the future. ²For the past is gone, and what is present, freed from its bequest of grief and misery, of pain and loss, becomes the instant in which time escapes the bondage of illusions where it runs its pitiless, inevitable course. ³Then is each instant which was slave to time transformed into a holy instant, when the light that was kept hidden in God’s Son is freed to bless the world. ⁴Now is he free, and all his glory shines upon a world made free with him, to share his holiness.
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* Here again, it starts out beautiful and then kicks Jesus’ personality and message right OUT of the picture! Jesus knows that it is NOT his glory that shines upon the world and that it is NOT his holiness that he shares but that God shares His Being with us. He states this in other places in the Course material. He knows that it is God’s Glory that shines on the world, which God’s Son is free through the Atonement to share with the world, so that it may be blessed. Now is the Son made free to share God’s Love and Holiness, as well as the Son’s witness of His own holiness through the Holy Spirit.
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6. 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. ²As it becomes a thought that rules your mind, a habit in your problem-solving repertoire, a way of quick reaction to temptation, you extend your learning to the world. ³And as you learn to see salvation in all things, so will the world perceive that it is saved.
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* You will have little trouble, in other words keeping the Holy Instant in mind if you understand that it offers Heaven on earth.
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* This: “²As it becomes a thought that rules your mind, a habit in your problem-solving repertoire, a way of quick reaction to temptation, you extend your learning to the world.” is how you become an example and a LIGHT. That shows the world that it IS saved by God in its perfection and innocence as He Wills it to be.
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7. What worry can beset the one who gives his future to the loving Hands of God? ²What can he suffer? ³What can cause him pain, or bring experience of loss to him? ⁴What can he fear? ⁵And what can he regard except with love? ⁶For he who has escaped all fear of future pain has found his way to present peace, and certainty of care the world can never threaten.
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* You will still be in the place of confusion as you interact with others because they will be viewing the world from the place of ego-perception and you will not be in charge or even necessarily aware of what they see. You will have the assistant of the Holy Spirit though who can see where they are coming from.
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⁷He is sure that his perception may be faulty, but will never lack correction. ⁸He is free to choose again when he has been deceived; to change his mind when he has made mistakes.
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* This is where others around him have not yet accepted the Atonement for Himself. There is the assurance that the Holy Spirit will be with him to offer the correction as he needs it. “FREE to choose to change his mind when he has made mistakes!” I love this!
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8. Place, then, your future in the Hands of God. ²For thus you call the memory of Him to come again, replacing all your thoughts of sin and evil with the truth of love.
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* Here is God glorified because the “memory of Him” is God. BUT “you calling the memory of Him to come again” places YOU in a position of GLORY that is INAPPROPRIATE in the Presence of the Creator. It can seem a subtle difference by the difference between taking the credit for God’s Presence or allowing His Presence to be revealed is significant in terms of the relationship that you want and have with god.
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³Think you the world could fail to gain thereby, and every living creature not respond with healed perception? ⁴Who entrusts himself to God has also placed the world within the Hands to which he has himself appealed for comfort and security. ⁵He lays aside the sick illusions of the world along with his, and offers peace to both.
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* Again, the words read as if the Son should be praised instead of the Father! What with YOUR “healed perception.” “Who entrusts HIMSELF to God…” “has ALSO placed the world within the Hands to which HE has HIMSELF appealed for comfort and security.” WHAT! You do not place anyone anywhere. You simply take your place in the Atonement with Jesus and encourage others to do the same. Again, HE (you) lays aside the sick illusions of the world along with his (yours) and offers peace to both. Bear in mind that you cannot force another to enter the Atonement or the Holy Instant with you and while you offer peace from that place healthy boundaries are appropriate.
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* What Jesus may have been saying was that “As you and your brother lay aside the sick illusions God offers HIS PEACE to both of you.” Which would mean both have entered the Atonement which would mean “9. Now are we saved indeed.”
