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VI. Therapy and Teaching         

58 How can you who are so holy suffer? All your past except its beauty is gone, and nothing is left except a blessing. You can indeed depart in peace because I have loved you as I loved myself. You go with my blessing and for my blessing. Hold it and share it, that it may always be ours. I place the peace of God in your heart and in your hands, to hold and share. The heart is pure to hold it and the hands are strong to give it. We cannot lose. My judgment is as strong as the wisdom of God, in Whose Heart and Hands we have our being. His quiet Children are His blessed Sons. The Thoughts of God are with you. 



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[26] My attack thoughts are attacking my invulnerability.


2How can I know who I am when I see myself as under constant attack? Pain, illness, loss, age, and death seem to threaten me. All my hopes and wishes and plans appear to be at the mercy of a world I cannot control. Yet perfect security and complete fulfillment are my inheritance. I have tried to give my inheritance away in exchange for the world I see. But God has kept my inheritance safe for me. My own real thoughts will teach me what it is. 


[27] Above all else I want to see.


3Recognizing that what I see reflects what I think I am, I realize that vision is my greatest need. The world I see attests to the fearful nature of the self-image I have made. If I would remember who I am, it is essential that I let this image of myself go. As it is replaced by truth, vision will surely be given me. And with this vision, I will look upon the world and upon myself with charity and love. 


[28] Above all else I want to see differently.


4The world I see holds my fearful self-image in place, and guarantees its continuance. While I see the world as I see it now, truth cannot enter my awareness. I would let the door behind this world be opened for me that I may look past it to the world that reflects the Love of God. 


[29] God is in everything I see.


5Behind every image I have made, the truth remains unchanged. Behind every veil I have drawn across the face of love, its light remains undimmed. Beyond all my insane wishes is my will united with the Will of my Father. God is still everywhere and in everything forever. And we who are part of Him will yet look past all appearances and recognize the truth beyond them all. 


[30] God is in everything I see because God is in my mind.


6In my own mind, behind all my insane thoughts of separation and attack, is the knowledge that all is one forever. I have not lost the knowledge of who I am because I have forgotten it. It has been kept for me in the Mind of God, Who has not left His Thoughts. And I, who am among them, am one with them and one with Him.   

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1Beginning with today, we will have a series of review periods. Each of them will cover five of the ideas already presented, starting with the first and ending with the fiftieth. There will be a few short comments after each of the ideas which you should consider in your review. In the practice periods, the exercises should be done as follows: 


2Begin the day by reading the five ideas, with the comments included. Thereafter, it is not necessary to follow any particular order in considering them, though each one should be practiced at least once. Devote two minutes or more to each practice period, thinking about the idea and the related comments. Do this as often as possible during the day. If any one of the five ideas appeals to you more than the others, concentrate on that one. At the end of the day, however, be sure to review all of them once more. 


3It is not necessary to cover the comments that follow each idea literally or thoroughly in the practice periods. Rather, try merely to emphasize the central point and think about it as part of your review of the idea to which it relates. 


4The review exercises should be done with your eyes closed and when you are alone in a quiet place if possible. This is emphasized particularly for reviews at your stage of learning. It will be necessary, however, that you learn to require no special settings in which to apply what you have learned. You will need it most in situations which appear to be upsetting, rather than in those which already seem to be calm and quiet. 


5The purpose of your learning is to enable you to bring the quiet with you and to heal distress and turmoil. This is not done by avoiding them and seeking a haven of isolation for yourself. You will yet learn that peace is part of you and requires only that you be there to embrace any situation in which you are. And finally you will learn that there is no limit to where you are, so that your peace is everywhere, as you are. 


6You will note that for review purposes the ideas are not always given in quite their original form of statement. Use them as they are given here. It is not necessary to return to the original statements nor to apply the ideas as was suggested then. We are now emphasizing the relationships among the first fifty of the ideas we have covered and the cohesiveness of the thought system to which they are leading you.   


