15 - Purpose of Time
is in your power, in time, to delay the perfect
union of the Father and the Son. For in this
world, the attraction of guilt does stand between
them. Neither time nor season means anything
in eternity. But here, it is the Holy Spirit’s
function to use them both, though not as the
ego uses them.
is the season when you would celebrate my birth
into the world. Yet you know not how to do it.
Let the Holy Spirit teach you, and let me celebrate
your birth through Him. The only gift I can
accept of you is the gift I gave to you. Release
me as I will your release. The time of Christ
we celebrate together, for it has no meaning
if we are apart.
The holy instant is truly the time of Christ.
For in this liberating instant no guilt is laid
upon the Son of God, and his unlimited power
is thus restored to him. What other gift can
you offer me, when only this I will to offer
you? And to see me is to see me in everyone,
and offer everyone the gift you offer me. I
am as incapable of receiving sacrifice as God
is, and every sacrifice you ask of yourself
you ask of me. Learn now that sacrifice of any
kind is nothing but a limitation imposed on
giving. And by this limitation you have limited
acceptance of the gift I offer you.
We who are one cannot give separately. When
you are willing to accept our relationship as
real, guilt will hold noattraction for you.
For in our union you will accept all of our
brothers. The gift of union is the only gift
that I was born to give. Give it to me, that
you may have it. The time of Christ is the time
appointed for the gift of freedom, offered to
everyone. And by your acceptance of it, you
have offered it to everyone. It is in your power
to make this season holy, for it is in your
power to make the time of Christ be now.
It is possible to do this all at once because
there is but one shift in perception that is
necessary, for you made but one mistake. It
seems like many, but it is all the same. For
though the ego takes many forms, it is always
the same idea.
is not love is always fear, and nothing else.
is not necessary to follow fear through all
the circuitous routes by which it burrows underground
and hides in darkness, to emerge in forms quite
different from what it is. Yet it IS necessary
to examine each one as long as you would retain
the principle which governs all of them. When
you are willing to regard them, not as separate,
but as different manifestations of the same
idea, and one you do not want, they go together.
The idea is simply this...
believe that it is possible to be host to the
ego or hostage to God.
is the choice you think you have, and the decision
which you believe that you must make.
no other alternatives, for you cannot accept
the fact that sacrifice gets nothing. Sacrifice
is so essential to your thought system that
salvation apart from sacrifice means nothing
to you. Your confusion of sacrifice and love
is so profound that you cannot conceive of love
without sacrifice. And it is this that you must
is attack, not love.
If you would accept but this one idea, your
fear of love would vanish. Guilt cannot last
when the idea of sacrifice has been removed.
For if there is sacrifice, as you are convinced,
someone must pay and someone must get. And the
only question which remains to be decided is
how much is the price for getting what.
As host to the ego, you believe that you can
give all your guilt away whatever you think,
and purchase peace. And the payment does not
seem to be yours. While it is obvious that the
ego does demand payment, it never seems to be
demanding it of you. For you are unwilling to
recognize that the ego, which you invited, is
treacherous only to those who think they are
its host. The ego will never let you perceive
this, since this recognition would make it homeless.
For when this recognition dawns clearly, you
will not be deceived by any form the ego takes
to protect itself from your sight.
Each form will be recognized as but a cover
for the one idea that hides behind them all...
that love demands sacrifice, and is therefore
inseparable from attack and fear. And that guilt
is the price of love, which must be paid by
fearful, then, has God become to you, and how
great a sacrifice do you believe His Love demands!
For total love would demand total sacrifice.
And so the ego seems to demand less of you than
God, and of the two is judged as the lesser
of two evils, one to be feared a little, but
the other to be destroyed. For you see love
as destructive, and your only question is who
is to be destroyed, you or another? You seek
to answer this question in your special relationships,
in which you are both destroyer and destroyed
in part, but with the idea of being able to
be neither completely. And this you think saves
you from God, Whose total Love would completely
You think that everyone outside yourself demands
your sacrifice, but you do not see that only
you demand sacrifice, and only of yourself.
Yet the demand of sacrifice is so savage and
so fearful that you cannot accept it where it
is. But the real price of not accepting this
has been so great that you have given God away
rather than look at it. For if God would demand
total sacrifice of you, you thought it safer
to project Him outward and away from you, and
not be host to Him. To Him you ascribed the
ego’s treachery, inviting it to take His
place to protect you from Him. And you do not
recognize that it is what YOU invited in that
would destroy you, and does demand total sacrifice
of you. No partial sacrifice will appease this
savage guest, for it is an invader who but seems
to offer kindness, but always to make the sacrifice
You will not succeed in being partial hostage
to the ego, for it keeps no bargains, and would
leave you nothing. You will have to choose between
total freedom and total bondage, for there are
no alternatives but these. You have tried many
compromises in the attempt to avoid recognizing
the one decision which must be made. And yet
it is the recognition of the decision, just
as it is, that makes the decision so easy!
is simple being of God, and therefore very easy
to understand. Do not try to project it from
you and see it outside yourself. In you are
both the question and the answer; the demand
for sacrifice and the peace of God.