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9. Now are we saved indeed. ²For in God’s Hands we rest untroubled, sure that only good can come to us. ³If we forget, we will be gently reassured. ⁴If we accept an unforgiving thought, it will be soon replaced by love’s reflection. ⁵And if we are tempted to attack, we will appeal to Him Who guards our rest to make the choice for us that leaves temptation far behind. ⁶No longer is the world our enemy, for we have chosen that we be its friend.
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* Because God provided a way for us to be saved from our cruel illusions. It is “IN GOD’s Hands that we rest, sure that only good can come to us.” IF God gets the GLORY. If we count on people to make that occur we will be lost and left out.
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* The Holy Spirit will remind us under whose protection we are.
If we have truly left the ego-manipulation of guilt behind and follow the Holy Spirit that says we are worthy and Loved.
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* The Him spoken of here is the Holy Spirit. I am gaining a greater appreciation for the ability of the Holy Spirit to literally work through me and my being IE, my “story” within the Universal Plan.
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* Jesus would NEVER call “the world friend”, his very definition of the term denies it because it belongs to those who deny God.
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I wanted this lesson to be correct as it was written. I really did. I wrote it out last night fully accepting, rather, manipulating the words into a positive. But I cannot deny what is happening. The gaslighting continues. The need to make you insane and think the opposite of truth is correct. The language appeals to us because we want to be able to “fix” things. But this IS THE ILLUSION. God must be given the reigns in the Mind of Christ. ONLY in this way will humanity find healing. Jesus would NEVER teach anything outside of this.

* Here, the EGO is being placed in a position of power and the relationship with God through the Holy Spirit is denied. The EGO has claimed the ability to take the Holy Instant and make the world its friend when the truth is Only God IS Good. The Holy Spirit is your friend and helps you walk through the confusion of the Mind of Christ with peace and joy because you have a witness from the Holy Spirit that God IS and that Creation is His Son.
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* Anything less than this denies both you and God.
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* It is enough to fry one’s brain! I understand this. I chose a path in this world that allowed me to have the training of not being allowed a sane thought and needing to rely on the Holy Spirit completely in my life. This is how I recognize what is going on and how I can speak in confidence about it. I do not seek to “convince” anyone. I know the truth and so does the Holy Spirit and He will share it with you if you will give God half a chance through the complete forgiveness found in the Atonement.
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Till next time, God bless, debi.

My thoughts* on ACIM Lesson 193, Caution: Possible Triggers

All things are lessons God would have me learn.

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* That means everything.
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1. God does not know of learning.
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* Because He has Knowledge. (Which He can give to you while you are still mortal.)
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²Yet His Will extends to what He does not understand, in that He wills the happiness His Son inherited of Him be undisturbed; eternal and forever gaining scope, eternally expanding in the joy of full creation, and eternally open and wholly limitless in Him.
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* Think of a little child.
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* Note the “eternally expanding” which confuses me because Jesus “said” in the previous lesson that creation is completed. Is this a convoluted eternal principle or evidence of misinformation (intended or otherwise)? This idea of “eternally expanding in the joy of full creation, and eternally open and wholly limitless in Him (God)” seems more in line with who I know God to be.
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³That is His Will. ⁴And thus His Will provides the means to guarantee that it is done.
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* The repetition in this reference (1:1-3) is similar to what I recognize as the way Jesus speaks of important issues.
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2. God sees no contradictions. ²Yet His Son believes he sees them.
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* There are no polarities, no opposites, no NEED for contrast except in the fear-based mind of the Son of God.
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³Thus he has a need for One Who can correct his erring sight, and give him vision that will lead him back to where perception ceases.
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* This One is the Holy Spirit, the Voice Within. “…where perception ceases.” and knowledge of God Resides? That has been my experience. And as such I become as a little child with fresh eyes for everything, listening and watching for the Holy Spirit’s interpretation of all things.
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⁴God does not perceive at all. ⁵Yet it is He Who gives the means by which perception is made true and beautiful enough to let the light of Heaven shine upon it. ⁶It is He Who answers what His Son would contradict, and keeps his sinlessness forever safe.