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God is holding our inheritance safely for us. (1.7). What is that inheritance? It is "perfect security and complete fulfillment."(1.5) In order to return to our home and know our inheritance, we need to be willing to look at what we have made of ourselves in our determination to be self reliant, independent, and a unique individual. The word 'indivi-dual' reflects the duality of our lives. It contains the very nature of our problem, which is the separation from Oneness. In that separation a veil was drawn over the face of Love. (4.3). And while our inheritance is safely held for us, and while the light of truth remains undimmed (4.3) and while our will is still united with the Will of our Father (4.4), we have forgotten it all. Now we are reclaiming our inheritance because while it is forgotten it is not lost. And that is a relief.

We think we have left our beautiful home and cannot return. We are like the Prodigal Son who believed that when he left his home he could never return because he feared that he had  squandered his father's treasure.  But when he finally returned home, his father embraced him and told him that he, himself, was his treasure. In the same way, we are afraid to return to the love that we are, forgetting that our Father's Love awaits us on our return.

What is keeping us from this place of peace, truth, vision, safety, joy and love that is within us in our right minds? How are we sabotaging ourselves? What dirge are we singing to ourselves every day?  "Healing occurs as a patient begins to hear the dirge he sings, and questions its validity." (P.2.VI.1.5)What do we believe about ourselves, about life, about our existence, and about this world? Jesus talks about this dirge of sorrow we sing to ourselves when he says "God is everywhere, and His Son is in Him with everything. Can he sing the dirge of sorrow when this is true?"  (T. 14.II.8.8) And yet we do.

We try so desperately to be in control. We work so hard to build our self image and hold onto our self concepts. We see ourselves constantly under attack. "Pain, illness, loss, age and death seem to threaten me."  (1.3) That is what we have received in trade in blocking our inheritance given us by God in our creation. It does seem crazy and it is. So what do we do now to return to our inheritance? This lesson tells us quite a bit about that. It starts with willingness. No one, not even God, the Holy Spirit or Jesus will change our minds for us. Our agreement is needed to "let the door behind this world be opened for me, that I may look past it to the world that reflects the Love of God." (3.4) It is there for us to experience. We just need to allow it. We just need to be willing to let our blocks go. We need to become aware of the insanity of our thoughts and release them as they show up in our awareness. We don't need to pry the door open. In fact our efforts will not help. It is not about trying to make ourselves holy. We need do nothing. The door is already open. We already are what we are searching for. It is about letting go, about surrendering our way. The events and circumstances of our lives reveal our thoughts and feelings to us. They are a mirror reflecting back at us what is in our minds. All that is needed is our decision to keep watching our minds and bringing our misperceptions  to the truth.  

We have truly forgotten who we are. Those people in our lives who seem to torture us, who seem to challenge us, with whom we engage in power struggles, are the ones who are our saviors in this process. They are a mirror of the insane thoughts in our own minds. No one has done anything to us that we haven't asked for. Astounding as this may sound, our minds are the only cause of what seems to happen to us. We have the power to change these thoughts of persecution. We are our own persecutors. How we bring persecution into our lives is by holding attack thoughts. We can commit ourselves to release our insane thoughts to be healed. The ego always speaks first, (T.5.VI.3.5) so that our first thought is of a judgment or an opinion that we are holding. The Answer is given by the Holy Spirit to the ego's wrong-minded interpretations. Thus vision replaces judgment and allows us to see a world of peace and love regardless of what we are looking at.

Today I am reminding myself that anger is never justified. It seems that it is justified by what I see happening 'outside' but it all comes from my mind. It all starts with my own attack thoughts. Attack thoughts I hold show me a false and vulnerable self that deserves attack in return. The good thing is that when I recognize that my anger keeps me from peace, I am more willing to consider the possibility that I made it all up. "Above all else I want to see differently." (3.1) My greatest need is vision. It is a greater need than the needs that I think I have. I think I need recognition, power, control, money, my home, family, physical comforts, yet Jesus really speaks to our deep hunger for vision which is to know our invulnerable selves as we were created. And to have vision, I have to let go of this image that I have made of myself.

