16 - Forgiveness of Illusion
Illusion and Reality
Be not afraid to look upon the special hate relationship,
for freedom lies in looking at it. It would be impossible
not to know the meaning of love except for this. For the
special love relationship, in which the meaning of love
is lost, is undertaken solely to offset the hate but not
to let it go. Your salvation will rise clearly before
your open eyes as you look on this.
cannot limit hate. The special love relationship will
not offset it but will merely drive it underground and
out of sight.
is essential to bring it into sight and to make no attempt
to hide it. For it is the attempt to balance hate with
love that makes love meaningless to you. The extent of
the split that lies in this you do not realize. And until
you do, the split will remain unrecognized and therefore
symbols of hate against the symbols of love play out a
conflict which does not exist. For symbols stand for something
else, and the symbol of love is without meaning if love
is everything. You will go through this last undoing quite
unharmed and will at last emerge as yourself. This is
the last step in the readiness for God. Be not unwilling
now. You are too near, and you will cross the bridge in
perfect safety, translated quietly from war to peace.
For the illusion of love will never satisfy, but its reality,
which awaits you on the other side, will give you everything.
special love relationship is an attempt to limit the destructive
effects of hate by finding a haven in the storm of guilt.
makes no attempt to rise above the storm into the sunlight.
On the contrary, it emphasizes guilt outside the haven
by attempting to build barricades against it and keep
within them. The special love relationship is not perceived
as a value in itself, but as a place of safety from which
hatred is split off and kept apart. The special love partner
is acceptable only as long as he serves this purpose.
Hatred can enter and indeed is welcome in some aspects
of the relationship, but it is still held together by
the illusion of love. If the illusion goes, the relationship
is broken or becomes unsatisfying on the grounds of disillusionment.
Love is not an illusion. It is a fact.
disillusionment is possible, there was not love but hate.
For hate is an illusion, and what can change was never
love. It is certain that those who select certain ones
as partners in any aspect of living and use them for any
purpose which they would not share with others, are trying
to live with guilt rather than die of it. This is the
choice they see. And love to them is only an escape from
death. They seek it desperately but not in the peace in
which it would gladly come quietly to them. And when they
find the fear of death is still upon them, the love relationship
loses the illusion that it is what it is not. For then
the barricades against it are broken, fear rushes in,
and hatred triumphs.
There are no triumphs of love. Only hate is concerned
with the "triumph of love" at all. The illusion
of love can triumph over the illusion of hate, but always
at the price of making both illusions. As long as the
illusion of hatred lasts, so long will love be an illusion
to you. And then the only choice which remains possible
is which illusion you prefer. There is no conflict in
the choice between truth and illusion. Seen in these terms,
no one would hesitate. But conflict enters the instant
the choice seems to be one between illusions, for this
choice does not matter. Where one choice is as dangerous
as the other, the decision must be one of despair.
task is not to seek for love but merely to seek and
find all of the barriers within yourself which you
have built against it.
is not necessary to seek for what is true, but it is necessary
to seek for what is false. Every illusion is one of fear,
whatever form it takes. And the attempt to escape from
one illusion into another must fail. If you seek love
outside yourself, you can be certain that you perceive
hatred within and are afraid of it. Yet peace will never
come from the illusion of love, but only from its reality.
this, for it is true, and truth must be recognized if
it is to be distinguished from illusion:
special love relationship is an attempt [to bring love
into separation. And, as such, it is nothing more than
an attempt] to bring love into fear and make it real
in fear. In fundamental violation of love's condition
(peace), the special love relationship would accomplish
How but in illusion could this be done? It is essential
that we look very closely at exactly what it is you think
you can do to solve the dilemma, which seems very real
to you, but which does not exist. You have come very close
to truth, and only this stands between you and the bridge
that leads you into it.
waits silently, and your creations are holding out their
hands to help you cross and welcome them. For it is they
you seek. You seek but for your own completion, and it
is they who render you complete. The special love relationship
is but a shabby substitute for what makes you whole in
truth, not in illusion. Your relationship with them is
without guilt, and this enables you to look on all your
brothers with gratitude because your creations were created
in union with them. Acceptance of your creations is the
acceptance of the oneness of creation, without which you
could never be complete. No specialness can offer you
what God has given and what you are joined with Him in
the bridge is your completion,
for you will be wholly in God, willing for nothing
special but only to be wholly like unto Him, completing
Him by your completion.
not to cross to the abode of peace and perfect holiness.
Only there is the completion of God and of His Son established
forever. Seek not for this in the bleak world of illusion,
where nothing is certain, and where everything fails to
satisfy. In the Name of God, be wholly willing to abandon
all illusions. In any relationship in which you are wholly
willing to accept completion, and only this, there is
God completed and His Son with Him.
bridge that leads to union in yourself must lead to knowledge,
for it was built with God beside you and will lead you
straight to Him, where your completion rests wholly compatible
with His. Every illusion which you accept into your mind
by judging it to be attainable removes your own sense
of completion and thus denies the wholeness of your Father.
Every fantasy, be it of love or hate, deprives you of
knowledge, for fantasies are the veil behind which truth
is hidden. To lift the veil which seems so dark and heavy,
it is only needful to value truth beyond all fantasy and
to be entirely unwilling to settle for illusion in place
Would you not go
through fear to love?
such the journey seems to be. Love calls, but hate would
have you stay. Hear not the call of hate, and see no fantasies[,
for your completion lies in truth and nowhere else]. See
in the call of hate and in every fantasy that rises to
delay you but the call for help which rises ceaselessly
from you to your Creator. Would He not answer you whose
completion is His? He loves you wholly without illusion,
as you must love. For love is wholly without illusion
and therefore wholly without fear. Whom God remembers
must be whole. And God has never forgotten what makes
Him whole. In your completion lies the memory of His wholeness
and His gratitude to you for His completion. In His link
with you lie both His inability to forget and your ability
to remember. In Him are joined your willingness to love
and all the love of God, Who forgot you not.
Father can no more forget the truth in you than you can
fail to remember it. The Holy Spirit is the bridge to
Him, made from your willingness to unite with Him and
created by His joy in union with you. The journey that
seemed to be endless is almost complete, for what is endless
is very near. You have almost recognized it. Turn with
me firmly away from all illusions now, and let nothing
stand in the way of truth. We will take the last foolish
journey away from truth together, and then together we
go straight to God in joyous answer to His call for His
special relationships of any kind would hinder God's
completion, can they have value to you?
would interfere with God must interfere with you. Only
in time does interference in God's completion seem to
be possible. The bridge that He would carry you across
lifts you from time into eternity. Waken from time and
answer fearlessly the call of Him Who gave eternity to
you in your creation. On this side of the bridge to timelessness
you understand nothing. But as you step lightly across
it, upheld by timelessness, you are directed straight
to the Heart of God. At its center, and only there, you
are safe forever because you are complete forever.
is no veil the love of God in us together cannot lift.
The way to truth is open. Follow it with me.