is no time, no place, no state where God is absent. There
is nothing to be feared.
is no way in which a gap could be conceived of in the wholeness
that is His. The compromise the least and littlest gap would represent
in His eternal love is quite impossible. For it would mean...
His love could harbor just a hint of hate; His gentleness turn
sometimes to attack; and His eternal patience sometimes fail.
this do you believe, when you perceive a gap between your brother
and yourself. How could you trust Him, then? For He must be deceptive
in His Love. Be wary, then; let Him not come too close, and leave
a gap between you and His love through which you can escape if there
be need for you to flee.
is the fear of God most plainly seen. For love is treacherous to
those who fear, since fear and hate can never be apart.
one who hates but is afraid of love and therefore must he be afraid
it is he knows not what love means. He fears to love and loves to
hate, and so he thinks that love is fearful-hate is love. This is
the consequence the little gap must bring to those who cherish it
and think that it is their salvation and their hope.
fear of God! The greatest obstacle that peace must flow across
has not yet gone.
rest are past, but this one still remains to block your path and
make the way to light seem dark and fearful, perilous and bleak.
You had decided that your brother is your enemy. Sometimes a friend,
perhaps, provided that your separate interests made your friendship
possible a little while. But not without a gap between you, lest
he turn again into an enemy. [Let him come close to you, and you
jumped back; as you approached, he instantly withdrew.] A cautious
friendship, limited in scope and carefully restricted in amount,
became the treaty you had made with him. You shared a qualified
entente in which a clause of separation was a point on which you
both agreed to keep intact. And violating this was thought to be
a breach of treaty not to be allowed.
gap between you is not one of space between two separate bodies.
This but seems to be dividing off your separate minds.
(the body) is the symbol of a promise made to meet when you prefer
and separate until you both elect to meet again. And then your bodies
seem to get in touch and signify a meeting-place to join. But always
is it possible to go your separate ways. Conditional upon the "right"
to separate will you agree to meet from time to time and keep apart
in intervals of separation, which protect you from the "sacrifice"
of love. The body saves you, for it gets away from total sacrifice
and gives you time in which to build again your separate selves,
which you believe diminish as you meet.
The body could
not separate your minds unless you wanted it to be a cause of
separation and of distance seen between you.
Thus do you endow
it with a power that lies not within itself. And herein lies its
power over you. For now you think that it determines when
you meet and limits your ability to make communion with each other's
mind. And now it tells you where to go and how to go there, what
is feasible for you to undertake, and what you cannot do. It dictates
what its health can tolerate and what will tire it and make it sick.
And its "inherent" weaknesses set up the limitations on
what you would do and keep your purpose limited and weak.
The body will accommodate
to this if you would have it so. It will allow but limited indulgences
in "love," with intervals of hatred in between. And it
will take command of when to "love" and when to shrink
more safely into fear. It will be sick because you do not know what
loving means. And so you must misuse each circumstance and everyone
you meet and see in them a purpose not your own.
It is not love that
asks a sacrifice. But fear demands the sacrifice of love, for in
love's presence fear cannot abide. For hate to be maintained love
must be feared and only sometimes present, sometimes gone. Thus
is love seen as treacherous because it seems to come and go uncertainly
and offer no stability to you. You do not see how limited and weak
is your allegiance and how frequently you have demanded that love
go away and leave you quietly alone in "peace."
The body, innocent
of any goal, is your excuse for variable goals you hold and force
the body to maintain. You do not fear its weakness, but its lack
of strength or weakness. Would you recognize that nothing stands
between you? Would you know there is no gap behind which you can
hide? There is a shock that comes to those who learn their savior
is their enemy no more.
There is a wariness
that is aroused by learning that the body is not real. And there
are overtones of seeming fear around the happy message, “God
is love”. 1
Yet all that happens
when the gap is gone is peace eternal. Nothing more than that, and
nothing less. Without the fear of God, what could induce you to
abandon Him? What toys or trinkets in the gap could serve to hold
you back an instant from His love? Would you allow the body to say
"no" to Heaven's calling, were you not afraid to find
a loss of self in finding God? Yet can your Self be lost by being