Lesson 182
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A COURSE IN MIRACLES
  CH 16 "THE FORGIVENESS OF ILLUSIONS" 
VII. THE BRIDGE TO THE REAL WORLD

    62 On this side of the bridge, you see the world of separate bodies seeking to join each other in separate unions and to become one by losing. When two individuals seek to become one, they are trying to decrease their magnitude. Each would deny his power, for the separate union excludes the universe. Far more is left outside than would be taken in. For God is left without and nothing taken in. If one such union were made in perfect faith, the universe would enter into it. Yet the special relationship which the ego seeks does not include even one whole individual. For the ego wants but part of him and sees only this part and nothing else.
    63 Across the bridge, it is so different! For a time the body is still seen but not exclusively, as it is seen here. For the little spark which holds the Great Rays within it is also visible, and this spark cannot be limited long to littleness. Once you have crossed the bridge, the value of the body is so diminished in your sight that you will see no need at all to magnify it. For you will realize that the only value which the body has is to enable you to bring your brothers to the bridge with you and to be released together there.
 
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INTRODUCTION to LESSONS 181-200
Introduction 181-200
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*IAMBIC PENTAMETER

Our next few lessons make a special point
of firming up your willingness to make
your weak commitment strong, your scattered goals
blend into one intent. You are not asked
for total dedication all the time,
as yet. But you are asked to practice now
in order to attain the sense of peace
such unified commitment will bestow,
if only intermittently. It is
experiencing this which makes it sure
that you will give your total willingness
to following the way the course sets forth.     

Our lessons now are geared specifically
to widening horizons and direct
approaches to the special blocks which keep
your vision narrow and too limited
to let you see the value of our goal.
We are attempting now to lift these blocks,
however briefly. Words alone can not
convey the sense of liberation which
their lifting brings. But the experience
of freedom and of peace that comes as you
give up your tight control of what you see
speaks for itself. Your motivation will
be so intensified that words become
of little consequence. You will be sure
of what you want and what is valueless.     

And so we start our journey beyond words
by concentrating first on what impedes
our progress still. Experience of what
exists beyond defensiveness remains
beyond achievement while it is denied.
It may be there, but you cannot accept
its presence. So we now attempt to go
past all defenses for a little while
each day. No more than this is asked because
no more than this is needed. It will be
enough to guarantee the rest will come.    

  ~ The Original Handscript Notes


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L e s s o n  182
I will be still a moment* and go home.
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*IAMBIC PENTAMETER*
WHAT IS IAMBIC PENTAMETER?

  This world you seem to live in is not home  
   to you. And somewhere in your mind you know
   that this is true. A memory of home
   keeps haunting you, as if there were a place
   which calls you to return although you do
   not recognize the Voice, nor what it is
   the Voice reminds you of. Yet still you feel
   an alien here, from somewhere all unknown.
   Nowhere so definite that you could say
   with certainty you are an exile here:
   just a persistent feeling, sometimes not
   more than a tiny throb, at other times
   hardly remembered, actively dismissed,
   but surely to return to mind again.
 
   No-one but knows whereof we speak. But some
   try to put by their suffering in games
   they play to occupy their time and keep
   their sadness from them. Others will deny
   that they are sad, and do not recognize
   their tears at all. Still others will maintain
   that what we speak of is illusion, not
   to be considered more than but a dream.
   Yet who in simple honesty, without
   defensiveness and self deception, would
   deny he understands the words we speak?
 
   We speak today for everyone who walks
   this world, for he is not at home. He goes
   uncertainly about in endless search,
   seeking in darkness what he cannot find;
   not recognizing what it is he seeks.
   A thousand homes he makes, yet none contents
   his restless mind. He does not understand
   he builds in vain. The home he seeks can not
   be made by him. There is no substitute
   for Heaven. All he ever made was hell.
 
   Perhaps you think it is your childhood home
   that you would find again. The childhood of
   your body and its place of shelter are
   a memory now so distorted that
   you merely hold a picture of a past
   which never happened. Yet there is a Child
   in you Who seeks His Father's house, and knows
   that He is alien here. This Childhood is
   eternal, with an innocence which will
   endure forever. Where this Child shall go
   is holy ground. It is His holiness
   that lights up Heaven, and that brings to earth
   the pure reflection of the light above
   wherein are earth and Heaven joined as one.
 
