will attack what does not satisfy, and thus you will not see you
made it up.
truth behind them is so lovely and so still in loving gentleness,
were you aware of it you would forget defensiveness entirely and
rush to its embrace. The truth could never be attacked. And this
you knew when you made idols. They were made that this might be
attack but false ideas and never truthful ones.
idols are the false ideas you made to fill the gap you think arose
between yourself and what is true.
you attack them for the things you think they represent. What lies
beyond them cannot be attacked.
dissatisfying gods you made are blown-up children's toys. A child
is frightened when a wooden head springs up as a closed box is opened
suddenly or when a soft and silent wooly bear begins to squeak as
he takes hold of it. The rules he made for boxes and for bears have
failed him and have broken his "control" of what surrounds
him. And he is afraid because he thought the rules protected him.
Now must he learn the boxes and the bears did not deceive him, broke
no rules, nor mean his world is made chaotic and unsafe. He was
mistaken. He misunderstood what made him safe and thought that it
that is not there is filled with toys in countless forms and each
one seems to break the rules you set for it. It never was the thing
you thought. It must appear to break your rules for safety, since
the rules were wrong, but you are not endangered.
can laugh at popping heads and squeaking toys, as does the child
who learns they are no threat to him. Yet while he likes to play
with them, he still perceives them as obeying rules he made for
his enjoyment. So there still are rules which they can seem to break,
and frighten him.
Yet is he at
the mercy of his toys?
And can they represent
a threat to him?
observes the laws of God, and not the rules you set. It is His laws
which guarantee your safety. All illusions that you believe about
yourself obey no laws. They seem to dance a little while, according
to the rules you set for them. But then they fall and cannot rise
again. They are but toys, my children. Do not grieve for them. Their
dancing never brought you joy. But neither were they things to frighten
you nor make you safe if they obeyed your rules.
must be neither...
merely looked upon as children’s toys, without a single
meaning of their own.
(meaning) in them, and you will see (meaning in) them all. See none
in them, and they will touch you not.
deceive because they are appearances and not reality. Dwell not
on them in any form. They but obscure reality, and they bring fear
because they hide the truth. Do not attack what you have made to
let you be deceived, for thus you prove that you have
has power to make illusions real.
it makes is nothing.
could be made fearful by a power that can have no real effects at
all? What could it be but an illusion, making things appear like
to itself? Look calmly at its toys and understand that they are
idols which but dance to vain desires. Give them not your worship,
for they are not there. Yet this is equally forgotten in attack.
God's Son needs no defense against his dreams. His idols do not
threaten him at all. His one mistake is that he thinks them real.
What can the power of illusions do?
can but deceive the mind that wants to be deceived. And
you can make a simple choice that will forever place you far beyond
deception. You need not concern yourself with how this will be done,
for this you cannot understand. But
you will understand that mighty changes have been quickly brought
about when you decide one very simple thing...
do not want whatever you believe an idol gives.
For thus the Son of
God declares that he is free of idols. And thus is he free.
is a paradox indeed!
could it be except a happy dream?
asks you but that you forgive all things that no one ever did, to
overlook what is not there, and not to look upon the unreal as reality.
You are but asked to let your will be done and seek no longer for
the things you do not want. And you are asked to let yourself be
free of all the dreams of what you never were and seek no more to
substitute the strength of idle wishes for the Will of God.
does the dream of separation start to fade and disappear. For here
the gap that is not there begins to be perceived without the toys
of terror that you made. No more than this is asked. Be
glad indeed salvation asks so little, not so much.
asks for nothing in reality. And even in illusions it (salvation)
but asks forgiveness be the substitute for fear.
is the only rule for happy dreams. The gap is emptied of the toys
of fear, and then its unreality is plain.
are for nothing. And the Son of God can have no need of them. They
offer him no single thing that he could ever want. He is delivered
from illusions by his will and but restored to what he is. What
could God's plan for his salvation be, except a means to give him