11 - God's Plan For Salvation
Investment in Reality
asked if you were willing to "sell all you have
and give to the poor and follow me." Luke
18:22 This is what I meant:
you had no investment in anything in this world, you
could teach the poor where their treasure is.
are merely those who have invested wrongly, and they
are poor indeed! Because they are in need, it is given
you to help them since you are among them. Consider
how perfectly your lesson would be learned if you were
unwilling to share their poverty. For poverty is lack,
and there is but one lack since there is but one need.
a brother insists on having you do something you think
you do not want to do. The very fact of his insistence
should tell you that he believes salvation lies in it.
If you insist on refusing and experience a quick response
of opposition, you are believing that your salvation
lies in not doing it. You, then, are making the same
mistake that he is and are making his error real to
both of you. Insistence means investment, and what you
invest in is always related to your notion of salvation.
The question is always two-fold;
WHAT is to be saved, and
you become angry with a brother, for whatever reason,
you are believing that:
the ego is to be saved and
to be saved by attack.
attacks, you are agreeing with this belief, and if you
attack, you are reinforcing it. Remember that those
who attack are poor. Their poverty asks for gifts, not
for further impoverishment. You who could help them
are surely acting destructively if you accept their
poverty as yours. If you had not invested as they had,
it would never occur to you to overlook their need.
what does not matter, and if your brothers ask you for
something "outrageous," do it because it does
not matter. Refuse and your opposition establishes that
it does matter to you. It is only you, therefore, who
have made the request outrageous, for nothing can be
asked of you, and every request of a brother is for
you. Why would you insist in denying him? For to do
so is to deny yourself and impoverish both. He is asking
for salvation, as you are. Poverty is of the ego and
never of God. No "outrageous" request can
be made of one who recognizes what is valuable and wants
to accept nothing else.
is for the mind, and it is attained through peace. This
is the only thing that can be saved and the only way
to save it. Any response other than love arises from
a confusion about the "what" and the "how"
of salvation, and this is the only answer. Never lose
sight of this, and never allow yourself to believe even
for an instant that there is another answer. For you
will surely place yourself among the poor, who do not
understand that they dwell in abundance and that salvation
To identify with the ego is to attack yourself and make
why everyone who identifies with the ego feels deprived.
What he experiences then is...
what he did is to exchange his self-love for self-hate,
making him afraid of himself. He does not realize this.
Even if he is fully aware of anxiety, he does not perceive
its source as his own ego identification, and he always
tries to handle it by making some sort of insane "arrangement"
with the world. He always perceives this world as outside
himself, for this is crucial to his adjustment. He does
not realize that he makes this world, for there is no
world outside of him.
the loving thoughts of God's Son are the world's reality,
the real world must be in his mind. His insane thoughts,
too, must be in his mind, but an internal conflict of
this magnitude he cannot tolerate. A split mind is endangered,
and the recognition that it encompasses completely opposed
thoughts within itself is intolerable. Therefore the
mind projects the split, not the reality. Everything
you perceive as the outside world is merely your attempt
to maintain your ego identification, for everyone believes
that identification is salvation. Yet consider what
has happened, for thoughts do have consequences to the
at odds with the world as you perceive it because you
think it is antagonistic to you. This is a necessary
consequence of what you have done. You have projected
outward what is antagonistic to what is inward, and
therefore you would have to perceive it this way.
is why you must realize that your hatred is in your
mind and not outside it before you can get rid of
it and why you must get rid of it before you can perceive
the world as it really is.
said that God so loved the world that He gave it to
His only-begotten Son. God does love the real world,
and those who perceive its reality cannot see the world
of death. For death is not of the real world, in which
everything is eternal. God gave you the real world in
exchange for the one you made out of your split mind,
and which is the symbol of death. For if you could really
separate yourselves from the Mind of God, you would
die, and the world you perceive is a world of separation.
You were willing
to accept even death to deny your Father.
Yet He would not
have it so, and so it is not so. You still could not will against
Him, and that is why you have no control over the world you
made. It is not a world of will because it is governed by the
desire to be unlike Him, and this desire is not will. The world
you made is therefore totally chaotic, governed by arbitrary
and senseless "laws," and without meaning of any kind.
For it was made out of what you do not want, projected from
your mind because you were afraid of it.
Yet this world
is only in the mind of its maker along with his real salvation.
Do not believe it is outside of yourself, for only by recognizing
where it is will you gain control over it. For you do have control
over your mind since the mind is the mechanism of decision.
If you will recognize that all attack which you perceive is
in your own mind and nowhere else, you will at last have placed
its source, and where it began it must end. For in this same
place also lies salvation. The altar of God where Christ abideth
You have defiled
the altar but not the world. Yet Christ has placed the Atonement
on the altar for you. Bring your perceptions of the world
to this altar, for it is the altar to truth. There you will
see your vision changed, and there you will learn to see truly.
From this place, where God and His Son dwell in peace and where
you are welcome, you will look out in peace and behold the world
truly. Yet to find the place, you must relinquish your investment
in the world as you have projected it, allowing the Holy Spirit
to project the real world to you from the altar of God.