   It is this Child in you your Father knows
   as His Own Son. It is this Child Who knows
   His Father. He desires to go home
   so deeply, so unceasingly, His Voice
   cries unto you to let Him rest a while.
   He does not ask for more than just a few
   instants of respite; just an interval
   in which He can return to breathe again
   the holy air that fills His Father's house.
   You are His home as well. He will return.
   But give Him just a little time to be
   Himself, within the peace that is His home,
   resting in silence and in peace and love.
 
    This Child needs your protection. He is far
   from home. He is so little that He seems
   so easily shut out, His tiny Voice
   so readily obscured, His calls for help
   almost unheard amid the grating sounds
   and harsh and rasping noises of the world.
   Yet does He know that in you still abides
   His sure protection. You will fail Him not.
   He will go home, and you along with Him.
 
   This Child is your defenselessness, your strength.
   He trusts in you. He came because He knew
   you would not fail. He whispers of His home
   unceasingly to you. For He would bring
   you back with Him that He Himself might stay,
   and not return again where He does not
   belong, and where He lives as outcast in
   a world of alien thoughts. His patience has
   no limits. He will wait until you hear
   His gentle Voice within you, calling you
   to let Him go in peace along with you
   to where He is at home, and you with Him.
 
   When you are still an instant, when the world
   recedes from you, when valueless ideas
   cease to have value in your restless mind,
   then will you hear His Voice. So poignantly
   He calls to you that you will not resist
   Him longer. In that instant, He will take
   you to His home, and you will stay with Him
   in perfect stillness, silent and at peace,
   beyond all words, untouched by fear and doubt,
   sublimely certain that you are at home.
 
   Rest with Him frequently today. For He
   was willing to become a little child
   that you might learn of Him how strong is he
   who comes without defenses, offering
   only love's messages to those who think
   He is their enemy. He holds the might
   of Heaven in His hand and calls them friend,
   and gives His strength to them that they may see
   He would be Friend to them. He asks that they
   protect Him, for His home is far away,
   and He will not return to it alone.
 
   Christ is reborn as but a little Child
   each time a wanderer would leave his home.
   For he must learn that what he would protect
   is but this Child, Who comes defenseless and
   Who is protected by defenselessness.
   Go home with Him from time to time today.
   You are as much an alien here as He.
 
   Take time today to lay aside your shield
   which profits nothing, and lay down the spear
   and sword you raise against an enemy
   without existence. Christ has called you friend
   and brother. He has even come to you
   to ask your help in letting Him go home
   completed and completely. He has come
   as does a little child, who must beseech
   his father for protection and for love.
   He rules the universe, and yet He asks
   unceasingly that you return with Him
   and take illusions as your gods no more.
 
   You have not lost your innocence. It is
   for this you yearn. This is your heart's desire.
   This is the Voice you hear, and this the Call
   which cannot be denied. The holy Child
   remains with you. His home is yours. Today
   He gives you His defenselessness, and you
   accept it in exchange for all the toys
   of battle you have made. And now the way
   is open, and the journey has an end
   in sight at last. Be still a moment and
   go home with Him and be at peace a while.

~ The Original Handscript Notes
 
*Some printings of the Original Editions have Lesson 182 as
"I call upon God's Name and on my own."
 These were corrected in the next printing. 
 The correct wording for Lesson 182 is:
"I will be still a moment and go home."
 

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LESSON 182
I will be still an instant* and go home.

  
Sarah's Commentary:

The words are so poetic and poignant in today's Lesson, but before I get to my thoughts on this Lesson, it may be of value to remember this. We are now preparing to go beyond words and toward experience to achieve a state of stillness and quiet in an interval out of time in which we withdraw from the world. This is an experience of the holy instant, which gives us a foretaste of Heaven. It is a transformative experience of deep peace and joy. When we return to the world, we now see everything in a new way.
 
These Lessons are all about removing the blocks that keep the love we are away from our awareness. These blocks are ego defenses. Our defenses reflect our fear and resistance to change. We are actually afraid to know who we are, as created by God. We believe we want the experience of the eternal Self, yet the ego guards us against this since the ego knows this would be its end. To come to know our Identity is to choose love rather than the ego. We still identify with this special, unique, individual self, and we still want to maintain control over our experience. We fear love though we say we want it. Why? The reason is that, ultimately, it is the end of the familiar false self we know. When we surrender our idea of what will bring us happiness and listen to what Jesus is telling us, the firm grip we hold on the reality of this world is released. When we have the experience of the holy instant and feel the peace and joy available to us, our motivation and commitment are strengthened. It means letting go of our way and our control over our lives and trusting in the Holy Spirit as our Guide, asking Him in every moment for direction on what we are to say and do and where we are to go. We come to trust this inner Guide.
 
