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The Projector Metaphor
You wrote, "A movie projector/theater analogy may be helpful here. In the projector room, inside the projector, is this glowing, brilliant, radiant light. That's a great metaphor for the Holy Spirit. That brilliant light seems to pass through the film, which is filled with a lot of dark images..."
Q: When one cleans up the film, the projector only projects light... Correct? In that scenario, it would seem that form ceases to exist. According to what I am reading, the perception of form, any form at all, is an illusion, a dreamlike state that is not real. What happens to form during this cleaning up process? Does the world become more and more beautiful, or less positively/negatively charged, or what? I understand the shift from hearing another person's attack to hearing a cry for love. It's becoming a bit easier for me to hear that cry for love. Is this whole healing process a progression toward being in a pure energy state? Thanks
A: Greetings Beloved One
Your intuitive discernments are right on. Your desire for Truth is
drawing It forth in awareness.
The 6 stages in the Development of Trust section of the ACIM Manual for Teachers are a good description of what seems to occur during the "cleaning up process." The perception of form seems to undergo changes in consciousness as the illusory "process" is experienced in awareness. This process may be described as the relinquishment of judgment, and the world indeed seems to become more and more beautiful as it is viewed without judgment.
As you discern in your question, the relinquishment of judgment is the release of the entire spectrum of judgment (the positive through the negative). Complete forgiveness (the Atonement) is a State of mind which reflects Abstract Divine Mind. Divine Mind, Mind Awake, is the One Pure Energy State that is Reality. The forgiven world reflects Eternity for a moment and then disappears. This is the meaning of "God will take the final step."
God is Eternal and creates the Eternal. God's Creation has no beginning or end or steps or levels, Being Pure Oneness. Forgiveness, the last illusion, represents a consciousness so cleared of judgment that it is ready to behold the Truth of Divine Love. Judgment is not an ability which God creates, for Christ remains forever as Pure Oneness in God. It is not that one "ceases" judging, as if judgment had really happened before but has now stopped. Forgiveness sees illusions as one and therefore shows that judgment is forever IMPOSSIBLE since there is nothing to judge "between."
Forgiveness is a Perspective of Meaning, for the Perspective is that of the Holy Spirit. As you share this Perspective, you share the Meaning of the Holy Spirit -- the reminder that "I am as God created Me." The world beheld in this Perspective is indeed beautiful, for in God's Peace it is apparent "All things work together for good." In this Perspective time is simultaneous and there are no separate images and events. It is happily impossible to sequence or arrange or order or judge that which is one. This momentary Perspective is the Peace that passeth the understanding of the world.
Glory and joy to the mind emptied of concepts. Love cannot be described or explained -- only Experienced. Yield to the Experience. There is nothing else.
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