You will see Miracles through Your hands through Me!
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Chapter 3 – Retraining the Mind
a. Special Principles for Miracle Workers
1) The Miracle abolishes the need for lower order concerns. Since It is an illogical or outofpattern time interval, by definition, the ordinary considerations of time and space do not apply.
For example, I do not regard time as You and B do, and Kolb’s space problem is not Mine. When You perform a Miracle, I will arrange both time and space to adjust to It.
2) Clear distinction between what has been created and what is being created is essential. All forms of correction or healing rest on this fundamental correction in level perception.
3) Another way of stating 2) is: Never confuse right with wrongmindedness. Responding to any form of misCreation with Anything except a desire to heal or a Miracle is an expression of this confusion.
4) The Miracle is always a denial of this error, and an affirmation of the Truth. Only Rightmindedness can create in a way that has any real effect. Pragmatically, what has no real effect, has no real existence. Its real effect, then, is emptiness. Being without substantial content, it lends itself to projection.
5) The leveladjustment power of the Miracle creates the right perception for healing. Until this has occurred, healing cannot be understood. Forgiveness is an empty gesture, unless it entails correction. Without this, it is essentially judgmental, rather than healing.
6) Miraculous forgiveness is only correction. It has no element of judgment at all.
Father forgive Them for They know not what They do.
in no way evaluates what They do. It is strictly limited to an appeal to God to heal Their Minds. There is no reference to the outcome of Their misThought. This does not matter.
7) The biblical injunction
Be of one Mind
is the statement for revelation readiness. My own injunction
Do this in remembrance of Me
is the request for cooperation in Miracleworkers. It should be noted that the two statements are not in the same order of Reality, because the latter involves a time awareness, since memory implies recalling the past in the Present.
Time is under My direction, but Timelessness belongs to God alone. In time, We exist for and with Each Other. In Timelessness, We coexist with God.
b. Atonement without Sacrifice
There is one more point which must be perfectly clear before any residual fear which may still be associated with Miracles becomes entirely groundless. The Crucifixion did not establish the Atonement. The Resurrection did. This is a point which many very sincere Christians have misunderstood. Nobody Who was free of the scarcity fallacy could possibly have made this mistake.
If the Crucifixion is seen from an upside down point of view, it certainly does appear as if God permitted, and even encouraged, one of His Sons to suffer because He was good. Many very devoted ministers preach this every day. This particularly unfortunate interpretation, which actually arose out of the combined misprojection of a large number of My own wouldbe followers, has led many People to be bitterly afraid of God.
This particularly antireligious concept happens to enter into many religions, and this is neither by chance nor coincidence.
The real Christian would have to pause and ask “how could this be?” Is it likely that God Himself would be capable of the kind of thinking which His own Words have clearly stated is unworthy of Man?
The best defense, as always, is not to attack Another’s position, but rather to protect the Truth. It is not necessary to consider Anything acceptable, if You have to turn a whole frame of reference around in order to justify it. This procedure is painful in its minor applications, and genuinely tragic on a mass basis. Persecution is a frequent result, justifying the terrible misperception that God Himself persecuted His own Son on behalf of Salvation. The very words are meaningless.
It has always been particularly difficult to overcome this because, although the error itself is no harder to overcome than any other error, Men were unwilling to give it up because of its prominent escape value. In milder forms, a parent says “This hurts Me more than it hurts You,” and feels exonerated in beating a child. Can You believe that the Father really thinks this way?
It is so essential that All such thinking be dispelled that We must be very sure that nothing of this kind remains in Your Mind. I was not punished because You were bad. The wholly benign lesson which the Atonement teaches is wholly lost if it is tainted with this kind of distortion in any form.
“Vengeance is Mine sayeth the Lord” is strictly a karmic viewpoint. It is a real misperception of Truth, by which Man assigns His own evil past to God. The “evil conscience” from the past has nothing to do with God. He did not create it, and He does not maintain it. God does not believe in karmic retribution at all. His Divine Mind does not create that way. He does not hold the evil deeds of a Man even against Himself. Is it likely, then, that He would hold against any Man the evil that Another did?
Be very sure that You recognize how impossible this assumption really is, and how entirely it arises from misprojection. This kind of error is responsible for a host of related fallacies, including the misbelief that God rejected Man and forced Him out of the Garden of Eden, or that I am misdirecting You. I have made every effort to use words which are almost impossible to distort, but Man is very inventive when it comes to twisting symbols around.
God Himself is not symbolic; He is fact. The Atonement, too, is totally without symbolism. It is perfectly clear, because It exists in Light. Only Man’s attempts to shroud It in darkness have made It inaccessible to the unWilling, and ambiguous to the partly Willing. The Atonement Itself radiates nothing but Truth. It therefore epitomizes harmlessness, and sheds only Blessing. It could not do this if It arose from Anything other than perfect Innocence! Innocence is Wisdom, because it is unaware of evil, which does not exist. It is, however, perfectly aware of Everything, that is True.
The Resurrection demonstrated that nothing can destroy Truth. Good can withstand any form of evil, because Light abolishes All forms of darkness. The Atonement is thus the perfect lesson. It is the final demonstration that All of the other lessons which I taught are True.
Man is released from All errors if He believes in this. The deductive approach to teaching accepts the generalization which is applicable to All single instances, rather than building up the generalization after analyzing numerous single instances separately. If You can accept the one generalization now, there will be no need to learn from many smaller lessons.
Nothing can prevail against a Son of God Who commends His Spirit into the hands of His Father. By doing this, the Mind awakens from Its sleep, and the Soul remembers Its Creator. All sense of Separation disappears, and level confusion vanishes. The Son of God is part of the Holy Trinity, but the Trinity Itself is One. There is no confusion within Its levels, because they are of One Mind and One Will. This Single Purpose creates perfect integration, and establishes the reign of the Peace of God.
But this Vision can be perceived only by the Truly Innocent. Because Their hearts are pure, They defend True perception, instead of defending Themselves against it. Understanding the lesson of the Atonement, They are without the will to attack, and therefore They see Truly. This is what the bible means when it says
And when He shall appear or be perceived We shall be like Him, for We shall see Him as He is.
Sacrifice is a notion totally unknown to God. It arises solely from fear of the Records. This is particularly unfortunate, because frightened People are apt to be vicious. Sacrificing Others in any way is a clearcut violation of God’s own injunction that Man should be merciful even as His Father in Heaven is merciful.
It has been harder for many Christians to realize that this commandment or assignment also applies to Themselves. Good teachers never terrorize Their students. To terrorize is to attack, and this results in rejection of what the teacher offers. This results in learning failures.
I have been correctly referred to in the bible as The Lamb of God Who taketh away the sins of the world. Those Who represent the lamb as bloodstained, an all too widespread conceptual error, do not understand the meaning of the symbol.
Correctly understood, the symbol is a very simple parable or teaching device which merely depicts My Innocence. The lion and the lamb lying down together refers to the fact that Strength and Innocence are not in conflict, but naturally live in Peace.
Blessed are the Pure in Heart for They shall see God.
is another way of saying the same thing. Only the Innocent can see God.
There has been some controversy, in human terms, as to whether seeing is an attribute of the eyes, or an expression of the integrative powers of the brain. Correctly understood, the issue revolves around the question of whether the body or the Mind can see or understand. This is not really open to question at all.
The body is not capable of understanding. Only the Mind knows Anything. A pure Mind knows the Truth, and this is Its Strength. It cannot attack the body, because It knows exactly what the body is. This is what “a sane Mind in a sane body” really means.
A sane Mind is not out for blood. It does not confuse destruction with Innocence, because it associates Innocence with Strength, not with weakness. Innocence is incapable of sacrificing Anything, because the innocent Mind has Everything and strives only to protect Its Wholeness. This is why It cannot misproject. It can only honor Man, because honor is the natural greeting of the Truly loved to Others Who are like Them.
The lamb taketh away the sins of the world only in the sense that the state of Innocence or Grace, is one in which the meaning of the Atonement is perfectly apparent. The Innocence of God is the True state of the Mind of His Son. In this state, Man’s Mind does see God, and because He sees Him as He Is, He knows that the Atonement, not sacrifice, is the only appropriate gift to His own Altar, where nothing except perfection Truly belongs. The understanding of the Innocent is Truth. That is why Their Altars are Truly radiant.
Dictated directly without notes:
Though Christians generally, but by no means Universally, recognize the contradiction involved in victimizing Others, They are less adept at ensuring Their own inability to victimize Themselves. Although this appears to be a much more benign error from the viewpoint of society, it is nevertheless inherently dangerous because once a twoedged defense is used, its direction cannot be selfcontrolled.
B recently observed how many ideas were condensed into relatively few pages here. This is because We have not been forced to dispel misCreations throughout.
There is one set of notes not yet transcribed which is devoted to this. These emphasize only the enormous waste of time that is involved.
Cayce’s notes, too, could have been much shortened. Their excessive length is due to two factors. The first involves a fundamental error which Cayce Himself made, and which required constant undoing. The second is more related to the attitude of His followers. They are unwilling to omit Anything He said. This is respectful enough, but not overly judicious. I would be a far better editor, if They would allow Me this position on Their staff.
It is obvious that Cayce Himself was not able to transcend the misperceptions of the need for sacrifice, or He could not possibly have been willing to sacrifice Himself. Anyone Who is unable to leave the requests of Others unanswered has not entirely transcended egocentricity. I never “gave of Myself” in this inappropriate way, nor would I ever have encouraged Cayce to do so.
Cayce could not see the Atonement as totally lacking in sacrifice at any level. It was obvious to Him that the Mind cannot be so limited. It was equally apparent to Him that the Soul is merely unaffected by such an idea. This left Him only the body with which to invest His misperception. This is also why He used His own Mind at the “expense of His body.”
