Please invite the Holy Spirit to assist with translation. Text is in bold print.
Fantasies are distorted forms of thinking, because they always involve twisting perception into unreality.
Fantasy is a debased form of vision.
Visions and Revelations are closely related.
Fantasies & projection are more closely associated, because both
attempt to control external reality according to false internal needs.
“Live and let live” happens to be a very meaningful injunction.
Twist reality in any way, and you are perceiving destructively.
Reality was lost thru usurpation, which in turn produced tyranny.
*Usurp = 1. take (a position of power or importance) illegally or by force. 2. encroach or infringe upon (someone’s rights).
I told you (*that) you were now restored to your former role in the Plan of Atonement. But you must still choose freely to devote your heritage to the greater Restoration.
*He is speaking personally to Helen here, but we all have a part in the Atonement, and we get to choose again once we get here, if we will honor that role. Choice is a big issue in the mind of humanity. Yet, here is our dilemma:
As long as a single slave remains to walk the earth, your release is not complete.
*The role that we have accepted aids in the plan of Atonement. As is the case for all of us, including Jesus. And we are not fully free individually, until everyone of us is.
*Slave meaning those who are confused by fantasy or projections.
Complete restoration of the Sonship is the only true goal of the miracle-minded.
*Emphasis and italic, mine. I need to remember this when I am tempted to get caught in my family’s mixed messages to me. There is nothing that I can do for them but be my best self and have healthy boundaries. This is not a joint effort, we have to work out our own salvation. And I cannot take over roles that they refuse to accept.
Sexual fantasies are distortions of perception by definition.
*We are trained by society to think that they are the beginning and ending of life. (That is the way it was where I come from anyway. Maybe not where you did.)
They are a means of making false associations, and obtaining pleasure from them. Man can do this only because he IS creative.
But although he can perceive false associations, he can never make them real except to himself.
As was said before, man believes in what he creates.
*This is where I suspect that karma comes in. It is a false concept which is believed because humanity created it.
If he creates a miracle, he will be equally strong in his belief in that.
The strength of his conviction will then sustain the belief of the miracle receiver.
NO fantasies, sexual or otherwise, are true. Fantasies become totally unnecessary as the Wholly satisfying nature of reality becomes apparent.
*I am going to step in here and say that I believe that the parental/child scenario has similar aspects. As a mother of adult children, all over 30 now, I find myself in a sort of bondage because of expectations that are desired but not communicated. This is my supposition, based on what I see and feel. I feel that I fall short in so many ways, yet I cannot help but wonder, if those expectations do not fall under the realm of fantasy that Jesus is speaking of here.
*All relationships we make special or above God may be our “attempt to control external reality based on false internal needs”.
*Only we can give ourselves space to feel and think things through. Nothing need be conclusive.
*We want to remember that Jesus is always willing to help us sort things out, if we give him a chance.
The sex impulse IS a miracle impulse when it is in proper focus.
*Again, I suggest that the expectations of adult children toward their parents or fantasy expectations from parents to children or in any other “special” relationship may also fall into what Jesus is explaining here.
One individual sees in another the right partner for “procreating the stock” (Wolff was not too far off here), and also for their joint
establishment of a creative home.
This does not involve fantasy at all. If I am asked to participate in the decision, the decision will be a Right one, too.
*Did you hear that? There is nothing wrong with these relationships in and of themselves. It is when they take on a life of their own and distract us from our purpose of restoring Christ that we get lost.
*Jesus wants to be involved in the choosing of a partner to make a home. I suggest Jesus wants to be a part of our other relationships as well. As he has told Helen, if we let him direct the miracles to where he knows they are ready, we will be blessed.
*What saddens me is that Jesus was kept out of the printed version of ACIM. His role was not allowed to be acknowledged in the way that it needs to be.
*The first few years of my study of the Course, I thought that Jesus took some sort of back seat or equal role to us and I do not see this now. I know that Jesus holds a key position in the plan of Atonement and that we will all acknowledge that role someday. Both as savior and as primary believer in right and wrong, suffering, shame, and guilt. I am so grateful for his faithfulness. He remains my dearest companion, next to the Holy Spirit.
*We are all learning here. I hope that we will have patience with ourselves and with one another, if only in our hearts.
Till next time, God bless, Namaste~