19 - Beyond the Body
To Get Rid of It (Appeal of Guilt)
first obstacle that peace must flow across is your
desire to get rid of it, for it cannot extend unless
you keep it. You
are the center from which it radiates outward, to
call the others in. You are its home; its tranquil
dwelling-place, from which it gently reaches out,
but never leaving you. If
you would make it homeless, how can it abide within
the Son of God? If it would spread across the whole
creation, it must begin with you, and from you reach
to everyone who calls and bring him rest by joining
would you want peace homeless? What do you think that
it must dispossess, to dwell with you? What seems
to be the cost you are so unwilling to pay? The
little barrier of sand still stands between you. Would
you reinforce it now? You are not asked to let it
go for yourselves alone. Christ asks it of you for
Himself. He would bring peace to everyone, and how
can He do this except through you?
between your brothers and salvation? And yet, it is
this little remnant of attack you cherish still against
each other that is the first obstacle the peace in you
encounters in its going forth. This little wall of hatred
would still oppose the Will of God, and keep It limited.
The Holy Spirit’s purpose rests in peace within
you. Yet you are still unwilling to let it join you
wholly. You still oppose the Will of God, just by a
little, and that little is a limit you would place upon
the whole. God’s
Will is One, not many. It has no opposition, for there
is none beside It. What
you would still contain behind your little barrier and
keep separate from each other seems mightier than the
universe, for it would hold back the universe and its
Creator. This little wall would hide the purpose of
Heaven, and keep it from Heaven.
you thrust salvation away from the giver of salvation?
For such have you become. Peace could no more depart
from you than from God. Fear
not this little obstacle. It cannot contain the Will
of God. Peace will flow across it, and join you without
hindrance. Salvation cannot be withheld from you. It
is your purpose. You cannot will apart from this. You
have no purpose apart from each other, nor apart from
the one you asked the Holy Spirit to share with you.
little wall will fall away so quietly beneath the wings
of peace! For peace will send its messengers from you
to all the world. And barriers will fall away before
their coming as easily as those which you would interpose
will be surmounted.
overcome the world is no more difficult than to surmount
your little wall. For in the miracle of your relationship,
without this barrier, is every miracle contained. There
is no order of difficulty in miracles, for they are
all the same. Each is a gentle winning over from the
appeal of guilt to the appeal of love. How can this
fail to be accomplished, wherever it is undertaken?
can raise no real barriers against it, and all that
seems to stand between you must fall away because of
the appeal you answered. For from you who answered,
He Who answered you would call. His home is in your
holy relationship. Do no attempt to stand between Him
and His holy purpose, for it is yours. Bbut let Him
quietly extend the miracle of your relationship to everyone
contained in it as it was given.
is a hush in Heaven, a happy expectancy, a little pause
of gladness in acknowledgment of the journey’s
end, for Heaven knows you well, as you know Heaven.
No illusions stand between you now. Look not upon the
little wall of shadows. The sun has risen over it.
How can a shadow
keep you from the sun?
more can you be kept by shadows from the light in which
illusions end. Every miracle is but the end of an illusion.
Such was the journey; such its ending. And in the goal
of truth, which you accepted, must all illusions end.
little, insane wish to get rid of Him Who you invited
in, and push Him out, must produce conflict. As you
look upon the world, this little wish, uprooted and
floating aimlessly, can land and settle briefly upon
anything, for it has no purpose now. Before the Holy
Spirit entered to abide with you, it seemed to have
a mighty purpose; the fixed and unchangeable dedication
to sin and its results. Now it is aimless, wandering
pointlessly, causing no more than tiny interruptions
in love’s appeal.
This feather of a wish, this tiny illusion, this microscopic
remnant of the belief in sin, is all that remains of
what once seemed to be the world. It is no longer an
unrelenting barrier to peace. Its pointless wandering
makes its results appear to be more erratic and unpredictable
than before. Yet what could be more unstable than a
tightly-organized delusional system? Its seeming stability
is its pervasive weakness, which extends to everything.