Our goal now is to strengthen our commitment and our willingness to know the truth. All of us have fear about awakening to the truth of what we are, which is reflected in how we drag our feet and resist the Lessons. We still want what the ego has to offer while also wanting the gifts of the Holy Spirit, but this creates conflict in our minds. The ego is threatened and will resist this teaching. It is, therefore, a relief to us when Jesus tells us that we are not being asked for total dedication as yet. We have too many scattered goals, but increasingly we are asked to choose humility and surrender of our position on life.
 
"Our next few lessons make a special point of firming up our willingness to make your weak commitment strong; your scattered goals blend into one intent." (W.PI.IN. 181-200.1.1) And Jesus assures us, we will all come to this place; although, right now it is unwise to force ourselves because we then experience guilt and fear when we fall short. Clearly, it is unproductive to beat up on ourselves for not being where we think we should be. This is how the ego enters the spiritual pursuit---by wanting something for itself. When we listen to this voice, we are actually listening to the ego chastise us for our lack of progress. The truth is that we are exactly where we need to be. To seek for what we think we want is to put the ego in charge. We have been continually assured that the final outcome is certain, so it is better to be gentle with ourselves while staying as disciplined and focused as possible. Everything in our current situation is our perfect classroom for healing. Nothing needs to be different than it is.
 
The Lesson today continues with the theme of the holy instant. Yesterday the theme was about forgiveness of our brothers. In today's Lesson, Jesus is talking about our awakening from this dream and returning home. Forgiveness is the means to that end. Here, Jesus reminds us that the world is not our home, yet we are doing whatever we can to be at home in this world. We have adjusted to living in the world, making it a place of comfort for ourselves and adapting to the requirements that have been imposed on us to conform to it, and adjusting to it as much as we are able. Yet somewhere inside us of all is a vague sense that this is not our home. We all feel like aliens here. (W.182.2.1) We are like the Prodigal Son, who left his father's house and squandered the treasure he was given. He thought he wanted independence, just as we do, but he ended up living in a pigsty.
 
To pray to God to improve the pigsty and to make it a happier place would only keep the Son stuck in the world. His happiness and fulfillment come from returning to his father, who greets him with great joy at his homecoming. To put all our attention on working to improve this illusion and trying to make this place more comfortable for ourselves, just keeps us from our true home. It is not wrong to seek comforts in this world, but no matter how comfortable we make it for ourselves, the world will never deliver the deep peace we seek. Even a relationship that seems to be made in Heaven can actually be an obstacle to our awakening because our motivation to undertake this journey is considerably decreased when we create our own seeming Heaven on earth. This is why the special relationship is called the ego's most boasted gift---it is a substitute for God.
 
Do you recognize the feeling of not fitting in and not feeling at home here? We think this makes us different from others, who do seem to do well in the world. We may start to think there is something wrong with us because we just can't adjust to this world. Many of us have felt this way for our entire lives, feeling like someone made a mistake in bringing us here. Now Jesus tells us that this is the case for everyone, no matter how it may look. On my son's last trip home for his twenty-year high school reunion, he commented on how most of his former classmates seemed more settled into the world than was the case for him. Most were married with children, many were living in the community in which they resided during their school years, and some were working at regular jobs. My son had never really felt as though he fit in at school and neither did he feel that he fit the mold he observed among his friends. When we feel we do not fit in, we start to wonder what is wrong with us. Jesus reminds us that there is great value in coming to the realization that we actually do not fit in here. The truth is that none of us fit in this world. Yet not everyone has come to the awareness that not fitting in the world is a gift, as it motivates us to find our way to our true home.
 
