BI 33 The Unity Of Christ And Satan


Brethren, As it is,

1. 1 Why the Unity of Christ and Satan?

2 Christ said: "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that despitefully use you and persecute you."

3 But why? Why is it right to love our enemies?

4 At another time he said: "Agree with thine adversary whilst thou art in the way with him."

5 But why? Why should we agree with our adversary when the whole basis of our relatioship with him is disagreement?

2. 1 Christ does not say that we have no enemies. He recognizes the existence of conflict. But He tells us that our task is not to propagate and intensify the conflict, but to set about eliminating it.

2 Christ teaches us that is not ENEMIES which we should seek to destroy, but ENMITY.

3 The essence of conflict is blame. I blame you. You blame me. I think you are ‘wrong’. You think I am ‘wrong’. I believe you to be ‘bad’. You believe me to be ‘bad’. That is a state of mutual blame. And the inevitable result is conflict.

4 (We have dealt a lot with blame as a means of shifting an imme- diate responsibility; the kind of blame which says: ‘It’s his fault, not mine’. But the kind of blame we are dealing with here is different.

5 ‘He did it. I didn’t’, may even be true. It’s destructive pri- marily to self. It creates separation. It’s irresponsible. It’s anti-survival. But it’s quickly and easily reversible. It’s immediate and relatively superficial. It needn’t last, as long as there is some awareness of what is happening.

6 But there is another kind of blame, not applicable only to speci- fic incidents, but used as a blanket judgement. And it’s this which creates and propagates conflict. The blame which states: ‘He is wrong. He is bad. He is undesirable. He is evil.’ The blame which pins a negative label on a person, not temporarily for what he is doing, but permanently, for what he is.

7 To blame someone for doing something is one thing. To blame him for BEING something is another. Because if that brand of blame is made to stick, there is no way out of it. Conflict must result.

8 And that is what we mean by blame in this particular context.)

9 And as long as the blame continues, the conflict continues. As long as each of us continues to think and believe that other is ‘wrong’ and ‘bad’, each of us will continue to be the enemy of the other.

10 if we stop thinking the other is wrong, we stop blaming him. And if we both stop blaming, then there is no more enmity, no more con- flict.

11 if even ONE of us stops blaming, then the conflict goes. Because it requires TWO opposing forces to create a conflict. The other may still feel that there is a state of enmity. But it is no long- er a mutual agreement, therefore although it may continue to mani- fest in HIS head, it cannot manifest outwardly.

12 You cannot create a battle with only one army.

13 To recognize that a person is DOING wrong, is not blame but aware- ness - ‘wrong’ in this case meaning something which is necessarily destructive or damaging to himself or other people.

14 For example, when we see someone blaming, we know that it must give him pain and therefore it is an undesirable activity. Christ would not advise us to ignore this, or to be unaware of it.

15 But to decide on the basis of this that the person IS wrong, that he IS evil, that he IS a bad person, that is blame. That is identifying him with the wrong which he is enacting. That is saying that because he DOES bad things, it follows that he himself IS a bad thing.

16 When a person creates negative effects, it is right that we should judge what he does negatively. But is NOT right to judge what he IS negatively. That can only lead to blame.

3. 1 When Christ says: ‘love your enemies’, He means separate what a per- son is, from what he does. He does not say: ‘love what your enemies do to you’. He has other advice for that. ‘Resist not evil’ means ACCEPT the bad things which are done to you. Don’t fight against them. But ‘love your enemies’ means don’t identify those bad things with the person who is doing them.

2 There are bad effects, bad actions, bad manifestations - bad in the sense of undesirable. But there are no bad people.

3 Enmity - paradoxically - is good people doing bad things to one another.

4 We know this. We can see it so clearly when we are on the OUTSIDE of a conflict, when we see two people, both of whom we love, hating each other. Each of them is convinced that the other is bad, but we know that both of them are good and the badness is rooted in a misunderstanding between them.

