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What is Dissociation?
Q: Quick question: The Text keeps using the word "dissociating" -- what does that word mean, particularly in light of the Text's usage.
Thanks - Much Love.
A: Beloved One
Here are some quotes from ACIM that clarify this:
"Unless you first know something you cannot dissociate it. Knowledge must precede dissociation, so that dissociation is nothing more than a decision to forget. What has been forgotten then appears to be fearful, but only because the dissociation is an attack on truth. You are fearful <because> you have forgotten. And you have replaced your knowledge by an awareness of dreams because you are afraid of your dissociation, not of what you have dissociated. When what you have dissociated is accepted, it ceases to be fearful.
Yet to give up the dissociation of reality brings more than merely
lack of fear. In this decision lie joy and peace and the glory of creation.
Offer the Holy Spirit only your willingness to remember, for He retains
the knowledge of God and of yourself for you, waiting for your acceptance.
Give up gladly everything that would stand in the way of your remembering,
for God is in your memory. His Voice will tell you that you are part
of Him when you are willing to remember Him and know your own reality
again. Let nothing in this world delay your remembering of Him, for
in this remembering is the
To remember is merely to restore to your mind what is already there." (T-10.II.1-2)
"Our emphasis has been on bringing what is undesirable to the desirable; what you do not want to what you do. You will realize that salvation must come to you this way, if you consider what dissociation is. Dissociation is a distorted process of thinking whereby two systems of belief which cannot coexist are both maintained. If they are brought together, their joint acceptance becomes impossible. But if one is kept in darkness from the other, their separation seems to keep them both alive and equal in their reality. Their joining thus becomes the source of fear, for if they meet, acceptance must be withdrawn from one of them.
You cannot have them both, for each denies the other. Apart, this fact
is lost from sight, for each in a separate place can be endowed with
firm belief. Bring them together, and the fact of their complete
Love & Blessings.
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