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Subject: Raj's expansion of the text we read this morning on Zoom.


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HEALING AND THE MIND

ACIM Study Group With Raj

May 20, 2012 


AUDIO: 46 Minutes 


Good evening.  And welcome to everyone who’s joining us on the Internet.


A new Chapter [N I N E T E E N]:


BEYOND THE BODY1


That simply refers to what we’ve been talking about for the last couple of weeks:  Moving beyond body identification to Mind identification, where you recognize that what you Are is conscious awareness in which the experience of body is going on along with all of Creation.


The function of the two-step is to move you beyond the body.


And so, beginning in the book:


We said before that, when a situation has been dedicated wholly to truth, peace is inevitable.


[repeats] when a situation has been dedicated wholly to truth . . .


. . . well, when a situation has been dedicated wholly to truth  it means you have abandoned your dedication to your best concepts, to your best judgments, to your best thinking.  


So when you have abandoned thinking, when you have moved into the silence where silence is the only thing there is—awareness is the only thing there is—without a subject or topic of awareness, there always is peace.  That is what meditation accomplishes: M0ving you to that place where you’ve abandoned your preference to your best judgments and your best thinking, in fact, the act of thinking itself.


So it’s not terribly complicated to dedicate something wholly to truth.  It means, like I said, to withdraw your dedication to your best thinking.  So it’s simply moving into the silence.  Not complicated.


Its attainment . . .


. . . peace . . .


. . .  is the criterion by which the wholeness of the dedication can be safely assumed.


In other words, if you have arrived at a place where no thoughts are going on, where pure awareness is occurring, you’re aware of everything that is going on, but you’re having no response to it other than being conscious of it.


So the attainment of that shows you that the dedication has been complete.


Yet we also said that peace without faith will NEVER be attained, for what is wholly dedicated to truth as its only goal is brought to truth BY faith.


You are, everyone is absolutely smitten by his or her capacity to think and reason and come to conclusions.  In fact, many believe that the act of thinking is what constitutes being conscious because they have yet to discover that they can be in the silence without thinking and be totally conscious.


Because of the dedication to thinking and reasoning and always being alert, so that you can protect yourself, you never bring faith into play.  You’re always negating the need for faith by being on top of things—in charge of things yourself—by virtue of your thinking.  But the simple fact is, that because you rely upon it for your safety—your capacity to think—it takes faith to be willing to abandon it.  


Surprising maybe . . . but it’s the truth.  You will never arrive at the experience of peace, without faith that everything will not collapse while you do it, without faith that you will not lose control or go crazy in the process.  


So faith is always essential to arriving at a place where you are totally dedicated to peace because you are totally unhooked to your self-protection.  So faith is necessary but it isn’t a humungous amount that is needed.  A little bit of faith . . . a little bit of willingness to become silent is met with positive results.


Yet we also said that peace without faith will NEVER be attained, for what is wholly dedicated to truth as its only goal is brought to truth BY faith. This faith encompasses everyone involved, for only thus the situation is perceived as meaningful and as [a] whole.


When you’re doing the two-step, when you’re willing to shut-up, when you’re willing to say in the silence that ensues: “Father, what is the truth here?” you’re in a place without biases, without evaluations, without things that are better or worse than other things.  


This brings everything into Oneness.  This brings everything into the unity that it has always been in but which you haven’t perceived because you’ve been so busy protecting yourself by means of clear correct thinking.  It’s a shame.  


And everyone must be involved in it, . .   


. . . in this willingness for peace and this experience of peace . . .


. . . or else your faith is limited, and your dedication incomplete.


Why?  Because you’re still giving preference to some of your capacity to evaluate and to make sure while you’re daring to be silent that you’re not going to be vulnerable and end up being abused, attacked or mistreated.  


Every situation, properly perceived, becomes an opportunity to heal the Son of God.


Every situation properly perceived becomes an opportunity to do the two-step.  Every situation—anything that happens, anything that you are experiencing—is a prime opportunity for you to express curiosity and ask to understand beyond your present understanding and say, “Father, what is the truth here? Father what is your Perspective about this?”  And at the bottom line, what you’re doing is using every experience as an opportunity to return to your Sanity.  It’s that simple and yet, that profound, which makes it utterly justifiable to spend your day constantly asking, “What is the truth here?” so that you might observe what’s going on from your Sanity and behave relative to the situation from your Sanity.  And thus have a healed experience in which harmony reigns—peace governs.  You see?


Every situation, properly perceived, becomes . . .


. . . I’m going to say, a wonderful . . .




