You will see Miracles through Your hands through Me!
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Chapter 1 – Introduction to Miracles
H is breaking communication by thinking it’s cute.
You are not wrong, it diverts Your attention.
Of course it’s true, and I’m really glad You get the idea. I am not angry when this kind of thing happens, but the lesson deteriorates under lack of focus.
Please read these three points with corollaries as often as You can today, because there may be a quiz this evening. This is merely to introduce structure, if it is needed. It is not to frighten You.
– things that are true are not embarrassing.
No, don’t think of how B will find this fascinating, either. I told You to reread them and You did not.
I am now.
Do not run to B to tell Him. There will be time, but don’t disrupt things. I’ll arrange the schedule. You have a lot to do today. Get dressed or You will be late.
H is fearful about a communication in a taxi which related to Dave’s healing and Jonathan’s hernia: No, it’s wrong to think maybe Dave will be healed. I have great fear here, because I want to separate the next thought from Dave who is dying in human terms. But Louis’ hernia will be cured.
Instructions: Refer to point 1) and reread now.
P.S. – You were exactly right by waking Jonathan, because at last You saw the right reasons.
Anyway, the whole dream was one big frustration.
Is there a problem??? I was not listening.
Aside, regarding the Course: Yes indeed, the way the Course is given You is quite unusual, but as B says You are not the average American Woman, which is merely a fact. Your experience in Your Life has been atypical, and so has My evolutionary map.
H: I got afraid during that part.
H: This upsets Me.
Sometimes I can get through anyway. I’ll try... but I... I’m getting sick.
I would like to pray that My will be united with thine, recognizing that thy perfect Love will suffice, or correct, for My imperfect Love. I pray that I may accept the Atonement with conviction, recognizing its inevitable worth, and My own Divine worth as part of this identification with thee. I pray that My fear be replaced by an active sense of thy Love, and thy continual willingness to help Me overcome the split, or divided will, which is responsible for My difficulty with this. I accept the divinity of the messages We have received, and affirm My will in both accepting and acting upon the Atonement principle.
The major problem that Both of You have is the continuing split will, which naturally interferes with Your true identification. To the extent that You hold onto this split, it will take longer to get through and will markedly interfere with Your own integration efforts. Reliance has to be placed on Me, which is sufficient once You do this without distantiation or division in loyalties. This will be strengthened through a continual affirmation of the goal You Both want to achieve, and an awareness of its inevitability. In this way, You will Both perceive and know Your true worth, and the importance of maintaining a complete identification.
H considered changing “iron” to “steel.”
Correction: No. Steel would not be a better Word. Steel is very useful but it would have to be tempered by fire. Iron is the raw material. The point of Miracles is that They replace fire, thus making it unnecessary.
Ask B’s help for guidance about the flu shots, but be sure to tell Him not to let fear enter in the consideration.
H aside about liking the first about assumption failure more.
Answer: It was cuter, but this one means more. The real reason You don’t like it is because it refers to You in a very lofty position. This makes You nervous.
As long as You take accurate notes, every Word is meaningful. But I can’t always get through. Whenever possible, I will correct retroactively. Be sure to note All later corrections. This means that You are more receptive than You were when I tried before.
H interrupting: I am mad about this.
Remind B to get another notebook. I don’t give up as easily as He does. If I could get You to listen, which was a Miracle in itself, I can get Him to register. He should appreciate this more than Anyone else, having had some trouble with this problem Himself.
Question: Are there any corrections You want Me to make in this?
This Morning I remembered two indistinct dreams. Dr. Kindle, You and Me were walking down beside Squirrel Park and He is telling Me that I have done something very poorly and that He thought that They would have to let Me go. But He promised Me an interesting promotion. You were assuring Me it would be all right but I was by no means sure.
Insert here instructions of the dreams but do not dwell on it. B got the idea last night. This is a first mopping up.
Christcontrol can be, and should.
H notes: This is a Biblical quotation regarding the healing of a devil possessed Man, in which the sufferer was subsequently found healed in His right mind, and sitting at the feet of Jesus.
The dominancesubmission problem is related to the perception of helping Others versus helping the Self. This is a misperception resulting from the failure to recognize the equal worth of Both Individuals in the interaction. There can be no confusion on this point, and no strain, if this confusion is not introduced (through misperception, naturally.) Such confusion may be experienced partly by H at times when B is trying to help Her. She is likely to feel that this puts Her in a subordinate position, since She thinks She should be the therapist. Obviously, there is no problem once it is recognized that the equal worth of each Person precludes this misperception, since both gain in such a transaction. It is impossible for anybody to ever lose anything when this is fully recognized. This is what recognizing Your Brother is all about.
H raised previous question about the past, which has just been answered.
Note to H: You are writing this with improper motivation, but We will try anyway. If You are to stop, do so immediately.
b. Distortions of Miracleimpulses
You may read the Introduction to Chapter 2 now because of the necessity of distinguishing between Real and false knowledge. Having made this distinction, it is well to return to the errors already listed a while back. It might be well to recapitulate them here.
1) involved the fallacy that only the physical is real.
2) involved things rather than People.
3) involves the endowment of the physical with nonphysical properties.
And 4) clarified the misuse of knowledge.
All of them were subsumed under possession fallacies. The denial mechanism for 3) has already been set forth in some detail, and will also continue after the following:
The corresponding denial mechanism for 1) is the sense of physical inability, or impotence. The denial mechanism for 2) is often bankruptcy. Collectors of things often drive Themselves well beyond Their financial means, in an attempt to force discontinuance. If this idea of cessation cannot be tolerated, a strange compromise involving both insatiable possessiveness and insatiable throwingaway or bankruptcy may result. An example is the inveterate or compulsive gambler, particularly the horseracing addict. Here, the conflicted drive is displaced both from People and things, and is invested in animals. The implied derogation of People is the cause of the underlying extreme superstition of the horseracing addict. The alcoholic is in a similar position, except that His hostility is more inward than outward directed.
Defenses aimed at protecting or retaining error are particularly hard to undo, because they introduce secondorder misperceptions which obscure the underlying errors still further.
a) One aspect of the possession, or possessed, conflict can be raised to predominance. If this is attempted in connection with possessing, it leads to the paranoid solution. The underlying component of “being possessed” is retained in the “persecution” fantasies, which are generally concomitants.
b) If “being possessed” is brought to ascendance, a state of some sort of possession by external forces results, but not with a major emphasis on attacking Others. Attack by Others becomes the more obvious component. In the more virulent forms, there is a sense of being possessed by demons, and unless there is vacillation with a), a catatonic solution is more likely than a paranoid one.
The focused paranoid has become more rigid in His solution, and centers on one Source of projection to escape from vacillation. Aside: It should be noted that this type of paranoia is an upside down form of religion, because of its obvious attempt to unify into oneness.
Both 1), 2), and 4) are more likely to produce neurotic rather than psychotic states, though this is by no means guaranteed. However, 3) is inherently more vulnerable to the psychotic correction, again because of the more fundamental level confusion which is involved.
It should be noted, however, that the greater fear which is induced by 3) can itself reach psychotic proportions, thus forcing the individual closer and closer to a psychotic solution.
It is emphasized here that these differences have no effect at all on the Miracle, Which can heal any of them with equal ease. This is because of the Miracle’s inherent avoidance of withinerror distinctions. Its sole concern is to distinguish between Truth, on the one hand, and All kinds of error, on the other. This is why some Miracles seem to be of greater magnitude than Others. But remember the first point in this Course, that is, that there is no order of difficulty in Miracles.
The emphasis on mental illness which is marked in these notes reflects the “undoing” aspect of the Miracle. The “doing” aspect is, of course, much more important. But a true Miracle cannot occur on a false basis. Sometimes the undoing must precede it. At other times, both can occur simultaneously, but You are not up to this at the moment.
Further, insights into mental illness can be misused, and lead to preoccupation with One’s own symptoms. This is why this area is less constructive for most People than a Course primarily devoted to mental health. However, some professions will find principles of mental illness constructive, especially those which are concerned with mental illness in Others. This obviously includes psychologists.
The obvious correction for All types of the possessionfallacy is to redefine possession correctly. In the sense of “taking over,” the concept does not exist at all in Divine Reality, which is the only level of Reality where real existence is a meaningful term.
No One can be “taken over” unless He wills to be. However, if He places His mind under tyranny, rather than authority, He intrudes the submission, or dominance, onto free will Himself. This produces the obvious contradiction inherent in any formulation that associates free will with imprisonment. Even in very mild forms, this kind of association is risky, and may spread quite unexpectedly, particularly under external stress. This is because it can be internally controlled only if external conditions are peaceful. This is not safe, because external conditions are produced by the thoughts of many, not All of whom are pure in Heart as yet.
Why should You be at Their mercy? This issue is very closely related to the whole possession issue. You insist on thinking that People can possess You, if You believe that Their thoughts, or the external environment, can affect You, regardless of what They think. You are perfectly unaffected by All expressions of lack of Love. These can be either from Yourself and Others, or from Yourself to Others, or from Others to You.
I’m glad You passed that test. It was crucial. This is referred to H’s reluctance to take dictations as given.
Peace is an attribute in You. You cannot find it outside. All mental illness is some form of external searching. Mental health is inner Peace. It enables You to remain unshaken by lack of Love from without, and capable, through Your own Miracles of correcting the external conditions, which proceed from lack of Love in Others.
Chapter 2 – The Illusion of Separation
This section deals with a more fundamental misuse of knowledge, referred to in the Bible as the cause of the Fall, or Separation. There are several introductory remarks which are intended to make these explanations less fearprovoking. The first is a couplet which I drew to Your attention during the fragments of Midsummer Night’s Dream, which You heard last night:
Be as Thou wast wont to be.
See as Thou wast wont to see.
It is noteworthy that these words were said by Oberon in releasing Titania from Her own errors, both of being and perceiving. These were the words which reestablished Her true identity as well as Her true abilities and judgment. The similarity here is obvious.
There are also some definitions, which I asked You to take from the dictionary, which will also be helpful. Their somewhat unusual nature is due to the fact that they are not first definitions in their chronological appearance. Nevertheless, the fact that each of them does appear in the dictionary should be reassuring.
to project (verb): To extend forward or out
Project (noun): A plan in the mind
World: A natural grand division
Note that You originally wrote “Word” instead of “World.”
We referred to projection as related to both mental illness and mental health. It was commented on that Lucifer literally projected Himself from heaven. We also have observed that Man can create an empty shell, but cannot create nothing at all. This emptiness provides the screen for the misuse of projection.
The Garden of Eden, which is described as a literal garden in the Bible, was not originally an actual garden at all. It was merely a mental state of complete needlack. Even in the literal account, it is noteworthy that the Preseparation state was essentially one in which Man needed nothing. The Tree of Knowledge, again an overlyliteral concept, as is clearly shown by the subsequent reference to “eating of the fruit of the tree”, is a symbolic reference to some of the misuses of knowledge referred to in the section immediately preceding this one. There is, however, considerable clarification of this concept, which must be understood before the real meaning of the “detour into fear” can be fully comprehended. Projection, this refers to the verb as defined above, is a fundamental attribute of God, which He also gave to His Son. In the Creation, God projected His Creative Ability out of Himself toward the Souls Which He created, and also imbued Them with the same loving wish or will to create. We have commented before on the fundamental error involved in confusing what has been created with what is being created. We have also emphasized that Man, insofar as the term relates to Soul, has not only been fully Created, but also been created perfect. There is no emptiness in Him. The next point, too, has already been made, but bears repetition here. The Soul, because of Its own likeness to Its Creator, is creative. No Child of God is capable of losing this ability, because it is inherent in what He is.
Whenever projection in its inappropriate sense is utilized, it always implies that some emptiness or lack of Everything must exist, and that it is within Man’s ability to put His own ideas there instead of the Truth. If You will consider carefully what this entails, the following will become quite apparent:
1) The assumption is implicit that what God has Created can be changed by the mind of Man.
2) The concept that what is perfect can be rendered imperfect or wanting is intruded.
3) The belief that Man can distort the Creations of God including Himself has arisen, and is tolerated.
4) That since Man can create Himself, the direction of His own creation is up to Him.
These related distortions represent a picture of what actually occurred in the Separation. None of this existed before, nor does it actually exist now. The world, as defined above, was made as a natural grand division, or projecting outward of God. That is why Everything which He Created is like Him.
It should be noted that the opposite of pro is con. Strictly speaking, then, the opposite of projecting is conjecting, a term which referred to a state of uncertainty or guess work. Other errors arise in connection with ancillary defenses, to be considered later. For example, dejection, which is obviously associated with depression, injection, which can be misinterpreted readily enough, in terms of possession fallacies, particularly penetration, and rejection, which is clearly associated with denial. It should be noted also that rejection can be used as refusing, a term which necessarily involves a perception of what is refused as something unworthy.
Projection as undertaken by God was very similar to the kind of inner radiance which the Children of the Father inherit from Him. It is important to note that the term project outward necessarily implies that the real Source of projection is internal. This is as true of the Son as of the Father.
The world, in its original connotation, included both the proper creation of Man by God, and the proper creation by Man in His Right Mind. The latter required the endowment of Man by God with free will, because All loving creation is freely given. Nothing in either of these statements implies any sort of level involvement, or, in fact, anything except one continuous line of creation, in which All aspects are of the same order.
When the “lies of the serpent” were introduced, they were specifically called lies because they are not true. When Man listened, All He heard was untruth. He does not have to continue to believe what is not true, unless He chooses to do so. All of His miscreations can disappear in the well known “twinkling of an eye,” because it is a visual misperception.
Man’s spiritual eye can sleep, but as will shortly appear in the notes (reference Bob, elevator operator) a sleeping eye can still see. One translation of the Fall, a view emphasized by Mary Baker Eddy, and worthy of note, is that “a deep sleep fell upon Adam.” While the Bible continues to associate this sleep as a kind of anesthetic utilized for protection of Adam during the creation of Eve, Mrs. Eddy was correct in emphasizing that nowhere is there any reference made to His waking up. While Christian Science is clearly incomplete, this point is much in its favor.
The history of Man in the world as He saw it has not been characterized by any genuine or comprehensive reawakening, or rebirth. This is impossible as long as Man projects in the Spirit of miscreation. It still remains within Him to project as God projected His own Spirit to Him. In Reality, this is His only choice, because His free will was made for His own Joy in creating the perfect.
All fear is ultimately reducible to the basic misperception of Man’s ability to usurp the power of God. It is again emphasized that He neither can nor has been able to do this. In this statement lies the real justification for His escape from fear. This is brought about by His acceptance of the Atonement, which places Him in a position to realize that His own errors never really occurred.
When the deep sleep fell upon Adam, He was then in a condition to experience nightmares, precisely because He was sleeping. If a Light is suddenly turned on while Someone is dreaming, and the content of His dream is fearful, He is initially likely to interpret the Light itself as part of the content of His own dream. However, as soon as He awakens, the Light is correctly perceived as the release from the dream, which is no longer accorded Reality. I would like to conclude this with the Biblical injunction
Go Ye and do likewise.
