I Give The Miracles I Have Received

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No one can give what he has not received. To give a thing requires first you have it in your own possession. Here the laws of Heaven and the world agree. But here they also separate. The world believes that to possess a thing, it must be kept. Salvation teaches otherwise. To give is how to recognize you have received. It is the proof that what you have is yours.

A Course In Miracles  always leads you to the experience that truth is exactly the opposite of what you believe it is. You are shown the law of cause and effect, that there is nothing outside of you, that to give and to receive are one. The experience is required, otherwise it’s just words: beautiful words, reasonable words, but empty.

You understand that you are healed when you give healing. You accept forgiveness as accomplished in yourself when you forgive. You recognize your brother as yourself, and thus do you perceive that you are whole. There is no miracle you cannot give, for all are given you. Receive them now by opening the storehouse of your mind where they are laid, and giving them away.

The storehouse of your mind… reading this sentence, your mind opens up to infinite possibilities. Is there really a place in your mind filled with the gifts of God? Indeed there is. But until you become aware of this storehouse, it remains unused, and you will be unaware of all the gifts that are available to you right here and now. How do you recognize this storehouse? By giving the gifts away, certainly not by holding on and tightly guarding them, afraid to lose them. This is the key: you have to give them away in order to know that you have them.

Christ’s vision is a miracle. It comes from far beyond itself, for it reflects Eternal Love and the rebirth of love which never dies, but has been kept obscure. Christ’s vision pictures Heaven, for it sees a world so like to Heaven that what God created perfect can be mirrored there. The darkened glass the world presents can show but twisted images in broken parts. The real world pictures Heaven’s innocence.

Christ’s vision is the miracle in which all miracles are born. It is their source, remaining with each miracle you give, and yet remaining yours. It is the bond by which the giver and receiver are united in extension here on earth, as they are one in Heaven. Christ beholds no sin in anyone. And in His sight the sinless are as one. Their holiness was given by His Father and Himself.

Christ’s vision is the bridge between the worlds. And in its power can you safely trust to carry you from this world into one made holy by forgiveness. Things which seem quite solid here are merely shadows there; transparent, faintly seen, at times forgot, and never able to obscure the light that shines beyond them. Holiness has been restored to vision, and the blind can see.

This is available to you, right here and right now. Just for a moment, lay aside all you think you know and value. Clear your mind of everything, all worry about past and future events. Being in this moment, now, is beyond time altogether. Now has nothing to do with time. Here has nothing to do with space. Be still, just for an instant, and allow God’s gifts to reveal themselves to you.

This is the Holy Spirit’s single gift; the treasure house to which you can appeal with perfect certainty for all the things that can contribute to your happiness. All are laid here already. All can be received but for the asking. Here the door is never locked, and no one is denied his least request or his most urgent need. There is no sickness not already healed, no lack unsatisfied, no need unmet within this golden treasury of Christ.

A storehouse filled with treasures that are true. They are eternal and have always been there, and now you finally become aware of them. How can you feel poor with such treasures given you? How can you be concerned when you recognize all you have been given? There is an experience available to you that has nothing to do with the world you see. And it is all contained in you.

Take from His storehouse, that its treasures may increase. His lilies do not leave their home when they are carried back into the world. Their roots remain. They do not leave their source, but carry its beneficence with them, and turn the world into a garden like the one they came from, and to which they go again with added fragrance. Now are they twice blessed. The messages they brought from Christ have been delivered, and returned to them. And they return them gladly unto Him.

Beyond the laws of the world you see, there is a certainty that is of God. His gifts increase as they are given away, because their roots are of Him and will not falter and cannot die. The experience of the truth of this is available to you, by the simple act of giving what you have been given. Practice this today. Start giving. Beyond all material things there are gifts which are eternal. Let it be revealed to you what you can give, then trust in giving it away. You cannot lose by giving.

Behold the store of miracles set out for you to give. Are you not worth the gift, when God appointed it be given you? Judge not God’s Son, but follow in the way He has established. Christ has dreamed the dream of a forgiven world. It is His gift, whereby a sweet transition can be made from death to life; from hopelessness to hope. Let us an instant dream with Him. His dream awakens us to truth. His vision gives the means for a return to our unlost and everlasting sanctity in God.

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God Is But Love, And Therefore So Am I

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

(159) I give the miracles I have received.

