FRIDAY July 8, 2016
Purpose is to Make Happy
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A COURSE IN MIRACLES
CH 17 FORGIVENESS AND HEALING
V. PERCEPTION AND THE TWO WORLDS   
    
27 God established His relationship with you to make you happy, and nothing you do which does not share His purpose can be real. The purpose God ascribed to anything is its only function. Because of His reason for creating His relationship with you, the function of relationships became forever "to make happy." And nothing else. To fulfill this function, you relate to your creations as God to His. For nothing God created is apart from happiness, and nothing God created but would extend happiness as its Creator did. Whatever fulfills this function not cannot be real.      
    
A COURSE IN MIRACLES
WORKBOOK Part I
INTRODUCTION to LESSONS 181-200
Introduction to Lesson 181-200
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*IAMBIC PENTAMETER*
WHAT IS IAMBIC PENTAMETER?

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 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.

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 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.

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 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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DAILY LESSON
L e s s o n 189
I feel the love of God within me now. 

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   There is a light in you the world can not
   perceive. And with its eyes you will not see
   this light, for you are blinded by the world.
   Yet you have eyes to see it. It is there
   for you to look upon. It was not placed
   in you to be kept hidden from your sight.
   This light is the reflection of the thought
   we practice now. To feel the love of God
   within you is to see the world in light,
   shining in innocence, alive with hope,
   and blessed with perfect charity and love.
 
   Who could feel fear in such a world as this?
   It welcomes you, rejoices that you came,
   and sings your praises as it keeps you safe
   from every form of danger and of pain.
   It offers you a warm and gentle home
   in which to stay a while. It blesses you
   throughout the day, and watches through the night
   as silent guardian of your holy sleep.
   It sees salvation in you, and protects
   the light in you in which it sees its own.
   It offers you its flowers and its snow
   in thankfulness for your benevolence.
 
   This is the world the love of God reveals.
   It is so different from the world you see
   through darkened eyes of malice and of fear,
   that one belies the other. Only one
   can be perceived at all. The other one
   is wholly meaningless. A world in which
   forgiveness shines on everything and peace
   offers its gentle light to everyone
   is inconceivable to those who see
   a world of hatred rising from attack,
   poised to avenge, to murder and destroy.
 
   Yet is the world of hatred equally
   unseen and inconceivable to those
   who feel God's love in them. Their world reflects
   the quietness and peace that shines in them;
   the gentleness and innocence they see
   surrounding them; the joy with which they look
   out from the endless wells of joy within.
   What they have felt in them they look upon,
   and see Its sure reflection everywhere.
 
   What would you see? The choice is given you.
   But learn and do not let your mind forget
   this law of seeing: You will look upon
   that which you feel within. If hatred finds
   a place within your heart you will perceive
   a fearful world, held cruelly in death's
   sharp-pointed, bony fingers. If you feel
   the love of God within you, you look out
   upon a world of mercy and of love.
 
   Today we pass illusions as we seek
   to reach to what is true in us, and feel
   Its all-embracing tenderness, Its Love
   Which knows us perfect as Itself, Its sight
   which is the gift Its Love bestows on us.
   We learn the way today. It is as sure
   as Love Itself, to Which it carries us.
   For its simplicity avoids the snares
   the foolish convolutions of the world's
   apparent reasoning but serve to hide.
 
   Simply do this: be still and lay aside
   all thoughts of what you are and what God is;
   all concepts you have learned about the world;
   all images you hold about yourself.
   Empty your mind of everything it thinks
   is either true or false or good or bad;
   of every thought it judges worthy and
   all the ideas of which it is ashamed.
   Hold on to nothing. Do not bring with you
   one thought the past has taught, nor one belief
   you ever learned before from anything.
   Forget this world, forget this course, and come
   with wholly empty hands unto your God.
 
   Is it not He Who knows the way to you?
   You need not know the way to Him. Your part
   is simply to allow all obstacles
   that you have interposed between the Son
   and God the Father to be quietly
   removed forever. God will do His part
   in joyful and immediate response.
   Ask and receive. But do not make demands,
   nor point the road to God by which He should
   appear to you. The way to reach Him is
   merely to let Him be. For in that way
   is your reality acclaimed as well.
 
