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Seeing with Him will show you that all meaning, including
yours, comes not from double vision but from the gentle fusing of everything into
one emotion, and
one purpose. God has one purpose which He shares with you. The single vision which the Holy Spirit offers you will bring this oneness to your mind with clarity and brightness...
"Perception Without Deceit"
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I give the miracles I have received.
1 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.
2 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.
3 Christ's vision is a miracle. It comes from far beyond itself, for it reflects eternal love and the rebirth of love which never died 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.
4 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.
5 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.
6 This is the Holy Spirit's single gift—the treasure house to which you can appeal with perfect certainty for everything 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.
7 Here does the world remember what was lost when it was made. For here it is repaired, made new again but in a different light. What was to be the home of sin becomes the center of redemption and the hearth of mercy where the suffering are healed and welcome. No one will be turned away from this new home where his salvation waits. No one is stranger to him. No one asks for anything of him except the gift of his acceptance of his welcoming.
8 Christ's vision is the holy ground in which the lilies of forgiveness set their roots. This is their home. They can be brought from here back to the world, but they can never grow in its unnourishing and shallow soil. They need the light and warmth and kindly care Christ's charity provides. They need the love with which He looks on them. And they become His messengers who give as they received.
9 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.
10 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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24 What do you
want? Light or darkness, knowledge or ignorance are yours, but not both. Opposites must be brought together and not kept apart. For their separation is only in your mind, and they are reconciled by union, as
you are. In union, everything that is not real
must disappear, for truth
is union. As darkness disappears in light, so ignorance fades away when knowledge dawns. Perception is the medium by which ignorance is brought to knowledge. Yet the perception must be without deceit, for otherwise it becomes the messenger of ignorance rather than a helper in the search for truth.
25 The search for truth is but the honest searching out of everything that interferes with truth. Truth
is. It can be neither lost nor sought nor found. It is there, wherever
you are, being
within you. Yet it
can be recognized or unrecognized, real or false to
you. If you hide it, it becomes unreal to you
because you hid it and surrounded it with fear. Under each cornerstone of fear on which you have erected your insane system of belief, the truth lies hidden. Yet you cannot know this, for by hiding truth in fear, you see no reason to believe the
more you look at fear, the
less you see it, and the clearer what it
26 It is not possible to convince the unknowing that they know. From their point of view, it is not true. Yet it
is true because
God knows it. These are clearly opposite viewpoints of what the "unknowing" are. To God, unknowing is impossible. It is therefore not a point of view at all but merely a belief in something that does not exist. It is only this belief that the unknowing have, and by it they are wrong about themselves. They have
defined themselves as they were not created. Their creation was not a point of view, but rather a certainty. Uncertainty brought to certainty does not retain
any conviction of reality.
27 You must have noticed that the emphasis has been on bringing what is undesirable
to the desirable; what you do
not want to what you
do. You will realize that salvation must come to you this way if you consider what dissociation is. Dissociation is a distorted process of thinking whereby two systems of belief which cannot coexist are both
maintained. It has
been recognized that if they were brought
together their joint acceptance would become impossible. But if one is kept in darkness from the other, their
separation seems to keep them both alive and equal in their reality. Their joining thus becomes the source of fear, for if they meet, acceptance
must be withdrawn from one of them.
cannot have them both, for each denies the other. Apart, this fact is lost from sight, for each in a
separate place can be endowed with firm belief. Bring them
together, and the fact of their complete incompatibility is instantly apparent. One will go
because the other is seen in the same place. Light cannot enter darkness when a mind believes in darkness and will not
let it go. Truth does not struggle against ignorance, and love does not attack fear. What needs no protection does not defend itself. Defense is of
your making. God knows it not. The Holy Spirit uses defenses on
behalf of truth only because you made them
against it. His perception of them, according to His purpose, merely changes them into a call
for what you have
attacked with them.
29 Defenses, like everything you made, must be gently turned to your own good, translated by the Holy Spirit from means of self-destruction to means of preservation and release. His task is mighty, but the power of God is with Him. Therefore, to Him it is so easy that it was accomplished the instant it was given Him for you. Do not delay yourselves in your return to peace by wondering how He can fulfill what God has given Him to do. Leave that to Him Who knows. You are not asked to do mighty tasks yourself. You are merely asked to do the little He suggests you do, trusting Him only to the small extent of believing that if He asks it, you
can do it. You will
see how easily all that He asks can be accomplished.