 . . . opportunity to heal the Son of God. 


. . . to see your Brother as the Son of God and not who he thinks he is, and not who you think he is.  That means that every moment of your conscious awareness is a moment primed for redemption . . . a glorious thing.  Something which, if you take advantage of it, will provide the occasion for healing after healing after healing.  A wonderful thing to participate in.


Every situation, properly perceived, becomes an opportunity to heal the Son of God. And he is healed BECAUSE you offered faith to him, giving him to the Holy Spirit and releasing him from every demand your ego would make of him.


Now those of you who are students of the Course, I am sure have on many occasions, heard someone say, “Well, my daughter or so-in-so was having a problem and I turned them over to the Holy Spirit . . . I said, ‘Holy Spirit, I turn my daughter over to You.  Holy Spirit, I turn this situation over to You.’” And then they went along their merry way, thinking that’s what it meant.


No.  It requires a little more involvement than that.  Your Brother, the Son of God . . . 


. . . is healed BECAUSE you offered faith to him, . .


. . . not doubt, not pessimism, not your worst judgments, not even your conditioned good judgments that didn’t necessarily have anything at all to do with your Brother but you had adopted them as definitions.  So, he . . .


. . . is healed BECAUSE you offered faith . . .


. . . not faithlessness . . .


. . . to him, giving him to the Holy Spirit and releasing him from every demand your ego would make of him.


In other words, instead of approaching your Brother, based upon your best judgments and your best concepts about him, you release him from that by turning your attention to the Holy Spirit and saying, “Father, what is the truth here? Holy Spirit, what is the truth here? Holy Spirit, reveal to me the holy Son of God that neither he nor I is seeing completely this moment.”  You see?


You don’t take your Brother out there, and sort of shove him off on the Holy Spirit.  You don’t just turn him over to the Holy Spirit and leave the rest up to the Holy Spirit.  No.  You turn your attention to the Holy Spirit.  You say, “Father . . . ” you say, “Holy Spirit, I want to know the truth about my Brother so that I might stand in faith with him and be part of the transformation—the healing that is called for—because I’ve been willing to pay attention to You, Holy Spirit, in order to bless my Brother with Your Perspective, because I’ve been willing to listen . . . because I’ve been willing to be involved so that You, Holy Spirit, and I may be agents of change on behalf of my Brother.”  You see?


That’s what giving it to the Holy Spirit means.  It means no longer giving him to your best judgments or worst.  But instead, giving your attention to the Holy Spirit to Know the truth about him.  So that you might be the one who extends the consciousness of truth that embodies the faith you have in what he truly is, rather than what he believes he is and even rather than what you always thought he was.  That’s the key.


Thus do you see him free, . .


No.  Thus, do you see him free.  You see?  It doesn’t matter that “thus does the Holy Spirit see him free” because you released him to the Holy Spirit.  No.  


Thus do you see him free, and in this vision does the Holy Spirit share.


You’re joined with the Holy Spirit, that which is nothing more than your right Mind.   


 And since He shares it He has given it, and so He heals through YOU. 


Now if you turn your Brother over to the Holy Spirit or his problem and you  go off on down the street and tend to your business, how can He possibly heal through you when that is the means, that is the purpose of the practice of the two-step and the holy instant . . . so that you might be involved in Brotherhood.


It is this joining Him . . .


. . . the Holy Spirit . . .


. . . in a united purpose which makes this purpose real . . .


. . . you might say, which actualizes this purpose . . . 


. . . because you make it Whole.  


You make it whole by not walking off from it and leaving the problem with the Holy Spirit to solve.  You make it whole by being present as part of it.  Without you, without your attention, without your care, there’s a black hole.  There’s an emptiness where you are supposed to be fulfilling your part in the wholeness and thereby discovering that the wholeness of Creation is not in the slightest bit separate from you.


It’s very important.


And this IS healing. The body is healed, because you came without it . . .


. . . meaning, no longer identifying with it and as it.


The body is healed, because you came without it and joined the Mind in which all healing rests.


In other words, you shifted from body identification to Mind identification in which all healing rests.


New Section:


HEALING AND THE MIND 


The body cannot heal, because it cannot make itself sick. It NEEDS no healing. Its health or sickness depends entirely on how the mind perceives it, and the purpose which the mind would use it FOR.


Now if you have stepped beyond the body by shifting to Mind identification, then you will be using the body to identify the purpose which the Holy Spirit puts forth and gives for you to act out.  It therefore, serves the Holy Spirit’s purpose, which is transformation, regeneration and redemption: Healing—the calling forth of the perfection that the Father, in the Movement of Creation, created and which, never for an instant, has been altered.  You see?


