“I could see peace instead of this. 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.”
“Search your mind for fear thoughts, anxiety-provoking situations, “offending” personalities or events, or anything else about which you are harboring unloving thoughts. Note them all casually, repeating [“I could see peace instead of this”] slowly as you watch them arise in your mind, and let each one go, to be replaced by the next.” (W-pI.34.1:2-4;3:2-3)
The practice of this lesson has the potential to heal our minds and bring back the remembrance of our Creator. It applies to all our perceptions in the world. Each time we tell ourselves, “I could see peace instead of this” we are strengthening our willingness to step back from the ego’s view and welcome the Holy Spirit’s vision that shows us Love and nothing else. With this vision there is no conflict, no need to defend, no thought of judgment, no guilt. Thus this practice opens the door to forgiveness and lets it shine away the dark shadows of the ego’s denial of Love.
We have a role to play in the salvation of the world. Each time we choose peace instead of conflict, we bring healing to the world. Each time we let the Holy Spirit answer calls for Love through us, we learn more deeply that we are Love and nothing else, along with every brother. We are less likely to exclude some “offenders” as unworthy of Love. As we lay these exclusions down, we join with our brothers and bring Heaven’s unity to the world.
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