The one remaining problem that you have is that
you see an interval between the time when you forgive and will receive
the benefits of trust.
This but reflects
the little you would keep between yourselves that you might be a
little separate. For time and space are one illusion which takes
different forms. If it (interval) has been projected beyond your
minds, you think of it as time. The nearer it is brought to where
it is, the more you think of it in terms of space.
There is a
distance you would keep apart from one another, and this space you
see as time because you still believe you are external to each other.
This makes trust impossible. And you cannot believe that trust
would settle every problem now. Thus do you think it safer to remain
a little careful and a little watchful of interests perceived as
From this perception
you cannot conceive of gaining what forgiveness offers NOW.
you think lies in between the giving and receiving of the gift (of
forgiveness) seems to be one in which you sacrifice and suffer loss.
You see eventual salvation, not immediate results.
immediate. Unless you so perceive it, you will be afraid of it,
believing that the risk of loss is great between the time its purpose
is made yours and its effects will come to you. In this form is
the error still obscured that is the source of fear.
wipe out the space you see between you still and let you instantly
become as one. And it is here you fear the loss would lie. Do not
project this fear to time, for time is not the enemy that you perceive.
Time is as neutral as the body is, except in terms of what you see
If you would
keep a little space between you still, you want a little time
in which forgiveness is withheld a little while.
This makes the
interval between the time in which forgiveness is withheld and given
seem dangerous, with terror justified.
Yet space between
you is apparent now, and cannot be perceived in future time. No
more can it be overlooked except within the present. Future loss
is not your fear, but present joining is your dread. Who can feel
desolation except now? A future cause as yet has no effects, and
therefore must it be, that if you fear, there is a present cause.
And it is this that needs correction, not a future state.
The plans you
make for safety all are laid within the future, where you cannot
plan. No purpose has been given it as yet, and what will happen
has as yet no cause. Who can predict effects without a cause? And
who could fear effects unless he thought they had been caused, and
judged disastrous now?
Belief in sin
arouses fear and, like its cause, is looking forward; looking back,
but overlooking what is here and now. Yet only here and now its
cause must be, if its effects already have been judged as fearful.
And in overlooking this is it (cause) protected and kept separate
from healing. For a miracle is now. It stands already here, in present
grace, within the only interval of time which sin and fear have
overlooked but which is all there is to time.
out of all correction takes no time at all. Yet the acceptance of
the working out can seem to take forever. The change of purpose
the Holy Spirit brought to your relationship has in it all effects
that you will see. They can be looked at now. Why wait till they
unfold in time, and fear they may not come, although already there?
You have been
told that everything brings good that comes from God. And yet it
seems as if this is not so. Good in disaster’s form is difficult
to credit in advance. Nor is there really sense in this idea.
Why should the
good appear in evil’s form? And is it not deception if it
does? Its (good's) cause is here, if it appears at all. Why are
not its effects apparent, then? Why in the future? And you seek
to be content with sighing and with “reasoning” you
do not understand it now but will some day. And then its meaning
will be clear. This is not reason, for it is unjust, and clearly
hints at punishment until the time of liberation is at hand.
Given a change
of purpose for the good, there is no reason for an interval in which
disaster strikes, to be perceived as “good” some day,
but now in form of pain. This is a sacrifice of now, which could
not be the cost the Holy Spirit asks for what he gave without a
cost at all.
Yet this illusion
(interval of disaster)
has a cause which, though untrue, must be already
in your mind. And this illusion is but one effect which it engenders,
and one form in which its outcome is perceived. This interval in
time, when retribution is perceived to be the form in which the
“good” appears, is but one aspect of the little space
that lies between you, unforgiven still.
Be not content
with future happiness.
It has no meaning,
and is not your just reward. For you have cause for freedom NOW.
What profits freedom in a prisoner’s form? Why
should deliverance be disguised as death? Delay is senseless, and
the “reasoning” which would maintain effects of present
cause must be delayed until a future time is merely a denial of
the fact that consequence
and cause must come as one.
Look not to
time, but to the little space between you still, to be delivered
from. And do not let it be disguised as time, and so preserved because
its form is changed, and what it IS cannot be recognized.
The Holy Spirit’s
purpose now is yours. Should not His happiness be yours as well?