Death Takes Many Forms in the Ego’s World.

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Death Takes Many Forms in the Ego’s World” was taken from “A Course in Miracles” “There is no death. The Son of God is free.”

Death is a thought which takes on many forms, often unrecognized. It may appear as sadness, fear, anxiety or doubt; as anger, faithlessness and lack of trust; concern for bodies, envy, and all forms in which the wish to be, as you are not, may come to tempt you. All such thoughts are but reflections of the worshiping of death, as savior and as giver of release.

The thought of death seems mighty.

Embodiment of fear, the host of sin, God of the guilty and the lord of all illusions and deceptions, does the thought of death seem mighty. For it seems to hold all living things within its withered hand; all hopes and wishes in its blighting grasp.

All goals perceived but in its sightless eyes. The frail, the helpless, and the sick bow down before its image, thinking it alone is real, inevitable, worthy of their trust. For it alone will surely come.

All things but death is seen to be unsure, too quickly lost however hard to gain, uncertain in their outcome, apt to fail the hopes they once engendered, and to leave the taste of dust and ashes in their wake, in place of aspirations and of dreams. But death is counted on. For it will come with certain footsteps when the time has come for its arrival. It will never fail to take all life as hostage to itself. Would you bow down to idols such as this?

The opposite of God proclaimed stronger than God’s will for life.

Here is the strength and might of God himself perceived within an idol made of dust. Here is the opposite of God proclaimed as lord of all creation, stronger than God’s will for life, the endlessness of love and heaven’s perfect, changeless constancy. 

Here is the will of Father and of son defeated finally and laid to rest beneath the headstone death has placed upon the body of the holy Son of God. Unholy in defeat, he has become what death would have him be. His epitaph, which death itself has written, gives no name to him, for he has passed to dust.

It says but this: “Here lies a witness God is dead.” And this it writes again and still again, while all the while its worshipers agree, and kneeling down with foreheads to the ground, they whisper fearfully that it is so. It is impossible to worship death in any form, and still select a few you would not cherish, and would yet avoid while still believing in the rest.

Death is total. Either all things die, or else they live.

No compromise is possible. For here again we see an obvious position which we must accept if we be sane; what contradicts one thought entirely cannot be true unless its opposite is proven false.

The idea of the death of God is so preposterous that even the insane have difficulty in believing it. For it implies that God was once alive and somehow perished, killed, apparently, by those who did not want him to survive. Their stronger will could triumph over his, and so eternal life gave way to death; and when the Father died, the son died too. Death’s worshipers may be afraid. And yet can thoughts like these be fearful?

If they saw that it is only this which they believed, they would be instantly released. There is no death, and we renounce it now in every form, for their salvation and our own as well.  God made not death. Whatever form it takes must therefore be illusion. It is given us to look past death and see the light beyond.  See Related: Without the Idea of Death World Wouldn’t Exist

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