V. Wholeness and Spirit, P 5
5 Whatever is true is eternal, and cannot change or be changed. Spirit is therefore unalterable because it is already perfect, but the mind can elect what it chooses to serve. The only limit put on its choice is that it cannot serve two masters. If it elects to do so, the mind can become the medium by which spirit creates along the line of its own creation. If it does not freely elect to do so, it retains its creative potential but places itself under tyrannous rather than Authoritative control. As a result it imprisons, because such are the dictates of tyrants. To change your mind means to place it at the disposal of true Authority.
What I can’t change — I am eternal Spirit, unalterably perfect.
What I can’t do — I can’t serve two masters.
What I can do — I can choose the master I would serve.
1. Choose to follow God and create along the lines of spirit.
2. Choose to follow ego and retain creative ability but imprison the mind so that it can only pretend or make, but not create.
I have (or am?) this perfect, powerful, unlimited and unalterable creative mind. I can create love and peace, and joy in as many ways as I can think to, and because I am boundless, there is no end to the ways I can imagine creation. Because I am free and have no boundaries I can even play at making something outside of creation. And this is what I have done.
I have used the incredible power of my mind to voluntarily imprison a part of it, setting up limits so that I could pretend to be other than I am. I call this part of mind, ego. From this little bit of mind, I have made a world of separation with all its effects, intended and unintended. I doubt I understood the tyrannous nature of a mind so bound, how lost I would be in it, how fearful and guilty.
Though perhaps I have for awhile enjoyed the delicious tingle of fright and the powerful surges of adrenaline. And surely, I have enjoyed the highs and lows of emotions surging through the body, the ache of sexual desire and its physical release. Can anything equal the tender regard of mother and baby, newly born? Most assuredly so, but I cannot remember what that is.
And that’s the rub. I am truly lost here in my storyland, and the guilt and fear seem all too real. For it is the nature of the experience that I am wholly and completely in its thrall, otherwise, it is an idea, a concept but never fully realized. This ego is a tyrant for sure, and has no desire to die quietly, but wants to keep me engrossed with offers of more of its dubious adventures and promises of a false freedom.
The Holy Spirit speaks for God and gently leads us out of this unlikely kingdom we have made. As we listen to His loving Voice we see a glimmer of the truth, a bit of light, and we start to remember that a thousand choices offered by ego are choices between nothing and nothing. Long before the mind remembers it’s longing, the Heart feels it and we find a book or a teacher and we begin to make the only choice we truly have, the one between masters.
In a bid to keep our loyalty, the ego, using the only tools at its disposal (fear and guilt) warns us that we slipped away from God in the dark of night, stealing from Him what was His, leaving Him diminished. The ego says that we dare not go back. It warns that such a betrayal could not be without consequence. It’s a scary lie, but still a lie.
When we had the curious thought that we should try making a world different than truth, our loving Creator placed within the mind a reminder, a fail-safe. This Voice was placed there to comfort us when we got in too deep and experienced hurt. He placed within our mind a Light to keep the darkness from hiding our truth too completely, a Guide to bring us home when we tired of our games.
We did not sneak off from God, we did not hurt God, and we are not guilty and have nothing to fear from Love. If we are hearing that Voice and feeling its call to return home, it is only because we are through with play. We are making a choice for God, for Reality. It is time, we have decided to place our mind under true Authority.
In making the choice for God, we are beginning to realize that the tyrant, the ego, has no real power over us. We are the maker of the tyrant and cannot be controlled by it except if we make the choice to pretend we are. “This is what I have done, Holy Spirit. Please undo what I have done.” It’s that simple, and the consequences of choosing a true Master are not dire as we are warned by ego, but are glorious!