“You live by symbols. You have made up names for everything you see. Each one becomes a separate entity, identified by its own name. By this you carve it out of unity. By this you designate its special attributes, and set it off from other things by emphasizing space surrounding it. This space you lay between all things to which you give a different name; all happenings in terms of place and time; all bodies which are greeted by a name.”
Reality needs no symbols because Creation is whole and Communication with
God is Total. When you search for the “meaning of Life” you are questioning effects and over looking the cause. Here’s more from Jesus;
“What are these names by which the world becomes a series of discrete events, of things ununified, of bodies kept apart and holding bits of mind as separate
awarenesses? You gave these names to them, establishing perception as you wished to have perception be. The nameless things were given names, and thus reality was given them as well. For what is named is given meaning, and will then be seen as meaningful, a cause of true effects, with consequence inherent in itself.”
“This is the way reality is made by partial vision, purposefully set against the given truth. Its enemy is wholeness. It conceives of little things, and looks upon them. And a lack of space, a sense of unity or vision which sees differently become the threats which it must overcome, conflict with and deny.”
“Yet does this other vision still remain a natural direction for the mind to channel its perception. It is hard to teach the mind a thousand alien names and
thousands more. Yet you believe this is what learning means; its one essential
goal by which communication is achieved and concepts can be meaningfully shared.”
The problem is you can’t agree on anything!! Because each one personalizes the world they see and you attempt to meet in some compromise in order to have some semblance of peace, which is always fleeting because NONE OF THIS IS SO! You are DREAMING.
Jesus really has a nice way of showing you your mind. Then offering the correction. The question would have to be, do you want the correction?
“Think not you made the world. Illusions, yes! But what is true in earth and Heaven is beyond your naming. When you call upon a brother, it is to his body that you make appeal. His true identity is hidden from you by what you believe he really is. His body makes response to what you call him, for his mind consents to take the name you give him as his own. And thus his unity is twice denied, for you perceive him separate from you, and he accepts this separate name as his.”
It would indeed be strange if you were asked to go beyond all symbols of the world, forgetting them forever; yet were asked to take a teaching function. You have need to use the symbols of the world a while. But be you not deceived by them as well. They do not stand for anything at all, and in your practicing it is this thought that will release you from them. They become but means by which you can communicate in ways the world can understand, but which you recognize is not the unity where true communication can be found.”
“Thus what you need are intervals each day in which the learning of the world becomes a transitory phase; a prison house from which you go into the sunlight and forget the darkness. Here you understand the Word, the Name Which God has given you; the One Identity Which all things share; the one acknowledgment of what is true. And then step back to darkness, not because you think it real, but only to proclaim its unreality in terms which still have meaning in the world which darkness rules.
And this IS a VERY dark Dream. I know you probably don’t think so and all that could be is you have not experienced the pain of your brother. And so you go happily on your way, but this IS a required Course. Reality IS Singular, thank God!
“God has no name. And yet His Name becomes the final lesson that all things are one, and at this lesson does all learning end. All names are unified; all space is filled with truth’s reflection. Every gap is closed, and separation healed. The Name of God is the inheritance He gave to those who chose the teaching of the world to take the place of Heaven. In our practicing, our purpose is to let our minds accept what He has given as the answer to the pitiful inheritance you made as fitting tribute to the Son He loves.
This is not an accident, you are actively denying Heaven in order to be a separate body in time and space but the correction has already occurred. So now it’s up to you. Would you accept Your Fathers inheritance or continue to struggle with the pitiful, little, meaningless stipend you allow yourself have?