5 Now if we choose to take sides, then we become part of the con- flict, and one side begins to look bad and the other good. But if we remain impartial, then we also remain aware of the basic reality that both are in fact good, and the badness lies not in them but in the conflict that exists between them, and the things they do to one another because of that conflict.

6 And blame is the detonator. The agreement in each that the other IS WRONG, is the element which sparks and then maintains the con- flict.

4. 1 Christ Himself has an enemy; THE enemy. He is called Satan, which MEANS the enemy. And that conflict between Christ and Satan is the basic conflict, the prototype of all conflict. It’s the light against darkness, the high against the low.

2 But also it is the conflict of all conflicts, because it is the conflict between the power which STANDS for conflict, the Satanic power, and the power which stands for no conflict, the Christ power.

3 If THAT is resolved, then all conflict is resolved.

4 Now as long as Christ OPPOSES Satan in His work, as long as He BLAMES Satan and sets Himself AGAINST Satan, then he maintains the conflict.

5 In order to fulfill His own function, which is the elimination of conflict, He must take His own advice. He must separate Satan from what Satan is doing. He does have to love what Satan does although He must accept it as an essential aspect of the Game, but He must love what Satan IS. He must love Satan Himself.

6 Love is the opposite of blame.

7 Love is the recognition of a fundamental validity, behind and be- neath all undesirable manifestations. If Christ has that recogni tion with regard to Satan, He cannot identify Satan with His un- desirable manifestations, so He cannot blamer Satan. He can see the invalidity of what Satan does, but at the same time He can see the validity of what Satan is. And that is love.

8 If Christ and Satan are in a state of unity instead of conflict, then Satan has been defeated, but it is the defeat of salvation, because through it He is released from the function of creating conflict. It is defeat in that the enmity which it has been Satan’s function to create and propagate has been eliminated. And it is salvation in that Satan is thereby freed from the burden of the essentially negative function.

9 And if Satan is no longer able to maintain a conflict and a state of enmity with Christ, then He can no longer create and maintain conflict in the world. Because that would be an activity AGAINST Christ, Who stands for the elimination of conflict.

10 Therefore, if conflict is to be eliminated from the world, there must be a state of unity between Christ and Satan. As long as there is war between Them, then the power of conflict, which is Satan’s power, is predominant. As long as Satan can keep Christ in a state of mutual enmity with Him, then He can keep men in a state of mutual enmi- ty with one another.

11 As long as Christ, who represent love, can be kept in a state of blame - with regard to Satan - then blame is the rule, love is the exception to the rule, and conflict is the order of the day.

5. 1 But although the final coming together of Christ and Satan is needed for the final elimination of conflict, yet each and every human being can make his or her contribution towards that coming together.

2 Christ did not say: ‘I must love my enemy before you can love yours.’ He did not say: ‘I must stop blaming Satan before you can stop blam- ing one another." He said: ‘love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that despitefully use you and persecute you.’

3 Christ will ultimately free us from conflict. But our part is to help Him to free HIMSELF from conflict.

4 He teaches us what to do. We do it and thereby help Him to do the same. This is our contribution. If He could do it on His own, He would have no function in the world.

5 But this is the nature of existence. He helps us to free ourselves, and we in turn help Him to free HIMself.

6 He carries the greatest burden of all - the burden of the direct hatred and enmity of Satan Himself. He cannot throw aside that burden until we have thrown ours aside - with His help. Then, by the Universal Law, His will be lifted.

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7 The basis of Christ’s teaching is the way to eliminate blame. Every particle of knowledge He gives us is directed to that end.

8 He does not simply tell us not to blame. That would be like telling an alcoholic that the solution to all his problems is to give up drink. He leads us on a journey, that if we follow it to its logical conclusion, must inevitably end with freedom from blame.

9 He approaches it from every angle. He teaches us the nature of blame. We must know what it is, what effects it has on us, what causes it and what it causes, where it manifests and HOW it manifests. And He teaches us the value of the absence of blame; He shows us the desirability of eliminating blame. Then He helps us not to blame, by exposing for our inspection the fundamen- tal nature of things, the basics of the universe, the incredible logical structure of creation. That shows us the basic validity of everything.

