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What It Says

Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
Herein lies the peace of God.

This section begins by pointing out the difference between reality and illusion. Truth is unalterable, eternal and unambiguous. We can ignore the truth but we cannot change it. It exists because it is the truth. Illusion, on the other hand, is based on perception, that is, we decide what it means and so it is completely undependable. Knowing this, we can be taught to tell the difference between what is real and what is not. Then we can choose to believe in one or the other. Our choice doesn’t change reality but it does change our experience.

You cannot escape without help, because everything your senses show merely witnesses to the reality of the dream. God has provided the Answer, the only Way out, the true Helper.
We cannot heal our own mind. We need something outside of time and space to help us and that is the function of the Holy Spirit. All we have to do is to ask Him to correct our perception and then accept His answer over the interpretation provided by our thinking mind. In this way, we unlearn our mistakes and reverse our thinking. We awaken from this crazy dream.

The world we see merely reflects our own internal frame of reference—the dominant ideas, wishes and emotions in our minds. “Projection makes perception”
We have been mistaken when we thought we looked at the world and then decided what it means. The truth is, we look within to decide what the world should look like to us and then we project it outward, see it there, and then decide how we want to perceive it. It is exactly opposite of what we have always thought and knowing this one fact changes everything. The world is what I want it to be and so it is impossible that I could be a victim of it or that anything could be unfair. We undo all this by forgiving it, that is, undoing it. We look at what we have done, recognize that we don’t like the effects, and then we give the thought/belief that is at the root of the situation to the Holy Spirit to be undone for us.

Only minds can really join, and whom God has joined no man can put asunder (Text, p. 356).
This has nothing to do with relationships as we normally experience them. We use relationships to get what we think we need from the other person. We use people as love objects and thus completely obscure love. These special relationships can be transformed into holy relationships as we give them to the Holy Spirit. It is not the form of the relationship that this quote refers to. We can only join at the level of Christ Mind and really, we don’t join with others but actually realize that we are joined and nothing can change that.

Perception is a function of the body, and therefore represents a limit on awareness.
Perception is simply the way we see things. It is not truth and cannot be truth here because it is a function of the body. We look with our eyes, hear with our ears and we judge what we think we know. But we don’t know anything. Believing our perceptions is the cause of our unhappiness, lack of peace, strife, and often is projected onto the body as sickness and eventually, death.

The opposite of perception is seeing with Christ Vision and hearing the Voice for God rather than using the eyes and the ears. It is the exact opposite in effect as it brings joy and peace. Christ’s vision is the Holy Spirit’s gift, God’s alternative to the illusion of separation and to the belief in the reality of sin, guilt and death.

Through forgiveness the thinking of the world is reversed.
Forgiveness doesn’t exist in Heaven where there is no use for it. Only here where we imagine there is something other than God do we need forgiveness. We forgive the errors in our mind, meaning we release our own perceptions to accept the truth instead, at least the closest we can come to truth here. Forgiveness turns everything around. It undoes the ego and all its effects. Through forgiveness, we release our belief in guilt and free ourselves and our brothers.

Forgetting all our misperceptions, and with nothing from the past to hold us back, we can remember God. Beyond this, learning cannot go. When we are ready, God Himself will take the final step in our return to Him.
Watching our thoughts, releasing them to the Holy Spirit for purification, forgiving ourselves and each other and forgiving our wrong-minded beliefs so that the truth can take their place, this is what we are learning. But this is hardly the end. We don’t just become better humans and live a happier life in bodies. We go past this to return to our true natures as divine and eternal beings. But we don’t learn to be what we are. When we are ready, God takes this final step in our return.

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