Lesson 122
Light from Another is Theirs
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14 Miracles are merely the translation of denial into truth. If to love oneself is to heal oneself, those who are sick do not love themselves. Therefore, they are asking for the love that would heal them but which they are denying to themselves. If they knew the truth about themselves, they could not be sick. The task of the miracle-worker thus becomes to deny the denial of truth. The sick must heal themselves, for the truth is in them. Yet, having obscured it, the light in another mind must shine into theirs because that light is theirs.
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L e s s o n  122
  Forgiveness offers everything I want.

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   What could you want forgiveness cannot give? 
   Do you want peace? Forgiveness offers it. 
   Do you want happiness, a quiet mind, 
   a certainty of purpose, and a sense 
   of worth and beauty that transcends the world? 
   Do you want care and safety, and the warmth 
   of sure protection always? Do you want 
   a quietness that cannot be disturbed, 
   a gentleness that never can be hurt,
   a deep, abiding comfort, and a rest 
   so perfect it can never be upset?|
   All this forgiveness offers you, and more.
   It sparkles in your eyes as you awake,
   and gives you joy with which to meet the day.
   It soothes your forehead when you sleep, and rests
   upon your eyelids so you see no dreams
   of fear and evil, malice and attack.
   And when you wake again, it offers you
   another day of happiness and peace.
   All this forgiveness offers you, and more.|
   Forgiveness lets the veil be lifted up
   that hides the Face of Christ from those who look
   with unforgiving eyes upon the world.
   It lets you recognize the Son of God,
   and clears your memory of all dead thoughts
   so that remembrance of your Father can
   arise across the threshold of your mind.
   What would you want forgiveness cannot give?
   What gifts but these are worthy to be sought?
   What fancied value, trivial effect,
   or transient promise, never to be kept,
   can hold more hope than what forgiveness brings?|
   Why would you seek an answer other than
   the answer which will answer everything?
   Here is the perfect answer, given to
   imperfect questions, meaningless requests,
   half-hearted willingness to hear, and less
   than halfway diligence and partial trust.
   Here is the answer! Seek for it no more.
   You will not find another one instead.|
   God's plan for your salvation cannot change,
   nor can it fail. Be thankful it remains
   exactly as He planned it. Changelessly
   it stands before you, like an open door
   with warmth and welcome calling from beyond
   the doorway, bidding you to enter in
   and make yourself at home where you belong.|
   Here is the answer! Would you stand outside
   while all of Heaven waits for you within?
   Forgive and be forgiven. As you give
   you will receive. There is no plan but this
   for the salvation of the Son of God.
   Let us today rejoice that this is so,
   for here we have an answer, clear and plain,
   beyond deceit in its simplicity.
   All the complexities the world has spun
   of fragile cobwebs disappear before
   the power and the majesty of this
   extremely simple statement of the truth.|
   Here is the answer! Do not turn away
   in aimless wandering again. Accept
   salvation now. It is the gift of God
   and not the world. The world can give no gifts
   of any value to a mind which has
   received what God has given as its own.
   God wills salvation be received today,
   and that the intricacies of your dreams
   no longer hide their nothingness from you.| 
   Open your eyes today, and look upon
   a happy world of safety and of peace.
   Forgiveness is the means by which it comes
   to take the place of hell. In quietness
   it rises up to greet your open eyes,
   and fill your heart with deep tranquility
   as ancient truths, forever newly born,
   arise in your awareness. What you will
   remember then can never be described.
   Yet your forgiveness offers it to you.|
   Remembering the gifts forgiveness gives,
   we undertake our practicing today
   with hope and faith that this will be the day
   salvation will be ours. Earnestly
   and gladly will we seek for it today,
   aware we hold the key within our hands,
   accepting Heaven's answer to the hell
   we made, but where we would remain no more.|
   Morning and evening do we gladly give
   a quarter of an hour to the search
   in which the end of hell is guaranteed.
   Begin in hopefulness, for we have reached
   the turning point at which the road becomes
   far easier. And now the way is short
   that yet we travel. We are close indeed
   to the appointed ending of the dream.|
   Sink into happiness as you begin
   these practice periods, for they hold out
   the sure reward of questions answered, and
   what your acceptance of the answer brings.
   Today it will be given you to feel
   the peace forgiveness offers, and the joy
   the lifting of the veil holds out to you.|    
   Before the light you will receive today
   the world will fade until it disappears,
   and you will see another world arise
   you have no words to picture. Now we walk
   directly into light, and we receive
   the gifts which have been held in store for us
   since time began, kept waiting for today.|
   Forgiveness offers everything you want.
