19 - Beyond the Body
said that peace must first surmount the obstacle of
your desire to get rid of it. Where the attraction of
guilt holds sway, peace is not wanted.
the Body is Valuable For What It Offers
second obstacle that peace must flow across, and closely
related to the first, is the belief that the body is
valuable for what it offers. For here is the attraction
of guilt made manifest in the body and seen in it.
the value that you think peace would rob you of. This
is what you believe that it (peace) would dispossess,
and leave you homeless. And it is this for which you
would deny a home to peace. This “sacrifice”
you feel to be too great to make, too much to ask of
it a sacrifice, or a release? What has the body really
given you that justifies your strange belief that in
it lies salvation? Do you not see that this is the belief
in death? Here is the focus of the perception of Atonement
is the source of the idea that love is fear.
Holy Spirit’s messengers are sent far beyond the
body, calling the mind to join in holy communion and
be at peace. Such is the message that I gave them for
is only the messengers of fear that see the body, for
they look for what can suffer.
it a sacrifice to be removed from what can suffer?
Holy Spirit does not demand you sacrifice the hope of
the body’s pleasure; It has no hope of pleasure.
But neither can it bring you fear of pain. Pain is the
only “sacrifice” the Holy Spirit asks, and
this He would remove.
is extended from you only to the eternal, and it reaches
out from the eternal in you. It flows across all else.
The second obstacle is no more solid than the first.
For you will neither to get rid of peace nor limit it.
are these obstacles which you would interpose between
peace and its going forth, but barriers you place between
your (real) will and its accomplishment?
want communion, not the feast of fear.
want salvation, not the pain of guilt.
you want your Father, not a little mound of clay, to be
your holy relationship is your Father’s Son. He
has not lost communion with Him, nor with himself. When
you agreed to join each other, you acknowledged this
is so. This has no cost, but it has release from cost.
have paid very dearly for your illusions, and nothing
you have paid for brought you peace. Are you not glad
that Heaven cannot be sacrificed, and sacrifice cannot
be asked of you? There
is no obstacle which you can place before our union,
for in your holy relationship I am there already. We
will surmount all obstacles together, for we stand within
the gates and not outside. How easily the gates are
opened from within, to let peace through to bless the
it be difficult for us to walk past barriers together,
when you have joined the limitless? The end of guilt
is in your hands to give. Would you stop now to look
for guilt in each other?
me be to you the symbol of the end of guilt. And look
upon each other as you would look on me. Forgive me
all the sins you think the Son of God committed. And
in the light of your forgiveness, he will remember who
he is, and forget what never was.
ask for your forgiveness, for if you are guilty, so
must I be. But if
I surmounted guilt and overcame the world, you were
you see in me the symbol of guilt, or of the end of
guilt, remembering that what I signify to you you see
your holy relationship truth proclaims the truth, and
love looks on itself. Salvation flows from deep within
the home you offered to my Father and to me, and we
are there together, in the quiet communion in which
the Father and the Son are joined. Oh come ye faithful
to the holy union of the Father and Son in you! And
keep you not apart from what is offered you, in gratitude
for giving peace its home in Heaven. Send forth to all
the world the joyous message of the end of guilt, and
all the world will answer. Think of your happiness as
everyone offers you witness of the end of sin, and shows
you that its power is gone forever. Where can guilt
be, when the belief in sin is gone? And where is death,
when its great advocate is heard no more?
me your illusions, and release me from punishment for
what I have not done. So will you learn the freedom
that I taught by teaching freedom to each other, and
so releasing me. I am within your holy relationship,
yet you would imprison me behind the obstacles you raise
to freedom, and bar my way to you. Yet it is not possible
to keep away One Who is there already. And in Him, it
is possible that our communion, where we are joined
already, will be the focus of the new perception that
will bring light to all the world, contained in you.
little part is but to give the Holy Spirit the whole
idea of sacrifice. And to accept the peace He gave instead,
without the limits which would hold its extension back,
and so would limit your awareness of it. For what He
gives must be extended, if you would have its limitless
power and use it for the Son of God’s release.
