Ch. 12. VII. 12 – 15. Jesus: “When you look within and see me, it will be because you have decided to manifest truth. And as you manifest it you will see it both without and within. You will see it looking back at you because you saw it first within!
Everything you behold ‘outside yourself’ is projection of what you first beheld within, and a judgment on yourself. If it is your own separate judgment, it will be wrong, for judgment is not your function. If it is the judgment of the Holy Spirit it will be right, for judgment is His function.
You share the Holy Spirit’s function of healing only by deferring to His judgment, reserving no judgment at all for yourself. If you judge, you will inevitably judge against yourself, but He will judge for you!
Remember, then, that whenever you look without and react unfavorably to something you see, it means you have judged yourself unworthy and have effectively ‘condemned yourself to death!’ The ‘death penalty’ is the ego’s ultimate goal, for it fully believes that, having attacked God, you are a criminal, as deserving of death as God knows you are deserving of life. The death penalty never leaves the ego’s mind, for that is what it always reserves for you in the end.
‘Wanting to kill you,’ as the final expression of its regard for you, it lets you live but to await death. It will torment you while you live, but its hatred is not satisfied until you die. For your destruction, the end of you as you really are, is the one end toward which the ego works, and the only end with which it will be satisfied. The ego cannot be a traitor to God, however, to Whom treachery is impossible. But it is a traitor to you who believe that you have been treacherous to your Father.
That is why the undoing of guilt is an essential part of the Holy Spirit’s teaching to you. For as long as you feel guilty you are listening to the voice of the ego, which tells you that you have been treacherous to God and therefore deserving of death. You will think that death comes from God and miss the fact that it is only an illusion of the ego. Because, by confusing yourself with the ego, on some level you believe that you want death. And from what you want God does not save you!
When you are tempted to yield to the desire for death by believing it is real, remember that I did not die! You will realize that this is true when you look within and see me. Would I have overcome death for myself alone? And would eternal life have been given me of the Father unless He had also given it to you?
When you learn to make me manifest in your life, you will never again see death. For you will have looked upon the deathless in yourself, and you will see only the eternal as you look out upon a world that cannot die.”