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Posted 2005-12-17 6:19 AM (#65586)
Subject: December 4. 2005 this gathering and even more so the next one bring the word 'unexpurgated' to new
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This has not had a final proofread; it's close; however, if it needs any correction, I will make it.

Random quote: "FATHER, HELP ME NOT BE IN A WAY THAT CAUSES MY BROTHER TO CONSTANTLY FEEL THE NEED TO REINFORCE HIS DEFENSES... HELP ME REMEMBER WHAT I HAVE FORGOTTEN ...FILL ME TODAY WITH ALL THOU ART... BECAUSE I KNOW WHEN YOU DO I WILL REMEMBER WHO I AM... AND WHEN I REMEMBER WHO I AM I WILL BE ABLE TO BE ME... I WILL BE ABLE TO BE ME WITH JOY... I WILL BE ABLE TO BE ME WITH MY BROTHER." ~~ RAJ

 

December 4, 2005 

PAUL.  Okay.  Before we have our quiet time, let’s all get on the same page.  If you’re in the Sparkly Book, it’s page 258, the last line. If you’re in the Second Edition, it’s page 217, paragraph eight, line 7. If you’re in the First Edition, it’s page 202, the seventh line. And if you’re reading from the JCIM, it’s page 109, second paragraph. 

Okay, let’s take a few moments to be quiet together. 

Quiet Time 

ANSWER.  Okay.  Good evening. 

AUDIENCE.  Responses 

ANSWER.  And welcome to everyone who’s joining us on the Internet.  So I mentioned last week that the ego will take whatever the Course says and use it for its purposes, and that it will take things I have to say and use it for its purposes.  And, indeed, this has happened. (laughing 

And so there are s- there are a couple of things I want to be very clear about, again. … First off, when I gave the very spiritual words to be used to dismiss the invitation received, and I will not make Paul say the words again, but the words were ‘f-off’. 

Many of you, having heard it, and then remembering that to what a said, remembered me saying … f-u.  And there’s a great difference between f-u and f-off, F-you is a curse that you are specifically directing toward a person, whereas f-off is a dismissal.  And that was the pure and simple intent of the statement. 

Misunderstanding it though, and thinking it was a statement  ‘f-u’, many have thought I was giving permission – especially in light of all I’ve said about honesty – that it gave you license to call each other on each other’s shit; point out their flaws, point out their … errors and … and clearly express how you felt about it.  Now this is nothing more than careless and sloppy thinking and careless listening.  And I invite you to listen more extensively to what I’m saying, because I am speaking very clearly. 

I am saying exactly what I mean.  … The statement – the dismissal f-off – was a dismissal to an invitation.  In other words, I was speaking in very narrow terms here.  It was a dismissal of an invitation extended to you, mentally, in other words where you can feel the pull, whether the person is in your presence or not.  You can feel the invitation to be drawn in to help them feel better without having to change the behavior they are expressing, which is occasioning their suffering. And very specifically, an invitation from someone who is taking pleasure in keeping you – and anyone else they can – at a disadvantage. 

I referred to it as sin.  One – and let’s listen carefully – one who takes pleasure in putting another at a disadvantage – for the purposes of usury – for the purposes of manipulation -- for the purposes of control – one who takes pleasure in it and is committed to this kind behavior is not suffering from sickness.  They are suffering from sin. … 

When an invitation or a ploy, or a pull is extended toward you … by someone who is wanting to engage you in a position of deception, which will put you at a disadvantage, you must decline the invitation.  I did not say you should curse them.  You must decline the invitation. 

You must say: ‘I am not available for this tug-of-war.  I am not available for this state of conflict you would invite me into.  And it would be a state of conflict because what you’re inviting me into is- has a motive behind it different from what you are saying to me. … I am not available for this.’  Except that you must decline the invitation in as absolute terms as you can muster.  And that is why I used the dismissal: f-off.  A decline of the invitation, not a curse on the person. …  

Now, I also made it very clear … that in the last couple of chapters or sections that we’ve been reading, we have not arrived at a point yet where it is telling you how to effect a change in another, even though it– even though we are discussing how to be an agent for change – how to respond for a call for Love – how to respond to a call for help that actually helps.  We have not arrived yet at a point of extension toward the other.  We are still talking about what you within your own mind are going to be in order to be an effective agent for change. 