   Today all things you want are given you.
   Let not your gifts recede throughout the day,
   as you return again to meet a world
   of shifting change and bleak appearances.
   Retain your gifts in clear awareness as
   you see the changeless in the heart of change,
   the light of truth behind appearances.|
   Be tempted not to let your gifts slip by
   and drift into forgetfulness. But hold
   them firmly in your mind by your attempts
   to think of them at least a minute as
   each quarter of an hour passes by. 
   Remind yourself how precious are these gifts
   with this reminder, which has power to hold
   your gifts in your awareness through the day:
    " Forgiveness offers everything I want.
     Today I have accepted this as true. 
     Today I have received the gifts of God, 
     And they belong to me eternally."
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Forgiveness offers everything I want.
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Jesus tells us that forgiveness offers us everything we want: peace, happiness, a quiet mind, a sense of worth, beauty, safety, deep abiding comfort, joy to meet the day, and more. What is more? It brings us home to the memory of who we really are. "My forgiveness is the means by which the light of the world finds expression through me. My forgiveness is the means by which I become aware of the light of the world in me." (W.82.1.(63).2-3) Ultimately, forgiveness becomes the means by which we learn that we have done nothing that needs forgiveness! "Forgiveness thus becomes the means by which he learns he has done nothing to forgive." (T.26.IV.1.6) (ACIM OE T.26.V.25) In other words, forgiveness undoes what never happened. We are innocent, never sinned, have done nothing wrong, and deserve only the love that was given us in our creation. When the blocks to love are removed through the process of forgiveness, we will know that nothing that we think we have done has changed us as the Son of God.
We are completely loved, but we block that love with our judgments, grievances, expectations, demands, wishes, specialness, victim stories, opinions, values, judgments, strategies, and manipulations. Thus, we can't know the glory of our Being when we listen to the voice of the ego. "The holy place on which you stand is but the space that sin has left." (T.26.IV.3.1) (ACIM OE T.26.V.27) This is the holiest of altars. It is a space made clean of our investment in sin and guilt. All that is required of us is to commit to looking at our wrong-minded investments.
Our obsessive, raucous thoughts occupy the place in the mind where holiness dwells. We hold onto these thoughts only because of our fear of love, believing that God will punish us for our "crime" of separation. "What but a miracle could change his mind, so that he understands that love cannot be feared?" (T.26.IV.4.6) (ACIM OE T.25.V.28) Jesus tells us that only a little hindrance stands between this love and the world of guilt and fear. We are just a thought away from Heaven. In other words, what blocks the love are our meaningless thoughts that we have given power, but we can withdraw that power anytime we choose.
Yes, the benefits of forgiveness, laid out in this Lesson, are clearly what we all say we want. Who does not want ". . . happiness, a quiet mind, a certainty of purpose, and a sense of worth and beauty that transcends the world?" (W.122.1.2) Jesus paints a picture of what we all yearn for. The problem is that we think we know how to achieve these benefits ourselves. We think we know our own best interests. We have been relying on the ego to tell us where our happiness lies. We set goals for ourselves that we think will bring about peace and happiness, and then we try to implement our own means for achieving our goals.
We think we know what we need to have a fulfilled life of joy and contentment. As long as we follow our own ideas of where our happiness lies, we will continue to believe we are reaching out for pleasure but will, in fact, receive more pain, more guilt, and more fear. Clearly, we are not convinced that this is so because if we were, every moment would be spent in forgiveness. We would be very vigilant of any thoughts of worry, distress, unease, anxiety, judgment, anger, anticipation, frustration, or anything keeping us from the experience of joy available to us in every moment. We would be very motivated to turn these thoughts over to be healed. We would be willing to see our own minds as the cause of our lack of ease and joy and not put the blame for our unhappiness on anything in the world. The cause of any distress comes from our own minds where we hold core beliefs such as "I am bad," or "I am unworthy." These beliefs perpetuate the illusion, which is why it is so important to question them. If we are an extension of God, they simply can't be true.
We all have stories of what others have done to us and why we are the way we are. Whatever problems we experience or whatever our situation, we always have someone we can find to blame and hold responsible for our condition. This is the film, running in the mind, projecting the movie onto the screen of this seeming world. It is a movie we watch over and over in our minds, hoping for a better ending each time, but unless we change the input of our own thoughts and beliefs, the outcome will continue to be the same. Our thoughts are responsible for our experiences in the physical world. As long as those thoughts are based on guilt, we will live in fear of what will come next.
