Reversing Effect and Cause;
Getting to the Bottom of the Belief in Linear Time
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Speaker: This world is an hallucination. There seems
to be healthy well adjusted people walking around on this planet and
there seem to be others that are psychotic and insane and sick that
are locked up. Anyone who appears to walk this world holding beliefs
of separation in their mind is literally psychotic. There has been a
break with reality in the sense that the mind is dreaming a world and
hallucinating and thinking it sees meaning and life in this world…
that there is real life in this world. This world was made as a denial
of life. The only life is the Light deep down within the mind. Really
when we start to look at that, these kind of sections set up some of
the Workbook lessons where Jesus will literally say ‘there is
no world’ and repeat it even within a lesson
(132). ‘I loose the world from all I thought it was’. When
you look at that lesson, these ideas are the underpinnings for that
experience. A lot of times the question comes, ‘It even says in
the Bible, to be in the world and not of it.’. But we really have
to take a look at that idea ’in the world but not of it.’
And I have also heard it said that ‘I have a feeling that if I
keep following this that I am not going to be functional in the world.’
Surely one will not function the way one functioned in the past. It
is a complete transformation where there isn’t a separate being
perceived as functioning in the world, or walking in the dream world,
but it will be a sense of totally letting go and really giving no thought
to behavior or doing because that is just an out picturing or a byproduct
of holding to that intention that peace comes from being aligned with
the Holy Spirit. Being in that Purpose or intention is everything. And
the ego will immediately jump back in and say, ‘How will that
look?’ It is irrelevant in the ultimate sense how that will look.
How will that look to who? If there is no world outside my mind and
there is no person outside my mind… I have constructed them all…
then that question dissolves. Another way of looking at that aside from
a material stand point is Jesus saying, 'I am determined to see. I am
determined to see things differently. Above all else I want to see.
Above all else I want to see things differently.' That seeing that he
is talking about… that vision that he is leading the mind to…
that is not vision in the sense of the physical eyes. Reversing cause
and effect is like turning an upside down world right side up so to
“The miracle establishes you dream a dream, and that its content
is not true. This is a crucial step in dealing with illusions. No one
is afraid of them when he perceives he made them up. The fear was held
in place because he did not see that he was author of the dream, and
not a figure in the dream.”
That gets to our point: it can’t be both. You can’t be dreamer
of the dream and author of the dream as well as a figure in the dream.
All fear is held in place by believing and perceiving one’s self
as a figure in the dream. It is like saying ’I don’t want
to look at the fear inside. I don’t want to look at the cause
of the whole dream, but I have already accepted that there is a real
cause for the dream and I am a figure in it’. So the fear can’t
be released because the fear is held in place, it remains covered over
in the mind and unconscious.
“He gives himself the consequences that he dreams he gave his
brother. And it is but this the dream has put together and has offered
him, to show him that his wishes have been done. Thus does he fear his
own attack, but sees it at another's hands.”
We’ve gone through those sections of ‘the secret of salvation
is but this… you are doing this to yourself’ and the deceived
mind which seemed to do it is now seeing the world as if it is being
“As victim, he is suffering from its effects”
“The miracle does nothing but to show him that he has done nothing.”
So, it is seeing… making the metaphysical connections… like
the other day we did the workshop and got into the discussion of sexual
abuse, and the woman there was saying that you can’t say that
it didn’t happen. If you follow this metaphysically that is precisely
what you come to. The very thing that seems absurd is what you end up
with as being reality. The past is gone and in reality never happened
is the short way of saying it.
“What he fears is cause without the consequences that would make
it cause. And so it never was.”
Every cause must have an effect; every cause must have consequences.
Since it is not a real cause, it doesn’t have real consequences.
In the deceived mind it is believed to be real and the effects are believed
to be real and seen as causative in themselves. But that doesn’t
make them true. Because what the mind believes in doesn’t make
it true. Kind of like Eternal Knowledge. It can be kept from awareness
but that doesn’t keep It from being what It Is.
“The separation started with the dream the Father was deprived
of His effects, and powerless to keep them since He was no longer their
Creator. In the dream, the dreamer made himself. But what he made has
turned against him, taking on the role of its creator, as the dreamer
had. And as he hated his Creator, so the figures in the dream have hated
him. His body is their slave, which they abuse because the motives he
has given it have they adopted as their own.”
That’s very applicable to what we were discussing about the child
abuse. That is the exact word ‘abuse’.