It is quite apparent that this depends on the kind of knowledge which was not referred to by the “Tree of Knowledge” which bore lies as fruit. The knowledge that illuminates rather than obscures is the knowledge which not only makes You free, but also shows You clearly that You are free.
a. The Reinterpretation of Defenses
b. Healing as Release from Fear
c. Fear as Lack of Love
d. The Correction for Lack of Love
e. The Meaning of the Last Judgment
Chapter 3 – Retraining the Mind
All learning involves attention and study at some level. This Course is a mindtraining Course. Good students assign study periods for Themselves. However, since this obvious step has not occurred to You, and since We are cooperating in this, I will make the obvious assignment now.
B is better at understanding the need to study the notes than You are, but neither of You realizes that many of the problems You keep being faced with may already have been solved there. You do not think of the notes in this way at all. B does from time to time, but He generally says, “It’s probably in the notes,” and doesn’t look it up. He believes that, although He reads them over, they cannot really help Him until they are complete.
1) He cannot be sure of this unless He tries.
2) They would be completed if Both of You so willed.
You vaguely know that the Course is intended for some sort of preparation. I can only say that You are not prepared.
I was amused when You reminded B that He, too, was being prepared for something quite unexpected, and He said, He was not at all curious about what it was. This disinterest is very characteristic of Him when He is afraid. Interest and fear do not go together, as Your respective behavior clearly shows.
Mental retardation is a defense which, like the others except the Atonement, can be used on behalf of error or Truth, as elected. When it occurs in Reality, it is a temporary device, agreed on beforehand, to check the miscreative abilities of strong but misdirected wills.
It is necessary that this appropriate use of the defense be considered real, because otherwise it cannot serve. The lesson involves not only the individual Himself, but also His Parents, Siblings, and All of Those Who come in close relation with Him. The value of the experience depends on the need of Each particular Learner. The Person Himself is a poor Learner, by definition, only as a step toward changing from a bad to a Good One.
Mental retardation can also be used as a maladaptive defense, if the wrong or attack side is employed. This produces the “pseudoretardation syndrome” which is justly classified as a psychiatric or disturbedlevel symptom. Both of You do this All the time. B acts as if He does not understand even His own special language, let alone mine, and You cannot read at all.
This represents a joint attack on Both Yourselves and Me, because it renders Your mind weak, and mine incompetent. Remember, this puts You in a truly fearful position. If You cannot understand either Your own mind or mine, You do not know what is really willed. It is thus impossible to avoid conflict, as defined before, because even if You act according to will, You wouldn’t know it.
The next part of this Course rests too heavily on the earlier part not to require its study. Without this, You will become much too fearful when the unexpected does occur to make constructive use of it. However, as You study the notes, You will see some of the obvious implications, unless You still persist in misusing the defense of mental retardation. Please remember that its constructive use, described above, is hardly a real part of Your own real proper equipment. It is a particularly inappropriate defense as You use it, and I can only urge You to avoid it.
The reason why a solid foundation is necessary at this point is because of the highly likely confusion of “fearful” and “awesome,” which most People do make. You will remember that We said once before that awe is inappropriate in connection with the Sons of God, because You should not experience awe in the presence of Your own Equals. But it was emphasized that awe is a proper reaction of the Soul in the presence of Its Creator.
So far, this Course has had only indirect recourse to God, and rarely even refers to Him directly. I have repeatedly emphasized that awe is not appropriate in connection with Me, because of Our inherent equality. I have been careful to clarify My own role in the Atonement, without either over or understating it. I have tried to do exactly the same things in connection with Yours.
The next step, however, does involve the direct approach to God Himself. It would be most unwise to start on this step at all without very careful preparation, or awe will surely be confused with fear, and the experience will be more traumatic than beatific.
Healing is of God in the end. The means are carefully explained in the notes. Revelation has occasionally shown You the end, but to reach it the means are needed.
The following Introduction was dictated by H without notes:
The following is the only detailed description which need be written down as to how error interferes with preparation. The events specifically referred to here could be any events, nor does their particular influence matter. It is the process which is to be noted here, and not its results. The kind of beliefs, and the fallacious premises involved in misthought are as well exemplified here as elsewhere. There is nothing of special interest about the events described below, except their typical nature. If this is a true Course in mindtraining, then the whole value of this section rests only in showing You what not to do. The more constructive emphasis is, of course, on the positive approach. Mindwatching would have prevented any of this from occurring, and will do so any time You permit it to.
Following is from notes:
Tell B that the reason why He was so strained yesterday is because He allowed Himself a number of fearproducing attitudes. They were fleeting enough to be more will-of-the-wisps than serious willerrors, but unless He watches this kind of thing, He will find the notes fearful, and, knowing Him well, will misdistantiate. His unprovoked irritation was unpardonable except by Himself, and He did not choose to pardon it. You did, but I am afraid You were under some strain in doing so. This was unfortunate, and weakened Your own ability to behave healingly toward B at the time, and later also toward Louis, Both of whom did act stupidly. But one stupidity at a time is usually enough. You are getting too close to the misuse of mental retardation when stupidity sets in All around.
B, having already weakened Himself, was very unmiracleminded, first by not asking Dora if She wanted a lift in the cab, which was going Her way. Even if She didn’t want it, She would have been able to use the thought well. There is probably no human error that is more fearprovoking in the will or behavior conflict sense than countering any form of error with error. The result can be highly inflammable. By reacting to Dora’s stupidity with His own, All of the elements which are virtually certain to engender fear have been provided.
B should note that this is one of the few times that He had to wait for a cab. He thought He took care of it by holding the door of a cab which did come for that Lady, but He was misguided in this belief. Beliefs are thoughts, and thus come under Christ guidance, not control. Actually, by giving this cab to Her, He was very unkind to You. It was quite apparent that You were extremely cold, and also very late. The idea that giving Her the cab would atone for His previous errors was singularly out of place, and well calculated to lead to further error. If, instead of attempting to atone on His own, He had asked for guidance, there would have been no difficulty whatever in the cab situation. It was not necessary that Anyone wait at all.
B’s original slight to Dora, because of His own need to get home as He perceived it, stopped Him from benefiting from the timesaving device of the Miracle. He would have gotten home much quicker if He had taken time to use time properly.
You were still suffering from strain, and got quite irritated at the girl Who stood next to the door on the side which blocked its opening. Her presence there made it necessary each time the door was opened to hold it for a much longer time than was necessary, and You were angry because this made You cold. Actually, the girl was taking care of the younger Child Who was standing outside, and Both of Them were really mentally retarded. If You will remember, the older girl asked You very uncertainly about the bus, and You were well aware at the time of Her extreme uncertainty.
It would have been much wiser had You built up Her confidence, instead of associating with Her stupidity. This reduced Your own efficiency, and the only thing that saved You then was that You did remember, in the cab, to ask Me about the notes, instead of assuming that You were necessarily to arrange to meet the next day and go over them. B had already become so misguided that it did not occur to Him that His own will, which He justified by the contents of the recent notes — a misuse of Truth only seemingly on its own behalf, might be questionable. You took poor notes Yourself here, because You got mad at Him on remembering this. While You did try to will right in the cab, You did not quite succeed. The error is showing up now.
B thus placed Himself in a condition to experience a fear rather than a Love reaction.
H notes that She was going to write “an excellent position,” but did not do so.
Answer: You were right about the misuse of “excellent” here, and please do cross it out. You are still angry. An excellent position for miscreation is not a meaningful approach to the problem.
“indeed” is not necessary; it was Your own error here; I am not saying this with any harsh overtones at all. I am just trying to create better learning conditions for the study periods. We want as little interference as possible, for very good reasons.
Now, go back to B; He was discourteous when He told You that He wanted to keep the original copy of the notes, having decided to have them Xeroxed on His own will, and then justifying it by a very slight misinterpretation of what I said about “useful for Others.” In fact, if He will reread the actual quote, He will see that it really means “useful for Him.” You had interpreted that way, and frankly this was pretty clear to Me at the time. But this sort of thing happens All the time. It should, be noted, however, that the result was not only considerable and totally unnecessary planning on B’s part, but also a failure to utilize what was intended for Him as a help for Himself. And before You get too selfsatisfied, I would remind You that You do it All the time, too.
B acted inappropriately toward You, by saying that He wanted to be sure that the original was not lost or dirty. It is noticeable that, having already decided what He wanted to do, it never occurred to Him that it is possible that He might lose or dirty them Himself, especially as He had not entrusted them to Me. This is a form of arrogance that He would be much happier without. He should also note that this would probably not have occurred had He not been already literally “off the beam.” Be sure to tell Him that this pun is to reassure Him that I am not angry. If He does not get it, or does not like it, I know it is not very good. The reason is that He put Me in a position where I can really give Him very little at the moment.
But I want Him to know that I am very well aware of the exceedingly few times He now makes errors of this kind. He has come a very long way in this respect. It seems a shame that He should allow Himself even this much discomfort from it.
I suggest to You that We pray for Him, and I pray for Your full cooperation in this. This will correct Your errors, and help Him react better to the work on the bookcase, which may otherwise lend itself for misuse by misprojection. There would have been no problem at all about the bookcase, and perhaps even no bookcase, if the solution of the storage problem had been left to Me. I have promised to guide You out of problems, and will certainly not create them for You. But this means that You do not undertake to solve them Yourselves. A storage problem is hardly more difficult for Me to solve that a space problem, see comments under special principles for Miracle workers.
You started well in Your attempt to pray with Me for B, but ended badly. This is because You had already made a number of earlier errors. You were wrong to be pleased with Bill F’s criticism of Rose, and should not have enjoyed Bill F’s description of Zanvil’s caricaturing of Her. You could have laughed with Bill, but not at Rose. Real courtesy never does this. You should know that All God’s Children are fully worthy of complete courtesy. You should never join with One at the expense of Another.
When You called B about joining You, Gene, and Anne at lunch, You should have waited to ask Me. In fact, You should not even have told Anne that You would call. Then You could have asked B first if He would want to come, and called Anne back. It is true that it was better that He came, but this has nothing to do with the real issue. There are ways of treating Others in which only consistent courtesy, even in very little things, is offered. This is a very healing habit to acquire.
B’s answer to Your call was a clear statement of His own sadly conflicted state. He said, “I don’t want to join You, but that’s ungracious, so I’ll go.” Whenever any invitation to join Others in a gracious way is offered, it should always be met with respect, although it need not always be accepted. However, if it is met ungraciously the resulting feeling may well be one of coercion. This is always a splitwill reaction.
B did not solve this by acting graciously. The lunch need not have entailed either mental or physical strain for Him, and no “need to escape” should have arisen. This was a regression of the unprofitable kind. B will continue to experience this need from time to time, until He is willing to realize that there is nothing He needs or wants to escape from.
It is very hard to get out of the chain of miscreation which can arise out of even the simplest misthought. To borrow one of Your own phrases, “This kind of human tragedy is far easier to avert than to undo.”
You must Both learn not to let this kind of chain reaction start. You will not be able to control it once it has started, because Everything and Everyone will be pulled into the misprojection, and misinterpreted accordingly. Nothing is lovely to the unloving. This is because they are creating ugliness.
You, Helen, were definitely not acting rightmindedly by writing these notes right in front of Jonathan.
Note that You wrote His Name as “Jonathan” this time, although previously in these same notes You referred to Him as “Louis,” intentionally using His real Name. Actually, of course, it does not matter what You call Him, but note that You felt free at that time to choose the Name You preferred to use. This time, You were forced to call Him “Jonathan” because You were attacking Him when You took the notes in front of Him, and are now falling back on the magical device of “protecting His Name.”
I had been considering calling B rather ambivalently, and had gotten up to do so, but remembered to ask. The answer was to call Him at 8:30. It would be better if He called, but He may not decide to do so. If He does not, You should try to get through, and if He has decided not to be there, just leave a message that it is not important. This is still a kindly gesture, and the message should be put in a gentle way.
B did call H.
Without going into further elaboration, and We could devote many hours to this, lets consider All the time that We had to waste today. And All the notes that could have been devoted to a better purpose than undoing the waste, and thus creating further waste. There is a better use for time, too. I would have liked to have spent some time on corrections of the past notes, as an important step before reviewing them. A major point of clarification is necessary in connection with the phrase “replacing hatred or fear with Love.”
No, Helen, do not check this against the Prayer that B very kindly typed for You on the card. That was a gracious offering on His part, and You also accepted it with grace at the time. Why should You deprive Yourself of the value of the offering by referring this correction first to Him?
These notes did not continue at this time, due to the obvious fact that H was still clearly not in Her right mind. However, B later suggested that “correct” or “correct for” should be used instead of “replace.” At the time, He was quite sure about this, and He was perfectly right. The reason why it was essential that He make this correction was that the Word “replace” was His choice originally, and reflected a temporary misunderstanding of His own. It was, however, both courteous and necessary that He change this Himself, both as a sign of His own better understanding, and of an avoidance of correction by Someone else, which would have been discourteous.
a. Special Principles for Miracle Workers
b. Atonement without Sacrifice
c. Miracles as Accurate Perception
d. Perception versus Knowledge
e. Conflict and the Ego
f. The Loss of Certainty
g. Judgment and the Authority Problem
h. Creating versus the Selfimage
Chapter 4 – The Root of All Evil
You were Both wise and devoted, two words which are literally interchangeable in the sense that they truly bring on the exchange of one another, in claiming Your scribal functions and working so late. You had committed a serious error against Your Brother, and One Who had asked for Your help. A devoted priestess does not do this. The Bible says
You should go with a Brother twice as far as He asks.
It certainly does not suggest that You set Him back on His journey.
Devotion to a Brother cannot set You back either. It can only lead to mutual progress. The result of genuine devotion is inspiration, a Word which, properly understood is the opposite of fatigue. To be fatigued is to be disspirited, but to be inspired is to be in the Spirit. To be egocentric is to be dispirited. But to be selfcentered in the right sense is to be inspired, or in the Soul. The truly inspired are enlightened, and cannot abide in darkness.
Do not attempt to break God’s copyright, because His Authorship alone can copy right. Your own right authorship does not lie in remaking His copies, but in creating like Him.
Embarrassment is always an expression of egocentricity, an association which has been made before. “Made,” not “created.” This kind of association is always manmade. Both of You have completed the SCT stem: When I was called on to speak — with — “I became embarrassed and could not speak.” This should be corrected to “Recognized My Authorship.”
Tell B that He cannot be embarrassed by His own words unless He believes that He is responsible for them. We have already corrected “Word” to “thought,” and He is free to allocate the authorship for His thoughts as He elects. He can speak from His Soul or from His ego, precisely as He chooses. If He speaks from His Soul, He has chosen to be still and know that I am God. These words are inspired, because they come from knowledge. If He speaks from His ego, He is disclaiming knowledge instead of affirming it, and is thus disspiriting Himself.
The disspirited have no choice but to be narcissistic, and to be narcissistic is to place Your faith in the unworthy. Your real worth is Your Divine authorship, and Your Soul is its acknowledgement. I cannot guide Your egos except as You associate them with Your Souls.