Because Cayce was a somewhat erratic listener, He was compelled to correct His own errors at very great length, and not always adequately. Consider the basis from which He started, when He began with “yes, We have the body.” It is noteworthy that in All these readings, a large section was actually devoted to the body, even though He usually concluded with the caution that the body cannot be healed by itself. It would have saved an enormous number of words if He had always begun with this.
Cayce and His devotion to Me are in no way underestimated by the realization that He worked under very great strain, which is always a sign that something is wrong. One of the difficulties inherent in trance states is that it is very difficult to overcome the split which the trance itself induces through the medium of communications made while in the trance state.
Cayce’s whole approach put Him in a real doublebind, from which He did not recover. When He spoke of a dream in which He saw His own rather immanent reincarnation, He was perfectly accurate. He was sufficiently attuned to real communication to make it easy to correct His errors, and free Him to communicate without strain. It is noticeable throughout His notes that He frequently engaged in a fallacy that We have already noted in some detail: namely, the tendency to endow the physical with nonphysical properties. Cayce suffered greatly from this error. He did not make either of the other three. However, You will remember that it is this one which is particularly vulnerable to magical associations. Cayce’s accuracy was so great that, even when He did this, He was able to apply it constructively. But it does not follow that this was a genuinely constructive approach.
It should also be noted that, when Cayce attempted to “see” the body in proper perspective, He saw physically discernible auras surrounding it. This is a curious compromise, in which the nonphysical attributes of the Self are approached as if they could be seen with the physical eye.
Cayce’s illiteracy never stood in His way. This is because illiteracy does not necessarily imply any lack of Love, and in Cayce’s case very definitely did not. He therefore had no difficulty at all in overcoming this seeming limitation. What did hamper Him was a profound sense of personal unworthiness, which, characteristically enough, was sometimes overcompensated for in what might be called a Christian form of grandiosity. Cayce was essentially uncharitable to Himself. This made Him very erratic in His own Miracles, and, because He was genuinely anxious to help Others, left Himself in a highly vulnerable position.
His son comments both on the rather erratic nature of the Cayce household, and also on the rather uneven nature of Cayce’s temper. Both of these observations are True, and clearly point to the fact that Cayce did not apply the Peace of God to Himself. Once this had occurred, particularly in a Man whose communication channels were open, it was virtually impossible for Him to escape external solutions. Cayce was a very religious Man, Who should have been able to escape fear through religion. Being unable to apply His religion wholeheartedly to Himself, He was forced to accept certain magical beliefs which were alien to His own Christianity. This is why He was so different when He was asleep, and even disowned what He said in this state.
The lack of integration which this split state implies is clearly shown in certain offthemark detours into areas such as the effects of stones on the Mind, and some curious symbolic attempt to integrate churches and glands.
This is hardly more peculiar than some of Your own confusion.
Cayce’s Mind was imprisoned to some extent by an error against which You have been cautioned several times. He looked to the past for an explanation of the Present, but He never succeeded in separating the past from the Present. When He said “Mind is the builder,” He did not realize that it is only what it is building now that really creates the future. The past, in itself, does not have the ability to do this. Whenever We move from one instant to the next, the previous one no longer exists. In considering the body as the focus for healing, Cayce was expressing His own failure to accept this as accomplished. He did not fail to recognize the value of the Atonement for Others, but He did fail to accept its corrective merit for Himself.
As We have frequently emphasized, Man cannot control His own errors. Having created them, He does believe in them. Because of His failure to accept His own perfect freedom from the past, Cayce could not really perceive Others as similarly free. This is why I have not wholly endorsed the Cayce documents for widespread use.
I am heartily supportive of the ASSOCIATION FOR RESEARCH AND ENLIGHTENMENT’s endeavor to make Cayce’s singular contributions immortal, but it would be most unwise to have them promulgated as a faith until they have been purged of their essential errors. This is why there have been a number of unexplained set backs in their explication. It is also one of the many reasons why the Cayce material, a major step in the speedup, must be properly understood before it can be meaningfully validated.
Cayce’s son has been wise in attempting to deal with reliability, which in Cayce’s case is very high. There is a way of validating the material, and Hugh Lynn is perfectly aware that this must be done eventually. He is also aware of the fact that He is unable to do it. In the present state of the material, it would be most unwise even to attempt it. There is too much that is invalid. When the time comes that this can be corrected to the point of real safety, I assure You it will be accomplished. In tribute to Cayce, I remind You that no effort is wasted, and Cayce’s effort was very great.
It would be most ungrateful of Me if I allowed His work to produce a generation of witch doctors. I am sorry that Cayce Himself could not rid Himself of a slight tendency in this direction. But fortunately I have a fuller appreciation of Him than He had.
I am repeating here a biblical injunction of My own, already mentioned elsewhere, that if My Followers eat any deadly thing it shall not hurt Them. This is what Cayce could not believe, because He could not see that, as a Son of God, He was invulnerable.
c. Miracles as Accurate Perception
We have repeatedly stated that the basic concepts referred to throughout the notes are not matters of degree. Certain fundamental concepts cannot be meaningfully understood in terms of coexisting polarities. It is impossible to conceive of Light and darkness, or, Everything and nothing, as joint possibilities. They are All True or All false. It is absolutely essential that You understand completely that behavior is erratic until a firm commitment to one or the other is made.
A firm commitment to darkness or nothingness is impossible. Nobody has ever lived Who has not experienced some Light and some of Everything. This has made Everybody really unable to deny Truth totally, even if He deceives Himself in this connection most of the time. That is why Those Who live largely in darkness and emptiness never find any lasting solace.
This really answers B’s question about whether People return voluntarily.
Innocence is also not a partial attribute. It is not a real defense until it is total. When it is partial, it is characterized by the same erratic nature that holds for other twoedged defenses. The partly Innocent are apt to be quite stupid at times. It is not until Their Innocence is a genuine viewpoint which is Universal in its application that it becomes Wisdom.
Innocent or True perception means that You never misperceive, and always see Truly. More simply, this means that You never see what does not exist in Reality. Whenever You lack confidence in what Someone else will do, You are attesting to Your belief that He is not in His Right Mind. This is hardly a miraclebased frame of reference. It also has the disastrous effect of denying, in its incorrect use, the essentially creative power of the Miracle. The Miracle perceives Everything as it is. If nothing but the Truth exists, and this is really redundant in statement, because what is not True cannot exist, rightminded seeing cannot see Anything but perfection. We have said many times that only what God creates, or what Man creates with the same will, has any real existence. This, then, is All that the Innocent can see. They do not suffer from the delusions of the separated Ones.
The way to correct All such delusions is to withdraw Your faith from them, and invest it only in what is True. To whatever extent You side with false perception in Yourself or Others, You are validating a basic misperception. You cannot validate the invalid. I would suggest that You voluntarily give up All attempts to do so, because they can be only frantic. If You are willing to validate what is True in Everything You perceive, You will make it True for You.
Remember that We said that Truth overcomes All error. This means that if You perceive Truly, You are canceling out misperceptions in Yourself and Others simultaneously. Because You see Them as They were really created and can really create, You offer Them Your own validation of Their Truth. This is the real healing which the Miracle actively creates.
H questions: Is this All?
The reason why this is so short, despite its extreme importance, is because it is not symbolic. This means that it is not open to more than one interpretation. This means that it is unequivocal. It also explains the quotation which You have never gotten correctly in complete form before: “But this We know, that when He shall appear or be perceived We shall be like Him for We shall see Him as He is. And every Man that hath this hope in Him purifieth Himself even as He is pure.” Every Man does have the hope that He can see correctly, because the ability to do so is in Him. Man’s only hope is to see things as they are.
d. Perception versus Knowledge
On Wednesday evening, November 24 1965, H had sudden flash of illumination and very much wanted to offer Prayer for B, which She did as follows:
Jesus, help Me see My Brother B as He really is, and thus release Both Him and Me.
H also thought later: Every time there is Anything unlovable that crosses One’s Mind regarding sex, possession, etc. You should immediately recognize that You do not want to hurt Your Brother.
On Thursday morning, the Prayer for the Miracle occurred as follows stated above.
You had a lot of trouble afterwards with the words, which are essentially irrelevant, partly because You were dissatisfied with Yourself at the time, but also because You are confused about the difference between perception and cognition. You will note that We have said very little about cognition as yet.
Aside: One of the exceptions is in the correction formula for fear, which begins with know first. The reason is because You must get Your perceptions straightened out before You can know Anything.
To know is to be certain. Uncertainty merely means that You dont’t know. Knowledge is power because it is certain, and certainty is Strength. Perception is temporary. It is an attribute of the spacetime belief, and is therefore subject to fear or Love. Misperception produces fear, and True perception produces Love. Neither produces certainty because All perception varies. That is why it is not knowledge. True perception is the basis for knowledge, but knowing is the affirmation of Truth.
All of Your difficulties ultimately stem from the fact that You do not recognize, or know, Yourselves, Each Other, or God. “Recognize” means “know again.” This means that You knew before.
Note that it does not mean saw before.
You can see in many ways, because perception involves different interpretations, and this means it is not whole. The Miracle is a way of perceiving, not a way of knowing. It is the right answer to a question, but You do not ask questions at all when You know.
Questioning delusions is the first step in undoing them. The Miracle, or the right answer, corrects them. Since perceptions change, their dependence on time is obvious. They are subject to transitory states, and this implies variability by definition. How You perceive at any given time determines what You do, and action must occur in time. Knowledge is timeless because certainty is not questionable. You know when You have ceased to ask questions.
