What is Creation?
Our special theme says, “Creation is the opposite of all illusions, for creation is the truth.”
Unfortunately, all that we are aware of is illusion. That means that we have no idea what truth is.
It is helpful if we take in this realization:
We have no idea what truth is.
This is why NTI Luke says:
There are expectations in your mind regarding truth, but these expectations are based on what you know within your slumber. They are not based on knowledge or Life. They are based on interpretation, or death.
What do you expect of Me? Where is it that you think I am leading you to?
Free yourself from these thoughts, and open your mind to Me unfettered by expectations. Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of Me.
People have often asked me what that last sentence means:
“Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of Me.”
In her book, What is the Self?, Bernadette Roberts describes some of the last temptations that we experience prior to Manonasa. She writes:
We have to keep in mind that consciousness is the experience of energy, and that in the unitive state [the real world] there is still the experience of various energies and feelings. … Because these energies are new to us they seem to be quite extraordinary. … So one task of the unitive state is that we do not mistake these energies for the divine, but instead, see them as belonging solely to the unconscious self. This task may not be as easy as it sounds; to regard certain energies as supernatural can be a powerful temptation. …
The truth that must eventually be learned or disclosed is that the divine is not an energy or a power, and that none of our experiences of energy or power is divine. Instead, these are powers of the unconscious self, …
The claim to possess supernatural powers in the unitive state is well-known and documented. People have regarded themselves as prophets, healers, saviors, and God knows what else. As Carl Jung noted, the possible masks the unconscious self can take are almost unlimited. They represent the various cultural views man has of a superior being…
Throughout this stage or state there will be many temptations to put on one of these divine or supernatural masks and play out the role. If we fall for one of these masks, … we forfeit going any further with the journey. It is imperative to stay with the true divine center, which is a “still-point” and not an “energy-point,” and to dismiss these arising energies or powers…
Bernadette goes on to write that if supernatural powers are manifesting themselves, there is nothing we can do about it. However, “Our task is simply to see that they are self and nothing but the self. If we cannot eventually make this distinction, we march off to our own dead end, and the passage may well end in total delusion.”
This is what NTI means when it says, “Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of Me”:
Blessed is the one who does not fall away on account of
his/her own ideas about truth or enlightenment.
As has been pointed out through the tips in the last two days, truth is the absence of self—the absence of any self.
All things I think I see reflect ideas.
Today’s lesson supports what Bernadette Roberts wrote. The lessons says:
This is salvation’s keynote: What I see reflects a process in my mind, which starts with my idea of what I want. From there, the mind makes up an image of the thing the mind desires, judges valuable, and therefore seeks to find. These images are then projected outward, looked upon, esteemed as real and guarded as one’s own.
The lesson talks about the “gentle world,” which is a “kindly home” where we can “rest a while” before we journey on to Manonasa. This “gentle world” is the real world, which is what Bernadette calls the unitive state. Even in this state, we need to be mindful to stay focused on truth instead of desiring an idea of truth.
As the prayer in today’s lesson says:
Our Father, Your ideas reflect the truth, and mine apart from Yours but make up dreams. Let me behold what only Yours reflect, for Yours and Yours alone establish truth.
It is helpful to realize today that we do not know what truth is—it is a mystery from our perspective. Therefore, it is good for us to let go of all ideas about truth before we create a new dream and mistake it for reality.