Truth will correct all errors in my mind.
What can correct illusions but the truth? And what are errors but illusions that remain unrecognized for what they are? Where truth has entered errors disappear. They merely vanish, leaving not a trace by which to be remembered. They are gone because, without belief, they have no life. And so they disappear to nothingness, returning whence they came. From dust to dust they come and go, for only truth remains.
Can you imagine what a state of mind without illusions is? How it would feel? Try to remember when there was a time,–perhaps a minute, maybe even less–when nothing came to interrupt your peace; when you were certain you were loved and safe. Then try to picture what it would be like to have that moment be extended to the end of time and to eternity. Then let the sense of quiet that you felt be multiplied a hundred times, and then be multiplied another hundred more.
And now you have a hint, not more than just the faintest intimation of the state your mind will rest in when the truth has come. Without illusions there could be no fear, no doubt and no attack. When truth has come all pain is over, for there is no room for transitory thoughts and dead ideas to linger in your mind. Truth occupies your mind completely, liberating you from all beliefs in the ephemeral. They have no place because the truth has come, and they are nowhere. They can not be found, for truth is everywhere forever, now.
When truth has come it does not stay a while, to disappear or change to something else. It does not shift and alter in its form, nor come and go and go and come again. It stays exactly as it always was, to be depended on in every need, and trusted with a perfect trust in all the seeming difficulties and the doubts that the appearances the world presents engender. They will merely blow away, when truth corrects the errors in your mind.
When truth has come it harbors in its wings the gift of perfect constancy, and love which does not falter in the face of pain, but looks beyond it, steadily and sure. Here is the gift of healing, for the truth needs no defense, and therefore no attack is possible. Illusions can be brought to truth to be corrected. But the truth stands far beyond illusions, and can not be brought to them to turn them into truth.
Truth does not come and go nor shift nor change, in this appearance now and then in that, evading capture and escaping grasp. It does not hide. It stands in open light, in obvious accessibility. It is impossible that anyone could seek it truly, and would not succeed. Today belongs to truth. Give truth its due, and it will give you yours. You were not meant to suffer and to die. Your Father wills these dreams be gone. Let truth correct them all.
We do not ask for what we do not have. We merely ask for what belongs to us, that we may recognize it as our own. Today we practice on the happy note of certainty that has been born of truth. The shaky and unsteady footsteps of illusion are not our approach today. We are as certain of success as we are sure we live and hope and breathe and think. We do not doubt we walk with truth today, and count on it to enter into all the exercises that we do this day.
Begin by asking Him Who goes with you upon this undertaking that He be in your awareness as you go with Him. You are not made of flesh and blood and bone, but were created by the selfsame Thought which gave the gift of life to Him as well. He is your Brother, and so like to you your Father knows that You are both the same. It is your Self you ask to go with you, and how could He be absent where you are?
Truth will correct all errors in your mind which tell you you could be apart from Him. You speak to Him today, and make your pledge to let His function be fulfilled through you. To share His function is to share His joy. His confidence is with you, as you say:
Truth will correct all errors in my mind,
And I will rest in Him Who is my Self.
Then let Him lead you gently to the truth, which will envelop you and give you peace so deep and tranquil that you will return to the familiar world reluctantly.
And yet you will be glad to look again upon this world. For you will bring with you the promise of the changes which the truth that goes with you will carry to the world. They will increase with every gift you give of five small minutes, and the errors that surround the world will be corrected as you let them be corrected in your mind.
Do not forget your function for today. Each time you tell yourself with confidence, “Truth will correct all errors in my mind,” you speak for all the world and Him Who would release the world, as He would set you free.
I understand this year that the intent of this group of lessons is for me to allow the healing to occur as I sit in silence with my desire to awaken. In the past I have tried to achieve peace and that can be very frustrating and discouraging. When I try to do this on my own, I am doing it with the ego, and the ego has no idea how to achieve peace and doesn’t want to. I gladly give five minutes an hour as often as I can so that the work can be done in my mind according to my desire.
