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And the Love that He Gave Me
Welcome! To those who are on a path of a spiritual nature, thanks for joining me as we journey down the trail together a bit. And even if that doesn’t seem to describe you, let’s just take a stroll together anyway and see where we end up. For truly, our journey is all-inclusive – there’s no one left behind. So, where do we start? The answer is both surprisingly simple and surprisingly hard (I would suggest using either “simple/complex” or “easy/hard” as more precise alternatives), since the answer is: right where you are, right now. Now it’s simple, obviously, since you don’t require any additional tools. There’s no “right place” you need to go to, and there’s not any “perfect setting” you need to be in. What’s so hard about “right where you are,” then? Well, as an answer, why don’t we try this little exercise: If you are able and willing, let me invite you to close your eyes for two minutes. While your eyes are closed, listen to your breathing. To the best of your ability, keep your mind focused only on your breathing. Go ahead and try it. Now if you are anything like me, you might have failed utterly at this task. (And if you’re an experienced meditator who was able to do it, you probably understand already) what I was saying about this journey being surprisingly hard: Because the mind has an unconscious resistance to inner stillness and introspection. (MY SUGGESTION FOR THE SECOND SENTENCE SO THAT IT READS MORE CLEARLY: If you are an experienced meditator, you know how much practice was needed to achieve that state of inner focus. Either way, you might now have a better understanding of what I was saying about this journey being surprisingly hard) Our journey involves using the tools of inner stillness and greater introspection to gradually and peacefully undo this resistance. When this resistance starts to fall away, you may begin to notice yourself being guided as to what to do or not do as you move
through your day. This guidance originates from only one of two sources, either what we can call the “ego,” or the “Inner Guide.” If you are in touch with your Inner Guide, there are some things that will help you to know it. First, the feeling or message or guidance doesn’t seem to be coming from you, but from something or someone beyond you. Second, there may be a feeling that listening to the message would be good for many others, not just for you alone. Third, there is a sense of genuine peacefulness that accompanies this feeling. If, on the other hand, the ego is the one that is guiding you, then you will probably experience tension and unease. There may also be a sense of urgency or worry associated with whatever you are feeling guided about. You needn’t feel bad if this is the case for you, for this is actually the case for most of us almost all of the time. We have a large amount of unconscious fear and guilt which influences us in our thoughts, words, and deeds, and we’re often not even aware of it. If we’re willing to gently and gradually lift up the veil with which this fear is covered, we can rediscover the joy that this fear is keeping us from knowing. This is the journey that I’ve been on for many years now and I’m (I WOULD SUGGEST MAYBE ADDING SOMETHING HERE LIKE “humbly” OR “gratefully” IF YOU WISH) inviting you to join me. There are no clubs to join, or any money to pay, since this is all about you. There is only one classroom that you need, and that is the life that you are living right now. - - As I began to travel this path, my sense of being guided began getting stronger and stronger. It started being more and more an integral part of my work in the healing realm, and even eventually became a part of the social and family aspects of my life. Initially, I knew this guidance as the “Higher Self,” but I wouldn’t often discuss it that way. Using terms like ‘intuition,’ ‘having a feeling’ or ‘listening within’ seemed less controversial, and therefore easier to share what was going on with other people. One day, I picked up a book entitled A Course in Miracles (ACIM), and began to learn what it had to say. Much of it made a lot of sense to me. Things like, “Love created me loving,” and “Kindness created me kind,” really put my mind at ease. I knew there was a deeper wisdom breathing life into the words on the pages I was reading. In
So I signed up for the first available slot. The experience was remarkably transformative for me.I had a remarkable experience while I was a participant at a men’s spiritual retreat called the Grail (which is. I felt completely unburdened and at ease! I was no longer constrained by these mental trappings that I hadn’t even realized were there. I pulled over to figure out the details of our visit. I came to realize that these symbols were the same as what I had been referring to as the Higher Self. I left the retreat with plans to meet a friend of mine from college whom I hadn’t seen in a few years. this wisdom referred to itself as both the Holy Spirit and. I found out that he had to stay late at work and would no longer be able to see me. As I came to identify my Inner Guide with Jesus -. Not knowing what else to do. and I felt that they would be lifted by going through the rite. and I was plunged into sadness. I couldn’t understand it – how had my experience of ease disappeared so suddenly? My commitment to live with compassion and equanimity vanished in a puff of smoke. I just went from experience to experience in peace and in joy. disappointment. in the first person. But when I called him to finalize our plans. I decided to seek guidance. The joy and goodwill from the retreat carried me easily down the highway on my way to meet him. and as mine approached. and culminated in friendly farewells to the other men I had had the pleasure of meeting and coming to know there. This experience waxed and waned for the remainder of my time at the retreat. I felt as if I were weighed down by chains. led by women). as Jesus. The feeling of peace that I had been experiencing quickly disappeared. what is death? Why do bodies swim in the sea if joy waits at their feet? What does it contribute to the whole when pain is chosen? Why do we do this to ourselves? Are we junkies longing for the sweet heartbreak? Can’t this 4 . paradoxically. anger and jealousy. and suddenly these words came pouring through me and into my laptop: What is life. All of the men go through a rite of passage of some sort as the weekend unfolds.ACIM.whom I started calling “J” for short -. it brought with it a very strong sense of my being bound.
were not really mine. show me the way Amazingly. Eventually. Now I feel called to share the result. I know it has helped me immeasurably on my path to self-acceptance and peace. and I hope you find it of benefit to you. The words were compassionate and respectful – those of a kind and patient teacher. 5 .end? Show me the way. I recognized that this was another way for J to share his love with me. then feeling answers come through me in response. with me asking questions. more words appeared on the screen (I’M ASSUMING THAT YOU MEAN THE WORDS APPEARED AS A SORT OF AUTOMATIC WRITING THROUGH YOUR TYPING ON THE KEYBOARD? I WOULD SUGGEST THAT YOU MIGHT WANT TO ADD SOMETHING TO CLARIFY THAT SO THE READER WON’T THINK YOU WERE GETTING INSTANT MESSAGES OR SOMETHING BEFORE THEY GET TO THE LINE ABOUT “THROUGH YOUR FINGERS”) – an answer to my call. It continued like this for twenty-one months. though they came through my fingertips. These words.
’ YOU USE IT HERE TO AS AN ADJECTIVE DESCRIBING A MULTITUDE AND SHOULD THEREFORE PROBABLY USE ‘ARE’) framed in the context of A Course in Miracles. which is that God is not a ‘He. Nor are any of them ‘female’ either.A note about Terminology: A good many of the responses to my questions are (YOU HAD “DEAL” AND “IS” ORIGINALLY. WHICH READ STRANGELY BECAUSE ALTHOUGH ‘DEAL’ IS NORMALLY A SINGLE NOUN AND WOULD TAKE ‘IS. And finally. Also.’ Nor is the Son of God nor the Holy Spirit. existing completely beyond this world of dualities as they do. it is generally a metaphor for seeing things differently in our minds. This leads right into the next point. One example of this is the term “forgiveness. and not actually seeing them differently physically. they use generally Christian phrases and terms in ways other than how they are typically understood in wider society. when ‘vision’ and ‘seeing’ are discussed. the terms ‘Christ’ and ‘the Son of God’ refer to the light and love that we are in truth. Like ACIM. as opposed to a particular individual. 6 .” referring here to the process of relinquishing our misconceptions about ourselves and God on our way to accepting our wholeness with Him.
for beyond the fear is the happiness of peace reawakened in you. and even that is unreal. let the light shine without. as it is part of the misconception that is time. Lift your heart. Shall wise men lead you when they know not what really exists? By your daring possibility of everlasting love. Lord. that which is your true self will emerge and life will flow more easily. head and joy into the air. Oh. Let the scales of justice put down her heavy burden. you are but deceiving yourself. all is open to your vision. The wide wings of death don’t really cast a shadow. for that is the only place where they have truly existed anyway. so are you given. So let the ideas of pain and sorrow and lack begin to fade from your memory.it is yours to choose.Pleas What is life. Alleluia! When love seems to be far off and not with you. what is death? Why do bodies swim in the sea if joy waits at their feet? What does it contribute to the whole when pain is chosen? Why do we do this to ourselves? Are we junkies longing for the sweet heartbreak? Can’t this end? Show me the way. seeking the love that breaks all barriers. into the sky. As you give him. show me the way Behold . Feel that which seemed to diverge return to oneness. for it is all that exists. how can I open the floodgates to your love? Don’t despair at those instances when things seem to be in opposition to your happiness. As the happiness flows gently to your 7 . As you keep practicing forgiveness. Let the eternal wonder be shared with what is true while you learn to love again. The beauty and love that you long to live are there at your feet already. Bend down and pick it up and. once again. For the fortunate are those delighting in the joy and wellbeing of their brother. Lay low the cragged peaks and know that we are one.
So is your perception of the holiness of your brother both given and received. believing that his guide to love is instead a malicious covert agent – the ultimate wolf in sheep’s clothing. you are blessed by your feelings of happiness. What can I do to remember the love within more consistently? Judge not yourself harshly in those times you find yourself being judgmental toward a brother. The glory of the world isn’t really in the world at all. Dare to go forward with love as your ceaseless companion. for it is what you are. As you adopt this helpful perception. will it naturally and easily be shared by you with your brother. There is no need to treat harshly what is merely an unknowing error. You will eventually see that what you think happened has not actually taken place. and you will know that you are truly the One you have been waiting for. Under what circumstances will I feel at peace? There are no circumstances that can prevent a teacher of God from knowing his true Self.brother. tied innately to this ambiguity toward his loving teacher. Pain becomes a welcome refuge to this awful uncertainty. It is only your mistaken way of seeing it that gives it any reality to you. When you no longer hold tightly to the fear that keeps you from knowing your inner peace. The joy of this instant is the recognition that that which you have given. this strange belief only prevents him from knowing the peace and tranquility given him by God Himself. Be generous with your Heart. your Father’s Love will be automatically recalled to you for it is your natural state of being. for it is you. Permit this joyous state to be your experience by knowing anything less to be unworthy of he who is one with his Creator. and you dwell with God in Heaven as you have for all eternity. you have also been given. Yet can he unknowingly resist doing this. However. 8 .
This error prevents you from welcoming the love that gently but ceaselessly calls out to you. or try yet another pointless avenue in the hopes that it will bring the love that is seemingly anon. uneasiness and outright terror in your mind and. J? It is an aspect of identifying with the ego that there must be opposing sides. so give up your needless delay and you will find the peace that has been in you forever. your world. joint gaze will help you see how baseless all pain and suffering is. the possibility of conflict ceases to be. asking but for your willingness to give up your fear. Relinquish this idle quest. All this does is open you to seeing a world of duality and thinking that it exists. How do I secure God’s unchanging peace? It will yet dawn on your mind that this state is the only thing that is truly unchanging. but your idea that there is something to fear creates a seemingly endless parade of sorrow to which you willingly succumb. for it has brought you merely emptiness and sorrow. In those times when true joining helps to undo this way of seeing. 9 . No more need you flagellate yourself for empty promises of safety that deliver simply pain and abandonment. Allow me to accompany you in looking at this innocuous mistake and all its various offspring which you feel so subjected to. There is truly nothing to fear. You must choose to see with me in order to correct that which you have chosen in error. You still cling to the fantasy that there is stability in the things of the world – that you must only search one more time. Only in this very moment are you able to accomplish a shift such as this.Why do I struggle so often with life? There is a mistaken yet quite persistent assumption that produces no small amount of discomfort. Why do I fight against you. hence. This gentle.