The “questioning Mind” perceives Itself in time, and therefore looks for future answers. The unquestioning Mind is closed merely because It believes the future and the Present will be the same. This establishes an unchanged state, or stasis. This is usually an attempt to counteract an underlying fear that the future will be worse than the Present, and this fear inhibits the tendency to question at all.
Visions are the natural perception of the Spiritual Eye, but they are still corrections. B’s question about the “Spiritual Eye” was a very legitimate one. The “Spiritual Eye” is symbolic, and therefore not a device for knowing. It is, however, a means of right perception, which brings it into the proper domain of the Miracle, but not of revelation. Properly speaking, a “Vision of God” is a Miracle rather than a revelation. The fact that perception is involved at all removes the experience from the realm of knowledge. That is why these Visions do not last.
The bible instructs You to “know Thyself,” or be certain. Certainty is always of God. When You love Someone, You have perceived Him as He is, and this makes it possible for You to know Him. But it is not until You recognize Him that You know Him. Only then are You able to stop asking questions about Him.
While You ask questions about God, You are clearly implying that You do not know Him. Certainty does not require action. When You say You are acting on the basis of sure knowledge, You are really confusing perception and cognition. Knowledge brings mental Strength for creative thinking, but not for right doing.
Perception, Miracles and doing are closely related. Knowledge is a result of revelation, and induces only thought or thinking. Perception involves the body even in its most spiritualized form. Knowledge comes from the Altar within, and is timeless because it is certain. To perceive the Truth is not the same as knowing It. This is why B is having so much trouble in what He calls “integrating” the notes. His tentative perception is too uncertain for knowledge, because knowledge is sure. Your perception is so variable that You swing from sudden but real knowledge to complete cognitive disorganization. This is why B is more prone to irritation, while You are more vulnerable to rage. He is consistently below His potential, while You achieve it at times and then swing very wide of the mark.
Actually, these differences do not matter. But I thought You might be glad to learn that You are much better off with different perceptual problems than You would be if You suffered from similar ones. This enables Each of You to recognize, and this is the right word here, that the misperceptions of the Other are unnecessary. It is because You do not know what to do about it that B reacts to Yours with irritation, and You respond to His with fury.
I repeat again that if You attack error, You will hurt Yourself. You do not recognize Each Other when You attack. Attack is always made on a Stranger. You are making Him a Stranger by misperceiving Him, so that You cannot know Him. It is because You have made Him into a Stranger that You are afraid of Him. Perceive Him correctly, so that Your Soul can know Him.
Right perception is necessary before God can communicate directly to His own Altars, Which He has established in His Sons. There He can communicate His certainty, and His knowledge will bring the Peace without question.
God is not a Stranger to His Own Sons, and His Sons are not Strangers to Each Other. Knowledge preceded both perception and time, and will also ultimately replace or correct for them. This is the real meaning of the biblical account of God as Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. It also explains the quotation
Before Abraham was, I am.
Perception can and must be stabilized, but knowledge is stable. “Fear God and keep His Commandments” is a real scribal error. It should read
Know God and accept His certainty.
This error is why the commandments are All negative, in contrast to Christ’s statement about “Thou shalt love,” etc.
There are no Strangers in His Creation. To create as He Created, You can create only what You know and accept as Yours.
God knows His Children with perfect certainty. He Created Them by knowing Them.
He recognizes Them perfectly. When They do not recognize Each Other, They do not recognize Him. Brothers can misperceive One Another, but They rarely maintain that They do not know Each Other. This is possible only if They maintain that They are not really Brothers. The bible is very specific on this point.
e. Conflict and the ego
Most of the abilities Man now possesses are only shadows of His real strengths. The Soul knows, loves, and creates. These are Its unequivocal functions. All of the functions of Man are equivocal, or open to question or doubt. This is because He can no longer be certain how He will use them. He is therefore incapable of knowledge, because He is uncertain. He is also incapable of True loving, because He can perceive lovelessly. He cannot create surely, because perception deceives, and illusions are not pure.
Perception did not exist until the Separation had introduced degrees, aspects and intervals. The Soul has no levels, and all conflict arises from the concept of levels. Wars arise when Some regard Others as if They were on a different level. All interpersonal conflicts arise from this fallacy. Only the levels of the Trinity are capable of Unity. The levels which Man created by the Separation are disastrous. They cannot but conflict. This is because one is essentially meaningless to another. Freud realized this perfectly, and that is why He conceived as forever irreconcilable the different levels of His psyche. They were conflictprone by definition, because they wanted different things and obeyed different principles.
In Our picture of the psyche, there is an unconscious level, which properly consists only of the Miracle ability and should be under My direction; and a conscious level, which perceives or is aware of impulses from both the unconscious and the superconscious. These are the sources of the impulses it receives. Consciousness is thus the level of perception, but not of knowledge. Again, to perceive is not to know.
In this connection, Cayce is more accurate than Freud.
Consciousness was the first split that Man introduced into Himself. He became a perceiver rather than a Creator in the True sense.
Consciousness is correctly identified as the domain of the ego.
Jung was right indeed in insisting that the ego is not the Self, and that the Self should be regarded as an achievement. He did not recognize, a term We now understand, that the Achievement was God’s. In a sense, the ego was a manmade attempt to perceive Himself as He wished, rather than as He is. This is an example of the created-Creator confusion We spoke of before. He can only know Himself as He is, because that is All He can be sure of. Everything else is open to question.
The ego is the questioning compartment in the postseparation psyche which Man created for Himself. It is capable of asking valid questions, but not of perceiving wholly valid answers, because these are cognitive, and cannot be perceived. The endless speculation about the meaning of Mind has led to considerable confusion because the Mind is confused. Only Onemindedness is without confusion. A separate, or divided, Mind must be confused. A divided Mind is uncertain by definition. It has to be in conflict because it is out of accord with itself.
Intrapersonal conflict arises from the same basis as interpersonal. One part of the psyche perceives another part as on a different level, and does not understand it. This makes the parts Strangers to Each Other, without recognition. This is the essence of the fearprone condition, in which attack is always possible.
Man has every reason to feel anxious, as He perceives Himself. This is why He cannot escape fear until He knows that He did not and can not create Himself. He can never make this misperception valid, and when He at last perceives clearly, He is glad He can’t. His Creation is beyond His own error variance, and this is why He must eventually choose to heal the Separation.
Rightmindedness is not to be confused with the knowing Mind, because it is applicable only to right perception. You can be rightminded or wrongminded, and this is subject to degrees, a fact which clearly demonstrates a lack of association with knowledge.
No, Helen, this is perfectly clear and does follow the previous section. Neither You nor I is at all confused, even in grammar.
The term “Rightmindedness” is properly used as the correction for wrongmindedness, and applies to the state of Mind which induces accurate perception. It is miraculous because it heals misperception, and healing is indeed a Miracle, in view of how Man perceives Himself. Only the sick need healing. The Soul does not need healing, but the Mind does.
Freud gave a very graphic but upside down account of how the divisions of the Mind arose from the bottom up. Actually, this is impossible, because the unconscious cannot create the conscious. You cannot create something You can’t know. Freud was greatly worried about this, being very bright, though misguided, and attempted to get around it by introducing a number of “borderline” areas which merely resulted in fuzziness. This was particularly unfortunate, because He was capable of going much higher, if He had not been so afraid. This is why He kept pulling the Mind down.
The ego did not arise out of the unconscious. A lowerorder perception cannot create a higherorder one, which is the way You perceive the structure of the psyche if You look at it from the bottom up, because it doesn’t understand it. But a higherorder perception can create a lowerorder one by understanding it in terms of misperception.
Perception always involves some misuse of will, because it involves the Mind in areas of uncertainty. The Mind is very active because It has willpower. When It willed the Separation It willed to perceive. Until It chose to do this, It willed only to know. Afterwards, It had to will ambiguously, and the only way out of ambiguity is clear perception.
The ego is as frail as Freud perceived it. The later Theorists have tried to introduce a less pessimistic view, but have looked in the wrong direction for Their hope. Any attempt to endow the ego with the attributes of the Soul, is merely confused thinking. Freud was more clearsighted about this, because He knew a bad thing when He perceived it, but He failed to recognize that a bad thing cannot exist. It is therefore wholly unnecessary to try to get out of it. As You very rightly observed Yourself, the thing to do with a desert is to leave.
The Mind returns Itself to Its proper function only when It wills to know. This places It in the Soul’s service, where perception is meaningless. The superconscious is the level of the Mind which wills to do this.
Freud was particularly distorted on this point, because He was getting too far up for comfort according to His own perception. But He was right in maintaining that the “parts” of the psyche cannot be correctly perceived either as things or as entirely separate. He would have thought better if He had said “entirely separated.”
The Mind did divide itself when it willed to create its own levels and the ability to perceive them. But it could not entirely separate itself from the Soul, because it is from the Soul that it derives its whole power to create. Even in miscreating, will is affirming its Source, or it would merely cease to be. This is impossible, because it is part of the Soul, which God created, and which is therefore eternal.
The ability to perceive made the body possible, because You must perceive something, and with something. This is why perception involves an exchange, or a translation, which knowledge does not need. The interpretive function of perception, actually, a distorted form of creation, then permitted Man to interpret the body as Himself, which, although depressing, was a way out of the conflict He induced. This has already been covered in some detail.
The superconscious, which knows, could not be reconciled with this loss of power, because it was incapable of darkness. This is why it became almost inaccessible to the Mind, and entirely inaccessible to the body. It was perceived as a threat, because Light does abolish darkness by establishing the clear fact that it isn’t there. The Truth will always destroy error in this sense. This is not an active process of destruction at all. We have already emphasized the fact that knowing does not do Anything. It can be perceived as an attacker, but it cannot attack.
