Yesterday, we learned why there is a need to recognize illusion as the source of suffering and to turn, instead, to truth—the source of eternal joy. But how can we recognize illusion or truth with any level of certainty? As the introduction to A Course in Miracles states:
Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
Herein lies the peace of God.
If something can be threatened or altered, it cannot be truth. Truth is unchangeable. What meets the criterion of being beyond threat? Nothing of physical form does—which does not mean there is no truth, just that truth doesn’t have a form.
All matter, what we perceive as “stuff”, can be easily threatened and constantly changed. Stars can turn to supernovas, worlds can end, and our bodies can be murdered. But what is beyond threat and never changes is no thing at all. It is empty space, itself.
On the surface, this may seem pointless or uninteresting. The mind only cares about form. But recognize, for a moment, that what you really care about is formless. Can you see or touch love? Where exactly is the energy of life located? Do your ideas have a shape, or does a good feeling, or can you touch safety or inspiration?
Everything we care most about is formless—it is imperceptible. If we care about stuff at all, it is only because we believe the stuff is going to somehow help us reach a good inner state—which is actually all we really care about. This is the error we are talking about—believing that we are lacking something and that it must be found in the external world.
All things arise from the blackness, the nothingness of empty space. This is the source. Nothing creates everything, and everything returns to the dimension of nothing when it dies.
You can try to swing at nothing or attack it, but your fist will pass right through. This is the empty space between the stars and planets—and that same empty space is within you in the same proportions. Inside each of our atoms, there is 99.9999999% empty space between the nucleus and the outer shell. The same is true about all matter. What is real about anything is the emptiness—the dimension of being, consciousness itself, God. Herein lies your eternal identity, which continues unthreatened after the death of the body. To know this is to die to this world and to enter heaven—which can be done now even as your life goes on.
To align with this dimension, stop taking thoughts and the stuff of the senses so seriously. Recognize that there is no inherent meaning in the realm of form. We infuse meaning into the world with consciousness, perfect love, presence. To recognize these truths is to set yourself free from illusion.
There is no truth in these words. Words are form. But look to what these words point to and be released from the suffering caused by chasing the false idols of the world. Go within, embrace the love and life energy you find there, and learn to align with it each moment.
The implications of accepting this change in perception are so profound that you see everything and respond to everything with clarity, without confusion, and effectively. This, the outcome of gaining this understanding, is what I write about and talk about each day.