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An Introduction to Purpose

Editor's note: This transcript has been lightly edited to bring clarification to certain points of the dialogue and for easier readability. For this reason, it does not match the corresponding audio mp3 word for word. However, the overall content and the expressed ideas remain unchanged.

David: Tonight we will be using The New Interpretation, (T-30.VII) as a springboard.

The idea of purpose is the very thing that we’re going for. Forgiveness or salvation or Atonement, you can call it by many different names, is the purpose. There’s a different purpose for this world and it is very obscure and buried. When the mind falls asleep it thinks of purposes in terms of specifics. What is the purpose of a house? What is the purpose of a pencil? What is the purpose of shoes? Everything seems to have a purpose and when you really start to look at it, the purpose almost always comes back to the body and how it relates to the body in some way; streets and cities and everything. You could say the reason cities grew up is because they were near waterways and interstates and they seem to have an economic function. That purpose is based on economics. And what is the economic system based on? For support of human life; it goes back to body identification. The other thing about purpose is that the purpose we’re trying to come to is not natural to the deceived mind. Just like forgiveness isn’t natural. When the mind fell asleep it learned of a false world and you have to very carefully unlearn the world and you have to very carefully learn a new purpose. In the Kingdom of Heaven there is no purpose. There is just being. Purpose is like a goal and in the Kingdom of Heaven there are no purposes.

Friend: So the purpose of forgiveness only came into play with the seeming separation? In truth there’s no forgiveness. In truth there's no purpose.

David: Right. There is no need for Atonement and correction in Heaven. If we are talking about a single purpose we’re talking about the realm of Heaven. I’m using the term “Heaven” as natural. Heaven is natural. When the mind fell asleep that was very unnatural. And now it has to learn this very unnatural correction. It’s like the needle in the haystack. The mind fell asleep and found itself in the haystack and now it has to find the needle and to do that it has to question every straw in the haystack. It requires a very thorough going through. You can’t by chance just stick your hand in there and hope to pull the needle out. That’s why it’s so important that we keep coming together and look at all the obstacles and the blocks in coming to the awareness of that purpose. It’s going to have to be very carefully learned.

The New Interpretation talks about purpose: “Only a constant purpose can endow events with stable meaning.” T-30.VII Once the mind falls asleep, it perceives all these images and is very distorted. Instead of having a single unified purpose it has millions of purposes. Everything perceived seems to have a different purpose. This book seems to have a different purpose than that microphone. These shoes seem to have a different purpose than this couch. The table seems to have a somewhat different purpose than the chair. Everything seems to have meaning in and of itself. Jesus even addresses it in the Workbook, “At the most superficial levels, you do recognize purpose.” W-25

He uses the example of a telephone. He says, “For example, you do understand that a telephone is for the purpose of talking to someone who is not physically in your immediate vicinity.” This seems to be the purpose of a telephone, but he is saying that’s not a real purpose. There really is no purpose at superficial levels. “What you do not understand is what you want to reach him for. And it is this that makes your contact with him meaningful or not.” It’s one thing to call somebody on the phone but what’s my purpose for reaching him? What is this for? When you answer that question you are getting down to the mind level. That is a decision of mind. What’s my purpose in reaching my brother as opposed to the superficial purpose?

Friend: You mean like right now I try to reach my children because I’m worried and I want to know how they’re doing. But, if I want to call somebody just to gossip about somebody then that’s what my purpose is.

David: Look at the idea of concern also. If you bring it back to real simple terms; Jesus says, “Teach only love for that is what you are.” T-6.I Again whether it’s making a phone call or going to visit someone, or doing anything, it’s asking and being tuned in to the Holy Spirit and saying, “Holy Spirit, what would you have me say, what would you have me do?” That came up in one of your lessons recently. That’s the purpose and it may take the form of a phone call, but really it’s about intention. That’s another word for purpose. What’s my intention? Am I trying to pull out the hooks and trying to make somebody guilty? Am I calling to manipulate somebody to get them to do something that I want them to do?

Friend: Or how do I feel when I call and call and they’re not there?

Friend: I feel scared. I feel worried.

David: So we’re back to another good question. It’s that question of purpose. If the Holy Spirit has a purpose and if I line up with it and I feel peace then I want to learn what that purpose is because it doesn’t feel good to feel scared. It’s uncomfortable.

Friend: Fear would not be coming from the Holy Spirit.

Friend: So that must be a wrong-minded purpose for which I’m making the call.

Friend: So why am I making the call? to be scared and fearful?

Friend: Well, it must be a wrong-minded purpose.

Friend: Because they’re not home?

Friend: No, because you’re feeling fearful. You can tell by how you feel that the purpose behind your call must be coming from the wrong mind and not from the right mind because when you’re coming from the right mind you feel at peace.

Friend: So, when they’re not answering the phone I could think... On the other hand they’re probably out at the lake. They’re fine. They’re having fun. I’m at peace with that.

Friend: So where does the fear come in?

Friend: My next thought might be I hope nothing happened. I hope everything’s OK and then I get scared because I think maybe they’ve lost the phone number and they’re trying to call me and they can’t reach me. Then I think Oh, no they’re fine.

David: There’s a lesson in the Course about “My holiness blesses the world” W-37 It’s one of the lessons on holiness where he basically asks you to put in specific persons. That relates to what is being said about concern for the children and how they’re doing. Lesson 38 is very practical for dealing with concern for how people are doing and the lesson is entitled “There is nothing my holiness cannot do” and the first paragraph says, “Your holiness reverses all the laws of the world. It is beyond every restriction of time, space, distance and limits of any kind. Your holiness is totally unlimited in its power because it establishes you as a Son of God, at one with the Mind of his Creator.” W-38 And the specific applications, in italics, are the ones which are really useful. The way it reads is, “In the situation involving _____________ in which I see myself there is nothing that my holiness cannot do.” So, put your own name in the blank, thinking of yourself calling home and not getting an answer and feeling fearful.

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