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* God steps in and covers for us. And people who call themselves students of the Course can say that they are God and that there is no God except for themselves? Is God psychotic and only seeing an invisible Son? I do not think so and my walk in this “life” has not led me to that conclusion.
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3. These are the lessons God would have you learn.
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* There is not anything in this Course that teaches non-duality except for interpretations of Kenneth Wapnick and his devoted students. I am tempted to say, “worshippers” or disciples.” Not unlike what was done to Jesus of Nazareth. They do not realize that they put the reputation and influence of a mortal before God and claim him an “enlightened being, who knew the Course inside and out the moment he picked it up”. There is something wrong with this picture and do not read further if you do not want to hear me discuss it.
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²His Will reflects them all, and they reflect His loving kindness to the Son He loves.
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* God’s Will gives God’s Son the essence of loving kindness through the witness of God’s Love for the Son and nothing else constitutes love here in the physical world or anywhere else.
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³Each lesson has a central thought, the same in all of them. ⁴The form alone is changed, with different circumstances and events; with different characters and different themes, apparent but not real. ⁵They are the same in fundamental content. ⁶It is this: ⁷Forgive, and you will see this differently.
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* That message or lesson that God has given to us in each circumstance has been manipulated by the ego so that it is YOU that has the power to forgive instead of it being YOUR ALLOWANCE of letting the Holy Spirit SHOW YOU that there could be NOTHING TO FORGIVE because GOD IS.
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* Today we think we can pat ourselves on the back, say that “we have forgiven everything because of our personal magnificence” and claim Divinity of our Own Accord. Which many students ERRONEOUSLY have.
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* I DO NOT for a moment believe that was the intention of A Course In Miracles.
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4. Certain it is that all distress does not appear to be but unforgiveness. ²Yet that is the content underneath the form.
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* And this is NOT accepted without piety, without the witness of the Holy Spirit and acknowledging that the witness inside you came from someplace other than yourself. IN THIS (the witness of the Holy Spirit) do you KNOW that God exists.
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* This kind of verbiage is what causes me to think Helen was being gaslit and bullied so that she became confused and allowed this misleading wording to be in the Course. There is story after story to be found of how smooth KW demeanor was and how he cajoled people out of their disagreements with him. Definition: persuade (someone) to do something by sustained coaxing or flattery:”he hoped to cajole her into selling the house”
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* And William Thetford said “I am a body. It is sickly, get me to the doctor quickly.” That was not simply a pun as it has been described, it was the man’s life because he had a heart condition. He would have been easy to bully. Then add to this his being gay and this would give another form of attack and manipulation and the conflict between Ken and Bill are well known by those who knew them.
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³It is this sameness which makes learning sure, because the lesson is so simple that it cannot be rejected in the end.
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* The sameness “that is the content underneath the form” is that CREATION is the Son of God. And was CREATED by God. The Son has the ability to create but in misusing it has only manifested a false world of confusion and pain which the Father corrects because God knows the truth that His Son has forgotten or denied and that is that HE IS EXACTLY LIKE HIS FATHER. Exactly like is NOT the same thing as BEING the Father.
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⁴No one can hide forever from a truth so very obvious that it appears in countless forms, and yet is recognized as easily in all of them, if one but wants to see the simple lesson there.
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* The only reason forgiveness works IS BECAUSE GOD IS. This significant concept was removed and was attempted to be removed from the Course entirely.
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5. Forgive, and you will see this differently.
²These are the words the Holy Spirit speaks in all your tribulations, all your pain, all suffering regardless of its form.
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* The Holy Spirit is the Voice of God and does not come from you. (It is not your conscience. That is more parents, teachers, etc. and Jesus has a part in there too if I remember correctly in the Urtext toward the end but I am not certain. You want to get the conscience to be your Higher Self choosing to listen to the Holy Spirit. And you will know Him because He testifies you are loved and not guilty.)
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³These are the words with which temptation ends, and guilt, abandoned, is revered no more.
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* Guilt leaves only because GOD IS. You DO NOT have the power to forgive yourself or anyone else. Only the witness of God by the Power and Voice of the Holy Spirit are you able to forgive.