Now, most of you are familiar with this st- with the- Shakespeare’s statement:  “To thine own self be true, and it must follow as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” 

Okay, so we’re reading about responding to a call for Love.  And in effect, we’re talking about how you can respond … without being false in any way.  That’s what we’re talking about. 

And the question is, how do you manage to talk to your fellowman and not be false in any way?  Well, it isn’t from book learning.  It isn’t from theory.  It’s from a simple practice.  Be true to yourself.  Know where you’re coming from.  Be conscious enough of your own behavior to know whether you’re coming from a manipulative place – whether you’re coming from … a controlling place know whether – in your attempt to help – you have an agenda – a personal agenda of your own, which you would engage your brother or sister in, so that their getting better is to your advantage.  For example, you see.   Or so that their healing has a reasonable amount of justice … included in it so that they pay; a reasonable penalty.  You see?  That’s not innocence on your part.  That’s being unconscious yourself of what your real motive must be if you are the direct expression of God and nothing else. 

As I said last week – last time –- we’re talking about – at this point – getting your own head on straight.  And so … we aren’t discussing … – in any way, shape, or form – talking about looking out there at another and calling him on his shit … or uncovering his flaws … and proving his deceit.  We’re not talking about … acts on your part effecting a change on a brother.  We’ll get to that part, but that’s not where we’re at right now.  And what I said had nothing to do with giving you license … to express your best perception of what’s going on, and to do an analysis of your brother’s psyche, and come to conclusions, and then attack him or her on the basis of your assessment. … 

Before you open your mouth – when you are talking to a brother or a sister – ask yourself: ‘Would God be saying this to them?  Would the Christ be saying this to them?  Would the Holy Spirit … say what I’m about to say?’ 

If you don’t ask that question, then all you’re doing is coming from your own best judgments.  And you are doing it unjoined – and unconscious of your … inseparable Unity with God – with the Christ – with the Holy Spirit. 

And so you’re … you are behaving – I’m going to say … – in a state of denial of What You Divinely Are – blocking completely your Capacity to reflect God – to reflect Love … that heals. … You’re covering yourself up and giving preference to the picture you have of yourself that is replacing … What You Divinely Are.   And you are being dishonest. 

So when I’m talking about expressing yourself honestly, I’m talking about you expressing your Self – with a capital S – honestly.  Not you – who you think you are – expressing the way you think you feel, from a separated place, truly, straightforwardly, bluntly.   

That will never heal, because what comes from you does not come from a Union.  It does not come from a communion.  It comes from a separate, private place – from something that exists only in your imagination.  And the only thing that will every do is cause … and promote … and confirm confusion for you and those around you, unless they are really alert in your presence. 

So let’s be very clear on this. … Being honest means … behaving, acting out from … That Which Is Truly You – underneath and behind … any concepts, any pictures you have of your self.  It’s you speaking from your connectedness with … What You Divinely Are. 

And so, we’re still talking aboutwe’re still reading about … Consciously giving your attention in that direction, and then listening to see what the response would be.  And the response will never be a curse … on your brother or your sister.  On the other hand, you can count on it that it will be a dismissal, in your own mind, of any temptation that comes your way, inviting you to acknowledge – in your brother and sister – something that is not representative of What They Truly are, … and which invites you to participate in trying to accomplish what can’t be accomplished. 

When that is done – from the very Center of your Be-ing – to the best of your ability, I’m going to say …  – the one whose invitation is being dismissed will have to work very hard to feel personally dismissed – or snubbed – in the process – because it will be impossible for him to find in you an edge – a hurtfulness, or even a satisfaction in being able to deliver hurt … which is another way of describing extracting justice out of the situation. …       

… Okay.  Let’s go into the book. 

“Having taught you to accept only loving thoughts in others, … and to regard everything else as an appeal for help, He” – the Holy Spirit – “has taught you that fear is an appeal for help.  This is what recognizing it really means.  If you do not protect it” – the fear – “He will reinterpret it for you.  That is the ultimate value to you in learning to perceive attack as a call for Love.” 

And again, to be perfectly clear – if you haven’t experienced a call for Love which has come forth as that which invites fear:  “If you do not protect it, He” – the Holy Spirit – “will reinterpret it” … to you.”   To help you not take the bait … to see it as something other than a call for Love.  To help you not take the bait to see it as attack, and respond in a like manner – with defense. 

