IX. The Reflection of Holiness, P 4
4 In the temple, Holiness waits quietly for the return of them that love it. The Presence knows they will return to purity and to grace. The graciousness of God will take them gently in, and cover all their sense of pain and loss with the immortal assurance of their Father’s Love. There, fear of death will be replaced with joy of life. For God is Life, and they abide in Life. Life is as holy as the Holiness by which it was created. The Presence of Holiness lives in everything that lives, for Holiness created life, and leaves not what It created holy as Itself.
We are holy because we were created by Holiness. That will never change. Holiness waits for our return and will welcome us when that occurs. All the effects of our illusion will disappear, fear of death is replaced by the joy of life. No more pain and loss. There is nothing we must do to attain this.
Our part is to simply release the beliefs that keep us from accepting our inheritance. It is like this. Suppose you found out you have a very wealthy relative and if you go to meet him, you will share in his wealth. You would never have another need in your life. But you have no memory of meeting this man. You are told that you walked away from him and struck out on your own.
There would be some fear about him. Who is he? Why would he want me back if I left him? Why did I leave him to begin with? Also, where this man lives things are different than they are here, a lot different. You are told that you will have to change your ways in order to live in this apparent paradise.
You would have to change a lot of things like there are many emotions you will never have again. There is no war or strife in that land and so you will have to give up all the defenses you have had to keep yourself safe. This place sounds too good to be true and so do you really want to go there unarmed?
Your skill and your intelligence are completely superfluous. Everything you have ever learned will be meaningless. The money you spent your life earning and saving is useless. The relationships you so carefully built, finding just the right people to meet your needs, and who also wanted what you had to offer, the careful balancing act to keep them everyone feeling safe and deserving of the love, all lost.
In this place, everyone is equal to everyone else and everyone is loved in the same way. And everyone is welcomed, even the man who hurt you, and the parent who abandoned you, and there will be no separation, one from another. There will be no consequences for the pain they caused you. No justice or vengeance, just forgiveness without regard for the degree of assault.
And while we sit in our fear, wondering if we dare accept paradise, in the temple, Holiness waits quietly for the return of them that love it.