"Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists.
Herein Lies the peace of God."
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Healing and Wholeness

IX. The Eternal Fixation

83 The idea of "set" is among the better psychological concepts. Actually, it is used quite frequently in the Bible and also in this course under many different terms. For example, "God will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed (or set) on Him," a statement which means that God's peace is set in the Holy Spirit because it is fixed on God. It is also fixed in you. You, then, are fixed in the peace of God. The concept of "fixation" is also a very helpful one which Freud understood perfectly. Unfortunately, he lost his understanding because he was afraid and, as you know all too well, fear is incompatible with good judgment. Fear distorts thinking and therefore dis orders thought.

84 Freud's system of thought was extremely ingenious because Freud was extremely ingenious, and a mind must endow its thoughts with its own attributes. This is its inherent strength, although it may misuse its power. Freud lost much of the potential value of his thought system because he did not include himself in it. This is a dissociated state because the thinker cuts himself off from his thoughts. Freud's thought was so conflicted that he could not have retained his sanity as he saw it without dissociation. That is why the many contradictions which are quite apparent in his thinking became increasingly less apparent to him . A man who knows what fixation really means and yet does not yield to it is terribly afraid.

85 Fixation is the pull of God, on whom your mind is fixed because of the Holy Spirit's irrevocable set. "Irrevocable" means "cannot be called back or redirected." The irrevocable nature of the Holy Spirit's set is the basis for His unequivocal Voice. The Holy Spirit never changes His mind. Clarity of thought cannot occur under conditions of vacillation. Unless a mind is fixed in its purpose, it is not clear. Clarity literally means the state of light, and enlightenment is understanding. Enlightenment stands under perception because you have denied it as the real foundation of thought. This is the basis for all delusional systems.

86 The concept of fixation as Freud saw it has a number of learning advantages. First, it recognizes that man can be fixated at a point in development which does not accord with a point in time. This clearly could have been a means toward real release from the time belief, had Freud pursued it with an open mind. Freud, however, suffered all his life from refusal to allow eternity to dawn upon his mind and enlighten it truly. As a result, he overlooked now entirely and merely saw the continuity of past and future.

87 Second, although Freud misinterpreted what the Holy Spirit told him, or better, reminded him of, he was too honest to deny more than was necessary to keep his fear in tolerable bounds as he perceived the situation. Therefore, he emphasized that the point in development at which the mind is fixated is more real to itself than the external reality with which it disagrees. This again could have been a powerful release mechanism had Freud not decided to involve it in a strong defense system because he perceived it as an attack.

88 Third, although Freud interpreted fixation as involving irrevocable "danger points" to which the mind could always regress, the concept can also be interpreted as an irrevocable call to sanity which the mind cannot lose . Freud himself could not accept this interpretation, but throughout his thought system, the "threat" of fixation remained and could never be eliminated by any living human being. Essentially, this was the basis of Freud's pessimism, personally as well as theoretically. He tried every means his very inventive mind could devise to set up a form of therapy which could enable the mind to escape from fixation forever, even though he knew this was impossible.

89 This knowledge plagued Freud's belief in his own thought system at every turn because he was both an honest man and a healer. He was therefore only partially insane and was unable to relinquish the hope of release even though he could not cope with it. The reason for this amount of detail is because you are in the same position. You were eternally fixated on God in your creation, and the pull of this fixation is so strong that you will never overcome it. The reason is perfectly clear. The fixation is on a level so high that it cannot be surmounted. You are always being pulled back to your Creator because you belong to Him.

90 Do you really believe you can make a voice that can drown out His? Do you really believe that you can devise a thought system which can separate you from His? Do you really believe that you can plan for your safety and joy better than He can? You need be neither careful nor careless; you need merely cast your cares upon Him because He careth for you . You are His care because He loves you. His Voice reminds you always that all hope is yours because of His care. You cannot choose to escape His care because that is not His Will, but you can choose to accept His care and use the infinite power of His care for all those He created by it.

91 There have been many healers who did not heal themselves. They have not moved mountains by their faith because their faith was not whole. Some of them have healed the sick at times, but they have not raised the dead. Unless the healer heals himself , he does not believe that there is no order of difficulty in miracles. He has not learned that every mind God created is equally worthy of being healed because God created it whole . You are merely asked to return to God the mind as He created it. He asks you only for what He gave, knowing that this giving will heal you. Sanity is wholeness, and the sanity of your brothers is yours.