“He will reinterpret it.” – to youin your own mind  “That is the ultimate value” – to who? – “to you” – not the one who’s making the call for help.   “That is the ultimate value to you in learning to perceive attack as a call for Love.” You see? We’re talking about what’s going on in your mind.  

“We have learned surely that fear and attack are inevitably associated.  If only attack produces fear, and if you see attack as the call for help that it is, the unreality of fear must dawn upon you.” … You see?  

Someone expresses himself in a frightful way, expressing a great deal of fear or expressing ideas that invite you to become fearful.  If you listen to what is said, and you choose to believe that something fearful is happening, … you will completely forget that there is another way to look at this – and to see it as a call for Love from one who has forgotten Who He Is, and forgotten what his connections are –  his unchangeable Oneness with God, Who loves him with a Perfect Love that casts out fear. 

“-if you see attack as the call for help that it is, the unreality of fear must dawn upon you.”  Why?  Because you can see that there is … delusion going on here, not something real.  And you can see that the one who is deluded is really the Christ – really the Son of God, … having forgotten Who he or she is – and in the lapse of memory feels the loss of Identity, which is frightening, is unsettling.  And when you see that, then whatever that one is presenting … becomes meaningless in the Light of whatever the Truth is about them.  You see?  

“For fear is a call for Love in unconscious recognition of What has been denied.”

Tell Me, why would any of you … ever feel afraid? …  Well because you’re attempting to be something you cannot be.  You’re attempting to be an orphan.  You’re attempting to be independent.  You’re attempting to … be as a sole – s-o-l-e – operator, … which isn’t what you are. … 

You’re attempting to be something you cannot be  You are part of the Brotherhood.  You are part-  You are part of … Everything.  And Everything is a part of you.  You are … a Wholeness and a part of Wholeness, you might say. … You have the Capacity to experience yourself Infinitely and Specifically, simultaneously. 

But if you try to experience yourself specifically … at the expense of your Infiniteness, which is an impossibility, you will feel uncomfortable at the attempt – uneasy at the attempt.  Why?  Because the Truth of you – the Wholeness of you – that can’t be excluded even if you try to give your attention so specifically to one small aspect of the Infinity of you … … confronts you.  The Infinitude of you confronts you, even in your attempt to be tiny. 

It pushes for – it calls for your conscious re-embrace of the Rest of You.  It calls you – with insistence – to abandon your denial … of all the Rest of you – to abandon your attempt to narrow your attention down … to the miniscule.  Why?  Because you cannot successfully bec- become insane. 

And so, What You Divinely Are pressures you – in your highly focused attentivenss to abandon the f- the high focus – the narrow focus.  

The Greater Part of You says: ‘You can’t forget Me.’  And because you are Whole – and can’t forget your Wholeness –  you will experience your Wholeness – right in the middle of your tiny focus – as a pressure – as something that does not feel natural to you – to get your attention. … 

“-fear is a call for Love in unconscious recognition”. – In other words, in the Presence of … the pressure of your Wholeness – that you have repressed from your awareness – which is called an unconscious recognition  It’s felt, but you can’t quite identify it because you have repressed it so successfully.  “-fear is a call for Love in unconscious recognition of what has been denied.” – in unconscious recognition of the Rest of the Infinitude of you, that you are denying … by giving preference to … the highly focused tiny attention, which you are occupying your mind with.

You see, when an event happens in your day, and you respond to it … based upon your memory and your best judgments – without ever tapping into the Rest of You that is Present – without ever inquiring of the Holy Spirit: ‘What is the Truth here?’ – your private response is an act of denial … of your Divinity – of the Wholeness of You – that it’s really your Birthright to be experiencing and expressing … – you’re leaving God out, which is another way of saying you’re leaving the Holy Spirit out, which is another way of saying you’re leaving out That which is nothing more than your Right Mind. …  

But when you do, you never feel totally at Peace.  Why?  Because the pressure of What You Divinely Are will not let you be totally comfortable.  It is impossible for you to be totally comfortable … in your own private perception … of the Kingdom of Heaven. 

The next section is entitled The Mechanism– The Mechanism of Miracles. 