30 The Holy Spirit asks of you but this—bring to Him every secret you have locked away from Him. Open every door to Him and bid Him enter the darkness and lighten it away. At your request He enters gladly. He brings the light to darkness if you make the darkness
open to Him. But what you hide He cannot look upon. For He sees for
you, and unless you look
with Him, He cannot see. The vision of Christ is not for Him alone but for Him with
you. Bring, therefore, all your dark and secret thoughts to Him and look upon them
with Him. He holds the light, and you the darkness. They
cannot coexist when both of you together look on them. His judgment
must prevail, and He will
give it to you as you join your perception to His. Joining with Him in seeing is the way in which you learn to share with Him the interpretation of perception that leads to knowledge.
31 You cannot see alone. Sharing perception with Him Whom God has given you teaches you how to
recognize what you see. It is the recognition that nothing you see means
anything alone. Seeing with Him will show you that all meaning, including
yours, comes not from double vision but from the gentle fusing of everything into
one emotion, and
one purpose. God has one purpose which He shares with you. The single vision which the Holy Spirit offers you will bring this oneness to your mind with clarity and brightness so intense you could not wish for all the world not to accept what God would have you have. Behold your will, accepting it as His, with all His love as yours. All honor to you through Him, and through Him unto God.
32 In the darkness you have obscured the glory God gave you and the power He bestowed upon His guiltless Son. All this lies hidden in every darkened place shrouded in guilt and in the dark denial of innocence. Behind the dark doors which you have closed lies nothing, because nothing
can obscure the gift of God. It is the closing of the doors that interferes with recognition of the power of God that shines in you. Banish not power from your mind, but let all that would hide your glory be brought to the judgment of the Holy Spirit and there undone. Whom He would save for glory
is saved for it. He has promised the Father that through Him you would be released from littleness to glory. To what He promised God He is wholly faithful, for He shared with God the promise that was given Him to share with
33 He shares it still, for
you. Everything that promises otherwise, great or small, however much or little valued, He will replace with the
one promise given unto Him to lay upon the altar to your Father and His Son. No altar stands to God
without His Son. And nothing brought there that is not equally worthy of both but will be replaced by gifts wholly acceptable to Father
and to Son. Can you offer guilt to God? You cannot, then, offer it to His Son. For they are not apart, and gifts to one
are offered to the other.
34 You know not God because you know not this. And yet you
do know God and
also this. All this is safe within you, where the Holy Spirit shines. He shines not in division, but in the meeting place where God, united with His Son, speaks to His Son through Him. Communication between what cannot be divided
cannot cease. The holy meeting place of the unseparated Father and His Son lies in the Holy Spirit and in
you. All interference in the communication that God Himself wills with His Son is quite impossible here. Unbroken and uninterrupted love flows constantly between the Father and the Son, as
both would have it be. And so it
35 Let your minds wander not through darkened corridors, away from light's center. You may choose to lead yourselves astray, but you can only be brought
together by the Guide appointed for you. He will surely lead you to where God and His Son await your recognition. They are joined in giving you the gift of oneness, before which
all separation vanishes. Unite with what you
cannot join with anything except reality. God's glory and His Son's belong to you in truth. They
have no opposite, and nothing else
can you bestow upon yourselves.
36 There is no substitute for truth. And truth will make this plain to you as you are brought into the place where you must
meet with truth. And there you must be led, through gentle understanding which can lead you nowhere else. Where God is, there are
is the truth. Nothing can change the knowledge given you by God into unknowingness. Everything God created knows its Creator. For this is how creation is accomplished by the Creator and by His creations. In the holy meeting place are joined the Father and His creations, and the creations of His Son with them together. There is one link which joins them all together, holding them in the oneness out of which creation happens.
37 The link with which the Father joins Himself to those He gives the power to create like Him can
never be dissolved. Heaven itself is union with all of creation and with its One Creator. And Heaven remains the Will of God for you. Lay no gifts other than this upon your altars, for nothing can coexist beside it. Here your meager offerings are brought together with the gift of God, and only what is worthy of the Father will be accepted by the Son, for whom it was intended. To whom God gives Himself, He
is given. Your little gifts will vanish on the altar where He has placed His Own.
I give the miracles I have received.
This follows beautifully on the Lesson yesterday about learning to give as we receive. To give means I have it in me so I can give it. Whether it is guilt that I am giving or love that I am extending, I will receive what I am giving, as giving and receiving are the same.
