Ch. 7. VI. 7 – 10. Jesus: “Vigilance would never have been called upon by the Holy Spirit if you had not chosen to believe the untrue. When you believe something, you have made it ‘true’ for you. When you believe that which God does knows not, your thought seems to contradict His, and this makes it appear to you as if you are attacking Him. Thus, as I have repeatedly emphasized, the ego in your mind does believe it can attack God, and tries to persuade you that you have done so, hence your guilt.
The mind, being truly whole, cannot attack, so the ego proceeds quite logically to the belief that you must not be mind, but something separate, a body. By perceiving you as you are not, it sees itself as you, and as it wants to be – separate! Aware of its own weakness in this, the ego wants your allegiance, but not as what you really are! The ego therefore wants to engage your mind in the ego’s own delusional system, making you seem to be a body, because otherwise the light of your understanding would dispel the ego entirely!
Because the ego itself is not true, it wants no part of truth! If truth is total, nothing within it can be ‘untrue,’ and the untrue simply does not exist. Commitment to either truth or untruth is unavoidably total; the two positions cannot coexist in your mind without splitting it. If they cannot coexist in peace, and if you want peace, you must give up the idea of conflict entirely, and for all time. This requires vigilance, yet only as long as you do not fully recognize what is true.
While you believe that two totally contradictory thought systems ‘share the truth,’ your need for vigilance is apparent! Your mind is dividing its allegiance between two kingdoms, and you are totally committed to neither. Your identification with God’s Kingdom is totally beyond question, except by you, and then only when you are thinking insanely. What you are is not established by your perception, and is not influenced by it at all. Perceived problems in self-identification at any level are not problems of fact. They are problems of understanding, since their presence implies a belief that what you are is up to you to decide. The ego believes this totally, of course, being fully committed to it. But it is not true! The ego, therefore, is totally committed to un-truth, perceiving in total contradiction to the Holy Spirit and to the knowledge of God.
You can be perceived with meaning only by the Holy Spirit, because your very being is the knowledge of God. Any belief you accept apart from this will obscure God’s Voice in you, and will therefore obscure God to you. Unless you perceive His Creation truly, you cannot know your Creator, since God and His Creation are not separate.
The oneness of the Creator and the Creation is your wholeness, your sanity and your limitless power. This limitless power is God’s gift to you, because it is what you are. If you dissociate your mind from it, you are perceiving the most powerful force in the universe as if it were weak, because you do not believe you are part of it.”