14 - Bringing
Illusions to Truth
Atonement does not make holy. You were created holy.
merely brings unholiness to holiness; or what you made
to what you are. The bringing together of truth and
illusion, of the ego to God, is the Holy Spirit’s
only function. Keep not your making from your Father,
for hiding it has cost you knowledge of Him and of yourselves.
knowledge is safe, but wherein is your safety apart
making of time to take the place of timelessness lay
in the decision to be not as you were. Thus, truth was
made past, and the present was dedicated to illusion.
And the past, too, was changed and interposed between
what always was and now. The
past which you remember never was, and represents only
the denial of what always was.
the ego to God is but to bring error to truth, where
it stands corrected because it is the opposite of what
it meets, and is undone because the contradiction can
no longer stand. How long can contradiction stand when
its impossible nature is clearly revealed?
disappears in light is not attacked. It merely vanishes
because it is not true. Different realities are meaningless,
for reality must be one. It cannot change with time
or mood or chance. Its changelessness is what makes
it real. This cannot be undone. Undoing is for unreality.
And this reality will do for you.
by being what it is does truth release you from everything
that it is not. The Atonement is so gentle you need
but whisper to it, and all its power will rush to your
assistance and support. You are not frail with God beside
you. Yet without Him you are nothing. The Atonement
offers you God. The gift which you refused is held by
Him in you. His Spirit holds it there for you. God has
not left His altar, though His worshippers placed other
gods upon it. The temple still is holy, for the Presence
that dwells within it is holiness.
the temple holiness waits quietly for the return of
them that love it. The Presence knows they will return
to purity and to grace. The graciousness of God will
take them gently in, and cover all their sense of pain
and loss with the immortal assurance of their Father’s
Love. There, fear of death will be replaced with joy
of living. For God is Life, and they abide in Life.
The Presence of holiness lives in everything that lives,
for holiness created life, and leaves not what It created
holy as Itself.
In this world you can become a spotless mirror, in which
the holiness of your Creator shines forth from you to
all around you. You can reflect Heaven here. Yet no
reflections of the images of other gods must dim the
mirror that would hold God’s reflection in it.
Earth can reflect Heaven or hell; God or the ego. You
need but leave the mirror clean and clear of all the
images of hidden darkness you have drawn upon it. God
will shine upon it of Himself. Only the clear reflection
of Himself can be perceived upon it. Reflections are
seen in light. In darkness they are obscure, and their
meaning seems to lie only in shifting
interpretations, rather than in themselves.
reflection of God needs no interpretation. It is clear.
Clean but the mirror, and the message which shines forth
from what the mirror holds out for everyone to see no-one
can fail to understand. It is the message that the Holy
Spirit is holding to the mirror that is in him. He recognizes
it because he has been taught his need for it, but knows
not where to look to find it. Let him, then, see it
in you and share it with you.
Could you but realize, for a single instant, the power
of healing that the reflection of God, shining in you,
can bring to all the world, you could not wait to make
the mirror of your mind clean to receive the image of
the holiness that heals the world. The image of holiness
which shines in your mind is not obscure, and will not
change. Its meaning to those who look upon it is not
obscure, for everyone perceives it as the same. All
bring their different problems to its healing light,
but all their problems are met only with healing there.
The response of holiness to any form of error is always
the same. There is no contradiction in what holiness
calls forth. Its one response is healing, without regard
for what is brought to it. Those who have learned to
offer only healing because of the reflection of holiness
in them are ready at last for Heaven. There, holiness
is not a reflection, but rather the actual condition
of what was but reflected to them here. God is no image,
and His creations, as part of Him, hold Him in them
in truth. They do not merely reflect truth, for they