T. 17. VI. 4 – 7. Jesus: “The value of deciding in advance what you want to happen is simply that you will then perceive each situation as a means to have it happen. You will therefore make every effort to overlook what interferes with the accomplishment of your objective, and concentrate on everything that helps you meet it.
In accepting the Holy Spirit’s goal of truth, it is quite noticeable that this approach has brought you closer to His sorting out of truth and falsity. The true becomes perceived as what can be used to meet the goal. The false becomes the useless from this point of view, and is released. The situation now has meaning, but only because the goal of truth, set in advance, has made it meaningful.
The goal of truth has further practical advantages. If the situation is used by the Holy Spirit for truth and sanity, the outcome you experience must be peace. And this is quite apart from what the worldly outcome appears to be. If peace is the condition of truth and sanity, and cannot be without them, where peace is, they must be!
Truth comes of itself! If you experience peace, it is because the truth has come to you and you will see the outcome truly, for deception cannot prevail against you. You will recognize the outcome truly because you are at peace. Here again, your seeing is the opposite of the ego’s way of looking, for the ego believes ‘the situation’ brings the experience to you. The Holy Spirit knows that the situation is as the goal determines it, and is experienced according to the goal.
The goal of truth requires faith. Faith is implicit in the acceptance of the Holy Spirit’s purpose, and this faith is all-inclusive. Once the goal of truth has been set, there faith must be! The Holy Spirit sees the situation as a whole. The goal establishes the fact that everyone involved in it will play his part in its accomplishment. This is inevitable. No one will fail in anything!
This but seems to ask for faith beyond you, beyond your present learning, and beyond what you can give. Yet this is so only from the viewpoint of the ego, for the ego believes in ‘solving conflict’ through further separation and fragmentation, and does not perceive the situation as a whole. Therefore, it seeks to split off segments of the situation and deal with them ‘in separation,’ for it’s faith is place in separation and not in wholeness. Confronted with any aspect of the situation that seems to be difficult, the ego will attempt to take this aspect out of the situation as a whole, and try to resolve it elsewhere. And it may seem to be successful, except that this attempt conflicts with unity, thus it must obscure the goal of truth. So peace will not then be experienced, except perhaps in fantasy!
In that situation, truth has not come because faith has been denied, being withheld from where it rightfully belonged. Thus do you lose the understanding of the situation the goal of truth would bring. For fantasy solutions bring but ‘illusions of experience,’ and the ‘illusion of peace’ is not the condition in which truth can enter!”