We have a sense there is a place where we do belong. We all have this sense that somewhere there is a place where we once did feel at home. This is what the Forgotten Song speaks to us about. "Listen,---perhaps you catch a hint of an ancient state not quite forgotten; dim, perhaps, and yet not altogether unfamiliar, like a song whose name is long forgotten, and the circumstances in which you heard completely unremembered. Not the whole song has stayed with you, but just a little wisp of melody, attached not to a person or a place or anything particular." (T.21.I.6.1-2) (ACIM OE T.21.II.8)
 
This feeling, of not fitting in this world and longing to understand what was wrong, was the beginning of my searching. While on the outside, things seemed to look fine, but I just did not feel the sense of being at home in myself that I longed for. This feeling of angst started in my early childhood. It culminated in a sincere request of God to give me a sign, when I was about ten, that He existed or I would have to look for truth elsewhere. I did not get the sign I was looking for, and so I started to look elsewhere. I went to university to study psychology and sociology, looking for answers there. I participated in many self-inquiry activities, group therapy sessions, psychic activities, spiritual books, and channeled material. While all of it was helpful, I never found the deep answers I was searching for. My life was not getting better, and I became quite disillusioned by it all. Now I see it was all helpful, as the disillusionment put me on a path to finding the real answers.
 
Jesus says that there are many things we do to distract ourselves from this feeling of loneliness and sadness: Some of us play games to occupy our time, (W.182.2.2) others push the sadness so far from themselves so they don ' t even recognize their tears at all, (W.182.2.3) and others dismiss it all as an illusion. Some will say the idea of God and Heaven is just a dream, a fantasy, and that this world is all there is. There are those who deny the fact they do not feel at home here. When we occupy ourselves with distractions, we can forget this calling for our home in Heaven, at least for a while. Some deny the sadness, always affirming that they are happy to the point that they ". . . do not recognize their tears at all." (W.182.2.3) It reminds me of those who are trained in positive thinking and affirm every day how great they feel, while covering over their sadness. Until we acknowledge our sadness, we cannot do our healing. Others claim that the world is wonderful and everything about it is beautiful. They claim it is a beautiful life and believe they can continue to manifest whatever they want to create happiness for themselves. Yet the Lesson would suggest these people are in a state of deep denial, where they do not even recognize their tears and deep sadness.
 
We may look around and think there are people happy in the illusion, but Jesus clearly disputes this thought. "No one but knows whereof we speak." (W.182.2.1) There may be an illusion of happiness, but ultimately, we are told, everyone who walks this world "is not at home." (W.182.3.1) Thus, there are no exceptions to this state. Any adjustment we make to this world, believing that it can offer us something of value, is futile. "He goes uncertainly about in endless search, seeking in darkness what he cannot find; not recognizing what it is he seeks." (W.182.3.2)
 
We seem to be searching endlessly for happiness in this world, but the world is not where we will find it, for we are looking for it in the darkness. We are looking for this sense of home, of belonging, of happiness, of contentment, and of welcome in our relationships, workplaces, and activities, yet it is all elusive. Our happiness still seems to escape us and always will, according to this Lesson, because we are looking where it cannot be found. The deep contentment of "home" is not where we find ourselves, so we just keep hoping it will be in the next situation, the next job, the next relationship, the next car, and the next vacation. We keep seeking for it. We hang onto hopes and dreams for what will make us happy. We are endlessly searching, and the searching itself provides the evidence that it is not here.
 
There is a poignant movie I saw years ago that speaks beautifully about our seeking for our home. It is reflected in the line, "Perhaps you think it is your childhood home that you would find again." (W.182.4.1) In this movie called, Trip to Bountiful, an elderly woman is desperately trying to find her way back to her childhood home, believing that this is where she will be happy. I remember, when I first saw this movie many years ago, I wept uncontrollably, obviously deeply feeling this same pull to return home. Jesus tells us this pull for our childhood home is a distorted desire to go home to our Father's house.
 
We have a home where we truly belong. It is a place we fit in perfectly---a place where we will eventually return because, while we think we have left it, we have only left our awareness of it. "He [this child] desires to go home so deeply, so unceasingly, His voice cries unto you to let Him rest a while. He does not ask for more than just a few instants of respite; just an interval in which He can return to breathe again the holy air that fills His Father's house." (W.182.5.3-4) Our distractions and denials obscure the cries of this Child. It is in the holy instant, a blessed eternal moment out of time and space, where we breathe in the holy air and can experience the fact that we have a home we never left. We are still at home in God. The Child is the Christ, our true Self that is eternally awake. In the separation, we seemed to drag this Child down from its holy place. This Child now appeals to us for respite that becomes available when we enter the place of peace always in our minds and always accessible to us. When we feel the tiny throb of aloneness, it is this Child who calls to us. It is the part of us that knows it is deeply unhappy. Jesus makes his appeal to us to recognize this deep unhappiness and to see he has an answer for us. The Answer is within all of us. All that is required is to no longer listen to the voice of the ego. The means we use are contemplation, meditation, and forgiveness. God becomes more important than holding onto my grievance and so I make a new choice.
 