Attacking misidentification errors is neither My function nor Yours. Destroying the devil is a meaningless undertaking. Cervantes wrote an excellent symbolic account of this procedure, though He did not understand His own symbolism. The real point of His writing was that His “hero” was a Man Who perceived Himself as unworthy because He identified with His ego and perceived its weakness. He then set about to alter His perception, not by correcting His misidentification, but by behaving egotistically.
Chesterton wrote an excellent description of Cervantes and His perception of His “unheroic hero,” a view of Man which the ego tolerates all too frequently, but the Soul never countenances:
And He sees across a weary land a straggling road in Spain
Up which a lean and foolish knight forever rides in vain.
Do not embark on foolish journeys because they are indeed in vain. The ego may will them because the ego is both lean and foolish. But the Soul cannot embark on them because It is forever unwilling to depart from Its Foundation. The journey to the cross should be the last foolish journey for every mind. Do not dwell upon it, but dismiss it as accomplished. If You can accept that as Your own last foolish journey, You are free also to join My Resurrection. Human living has indeed been needlessly wasted in repetition compulsion. It reenacts the Separation, the loss of power, the foolish journey of the ego in its attempt at reparation, and finally the crucifixion of the body, or death. Repetition compulsions can be endless, unless they are given up by an act of will, or, more properly as active creation. Do not make the pathetic human error of “clinging to the old rugged cross.” The only message of the crucifixion is in respect for Man’s ability to overcome the cross. Unless He does so, He is free to crucify Himself as often as He chooses. But this was not the gospel I intended to offer Him.
We have another journey to undertake, and I hope that, if Both of You will read these notes carefully, they will help to prepare You to undertake it.
a. Right Teaching and Right Learning
b. The Ego and False Autonomy
c. Love without Conflict
d. The Escape from Fear
e. The Egobody Illusion
f. The Constant State
g. Creation and Communication
h. True Rehabilitation
Chapter 5 – Healing and Wholeness
To heal is to make happy. I told You once to think how many opportunities You have to gladden Yourselves, and how many You have refused. This is exactly the same as telling You that You have refused to heal Yourselves. The Light that belongs in You is the Light of Joy. Radiance is not associated with sorrow. Depression is often contagious, but although it may affect Those Who come in contact with it, They do not yield to its influence wholeheartedly. But Joy calls forth an integrated willingness to share in it, and thus promotes the mind’s natural impulse to respond as One.
Those Who attempt to heal without being wholly joyous Themselves call forth different kinds of responses at the same time, and thus deprive Others of the Joy of responding wholeheartedly. To be wholehearted, You must be happy. If fear and Love cannot coexist, and if it is impossible to be wholly fearful and remain alive, then the only possible whole state is that of Love. There is no difference between Love and Joy. Therefore, the only possible whole state is the wholly joyous.
To heal, or to make joyous, is therefore the same as to integrate and make One. That is why it makes no difference to what part or by what part of the Sonship the healing is done. Every part benefits, and benefits equally. You are being blessed by every beneficent thought of any of Your Brothers anywhere. You should want to bless Them in return, out of gratitude.
You do not have to know Them individually, or They You. The Light of Joy is so strong that it radiates throughout the Sonship and returns thanks to the Father for radiating His Joy upon It. Only God’s own Holy Children are worthy to be channels of His beautiful Joy, because only They are beautiful enough to hold it by sharing it. It is impossible for a Child of God to Love His neighbor except as Himself. That is why the healer’s Prayer is
Let Me know this Brother as I know Myself.
a. Healing as Joining
b. The Mind of the Atonement
c. The Voice for God
d. The Guide to Salvation
e. Therapy and Teaching
f. The Two Decisions
g. Time and Eternity
h. The Eternal Fixation
Chapter 6 – Attack and Fear
The relationship of anger to attack is obvious, but the inevitable association of anger and fear is not always so clear. Anger always involves projection of separation, which must ultimately be accepted as entirely One’s own responsibility. Anger cannot occur unless You believe that You have been attacked; the attack was justified; and You are in no way responsible for it. Given these three wholly irrational premises, the equally irrational conclusion that a Brother is worthy of attack rather than of Love follows. What can be expected from insane premises except an insane conclusion?
The way to undo an insane conclusion is always to consider the sanity of the premises on which it rests. You cannot be attacked, attack has no justification, and You are responsible for what You believe. You have been asked to take Me as Your model for learning. And We have often said that an extreme example is a particularly helpful learning device. Everyone teaches, and teaches All the time. This is a responsibility which He assumes inevitably, the moment He has accepted any premises at all. And no One can organize His Life without any thought system. Once He has developed a thought system of any kind, He lives by it and teaches it.
You have been chosen to teach the Atonement precisely because You have been extreme examples of allegiance to Your thought systems, and therefore have developed the capacity for allegiance. It has indeed been misplaced. B had become an outstanding example of allegiance to apathy, and You have become a startling example of fidelity to variability. But this is a form of faith, which You Yourselves had grown willing to redirect. You cannot doubt the Strength of Your devotion when You consider how faithfully You observed it. It was quite evident that You had already developed the ability to follow a better model, if You could accept it.
a. The Message of the Crucifixion
b. The Uses of Projection
c. The Relinquishment of Attack
d. The Only Answer
e. To Have, Give All to All
f. To Have Peace, Teach Peace to Learn It
g. Be Vigilant Only for God and His Kingdom
Chapter 7 – The Consistency of the Kingdom
The creative power of Both God and His Creations is limitless, but it is not in reciprocal relationship. You do communicate fully with God, as He does with You. This is an ongoing process in which You share, and because You share it, You are inspired to create like God. But in Creation You are not in a reciprocal relation to God, because He created You, but You did not create Him. We have already stated that only in this respect Your creative power differs from His. Even in this world there is a parallel. Parents give birth to Children, but Children do not give birth to Parents. They do, however, give birth to Their Children, and thus give birth as Their Parents do.
If You created God and He created You, the Kingdom could not increase through its Own creative thought. Creation would therefore be limited, and You would not be cocreators with God. As God’s creative Thought proceeds from Him to You, so must Your creative thoughts proceed from You to Your creations. In this way only can All creative power extend outward. God’s accomplishments are not Yours. But Yours are like His. He created the Sonship, and You increase it. You have the power to add to the Kingdom, but not to add to the Creator of the Kingdom.
You claim this power when You have become wholly vigilant for God and the Kingdom. By accepting this power as Yours, You have learned to be what You are. Your creations belong in You, as You belong in God. You are part of God, as Your sons are part of His Sons. To create is to love. Love extends outward simply because it cannot be contained. Being limitless, it does not stop. It creates forever, but not in time. God’s creations have always been, because He has always been. Your creations have always been, because You can create only as He creates.
Eternity is Yours because He created You eternal.
a. Bargaining versus Healing
b. The Laws of Mind
c. The Unified Curriculum
d. The Recognition of Truth
e. Healing and the Changelessness of Mind
f. From Vigilance to Peace
g. The Total Commitment
h. The Defense of Conflict
i. The Extension of the Kingdom
j. The Confusion of Strength and Weakness
k. The State of Grace
Chapter 8 – The Journey Back
You are hampered in Your progress by Your demands to know what You do not know. This is actually a way of hanging on to deprivation. You cannot reasonably object to following instructions in a Course for knowing, on the grounds that You do not know. The need for the Course is implicit in Your objection. Knowledge is not the motivation for learning this Course. Peace is. As the prerequisite for knowledge, Peace must be learned. This is only because Those Who are in conflict are not peaceful, and Peace is the condition of knowledge because it is the condition of the Kingdom.
Knowledge will be restored when You meet its conditions. This is not a bargain made by God, Who made no bargains at all. It is merely the result of Your misuse of His Laws on behalf of a will that was not His. Knowledge is His Will. If You are opposing His Will, how can You have knowledge? I have told You what knowledge offers You, but it is clear that You do not regard this as wholly desirable. If You did, You would hardly be willing to throw it away so readily, when the ego asks for Your allegiance.
The distraction of the ego seems to interfere with Your learning, but it has no power to distract unless You give it the power. The ego’s voice is an hallucination. You cannot expect the ego to say “I am not real.” Hallucinations are inaccurate perceptions of Reality. But You are not asked to dispel them alone. You are merely asked to evaluate them in terms of their results to You. If You do not want them on the basis of loss of Peace, they will be removed from Your mind for You. Every response to the ego is a call to war, and war does deprive You of Peace.
Yet in this war there is no opponent. This is the reinterpretation of Reality which You must make to secure Peace, and the only one You need ever make.
a. The Direction of the Curriculum
b. The Rationale for Choice
c. The Holy Encounter
d. The Light of the World
e. The Power of Joint Decision
f. Communication and the Egobody Equation
g. The Body as Means or End
h. Healing as Corrected Perception
i. The Acceptance of Reality
j. The Answer to Prayer
Chapter 9 – The Correction of Error
The alertness of the ego to the errors which other egos make, is not the kind of vigilance which the Holy Spirit would have You maintain. Egos are critical in terms of the kind of sense they stand for. They understand this kind of sense, because it is sensible to them. To the Holy Spirit, it makes no sense at all. To the ego, it is kind and right and good to point out errors, and “correct” them. This makes perfect sense to the ego, which is totally unaware of what errors are, and what correction is.
Errors are of the ego, and correction of errors of any kind lies solely in the relinquishment of the ego. When You correct a Brother, You are telling Him that He is wrong. He may be making no sense at the time, and it is certain that if He is speaking from the ego, He will be making no sense, but Your task is still to tell Him He is right. You do not tell Him this verbally if He is speaking foolishly, because He needs correction at another level, since His error is at another level. He is still right, because He is a Son of God. His ego is always wrong, no matter what it says or does.
If You point out the errors of His ego, You must be seeing Him through Yours, because the Holy Spirit does not perceive His errors. This must be true, if there is no communication at all between the ego and the Holy Spirit. The ego makes no sense, and the Holy Spirit does not attempt to understand anything that arises from it. Since He does not understand it, He does not judge it, knowing that nothing it engenders means anything.
a. Sanity and Perception
b. Atonement as a Lesson in Sharing
c. The Unhealed Healer
d. The Awareness of the Holy Spirit
e. Salvation and God’s Will
f. Grandeur versus Grandiosity
g. The Inclusiveness of Creation
h. The Decision to Forget
i. Magic versus Miracles
j. The Denial of God
Chapter 10 – God and the Ego
Either God or the ego is insane. If You will examine the evidence on both sides fairly, You will realize that this must be true. Neither God nor the ego proposes a partial thought system. Each is internally consistent, but they are diametrically opposed in All respects, so that partial allegiance is impossible. But remember that their results are as different as their foundations, and their fundamentally irreconcilable natures cannot be resolved by Your vacillations. Nothing alive is fatherless, for Life is creation. Therefore, Your decision is always an answer to the question, “Who is My Father?” And You will be faithful to the Father You choose.
Yet what would You say to Someone Who really believed this question involves conflict? If You made the ego, how can the ego have made You? The authority problem remains the only Source of perceived conflict, because the ego was made out of the wish of God’s Son to father Him. The ego, then, is nothing more than a delusional system in which You made Your own Father. Make no mistake about this. It sounds insane when it is stated with perfect honesty, but the ego never looks upon what it does with perfect honesty. Yet that is its insane premise, which is carefully hidden in the dark cornerstone of its thought system. And either the ego, which You made, is Your Father, or its whole thought system will not stand.
a. Projection versus Extension
b. The Willingness for Healing
c. From Darkness to Light
d. The Inheritance of God’s Son
e. The “Dynamics” of the Ego
f. Experience and Perception
g. The Problem and the Answer
Chapter 11 – God’s Plan for Salvation
You have been told not to make error real, and the way to do this is very simple. If You want to believe in error, You would have to make it real, because it is not true. But Truth is real in its own right, and to believe in Truth, You do not have to do anything. Understand that You do not respond to stimuli, but to stimuli as You interpret them. Your interpretation thus becomes the justification for the response. That is why analyzing the motives of Others is hazardous to You. If You decide that Someone is really trying to attack You, or desert You or enslave You, You will respond as if He had actually done so, because You have made His error real to You. To interpret error is to give it power, and, having done this, You will overlook Truth.
The analysis of ego motivation is very complicated, very obscuring, and never without the risk of Your own ego involvement. The whole process represents a clearcut attempt to demonstrate Your own ability to understand what You perceive. This is demonstrated by the fact that You react to Your interpretations as if they were correct, and control Your reactions behaviorally, but not emotionally. This is quite evidently a mental split, in which You have attacked the integrity of Your mind, and pitted one level within it against another.
a. The Judgment of the Holy Spirit
b. The Mechanism of Miracles
c. The Investment in Reality
d. Seeking and Finding
e. The Sane Curriculum
f. The Vision of Christ
g. The Guide for Miracles
h. Reality and Redemption
i. Guiltlessness and Invulnerability
Chapter 12 – The Problem of Guilt
The ultimate purpose of projection, as the ego uses it, is always to get rid of guilt. But, characteristically, it attempts to get rid of it from its viewpoint only. For much as the ego wants to retain guilt, You find it intolerable. For guilt stands in the way of Your remembering God, Whose pull is so strong that You cannot resist it. On this issue, then, the deepest split of All occurs, for if You are to retain guilt, as the ego insists, You cannot be You. Only by persuading You that it is You, could the ego possibly induce You to project guilt, and thereby keep it in Your mind.
But consider how strange a solution the ego’s arrangement is. You project guilt to get rid of it, but You actually merely conceal it. You do experience guilt feelings, but You have no idea of why. On the contrary, You associate them with a weird assortment of ego ideals, which the ego claims You have failed. But You have no idea that You are failing the Son of God, by seeing Him as guilty. Believing You are no longer You, You do not realize that You are failing Yourself.
a. Crucifixion by Guilt
b. The Fear of Redemption
c. Healing and Time
d. The Two Emotions
e. Finding the Present
f. Attainment of the Real World
Chapter 13 – From Perception to Knowledge
All therapy is release from the past. And that is why the Holy Spirit is the only therapist. He teaches that the past does not exist, a fact which belongs to the sphere of knowledge, and which therefore no One in the world knows. It would indeed be impossible to be in the world with this knowledge. For the mind that knows this unequivocally, knows also that it dwells in Eternity, and utilizes no perception at All. It therefore does not consider where it is, because the concept “where” does not mean anything to it. It knows that it is Everywhere, just as it has Everything and Forever.