“ …which they abuse because the motives he has given it
have they adopted as their own. And hate it for the vengeance it would
offer them. It is their vengeance on the body which appears to prove
the dreamer could not be the maker of the dream. Effect and cause are
first split off, and then reversed, so that effect becomes a cause;
the cause, effect.”
This is just another way of saying what we just read in the ‘dreamer
of the dream’ section, that the hero of the dream seems to go
in and out of all these places that are contrived by the dream and the
mind seems to be the effect of all this. The mind seems to have no power
over the events that seem to happen.
“This is the separation's final step, with which salvation, which
proceeds to go the other way, begins. This final step is an effect of
what has gone before, appearing as a cause.”
In the ** material it is the idea of retracing steps. What the Course
says is that time actually goes backwards instead of forwards. This
seems to be an unusual idea because the world believes that time is
linear and that it moves forward. But when the images come to me, it
is like having walked on a beach and seen the footprints in the sand
and then taking a broom and stepping back, back, back, along the beach
and sweeping the broom over them. So you are literally retracing the
steps until you come back to the final point and are off the beach,
so to speak, without any footprints or any trace of anything that has
happened. It is important because it is saying here that this is the
separation’s final step, splitting off cause and effect and reversing
them, with which salvation, which proceeds to go the other way, begins.
So when we talked yesterday in our last session, we have to begin with
specifics… ‘I am feeling upset right now’ and literally
turn it around and say that I am literally projecting this upset to
be because of something happening and I have to turn cause and effect
around in my mind… right now, take a look at this. That is a retracing,
just coming to another realization that in this particular situation
or arena or event, that I am seeing that it is not this external thing
that is the cause. It is the first step before you come to the transfer
of training and before you come to this final generalization or realization
that there is nothing outside of me (mind) that can do that.
“This final step is an effect of what has gone before, appearing
as a cause. The miracle is the first step in giving back to cause the
function of causation, not effect.”
And another way to word that would be that the miracle is the first
step in giving back to the mind the function of causation, not effect.
“For this confusion has produced the dream, and while it lasts
will wakening be feared. Nor will the call to wakening be heard, because
it seems to be the call to fear.”
So as long as the mind believes in backward thinking and holds to it
and clings to it, then the Holy Spirit is associated with terror because
the Holy Spirit seems to be a threat to the self concept, to the way
that the world has been constructed.
“Like every lesson that the Holy Spirit requests you learn, the
miracle is clear. It demonstrates what He would have you learn, and
shows you its effects are what you want. In His forgiving dreams are
the effects of yours undone, and hated enemies perceived as friends
with merciful intent. Their enmity is seen as causeless now, because
they did not make it. And you can accept the role of maker of their
hate, because you see that it has no effects. Now are you freed from
this much of the dream; the world is neutral, and the bodies that still
seem to move about as separate things need not be feared. And so they
are not sick.”
If the dream figures don’t have any sense of will or purpose or
intent in and of themselves, then it’s seen that as the ’dreamer
of the dream’ I gave them all the meaning that I perceived in
them. But they never had a hateful or spiteful intent. That is just
something that was once projected onto them. That is why the crucifixion
is such an extreme teaching device, because in the world’s eyes
Jesus was betrayed, abandoned, torn, hated and eventually killed and
he projected no hateful intent onto the dream figures. At that point
we could say, at the scene of the crucifixion, that the world is neutral
and bodies that seem to move about as separate things need not be feared.
It is part of the backward thinking that creeps in with the crucifixion,
that there was some suffering involved for Jesus. And what we are seeing
here is that there was no suffering involved, no pain involved, nothing
in the world that would reinforce the separation being real because
he saw that he was the dreamer of the dream.
Participant 1: So there was no more projection.
Speaker: And if he sees the world as causeless then
there is no guilt in the mind and therefore there is nothing on the
screen that would reinforce that guilt. Certainly pain and suffering
are simply reinforcements of the belief that guilt is real.
“The miracle returns the cause of fear to you who made it. But
it also shows that, having no effects, it is not cause, because the
function of causation is to have effects. And where effects are gone,
there is no cause. Thus is the body healed by miracles because they
show the mind made sickness, and employed the body to be victim, or
effect, of what it made.”
So he is jumping down kind of in a metaphorical level to, ‘thus
is the body healed by miracles’. We’ve talked in the ultimate
sense that the body can’t be sick and the body can’t be
well. Literally the mind in the miracle sees it is not in a body, and
therefore the body isn’t being used as an effect or being employed
to be the victim. It is seen as causeless and not a real effect and
it is perceived to be outside the mind instead of containing the mind.