Such despondency leaves life bereft of the Christ’s inherent gentle blessing. the full glory of He Who gives you all will return once again unto you. Its true nature is not apparent yet because it is not perceivable . Does sadness bring anything good to the table? You are under the delusion that you are a victim to the circumstances in which you live. peace will return to who you are – the divine Son of God. Let go of any investment in the belief that this could be. God is with you. Linger no longer in crooked fantasies of lonely coronation or empty adulation – these offer only sorrow and only despair. although it was 10 . rather than searching for it and feeling it not? You don’t have to feel apart from the Love of God. It never was nor will it ever be. at ease and content in timelessness. the illusion of terror is undone in grace and joy. That which seems to be terrifying will be revealed for the glory that it is. will you believe that you aren’t with Him. for you fail to recognize the true power that sits quietly within. However. for always has He been. Reclaim the power that has been given unto the Son of God and decide to share your hidden self-hatred with your teacher. In the light of forgiveness. And thus was the world of separation made in order to prove to you time and again that the impossible isn’t impossible and that the perfect oneness that God created is but a sham.How can I know love to be.it must be experienced. As you no more deny the wholeness within. while even a tiny part of you thinks it is so. As you awaken and come to realize your indwelling birthright. How much longer do I have to experience sadness? This burden you feel you carry is but an idea you never really wanted. Why do I push away love? You seem to act against God’s will for you have not perceived truly that which is.
11 . which smiles in glad return.chosen by you while you were not seeing rightly. Your worthiness is a blessing unto God which mirrors exactly the blessing you are unendingly given by your Creator. How can I bring God’s grace more fully into the world? You can’t. It remains a choice that you choose for as long as you seem to experience pain or unworthiness of any kind. for that which is beyond this world will never be made home in it. For the truth of what you are is evident to Him who created you. and into the truth of abundance and endless Love. blessing all of creation. This awareness will permit you to embrace the beauty in yourself. It shines onto Him in unwavering splendor. And in this awareness does joy reawaken to you. of scarcity. letting go of any idea of separation that still lingers in your mind. Thanks are due for your bravery in even considering this life-giving thought system. It shifts you out of the idea of separation. This is because this perspective undoes the central thought in the way you currently see the world.
But do not worry. This perspective has no place in your sorry tale of victimization and of sorrow. I merely ask that you be willing to look at them with me. for so choosing only delays in dreams what is done in truth already. the world – always punishing you needlessly. It seems to be this thing outside of you or this other issue that shows up in your world. finally and completely. For he knows that pureness is not capable of being made impure. When you realize that you are the one upholding all of the illusions. You have. namely the holy Son of God’s awakening unto himself – for forever and without limit.Uncertainty Why do I keep struggling with the same thing over and over? You don’t really know what it is that you struggle with. fooled yourself into being beguiled by this idle fairytale. They’re always pushing your buttons and you are sure that it’s out of your control. Know only that you have a decision here. or you will decide that you are not ready to see the utter emptiness and lack of value that all illusions hold without exception. How could God’s Creation experience suffering were it not chosen for himself? How indeed. How should I handle issues with my family? No differently than you would any other issue – with kindness and compassion. How should I let go of disappointments as I travel through this world? You need not let go of disappointments that you are not ready to hand over to me. You will either choose wholeness. This situation would indeed be hopeless if it were so. He also knows the purity that lies within you has lain there always and forever. You – the helpless victim. however. 12 . Nor does victimization fit at all in the Holy Spirit’s Vision of your experience. you will have arrived at the gate of Heaven. Be careful. You will see through to their source at some point.
As long as peace is something that needs to be acquired. Allow the deeper peace to be revealed to you. preferring to heed the mistaken creed which you have received from the ego. Peace will arise in your mind as all that you have obscured it with is lifted away by our gentle looking at it. that peace can be achieved but won’t be. And so it is that you rediscover your true identity and experience the Kingdom of Heaven. Still it needs to be. not to fall into false compassion. All the avenues you have traversed in your mad dash for peace have mistakenly been aimed not within but without. If you would rather not do this with your family. Let your gratitude be the gateway into this experience of Love. Rather. This is when you speak kind words in spite of how you feel in your heart. You wonder why there is wool over your eyes and do not consider that it is you that holds it there. How does ambivalence disappear? Why do the situations you have chosen irritate you? Their illusory nature permits you to take them as the joke that they are. gently share your inner conflict as lovingly as you can. It can be found right now if you truly choose to awaken to it.though. But it is time for you to give up what has served you poorly by its own measure and in truth not at all. happily willing to take from your hands whatever you want no longer. or act nicely. knowing deeply that it is what you have always been. Where need I go to find the peace you bring? Hold not your anxiety in 13 . you are definitely experiencing its lack. How can I find peace as I go through the world? You cannot. Yet you have thus far failed to see this is what you have done. I am with you always and forever. according to the ego’s broken record of a cry – you are in conflict and have no hope out of it. These deceptions serve no one. for it is not in the world to find. but without love in your heart.
fear and. How could imperfection exist within the perfection that is the truth of what you are? Beyond all form. no reality. creating a concoction that beguiles you and confuses you too. How could such broken and lonely ideas be anything but insufficient for he whom God created wholly loved and loving? What keeps me from knowing the beauty that dwells within? In truth. How don’t I allow myself to forgive? You don’t always see an opportunity for practicing forgiveness as one. of unfulfillment. that you do anything but merely laugh at. This way of seeing will bring you to the remembrance of the truth of who you are. nothing but a laughable mirage. When you find yourself in such a state. If you find yourself in a situation that is not permitting you to be completely and totally at peace.your heart so tightly. not even touched by your ravenously wild uncertainty. 14 . allow me to show you the truth that persists endlessly. the peace that you are gently calls to the fragmented idea you have of yourself. It is clear to me that you do not see this quite yet. That which keeps the Christ that you are in a state of other than perfect peace has. then you have an opportunity for learning to perceive something in it with Christ’s Vision. You mix these thoughts of lack. How can I best deal with my tiredness? Remember that the body is not your home. in truth. You bind your self with every thought of inadequacy. pain. of course. So allow this metric to assist you in knowing when forgiveness is how you should mentally respond to that which you perceive. asking simply that you know yourself. You persist in your hurtful belief in inadequacy and its relatives – sin.
Berate yourself not for past choices of fear. being from He who is unchanging. since its end result always falls shy of what you expect. they have had no effect. as any difference is mere fantasy. you have limited your ability to perceive them as they are in truth. You are presented with the choice – for oneness and joy or for the unhappiness stemming from multiplicity – so choose once again. 15 . What can I learn from my resistance to peace that I often feel stuck in? There is always a way to see where you are with eyes of love.Why can’t I love those I meet on my path more easily? The only reason for you to withhold sharing your love with your brother is a lack of proper sight. Permit the all-encompassing nature of His love to nourish and sustain you as you journey back to your remembrance of your peace in Him. even when this seems unreachable in your position. What has reality comes from God and cannot be changed. If you believe in that which limits anyone. For the light that shines in you shines exactly as brightly within them. Allow yourself to traffic in fantasy no more.
except “There is no mind!”? Thus does the ego attempt to give reality to its most extravagantly elaborate mistruth – that the world is all that is. period. 16 . Give over all concepts that the Son of God has any limit whatsoever. How else could it be for someone who throws his peace away for both the “important” and the “trivial” happenings in his life? You delight in discriminating between the former and the latter.Questioning Ego Beliefs How can I stop limiting myself? The pain that you see as the truth of who you are is merely a simple mistake. these artificial distinctions have no reality nor value. It does not need to be believed in. for there is an irrevocable memory in him of the oneness that God has willed him to be. You can only do this on the level of the mind. the holy Son of God cannot subsist wholly on untruths. since it cuts to the heart of the matter. What is the point of staying in the dream world? There is yet much for you to forgive while this body of yours seems to remain your identity. and what does the world shout over and over. Your attachment to all things of form serves only to deepen your acceptance of the preposterous concept that you are apart from He Who created you. and a myriad of other categories you happily employ. and if you choose. it can be realized to be the “notness” that it is. All the varied things you have presented to yourself have been made for one purpose – to prevent you from remembering the gentle peace you share with your Creator. What is it that I should do when I find the world to be very important? This is a very good issue. Yet as has been mentioned before. You actually seem to think that every thing in your life is extremely important. However.
Yet there is no more need for this to be your goal. I will show 17 . All of these and a myriad more have you accepted from the ego that your specialness not be diminished. Why do I yearn for separation? You are aware of the tenuousness of your perch on your throne that “rests” on the idea of God Whom you have destroyed. Perhaps is your body unsatisfying in this view of the ego’s that it has sold you. It may in some way convince you to see yourself in a superior light in any situation. but you cannot stand to consider stepping off of the “kingdom” of pain and suffering that you believe to be your dominion. By giving your perceptions over to me will I help you to transform their goal to be one of harmony and tranquility. an inferior one. Your right-minded Self sees this manipulating and posturing and has no concern. as well may you covet something your brother may have in his possession. When you are in harmony with this return to your peace does the ego become vicious in one of any number of unique strategies. It is sacred to your separated self and your alliance with separation will pull out all the stops to prevent even the merest questioning of its legitimacy. No more will you see the distinctions that had once led you to grief and sadness. You will not tolerate threat to this place where your identity as separate is kept.What is it in me that fears the punishment of God? There is a place in your mind that you guard with an intense fervor. alternatively. For how could nothingness be a cause for concern? You will see that all that you have given credence to has been less than the merest wisp and need not give rise to more concern than such a thing deserves. You know that this is an impossible idea. or. You may notice some matter of lack in your life. Your wish to be special keeps from your memory your longing to awaken once again unto your oneness.
allow you to remember the beauty and peace at rest in you. Relinquish any “gifts” of fear that you falsely hope will result in the 18 . How can I keep from believing that other people have limitations? The holy Son of God will simply see his brother in the same manner he believes himself to be.to you another way of looking at your world so that the underlying love shines clear. Yet could this not be farther from what is true. At your core. In a world of limitations you perceive to be so. What should I do when I feel empty inside? Your emptiness is only a strange inversion of the holy Fullness that gently resides in your very being. spreading loving blessings on all that is. What do I do when I feel I can’t face love? Allow yourself to see that you have imprisoned yourself by your upside-down definition of love and self. It is only in denying this perfection that you find what seems to be its opposite in your mind as well as your experience. God wants only peace and eternal love without limit for his holy Son. you will believe that you are capable of both attacking and being attacked. You believe that you have limitations and can only be genuine some of the time. all will be seen as inherently limited. Permit me to reexamine the burdens you have shouldered for all of time. newly rediscovered. you need nothing for you are wholeness itself. How do I take my fear less seriously? As long as you have for your identity a sense of limitation and littleness. He is only as his Creator knows him to be. Yet does God know his Holy Son to be without limit and unbound by time. and help you see the substanceless nature that they have always had. for this is the only gift which he truly ever was given. Let this limitlessness. and in your oneness with your Creator.
When you are able to see the light and beauty within yourself. This “challenge” lies at the heart of your seeming conundrum. cover over. Once this new perspective of the valuelessness of the many differences of form is adopted. but in fact there is but one. though. This pain has set a table of glitter and gilt-covered dinnerware and yet will not your desire for God be sated at this banquet of naught. you will see once again the light that only shines for always and forever. Why do I often think I have all the answers? The ego would like you to believe this. since it supports its belief that you have overthrown the Kingdom of God. Why do I get sidetracked by thoughts of the ego? The challenges of the path are seemingly many. The thought that you have some deficit to overcome before God will embrace you again is the very idea that keeps you seemingly apart from your peace. while the idea of being above or separate from anything at all has any value to you. how could you not conclude that what you believe is what’s best? You don’t really know what’s best. Why do I feel like a child who always asks. The truth is within you. You will rather discover again the idea of “not enough” that wearily calls from within the ego’s defective viewpoint. Now you find yourself on its throne. 19 . “Why this?” and “Why that?” It is not necessary to belittle yourself as you begin to take steps unto God. in fact. with the world at your feet. As your heart begins to see truly. all the joy and love that is Heaven will be remembered to be your own. will all questioning be done. but you still see it not.love which they. If you imagine all the world groveling before you. Then any challenges that had previously presented themselves for you will be understood to be the illusions that they have always truly been.