When we tell our stories, we project guilt onto others whom we hold responsible for having done us wrong. It is the way we try to make meaning of our lives by taking our interpretations of disparate situations and weaving them into a story. Now, we must take what we have made to the truth. "Bringing illusion to truth, or the ego to God, is the Holy Spirit's only function. Keep not your making from your Father, for hiding it has cost you knowledge of Him and of yourself." (T.14.IX.1.4-5) (ACIM OE T.14.V.38) Everything we have come to believe must be released if we are to know ourselves. "The past that you remember never was, and represents only the denial of what always was." (T.14.IX.1.10) (ACIM OE T.14.V.38)
We have not changed ourselves. We are and always will remain, God's perfect Son. Our stories are all meaningless, for only reality is true. "It cannot change with time or mood or chance. Its changelessness is what makes it real. This cannot be undone." (T.14.IX.2.7-8) (ACIM OE T.14.V.39) When we deny our responsibility, deny our guilt, suffocate it, or stuff it in the dark recesses of our minds, healing can't happen. Truth cannot be brought to the illusion. We must be willing to look at the darkness and bring it to the light of truth. This is what forgiveness is. It brings us back to awareness of the Self we are. We are already whole and complete. Forgiveness requires that we look objectively at our unloving thoughts. It is a process of undoing what we have made. With forgiveness, what we made to hurt, harm, and blame can now be used to heal.
We were told in the Lesson yesterday that forgiveness is acquired. It must be learned. Our part in the process is the desire and willingness for healing. We start by recognizing our dark thoughts, our attachments, our judgments, our investment in specialness, and our need to be right. How much do we want the truth for ourselves? Jesus says that we must ask honestly, how much do we want a world we rule instead of one that rules us? How much do we want to know our own power and give up our helplessness and victimhood? How much do we want to know our innocence and that of everyone else? In other words, how willing are we to look at our darkness so we can know God's love, which we still fear?
What we see in our brothers and sisters is just a reflection of the guilt in our own minds. As long as we feel guilty and project our guilt onto others, we will believe we deserve punishment and will experience this punishment delivered to us in the form of problems. The world will not feel like a benign place. We hate those who seem to be the cause of our pain, but the cause is always the guilt in our own minds. Without the guilt, any attack would have no place to land in us. We truly would see all attack as only calls for love and for help, and would accept responsibility for everything that seems to happen to us. As we are reminded in Chapter 21, "I am responsible for what I see. I choose the feelings I experience, and I decide upon the goal I would achieve. And everything that seems to happen to me I ask for, and receive as I have asked." (T.21.II.2.3-5) (ACIM OE T.21.III.15) This is one of the hardest statements for us to fully accept.
Because the world is a closed system and ruled by guilt and fear, we need the Holy Spirit ' s help. Our part is to apply the Lessons as faithfully as we can and use our experiences in this world as the classroom for forgiveness. We consistently turn to the Holy Spirit to teach us how to interpret every situation we encounter. The ego tells us that the cause of our distress is in the world. It tells us that we are the effect of situations that cause us to be upset and that we are victimized by situations outside of our own minds. The Holy Spirit reminds us that the world is an outward picture of our own inward condition, and changing our thoughts is the only thing that will change our experience.
If forgiveness offers us all these gifts, "Why would you seek an answer other than the answer that will answer everything?" (W.122.4.1) What is it that we seek? We focus mostly on looking for happiness in things outside ourselves. They are all trivial pursuits that have no lasting value. It is all about investing in the ego's mantra to seek but never find. Jesus tells us, "Seek for it no more. You will not find another one [answer] instead." (W.122.4.4-5) There is nothing wrong with pursuing another relationship, another job, more money, fame, recognition, a new home, a better body, or another vacation, but none of these things will bring us the deep peace, happiness, and transcendence that we are hoping to find. Only forgiveness, which is found in the mind and not in anything outside, offers us what we are truly looking for. The answer to every problem is found within.
Behind every problem and every distress we seem to have is the miracle awaiting our acceptance. All that is required is our willingness to bring our problems to the only solution there is, which is the miracle. "Changelessly it stands before you like an open door, with warmth and welcome calling from beyond the doorway, bidding you to enter in and make yourself at home, where you belong." (W.122.5.3) What is calling us is to know our innocence? The Call is in our right minds where miracles are stored. This is our treasure house. It is all within us now. There is nothing to seek. It requires willingness and commitment to surrender our way, recognizing that we have been wrong about everything. The roadmap is laid out for us and help is available to show us the way.
