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A COURSE IN MIRACLES
  CH 17 "FORGIVENESS AND HEALING" 
IV. SHADOWS OF THE PAST   

26 My holy brothers, I would enter into all your relationships and step between you and your fantasies. Let my relationship to you be real to you, and let me bring reality to your perception of your brothers. They were not created to enable you to hurt yourselves through them. They were created to create with you. This is the truth that I would interpose between you and your goal of madness. Be not separate from me, and let not the holy purpose of Atonement be lost to you in dreams of vengeance. Relationships in which such dreams are cherished have excluded me. Let me enter in the Name of God and bring you peace that you may offer peace to me.  
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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.    

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L e s s o n  186
Salvation of the world depends on me. 
 
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*IAMBIC PENTAMETER*
WHAT IS IAMBIC PENTAMETER?
 
   Here is the statement that will one day take  
   all arrogance away from every mind.
   Here is a thought of true humility,
   which holds no function as your own but that
   which has been given you. It offers your
   acceptance of a part assigned to you,
   without insisting on another role.
   It does not judge your proper role. It but
   acknowledges the Will of God is done
   on earth as well as Heaven. It unites
   all wills on earth in Heaven's plan to save
   the world, restoring it to Heaven's peace.
 
   Let us not fight our function. We did not
   establish it. It is not our idea.
   The means are given us by which it will
   be perfectly accomplished. All that we
   are asked to do is to accept our parts
   in genuine humility, and not
   deny with self-deceiving arrogance
   that we are worthy. What is given us
   to do we have the strength to do. Our minds
   are suited perfectly to take our parts,
   assigned to us by One Who knows us well.
 
   Today's idea may seem quite sobering
   until you see its meaning. All it says
   is that your Father still remembers you,
   and offers you the perfect trust He holds
   in you who are His Son. It does not ask
   that you be different in any way
   from what you are. What could humility
   request but this? And what could arrogance
   deny but this? Today we will not shrink
   from our assignment on the specious grounds
   that modesty is outraged. It is pride
   that would deny the Call of God Himself.
 
   All false humility we lay aside
   today, that we may listen to His Voice
   reveal to us what He would have us do.
   We will not doubt our adequacy for
   the function He will offer us. We will
   be certain only that He knows our strength,
   our wisdom and our holiness. And if
   He deems us worthy, so we are. It is
   but arrogance that judges otherwise.
 
   There is one way, and only one, to be
   released from the imprisonment your plan
   to prove the false is true has brought to you.
   Accept the plan you did not make instead.
   Judge not your value to it. If God's Voice
   assures you that salvation needs your part,
   and that the whole depends on you, be sure
   that it is so. The arrogant must cling
   to words, afraid to go beyond them to
   experience which might affront their stance.
   Yet are the humble free to hear the Voice
   Which tells them what they are and what to do.
 
   Arrogance makes an image of yourself
   which is not real. It is this image which
   quails and retreats in terror as the Voice
   for God assures you that you have the strength,
   the wisdom and the holiness to go
   beyond all images. You are not weak,
   as is the image of yourself. You are
   not ignorant and helpless. Sin can not
   tarnish the truth in you, and misery
   can come not near the holy home of God.
 
   All this the Voice for God relates to you.
   And as He speaks the image trembles and
   seeks to attack the threat it does not know,
   sensing its basis crumble. Let it go.
   Salvation of the world depends on you,
   and not upon this little pile of dust.
   What can it tell the holy Son of God?
   Why need he be concerned with it at all?
 
   And so we find our peace. We will accept
   the function God has given us, for all
   illusions rest upon the weird belief
   that we can make another for ourselves.
   Our self-made roles are shifting, and they seem
   to change from mourner to ecstatic bliss
   of loved and loving. We can laugh or weep,
   and greet the day with welcome or with tears.
   Our very being seems to change as we
   experience a thousand shifts in mood,
   and our emotions raise us high indeed
   or dash us to the ground in hopelessness.
 
   Is this the Son of God? Could He create
   such instability and call it Son?
   He Who is changeless shares His attributes
   with His creation. All the images
   His Son appears to make have no effect
   on what he is. They blow across his mind
   like wind swept leaves that form a patterning
   an instant, break apart to group again,
   and scamper off. Or like mirages seen
   above a desert, rising from the dust.
 
