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8.1 You are now beginning to reach the stage of understanding wherein you can realize that it was not some separate “you” or some species without form who at some point in time chose to express love in physical form, and so began this experience of human life. You are now beginning to be able to understand that it was God who made this choice. This was the Creator making a choice. Creation’s response was the universe, which is an expression of God’s love, an expression of God’s choice, a representation of God’s intent.
8.2 I say you are only now beginning to reach a stage where you can understand this, but what I really mean is that you are only now reaching a stage wherein you can know, within your inner being, that this is the truth. I say this because it is only now that you can come to know this truth without reverting to old ideas of not having had “yourself” any choice in the matter, or reverting to old ideas of blaming God for all that has ensued since this choice. I say this because only now are you beginning to be ready to hear that you and God are the same. That when I say “God made a choice” I am not saying that you did not. I am saying that a choice was made within the one mind, the one heart, and that this was your choice as well as God’s choice. It was one choice made in unity. It was the choice of all for life-everlasting and life ever-expressing. It was the choice for creation, for creation is the expression of love.
8.3 The heart of God is the center of the universe, as your own heart is the center of your being. The mind of God is the source of all ideas, just as “your” mind is the source of your ideas.
8.4 Let us dwell again, for just a moment before we let this dwelling in the past go forever, on what has “gone wrong” with God’s expression of love.
8.5 Creation in form had a starting point. This is the nature of everything that lives in form. It has a starting point from which it grows into its time of fullness. Creation on the scale at which God creates produced the universe, or in actuality, many universes. These universes grew and changed, ebbed and flowed, materialized and dematerialized in natural cycles of the creation process that once begun was unending and thus was ever creating anew. So too is it with you.
8.6 Each expression of God’s love, being of God, continued to express love through expression of its nature, which was of God. What happened in the case of human beings, was a disconnect from your own true nature, which in turn caused a disconnect in your ability to express love, which in turn caused a disconnect in your ability to know God, because you did not know yourself.
8.7 The expression of your true nature should never have been difficult, joyless, or fearful; but you cannot imagine what a creative undertaking the human being was! If you can imagine for a moment yourself as a being whose every thought became manifest, as perhaps you can envision from remembering your dreams in which anything can happen without any need for you to “do” anything, and then becoming a form where expressing yourself depended upon what you could “do” with the human body, you can imagine the learning process that ensued. If your reality had been like unto the reality you experience in dreams, can you not see that you would have to learn to breathe, to speak, to walk, much as a baby learns to do these things, and that these things were loving acts within a loving universe, a love-filled learning process. A learning process that was as known to you and chosen by you as it was by God, because you and God are one.
8.8 You might ask how, if what I’m saying is true, could God disconnect from himself? What God could not disconnect from was the true nature of the being of God, which is love. What God could not disconnect from was the true nature of creation, which is love. What God, in effect had to do, what you in effect had to do in order to live in a nature inconsistent with that from which God could not disconnect, was disconnect from God. Since God was the center of your being, it was impossible to disconnect your heart and still live. What could be disconnected was your will—or in other words, your mind. Just as it is your nature to breathe oxygen, and not breathing oxygen is thus inconsistent with your nature, fearfulness is inconsistent with God. Judgment is inconsistent with God. Bondage or lack of freedom is inconsistent with God.
8.9 God always knew what your mind chose to rebel against: that creation is perfect. Your mind, being of God, was constrained by the learning limits of the body and chose to rebel against the learning that was needed in order to come into the time of fullness of a being able to express itself in form, never realizing that this just delayed the learning that had to occur to release you from the limits you struggled against. The constant striving to be more and more, faster and faster—each being’s yearning, passionate, excessive drive to fulfill its purpose, like a drive to explore the ocean before knowing how to swim or the drive to explore new lands while still believing the Earth to be flat—God saw and knew to be consistent with the nature of man, even while the fear and struggle that this impatience generated was inconsistent with God.
8.10 Thus, what could God then do? What does creation do with a storm arising on the horizon, growing out of atmospheric conditions perfect to generate its violence? What do you, who are parents, do with a child who is too impatient, too bright, too eager, to learn slowly and mature gracefully? Do you withdraw your love? Never. Do you disinherit? Rarely. What you do is realize the impossibility of imposing your will and, because of this impossibility, you realize that you must let go. Your decision was also God’s decision.
8.11 In following in the way of God’s original intent, you rebelled against God’s original design, the design that is the pattern of creation. Yet your rebellion was not with God, although you came to see it as such. Your rebellion was not allowed, it was mutually chosen. Just as, as a parent, you come to see that you cannot fight a child’s nature, no matter how different it might be from your own—just as in extreme cases you see that you cannot stop your child from perilous behavior save by taking away their freedom through the most extreme of measures—this is what happened between you and God.
8.12 To take away your freedom in order to protect you, even from yourself, would not have been an act of love. To take away your freedom would be to take away God’s own freedom, the freedom of creation. Your rebellion against the constraints of your nature in form thus became part of the pattern of creation because it was the created’s response. It was your response, and since God is both the Creator and the Created, it was God’s response as well.
8.13 As you begin to live as both the Created and the Creator, you expand and enrich God. What other purpose would God ever have had for wanting to express the Love that is Himself in form, if it were not for the expansion and enrichment it would add to His being? What purpose is behind your own desire to do thus?
8.14 It was only the ego that made this desire seem to be for anything other than the purpose of expansion and enrichment of your being. If it is only in sharing who you are through expression of who you are that you come to know who you are, then this is true of God as well. God could not be the only being in all of creation who remains static and unchanging! How could this possibly be said of one whose name and identity is synonymous with creation? You like to think that God knows everything, and God surely knows everything that is. But consciousness of what is, the Christ-consciousness that allows you to be in communion with God, is not a static state. While consciousness of the truth is never-changing, consciousness of the truth is also ever-expanding.
8.15 Does one know love in one burst of knowing and never know more of love? Does one grasp beauty and thereafter remain ever unstirred by it? Is not the very essence of consciousness itself this ability to come to know continuously? To be aware constantly of what is, is to continuously come to know and yet to never not know.
8.16 You think of a state of knowing as a state of there being nothing you do not know about something. This is why you study subjects—so that you can come to this completion and enjoy this certainty and pride that at least you know all there is to know about this one thing. This was the ego’s answer to being a learning being—choosing something to learn that it could master. Yet all that this was, was a desire to be done with learning, which is a true desire consistent with your true nature and your purpose here. To learn everything there is to know about even one subject, and to call that learning complete, is an error. If you rethink this definition you will see that even in regards to the learning of one subject it is not the truth. The only instance in which this is the truth is in regards to learning who you are.
8.17 Learning, dear brothers and sisters, does come to an end, and that end is fast approaching. Coming to know through learning will be of the past as soon as Christ-consciousness is sustainable and you begin to come to know through constant revelation of what is. True learning has had only one purpose—the purpose of returning you to awareness of your true identity. Be done with learning now as you accept who you truly are.
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