 God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

 (160) I am at home. Fear is the stranger here.

 God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

Today’s lesson reminds you of your true inheritance. God is Love, and because He is Love, so are you. Why? Because you were created in His likeness. Look at it for a moment. Let it sink in. Because when you focus only on this, all else disappears. Where are grievances when you remember the Love that you are? Where are problems and worries when you are in that remembrance? Illusions simply disappears in the nothingness that they are, and only truth remains. In this remembering are all things taken care of. Because when you change your mind, everything changes.

This is, obviously, an experience. It can’t be explained, nor need it be, and it certainly can’t be understood by the conceptual mind. A Course In Miracles can only offer you as much as you are willing to give to it. Practice the lesson only here and there, and you will have scattered experiences here and there. But give everything to it, and you will receive everything. Giving and receiving are indeed the same.

No one can give what he has not received. To give a thing requires first you have it in your own possession. Here the laws of Heaven and the world agree. But here they also separate. The world believes that to possess a thing, it must be kept. Salvation teaches otherwise. To give is how to recognize you have received. It is the proof that what you have is yours.

Give yourself away today. Remember the Love that you are, let the memory sink into you, and give it away. You don’t have to know how to do it, you simply ask and it is shown you. There is a Guide who walks with you and Who is waiting for your asking. Ask today. Don’t think you know already, let it be revealed to you. Love is total and it is yours to receive today.

In Quiet I Receive God’s Word Today

Let this day be a day of stillness and of quiet listening. Your Father wills you hear His Word today. He calls to you from deep within your mind where He abides. Hear Him today. No peace is possible until His Word is heard around the world; until your mind, in quiet listening, accepts the message that the world must hear to usher in the quiet time of peace.

The instructions for today are pretty simple: be still and listen in quiet. In this complicated world, in your complicated thinking, you very quickly overlook the obvious. As you look around you, you may notice how everything in this world is about fast pace, constant distractions and lots of noise. Your cellphone is never far away, constantly updated, ringing every moment for a new call or a new message. You are not even surprised anymore when you see two people dining and they are both on their phones. Distraction is the norm. Anything but being right here and right now, completely present and listening.

There is something amazing that happens when you go inward, when you start to honestly look at your thoughts, your feelings, your beliefs. No distractions, just you in your own mind. It is your most fearful place, the one you try to avoid at all costs, even unto death. Looking directly at the problem, your belief that you are separated from God and from everything around you, you will experience that it has already been solved. But until you look directly at it, you will try to solve bits and pieces that you believe are the problem, but never going to the root of it. The problem is you. The answer is in you. And you can experience it now.

In stillness we will hear God’s Voice today without intrusion of our petty thoughts, without our personal desires, and without all judgment of His holy Word. We will not judge ourselves today, for what we are can not be judged. We stand apart from all the judgments which the world has laid upon the Son of God. It knows him not. Today we will not listen to the world, but wait in silence for the Word of God.

You still your mind and listen in quiet. And you hear God’s Voice. It’s an amazing experience, so simple and easily received. This is only the beginning. Giving and receiving are the same. You have to give away what you have received, or you will forget again.

Hear, holy Son of God, your Father speak. His Voice would give to you His holy Word, to spread across the world the tidings of salvation and the holy time of peace. We gather at the throne of God today, the quiet place within the mind where He abides forever, in the holiness that He created and will never leave.

How do you spread the Word of salvation? By being it. By extending it every moment through the action that comes from the Thought of God. It is easy when you come from the place of stillness. It is effortless when you let go of your ideas of what you think spreading the Word is, but simply listen and learn and do.

Today He speaks to you. His Voice awaits your silence, for His Word can not be heard until your mind is quiet for a while, and meaningless desires have been stilled. Await His Word in quiet. There is peace within you to be called upon today, to help make ready your most holy mind to hear the Voice for its Creator speak.

Try it today. Be still and listen in quiet. It is completely worth your while. Thousands of years are shortened as you listen, and somewhere someone joins with you in the stillness and remembers: there is a God. You may not be aware of the gift you give when you listen, but you can trust that when you receive the Word of God it is received for all.

Truth Will Correct All Errors In My Mind

(107) Truth will correct all errors in my mind.

I am mistaken when I think I can be hurt in any way. I am God’s Son, whose Self rests safely in the Mind of God.