It is not this you would be rid of, and having it, you
cannot limit it. If peace is homeless, so are you and
so am I. And He Who is our home is homeless with us.
this your will? Would you forever be a wanderer in search
of peace? Would you invest your hope of peace and happiness
in what must fail?
in the eternal is always justified, for the eternal
is forever kind, infinite in its patience, and wholly
loving. It will accept you wholly and give you peace.
Yet it can unite only with what already is at peace
in you, immortal as itself.
body can bring you neither peace nor turmoil; neither
pain nor joy.
is a means, and not an end. It has no purpose of itself,
but only what is given to it. The body will seem to
be whatever is the means for reaching the goal that
you assign to it. Peace
and guilt are both conditions of the mind, to be attained.
And these conditions are the home of the emotion which
called them forth (fear or love), and therefore is compatible
with them. But think you which it is that is compatible
is your choice, and it is free. But all that lies in
it will come with it, and what you think you are can
never be apart from it. The body is the great seeming
betrayer of faith. In it lies disillusionment and the
seeds of faithlessness, but only if you ask of it what
it cannot give. Can your mistake be reasonable grounds
for depression and disillusionment, and for retaliative
attack on what you think has failed you? Use not your
error as the justification for your faithlessness. You
have not sinned, but you have been mistaken in what
is faithful And the correction of your mistake will
give you grounds for faith.
is impossible to seek for pleasure through the body
and not find pain. It is essential that this relationship
be understood, for it is one the ego sees as proof of
sin. It is not really punitive at all. It is but the
inevitable result of equating yourself with the body,
which is the invitation to pain, for it invites fear
to enter and become your purpose. The attraction of
guilt must enter with it, and whatever fear directs
the body to do is therefore painful. It will share the
pain of all illusions, and the illusion of pleasure
will be the same as pain.
Is not this
fear’s orders, the body will pursue guilt, serving
its master whose attraction to guilt maintains the
whole illusion of its existence. This,
then, is the attraction of pain. Ruled
by this perception, the body becomes the servant of
pain, seeking it dutifully, and obeying the idea that
pain is pleasure. It is this idea that underlies all
of the ego’s heavy investment in the body. And
it is this insane relationship which it keeps hidden,
and yet feeds upon. To
you it teaches that the body’s pleasure is happiness.
Yet to itself it whispers, “It is death.”
should the body be anything to you?
what it (the body) is made of is not precious. And
just as certainly, it has no feeling. It transmits
to you the feelings that you want. Like any communication
medium, the body receives and sends the messages that
it is given. t has no feeling for them. All of the
feeling with which they are invested is given by the
sender and the receiver. The ego and the Holy Spirit
both recognize this, and both also recognize that
here the sender and receiver are the same. The Holy
Spirit tells you this with joy. The ego hides it,
for it would keep you unaware of it.
Who would send
messages of hatred and attack if he but understood
he sends them to himself? Who would accuse, make guilty
and condemn himself?
ego’s messages are always sent away from
you, in the belief that for your message of
attack and guilt will someone other than yourself
suffer. And even if you suffer, yet someone
else will suffer more. The
great deceiver recognizes that this is not so.
But as the “enemy” of peace, it
urges you to send out all your messages of hate
and free yourself. And
to convince you this is possible, it bids the
body search for pain in attack upon another,
calling it pleasure, and offering it to you
as freedom from attack.
not its madness, and believe not the impossible
is true. Forget not that the ego has dedicated
the body to the goal of sin, and places in it
all its faith that this can be accomplished.
Its sad disciples chant the body’s praise
continually, in solemn celebration of the ego’s
rule. Not one but must believe that yielding
to the attraction of guilt is the escape from
pain. Not one but must regard the body as himself,
without which he would die, and yet within which
is his death equally inevitable.
is not given to the ego’s disciples to
realize that they have dedicated themselves
to death. Freedom is offered them, but they
have not accepted it. And what is offered must
also be received, to be truly given. For the
Holy Spirit, too, is a communication medium,
receiving from the Father and offering His messages
unto the Son. Like the ego, the Holy Spirit
is both the sender and the receiver. For what
is sent through Him returns to Him, seeking
itself along the way and finding what it seeks.
So does the ego find the death it seeks, returning
it to you.