10 When we know the nature of blame and when we know the effects of no blame, we want to eliminate blame. When we know the true nature of all things, and how and why and for what good purpose they have been created, then we can begin to love all things; and the more we love the less we blame.

11 Christ does not preach to us about the merits of love. He gives us the knowledge, which, if we will absorb it and make it our own, enables us to love.

12 If we know the universe and all things in the universe, we cannot help but love the universe and all things in the universe. And that must include our enemies.

6. 1 But knowledge of basics must go deep and take root before it is a match for our instinctive reactions to apparencies.

2 The instinct is to blame the enemy; to identify him with his actions and his attitudes, and to brand him with them. Knowledge of his funda- mental validity, and of his basic positive link with ourselves, must be very firm and deeply felt to counteract such an instinct.

3 For example, it’s not enough JUST to know with your intellect that someone is a child of GOD. That knowledge alone does not stop you hating him when he hurts you - and I mean hating HIM, not what he has done.

4 But knowledge can be absorbed. It can be learned in such a way that it ceases to be an intellectual adjunct to our personalities, and becomes an integral PART of our personalities.

5 And for that we require time and repetition. And we require not only the simplicities, which stand out as the main high lights of the pattern - like for example all our Process Precepts - but also the complexities, which form the intricate network of logic and explana- tion that ties the pattern together into a cohesive whole.

6 Our personalities are structures of illogical agreements, which are geared only to reacting to apparencies. And one of the themes of these structures is hatred of our enemies and the instinctive propa- gation of conflict. But through the teachings of Christ we can un- dermine those structures, and replace them with structures of logic- al understanding, which are geared to responding to fundamental realities.

7 At present our thoughts are aware of the realities, but our emotions, where the power is, are still governed by the apparencies. Eventual- ly, as we absorb and assimilate the knowledge which Christ gives us, our thoughts will be aware of the apparencies - we shall not fail to see them with great clarity - but our emotions will respond to the deeper and more meaningful realities.

8 We can see examples if this in small ways even now. When you REALLY love a person, you don’t stop loving him because he does something bad or destructive. You’re aware of the destructive action, but it doesn’t affect your much more basic positive response to the person himself.

9 Now imagine that on a grand scale; as a way of life covering all rela- tionships between people both close and remote. All enmity would be destroyed before it could take root. Destructive intentions would produce no retaliative response, and would therefore be starved out of existence. They would be seen and known, but they would bring about no equal and opposite counteraction. Therefore they would find no foil, and would die.

7. 1 Love is the recognition of a fundamental validity.

2 When we truly have this recognition, with reality, and when we apply it to all things and all people, then we cannot blame. We can only love, both friends and enemies.

3 Then Christ can love Satan, and through that love, Satan’s enmity must be dissolved. Then the Unity of Christ and Satan is not just an ideal, but a fact. And all conflict vanishes.

8. 1 At the beginning we asked: ‘Why should we agree with our adversary, when the whole basis of our relationship with him is DISagreement.’

2 We have the answer to that question now. Our relationship with him is on the level of apparencies. And on that level the basis IS disagreement. The apparencies are at odds with one another.

3 But if the apparencies are less relevant than the deeper realities, then our relationship has a different basis. And the deeper we go, the less disagreement we find and the more agreement.

4 Again we have examples even now in this strife-orientated world. The man who cannot go to war and kill another man, whatever that man may have done; because to him the agreement involved in the fact that both of them are human beings, is more real and meaningful than the DISagreement involved in the fact that they subscribe to opposing political ideologies, or even the fact that they belong to different nations which are in conflict with one another.

5 The more basic positive link here takes precedence over the more superficial enmity.

6 That is a small harmonic of the way towards the Unity of Christ and Satan.

9. 1 There are many signs which can help to lead us towards re- placing blame with love.