“Fear is a symptom of your deep sense of loss.”  Loss of what?  The Rest of You.  The other 98 percent of You that you are ignoring, by giving preference to the two percent you’re choosing … to look at and validate and define.   You see?  

“Fear is a symptom of your deep sense of loss.  If, when you perceive it in others,"– in other words, when you perceive in others … fear, which is a deep sense of their loss – “you learn to supply the loss”. – “If, when you perceive it in others, you learn to supply the loss, the basic cause of fear is removed.” …   

Let’s turn this around. 

If, when I perceive in you a deep sense of loss, because you’ve forgotten Who You Are, or you’re denying Who You Are – I know to supply the loss, and the basic cause of your fear is removed. 

I remind you of Who You Are.  I don’t confirm who you think you are.  I remind you of the other 98 percent of you.  I remind you of your connection with God.  I remind you that the Holy Spirit … is not part of the trinity off in the ethers, but is nothing more than your Right Mind, so that you realize that there is more to you than you’ve been availing yourselves of, so that you might be inspired to avail yourself of It by giving your attention in that direction, rather than relying on your habitual, knee-jerk responses to everything – out of your memory.    

And as I do that, your fear is reduced.   

Now, again, in reference to your behavior toward your brother:  “If when you perceive it in others, you learn to supply the loss, the basic cause of fear is removed.”  Where?  In your brother.  But first it’s got to be removed in you. 

“Thereby, you teach yourself that fear does not exist in you, for you have in yourself the means for removing it, and have demonstrated this by giving it.” … 

Now, if you’re willing to see your brother’s behavior as a call for Love – as a call for help – and you’re willing to give that help to your brother, even if you don’t know exactly how you’re going to accomplish it, you have abandoned and prejudgments you have about your brother that would block you from extending that Love  and prejudgments you have about your brother – and that opens the door for the influx of Love – from the Father – in you, through Love. 

“Fear and Love are the only emotions of which you are capable.  One is false, for it was made out of denial, and denial depends on the real belief in what is denied for its own existence.” …  

Of the two – fear and Love – one is false.  And the one that’s false is fear.  The one- “One is false, for it was made out of denial,” – denial of what?  Who You Are – What You Divinely Are – What You Really Are, in spite of what you’ve been educated to believe you are – the Divine One – the Christ.  “One is false, for it was made out of denial, and denial depends upon- depends upon (on) the real belief in what is denied … for its own existence.”  

You see, you can’t deny nothing.  The only thing any of you can go around denying is something Real. …  

Fear – is what we’re talking about, remember.  If you are experiencing fear, it is because you have forgotten Who You Are and are giving preference to something else.  And in giving preference to something else, you are denying What You Really Are, … and you are denying Something that is Real.  What You Truly Are is Real.  What You Infinitely Are Is Real, even though you think you are tiny.  

“One is false for it was made out of denial, and denial depends” – I’m going to say – on the Reality of that which is denied … for its own existence.  In other words, for an act of denial to exist, you have to be opposing Something that is Real.  Therefore, if you’re in a state of denial, the very practice of denial – by reversal – is a statement of the Presence of What Is Truly True – Real, with a capital R.   You have to be willing to practice the art of contrary thinking here.  One is false for it was made out of denial, and denial depends on the real belief in what is denied for its own existence.” …  

Now listen to this, using the art of contrary thinking: “By interpreting fear correctly … as a positive affirmation of the underlying belief it masks, you are undermining its perceived usefulness, by rendering it useless.”  You see, you – in spite of yourselves – you believe that you are Divine; in spite of your habitual thinking habits, you believe that you are Real with a capital Reality – that you are Eternal.  And that you are therefore, incapable of conflict of any kind.  That is what you believe.  And because you believe it, you argue against your suffering.  You do everything you can against your suffering.  You do everything you can to avoid your suffering.  Why?  Because you believe you do not deserve it.  And the reason you believe you don’t deserve it is because you know – at the very roots of your Be-ing – that conflict and suffering is not your Birthright. 

Again: “By interpreting fear correctly, as a positive affirmation of the underlying belief it masks, you are undermining its perceived usefulness, by rendering it useless.” 

‘I am afraid because there’s an underlying Reality of me that is my Birthright to experience.  And therefore, I know that the something I’m experiencing cannot be valid – therefore, I can use the experience of fear as a confirmation, as an affirmation, as a concrete, conscious experience of my Divinity – by using the art of contrary thinking.  And I can choose to weigh – to … place my anchor in … that Truth, and let It be dominant because it is dominant … truly.’  