   And so today we do not choose the way
   in which we go to Him. But we do choose
   to let Him come. And with this choice we rest.
   And in our quiet hearts and open minds
   His Love will blaze Its pathway of Itself.
   What has not been denied is surely there
   if it be true, and can be surely reached.
   God knows His Son, and knows the way to him.
   He does not need His Son to show Him how
   to find His way. Through every opened door
   His Love shines outward from Its home within,
   and lightens up the world in innocence.
 
   " Father, we do not know the way to You.
    But we have called and You will answer us.
    We will not interfere. Salvation's ways
    are not our own for they belong to You.
    And it is unto You we look for them.
    Our hands are open to receive Your gifts.
    We have no thoughts we think apart from You,
    and cherish no beliefs of what we are
    or Who created us. Yours is the way
    that we would find and follow. And we ask
    but that Your Will, Which is our own as well,
    be done in us and in the world, that it
    becomes a part of Heaven now. Amen."
         
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LESSON 189

I feel the love of God within me now .

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This is another beautiful Lesson so similar to what we focused on in the Lesson yesterday. It is all about the light in our right minds we cannot access when the darkness of the ego thought system prevails. Yet we do have access to this light when we choose the thought system being taught by Jesus through this Course. He tells us precisely what we are to do, which is to let go of all that stands in the way. Forgiveness is about releasing the thoughts that reflect our choice for the ego. It is a choice we made to separate from the love given us in our creation. If this is the case, and the love is in us now, why do we not experience consistent peace and joy? It is only because we are blocking it from our awareness. We have identified with the separate, individual, special self we think we are. We think we are on our own and have to figure out this life, successfully solving the problems that show up in form, so we can be happy; but it is all a smokescreen of the ego to keep us distracted, rather than looking within. It is like trying to participate with the characters in a movie by thinking we can solve the problems of these characters on the screen. There is nothing to be done in form that will ever bring us the love we seek, because we already have it. We must go within if we are to connect with this place in us where the light dwells.
 
It is in the experience of the holy instant, where in that instant we connect deeply with peace, love, innocence, joy, gentleness, quietness, and hope, in a moment of blissful silence, that all of our thoughts, hopes, expectations, and concerns are stilled just for a moment. This light is in us now, and it is intended to be known. "It was not placed in you to be kept hidden from your sight." (W.189.1.5) In the Text, Jesus reminds us, "There is a light that this world cannot give. Yet you can give it, as it was given you. And as you give it, it shines forth to call you from the world and follow it. For this light will attract you as nothing in this world can do. And you will lay aside the world and find another." (T.13.VI.11.1-5) (ACIM OE T.12.VI.55)
 
What is it that keeps us from experiencing this light in us all of the time? Jesus says we are ". . . blinded by the world," (W.189.1.2) but when we feel the Love of God, which is in us, we will see the world ". . . alive with hope." (W.189.1.7) This is the real world, but it is not external. This world reflects the love in our minds. In this experience, whatever happens is no longer of concern to us because there is an awareness we are not the dream figures in this dream but, in fact, we are the dreamer of the dream. How can what happens in the dream affect you when you know you are the one dreaming it? From outside of the dream nothing here is real nor has any real consequence. When we see ourselves as the figure in this dream, we feel vulnerable and set up defenses to protect ourselves. Our awakening from this dream will be preceded by a change of perception, which Jesus describes as the real world.
 
"Who could feel fear in such a world as this? It welcomes you, rejoices that you came, and sings your praises as it keeps you safe from every form of danger and of pain. It offers you a warm and gentle home in which to stay a while." (W.189.2.1-3) The real world is a state of healed perception that precedes Heaven. "This is the world the Love of God reveals." (W.189.3.1) It is not the world we experience when we identify with the ego and see ourselves as a figure in the dream being acted on. The world becomes meaningless when seen from the perspective of the dreamer of this dream. From the perspective of the ego mind, the world is full of hatred and attack of every kind, but it is important to remember it all starts in our own minds.
 