Its health or sickness depends entirely on how the mind perceives it, and the purpose which the mind would use it FOR. And it is obvious that a segment of the mind CAN see itself as separated from the Universal Purpose.


It really is obvious isn’t it, you’re not Awake.  You’re not experiencing invulnerability.  You’re not experiencing interminable and unalterable peace.


[And] it is obvious that a segment of the mind . . .


. . . the part you’re using right now . . .


. . . CAN see itself as separated from the Universal Purpose.


It’s possible for a part of the mind to conceive that it has its own purpose and reason for being.  And in fact, has a “God-ordained right” to practice and exercise it and succeed at its goals.  So indeed, it is obvious. 


When this occurs, . . 


. . . this apparent separation . . .


. . . the body becomes its weapon, . . 


. . . the mind’s weapon . . .


. . . used AGAINST this Purpose . . . 


. . . this universal purpose . . .


. . . to demonstrate the "fact" that separation has occurred. 


“Look at me!  I’m on my own!  I’m real and I’m going to do whatever I damn well please!”  You see?  The body is used to prove this stance, this imaginative but not actual stance.


The body thus becomes the instrument of illusion, acting accordingly; seeing what is not there, hearing what truth has never said, and behaving insanely, being imprisoned BY insanity.


There cannot be too many of you who have been joining me, who would argue this choice of words any longer.  But you see, as long as you think you are the governing factor, the governing force, the authority and you think that you are here to make everything in your image, reflecting your likeness and your thoughts and your definitions, you are insane.  Because your choice to see only what you believe constitutes a preoccupation with yourself, when everything, including you, has Meaning separate and apart from your definitions, Meaning embodied by the Father’s Expression of His infinite Expression. 


When all you are seeing is what you want to see and you are wandering around in the middle of the Kingdom of Heaven seeing a material world and universe, you are experiencing temporary insanity, which it is your Birthright not to be experiencing.


Nevertheless, until you abandon this faith in your best judgments and your right to act independently as you believe you are, you have some work to do.  Correction is called for and will continue to be called for until you answer the call.  Practice some self-discipline.  Shift from self-protection to the expression and embrace of Love.  And by-so-doing, are transformed by the renewing of your mind, and you Wake up, and you fulfill the purpose of the holy instant, and you have the joy of being Whole.  


Do not overlook our earlier statement that faithlessness leads straight to illusions. 


What is faithlessness?  It’s your dependence and devotion to the best judgments you can come up with, where you are not taking a single moment to silence your mind and inquire of the divine One within you to know what the truth is, and to arrive at the experience of truth without having relied in anyway upon a supposed capacity you have to think for yourself and be on purpose and experience fulfillment.


Do not overlook our earlier statement that faithlessness leads straight to illusions. 


Thinking and reasoning on your own leads directly away from the conscious experience of truth and the conscious experience of Reality.


For faithlessness is the perception of a brother as a body, . .


. . . just as you experience yourself as a body.


For faithlessness is the perception of a brother as a body, and the body cannot be used for purposes of union. 


What is it that can unite? Mind—that conscious awareness in which Love is the motive and action.  That is the only thing that can embrace and that is the only thing that can use the body for purposes of expressing embrace and safety and the absence of need for self-protection.


If, then, you see your brother AS a body, you have established a condition in which uniting with him becomes impossible. 


But you will inevitably say that your Brother and what’s wrong with him and how he behaves makes your uniting with him impossible.  Not true.


Your faithlessness to him . . . 


. . . your unwillingness to desire to see the Holy Spirit in him, your reluctance to see his holiness . . .


. . . has separated you from him, . . 


. . . and always will separate you from him . . .


. . . and kept you BOTH apart from being healed. 


Healing is the point.  The experience of joined wholeness is the point.  And the only time joining can occur is when your thinking isn’t getting in the way, is when your thinking has been set aside so there is room for the Holy Spirit to register with you and correct your perception and provide you with the joy of seeing who your Brother or Sister truly is, so that your spontaneous behavior then will embody that perspective and heal your Brother or your Sister, because here she knows that he needs or she needs provide no defense and therefore no armor against your presence, against the presence of the Love that you are being because you did engage with the Holy Spirit and not your best thinking.


Your faithlessness has . . .


. . . and always will . . .