2 One is the Universal Law: ‘As we give so shall we receive.’

3 The human instinct believes that as TAKE so shall we receive. But that’s the Game. That’s the challenge. That’s all part of the strife-orientated reality which absorption of Christ’s teach- ings can undermine and replace.

4 But as well as working towards the establishment of the Universal Law as an instinctive reality instead of just an intellectual idea, there are things that can be learned from knowledge of the Law.

5 if someone hurts us, our instincts tell us that that person is bad and should be resisted and opposed. But the Universal Law tells us something quite different. It tells us that we have inflicted a similar hurt on someone else.

6 Now we are at liberty to hold onto both realities. They are not mutually exclusive. BUT they have an inevitable conclusion.

7 X has hurt me, therefore X is bad If X has hurt me, it is because I have hurt someone else. Therefore, I AM ALSO BAD.

8 At once we undermine our own blame, not with a resistance to it or an inhibition on it, but with a simple logical follow-up.

9 ‘All right’, says the Universal Law, ‘believe that X is bad and wrong and evil and undesirable. But if that belief is based on what X has done to you, then you must also believe that you are equally bad and wrong and evil, and undesirable. Because you must have done the same to someone else’.

10 With that kind of logic, we can no longer give any credence to our instinct to isolate badness outside ourselves.

11 If there are evil forces outside us and we are affected badly by them, it can only tell us that there are precisely the same evil forces INSIDE us as well.

12 If our enemy can harm us, then we are just as bad as he is.

13 How far can we blame, with THAT particular knowledge to circumnavigate?

14 We are quite convinced that WE are not REALLY bad, not at heart where it really matters. How can we escape the knowledge that the same must apply to him?

15 Two birds are killed with one stone. First, we are forced into some awareness of his fundamental validity otherwise we must reject our own! And second, we cannot validly even hold his ACTIONS against him, because we have clearly equaled them our selves.

16 So what have we left?

17 All we know is that looking at him we are looking at us.

18 The Mosaic Law tells us to love our neighbor as ourself. The Universal Law forces us to love our enemy as ourself.

19 if we are valid, he is equally valid. If he has done wrong, we have equally done wrong. There is nothing basically to choose between us when it comes to validity and invalidity, or good and bad, right and wrong.

20 As this becomes real, blame must give way to love gradually maybe, reluctantly perhaps, but inevitably.

21 The Universal Law puts evil where it belongs; and that’s within ourselves.

22 And the fact we know from BI 32 that we only reflect it from elsewhere, doesn’t alter the basic lesson in love. Because if we took the evil from someone else, then so did our enemy. There still is nothing to choose between us.

23 You can only give credence to your hatred of someone if you are pre- pared to give credence to your hatred of yourself.

24 In fact we only hate and blame other people BECAUSE we hate and blame ourselves and we see ourselves reflected in them. Which is why a large part of Christ’s teachings is concerned with showing us our own basic validity. If we can learn and believe in THAT, we can very quickly learn and believe in the basic validity of others.

10. 1 But Christ also said: ‘By their fruits ye shall know them’. Does this not indicate that a person who creates bad effects is himself fundamentally bad?

2 No, not fundamentally bad. But we cannot find or give any meaning to a person’s fundamental validity, if the invalid aspects of his nature are being concealed behind a FACADE of validity.

3 First the facade must be stripped away. We must see behind it, behind the protests and the unreal images. We must look at the effects a person creates, and if they are negative, despite an apparency of good intentions, we must recognize that behind that apparency is a source of negativity, an inner sick- ness, which shows not in the image but in the effects created.

4 Christ never said that we must be blind to a person’s faults. Quite the reverse. Only when we can see them clearly, know them and understand them with reality and for that a per- son’s effects on others are the most important evidence can we reach behind them to the fundamental validity which must be there.

5 We cannot heal someone, for example, if we cannot see what’s wrong with them. We cannot penetrate to his basic validity, if we ignore or are blind to the nature and extent of the in- validity which he has piled on top of it.