The world we see is an outward expression of our inner condition. Perception makes projection. The world we see is a projection of our own thoughts. It is a giant projector screen where we see what is in our own minds. "You will look upon that which you feel within." (W.189.5.3) Everyone on the projector screen offers us another opportunity to look within and see what wounds we have that are projected outward. It takes great honesty and courage to look at these wounds, without judgment and without defending against them. Our suffering is nothing but our resistance to take responsibility for our projections. When we say "yes" to whatever we are experiencing and see everything as helpful for our healing, there is no need for suffering. Allow yourself to experience fully what is coming up because without resistance, the feelings and emotions that have been kept suppressed can be brought to the light and they will dissipate. Now the blocks to love are released.
 
I am not saying there are not events in the world that reflect behaviors that are hateful and attacking. These behaviors are facts. Yet our interpretation of these facts is what upsets us. For example, someone may take your money. That is a fact. They have the money you had and now you don't have it, but only your interpretation that you have been hurt and the thief deserves to be punished, causes you pain. As Jesus tells us, "Perhaps it will be helpful to remember that no one can be angry at a fact." (M.17.4.1) When we interpret the act of taking money from us by someone who is a thief, we are accusing ourselves of thievery, but what have we stolen? We believe the ego's story that we have stolen our identity from God, but we don't want to see this in ourselves. We prefer to see the thief outside of ourselves.
 
Thus, we are being shown there is nothing outside of us. Everything starts in our own minds. When we will not look within, but instead see the problem outside ourselves, we are helpless to do anything about it. We are reacting to our interpretations, as if they were correct. "This is shown by the fact that you react to your interpretations as if they were correct." (T.12.I.2.3) (ACIM OE T.11.I.2) Now we defend those interpretations and we suffer as a result. "Under the circumstances, would it not be more desirable to have been wrong, even apart from the fact that you were wrong?" (T.13.IV.3.1) (ACIM OE T.12.IV.25) When we recognize "Perception is a mirror, not a fact," (W.304.1.3) we will be more willing to investigate what is being mirrored that is unhealed within the mind. The temptation is always to blame instead of looking within. Only by looking within can we heal our own misperceptions.
 
I had a discussion with someone last night about the ills of the world and all of the crises going on with everything seemingly getting worse. Many people are being challenged by the economic conditions. The world we see seems full of problems, and no matter how hard we try, they continue generation after generation. Yet that is precisely why the world was made. It was made to distract us by placing our focus on the screen, where all these activities seem to be taking place. This is why the Lesson says we that are ". . . blinded by the world." (W.189.1.2) "Yet you have eyes to see it." (W.189.1.3) The truth will not be seen through our body's eyes, but when we identify with the right minded perception, we will see with vision. Vision has nothing to do with the body's eyes, which were made not to see. Their seeing stops at the forms of the world. Behind these images, lies the real world.
 
We cannot see both worlds. It is either a world of malice or the real world. The pictures are mutually exclusive. "Yet is the world of hatred equally unseen and inconceivable to those who feel God's Love in them." (W.189.4.1) Yes, we will still see the misbehaviors in the world, but we do not need to see them as anything real and they do not have to disturb our peace. "What would you see? The choice is given you. But learn and do not let your mind forget this law of seeing: You will look upon that which you feel within. If hatred finds a place within your heart, you will perceive a fearful world, held cruelly in death's sharp-pointed, bony fingers. If you feel the Love of God within you, you will look out on a world of mercy and of love." (W.189.5.1-5)
 
The real world is only experienced when we forgive everyone. This means there can be no exceptions made. No one can be excluded from our forgiveness. We must make a total commitment to this journey within the mind. It takes a lot of disciplined work, but it is a wonderful use of time. Jesus reminds us that to delay the healing of our minds is tragic. He is not trying to coerce us, only remind us, on behalf of our own happiness, because he knows how we suffer when we follow the dictates of the ego. We cannot do this alone; we need the power of the Holy Spirit, Who is always available to us when we call on Him. He is in our right minds. He is the light that is always there to shine away the darkness of our egoic thoughts.
 
Ask yourself today, "What do I have to give over to the Holy Spirit for healing in order to feel the love of God within me now? How much desire and willingness do I have for me to stay vigilant to the workings of my mind?" It means looking at the reactions we have to everything that seems to be happening. We can no longer cherish our grievances, our self-concepts, all the images we hold about ourselves, all our beliefs about what is good or bad, and all our judgments about what we like or do not like. Imagine the honesty and courage that goes into this kind of self-revelation. This is why it is so important to be watchful of our thoughts, observing them without judgment, and allowing the Holy Spirit to be the Guide rather than listening to the voice of the ego. With willingness and desire for healing and honesty in looking at our thoughts, the Love of God that is always within us will shine forth. We become a channel of His love and His peace.
 
