July 11, 1978
It is important to see that you never entered the objectification of material sense called physique. If you think you did, then it is hard to correct it. Hence the command that we “…live [above] corporeal sense and correct it” (S&H 167:7). We cannot correct it if we live in it!
To have no other gods means to objectify nothing. All exists as idea within and as Mind. There is nothing outside. To think that anything is outside or comes from outside is objectification and carries with it loss of dominion.
We have to get the sense of “Principle and its idea [is] one…” (S&H 465:17). There are not two entities, God and man. There is only one. We call the cause aspect God and the effect aspect man. You live as “I and my Father” (John 10:30), “Principle and its idea…” (S&H 465:17). You live as the functioning presence of all that is good, and you never had anything to do with the finity called a mortal.
That is why you are right in saying that we do not move towards Truth. Nor does the mortal know Truth. Truth knows itself, since God is the only Mind and what Mind knows about itself is the truth and is man. In the same vein, man is expression, not expresser. Mind expresses itself as man and man is the functioning expression of Mind. The onus is on Mind to maintain and express itself, never on man.
Your capacity to know Truth is the capacity of Truth itself, which appears despite and not because of the belief that capacity is human. So you know with and as the power of the Word, and so you feel the power of the Word. As you say, we just let Tom and John retreat in the divine presence that we are.