T. 18. VI. 1 – 5. Jesus: “There is nothing separate or outside of you! That is what you must ultimately learn, for it is the realization that the Kingdom of Heaven is restored to you. For God created only this, and He did not depart from it nor let it become separate from Himself.
The Kingdom of Heaven is the dwelling place of the Son of God, who left not his Father and dwells not apart from Him. Heaven is not a place nor a condition. It is merely an awareness of perfect Oneness, and the knowledge that there is nothing else; nothing outside this Oneness, and nothing else within.
What could God give but knowledge of Himself? What else is there to give? The belief that you could give and get something else, something outside yourself, has cost you the awareness of Heaven and of your Identity. And you have done a stranger thing than you yet realize. You have displaced your guilt from your mind to your body and made the body sick!
Yet a body is but an image in your mind; and cannot be guilty, for it can do nothing of itself. You who think you hate your body, projecting guilt onto it, have but deceived yourself. You hate your mind, for guilt has entered into it since the separation. Thus it would try to make itself separate from your brother’s, which it cannot do.
Minds are joined while bodies are not, and so they cannot be real. Only by identifying with the body, thus assigning to the mind the apparent attributes of the body, does separation seem to be possible and ‘real’ to you. And it is mind, then, that seems to be fragmented and private and alone. Its guilt, which keeps it separate, is projected to the body, which suffers and dies because it is attacked to hold the separation in the mind, and keep the mind from knowing its greater Identity.
Mind cannot attack, but it can make fantasies and direct the body to act them out. Yet it is never what the body does that seems to satisfy. Unless the mind believes the body is actually acting out its fantasies, it will attack the body by increasing the projection of its guilt upon it.
In this, the mind is clearly delusional. It cannot attack, but it maintains it can, and uses what it does to hurt the body to prove it can. The mind cannot attack, but it can deceive itself. And this is all it does when it believes the body suffers. It can project its guilt, but it will not lose it through projection! And though it clearly can misperceive the function of the body, it cannot change its function from what the Holy Spirit establishes it to be, once you have accepted the Holy Spirit’s purpose.
The body was not made by love! Yet love does not condemn it and can use it lovingly, respecting what the Son of God has made and using it to save him from illusions. Would you not have the instrument of separation be reinterpreted as a means for salvation, and used for purposes of love? Would you not welcome and support the shift from fantasies of vengeance to release from them?
Your perception of the body can clearly be sick, but project not this sickness upon the body. For your wish to make destructive what cannot destroy, can make appearances, but can have no real effect at all.
What God created as you is only what He would have you be, being His Will. You cannot make His Will destructive. You can make fantasies in which your will conflicts with His, but that is all!”