What Man perceives as its attack is His own recognition of the fact that it can always be remembered, because it has never been destroyed. This is not a literal remembering as much as a re-membering.
That is largely for B. I wish He would decide to use that talent of His constructively. He has no idea of how powerful it could be. Actually, it does come from the unconscious, and is really a distorted form of miraculous perception which He has reduced to word twisting. Although this can be quite funny, it is still a real waste. Maybe He’d care to let Me control it, and still use it humorously Himself. He doesn’t have to decide it is one or the other.
The unconscious should never have been reduced to a “container” for the waste products of conflict. Even as He perceives His psyche, every level has a creative potential, because nothing Man creates can wholly lose this.
God and the Souls He created remain in surety, and therefore know that no misCreation exists. Truth cannot deal with unwilling error, because It does not will to be blocked out. But I was a Man Who remembered the Soul and Its knowledge. Tell B that when He refused to misperceive He was indeed behaving as I behaved. And as a Man, I did not attempt to counteract error with knowledge, so much as to correct error from the bottom up. I demonstrated both the powerlessness of the body and the power of the Mind, by uniting My will with that of My Creator, which naturally remembered the Soul and Its own real purpose.
I cannot unite Your will with God’s for You. But I can erase All misperceptions from Your Mind, if You will bring It under My guidance. Only Your misperceptions stand in Your own way. Without them, Your own choice is certain. Sane perception induces sane choosing. The Atonement was an act based on True perception. I cannot choose for You, but I can help You make Your own right choice.
“Many are called but few are chosen” should read
All are called but few choose to listen. Therefore, They do not choose right.
The “Chosen Ones” are merely Those Who choose right sooner. This is the real meaning of the celestial speedup. Strong wills can do this now. And You will find rest for Your Souls. God knows You only in Peace, and this is Your Reality.
Note that the term “insight,” though referring to lofty perception, is not an attribute of knowledge. This is why terms like “lofty” are meaningless in this context. Insight is not the way to knowledge, but it is a prerequisite for knowledge. Being of God, knowledge has nothing to do with Your perceptions at all. That is why it can only be a gift of God to You.
f. The Loss of Certainty
We said before that the abilities which Man possesses are only shadows of His True abilities. The Soul’s True functions are knowing, loving, and creating. The intrusion of the ability to perceive, which is inherently judgmental, was introduced only after the Separation. No One has been sure of Anything since then. You will also remember that I made it very clear that the Resurrection was the return to knowledge, which was accomplished by the union of My will with the Father’s.
Since the Separation, the words “create” and “make” are inevitably confused. When You make something, You make it first out of a sense of lack or need, and second, out of a something that already exists. Anything that is made is made for a specific purpose. It has no True generalizability. When You make something to fill a perceived lack, which is obviously why You would make Anything, You are tacitly implying that You believe in the Separation. Knowing does not lead to doing, as We have frequently observed already.
What appears to be contradictory about the difference between knowing and perceiving, and Revelation and Miracles, is again the fallacy that is the root cause of All subsequent errors. The Miracle was associated with perception, and not with knowing. However, We also noted that Prayer is the medium of Miracles, and also the natural communication of the Creator and the Created. Prayer is always an affirmation of knowledge, not of accurate perception. That is why unless perception has entered into it, it calls on Revelation.
The confusion between Your own creation and what You create is so profound that it has literally become impossible to know Anything, because knowledge is always stable. It is quite evident that human Beings are not. Nevertheless, They are perfectly stable as God created Them. In this sense, when Their behavior is unstable, They are obviously disagreeing with God’s idea of the Creation. This is a fundamental right of Man, although not one He would care to exercise if He were in His Right Mind.
The problem that is bothering You most is the fundamental question which Man continually asks of Himself, but which cannot properly be directed to Himself at all. He keeps on asking “Himself” what He is. This implies that the answer is not only one which He knows, but one which is up to Him. The first part of this statement is perfectly True, but the second part is not. We have frequently commented on the absolute necessity of correcting All fallacious thinking which associates Man in any way with His own Creation. Man cannot perceive Himself correctly. He has no image at all. The word “image” is always perception related, and is not a product of knowing. Images are symbolic, and stand for something else. The current emphasis on “changing Your image” is a good description of the power of perception, but it implies that there is nothing to know.
Prayer is the medium of Miracles, not because God created perceptions, but because God created You. At the beginning of this Course, We said that You are a Miracle. Therefore, the Miracle Worker is a Miracle not of His own creation. Unless perception rests on some knowing basis, it is so unstable that it doesn’t mean Anything. Knowing is not open to interpretation, because its meaning is its own. It is possible to interpret meaning, but this is always open to error because it involves the perception of meaning. All of these wholly needless complexities are the result of Man’s attempt to regard Himself both as separated and unseparated at the same time. It is impossible to undertake a confusion as fundamental as this without engaging in further confusion.
Methodologically, Man’s Mind has been very creative. But, as always occurs when method and content are separated, it has not been utilized for Anything but an attempt to escape a fundamental and entirely inescapable impasse. This kind of thinking cannot result in a creative outcome, though it has resulted in considerable ingenuity. It is noteworthy, however, that this ingenuity has almost totally divorced Him from knowledge.
Knowledge does not require ingenuity at all. When We say
The Truth shall set You free
We mean that All this kind of thinking is a waste of time, but that You are free of the need of engaging in it.
Note again that the functions of the Soul were not referred to as abilities. This point requires clarification, because abilities are beliefs which are based on the scarcity fallacy, since they do not mean Anything apart from withingroup comparisons. As You Yourself never fail to point out, “nobody has none of an ability, and nobody has All of it.” That is, of course, why the curve never rests on the line. The clearest implications of relativity, which properly inheres in this statement, demonstrate that abilities are not functions of the Soul. The Soul’s functions are not relative. They are absolute. They are of God and from God, and therefore Godlike.
Prayer is a way of asking for something. When We said that Prayer is the medium of Miracles, We also said that the only meaningful Prayer is for forgiveness, because Those Who have been forgiven have Everything. Once forgiveness has been accepted, Prayer in the usual sense becomes utterly without meaning. Essentially, a Prayer for forgiveness is nothing more than a request that We may be able to recognize something We already have.
In electing the ability to perceive instead of the will to know, Man placed Himself in a position where He could resemble His Father only by perceiving miraculously. But He lost the knowledge that He Himself is a Miracle. Miraculous creation was His own Source, and also His own real function. “God created Man in His own image and likeness” is correct in meaning, but the words are open to considerable misinterpretation. This is avoided, however, if “image” is understood to mean “thought,” and “likeness” is taken as “of a like quality.” God did create the Son in His own Thought, and of a quality like to His own. There is nothing else.
Perception is impossible without a belief in “more” and “less.” Unless perception, at every level, involves selectivity, it is incapable of organization. In All types of perception, there is a continual process of accepting and rejecting, of organizing and reorganizing, and of shifting and changing focus. Evaluation is an essential aspect of perception, because judgment must be made for selection. “Lack of lack” is a concept which is meaningless to a perceiver, because the ability to perceive at all rests on lack.
What happens to perceptions if there are no judgments, and there is nothing but perfect equality? Perception is automatically useless. Truth can only be known. All of it is equally True, and knowing any part of it is to know All of it.
Only perception involves partial awareness. Knowledge transcends All of the laws which govern perception. Partial knowledge is impossible. It is All One, and has no separate parts, that is the parts have not separated. This is the real knowledge. You Who are really One with it need but know Yourself and Your knowledge is complete. To know God’s Miracle is to know Him.
Forgiveness is the healing of the perception of separation. Correct perception of Each Other is necessary only because Minds have willed to see Themselves as separate beings. Each Soul knows God completely. This is the miraculous power of the Soul. The fact that each Soul has this power completely is a fact that is entirely alien to human thinking, in which if Any One has Everything, there is nothing left.
God’s Miracles are as total as His Thought, because They are His Thoughts. God shines in Them All with perfect Light. If They recognize this Light anywhere, They know it Universally. Revelation cannot be explained, because it is knowledge. Revelation happens. It is the only really natural happening, because it reflects the nature of God.
As long as perception lasts, Prayer has a place. Since perception rests on lack, Those Who perceive have not totally accepted the Atonement and given over Themselves to Truth. Perception is a separated state, and the perceiver does need healing. Communion, not Prayer, is the natural state of Those Who know. God and His Miracles are inseparable.
All words, at best, are preparatory. The word is really a thought. No One word is Universally meaningful, because a word is a symbol, but thought is not divisible by creation. The original Name for “thought” and “word” was the same. The quotation should read “In the beginning was the thought, and the thought was with God, and the thought was God.” How beautiful indeed are the thoughts of God, Who live in His Light. Your worth is beyond perception because it is beyond doubt.
Do not perceive Yourself in different lights. Know Yourself in the One Light, where the Miracle which is You is perfectly clear.
The prerequisites for therapy must include the following conditions:
1) The procedure must involve the recognition rather than the denial of the importance of thought.
2) The exact equality of Everyone Who is involved. This must include Me.
3) No One is either therapist or patient.
B should add “teacher or pupil.”
4) Above All Everyone involved must want to give up Everything that is not True. The reason for the negative emphasis here is that therapy implies something has gone wrong. Even though the purpose is to correct, Those Who are ill are negative.
5) Therapy is exactly the same as All other forms of Miracleworking. It has no separate laws of its own. All of the points that were given for Miracles apply to therapy because, unless therapy proceeds from Miraclemindedness, it cannot heal.
6) The therapist, hopefully, does have the role of being the better perceiver. This is also, again hopefully, True of the teacher. It does not follow that He is the better knower. Temporarily, the therapist or teacher can help in straightening out twisted perceptions, which is also the only role that I would ever contribute Myself. All therapy should do is try to place Everyone involved in the right frame of Mind to help One Another. It is essentially a process of True courtesy, including courtesy to Me.