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⁴These are the words which end the dream of sin, and rid the mind of fear. ⁵These are the words by which salvation comes to all the world.
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* ONLY if God is included in the equation.
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6. 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?
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* If you say them without acknowledging God the words are hollow and have no eternal reality. Though it may alter your experience with the world AND how you think about yourself here.
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²Shall we not learn to say these words when we have understood their power to release all minds from bondage?
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* This breaks my heart to think of how many people have accepted this teaching and denied God in the process. And it IRKS me to think I fell for some of the concepts that came with that false teaching but I know in my heart that God IS and that this is a confusing place we have manifested where we think we are grown up enough to think for ourselves when really, we don’t have to do all that thinking if we only understand that God Loves us NOT UNCONDITIONALLY but because God knows who we ARE. We ARE HIS, we are made of HIM and our delusions of insanity and depravity are not real.
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³These are words which give you power over all events that seem to have been given power over you.
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* IF you understand what makes them real. If you understand that it is not possible for you to not be what your Father in Heaven IS you will not only have apparent power here in the world (This is not only like using Nuero Linguistic Programming, NLP). If you understand that God IS, HE LITERALLY takes you unto Himself and His Love shines into the world of confusion because you are there and have brought Heaven to earth.
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⁴You see them rightly when you hold these words in full awareness, and do not forget these words apply to everything you see or any brother looks upon amiss.
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* Yes, ALL of the Sonship must be included in the forgiveness because God made ALL of creation which IS HIS SON.
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7. How can you tell when you are seeing wrong, or someone else is failing to perceive the lesson he should learn?
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* “Or if someone else is failing to perceive the lesson he should learn?” Is that not judging someone? The language just does not appear to be that of Jesus.
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* This is not something that needs to go on and off like a switch. If you know that God IS and that we all together are His Son who got confused about who we are it can be forgiven and when you do have challenges here or feel any sort of pain you understand that it is not real, not lasting and you rest in that surety that comes from the Holy Spirit because you know that God IS by the Holy Spirit’s Witness.
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²Does pain seem real in the perception?
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³If it does, be sure the lesson is not learned.
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⁴And there remains an unforgiveness hiding in the mind that sees the pain through eyes the mind directs.
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* If this is not a good way to gaslight someone I do not know what is. Emperor go get your clothes on! If you are in pain you are WRONG. How that must have been held over Bill’s head. He was a sensitive man, and so was Helen, especially to the needs of others. If ANYONE claimed ANY discomfort about anything THIS PASSAGE alone would stop them in their tracks and stops people in chats etc. What a PERFECT place for the EGO to HIDE. Right in the middle of the teachings of Jesus! Why not, it makes perfect sense.
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* And we will even bring God into the picture now that we have affirmed that you alone have the power because you use the words “I forgive.”
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8. God would not have you suffer thus.
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* You, a part of the Son of God.
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²He would help you forgive yourself.
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* God would help you by sending the Holy Spirit to testify of your place in the Sonship.
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³His Son does not remember who he is.
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* You do not remember who you are as part of the Sonship that is Christ.
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⁴And God would have him not forget His Love, and all the gifts His Love brings with it.
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* And God would not have you forget your Father’s Love, and all the gifts His Love brings with it.
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⁵Would you now renounce your own salvation?
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* Yes, if you do not acknowledge 1 God, 2 Christ, and 3 your part in the Sonship that is Christ.
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⁶Would you fail to learn the simple lessons Heaven’s Teacher sets before you, that all pain may disappear and God may be remembered by His Son?
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* Heaven’s Teacher is the Holy Spirit. Pain becomes understandable, it does NOT disappear. You are part of the Sonship that is Christ if you remember that there is DUALITY in the Father and the Son, otherwise, you are simply EGO willing to worship idols as we have seen in the ancient “church”, currently, as we follow “prophets” or “enlightened ones” instead of the Holy Spirit, and in the founding “Idols” of ACIM.
