Ask: Don't I have to uncover my barriers to peace? What are they?
“When Jesus says in the Text:
‘Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all of the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. It is not necessary to seek for what is true, but it is necessary to seek for what is false’ (T.16.IV.6:1,2).
What does this mean? Is Jesus saying that love is our true reality and that we cannot ever lose that true nature? Yet, our training is incomplete--isn’t it --if we let our fears, misgivings and regrets over our three-dimensional linear existence get in the way of seeing our true inheritance of being eternally one with love? So would the practical application of this Text section be to study what negative thoughts or habits I have? Any non-loving thoughts or actions are the barriers to knowing oneness with the eternal, right? I know that you have written in your 4 Habits book that peace can be uncovered or developed by focusing on Truth exclusively, which seems different from what Jesus says in the Text. Throughout the Workbook Jesus says that we should be rigorous in examining our thoughts (“Effects leave not their Source”) – or else there wouldn’t have been a Workbook, I guess. Please could you comment on exactly what are all the barriers within myself and all that’s false?” –SS
Yes, you are correct that Love is your reality and you cannot ever lose It. It’s always here and all you lack is an awareness of It. So all you need to do is remove your obstacles to being aware of It.
In fact, in the book that you mention, 4 Habits for Inner Peace, I did not say that peace can be developed by focusing exclusively on Truth. I made the same point that is in the quote and that you make in your question. You cannot grow your awareness of Truth without looking at and undoing your obstacles to being aware of Truth:
(From the introduction to 4HIP): “In theory you could wholly accept Truth this instant and be wholly at peace right now. But in practice attaining inner peace is a process that usually takes many years. Practicing the four habits for inner peace in this book will bring up your obstacles to peace much faster than if you were not consciously seeking for peace. This brings you the opportunities that you need to work through them and reach peace at an accelerated pace.”
(From the introduction to Part II of 4HIP):“… Each of these obstacles takes the form of thoughts in your mind. You will naturally bump into these thoughts as you attempt to bring and hold Truth in your awareness. Bringing them up from your subconscious and undoing them is the process necessary for you to be wholly at peace.”
The book I wrote as a companion to 4HIP, Releasing Guilt for Inner Peace, takes you through the process of recognizing and undoing guilt, the chief obstacle to peace. In short, as you go about your day guilt will naturally rise to your awareness through feelings that disturb your peace. Feelings are caused by unconscious and conscious beliefs. So feelings that disturb your peace tell you that you believe in guilt, no matter what you think you believe or what you want to believe. Feelings that disturb your peace are opportunities for you to see and undo your unconscious belief in guilt.
This is a long process. As A Course in Miracles points out, it takes some preparation to look at the guilt that is central to the ego (personal) thought system. Your belief in guilt makes it seem too horrible for you to look directly at it. It’s slow going because in the beginning you are in a Catch-22: To undo guilt you have to learn to trust the Thing (Holy Spirit, the Teacher of Truth in your mind) that you fear because of guilt. So you take 3 steps forward and 2 steps back for a long, long time. But as Truth becomes true for you, you will trust It and become more and more willing to question the reality of guilt.
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