92 Why should you listen to the endless insane calls which you think are made upon you when you know the Voice of God Himself is in you? God commended His Spirit to you and asks that you commend yours to Him. He wills to keep it in perfect peace because you are of one mind and spirit with Him. Excluding yourself from the Atonement is the ego's last-ditch defense of its own existence. It reflects both the ego's need to separate and your willingness to side with its separateness. This willingness means that you do not want to be healed.

93 But the time is now. You have not been asked to work out the plan of salvation yourselves because, as I told you before, the remedy is not of your making. God Himself gave you the perfect correction for everything you have made which is not in accord with His holy Will. I have made His plan perfectly explicit to you and have also told you of your part in His plan and how urgent it is that you fulfill it. There is time for delay, but there need not be. God weeps at the "sacrifice" of His Children, who believe they are lost to Him.

94 I have already told you that whenever you are not wholly joyous it is because you have reacted with a lack of love to some Soul which God created. Perceiving this as "sin," you become defensive because you expect attack . The decision to react in this way, however, is yours and can therefore be undone. It cannot be undone by repentance in the usual sense because this implies guilt. If you allow yourself to feel guilty, you will reinforce the error rather than allow it to be undone for you.

95 Decisions cannot be difficult. This is obvious if you realize that you must already have made a decision not to be wholly joyous if that is how you feel. Therefore, the first step in the undoing is to recognize that you actively decided wrongly but can as actively decide otherwise . Be very firm with yourselves in this, and keep yourselves fully aware of the fact that the undoing process, which does not come from you, is nevertheless within you because God placed it there. Your part is merely to return your thinking to the point at which the error was made and give it over to the Atonement in peace. Say to yourselves the following as sincerely as you can, remembering that the Holy Spirit will respond fully to your slightest invitation:

96 I must have decided wrongly because I am not at peace.
    I made the decision myself, but I can also decide otherwise.
    I will to decide otherwise because I want to be at peace.
    I do not feel guilty because the Holy Spirit will undo
    all the consequences of my wrong decision if I will let Him.
    I will to let Him, by allowing Him to decide for God for Me.

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Lesson 63
The light of the world brings peace to every mind through my forgiveness.

1 How holy are you who have the power to bring peace to every mind! How blessed are you who can learn to recognize the means for letting this be done through you! What purpose could you have that would bring you greater happiness?

2 You are indeed the light of the world with such a function. The Son of God looks to you for his redemption. It is yours to give him, for it belongs to you. Accept no trivial purpose or meaningless desire in its place, or you will forget your function and leave the Son of God in hell. This is no idle request that is being asked of you. You are asked to accept salvation that it may be yours to give.

3 Recognizing the importance of this function, we will be happy to remember it very often today. We will begin the day by acknowledging it and close the day with the thought of it in our awareness. And throughout the day, we will repeat this as often as we can:

4 The light of the world brings peace to every
 mind through my forgiveness.
 I am the means God has appointed for the salvation of the world.

5 You will probably find it easier to let the related thoughts come to you in the minute or two which you should devote to considering this if you can close your eyes. Do not, however, wait for such an opportunity. No chance should be lost for reinforcing today's idea.

6 Remember that God's Son looks to you for his salvation. And who but your Self must be His Son?

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The light of the world brings peace to every mind through my forgiveness.