Today, we are again asked to let our restless minds be still and to set aside our "valueless ideas." (W.182.8.1) When we hold valueless ideas, we experience distress and anxiety. We are called to see that they are meaningless and to let them go. The truth is in us. We do not have to seek for it. The presence of the Child in you is your inner strength. It is the truth about you. It is your invulnerability that demonstrates to you there is nothing to defend against. "This Child is your defenselessness; your strength. He trusts in you. He came because He knew you would not fail. He whispers of His home unceasingly to you." (W.182.7.1-4) You are this Christ Child, but you believe you have made yourself into something else.
 
When we experience our innocence and our invulnerability, we will understand that we need no defenses. We will trust that we are always safe and always supported. "His patience has no limits. He will wait until you hear His gentle Voice within you, calling you to let Him go in peace, along with you, to where He is at home and you with Him." (W.182.7.6-7) This is achingly beautiful and speaks to our heart that yearns to know its Self again and to be resurrected in the holy instant.
 
We are this Child, believing we are separate from God and needing to reconnect with what we seem to have lost. Our yearning is really for our lost innocence---our hearts desire. But Jesus assures us that we cannot lose our innocence though we do think it is lost to us. As we trust our brothers and see their innocence, we will know our own. "And who could weep but for his innocence?" (Psychotherapy Pamphlet.2.IV.1.7) In other words, the only tears we ever cry are for our own belief that we have lost our innocence. Think about it. All the tears we cry, no matter what we think we are crying about, are only because we believe that we are no longer innocent! We feel this need to know again our innocence with such depth and poignancy.
 
Perhaps this is also why we react so defensively when we feel accused of something, or we feel misunderstood. We are just defending an innocence we fear we have lost, and yet we still want someone else to be responsible. It is reassuring to be told, "You have not lost your innocence. It is for this you yearn." (W.182.12.1-2) "Today He gives you His defenselessness, and you accept it in exchange for all the toys of battle you have made." (W.182.12.7) Therefore, let us "Be still an instant and go home with Him, and be at peace a while." (W.182.12.9)
 
Our home is found in the stillness. It is when we connect with the Divine within that we recognize, "It is this Child in you your Father knows as His Own Son." (W.182.5.1) The Christ Self we are is the strength in us that we can rely on. It requires our willingness and readiness to take the steps necessary to surrender the self. The Child is defenseless. It is the ego that needs defenses and keeps the shield up to protect itself from an "enemy without existence." (W.182.11.1) Let us choose to take the time today to connect with the peace within and stay in that place of rest for a while. When toys of battle come to tempt us during the day, we bring them to the truth where they are replaced with gifts of peace. Bring all your dark thoughts to the Truth within by placing them on the inner altar where they are healed. It takes courage and honesty to look behind our defenses that we have built against love. We have been misguided in thinking our safety lies in maintaining these defenses. Our willingness to be vulnerable is where our strength is.

Love and blessings, Sarah
huemmert@shaw.ca

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Chapter Sixteen

The Forgiveness of Illusions 

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VII. The Bridge to the Real World        
 
