Beloved One,

What follows is a transcribed talk from a captivating short video titled 'Sinlessness Within'. It captures the essence of what A Course In Miracles is all about.


The Peace of God is shining in you now. The Peace of God is my one goal, the aim of all my living here, the end I seek, my purpose and my function and my life while I abide where I'm not at home.

Welcome! We will be descending a beautiful canyon today. And look at some ideas that God has given us in this joyous awakening. What we'd like to do is remember the stillness, the joy, the love, the peace, that is our natural state. Our source is far beyond this world, but we do get reflections of this source, even here. And in searching and striving for many things in this world, finally it seems we come down to one thing. And that's simply learning to forgive illusions and remember the truth. So today we're going to descend down this beautiful canyon and explore some ideas, the meaning of forgiveness, the meaning of the atonement, the approach to the oneness and unity and eternity that we are as spirit and learn to let go of all the illusions, the concepts, the images, the idols that stand in the way of our true remembering. I'm glad you can join us. It doesn't matter
what your background is, what religion, what socioeconomic
background, what ethnic background that you seem to have had, it
doesn't matter what culture you come from. Truth is One and is very joyful and today we're going to be exploring, removing the blocks to the awareness of that truth. So come and join us!

As we journey down the spirals of this canyon toward the bottom, it reminds me of the journey into the mind. You really need to spiral down to the thoughts and the beliefs and the desires that lie underneath the surface. The journey to God is really removing all of the concepts and beliefs that stand in the way of the remembrance of God. So we begin the journey by going down and questioning; who we think we are. We look at our concepts of ourselves as we perceive ourselves in this world. We seem to be people, we seem to have families, occupations, status, positions in the world and as we begin to uncover these beliefs, desiring the peace of God above all else, these beliefs begin to fall way, they begin to become unveiled and raised to the light of truth. And there they dissolve. We go down, down, down. All of our beliefs are based in time and space, as if we have left the Kingdom of Heaven and somehow occupying a position in the cosmos. As the meditation experiences deepen, as the miracles increase and grow our consciousness expands and becomes inclusive of
everything that we perceive. Every sound, every sight becomes a part of who we are. And our perception becomes whole in the sense of it's all inclusive, we don't see anything, any body, any particular, part from our mind. So as we continue this descent down this beautiful canyon we ponder that idea of bringing the false, of bringing the illusions to the light of truth, of questioning who we are and opening our mind to an experience that is beyond this world, an experience that comes from our source, from God.

The journey does not have to be difficult and the journey does not have to be stressful and full of fear. You must go through the fear but we can learn to be happy learners, and to be a happy learner is to be very, very willing to question everything we believe, to be taken by the Spirit within to the experience of not knowing anything about the world that we perceive. So to be a happy learner is to be a very willing learner. It is to be a learner who is willing to let go of the grip that we seem to have on our knowings, on our beliefs, on our firm solid perceptions which really aren't so firm at all. To be a happy learner is to let go and surrender into the flow of the movement of the undoing. It allows us the freedom to allow our trust in God; our trust in that which is beyond this world to guide us, to lead us. All of the things that we have put security in, the money, the possessions, the relationships, the jobs, the things that we think we need to survive, the things that we think we need to keep the body alive are part of a distraction, are part of a distraction away from an undoing of the tininess that we've believed in; the small self concept that we've made, this is being undone gradually and can be quite gently if we allow the process to unfold without trying to grab hold onto concepts and images of the world. We think we may want something in the future or we may want something of the world but as we move along we have vast experiences that leave us so happy and so full of joy that we loosen the grip on what we think we know and on who we think we are and allow Who we are to come and return to awareness.

It's so still. What a beautiful still perspective on the world.
Forgiveness is the way beyond perception. Forgiveness is the keyhole or opportunity to go beyond the perceptual world of time-space. All of the many varied images that seem to surround us all the time, whether it's a canyon or whether it's bodies, families, friends, workers, coworkers or the hustle and bustle of the city. The world of perception can be transcended in the love of God through forgiveness.
What is forgiveness? Forgiveness is a perspective on looking on this world with calm eyes. Forgiveness is still, quiet, it looks and watches and judges not. Forgiveness simply does nothing. It sees that what you thought your brother did to you, has not occurred and what you thought you did to your brother has not occurred. So forgiveness is a perspective of none judgment in which all of the images can come together into one whole unified perception. Like a giant tapestry in which no particulars are pulled out. Nothing is judged, no distinctions are made, it just looks upon it with calm eyes. It's so still. It's so wonderful. Forgiveness undoes the world and leaves an instant, a sparkling instant before perception disappears entirely. And the love of God is remembered. Our descent down into the canyon is really unveiling all of the beliefs and all of the concepts and thoughts that obstruct the awareness of the light within each of us.
And as we move down today we're going to move down towards an
experience of vastness and awakening. We're going to talk a little about the final decision that needs to be made; accepting the atonement, accepting the correction for every misthought, for every misperception and awaken from this dream.

The Kingdom of Heaven is within. The Kingdom of Heaven is not of this world. As you begin descending the depths of the mind you approach the portal to eternity within your own mind. This is the gateway from time and space to eternity. As you approach this portal and your mind becomes very bright and you have removed most of the obstacles to God, you approach the borderland; a seeming bridge between this world and eternity on which you see that every decision is already made, every road is already taken. And you seem to be in a place where you're watching things happen as if decisions are still occurring. But from an inner knowing you know that the script is written and that you are merely watching a prearranged plan that was over long ago. All things that occur within the world are the past. And as you approach the portal to eternity you begin to see that you do not have the power to sequence events and happenings; that everything that
seems to be occurring in your perception has already happened.

There is no one to blame, there's no one that's guilty. There is nothing to fear for your perspective has shifted from being a figure in the dream of the world to the dreamer of the dream. From this lofty perspective you see that nothing was done to you but all things occurred within the context of the dream that you are dreaming. And from that place of empowerment you approach the final decision that need be made, the acceptance of the atonement. The acceptance of what Is. The relinquishment of any thought that you could have a will apart from God, or make a world apart from God.

The peace of God is upon us. Reaching the bottom of the canyon is
symbolic of reaching the bottom of your mind, reaching that point
where all else is laid aside. The last judgment to be made is not a judgment that we make. It's the judgment of knowledge on perception, the judgment of reality on illusion and it is this: it is not real and it does not exist. The might and glory of God descends on us. And the Holy Spirit gives us the last judgment as it circles round this entire perceptual world in joyous gratitude. Holy are you; eternal, free and whole, at peace forever in the heart of God. Where is the world and where is sorrow now?


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With love and blessings,

from David and the Messengers of Peace

Author's Bio: 

The Messengers of Peace live simple devotional lives, hosting retreats and traveling where invited to share practical gatherings that inspire and bless all who desire peace of mind and enlightenment. The Messengers of Peace are dedicated to the complete awakening from the dream of separation, as such they are devoted to experiencing the Peace of God.