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From Zero to Infinity in an Instant: Reflections on A Course in Miracles


God wants you to have joy. In fact, these extreme situations were created by us
together with God because we know that they will be for our benefit.
“This [turning point] ultimately reawakens spiritual vision, simultaneously weakening the
investment in physical sight. The alternating investment in the two levels of perception is
usually experienced as conflict, which can become very acute. But the outcome is as
certain as God. Spiritual vision literally cannot see error, and merely looks for
Atonement.”
Look past error wherever you found it before. Look past pain, which is temporary and
therefore not real. Look toward your salvation, which is inevitable. Look forward to all-
pervading love, which is your birthright and identity. Look forward to peace and truth,
which you will certainly have.
Another Way
There are two emotions: fear and love. If we hold on to guilt, sin, and fear, we will
transfer this fear to others and receive fear from them. What we give is what we receive.
What we cherish is what we try to find. The “ego” is the part of us that tries to keep us
separate from others and separate from God. The ego tries to keep us separate by
making us fearful of others. However, fear is nothing compared with love. Fear is a
small wrinkle in the fabric of the universe, a wrinkle that does not really exist. Love is the
reality, a reality that is eternally undisturbed.
There are some things that keep us unaware of love’s reality. One of them is the belief
that we are a body. This belief causes much stress and grief. If we are a body, then we
will die, and all of our efforts will come to nothing. If we believe that we are a body, then
we are between a rock and a hard place. We have to do everything to maintain the body
for as long as possible while knowing that our efforts will end in defeat. Can anyone
completely believe that he is a body and still have the will to do anything? Some people
try to believe that science will find a way to make the body last forever. Other people
simply try to put death out of their mind. Still others are attracted to everything that is
related to death and they feel that they can become comfortable with death by being
close to it all the time. However, as long as a person identifies with a body, he will feel
discomfort.
Another way of viewing the body is to think of the body as a useful vehicle. A vehicle
can be used for adventurous journeys. It can be used for leisurely Sunday drives. Or it
can be used to take us to the corner store. But in the end we abandon the car for the
comfort of home, where we can finally relax in peace and safety. In the same way, the
body can have many functions. If we see the body as merely a temporary vehicle, we
will not make the mistake of overvaluing the body and then hating the body for what it
cannot do for us.
 
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