Look at the ways you define yourself as a man/woman, father/mother, employee, Course student, good cook, talented singer, or whatever else. Now look at the rules you have for your relationships and the expectations you have of the people in your life. When these expectations are not met, we have grievances. As Jesus explains, it is because we see ourselves as different from the other rather than the same. I am me and you are not. Further, we see our needs as more important. You are the means to my end. Thus, I am always the important one in any relationship, and you are there to attend to my needs. All the rules of behavior, all the roles, all the expectations, and all my concepts of what I need to be happy, create the dance of specialness. That is why we must look at it all and raise everything to awareness. Otherwise, we simply operate on automatic pilot, reacting as we always have. Instead, Jesus asks us to "Simply do this: Be still and lay aside all thoughts of what you are and what God is; all concepts you have learned about the world; all images you hold about yourself." (W.189.7.1) He is telling us to hold onto nothing we think and believe. He tells us we have been wrong about everything. He wants us to remember that the problem and the solution are not in changing anything in the world of form, but only in our own minds. He is asking us not to determine how any problem is to be solved, as it can never be solved where it is not, which is in the outer forms of this world.
 
"Do not bring with you one thought the past has taught, nor one belief you ever learned before from anything. Forget this world, forget this course, and come with wholly empty hands unto your God." (W.189.7.4-5) He is not proposing that we put the Course down and do no more Lessons and no more study. We have more to do at this stage. However, it is ultimately about letting everything go, including this Course, as a prerequisite to entering this state of Oneness with God in our meditation time. To know the Course, is not enough. Ultimately, it is about experience, which comes when we are willing to apply this teaching. It is about letting go of the past and the future. Jesus wants us to forget what we have taught ourselves because we have been badly taught. We must let go of everything we have learned and allow ourselves to open up to being taught. "Let us be still an instant, and forget all things we ever learned, all thoughts we had, and every preconception that we hold of what things mean and what their purpose is. Let us remember not our own ideas of what the world is for. We do not know. Let every image held by everyone be loosened from our minds and swept away." (T.31.I.12.1-3) (ACIM OE T.31.I.12) It certainly does require surrendering our way, which requires great humility. Just notice how much reluctance shows up in this process---how much we want to hold onto our own answers, our point of view, our perspectives, and ultimately our control over our own lives.
 
We block the experience of the holy instant by thinking we can figure it all out instead of releasing everything we think we know. "You need not know the way to Him. Your part is simply to allow all obstacles that you have interposed between the Son and God the Father to be quietly removed forever." (W.189.8.2-3) This is the arrogance of the ego, where we think we can know the way, and where we defend our beliefs and strategies instead of just emptying our minds and asking to receive. We do not need to point out the way nor make demands. "Ask and receive. But do not make demands, nor point the road to God by which He should appear to you." (W.189.8.5-6) Isn't this what we do when we ask God for the answer to a specific problem we seem to be facing? We are telling Him we know what the problem is and we have determined what answer we want from Him, but it is not up to us to choose the way.
 
Our part is to set aside what we think we know and let Him come. It is a decision we must make to surrender our way. We just need to ". . . step back and let Him lead the way." (W.155) We just need to "Rest in God," (W.109) and as we turn over all of our self-attack and self-hatred (which we generally defend against) for healing, the Holy Spirit then offers us the miracle. He knows the way; so let us lay down our belief that we will find the way on our own. Let go of interfering thoughts, concepts, values, beliefs, and expectations. All we have to do is open the door, be willing to call out to Him for help, and then be willing to watch our thoughts and leave the rest to Him. The mistake we make is to put ourselves in charge of our healing instead of letting the Holy Spirit do the healing for us. We cannot heal ourselves. We need Someone from outside of the matrix to do the healing for us. Our part is to bring the blocks to the inner altar and place them there.
 