Any form of mental illness can truthfully be described as an expression of viciousness. We said before that Those Who are afraid are apt to be vicious. If We were willing to forgive other People’s misperceptions of Us, They could not possibly affect Us at all. There is little doubt that You can explain Your present attitudes in terms of how People used to look at You, but there is no Wisdom in doing so. In fact, the whole historical approach can justifiably be called doubtful.
As You have so often said, no One has adopted All of His parents’ attitudes as His own. In every case, there has been a long process of choice, in which the Individual has escaped from those He Himself vetoed, while retaining those He voted for. B has not retained His parents political beliefs, in spite of the particular kind of newspapers that constituted Their own reading matter in this area. The reason why He could do this was because He believed He was free in this area.
There must be some acute problem of His own that would make Him so eager to accept Their misperception of His own worth. This tendency can always be regarded as punitive. It cannot be justified by the inequality of the strengths of parents and children. This is never more than temporary, and is largely a matter of maturational and thus physical difference. It does not last unless it is held onto.
When B’s father came to His new office and “destroyed” it, it is quite apparent that B must have been willing to let it be destroyed. The many times that He has commented on this event alone would suggest that the extreme importance of this misperception in His own distorted thinking. Why should Anyone accord an obvious misperception so much power? There cannot be any real justification for it, because even B Himself recognized the real problem by saying “How could He do this to Me?” The answer is He didn’t.
B has a very serious question to ask Himself in this connection. We said before that the purpose of the Resurrection was to “demonstrate that no amount of misperception has any influence at all on a Son of God.” This demonstration exonerates Those Who misperceive, by establishing beyond doubt that They have not hurt Anyone. B’s question, which He must ask Himself very honestly, is whether He is willing to demonstrate that His parents have not hurt Him. Unless He is willing to do this, He has not forgiven Them.
The essential goal of therapy is the same as that of knowledge. No One can survive independently as long as He is willing to see Himself through the eyes of Others. This will always put Him in a position where He must see Himself in different lights. Parents do not create the image of Their children, though They may perceive images which They do create. However, as We have already said, You are not an image. If You side with imagemakers, You are merely being idolatrous.
B has no justification whatever for perpetuating any image of Himself at all. He is not an image. Whatever is True of Him is wholly benign. It is essential that He know this about Himself, but He cannot know it while He chooses to interpret Himself as vulnerable enough to be hurt. This is a peculiar kind of arrogance, whose narcissistic component is perfectly obvious. It endows the perceiver with sufficient unreal Strength to make Him over, and then acknowledges the perceiver’s misCreation. There are times when this strange lack of real courtesy appears to be a form of humility. Actually, it is never more than simple spite.
B, Your parents did misperceive You in many ways, but Their ability to perceive was quite warped, and Their misperceptions stood in the way of Their own knowledge. There is no reason why it should stand in the way of Yours. It is still True that You believe They did something to You. This belief is extremely dangerous to Your perception, and wholly destructive of Your knowledge. This is not only True of Your attitudes toward Your parents, but also of Your misuse of Your friends. You still think that You must respond to Their errors as if They were True. By reacting selfdestructively, You are giving Them approval for Their misperceptions.
No One has the right to change Himself according to different circumstances. Only His actions are capable of appropriate variation. His belief in Himself is a constant, unless it rests on perceptual acuity rather than knowledge of what He is.
It is Your duty to establish beyond doubt that You are totally unwilling to side or identify with Anyone’s misperceptions of You, including Your own. If You become concerned with totally irrelevant factors, such as the physical condition of a classroom, the number of students, the hour of the course, and the many elements which You may choose to select for emphasis as a basis for misperception, You have lost the knowledge of what any interpersonal relationship is for. It is not True that the difference between pupil and teacher is lasting. They meet in order to abolish the difference. At the beginning, since We are still in time, They come together on the basis of inequality of ability and experience. The aim of the teacher is to give Them more of what is temporarily His. This process has All of the Miracle conditions We referred to at the beginning. The teacher or Miracle Worker gives more to Those Who have less, bringing Them closer to equality with Him, at the same time gaining for Himself.
The confusion here is only because They do not gain the same things, because They do not need the same things. If They did, Their respective, though temporary roles would not be conducive to mutual profit. Freedom from fear can be achieved by Both teacher and pupil only if They do not compare either Their needs or Their positions in regard to each other in terms of higher and lower.
Presumably, children must learn from parents. What parents learn from children is merely of a different order. Ultimately, there is no difference in order, but this involves only knowledge. Neither parents nor children can be said to have knowledge, or Their relationships would not exist as if They were on different levels. The same is True of the teacher and the pupil. Children have an authority problem only if They believe that Their image is influenced by the authority. This is an act of will on Their part, because They are electing to misperceive the authority and give Him this power.
A teacher with an authority problem is merely a pupil Who refuses to teach Others. He wants to maintain Himself in a position where He can be misused and misperceived. This makes Him resentful of teaching, because of what He insists it has done to Him.
The only way out of this particular aspect of the desert is still to leave. The way this is left is to release Everyone involved, by absolutely refusing to engage in any form of honoring error. Neither teacher nor pupil is imprisoned by learning unless He uses it as an attack. If He does this, He will be imprisoned whether He actually teaches or learns, or refuses to be engaged in the process at all.
The role of a teacher, properly conceived, is one of leading Himself and Others out of the desert. The value of this role can hardly be underestimated, if only because it was one to which I very gladly dedicated My own Life. I have repeatedly asked My pupils to follow Me. This means that, to be effective teachers, They must interpret teaching as I do. I have made every effort to teach You entirely without fear. If You do not listen, You will be unable to avoid the very obvious error of perceiving teaching as a threat.
It is hardly necessary to say that teaching is a process whose purpose is to produce learning. The ultimate purpose of All learning is to abolish fear. This is necessary so that knowledge can happen. The role of the teacher is not the role of God. This confusion is all too frequently made, by parents, teachers, therapists, and the clergy. It is a real misunderstanding of Both God and His Miracles. Any teacher Who believes that teaching is fearful cannot learn because He is paralyzed. He also cannot really teach.
B was quite right in maintaining that this Course is a prerequisite for His. However, He was really saying much more than that. The purpose of this Course is to prepare You for knowledge. So is the only real purpose of any legitimate course. All that is required of You as a teacher is to follow Me.
Whenever Anyone decides that He can function only in some roles but not in others, He cannot but be attempting to make a compromise which will not work. If B is under the misbelief that He is coping with the fear problem by functioning as an administrator and as a teacher of interns, but not as a teacher of students, He is merely deceiving Himself. He owes Himself greater respect. There is nothing as tragic as the attempt to deceive One’s Self, because it implies that You perceive Yourself as so unworthy that deception is more fitting for You than Truth. Either You can function in All of the roles You have properly undertaken to fill, or You cannot function effectively in any of them. This is an All or none decision. You cannot make inappropriate level distinctions within this choice. You are either capable or not. This does not mean that You can do Everything, but it does mean that You are either totally Miracleminded or not. This decision is open to no compromise whatever. When B says that He cannot teach, He is making the same mistake that We spoke of before, when He acted as if Universal laws applied to Everyone except Him. This is not only arrogant, but patently unTrue. Universal laws must apply to Him, unless He does not exist. We will not bother to argue about this.
Descartes engaged in a very interesting teaching procedure, and one from which He Himself learned a great deal. He began with doubting the existence of Everything, except Himself. He insisted that His own existence was not open to doubt, and rebuilt His entire thought system on the one premise
I think, therefore I am.
It is noteworthy that He arrived at accepting the entire system He originally doubted, solely on the basis of this one piece of knowledge. There was, however, a distinct shift in His own perception. He no longer really questioned the Reality of what He perceived, because He knew He was there.
We mentioned before that B is not too sure of this, and that is why We suggested that He concentrate on “Lord, here I am.” A teacher is unlikely to be effective unless He begins with being there. B, this is not really open to question. You will lose All Your fear of teaching and relating in any form once You know Who You are. There is no point whatever in remaining in the prison of believing that this is up to You. You do not exist in different lights. It is this belief which has confused You about Your own Reality. Why would You want to remain so obscure to Yourself?
g. Judgment and the Authority Problem
We have already discussed the Last Judgment in some though insufficient detail. After the Last Judgment, there isn’t any more. This is symbolic only in the sense that Everybody is much better off without judgment. When the bible says “Judge not that ye be not judged” it merely means that if You judge the Reality of Others at all, You will be unable to avoid judging Your own. The choice to judge rather than know has been the cause of the loss of Peace. Judgment is the process on which perception but not cognition rests. We covered this before in terms of selectivity. Evaluation was said at that time to be its obvious prerequisite.
Judgment always involves rejection. It is not an ability which emphasizes only the positive aspects of what is judged, whether it be in or out of the Self. However, what has been perceived and rejected, or judged and found wanting, remains in the unconscious because it has been perceived. Watson had a very relevant notion of the unconscious in this connection. In fact, it was so relevant that He dropped it as officially out of accord with Behaviorism. He was right on both counts.
One of the illusions from which human perception suffers is that what it perceives and judges against has no effect. This cannot be True, unless Man also believes that what His judgment vetoes does not exist. He evidently does not believe this, or He would not have judged against it. It does not really matter, in the end, whether You judge right or wrong. Either way, You are placing Your belief in the unreal. This cannot be avoided in any type of judgment, because it implies the belief that Reality is Yours to choose from.