   These unsubstantial images will go
   and leave your mind unclouded and serene
   when you accept the function given you.
   The images you make give rise to but
   conflicting goals, impermanent and vague,
   uncertain and ambiguous. Who could
   be constant in his efforts, or direct
   his energies and concentrated drive
   toward goals like these? The functions that the world
   esteems are so uncertain that they change
   ten times an hour at their most secure.
   What hope of gain can rest on goals like this?
 
   In lovely contrast, certain as the sun's
   return each morning to dispel the night,
   your truly given function stands out clear
   and wholly unambiguous. There is
   no doubt of its validity. It comes
   from One Who knows no error. And His Voice
   is certain in Its messages. They will
   not change nor be in conflict. All of them
   point to one goal, and one you can attain.
   Your plan may be impossible, but God's
   can never fail because He is its Source.
 
   Do as His Voice directs. And if It asks
   a thing of you that seems impossible,
   remember Who it is that asks, and who
   would make denial. Then consider this;
   which is more likely to be right? The Voice
   that speaks for the Creator of all things,
   Who knows all things exactly as they are,
   or a distorted image of yourself,
   confused, bewildered, inconsistent and
   unsure of everything? Let not its voice
   direct you. Hear instead a certain Voice
   Which tells you of a function given you
   by your Creator, Who remembers you
   and urges that you now remember Him.
 
   His gentle Voice is calling from the known
   to the unknowing. He would comfort you
   although He knows no sorrow. He would make
   a restitution though He is complete;
   a gift to you, although He knows that you
   have everything already. He has Thoughts
   that answer every need His Son perceives,
   although He sees them not. For Love must give,
   and what is given in Its Name takes on
   the form most useful in a world of form.
 
   These are the forms which never can deceive,
   although they come from Formlessness Itself.
   Forgiveness is an earthly form of love
   which as it is in Heaven has no form.
   Yet what is needed here is given here
   as it is needed. In this form you can
   fulfill your function even here, although
   what love will mean to you when formlessness
   has been restored to you is greater still.
   Salvation of the world depends on you
   who can forgive. Such is your function here.
 
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LESSON 186
Salvation of the world depends on me.

  
Sarah's Commentary:

Clearly, to our minds, the idea that the "Salvation of the world depends on me" (W.186) sounds more than a little arrogant. Yet Jesus says that it is not a statement of arrogance at all. In fact, "Here is the statement that will one day take all arrogance away from every mind." (W.186.1.1) And this is because acceptance of the statement undoes the thought of separation. We believe that we have separated from God, but it is an arrogant belief that we are holding in the mind because it is not the truth. It is the belief that we have made ourselves and our bodies and that we are living in the world and in a state of separation from God. When we humbly accept that we have been wrong about all of this, we become willing to learn our true reality. We learn what we are in truth through the undoing of specialness. We can only know our holiness by forgiving our specialness. And by being willing to look honestly at our roles and concepts of who we think we are and bringing them to the light of truth, we come to know the Self we are. Each healed mind saves the world because God's Son is One and the world is saved as the separation that gave rise to it is undone.
 
We all share the same function of forgiveness, but the forms will be different for each of us. The people and events in our lives are part of our script, and they play various roles in our lives so we can learn to forgive. While the forms vary for each of us, the content of forgiveness is the same for all of us. We have been mistaken about ourselves and have identified with the ego. Now the concepts associated with the ego and the roles we play can be released through forgiveness.
 
The ego, though it is nothing but a thought, seems powerful to us. We think it is almost impossible to set it aside. Jesus tells us, "The means are given us by which it [our function of forgiveness] will be perfectly accomplished." (W.186.2.4) Thus, while we think the challenge is too big for us, Jesus assures us that we can learn what he is teaching us. Our arrogance prevents us from accepting this belief. Each of us who heals our mind heals the Sonship because there is just One Mind.
 
