This is where the ego is forced to appeal to “mysteries,”
and begins to insist that you must accept the meaningless
to save yourself. Many have tried to do this in my name,
forgetting that my words make perfect sense because they
come from God. They are as sensible now as they ever were
because they speak of ideas which are eternal. Forgiveness
that is learned of me does not use fear to undo fear.
Nor does it make real the unreal and then destroy it.
Forgiveness through the Holy Spirit lies simply in looking
beyond error from the beginning, and thus keeping it unreal
for you. Do not let any belief in its realness enter your
minds at all, or you will also believe that you must undo
what you have made in order to be forgiven. What has no
effect does not exist, and to the Holy Spirit the effects
of error are totally non-existent. By steadily and consistently
canceling out all its effects, everywhere and in all respects,
He teaches that the ego does not exist, and proves it.
Follow His teaching in forgiveness, then, because forgiveness
is His function, and He knows how to fulfill it perfectly.
That is what we meant when we once said that miracles
are natural, and when they do not occur something has
are merely the sign of your willingness to follow the
Holy Spirit’s plan of salvation, in recognition
of the fact that you do not know what it is. His work
is not your function, and unless you accept this, you
cannot learn what your function is.
confusion of functions is so typical of the ego that you
should be quite familiar with it by now. The ego believes
that all functions belong to it, even though it has no
idea what they are. This
is more than mere confusion. It is a particularly dangerous
combination of grandiosity and confusion which makes it
likely that the ego will attack anyone and anything for
no reason at all. This is exactly what the ego does. It
is totally unpredictable in its responses because it has
no idea of what it perceives.
If one has no idea of what is happening, how appropriately
can you expect him to react? You might still ask yourself,
regardless of how you can account for the reactions, whether
they place the ego in a very sound position as the guide
for yours. It seems absurd to have to emphasize repeatedly
that the ego’s qualifications as a guide are singularly
unfortunate, and that it is a remarkably poor choice as
a teacher of salvation. Yet
this question, ridiculous as it seems, is really the crucial
issue in the whole separation fantasy. Anyone who elects
a totally insane guide must be totally insane himself.
It is not true that you do not know the guide is insane.
You know it because I know it, and you have judged it
by the same standard as I have. The ego literally lives
on borrowed time, and its days are numbered.
not fear the Last Judgment, but welcome it and do not
wait, for the ego’s time is borrowed from your eternity.
This is the Second Coming, which was made for you as the
First was created. The
Second Coming is merely the return of sense. Can this
possiibly be fearful?
What can be fearful but fantasy, and no one turns to fantasy
unless he despairs of finding satisfaction in reality.
Yet it is certain that he will never find satisfaction
in fantasy, so that his only hope is to change his mind
if the decision that reality is fearful is wrong can God
be right. And I assure you that God is right.
glad, then, that you have been wrong, but this was only
because you did not know who you were. Had you remembered,
you could no more have been wrong than God can. The impossible
can happen only in fantasy. When
you search for reality in fantasies you will not find
it. The symbols of fantasy are of the ego, and of these
you will find many. But do not look for meaning in them.
They have no more meaning than the fantasies into which
they are woven.
Fairy tales can be pleasant or fearful, pretty or ugly,
but no one calls them true. Children may believe them,
and so, for a while, the tales are true for them. Yet
when reality dawns the fantasies are gone. Reality has
not gone in the meanwhile.
Second Coming is the awareness of reality, not its return.
my children, reality is here. It belongs to you and me
and God, and is perfectly satisfying to all of us. Only
this awareness heals, because it is the awareness of truth.