It gets back to some of our other discussions of sickness where the
deceived mind so much wants to be right about being a separate self,
about being a self concept, that it just uses the body as proof. That
is the witness that it calls to the stand. And in the miracle it is
seen that the mind was mistaken about what it thought it was and it
no longer sees that it is in the body and no longer needs to see the
body as a symbol of sin or as proof that separation is real. That is
where the patient can rise up, literally, in the miracle and say, ‘I
have no need of this.’ because the decision is seen to be a decision
of mind and returned to the mind and taken away from the body being
“Yet half the lesson will not teach the whole. The miracle is
useless if you learn but that the body can be healed, for this is not
the lesson it was sent to teach. The lesson is the mind was sick that
thought the body could be sick; projecting out its guilt caused nothing,
and had no effects.”
So a lot of times when we are in workshops with groups and someone will
bring up the thing, ‘but I feel guilty because I was sick and
it seemed like I couldn’t do anything about it’. Underneath
that statement is the belief that the mind knows what sickness is and
the premise that the body could be sick.
Participant 1: That that’s possible.
Speaker: Yes, that it’s possible. And that’s
not really a question, it’s really just a statement that still
is saying ‘I believe that I know what can be sick.’ And
once again, the lesson is that the ‘mind was sick that thought
the body could be sick; projecting out its guilt caused nothing and
had no effects.’ It is back to the hallucination. That is the
most you could say of it. Not speaking as if it’s a fact, ‘I
was sick’ with the flu, or with cancer…
Participant 1: Or, some other body was sick. It’s
all the same.
Speaker: It is that thing of staying with the single
lesson… staying with the lesson consistently. In the Teacher’s
Manual Jesus says that it is rare that the lesson can be consistently
applied to all situations. He is pointing to how much vigilance it takes
to stay with that lesson that the mind is sick, and that it is impossible
for bodies to be sick, to generalize that and transfer that to all situations
and settings. It is trying to maintain a vigilance about what can be
sick and whenever there is attention paid to the symptoms we are talking
about, it is a real temptation, but it is so easy to just go from what
we just talked about in our intensive and gone through very carefully
to see more talk about it at the symptom level. One of the things today
was the idea of trying to maintain a constant vigilance against that.
It is very easy to slide back into that. Temperature is another one.
There has been a lot of talk when we are in the building about temperature.
Up and down and stoves and so on and so forth. Can we keep it in the
workshop and watch our minds and watch the ‘blah blah blah’
and then withdraw our minds from all the ego chatter. Try to be very
attentive to the mind all the time and keep a close watch. Is there
anything in particular that anyone wants to go into today?
Participant 1: I don’t know in what way but I
think to go more into the sickness would be helpful for me. I guess
I am concluding that because I still seem to have some symptoms that
I am not as clear as I could be about all this. Even when I cough part
of me feels like I shouldn’t be coughing, that that is a bad example.
Every time I cough or blow my nose.
Speaker: So there is a real focus on the symptom. Do
you feel self conscious or uneasy or guilty?
Participant 1: To me it seems like a failure to be
clear in my mind, if I am coughing and blowing my nose.
Speaker: That’s good. So right now you are saying
that you would like to get clear. That is important. You are making
an interpretation that is a fearful interpretation and if you continue
on without that leaving and feel like you are not doing it, not getting
it, feel like you are not teaching what you should be teaching or however
you are interpreting it in your mind, it is just a state where the fear
doesn’t get reduced at all. There’s no shift. And one person
seems to ask, meaning well, ‘How are you doing today?’ and
maybe want to fix special kinds of foods and it goes on and on and can
seem to be a counter to everything we have talked about in the intensive
because it seems to be lending support to something that can’t
be shared. That would be something like a dining room workshop example
of not sharing ideas that don’t come from my Father and yet the
temptation to go right along and go ahead and do it anyway. It has to
be clear that it is an either/or thing. It can’t be something
that you talk about and give lip service to and then you turn around
and slide into something else. When we get into the theme of magic,
the whole point of the mixture of magic and miracle is that if the mind
is too fearful of the miracle, then that is when a mixture of miracle
and magic is recommended. This could seem to play out as taking medication,
getting up and leaving… it could be anything external. Doing something
on the outside to try to bring about some kind or relief within.
