VIII. The Unbelievable Belief, P 1
1 We have said that without projection there can be no anger, but it is also true that without extension there can be no love. These reflect a fundamental law of the mind, and therefore one that always operates. It is the law by which you create and were created. It is the law that unifies the Kingdom, and keeps it in the Mind of God. To the ego, the law is perceived as a means of getting rid of something it does not want. To the Holy Spirit, it is the fundamental law of sharing, by which you give what you value in order to keep it in your mind. To the Holy Spirit it is the law of extension. To the ego it is the law of deprivation. It therefore produces abundance or scarcity, depending on how you choose to apply it. This choice is up to you, but it is not up to you to decide whether or not you will utilize the law. Every mind must project or extend, because that is how it lives, and every mind is life.
I am always projecting separation thoughts or I am extending love. I must do one or the other in every moment. It is a law and it is not possible to ignore it. My choice is how to use the law. I have had some physical challenges lately and I notice the thinking mind wants to project. It is constantly trying to find the cause of the problem. It wants place blame on something in the environment or someone who “gave” it to me, or something I ate.
The ego doesn’t particularly care where I project, as long as I project. The ego insists that I make someone or something else guilty so that I don’t appear guilty. To the ego mind this is salvation. What really happens, though, is that when I project I make the idea of sickness real in my mind, and I reinforce the belief in guilt. I scare myself as I make the world a dangerous place that threatens my very life with all kinds of sickness.
On my phone I have a local news app and one of the daily announcements is called, “What’s going around.” Just in case people are not nervous enough about catching something, it lets you know what you are probably going to catch. It warns everyone not to get too close to others because they might make you sick. This is perfect ego projection, always promoting fear and separation, always encouraging the belief in weakness and vulnerability.
I keep reminding myself that I don’t care where my sickness seems to have originated because that is just an illusion anyway. In truth, sickness of the body comes from sickness of the mind. All sickness is a defense against God and a choice I make. The only way to heal the body is to heal the mind that chose the sickness. It is in this way that I withdraw my projections and accept responsibility for the problem.
As I accept responsibility, I make a new choice. Instead of projecting blame, I ask for healing. A healed mind then extends love, which is all that is left to give once the mind is healed. When the mind is healed of the belief in separation, there is no fear or guilt and no reason or desire to project. Without the ego belief in separation there is only love and love flows unimpeded through us and to our brothers, because this is the nature of love. It extends itself.