We resist our function, as it is an affront to the image of ourselves that we think we are. Yet Jesus suggests, "Let us not fight our function. We did not establish it. It is not our idea." (W.186.2.2-3) To surrender all of this to God requires "genuine humility," (W.186.2.5) and to deny that we are worthy of undertaking what has been assigned to us is arrogance. It is not up to us to be the judge of our worthiness. This Lesson reminds us that the truth is already fully present in our minds, and we are worthy because of who we are as God's Son. Thus, "Our minds are suited perfectly to take the part assigned to us by One Who knows us well." (W.186.2.7)
 
In our arrogance, we try to deny this by thinking that we are too small to undertake what is being asked of us. We feel unworthy of the task, or alternatively, we believe that the ego is too enormous and too difficult to set aside. This keeps us believing that the Course is too difficult to learn. We often have a lot of fear and resistance to undoing our investment in the separate self. "All false humility we lay aside today, that we may listen to God's Voice reveal to us what He would have us do." (W.186.4.1) When we listen to our own voice, we feel inadequate and unworthy. Through forgiveness, we learn that the light of Christ is in us, so there is nothing to seek. The world is saved because there is no world. When the mind accepts the truth through the process of forgiveness, the world disappears. The world was established through our decision to separate, so when separation is undone, the world is undone.
 
As long as we are still here, there is work to be done. It is to release our plans and accept the plan we did not make. Our plans all involve maintaining the ego by seeing guilt and sin in the world and seeing ourselves as innocent victims. Now we are asked to look at what we are thinking and believing and recognize how it brings us pain. Jesus asks us to look honestly at our lives and assess our experiences here. He asks us to recognize how miserable we are and reminds us that we have another choice, which is to accept the Correction (Atonement) already in our minds. We do this by bringing our thoughts and perspectives to the Holy Spirit in our minds. It requires that we look at what we have chosen without judging ourselves for the choices we have made. We are not the ones to fix ourselves, as we created the problem. Only willingness is required to give the problem over to the Holy Spirit. He is the healer in our minds. We cannot do it without the power of His Holiness.
 
We all struggle with feelings of unworthiness, but again and again, we are assured of what we are. Jesus is not asking too much of us. When I am relying on my own strength, I do not feel up to what I am called to do, whether in writing these Course commentaries, facilitating the Course groups, or knowing how to respond to a difficult situation in any moment. I find myself fearful of judgment, and I will sometimes look for a way not to undertake what is mine to do. Inadequacy shows up in numerous ways. I compare myself as not as brilliant, not as enlightened, and not as insightful as others. Clearly, the ego is keeping me in fear of my function. It is a function given me by God, and now Jesus tells me, "Accept the plan you did not make." (W.186.5.2) He wants me to do this, instead of clinging to my own plan, which is to prove that the false is true. Jesus tells us that this is the only way we will be released from our own self-imposed imprisonment. (W.186.5.1) What keeps us imprisoned is our insistence on the reality of our experience here.
 
Our plan miscreated a world where we project our sin and guilt onto others and make them responsible for our pain. This can all be undone when we are ready to look on what we have made and choose to take responsibility for our decisions. The choice is always in front of us in every situation---to choose Heaven or hell, the problem or the Answer. It requires that we surrender our way, recognizing that we have been wrong about everything we think and believe. It is to step into our greatness by fully undertaking our function. Yes, fear will arise when we do not feel up to our function and when we insist that we are not what Jesus assures us we are. Jesus urges us not to take these thoughts seriously. Yes, doubts and feelings of inadequacy will come up, yet we can dismiss such foolish thoughts. "We do not doubt our adequacy for the function He will offer us. We will be certain only that He knows our strengths, our wisdom and our holiness. And if He deems us worthy, so we are. It is but arrogance that judges otherwise." (W.186.4.2-4)
 
We each have a function in form based on our strengths and skills and talents, but again, the content is always the same. The content is forgiveness and the function is to follow the Teacher and Guide Who is outside of this dream that we are dreaming. What we are given to do in this world is to love: "For Love must give, and what is given in His Name takes on the form most useful in a world of form." (W.186.13.5) Whatever we are called to do in the world, the function we all share is still forgiveness. "Forgiveness is an earthly form of love, which as it is in Heaven has no form. Yet what is needed here is given here as it is needed. In this form you can fulfill your function even here, although what love will mean to you when formlessness has been restored to you is greater still." (W.186.14.2-4)
 