Jesus says that our commitment up to now has been half-hearted, our dedication less than diligent, and our trust has been partial. We ask for help but then turn to our own solutions; or, we determine what the problem is and then ask for help, thinking we know the problem. Jesus reminds us that the only problem we have is the guilt in our minds as a result of the belief we cling to that we have sinned. Throughout the Lesson, Jesus keeps reminding us over and over to turn within where the only answer is. The ego mind has no answers for us.
I recently bought a large box of incontinence products for my elderly mother. When I left the store, I found that I was given the wrong size by the clerk. My mother lives in long-term care and quite a distance from the store. I felt inconvenienced by the mistake and blamed the clerk in my mind, and now I had a grievance. I felt imposed upon by my heavy schedule of activities, particularly as we were to be away for the next two weeks. As a result of our trip, there was much preparation to be done, including writing commentaries in advance. I felt anger at the salesperson, as well as myself, for not being more vigilant. In the midst of all of this, I took the time to stop and breathe and remind myself that God did not bring this suffering. It was a choice I was making to throw away my peace. Yet in spite of this awareness, I found myself unwilling to just let it go.
I marveled at my resistance and stubbornness in holding onto the anger. I felt justified in feeling distressed. This is an example of a choice point. I asked myself, "Do you want to hold onto your point of view and stay in hell, or bring your dark thoughts to the truth, and let them go?" Then I asked for help to see it differently. I remembered to substitute some helpful self-talk for my obsessive ego thoughts, telling myself that a healed mind would not be upset by this circumstance. You may look at this and see it as a minor disturbance compared to something you may be dealing with, but Jesus says that there are no small disturbances. Judgments are the oxygen of the ego, and as long as we are invested in the ego, we will relish our judgments.
Do we indulge our anger, or do we choose to forgive it and accept the miracle? This is the invitation always there for us. It does take willingness to choose to release our stubborn insistence that something should be different than it is. The question is, "Will I use this situation to keep myself in hell, or will I turn it over to the Holy Spirit in the recognition that I don't know my own best interests, and I don't know what anything is for?" I chose to ask the Holy Spirit to help me not to use this situation to keep me from the peace and love available to me. It is available in every situation, no matter how seemingly large or small. All problems are the same. They have no reality.
Is my situation easier to forgive than a car accident, a grave illness, or someone who has betrayed us? It does seem so, but Jesus reminds us there is no order of difficulty in the illusion. It is all the same because it is all nothing. Anything keeping us from peace is a hindrance and keeps us in hell. "Forgive and be forgiven. As you give you will receive." (W.122.6.3-4) Anytime I hold something against you, I am holding it against myself, but if I could see your innocence, then I could know my own.
What we are learning is to see the Christ in everyone. This is the meaning of seeing with vision rather than believing what our senses tell us. Mother Teresa saw this when she described everyone she helped as, "Christ in his distressing guises," or, as the Course says, "I do not know what anything, including this, means. And so I do not know how to respond to it. And I will not use my own past learning as the light to guide me now." (T.14.XI.6.7-8) (ACIM OE T.14.VII.65) In other words, we are surrendering our own misperceptions and our current way of seeing and bringing them to the light to be dispelled. It certainly does take willingness, and this is a choice we must make if we want peace of mind. No one will thrust this on us. The power of decision is our own. This power is in us. It is our inner Teacher.
When we think that we know anything, then there is no room for learning. We must be willing to be taught. "Forgiveness lets the veil be lifted up that hides the face of Christ from those who look with unforgiving eyes upon the world." (W.122.3.1) When our unforgiving thoughts or "dead thoughts" (W.122.3.2) are cleared away, we will have vision. These dead thoughts are our guilt, our fears, our self-hatred, unworthiness, specialness, and all ego thoughts, in whatever form. They are all the thoughts that keep the memory of God buried in our minds. Dead thoughts keep us from vision, and without vision, all we see are our own projections of the guilt in our minds.
