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On Goals, Doing and Purpose

Q: I feel compelled to ask...if there were no goals, then I would never have listed to the voice for God which spoke to me and told me that opening my store was my path. I feel I was specifically "directed" to do this. And now that I am here, I have to do certain things which are more "of the world" in order to pay the rent, support my family, and continue on with what I have started.

So here's the question, you talk about goals like they are "counter" to the Holy Spirit. And yet, in order to get the messages out there into our brother's hands, we, including you, have to "do things" and those of us with children and payments have to "do things". One step has to go before the other in order for things to fall into place. It's been my experience over the past year, that as long as my Goal is Truth...then as I move forward, I don't need to see the next step, I just have to take it. I could lay in bed all day and not do anything and still survive for a while, but how is that helping my brother?

In the course on page 365T it talks about "Setting the Goal", and if I understand it correctly, if your goal is Truth, then all you need is faith, and all will be given you. So my sister, when she talks about writing children’s books, as long as her goal is Truth, shouldn't it work the same way???

Clarity on this would be appreciated.


A: Beloved One

Thanks for your loving witness of the Answer to prayer and for the deeply sincere question. If you read the Real Alternative section of ACIM it becomes apparent that all of the roadways of the world were made to lead away from Truth, and thus Christ teaches that all the roadways of the world lead to death. Happily Christ also teaches that there is no death and that the Real Alternative leads to heights of happiness.

So every seeming 'step' the Holy Spirit offers as Guidance to Help the mind Awaken is valuable, for
every 'step' in Purpose has the value of forgiveness. Yet the context of Awakening is that the Holy Spirit uses the symbols of time to teach that there is no time. Miracles are temporary devices to collapse time, and the Atonement is the complete 'collapse' of time in which the mind completely loses track of time entirely.

The 'doer' dissolves in Watching. This is referred to in the Manual for Teachers of ACIM when Christ says that judgment 'through you' rater than 'by you' occurs. The 'through you' refers to the Holy Spirit. Goals which are specific are used by the Holy Spirit along with specific Guidance while the mind still believes in 'process' because the sleeping mind made up and believes in time and specifics.

The mind is never hurled into Reality, and though there is some uneasiness with every seeming self-concept shift, there is no destruction of perception or of the status quo. The Holy Spirit's Plan is a retranslation of the past to a Perspective that might be called a purified past. The purified past is whole, thus not divided into the parts the ego offers in its perspective of the past.

The previous reply to the post from Vermont also dealt with the same topic, as the writer perceived herself as a writer Awakening to the Christ Self. These symbols called words (which are twice removed
from Reality) can be used in Purpose to recognize a State of Mind that is beyond the words entirely. It is the Beatitudes, the tranquil state of consistent peace, love, freedom, & happiness, that are the goal of the Course. These attitudes come from accepting the Atonement, Which is complete forgiveness.

Here are some important quotes from the Song of Prayer and the Psychotherapy pamphlet and WB Lesson 131:

The truly humble have no goal but God because they need no idols, and defense no longer serves a purpose.

The right to live is something no one need fight for. It is promised him, and guaranteed by God. Therefore it is a right the therapist and patient share alike. If their relationship is to be holy, whatever one needs is given by the other; whatever one lacks the other supplies. Herein is the relationship made holy, for herein both are healed. The therapist repays the patient in gratitude, as does the patient repay him. There is no cost to either. But thanks are due to both, for the release from long imprisonment and doubt. Who would not be grateful for such a gift? Yet who could possibly imagine that it could be bought?

It has well been said that to him who hath shall be given. Because he has, he can give. And because he gives, he shall be given. This is the law of God, and not of the world. So it is with God's healers. They give because they have heard His Word and understood it. All that they need will thus be given them. But they will lose this understanding unless they remember that all they have comes only from God. If they believe they need anything from a brother, they will recognize him as a brother no longer. And if they do this, a light goes out even in Heaven. Where God's Son turns against himself, he can look only upon darkness. He has himself denied the light, and cannot see.

One rule should always be observed: No one should be turned away because he cannot pay. No one is sent by accident to anyone. Relationships are always purposeful. Whatever their purpose may have been before the Holy Spirit entered them, they are always His potential temple; the resting place of Christ and home of God Himself. Whoever comes has been sent. Perhaps he was sent to give his brother the money he needed. Both will be blessed thereby. Perhaps he was sent to teach the therapist how much he needs forgiveness, and how valueless is money in comparison. Again will both be blessed. Only in terms of cost could one have more. In sharing, everyone must gain a blessing without cost.

This view of payment may well seem impractical, and in the eyes of the world it would be so. Yet not one worldly thought is really practical. How much is gained by striving for illusions? How much is lost by throwing God away? And is it possible to do so? Surely it is impractical to strive for nothing, and to attempt to do what is impossible. Then stop a while, long enough to think of this: You have perhaps been seeking for salvation without recognizing where to look. Whoever asks your help can show you where. What greater gift than this could you be given? What greater gift is there that you would give?

L e s s o n 131
"No-one can fail who asks to reach the truth."

Failure is all about you while you seek for goals that cannot be achieved. You look for permanence in the impermanent; for love where there is none; for safety in the midst of danger; immortality within the darkness of the dream of death. Who could succeed where contradiction is the setting of his searching, and the place to which he comes to find stability?

Goals which are meaningless are not attained. There is no way to reach them, for the means by which you strive for them are meaningless as they are. Who can use such senseless means and hope through them to gain in anything? Where can they lead? And what could they achieve that offers any hope of being real?

Pursuit of the imagined leads to death because it is the search for nothingness, and while you seek for life you ask for death. You look for safety and security while in your heart you pray for danger and protection for the little dream you made.

Yet searching is inevitable here. For this you came, and you will surely do the thing you came for. But the world can not dictate the goal for which you search unless you give it power to do so. Otherwise, you still are free to choose a goal that lies beyond the world and every worldly thought, and one which comes to you from an idea relinquished yet remembered, old yet new; an echo of a heritage forgot, yet holding everything you really want.

Be glad that search you must. Be glad as well to learn you search for Heaven, and must find the goal you really want. No-one can fail to want this goal, and reach it in the end. God's Son cannot seek vainly, though he try to force delay, deceive himself, and think that it is hell he seeks. When he is wrong he finds correction, when he wanders off he is led back to his appointed task.

Love & Happiness.

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