The very real difference between perception and knowledge becomes quite apparent, if You consider this: There is nothing partial about knowledge. Every aspect is Whole, and therefore no aspect is separate. You are an aspect of knowledge, being in the Mind of God, Who knows You. All knowledge must be Yours, for in You is All knowledge. Perception, at its loftiest, is never complete. Even the perception of the Holy Spirit, as perfect as perception can be, is without meaning in Heaven. Perception can reach Everywhere under His guidance, for the vision of Christ beholds Everything in Light. But no perception, however Holy, will last Forever.
a. The Role of Healing
b. The Shadow of Guilt
c. Release and Restoration
d. The Guarantee of Heaven
e. The Testimony of Miracles
f. The Happy Learner
g. The Decision for Guiltlessness
h. The Way of Salvation
Chapter 14 – Bringing Illusions to Truth
Unless You are guiltless You cannot know God, Whose Will is that You know Him. Therefore, You must be guiltless. But, if You do not accept the necessary conditions for knowing Him, You have denied Him, and do not recognize Him, though He is All around You. He cannot be known without His Son, Whose guiltlessness is the condition for knowing Him. Accepting His Son as guilty is denial of the Father so complete, that knowledge is swept away from recognition, in the very mind where God Himself has placed it. If You would but listen, and learn how impossible this is! Do not endow Him with attributes You understand. You made Him not, and anything You understand, is not of Him.
Your task is not to make Reality. It is here, without Your making, but not without You. You Who have thrown Your Selves away, and valued God so little, hear Me speak for Him, and for Yourselves. You cannot understand how much Your Father loves You, for there is no parallel in Your experience of the world to help You understand it. There is nothing on earth with which it can compare, and nothing You have ever felt, apart from Him, that resembles it ever so faintly. You cannot even give a Blessing in perfect gentleness. Would You know of One Who gives forever, and Who knows of nothing except giving?
The Children of Heaven live in the Light of the Blessing of Their Father, because They know that They are sinless. The Atonement was established as the means of restoring guiltlessness to the mind which has denied it, and thus denied Heaven to Itself. Atonement teaches You the true condition of the Son of God. It does not teach You what You are, or what Your Father is. The Holy Spirit, Who remembers this for You, merely teaches You how to remove the blocks that stand between You and what You know. His memory is Yours. If You remember what You have made, You are remembering nothing. Remembrance of Reality is in Him, and therefore in You.
a. Guilt and Guiltlessness
b. Out of the Darkness
c. Perception without Deceit
d. The Recognition of Holiness
e. The Shift to Miracles
f. The Test of Truth
Chapter 15 – The Purpose of Time
Can You imagine what it means to have no cares, no worries, no anxieties, but merely to be perfectly calm and quiet All the time? Yet that is what time is for; to learn just that, and nothing more. God’s Teacher cannot be satisfied with His teaching, until it constitutes All Your learning. He has not fulfilled His teaching function until You have become such consistent learners that You learn only of Him. When this has happened, You will no longer need a Teacher, or time in which to learn.
One of the sources of perceived discouragement from which You suffer, is Your belief that this takes time, and that the results of the Holy Spirit’s teaching are far in the future. This is not so. For the Holy Spirit uses time in His own way, and is not bound to it. Time is His friend in teaching. It does not waste Him, as it does You. But All the waste that time seems to bring with it, is due but to Your identification with the ego, Who uses time to support its belief in destruction. The ego, like the Holy Spirit, uses time to convince You of the inevitability of the goal and end of learning. To the ego, the goal is death, which is its end. But to the Holy Spirit, the goal is Life, which has no end.
a. The Uses of Time
b. Time and Eternity
c. Littleness versus Magnitude
d. Practicing the Holy Instant
e. The Holy Instant and Special Relationships
f. The Holy Instant and the Laws of God
g. The Holy Instant and Communication
h. The Holy Instant and Real Relationships
i. The Time of Christ
j. The End of Sacrifice
Chapter 16 – The Forgiveness of Illusions
To empathize does not mean to join in suffering, for this is what You must refuse to understand. This is the ego’s interpretation of empathy, and is always used to form a special relationship, in which suffering is shared. The capacity to empathize is very useful to the Holy Spirit, provided You let Him use it in His way. His way is very different. He does not understand suffering, and would have You teach it is not understandable. When He relates through You, He does not relate through the ego to another ego. He does not join in pain, knowing that healing pain is not accomplished by delusional attempts to enter into it, and lighten it by sharing the delusion.
The clearest proof that empathy, as the ego uses it, is destructive, lies in the fact that it is applied only to certain types of problems, and in certain People. These it selects out and joins with. And it never joins, except to strengthen itself. Having identified with what it thinks it understands, it sees itself, and would increase itself by sharing what is like itself. Make no mistake about this maneuver; the ego always empathizes to weaken. And to weaken is always to attack.
You do not know what empathizing means. But of this You may be sure; if You will merely sit quietly by, and let the Holy Spirit relate through You, You will empathize with Strength, and Both of You will gain in Strength, and not in weakness. Your part is only to remember this; You do not want anything that You value to come of the relationship. You will neither to hurt it, nor to heal it in Your own way. You do not know what healing is. All You have learned of empathy is from the past. And there is nothing from the past that You would share, for there is nothing there that You would keep.
Do not use empathy to make the past real, and so perpetuate it. Step gently aside, and let the healing be done for You. Keep but one thought in mind, and do not lose sight of it, however tempted You may be to judge the situation, and determine Your response by judging it. Focus Your mind only on this:
I am not alone, and I would not intrude the past upon My Guest.
I have invited Him, and He is here.
I need do nothing except not to interfere.
a. True Empathy
b. The Magnitude of Holiness
c. The Reward of Teaching
d. Illusion and Reality of Love
e. Specialness and Guilt
f. The Bridge to the Real World
g. The End of Illusions
Chapter 17 – Forgiveness and Healing
The betrayal of the Son of God lies only in illusions, and All His “sins” are but His own imagining. His Reality is forever sinless. He need not be forgiven but awakened. In His dreams He has betrayed Himself, His Brothers and His God. Yet what is done in dreams has not been really done. It is impossible to convince the dreamer that this is so, for dreams are what they are because of their illusion of Reality. Only in waking is the full release from them, for only then does it become perfectly apparent that they had no effect on Reality at all, and did not change it.
Fantasies change Reality. That is their purpose. They cannot do so in Reality, but they can do so in the mind that would have Reality different. It is, then, only Your wish to change Reality that is fearful, because, by Your wish You think You have accomplished what You wish. This strange position, in a sense, acknowledges Your power, yet by distorting it, and devoting it to “evil,” it also makes it unreal. You cannot be faithful to two masters, Who ask of You conflicting things. What You use in fantasy, You deny to Truth. But what You give to Truth, to use for You, is safe from fantasy.
a. Fantasy and Distorted Perception
b. The Forgiven World
c. Shadows of the Past
d. Perception and the Two Worlds
e. The Healed Relationship
f. Practical Forgiveness
g. The Need for Faith
h. The Conditions of Forgiveness
Chapter 18 – The Dream and the Reality
To substitute is to accept instead. If You would but consider exactly what this entails, You would perceive at once how much at variance this is with the goal the Holy Spirit has given You and would accomplish for You. To substitute is to choose between, renouncing One in favor of the Other. For this special purpose, One is judged more valuable, and the Other is replaced by Him. The relationship in which the substitution occurred is thus fragmented, and its purpose split accordingly. To fragment is to exclude, and substitution is the strongest defense the ego has for separation.
The Holy Spirit never substitutes. Where the ego perceives one Person as a replacement for Another, the Holy Spirit sees Them joined and indivisible. He does not judge between Them, knowing They are One. Being united, They are One because They are the same. Substitution is clearly a process in which They are perceived as different. One would unite; the other separate. Nothing can come between what God has joined, and what the Holy Spirit sees as One. But Everything seems to come between the fragmented relationships the ego sponsors, to destroy.
The One emotion in which substitution is impossible, is Love. But fear involves substitution by definition, for it is Love’s replacement. Fear is both a fragmented and fragmenting emotion. It seems, to take many forms, and each seems to require a different form of acting out, for satisfaction. While this appears to introduce quite variable behavior, a far more serious effect lies in the fragmented perception from which the behavior stems. No One is seen complete. The body is emphasized, with special emphasis on certain parts, and used as the standard for comparison for either acceptance or rejection of suitability for acting out a special form of fear.
a. Substitution as a Defense
b. The Basis of the Dream
c. Light in the Dream
d. The Little Willingness
e. The Happy Dream
f. Dreams and the Body
g. I Need Do Nothing
h. The Purpose of the Body
i. The Delusional Thought System
j. The Passing of the Dream
Chapter 19 – Beyond the Body
We said before that, when a situation has been dedicated wholly to Truth, Peace is inevitable. Its attainment is the criterion by which the Wholeness of the dedication can be safely assumed. Yet We also said that Peace without faith will never be attained, for what is wholly dedicated to Truth as its only goal is brought to Truth by faith. This faith encompasses Everyone involved, for only thus the situation is perceived as meaningful and as a whole. And Everyone must be involved in it, or else Your faith is limited, and Your dedication incomplete.
Every situation, properly perceived, becomes an opportunity to heal the Son of God. And He is healed because You offered faith to Him, giving Him to the Holy Spirit and releasing Him from every demand Your ego would make of Him. Thus do You see Him free, and in this vision does the Holy Spirit share. And since He shares it He has given it, and so He healed through You. It is this joining Him in a united purpose, that makes this purpose real, because You make it whole. And this is healing. The body is healed because You came without it, and joined the Mind in which All healing rests.
a. Healing and the Mind
b. Sin versus Error
c. The Unreality of Sin
d. Obstacles to Peace –
I. The Desire to Get Rid of It
e. The Attraction of Guilt
f. Obstacles to Peace –
II. The Belief the Body is Valuable for What it Offers
g. Pleasure and Pain
h. Obstacles to Peace –
III. The Attraction of Death
i. The Incorruptible Body
j. Obstacles to Peace –
IV. The Fear of God
k. The Lifting of the Veil
Chapter 20 – The Promise of the Resurrection
This is Palm Sunday, the celebration of victory, and the acceptance of the Truth. Let Us not spend this Holy week brooding on the crucifixion of God’s Son, but happily in the celebration of His release. For Easter is the sign of Peace, not pain. A slain Christ has no meaning. But a risen Christ becomes the symbol of the Son of God’s forgiveness upon Himself; the sign He looks upon Himself as healed and whole. This week begins with palms and ends with lilies, the white and Holy sign the Son of God is innocent. Let no dark signs of crucifixion intervene between the journey and its purpose; between the acceptance of the Truth and its expression.
a. Holy Week
b. Thorns and Lilies
c. Sin as an Adjustment
d. Entering the Ark
e. Heralds of Eternity
f. The Temple of the Holy Spirit
g. The Consistency of Means and End
h. The Vision of Sinlessness
Chapter 21 – The Inner Picture
Projection makes perception; the world You see is what You gave it, nothing more than that. But, though it is no more than that, it is not less. Therefore, to You, it is important. It is the witness to Your state of mind, the outside picture of an inward condition. As a Man thinketh, so does He perceive. Therefore, seek not to change the world, but will to change Your mind about the world. Perception is a result, and not a cause. And that is why order of Miracles is meaningless. Everything looked upon with vision is healed and Holy. Nothing perceived without it means anything. And where there is no meaning, there is chaos.
Damnation is Your judgment on Yourself. And this You will project upon the world. See it as damned, and All You see is what You did to hurt the Son of God. If You behold disaster and catastrophe, You tried to crucify Him. If You see Holiness and hope, You joined the Will of God to set Him free. There is no choice that lies between these two decisions. And You will see the witness to the choice You made, and learn from this to recognize the one You made. The world You see but shows You how much Joy You have allowed Yourself to see in You, and to accept as Yours. And, if this is its meaning, then the power to give it Joy must lie within You.
a. The Imagined World
b. The Responsibility for Sight
c. Faith, Belief and Vision
d. The Fear to Look Within
e. Reason and Perception
f. Reason and Correction
g. Perception and Wishes
h. The Inner Shift
Chapter 22 – Salvation and the Holy Relationship
Take pity on Yourselves, so long enslaved. Rejoice whom God hath joined have come together, and need no longer look on sin apart. No Two can look on sin together, for They could never see it in the same place and time. Sin is a strictly individual perception, seen in the Other, yet believed by Each to be within Himself. And Each One seems to make a different error, and one the Other cannot understand. Brothers, it is the same, made by the same, and forgiven for its maker in the same way.
The Holiness of Your relationship forgives You Both, undoing the effects of what You Both believed and saw. And, with their going, is the need for sin gone with them. Who has a need for sin? Only the lonely and alone, Who see Their Brothers different from Themselves. It is this difference, seen but not real, that makes the need for sin, not real but seen, seem justified. And All this would be real, if sin were so. For an unholy relationship is based on differences, where each One thinks the Other has what He has not.
They come together, Each to complete Himself and rob the Other. They stay until They think there’s nothing left to steal, and then move on. And so They wander through a world of strangers, unlike Themselves, living with Their bodies perhaps beneath a common roof that shelters neither; in the same room and yet a world apart. A Holy relationship starts from a different premise. Each One has looked within, and seen no lack. Accepting His completion, He would extend it by joining with Another, whole as Himself.
He sees no differences between These Selves, for differences are only of the body. Therefore, He looks on nothing He would take. He denies not His own Reality because it is the Truth. Just under Heaven does He stand, but close enough not to return to earth. For this relationship has Heaven’s Holiness. How far from home can a relationship so like to Heaven be? Think what a Holy relationship can teach! Here is belief in differences undone. Here is the faith in differences shifted to sameness. And here is sight of differences transformed to vision.
And reason now can lead You to the logical conclusion of Your union. It must extend, as You extended when You joined. It must reach out beyond itself, as You reached out beyond the body, to let Yourselves be joined. And now the sameness which You saw extends, and finally removes All sense of differences, so that the sameness that lies beneath Them All becomes apparent. Here is the golden circle, where You recognize the Son of God. For what is born into a Holy relationship can never end.
a. The Message of the Holy Relationship
b. Your Brother’s Sinlessness
c. Reason and the Holy Relationship
d. The Branching of the Road
e. Weakness and Defensiveness
f. Freedom and the Holy Spirit
Chapter 23 – The War Against Yourself
Do You not see the opposite of frailty and weakness is sinlessness? Innocence is Strength, and nothing else is strong. The sinless cannot fear. And fear of any kind is weakness. The show of Strength attack would use to cover frailty, conceals it not. For how can the unreal be hidden? No One is strong Who has an enemy. And no One can attack, unless He thinks He has. Belief in enemies is therefore the belief in weakness. And what is weak is not the Will of God. Being opposed to It, it is Its “enemy.” And God is feared, as an opposing will.
How strange indeed becomes this war against Yourself! You will believe that Everything You use for sin can hurt You, and become Your enemy. And You will fight against it, and try to weaken it, because of this. And You will think that You succeeded, and attack again. It is as certain You will fear what You attack, as it is sure that You will love what You perceive as sinless. He walks in Peace Who travels sinlessly along the way Love shows Him. For Love walks with Him there, protecting Him from fear. And He will see only the sinless, Who can not attack.
Walk You in glory, with Your head held high, and fear no evil. The Innocent are safe, because They share Their Innocence. Nothing They see is harmful, for Their awareness of the Truth releases Everything from the illusion of harmfullness. And what seemed harmful now stands shining in Their Innocence, released from sin and fear, and happily returned to Love. They share the Strength of Love because They looked on Innocence. And every error disappeared, because They saw it not. Who looks for glory finds it where it is. Where could it be, but in the Innocent?