"To give is how to recognize you have received. It is the proof that what you have is yours."
(W.159.1.7‑8) When I blame, attack, get angry, judge someone, or condemn them, I might as well be ordering up from Amazon the same things for myself because I will receive what I am giving. When I give love, gentleness, kindness, and joy, I know I have them in me. Whatever I give to anyone, I give to myself. It is important to become vigilant in watching what we are giving. This can be subtle, so we need to stay vigilant and honest about what we are choosing for ourselves.
Every time we project guilt onto anyone, we are choosing the ego. The guilt in the mind is always projected. Every time we attack anyone, we experience the pain of that attack on ourselves. When we take anything from anyone, we are attacking them and receiving that attack upon ourselves.
"To give a thing requires first you have it in your possession. Here the laws of Heaven and the world agree."
(W.159.1.2-3) But in the world, giving and receiving are not the same. What I have taken, you don't have. This reflects the Fourth Law of Chaos that
"is the belief you have what you have taken.
(T.23.II.9.1) (ACIM OE T.23.III.27) In other words, we believe we can take from someone and now have what they don't have. It comes from the belief that we have taken our identity from God and now we have it and He does not. It is a belief that we can separate from our Source. We relive this original attack every time we take anything from anyone, believing that now we have it and they don't.
The world is all about getting and taking, and in this process, we keep reinforcing the idea of separation. It all starts with the choice we made for the ego. It is a choice we are making in each moment between choosing with the ego or the Holy Spirit. On the basis of the choice we make, we are either giving or taking. We take because we feel a sense of lack and a need to get something from someone to enhance the ego. Giving is based on knowing that we have everything and are everything, so there is nothing we need from anyone. Thus, we extend the love we know is in us but not of us. It is the quiet center where love abides in us.
This quiet center is referred to as a storehouse in our minds. It is the storehouse of miracles. The Holy Spirit brings forth these miracles when we turn to Him for the Correction of our wrong-minded perspective. We are always in the wrong mind when we think we can gain at anyone’s expense. When we turn to the Holy Spirit for His interpretation, He reminds us that our brother is our Self. We share the same need to awaken from this dream. We are not separate from each other. Recognizing our sameness as one Self is a reflection of the Oneness of Heaven. Through forgiveness, we reflect the love of Heaven and receive what we give.
I recall some years ago, when I was in the midst of reading in the Manual for Teachers about the nature of time, space, and the script, I got a call from the hospital. My mother, who was 96 at the time, had a serious accident and was very cut up and bruised. I walked into the hospital and found her frail body looking completely beat up with bruises and cuts everywhere. Then the doctor came in and started the procedure of stitching her up. As I sat watching, my mind was full of judgment. The doctor was an intern, and I could see he was not adept at what he was doing and he seemed very tentative and uncertain. I became aware of my judgments in that moment and decided to turn to the Holy Spirit for help. I realized I was hurting myself by holding onto my attack thoughts and jeopardizing my peace of mind. I was willing to acknowledge that there must be another way to see this brother, who seemed not to know what he was doing. I was willing to be wrong about my perception of the situation, and I asked for help to choose peace for everyone in the room. I realized it was all in my script, perfectly unfolding for my healing. We were together in this small operating room only for one purpose, which was for me to learn to let go of my judgments. I recalled what I had just read in the Manual and reminded myself that the scene unfolding in front of me was already over. It was only here for me to choose to experience the miracle. With that thought, everything shifted and all went well. I noticed that, as my mind shifted, the intern relaxed and seemed to become more gentle, as he attended to my mother and then turned to me and thanked me for my presence. We were all together for a holy purpose.
"Temptation has one lesson it would teach, in all its forms, wherever it occurs. It would persuade the holy Son of God he is a body, born in what must die, unable to escape its frailty, and bound by what it orders him to feel."
(T.31.VIII.1.1-2) (ACIM OE T.31.VIII.83) It was a situation where I had an opportunity to choose again. There were only two choices I could make. I could either stay with my judgments and attack thoughts, which was the temptation in front of me, or to do as Jesus urges on behalf of our happiness, which is to choose the Holy Spirit's interpretation, recognizing ours are always wrong.
"Trials are but lessons that you failed to learn presented once again, so where you made a faulty choice before you now can make a better one, and thus escape all pain that what you chose before has brought to you. In every difficulty, all distress, and each perplexity Christ calls to you and gently says, 'My brother, choose again'."