When you are shown that you have the power – you have the key. One is a testament only to freedom.For the truth in all this is that you are perfect already. you have striven to avoid some other thing that you had decided would harm you. and into your being. and how can you think differently when it is God’s will for this to be so? So accept His love into your heart. yet you do not always make the leap of logic to understand that you cling to them desperately on the level of your mind. for it is this for which you are! What is there to even strive for? Nothing. there is no overlap of these thought systems. your mind. As has been stated before. He loves you with a certainty that only comes with the fullness of Everything. will you not release your self. He sees all your escapades into division and loss and holds the unswerving knowledge of your unchanging peace steadily within. and mope no longer in the shallow pools of self-contempt! Recognize your greatness. And He knows. total love being the antithesis of its existence. that this peace will be revealed unto you yet again. from this prison you have made? 20 . as do I. fear and anxiety? You long to be rid of such emotions. Why do I keep encountering sadness. This insane correlation is only possible when the ego’s perception is given precedence. When you weren’t doing that in some way. What have you achieved but to wear yourself out? What have you gained but a tenuous grasp on an uncertain situation that will undoubtedly change? This is no gain to the Holiness within. the other simply imprisonment. This decision to ally with the ego sees no difference between releasing pain and ultimate annihilation at the hands of a vengeful god. since this is how God created you! And allow this knowledge to ring through all existence. and this should come as a great relief to you – for what has your whole life been but striving? You have striven to achieve a thing you have deemed valuable.
with a love in your heart and a song in your ears. How shall I stabilize my perception when things cause me distress? All the seeming variety of sources of anxiety. Why not pursue this way of viewing the things you encounter as you move through the world? This cannot help but give you all that is seemingly beyond you yet still dwells within. you will know again the divine Self that you have been forever and beyond. There is a better way of seeing. nor will they result in sorrow. attack. What am I learning by believing this world to be my home? There is nothing to learn from those statements which are not true – they only foster misunderstanding and self-denial. Yet that does not mean that these non-truths are useless as you journey home to your oneness in God. They but represent in your world the unreal thought that you are separate from God. as the divine in him dwelleth in you. Now are you able to perceive with a light in your eyes. For the Holy Spirit makes use of all that you’ve made to be important in your completely (albeit mistakenly) twisted way of thinking. suffering and unease are but reflective of the core idea of the ego. Allow the unreality of the intertwined ideas of loss. No more are you deceived with the idea that the things of this world can bring you happiness. pain. being of All. and separateness to be known to you. Thus do you uncover the ever-shining beauty that graciously gives to all.Let yourself go free in seeing freedom in each brother you see. The divine in you dwelleth in him. As you begin to unburden your mind of what has absolutely no value. This will eventually grant you all the love you ever longed for and thought ever beyond you. He will assist you in letting go of those things which you have placed between yourself and your knowing of your holiness. and this is what I share – a way of setting things in their proper order. They are but effects of an insane decision 21 .
you did not even really make. Only this twisted understanding would result in you who are the home of holiness believing in your inherent damnableness. How can I no longer cling to limitation? Limit has become your world. you will see the connectedness of these untruths. since what is eternal does not know of change. In the end. that this realization may be given back to you. Why do I believe that pain is? There are a variety of mistaken ideas that you believe to be real. What could I do but laugh at something so outlandish? You need not anything in truth. Lay down your fear. as does a flower turn and welcome the warm rays of the gentle sun. So give over all that you have piled upon your back and let yourself turn your face to welcome God’s graciousness. You believe that smallness is what you are worthy of. and oneness is all that is? Since God is all. there is truly nothing to oppose. This must be so or it would not have been chosen by you. Only the belief in the mistaken concept of duality will give rise to mistaken thoughts like these. 22 . What reality is there to “opposing” if duality is false. though you might not grasp this as you look at yourself through your body’s eyes. How could the laughable concept that you are unworthy of God’s peace not be innately linked with a belief that you and He are other than perfectly one? What can I do with my rebellion that’s in opposition to your guidance? Do not be afraid to give it into my hands. I see with no such limit and can see your holiness in each and every moment. There is no sense in you who have made this world choosing to become a victim to it when at any moment can you see it anew. thereby expressing your willingness to reexamine the faulty assumptions that underlie any opposition that you are experiencing.
Joy How am I to give my joy when I am not feeling it? It is not always apparent yet it is always there. Allow this fact to buoy your spirit in those instances in which you have permitted another way of seeing to cloud your eyes. Those experiences have no relation to reality. Leave them behind and remember the happy truth that you are loved by God and that Love encompasses everything. Because of this, there is not a single person excluded, and also not you, even though you feel you are oftentimes unworthy of receiving this. God’s Son is incapable of being unworthy of His Love, for it is what God created him to be. Is it conceivable that God’s Son is not worthy of his own eternal nature? Allow, then, the gentle peace of Heaven to reawaken to your vision, for it has been there always, as your truth has been as well. There is no time that has ever been in which your spirit was not whole. Any idea in which you have ever been incomplete in any manner has no basis in what is real. Such preposterous conceptions melt away in the clear-seeing Vision of Christ, which is your constant option of choosing to see the light in others and in your Self. So give all anxiety and thoughts of lack over to this way of perceiving and they will melt away into the nothingness which they have always been. For as you wake from illusions, it’s very easy to see that their seeming substance was not there. Why don’t I allow my joy to be shared with more regularity? It is not actually what you feel will serve you, so you do not let it at all times shine. For while you believe yourself to be a limited and injury prone being that dwells in a body will you choose to give yourself as well as those you see shame and loneliness. Yet do you already know the truth on the level of the spirit which exists in spite of all seeming forms that may be contrary. Forgive all that clouds your perception of the 24
happiness and tranquility that stays eternally beyond all that is changing. How can I know Beauty? Open your heart to it and let your mind know it to be, know it to be all. For it is one with you and you are one with Beauty too; Undo the ideas in your mind that have stated otherwise – they are simply idle ramblings not worth the value you give to them. With this knowledge do all strivings cease, for you have nowhere to go once you wake up to the fact that you are in Heaven and have always been. Lay aside your fears, your rage, your ennui, your despair – that which is nothing has no place in Perfection. Give up too your attachment to this world of form – it is not your home, but the ego’s. Now know the peace that is your truest Self. Why do I struggle with staying connected to a sense of joy? You feel that shame is a big part of what you deserve owing to a mistaken concept of your true nature. Your commitment to believing this harsh unreal fairy tale about your origin brings this false idea of pain to your experience. As long as you feel that this “attack” upon God has any amount of legitimacy, will separation be what seems to be happening in your life. Yet how could the Son of God stop being what he is? It is possible that he may not see the truth of himself, but still will the eternal light that God placed in him shine blessings on all that exists. Where do the fleeting moments of pure joy disappear to? Joy is neither fleeting nor temporary, but your precious clinging to this thought of duality causes you to believe the untrue is true. Allow your Teacher to guide your wandering mind back to the truth by helping you see the unendingness that is that which shines from within. How can I more easily remember my joy? Be not afraid to ask for help, 25
but do you clench your fists tightly around the belief that they are so. Neither have any basis in what is true. Yet how can what is but a dream have any objective reality? How can I remain in the Joy that I know myself to be? In times of happiness. So share unequivocally the blessed truth that your Creator gave to you. will you also see the light and love in each and every brother that presents himself or herself to you. Celebrate! Give your joy freely to all those you meet and all those that you think of.for it is truly with you always and forever. There is no “other” that wishes you harm and revels 26 . will you come to know your own divinity as well. Welcome it in those times where you see it easily. As the light shining in your brother reveals itself to you. It shines irrespective of whether you know it to be there or not. blessing all infinity. will you believe that what the body’s eyes show you is objectively real. which is yours as well as of you! How can I joyfully share the love that dwells in me? As you see the warm rays of joy and peace that shine happily outward from you. flush with vengeance. Until you are prepared for this to be so. Why do I permit myself to feel other than perfect joy and happiness? You are beset by anxiety not through the whim of a mad dictator. there is but one thing for you to do. and allow a new perspective to come to you in those moments where you see it not. This is true also the other way around. The light that shines from your heart is reflected in the pure mirror of beauty that rests quietly within your brother. You will come to understand how what I share with you is true. Why do I keep myself from living a fully joyous life? This is synonymous to the question of why you lead a separate existence.
In this way. and the reverse is a blessing as well. What have I to offer in response to this but unceasing compassion and understated gentleness? Once you begin to open your heart to my message of ceaseless unity. The peace that you think sidesteps and flits here and there does not in reality do that at all. How can I sustain the joy I have only occasionally? You do not yet understand the truth of what joy is. As you begin to know the peace that is truly beyond all the things of this world. For there is no peace that is not constant. So let yourself accept this joyful news. The eternal nature of your brother is a blessing unto you both . Its eternal nature belies the possibility that it could be temporary in any way. you will come to know that which you have always known on some level – the gentle and ever-present nature of your Father’s love for you. offering such ideas as evidence that God has dictated this terrible conflicted state to be your fate. permitting you but the most minor whisper of a taste before pain returns once more. 27 . of ceaseless love. and permit your vision to encompass what you have learned. the “joy” will then deepen and transform ultimately into Joy’s ceaseless state of being – into that which you truly have always been. The experience you refer to as joy is but a temporary lessening of the anxiety and hatefulness that underlies all that you think to be real. Constancy is the primary characteristic of what peace is.for you are what he is. Why does joy sometimes seem to lead me to experiencing more of it. but not always? While there seems to be a dream that you think is your life does this experience of joy seem to dance around you.in your sorrow. Yet you have come up with this terrible fantasy. these silly shadows will start to leave your mind.
For this light in you has never dimmed in anyway. for your death is an illusion. Your Father’s gifts to you are eternal – they cannot be taken from you. will your joy be given to all the Christ in perfect harmony. you will not even question what manner this should be done in. for that outcome has been chosen for you by the Christ that you are. because the Christ in you knows that whatever seems to cause concern is nothing but a figment of unreality.How can I share the light I know is in us all? Open yourself to seeing it in your brother in whatever circumstance you interact with or even think of him. within you – it surpasses all dualities. And rejoice. For your awareness of this will allow it to be blown away on the cool breeze that is your certainty of your true inheritance. 28 . All the Sonship shines brightly regardless of your resistance to see this to be true. How does the joy fully express itself? Allow it to overcome you – and by this I mean – open the eye in your heart and see. So share this resistance with me that we may perceive all this anew. shining in the gentle rays of your Father’s deserved grace. This follows very logically. Let it be the star of Christ’s rebirth in your awareness. His light is there whether or not you perceive it to be so. even though you choose to ignore them. Allow your rage to be exposed for the hot air it truly is. Know your true nature and be assured. But now is the time to allow His loving Peace to return to your knowledge. For love is all around you. How can my joy be shared with the innocence of love? In any instance in which peace is all of your experience. just because you have chosen to look at a dream of pain. In this instance. for it will simply be done through the truth of what you are without concern.
then. to be gentle with your world as you journey into peace. as well. As you relinquish your flawed and broken worldview of duality. How can I more regularly see the true horror of this world? Ultimately. But instead. This is the truth regardless of the situation that seems to be confronting you in a world of retributive attack and seemingly unending unease. Do not forget. It is true that you have looked at this world with eyes of lust.Vision How can I see the newness that your Vision supplies in any given moment? Within the holy instant. where you are already. How can I help myself see that forgiveness is the best choice in each circumstance? Each situation you find yourself in is an opportunity to undo those seeming happenings that it appears you have created with the ego. longing. show yourself compassion and allow your mistakes to be given me and undone. as the miniscule glitch that is the idea of separation has been let go of before it could be held on to. Remember. Your Father did not create you so. that your goal is already achieved. yet your goal is unreachable without being forgiving of silly errors in yourself and your brother. and in truth does not a thing exist that opposes His will. all is eternal yet new simultaneously. all of Heaven will be made plain to see. Commitment is required. despising and more – all ways of making a big deal out of it. Order not yourself to be unflagging in your pursuit of Heaven. But whether you are making it out to be beautiful or abject. its newness and glory that shine always in thee. God wills nothing but peace for His Son. No more need you hold so tightly unto the scraps of mere nothingness which have only left you hungry and in need. what it is important that you see is the world’s unreality. you are making it out to be 29 .
