IX. The Holy Instant and the Attraction of God, P 2
2 Our task is but to continue, as fast as possible, the necessary process of looking straight at all the interference and seeing it exactly as it is. For it is impossible to recognize as wholly without gratification what you think you want. The body is the symbol of the ego, as the ego is the symbol of the separation. And both are nothing more than attempts to limit communication, and thereby to make it impossible. For communication must be unlimited in order to have meaning, and deprived of meaning, it will not satisfy you completely. Yet it remains the only means by which you can establish real relationships, which have no limits, having been established by God.
Our task is but to continue, as fast as possible, the necessary process of looking straight at all the interference and seeing it exactly as it is.
This paragraph goes nicely with the lesson I am doing today which tells us that our goal is to see our brothers as they are rather than as bodies. A good way to achieve that goal is to look straight at the interference with the goal and see it as it is. So when I look at my brother and see him as a body, I know the body, being the symbol of the ego, is the interference Jesus speaks of. The body itself and all that it does gets in the way of vision.
If all that I do is look at the body, all that I will see is the story and that is what I will believe. This leads to judgment and unforgiveness and takes me more deeply into the confusion of the illusion. I don’t want to be there anymore. I want to see past the illusion to the beauty and truth of my brothers and sisters. I want to overlook the story and see straight into the heart, to remember who we are. I want to experience this life with detachment, always asking what everything is for, letting the Holy Spirit interpret it all for me. This will be the fastest route possible for me.
If I do these things, if I am diligent in my practice of seeing past the illusion, my attempts at communication will be, if not unlimited, certainly with fewer limits. As I get closer to unlimited communication, my relationships will not be so limited. I will have holy relationships rather than the special relationships the ego offers.
I was with someone yesterday and I love being with her, but it is always a little stressful. The stress is caused by the limited communication between us. Somehow we each spend too much effort in trying to say the right thing to the other. I have never figured out how to correct this and so I am surrendering that relationship to the Holy Spirit. I am asking to see this precious person with Christ’s Vision. It feels good as I think of this. It feels like an intolerable weight has been lifted from my shoulders.