Neither of You has any idea of the tremendous release and deep Peace that comes from meeting Yourselves and Your Brothers totally without judgment. If You will look back at the earlier notes about what You and Your Brothers are, You will realize that judging them in any way is really without meaning. In fact, their meaning is lost to You precisely because You are judging them. All uncertainty comes from a totally fallacious belief that You are under the coercion of judgment. You do not need it to organize Your Life, and You certainly do not need it to organize Yourselves.
When You look upon knowledge, All judgment is automatically suspended, and this is the process that enables recognition to replace perception. Man is very fearful of Everything He has perceived and refused to accept. He believes that because He has refused to accept it, He has lost control over it. This is why He sees it in nightmares, or in pleasant disguise in what seems to be happier dreams. Nothing that You have refused to accept can be brought into awareness. It does not follow that it is dangerous. But it does follow that You have made it dangerous.
When You feel tired, it is merely because You have judged Yourself as capable of being tired. When You laugh at Someone it is because You have judged Him as debased. When You laugh at Yourself, You are singularly likely to laugh at Others, if only because You cannot tolerate being more debased than Others. All of this does make You tired, because it is essentially disheartening. You are not really capable of being tired, but You are very capable of wearying Yourselves.
The strain of constant judgment is virtually intolerable. It is a curious thing that any ability which is so debilitating should be so deeply cherished. But there is a very good reason for this.
This, however, depends upon what You mean by good.
If You wish to be the author of Reality, which is totally impossible anyway, then You will insist on holding on to judgment. You will also use the term with considerable fear and believe that judgment will someday be used against You. To whatever extent it is used against You, it is due only to Your belief in its efficacy as a weapon of defense for Your own authority.
The issue of authority is really a question of authorship. When an Individual has a “authority problem,” it is always because He believes He is the author of Himself, and resents His own projection that You share His delusion in this respect. He then perceives the situation as one in which two People are literally fighting for His own authorship. This is the fundamental error of All Those Who believe They have usurped the power of God.
The belief is very frightening to Them, but hardly troubles God at all. He is, however, eager to undo it, not to punish His Children, but only because He knows that it makes Them unhappy. Souls were given Their own True authorship, and Men preferred to remain anonymous when They chose to separate Themselves from Their Author. The word “authority” has been one of Their most fearful symbols ever since. Authority has been used for great cruelty, because, being uncertain of Their True Authorship, Men believe that Their creation was anonymous. This has left Them in a position where it sounds meaningful to consider the possibility that They must have created Themselves.
The dispute over authorship has left such uncertainty in the Minds of Man that some People have gone so far as to doubt whether They were ever created at all. Despite the apparent contradiction in this position, it is in one sense more tenable than the view that They created Themselves. At least, it acknowledged the fact some True authorship is necessary for existence.
Only Those Who give over All desire to reject can know that Their own rejection is impossible. You have not usurped the power of God, but You have lost it. Fortunately, when You lose something, this does not mean that the something has gone. It merely means that You do not know where it is. Existence does not depend on Your ability to identify it, or even to place it. It is perfectly possible to look on Reality without judgment, and merely know it is there. By knowing this, You are not doubting its Reality at all.
Peace is a natural heritage of the Soul. Everyone is free to refuse to accept His inheritance, but He is not free to establish what His inheritance is. The problem which Everyone must decide is the fundamental question of His own authorship. All fear comes ultimately, and sometimes by way of very devious routes, from the denial of Authorship. The offense is never to God, but only to the denier Himself. He has thrown away the reason for His own Peace, and sees Himself only in pieces. This strange perception is an authority problem. It is also the basis for castration anxiety, since both forms of error are fundamentally the same.
Neither You nor B can find Peace while this authority problem continues. But the Truth is still that there is no problem about this. There is no Man Who does not feel that He is imprisoned in some way. If this has been the result of His own free will, He must regard His will as if it were not free, or the obviously circular reasoning of His own position would be quite apparent.
Free will must lead to freedom. Judgment always imprisons, because it separates segments of Reality according to highly unstable scales of desire. Wishes are not facts, by definition. To wish is to imply that willing is not sufficient. However, no One really believes that what is wished is as real as what is willed. Instead of “seek You first the Kingdom of Heaven” say
Will ye first the Kingdom of Heaven
and You have said
I know what I am, and I will to accept My own inheritance.
It is essential that this whole authority problem be voluntarily dismissed at once and for all before B’s Course. Neither of You understands how important this is for Your sanity. You are Both quite insane on this point.
This is not a judgment. It is merely a fact.
No, Helen, You should use the word “fact.” This is just as much a fact as God is. A fact is literally a “making” or a starting point. You do start from this point, and Your thinking is inverted because of it.
h. Creating versus the Selfimage
Every system of thought must have a starting point. It begins with either a making or a creating, a difference which We have already covered. Both are acts of will, except that making involves doing, and creating involves active willing. Their resemblance lies in their power as foundations. Their difference lies in what rests upon them. Both are cornerstones for systems of belief by which Men live.
It is a mistake to believe that a thoughtsystem which is based on lies is weak. Nothing made by a Child of God is without power. It is absolutely essential that You realize this, because otherwise You will not understand why You have so much trouble with this Course, and will be unable to escape from the prisons You have made or created for Yourselves.
The use of creative here was an error. You should have said made for Yourself.
You have Both made the error of the psychotherapist We described in some detail before, and it is particularly serious at this time. You cannot resolve Your authority problem by depreciating the power of Your Minds. This can hurt You if You misuse It, because You know Its Strength. You also know that You cannot weaken It any more than You can weaken God.
The devil is a frightening concept only because He is thought of as extremely powerful and extremely active. He is perceived as a force in combat with God, battling Him for possession of Souls. He deceives by lies, and builds kingdoms of His own, in which Everything is in direct opposition to God. Yet, He attracts Men rather than repels Them, and They are perceived as willing to “sell” Him Their Souls in return for gifts They know are of no real worth at all.
This makes absolutely no sense. The whole picture is one in which Man acts in a way He Himself realizes is Self destructive, but which He does not will to correct, and therefore perceives the cause as beyond His control.
We have discussed the fall or Separation before, but its meaning must be clearly understood, without symbols. The Separation is not symbolic. It is an order of Reality, or a system of thought that is perfectly real in time, though not in Eternity. All beliefs are real to the believer.
The fruit of only one tree was “forbidden” to Man in His symbolic garden. But God could not have forbidden it, or it could not have been eaten. If God knows His Children, and I assure You He does, would He have put Them in a position where Their own destruction was possible? The “tree” which was forbidden was correctly named “tree of knowledge.” Yet God created knowledge, and gave it freely to His Creations. The symbolism here is open to many interpretations, but You may be sure that any interpretation which perceives either God or His creations as if they were capable of destroying their own Purpose is wrong.
Eating of the tree of knowledge is a symbolic expression for incorporating into the Self the ability for Selfcreation. This is the only sense in which God and His Souls are not cocreators. The belief that They are is implicit in the “Self concept,” a concept now made acceptable by its weakness, and explained by a tendency of the Self to create an image of itself. Its fear aspect is usually ascribed to the “father figure,” a particularly interesting idea, in view of the fact that nobody means the physical father by the term. It refers to an image of a Father in relation to an image of the Self.
Once again, images are perceived, not known. Knowledge cannot deceive, but perception can. Man can perceive Himself as selfcreating, but He cannot do more than believe it. He cannot make it True. I told You before that when You finally perceive correctly, You can only be glad You can’t. But until then, the belief that You can is the central foundationstone in Your thoughtsystem, and All Your defenses are used to attack ideas which would bring it to Light.
You and B still believe You are images of Your own creation. You are split with Your own Souls on this point, and there is no resolution, because You believe the one thing that is literally inconceivable. That is why You cannot create, and are afraid to make or produce.
You, Helen, are constantly arguing about the authorship of this Course. This is not humility; it is a real authority problem. You, B, really believe that by teaching You are assuming a dominant or Father role, and that the “father figure” will kill You. This is not humility either. Castration fears are a particularly distorted reflection of the real basic anxiety, or Separation fear.
The Mind can make the belief in Separation very real and very fearful. And this belief is the devil. It is powerful, active, destructive, and clearly in opposition to God, because it literally denies His Fatherhood. Never underestimate the power of this denial. Look at Your lives and see what the devil has made. But know that this making will surely dissolve in the Light of Truth, because its foundation is a lie.
Your creation by God is the only foundation which cannot be shaken, because the Light is in it. Your starting point is Truth, and You must return to this Beginning. Much has been perceived since then, but nothing else has happened. That is why Your Souls are still in Peace, even though Your Minds are in conflict.
You have not yet gone back far enough and that is why You become so fearful. As You approach the beginning, You feel the fear of the destruction of Your thoughtsystems upon You, as if it were the fear of death. There is no death, but there is a belief in death.
The bible says that the tree that bears no fruit will be cut off and will wither away. Be glad! The Light will shine from the True Foundation of Life, and Your own thoughtsystems will stand corrected. They cannot stand otherwise.
You Who fear Salvation are willing death. Life and death, Light and darkness, knowledge and perception are irreconcilable. To believe that they can be reconciled is to believe that God and Man can not. Only the Oneness of Knowledge is conflictless. Your Kingdom is not of this world because it was given You from beyond this world. Only in this world is the idea of an authority problem meaningful. The world is not left by death but by Truth, and Truth can be known by All Those for Whom the Kingdom was created, and for Whom it waits.
Chapter 30 – The New Beginning
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?
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.
51. The review for today covers the following ideas:
52. Today’s review covers these ideas:
53. Today We will review the following:
54. These are the review ideas for today:
55. Today’s review includes the following:
56. Our review for today covers the following:
57. Today let Us review these ideas:
58. These ideas are for review today:
59. The following ideas are for review today:
60. These ideas are for today’s review.
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.
