What can correct illusions but the truth?
And what are errors but illusions which
remain unrecognized for what they are?
Where truth has entered errors disappear.
They merely vanish, leaving not a trace
by which to be remembered. They are gone
because without belief they have no life,
and so they disappear to nothingness,
returning whence they came. From dust to dust
they come and go, for only truth remains.
Can you imagine what a state of mind
without illusions is? How it would feel?
Try to remember when there was a time,
- perhaps a minute, maybe even less, -
when nothing came to interrupt your peace;
when you were certain you were loved and safe.
Then try to picture what it would be like
to have that moment be extended to
the end of time and to eternity.
Then let the sense of quiet that you felt
be multiplied a hundred times, and then
be multiplied another hundred more.
And now you have a hint, not more than just
the faintest intimation of the state
your mind will rest in when the truth has come.
Without illusions there could be no fear,
no doubt and no attack. When truth has come
all pain is over, for there is no room
for transitory thoughts and dead ideas
to linger in your mind. Truth occupies
your mind completely, liberating you
from all beliefs in the ephemeral.
They have no place because the truth has come,
and they are nowhere. They cannot be found,
for truth is everywhere forever now.
When truth has come it does not stay a while
to disappear or change to something else.
It does not shift and alter in its form,
nor come and go and go and come again.
It stays exactly as it always was,
to be depended on in every need,
and trusted with a perfect trust in all
the seeming difficulties and the doubts
which the appearances the world presents
engender. They will merely blow away
when truth corrects the errors in your mind.
When truth has come it harbors in its wings
the gift of perfect constancy, and love
which does not falter in the face of pain
but looks beyond it, steadily and sure.
Here is the gift of healing, for the truth
needs no defense, and therefore no attack
is possible. Illusions can be brought
to truth to be corrected. But the truth
stands far beyond illusions, and can not
be brought to them to turn them into truth.
Truth does not come and go nor shift nor change,
in this appearance now and then in that,
evading capture and escaping grasp.
It does not hide. It stands in open light,
in obvious accessibility.
It is impossible that anyone
could seek it truly and would not succeed.
Today belongs to truth. Give truth its due,
and it will give you yours. You were not meant
to suffer and to die. Your Father wills
these dreams be gone. Let truth correct them all.
We do not ask for what we do not have.
We merely ask for what belongs to us,
that we may recognize it as our own.
Today we practice on the happy note
of certainty which has been born of truth.
The shaky and unsteady footsteps of
illusion is not our approach today.
We are as certain of success as we
are sure we live and hope and breath and think.
We do not doubt we walk with truth today,
and count on it to enter into all
the exercises that we do this day.
Begin by asking Him Who goes with you
upon this undertaking that He be
in your awareness as you go with Him.
You are not made of flesh and blood and bone,
but were created by the self-same Thought
Which gave the gift of life to Him as well.
He is your Brother, and so like to you
your Father knows that you are both the same.
It is your Self you ask to go with you,
and how could He be absent where you are?
Truth will correct all errors in your mind
which tell you you could be apart from Him.
You speak to Him today, and make your pledge
to let His function be fulfilled through you.
To share His function is to share His joy.
His confidence is with you as you say:
Truth will correct all errors in my mind,
And I will rest in Him who is my Self
Then let Him lead you gently to the truth
which will envelop you and give you peace
so deep and tranquil that you will return
to the familiar world reluctantly.
And yet you will be glad to look again
upon this world. For you will bring with you
the promise of the changes which the truth
that goes with you will carry to the world.
They will increase with every gift you give
of five small minutes, and the errors which
surround the world will be corrected as
you let them be corrected in your mind.
Do not forget your function for today.
Each time you tell yourself with confidence,
"Truth will correct all errors in my mind,"
you speak for all the world, and Him Who would
release the world as He would set you free.