What need I do to remember my brother’s divinity? You must be willing to release your preconceptions as to his identity. where only death could seemingly afford release. This insane idea that you have perpetrated vengeful and hateful acts upon another has as much merit now as it always has had. the belief that 30 . You need no longer give credence to any mistaken idea based in the ego’s cracked foundation of pain and loneliness. nor are they in truth. The corollary insanity. which is to say none whatsoever. Your sad misconcepts would encase him in a hopeless cage of flesh. not fully conscious of its requisite allies. however. Yet is this sad story woven out of whole cloth. namely sorrow and pain. Even though you resist these concepts still. Why do I see beyond the truth and make the world such a strong concern? Give over the pain and “trauma” that you have squirreled away to the dark corners of your mind. and that is the real error.credible. It is all that he is. you will see their correctness in due time. and you will look upon illusions no more. These hurtful concepts do not truly benefit that which God created. without even a single touch of reality within. you will think that they travel alongside you. in spite of your mistaken belief they do. These need not be your allies. And you take this fabricated tale and wrap yourself tightly in it. as it is all that you are as well. All that being said. your brother’s divinity is there for you to perceive. But until you can see that they have actually been chosen by you in your fear. for you know not the truth of what he is. has the Vision of Christ made moot your inane un-thoughts of littleness and small-mindedness. How can I cultivate Christ’s Vision more fully? When you allow yourself to see what is divine in each and every situation that you find yourself to be in.
He uses a Vision beyond what this world’s eyes are capable of viewing to translate hurtfulness to harmlessness. Go forth and bless those that you meet with this Vision. 31 . For He sees the Son of God as he is. Give. and not as he thinks himself to be. Let these perceptions of holiness be given you as your own. then. holds the same amount of water as does its partner.you are the victim of such acts. That which was viewed as an innocent undergoing horrible cruelty is now seen as an active partner in an opportunity for forgiveness. What once was seen as malicious attack is turned into innocence calling out for love. and victimhood into victimlessness. so that you may share them in the circumstances which you have made your own. the ideas of this manner to one who views them with a true Vision.
for in this realization comes the awareness that this sadness can be let go of. They have given you only grief and sorrow. Let this be good news to you. And the idea of separation melts back into the nothingness that it always was. How do I let go of anger and return to peace? All that you seem to see cries out that it’s separate. In fact. No more need you pretend that there is something within you that is unworthy of this. For too long you seemingly tolerated the idea of this 32 . as you have always been. This compulsory need to make yourself the victim of your emotions need not be your lord and master. which reinforces your chosen idea of separation. When you feel that your home is connected with any variety of longing and lack are you misunderstanding the nature of your dwelling place. nothing at all. whether or not you see this to be so. How can the illusion be released? Let yourself know the deception which you have chosen to believe and take off the mask that allows you to think you’re in pain. What do I do with the frustration that I find in myself? There isn’t anything you need do. you are always choosing either love or fear. The way you see yourself and those around you is wholly determined by this choice. and you are once again. It was never truly there to begin with. For these things are but idle toys that have never given you what you had hoped when you first picked them up. For you have been created by God to be with him eternally in your shared residence of Heaven.Leaving Anguish How can I leave all of my unhappiness in the dust? Your unhappiness already lies in the dustbin of imagined loneliness and imagined suffering. No longer need you imagine that place is where you reside as well. There are always choices. one with your Creator.
Why do I seem to hate so often? Your presence is true. unshakeable. In this oneness. timeless.judgment and so have apparently suffered. It is but to bless him and allow his blessing to be given to you in turn. you bless yourself and all those you perceive as radiant bringers of love. Through all seeming trials. But worry not. Do not think that you are letting go of a single idea that is of 33 . Let this gift be given you that you may share it with your brother. This unending peace that shines in all the Sons of God is your inheritance. And as you permit your awareness to encompass this true vision. have you chosen amiss. Believing a body is the reality of your brother disallows true vision. There is but love for you to behold when you look beyond the veils that have limited what you have seen. Simply remembering the beauty dwelling in your brother will cast aside any shadows that you had set before your seeing him as the peace which passeth all understanding. Seeing him as other than love prevents this light from being recognized. How can I unfold despite my fearful thoughts? Permit yourself to awaken from the painful dreams that possess your mind. is the truth of what you are. This deeper fear warps your perception so strongly that you no longer can see which option is love. What does it mean to let go of fear? It means only that you have relinquished a mad fairy tale which has no basis whatsoever in what is true. for I will guide you. For believing in this illusion of fear and scarcity shows merely a lack of understanding of the beauty that dwells within you. Your decisions to this point have been skewed by the cloudiness that this “vision” has brought with it. Then are you able to know the higher purpose of your every seeming interaction with another. The strange allure of pain hides the timeless joy.
In graciousness will the peace of Heaven be given unto you once more. and one day given up entirely. he will come to see that he only battles himself. see precisely that which he is fighting. Until that day arrives in his experience. It is then that his tight grip on his weapon can be loosened. For it is not conceivable that a person in their right mind would be desirous of suffering. more beastlike hatred of what is peace. will you experience turbulence and things that are in conflict. He does not. Through your diligent commitment to giving all that is not of peace into my care. When you are able to look such blind rage directly in the eye with me in the calm certainty of knowing that it has no iota of reality will Heaven be remembered by you once more. or at least seem to yourself to be. Yet even your innocent but 34 . will the light dawn once again to your eyes. malice and evil? Yet is there a path out which will lead to a correction of all the ego’s twists and turns and dead ends. Who but a madman would lock himself into a crazy “funhouse” of distortion. What does my frustration accomplish? All the dour masks associated with the ego serve but one aim – to keep you unaware of the oneness that encompasses everything completely. That is the lot of he who believes there are struggles to overcome and battles to be waged. Like many who have explored the dark cave before him. How do I step out of my belief in fear? How can you know that this has not already been done? Your angry adamance that this is a lie betrays your darker. his “weapon” of choice in believing God to be separate will cloud the truth of his oneness with that which is One. How do I share God’s light in the midst of struggle and turbulence? How else could you share it? For as long as you believe yourself to be a separate entity in a world of things that shift and change. But this is where you are. however.benefit to you.
This is a welcome to look at the emotion you are experiencing from a fresh perspective. This. hard fact? For when you can conceive of your situation rightly.mistaken loyalty to misperception cannot cloud completely the warm and gentle rays of your Father’s unending Call to His Son to awaken and return home. How do I relinquish my guilt? Keep your reluctance to acknowledge it in steady view. for how could it serve you? As you share your fear with me. How do I give my fear to you? Whenever you are feeling ill at ease. While you have seemed to be the victim that you have made yourself. Need you perceive the emotional maelstrom to be around you and what you are encased in the storm? This is simply the view of the victim. all that makes sense is howling in rage at the unfairness of it all. 35 . then do new pathways open up to you. however. How does the shadow let rid its hold? How can something that is nothing do aught? Have you been willing to consider the possibility that you have been holding on to your pain. is hardly how a loving God treats his only Son. In this space. and that is the only reason it seems to exist? Have you been open to the chance that you have clung to your misery as would a capsized person to a life raft? Have you considered these are anything but possibilities – that they are cold. peace will return to your awareness for you will remember what you are and that you are home. you have presented yourself with an opportunity to forgive. It is held close in your heart by your avoidance of perceiving it. how could you imagine that you have some way of setting things right? In this crazy scenario. but it is not the perspective that you need adopt. your desire for victimization will no longer hold sway and you will step free of your misguided need for pain.
Those things without any basis are not at all. the belief that your Father wants to destroy you and cast you into the fiery pits of hell until the end of eternity. Allow yourself to think these concepts real no more. and there has never been a microscopic instant when you were apart as never will there be. Why do I struggle so much with needing things to be the way I want them to be? This is but a conceit of the ego’s – that things could be the way it chooses and not in complete agreement with that which God wills. of unity and grace. Could such a blatant untruth lead a logical mind unto ideas not entirely misleading? This is what you have been mercy to. Lay aside any and every fleeting thought that speaks to you not of perfection. These sad mistakes will return to the nothingness from which they crawled forth. as they clearly are built upon the illusory idea that you and God are not one. 36 . You are at home now with your Father in Heaven. For they are entirely baseless and simply laughable when seen aright. How could fear and sin and all related concepts have any reality.as you’ve never not been.
You need not be concerned with whether or not the end of your path will be reached. graciously release your burdens unto me. but only to do with you and whether you choose to see perfection or not. Instead. What is the purpose of spiritual teachers? They have the same purpose as any other thing in this world. for. and that is one of two things. for those on pedestals invariably fall. only that is certain. The horrifying image of your Creator that you have given yourself by thinking the separation to be true demands that you cower at his throne or be punished. that you may come to see they never were at all. So rely not on any judgment that you have made in the grip of fear. Being willing to change your mind about what is real is something that will help yourself and others. since that is guaranteed to cloud your sight. in all of your experience. For what is already accomplished 37 . Yet you must be wary of setting yourself on too high a pedestal. The fact that you could believe such a miscreation to have the merest touch of truth reveals how upsidedown and backwards your thinking has become. either it is to reinforce separation or it is to negate it.Helping Others Why do I want to hide from people when I feel like I could help them? This dynamic that exists between you and your brother is but a mirror of the twisted relationship you mistakenly believe you have with God. At this point. Neither has anything to do with the teacher himself. it is very tempting for you to blame yourself and imagine that you are faulty for not seeing the wholeness in every situation or in every person. How can I help others when I myself am struggling? Your question reveals that you have fallen into the thought system of the ego and are therefore not perceiving your situation in the most helpful manner.