I am going to share two past entries from my journal that I found helpful to read again. The first one is about my youngest son, Toby. He had recently graduated from college and was far from home. I was having a lot of anxiety about him and asked Holy Spirit for help. The following is His message to me.
Holy Spirit: Precious One, Toby is a part of you, an aspect of your mind. What happens to him is a reflection of your mind and the thoughts in your mind. This is why his story brings up your fears. His story may look different from yours, but that is only the form. In content, all stories are the same. The part of your mind that thinks it is separated from God lives in fear and pain and guilt. These things manifest differently in the world, but they are all just reflections of the separation thought.
Your fear for Toby’s safety is an echo of your fear of being separate from God, and your reluctance to allow Me to correct your thoughts about danger are an echo of your reluctance to give up your specialness and return to the Oneness of Creation. Everything that happens in your dream is a replay of the separation and the fear and pain that resulted from that thought. All resistance to healing is caused by the guilt that occurred in your mind as a consequence of the separation belief.
Everything that happens in the dream has but one purpose, and that is to allow the correction of the original error. You are experiencing pain and fear right now because you lost sight of the purpose. You are now focused on the illusion and are unable to think of a way to fix it, so you feel anxiety. Bring your attention back to your purpose. The problems that seem to be happening in the world are not the cause, but the effect. Do not waste your time trying to manipulate the effect. Bring Me the cause, which are your thoughts of separation.
Toby’s fear that he won’t find a job in Hawaii is upsetting to you because it brings up your own fears of not being employable at some point. These fears are only another way of expressing your fears of being abandoned by God because of your original error. Bring Me these thoughts and let Me correct them. God wants only joy for you and has no desire to see you punished for your mistakes. He does not want your sacrifice. You do not deserve punishment.
Never be afraid to look at your fearful thoughts. Ask Me to hold your hand as you do this, and you will see that there is nothing to fear. In looking with Me, you will have invited healing into your mind, and the ego fear thoughts will dissolve into the nothingness they are. Doing this will leave your mind free to receive the inspiration you need to deal with the problems in the world.
When you know that you are loved, you will extend this thought to Toby and everyone else. Extending love is your function and your purpose. This is the only way you can be of help to your son. Allow your own healing, and this will heal others as they see in you what they want for themselves. They will be attracted to your certainty and your peace. They will see that there is a better way.
Me: Thank you for your help with this. It is so easy to become distracted by the problems the world presents and to forget why I am here. Once I start looking at the problem, it is hard to look away.
The second entry is about pain, and since then I have had many incidences like this.
Pain is Not Real
This morning as I read the lesson I was distracted by a painful headache which seemed to mock my efforts to do the lesson. Finally, I stopped trying to hide from the pain and decided to embrace it as the effect of the error I have chosen to experience at the moment. I sat in pain willing to be the “love which does not falter in the face of pain” and to trust that “Truth will correct all errors in my mind.”
I was not looking for a cure for the pain, or to see the pain magically disappear, but rather my intention was to be willing to “look beyond it, steadily and sure.” However, I was not disappointed that the pain did immediately fall away, and I could not help but notice what a lovely thing painlessness is. I would be willing to live without pain.
It feels harder to sit with emotional pain. My mind wants to hide from this kind of pain, and I notice how it uses projection to do so. I keep looking at the story for someone to blame. I feel angry (sad, fearful, guilty, etc.) and it must be her (his, their, its) fault. This was done to me by someone, or something becomes the refrain that hides the truth that I am 100% responsible and hiding the truth is the way I keep the lie in place.
And so I turn to Him Who goes with me in this adventure into illusions, and I ask Him to guide me out of the dream so that I might return home. Together we look at the error and allow the truth to correct it, and watch as all pain dissolves away as dark vanishes before light. What do you know; emotional pain is no different than physical pain! It is all the same error, and the solution is the same.