September 1, 2008

This Need not Be

Today I heard it read again, the passage in the Course where Jesus says, when you feel guilty etc, know this need not be. I post here part of it. It is such a great and simple reminder:

If you cannot hear the voice of God, it is because you do not choose to listen. The fact that you DO listen to the voice of your ego is demonstrated by your attitudes, your feelings, and your behavior. Your attitudes are obviously conflicted; your feelings have a narrow range on the negative side, but are never purely joyous; and your behavior is either strained or unpredictable. Yet this IS what you want. This is what you are fighting to keep, and what you are vigilant to save. Your minds are filled with schemes to save the face of your egos, and you do not seek the Face of God.

The glass in which the ego seeks to see its face is dark indeed. How can it maintain the trick of its existence except with mirrors? But where you look to find yourself is up to you. We have said that you cannot change your mind by changing your behavior, but we have also said, and many times before, that you CAN change your mind. When your mood tells you that you have willed wrongly, and this is so whenever you are not joyous, then KNOW this need not be.

In every case you have thought wrongly about some Soul that God created, and are perceiving images your ego makes in a darkened glass. Think honestly what you have thought that God would NOT have thought, and what you have NOT thought that God would have you think. Search sincerely for what you have done and left undone accordingly. And then change your minds to THINK WITH GOD'S.

This may seem hard to you, but it is MUCH easier than trying to think AGAINST it. Your mind IS one with God's. Denying this and thinking otherwise has held your ego together, but has literally split your mind. As a loving brother, I am deeply concerned with your minds, and urge you to follow my example as you look at yourselves and at each other and see in both the glorious Creations of a glorious Father.

When you are sad, KNOW that this NEED NOT BE. Depression ALWAYS arises ultimately from a sense of being deprived of something you want and do not have. KNOW you are deprived of nothing, except by your own decisions, and then decide otherwise.

When you are anxious, KNOW that all anxiety comes from the capriciousness of the ego, and NEED NOT BE. You can be as vigilant AGAINST the ego's dictates as FOR them.

When you feel guilty, KNOW that your ego has indeed violated the laws of God, but YOU have not. Leave the sins of the ego to me. That is what the Atonement is for. But until you change your mind about those your ego has hurt, the Atonement cannot release you. As long as you feel guilty, your ego is in command, because only the ego CAN experience guilt. THIS NEED NOT BE.

It is so true. The reason I don't hear God speaking to me is that I am simply not listening. I listen to my ego, to my own voice which tells me that I am separate from everything else. This cannot not be fearful, and all my defenses are rooted in this one idea. But it need not be. I am not a body. I am free. I am still as God created me. But hearing God's voice is the only way to be healed. It is up to me. Just to know that it need not be, let's me relax and shift my attention to what I really want.
You can read more of "this need not be" under The Escape from Fear...

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Erika said...

I saw this passage on your blog: "Everything the ego tells you that you need will hurt you. For although the ego urges you again and again to get, it leaves you nothing, for what you get it will demand of you."

I thought some worldly goals, such as getting married or having kids were exempt, but then I got some powerful spiritual guidance to let those things go, too.

Now I'm just hear with open empty hands, and an intuition that a new outer purpose will be placed in them.

Thank you for your blog :-)

Alban, Teacher of God said...

Thank you so much, Erika, for reminding me about that passage. It is so true. I'm happy you commented, and to hear that you experienced this miracle of a new perspective. It is so amazing, isn't it? How things are just different from a different light, and how much we are blocked by our own ideas to experience what is actually much much more satisfying. I am happy for you, and everything in this moment. There really is a God. Thank you, thank you....