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Text, Chapter 1, Section IV: The Escape from Darkness

1. The escape from darkness involves two stages: the recognition that darkness cannot hide and the recognition that there is nothing you want to hide if you could.  Accept this idea and you will be able to understand peace and joy.

2. The miracle sets reality where it belongs, which is only to spirit, and the miracle acknowledges only truth.  It thus dispels illusions about yourself and puts you in communion with yourself and God. So, anything not of God is not included.  The mind is now only in the service of the Holy Spirit.  This establishes the proper function of the mind and corrects its errors, which are merely lacks of love. Your mind can be possessed by illusions, but spirit is eternally free and reflects only love.  The purpose of the Atonement is to restore everything to you, or rather, to restore it to your awareness.  You were given everything when you were created, just as everyone was. The mind that serves spirit is invulnerable.

3. Darkness is lack of light as sin is lack of love.  Neither darkness nor sin have properties of their own.  Truth is always abundant, never scarce.  Those who perceive and acknowledge that they have everything have no needs of any kind. The purpose of the Atonement is to restore this knowledge to your awareness.  You were given everything in your creation, just as everyone was.  In the world this may not appear to be true, but in Heaven, in truth, it IS true.

4. The emptiness engendered by fear must be replaced by forgiveness.  That is what the Bible means by "There is no death," and why Jesus could demonstrate that death does not exist.  Those who witness for Jesus (his miracle workers) are expressing, through their miracles, that they have abandoned the belief in deprivation in favor of the abundance they have learned belongs to them.

(Continue to Text, Chapter 1, Section V: Wholeness and Spirit)

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