The variability which the little remnant induces merely
indicates its limited results.
mighty can a little feather be before the great wings
of truth? Can it oppose an eagle’s flight, or
hinder the advance of summer? Can it interfere with
the effects of summer’s sun upon a garden covered
by the snow? See but how easily this little whisp is
lifted up and carried away, never to return, and part
with it in gladness, not regret. For it is nothing in
itself, and stood for nothing when you had greater faith
in its protection. Would you not rather greet the summer
sun than fix your gaze upon a disappearing snowflake,
and shiver in remembrance of the winter’s cold?
attraction of guilt produces fear of love, for love
would never look on guilt at all. It is the nature
of love to look upon only the truth, for there it
sees itself, with which it would unite in holy union
and completion. As
love must look past fear, so must fear see love
not. For love contains the end of guilt, as surely
as fear depends on it. Overlooking
guilt completely, it sees no fear; being wholly
without attack, it could not be afraid. Fear is
attracted to what love sees not, and each believes
that what the other looks upon does not exist.
looks on guilt with just the same devotion that
love looks on itself. And each (fear & love)
has messengers which they send forth, and which
return to them with
messages written in the language in which their
going forth was asked.
are gently sent and return with messages of love
and gentleness. The messengers of fear are
harshly ordered to seek out guilt and cherish every
scrap of evil and of sin which they can find, losing
none of them on pain of death, and laying them respectfully
before their lord and master. Perception
cannot obey two masters, each asking for messages
of different things in different languages.
fear would feed upon, love overlooks.
fear demands, love cannot even see.
fierce attraction which guilt holds for fear is wholly
absent from love’s gentle perception. What love
would look upon is meaningless to fear, and quite
invisible. Relationships in this world are the result
of how the world is seen, and this depends on which
emotion (love or fear) was called on to send its messengers
to look upon it and return with word of what they
trained through terror, and they tremble when their
master calls upon them to serve him. For fear is merciless
even to its friends. Its messengers steal guiltily
away in hungry search of guilt, for they are kept
cold and starving, and made very vicious by their
master, who allows them to feast only upon what they
return to him. No little shred of guilt escapes their
hungry eyes, and in their savage search for sin, they
pounce on any living thing they see and carry it screaming
to their master, to be devoured.
not these savage messengers into the world,
to feast upon it and to prey upon reality, for
they will bring you word of bones and skin and
have been taught to seek for the corruptible,
and to return with gorges filled with things
decayed and rotted. To them such things are
beautiful because they seem to allay their savage
pangs of hunger, for they are frantic with the
pain of fear and would avert the punishment
of him who sends them forth by offering him
what they hold dear.
Holy Spirit has given you love’s messengers
to send instead of those you trained through
are as eager to return to you what they hold
dear as are the others.If
you send them forth, they will see only the
blameless and the beautiful, the gentle and
the kind. They
will be as careful to let no little act of charity,
no tiny expression of forgiveness, no little
breathe of love escape their notice. And they
will return with all the happy things they found,
to share them lovingly with you. Be
not afraid of them. They offer you salvation.
Theirs are the messages of safety, for they
see the world as kind.
If you send forth only the messengers the Holy
Spirit gives you, wanting no messages but theirs,
you will see fear no more. The
world will be transformed before your sight,
cleansed of all guilt and softly brushed with
world contains no fear which you laid not upon
it, and none you cannot ask love’s messengers
to remove from it, and see it still. The
Holy Spirit has given you His messengers to
send to each other, and return to each with
what love sees. They
have been given to replace the hungry dogs of
fear you sent instead, and they go forth to
signify the end of fear.
too, would set a feast before you, on a table covered
with a spotless cloth, set in a quiet garden where
no sound but singing and a softly joyous whispering
is ever heard. This
is a feast which honors your holy relationship,
and at which everyone is welcomed as an honored
guest. And in a holy instant grace is said by everyone
together as they join in gentleness before the table
of communion. And
I will join you there, as long ago I promised and
promise still. For in your new relationship am I
made welcome. And where I am made welcome, there
am made welcome in the state of grace, which means you
have at last forgiven me. For I became the symbol of your
sin, and so I had to die instead of you. To the ego sin
means death, and so Atonement is achieved through murder.
Salvation is looked upon as a way by which the Son of
God was killed instead of you.
would I offer you my body, you whom I love, knowing its
would I teach that bodies cannot keep us apart? Mine
was no greater value than yours; no better means for communication
of salvation, but not its Source.
one can die for anyone. And death does not atone
for sin. Yet you can live to show it (death) is
not real. The
body does appear to be the symbol of sin, while
you believe that it can get you what you want. While
you believe that it can give you pleasure, you will
also believe that it can bring you pain.
think you could be satisfied and happy with so little
is to hurt yourself.And
to limit the happiness that you would have, calls
upon pain to fill your meager store and make your
lives complete. This is completion, as the ego sees
guilt creeps in where happiness has been removed,
and substitutes for it. Communion
is another kind of completion, which goes beyond
guilt, because it goes beyond the body.