Let not the little interferers pull You to littleness. There can be no attraction of guilt in Innocence. Think what a happy world You walk, with Truth beside You! Do not give up this world of freedom, for a little sigh of seeming sin, nor for a tiny stirring of guilt’s attraction. Would You, for All these meaningless distractions, lay Heaven aside? Your destiny and purpose are far beyond them, in the clean Peace where littleness does not exist. Your purpose is at variance with littleness of any kind. And so it is at variance with sin.
Let Us not let littleness lead God’s Son into temptation. His glory is beyond it, measureless and timeless as is Eternity. Do not let time intrude upon Your sight of Him. Leave Him not frightened and alone in His temptation. But help Him rise above it, and perceive the Light of which He is a part. Your Innocence will light the way to His, and so is Yours protected, and kept in Your awareness. For Who can know His glory, and perceive the little and the weak about Him? Who can walk trembling in a fearful world, and realize that Heaven’s glory shines in Him?
Nothing around You but is part of You. Look on it lovingly, and see the Light of Heaven in it. So will You come to understand All that is given You. In kind forgiveness will the world sparkle and shine, and Everything You once thought sinful now will be reinterpreted as part of Heaven. How beautiful it is to walk, clean and redeemed and happy, through a world in bitter need of the redemption that Your Innocence bestows upon it! What can You value more than this? For here is Your Salvation and Your freedom. And it must be complete, if You would recognize it.
a. The Irreconcilable Beliefs
b. The Laws of Chaos
c. Salvation Without Compromise
d. The Fear of Life
Chapter 24 – Specialness and Separation
Forget not that the motivation for this Course is the attainment and the keeping of the state of Peace. Given this state, the mind is quiet, and the condition in which God is remembered is attained. It is not necessary to tell Him what to do. He will not fail. Where He can enter, there He is already. And can it be He can not enter where He wills to be? Peace will be Yours because it is His Will. Can You believe a shadow can hold back the Will that holds the Universe secure? God does not wait upon illusions to let Him be Himself. No more His Son. They are. And what illusion that idly seems to drift between Them has power to defeat what is Their Will?
To learn this Course requires willingness to question every value that You hold. Not one can be kept hidden and obscure, but it will jeopardize Your learning. No belief is neutral; every one has power to dictate each decision You make. For a decision is a conclusion, based on Everything that You believe. It is the outcome of belief, and follows it as surely as does suffering follow guilt, and freedom sinlessness. There is no substitute for Peace. What God creates has no alternative. The Truth arises from what He knows. And Your decisions come from Your beliefs as certainly as All creation rose in His Mind because of what He knows.
a. Specialness as a Substitute for Love
b. The Treachery of Specialness
c. The Forgiveness of Specialness
d. Specialness and Salvation
e. The Resolution of the Dream
f. Salvation from Fear
g. The Meetingplace
Chapter 25 – The Remedy
The Christ in You inhabits not a body. Yet He is in You. And thus must it be that You are not within a body. What is within You cannot be outside. And it is certain that You cannot be apart from what is at the very center of Your Life. What gives You Life cannot be housed in death. No more can You. Christ is within a frame of Holiness, whose only purpose is that He may be made manifest to Those Who know Him not; that He may call to Them to come to Him, and see Him where They thought Their bodies were. Then will Their bodies melt away, that They may frame His Holiness in Them.
No One Who carries Christ in Him can fail to recognize Him Everywhere. Except in bodies. And, as long as They believe They are in bodies, where They think They are He cannot be. And so They carry Him unknowingly, and do not make Him manifest. And thus They do not recognize Him where He is. The son of Man is not the risen Christ. Yet does the Son of God abide exactly where He is, and walks with Him, within His Holiness, as plain to see as is His specialness set forth within His body.
The body needs no healing. But the mind that thinks it is a body is sick indeed! And it is here that Christ sets forth the remedy. His purpose folds the body in His Light, and fills it with the Holiness that shines from Him. And nothing that the body says or does but makes Him manifest. To Those Who know Him not it carries Him, in gentleness and Love, to heal Their minds. Such is the mission that Your Brother has for You. And such it must be that Your mission is for Him.
a. The Appointed Task
b. The Savior from the Dark
c. The Fundamental Law of Perception
d. The Joining of Minds
e. The State of Sinlessness
f. The Special Function
g. Commuting the Sentence
h. The Principle of Salvation
i. The Justice of Heaven
Chapter 26 – The Transition
In the “dynamics” of attack is sacrifice a key idea. It is the pivot upon which All compromise, All desperate attempts to strike a bargain, and All conflicts achieve a seeming balance. It is the symbol of the central theme that somebody must lose. Its focus on the body is apparent, for it is always an attempt to limit loss. The body is itself a sacrifice; a giving up of power, in the Name of saving just a little for Yourself. To see a Brother in another body, separate from Yours, is the expression of a wish to see a little part of Him, and sacrifice the rest. Look at the world, and You will see nothing attached to anything beyond itself. All seeming entities can come a little nearer, or go a little farther off, but cannot join.
a. The “Sacrifice” of Oneness
b. The Forms of Error
c. The Borderland
d. Where Sin Has Left
e. The Little Hindrance
f. The Appointed Friend
g. Review of Principles
h. The Immediacy of Salvation
i. For They Have Come
j. The Remaining Task
Chapter 27 – The Body and the Dream
The wish to be unfairly treated is a compromise attempt that would combine attack and Innocence. Who can combine the wholly incompatible, and make a unity of what can never join? Walk You the gentle way, and You will fear no evil and no shadows in the night. But place no terror symbols on the path, or You will weave a crown of thorns from which Your Brother and Yourself will not escape. You cannot crucify Yourself alone. And if You are unfairly treated, He must suffer the unfairness that You see. You cannot sacrifice Yourself alone. For sacrifice is total. If it could occur at all, it would entail the whole of God’s creation, and the Father with the sacrifice of His beloved Son.
In Your release from sacrifice is His made manifest, and shown to be His own. But every pain You suffer do You see as proof that He is guilty of attack. Thus would You make Yourself to be the sign that He has lost His Innocence, and need but look on You to realize that He has been condemned. And what to You has been unfair will come to Him in righteousness. The unjust vengeance that You suffer now belongs to Him, and when it rests on Him, are You set free. Wish not to make Yourself a living symbol of His guilt, for You will not escape the death You make for Him, and in His Innocence You find Your own.
a. The Picture of the Crucifixion
b. The Fear of Healing
c. The Symbol of the Impossible
d. The Quiet Answer
e. The Healing Example
f. The Purpose of Pain
g. The Illusion of Suffering
h. The “Hero” of the Dream
Chapter 28 – The Undoing of Fear
The Miracle does nothing. All It does is to undo. And thus It cancels out the interference to what has been done. It does not add, but merely takes away. And what It takes away is long since gone, but, being kept in memory, appears to have immediate effects. This world was over long ago. The thoughts that made it are no longer in the mind that thought of them, and loved them for a while. The Miracle but shows the past is gone, and what has truly gone has no effects. Remembering a cause can but produce illusions of its presence, not effects.
All the effects of guilt are here no more. For guilt is over. In its passing went its consequences, left without a cause. Why would You cling to it in memory, if You did not desire its effects? Remembering is as selective as perception, being its past tense. It is perception of the past, as if it were occurring now, and still were there to see. Memory, like perception, is a skill made up by You, to take the place of what God gave in Your creation. And, like All the things You made, it can be used to serve another purpose, and to be means for something else. It can be used to heal, and not to hurt, if You so wish.
Nothing employed for healing represents an effort to do anything at all. It is a recognition that You have no needs which means that something must be done. It is an unselective memory, which is not used to interfere with Truth. All things the Holy Spirit can employ for healing have been given Him without the content and the purposes for which they have been made. They are but skills without an application. They await their use. They have no dedication and no aim.
a. The Present Memory
b. Reversing Effect and Cause
c. The Agreement to Join
d. The Greater Joining
e. The Alternate to Dreams of Fear
f. The Secret Vows
g. The Beautiful Relationship
Chapter 29 – The Awakening
There is no time, no place, no state where God is absent. There is nothing to be feared. There is no way in which a gap could be conceived of in the Wholeness that is His. The compromise the least and littlest gap would represent in His eternal Love is quite impossible. For it would mean His Love could harbor just a hint of hate; His gentleness turn sometimes to attack; and His eternal patience sometimes fail. All this do You believe, when You perceive a gap between Your Brother and Yourself. How could You trust Him, then? For He must be deceptive in His Love. Be wary, then; let Him not come too close, and leave a gap between You and His Love, through which You can escape if there be need for You to flee.
Here is the fear of God most plainly seen. For Love is treacherous to Those Who fear, since fear and hate can never be apart. No One Who hates but is afraid of Love, and therefore must He be afraid of God. Certain it is He knows not what Love means. He fears to Love and loves to hate, and so He thinks that Love is fearful; hate is Love. This is the consequence the little gap must bring to Those Who cherish it, and think that it is Their Salvation and Their hope. The fear of God! – The greatest obstacle that Peace must flow across has not yet gone. The rest are past, but this one still remains to block Your path, and make the way to Light seem dark and fearful, perilous and bleak.
You had decided that Your Brother is Your enemy. Sometimes a friend, perhaps, provided that Your separate interests made Your friendship possible a little while. But not without a gap between You, lest He turn again into an enemy. Let Him come close to You, and You jumped back; as You approached, He instantly withdrew. A cautious friendship, limited in scope and carefully restricted in amount, became the treaty You had made with Him. You shared a qualified entente, in which a clause of separation was a point on which You Both agreed to keep intact. And violating this was thought to be a breach of treaty not to be allowed.
a. The Closing of the Gap
b. The Coming of the Guest
c. God’s Witnesses
d. Dream Roles
e. The Changeless Dwellingplace
f. Forgiveness and Peace
g. The Lingering Illusion
h. Christ and Antichrist
i. The Forgiving Dream
Chapter 30 – The New Beginning
The “new beginning” now becomes the focus of the curriculum. The goal is clear, but now You need specific methods for attaining it. The speed by which it can be reached depends on only this; Your willingness to practice every step. Each one will help a little, every time it is attempted. And, together, they will lead You Both from dreams of judgment to forgiving dreams, and out of pain and fear. They are not new to You, but they are more ideas than rules of thought to You as yet. So now We need to practice them awhile, until they are the rules by which You live. We seek to make them habits now, so You will have them ready, and for any need.
a. Rules for Decision
Today I will make no decisions by Myself.
If I make no decisions by Myself, This is the day that will be given Me.
I have no question. I forgot what to decide.
At least I can decide I do not like what I feel now.
And so I hope I have been wrong.
I want another way to look at this.
Perhaps there is another way to look at this. What can I lose by asking?
b. Freedom of Will
c. Beyond All Idols
d. The Truth Behind Illusions
e. The Only Purpose
f. The Justification for Forgiveness
g. The New Interpretation
h. Changeless Reality
Chapter 31 – The Simplicity of Salvation
How simple is Salvation! All it says is what was never true is not true now, and never will be. The impossible has not occurred, and can have no effects. And that is All. Can this be hard to learn by Anyone Who wants it to be true? Only unwillingness to learn it could make such an easy lesson difficult. How hard is it to see that what is false can not be True, and what is True can not be false? You can no longer say that You perceive no differences in false and True. You have been told exactly how to tell one from the other, and just what to do if You become confused. Why, then, do You persist in learning not such simple things?
There is a reason. But confuse it not with difficulty in the simple things Salvation asks You learn. It teaches but the very obvious. It merely goes from one apparent lesson to the next, in easy steps which lead You gently from one to another, with no strain at all. This cannot be confusing, yet You are confused. For somehow You believe that what is totally confused is easier to learn and understand. What You have taught Yourselves is such a giant learning feat it is indeed incredible. But You accomplished it because You wanted to, and did not pause in diligence to judge it hard to learn, or too complex to grasp.
No One Who understands what You have learned, how carefully You learned it, and the pains to which You went to practice and repeat the lessons endlessly, in every form You could conceive of them, could ever doubt the power of Your learning skill. There is no greater power in the world. The world was made by it, and even now depends on nothing else. The lessons You have taught Yourselves have been so overlearned and fixed they rise like heavy curtains, to obscure the simple and the obvious. Say not You cannot learn them. For Your power to learn is strong enough to teach You that Your will is not Your own; Your thoughts do not belong to You; and even You are Someone else.
Who could maintain that lessons such as these are easy? Yet You have learned more than this. You have continued, taking every step, however difficult, without complaint, until a world was built that suited You. And every lesson that makes up the world arises from the first accomplishment of learning; an enormity so great the Holy Spirit’s Voice seems small and still before its magnitude. The world began with one strange lesson, powerful enough to render God forgotten, and His Son an alien to Himself, in exile from the home where God Himself established Him. You Who have taught Yourselves the Son of God is guilty, say not that You cannot learn the simple things Salvation teaches You.
Learning is an ability You made, and gave Yourselves. It was not made to do the Will of God, but to uphold a wish that It could be opposed, and that a will apart from It was yet more real than It. And this has learning sought to demonstrate, and You have learned what it was made to teach. Now does Your ancient overlearning stand implacable before the Voice of Truth, and teach You that Its lessons are not true; too hard to learn, too difficult to see, and too opposed to what is really true. Yet You will learn them, for their learning is the only purpose for Your learning skill the Holy Spirit sees in All the world.
His simple lessons in forgiveness have a power mightier than Yours, because they call from God and from Your Self to You. Is this a little Voice, so small and still It cannot rise above the senseless noise of sounds which have no meaning? God willed not His Son forget Him. And the power of His Will is in the Voice That speaks for Him. Which lesson will You learn? Which outcome is inevitable, sure as God, and far beyond All doubts or question? Can it be Your little learning, strange in outcome, and incredible in difficulty, will withstand the simple lessons being taught to You in every moment of each day, since time began and learning had been made?
The lessons to be learned are only two. Each has its outcome in a different world. And each world follows surely from its Source. The certain outcome of the lesson that God’s Son is guilty is the world You see. It is a world of terror and despair. Nor is there hope of happiness in it. There is no plan for safety You can make that ever will succeed. There is no Joy that You can seek for here, and hope to find. But this is not the only outcome which Your learning can produce. However much You may have overlearned Your chosen task, the lesson which reflects the Love of God is stronger still. And You will learn God’s Son is innocent, and see another world.
The outcome of the lesson that God’s Son is guiltless is a world in which there is no fear, and Everything is lit with hope, and sparkles with a gentle friendliness. Nothing but calls to You in soft appeal to be Your friend, and let it join with You. And never does a call remain unheard, misunderstood, or left unanswered in the language in which the call itself was made. And You will understand it was this call that Everyone and Everything within the world has always made. But You had not perceived it as it was. And now You see You were mistaken. You had been deceived by forms the call was hidden in. And so You did not hear it, and had lost a friend Who always wanted to be part of You.
