Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Totality of the Kingdom

“Whenever you deny a blessing to a brother you will feel deprived, because denial is as total as love. . . You need the blessing you can offer him. There is no way for you to have it except by giving it.

“Every response you make is determined by what you think you are, and what you want to be is what you think you are. What you want to be, then, must determine every response you make.

“The gift of life is yours to give, because it was given you. You are unaware of your gift because you do not give it. . . you are not extending the gift you both have and are, and so you do not know your being.

“Give them the appreciation God accords them always, because they are His beloved Sons in whom He is well pleased. You cannot be apart from them because you are not apart from Him. Rest in His Love and protect your rest by loving. . . . You cannot know your own perfection until you have honored all those who were created like you.

“Those who attack do not know they are blessed. . . . Do not share their allusions of scarcity, or you will perceive yourself as lacking.

“But see the Love of God in you, and you will see it everywhere because it is everywhere. See His abundance in everyone, and you will know that you are in Him with them. They are part of you, as you are part of God. You are as lonely without understanding this as God Himself is lonely when His Sons do not know Him.

“The gifts you offer to the ego are always experienced as sacrifices, but the gifts you offer to the Kingdom are gifts to you.”

-- A Course in Miracles, from the Foundation for Inner Peace

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