Your faithlessness has thus opposed the Holy Spirit's purpose, and brought illusions, centered on the BODY, to stand between you. And the body WILL seem to be sick, for you have made of it an "enemy" of healing, and the opposite of truth.


And how have you done this?  By identifying with the body, and as the body. And then identifying your Brother or Sister, who is in need of help, as a body.  And in that misperception of yourself and your Brother, there is no link to join in union and so you deny healing.


It cannot be difficult to realize that faith must be the opposite of faithlessness. Yet the difference in how they operate is less apparent, though it follows directly from the fundamental difference in what they are. 


The difference between faith and faithlessness is that faith is the act and the state of mind which reaches beyond all present perceptions with the expectation of seeing a closer approximation of truth about your Brother or Sister.  Faithlessness, on the other hand, does not involve any reach beyond the present sense of things and thus binds you and your Brother in a place where no change can occur.


Faithlessness would always limit and attack; faith would remove all limitations and make whole. 


And you are the fulcrum.  You are the choosing point.  Which are you choosing for?  Your historical best judgments?  Or your non-historical, fresh, original, unpredictable influx or awareness of what is truly true of your Brother, which transforms you and him?  It’s your choice.  It’s up to you.


Practicing the holy instant is choosing for the unexpected influx of the conscious awareness of truth that changes you forever and lays the groundwork for your Brother or Sister to change.  That’s the way it works.  And it works that way because you don’t or didn’t turn things over to the Holy Spirit and go along on your merry way, but stood present and available and involved for the purpose of hearing what the Holy Spirit would reveal to you because it’s your function to be the place where healing occurs.  It’s your function to be the place where the actualization of God’s Presence occurs wonderfully because you were willing to allow it.  


It’s that simple.  It’s that loving.  It’s that kind.  It’s that meaningful.


Faithlessness . . .


. . . preoccupation with your best thinking . . .


. . . would interpose illusions between the Son of God and his Creator; faith would remove all obstacles that seem to rise between them. 


It wouldn’t settle for them.  The seeming rise would not be believed.  The seeming rise would be challenged.  And love would promote the steadfastness and patience that would provide the opportunity for clarity to come where confusion had disturbed.


Faithlessness . . .


. . . your best judgment, your best thinking.


Faithlessness is wholly dedicated to illusions; faith wholly to truth. 


Why is faithlessness dedicated to illusions?  Because it’s dedicated to thinking, which has been used to imagine meanings while ignoring the Meanings that every single bit of Creation embodies and expresses at the impulse of Its Creator.


Partial dedication is impossible. 


You can’t be a little bit in the silence and still be thinking a little bit.


Truth is the ABSENCE of illusion; . .


. . . like silence, peace is the absence of self-assertion, in which peace reins.


Truth is the ABSENCE of illusion; illusion the ABSENCE of truth.


Again, I must remind everyone that this is all not just simplistic, but actually simple.  Every one of you is capable of being, of meditating and experiencing peace.  It’s not complicated.  It doesn’t take years of study.  


It takes simply sitting down, relaxing, being present in the present, breathing or saying a mantra and giving your attention to the sensation of the air going through your nostrils or the sound of the word, of the mantra, and just letting your attention rest with that alone.  And if you find yourself suddenly thinking . . . be aware of it . . . give yourself permission to think about it after the meditation and return to the mantra or the sensation of the air as it passes through your nostrils.  And you will inevitably find that there will be a point where you will not be feeling the sensation of the air, you will not be saying the mantra.  Nothing at all will be happening except pure awareness of everything that is going on in your environment—silence and peace.


You can make the mistake, we’ll say, of doing that and enjoying the experience and then immediately jumping up and going back to your normal activities.  Or you can acknowledge and recognize this peace, this silence that you’re experiencing does not have to be abandoned.  And you can gently re-emerge into the activities of your day bringing that peace with you.  And the more you do this the longer the period of time in which the peace will remain with you and bless every activity that you engage in because perspective without fear is governing.


So what we’re talking about here is simple, easily attainable.  But it requires a constant choice to commit to the peace, to commit to the joining with the Holy Spirit in the silence for the purpose of experiencing the revelation of what is true and what is Real that allows you to be new and allows your behavior to be new, where Love is what finds gentle expression all the time.


I love you all and I look forward to being with you next time.  And in the meantime, practice the two-step more and more frequently because you really have nothing better to do than to take advantage of every moment that provides you with the opportunity to choose for the truth and be healed.  You can do it right here in what appears to be a mundane world that holds no promise.  That’s not the truth.  Okay.


Raj



 


 


Continuing….