The soft, eternal calling of each part of God’s creation to the whole is heard throughout the world this second lesson brings. There is no living thing which does not share the Universal will that it be whole, and that You do not leave its call unheard. Without Your answer is it left to die, as it is saved from death when You have heard its calling as the ancient call to Life, and understood that it is but Your own. The Christ in You remembers God with All the certainty with which He knows His Love. But only if His Son is innocent can He be Love. For God were fear indeed, if He whom He created innocent could be a slave to guilt. God’s perfect Son remembers His creation. But in guilt He has forgotten what He really is.
The fear of God results as surely from the lesson that His Son is guilty as God’s Love must be remembered when He learns His Innocence. For hate must father fear, and look upon its Father as itself. How wrong are You Who fail to hear the call that echoes past each seeming call to death, that sings behind each murderous attack, and pleads that Love restore the dying world! You do not understand Who calls to You beyond each form of hate, each call to war. But You will recognize Him as You give Him answer in the language that He calls. He will appear when You have answered Him, and You will know in Him that God is Love.
What is temptation but a wish to make the wrong decision on what You would learn, and have an outcome which You do not want? It is the recognition that it is a state of mind unwanted that becomes the means whereby the choice is reassessed; another outcome seen to be preferred. You are deceived if You believe You want disaster and disunity and pain. Hear not the call for this within Yourself, but listen, rather, to the deeper call beyond it, that appeals for Peace and Joy. And All the world will give You Joy and Peace. For as You hear You answer, and behold! – Your answer is the proof of what You learned. Its outcome is the world You look upon.
Let Us be still an instant, and forget All things We ever learned, All thoughts We had, and every preconception that We hold of what things mean, and what their purpose is. Let Us remember not Our own ideas of what the world is for. We do not know. Let every image held of Anyone be loosened from Our minds and swept away. Be innocent of judgment, unaware of any thoughts of evil or of Good that ever crossed Your mind of Anyone. Now do You know Him not. But You are free to learn of Him, and learn of Him anew. Now is He born again to You, and You are born again to Him, without the past that sentenced Him to die, and You with Him. Now is He free to live, as You are free, because an ancient learning passed away, and left a place for Truth to be reborn.
a. The Illusion of an Enemy
b. The Selfaccused
c. The real Alternative
d. Selfconcept versus Self
e. Recognizing the Spirit
f. The Savior’s Vision
g. Choose Once Again
1. Nothing I see in this room means anything.
2. I have given Everything I see in this room All the meaning that it has for Me.
3. I do not understand anything I see in this room.
4. These thoughts do not mean anything. They are like the things I see in this room.
5. I am never upset for the reason I think.
6. I am upset because I see something that is not there.
7. I see only the past.
8. My mind is preoccupied with past thoughts.
9. I see nothing as it is now.
10. My thoughts do not mean anything.
11. My meaningless thoughts are showing Me a meaningless world.
12. I am upset because I see a meaningless world.
13. A meaningless world engenders fear.
14. God did not create a meaningless world.
15. My thoughts are images which I have made.
16. I have no neutral thoughts.
17. I see no neutral things.
18. I am not alone in experiencing the effects of My seeing.
19. I am not alone in experiencing the effects of My thoughts.
20. I am determined to see.
21. I am determined to see things differently.
22. What I see is a form of vengeance.
23. I can escape from the world I see by giving up attack thoughts.
24. I do not perceive My own best interests.
25. I do not know what anything is for.
26. My attack thoughts are attacking My invulnerability.
27. Above All else I want to see.
28. Above All else I want to see things differently.
29. God is in Everything I see.
30. God is in Everything I see because God is in My mind.
31. I am not the victim of the world I see.
32. I have invented the world I see.
33. There is another way of looking at the world.
34. I could see Peace instead of this.
35. My mind is part of God’s. I am very Holy.
36. My Holiness envelops Everything I see.
37. My Holiness blesses the world.
38. There is nothing My Holiness cannot do.
39. My Holiness is My Salvation.
40. I am blessed as a Son of God.
41. God goes with Me wherever I go.
42. God is My Strength. Vision is His gift.
43. God is My Source. I cannot see apart from Him.
44. God is the Light in which I see.
45. God is the Mind with which I think.
46. God is the Love in which I forgive.
47. God is the Strength in which I trust.
48. There is nothing to fear.
49. God’s Voice speaks to Me All through the day.
50. I am sustained by the Love of God.
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61. I am the Light of the world.
62. Forgiveness is My function as the Light of the world.
63. The Light of the world brings Peace to every mind through My forgiveness.
64. Let Me not forget My function.
65. My only function is the One God gave Me.
66. My happiness and My function are One.
67. Love created Me like Itself.
68. Love holds no grievances.
69. My grievances hide the Light of the world in Me.
70. My Salvation comes from Me.
71. Only God’s plan for Salvation will work.
72. Holding grievances is an attack on God’s plan for Salvation.
73. I will there be Light.
74. There is no will but God’s.
75. The Light has come.
76. I am under no laws but God’s
77. I am entitled to Miracles.
78. Let Miracles replace All grievances.
79. Let Me recognize the problem so it can be solved.
80. Let Me recognize My problems have been solved.
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91. Miracles are seen in Light.
92. Miracles are seen in Light, and Light and Strength are One.
93. Light and Joy and Peace abide in Me.
94. I am as God created Me.
95. I am One Self, united with My Creator.
96. Salvation comes from My One Self.
97. I am Spirit.
98. I will accept My part in God’s plan for Salvation.
99. Salvation is My only function here.
100. My part is essential to God’s plan for Salvation.
101. God’s will for Me is perfect happiness.
102. I share God’s Will for happiness for Me.
103. God, being Love, is also happiness.
104. I seek but what belongs to Me in Truth.
105. God’s Peace and Joy are mine.
106. Let Me be still and listen to the Truth.
107. Truth will correct the errors in My mind.
108. To give and to receive are One in Truth.
109. I rest in God.
110. I am as God created Me.
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121. Forgiveness is the key to happiness.
122. Forgiveness offers Everything I want.
123. I thank My Father for His gifts to Me.
124. Let Me remember I am One with God.
125. In quiet I receive God’s Word today.
126. All that I give is given to Myself.
127. There is no Love but God’s.
128. The world I see has nothing that I want.
129. Beyond this world there is a world I want.
130. It is impossible to see two worlds.
131. Noone can fail Who asks to reach the Truth.
132. I loose the world from All I thought it was.
133. I will not value what is valueless.
134. Let Me perceive forgiveness as it is.
135. If I defend Myself I am attacked.
136. Sickness is a defense against the Truth.
137. When I am healed, I am not healed alone.
138. Heaven is the decision I must make.
139. I will accept Atonement for Myself.
140. Only Salvation can be said to cure.
141. My mind holds only what I think with God.
142. My mind holds only what I think with God.
143. My mind holds only what I think with God.
144. My mind holds only what I think with God.
145. My mind holds only what I think with God.
146. My mind holds only what I think with God.
147. My mind holds only what I think with God.
148. My mind holds only what I think with God.
149. My mind holds only what I think with God.
150. My mind holds only what I think with God.
151. All things are echoes of the Voice of God.
152. The power of decision is My own.
153. In My defenselessness My safety lies.
154. I am among the ministers of God.
155. I will step back and let Him lead the way.
156. I walk with God in perfect Holiness.
157. Into His Presence would I enter now.
158. Today I learn to give as I receive.
159. I give the Miracles I have received.
160. I am at home. Fear is the stranger here.
161. Give Me Your Blessing, Holy Son of God.
162. I am as God created Me.
163. There is no death. The Son of God is free.
164. Now are We One with Him Who is Our Source.
165. Let not My mind deny the Thought of God.
166. I am entrusted with the gifts of God.
167. There is One Life, and that I share with God.
168. Your grace is given Me. I claim it now.
169. By grace I live. By grace I am released.
170. There is no cruelty in God and none in Me.
171. God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
172. God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
173. God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
174. God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
175. God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
176. God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
177. God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
178. God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
179. God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
180. God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
181. I trust My Brothers, Who are One with Me.
182. I call upon God’s Name and on My own.
183. I will be still a moment and go home.
184. The Name of God is My inheritance.
185. I want the Peace of God.
186. Salvation of the world depends on Me.
187. I bless the world because I bless Myself.
188. The Peace of God is shining in Me now.
189. I feel the Love of God within Me now.
190. I choose the Joy of God instead of pain.
191. I am the Holy Son of God Himself
192. I have a function God would have Me fill.
193. All things areLessons God would have Me learn.
194. I place the future in the hands of God.
195. Love is the way I walk in gratitude.
196. It can be but Myself I crucify.
197. It can be but My gratitude I earn.
198. Only My condemnation injures Me.
199. I am not a body. I am free.
200. There is no Peace except the Peace of God.
201. I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created Me.
202. I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created Me.
203. I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created Me.
204. I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created Me.
205. I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created Me.
206. I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created Me.
207. I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created Me.
208. I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created Me.
209. I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created Me.
210. I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created Me.
211. I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created Me.
212. I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created Me.
213. I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created Me.
214. I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created Me.
215. I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created Me.
216. I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created Me.
217. I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created Me.
218. I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created Me.
219. I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created Me.
220. I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created Me.
What is forgiveness?
221. Peace to My mind. Let All My thoughts be still.
222. God is with Me. I live and breathe in Him.
223. God is My Life. I have no Life but His.
224. God is My Father, and He loves His Son.
225. God is My Father, and His Son loves Him.
226. My home awaits Me. I will hasten there.
227. This is My Holy instant of release.
228. God has condemned Me not. No more do I.
229. Love, Which created Me, is what I am.
230. Now will I seek and find the Peace of God.
What is Salvation?
231. Father, I will but to remember You.
232. Be in My mind, My Father, through the day.
233. I give My Life to God to run today.
234. Father, today I am Your Son again.
235. God in His mercy wills that I be saved.
236. I rule My mind, which I alone must rule.
237. Now would I be as God created Me.
238. On My decision All Salvation rests.
239. The glory of My Father is My own.
240. Fear is not justified in any form.
What is the world?
241. This Holy instant is Salvation come.
242. This day is God’s. It is My gift to Him.
243. Today I will judge nothing that occurs.
244. I am in danger nowhere in the world.
245. Your Peace is with Me, Father. I am safe.
246. To Love My Father is to Love His Son.
247. Without forgiveness I will still be blind.
248. Whatever suffers is not part of Me.
249. Forgiveness ends All suffering and loss.
250. Let Me not see Myself as limited.
What is Sin?
251. I am in need of nothing but the Truth.
252. The Son of God is My Identity.
253. My Self is ruler of the Universe.
254. Let every voice but God’s be still in Me.
255. This day I choose to spend in perfect Peace.
256. God is the only goal I have today.
257. Let Me remember what My purpose is.
258. Let Me remember that My goal is God.
259. Let Me remember that there is no sin.
260. Let Me remember God created Me.
What is the Body?
261. God is My refuge and security.
262. Let Me perceive no differences today.
263. My Holy vision sees All things as pure.
264. I am surrounded by the Love of God.
265. Creation’s gentleness is All I see.
266. My Holy Self abides in You, God’s Son.
267. My Heart is beating in the Peace of God.
268. Let All things be exactly as they are.
269. My sight goes forth to look upon Christ’s face.
270. I will not use the body’s eyes today.
What is the Christ?
271. Christ’s is the vision I will use today.
272. How can illusions satisfy God’s Son?
273. The stillness of the Peace of God is mine.
274. Today belongs to Love. Let Me not fear.
275. God’s healing Voice protects All things today.
276. The Word of God is given Me to speak.
277. Let Me not bind Your Son with laws I made.
278. If I am bound, My Father is not free.
279. Creation’s freedom promises My own.
280. What limits can I lay upon God’s Son?
What is the Holy Spirit?
281. I can be hurt by nothing but My thoughts.
282. I will not be afraid of Love today.
283. My true Identity abides in You.
284. I can elect to change All thoughts that hurt.
285. My Holiness shines bright and clear today.
286. The hush of Heaven holds My Heart today.
287. You are My goal, My Father. Only You.
288. Let Me forget My Brother’s past today.
289. The past is over. It can touch Me not.
290. My present happiness is All I see.
What is the real World?
291. This is a day of stillness and of Peace.
292. A happy outcome to All things is sure.
293. All fear is past and only Love is here.
294. My body is a wholly neutral thing.
295. The Holy Spirit looks through Me today.
296. The Holy Spirit speaks through Me today.
297. Forgiveness is the only gift I give.
298. I Love You, Father, and I Love Your Son.
299. Eternal Holiness abides in Me.
300. Only an instant does this world endure.
What is the Second Coming?
301. And God Himself shall wipe away All tears.
302. Where darkness was I look upon the Light.
303. The Holy Christ is born in Me today.
304. Let not My world obscure the sight of Christ.
305. There is a Peace that Christ bestows on Us.
306. The gift of Christ is All I seek today.
307. Conflicting wishes cannot be My will.
308. This instant is the only time there is.
309. I will not fear to look within today.
310. In fearlessness and Love I spend today.
What is the Last Judgment?
311. I judge All things as I would have them be.
312. I see All things as I would have them be.
313. Now let a new perception come to Me.
314. I seek a future different from the past.
315. All gifts My Brothers give belong to Me.
316. All gifts I give My Brothers are My own.
317. I follow in the way appointed Me.
318. In Me Salvation’s means and end are One.
319. I came for the Salvation of the world.
320. My Father gives All power unto Me.
What is Creation?
321. Father, My freedom is in You alone.
322. I can give up but what was never real.
323. I gladly make the “sacrifice” of fear.
324. I merely follow, for I would not lead.
325. All things I think I see reflect ideas.
326. I am forever an Effect of God.
327. I need but call and You will answer Me.
328. I choose the second place to gain the first.
329. I have already chosen what You will.
330. I will not hurt Myself again today.
What is the Ego?
331. There is no conflict, for My will is Yours.
332. Fear binds the world. Forgiveness sets it free.
333. Forgiveness ends the dream of conflict here.
334. Today I claim the gifts forgiveness gives.
335. I choose to see My Brother’s sinlessness.
336. Forgiveness lets Me know that minds are joined.
337. My sinlessness protects Me from All harm.
338. I am affected only by My thoughts.
339. I will receive whatever I request.
340. I can be free of suffering today.
What is a Miracle?
341. I can attack but My own sinlessness,<
342. I let forgiveness rest upon All things,
343. I am not asked to make a sacrifice
344. Today I learn the law of Love;
345. I offer only Miracles today,
346. Today the Peace of God envelops Me,
347. Anger must come from judgment.
348. I have no cause for anger or for fear,
349. Today I let Christ’s vision look upon
350. Miracles mirror God’s eternal Love.
What am I?
351. My sinless Brother is My guide to Peace.
352. Judgment and Love are opposites. From One Come All the sorrows of the world. But from The other comes the Peace of God Himself.