For Love is unchanging and is only perfection. which need not improve or shift at all since it already is perfect. How can I share my love in the best manner? As you begin to let go of your tenacious grip on your mistaken choice for loneliness. did his Father’s welcome dwell in the heart and in the mind. In truth. Can an ugly fantasy of bitterness and vanity tear apart what can never be torn asunder? But 38 . Let us give thanks that this is so as we remember once again the peace our Father has given us. All that is required for you to know this welcome is to welcome nothing else. How can I let the love flow more effortlessly? All you need do is to be your Self. the prodigal son never left his Father’s home – it lay within. In spite of its irrepressible nature. Yet did not one part of this inane fairytale happen at all. too. Verily does God assure you that this is so by the sending of His Voice to help you know what is true. For you who seem to inhabit a world of ups and downs. your self will begin to shine with the light that irrepressibly dwells in Heaven and in you. This merely displays your deeply profound confusion as to the makeup of your self. What do I have to do to join with my brother? There is nothing for you to do to make true what has been true forever. you have deluded yourself into believing it is but a dream. Be not deceived by terms such as “flowering” and “flow” which seem to convey that a shift or change occurs in love. the peace that underlies all appearances may yet seem impossible to achieve. for what you really are is the epitome of love effortlessly flowering. So.cannot be undone and what is unassailable cannot to brokenness be reduced. having committed an atrocity through destroying God’s Peace in Heaven by thinking of separation from Him. You believe that this prison world is all you deserve.
this is not what you would have be. blessing the spirit you see in your brother and all around. the reality of your changelessness in the softness of your Lord’s bosom will be awakened again in your mind. Let your thankfulness for all you have been given open your eyes to the simple and profound Being that is what you are. You are as you always have been. Insisting that something is true does not. this “individual” self you have led yourself to believe that you are. although it has no reality in truth. There is nothing you need accomplish for this to be so. Yet always it places your self separate and apart from another. make it so. It is the ego you cherish. You need merely brush away the veil that you have placed over your eyes and behold the wondrousness of the truth of Heaven. And due to this. will you see yourself. As you assume this new mental perspective. How can I bring my love in the optimal manner to those in my life? Share the gentle peace when it arises within you. or encourages denigrating the self you think you are. you can understand its insistence that it is the truth. you often struggle with decisions between one option versus another. How shall I share all that has been given me? Frustrations mask the deeper truth that you know. however. Know this is not true. It is usually apparent when you are going to choose something which does not leave you in peace. whether it leads to congratulating yourself for “walking the path” of a spiritual belief system. but there is something that you have decided to give more value than this rest in God. regardless of the seeming intensity of the plea. and only what is unchanging is true. You would try and convince God that there is other – not He. united eternally with your Father. Since this is the core of the ego’s existence. Shine the joy in your 39 . For as you perceive that which seems to be outside of you. It gives you the specialness that you crave. Only sanity is sane.
heart upon all that is before you so that you see the beauty joyfully shine in your heart and mind. and only that which has a basis in love is at all. will you see that being shared is all that love is. of ease of being. Once you begin to see that you and you alone are responsible for all that you seem to sense with your body. How can I share the love that has been given to me? Heal yourself and give all that you find within. As it begins to be understood that artificial divisions have no basis in love. Yet while confusion still seems to be your only option. can you accept that those things that are important to you are so merely due to your belief that they are so. Anything that calls to you of peace. provides you with the impetus to release unnecessary ideas of limit and smallness. The path of forgiveness that you have chosen will make this all clear to you. I will guide you until you are ready to choose sight instead of blindness. 40 .
that all for which you sought and sought is in you right now and always was and will be. But this way of thinking would seem to make that which is given you from God fleeting. or maybe a disturbing thought that has come to mind. will all pain and sorrow melt away into the nothingness they have always been. has no conditions and never does it change. You may think that there is some “thing” that has caused this sensation to be experienced and that you would like this thing. Give over. namely tranquility. When you can see the love that simply is. conditional. that dwells past all appearances. What should I do with my anxiety? Give it over to me that I may help you open your eyes to a different understanding of that which gives rise to such a feeling. all concepts of 41 . will all joy be yours for you to see. And this is absurd. yet the little willingness to give suffering over to me is what is lacking when such things occur. then. then. for the Beauty that lies within you is glorious in the gentle radiance that shines from within as well. Permit yourself to see it anew by seeing it through the eyes of Christ. It dwells at all times within you. Never is it other than what you are. For what He has given you. as it is in this very moment as well. Rejoice. This is reason to rejoice. constant and serene. be it a situation you are in. waiting patiently for you to recognize it and all the value that it has.Pain and Suffering Why do I permit myself to get caught up in painful memories? It seems to be something that you have no control over. to be changed so that you can find peace. How can I deal with situations that bring me suffering? The answer is always the same. Yet can you find this nugget of faithfulness if but look for it you will. namely Love. For when you see this. no matter what form this unease appears to assume.
lack and withdrawal. It seems to you still that fictional ideas such as sorrow and loneliness are truly given unto you in situations that surround you. Yet this is not so. for your rememberance of the truth of being is not in question. It is inevitable. and this will undoubtedly bring conflict. but the unhealed world you meander through is but a trick of the eye too. and the truth of who you are shares its limitless happiness. in fact. yet the Son of God is not made small by other than his belief in his smallness. permitting me to remind you of the abundance you share with the oneness of All. 42 . the ego wails. How could worry creep into the mind of one whose never-ending guide’s only motivation is perfect happiness for his charge. Worry not about if you will ever achieve that seeming progress. Why do I permit myself to choose to feel pain and sadness when joy is all around? You have merely started to learn what you are in truth. for you. It is truly nonsensical that you would want pain to be what you experience. A mind cannot be in peace and hold opposing ideas at the same time. and even then not in reality. So call upon the Happy Teacher. When these concepts begin to become the foundation of your thought system. whose wholeness is intertwined with your reawakening. How can I leave behind this animosity and anxiety? It is something you do not need. are not only these feelings no more real than an illusionist’s feats of distraction. and for this. such experiences begin to lessen in their intensity. How can I give up the pain that I feel? You must first see how much you cling to it and want it. For. yet there is a longing to keep it close that you have. Why do I feel like the equanimity I long for isn’t in me? You maintain that what is not true is true.
It simply knows – it knows that its presence is a blessing to all the world. which. that which Christ offers is truly already with you. Allow peace to enter into your heart and rest to be given you. and this is how it is kept. For in Heaven. that loathing is peace. And substanceless are they in truth. blesses the Sonship in return. Yet Reason would have you choose differently. and does not oscillate away and back into memory. that rage is your only reasonable choice. It is shared freely and without hesitation. and these are chosen by you to keep you steady on the path to remembering who you really are. when seen truly.You have listened to the laughable claims of the ego. and you are well on your way to the constancy of peace that you believe you feel at times. which claims that fear is safety. For while you are beguiled with their seemingly magnetic allure. Why do I return over and over to pain and loneliness? The ego wants your suffering to continue indefinitely. The animosity is the outcome of wanting two things opposed to one another. However. their substancelessness will remain hidden unto you. for that which detracts from God’s peace is not. For behold. leading you to disappointment and envy in their many different manifestations. For your true Identity needs no reassurance. it needs no propping up in order to help it to see the truth that it is. at all. For the fact of reality is that it is shared. in truth. to give and to receive are identical. 43 . the peace of Heaven is eternal. Can I choose a better way to experience this life than the ping-pong back and forth between remembering my peace and the agony of forgetting? Begin to see that what you’ve allied yourself with doesn’t really serve you. the Son of God. True. What peace is there in such an unsteady situation? Let me help you look again and choose anew. there are experiences which shed a glimmer of this state into your awareness.
However. due to your mistaken adherence to your faulty belief in God’s otherness. you may ask yourself? Yet is the answer all around you. How can you hope to deal with such a seemingly large problem. upset – unpeaceful in any possible way – is that primary mistake being reflected in this world unto you. In its place will God’s wholeness be unquestionably evident to His Son yet again. renewing the purity of its holiness and relinquishing its mistaken importance. What should I do if my inadequacy overwhelms me? It is important that you begin to see your very belief in your inadequacy as an 44 .What is there to learn from my experiences of pain? Ultimately. while you still seem to be in a world of hurt. there is much you can do on behalf of the Reawakening of which you are an unreplaceable part. When you can accept that the world that you perceive with your senses is merely an outward reflection of your deeply hidden and thoroughly conflicted sense of self. Release the painful cords you use to bind yourself to abject horror and seemingly eternal inadequacy. the disproportionate importance you give it will cease to be. This is then an opportunity for us to look upon it together. it will be made clear to you that every single experience of pain and unease was “born” of the same mistaken idea: the unreal thought you are not completely one with God. so are you eternally One – never in any way other than in perfect peace in the gentle embrace of Heaven. In each circumstance you face that leaves you angry. sad. These concepts have no basis in reality whatsoever. What is the source of the pain that I subject myself to? There is no other source but the decision to believe that you are other than God himself created you to be. They merely seem to be so to you. As He is eternally One.
Seen truly. of the all-encompassing. If you truly believed that love created you loving. void. longingly. that you are not required to subject yourself to your twisted imaginings. You have appealed time and again for assistance in being fully aware of your true Self. For this displays the truth of your situation.” How does the pain melt into nothingness? Recognize the mirror that is the seeming world around you. Open your eyes to the fact that it is all a crazy clown-like funhouse mirror image of the dripping pustules of rage you unknowingly harbor. It is important that you realize that this is not said to minimize or diminish your experience. Unburden yourself of the pain and horrible suffering that you value now. For how can a call into a void be anything? Love is all. as I would never denigrate that which you have chosen. You caress it tenderly. rendering it unable to keep you hooked into its mistaken worldview. It is only your willingness to value it so that makes it seem real to you. Let this message bring you rest. disappears in the presence of the love. then this belief would effectively deny the other. For solace is the 45 . a. The very concept of emptiness.unjustified attack on yourself and on love as well. Let it flutter away into the warm embrace of forgiveness. in which its nothingness is readily apparent. It is but an unrealizable fantasy .a. clinging tenderly to the bilious loathing inside.only a call into the void.k. and this can only be done by seeing very clearly the insanity of relying on the ego’s faulty concept of “other. is everything. Let it bring you peace. this statement lays bare the fallacy of the idea of separation from the divine. How can I give up my deep and abiding belief in pain and suffering? That which seems to you to be continually representing itself in an incredible variety of forms has not registered as even a blip in Heaven’s eternal radar screen.
however. Why am I anxious? What is it that you feel anxious about? Allow it to come to mind and see what it is that upsets your sense of peace. just like everything in this world. in those moments of loneliness and lack. Why do I let myself fall into sadness so often? You are tricked into thinking that it has some important meaning but it is of an unreal maker and therefore has no real substance. Yet there is a meaning for it that will propel you forward as you learn again of your divine Self. What is the point of all this suffering? There is no point – it is meaningless. This fact is not what you believe. Yet this does not mean that there is not a higher plan with which suffering is used to display its own nothingness. How can I release the pain that hides in my mind? Remember but that it is not so. This is the perspective of de-investing the grim certainty that you had given to this scenario of sorrow and worry. for the meaning that it has to you is merely whatever you have given it. And you have bought them and permitted them to teach you that you live in a world of loss and withdrawal. Only this is required. yet have they only given form to them. yet this is not so. You have thoroughly convinced yourself that the opposite of the truth is real. It would have you believe that it has given you your every desired wish. For the ego has taken pain and sorrow and convinced you they would save you from vengeance. The very word “goods” is misleading. though an illusion they are. right in line with the ego’s nature. You can 46 . which you have always been in reality. Turn whatever it is over to my hands that I may show you its meaninglessness.gift of one who bears the illusion of the world not. The ego has sold you defective goods.
Now is the moment for you to choose to remember the presence of God in you. belying its empty promise of shelter from retribution? Unchain yourself from a cesspool which you mistakenly dove in. Permit pain to be other than an aspect of what you believe yourself to be. you will be blessed with a new vision. which sheds light on that which was perceived as dark. the Sonship’s true Self. How can I best see the silliness of pain and fear? Allow yourself to share your worries and unfounded beliefs with me and we will see together a new interpretation for what had bound you so. over to me. Give up your attraction towards restriction. And make sure as you work to accomplish this that you do not trick yourself into pretending you do not think anger and fear are very real. As you remember the peace you have. Why remain mired in a muck that has only belittled you. This vision will give you the peace which you have never lost. however. a more hopeful understanding. What shall I do to release my attachment to pain? Unburden your soul – free your inner self. and let me clean the muck from your eyes as you remember to forgive. Why are things never good enough for me? The ego is never happy. This denial will simply lead to more unnecessary projection and unnecessary suffering. Allow the bile and malice to bubble up that they may be seen without condemnation. This smallness of thought outlived its (lack of) usefulness an eternity ago.use such times to practice viewing your situation with the eyes of Christ. It does. As you turn your circumstance. will you share it in joy and benevolence with all of Christ. 47 . whatever it may be. thereby removing any power that once had you given them. for that which opposes happiness cannot know it. where it has never not been. although you have lost sight of it.
