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In the “nothing”, the love of God, for a little while, must still be expressed through one body to another. That is because the real vision is still so dim. Everyone can use his body best by enlarging man’s perception, so he can see the real VISION. THIS VISION is invisible to the physical eye. The ultimate purpose of the body is to render itself unnecessary. Learning to do this is the only real reason for its creation.
The blind become ACCUSTOMED to their world by their adjustments to it. They think they know their way about in it. They learned not through joyous lessons, but through the stern necessity of limits they believed they could not overcome. And, STILL believing this, they hold those lessons dear and cling to them BECAUSE they cannot see. They do not understand the lessons KEEP them blind. This they do NOT believe. And so they keep the world they learned to “see” in their imagination, believing that their choice is that, or nothing.
They hate the world they learned through pain. And everything they think is in it serves to remind them that THEY are incomplete and bitterly deprived. Thus they DEFINE their life and where they live it, ADJUSTING to it as they think they must, afraid to lose the little that they have. And so it is with all who see the body as all they have and all their brothers have. They try to reach each other and they fail. And fail again. And they ADJUST to loneliness, believing that to KEEP the body is to SAVE the little that they have.
You who are steadfastly devoted to misery, MUST first recognize that you ARE miserable and NOT happy. The Holy Spirit cannot teach WITHOUT this contrast, for you believe that misery IS happiness. This has so confused you, that you have undertaken to learn to do what you can NEVER do, believing that UNLESS you learn it, you will NOT be happy. You do NOT realize that the foundation on which this most peculiar learning goal depends, means ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. This DOES make sense to you.
The Holy Spirit, SEEING where you are, but KNOWING you are elsewhere, begins His lesson in simplicity with the fundamental teaching that TRUTH IS TRUE. This is the hardest lesson you will ever learn, and in the end, the ONLY one. Simplicity is very difficult for twisted minds. Consider all the distortions you have made of nothing; all the strange forms and feelings, actions and reactions, that you have woven out of it.
Nothing is so alien to you as the simple truth, and “NOTHING” are you LESS inclined to listen to. The contrast between what is true and what is not is PERFECTLY apparent, yet you do NOT see it. The simple and the obvious are NOT apparent to those who would make palaces and royal robes of nothing, believing they are kings with golden crowns BECAUSE of them.
Have faith in nothing and you will FIND the treasure that you sought. But you will add another burden to your mind ALREADY burdened, or you would NOT have sought another. You believe the “NOTHING” has VALUE and VALUE it. A little piece of glass, a speck of dust, a body, or a war, are one to you. For if you value ONE thing made of nothing, you HAVE believed that nothing CAN be precious, and that you CAN learn how to make the UN-true true.
All this the Holy Spirit sees and teaches simply, that ALL THIS IS NOT TRUE. Those who would delude themselves into believing that it is NOT nothing, the Holy Spirit says with steadfast quietness, “The truth is true”. Nothing else matters, nothing else is real, and EVERYTHING beside it is not there.
The one distinction, which you CANNOT make, but NEED to learn, is that your faith in nothing IS deceiving you. Offer your faith to the Holy Spirit, and he will place it gently in the holy place where it belongs. You will find NO deception there, but only the simple Truth. And you will love it, because you will UNDERSTAND it.”
Like you, the Holy Spirit did NOT make truth. Like God, He KNOWS it to be true. He brings the LIGHT of truth into the darkness, and LETS it shine on you. And as it shines, YOUR BROTHERS see it. Realizing that this light is NOT what you have made, they see in you MORE than YOU see. They will be happy learners of the lesson which this light brings to them, because it teaches them release from nothing, and from all the works of nothing.