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42. All sin is just a mistake

Everything that we consider to be a sin, is nothing more than being mistaken. Being mistaken means you are making an error in judgement. You've come to a false conclusion. It means you are incorrect. You have faulty reasoning. You are not recognizing what is true. Sin is also the idea of insanity, and insanity really is nothing more than. . .

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41. Why anger is never justified

You are the cause of everything you experience. You cannot be victmized against your will. This is the secret of salvation. "You are doing it to yourself. " You are responsible for choice because you have free will. When you DISOWN this responsibility, forming a block to awareness - which is a DENIAL that you are the cause, your mind splits. . .

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40. What is reality?

"Reality is a constant state. " "Reality is changeless. It does not deceive at all. " "His REALITY is forever sinless. " "Reality is not insane" "In Heaven, reality is SHARED" "The only part of your mind that has reality, is the part that links you still with God. " "Man's reality is ONLY his soul. " "Reality observes the laws of God" "your reality,. . .

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39. The illusion of attack

If someone tries to attack you, they have a problem. They are not sane. They are attacking themselves, but they're doing it in such a way that they think they are attacking someone else. Whatever they accuse you of, they are accusing themselves of. Anyone who attacks is not in their right mind. No one in their right mind would. . .

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38. What is not love is murder

This can seem extreme, and perhaps guilt inducing. But Jesus is saying that anything short of TOTAL love, is in some way murderous. Even a slight grievance, even a little annoyance, even a vague judgement. Anything short of complete and total love, has a murderous intent. In heaven, the Golden Rule dictates that what is true of one is true. . .

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37. The hidden guilt behind anger

I've been noticing lately, in myself, and also in other people, that guilt may not always look like guilt. I am familiar with guilt in the sense that, let's say, I steal someone's property and then see them struggling without it, maybe I start to feel remorse or shame or that I should give it back, and so acknowledge that. . .

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36. Your defenses don't save you, they attack you

"If I defend myself I am attacked. " "My attack thoughts are attacking my invulnerability. " "Defense do what they would defend. " "In my defenselessness lies my safety. " It's interesting but, when we try to defend ourselves, under the belief that we are making ourselves more protected, more safe, more secure, we ACTUALLY are undermining ourselves and attacking ourselves. So now self. . .

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35. You are safe in God

"You are safe in God, dreaming of exile, but perfectly capable of waking to reality. " The world we're in offers no safety. It is a world of threat, danger, risk, attack, conflict, vulnerability and damage. "The world is a picture of the crucifixion of God's Son. " "The world was made as an attack on God. " "The world of bodies is. . .

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34. Anger is an attempt to make someone guilty

"Anger takes many forms, but it cannot long deceive those who will learn that love brings no guilt at all, and what brings guilt cannot be love and must be anger. All anger is nothing more than an attempt to make someone feel guilty, and this attempt is the only basis the ego accepts for special relationships. Guilt is the. . .

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33. No one attacks from their right mind

Those who are sane do not attack, are not sick, cannot hurt or be hurt, are immortal and invulnerable, recognize their oneness with others, have no interest in murder, cannot suffer or be unhappy, can only will with God, and can only heal. Nothing harmful or hurtful can come from a person in their right mind. When a person is. . .

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32. A call for love - how do you forgive murderous people?

"What is not love is murder. "If to love oneself is to HEAL oneself, those who are sick do NOT love themselves. Therefore, they are asking for the love that would heal them, but which they are DENYING TO THEMSELVES. If they knew the truth about themselves, they could not be sick. " We are either loving ourselves and others or. . .

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31. The world is a fake attack hole

Nothing real can be threatened. It should not possible to threaten anything, anywhere. Yet here there is seemingly a world, which is filled with things which can seemingly be threatened. Somehow it has been arranged that there are objects which can collide, obstacles to hit, explosions to damage things, and all manner of weapons to attack with. But how can. . .

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29. The ego is the idea of selfishness

"The ego is the idea of selfishness. The soul is the idea of self-fullness. " Within me there is an ego aspect which is very selfish. This aspect rears its head if I see myself as having to do something I don't want to do, being caused to do something because of someone else, or that my condition or situation is. . .

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28. Being needy and overcoming neediness

When you see yourself as lacking in some way, whether it be that you're tired and spent, nothing left to give, stressed out, overwhelmed or whatever, you'll see yourself as "in need". The world will now start to appear to you as being needy. It will seem other people are being needy and trying to take from you. That they. . .

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27. Dealing with those who accuse you of sins

Sometimes people try to put you down, condemn you, make you wrong, call you names, claim you sinned etc. They may have a strong opinion, be domineering or power hungry. They may even say something quite vicious designed to push you away, shut you up, or shut you off.   This is always evidence of someone who does not love. . .

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