HEALING AND THE MIND

ACIM Study Group With Raj

June 3, 2012 


AUDIO: 47 Minutes 


Good evening.  And welcome to everyone who’s joining us on the Internet.


In the last few weeks we’ve been talking about faith and faithlessness with a rather narrow definition applied to them, one which makes things simpler.  


Simply put, faithlessness is when each one of you leans upon your own understanding.  Faithlessness is when you never reach beyond the meanings and definitions which you employ in order to “understand” life.  Faithlessness is when you never have to bring anything more into the picture than the confidence you place in your memory and in your skill at manipulating ideas, so as to, through the use of logic, come to conclusions that are undeniable . . . conclusions that require you not to employ faith at all.  You see? 


Faithlessness is a totally self-centered act.


Faith, on the other hand, is what the Course is all about.  Faithlessness is what life has been all about up until the illumination that the Course has brought forth.  Faith is when you silence your self-will, when you silence your best thinking. When you stop relying upon yourself and you reach beyond.  It’s the practice of the holy instant or the two-step, as I’ve been calling it and describing it.  


It’s when you abandon faithlessness, meaning self-centeredness and you reach beyond and you say, “Father”—meaning God, the Source of all Being, or Holy Spirit—“What is the truth here?  I want to see the truth . . . that I want to see the more of what God is Being, I want to see the more of what Reality is, right here where I have been seeing what I’ve defined as a material world and universe.  In other words, if this is more than a material world and universe, if this truly is the Kingdom of Heaven misperceived by me, then I sincerely and committedly abandon everything I’ve imagined.  I devalue it and I make commitment to reaching toward the Father, toward the Holy Spirit—which is nothing more than my right Mind—so that I might escape the results of faithlessness, so that I might see instead of be blind . . . that I might Awaken and no longer dream.”


So you see, faith and faithlessness are really black and white.  Just like being the holy Son of God or being an orphan because you said, “Father, I’d rather get a divorce from you and determine what everything is myself.”  You see?


It’s black or white.  It’s this or that.  And you know what?  If anyone is truly interested in Awakening to the truth, they are going to have to, with determination, abandon the way they have been functioning up until this moment and bring something new into play.  


Now what you’re going to bring into play isn’t really something new, it isn’t something you’ve never heard of before, but it’s something you’ve neglected to employ because you gave preference to something else.  This thing that you need to employ is faith.  And because faithlessness, meaning your typical everyday way of looking at things, because it is not contributing in any way to your returning to your Sanity, you must be willing to refuse to employ or utilize it because it undermines whatever degree of faith you might bring into play—or try to bring into play.


This is very important.


Now, the last sentence, the last time we were together was:


Truth is the ABSENCE of illusion, illusion the ABSENCE of truth.1


Once again, very black and white . . . right?


Both cannot BE together, nor perceived in the same place.  To dedicate yourself to both is to set up a goal forever impossible to attain, for part of it is sought through the body, thought of as a means for seeking out reality through attack, while the other part would heal, and therefore calls upon the mind and NOT the body.


Now we read:


. . . part of it is sought through the body, . .


. . . and what that means is that part of it is sought through the body as you have defined it: a material organism, not a divine Idea held in the Mind of God, illuminating and expressing the divinity of the Idea that the Father is expressing as that Identity.  You see?  This applies to all bodies, all forms.


Now . . .


The inevitable compromise. . .  


. . . when you want to have truth and illusion side-by-side, and employ a little bit of that one and a little bit of the other as it suits your purpose and your fancy as you go through your day, . .


 . . . The inevitable compromise between the two is the belief that the BODY must be healed, and not the mind.  


When the mind was where the decision was made, “Father, I want a divorce.  Father, I want to determine the meaning of everything.” See?  And in that act, followed by commitment, which also was mental, you fell asleep.  Suddenly, instead of all of Creation being the total Meaning of Being—meaning your Being and your inseparability from all of It—all of a sudden you were identified solely with the specific identification of you, which is part of the infinity of Creation.  


And you said, “Oh-h, what happened?  I’m a body, I didn’t expect that, but hey, I’ll give a different definition for that and I’ll make it a definition that can contribute to my being the ultimate that I can be, as a result of my use of my mind to define myself and my world.”  You see? . . . Ah, now there was the initial act of faithlessness.  And the result of it was identification as a body, an illusion—not the truth of You—but something you couldn’t escape when you decided to think for yourself and determine things for yourself instead of being co-creator with God, by being the presence of that which recognized God in everything and acknowledged God because you saw and experienced It, thus confirming Creation and being co-creator of It by your recognition and confirmation of It.


