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It is interesting that in the dream, we have the illusion of light, which is so similar to Love in its characteristics. Light never ceases to extend. It has no limits or boundaries. In order to have darkness, there must be a barrier to keep light out. Light can be brought into a darkened space and the darkness is dispelled. Light does not do battle with darkness. Darkness simply disappears when the barrier is removed.
In this same way, when we are willing to have our destructive thoughts removed by the Holy Spirit, the Love that is eternally in our mind fills our awareness, dispelling the “darkness” of lovelessness. By wanting to be separate and unique, we build barriers against the unity of Love. Then we wonder why we feel lack of Love and lonely. To know Love we must be willing to accept Love as It is and not try to change it. “For the memory of God can dawn only in a mind that chooses to remember, and that has relinquished the insane desire to control reality.” (5:3)
Paragraph two paints a beautiful picture of the protection and comfort given us by our Creator. We are held in perfect peace, in need of nothing, and this has never changed. We cannot lose what God has given us. It is only because we thought we wanted something else and tried to make that something else visible by believing in its reality that we have lost awareness of our safety in God’s Love. Jesus gently reminds us, “Everything you made has never been, and is invisible because the Holy Spirit does not see it. Yet what He does see is yours to behold, and through His vision your perception is healed.” (6:5-6)
We are reminded that we can see the real world by letting go of belief in this false world of separate and unique identities. We see it only because we are still choosing to see it. As we open our minds to the Holy Spirit’s wholeness, we will see the truth of God’s Son. It will become known to us. “And you who share God’s Being with Him could never be content without reality. What God did not give you has no power over you, and the attraction of Love for Love remains irresistible. For it is the function of Love to unite all things unto Itself, and to hold all things together by extending Its wholeness.” (7:9-11)
Perception in the ego thought system must be limited because it is a thought system of fragmentation. Only bits and pieces can ever be seen with ego-based perception. But Love is one, so when we accept the Holy Spirit’s perception, which sees only Love, it must be total. There is nothing but Love to see. Our Father is Love and we are extensions of the Love in total oneness. There has never been any separation. And we are thankful that only Love has ever been real.
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