Forgiveness is what takes us beyond words to an experience where the plan that we established is questioned. Our plan was to make others responsible for our condition and to prove that the false is true. Our plan is to be in control of our own lives. The ego tells us to hold grievances, attack others, serve our special needs, make others responsible for our pain, and see ourselves as the innocent victims of what others have done. To open to a new experience of transcendence, we must let go of the thoughts, the roles, and the self-concepts that we see as the truth about ourselves. Jesus tells us that we have the strength. We are not weak and helpless. No matter what we think about ourselves, nothing can change the truth. We are holy, and misery cannot touch this holy home where we abide. We will not know this until the work of undoing the false is complete, but we must be gentle with ourselves, as it is a process. Forgiveness does not require us to achieve healing any faster than we are prepared to go, and if we choose to delay, it is not a sin.
 
To accept the image of who we think we are is to accept instability. "Our self-made roles are shifting, and they seem to change from mourner to ecstatic bliss of love and loving. We can laugh or weep, and greet the day with welcome or with tears. Our very being seems to change as we experience a thousand shifts in mood, and our emotions raise us high indeed, or dash us to the ground in hopelessness." (W.186.8.3-5) Jesus assures us that this instability is not our reality. We are, indeed, changeless. We are consistently loved and loving. How is this possible when, much of the time, I see myself other than that? We are assured that since this world is just a dream, nothing we have done has had any real effects on anyone. "All the images His Son appears to make have no effect on what he is. They blow across his mind like wind-swept leaves that form a patterning an instant, break apart to group again, and scamper off. Or like mirages seen above a desert, rising from the dust." (W.186.9.4-6) When we awaken from the dream, these images will seem no more real than when we awaken from our night-time dreams that seem so real when we are dreaming them.
 
Letting go of the images that we have made allows the experience of truth to rush in. There is no room for this in the "I know" mind. We need to clear the slate for the Holy Spirit. The slate is now so crowded with thoughts and occupied with our plans that there is no place for silence. Only in the silence can truth enter. There is still an attraction to misery, shame, secrets, and dramas of all kinds in our lives. The reward the ego gets for its self-inflicted pain is that it reinforces the idea of victimhood, which the ego relishes. We would give it all up if there were no juice in our story and no victory for the conqueror nor the victim. Does such a thought arouse anger or defensiveness? This Lesson says, "And as He speaks, the image trembles and seeks to attack the threat it does not know, sensing its basis crumble." (W.186.7.2)
 
Yes, we are afraid that if we let it go, we will be left in shambles. The part of the mind that identifies with the ego senses the threat and is terrified. Our thousand shifting moods tell us how unstable our foundation really is. This image of ourselves that we identify with is a pile of dust. It knows nothing of the Son of God. When we say we cannot undertake the function that we have been given, we are speaking from the image because the truth is that we are perfectly suited to undertake whatever we are called to do. We are called to follow our prompts and step into our function fully. When we undertake it, our true Self breaks through the image and shows us a glimpse of our true nature.
 
It is appealing to think about exchanging our conflicting, uncertain, ambiguous, and changing goals for the new and fresh experience of constancy and certainty. In our ego identity, there is no constancy. We shift from one thing to another and our lives are filled with ambiguity, uncertainty, impermanence, and vagueness. There is nothing appealing about living in uncertainty and doubt. "The functions which the world esteems are so uncertain that they change ten times an hour at their most secure." (W.186.10.4) Can you see this in your own life, as you go from one thing to another, checking out the computer, planning dinner, watering the plants, paying bills, washing the car, and undertaking the business of the day? At ten times an hour, he considers this secure! Chances are that if we monitored our activity in an hour, we are perhaps changing our functions as much as thirty times an hour! "What hope of gain can rest on goals like this?" (W.186.10.5) When we recognize that we have been wrong and that our Teacher is right, we can accept His plan and function, which reflects the perfect unity of the Self we are. It does not mean that we don't do things in the world, but it does mean that we always ask first so we can be guided in what we are doing and which mindset with which we do it.
 