And as that awareness goes through your mind, your fear diminishes.  You’re undermining the fear’s perceived usefulness, by rendering it useless. 

“Defenses which do not work at all are automatically discarded.” – You automatically discard them … when you see that they aren’t needed – or that they are a useless waste of energy. 

“If you raise what fear conceals” – if you bring to the surface what’s behind the fear – “If you raise what fear conceals to clearcut, unequivocal predominance, fear becomes meaningless.” … What’s behind fear?  What’s behind fear, you see?  The ego would say: ‘Okay, what’s gone in your– what has gone on in your background?  What are the–  What are the foolish beliefs you’ve been employing that seem to make fear reasonable … and justifiable.  Let’s get behind the fear.  (small laugh)  Let’s get down to the root of the fear.’ 

But you will always look within the confines – the context of a separated mind where the fear is going on.  When you get behind the fear, you discover what?  You discover the Truth about you.  You discover your omnipresence.  You discover the Birthright of your omnipotence.  You discover the actuality of Singularity as your Birthright – in which nothing conflicted can occur, and which, therefore, makes utterly, experientially clear to you that there’s no cause for fear.  

When you get behind the fear, … when you get to what the fear is covering up, … you get to the Truth of you that says that you are a Divine Be-ing incapable of fear, needing not to exercise fear because you are invulnerable. 

And what happens then?  You un- You simply abandon the fear because it serves no purpose.  It is a useless activity.  That‘s what happens … when “you raise what fear conceals to clearcut, unequivocal predominance”.   

“-fear becomes meaningless” then.  “You have denied its power to conceal” – what? “Love, … which was its only purpose.”  Fear’s only purpose was to conceal Love, but you all think that fear has a purpose for you – that it’s useful – that it’s essential … if you’re going to survive in this dog-eat-dog world.  But now: “You have denied its power to conceal Love, which was … its only purpose.  The mask which you have drawn across the face of Love has disappeared.” 

Now, if “The mask which you have drawn across the face of Love has disappeared.” – it must mean that you have followed the directions quote: “To thine own Self be True.”  You see? … 

Honor. … You’ve gotten down to bedrock. … You’ve gotten down to the foundation of your Be-ing.  You’ve gotten down to the Truth about you, which is that you’re not this little piss-ant mortal that you thought you were – that you have been convicted in your belief about.  Neither is-  Neither are any of your brothers or sisters, who have been suffering from the same belief. … 

“If you would look upon Love – which is the world’s Reality” – no more of this: ‘The world’s an illusion.  The world isn’t real.’  “If you would look upon Love – which is the world’s Reality – how could you do better than to recognize – in every defense against It” – here’s the other contrary thinking – “the underlying appeal for It?  And how could you better learn of Its Reality than by answering the appeal for It, by giving It?” …   

Well, you certainly won’t be able to give it, if you are going to call the call for Love something else, like … hateful behavior … – or you know, … the expected behavior from someone like that.  You see? 

If you’re going to call the call for Love and expression of hate that you’ve got to protect yourself against, you’re not going to be in any position … to answer the call for Love … by giving It.  You’re going to withhold it.  Why?  Because you’ve decided to call the call for Love something else.   

Continuing: “The Holy Spirit’s interpretation of fear does dispel it” – Oh, you can’t say: ‘Oh, yeah, well, that’s fine and dandy.  I imagine the Holy Spirit … … the Holy Spirit’s interpretation would dispel it.’ 

Well, remember, (laughing) the Holy Spirit is nothing more than your Right Mind.  So don’t just blow it off, else you’re blowing your Self off, with a capital S.   

“The Holy Spirit’s interpretation” – the interpretation of that which is nothing more than your Right Mind – “The Holy Spirit’s interpretation of fear does dispel it, for the awareness of Truth cannot be denied.  Thus does the Holy Spirit replace fear with Love and translate error into Truth.  And thus will you learn of It how to replace your dream of separation with the fact of Unity.  For the separation is only the denial of Union, … and” – here’s our art of contrary thinking – “correctly interpreted, attests to your Eternal Knowledge that Union is True.” …   

“Miracles are merely the translation of denial into the Truth.  Macbeth was the line: “Methinks thou doth protest too much!”  And the point of the statement is that when one is going around protesting something obsessively, unreasonably, it usually implies that whatever that one is defending themselves against is probably the truth about them, else they wouldn’t be going overboard, denying it. 

