Ask: Can you explain perception ending in time?
(This refers to the last article: (http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2017/03/why-dont-i-just-kill-myself-and-go-to.html)
“I had to draw a picture of this to begin to understand. It helped! The last paragraph I do not understand though. Could you start with that on your next newsletter and explain it a little more…” - HW
Here is the last paragraph from the last article:
“Perception (awareness, consciousness), desire, lack - these are all temporary (time-bound) experiences. They can be satisfied in time through an awareness (perception, consciousness) of Truth. But they, and the awareness of Truth, end in time. Only Truth Itself has nothing to do with time.”
Using the language of A Course in Miracles, “Knowledge” refers to God or Truth. In God there is only God and what God knows is God. “Perception” (also “consciousness” or “awareness”) refers to our split-mind’s experience apart from Knowledge/God. Unlike Knowledge, where all is One, or the same throughout, perception has degrees, gradations, etc. There is the perceived and the perceiver and what is perceived varies and is variegated. The highest perception one can attain is Awareness of Truth (Holy Spirit; Christ Consciousness). This perception prepares one for Knowledge. At the highest level of perception one is still aware of the universe of form but knows it is not real. But Knowledge is beyond the universe of form. The universe of form and perception are not part of Knowledge and do not enter It at all.
Knowledge is Timeless and perception is always temporary – in time. All perception, even the perception of Truth, ends with time.
The point I was making in the article was that someone who asks the question “Why don’t I just kill myself to go to Heaven?” is asking from a lower level of perception. Otherwise they would not ask the question! They are not looking to transcend desire but to satisfy their desire for Heaven. And desire can only be satisfied at the level of perception. Desire can be satisfied now, in time, not through death, when perception ends.
Are there concepts in A Course in Miracles with which you struggle? This can be an obstacle to peace. Clarifying and explaining are things I do with my clients. You can learn more at www.acimmentor.com and you can set up a half-hour or an hour appointment with me at Liz@acimmentor.com.