A fleeting and personal covetousness will give way rather quickly to the ego’s more “natural” anxiety and fearful worrying.make many promises that will go unfulfilled. Yet need you not be allied with things such as these when an Ally of light. Take now this Ally’s hand – it is offered to you in this moment – and watch all thoughts of sin and sickness. 48 . Come. Only you can choose to look with me at your world and correct your misperception. How could it not when it has made variation and inconsistency its cracked and uneven foundation? All the trying and trying that the ego has assured you would be enough to prop up this shaky and false beginning did never for an instant offer you other than depression. since this is the primary mistaken thought of which the ego was made. to slip a veil once more over your vision. How much pain will I keep going through? The answer to this question is yours to give. Worry such as this makes sense from the ego’s severely flawed point of view. It results from a conflation of the very true idea that this whole world is but a dream with the very false idea that this world is all that is. This second idea is. rest and comfort. It assures you happiness. Yet. This work is chipping away at the absurd belief that you are separate from God. in fact. Permit not its anger. Only truth has ever been and all that is changing has not. join me. If. other than failure. pathos and pain. once its conditions are fulfilled. As you assume this peaceful perspective. will you still find no peace. will it flounder and flail with unaccustomed malice. as we watch the pain give way to joy. your despair will then be undone. other than pain. exactly upside-down from that which is real. are these conditions accomplished. for only you can decide that this fiction is real. power and grace stands always with you. leaving only what is true. What is there to even try for? This is a somewhat despairing thought. its rage. be undone completely. by chance.
This conflict between your right-mindedness and this insane point of view will continue for as long as there is any part of your mind that supports this crazy assertion. which they have never not been in reality. then. One part of you sees the possibility of a world without pain as the absolutely worst imaginable situation. When you place a great value in those conflicting ideas 49 . angst and disease to be undone by allowing me to reinterpret them into more helpful forms for you. When you are able to do this. How can I live a life free of pain? It is not clear to you yet that there is a deep disagreement within you as to whether or not this is truly your goal. being of nothing in truth. Let the Holy Spirit relieve you of this senseless burden that brings you sorrow and brings you loss. Why do I believe in sickness when it’s been made clear that this belief keeps love from my world? The beginning of remembering your true self consists of questioning those ideas you currently believe are important. see them both as an insane meaningless babble.” This one-upmanship will never provide the satisfaction and the rest the Son of God knows truly to be his own. will they be seen as the appeals for love that they are. And you do give credence to this impossibility. in spite of your opinion to the contrary. you will once again allow peace and ease of being to be yours. As you permit me to show you the illusory nature of what is not.Rather. must be to allow all thoughts of scarcity. Your goal. All your Father’s gifts are waiting in the present for you to remember their home is in you. What leads me over and over into pain and loneliness? There exists but one mistaken belief you refuse to acknowledge that supports and “breathes life” into every experience of pain and un-ease that comes your way. No more must you choose to ally yourself with the ego and its world of “me versus you.
” beguiling you over and over. while simultaneously will your tranquil inheritance from God dawn gracefully upon your mind. And those happenings which bring peace and happiness can now be understood as merely symbols of Love. then you have more learning to accomplish in order to realize the glorious light that you are. How can I relinquish those things I really want but I know result in pain and sadness? They bring temporary pleasure and momentary “happiness. How could he who God created be unlike his Creator. unendingly whole? Why do I have to go through all this pain to get to God’s peace? Allow yourself to completely release your death grip on the concept of all unease and the very thought of “pain” will be seen for its lack of reality. As you assume this stance in relation to the events of this world. 50 . Yet are you ever subjected to some situation that you did not desire? Only in a wild fantasy is the Son of God not the master of his domain. and can lead the dreamer to the gentle awakening into who he has always been. something the dreamer knows has no connection to reality. how can he be hurt by the things that happen to him in the illusion? Things that strike terror into the hearts of many are now seen as one more scary dream. your very question is turned on its head. they will assume less importance to you. Things which seem important in the viewpoint of fear are seen anew in the Vision of Christ. As you permit yourself to open up to perceiving things in this manner. For what do the things of this world matter when they are seen for the dream things they really are? If a dreamer is aware that what surrounds him is but a dream.that support the ego’s contention that you are unworthy.
Some of these splits are apparent. What should I ask you to help me find my way home. J? When you remember. Your face of innocence then comes into full effect. Why do I keep failing to understand what my true purpose is in most situations? You yet maintain that there is happiness to be found in the transient and hurtful things that you have made to be just that – transient. hurtful. innocence and guilt.Listening Within How can I be sure of the guidance I receive? Allow yourself to sink into the oneness that you really are. that which is for you to know will be revealed to you. instead. Truth is known. such as pain and pleasantness. for it is a blessing to yourself and God and so it flows. belying the fact that the truth of the first concept does not have anything that opposes it. ask me to behold the unpleasantness that seems to be within and without. hatred and bitterness. complaining bitterly against an unjust world. In this knowing. As your mind relaxes and returns to calmness those messages that you question will fall away. 51 . and hope and hopelessness are often more veiled and simultaneously reinforced. It would. hot and cold and night and day. casting you in each and every role of suffering and despair. like life and death. Giving yourself has always been the purpose. Let the gratitude flow forth. Share your heart deeply in this place of peace. I will help you see that both are truly in the split mind which inevitably brings you a world of splits. Yet would the ego tell you that what is true and has truth is not whole and unopposable. bearing no relation to the true nature of the all-encompassing Divine. clearly the victim of a cruel and uncaring God. Yet is this God nothing but an image. Other splits. and remembrance of the Beauty that dwells in you occurs. weave for you a fantastic tale of treachery and deceit.
Give this dream over to the Christ within and let it be replaced with true vision. for that is all you are. For what is the Kingdom of Heaven seemingly unfulfilled? Only for the smallest of mistakes. Unfold the unwanted fear that you have clung to. Know that God has given you only peace and joy and love. you will be again that which never were you not – perfection of everything and one with God as the heart of Love. What shall I learn to enable my return to God? There is. you most likely will take a number of intermediary realizations toward accepting what is complete already but temporarily outside your limiting conception of yourself. As you turn to me to help you decide anew will you relinquish the seeming stranglehold with which it seems to hold you. Go forth in love and light sharing your radiance with the Christ! How does the miracle shorten the need for time? There is only a single truth you must come to realize to relinquish time’s importance to you. Within the illusory world. in fact. allowing it to be seen for the nothingness that it is. Allow yourself to see the joyful truth – that you are loved unconditionally and have already been given all the gifts that exist. For this is 52 . All that remains is to realize they are yours and to share them easily with your brother. Then will Christ’s Vision shine on all the world and see it as naught but love. nothing that you need to do in order to be at one with Him. At the end of time’s seeming importance. These forgiveness rememberings will shorten how much time it will take to complete all opportunities awaiting you ‘ere your attachment unto time is no more. It is but a laughable error that this is not what you perceive as of now.None of this would matter to you but for the fact that you decided to believe this meaningless fable is so. You perceive a lifeless illusion filled with cockroaches and decay.
What is there but gratitude? If by gratitude you mean that which is timeless and boundless. for that is not its nature. J? There is not a single space in which you will discover that which is your inheritance from God. Only the light that is within can illuminate the happy trail that leads you to your remembrance of Love. can you happily show them to me that we may look upon their lack of beingness with gentleness and mercy. As such. Where do I go from here? Seek within. All that holds you back is only the merest illusion. Where do I find the restfulness of your love. Is such a thing able to restrain the Son of God unless he chooses that it be so? Unburden your self of the idea that there is actually something holding you against your will. naught but illusion. And happiness will rain down upon your brother and release him from the prison of your own making! Go forth and know the beauty of Heaven! 53 . there is nothing that is separate from it. How do I open all the way to the Holy Spirit’s guidance? Do not live your life bound in chains that are of your making. Spirit travels with you wherever you may seem to be for the holy Son of God is one with His Father. What could intrude upon the Son of God’s peace since this is all that there is? Nothing but shadows. The peace you long to remember is not seemingly outside. nothing but joy and eternally given and always received. Let your true glory be revealed to shine upon all of God’s creation. Your part in all this is remembering what you really are.what you are for always and what you are beyond space and time. What exists everywhere and everywhen will not be come upon in anything specific. since peace is all-encompassing.
will return to you Heaven’s peace. the ego has no home. unstable amalgam of sorrowful self-concepts is hardly worthy of the identity of the Son of God. therefore there is nothing that needs striving toward. In this description of Heaven’s peace. however. Ultimately. The peace that you long for can only be found inside you. but never truly adequate to the world’s varied needs. Free yourself of these thoughts that limit and entrap the true expansiveness that is what you are. inadequate. sufficient on occasion. And the reason you push and you push and you’re still pushing is because there’s no way you want to see the terror that comes with believing yourself to be apart from your Creator. has always been what you are. This strange. which 54 . Yet this is not where you believe you are. minimizing and denying it . You may have chosen to believe in fear’s reality. the mistaken concept which birthed the ego. A new beginning will dawn unto you when you accept that all beginnings and endings are untrue. What can I do to mitigate the fear that I often feel? It is a gift to acknowledge that you can do something with your fear besides succumb to it. which. push quite strongly against this truth. You do. What can I do to find Love more easily? The first and most important thing that will help you in this regard is to cease your quest for trying to find it in the world around you. since that is its eternal home.anything that keeps you from acknowledging it in its totality. pathetic at times.To what is there towards which to strive? Nothing other than perfection is. admitting to yourself the falsity of this. Your conception of self bears no resemblance to the truth of what you are. in truth. There is no place outside of you that will provide you with what you are seeking. You conceive of yourself as small.
No more need you prop up this sad and sorry tale with your unquestioning belief. but it is to you who believe that your Father is other than completely one with you who are His completion. There exists nothing that has in truth touched Eternity’s unblemished perfection. With this knowledge of light’s unbrokenness. He knows 55 . urging you to lay down the forms with which you would encapsulate eternity and limitlessness. so is it relinquished in reality. How do the memories of loneliness lose their seeming potency? None of what seems to be separate means anything to your Creator. Thankfully has the Holy Spirit already seen this to be so. we will learn that these dreams of sorrow need not burden the holy Son of God. for this is something that is not in this world. lay aside the needless guilt you harbor by mistakenly believing that you have accomplished what is not so. Together. to believe yourself to be reducible by something that is “not you” is to deny the perfect and unchanging essence that is in you and is you. Thus can you begin to question your adherence to a belief system of victimization and belittlement. However. How can I be aware of the help you unceasingly offer? Open your heart to the moments in which you feel subjected to lack and fear. since He knows only of reality. This is not a revelation to me. Raising the darkness to the light shows you its complete lack of veracity. Yet it lies within. Because of this. of what is whole. How can what is allencompassing exist alongside anything that can be reduced in any manner? In this vein. is holiness completed by itself once again forever.then led to obscuring your part in its benighted choosing. refusing to acknowledge peace’s truth does not make what’s untrue true. How can God’s Word become clear to me? Ask not that you can hear the Voice for God.
