Friday, June 28, 2013
“You would be very surprised how different reality is from what we see. We do not realize the magnitude of that one error,” Devorah said. “It was so vast and so completely incredible that from it a world of total unreality had to emerge. Its fragmented aspects are fearful enough. But nothing we have seen begins to show us the enormity of the original error, which seemed to cast us out of the Garden, shatter knowledge into meaningless bits of disunited perceptions, and force us to make further substitutions.
“That was the first projection of error outward. The world arose to hide it, and became the screen on which it was projected and drawn between us and the truth. Truth extends inward, where the idea of loss in meaningless and only increase is conceivable. Do you really think it strange that a world in which everything is backwards and upside down arose from this projection of error? It was inevitable. For truth brought to this could only remain within in quiet, and take no part in all the mad projection by which this world was made. Call it not sin but madness, for such it was and so it still remains. Invest it not with guilt, for guilt implies it was accomplished in reality. And above all, be not afraid of it.
“When you seem to see some twisted form of the original error rising to frighten you, say only, ‘God is not fear, but love,’ and it will disappear. The truth will save us. It has not left us, to go out into the mad world and so depart from us. Inward is sanity; insanity is outside us. We but believe it is the other way around, that truth is outside, and error and guilt within. Our little, senseless substitutions, touched with insanity and swirling lightly off on a mad course like feathers dancing insanely in the wind, have no substance. They fuse and merge and separate, in shifting and totally meaningless patterns that need not be judged at all. To judge them individually is pointless. Their tiny differences in form are no real differences at all. None of them matters. That they have that in common and nothing else.
“Let them all go, dancing in the wind, dipping and turning till they disappear from sight, far, far outside you. Instead, turn to the stately calm within, where in holy stillness dwells the living God we never left, and who never left us.”