Participant 2: And sometimes they leave too…
I’ve found that eliminates the discussion of people…. When
I have had symptoms before I deliberately don’t put myself in
situations where I know people are going to be asking me about it, or
focusing on it because that is not helpful to me. I don’t want
people asking how I am feeling or focusing on it if I am coughing or
blowing my nose and questioning me about that because I don’t
want to discuss it. I think I try to not put myself in positions where
that is not going to become an issue, if possible. If there is a choice
involved where I can make that choice.
Speaker: Well, in a lot of discussions, we always say,
‘Bring it up’. In other words, where two or more are gathered…
that’s a golden opportunity for the mind shift. To be able to
bring it up, trace it back with the intention to get so clear with the
belief that there can be a shift of mind. It is not like we are coming
together with other topics to discuss and we won’t discuss that.
But to actually, if you feel willing and comfortable enough, bring it
up and use it as something to go into and get clear on. The guilt is
coming from the interpretation of the symptoms. What we are trying to
get at in the mind is that the body cannot be sick. Like we talked the
other day about a pencil or a shoe being sick. The mind is the only
thing that can be sick, metaphorically. The wrong-mind is sick. But
it is starting to see that the learning device cannot be sick, and there
is only a faulty interpretation of the learning device. Imagine comparing
a refrigerator sound to a cough… and the guilt coming from the
interpretation that is being given to what is happening on the screen.
It has nothing to do with anything per se.
Participant 2: And what the Course is telling us to
do is overlook the mistakes that are made. We overlook the ego. So what
Speaker is saying is that if someone is coughing it is just a matter
of my overlooking it. If I make an interpretation of it, then I am making
the same mistake as the person coughing. So it is just another opportunity
for me to overlook a mistake that seems to be coming from a brother.
It is a reminder for me. That section in the healed relationship that
we read has been in my mind since the day we talked about it. It says
‘the Holy Spirit appreciates your efforts…he recognizes
your good efforts on your behalf and he has overlooked your mistakes.
Have you been willing to do the same for your brother?’ And for
myself: Have I been willing to do the same with mistakes and appreciate
the good efforts? That had a real impact on me because I haven’t.
I recognize that is something I really need to work at because I don’t
overlook mistakes and instead pick them out even, point them out to
myself. And so a cough or any symptom is just another mistake. Its getting
into that order of difficulty too that is saying that if you cough,
that is different than if you have breast cancer. Then your mind is
healed or more healed. It is just a mistake.
Participant 1: So the mistake is that I associate coughing
with sickness, that is the mistake.
Participant 2: The mistake is that you think the body
can be sick.
Speaker: When we get to our question of purpose, when
you get to the idea of how to look on the body, what you are using it
for, and you can take it to a broader realm of looking at your whole
life under this thing of Purpose, how you use and see the body is what
is important. Do I see it as insignificant and completely apart from
me and as a learning device or are there ways in which it still seems
very important to me. That is why it is important to go into that deeply.
We can use the vehicle of talking about sickness and go into it and
go as deeply as we can to get clearer and clearer on this. To see a
chair as a chair is sick. To see a clock as a clock is sick. Because
in the ultimate sense to see anything as if it has a separate existence
in and apart from everything else is sick. It’s a sick interpretation.
But you see how different that is from in the world’s eyes as
maybe seeing a body as sick. To the world a chair is a chair a clock
is a clock and a sick person is a sick person because they have symptoms
that let us know that they are sick versus a healthy person. Yet it’s
the mind that is breaking the world up into little boxes and categories.
That is sick. That is what we have to start to see. That is where the
sickness lies. Much less reading meaning into particular symptoms and
saying that some bodies are sicker than others… that cancer is
much more serious than the flu or a hangnail. You see all those different
categories, but it goes much deeper than just coughs or something like
What I popped open to was lesson 136 in the workbook. It’s a springboard
today. And just as a prelude to this, let me get back to the self concept
stuff too. If the mind believes it’s guilty and it is so determined
to hang on to that concept, to it sickness seems like a very small price
because it is a witness that the body can tell the mind how to feel.
It is a witness the that smallness, the vulnerability must be true.
So it can come back to something as subtle as, ‘I want something
to be this way instead of that way’. All that we have talked about,
our ordering of thoughts, preferences. The mind that believes it can
order it’s own thoughts is a mind that is sick, but it doesn’t
want to see how sick that is, doesn’t want to see that it’s
wrong. So by making it seem as if things happen to the body that have
no connection at all to the mind, completely without the mind’s
intention, then that is another witness or proof of it’s vulnerability
and that guilt is justified.
“No one can heal unless he understands what purpose sickness seems
to serve. For then he understands as well its purpose has no meaning.