"Father, we do not know the way to You. But we have called, and You have answered us. We will not interfere. Salvation's ways are not our own, for they belong to You. And it is unto You we look for them. Our hands are open to receive Your gifts. We have no thoughts we think apart from You, and cherish no beliefs of what we are or Who created us. Yours is the way that we would find and follow. And we ask but that Your Will, which is our own as well, be done in us and in the world, that it become a part of Heaven Now ." Amen . (W.189.10.1-10)
 
If we pray with true desire to know the truth about the Self we are, we need to admit we do not know. We have to admit we are lost, and we cannot figure our own way. We release the "I know" mind and simply allow everything to come up for healing. Just because it is all illusion doesn't mean we can simply glide past it. Having the courage to look at the concepts, beliefs, and demands we make of others and the wounds we are holding onto is easier when we open up and allow the light of Truth to come forth.
 
This is such a favorite Lesson of mine because it is ultimately the whole Course summed up in terms of what we are to do every day to have the experience of the holy instant and to truly feel the Love of God.
 
Love and blessings, Sarah 
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V. Perception and the Two Worlds 
  
27 God established His relationship with you to make you happy, and nothing you do which does not share His purpose can be real. The purpose God ascribed to anything is its only function. Because of His reason for creating His relationship with you, the function of relationships became forever "to make happy." And nothing else. To fulfill this function, you relate to your creations as God to His. For nothing God created is apart from happiness, and nothing God created but would extend happiness as its Creator did. Whatever fulfills this function not cannot be real.
 
28 In this world it is impossible to create, yet it is possible to make happy. We have said repeatedly that the Holy Spirit would not deprive you of your special relationships but would transform them. And by that all that is meant is that He will restore to them the function given them by God. The function you have given them is clearly not to make happy. But the holy relationship shares God's purpose, rather than aiming to make a substitute for it. Every special relationship which you have made is a substitute for God's Will and glorifies yours instead of His because of the delusion that they are different.
 
29 You have made very real relationships even in this world which you do not recognize simply because you have raised their substitutes to such predominance that when truth calls to you, as it does constantly, you answer with a substitute. Every special relationship which you have ever undertaken has as its fundamental purpose the aim of occupying your minds so completely that you will not hear the call of truth. In a sense the special relationship was the ego's answer to the creation of the Holy Spirit, Who was God's answer to the separation. For although the ego did not understand what had been created, it was aware of threat.
 
30 The whole defense system which the ego evolved to protect the separation from the Holy Spirit was in response to the gift with which God blessed it and by His blessing enabled it to be healed. This blessing holds within itself the truth about everything. And the truth is that the Holy Spirit is in close relationship with you because in Him is your relationship with God restored to you. The relationship with Him has never been broken because the Holy Spirit has not been separate from anyone since the separation. And through Him have all your holy relationships been carefully preserved to serve God's purpose for you.
 
31 The ego is hyperalert to threat, and the part of your mind into which the ego was accepted is very anxious to preserve its reason as it sees it. It does not realize that it is totally insane. And you must realize just what this means if you would be restored to sanity. The insane protect their thought systems, but they do so insanely. And all their defenses are as insane as what they are supposed to protect. The separation has nothing in it, no part, no "reason," and no attribute that is not insane. And its "protection" is part of it, as insane as the whole. The special relationship, which is its chief defense, must therefore be insane.
 
32 You have but little difficulty now in realizing that the thought system which the special relationship protects is but a system of delusions. You recognize, at least in general terms, that the ego is insane. Yet the special relationship still seems to you somehow to be "different." Yet we have looked at it far closer than at many other aspects of the ego's thought system which you have been more willing to let go. While this one remains, you will not let the others go. For this one is not different. Retain this one, and you have retained the whole.
 
33 It is essential to realize that all defenses do what they would defend. The underlying basis for their effectiveness is that they offer what they defend. What they defend is placed in them for safekeeping, and as they operate, they bring it to you. Every defense operates by giving gifts, and the gift is always a miniature of the thought system the defense protects, set in a golden frame. The frame is very elaborate, all set with jewels and deeply carved and polished. Its purpose is to be of value in itself and to divert your attention from what it encloses. But the frame without the picture you cannot have. Defenses operate to make you think you can.
 