6 Christ does not manifest love for Satan by pretending or in- sisting Satan is really NOT a destroyer and a separator and a creator of conflict. He recognizes Satan. He KNOWS His destructive power, His divisive effects and His propensity for separation and conflict. He sees the effects and He knows where they come from. But also He knows that behind and beyond that negative activity, is a true Son of GOD, full of love and life-giving.

7 THAT is love; a full recognition of ALL the INvalidity, together with an awareness of the underlying validity.

8 So by their fruits ye shall know them. Yes. By their effects you will know their agreements, their patterns, their functions, their problems, their weaknesses, their strengths, their abilities, their inabilities, their intentions, their fears, their hopes, their loves, their hates, their instincts and their inclinations. And most of it may be very undesirable indeed; someone ready made to constitute your enemy. Then use your knowledge and your Christ-taught understanding, to recognize beyond the undesirable apparency, the fundamental validity of a child of GOD. And instead of setting out to destroy your enemy, set out to heal him.

9 THAT is love.

10 The bad is inside ourselves, and yet we are still valid.

11 Another simple logic presents itself from this reality.

12 We are fundamentally good. But from that fundamental goodness springs a fountain of bad effects.

13 How can this be?

14 Only if even the bad effects themselves have a positive and valid purpose. If it comes from a source of validity, then even invali- dity must have its own validity.

15 A paradox, but understandable if we realize that without the exis- tence of negativity, positivity has no meaning.

16 If there were no darkness, then there would be no such thing as light. If there were no pain, there would be no pleasure. If there were no suffering, there would be no deliverance. If there were no hell, there would be no paradise. If there were no hatred, there would be no love. If there were no swing of the pendulum in one direction, there would be no swing in the other.

17 All goodness is judged against the presence of its opposite.

18 So not only can we see the fundamental validity of our enemy, and thereby love him DESPITE his negative apparency, but we can carry that logic a step further, and love him WITH his negative apparency.

19 We still do not need to love the negative apparency itself, in other words we do not have to wish to preserve it. But a recognition of ITS validity, as being an essential and GOD-created element in the Game, introduced for a positive and basically life-giving purpose, will take us a long way towards a true acceptance of it.

20 And we know from everything we have learned, that an acceptance of evil as opposed to an instinctive resistance of it, is part of the prelude to eliminating it.

21 Good creates evil in order to give itself meaning; just as the soul creates the body in order to give itself definition. (BI 19.1.12)

22 And God creates antiGOD in order to bring about the Game.

23 None of this makes pain less painful, or evil less undesirable. We still want to get rid of it. That is part of its nature.

24 The difference is that now we have it in perspective. Now we understand it. Now we APPRECIATE it. And now, because we know it, we can begin to control it, instead of being under its control.

25 Control is contact. ( BI 16 ). And contact is knowledge. If we KNOW the nature, the meaning, the purpose, the significance, the source, the extent and the validity of something, that on its own is contact with that thing. Therefore we have control of that thing.

26 And when at last we have full knowledge of pain and evil and con- flict and hatred and enmity, then we can control them. And then we CAN get rid of them.

27 In a state of ignorance we DESIRE to eliminate conflict, but we cannot. When there is knowledge, that changes. The DESIRE to eliminate conflict remains; but the difference is we CAN.

28 Love is the recognition of a fundamental validity; which is knowledge, which is contact, which is control.

29 When we recognize the fundamental validity of our enemy, we love him, we know him, we have contact with him, we CONTROL OUR RELA- TIONSHIP WITH HIM.

30 Therefore because we love him, we WANT to eliminate our conflict with him, and because we love him, we CAN eliminate our conflict with him.

31 Every time we do this, even in the smallest way and on the lowest level, we add another contribution to the love of Christ for Satan. And thereby we bring the Unity a little closer still.

32 And finally, when Christ, by the giving of knowledge, receives the knowledge that He needs to bring about that Unity, Satan’s function as the creator of conflict and separation in the world will be over, and all conflict, and therefore pain, misery, frustration, unhappiness, rejection, guilt, fear, depression and regret in the world will be dissolved, gradually but inexorably.

So be it.

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