T. 18. VI. 8 – 12. Jesus: “The body is an imaginary limit imposed on the universal communication that is an eternal property of mind. But the communication is internal, having nothing to do with the body!
Mind reaches to itself! It is not made up of different parts which somehow ‘reach to’ each other. It does not ‘go out.’ Within itself it has no limits, and there is nothing outside of it. It encompasses everything. It encompasses you entirely; you within it and it within you. There is nothing else, anywhere or ever!
The body is outside you! It but seems to surround you, shutting you off from others, keeping you apart from them and them from you. In reality, it is not there! There is no barrier between God and His Son, nor can His Son be separated from Himself except in illusions.
This world of bodies is not the Son’s reality, though he believes it is. Yet this could only be if God were wrong! God would have had to create differently, and to have separated Himself from His Son to make this possible. He would have had to create different things, and to establish different ‘orders of reality,’ only some of which were love. Yet love must be forever like itself, changeless forever, and forever without alternative. And so it is!
You cannot put a barrier around yourself, because God placed none between Himself and you. This means that you can ‘stretch out your hand’ and reach to Heaven! You who have joined with your brother have begun to reach beyond the body, though not outside yourself, to reach your shared Identity together. Could this be ‘outside’ you? Where is God not? Is He a body, and did He create you as He is not, and where He cannot be?
You are surrounded only by Him! What limits can there be on you whom He encompasses? Everyone has experienced what he would call a sense of being transported beyond himself. This feeling of liberation far exceeds the dream of freedom sometimes hoped for in special relationships. It is a sense of actual escape from limitations. If you will consider what this ‘transportation’ really entails, you will realize that it is a sudden un-awareness of the body, and a joining of yourself and something else in which your mind enlarges to encompass it. That ‘something’ becomes recognized as part of you, and you unite with it. And both become recognized as whole, now that neither is perceived as separate.
What really happens is that you have given up the illusion of a limited awareness, and lost your fear of union. The love that instantly replaces it extends to what has freed you, and unites with it. And while this lasts, you are not uncertain of your Identity and would not limit It. You have escaped from fear to peace, asking no questions of reality, but merely accepting it. You have accepted this instead of the body, and have let yourself be one with something beyond it, simply by not letting your mind be limited by the body.”