Friday, February 2, 2007

~Forgiveness: the another way of looking at the world ~

Lesson 33:

“There is another way of looking at the world”…

Let me know this brother as I know myself…”

The Holy Spirit within our mind IS that way…

The term; “There has got to be a better way!” became, for me, the key that unlocked(s) the door to the new premise… a premise that heals the mind dis-eased by the plague of separation… the premise of the healed perspective… the One perspective…

I'm thinking about chapter 5 of the text in the section called The Invitation to the Holy Spirit, where it says:

“Healing is a thought by which two minds perceive their oneness and become glad. This gladness calls to every part of the Sonship to rejoice with them, and lets God go out into them and through them…
“Let us start our process of reawakening with just a few simple concepts:

Thoughts increase by being given away.

The more who believe in them the stronger they become.

Everything is an idea.

How, then, can giving and losing be associated?

This is the invitation to the Holy Spirit…I can reach up and bring the Holy Spirit down to you, but I can bring Him to you only at your own invitation. The Holy Spirit is in your right mind… The Holy Spirit, the shared Inspiration of all the Sonship, induces a kind of perception in which many elements are like those in the Kingdom of Heaven itself:

First, its universality is perfectly clear, and no one who attains it could believe for one instant that sharing it involves anything but gain.

Second, it is incapable of attack and is therefore truly open. This means that although it does not engender knowledge, it does not obstruct it in any way.

Finally, it points the way beyond the healing that it brings, and leads the mind beyond its own integration toward the paths of creation. It is at this point that sufficient quantitative change occurs to produce a real qualitative shift.” (T-5.I.1-7)

All things work together for good…how this can be, and how it works are not my concern, mine is only the readiness of my own mind, through my willingness, to see and be shown; another way of looking at the world… “What is this for? What is the purpose…?” These are the only questions I need, and must, ask... And the premise from which I choose produces the rest. This whole section of chapter 5 in the text is just so gorgeous in expressing this… please enjoy it with me now…

… “The Holy Spirit has the task of undoing what the ego has made. He undoes it at the same level on which the ego operates, or the mind would be unable to understand the change.
I have repeatedly emphasized that one level of the mind is not understandable to another. So it is with the ego and the Holy Spirit; with time and eternity. Eternity is an idea of God, so the Holy Spirit understands it perfectly. Time is a belief of the ego, so the lower mind, which is the ego's domain, accepts it without question. The only aspect of time that is eternal is
The Holy Spirit is the Mediator between the interpretations of the ego and the knowledge of the spirit. His ability to deal with symbols enables Him to work with the ego's beliefs in its own language. His ability to look beyond symbols into eternity enables Him to understand the laws of God, for which He speaks. He can therefore perform the function of reinterpreting what the ego makes, not by destruction but by understanding. Understanding is light, and light leads to knowledge. The Holy Spirit is in light because He is in you who are light, but you yourself do not know this. It is therefore the task of the Holy Spirit to reinterpret you on behalf of God.
You cannot understand yourself alone. This is because you have no meaning apart from your rightful place in the Sonship, and the rightful place of the Sonship is God. This is your life, your eternity and your Self. It is of this that the Holy Spirit reminds you. It is this that the Holy Spirit sees.
The ego made the world as it perceives it, but the Holy Spirit, the reinterpreter of what the ego made, sees the world as a teaching device for bringing you home.
Every loving thought held in any part of the Sonship belongs to every part. It is shared it is loving. Sharing is God's way of creating, and also yours.
The joint will of the Sonship is the only creator that can create like the Father, because only the complete can think completely, and the thinking of God lacks nothing. Everything you think that is not through the Holy Spirit lacking.
The ego cannot oppose the laws of God any more than you can, but it can interpret them according to what it wants, just as you can. That is why the question, "What do you want?" must be answered. You are answering it every minute and every second, and each moment of decision is a judgment that is anything but ineffectual. 4 Its effects will follow automatically until the decision is changed. Remember, though, that the alternatives themselves are unalterable. The Holy Spirit, like the ego, is a decision. Together they constitute all the alternatives the mind can accept and obey. The Holy Spirit and the ego are the only choices open to you. God created one, and so you cannot eradicate it. You made the other, and so you can. Only what God creates is irreversible and unchangeable. What you made can always be changed because, when you do not think like God, you are not really thinking at all. Delusional ideas are not real thoughts, although you can believe in them. But you are wrong. The function of thought comes from God and is in God. As part of His Thought, you think apart from Him.
Irrational thought is disordered thought. God Himself orders your thought because your thought was created by Him. Guilt feelings are always a sign that you do not know this. They also show that you believe you can think apart from God, and want to. Every disordered thought is attended by guilt at its inception, and maintained by guilt in its continuance. Guilt is inescapable by those who believe they order their own thoughts, and must therefore obey their dictates. This makes them feel responsible for their errors without recognizing that, by accepting this responsibility, they are reacting irresponsibly. If the sole responsibility of the miracle worker is to accept the Atonement for himself, and I assure you that it is, then the responsibility for is atoned for cannot be yours. The dilemma cannot be resolved except by accepting the solution of undoing. You be responsible for the effects of all your wrong thinking if it could not be undone. The purpose of the Atonement is to save the past in purified form only. If you accept the remedy for disordered thought, a remedy whose efficacy is beyond doubt, how can its symptoms remain? (T-5.III.5,T-5.V.7)

I am so grateful to for this new, this True perspective where everything is the same and from which I give my self to life, to you and to all… what a beautiful release. I accept the atonement for myself… and ~ Forgiveness offers everything I want. Who could possibly ask for more than peace, and certainty and quiet understanding…for more than everything?
Everything is perfect… and so is everything else…It turns out that the release of the attempt to change circumstances is easy as the mind sees the sameness of illusions. Forgiveness is the procedure for this coming into recognition ~and forgiveness reveals illusions as one. Forgiveness reveals the impossibility of the belief in ordering thought forms or a hierarchy of illusions. And joyously we can allow the Holy Spirit to answer…
“What is the purpose of what I see?” ... Forgiveness, the other way of looking at the world ~ Love ~ is the answer…
~I am bursting with gratitude and joy~

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