Substitution as a Defence Against Reality. Correcting the Error.

As you begin to awaken from your dream of death, to a dream of life (still just a dream), you will begin to see just how much you have attempted to separate yourself from everyone and everything. This is a really nice section from chapter 18,

“You who believe that God is fear made but ONE substitution. It has taken many forms, because it was the substitution of fragmentation for wholeness. It has become splintered and subdivided and divided again, over and over, that it is now almost impossible to perceive it once was one, and still IS what it was. That ONE error, which brought truth to illusion, infinity to time, and life to death, was all you ever made. Your whole world rests upon it. Everything you see reflects it. And every special relationship which you have ever made is PART of it.”

It’s and error and error calls for correction and nothing more. And now you see the error in everything but remember, it’s a reflection, it’s past, it’s no longer there unless you demand it be there in order to justify who you think you are.

“You have expressed surprise at hearing how VERY different is reality from what YOU see. You do not realize the magnitude of that ONE error. It was so vast and so COMPLETELY incredible, that from it, a world of total unreality HAD to emerge. What else COULD come of it? Its fragmented ASPECTS are fearful enough, as you begin to LOOK at them. But nothing you have ever seen BEGINS to show you the enormity of the ORIGINAL error, which seemed to cast you out of Heaven, to shatter knowledge into meaningless bits of disunited perceptions, and TO FORCE YOU TO FURTHER SUBSTITUTIONS.

That was the first projection of error outward. The world arose to hide it, and became the screen on which it was projected, and drawn between you and truth. For truth extends INWARD, where the idea of loss is meaningless, and only INCREASE is conceivable. Do you REALLY think it strange that a world in which EVERYTHING is backward and upside-down, arose from this? IT WAS INEVITABLE. For truth brought to THIS could only remain within in quiet, and take no part in all the mad projection by which this world was made.”

Don’t under estimate the power of your own Mind. And this is reason we need the Mind training because you are constantly substituting illusion for Reality and you are unable to help yourself because your addicted to your need to solve the problem. You REALLY think you CAN be separate but it’s impossible. Jesus over-came death in order to show you that death is not real and either is the place in which you find yourself. Your Kingdom is not of this world. Your in an ongoing repetition of a dream of death and in not true. But neither is the dreamer.

“Call it not sin, but madness, for such it was, and so it still remains. Invest it not with guilt, for guilt implies it was accomplished IN REALITY. And, above all, BE NOT AFRAID OF IT. When you seem to see some twisted form of the original error rise to frighten you, say only, “God is NOT fear, but love,” and it will disappear. THE TRUTH WILL SAVE YOU. It has NOT left you, to go out into the mad world, and so DEPART FROM YOU. Inward is sanity; INsanity is OUTSIDE you. You but BELIEVE it is the other way; that truth is OUTSIDE, and error and guilt WITHIN.

Your little, senseless substitutions, touched with insanity, and swirling lightly off on a mad course like a feather dancing insanely in the wind, HAVE no substance. They fuse and merge and separate in shifting and totally meaningless patterns, which need not be judged at all. To judge them INDIVIDUALLY is pointless. Their tiny differences in form are not REAL differences at all. NONE OF THEM MATTERS. THAT they have in common, and nothing else, but what else is NECESSARY to make them all the same? Let them go, dancing in the wind, dipping and turning till they disappear from sight, far, far OUTSIDE you. And turn you to the stately calm within, where, in holy stillness, dwells the living God you never left, and Who never left you.”

Jesus goes on to express that the Holy Spirit will retrace your steps back to where you placed the error outside of you. Once again we are back to the work of our own individual necessity to be shown, each moment, what it is we really don’t want to look upon.

It is accomplished in Him because we share a single Source of Reality.

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