This Lesson is about our function, which is to bring peace to every mind through forgiveness. We have that kind of power, though not of our own accord as the character in the dream but as a result of who we are as God's Son. "How holy are you who have the power to bring peace to every mind!" (W.63.1.1) The bringer of peace is therefore not the self that I, Sarah, identify with as a body and personality in this world, but it is the mind that can make a decision for peace, which is extended to every mind. It does not mean everybody in our lives is ready to accept peace, but when the mind is ready, it will receive it. We are all united as one Son, and there is just one Mind. Our choice for peace calls to other minds to make the same choice we have made.
Much of our attack is directed at those who are not meeting the requirements, demands, and expectations we have set for them. When we have grievances about the way we want things and the way they should be, we are not accepting what is. Thus, through our non-acceptance, we have relinquished the peace and joy constantly available to us. We are actually making an active choice to throw our peace away with the demand, "I want it thus!" We need to look at our expectations, of what we want to happen and not happen. Look at the demands and requirements you have of others. It is all about serving our specialness.
"When you are angry, is it not because someone has failed to fill the function you allotted him? And does not this become the 'reason' your attack is justified? The dreams you think you like are those in which the function you have given has been filled; the needs which you ascribe to you are met." (T.29.IV.4.1-3) (ACIM OE T.29 .V.28) It is these demands and expectations that block our peace and joy. Yet when we forgive our mistaken perceptions by bringing them for healing, we experience our holiness and the blessing shining in us always. Why would we not want to forgive? Why would we want to keep ourselves in hell by holding onto thoughts that don't serve our best interests? I watch my mind as a grievance shows up and see how stubbornly I hold onto my pain and anger. Sometimes, I am able to watch it with amusement, and when I do, I can laugh at the silliness of the ego that prefers its story of mistreatment. The joy is always available when there is a willingness to be wrong about the way we see things, and we are always wrong when we hold a grievance.
We so much want to be right about our way of seeing. Our perceptions become our truth and we stubbornly defend them. Stepping back from our thoughts helps us see we are not our thoughts. We can let them go, and as we do, space is made for the miracle, which stands waiting behind every grievance. Forgiveness is our function here. That is the source of our joy and our connection. "Let him no more be lonely, for the lonely ones are those who see no function in the world for them to fill; no place where they are needed, and no aim which only they can perfectly fulfill." (T.25.VI.3.6) (ACIM OE T.25.VII.45) We have an important function, and in this Lesson, Jesus is asking us emphatically to take it seriously. This is because, while our function remains unfulfilled, we stay in hell and our brothers with us. Jesus is trying to help us see how unhappy we are and to show us where our real happiness lies. Deliverance from hell is our responsibility. It is what our lives here are about. Jesus is appealing to our self-interest, which is to be happy. Happiness as we define it, based on our individual pursuits, is always temporary. Happiness as Jesus defines it is consistent and available when we stop resisting it and throwing it away for unjustified reasons we manufacture.
When I was at a workshop a few years ago, there was a fellow there who was wanting to exit from this earth plane. When he was helped to realize how many brothers would be left in hell if he were to depart, he saw the function that would be left unfulfilled by his leaving. It was a very deep and poignant experience for us all and really drove home the point that we are all necessary for the salvation of the world. "In this depressing state the Holy Spirit reminds you gently that you are sad because you are not fulfilling your function as co-creator with God, and are therefore depriving yourself of joy." (T.7.VI.13.1) (ACIM OE T.7.VII.68) "Unless you take your place in It and fulfill your function as part of It, the Holy Trinity is as bereft as you are." (T.8.IV.8.12) (ACIM OE T.8.V.35)
We are called to make a difference. We are important and are urged to take this call seriously. "You are indeed the light of the world with such a function. The Son of God looks to you for his redemption. It is yours to give him, for it belongs to you." (W.63.2.1-3) "To you to whom it has been given to save the Son of God from crucifixion and from hell and death, all glory be forever." (T.26.VII.17.4) (ACIM OE T.26.VIII.64) "Choose once again if you would take your place among the saviors of the world, or would remain in hell, and hold your brothers there." (T.31.VIII.1.5) (ACIM OE T.31.VIII.84)
When we choose to forgive, we experience the fulfillment and blessing that Jesus assures us can only be experienced through this choice. While we undertake our trivial purposes, and try to address our meaningless desires in place of our function, we ". . . leave the Son of God in hell." (W.63.2.4) In other words, we leave ourselves in hell together with our brothers. What trivial activity could be more important? I look at my life and see a lot of things that seem to have priority, but a Lesson like this helps get my attention, especially when Jesus assures us he is not making some idle request.  "You are being asked to accept salvation that it may be yours to give." (W.63.2.6) I am determined to see the importance of this Lesson by seeing how I hurt myself when I continue to hold onto my dark thoughts, grievances, judgments, and attacks on my brothers.
