Chapter 3, Section VII. Creating versus Self-Image

“If God knows His children and I assure you that He does, would He have put them in a position where their own destruction was possible?”

This quote was my quandary as a child. How could God be the Terminator when He is the Creator of Love? I could never fit the pieces together. I knew what was true within my heart. The knowledge given to me by God lies calmly with me, a gentle stream waiting for me to dip my mind within. It is not chilled, yet it is refreshing each time I come to the stream of knowledge to rest awhile and behold certainty of my creation.

But as I leave the calm waters, the voice of the ego beckons me out, a creation of my own making. This “devil” aspect taunts me, encouraging me to enjoy the pleasures of the world I see. “Go for the gold,” it chants loudly, “It is yours to be had.” Manifest the house, the car, the million dollars; it is not a secret; you can have anything that you desire.

These seem to bring me peace for a little while, yet as a bag of potato chips, I can’t have just one. One is not sufficient. I must have bigger and better, until finally, the pain is so great that I turn within, back to the cool, soothing stream. Yes, that is where my peace lies, within.

“Your Self is still in peace, even though your mind is in conflict.”

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