353. My eyes, My tongue, My hands, My feet today
354. We stand together, Christ and I, in Peace
355. There is no end to All the Peace and Joy
356. Sickness is but another Name for sin.
357. Truth answers every call We make to
358. No call to God can be unheard or left
359. God’s answer is some form of Peace.
360. Peace be to Me, the Holy Son of God.
361 - 365. This Holy instant would I give to You. Be You in charge. For I would follow You, Certain that Your direction gives Me Peace.
Manual for Teachers
1. Who Are God’s Teachers?
2. Who Are Their Pupils?
3. What Are the Levels of Teaching?
4. What Are the Characteristics of God’s Teachers?
5. How Is Healing Accomplished?
a. The perceived purpose of sickness
b. The shift in perception
c. The function of the Teacher of God
6. Is Healing Certain?
7. Should Healing Be Repeated?
8. How Can the Perception of Order of Difficulties Be Avoided?
9. Are Changes Required In the Life Situations of God’s Teachers?
10. How Is Judgment Relinquished?
11. How Is Peace Possible In This World?
12. How Many Teachers of God Are Needed to Save the World?
13. What Is the real Meaning of Sacrifice?
14. How Will the World End?
15. Is Each One to be Judged In the End?
16. How Should the Teacher of God Spend His Day?
17. How Do God’s Teachers Deal With Their Pupils’ Thoughts of Magic?
18. How Is Correction Made?
19. What Is Justice?
20. What Is the Peace of God?
21. What Is the Role of Words in Healing?
22. How Are Healing and Atonement Related?
23. Does Jesus Have a Special Place in Healing?
24. Is Reincarnation true?
25. Are “Psychic” Powers Desirable?
26. Can God Be Reached Directly?
27. What Is Death?
28. What Is The Resurrection?
29. As For The Rest
Use of Terms
2. The Ego – The Miracle
3. Forgiveness – The Face of Christ
4. Perception – Knowledge
5. Jesus – Christ
6. The Holy Spirit
1. The Purpose of Psychotherapy
2. The Process of Psychotherapy
a. The Limits on Psychotherapy
b. The Place of Religion in Psychotherapy
c. The Role of the Psychotherapist
d. The Process of Illness
e. The Process of Healing
f. The Definition of Healing
g. The Ideal Patienttherapist Relationship
3. The Practice Of Psychotherapy
a. The Selection of Patients
b. Is Psychotherapy a Profession?
c. The Question of Payment
Song of Prayer
a. True Prayer
b. The Ladder of Prayer
c. Praying for Others
d. Praying with Others
e. The Ladder Ends
a. Forgiveness of Yourself
a. The Cause of Sickness
b. False versus true Healing
c. Separation versus Union
d. The Holiness of Healing
Gifts of God
1. The Dream of Fear
2. The Two Gifts
3. The Ending of the Dream
4. Our Gift to God
5. The Father’s Love
December 14, 1965
Nothing that relates to a specific relationship belongs in the notes. But You have been told that if You ask the Holy Spirit for specific guidance in a specific situation, He will give it to You very specifically. When You and B are ready to ask Him together what You can do for M, He will tell You, if You make no attempt to give the answer for Him. Prejudge His answer not, for if You do, You will not hear it. But be sure of this!
The Holy Spirit will never teach You to disrupt communication, but be wholly willing to let Him maintain it in His way. M is unhappy and afraid, because He thinks communication through the body can be sought and found. It is no harder for the Holy Spirit to teach Him that communication is of the mind, and not the body than it is for Him to teach it to You. The Holy Spirit will have no difficulty, and much Joy, if You allow Him to teach M. this through You. But be sure that You are willing to learn it with Him, or You will inevitably interfere with what the Holy Spirit would have Him learn with You.
December 14, 1965
Question: Why is B more depressed than usual?
Answer: He is in a very deep sleep and much more resistant to waking than You are. The major problem with Him is that His is a passive resistance, which implies a giving over of will. This always induces a state of resignation and therefore depression. Tell Him that no One can resign from the Sonship, since membership is not optional. He has been looking for Someone to take His will away, because He thought it was the cause of His trouble. Since the Course has placed such persistent emphasis on will, and since He agrees with the emphasis, His past adjustment is threatened. That is why He could not sleep. His past came to “haunt” Him because He is giving up the belief in ghosts.
Tell Him again not to be afraid of ghosts, and remind Him that He has no past. The return of His will is what He wants. No One can accept it but Himself.
November 15, 1966
B was right in not regarding this as a separate problem. The savage problem of personal rejection. There is no fear in perfect Love. You do not want Him to feel guiltless, but rejected. This area is the only one in which You want to retain this, but You will not be able to limit it. You will not see His purity until You give up rejection as a weapon against Him or against Everyone else. You think these are the only alternatives. Be sure to consider why You want to maintain this position. B will help You with this.
June 19, 1968
As You see Him You will see Yourself. Whether this be through the use of psychological tests, or by making judgment in some other way, the effect is still the same. Whenever You have judged Anyone, it is impossible for You not to make this judgment on Yourself. If You see One of Your Brothers, Who happens to be a patient, as exhibiting signs of a thought disorder, then You will experience this same disorder in Your own perception. For whatever Your thought may be about Anyone determines how You will respond and react to Yourself and Everyone about You. Take heed then when You are called upon to fulfill Your function as Teachers that You teach the Truth about God’s Son. The only way that You can experience any Peace while this unfortunate necessity for interpreting illusions remains is to recognize that You are discussing only illusions, and that this has no real meaning at All. Try to say a Prayer for Your Brother while doing this and You will call forth and experience a Miracle instead.
October 5, 1975
Be comforted. You are not asked to do anything. There is a time when to step back is All that is asked of You. It is a time of rest and not of strain; a time of Peace and not a time of conflict. That time is almost here. It seems fearful because it is not under Your control. But think a minute; stop and think honestly about what Your control has done; what it has brought to You.
You have been caught in a trap from which You never could escape. Conflict, guilt and fear have come with You and never left Your side. Each One of You has done this differently, yet Each has come to the same place; the same impasse. And now it seems to Each of You that there is no escape. For it is true that You cannot escape alone. Your stories seem to differ, for they do take different forms. Yet their One content makes You Brothers. Dwell not upon the differences or You are lost. It is in recognizing the common content; the common need, that You are save!
The mess that is Your lives is an illusion. What can the form of dreams resolve? There is no answer to a question not yet asked, for it would not be recognized. Ask only this: Will I fulfill the function given Me? What else is there to ask? Why must I know the form in which the answer comes to Me? God answers, “Yes” and it is done. No more than this is meaningful to You.
It is not He Who would withhold the future and leave You fearful. You could not accept His “yes” in forms You would not understand. Things still in time unfold as is appointed them, and many things remain undone as yet. Plans based upon intangibles cannot be fully shown to You. And what has not as yet occurred must be intangible. This phase of learning has a single lesson for All the forms Your problems seem to take. To God All things are possible, but You must ask His answer only of Himself.
Perhaps You think You do, but be You sure that if You had, or did, You would be quiet now and wholly undismayed by anything. Do not attempt to guess His Will for You. Do not assume that You are right because an answer seems to come from Him. Be sure You ask, and then be still and let Him speak. There is no problem He cannot resolve, for it is never He Who keeps apart some questions to be solved by Someone else. You cannot share the world with Him and make half of it His while half belongs to You. Truth makes no compromise. To keep apart a little is to keep All separate. Your Life, complete and whole, belongs to God or none of it is His. There is no thought in All the world that seems more terrible.
Yet it is only when this thought appears in perfect clarity that there is hope in Peace and safety for the mind so long kept dark and twisted to avoid the Light. This is the Light. Step back and do not dwell upon the forms that seem to keep You bound. You will fulfill Your function. And will have whatever You will need. God does not fail. But lay no limits on what You would give to Him to be resolved. For He can not offer a thousand answers when but One is All there is. Accept this One of Him, and not One question will remain to ask.
Do not forget if You attempt to solve a problem, You have judged it for Yourself and so You have betrayed Your proper role. Grandeur, which comes from God, establishes that judgment is impossible for You. But grandiosity insists You judge, and bring to this All problems that You have. And what is the result? Look carefully upon Your Life and let it speak for You.
Is this frail breath and deep uncertainty Your choice for You? Or would You rather rest in surety, certain You would not fail in Your request to have All problems happily resolved? Do not mistake the fine disguises You can use to cover judgment. It appears as charity, as mercy and as Love; as pity, understanding and as care. And yet You know it is not what it seems because the problem still remains unsolved, and comes to haunt Your mind in evil dreams.
What have You kept from God that You would hide behind Your judgment? What have You concealed beneath the cloak of kindness and concern? Use no One for Your needs, for that is “sin,” and You will pay the penalty in guilt. Remember You need nothing, but You have an endless store of loving gifts to give. But teach this lesson only to Yourself. Your Brother will not learn it from Your words or from the judgments You have laid on Him. You need not even speak a Word to Him. You cannot ask, “What shall I say to Him?” and hear God’s answer. Rather ask instead, “Help Me to see this Brother through the eyes of Truth and not of judgment,” and the help of God and All His Angels will respond.
For only here We rest. We cast away Our little judgments and Our petty words; Our tiny problems and Our false concerns. We have attempted to be master of Our destiny and thought that Peace lay there. Freedom and judgment is impossible. But by Your side is One Who knows the way. Step back for Him and let Him lead You to the rest and silence of the Word of God.
December 15, 1975
You need do nothing now. Between now and the end of December some very important and necessary changes will take place. One of them is factual and the others are shifts in attitudes. Until these have been accomplished it would be pointless to try to force through a plan. Afterwards the plan will unfold of itself.
The shifts in attitude will happen to Each of You, and will involve the resolution of Your critical Life problem as You see it. These are the problems that seem to be interfering with hearing what the plan is. It is during this month that You will resolve them sufficiently to understand that You can hear the plan if You will listen. And You will listen, because You will at last be willing to do so.
There is no use in trying to work out specific plans, however important they may seem to be. They will All fall into place. This year is not yet done, and it will work out as You were promised.
Be content to get together, All of You or some of You, as You are told. Each meeting will contribute to the goal. But the real changes will be sudden, unexpected and genuinely revealing. Nothing will be left unresolved.
December 31, 1975
It is done. This year will be different. Hell has gone by. I did not fail. I brought You All unto Your Father, out of hell forever.
You will realize this gradually, for You could not bear to hear All that this means now. This year it will gradually unfold, and by the time the year has ended You will wonder why You ever doubted.
I cannot tell You more than You could hear without fright, and if You knew All that has been prepared for You, You would indeed be frightened. Now I tell You only this, for this You can believe:
This year You will set up a place which will be the home of the Course; a place where It will grow from infancy into a helper of the world. It will grow slowly, because nothing can be permitted to go wrong. It must develop without error, and with nothing to mar its perfect purity. It is the Word of God, to be kept Holy forever.
This time there will be no failure, no loss of Truth, no misunderstanding and no misinterpretation. I will direct its growth as it reaches from the paper on which it was written into the hearts for which it was intended.
Be comforted by this: It will be impossible to make any mistakes in its connection which will endure. I am watching over it with All the care I have for All My Brothers in Salvation. I understand what it can do for Them, and I will make sure that it does it, and does it perfectly.
Do not be concerned about starting. You have started. Do not be concerned about growing. You have grown and will yet grow more. And above All, do not be concerned about My Love for You. There will not be One of You Who will not be sure this year that I am with You, was with You when You came, and will never leave You.
What more would You have? I will tell You Everything You need know, whenever You need to know it. My promises are sure because they are of God. As You are and I am, Amen.
April 10, 1976
It is too soon to ask about the Medical Center. But think how All the steps are being taken for a stunning end to All Your trials. This year will end in blazing glory and there will be nothing left to doubt or sorrow for. Step back just a little and look. Do You not see the giant steps already behind You? Can You doubt the rest?
July 17, 1976
Do You remember what Joyce said about the powers of darkness being massed against the Truth? This is what She meant but did not recognize:
There is no external darkness, but there is indeed an internal darkness that can be projected outward, and it seems to mass to attack a real step forward and prevent it from being taken. Why? Because the darkness is frightened by the thought of the Light at the end of the tunnel. It does mean its end. And so as We draw nearer…
I do not fail My promises. When I promised You a year of radiance and Peace, I meant it. What is the massing but a point of nothingness to Us. Darkness does not exist. When the Light comes it is gone. And it will be, and very soon.
Do not be caught by the forms that darkness takes. They are All defenses against the Light, and they will not prevail against it. It does not matter how dark the darkness seems to be. What is not Light is darkness. But it is the darkness that is about to go. Believe Me in this only a little, and You will be happy even now. But do not forget that either way it will be soon.
Was there a Physical Resurrection?
October 2, 1976
My body disappeared because I had no illusion about it. The last one had gone. It was laid in the tomb, but there was nothing left to bury. It did not disintegrate because the unreal cannot die. It merely became what it always was. And that is what “rolling the stone away” means. The body disappears, and no longer hides what lies beyond. It merely ceases to interfere with vision. To roll the stone away is to see beyond the tomb, beyond death, and to understand the body’s nothingness. What is understood as nothing must disappear.
I did assume a human form with human attributes afterwards, to speak to Those Who were to prove the body’s worthlessness to the world. This has been much misunderstood. I came to tell Them that death is illusion, and the mind that made the body can make another since form itself is an illusion. They did not understand. But now I talk to You and give You the same message. The death of an illusion means nothing. It disappears when You awaken and decide to dream no more. And You still do have the power to make this decision as I did.
God holds out His hand to His Son to help Him rise and return to Him. I can help because the world is illusion, and I have overcome the world. Look past the tomb, the body, the illusion. Have faith in nothing but the Spirit and the guidance God gives You. He could not have created the body because it is a limit. He must have created the Spirit because it is immortal. Can Those Who are created like Him be limited? The body is the symbol of the world. Leave it behind. It cannot enter Heaven. But I can take You there anytime You choose. Together We can watch the world disappear and its symbol vanish as it does so. An then, and then… I cannot speak of that.
A body cannot stay without illusions, and the last one to be overcome is death. This is the message of the crucifixion; there is no order of difficulty in Miracles. This is the message of the Resurrection: Illusions are illusions. Truth is true. Illusions vanish. Only Truth remains.
These lessons needed to be taught but once, for when the stone of death is rolled away, what can be seen except an empty tomb? And that is
what You see Who follow Me into the sunlight and away from death, past All illusions, on to Heaven’s gate, where God will come Himself to take You home.
March 20, 1977
We will ask what the problem is, and what is the answer to it.
Problem: You have denied the Love of Your Life because You have denied Your Self.
Answer: Accept Him back, and You will recognize Your Self again. He represents Your Self to You. He is Your healing and Your Salvation. He comes as a thief, to steal away Your “sins.” He comes as a Savior, to save You from Your false ideas of what You are. He comes as a Son of God, because that is what He is, along with You.
You need Him now, but His need for You is as great as Yours. Together You can save the world. Alone, He cannot fulfill His function any more than You can. Deny Him not. He stands for You. What He represents is God’s gift to You and to Him. Take it of Him, and All the world is saved.