Being causeless and without a meaningful intent of any kind, it cannot
be at all. When this is seen, healing is automatic.”
So it’s really bringing it back to the mind. What is the cause
of sickness? Even if you define it in terms of the wrong-mind. The wrong-mind
is the sick interpretation of reality. It is the assertion that says,
‘I am what I wish to be rather than as God created me’.
And when it says ‘being causeless and without a meaningful intent
of any kind it cannot be at all’. It has to be traced back to
where it came from. Did it come from God? That’s the ultimate
question that it comes back to every time. It is just that simple.
Participant 2: See, I have used this and other sections
of the Course but I feel guilty because I think I see that. But I have
had times when healing was not automatic. In that other section in the
Manual where it says, ‘If the patient even suspected this, they
would be healed instantly’ and I think that I certainly suspect
it! I feel like I have a clue of what’s going on. Then I think
I must be kidding myself. I must not understand it at all.
Speaker: We have to keep trying to train our minds
to hold to that intention and to let go of everything we think we know.
Participant 2: Making all these interpretations and everything,
it would be much easier just to not go anywhere to not have to deal
with all these other people who don’t meet my expectations or
my interpretation of how it should be. And yet that is no answer either
because I have to have those opportunities to practice.
Participant 3: But what you are saying is that there
is no where to go. It is like being an atheist… there’s
something to deny. So you really are saying there is something, but
you want to deny it.
Participant 2: That there is someone for me to stay
away from… situations to avoid.
Participant 3: Yes.
Speaker: Well, if you put it into Course terms ‘Only
God’s plan for salvation will work’ What is God’s
plan for salvation? Change your mind about your mind. That’s it.
In this instant. Then there is the ego’s plan… if someone
acted differently or if I was in a different place…if this event
had happened, if this circumstance was different than it is… something
on the screen has to change. But the only thing that doesn’t change
in the ego’s plan is changing my mind about my mind. That I don’t
have to do. I can be right about who I think I am and something on the
screen has to change. You see. That lays it out. There’s God’s
plan, there’s the ego’s plan. And He says that ‘This
seems preposterous, but you will see that you do believe in the preposterous
if you observe your life, if you observe your mind’. That’s
precisely what you are trying to do all the time. You are trying to
change something external to bring about salvation and it will never
work. That will cost the whole world you think you know, and the whole
world you think you see.
Participant 1: Talk about this idea of what is most useful.
I want some clarity on when to hold that in front of me and when I am
using that as an excuse or an escape or a judgment.
Speaker: You put it in the context of the stages of development
of trust. First you go through a stage where you start to have a sense
that everything is helpful. Wherever the body seems to go, whatever
you seem to be doing. Then is the thing about increasing the helpfulness.
And it is still a phase that it is obviously an illusion because the
mind thinks, still thinks, it knows what is most helpful or what will
increase the helpfulness. So it is really like a stepping stone but
the next stage is the realization that the teacher of God… all
he wanted was to let go of the false and accept the true but he had
no sense of what the false and the true are. His mind is still so tied
into the idea of sacrifice and the belief in form that he still doesn’t
know. So that early stage of what can increase the helpfulness, what
to do to increase the helpfulness, is still an early stepping stone
because it still involves changing circumstances. It is a subtle kind
of a error, an ego error, to make a haven to hide from the guilt. The
Course talks about it in terms of the special love relationships but
you could have a student on the spiritual path trying to find the easiest
most helpful path and still sliding into that haven of ‘when I’m
in such and such a setting and when it’s quiet and we can sit
around and we can comfortably talk, I want to stay in such an environment
forever because that is most helpful’.
In answer to your question, it’s really important to just stay
attentive. You can instantaneously use any situation that seems to be
on the screen. You can bring it back and look at your reaction and use
that as a starting point to see where you are making an interpretation
of any particular situation that is hurting you right now. We get back
to right-mind and wrong-mind. There are two mindsets and whenever I
am feeing coercion and whenever I am feeling bewildered, confused, doubting,
restless I ask myself: Can Christ be restless? Can Christ be doubting?
There is a very fundamental identity confusion and the restlessness,
the uncomfortable feeling still means that I want to cling and hang
onto the way I have constructed it rather than the way it is.
Participant 2: Until you know what your function is,
and you fulfill it, you will be restless.