When we stubbornly hold onto our perspectives, we resist admitting that we are wrong about everything. Jesus describes this as arrogance because we refuse to accept our own innocence. We are as God created us--unlimited beings of light and love. As long as we hold onto our own beliefs about ourselves and challenge what Jesus teaches as just beautiful thoughts that don't apply to us, we are being arrogant. This only serves to keep the memory of God that is in our right minds, locked away. Forgiveness offers us the key to unlocking this memory. We do so by bringing these dead thoughts to the light and choosing against them. "You cannot give yourself your innocence, for you are too confused about yourself. But should one brother dawn upon your sight as wholly worthy of forgiveness, then your concept of yourself is wholly changed." (T.31.VII.2.4-5) (ACIM OE T.31.VI.69)
Think about all the things you want. Think of all your hopes and dreams that you pursue in the world. Pursuing them can never offer the gifts Jesus lays out for us in this Lesson. In fact, he asks, "What fancied value, trivial effect or transient promise, never to be kept, can hold more hope than what forgiveness brings?"(W.122.3.5) In other words, we can and will pursue the things in the world we think will bring us happiness, yet this Lesson says that only forgiveness offers everything we want. It is the doorway home to the Self we are.
The definition of forgiveness given us in the Course is about releasing our dark dreams of guilt and fear, held in the mind, that we project onto the world. It is the means by which we remember the truth of what we are. It is to release the blocks that keep us from knowing our innocence and wholeness. Thus, it is the complete answer for all that troubles us in this world. Jesus says, "Let us today rejoice that his is so, for here we have an answer, clear and plain, beyond deceit in its simplicity." (W.122.6.6) Certainly, this is unlike the answers we find in the world that are extremely complex yet unstable like "fragile cobwebs." (W.122.6.7)
How willing are we to see forgiveness as the only answer that will truly deliver everything we want? Another way this might be put is, how willing are we to take responsibility for everything in our lives? He urges us, "Do not turn away in aimless wandering again." (W.122.7.2) "The world can give no gifts of any value to a mind that has received what God has given as its own." (W.122.7.5) Again and again, we are urged to see forgiveness as the answer. It is an answer that can never fail. He tells us to be thankful that this is so. (W.122.5.1-2)
Can you see how much urging there is in this Lesson to stay with the answer he has given us, and "Do not turn away in aimless wandering again?" (W.122.7.2) Jesus really wants us to remember the gifts forgiveness gives because he wants us to be happy. When we recognize all the rewards we receive through forgiveness, our trust will increase. Now we continue on with hope and faith and carry the rewards of the practice periods into the day. We do not lay the Lesson aside, but "Retain your gifts in clear awareness as you see the changeless in the heart of change; the light of truth behind appearances." (W.122.13.4)
Be willing today to look at your dark thoughts. They are not who you are. Look at them with Jesus from outside the dream. Recognize their unreality. The gifts of peace and joy are always present in the mind, and they are brought to awareness when the blocks to love are released through forgiveness. Regardless of what is going on around us, we can still be at peace. Peace is changeless and does not require events and situations to be any different than they are. Remember, these events and situations are actually our perfect classroom for applying forgiveness. Indeed, we can welcome them, as they facilitate our awakening.

Love and blessings, Sarah
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God's Plan for Salvation 

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III. The Mechanism of Miracles 

Fear is a symptom of your deep sense of loss. If when you perceive it in others you learn to supply the loss, the basic cause of fear is removed. Thereby you teach yourself that fear does not exist in you, for you have in yourself the means for removing it and have demonstrated this by giving it. Fear and love are the only emotions of which you are capable. One is false, for it was made out of denial, and denial depends on the real belief in what is denied for its own existence.
12 By interpreting fear correctly as a positive affirmation of the underlying belief it masks, you are undermining its perceived usefulness by rendering it useless. Defenses which do not work at all are automatically discarded. If you raise what fear conceals to clear-cut, unequivocal predominance, fear becomes meaningless. You have denied its power to conceal love, which was its only purpose. The mask which you have drawn across the face of love has disappeared.
13 If you would look upon love, which is the world's reality, how could you do better than to recognize in every defense against it the underlying appeal for it? And how could you better learn of its reality than by answering the appeal for it by giving it? The Holy Spirit's interpretation of fear does dispel it, for the awareness of truth cannot be denied. Thus does the Holy Spirit replace fear with love and translate error into truth. And thus will you learn of Him how to replace your dream of separation with the fact of unity. For the separation is only the denial of union and, correctly interpreted, attests to your eternal knowledge that union is true.