(T.31.VIII.3.1-2) (ACIM OE T.31.VIII.87)
We can make the decision in each moment to turn away from our judgments and give our minds over to the Holy Spirit if we truly want to take our place as saviors of the world. Why would we want to delay our happiness and repeat the lessons over and over? Right in front of us is another opportunity to make another choice and receive a miracle. My time in the hospital now became a healing opportunity. It was a holy encounter, and my gratitude for shifting from attack to peace overwhelmed me with the gifts of this choice. Until the choice is made in every opportunity in front of us, we simply continue down the same road we have traveled for eons. It is a weary journey, and we have bec ome tired and worn by the seeming trials of this world. The ego set it up so we would keep focusing on the problems of the world, rather than on our own minds where our storehouse of miracles awaits our decision to judge or to forgive.
The ego urges us to get for ourselves at someone else's expense, to compete with others, to take what we can, to attack, to see others as guilty, and to blame them for our unhappiness. Yet when we listen to the ego, this is what we are choosing for ourselves. We are choosing to stay separate by seeing differences. Now we cannot experience the treasure house where miracles await us in our minds. Here are the gifts of peace, joy, love, innocence, and magnificence, all gifts that lie dormant until we give them. Forgiveness opens the door to these gifts of true perception.
o give is how to recognize you have received. It is the proof that what you have is yours."
Jesus says that our worldly treasure house has no value. The only value is in the eternal gifts we are endowed with by our Creator.
"Count, then, the silver miracles and golden dreams of happiness as all the treasures you would keep within the storehouse of the world. The door is open, not to thieves but to your starving brothers, who mistook for gold the shining of a pebble, and who stored a heap of snow that shone like silver. They have nothing left behind the open door. What is the world except a little gap perceived to tear eternity apart, and break it into days and months and years? And what are you who live within the world except a picture of the Son of God in broken pieces, each concealed within a separate and uncertain bit of clay?"
(T.28.III.7.1‑5) (ACIM OE T.28.IV.34)
Isn't this a poignant and sad reflection on what we value in the world---shiny things that attract us more than the unity with one another? We store these gleaming pebbles, which are given value as if they were gold. We mistake a heap of snow for silver. After a lifetime of accumulating these "treasures" that we endow with happiness, they deliver nothing of value. All the silver and gold cannot fulfill our deep desire for peace and happiness. Jesus says that we have no idea what was lost when the world was made and we seemed to separate from our real happiness. The special relationships we pursue are there only to serve our needs for power, prestige, and ego gratification, all amounting to nothing. While they seem to reinforce our specialness, it is all just a shabby substitute for our true reality as divine, eternal beings of light and love. We will never be deeply happy until we do the work of healing our minds by bringing all our self-serving dark thoughts of attack and revenge, specialness, and self-aggrandizement to the healing light of the Atonement.
Our treasures in the storehouse of our minds increase as we give them away. Everything in our storehouse can be received when asked for. The door is not locked. He asks us to approach this storehouse with perfect certainty that everything is there
"that can contribute to your happiness. All are laid here already
All can be received but for the asking."
(W.159.6.1-3) We only need to make the request and nothing will be denied us. No need is left unmet when we access this storehouse. When we open up to this place in the mind, we find a new world.
"What was to be the home of sin becomes the center of redemption and the hearth of mercy, where the suffering are healed and welcome.
" (W.159.7.3) In other words, the world becomes a place where we can learn forgiveness and accept the miracle. Everything is here for our redemption.
Our focus shifts from judgments and grievances to forgiveness and opens us to the peace and joy within. All are made welcome as we extend the love of Christ to those who suffer. Love is our very being and it radiates to all. Salvation waits in the place in our minds where the treasures are. All that is asked of us is to accept the gifts, as we enter the door the Holy Spirit holds open for us. How willing are we to acknowledge Him and no longer attend to the ego? All we must do is be willing. Sometimes, in our insanity, we resist and refuse these gifts by stubbornly holding onto our judgments and grievances. Even then, Jesus asks us not to judge ourselves, as there will be other opportunities given us to learn what we were unwilling to learn at the time.
