Friday, July 27, 2012

Returning Home

After all the political ranting this week, I wanted to end the week on an up, spiritual note. The following is from the Course in Miracles.

Ken Wapnick says: “The ego tells us that God abandoned us.  He created us in bodies and then left us in this world to fend for ourselves, suffer, and finally die.  The ego never tells us the truth, that we abandoned God, nor the ultimate truth, that there was no abandonment at all for how could Love leave Itself?”

And from the Course: “Everyone here has entered darkness, yet no one has entered it alone.  Nor need he stay more than an instant.  For he has come with Heaven’s Help within him, ready to lead him out of darkness into light at any time.  The time he chooses can be any time, for help is there awaiting but his choice.

“And when he chooses to avail himself of what is given him, then will he see each situation that he thought before was means to justify his anger, turned to an event which justifies his love.  He will hear plainly that the calls to war he heard before are really calls to peace.  He will perceive that where he gave attack is but another altar where he can, with equal ease and far more happiness, bestow forgiveness.  And he will reinterpret all temptation as just another chance to bring him joy.

“Finally, however, (we will) realize there is something wrong with this life of attack-defense, and we can choose again; (choosing forgiveness instead). Forgiveness shows us that God’s Will is One and that we share it. Forgiveness undoes the false perception of conflict by ending the dream that you and I are (only bodies) separate, kept apart by thoughts of guilt and judgment, pain and sorrow. True perception reveals a world washed clean of sin, as we remember our shared interest of finding the peace of God and returning home, (together).”

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