Now again . . . 


The inevitable compromise . . .


. . . when you’re trying to have illusion and truth be together . . .


. . . The inevitable compromise is the belief that the BODY must be healed, and NOT the mind.


Even though, as I just described, the mind is where the problem occurred and therefore is the place where it must be resolved.


For this divided goal has given both . . .


. . . meaning truth and illusion . . .


. . . has given both an equal reality, which could be possible only if the mind is limited to the body, . . 


. . . meaning only if you have arrived at a point where you think that your mind is in a brain, in a skull, a part of the body, rather than being That in which the body, the brain, the fingernails, everything and all of Creation abide and have their actual Being as divine Ideas to be recognized for what they Are and acknowledged for what they Are as the Presence of God in motion called “Creation.”


 [For] this divided goal has given both an equal reality, which could be possible only if the mind is limited to the body, and divided into little parts of seeming wholeness, but without connection. This will not harm the body, . .


. . . this is very important . . .


. . . but it WILL keep the delusional thought system in the MIND.


Now, to have been practicing faithlessness, we’ll say, for as long as you can remember, because at the moment you’ve forgotten that you’re the holy Son or Daughter of God for as long as you have been practicing faithlessness, which we will say is forever, the body has been what you thought you were.  I don’t care how many incarnations you might have experienced, the fundamental of each one of those apparent lifetimes has been identification as a body—a body that is subject to sin, sickness and death—a body that does not seem to identify what’s true about you, what’s true about your holiness.  It doesn’t identify eternality, does it.  But that’s because you have identified it with meanings you have imagined, that have arisen out of an absence of connection with your Source.  As a result, your body seems to be able to be destructive, destructible and mortal.


Now here’s the thing: 


This will not harm the body, . .


. . . you can live as many lifetimes as you want, you may believe that you are a body and behave defensively and use it to attack the world so as to better define it, you can do that but this will not harm the body.  


What it means is, that it will not harm what the body actually is, which is an Idea held in the Mind of God, moved by, enlivened by the Movement, an action of omnipotence.  What it truly is cannot be harmed.  And the evidence you have of that, if you believe in reincarnation, the evidence of that is that even though it seems to die because of this disease or that accident, why, you still exist.  And you still exist again and you still exist again.  So you see, it doesn’t harm the body, but until you abandon the definitions you have applied to it, you will seem to not see God in it.  You will seem to not see eternality in it even though the repetitiousness of it [chuckle] is a demonstration of its eternality.


So:


This will not harm the body, . .


. . . all of this trying to make truth equal to illusion and try to employ them both and let them be side-by-side . . .


. . . This will not harm the body, but it WILL keep the delusional thought system in the MIND.


Because the delusion can’t be going on anywhere else.  And so it’s not going on anywhere else.  And what the Course is teaching and what we’re illuminating is the fact that the solution to the human condition lies in the shift from identification with the body to identification with Mind.


Here, then, . .


. . . meaning mind . . .


. . . is healing needed. And it is here that healing IS.


It simply is nowhere else.


For God gave healing not APART from sickness, nor established remedy where sickness cannot be.


So you see, God didn’t place the remedy in the physical universe.  God didn’t place the remedy in the body.  God established the remedy where the flaw emerged, where the unintelligence was expressed and that’s in the mind.  


They are TOGETHER, and when they are SEEN together, all attempts to keep both truth and illusion in the mind, where both MUST be, are recognized as dedication to ILLUSION; . .


. . . you see?  Once this becomes clear to you, you’ll see that illusion is a false perception and truth is a true perception.  Illusion is the false perception of Reality and truth is the true perception of Reality.  Very simple.  Since they’re both perceptions, they can’t actually co-exist in an intelligent mind.  They can’t exist in the divine Mind.  And when you see that clearly, you will recognize that it’s foolish, meaningless, to continue to try to incorporate the human condition into the divine condition or to have divinity alter the human condition but still leave it human.  You see?


And so it will become clear to you what you need to do.  It will become clear that you need to address this in the mind . . . in your mind.  And the way you address it is through the use of the holy instant, is through the use of the two-step, where you shut up your mind and you abide in the consciousness of peace or of silence.  And in that peace you reach out, “Father, what is the truth here?”  You see?  “Holy Spirit, what is the God’s honest truth here?”  And then you maintain the silence—you push against the silence instead of reverting to your well established habits of thinking.  You remain devoted to Knowing the truth, having the truth revealed to you.  


