There is one life, and that I share with God.
This is akin to saying: There is one Light; it is the Sun, shared by all the Rays. This is to be used but for understanding, for, Truth is, God is the Source of Sun and the Rays as well. Use not just the words, but the visual as well, so that You see clearly that there is but One Source and Substance: That is God.
1 There are not different kinds of life, for life is like the truth. It does not have degrees. It is a synonym, the Nature of God. All Names for God describe Its Nature. It is the one condition in which all that God created share. Like all His Thoughts, it has no opposite. – Life is the quality of Reality. All the Real is forever. And All the Real is All there is. Pretty simple. – There is no death because what God created shares His Life. There is no death because an opposite to God does not exist. There is no death because the Father and the Son are one. These words are quite clear, needing no enhancement, but for All the Sons of God to trust in them and live them. To do that You must believe Me and understand that as Reality all there is is Good forever. Are You willing? Or do You prefer to be an ego?
2 In this world there appears to be a state that is life’s opposite. You call it death. It stands at the pinnacle of miscreation. The ego long ago created it, passed it into ‘law. Dreamers took it up enthusiastically, called it part of ]life’, and it became “Holy Writ” a thing most sacred.
Yet we have learned that the idea of death takes many forms. It is the one idea which underlies all feelings that are not supremely happy. Not only does the body seem to die, but all things as well. Flowers wither, leaves fall off of trees, iron rusts, wood rots, relationships do fail, memory goes, agility turns into stiffness, food and teeth decay, eyesight blurs, heaing goes faulty, You get the picture! And all of this is considered as God’s ‘natural’ plan. –
It is the alarm to which you give response of any kind that is not perfect joy. All sorrow, loss, anxiety, and suffering and pain, even a little sigh of weariness, a slight discomfort or the merest frown, acknowledge death. And thus deny you live. And why is that? For each of these responses express a giving up, a capitulation to the seeming reality of all error. This need not be. What God does is forever at perfection.
3 You think that death is of the body. – It isn’t. The body sources nothing. It is of the mind, seeming to be ‘real’. – Yet it is but an idea, irrelevant to what is seen as physical. A thought is in the mind. It can be then applied as mind directs it. But its origin is where it must be changed if change occurs. Change Your mind about what You see, and what You see will change accommodatingly, accordingly. It’s very simple: \matter’ responds to Mind.
Ideas leave not their source. – In this idea lies the right answer to all Your seeming ‘needs’, for God is Your Source. – The emphasis this course has placed on that idea is due to its centrality in our attempts to change your mind about yourself. It is the reason you can heal. – Healing is a stand for Reality. – It is the cause of healing. It is why you cannot die. Its truth established you as one with God.
4 Death is the thought that you are separate from your Creator. Or else that Your creator is like You. Both thoughts are untrue.
It is the belief conditions change, emotions alternate because of causes you cannot control, you did not make, and you can never change. It is the fixed belief ideas can leave their source and take on qualities the source does not contain, becoming different from their own origin, apart from it in kind as well as distance, time, and form. For thus do You perceive You did with the separation, for You have assumed it really happened, mistaking unreal dreams for reality.
5 Death cannot come from life. – It is not a part of it. What an oxymoron that is! Yet You believe it. – Ideas remain united to their source. They can extend all that their source contains. In that they can go far beyond themselves. But they cannot give birth to what was never given them. As they are made, so will their making be. – Made from fantasy, thus do they remain. – As they were born, so will they then give birth. And where they come from, there will they return. From “native nothingness” they came, and nothing They do remain.
6 The mind can think it sleeps, but that is all. It cannot change what is its waking state. It cannot make a body nor abide within a body. The seeming changes in the dream have simple never happened, for dreams are not real.
What is alien to the mind does not exist because it has no source. For mind creates all things that are and cannot give them attributes it lacks nor change its own eternal, mindful state. It cannot make the physical. What seems to die is but the sign of mind asleep. Dreaming pointless dreams. And they seem so real! And yet they aren’t.
7 The opposite of life can only be another form of life. – An imaginary miscreation. – As such, it can be reconciled with what created it because it is not opposite in truth. Its form may change; it may appear to be what it is not. Yet mind is mind awake or sleeping. – Whatever it seems to be, it is still mind seeming it. – It is not its opposite in anything created nor in what it seems to make when it believes it sleeps. Mind is everpresent here and now despite appearances.
8 God creates only mind awake. He does not sleep, and His creations cannot share what He gives not nor make conditions which He does not share with them. – Here is Your rule of thumb: If it isn’t Good, it isn’t God, and it isn’t real. – The thought of death is not the opposite to thoughts of life. – What is ALL can have no opposite. – Forever unopposed by opposites of any kind, the Thoughts of God remain forever changeless with the power to extend forever changelessly but yet within Themselves, for They are everywhere. “All is Infinite Mind … it’s Infinite Manifestation.”1
9 What seems to be the opposite of life is merely sleeping. This is how I could say of Jairus’ daughter: “The maid is not dead. She is merely sleeping.”2
When the mind elects to be what it is not and to assume an alien power which it does not have, a foreign state it cannot enter or a false condition not within its Source, it merely seems to go to sleep a while. It dreams of time-an interval in which what seems to happen never has occurred, the changes wrought are substanceless, and all events are nowhere. When the mind awakes, it but continues as it always was. All the ‘world’ and its history – ‘past’ or seeming present – just never happened. It has all been a dream!
10 Let us today be children of the truth and not deny our holy heritage. Why not accept It!
Our life is not as we imagine it. Who changes life because he shuts his eyes or makes himself what he is not because he sleeps and sees in dreams an opposite to what he is? We will not ask for death in any form today. Nor will we let imagined opposites to life abide even an instant where the Thought of life eternal has been set by God Himself. No matter how ‘real’ it all seems, just remind Yourself: My awful sense of “life is but a dream.” And I can now Awaken!
I’m more than willing!
11 His holy home we strive to keep today as He established it, and wills it be forever and forever. He is Lord of what we think today. And in His Thoughts, which have no opposite, we understand there is one life and that we share with Him, with all creation, with their thoughts as well, whom He created in a unity of life that cannot separate in death and leave the Source of Life from where it came. We are each a crucial part of Something Wonderful from Which We have been hiding. Not any longer!
12 We share our life because we have one Source, a Source from Which perfection comes to us, remaining always in the holy minds which He created perfect. As we were, so are we now and will forever be. A sleeping mind must waken as it sees its own perfection mirroring the Lord of Life so perfectly it fades into what is reflected there. And now it is no more a mere reflection. It becomes the thing reflected and the light which makes reflection possible. No vision now is needed. For the wakened mind is one that knows its Source, its Self, its holiness. It takes but self-disciplined willingness to stick to it that brings You to the Holy Place where God waits to lift You that last step back to Heaven.
1 Science and Health, with Key to the Scritures, Mary Baker Eddy, page 468, The Scientific Statement of Being.
2 Jesus when called to raise Jairus’ daughter and having be told She was ‘dead’. He said that, ignored the scornful reaction, and raised Her to Life.
Matthew 9:24 He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.
Here is the whole chapter, full of healing: (Jesus’ bringing of Reality into the dream)
1 And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.
2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.
3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.
4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?
5 For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?
6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.
7 And he arose, and departed to his house.
8 But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.
9 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.
10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.
11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?
12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?
15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.
16 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.
17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.
18 While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.
19 And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples.
20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:
21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.
23 And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise,
24 He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.
25 But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.
26 And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.
27 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us.
28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.
29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.
30 And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.
31 But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.
32 As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil.
33 And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.
34 But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils.
35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.