It is impossible
that the happenings that come to him were not his choice.
His power of decision is the determiner of every situation
in which he seems to find himself by chance or accident.
No accident nor chance is possible within the universe as
God created it, outside of which is nothing.
you decided sin was your goal. Be happy, and you gave the
power of decision to Him Who must decide for God for you.
This is the little gift you offer to the Holy Spirit, and
even this He gave to you to give yourself. For by this gift
is given you the power to release your Saviour, that he
may give salvation unto you.
not then this little offering. Withhold it, and you keep
the world as now you see it. Give it away, and everything
you see goes with it. Never was so much given for so little.
In the holy instant is this exchange effected and maintained.
Here is the world you do not want brought to the one you
do. And here the one you do is given you because you want
it. Yet for this, the power of your wanting must first be
recognized. You must accept its strength, and not its weakness.
You must perceive that what is strong enough to make a world
can let it go, and can accept correction if it is willing
to see that it was wrong.
you see is but the idle witness that you were right. This
witness is insane. You trained it in its testimony, and
as it gave it back to you, you listened and convinced yourself
that what it saw was true. You did this to yourself. See
only this, and you will also see how circular the reasoning
on which your “seeing” rests. This was not given
you. This was your gift to you and to your brother. Be willing,
then, to have it taken from him and be replaced with truth.
And as you look upon the change in him, it will be given
you to see it in yourself.
do not see the need for you to give this little offering.
Look closer, then, at what it IS. And, very simply, see
in it the whole exchange of separation for salvation. All
that the ego is, is an idea that it is possible that things
should happen to the Son of God without his will; and thus
without the Will of his Creator, Whose Will cannot be separate
from his own.
This is the
Son of God’s replacement for his will, a mad revolt
against what must forever be. This is the statement that
he has the power to make God powerless, and so to take it
for himself, and leave himself without what God has willed
for him. This is the mad idea you have enshrined upon your
altars, and which you worship. And anything which threatens
this seems to attack your faith, for here is it invested.
Think not that you are faithless, for your belief and trust
in this is strong indeed.
The Holy Spirit can give you faith in holiness and vision
to see it easily enough. But you have not left open and
unoccupied the altar where the gifts belong. Where they
should be, you have set up your idols to something else.
This other will, which seems to tell you what must happen,
you gave reality. And what would show you otherwise must
therefore seem unreal. All that is asked of you is to make
room for truth. You are not asked to make or do what lies
beyond your understanding. All you are asked to do is let
it in; only to stop your interference with what will happen
of itself; simply to recognize again the presence of what
you thought you gave away.
for an instant, to leave your altars free of what you placed
upon them, and what is really there you cannot fail to see.
The holy instant is not an instant of creation, but of recognition.
For recognition comes of vision and suspended judgment.
Then only it is possible to look within and see what must
be there, plainly in sight, and wholly independent of inference
and judgment. Undoing is not your task, but it is up to
you to welcome it or not. Faith and desire go hand in hand,
for everyone believes in what he wants.
We have already
said that wishful thinking is how the ego deals with what
it wants, to make it so. There is no better demonstration
of the power of wanting, and therefore of faith, to make
its goals seem real and possible. Faith in the unreal leads
to adjustments of reality to make it fit the goal of madness.
The goal of sin induces the perception of a fearful world
to justify its purpose. What you desire you will see. And
if its reality is false, you will uphold it by not realizing
all the adjustments you have introduced, to make it so.
is denied, confusion of cause and effect becomes inevitable.
The purpose now becomes to keep obscure the cause of the
effect, and make effect appear to be a cause. This seeming
independence of effect enables it to be regarded as standing
by itself, and capable of serving as a cause of the events
and feelings its maker thinks it causes. Long ago, we spoke
of your desire to create your own Creator, and be father
and not son to Him. This is the same desire. The Son is
the effect, whose Cause he would deny. And so he seems to
be the cause, producing real effects. Nothing can have effects
without a cause, and to confuse the two is merely to fail
to understand them both.
It is as
needful that you recognize you made the world you see as
that you recognize that you did not create yourself. They
are the same mistake. Nothing created not by your Creator
has any influence over you. And if you think what you have
made can tell you what you see and feel, and place your
faith in its ability to do so, you are denying your Creator,
and believing that you made yourself. For if you think the
world you made has power to make you what it wills, you
are confusing Son and Father; effect and Source.
creations are like his Father’s. Yet in creating them,
the Son does not delude himself that he is independent of
his Source. His union with It is the Source of his creating.
apart from this he has no power to create, and what he makes
is meaningless. It changes nothing in creation, depends
entirely upon the madness of its maker, and cannot serve
to justify the madness. Your brother thinks he made the
world with you. Thus he denies creation. With you, he thinks
the world he made made him. Thus he denies he made it.
Yet the truth
is you were both created by a loving Father, Who created
you together and as one. See what “proves” otherwise,
and you deny your whole reality. But grant that everything
which seems to stand between you, keeping you from each
other and separate from your Father, you made in secret,
and the instant of release has come to you. All its effects
are gone because its source has been uncovered. It is its
seeming independence of its source that kept you prisoner.
This is the same delusion that you are independent of the
Source by which you were created, and have never left.