Speaker: Yes Indeed. When we are relaxed and when we
are on purpose it just unfolds so effortlessly. It doesn’t even
feel like it’s a big job. It’s not even thought of that
way, that wow, that was a big job that I just pulled off. It is a different
framework for the whole thing. Thinking about the past or thinking about
the future entails enormous strain because the ego wants us to hold
these both in mind when really there is just the Holy Instant, Now.
Ego wants the mind to keep thinking about the past and projecting into
“No one can heal unless he understands what purpose sickness seems
to serve. For then he understands as well its purpose has no meaning.
Being causeless and without a meaningful intent of any kind, it cannot
be at all. When this is seen, healing is automatic. It dispels this
meaningless illusion by the same approach that carries all of them to
truth, and merely leaves them there to disappear.”
We are talking about these terms of sickness as bodily symptoms but
you could also say it about someone that seemed to be upset psychologically.
You could bring in that whole realm of things. Or you could go to the
flip side and believe that someone is really healthy. The illusion of
the health of the body could be carried to the truth just as much and
left there to disappear. It is just getting to the point that there
is no order of difficulties.
“Sickness is not an accident. Like all defenses, it is an insane
device for self-deception. And like all the rest, its purpose is to
hide reality, attack it, change it, render it inept, distort it, twist
it, or reduce it to a little pile of unassembled parts.”
And that’s what this whole world is, just a pile of unassembled
parts. Whether you are talking at the cosmos level or at the personality
level, the microscopic level, community, family. You are looking around
a room and you are looking at coats, an oven, rugs and a chair….
Unassembled parts. It doesn’t matter what you are talking about
but it seems as if they have existence in and of themselves. The microwave
is set off by space from that refrigerator and from that teapot and
from that rug. That just shows how deep this sickness of mind is going
because everything that is assumed to be everyday reality has been just
assembled into this pile of unassembled parts.
“The aim of all defenses is to keep the truth from being whole.
The parts are seen as if each one were whole within itself.”
Participant 2: So looking at the world, everything
is proving that to me as I look and see all these unassembled parts
every day, if that’s how I see it, and if I am not being attentive
then it is just further proof that it is a chaotic mess.
Speaker: We are redefining what sickness is, from being
a few so called symptoms in the body or even you could say with a family,
dysfunctional communication… but just looking out on a winter
scene and seeing separate snowflakes and separate animals and separate
trees and separate whatever… as long as the mind is seeing separation
everywhere and believes that those things… snowflakes, and cars,
and roads and rivers… have an existence in and of themselves,
that is a sick perception. As we go on, the deceived mind wants to hang
onto the sick, twisted perception that it has and therefore sickness
seems to serve the purpose of having nothing to do with this. ‘This
is being done to me completely with any intention of my own’.
So the mind then pretends it doesn’t have a choice in the way
it sees it. It doesn’t play a part. It doesn’t have a choice
in the matter.
Participant 2: So, using that example… the only
thing I have to do with it is the purpose that I give it.
Participant 2: If I’m using the ego’s perception
then it’s a bunch of unassembled parts. If I’m using the
Holy Spirit’s purpose then it’s what…
Speaker: They’re unified in perception. The entire
scene, the entire scenario becomes unified. It becomes almost like a
backdrop that’s unimportant because of the shining Purpose that
is being held out in front. It is a happy dream.
Participant 2: It becomes peripheral. That’s how we described
it in the past. That makes sense.
Participant 1: So, it’s like of like it’s
unseen when it’s that peripheral.
Speaker: It’s unnoticed because perception is
selective and when you are zooming in and focusing on your intent or
your Purpose, then background is just unimportant or irrelevant at that
Participant 2: So like with your example before when
you were saying when you are focused on the heat or sickness (symptoms)
then that is picking out one of the pieces and holding it up as separate
and saying ‘Let’s look at this’ and try to see how
it fits into the whole, which it can’t if I am holding it out
Speaker: And it takes two minds to agree that there’s
a sickness. If one mind absolutely will not buy the bait of doing that,
what you are describing, then that is what healing is. You hold in mind
how impossible that is. Anything that is judged or valued, like a haircut
you say is better than anyone you had before or this shirt is the most
attractive shirt you have ever worn, it is that ordering of thoughts
again. That judging is what makes the error real. As long as there are
better haircuts and worse haircuts, higher jobs or lower jobs…
good looking style clothes and poorly dressed, error seems real. You
see how that makes the error real. It’s not nothing if it’s
valued positively or negatively. And that is the underlying metaphysics
why you don’t want to buy into those judgments. Cause it makes
the error real. It makes the world real in the mind of the thinker.
This need not be. For all is One in Truth.