19 - Beyond the Body
would you see without the fear of death? What would
you feel and think if death held no attraction for you?
Very simply, you would remember your Father. The Creator
of life, the Source of everything that lives, the Father
of the universe and of the universe of universes, and
of everything that lies even beyond them would you remember.
And as this memory rises in your mind, peace must still
surmount a final obstacle, after which is salvation
completed, and the Son of God entirely restored to sanity.
For here your world does end.
The fourth obstacle to be surmounted hangs like a heavy
veil before the face of Christ. Yet as His face rises
beyond it, shining with joy because He is in His Father’s
Love, peace will lightly brush the veil aside and run
to meet Him, and to join with Him at last. For this
dark veil, which seems to make the face of Christ Himself
like to a leper’s, and the bright rays of His
Father’s Love which light His face with glory
appear as streams of blood, fades in the blazing light
beyond it when the fear of death is gone.
is the darkest veil, upheld by the belief in death,
and protected by its attraction. The dedication to death
and to its sovereignty is but the solemn vow, the promise
made in secret to the ego never to lift this veil, not
to approach it, nor even to suspect that it is there.
This is the secret bargain made with the ego to keep
what lies beyond the veil forever blotted out and unremembered.
Here is your promise never to allow union to call you
out of separation; the great amnesia in which the memory
of God seems quite forgotten; the cleavage of your Self
from you;– the fear of God, the final step in
See how the belief in death would seem to “save”
you. For if this is gone, what can you fear but life?
is the attraction of death that makes life seem to be
ugly, cruel and tyrannical. You are no more afraid of
death than of the ego. These are your chosen friends.
For in your secret alliance with them, you have agreed
never to let the fear of God be lifted, so you could
look upon the face of Christ, and join Him in His Father.
Every obstacle that peace must flow across is surmounted
in just the same way; the fear that raised it yields
to the love beneath, and so the fear is gone. And so
it is with this. The desire to get rid of peace and
drive the Holy Spirit from you fades in the presence
of the quiet recognition that you love Him. The exaltation
of the body is given up in favor of the Spirit, which
you love as you could never love the body. And the appeal
of death is lost forever as love’s attraction
stirs and calls to you.
From beyond each of the obstacles to love, Love Itself
has called, and each has been surmounted by the power
of the attraction of what lies beyond. Your wanting
fear seemed to be holding them in place. Yet when you
heard the voice of love beyond them, you answered and
And now you stand in terror before what you swore never
to look upon. Your eyes look down, remembering your
promise to your “friends.” The “loveliness”
of sin, the delicate appeal of guilt, the “holy”
waxen image of death, and the fear of vengeance of the
ego you swore in blood not to desert, all rise and bid
you not to raise your eyes. For you realize that if
you look on this and let the veil be lifted, they will
be gone forever. All of your “friends,”
your “protectors” and your “home”
that you remember now will you remember.
It seems to you the world will utterly abandon you if
you but raise your eyes. Yet all that will occur is
you will leave the world forever. This is the re-establishment
of your will.
upon it, open-eyed, and you will nevermore believe that
you are at the mercy of...