This is the beginning of knowledge. sadness and confusion. How can the gentle peace of God be my experience without end? When all that you perceive is the true light of spirit. But a closer examination of your state of mind will unearth your resistance to embracing love. then will God render you as his Son unto your peace. This openness to look with clarity at those thoughts which cause you fear is the greatest strength that is given you as you take the steps to reawaken. What need I do to have the peace in my heart? You merely need to give up believing that it is not in you.His Son is with Him forever and forever. The wholeness in you will reveal itself to your vision in that instant it is what you choose without reservation of any manner. You needn’t worry that you won’t 56 . It is apparent that the enmity that is held closely in your heart does still have importance to your identity or this idea of separation would not be real to you. of any kind. What prevents me from living more peacefully? Only your own desire not to gets in the way to you “achieving” the peace that dwells in you beyond all time. never incomplete or other than perfectly whole. ill at ease and alone. while in truth you rested in God. but instead to let the light of seeing honestly illuminate their lack of substance. truly happy. Be willing then. For in dreams you thought you wandered. will you be rewarded with the remembrance of the divine treasure which you were created to be and which you have always been. Seeing how you think that you want this peace in every moment. the beginning of your journey home. to not turn away from all thoughts of pain. and in that moment will you remember that it was never truly separate from you. As the meaningless fades from sight. you may have difficulty believing this is so.
Allow yourself to go deeply within and that which is true will present itself to you. and in the moment that you know its unreality will the ego be undone completely. though mistakenly. How do I tune into you more deeply and consistently. and you are the one that will reembrace your true self in God. Do not let yourself be sidetracked by the distractions of the ego. What is the point of all the conflict in my life? Any type of unease. as it is what God created you as 57 .make it. by letting him reveal his light. It is the sharing of the deep and abiding Love that underlies any and all mistaken thoughts. It is the awakening to the illusion’s unreality. that he may share himself joyfully with you? For in this seeing is the experience of Heaven given you. believes that the separation from God Himself has happened. That is its purpose as the ego sees it. Let your brother show you how to remember all of this. It is the call to remember the tranquil truth that is what you are. J? Know your true Self and you know my message. but covers over the unbelievably large amount of pain in your mind that sincerely. ranging from the slightest bit of disappointment up to the seemingly unending cauldron of rage. For allowing you to see the falsity of this primary error is the worst thing that could occur from its point of view. Will you release your judgment of what he is. You are the one who tried to leave God. While this choice to perceive your brother with forgiveness goes unchosen. In contrast. since your awakening has been decided in advance. so will you see yourself as unforgivable too. another way of perceiving can avail you. Share yourself and you are blessing those you meet. but allow the gentle light that you are to guide you back to Heaven. for the Kingdom of Heaven is the message. This is the foundation of what the ego is. This is the true self which he is and he is longing to share with all. where you have always been.
for it is done already. dear one. When shall I cease my questioning and rest in love? Worry not. Still are you at home in this radiant beauty.before there even was time. for time is yet a dream and the world you made to be your home does not cherish this peace as Heaven does. All rest is yours right now. 58 . perhaps. you know it not. So awaken to forgiveness as your only function that your mind may awaken to the gentle joy that has always dwelled in you. though.
The light that shines in you is an unceasing reminder of what God has intended for you.Self-Hatred Why do I almost always think that I am inadequate? How could anyone who feels he is a body think he is something other than less than good enough? For being limited and imperfect is the body’s function in the viewpoint of limitation that the ego shares with you. Just because you have turned away from this beauty that you are. Your judgment is faulty because all that you accuse yourself of has not really been. You have not accomplished the unthinkable. Free yourself of what hasn’t benefited you in a single manner. Let yourself adopt this Vision of Christ in every instance that you find yourself believing that lack is real. so 59 . for it has not. These feelings of fear and pain that you have chosen are burdens that no longer serve you. Yet no one judges you other than you. you need not accept the perspective given to you from the ego. asking him to share this gift with everyone he encounters in any way. do not believe that it has dimmed in even the slightest degree. This overarching fear of not being good enough is symbolic of your belief that you are judged harshly by God who laughs at you from His perch high above. and you have judged yourself cruelly. for both space and time are equally illusory within this dream that is yours. This crazy concept of having separated from your Creator is as unreal now as it was in the beginning. Why do I sometimes deliberately hurt myself and others? This is a way of choosing to see the world you think you live in that coincides with the idea that you have left the Kingdom of Heaven. albeit wrongly. Because you think this is so. merely “living” at the mercy of a heartless and inhospitable environment. Yet this is not so. you perceive yourself to be abandoned and lonely. even if you think that you have. The Holy Spirit offers a gentle and benevolent vision unto God’s Son. However.
give your burdens to your Father. Tradition. so will your anger and hatred melt away to nothingness. you will also give belief to their siblings . loyalty. what is there that you know not? How could a question mean something other than that you need to know? This perspective only exists in the framework of separation that you have received from the ego. As this massive boulder of guilt is released. Why do I direct loathing at myself? The pain you suffer from disguises itself in many forms.pain and sadness and sorrow. being pitied simply entrenches the identity of the victim which it covets intensely. you do not know the peace that is within. In the eyes of the ego. Why is it that my questions sound so pitiful? When a question arises in your mind. that you may know them to be no longer. Leave it behind and allow peace to return. In this sideways and backwards manner of thinking. When you do know the glory of Heaven. This is a testament to the upside-down thought system of the ego. for it is yours to have when you want it truly. If you permit lack and inadequacy to be central to your thought system as the ego does. dependence and burdens that foment their fear upon you all seem to have a normalcy to them. all is perceived askew and awry and not at all like what it is. And it 60 . What is the purpose of my seemingly interminable resistance? Its only purpose is to sustain its illusory existence. Why do I clutch sadness so closely to my breast? You have permitted yourself to fall prey to the ego’s deceptiveness as well as its understanding of what is. When this becomes more clear to you will your alliance with pain and suffering cease to have such an amazing importance to you which it now enjoys.
Yet could you believe that you harbored pain and malice and envy. How can I deal with someone who treats me disrespectfully? This can be an opportunity for caringly forgiving your brother. will the chains begin to break and fall. as do they ever longer. and even you could not choose it truly. So take this joyous moment and permit yourself to come to know God once more. as he has been forever as well. 61 . Despite any seemingly automatic judgment of the situation. All the world will cheer your happy reawakening. But it is not true that you must remain a prisoner to this cell of shame and littleness. So open your heart to that underlying call for union whenever the things of the world demand judgment or separation. you are able to see the loving plea. who knows not what he is doing. In their absence will the light of Love shine its gentle Ray upon you and assist you in seeing the joyful peace of all that is real. which He has always been in truth. In this glad release is God Himself made full.only you can choose whether to see this “slight” as such. that they are no more chained in the once-imagined prison that you once believed was real.is true that you have allied yourself with this thought. Only you could choose such a thing to experience for yourself. Whenever it seems that another has led to your lack of peace can you choose to see things another way. When you begin to see that you have not been chained by any other than yourself. So is it with your brother . And is the Son of God made whole. in spite of my unending reassurances otherwise. or as a call for help. though you may not enjoy it on this level of consciousness.
the awful image was conjured from naught. all illusions will melt away into the nothingness they are. which will then allow the gentle. making them some sort of unconquerable enemy. You are like a child that is just beginning to try a new thing. And as this peace shines into all the seeming corners of your mind. and has shone light into the darkness that is still seemingly part of you. Why do I push against returning to peace? It still seems to be 62 . Like a loving parent. posing no threat to thee.Rejection of Love (In this question. Into these corners of pain and solitude there are still things which seem to cause you much fear. Let this choice be one of light. He sees your back steps and still calls to you with love. what is there. seemingly impenetrable. There is no harshness in his tone because he was once born on this world. Commit yourself to choosing this light in every moment. Allow the focus to shift to those places in your mind where forgiving them truly seems yet a crime. has not diminished the terror you have at the merest memory that it’s there. certain that you will hear his Voice. J sees you with eyes of love. Why don’t I allow my love to shine away any and all thoughts of anxiety or rage or the like? In the truth of who you are. white dove of peace ever after to unalterably see. You need not give them this sort of power of you. sensing my fear. Even steadfastly refusing to see what it is.) Why does it seem like I keep reverting to my fearful self? Do not judge yourself severely for this. Yet are you gently encouraged to look at it with love. yet remember J’s gentleness in those times you do not. J. In this very moment is the opportunity for you to choose again. this already has been done. refers to himself in the third person perspective.
it is true that you know this axiom in certain regards. and choose a guide that leads to unencumbered realization of your true Self. Yet beyond such a concept there lurks a more elemental mistake. so to speak. give them to me that we can remember once again the light and happiness that wait for your embrace without regard to the changing shadows which often beguile you. since there is no ounce of condemnation in this observation. guilt and fear were your sad lot. accomplish this on your own. Why do I struggle when I know that my truth is love? Yes. Yet need you not. however. This was a question you asked. As such an inane misconcept was done was it also undone. so you do have need for correction yet. It is very valuable to see your situation with clarity. realize yet again that the ego offers only false promises. As this holy instant dawns in your awareness. Instead. It is only lack of clarity that has resulted in 63 . Thus while the merely laughable thought of separation convinced you that sin. No shame need be felt due to this. Do not. becoming once again that which it has always been – nothing whatsoever. yet it is not known unequivocally. allow yourself to be dismayed at the seemingly challenging circumstances that often show up in your daily life. did God’s Voice gently and happily remind you that none of them are anywhere at all. It is only in the Son of God’s joining with himself that the mistake of fear melts away for good. then. You wouldn’t need to ask such a question if you did.unreachable to you mainly due to believing in this world of “other than” which you mistakenly think to be worthy of the Son of God. which in itself led to this idea of a place which shifts while the seconds tick by. unequivocally willing to look your attraction of guilt clearly in the eye. nor can you. What keeps me from resting in your warm embrace? You must yet be completely.
Within the illusion you feel you are in. giving fear to the truth is bringing your destined reawakening more and more to you. and your path is bound directly to his reappearance in your awareness. there yet remain some incorrect ideas in the separated mind you have chosen. What happiness is it that seems to scare me so? Your continued reliance on concepts founded on division prevents you from embracing true wholeness. which supplies nothing but happiness. The ego tells you a tale of lies about ulterior motives. however. You have an opportunity whenever you seem to not be at oneness to shift your experience to one of love and wholeness. Be at peace. This is done through forgiveness. To the contrary. to nothing but your rightful inheritance from God. will Heaven seem to be anathema to you. 64 . As long as you remain enthralled by the deficient promises the ego assures you will give you what you lack. For when the premise of incompleteness is more to you than the merest laughable daydream will you see love to be destruction and enmity to be love. So be joyous. I wish no ill of you. relax your guard. dear friend. When you are ready to relinquish the burden of your misconceptions will your inverted thought system give way to nothing but joy. You can. for God is already one with you.the holy Son of God seeming to be other than at peace in Heaven. through seeing your brother as one with you and embracing him with your perception of his divine Self. Why don’t I just go right to my oneness with God? Dear friend. There is a convoluted perception that my recommendations will lead to your destruction. your happiness is my only desire. and so shall you know your Truth. How does a fish swim upstream? Why do I struggle so with your guidance? You do not yet see the value in following the suggestions that you ask of me.
knowing in truth they have never not been together in gentle love and gratitude. Know that you cannot find yourself in a place where I am not there. How can I figure out the ways I push you away? When you find yourself in discomfort and lack of ease. What is there that keeps the love out of me? Only your belief in the ego’s world of “better than” prevents you from your awareness of the love within. know that you have given away that which is naturally yours. In patience. to the truth of your being. This cruel deception gives you everything but what it claims to give. relies on “better than” to sell you illusions which lead you to reject the peace that is your Identity. I present again to you the opportunity for peace and love. What is it that compels me to disregard your guidance? There exists in your mind an idea that you are worthy of only self-hatred.I bear no upset when you have seemed to listen to the ego’s morbid story. Listen. forget that this is so. nor has it ever been. God waits with open arms to welcome back his mistaken Son. you find that you must sacrifice part of what you care for that you may accomplish something else to which you give your care. for I am with you always. your recalcitrant ally. however. and know that all wisps of sorrow and loneliness shall pass into the nothingness that they are. you now believe you can be victim to the cavalier indifference of a hostile world. The blessings of happiness and abundance of heart are not susceptible to irregularity. The ego. Instead of offering true power. You can. This senseless world of one or the other is not your true home. Instead of providing safety. and believe yourself to be mired in a pit of condemnation and victimhood. You believe you have done the unspeakable. spoken the unutterable – you believe 65 . again.
