7 - Consistency of the Kingdom
of Strength and Weakness
no more recognize what is painful than you know what
is joyful, and are, in fact, very apt to confuse the
Holy Spirit’s main function is to teach you to
tell them apart.
strange it may seem that this is necessary, it obviously
is. The reason is equally obvious. What is joyful to
you is painful to the ego and, as long as you are in
doubt about what you are, you will be confused about
joy and pain. This confusion is the cause of the whole
idea of sacrifice.
the Holy Spirit and you will be giving up the ego.
you will be sacrificing nothing. On the contrary, you
will be gaining everything. If you believed this, there
would be no conflict.
That is why you need to demonstrate the obvious to yourselves.
It is not obvious to you. You believe that doing the
opposite of God’s will can be better for you.
You also believe that it is possible to do the opposite
of God’s will. Therefore, you believe that an
impossible choice is open to you, and one which is both
very fearful and very desirable. Yet
God wills. He does not wish. Your will is as powerful
as His because it is His. The ego’s wishes do
not mean anything, because the ego wishes for the impossible.
can wish for the impossible, but you can will only with
God. This is the ego’s weakness, and your strength.
Holy Spirit always sides with you and with your strength.
long as you avoid His guidance in any way, you want
to be weak. Yet weakness is frightening. What else,
then, can this decision mean except that you want to
be fearful? The Holy Spirit never asks for sacrifice,
but the ego always does. When you are confused about
this very clear distinction in motivation, it can only
be due to projection. Projection of this kind is a confusion
in motivation, and given this confusion, trust becomes
one obeys gladly a guide he does not trust, but this
does not mean that the guide is untrustworthy. In this
case, it always means that the follower is. However,
this, too, is merely a matter of his own belief. Believing
that he can betray, he believes that everything can
betray him. Yet this is only because he has elected
to follow false guidance. Unable to follow this guidance
without fear, he associates fear with guidance, and
refuses to follow any guidance at all. The Holy Spirit
is perfectly trustworthy, as you are. God Himself trusts
you, and therefore your trustworthiness is beyond question.
It will always remain beyond question, however much
you may question it.
said before that you are the Will of God. His Will is
not an idle wish, and your identification with His Will
is not optional since it is what you are. Sharing His
Will with me is not really open to choice, though it
may seem to be. The whole separation lies in this fallacy.
only way out of the fallacy is to decide that you do
not have to decide anything.
has been given you by God's decision. That is His Will,
and you can not undo it.
the relinquishment of your false decision-making prerogative,
which the ego guards so jealously, is not accomplished
by your wish. It was accomplished for you by the Will
of God, Who has not left you comfortless.
Voice will teach you how to distinguish between pain
and joy, and will lead you out of the confusion which
you have made.
is no confusion in the mind of a Son of God, whose will
must be the Will of the Father because the Father’s
Will IS His Son.
are in accord with the Will of God, Whose Will you do
not know, because you are confused about what you will.
means that you are confused about what you are.
you are God’s Will and do not accept His will,
you are denying joy.
miracle is therefore a lesson in what joy is.
a lesson in sharing, it is a lesson in love, which is
miracle is thus a lesson in truth, and by offering truth
you are learning the difference between pain and joy.