False Expectations Appearing Real
In the story of Adam and Eve the original sin was eating of the fruit of the forbidden tree. The serpent said to the woman,
“You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good an evil”.
Knowing the difference between good and evil but also being able to choose. The power of JUDGMENT, technically, equality to God.
The first judgement, to be SPECIAL, made the world of Illusion. A world the opposite of ONENESS. An ILLUSION, a DREAM of existence, where bodies or CHARACTERS rule and the body’s senses offer it proof. A place where the DREAMER believes He is also the CHARACTERS in the dream. A world of opposites to ONENESS, where SAFETY lies in ATTACK, ETERNITY bows to TIME, and LOVE is confused with FEAR.
And the greatest fear, God’s retribution or wrath for having wanted to be SPECIAL and usurping the Throne of God.
What a lead-in for today’s lesson ACIM Lesson #196 It can be but myself I crucify.
“The dreary, hopeless thought that you can make attacks on others and escape yourself has nailed you to the cross. Perhaps it seemed to be salvation. Yet it merely stood for the belief the fear of God is real. And what is that but hell? Who could believe his Father is his deadly enemy, separate from him, and waiting to destroy his life and blot him from the universe, without the fear of hell upon his heart?
Such is the form of madness you believe, if you accept the fearful thought you can attack another and be free yourself. Until this form is changed, there is no hope. Until you see that this, at least, must be entirely impossible, how could there be escape? The fear of God is real to anyone who thinks this thought is true. And he will not perceive its foolishness, or even see that it is there, so that it would be possible to question it.”
and the lesson continues:
“There is an instant in which terror seems to grip your mind so wholly that escape appears quite hopeless. When you realize, once and for all, that it is you you fear, the mind perceives itself as split. And this had been concealed while you believed attack could be directed outward, and returned from outside to within. It seemed to be an enemy outside you had to fear. And thus a god outside yourself became your mortal enemy; the source of fear.
Now, for an instant, is a murderer perceived within you, eager for your death, intent on plotting punishment for you until the time when it can kill at last. Yet in this instant is the time as well in which salvation comes. For fear of God has disappeared. And you can call on Him to save you from illusions by His Love, calling Him Father and yourself His Son. Pray that the instant may be soon,—today. Step back from fear, and make advance to love.”
Look, Listen, and Do Not Judge. Realize judgement is a two-edged sword. Leave Judgement up to the Holy Spirit. Do not, as the CHARACTER, bind the dream but allow the DREAMER to choose with God’s Holy Spirit.
God Bless Christ Bless I Bless