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This has powerful paradigm-shifting potential. Please read it through once without judgment then go through it again. Misleading remarks are not seen when “we do not want to see them.” It has taken me ten years of reviewing this material to know that I cannot excuse or turn away from what occurred here and what is happening to the teachings of Jesus once again.
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9. All things are lessons God would have you learn.
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* Okay.
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²He would not leave an unforgiving thought without correction, nor one thorn or nail to hurt His holy Son in any way.
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* So just forgive Christ as a Whole and then be directed by the Holy Spirit. Why say it so convoluted? What I am saying is that these words make it sound as if we must search for every scrap of suffering and that is not so. It is the “idea” that Christ could think He could be separated from God that brought on each of the thorns that we have felt since time began.
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³He would ensure his holy rest remain untroubled and serene, without a care, in an eternal home which cares for him.
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* Would a loving parent do otherwise?
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⁴And He would have all tears be wiped away, with none remaining yet unshed, and none but waiting their appointed time to fall.
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* “…and none but waiting their appointed time to fall.” WHAT? Jesus talks in parables. Not in nonsense. God does not allow tears to fall for no reason.
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⁵For God has willed that laughter should replace each one, and that His Son be free again.
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* Is someone trying to say that God allows the tears of the Son so that laughter replaces them? Nonsense! This is stealing Bill’s signature sign of affection in people’s hearts and claiming it for Ken’s own. That is a sign of a narcissistic man and this would not be the only example of this in the history of the Course, so if this was not what Ken did here he did it in other ways.
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* Power addiction is different than power hunger in my understanding. Power hunger picks a select person, task, organization, or theme even a theory, belief, and rules over it. Power addiction claims godhood over the entire world and ANYONE or ANYTHING that does not fit within their paradigm is simply made of no value and excluded. Their attributes will be claimed as the power-addicted person’s own; it is like identity theft. The rest of the person is excluded from their life. In the mind of the power-addicted, they are in the right.
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* It can even bring death to the other if they are close to them because the person will give up their life before calling out the narcissist. I have watched it happen on more than one occasion. I claim that Kenneth Wapnick did this to Helen and Bill.
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* Let me remind you that I am to see these things in great part because I have accepted the complete forgiveness that the Holy Spirit has offered me through the Atonement and I do not seek revenge or destruction of anyone in any way. Nor do I seek that with KW or his followers or the ones who misrepresented Jesus’ teachings throughout time, anciently or otherwise. I seek only clarity.
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10. We will attempt today to overcome a thousand seeming obstacles to peace in just one day.
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* This is truly doable if you understand what Jesus was teaching.
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²Let mercy come to you more quickly.
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* You have to be willing to believe it is possible. And it does require trust in God.
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³Do not try to hold it off another day, another minute or another instant.
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* Amen.
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⁴Time was made for this.
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* Time was NOT made for this!! Time was made as a means for the Son of God to torture Himself. God has allowed a way out of Time, NOW! Prepared from before time began.
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⁵Use it today for what its purpose is.
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* God did not create time for forgiveness. He only provided a way out of Time and it does not take ANY Time to exit it. It only takes a Willingness to receive God back into your life by forgiving yourself and knowing your value as a part of the Son of God.
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⁶Morning and night, devote what time you can to serve its proper aim, and do not let the time be less than meets your deepest need.
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* Like you would have the ability to understand what your deepest need is. That is not realistic.
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11. Give all you can, and give a little more.
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* Remember the idea that you need do nothing to be a child of God. This rings of asking the Son of God to give all His Very Essence away. There is no giving that need be done. There is only awareness that God IS and nothing could be real that is outside of God. I can feel the wrangling that must have gone on in Helen and Bill’s minds over this. I suspect it was not them that had issues it was not being able to identify the narcissist in their midst that caused the irritations for they had agreed to work together and there were improvements seen in the facility that they worked in because of it. And they did keep in touch daily even though they were far apart.
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²For now we would arise in haste and go unto our Father’s house.
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* There is no need to “arise in haste”. And we do not go to our “Father’s house”, GOD, HIMSELF takes the last step.
