There is one life, and that I share with God.
There are not different kinds of life, for life is like the truth. It does not have degrees. It is the one condition in which all that God created share. Like all His Thoughts, it has no opposite. There is no death because what God created shares His life. There is no death because an opposite to God does not exist. There is no death because the Father and the Son are One.
In this world, there appears to be a state that is life’s opposite. You call it death. Yet we have learned that the idea of death takes many forms. It is the one idea which underlies all feelings that are not supremely happy. It is the alarm to which you give response of any kind that is not perfect joy. All sorrow, loss, anxiety and suffering and pain, even a little sigh of weariness, a slight discomfort or the merest frown, acknowledge death. And thus deny you live.
You think that death is of the body. Yet it is but an idea, irrelevant to what is seen as physical. A thought is in the mind. It can be then applied as mind directs it. But its origin is where it must be changed, if change occurs. Ideas leave not their source. The emphasis this course has placed on that idea is due to its centrality in our attempts to change your mind about yourself. It is the reason you can heal. It is the cause of healing. It is why you cannot die. Its truth established you as one with God.
Death is the thought that you are separate from your Creator. It is the belief conditions change, emotions alternate because of causes you cannot control, you did not make, and you can never change. It is the fixed belief ideas can leave their source, and take on qualities the source does not contain, becoming different from their own origin, apart from it in kind as well as distance, time and form.
Death cannot come from life. Ideas remain united to their source. They can extend all that their source contains. In that, they can go far beyond themselves. But they can not give birth to what was never given them. As they are made, so will their making be. As they were born, so will they then give birth. And where they come from, there will they return.
The mind can think it sleeps, but that is all. It cannot change what is its waking state. It cannot make a body, nor abide within a body. What is alien to the mind does not exist, because it has no source. For mind creates all things that are, and cannot give them attributes it lacks, nor change its own eternal, mindful state. It cannot make the physical. What seems to die is but the sign of mind asleep.
The opposite of life can only be another form of life. As such, it can be reconciled with what created it, because it is not opposite in truth. Its form may change; it may appear to be what it is not. Yet mind is mind, awake or sleeping. It is not its opposite in anything created, nor in what it seems to make when it believes it sleeps.
God creates only mind awake. He does not sleep, and His creations cannot share what He gives not, nor make conditions which He does not share with them. The thought of death is not the opposite to thoughts of life. Forever unopposed by opposites of any kind, the Thoughts of God remain forever changeless, with the power to extend forever changelessly, but yet within themselves, for they are everywhere.
What seems to be the opposite of life is merely sleeping. When the mind elects to be what it is not, and to assume an alien power which it does not have, a foreign state it cannot enter, or a false condition not within its Source, it merely seems to go to sleep a while. It dreams of time; an interval in which what seems to happen never has occurred, the changes wrought are substanceless, and all events are nowhere. When the mind awakes, it but continues as it always was.
Let us today be children of the truth, and not deny our holy heritage. Our life is not as we imagine it. Who changes life because he shuts his eyes, or makes himself what he is not because he sleeps, and sees in dreams an opposite to what he is? We will not ask for death in any form today. Nor will we let imagined opposites to life abide even an instant where the Thought of life eternal has been set by God Himself.
His holy home we strive to keep today as He established it, and wills it be forever and forever. He is Lord of what we think today. And in His Thoughts, which have no opposite, we understand there is one life, and that we share with Him, with all creation, with their thoughts as well, whom He created in a unity of life that cannot separate in death and leave the Source of life from where it came.
We share one life because we have one Source, a Source from which perfection comes to us, remaining always in the holy minds which He created perfect. As we were, so are we now and will forever be. A sleeping mind must waken, as it sees its own perfection mirroring the Lord of life so perfectly it fades into what is reflected there. And now it is no more a mere reflection. It becomes the thing reflected, and the light which makes reflection possible. No vision now is needed. For the wakened mind is one that knows its Source, its Self, its Holiness.
This is a past entry from my journal.
Taken as a whole, this lesson touched me deeply. I cried as I read it, and this feeling of both gratitude and relief is a sign to me of an awakening mind. I actually understood and accepted what I was reading, and that was not always the case. I always understood it in the sense that I understood the words and the concepts, at least to a degree, but in the past, I also closed my mind to it.
