Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Extension of the Kingdom

“Only you can limit your creative power, but God wills to release it. . . Do not withhold your gifts to the Sonship, or you withhold yourself from God! Selfishness is of the ego, but Self-fullness is of spirit because that is how God created it.

“Spirit knows that the awareness of all its brothers is included in its own, as it is included in God. . . . Creating is the opposite of loss . . . Being must be extended. . . Spirit yearns to share its being as its Creator did. . . . It does not wish to contain God, but wills to extend His Being.

“The extension of God’s Being is spirit’s only function. Its fullness cannot be contained, any more than can the fullness of its Creator. Fullness is extension. The ego’s whole thought system blocks extension, and thus blocks your only function. It therefore blocks your joy, so that you perceive yourself as unfulfilled. Unless you create you are unfulfilled . . .

“You do not know your joy because you do not know your own Self-fullness.

“The creations of every Son of God are yours, since every creation belongs to everyone, being created for the Sonship as a whole.

“Be confident that you have never lost your Identity and the extensions which maintain It in wholeness and peace. Miracles are an expression of this confidence. They are reflections of both your proper identification with your brothers, and of your awareness that your identification is maintained by extension.”

from A Course in Miracles, published by the Foundation for Inner Peace

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