The clarification of the
goal belongs at the beginning, for it is this which will determine
the outcome. In the ego’s procedure, this is reversed.
The situation becomes the determiner of the outcome, which can
be anything. The reason for this disorganized approach is evident.
The ego does not know what it wants to come of it. It is aware
of what it does not want, but only that.It has no positive goal
Without a clearcut, positive
goal, set at the outset, the situation just seems to happen,
and makes no sense until it has already happened. Then you look
back at it, and try to piece together what it must have meant,
and you will be wrong. Not only is your judgment in the past,
but you have no idea what should happen. No goal was set with
which to bring the means in line, and now the only judgment
left to make is whether or not the ego likes it: is it acceptable,
or does it call for vengeance? The absence of a criterion for
outcome, set in advance, makes understanding doubtful and evaluation
The value of deciding
in advance what you want to happen is simply that you will perceive
the situation as a means to make it happen. You will therefore
make every effort to overlook what interferes with the accomplishment
of your objective, and concentrate on everything which helps
you meet it.
It is quite noticeable
that this approach has brought you closer to the Holy Spirit’s
sorting out of truth and falsity. The true becomes what can
be used to meet the goal. The false becomes the useless from
this point of view. The situation now has meaning, but only
because the goal has made it meaningful.
The goal of truth has
further practical advantages. If the situation is used for truth
and sanity, its outcome must be peace, and this is quite apart
from what the outcome is. If peace is the condition of truth
and sanity, and cannot be without them, where peace is they
(truth & sanity) must be. Truth comes of itself. If you
experience peace, it is because the truth has come to you, and
you will see the outcome truly—for deception cannot prevail
against you, and you will recognize the outcome, because you
are at peace. Here again, you see the opposite of the ego’s
way of looking, for the ego believes the situation brings the
experience. The Holy Spirit knows that the situation is as the
goal determines it, and is experienced according to the goal.
goal of truth requires faith.
implicit in the acceptance of the Holy Spirit’s purpose.
And this faith is all inclusive—where the goal of truth
is set, there faith must be. The Holy Spirit sees the situation
as a whole.The goal establishes the fact that everyone involved
in it will play his part in its accomplishment.
This is inevitable. No
one will fail in anything.
This seems to ask for
faith beyond you, and beyond what you can give, yet this is
so only from the viewpoint of the ego, for the ego believes
in “solving” conflict through fragmentation and
does not perceive the situation as a whole. Therefore, it seeks
to split off segments of the situation and deal with them separately,
for it has faith in separation, and not in wholeness.
Confronted with any aspect
of the situation which seems to be difficult, the ego will attempt
to take this aspect elsewhere, and resolve it there. And it
will seem to be successful, except that this attempt conflicts
with unity and must obscure the goal of truth. And peace will
not be experienced except in fantasy. Truth has not come, because
faith has been denied, being withheld from where it rightfully
belonged. Thus do you lose the understanding of the situation
the goal of truth would bring; for fantasy solutions bring but
the illusion of experience, and the illusion of peace is not
the condition in which the truth can enter.
substitutes for aspects of the situation are the witnesses to
your lack of faith. They demonstrate that you did not believe
the situation and the
problem were in the same place.
was the lack of faith. And it is this you demonstrate when you
remove it from its source and place it elsewhere. As a result,
you do not see the problem. Had you not lacked the faith it
could be solved, the problem would be gone, and the situation
would have been meaningful to you, because the interference
in the way of understanding would have been removed. To remove
the problem elsewhere is to keep it, for you remove yourself
from it and make it unsolvable.