' The escape from darkness '...

The escape from darkness involves two stages:

First, the recognition that darkness cannot hide.

This step usually entails fear.

Second, the recognition that
there is nothing you want to hide even if you could.

This step brings escape from fear.

When you have become willing to hide nothing,
you will not only be willing to enter into communion
but will also understand peace and joy.

Holiness can never be really hidden in darkness,
but you can deceive yourself about it.

This deception makes you fearful
because you realize in your heart it is a deception,
and you exert enormous efforts to establish its reality.

The miracle sets reality where it belongs.

Reality belongs only to spirit,
and the miracle acknowledges only truth.

Your mind can be possessed by illusions,
but spirit is eternally free.

If a mind perceives without love,
it perceives an empty shell
and is unaware of the spirit within.

But the Atonement restores spirit to its proper place.

The mind that serves spirit is invulnerable.

The emptiness engendered by fear
must be replaced by forgiveness.

-The above quotes are from the book
A Course in Miracles.

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