Of course the purpose of this world that I have projected is to keep this image intact. "The learning of the world is built upon a concept of the self adjusted to the world's reality." (T.31.V.1.1) Jesus tells us that "the building of a concept of the self is what the world is for." (T.31.V.1.5)  But now we are called to question it.  As long as we are trying to perfect the self concept, we are not willing to look at the "treachery it hides." (T.31.V.5.2)  Only by looking at the false thoughts we have made up about ourselves, can we release them and to see what they hide, which is the love that we are. "Behind every image I have made, the truth remains unchanged." (4.2)  "God is still everywhere and in everything forever. And we who are part of Him will yet look past all appearances, and recognize the truth behind them all." (4.5-6)

So today we remember that God's Love is ever present in our minds. There is nothing that we can do or have done that can change the truth of that. The Holy Spirit is the memory of God and His love for us, in our right minds. It is held there until we recognize that it has always been there behind our dark thoughts. "God is in everything I see because God is in my mind." (5.1) He is fully present to us in this moment, now.


Love and blessings, Sarah 



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Healing and Wholeness

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44 You must have noticed how often I have used your own ideas to help you. You have learned to be a loving, wise, and very understanding therapist except for yourself. That exception has given you more than perception for others because of what you saw in them but less than knowledge of your real relationships to them because you did not accept them as part of you. Understanding is beyond perception because it introduces meaning. It is, however, below knowledge even though it can grow towards it. It is possible, with great effort, to understand someone else to some extent and to be quite helpful to him, but the effort is misdirected. The misdirection is quite apparent; it is directed away from you.


45 This does not mean that it is lost to you, but it does mean that you are not aware of it. I have saved all your kindnesses and every loving thought you have had. I have purified them of the errors which hid their light and have kept them for you in their own perfect radiance. They are beyond destruction and beyond guilt. They came from the Holy Spirit within you, and we know what God creates is eternal. What fear has hidden still is part of you.


46 Joining the Atonement, which I have repeatedly asked you to do, is always a way out of fear. This does not mean that you can safely fail to acknowledge anything that is true. However, the Holy Spirit will not fail to help you reinterpret everything that you perceive as fearful and teach you that only what is loving is true. Truth is beyond your ability to destroy but entirely within your grasp. It belongs to you because you created it. It is yours because it is a part of you, just as you are part of God because He created you.


47 The Atonement is the guarantee of the safety of the Kingdom. Nothing good is lost because it comes from the Holy Spirit, the Voice for creation. Nothing that is not good was ever created and therefore cannot be protected. What the ego makes, it keeps to itself, and so it is without strength. Its unshared existence does not die; it was merely never born. Real birth is not a beginning; it is a continuing. Everything that can continue has been born, but it can increase as you are willing to return the part of your mind that needs healing to the higher part and thus render your creating undivided.


48 As a therapist, you yourself tell your patients that the real difference between neurotic and "healthy" guilt feelings is that neurotic guilt feelings do not help anyone. This distinction is wise though incomplete. Let us make the distinction a little sharper now. Neurotic guilt feelings are a device of the ego for "atoning" without sharing and for asking pardon without change. The ego never calls for real Atonement and cannot tolerate forgiveness, which is change.


49 Your concept of "healthy guilt feelings" has merit, but without the concept of the Atonement, it lacks the healing potential it holds. You made the distinction in terms of feelings, which led to a decision not to repeat the error, which is only part of healing. Your concept lacked the idea of undoing it. What you were really advocating, then, was adopting a policy of sharing without a real foundation. I have come to give you the foundation, so your own thoughts can make you really free. You have carried the burden of the ideas you did not share and which were therefore too weak to increase, but you did not recognize how to undo their existence because you had made them.