Well, likewise, if you’re going around every day, relying on your best judgment, you are in a constant state of denial of What You Are.  You are constantly protesting your Birthright.  You’re constantly protesting your Divinity.  And by the– by virtue of the art of contrary thinking, you are demonstrating the fact that you believe that you are Divine – that the Truth about you that you are denying really is the Truth about you, and therefore, isn’t unavailable to you.  It’s just being ignored by you. 

And as I’ve now repeated many times: where we are in this book and in the explanation of God’s Plan for Salvation, and your Awakening, we are giving our attention entirely to your honesty, to your willingness not to be denying the Truth about you.  Because as long as you are denying the Truth about you, you are as caught up and engaged in … the practice of mutual defense as everyone else is.  And you therefore are completely inhibited from responding to a call for Love with the Love that will make fear … a useless and meaningless element … of your existence or of your brother’s, so that transformation of mind can occur. 

“Miracles are merely the transformation of denial into Truth.  If to love oneself is to heal oneself, those who are sick do not love themselves.  Therefore, they are asking for the Love that would heal them, but which they are denying to themselves.” 

Mind you now, I want you to keep- I want you to remain aware of the fact that there’s a difference between sickness and sin.  One does not take pleasure and make commitment to being sick.  But one does take pleasure in and make commitment to indulging in sin.  Therefore, what we’re reading right now does not apply to those you are indulging in sin. Those who are indulging in commitment … to harming others, and who take pleasure in it, will not hear the expression of Love … until they arrive at a point of recognizing exactly the mechanism they are using, and abandon it.

But those whoa re sick are not committed to being sick, and do not have a defensive shell around them that keeps them protected from feeling Love that the one who engages in sin does.  Those who are taking pleasure in hurting others do it from a highly committed defended place, because they intend not to be swerved from their commitment.  They intend not to be swerved from the high they get from succeeding at … making someone else hurt.  

Now, let’s continue here, keeping in mind that we’re talking about the sick, not the sinner.  And I’m going to back up.  “Miracles are merely the translation of denial into Truth.  If to Love oneself is to heal oneself, those who are sick do not Love themselves.  Therefore, they are asking for the Love that would heal them, but which they are denying themselves.” 

How are they denying It?  With … with simple, stupid beliefs. ‘Well, I’m a mortal.  I ‘m just a physical organism.  I’m part of an illu– evolutionary process.  I function within the limits of that process.  I function within the limits of … the normal processes of matter.’  And on and on.  ‘What can I expect? …  That’s just the way it is.’ 

… But none of that’s True about them.  But what is True about them, they’re denying to themselves.  So:  “Therefore, they are asking for the Love that would heal them, but which they are denying to themselves.” 

Here we are talking about a stray animal that comes to your door that’s truly hungry for change.  That’s what the sick are.  The sinners that come to your door are looking to be strengthened so that they might continue in their life commitment, until they see their behavior pattern, and until they recognize that it is not getting them fulfillment.  And until after recognizing it, they abandon the practice, the shell – the shell – the well-reinforced shell will not dissolve and become permeable so as to heal their hunger for what they’re denying: Love.  Until they feel hunger for … Peace, then they will be able to hear the response of Love to the call for Love. 

Therefore, they” – the sick – “are asking for the Love that would heal them, but which they are denying to themselves. If they knew the truth about themselves they could not be sick. The task of the miracle-worker thus becomes to deny the denial of Truth.”  

The task of the miracle worker is to be able to stand there and say: ‘You know, what you’re believing isn’t true, and you’re not- you’re really not under threat.  And you’re really not subject to  because you are the Child of God.  I see your lovableness And it is perfectly clear to Me that you are not in an environment of actual threat.  And I will stand here with you, as long as I need to, and confirm to you … the Truth about you, until you can see it.’  That’s called denying the denial of Truth. 

Everything I’m doing with you is denying your denial of Truth.   

“The sick must heal themselves, for the Truth is in them.  Yet, having obscured it, the Light in another mind must shine into theirs, because that Light is theirs.”   You see, you need Me to remind you of What Is True About You.  And I can remind you of what’s True about you, because It’s True about Me, and I haven’t forgotten It.   

