16 - Forgiveness of Illusion
to the Real World
The search for the
special relationship is the sign that you equate yourself with the
ego and not with God. For the special relationship has value only
to the ego. To the ego unless a relationship has special value,
it has no meaning, and it perceives all love as special. Yet this
cannot be natural, for it is unlike the relationship of God and
His Son, and all relationships that are unlike this one must be
unnatural. For God created love as He would have it be and gave
it as it is.
Love has no meaning
except as its Creator defined it by His Will. It is impossible
to define it otherwise and understand it.
Love is freedom.
To look for it by
placing yourself in bondage is to separate yourself from it. For
the love of God, no longer seek for union in separation nor for
freedom in bondage!
As you release (forgive),
so will you be released.
Forget this not, or
love will be unable to find you and comfort you. There is a way
in which the Holy Spirit asks your help if you would have His. The
holy instant is His most helpful tool in protecting you from the
attraction of guilt, the real lure in the special relationship.
You do not recognize that this is its real appeal, for the ego has
taught you that freedom lies in it. Yet the closer you look at the
special relationship, the more apparent it becomes that it must
foster guilt and therefore must imprison.
The special relationship
is totally without meaning without a body.
And if you value it,
you must also value the body. And what you value, you will keep.
The special relationship is a device for limiting your self to a
body and for limiting your perception of others to theirs. The Great
Rays would establish the total lack of value of the special relationship
if they were seen. For in seeing them, the body would disappear
because its value would be lost. And so your whole investment in
seeing it would be withdrawn from it. You see the world you value.
On this side of the
bridge, you see the world of separate bodies seeking to join each
other in separate unions and to become one by losing. When two individuals
seek to become one, they are trying to decrease their magnitude.
Each would deny his power, for the separate union excludes the universe.
Far more is left outside than would be taken in. For God is left
without and nothing taken in. If one such union were made in perfect
faith, the universe would enter into it. Yet the special relationship
which the ego seeks does not include even one whole individual.
For the ego wants but part of him and sees only this part and nothing
Across the bridge (of
forgiveness), it is so different!
For a time the body
is still seen but not exclusively, as it is seen here. For the little
spark which holds the Great Rays within it is also visible, and
this spark cannot be limited long to littleness. Once you have crossed
the bridge, the value of the body is so diminished in your sight
that you will see no need at all to magnify it. For you will realize
that the only value which the body has is to enable you to bring
your brothers to the bridge with you and to be released together
The bridge (of forgiveness)
itself is nothing more than a transition in your perspective of
On this side, everything
you see is grossly distorted and completely out of perspective.
What is little and insignificant is magnified, and what is strong
and powerful cut down to littleness. In the transition there is
a period of confusion in which a sense of actual disorientation
seems to occur. But fear it not, for it means nothing more than
that you have been willing to let go your hold on the distorted
frame of reference which seemed to hold your world together. This
frame of reference is built around the special relationship. Without
this illusion, there can be no meaning you would still seek here.
Fear not that you
will be abruptly lifted up and hurled into reality. Time is kind,
and if you use it for reality, it will keep gentle pace with you
in your transition. The urgency is only in dislodging your minds
from their fixed position here. This will not leave you homeless
and without a frame of reference. The period of disorientation which
precedes the actual transition is far shorter than the time it took
to fix your minds so firmly on illusions.
Delay will hurt you
now more than before only because you realize it is delay and
that escape from pain is really possible.
Find hope and comfort
rather than despair in this: You could no longer find even the illusion
of love in any special relationship here. For you are no longer
wholly insane, and you would recognize the guilt of self-betrayal
for what it is.
Nothing you seek to
strengthen in the special relationship is really part of you. And
you cannot keep part of the thought system which taught you it was
real and understand the Thought that really knows what you are.
You have allowed the Thought of your reality to enter your minds,
and because you invited it, it will abide with you. Your love for
it will not allow you to betray yourself, and you could not enter
into a relationship where it could not go with you, for you would
not be apart from it.
Be glad you have
escaped the mockery of salvation which the ego offered you and
look not back with longing on the travesty it made of your relationships.
Now no one need suffer,
for you have come too far to yield to the illusion of the beauty
and holiness of guilt. Only the wholly insane could look on death
and suffering, sickness and despair and see it thus. What guilt
has wrought is ugly, fearful, and very dangerous. See no illusion
of truth and beauty there. And be you thankful that there is a place
where truth and beauty wait for you. Go on to meet them gladly,
and learn how much awaits you for the simple willingness to give
up nothing because it is nothing.
The new perspective
you will gain from crossing over will be the understanding of where
Heaven is. From here, it seems to be outside and across the bridge.
Yet as you cross to join it, it will join with you and become one
with you. And you will think, in glad astonishment, that for all
this you gave up nothing! The joy of Heaven, which has no limit,
is increased with each light that returns to take its rightful place
within it. Wait no longer, for the love of God and you. And may
the holy instant speed you on the way, as it will surely do if you
but let it come to you.
The Holy Spirit asks
only this little help of you. Whenever your thoughts wander to a
special relationship which still attracts you, enter with Him into
a holy instant, and there let Him release you. He needs only your
willingness to share His perspective to give it to you completely.
And your willingness need not be complete because His is perfect.
It is His task to atone for your unwillingness by His perfect faith,
and it is His faith you share with Him there. Out of your recognition
of your unwillingness for your release, His perfect willingness
is given you. Call upon Him, for Heaven is at His call. And let
Him call on Heaven for you.