You have been promised that this world holds your peace. and all fear will slip away to reveal yet again your peace and joy within. For it is my joy to continually remind you that this has not happened. In this knowledge is Beauty remembered and known to have been one with you all along. The ego would have you believe that wholeness is dangerous. you often find yourself resisting what would help you. You may think it is something but you have let yourself be deceived. that you can somehow destroy the peace of Heaven. your only home. Nothing makes sense in the ego’s world. Remember to allow me to remind you of all of this in times of fear. your Creator. You hold the idea that here you will be protected from the vengeance of God which you mistakenly have called down to yourself. 66 .that you have cast God out of Heaven. You have adopted the ego’s entirely twisted way of looking at things. How could any of these make sense? For the peace of Heaven is what you are. The entirety of all the world is thrown in the trash bin for nothing. You cower here under the vain illusion that perhaps His wrath won’t smite you if you believe in this place. that gentleness is crazy. You think you have sided with the idea of separation and that this sin is unforgivable. In your experience. You push against it. because you mentally equate it with your destruction. Fear not. and is unattackable. For what do I throw away Beauty? Naught. Why do I deny myself the things I think would help me? You believe quite strongly that you are not worthy. in spite of anything you may think you have done to it. But hear the loving words of me you do not. Your entire premise for making this sad world is now seen as the silly mistake it is. for fear has no ability to be here where you easily reside. Yet the entire idea that Love Himself seeks to do anything but cherish His dearest Son is laughable. one with all in Heaven. You remain with God.
It is the preposterous thought that you have killed God by stealing the peace of Heaven. When it is known again to you how illusory all but Love is. the Love that is in you will cease to be clouded over and will shine forth the magnificent light which has never truly dimmed. Give over all thoughts to the contrary and allow a new manner of vision to grant to all the peace that rests in Him. How can I help myself towards my true goal of remembering my wholeness? You still feel like there is a part of yourself that needs to be fixed. So. be at peace. It is not yet evident to you that this is true. The truth that none of this is so will dawn upon you yet. everything you 68 . which you believe in spite of all the assurances I have given you that it is not so. How could the Son of God be otherwise? For God has given him all that truly exists. And what is the source of this relentless feeling of inadequacy? Whether it is perceived as another’s deficiency or your own. Yet does it show up in your life when you judge another as not good enough and hold yourself to an unreasonable standard that you cannot hope to accomplish. secure in the knowing of the abundance that springs forth eternally within you. is its source the same.Spiritual Path How do I let love in? There is no need to do anything. Since this amount is none. only perfection is at all. when. as you come to see that all is already healed and whole and rests gently in the Palm of God. Why do I keep falling shy of my intention to be kind to myself and to others? You cling to a hatred that dwells in your mind but does not rise to the surface and so you are not aware of it. since Love is already given you completely. in reality. Then all there is for you to do is give your illusions the amount of respect and belief to which illusions are due.
and. other than you do not feel at peace? That is your signal and your opportunity. can you let go of the desire to fight. So release the unpleasantness that you hide in your heart. A more useful perspective is a realization that since you are tussling with only your self. It is an opportunity to look at things anew and to cease your struggle against love. How can I remember God’s love when I’m not feeling it in any way? How do you know you’re not experiencing this love. Once you embrace this view will you see that there never was a fight to begin with. This very idea is absurd. it should be good news to you that all this time have you only been conflicted with your self. No more are you impelled to see things this way. for as you make conscious what is buried now to you. It does nothing for you except distort your ability to see truly. truly. How do I remember to open into the wonder of my Self? You may feel like there is this or there is that which is necessary for you to be welcomed into the warm embrace of your Father. Yet you may not see the happiness in this revelation. as everything.worry about can be known to be as substanceless as it is in truth. for you may think this means that it is you who is to blame. 69 . you have judged the holy Son of God as insufficient and have sided with the ego’s world of scarcity and loss. are you free to perceive love in everything. Give thanks. and not a single reason for any shame. Whenever it seems to you that you must accomplish this thing if you are to be worthy enough for Heaven. that this is so and I will return your gratitude tenfold unto you. Since love is what you are. but this is another form of the mistaken idea of your separateness from That which created you. for God created you to be one with Him now and always. there are no exceptions for such is His Will. in love. then.
true peace returns to your awareness. The game is already won. Lay aside anything of the ego as it occurs. Knowing this truly is your one and only function. Your eternal Self sits in ease and joy knowing in timeless certainty that you are coming home. for its gifts are not truly gifts at all. Open your heart to the Love of God and they will be undone. As you let go of your belief in conflict. being still as his Creator willed him be? This is the truth of that which is you. And don’t forget the help that lies within you. In happiness then let us share this moment. as they return to the unreality which they have always been. unthreatenable. for it is what you are. so that we may share it with your brother. For in his vision are the deceptions of the ego seen to be what they are. This nothingness. What is it that I have yet to learn? There is nothing you need learn. but in gentleness. unearthing your deepest knowing of Love. Its only purpose is to help you see that the guilt you think weighs you down is unfounded.What awaits me as I deepen my forgiving ways? All that awaits you is what you truly are. your Atonement has already been completed. You may resist this vision. for the ego has repeatedly warned you that this will result in unbearable cruelty and death. How could the holy Son of God lack in anything. Let not its lies disturb your peace any more. in spite of your insistence 70 . then. and was given you by God. is merely as powerful as the power you give it. not in triumph. is nothing. for the peace that lies within you is naught but perfect. Would the Son of God choose fear and lust and rage unless he were not of his right mind? In sanity. Know that this peace is undisturbable. which has become everything for you. let the truth be revealed to you that your choice may be seen through the Holy Spirit’s vision. Within your Self. What tools can help me in those times that I’m not especially grateful? Do not take things as seriously as you tend to.
in part. unworthy and not truly whole. And this letting go is indeed accomplished already in truth. That you still perceive any lack is a testament to how convoluted you have allowed your thinking to become. Emptiness does not really exist. But you see this not. What a sorry state you seem to be presenting yourself with. to wholeness’s seeming opposite: emptiness. What you do struggle with is what is not so. yet its lack of substance can be easily seen by those fully committed to love. I would indeed be sorry for you if this scenario had a single miniscule piece of ‘is-so’-ness to it. How do I fulfill my commitment to be more loving? It is clear that you see yourself to be insufficient. having committed to it. you believe that it does. but. striving and straining to somehow find God’s unattainable love. there is but for me to patiently wait and gently encourage your process of letting go of an imaginary fantasy.that you are incomplete. your true gloriousness will be again shared with your brother and you will know once more that Heaven is one. Where do I find God’s love? Look within your heart and you will be 71 . seeing as it is completely a fabrication. Why do I still struggle with what is so? What is so cannot actually be struggled with. This whole world is such a big deal to you. Wholeness cannot be enjoined by a seemingly separated fragment. you are committed. This mistaken belief results in you experiencing struggle – in your life and in what it arises from: the mind. so there is no lack for you to fill. As these empty thoughts are given the level of seriousness they deserve. What am I saying here? Merely that you are whole already and know it not. or it would not still be whole. Since you know it not. Only adherence to a false premise could seem to derail that which is unerringly true. However.
Release such ideas unto me. You may not notice this at first. The value you have mistakenly put in the ego will return to the oneness you are with God as you learn to perceive truly. Can I make a deeper commitment to Christ? That is up to you. as one. The realization that peace and peace alone is all that is valuable will be given to all minds at the time they. will forgiveness’s gentle nature faithfully guide you while you have even a small amount of willingness to hear. When you choose to do this completely will the glory of the love of God for his Son be known once more. have chosen for themselves. Now allowing yourself to awaken to the beauty that you have chosen is your task. You have put much value into that which is valueless. Permit this. to be your purpose and let yourself be not distracted by the shiny toys of the split mind – they give you not what they offer.reminded that what you long for has been there forever. As it dawns on your mind that all of the ego is simply an empty promise will you naturally return to remembering your peace. Why am I always fooled by the ego? You who are the holy Son of God cannot be fooled but for your desire to be. Until this becomes your constant choice. but will you come to see the futility of grasping at mere shadows. It is a choice you have already made on the level of your divine Self. there will seem to you to be things that need correcting. for it would lay bare the fallacy of your precious victimhood. when this could not in truth be. then. You will notice at first misconceptions about the Son of God – things you have felt to be true. while this time seems to you to yet be far off. You do not wish to see this. let them be a burden upon you no more. For now. but continue to gaze at the joy within and you will finally know of all the wonder that dwelleth there. 72 . This will happen because you only identify with that which has value to you.
He who is Correct has no concept of anything needing correction. you will see the world in the mistaken viewpoint which the ego gives to you. requiring eons of bitterly wearying soul-searching? It is a task too big for you. That’s what the forgiveness process is. Eventually will you see the truth in this. How does perfection reawaken in my mind? When that mistaken idea. although for now you must believe it to be a lie. When you are ready to see this. 73 . but was nothing in fact. as you espouse the ego’s fairy tale. of un-wholeness. What is there to do to become enlightened? There is but to open your heart completely unto the peace you truly are. that thought of dis-oneness. What you are missing when these untruths seem to you to be true is but this: You are never asked to do it alone. Even this has been accomplished in fact. though not yet in your experience. What should I do when I find myself in challenging situations and sometimes forget to ask for help? There is no situation that does not present itself in which you have not willed it to be so. you fearfully and mistakenly claim. but does He know His Son. all the angels in heaven will trumpet in joyful jubilee for the Holy Son of God has returned unto himself and his Creator who are one for all eternity. A gentle joint looking at all that seemed such a big deal. Do what. For how could it be so simple when you are utterly convinced that it is impossible. While it remains a source of fear and a thing to hide. is but a laughable inanity will all be present to your experience once again. So relinquish this mistaken conception of your self as unwitting victim. you may ask? Share your fears and past hurts with me in ease and in grace. You have never truly been subjected to anything but what you have mistakenly chosen.
no amount of smoke can obscure the simple brilliance that shines within you. For it only appears that you are going somewhere or that you even have someplace to go. Allow yourself to be guided in all things and time will disappear as the truth of Love is made plain for you to see. Why do I often reject the guidance that you give? You do not yet know the false from the true. as it is already your true home. you often react harshly. When suggestions come your way that do not align with your preconceived ideas of what is best. taking umbrage at the idea your way may not be the best. Yet when you realize the true sight that is your way to remembering you are home. Give this light freely so that your burden of judgment can hide the truth from you no more. You will be amazed at the seemingly endless contortions you have come up 74 . At some point will this link be apparent to you and at this point will you choose to suffer not at all. Why is the same lesson given me over and over? Allow yourself to see that you have but one lesson to learn and the variety that seems to confront you is but a smidgen of smoke that you have blown before true sight.Where does this path lead me? Pure non-duality is your destination. The Holy Spirit lives in you and but waits for your permission to assist you on your seeming journey. Where is it that you need to go when Heaven has been given the Holy Son of God for all eternity? Why do I permit myself to experience such anger and sorrow? You do not thoroughly see the direct connection between belief in other and your continuing experience of lack and loss. Your concepts of what is superior are built upon a severely compromised base – one that shifts and turns without pause. Yet that is what this course is telling you – that your way is never the best.
75 .with to provide the illusion of stability to your warped self-concept. we celebrate our wholeness. Give over these burdensome mistaken thoughts and allow me to assist you in looking upon the peace which is always there. Amen. In wholeness.
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