God gives us a purpose. Our lives are not to be just a list of shifting, playful, or work-focused activities that the world esteems. We are being called to a purpose-driven life. Unlike our own shifting functions, what He assigns us ". . . stands out clear and wholly unambiguous," (W.186.11.1). Jesus assures us, we can attain the function given us. We are literally given a command, "Do as God's Voice directs. And if It asks a thing of you which seems impossible, remember Who it is that asks, and who would make denial." (W.186.12.1-2) Who is likely to be right? God or me? What does this confused image of me really know? Can it ever get anything right? Can it ever know everything to ensure total success when it is indeed "a distorted image . . . bewildered, inconsistent and unsure of everything?" (W.186.12.4) We have tried to take the power unto ourselves and claim ourselves to be God, manifesting what we think we want, but can this image manifest anything, coming from this bewildered, uncertain state? Does it know what will bring it happiness? Would it not be better to attend to this Lesson, willingly admitting that we do not know our own best interests and allowing ourselves to trust the One Who does Know? He wants to offer us our function, and He has provided the means for us to achieve it, assuring us that we cannot fail.
 
Our particular, specific relationships in the world have been given us as our curriculum so we can be restored to Heaven. As we practice forgiveness, we are surrendering our way of seeing and understanding and demonstrating a willingness to be taught. As the image is being undone, we experience fear and feelings of inadequacy, but we rely not on our own adequacy. "It comes from One Who knows no error, and His Voice is certain of Its messages. They will not change, nor be in conflict. All of them point to one goal, and one you can attain." (W.186.11.3-5) There can be no failure with God. Thus, our single-minded purpose is what unifies our goals. We are called now to listen and to "Do as God's Voice directs." (W.186.12.1) We will be uncertain at times and wonder if we are up to what we are being called to do, but Jesus asks us to "remember Who it is that asks, and who would make denial." (W.186.12.2)

Love and blessings, Sarah 
huemmert@shaw.ca 

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Chapter Seventeen

Forgiveness and Healing  

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IV. Shadows of the Past          
 
14  To forgive is merely to remember only the  loving  thoughts you gave in the past and those that were given you. All the rest must be forgotten. Forgiveness is a selective remembering, based not on your selection. For the shadow figures you would make immortal are "enemies" of reality. Be willing to forgive the Son of God for what he did not do. The shadow figures are the witnesses you bring with you to demonstrate he did what he did not. Because you brought them, you will hear them. And you who kept them by your own selection do not understand how they came into your minds and what their purpose is.
  
15 They represent the evil that you  think was done to you. You bring them with you only that you may return evil for evil, hoping that their witness will enable you to think guiltily of another and not harm yourself. They speak so clearly for the separation that no one not obsessed with keeping separation could hear them. They offer you the "reasons" why you should enter into unholy alliances which support the ego's goals and make your relationships the witness to its power. It is these shadow figures which would make the ego holy in your sight and teach you what you do to keep it safe is really love.
  
16 The shadow figures always speak for vengeance, and all relationships into which they enter are totally insane. Without exception, these relationships have as their purpose the exclusion of the truth about the other and of yourself. This is why you see in both what is not there and make of both the slaves of vengeance. And why whatever reminds you of your past grievances, no matter how distorted the associations by which you arrive at the remembrance may be, attracts you and seems to you to go by the name of love. And finally why all such relationships become the attempt at union through the body, for only bodies can be seen as means for vengeance. That bodies are central to all unholy relationships is evident. Your own experience has taught you this. But what you do not realize are all the reasons which go to make the relationship unholy. For unholiness seeks to reinforce itself, as holiness does, by gathering to itself what it perceives as like itself.
  
17 In the unholy relationship, it is not the body of the other with which union is attempted but the bodies of those who are not there. Even the body of the other, already a severely limited perception of him, is not the central focus as it is or in entirety. What can be used for fantasies of vengeance and what can be most readily associated with those on whom vengeance is really sought are centered on and separated off as being the only parts of value. Every step taken in the making, the maintaining, and the breaking off of the unholy relationship is a move toward further fragmentation and unreality. The shadow figures enter more and more, and the one in whom they seem to be decreases in importance.
  
