12 - Problem With Guilt
have said that you have but two emotions, love and fear.
One is changeless but continually exchanged, being offered
by the eternal to the eternal. In this exchange it is
extended, for it increases as it is given.
other has many forms, for the content of individual illusions
differs greatly. Yet they have one thing in common; they
are all insane. They
are made of sights which are not seen and sounds which
are not heard. They
make up a private world which cannot be shared. For they
are meaningful only to their maker, and so they have no
meaning at all. In this world their maker moves alone,
for only he perceives them.
Each one peoples his world with figures from his individual
past, and it is because of this that private worlds
do differ. Yet the figures that he sees were never real,
for they are made up only of his reactions to his brothers,
and do not include their reactions to him. Therefore
he does not see that he made them, and that they are
not whole. For these figures have no witnesses, being
perceived in one separate mind only.
It is through these strange and shadowy figures that
the insane relate to their insane world. For they see
only those who remind them of these images, and it is
to them that they relate. Thus do they communicate with
those who are not there, and it is they who answer them.
And no one hears their answer save him who called upon
them, and he alone believes they answered him.
makes perception and you cannot see beyond it. Again
and again have men attacked each other because they
saw in them a shadow figure in their own private world.
thus it is that you must attack yourself first, for
what you attack is not in others. Its only reality is
in your own mind, and by attacking others you are literally
attacking what is not there.
delusional can be very destructive, for they do not
recognize that they have condemned themselves. They
do not wish to die, yet they will not let condemnation
go. And so they separate into their private worlds,
where everything is disordered, and where what is within
appears to be without. Yet
what is within they do not see, for the reality of their
brothers they cannot see.
have but two emotions, yet in your private world you
react to each of them as though it were the other. For
love cannot abide in a world apart, where when it comes
it is not recognized.
you see your own hatred as your brother, you are not
seeing him. Everyone draws nigh unto what he loves,
and recoils from what he fears. And you react with fear
to love, and draw away from it. Yet fear attracts you,
and believing it is love, you call it to yourself. Your
private world is filled with the figures of fear you
have invited into it, and all the love your brothers
offer you you do not see. As you look with open eyes
upon your world, it must occur to you that you have
withdrawn into insanity.
You see what
is not there, and you hear what is soundless.
behavioral manifestations of motions are the opposite
of what the emotions are. You communicate with no one,
and you are as isolated from reality as if you were alone
in all the universe. In your madness you overlook reality
completely, and you see only your own split mind everywhere
you look. od calls you and you do not hear, for you are
preoccupied with your own voice. And the vision of Christ
is not in your sight, for you look upon yourself alone.
children, would you offer this to your Father? For if
you offer it to yourself you are offering it to Him.
And He will not return it, for it is unworthy of you
because it is unworthy of Him. Yet He would release
you from it and set you free. His sane answer tells
you that what you have offered yourself is not true,
but His offering to you has never changed.
You who know not what you do can learn what insanity
is, and look beyond it. It
is given you to learn how to deny insanity, and come
forth from your private world in peace.
You will see all that you denied in your brothers because
you denied it in yourself. For you will love them, and
by drawing nigh unto them, you will draw them to yourself,
perceiving them as witnesses to your reality which you
share with God. I am with them as I am with you, and
we will draw them from their private worlds, for as
we are united so would we unite with them. The
Father welcomes all of us in gladness, and gladness
is what we should offer Him. For every Son of God is
given you to whom God gave himself. And it is God Whom
you must offer them, to recognize His gift to you.
Vision depends on light,
and you cannot see in darkness. Yet in the darkness,
in the private world of sleep, you srr in dreams although
your eyes are closed. And it is here that what you see
you made. But let the darkness go and all you made you
will no longer see, for sight of it depends upon denying
vision. Yet from denying vision it does not follow that
you cannot see
this is what denial does...
for by it you accept insanity, believing you can make
a private world and rule your own perceptions.
for this light must be excluded. Dreams
disappear when light has come and you can see.
not seek vision through your eyes, for you made your
way of seeing that you might see in darkness, and in
this you are deceived.
this darkness, and yet still within you, is the vision
of Christ, Who looks on all in light.
vision comes from fear, as His from love. And He sees
for you as your witness to the real world.
is the Holy Spirit’s manifestation, looking always
on the real world, and calling forth its witnesses and
drawing them unto you.
He loves what He sees within you, and He would extend
He will not return unto the Father until He has extended
your perception even unto Him. And there perception
is no more, for He has returned you to the Father with
have but two emotions, and one you made and one was
is a way of seeing, and different worlds arise from
their different visions.
through the vision that is given you, for through Christ’s
vision He beholds Himself. And seeing what He is, He
knows His Father.
your darkest dreams He sees God’s guiltless Son
within you, shining in perfect radiance which is undimmed
by your dreams.
this you will see as you look with Him, for His vision
is His gift of love to you, given Him of the Father
Holy Spirit is the light in which Christ stands revealed.
all who would behold Him can see Him, for they have
asked for light.
will they see Him alone, for He is no more alone than
they saw the Son they have risen in Him to the Father.
all this will they understand because they looked within
and saw beyond the darkness the Christ in them, and
the sanity of His vision they looked upon themselves
with love, seeing themselves as the Holy Spirit sees
with this vision of the truth in them came all the beauty
of the world to shine upon them.