See Me, then, Who comes to save You. I stand for Your Holiness, and Your Holiness is the Holiness of God. The cost of denying this gift is hell. The answer to Your receiving it is Heaven.
April 6, 1977
Thank You for changing Your mind. Nothing will happen. I told You He is in My charge. I do not promise lightly. And remember what I said about the test. Let this be Your Eastertide along with mine. Give Me the gift of All Your worries, and I will give You the gift of Peace and Joy in exchange.
What else could Easter mean?
January 1, 1978
You think the Child is stillborn, and You are in mourning now for Him. You do not understand what happened, nor the signs that still surround His birth. The star is there, and All attempts to call it something else will slip away in time. For it was so before, and will be so again. We cannot know when Truth has come because it would be hard to see the Heavens where a manger stands. But when the Truth has come, there is a Light that finally shines through.
The mother waits. The Child has come, and has been born again. He is not dead. He is the sign of Life, the gift of God, the Lord of Peace, the King of All the world, the Son of Man and You. There is a Light surrounding You that You will see when You have ceased to fear to look on Him Who came to save You, and the world through You. How can You doubt that I will come and tell You just exactly what You need to do to let Your function be fulfilled? Of All the world, how is it You Who doubts?
There is no plan without Your part, and it will be revealed as soon as You can see that Life is there, and has been born to You. Be patient, Mother, for the end is not what You believe. I come in glory to the One Who gave Me birth, and I will stay and wait in patience for Your wakening. When You behold Me, You will understand. Till then We wait together, You and I.
January 7, 1978
Be sure to slip through this temptation with My help, which will not leave You if You ask for it. There is no point in dwelling on the past because it is no longer true now, no matter what it may have been. In one sense All the discontinuous fragments that occur to You are true, but only in the sense that You have dreamed these dreams and seen the Others Who took part in them. This is not Reality as it should be remembered. There is a section in the text on “Present Memory.” Much of the answer lies in that.
Who were these People once? As if it mattered now what dreams They had. Do not encourage nightmares, nor forget there are no happy dreams excepting one. Do not, then, bother with the rest at All. The fragments will continue, but they should be used only to recall Your function in its present form and present usefulness. Questions are idle, and a waste of time when time is needed most. Do not delay by looking back, and leave the future in the hands of God. He has much more for You than You can find in dreams.
[There is an urgency that calls to You. You have a function. Do not now delay. In a little while You will understand. You have been given charge of One way to God. It is direct and sure and true, and there is need for it. You will be shown how it is needed, when to use it, and where it should be taught for continuity.] We must not lose it in this point in time by looking back. The past is meaningless. Your way will teach this fact. How could it be that God would have the past be shown to You when it will be the lesson You will teach that nothing in the past means anything?
January 14, 1978
The night is dark but it will have an end. Be comforted with this: No One I send to help You reach the goal will fail to stand beside You till Your kingdom is secure. The promises of God are given You. What could be surer? There is help indeed for One so near to Heaven. There is change in Everything but this; whom He has called and Who has answered Him as You have done can rest in Peace upon His loving arm, and trust His gratitude and thankful Heart to beat for Yours when Yours appears to fail.
Do not imagine He will leave His Child Who heard His Voice and listened to His Word. Remember this; the thanks of God are Yours and will not leave You comfortless for long. You still are needed in the world, to hear His Voice and share His messages of Love with Those Who call in sorrow. Could it be that You will fail to find Him, when His need for You becomes as great as Yours for Him? You need not fear that You will suffer loss, nor that He will abandon You Who gave His comfort to His Son. Receive the gift You gave to God and He would give to You.
Trust Him Whose Voice You heard, and do not think He does not hear Your frightened voice that calls in whispered agony. You will be raised from terror to the shining Peace of God. The way seems thorny and beset with grief, Yet it is certain as the Love of God which cannot fail. It holds You up, and so You cannot fail because it shines in You. Faith will be Yours because His faith in You is limitless. Do not despair of Him Who loves You with an everlasting Love: Who knows Your need and watches over You in Everything with ceaseless vigilance.
Do not forget His thanks, and understand the gratitude of God goes far beyond All things the world can offer, for His gifts will last forever in His Heart and Yours. Be thankful for His Love and for His care, for in this world it has been given Few to give a gift to God as You have done. Yet only a few are needed. They suffice for All the rest, and they give thanks to You along with their Creator and with Yours. He is not careless of the gifts He gives, nor are His promises in vain. Be sure a mother does not fail the Son She loves, nor will a Father cast away His Child.
January 25, 1978
Leave this in My hands and do not interfere personally. I need Your help in another way. Let Them look, let Them ask, and help Me reach Them. It is through Judy that I will speak because Her need is greater. She will know because I will tell Her. She will not be surprised, but She will be sure.
There is time. Be sure She understands that. This is for Her. Let Her not forget there are options, and She cannot choose among them.
On Monday, ask Her to take some quiet time. If possible around noon. She can do this if She really wants to, and let Her remember Everything that has happened. Then forget All of it. She will hear better away, because She wants to please and She is afraid not to. Let Her be still and know that I am God. And let Her remember that Her Father knows Her need before She asks.
February 24, 1978
The FOUNDATION FOR INNER PEACE has a limited function in the Life of the Course. Its purpose is to publish, distribute and discuss the material, and the steps followed in meeting this aim should be carefully checked with the Author. He knows how He wants these functions carried out and how this part of the program should be handled.
These steps are preparatory to the real function for which the Course was given. It will take over at the right time, and earlier goals will be handled separately, in time by professional publishers. This will be in about two years. For now, it is going well.
Do not put too much emphasis or be overly concerned with this phase, and above All, do not confuse it with the purpose of the Course. The Course has very longrange goals which could not possibly be recognized now. None of You has found His true function yet. This is because the central factor in the plan has not yet emerged, and the parts cannot fall into place at this time.
It will begin to be clear this summer, but will not be fully understood for some time. Nor is it necessary to be clearer than is needed to show You the ways You are to go to be of most help in Your appointed roles. Each has been very carefully chosen, and there have been no accidents nor accidental meetings. God watches over His Word and over His messengers. Trust only that.
It would be impossible to explain the details which depend on things that have not yet happened, People not yet met, and events that have not yet occurred. You will still be told what to do in any particular instance any time You ask.
As time goes on, some of the answers will seem quite surprising. Rejoice when that happens. It means that the next phase has begun. Everything that You are doing now will disappear, and You will not remember it in the Light of what will happen afterward.
Little Children, be not afraid. Just think of this: God is the real Foundation of the Course. It needs You only in His Name. Would He then not tell You what to do and help You do it?
March 12, 1978
Your Brother Jerry wants to help You. It is important to Him. Do it in Love and it cannot hurt. It can only help. But remember what it is that is helping. One form of magic is like another. It would be a mistake not to do it because You are afraid. What are called by many different Names are not really different.
Give this gift to Jerry and give it to Me. Be not afraid. Trust Your Brother’s Love and help Him help You. He will see it as a great gift, and I am here to see that nothing hurts You.
You will be healed by wanting only the Peace of God. Jerry knows that. You will not use the medication long, as He told You. Take it in Peace now because of Him.
There is no cause for fear. Make no decisions now. There is a plan for the future which is not what You expect. God knows what it is, and You do not. Do not try to figure it out.
You are not in danger. You are not responsible. God is responsible for Ken and Judy. The Kingdom is perfectly united and perfectly protected and the ego will not prevail over it.
Trust is Your lesson. God is with You. She will not get the house. It would be a mistake.
You can call Rod but He cannot help. You can call Armstrong but He cannot help. You should call Him to tell Him what’s happening, but the problem is not there.
The Suit does not matter.
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There is no fear in perfect Love. In hate there is only fear. Do not be deceived by the idea of neutrality. Vengeance is mine, sayeth the ego, and death is its strongest weapon.
Pray for Him and do not be concerned with what You think He has done to You. He is fine and so are You. Be at Peace with this.
This is a Librium effect, but only partly. You may not be able to cut out the Librium without too great anxiety, but You will come to realize that it is increasing rather. With increasing comes anxiety.
Do not make a radical change now. You are not ready. But consider the need to do so, which may be All You can do at the moment.
Do not be concerned. There is no cause for alarm in whatever You do. Librium will not harm You and cigarettes have no effect. There is one point, however, to remember. What You think will hurt You will. What You think will not hurt You won’t. Be still and know that I am God, and You will not fail to sleep.
There is no help in Your attitude. The exam was adequate but teaching not. It is a matter of trust to let it go, become comfortable to subjectivity/subjectiveness. Therefore You will not like the guesses because You do not trust them. You are not ready to have them made up.
It is for Him. He will sleep like a baby because of Your forgiveness. He does not need anything else. I guarantee His sleep. A pill can not.
Anger burns and rage is murderous. No wonder You are afraid. This is the cause. But Jonathan can help with the palliative, which You do need under the circumstances.
There is no need to see a doctor. You will be healed. Do nothing but keep it clean with mineral oil and use the desatin.
I am the least and yet the greatest. I Who walk with You have Heaven’s Might with Me. I go in glory. For You walk with Me. Deliver Me into Our Father’s arms.
I seek My Father’s Everlasting Arms which I alone can never hope to find For I am frail in seeking and in Love. There will be One Who holds a halting hand before Me on My lonely journeying Who will forever bar the way to Me. and I will faint in an illusion’s hold But bring You with Me and I cannot fail to find My Father’s house. As We approach the Holy gate illusions shudder back. Illusions shudder from the Light We bring and Angels come to offer Us Their wings.
Stranger on the Road
Poem by Helen
The dead are dead. They do not rise again.
And yet I see in You a look I knew.
In One so recently destroyed and laid
To wither on a slab of stone.
I almost could believe – but I have seen
Your blue and bloodless hands and broken feet,
The way You crumpled when They took You down.
This is a stranger, and I know Him not.
Why would You walk with Me along the road,
An unknown whom I almost think I fear
Because He seems like Someone in a dream
Of deathlessness, when death alone is real?
The road is long. I will not lift My eyes,
For fear has gripped My Heart, and fear I know –
The shield that keeps Me safe from rising hope;
The friend that keeps You stranger still to Me.
Do not disturb Me now. I am content
With death, for grief is kinder now than hope.
While there was hope I suffered. Now I go
In certainty, for death has surely come.
Do not disturb the ending. What is done
Is done forever. Neither hope nor tears
Can touch finality. Do not arouse
The dead. Come, Stranger, let Us say Amen.
You said You would return, and I believed
Too long already. Now My eyes are sealed
Against the slender thread of hope that cuts
Into My calm despair. O let Me go!
Your Word surrounds You like a golden Light,
And I can scarcely see the road I walk
Because My eyes are veiled. Disturb Me not,
I beg of You. I would not see You now.
My Heart will not be still. It seems to know
What I know not. It dances to a tune
I do not hear. It calls to Me from You
Whose Heart has listened and whose ears have heard.
Must I remember now? And yet the Light
Seems even brighter, and the road becomes
A sudden splash of sunlight. Who are You
Who dares to enter in fear and death?
From Him to Me there comes an ancient song.
My lips begin to sing, although I hoped
It was forgotten. Now I hear again
A Word I thought had been forever dead,
As You had died. I cannot keep My eyes
From looking up. Perhaps I did not see
The things I thought. Perhaps this Light has come
To heal My eyes and let them see again.
Dear Stranger, give Me back My sight again,
And let My doubts be answered. They are dead
Because You live. Let Me then look on You,
And hope will be transformed to certainty.
Darkness cannot be sure, for shadows come
And weave uncertain shapes before My eyes
That have no boundaries. No One can know
What they would represent. The mist is damp.
Who can have hope in such a shifting place?
Let Me remember You instead of death.
Let Me remember You, and see in Him
Who walks beside Me now Your glad return.
Lord, did You really keep Your lovely Word?
Was I mistaken? Did You rise again?
And was it I Who failed, instead of You?
Are You returned to save Me from the dead?
The dead are dead, but They can rise again.
Let Me remember only that. It was
The rest that was the dream. The Light has come.
My eyes are opening and I can see.
To look on You.
B. – B
re – regarding
i.e. – that is
Falsche <br> mitten im Text eliminieren
Falsches mitten im Text eliminieren
no-one – no One
MUST – <b>must</b> (change capitalized words into bold)
you, your, yours, yourself, yourselves, me, my, myself, he, him, himself, his, she, her, herself, i, everyone, everybody, everything, everywhere, we, us, our, ourselves, themself, themselves, self, who, anyone, someone, person(s), partner(s), sister(s), people, giver(s), doer(s), receiver(s), whose, teacher(s), learner(s), individuals, angel(s) – You, Your, Yours, Yourself, Yourselves, Me, My, Myself, He, Him, Himself, His, She, Her, Herself, I, Everyone, Everybody, Everything, Everywhere, We, Us, Our, Ourselves, Themself, Themselves, Self, Who, Anyone, Someone, Person(s), partner(s), Sister(s), People, Giver(s), Doer(s), Receiver(s), Whose, Teacher(s), Learner(s), Individuals, Angel(s)
god, man, men, holy, divine, univers..., blessing, bible, biblical, life, reality, peace, strength, truth, prayer, creator, light, eternity, father, child(ren), parents, spirit, joy, atonement, brother/brothers, salvation, holiness, disciple(s), wisdom, word, resurrection, heart, miracle(s), soul(s), name(s), innocence, source, wholeness – God, Man, Men, Holy, Divine, Univers..., Blessing, Bible, Biblical, Life, Reality, Peace, Strength, Truth, Prayer, Creator, Light, Eternity, Father, Child(ren), Parents, Spirit, Joy, Atonement, Brother/Brothers, Salvation, Holiness, Disciples, Wisdom, Word, Resurrection, Heart, Miracle, Soul(s), Name(s), Innocence, Source, Wholeness
Ego – ego
Optional, Großschreiben wenn es sich auf einen Mensch, eine Seele oder ein Wunder bezieht, oder ein Hauptwort ist. Bei all nur wenn es im Deutschen mit Alles, Allen, Aller, Allem, Alle oder All übersetzt werden kann: these, one, those, them, they, their, equals, which, another, others, other, both, innocent, two, all, each, individual – These, One, Those, Them, They, Their, Equals, Which, Another, Others, Other, Both, Innocent, Two, All, Each, Individual
Optional, wenn es ein Hauptwort ist: real, might, love, course, good, true, present – Real, Might, Love, Course, Good, True, Present
Miracle(s) – Alles was sich auf Wunder, die Seele oder den Holy Ghost bezieht immer großschreiben, wie z. B. It, Which, That, They, ...
Optional wegen besserer Lesbarkeit: Tell B – (einfach weglassen)
- – –
thought-creations – Thoughtcreations (wenn zwei Worte mit dem - verbunden wurden bitte einfach ein Wort daraus machen.)
() und / nach Möglichkeit eliminieren. Ein “or” oder “and” und zusätzilche Kommas sind hilfreich dabei.
Optional (kursiv bedeutet, es ist wahr, in Anführungszeichen ist es ein Zitat des egos): <i> ... </i> – “ ... ”
"...", ' – “...”, ’
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