18 Time is indeed unkind to the unholy relationship. For time  is cruel in the ego's hands, as it is kind when used for gentleness. The attraction of the unholy relationship begins to fade and to be questioned almost at once. Once it is formed, doubt must enter in because its purpose is impossible. The only such relationships which retain the fantasies that center on them are those which have been dreamed of but have not been made at all. Where no reality has entered, there is nothing to intrude upon the dream of happiness. Yet consider what this means-the more reality that enters into the unholy relationship, the less satisfying it becomes. And the more the fantasies can encompass, the greater the satisfaction seems to be.
  
19 The "ideal" of the unholy relationship thus becomes one in which the reality of the other does not enter at all to "spoil" the dream. And the less the other really brings to it, the "better" it becomes. Thus, the attempt at union becomes a way of excluding even the one with whom the union was sought. For it was formed to get him out of it and join with fantasies in uninterrupted "bliss." How can the Holy Spirit bring His interpretation of the body as a means of communication into relationships whose only purpose is separation from reality? What forgiveness is enables Him to do so.
  
20 If all but loving thoughts has been forgotten, what remains is eternal. And the transformed past is made like the present. No longer does the past conflict with 
now. This continuity extends the present by increasing its reality and its value in your perception of it. In these loving thoughts is the spark of beauty hidden in the ugliness of the unholy relationship in which the hatred is remembered, yet there to come alive as the relationship is given to Him Who gives it life and beauty. That is why Atonement centers on the past, which is the source of separation, and where it must be undone. For separation must be corrected where it was made. The ego seeks to "resolve" its problems, not at their source, but where they were not made. And thus it seeks to guarantee there will be no solution.
  
21 The Holy Spirit wills only to make His resolutions complete and perfect, and so He seeks and finds the source of problems where it is and there undoes it. And with each step in His undoing is the separation more and more undone and union brought closer. He is not at all confused by any "reasons" for separation. All He perceives in separation is that it must be undone. Let Him uncover the hidden spark of beauty in your relationships and show it to you. Its loveliness will so attract you that you will be unwilling ever to lose the sight of it again. And you will let it transform the relationship so you can see it more and more. For you will want it more and more and become increasingly unwilling to let it be hidden from you. And you will learn to seek for and establish conditions in which this beauty can be seen.
  
22 All this you will do gladly if you but let Him hold the spark before you to light your way and make it clear to you. God's Son is one. Whom God has joined as one, the ego cannot break apart. The spark of holiness must be safe, however hidden it may be, in every relationship. For the Creator of the one relationship has left no part of it without Himself.
  
23 This is the only part of the relationship the Holy Spirit sees because He knows that only this is true. You have made the relationship unreal and therefore unholy by seeing it where it is not and as it is not. Give the past to Him Who can change your mind about it for you. But first be sure you fully realize what you have made the past to represent and why.
  
24 In brief, the past is now your justification for entering into a continuing, unholy alliance with the ego against the present. For the present  is forgiveness. Therefore, the relationships which the unholy alliance dictates are not perceived nor felt as now. Yet the frame of reference to which the present is referred for meaning is an illusion of the past in which those elements which fit the purpose of the unholy alliance are retained and all the rest let go. And what is thus let go is all the truth the past could ever offer to the present as witnesses for its reality, while what is kept but witnesses to the reality of dreams.
  
25 It is still up to you to choose to be willing to join with truth or illusion. But remember that to choose one is to let the other go. Which one you choose, you will endow with beauty and reality because the choice depends on which you value more. The spark of beauty or the veil of ugliness, the real world or the world of guilt and fear, truth or illusion, freedom or slavery-it is all the same. For you can never choose except between God and the ego. Thought systems are but true or false, and all their attributes come simply from what they are. Only the Thoughts of God are true. And all that follows from them comes from what they are and is as true as is the holy Source from which they came.
  
26 My holy brothers, I would enter into all your relationships and step between you and your fantasies. Let  my relationship to you be real to you, and let me bring reality to your perception of your brothers. They were not created to enable you to hurt yourselves through them. They were created to create with you. This is the truth that I would interpose between you and your goal of madness. Be not separate from me, and let not the holy purpose of Atonement be lost to you in dreams of vengeance. Relationships in which such dreams are cherished have excluded me. Let me enter in the Name of God and bring you peace that you may offer peace to me.
 
 
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