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³We have been gone too long, and we would linger here no more.
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* These kind of words echo of Biblical texts written by those who saw the benefit of using Jesus’ words to manipulate the masses.
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⁴And as we practice, let us think about all things we saved to settle by ourselves, and kept apart from healing.
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* A rather sly way to impose guilt and if you complain you “obviously” have not done the work correctly.
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⁵Let us give them all to Him Who knows the way to look upon them so that they will disappear.
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* You cannot take any singular part of the Mind of Christ and consider it a cleansing of the Christ as a Whole. He must be released by each part of His Mind as a WHOLE or the work is not relevant because any other part of the Mind (person, event, an act of nature, etc.) would throw it off, THIS is the DUALITY FACTOR that MUST be AVOIDED. We must forgive the Son as a Whole because that is how God sees Him and it is God whose release through Forgiveness must be for the Whole Sonship “or it is just an ego game.”
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⁶Truth is His message; truth His teaching is.
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* Whose message? This seems odd here.
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⁷His are the lessons God would have us learn.
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* Whose lessons? There are no lessons we are to learn at all. We are simply to release the belief in separation from God and recognize the little children that we are and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps forgiveness is being presented in this way.
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12. 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.
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* This makes me ill. Complete forgiveness of the Whole Son of God once and for ALL is the only forgiveness that has any credibility before God. True forgiveness was not revealed here except ever so sketchily.
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²And try to give it application to the happenings the hour brought, so that the next one is free of the one before.
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* This behavior or mind exercise puts you in charge and makes you the superhero over time by removing all that is occurring including your witness of a relationship with God. This took KW out of the world in a way that even being a silent monk never could and he knew it. It takes God out of the picture and makes Him irrelevant.
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³The chains of time are easily unloosened in this way.
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* It is untrue to suggest what must be done in ONE gesture must be attempted over and over again.
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⁴Let no one hour cast its shadow on the one that follows, and when that one goes, let everything that happened in its course go with it.
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* You do this once you enter the Atonement. This is not an exercise in non-existence it is a reuniting with God by acknowledging His Son. You simply erase your existence along with everyone else’s and God’s as well. No wonder the message of the Atonement has NOT been heard.
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⁵Thus will you remain unbound, in peace eternal in the world of time.
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* NO, removal of existence is not the manner by which one finds peace. It is through the knowledge that God IS. This I have found in the sphere of the flesh. But that does not put me without passions or incapable of making a mistake or “spilling the milk.”
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13. 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.
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* “…that lets you be another step IN GOD.” The salvation of the world is simply something that you recognize from your place within the Atonement. THAT makes THIS statement entirely false and MISLEADING. There are no steps to take. It is simply letting go of what placed the wall between the Son and the Truth of His Father’s Love.
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²To all that speaks of terror, answer thus: ³I will forgive, and this will disappear.
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* To all that speaks of terror, answer this: I know that God IS and nothing outside of God’s Will can affect His Son. IT IS NOT YOUR ABILITY TO FORGIVE THAT MAKES TERROR DISAPPEAR. It is the fact that GOD IS.
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⁴To every apprehension, every care and every form of suffering, repeat these selfsame words.
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* To all that speaks of terror, answer this: I know that God IS and nothing outside of God’s Will can affect His Son.
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⁵And then you hold the key that opens Heaven’s gate, and brings the Love of God the Father down to earth at last, to raise it up to Heaven.
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* You will ALREADY be there and you will walk in it in all you say and do. Because God IS, not because you have done some grandiose thing! You do not raise anything to Heaven. You bear witness that Heaven is here because God IS.
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⁶God will take this final step Himself.
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* He will already have done so. There is no need to wait for God. He is HERE NOW.
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⁷Do not deny the little steps He asks you take to Him.
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* Do not delay your acceptance of the complete forgiveness of Christ within the Atonement and witness God’s Presence HERE and NOW.
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Thank you for sharing this time with me and the Holy Spirit, till next time, God bless, ICN, amen.

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