“The sick must heal themselves” – you see, you’ve still got to do the work – you’ve still got to take the apparently risky step of believing something that’s hard for you to believe.

“The sick must heal themselves, for the Truth is in them.  Yet, having obscured It, the Light in another mind must shine into theirs, because that Light is theirs. 

The light in them shines as brightly, regardless of the density of the fog that obscures it. If you give no power to the fog to obscure the light, it has none, for it has power only because the Son of God gave power to it.” … 

‘Oh, but the fog is so thick I can’t see!  The fog is so thick!  The fog is so thick!’  No.  No.  … Take a deep breath. (breathing deeply)  Take another deep breath. (again breathing deeply) Just … just stand with Me.  Give your attention to Me.  Forget about the fog, for the moment.  

Even if you can’t see Me through the fog, you can hear My Voice, and you can hear my tone.  And you can feel my meaning.  Let your mind attention be with Me.  And be aware of the Love with Which I’m embracing you.  Now these are not words for you to write down and repeat, because … your own clarity about the … unrealness of the fog will provide you with the utterly appropriate words, at the moment, when you’re standing with your brother, and dispelling the fear, by giving the Love. 

“He must, himself, withdraw that power” – the power he’s given to the fog – “remembering that All Power is of God.”  And we could say: remembering that All Power is of Love. 

That’s why – in the words that I used – I invited that one to be aware of the Love that I was expressing and Be-ing with him. 

“You can remember this for all the Sonship.”  But you know what?, You can’t remember it for any of the Sonship … if you haven’t first been True to your self. 

And again, that is the step we’re on at this point in the book.  “To thine own self be True, … and it must follow as the night the day” you can remember this for All the Sonship. …  But that’s the second step.  That’s the- That’s the result, not … not the act you engage in.  You don’t engage in an act of remembering it for All the Sonship.  You engage in the act of being True to yourself.  And the result is that you will remember it for All the Sonship. 

“Do not allow your brother not to remember, for his forgetfulness is yours.”  If you’re not remembering together, you’re not remembering fully.  And it’s your loss.

“Do not allow your brother not to remember, for his forgetfulness is yours.  But your remembering is his for God cannot be remembered alone.  This is what you have forgotten.  To perceive the healing of your brother as the healing of yourself is thus the way to remember God.” …

“To perceive the healing of your brother as the healing of yourself is thus the way to remember God. …   

If you wish to respond for the call for Love that your brother has expressed, you must – for lack of better words – prepare yourself for the task first.  And you can do this in a moment.  I’m not talking about a lifetime practice.  You can prepare yourself by saying: ‘Okay, here is a serious call for Love.’  What I mean by that is: here is a legitimate call for Love. ‘Therefore, I will honour it by not being frivolous – and responding of the top of my head.’  You don’t have to go through all these words.

Instead of all those words, you can say: ‘Holy Spirit, what is the Truth here?’  And in doing that, you abandon … your memory banks, and your conditioned … reflexes.  And you listen.  You abandon … your own thinking, and you listen … so that the Truth about your brother can dawn in your thought and inspire the words that will not confirm what he has been believing, but will … inspire the release of them, in favor of the much more desirable awareness of Truth that is being illuminated in their mind, in a manner that is perfectly reasonable to them. …

So, … bear with the process here of … waking up, of becoming clear.  And do not be impatient to get to the part you are imagining is coming where you will have learned something, and now you can say: SHAZAMM! And the person will be healed.  And you have been able to act authoritatively, but from a spiritual standpoint – from a Divinely authorized standpoint … – and will have become an effective healer in the world.  In the horrible world that is in such need of healing.  You see? 

We’re talking about the use you’re putting your mind to, and preparing your mind to authorize something?  No.  To be the Place that can be infilled with … redemptive Truth … that redeems your brother and you at the same time. 

Speed over this, … get through it quickly so you can get on to the good part, … and you might as well put the book down.  And you might as well abandon your awakening. 

This is very important. …    

I Love You All.    Be at Peace, having received a full meal, be at Peace, and let it digest.  Let it move you.  Let it mature you.  Let it … expand you.  And don’t be wondering what you’re going to have for your next meal.  I look forward to being with you next week.

 


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