14 Miracles are merely the translation of denial into truth. If to love oneself is to heal oneself, those who are sick do not love themselves. Therefore, they are asking for the love that would heal them but which they are denying to themselves. If they knew the truth about themselves, they could not be sick. The task of the miracle-worker thus becomes to deny the denial of truth. The sick must heal themselves, for the truth is in them. Yet, having obscured it, the light in another mind must shine into theirs because that light is theirs.
15 The light in them shines as brightly, regardless of the density of the fog that obscures it. If you give no power to the fog to obscure the light, it has none, for it has power only because the Son of God gave power to it. He must himself withdraw that power, remembering that all power is of God. You can remember this for all the Sonship. Do not allow your brother not to remember, for his forgetfulness is yours. But your remembering is his, for God cannot be remembered alone. This is what you have forgotten. To perceive the healing of your brother as the healing of yourself is thus the way to remember God. For you forgot your brothers with Him, and God's answer to your forgetting is but the way to remember.
16 Perceive in sickness but another call for love and offer your brother what he believes he cannot offer himself. Whatever the sickness, there is but one remedy. You will be made whole as you make whole, for to perceive in sickness the appeal for health is to recognize in hatred the call for love. And to give a brother what he really wants is to offer it unto yourself, for your Father wills you to know your brother as yourself. Answer his call for love and yours is answered. Healing is the love of Christ for His Father and for Himself.
17 Remember what we said about the frightening perceptions of little children which terrify them because they do not understand them. If they ask for enlightenment and accept it, their fears vanish, but if they hide their nightmares, they will keep them. It is easy to help an uncertain child, for he recognizes that he does not know what his perceptions mean. Yet you believe that you do know. Little children, you are hiding your heads under the covers of the heavy blankets you have laid upon yourselves. You are hiding your nightmares in the darkness of your own certainty and refusing to open your eyes and look at them.
18 Let us not save nightmares, for they are not fitting offerings for Christ, and so they are not fit gifts for you. Take off the covers and look at what you are afraid of. Only the anticipation will frighten you, for the reality of nothingness cannot be frightening. Let us not delay this, for your dream of hatred will not leave you without help, and help is here. Learn to be quiet in the midst of turmoil, for quietness is the end of strife and this is the journey to peace. Look straight at every image that rises to delay you, for the goal is inevitable because it is eternal. The goal of love is but your right, and it belongs to you despite your preference.
19 You still want what God wills, and no nightmare can defeat a Child of God in his purpose. For your purpose was given you by God, and you must accomplish it because it is His Will. Awake and remember your purpose, for it is your will to do so. What has been accomplished for you must be yours. Do not let your hatred stand in the way of love, for nothing can withstand the love of Christ for His Father or His Father's love for Him.
20 A little while and you will see me, for I am not hidden because you are hiding. I will awaken you as surely as I awakened myself, for I awoke for you. In my resurrection is your release. Our mission is to escape crucifixion, not redemption. Trust in my help, for I did not walk alone, and I will walk with you as our Father walked with me. Did you not know that I walked with Him in peace? And does not that mean that peace goes with us on the journey?
21 There is no fear in perfect love. We will but be making perfect to you what is already perfect in you. You do not fear the unknown, but the known. You will not fail in your mission because I failed not in mine. Give me but a little trust in the name of the complete trust I have in you, and we will easily accomplish the goal of perfection together. For perfection is and cannot be denied. To deny the denial of perfection is not so difficult as the denial of truth, and what we can accomplish together must be believed when you see it as accomplished.
22 You who have tried to banish love have not succeeded, but you who choose to banish fear will succeed. The Lord is with you, but you know it not. Yet your Redeemer liveth and abideth in you in the peace out of which He was created. Would you not exchange this awareness for the awareness of your fear? When we have overcome fear-not by hiding it, not by minimizing it, not by denying its full import in any way-this is what you will really see. You cannot lay aside the obstacle to real vision without looking upon it, for to lay aside means to judge against. If you will look, the Holy Spirit will judge and will judge truly. He cannot shine away what you keep hidden, for you have not offered it to Him, and He cannot take it from you.
23 We are therefore embarking on an organized, well-structured, and carefully planned program aimed at learning how to offer to the Holy Spirit everything you do not want. He knows what to do with it. You do not know how to use what He knows. Whatever is revealed to Him that is not of God is gone. Yet you must reveal it to yourself in perfect willingness, for otherwise His knowledge remains useless to you. Surely He will not fail to help you, since help is His only purpose. Do you not have greater reason for fearing the world as you perceive it than for looking at the cause of fear and letting it go forever?

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