And I have been here all along to reinforce in your minds the fact that when you ask, the Father answers.  When you reach out to your divinity, meaning the Holy Spirit—that which is nothing more than your right Mind—It answers because integrity and unity is what characterizes Being and therefore, You.


And so you must recognize the “black” and “white” of it, the “this” and “that” of it and choose for that and remain steadfast with that choice.  You see?  It’s really very simple.


What seems to make it complicated is that you have great investments in your best judgments and the definitions and meanings you have applied to life.  And they are all associated with your becoming a more perfected, valuable entity who has integrity in his own right.  And so it’s difficult to let go of faithlessness because it seems to be the abandonment of the possibility of your integrity in your own right.  It thus, seems to be dangerous to your well-being.


Again:


They . . .


. . . sickness and healing . . .


. . . are TOGETHER, and when they are SEEN together, all attempts to keep both truth and illusion in the mind, where both MUST be, are recognized as dedication to ILLUSION; . .


. . . that recognition is called “learning.”  And it puts you in a new place able to be on a new basis.  So . . .


. . . when they are SEEN together, all attempts to keep both truth and illusion in the mind, where they [both] MUST be, are recognized as dedication to ILLUSION; . .

                

. . . it’s foolish to try to keep them together . . . 

                                                                

. . . and given up when brought to truth, and seen as totally unreconcilable with truth, in any respect or in any way.


The human condition and the experience of holiness are irreconcilable.  They’re not reconcilable.  They will not be brought together.  Misperception will be given up for true perception.  They will not seem to exist side-by-side as choices anymore, once you make the choice for truth with commitment and persistence.  


Truth and illusion have NO connection. 


Faithlessness and faith have no connection.  The orphanage and the Kingdom of Heaven have no connection.  What seemed to be two will turn into one when the other is abandoned.  That’s what this is all about.  And this is what the practice of the holy instant is for.  


Truth and illusion have NO connection. This will remain forever true, however much you seek to connect them. 


“Oh, I would love to be anointed by God.  I would love to be inspired by God.  I would love to be in-filled by an experience of divinity so that I might help my fellowman, so that I might transform this world from the chaos and the conflict that it seems to be in the middle of.”  


Well, I’ll tell you something:  That’s trying to combine truth with illusion, faith with faithlessness.  Because you can’t hold onto a world in turmoil to be fixed up, while you reach for that which is unlike it because it’s holy, because it’s divine, so that in your grasp of it you might be able, with your feet firmly in the orphanage, with your feet firmly in the land of faithlessness—meaning the land of the definitions you’ve given to everything—you can’t do that and that’s not what the holy instant is for and that’s not what Waking up is for.  Because when you make this commitment and persist in this commitment until revelation occurs in you, because you’ve asked, “What is the more of what God is being here than what I’m seeing?” you won’t see the world through the lens of your definitions and meanings anymore.


And so, although you will recognize the “call for love” and you will know how to bring that call of love forth, because the Father has illuminated it to you, correction will occur.  But it won’t be the fixing up of the old, it will be the correcting of the misperception because it’s not the body or world that needs to be healed, but the mind which is misperceiving.  The mind, I will say, whose Birthright is to be seeing everything perfectly with the Father’s Perception in its divinity.


Truth and illusion have NO connection. This will remain forever true, however much you seek to connect them. But illusions are ALWAYS connected, as is truth. 


All of truth is connected and all of illusion is connected.


Each is united, a complete thought system, but totally disconnected to each other. 


You see?  Faithlessness and faith are totally disconnected.  The orphanage and the Sonship are totally disconnected.  But they don’t constitute two completely separate things.  They constitute two completely different perceptions.  You see?


Where there is no overlap, there separation must be complete. 


And this is repetitious, but it needs to become clearer than it ever has been before: That Reality and unreality are totally isolated from each other, illusion and truth are totally isolated from each other, being an orphan and being a holy Son of God are totally separate from each other.  There is no connection.  There never will be an overlapping.  There will be mind misperceiving, suddenly through faith beginning to perceive truly.  


Where there is no overlap, there separation must be complete. And to perceive this is to recognize where separation IS, . .


. . . meaning, in the mind . . .


. . . and where it must be healed. 


Meaning, in the mind.


The result of an idea is never separate from its source. The IDEA of separation produced the body, . . 


. . . produced the body constituted of the definitions you made up about it.  And the definitions never included God anywhere.


The IDEA of separation produced . . .


. . . I’m going to say, your definition of . . .


. . . the body, and remains connected to it, making it sick because of its identification with it. 