  59 The search for the special relationship is the sign that you equate yourself with the ego and not with God. For the special relationship has value only to the ego. To the ego unless a relationship has special value, it has no meaning, and it perceives all love as special. Yet this cannot be natural, for it is unlike the relationship of God and His Son, and all relationships that are unlike this one must be unnatural. For God created love as He would have it be and gave it as it is. Love has no meaning except as its Creator defined it by His Will. It is impossible to define it otherwise and understand it.
    60 Love is freedom. To look for it by placing yourself in bondage is to separate yourself from it. For the love of God, no longer seek for union in separation nor for freedom in bondage! As you release, so will you be released. Forget this not, or love will be unable to find you and comfort you. There is a way in which the Holy Spirit asks your help if you would have His. The holy instant is His most helpful tool in protecting you from the attraction of guilt, the real lure in the special relationship. You do not recognize that this is its real appeal, for the ego has taught you that freedom lies in it. Yet the closer you look at the special relationship, the more apparent it becomes that it must foster guilt and therefore must imprison.
    61 The special relationship is totally without meaning without a body. And if you value it, you must also value the body. And what you value, you will keep. The special relationship is a device for limiting your self to a body and for limiting your perception of others to theirs. The Great Rays would establish the total lack of value of the special relationship if they were seen. For in seeing them, the body would disappear because its value would be lost. And so your whole investment in seeing it would be withdrawn from it. You see the world you value.
    62 On this side of the bridge, you see the world of separate bodies seeking to join each other in separate unions and to become one by losing. When two individuals seek to become one, they are trying to decrease their magnitude. Each would deny his power, for the separate union excludes the universe. Far more is left outside than would be taken in. For God is left without and nothing taken in. If one such union were made in perfect faith, the universe would enter into it. Yet the special relationship which the ego seeks does not include even one whole individual. For the ego wants but part of him and sees only this part and nothing else.
    63 Across the bridge, it is so different! For a time the body is still seen but not exclusively, as it is seen here. For the little spark which holds the Great Rays within it is also visible, and this spark cannot be limited long to littleness. Once you have crossed the bridge, the value of the body is so diminished in your sight that you will see no need at all to magnify it. For you will realize that the only value which the body has is to enable you to bring your brothers to the bridge with you and to be released together there.
    64 The bridge itself is nothing more than a transition in your perspective of reality. On this side, everything you see is grossly distorted and completely out of perspective. What is little and insignificant is magnified, and what is strong and powerful cut down to littleness. In the transition there is a period of confusion in which a sense of actual disorientation seems to occur. But fear it not, for it means nothing more than that you have been willing to let go your hold on the distorted frame of reference which seemed to hold your world together. This frame of reference is built around the special relationship. Without this illusion, there can be no meaning you would still seek here.
  65 Fear not that you will be abruptly lifted up and hurled into reality. Time is kind, and if you use it for reality, it will keep gentle pace with you in your transition. The urgency is only in dislodging your minds from their fixed position here. This will not leave you homeless and without a frame of reference. The period of disorientation which precedes the actual transition is far shorter than the time it took to fix your minds so firmly on illusions. Delay will hurt you now more than before only because you realize it is delay and that escape from pain is really possible. Find hope and comfort rather than despair in this: You could no longer find even the illusion of love in any special relationship here. For you are no longer wholly insane, and you would recognize the guilt of self-betrayal for what it is.
    66 Nothing you seek to strengthen in the special relationship is really part of you. And you cannot keep part of the thought system which taught you it was real and understand the Thought that really knows what you are. You have allowed the Thought of your reality to enter your minds, and because you invited it, it will abide with you. Your love for it will not allow you to betray yourself, and you could not enter into a relationship where it could not go with you, for you would not be apart from it.
    67 Be glad you have escaped the mockery of salvation which the ego offered you and look not back with longing on the travesty it made of your relationships. Now no one need suffer, for you have come too far to yield to the illusion of the beauty and holiness of guilt. Only the wholly insane could look on death and suffering, sickness and despair and see it thus. What guilt has wrought is ugly, fearful, and very dangerous. See no illusion of truth and beauty there. And be you thankful that there is a place where truth and beauty wait for you. Go on to meet them gladly, and learn how much awaits you for the simple willingness to give up nothing because it is nothing.
    68 The new perspective you will gain from crossing over will be the understanding of where Heaven is. From here it seems to be outside and across the bridge. Yet as you cross to join it, it will join with you and become one with you. And you will think in glad astonishment that for all this you gave up nothing! The joy of Heaven, which has no limit, is increased with each light that returns to take its rightful place within it. Wait no longer, for the love of God and you. And may the holy instant speed you on the way, as it will surely do if you but let it come to you.
    69 The Holy Spirit asks only this little help of you. Whenever your thoughts wander to a special relationship which still attracts you, enter with Him into a holy instant and there let Him release you. He needs only your willingness to share His perspective to give it to you completely. And your willingness need not be complete because His is perfect. It is His task to atone for your unwillingness by His perfect faith, and it is His faith you share with Him there. Out of your recognition of your unwillingness for your release, His perfect willingness is given you. Call upon Him, for Heaven is at His call. And let Him call on Heaven for you.      
    ~ The Original Handscript Notes

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