11 - God's Plan For Salvation
Judgment of the Holy Spirit
have been told not to make error real, and the way
to do this is very simple. If you want to believe
in error, you would have to make it real because it
is not true. But truth is real in its own right, and
to believe in truth, you do not have to do anything.
that you do not respond to stimuli, but to stimuli
as you interpret them.
interpretation thus becomes the justification for
the response. That is why analyzing the motives of
others is hazardous to you.
you decide that someone is really trying to...
will respond as if he had actually done so, because
you have made his error real to you. To interpret
error is to give it power, and having done this, you
will overlook truth.
analysis of ego-motivation is very complicated, very
obscuring, and never without the risk of your own
ego involvement. The whole process represents a clearcut
attempt to demonstrate your own ability to understand
what you perceive. This is shown by the fact that
you react to your interpretations as if they were
correct and control your reactions behaviorally but
not emotionally. This is quite evidently a mental
split in which you have attacked the integrity
of your mind and pitted one level within it against
is but one interpretation of all (ego) motivation
that makes any sense. And because it is the Holy Spirit’s
judgment, it requires no effort at all on your part.
loving thought is true.
else is an appeal for healing and help.
is what it is, regardless of the form it takes.
anyone be justified in responding with anger to plea
can be appropriate except the willingness to give
it (help) to him, for this and only this is what he
is asking for. Offer him anything else, and you are
assuming the right to attack his reality by interpreting
it as you see fit.
the danger of this to your own mind is not yet fully
apparent to you, but this by no means signifies that
it is not perfectly clear. If you maintain that an
appeal for help is something else, you will react
to something else, and your response will be inappropriate
to reality as it is, but not to your perception of
it. This is poor reality testing by definition.
is nothing to prevent you from recognizing all calls
for help as exactly what they are except your own
perceived need to attack.
only this that makes you willing to engage in endless
“battles” with reality, in which you deny
the reality of the need for healing by making it unreal.
You would not do this except for your unwillingness
to perceive reality, which you withhold from yourself.
It is surely
good advice to tell you not to judge what you do not understand.
No one with a personal investment is a reliable witness, for
truth to him has become what he wants it to be. If you are unwilling
to perceive an appeal for help as what it is, it is because
you are unwilling to give help and to receive it. The analysis
of the ego's "real" motivation is the modern equivalent
of the inquisition, for in both a brother's errors are "uncovered"
and he is then attacked for his own good. What can this be but
projection? For his errors lay in the minds of his interpreters,
for which they punished him.
you fail to recognize a call for help you are refusing
help. Would you maintain that you do not need it?
Yet this is what you are maintaining when you refuse
to recognize a brother’s appeal, for only by
answering his appeal can you be helped. Deny him your
help and you will not perceive God’s answer
to you. The Holy Spirit does not need your help in
interpreting motivation, but you do need His.
appreciation is an appropriate response to your brother.
is due him for both his loving thoughts and his appeals
for help, for both are capable of bringing love into
your awareness, if you perceive them truly. And all
your sense of strain comes from your attempts not
to do just this.
How simple, then, is God's plan for salvation. There
is but one response to reality, for reality evokes no
conflict at all. There is but one Teacher of reality,
Who understands what it is. He does not change His Mind
about reality because reality does not change. Although
your interpretations of reality are meaningless in your
divided state, His remain consistently true. He gives
them to you because they are for you. Do not attempt
to "help" a brother in your way, for you cannot
help yourselves. But hear his call for the help of God,
and you will recognize your own need for the Father.
interpretations of your brother's need is your interpretation
of yours. By giving help you are asking for it, and
if you perceive but one need in yourself, you will
be healed. For you will recognize God's answer as
you want it to be, and if you want it in truth, it
will be truly yours. Every appeal you answer in the
name of Christ brings the remembrance of your Father
closer to your awareness. For the sake of your need,
then, hear every call for help as what it is, so God
can answer you.
applying the Holy Spirit’s interpretation of
the reactions of others more and more consistently,
you will gain an increasing awareness that His criteria
are equally applicable to you.
to recognize fear is not enough to escape from it,
although the recognition is necessary to demonstrate
the need for escape.
Holy Spirit must still translate it into truth.
you were left with the fear, having recognized it,
you would have taken a step away from reality, not
we have repeatedly emphasized the need to recognize
fear and face it without disguise as a crucial step
in the undoing of the ego.
how well the Holy Spirit’s interpretation of
the motives of others will serve you then.
taught you to accept only loving thoughts in others
and to regard everything else as an appeal for help,
He has taught you that fear is an appeal for help.
is what recognizing it really means.
you do not protect it, He will re-interpret it.
is the ultimate value to you in learning to perceive
attack as a call for love.
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. For fear is a call for
love, in unconscious recognition of what has been