[Big sigh]  That which is not connected to its Source seems not to have the qualities, characteristics or actualities of its Source.  Without God, the body is what you’re experiencing.  And sickness and death are inevitable.  


But remember, this will not harm the body.  Okay, so maybe it won’t harm the body, but if it’s not harming the body and you’re just sort of stuck in a “Groundhog Day,” constantly repeating the meanings that lead to the end of the day called “death” and the beginning of the next day, which is the repeat of the previous day . . . if that’s all that’s happening, man, you have justification—perfect justification to do something different.


You think you are protecting the body by hiding this connection, . .


. . . the connection between your idea of it and the result of your idea of it . . .


. . . for this concealment seems to keep your identification safe from the "attack" of truth. 


Whew!  Like I said, the more committed you are to asking to know what the truth is here where your body is, where all form is, the closer you get to actually letting the answer in, the more you will be uncomfortable, the more you will experience fear, because it will require you to abandon your attempt to make yourself a successful independent entity in your own right.  And that to you—again, to make it perfectly clear—constitutes a terminable violation of your integrity.  Of course, that means the integrity of the definition you have given to who you are supposed to be and become.  So you become frightened because you’re going to lose your integrity or the potential of capturing it and that will mean you will be nothing.  You see?


That’s what you think truth will uncover, that’s what you think faith will uncover, not realizing that what has covered you up—your misperceptions—will dissolve and you will find yourself Sane, whole, mentally clear as the co-creator of Creation forever.


If you but understood how much this strange concealment has hurt your mind, and how confused your own identification has become because of it! You do not see how great the devastation wrought by your faithlessness. 


In other words, your preoccupation with your self-interests and your own ideas and thoughts.


For faithlessness is an attack which seems to be justified by its RESULTS. For by withholding faith, you see what IS unworthy of it, and cannot look beyond the barrier to what is joined with you.


It binds you, it keeps you bound, it keeps you ignorant, it keeps you unconscious, it keeps you misperceiving and as a result, not knowing where you really are, what you really are or what the nature of what everything is.  But listen:


To have faith is to heal.


To have faith is an answer, we will say, to have faith is the answer.  It’s the fulfillment of your Being.  It’s you coming into the full, unified, conscious awareness of who you Are as the Presence of Love, as the Presence of the Father, as the Presence of That which never was meant to experience lack or suffering or jealousy or hate . . . or sickness or death.


To have faith is to heal. It is the sign that you have accepted the Atonement for yourself,  . .


. . . you see?  It’s the sign that you’ve been willing to push against the silence, but not by thinking.  To push against the silence by listening ever more attentively and ever more consistently until the very act of embracing the unknown, by bringing your attention to it, convinces you that there is indeed  another activity you can engage in than faithlessness.  And as that becomes more actualized in your mind, it precipitates the breakthrough.


[He did not read:  and would therefore share it.] 


By faith, you offer the gift of freedom from the past, which YOU received. 


When you do it, you are released from the past—meaning your faithlessness, all of your thinking, all of your judgments, all of your determinations as to what everything means.


You do not use anything your brother has done before to condemn him NOW. You freely choose to overlook his errors, looking past all barriers between your self and his, and seeing them as one. 


That’s what happens when you push against the silence.  That’s what happens when you press against the flimsy bubble.


And in that one you see your faith is fully justified. There IS no justification for faithlessness, but faith is ALWAYS justified.


Faithlessness is very simply something that has never worked.  Everything associated with it has never come to fruition.  By that I mean, not a single one of you who is dreaming has managed to arrive at a point of being successfully independent, credible with integrity in your own right, meaning unjoined with your Source.


So, dare to make the commitment.  Dare to push into the unknown, against whatever resistance is there, by doing something you are quite capable of doing.  You really can sit or stand wherever you are and say, “Father, what is the truth here?”  And you can do that with meaning because the words are very simple.  And you know you’re not asking your human father.  You know you’re reaching beyond the human condition.  


“Father, what is the truth here . . . Father, what is the truth here?  I choose no longer to be insane.  I choose no longer to be in a state of ignorance thinking I’m in a state of intelligence.  Father, what is the truth here?  Holy Spirit—that which is nothing more than my right Mind—what is the truth here?  I will let You in.  I invite You in.  I invite You to do anything you can do to break through, although I know You cannot violate my free-will.  I invite You to do everything You can to reach me in my willfulness and I will do everything I can to abandon it.”


As I said last time, none of this is simplistic, all of it is simple.


I look forward to being with you next time.


Raj






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