Think about a problem you are currently experiencing or a relationship where there is a power struggle, regarding whose needs are going to get met. Recognize the Holy Spirit is there, waiting to offer a miracle when you let your way go and open to asking for His help. He is there, ready and willing, waiting for each of us to bring our dark thoughts to the light of truth so we can experience the miracle. So often we resist by holding onto our perspective of the problem, blaming our brother, or demanding him to sacrifice for our benefit instead of looking within where the answer lies. If there is not peace in the relationship, we have chosen wrongly. Anything missing in a relationship is what we are withholding from it.
Everything to nourish the soul is found in our right minds. Jesus describes this when he says,
"Christ' s Vision is the holy ground in which the lilies of forgiveness set their roots.
" (W.159.8.1) This is where we experience the Christ Self that radiates to the world. What a beautiful image when contrasted with the soil of this world, where there is no nourishment and the lilies of forgiveness cannot grow. And while we extend Christ's vision and offer our brothers these lilies of forgiveness, nothing is lost to us. We still retain the roots in the fertile soil of our treasure house. The messages brought to the world through Christ's vision doubly bless us because we receive the blessings we give.
"I give the miracles I have received."
(W.159) The treasures in our storehouse are, in fact, not lessened by giving, but indeed they are multiplied. At this feast of plenty,
"the more that anyone receives, the more is left for all the rest to share."
(T.28.III.9.2) (ACIM OE T.28.IV.36) Giving miracles just multiplies them for everyone in ways we can't even conceive of. It is our mission and our function here to be a miracle worker. It is what makes this journey so amazing. Life becomes rich with opportunities to forgive, and thus we experience more and more healing.
"Be not afraid, my child, but let your world be gently lit by miracles. And where the little gap was seen to stand between you and your brother, join him there. And so sickness will now be seen without a cause. The dream of healing in forgiveness lies, and gently shows you that you never sinned. The miracle would leave no proof of guilt to bring you witness to what never was. And in your storehouse it will make a place of welcome for your Father and your Self. The door is open, that all those may come who would no longer starve, and would enjoy the feast of plenty set before them there. And they will meet with your invited Guests the miracle has asked to come to you."
(T.28.III.8.1-8) (ACIM OE T.28.IV.35)
The miracles are waiting for us to access them. The answers are all there for us in every situation and all the time, without fail, when we turn to the Holy Spirit. We just need to be willing to listen, and in listening, we open a vast storehouse of gifts, waiting for us in our minds. Our starving brothers and sisters are waiting for us to receive them so we can invite them to join in this feast. What are we waiting for? What can be more important than this? We have spent years standing apart from our brothers, sometimes with grievances that seem irreconcilable to us. It is time to dispense with this gap in our relationships. The ego will not want us to do it, justifying its position, but Jesus asks us to consider that our judgments are always wrong. He reminds us that in every brother we can see ourselves as the Christ, and we are worthy of this gift because
"God appointed it be given you."
"It is His gift, whereby a sweet transition can be made from death to life; from hopelessness to hope."
Yes, it takes work and daily practice with the Lessons. The words are just nice sounding thoughts until we put them into practice. It means taking the quiet time daily. It means that with every temptation to get upset, we stop and ask to see it differently, knowing that when we listen to the ego, we will always be wrong. It means letting go of our stubborn insistence that we know what everything means and that our perceptions are correct. It means not justifying our position but taking responsibility for what we see.
"I am responsible for what I see. I choose the feelings I experience, and I decide upon the goal I would achieve. And everything that seems to happen to me I ask for, and receive as I have asked."
(T.21.II.2.3) (ACIM OE T.21.III.15) We are not victims of any circumstance. Jesus tells us,
"Deceive yourself no longer that you are helpless in the face of what is done to you. Acknowledge but that you have been mistaken, and all effects of your mistakes will disappear."
(T.21.II.2.6‑7) (ACIM OE T.21.III.16)
Today, whatever shows up in your life, watch your thoughts on how you are perceiving others in the situation because it will help you to see what you have chosen to align with---Heaven or hell, ego or Holy Spirit. The world offers us opportunities every day to see in its reflection what we have chosen for ourselves; because without this reflection, we would be unable to see our own secret sins and hidden hates.
"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."
(W.159.9.5-7) Jesus tells us that we are worth the gift. How can it be otherwise when
"God appointed it be given you?"
(W.159.10.2) And thus, we make a sweet transition from death to life,
"from hopelessness to hope."
Love and blessings, Sarah
Allen joined Robert Perry in forming the Circle of Atonement in 1993 in Sedona, Arizona where Allen led retreats and workshops and authored many books based on “A Course in Miracles.” One of his most popular books is “
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