This time what I noticed is that I am far more ready to know this is true, and I also noticed that the ego mind kept intruding as I read it. I have been seeing a doctor in the last couple of weeks because I had an unexplained event that was centered around the heart. I stayed overnight in the hospital and was thoroughly tested. I went for a follow-up yesterday and I will have to go back again and do another test.
The upshot of this is that there has been a lot of attention given my body and the ego mind really loves this. It wants to think about the body, and whatever I am doing or thinking about, the thinking mind strays back to body thoughts. So while reading this lesson, the ego mind kept returning to what the doctor said yesterday and what this might mean. The more affected I was as I read, the more insistent the ego became.
I didn’t fight this or feel frustrated or afraid that I was going to fall back down the rabbit hole as I have done in the past. I just noticed the thoughts and gently turned back to the lesson. I received some guidance while it was happening, and understood how the sleeping mind dreamed up this physical manifestation of sickness and made it seem perfectly explainable, perfectly in line with the laws of the world. I also saw that I am not bound to these laws.
Here is what I know from this lesson that is most helpful to me at this time.
There is no death and never could be. This includes all forms of death. There is no sickness, suffering, sadness, lack of energy, fear, guilt, anger, the merest frown. Death is the thought I could be separate from God and this is not possible.
Thoughts leave not their source. “The emphasis this course has placed on that idea is due to its centrality in our attempts to change your mind about yourself. It is the reason you can heal. It is the cause of healing. It is why you cannot die. Its truth established you as one with God.”
There could be no death because God is Life and there is nothing that is not God. I am a Thought in God, and so will forever be in God. There is no death in God so there is no death in me. I cannot be anything God did not create.
“Death cannot come from life. Ideas remain united to their source. They can extend all that their source contains. In that, they can go far beyond themselves. But they can not give birth to what was never given them. As they are made, so will their making be. As they were born, so will they then give birth. And where they come from, there will they return.” I can create more life, but I cannot create something that is not life. That is an unassailable law.
In order to experience something that is not in God, I must dream. I can dream of death, and that dream is very realistic because I am as powerful a creator as is God. Even in my dreaming state, this power is reflected. Even though I cannot create unlike Creation and so none of this dream is rooted in reality, I suffer as if the dream were reality.
When I go to sleep at night I have many dreams and some of them are clearly impossible but in my sleep, I believe them. This is what is happening all the time. What I think of as life is just a dream of the impossible. And just as when I woke up this morning from one of these impossible dreams and found myself unchanged, when I awaken from the dream of separation, I will find my Self unchanged.
I cannot actually be a body, nor be in a body. I can only dream that I took form as a body and am that. But when I wake I will discover that I am still Spirit, and of course, I was never anything else. Dreams do not change the essence of the being. And, God is still God and is completely unaffected by my dreams. It is funny to think that I could dream God into something It is not, and yet the belief that I have done so is the source of all guilt and fear. I am beginning to accept the absurdity of the idea and am allowing it to be removed from my mind.
Here is a phrase that caught my attention.
“… the Thoughts of God remain forever changeless, with the power to extend forever changelessly, but yet within themselves, for they are everywhere.” I extend forever and yet I remain within myself for I am everywhere. Wow! I am so different that the dream of me. No wonder I have trouble accepting the truth. But, inevitably, I will because I have.
Today, I will be aware of the thoughts that reflect the dream and be willing that I not be fooled by them. Just as this morning as I was inspired by this lesson and became open to see what was really happening with this body, this can happen all day long if that is my choice. This morning I saw that the body was simply the receptacle of the belief that sourced the thoughts of sickness.
I saw more clearly than ever that the body is a screen on which death is played out simply because this is what I want to see. I asked if I was ready to really know this. I asked if I was ready to let go of these beliefs and so experience healing directly rather than through the mechanism of medicine and doctors. I have been allowing my mind to be healed of the sick thoughts that have been the focus of my dream. This would be a perfect opportunity to continue that healing. I rested in that thought awhile and invited in healing.
I would be the awakened mind that knows its Source, its Self, its holiness.