Love is. It is what we are. Having is being. God’s inheritance, which is love, can appear here in this world to be accepted or rejected, learned or refused. A kind of love for this, a kind of love for something other. Our world tests love and divides its meaning as it does everything else: in dual consciousness. Our world, the world God did not create, however, is like all duality, but an illusion, in many forms, an hallucination. Yet, it is by its unlearning of itself as a part of God’s plan for salvation, our ticket out of here, returning to “dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”  Love is not a learned facet of our humanity, for it will go nowhere it cannot be fully all encompassing and have no opposite. Like knowledge and truth, it is safeguarded for us in the home we never left. We do have pure loving thoughts here, however.  Most everyone does, as a part of salvation.

We can effectively extend these loving thoughts, as Jesus did on the cross in identifying Barabus’ holiness. What Barabus could not do for himself, Jesus did for him. We all belong in Paradise. Miracles are an identification of what is in truth natural. Loving thoughts are actually our only reality in the world we make up, using the fascinating ability to dream. Every loving thought is true, and being true, is eternal. Even in a dream. The Holy Spirit gathers these for us, and we do take all loving thoughts with us. There is no room for anything else. They are what we are, love. Love created you and you are still exactly as you were created. Teach only love, for that is what you are. (ACIM)

We do have a purpose in this world. Contrary to what we may think, this sole purpose is love, as it is reflected in the practice of forgiveness. “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” — as Jesus states in the Lord’s Prayer for us. That clause, however, is a part of the section in the prayer that shifts to use of collective pronouns, meaning a horizontal shift, in relationship to one another, in spiritual practice. It is not a plea to God for His forgiveness. He does not forgive, for He does not condemn, an essential aspect of love. Love does not condemn. Only we do. Thus needing forgiveness. And why Jesus treated it as his primary message and our primary function living in this world. Forgiveness is synonymous with happiness. If you are happy, you are forgiving.

Bob Pajer

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