The Acceptance of Reality
1. "Fear of the Will of God is one of the strangest beliefs the human mind has ever made." It could not possibly have occurred unless the mind were already profoundly split, making it possible for it to appear afraid of what it really is. Reality cannot "threaten" anything except illusions, since reality can only uphold truth. The very fact that the Will of God, which is what you are, is perceived as fearful, demonstrates the appearance that you ARE afraid of what you are. It is not, then, the Will of God of which you afraid, but YOURS. So then you are afraid of yourself. Yet this is the ego's idea -- not yours! You ARE the Will of God and in reality you cannot be afraid of Him or of yourself!
2. “Your will is not the ego’s, and that is why the ego is against you.” What seems to be the fear of God is really the fear of your own reality. It is impossible to learn anything consistently in a state of PANIC. Yet though most of you have learned how to hide it fairly well, “panic” is the prevalent state in the world of ego. If the purpose of this course is to help you remember what you are, and if you believe that what you are is fearful, then it must follow that you will not learn this course. That is why it is taking so “long;” you are resistant because you listen to ego. Yet the reason for the course is that you do not know what you are, and the Holy Spirit will help you to know.
3. “If you do not know what your reality is, why would you be so sure that it is fearful?” The association of truth and fear, which would be highly artificial at most, is particularly inappropriate in the minds of those who do not know what truth is. All this could mean is that you are arbitrarily associating something beyond your awareness with something you do not want. Yet how can you know that you do not want “it” if you are not aware of what “it” is? Fear of the unknown is one of the ego’s most formidable weapons of separation. “It is evident, then, that you are judging something of which you are totally unaware.” You have set up this strange situation – fear of the Will of God, fear of your reality, fear of the unknown, fear of fear -- so that it is impossible to escape from it without a Guide Who does know what your reality is. The purpose of the Guide is merely to remind you of what you want. He is not attempting to force an alien will upon you. He is merely making every possible effort, within the limits you impose on Him, to reestablish your own will in your awareness!
4. “You have imprisoned your will beyond your own awareness, where it remains, but cannot help you.” When Jesus said that the Holy Spirit’s function is to sort out the true from the false in your mind, he meant that he has the power to look into what you have hidden and recognize the Will of God there.
5. “(He has) emphasized many times that the Holy Spirit will never call upon you to sacrifice anything.”
6. “A divided mind cannot communicate, because it speaks for different things to the same mind.” This loses the ability to communicate simply because confused communication does not mean anything. A message cannot be communicated unless it makes sense. How sensible can your messages be, when you ask for what you do not want? God could not will that happiness depended on what you could never have.
“Remember, then, that God’s Will is already possible, and nothing else will ever be.”
“God is but love and therefore so are you.”
7. “You may insist that the Holy Spirit does not answer you, but it might be wiser to consider the kind of questioner you are.” You do not ask only for what you want. This is because you are afraid you might receive it, and you would. That is why you persist in asking the teacher (ego) who could not possibly give you what you want. Of him (ego) you can never learn what it is, and this gives you the illusion of safety. Yet you cannot be safe from truth, but only in truth. Reality is the only safety. Your will is your salvation because it is the same as God’s; the separation is nothing more that the belief that it is different.
8. “No right mind can believe that its will is stronger than God’s.” If, then, a mind believes that its will is different from His, it can only decide either that there is no God or that God’s Will is fearful. The former accounts for the atheist, and the latter for the martyr who believes that God demands sacrifices. Either of these insane decisions will induce panic, because the atheist believes he is alone, and the martyr believes that God is crucifying him.
“Yet no one really wants either abandonment or retaliation, even though many may seek both.” Can you ask the Holy Spirit for “gifts” such as these, and actually expect to receive them? He cannot give you something you do not want. When you ask the Universal Giver for what you do not want, you are asking for what cannot be given because it was never created. It was never created, because it was never your will for you. It is indicative that the Holy Spirit can only give loving gifts. He can only give as He IS.
9. “Ultimately everyone must remember the Will of God, because ultimately everyone must recognize himself.” This recognition is the recognition that his will and God’s are one. In the presence of truth, there are no unbelievers and no sacrifices. In the security of reality, fear is totally meaningless. To deny what is can only seem to be fearful. Fear cannot be real without a cause, and God is the only Cause. God is Love and you do want Him. This is your will. Ask for this and you will be answered, because you will be asking only for what belongs to you.
10. “When you ask the Holy Spirit for what would hurt you, He cannot answer because nothing can hurt you, and so you are asking for nothing.” Any wish that stems from the ego is a wish for nothing, and to ask for it is not a request. It is merely a denial in the form of a request. The Holy Spirit is not concerned with “form,” being aware only of “meaning.”
“The ego cannot ask the Holy Spirit for anything, because there is complete communication failure between them.” Yet you can ask for everything of the Holy Spirit, because your requests to Him are real, being of your right mind. Would the Holy Spirit deny the Will of God? And could He fail to recognize it in His Son?
11. “You do not recognize the enormous waste of energy you expend in denying truth.” What would you say of someone who persists in attempting the impossible, believing that to achieve it is to succeed? . . . God could not will that happiness depended on what you could never have. The fact that God is Love does not require belief, but it does require acceptance . . . If you deny love, you will not know it because your cooperation is the law of its being.
Christ is in me, and where He is God must be, for Christ is part of Him.
So given that there is only one choice to make here, make it wisely. Choose the Holy Spirit. He will remind you that you are God’s Son, alike to Him in will and power, one with Him in Love. As GOD IS so are you. As you are, so GOD IS.