50 You cannot cancel out your past errors alone. They will not disappear from your mind without remedy. The remedy is not of your making, any more than you are. The Atonement cannot be understood except as a pure act of sharing. That is what is meant when we said it is possible even in this world to listen to one voice. If you are part of God and the Sonship is one, you cannot be limited to the "self" the ego sees. Every loving thought held in any part of the Sonship belongs to every part. It is shared because it is loving. Sharing is God's way of creating and also yours. Your ego can keep you in exile from the Kingdom, but in the Kingdom itself it has no power.


51 You have become willing to receive my messages as I give them without interference by the ego, so we can clarify an earlier point. We said that you will one day teach as much as you learn and that will keep you in balance. The time is now because you have let it be now. You cannot learn except by teaching.


52 I heard one voice because I had learned that learning is attained by teaching. I understood that I could not atone for myself alone. Listening to one voice means the will to share the voice in order to hear it yourself. The mind that was in me is still irresistibly drawn to every mind created by God because God's Wholeness is the wholeness of His Son.


53 Turning the other cheek does not mean that you should submit to violence without protest. It means that you cannot be hurt and do not want to show your brother anything except your wholeness. Show him that he cannot hurt you and hold nothing against him, or you hold it against yourself. Teaching is done in many ways: by formal means, by guidance, and above all by example. Teaching is therapy because it means the sharing of ideas and the awareness that to share them is to strengthen them. The union of the Sonship is its protection. The ego cannot prevail against the Kingdom because it is united, and the ego fades away and is undone in the presence of the attraction of the parts of the Sonship, which hear the call of the Holy Spirit to be as One.


54 I cannot forget my need to teach what I have learned, which arose in me because I learned it. I call upon you to teach what you have learned because by so doing you can depend on it. Make it dependable in my name because my name is the Name of God's Son. What I learned I give you freely, and the mind which was in me rejoices as you choose to hear it. The Holy Spirit atones in all of us by undoing and thus lifts the burden you have placed in your mind. By following Him, He leads you back to God where you belong, and how can you find this way except by taking your brother with you?


55 My part in the Atonement is not complete until you join it and give it away. As you teach, so shall you learn. I will never leave you or forsake you because to forsake you would be to forsake myself and God who created me. You will forsake yourselves and God if you forsake any of your brothers. You are more than your brother's keeper. In fact, you do not want to keep him. You must learn to see him as he is and know that he belongs to God as you do. How could you treat your brother better than by rendering unto God the things which are God's?


56 Ideas do not leave the mind which thought them to have a separate being, nor do separate thoughts conflict with one another in space because they do not occupy space at all. However, human ideas can conflict in content because they occur at different levels and include opposite thoughts at the same level. It is impossible to share opposing thoughts. The Holy Spirit does not let you forsake your brothers. Therefore, you can really share only the parts of your thoughts which are of Him and which He also keeps for you. And of such is the Kingdom of Heaven. All the rest remains with you until He has reinterpreted them in the light of the Kingdom, making them, too, worthy of being shared. When they have been sufficiently purified, He lets you give them away. The will to share them is their purification.


57 The Atonement gives you the power of a healed mind, but the power to create is of God. Therefore, those who have been forgiven must devote themselves first to healing because having received the idea of healing, they must give it to hold it. The full power of creation cannot be expressed as long as any of God's ideas withhold it from the Kingdom. The joint will of all the Sonship is the only creator that can create like the Father because only the complete can think completely, and the thinking of God lacks nothing. Everything you think that is not through the Holy Spirit is lacking.


58 How can you who are so holy suffer? All your past except its beauty is gone, and nothing is left except a blessing. You can indeed depart in peace because I have loved you as I loved myself. You go with my blessing and for my blessing. Hold it and share it, that it may always be ours. I place the peace of God in your heart and in your hands, to hold and share. The heart is pure to hold it and the hands are strong to give it. We cannot lose. My judgment is as strong as the wisdom of God, in Whose Heart and Hands we have our being. His quiet Children are His blessed Sons. The Thoughts of God are with you.



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