Q: Thank you for your pointers. There is a persistent issue I continue to toss about, and that has to do with the idea of one's thoughts, feelings, and desires being out-of-alignment with Truth. How and to whom has this situation arisen within Truth in the first place, such that it must be corrected?
A: One simple way of looking at it is....all there is, is truth. So in an ultimate sense we are never out of alignment with truth. However, on the more relative level, we can experience more or less truth. But more is not necessarily better. By experiencing less of the truth in a moment, we can focus our experience onto just a part of the truth and thereby create a contrast to an experience where we experience more of the truth. There is no limit to how extreme this contrast can get, as we all discover when life seems horribly contracted and out of alignment.
Perhaps all of our experiences are just the endless ways that awareness has discovered to create contrast and differences within the endlessness of truth itself. If Being is infinite and eternal, it would naturally be drawn to trying new experiences in endlessly new ways. One of the best and maybe only ways for an infinite Being to create is to create limitations within itself. Paradoxically, there is no limit to how limited an experience Being can have!
That all being said, on the more relative level there is a practical value to the notion of correcting a misalignment with the truth. It simply is functional when we are stuck in a small or limited perspective to correct that perspective with a more aligned or expanded perspective. So even though ultimately no harm was done by the misalignment and it even served to provide the contrast Being loves, there is also a natural impulse to then align or expand and bring experience back into a fuller state again. Life will assuredly take us out of alignment again sooner or later, and then we have that experience, and also get to discover how to realign from that new place of challenge or difficulty. And so it goes as life folds and unfolds itself in ever new and interesting ways!
As for your question of to whom do these misalignments appear, again there is more than one level. Ultimately, it is all happening to and also within the one Being that everything is. And yet on the more relative level, there are apparent individuals that serve as a focal point for much of the experience that happens. One bit of good news is that by creating apparent separate individuals, Being does get to have someone else to go out with on date on Saturday night! Again, what a clever way of creating new experiences within its infinite Self by creating a lot of different smaller selves to have those experiences, and also to experience each other.
I hope this helps and thanks for your questions.