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Universal Church of Miracle Enlightenment

GOD IS


Come and join us in using this ACIM STUDY GUIDE

for "A BETTER WAY"‚Äč to 

~ Inspire the mind, Use it, Share it and Rest it in God ~



Clarification of Terms: True Perception - Knowledge

The world you see is an illusion of a world. God did not create it; what He creates must be eternal as Himself. There is nothing in the world you see that will endure forever. Some things last in time a little longer than others. The time will come when all things visible will have an end. Yet you will not notice, as you will be in the blazing light and love of God, in Joy Eternal in Heaven.


The body's eyes are therefore NOT the means by which the real world can be seen, for the illusions that they look upon must lead to more and still more illusions of reality. And so they do. For everything they see not only will not last, but lends itself to thoughts of judgment, sin and guilt. While everything that God created is forever without sin and therefore is forever without guilt.


Knowledge is not the remedy for false perception since, being another level, they can never meet. The one correction possible for false perception must be true perception. Neither will it endure, but for the time it lasts it comes to heal. True perception is a remedy with many names. Forgiveness, salvation, Atonement, true perception -- all are one. They are the one beginning, with the end to lead to Oneness far beyond themselves. True perception does not use the body's eyes for seeing. True perception is the means by which the world is saved from sin, for sin is but an idea that does not exist in truth and is only seen with the body's eyes. If sin does not exist in Heaven, it does not exist anywhere. If God did not create sin, and He did not, it is not real. It is this that true perception sees with the Holy Spirit.


The world of sin stands like a block before Christ's face. But true perception looks on it as nothing more than just a fragile veil, so easily dispelled that it can last no longer than an instant. It is seen at last for only what it is. And now it cannot fail to disappear, for now there is an empty place made clean and ready. Where destruction was perceived the face of Christ appears, and in that instant is the world forgot, with time forever ended as the world spins into nothingness from where it came.


A world forgiven cannot last. It was the home of bodies. But forgiveness looks past bodies. This is its holiness; this is how it heals. The world of bodies is the world of sin, for only if there were a body is sin possible. From sin comes guilt as surely as forgiveness takes all guilt away. And once all guilt is gone what more remains to keep a separated world in place? For place has gone as well, along with time. Only the body makes the world seem real, for being separate it could not remain where separation is impossible. Forgiveness proves it is impossible because it sees it not. And what you will overlook will not be understandable to you, just as its presence once had been a certainty.


This is the shift that true perception brings. What was projected out is seen within, and there forgiveness lets it disappear. For there the altar to the Son is set, and there his Father is remembered. Here are all illusions brought to truth and laid upon the altar. What is seen outside must lie beyond forgiveness, for it seems to be forever sinful. Where is hope while sin is seen as outside? What remedy can guilt expect? Seen as within your own mind at last, just as the lion and the lamb lie side-by-side, guilt and forgiveness for an instant lie together. And here they join in the light; time disappears and all illusions with it. Here at last are sickness and its single remedy joined in one healing brightness. God has come to claim His Own. Forgiveness is complete.


And now God's knowledge, changeless, certain, pure and wholly understandable, enters its kingdom. Gone is perception, false and true alike. Gone is forgiveness; its task is done. And gone are bodies in the blazing light upon the altar to the Son of God. And here they join, for here the face of Christ has shone away time's final instant, and now is the last perception of the world without a purpose and without a cause. For where God's memory has come at last there is no journey, no belief in sin, no walls, no bodies, and the grim appeal of guilt and death is there snuffed out forever.


O my brothers, if you only knew the peace that will envelop you and hold you safe and pure and lovely in the Mind of God, you would rush to meet Him where His altar is. Hallowed your name and His, for they are joined in this holy place. He leans down to lift you up to Him, out of illusions into holiness; out of the world and to eternity; out of all fear and given back to the love GOD IS.

(Continue to Terms: Jesus - Christ)