34 The special relationship has the most imposing and deceptive frame of all the defenses the ego uses. Its thought system is offered here, surrounded by a frame so heavy and so elaborate that the picture is almost obliterated by its imposing structure. Into the frame are woven all sorts of fanciful and fragmented illusions of love, set with dreams of sacrifice and self-aggrandizement and interlaced with gilded threads of self-destruction. The glitter of blood shines like rubies, and the tears are faceted like diamonds and gleam in the dim light in which the offering is made.
 
35 Look at the picture. Do not let the frame distract you. This gift is given you for your damnation, and if you take it, you will believe that you are damned. You cannot have the frame without the picture. What you value is the frame, for there you see no conflict. Yet the frame is only the wrapping for the gift of conflict. The frame is not the gift. Be not deceived by the most superficial aspects of this thought system, for these aspects enclose the whole, complete in every aspect. Death lies in this glittering gift. Let not your gaze dwell on the hypnotic gleaming of the frame. Look at the picture, and realize that death is offered you.
 
36 That is why the holy instant is so important in the defense of truth. The truth itself needs no defense, but you do need defense against your own acceptance of the gift of death. When you who are truth accept an idea so dangerous to truth, you threaten truth with destruction. And your defense must now be undertaken to keep truth whole. The power of Heaven, the love of God, the tears of Christ, and the joy of His eternal Spirit are marshaled to defend you from your own attack. For you attack Them, being part of Them, and They must save you, for They love Themselves.
 
37 The holy instant is a miniature of Heaven, sent you from Heaven. It is a picture, too, set in a frame. Yet if you accept this gift, you will not see the frame at all because the gift can only be accepted through your willingness to focus all your attention on the picture. The holy instant is a miniature of eternity. It is a picture of timelessness, set in a frame of time. If you focus on the picture, you will realize that it was only the frame that made you think it was a picture. Without the frame, the picture is seen as what it represents. For as the whole thought system of the ego lies in its gifts, so the whole of Heaven lies in this instant, borrowed from eternity and set in time for you.
 
38 Two gifts are offered you. Each is complete and cannot be partially accepted. Each is a picture of all that you can have, seen very differently. You cannot compare their value by comparing a picture to a frame. It must be the pictures only that you compare, or the comparison is wholly without meaning. Remember that it is the picture that is the gift. And only on this basis are you really free to choose. Look at the pictures. Both of them. One is a tiny picture, hard to see at all beneath the heavy shadows of its enormous and disproportionate enclosure. The other is lightly framed and hung in light, lovely to look upon for what it is.
 
39 You who have tried so hard and are still trying to fit the better picture into the wrong frame and so combine what cannot be combined, accept this and be glad: these pictures are each framed perfectly for what they represent. One is framed to be out of focus and not seen. The other is framed for perfect clarity. The picture of darkness and of death grows less convincing as you search it out amid its wrappings. As each senseless stone which seems to shine in darkness from the frame is exposed to light, it becomes dull and lifeless and ceases to distract you from the picture. And finally you look upon the picture itself, seeing at last that, unprotected by the frame, it has no meaning.
 
40 The other picture is lightly framed, for time cannot contain eternity. There is no distraction here. The picture of Heaven and eternity grows more convincing as you look at it. And now by real comparison a transformation of both pictures can at last occur. And each is given its rightful place, when both are seen in relation to each other. The dark picture brought to light is not perceived as fearful, but the fact that it is just a picture is brought home at last. And what you see there, you will recognize as what it is-a picture of what you thought was real and nothing more. For beyond this picture, you will see nothing.
 
41 The picture of light, in clear cut and unmistakable contrast, is transformed into what lies beyond the picture. As you look on this, you realize that it is not a picture but a reality. This is no figured representation of a thought system, but the Thought Itself. What it represents is there. The frame fades gently, and God rises to your remembrance, offering you the whole of creation in exchange for your little picture, wholly without value and entirely deprived of meaning.
 
42 As God ascends into His rightful place and you to yours, you will experience again the meaning of relationship and know it to be true. Let us ascend in peace together to the Father by giving Him ascendance in our minds. We will gain everything by giving Him the power and the glory and keeping no illusions of where they are. They are in us through His ascendance. What He has given is His. It shines in every part of Him as in the whole. The whole reality of your relationship with Him lies in our relationship to one another. The holy instant shines alike on all relationships, for in it they are one. For here is only healing, already complete and perfect. For here is God, and where He is, only the perfect and complete can be.
  
 

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