In every pursuit, we are called to remember to ask---What is it for? What is my life really about? How can I take my place to really make a difference? Doesn't it seem to you that each day we commit to our awakening, we are indeed doing that which we came here to do? Our function is to forgive, which brings peace. " The light of the world brings peace to every mind through my forgiveness. " (W.63.3.4) Each moment gives us another opportunity for this. Will I choose murder or the miracle? When we look outside ourselves for our happiness, we give our power away, but when we heal our minds, which reflect the Holy Spirit's purpose, we bring peace to every mind.
When I have been the recipient of true forgiveness by someone who has let me off the hook for my indiscretions, faults, judgments, and so on, I feel such gratitude. It is like being released from the prison of my own self-condemnation. It is freeing and empowering in the most beautiful way. It brings a sense of intimacy and peace, and that is what we are here to do. That is our function. We are releasing our brothers from their self-made prisons by declaring they are innocent. Their guilt has been relieved. Our joining with each other has been deepened.
What are some of the trivial purposes and meaningless desires we substitute for this mighty function? Do we make being right more important? Do we make pride, reputation, and stubbornness more important? Do we make our distractions more important? Is our specialness our idol? "Accept only the function of healing in time, because that is what time is for." (T.9.III.8.3) (ACIM OE T.9.II.8) No matter how much the ego wants us never to let anyone off the hook for anything, the Holy Spirit is calling us to see that the only way out of our prison is by releasing others. We are told, "This is no idle request that is being asked of you." (W.63.2.5) This is what we need to dedicate our lives to, and what we get in return is peace.
I had a situation today where a financial/tax advisor gave me advice that would have been potentially, financially problematic if not disastrous. He failed to advise me of this and was pushing ahead to have me implement his advice. When I spoke with my lawyer due to a sense of unease that I was feeling with the situation, he made it very clear I should not proceed with the recommended direction as there were potentially dire consequences for me. This led me to feel very frustrated with the advice from the accountant and very angry he had not been more forthcoming yet was going to give me a big invoice for his time. However, as I looked at the situation, I saw my own split mind---I was ready to judge him while feeling extremely grateful for the lawyer. In my reflection, I noticed I was crucifying my brother, who had simply reflected my own self-attack thoughts. I found myself telling the story of how badly I was treated. I was succumbing to the temptation to see myself unfairly treated and was looking for those who would agree with me. Yet in my meditation time, I saw that I had set this up for my healing. It was my perfect classroom. "Faith is the acknowledgment of union. It is the gracious acknowledgment of everyone as a Son of your most loving Father, loved by Him like you, and therefore loved by you as yourself." (T.19.I.10.2-3) (ACIM OE T.19.II.11) It is all my mind bringing me the perfect lesson in each situation. There is no separation. I looked at my grievances and became willing to let them go and felt the peace of that decision. I paid the bill I received with no more rancor in my mind, remembering I was blessing myself.
Whatever situation is in front of you today, remember the statement, " I am the means God has appointed for the salvation of the world. " (W.63.3.5) What a noble function it is to forgive the world for what it has not done to us. Look at your thoughts to determine why you might want to refuse this function. What are you allowing to stand in the way of it? What are the personal issues and desires that are more important to you? What would you rather not let go of in order to stay in hell? Isn't it like cutting off the nose to spite the face? Yet I know how I have often hurt myself just to make a point! What foolishness it is to choose pain when we can open the door to a mighty kingdom and know the truth about ourselves.
"Remember that God's Son looks to you for his salvation. And Who but your Self must be His Son?" (W.63.4.4-5) This is an important note on which to end because that Self is the Christ Child that longs to go home. We have lost awareness of that Self. Through our function of forgiveness, our awareness is restored to the Self we are. Thus, forgiveness always offers a gift to our own minds. Yes, it is in relationships where our grievances and issues arise, but what needs to be forgiven are our own misperceptions. We are always wrong when we rely on our own perceptions of a situation.
We start with the Lesson in the morning and conclude our day with it, and do it as often as possible throughout the day, letting related thoughts come. It is helpful to close our eyes as we do the Lesson, but he asks us not to wait for such an opportunity if we can't close our eyes. "No chance should be lost for reinforcing today's idea." (W.63.4.3) In other words, the Lesson is very important in taking us out of hell. We must not lose any opportunity to release ourselves from our guilt.
Throughout the day, repeat as often as you can, " The light of the world brings peace to every mind through my forgiveness. I am the means God has appointed for the salvation of the world. " (W.63.3.4-5)

Love and blessings, Sarah

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