(108) To give and to receive are one in truth.

I will forgive all things today, that I may learn how to accept the truth in me, and come to recognize my sinlessness.

Doing the lesson this morning, I was struck by the last sentence in the review.

I will forgive all things today, that I may learn how to accept the truth in me, and come to recognize my sinlessness.

There are two I‘s in that sentence, one me and one my. I am sure there is a song in there somewhere, but the recognition is really that this is only about what is happening in my mind. This is not about things ‘out there’, it is about the action of my mind. I will forgive. I may learn how to accept the truth in me. I come to recognize my sinlessness. This is truly the singularity of what A Course In Miracles offers. It is always only about your thoughts, your beliefs, your judgments in your own mind. And the recognition that your salvation lies in your forgiveness.

Forgiveness recognizes what you thought your brother did to you has not occurred. It does not pardon sins and make them real. It sees there was no sin. And in this view are all your sins forgiven.

Again, forgiveness recognizes that what you are holding on to has not occurred. And this way your sins are forgiven. To give and to receive are one in truth. What you are holding on to is binding you to pain and misery and death. When you are in a grievance, you are dead. All energy and life is sucked from you in your attempt to hold on to something on which we can at least agree that it is over and gone. Finally you recognize that wanting to be right about your grievance is simply too painful. And so you are willing to consider letting it go, remembering the lesson for today.

I am mistaken when I think I can be hurt in any way. I am God’s Son, whose Self rests safely in the Mind of God.

I could see peace instead of this

Great lesson for today. Practice it and feel it working in you.

Peace of mind is clearly an internal matter. It must begin with your own thoughts, and then extend outward. It is from your peace of mind that a peaceful perception of the world arises.

Whatever thought arises in you, you can use it for the lesson.

I could see peace instead of this.

I could see peace in this situation instead of what I now see in it.

I can replace my feelings of depression, anxiety or worry [or my thoughts about this situation, personality or event] with peace.

These lessons do work. Jesus says in the Urtext, ‘Ask me first.’ Before you do anything, you just check in with Jesus, He is with you always. Applying the lesson is the same thing. Before you respond to anything, repeat the lesson. Before you undertake any action, repeat the lesson. You know now not to count on anything that you have taught yourself, because you have taught yourself badly. Your good intentions avail you nothing, your good ideas bind you to the world you see. It is enough to know that this world has no reality, it is a reflection of your mind and you see in it what you want to see. The only good advice you can give your brother is to do the lesson for today, to direct him towards the peace of God that is inside him. Because by reminding him you are reminding yourself.

I could see peace instead of this.

Today I learn the law of love; that what I give my brother is my gift to me

This is Your law, my Father, not my own. I have not understood what giving means, and thought to save what I desired for myself alone. And as I looked upon the treasure that I thought I had, I found an empty place where nothing ever was or is or will be. Who can share a dream? And what can an illusion offer me? Yet he whom I forgive will give me gifts beyond the worth of anything on earth. Let my forgiven brothers fill my store with Heaven’s treasures, which alone are real. Thus is the law of love fulfilled. And thus Your Son arises and returns to You.

How near we are to one another, as we go to God How near is He to us. How close the ending of the dream of sin, and the redemption of the Son of God.

It’s really an eye-opening experience when you recognize that everything you do, every thought you have, affects everyone and everything. That all things are connected and are one. There is no such thing as a private thought, there is no such thing as you apart from everything else, there is no such thing as you wandering alone in a world of chaos.

The human mind-set is one of separation. It is the fixed belief that you are alone, with no connection to people around you unless you specifically single someone out for friendship or relationship. You pick and choose who you want to connect with, and you avoid anything that disrupts your idea about yourself. It is painful. You are alone in all the universe. And you inevitably come to a point where this pain becomes unbearable. This is where you turn to God, this is where you ask for help.

Your salvation lies in the fact that you are one with everything, whether you recognize it or not. All things are connected and they are connected in you. This is how God created you. Not as the person that you think you are, that which you call ego with a name, but as pure mind at one with God, created in His likeness. You recognize this oneness through service to your brother, by giving to whomever you meet. Someone is suddenly made glad by the simplest offering you make and you instantly recognize this joy and feel it in you. This is a real experience. Now you know that nothing is outside of you. Now you are awake.