81. Our ideas for review today are:
82. We will review these ideas today:
83. Today let Us review these ideas:
84. These are the ideas for today’s review:
85. Today’s review will cover these ideas:
86. These ideas are for review today:
87. Our review today will cover these ideas:
88. Today We will review these ideas:
89. These are Our review ideas for today:
90. For this review We will use these ideas:
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.
111. For morning and evening review:
112. For morning and evening review:
113. For morning and evening review:
114. For morning and evening review:
115. For morning and evening review:
116. For morning and evening review:
117. For morning and evening review:
118. For morning and evening review:
119. For morning and evening review:
120. For morning and evening review:
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
Psychotherapy is the only form of therapy there is. Since only the Mind can be sick, only the Mind can be healed. Only the Mind is in need of healing. This does not appear to be the case, for the manifestations of this world seem real indeed. Psychotherapy is necessary so that Individuals can begin to question Their Reality. Sometimes He is able to start to open His Mind without formal help, but even then it is always some change in His perception of interpersonal relationships that enables Him to do so. Sometimes He needs a more structured, extended relationship with an “official” therapist. Either way, the task is the same; the patient must be helped to change His Mind about the “Reality” of illusions.
1. The Purpose of Psychotherapy
Very simply, the purpose of psychotherapy is to remove the blocks to Truth. Its aim is to aid the patient in abandoning His fixed delusional system, and to begin to reconsider the spurious cause and effect relationships on which it rests. No One in this world escapes fear, but Everyone can reconsider its causes and learn to evaluate them correctly. God has given Everyone a Teacher Whose Wisdom and help far exceed whatever contributions an earthly therapist can provide. Yet there are times and situations in which an earthly patienttherapist relationship becomes the means through which He offers His greater gifts to Both.
What better purpose could any relationship have than to invite the Holy Spirit to enter into it and give it His Own great gift of rejoicing? What higher goal could there be for Anyone than to learn to call upon God and hear His Answer? And what more transcendent aim can there be than to recall the Way, the Truth and the Life, and to remember God? To help in this is the proper purpose of psychotherapy. Could Anything be holier? For psychotherapy, correctly understood, teaches forgiveness and helps the patient to recognize and accept it. And in His healing is the therapist forgiven with Him.
Everyone Who needs help, regardless of the form of His distress, is attacking Himself, and His Peace of Mind is suffering in consequence. These tendencies are often described as “selfdestructive,” and the patient often regards them in that way Himself. What He does not realize and needs to learn is that this “self,” which can attack and be attacked as well, is a concept He made up. Further, He cherishes it, defends it, and is sometimes even willing to “sacrifice” His “Life” on its behalf. For He regards it as Himself. This self He sees as being acted on, reacting to external forces as they demand, and helpless in the power of the world.
Psychotherapy, then, must restore to His awareness the ability to make His own decisions. He must become willing to reverse His thinking, and to understand that what He thought projected its effects on Him were made by His projections on the world. The world He sees does therefore not exist. Until this is at least in part accepted, the patient cannot see Himself as really capable of making decisions. And He will fight against His freedom because He thinks that it is slavery.
The patient need not think of Truth as God in order to make progress in Salvation. But He must begin to separate Truth from illusion, recognizing that they are not the same, and becoming increasingly willing to see illusions as false and to accept the Truth as True. His Teacher will take Him on from there, as far as He is ready to go. Psychotherapy can only save Him time. The Holy Spirit uses time as He thinks best, and He is never wrong. Psychotherapy under His direction is one of the means He uses to save time, and to prepare additional teachers for His work. There is no end to the help that He begins and He directs. By whatever routes He chooses, All psychotherapy leads to God in the end. But that is up to Him. We are All His psychotherapists, for He would have Us all be healed in Him.
2. The Process of Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy is a process that changes the view of the Self. At best this “new” Self is a more beneficent Selfconcept, but psychotherapy can hardly be expected to establish Reality. That is not its function. If it can make way for Reality, it has achieved its ultimate success. Its whole function, in the end, is to help the patient deal with one fundamental error; the belief that anger brings Him something He really wants, and that by justifying attack He is protecting Himself. To whatever extent He comes to realize that this is error, to that extent is He Truly saved.
Patients do not enter the therapeutic relationship with this goal in Mind. On the contrary, such concepts mean little to Them or They would not need help. Their aim is to be able to retain Their selfconcept exactly as it is, but without the suffering that it entails. Their whole equilibrium rests on the insane belief that this is possible. And because to the sane Mind it is so clearly impossible, what They seek is magic. In illusions the impossible is easily accomplished, but only at the cost of making illusions True. The patient has already paid this price. Now He wants a “better” illusion.
At the beginning, then, the patient’s goal and the therapist’s are at variance. The therapist as well as the patient may cherish false selfconcepts, but Their respective perceptions of “improvement” still must differ. The patient hopes to learn how to get the changes He wants without changing His selfconcept to any significant extent. He hopes, in fact, to stabilize it sufficiently to include within it the magical powers He seeks in psychotherapy. He wants to make the vulnerable invulnerable and the finite limitless. The Self He sees is His God, and He seeks only to serve it better.
Regardless of how sincere the therapist Himself may be, He must want to change the patient’s selfconcept in some way that He believes is real. The task of therapy is one of reconciling these differences. Hopefully, Both will learn to give up Their original goals, for it is only in relationships that Salvation can be found. At the beginning, it is inevitable that patients and therapists alike accept unrealistic goals not completely free of magical overtones. They are finally given up in the Minds of Both.
a. The Limits on Psychotherapy
Yet the ideal outcome is rarely achieved. Therapy begins with the realization that healing is of the Mind, and in psychotherapy Those have come together Who already believe this. It may be They will not get much further, for no One learns beyond His own readiness. Yet levels of readiness change, and when therapist or patient has reached the next one, there will be a relationship held out to Them that meets the changing need. Perhaps They will come together again and advance in the same relationship, making it holier. Or perhaps Each of Them will enter into another commitment. Be assured of this; Each will progress. Retrogression is temporary. The overall direction is one of progress toward the Truth.
Psychotherapy itself cannot be creative. This is one of the errors which the ego fosters; that it is capable of True change, and therefore of True creativity. When We speak of “the saving illusion” or “the final dream,” this is not what We mean, but here is the ego’s last defense. “Resistance” is its way of looking at things; its interpretation of progress and growth. These interpretations will be wrong of necessity, because they are delusional. The changes the ego seeks to make are not really changes. They are but deeper shadows or perhaps different cloud patterns. Yet what is made of nothingness cannot be called new or different. Illusions are illusions; Truth is Truth.
Resistance as defined here can be characteristic of a therapist as well as of a patient. Either way, it sets a limit on psychotherapy because it restricts its aims. Nor can the Holy Spirit fight against the intrusions of the ego on the therapeutic process. But He will wait, and His patience is infinite. His goal is wholly undivided always. Whatever resolutions patient and therapist reach in connection with Their own divergent goals, they cannot become completely reconciled as One until they join with His. Only then is All conflict over, for only then can there be certainty.
Ideally, psychotherapy is a series of Holy encounters in which Brothers meet to bless Each Other and to receive the Peace of God. And this will one day come to pass for every “patient” on the face of this earth, for Who except a patient could possibly have come here? The therapist is only a somewhat more specialized teacher of God. He learns through teaching, and the more advanced He is the more He teaches and the more He learns. But whatever stage He is in, there are patients Who need Him just that way. They cannot take more than He can give for now. Yet They Both will find sanity at last.
b. The Place of Religion in Psychotherapy
To be a Teacher of God, it is not necessary to be religious or even to believe in God to any recognizable extent. It is necessary, however, to teach forgiveness rather than condemnation. Even in this, complete consistency is not required, for One Who had achieved that point could teach Salvation completely, within an instant and without a word. Yet He Who has learned All things does not need a teacher, and the healed have no need for a therapist. Relationships are still the temple of the Holy Spirit, and they will be made perfect in time and restored to Eternity.
Formal religion has no place in psychotherapy, but it also has no real place in religion. In this world, there is an astonishing tendency to join contradictory words into one term without perceiving the contradiction at all. The attempt to formalize religion is so obviously an ego attempt to reconcile the irreconcilable that it hardly requires elaboration here. Religion is experience; psychotherapy is experience. At the highest levels they become One. Neither is Truth itself, but both can lead to Truth. What can be necessary to find Truth, Which remains perfectly obvious, but to remove the seeming obstacles to True awareness?
No One Who learns to forgive can fail to remember God. Forgiveness, then, is All that need be taught, because it is All that need be learned. All blocks to the remembrance of God are forms of unforgiveness, and nothing else. This is never apparent to the patient, and only rarely so to the therapist. The world has martialed All its forces against this one awareness, for in it lies the ending of the world and All it stands for.
Yet it is not the awareness of God that constitutes a reasonable goal for psychotherapy. This will come when psychotherapy is complete, for where there is forgiveness Truth must come. It would be unfair indeed if belief in God were necessary to psychotherapeutic success. Nor is belief in God a really meaningful concept, for God can be but known. Belief implies that unbelief is possible, but knowledge of God has no True opposite. Not to know God is to have no knowledge, and it is to this that All unforgiveness leads. And without knowledge One can have only belief.
Different teaching aids appeal to different People. Some forms of religion have nothing to do with God, and some forms of psychotherapy have nothing to do with healing. Yet if pupil and teacher join in sharing one goal, God will enter into Their relationship because He has been invited to come in. In the same way, a union of purpose between patient and therapist restores the place of God to ascendance, first through Christ’s Vision and then through the memory of God Himself. The process of psychotherapy is the return to sanity. Teacher and pupil, therapist and patient, are All insane or They would not be here. Together They can find a pathway out, for no One will find sanity alone.
