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Nothing beyond my self can make me fearful or loving, because nothing is beyond me. Time and eternity are both in my mind, and will conflict until I perceive time solely as a means to regain eternity. I cannot do this as long as I believe that anything happening to me is caused by factors outside myself. I must learn that time is solely at my disposal, and that nothing in the world can take this responsibility from me. I can violate God's laws in my imagination, but I cannot escape from them. They were established for protection and are as inviolate as my safety.

Is it a loss to find a world where losing is impossible; where love endures forever, hate cannot exist and vengeance has no meaning? Is it loss to find all things I really want, and know they have no ending and they will remain exactly as I want them throughout time?

I do not know what anything, including this, means. And so I do not know how to respond to it. And I will not use my own past learning as the light to guide me now.

Can God be reached directly? God indeed can be reached directly, for there is no distance between Him and I, His Son. It is quite possible for me to reach God. In fact it is very easy, because it is the most natural thing in the world. In truth, it is the only natural thing in the world.

There is no world apart from what I wish, and herein lies my ultimate release. When I change my mind on what I want to see, all the world must change accordingly. Ideas leave not their source.

I am in need of nothing but the truth. I sought for many things, and found despair. Now do I seek but one, for in that one is all I need, and only what I need. All that I sought before I needed not, and did not even want. My only need I did not recognize. But now I see that I need only truth. In that all needs are satisfied, all cravings end, all hopes are finally fulfilled and dreams are gone. Now have I everything that I could need. Now have I everything that I could want. And now at last I find myself at peace.

And for that peace, my Father, I give thanks. What I denied myself You have restored, and only that is what I really want.

I am responsible for what I see. I choose the feelings I experience, and I decide upon the goal I would achieve. And everything that seems to happen to me I ask for, and receive as I have asked.

Beyond this world there is a world I want.

Father, let me remember You are here, and I am not alone. Surrounding me is everlasting Love. I have no cause for anything except the perfect peace and joy I share with You. What need have I for anger or for fear? Surrounding me is perfect safety. Can I be afraid, when Your eternal promise goes with me? Surrounding me is perfect sinlessness. What can I fear, when You created me in holiness as perfect as Your Own?

God's grace suffices me in everything that He would have me do. And only that I choose to be my will, as well as His.

I am as God created me, and so is every living thing I look upon, regardless of the images I see. What I behold as sickness and as pain, as weakness and as suffering and loss, is but temptation to perceive myself defenseless and in hell. And when I choose not to yield to this, I will see all pain, in every form, wherever it occurs, but disappear as mists before the sun. Then a miracle will come to heal God's Son, and close the door upon his dreams of weakness, opening the way to his salvation and release.