A deeper look at A Course In Miracles chapter 29.
- The Closing of the Gap
T-29.I.1:1-8 (Even though a gap is not possible, we believe in a gap and believe God can attack, causing us to want to escape from God’s seemingly deceptive love in this gap. Our wrong view of God makes us feel the need to have a way to escape from God)
Since it is not possible for God to be absent in any time or any place or any state, then there is nothing to be feared.
In wholeness, there is no possibility of a gap of any kind – because it’s WHOLE. For example, if you had a whole pie the entire pie is there, untouched, with none missing. If there were any gaps in the pie it wouldn’t be a whole pie.
If God wasn’t whole and had even the tiniest gap, then that means eternal Love is impossible and would mean His Love could have a bit of hate, His gentleness could sometimes turn to attack, and His eternal patience would sometimes fail.
It turns out we do believe God has a gap and God can hate and God isn’t patient all the time and God can attack, when we believe there is a gap between our brother and ourselves.
This also means we can’t trust God because we believe His Love is deceptive and so we leave a gap between us and God’s love so we can escape through this gap if we ever need to flee.
(Thinking of it that way is absurd. Picturing ourselves viewing God as not complete, as capable of hate, as not being always patient with us and feeling the need to leave space to run away from God is crazy thinking.) So, if we remember, every time we think our brother and ourselves are Not at one, we are thinking God is not whole, God is deceptive in his Love for us and that God could hate us. None of us would go have a conversation and say God isn’t whole. We wouldn’t walk up to someone and say God attacked me today. We know God doesn’t attack us. Yet, we fully believe He does every time we believe there is a gap between us and someone else.
T-29.I.2:1-6 (If we believe in a gap, we have fear and hate and that makes us afraid of love because we believe the wrong thing about love).
In believing the above, we can most plainly see the fear of God. Fear and hate are never far apart, so those who fear see love as treacherous. Those who hate are afraid of love and if you are afraid of love, you are afraid of God. Those who hate do not know what love means. Those who hate, love to hate and are afraid to love and he thinks love is fearful and he believes hate is love.
Those who believe in the little gap and think the little gap is their hope and salvation have the consequence of thinking love is fearful and hate is love.
T-29.I.3:1-10 (Believing in a little gap is our one obstacle to peace because it makes us agree with our brother to maintain separation instead of oneness and makes us see our brother as our enemy).
One obstacle to peace still remains to block your path. That obstacle makes the way to light SEEM dark and fearful, perilous and bleak. That one obstacle is the belief in a little gap. We decided our brother was our enemy and when they get close, we jump back and they withdraw. We had a friendly understanding of agreeing to maintain separation. Neither of us are allowed to break that agreement of separation.
T-29.I.4:1-7 (By believing in a gap, we believe we need to be separate from one another so we don’t experience the “sacrifice” we wrongly think love is).
The gap between us and our brother seems to be dividing of our separate minds – being able to have our bodies go away from one another and meet again when we both agree, but we believe we always have the ability to go our separate ways. We want to separate because we think we need to rebuild our separate self again so we don’t experience what we think is a “sacrifice” of love.
T-29.1.5:1-7 (We give our bodies false power to separate us from others, cause distance, tell us what we can or can’t do, tell us what will make it tired or sick and to set limitations and weaken our purpose).
We give our body power it doesn’t really have – power to separate us from our brother and cause distance between us, the power to determine when we should meet again and limits our ability to make communion with our brother’s mind. We give our body power to tell us where to go, how to go, what we can and can’t do, what will make it tired or sick. We allow our body to set limitations on what we would do and then allow our body to limit and weaken our purpose.
T-29.1.6:1-5 (Since we do not know what love truly is, our bodies will be sick, separate from others, and limited, and we end up misusing every one and every circumstance.)
Our bodies accommodate our limitations and separations. It only allows limited love with intervals of hatred in between. Your body will command when to “love” and when to fear. Our body will be sick – because we do not know what love is. We then misuse each circumstance and we misuse everyone we meet. We will see people as having a purpose not our own.
T-29.1.7:1-5 (Our allegiance with fear makes us think love is not stable and makes us demand love go away so we can be in “peace”.)
Love does not ask a sacrifice. It is fear that demands the sacrifice of love. It does this because in the presence of love, fear can not exist. In order for hate to be maintained, love must be feared. Hate wants love to be only present sometimes and then other times have love be gone. Hate wants love to seem to come and go and offers us no stability. We don’t see how limited and weak our allegiance to fear is. We don’t see how often we have demanded love go away and leave us quietly alone in “peace.”
T-29.1.8:1-7 (There is no gap, but we believe there is, causing us to use our body as an excuse for our goals and causing us to fear the message that God is Love and to be cautious of the truth that our bodies are not real.)
Our body does not have it’s own goals. However, we use the body as an excuse for variable goals and then we force the body to maintain those goals. We fear the body’s lack of strength or lack of weakness. There is actually nothing between us and our brother. There is actually no gap to hide behind. Some people are shocked to learn their savior is not their enemy any more. The happy message that “God is Love” arouses seeming fear. Learning our body is not real arouses caution.
T-188.8.131.52-6 (With no gap, eternal peace is all that happens, but we end up saying no to Heaven because we are afraid of losing ourselves when we find God, but being found can never make us be lost).
When the gap is gone, eternal peace is all that happens. It’s not possible for less or more than eternal peace. The only thing causing us to abandon God is the fear of God. Nothing can keep us from His Love. We say “no” to Heaven’s calling because we are afraid to lose ourself when we find God. But being found can not make us be lost.