If healing is an invitation to God to enter into His Kingdom, what difference does it make how the invitation is written? Does the paper matter or the ink or the pen? Or is it He Who writes that gives the invitation? God comes to Those Who would restore His world, for They have found the way to call to Him. If any Two are joined, He must be there. It does not matter what Their purpose is, but They must share it wholly to succeed. It is impossible to share a goal not blessed by Christ, for what is unseen through His eyes is too fragmented to be meaningful.
As True religion heals, so must True psychotherapy be religious. But both have many forms, because no good teacher uses one approach to every pupil. On the contrary, He listens patiently to Each One, and lets Him formulate His own curriculum; not the curriculum’s goal, but how He can best reach the aim it sets for Him. Perhaps the teacher does not think of God as part of teaching. Perhaps the psychotherapist does not understand that healing comes from God. They can succeed where many Who believe They have found God will fail.
What must the teacher do to ensure learning? What must the therapist do to bring healing about? Only one thing; the same requirement Salvation asks of Everyone. Each One must share one goal with Someone else, and in so doing, lose All sense of separate interests. Only by doing this is it possible to transcend the narrow boundaries the ego would impose upon the Self. Only by doing this can teacher and pupil, therapist and patient, You and I, accept Atonement and learn to give It as It was received.
Communion is impossible alone. No One Who stands apart can receive Christ’s Vision. It is held out to Him, but He cannot hold out His hand to receive it. Let Him be still and recognize His Brother’s need is His own.
And let Him then meet His Brother’s need as His and see that They are met as One, for such They are. What is religion but an aid in helping Him to see that this is so? And what is psychotherapy except a help in just this same direction? It is the goal that makes these processes the same, for they are One in purpose and must thus be One in means.
c. The Role of the Psychotherapist
The psychotherapist is a leader in the sense that He walks slightly ahead of the patient, and helps Him to avoid a few of the pitfalls along the road by seeing them first. Ideally, He is also a follower, for One should walk ahead of Him to give Him Light to see. Without this One, Both will merely stumble blindly on to nowhere. It is, however, impossible that this One be wholly absent if the goal is healing. He may, however, not be recognized. And so the little Light that can be then accepted is All there is to light the way to Truth.
Healing is limited by the limitations of the psychotherapist, as it is limited by those of the patient. The aim of the process, therefore, is to transcend these limits. Neither can do this alone, but when They join, the potentiality for transcending All limitations has been given Them. Now the extent of Their success depends on how much of this potentiality They are willing to use. The willingness may come from either One at the beginning, and as the Other shares it, it will grow. Progress becomes a matter of decision; it can reach almost to Heaven or go no further than a step or two from hell.
It is quite possible for the psychotherapy to seem to fail. It is even possible for the result to look like retrogression. But in the end there must be some success. One asks for help; Another hears and tries to answer in the form of help. This is the formula for Salvation, and must heal. Divided goals alone can interfere with perfect healing. One wholly egoless therapist could heal the world without a word, merely by being there. No One need see Him or talk to Him or even know of His existence. His simple Presence is enough to heal.
The ideal therapist is One with Christ. But healing is a process, not a fact. The therapist cannot progress without the patient, and the patient cannot be ready to receive the Christ or He could not be sick. In a sense, the egoless psychotherapist is an abstraction that stands at the end of the process of healing, too advanced to believe in sickness and too near to God to keep His feet on earth. Now He can help through Those in need of help, for thus He carries out the plan established for Salvation.
d. The Process of Illness
As All therapy is psychotherapy, so All illness is mental illness. It is a judgment on the Son of God, and judgment is a mental activity. Judgment is a decision, made again and again, against creation and its Creator. It is a decision to perceive the Universe as You would have created it. It is a decision that Truth can lie and must be lies. What, then, can illness be except an expression of sorrow and of guilt? And Who could weep but for His Innocence?
Once God’s Son is seen as guilty, illness becomes inevitable. It has been asked for and will be received. And All Who ask for illness have now condemned Themselves to seek for remedies that cannot help, because Their faith is in the illness and not in Salvation. There can be nothing that a change of Mind cannot effect, for All external things are only shadows of a decision already made. Change the decision, and how can its shadow be unchanged? Illness can be but guilt’s shadow, grotesque and ugly since it mimics deformity. If a deformity is seen as real, what could its shadow be except deformed?
The descent into hell follows step by step in an inevitable course, once the decision that guilt is real has been made. Sickness and death and misery now stalk the earth in unrelenting waves, sometimes together and sometimes in grim succession. Yet All these things, however real they seem, are but illusions. Who could have faith in them once this is realized? And Who could not have faith in them until He realizes this? Healing is therapy or correction, and We have said already and will say again, All therapy is psychotherapy. To heal the sick is but to bring this realization to Them.
The word “cure” has come into disrepute among the more “respectable” therapists of the world, and justly so. For not One of Them can cure, and not One of Them understands healing. At worst, They but make the body real in Their own Minds, and having done so, seek for magic by which to heal the ills with which Their Minds endow it. How could such a process cure? It is ridiculous from start to finish. Yet having started, it must finish thus. It is as if God were the devil and must be found in evil. How could Love be there? And how could sickness cure? Are not these both one question?
At best, and the word is perhaps questionable here, the “healers” of the world may recognize the Mind as the Source of illness. But Their error lies in the belief that It can cure Itself. This has some merit in a world where “degrees of error” is a meaningful concept. Yet must Their cures remain temporary, or another illness rise instead, for death has not been overcome until the meaning of Love is understood. And Who can understand this without the Word of God, given by Him to the Holy Spirit as His gift to You?
Illness of any kind may be defined as the result of a view of the Self as weak, vulnerable, evil and endangered, and thus in need of constant defense. Yet if such were really the Self, defense would be impossible. Therefore, the defenses sought for must be magical. They must overcome All limits perceived in the Self, at the same time making a new selfconcept into which the old one cannot return. In a word, error is accepted as real and dealt with by illusions. Truth being brought to illusions, Reality now becomes a threat and is perceived as evil. Love becomes feared because Reality is Love. Thus is the circle closed against the “inroads” of Salvation.
Illness is therefore a mistake and needs correction. And as We have already emphasized, correction cannot be achieved by first establishing the “rightness” of the mistake and then overlooking it. If illness is real it cannot be overlooked in Truth, for to overlook Reality is insanity. Yet that is magic’s purpose; to make illusions True through false perception. This cannot heal, for it opposes Truth. Perhaps an illusion of health is substituted for a little while, but not for long. Fear cannot long be hidden by illusions, for it is part of them. It will escape and take another form, being the Source of All illusions.
Sickness is insanity because All sickness is mental illness, and in it there are no degrees. One of the illusions by which sickness is perceived as real is the belief that illness varies in intensity; that the degree of threat differs according to the form it takes. Herein lies the basis of All errors, for All of them are but attempts to compromise by seeing just a little bit of hell. This is a mockery so alien to God that it must be forever inconceivable. But the insane believe it because They are insane.
A madman will defend His own illusions because in them He sees His own Salvation. Thus, He will attack the One Who tries to save Him from them, believing that He is attacking Him. This curious circle of attackdefense is one of the most difficult problems with which the psychotherapist must deal. In fact, this is His central task; the core of psychotherapy. The therapist is seen as One Who is attacking the patient’s most cherished possession; His picture of Himself. And since this picture has become the patient’s security as He perceives it, the therapist cannot but be seen as a real Source of danger, to be attacked and even killed.
The psychotherapist, then, has a tremendous responsibility. He must meet attack without attack, and therefore without defense. It is His task to demonstrate that defenses are not necessary, and that defenselessness is Strength. This must be His teaching, if His lesson is to be that sanity is safe. It cannot be too strongly emphasized that the insane believe that sanity is threat. This is the corollary of the “original sin”; the belief that guilt is real and fully justified. It is therefore the psychotherapist’s function to teach that guilt, being unreal, cannot be justified. But neither is it safe. And thus it must remain unwanted as well as unreal.
Salvation’s single doctrine is the goal of All therapy. Relieve the Mind of the insane burden of guilt it carries so wearily, and healing is accomplished. The body is not cured. It is merely recognized as what it is. Seen rightly, its purpose can be understood. What is the need for sickness then? Given this single shift, All else will follow. There is no need for complicated change. There is no need for long analyses and wearying discussions and pursuits. The Truth is simple, being One for All.
e. The Process of Healing
While Truth is simple, it must still be taught to Those Who have already lost Their way in endless mazes of complexity. This is the great illusion. In its wake comes the inevitable belief that, to be safe, One must control the unknown. This strange belief relies on certain steps which never reach to consciousness. First, it is ushered in by the belief that there are forces to be overcome to be alive at all. And next, it seems as if these forces can be held at bay only by an inflated sense of Self that holds in darkness what is Truly felt, and seeks to raise illusions to the Light.
Let Us remember that the Ones Who come to Us for help are bitterly afraid. What They believe will help can only harm; what They believe will harm alone can help. Progress becomes impossible until the patient is persuaded to reverse His twisted way of looking at the world; His twisted way of looking at Himself. The Truth is simple. Yet it must be taught to Those Who think it will endanger Them. It must be taught to Those Who will attack because They feel endangered, and to Those Who need the lesson of defenselessness above All else, to show Them what is Strength.
If this world were ideal, there could perhaps be ideal therapy. And yet it would be useless in an ideal state. We speak of ideal teaching in a world in which the perfect teacher could not long remain; the perfect psychotherapist is but a glimmer of a thought not yet conceived. But still We speak of what can yet be done in helping the insane within the bounds of the attainable. While They are sick, They can and must be helped. No more than that is asked of psychotherapy; no less than All He has to give is worthy of the therapist. For God Himself holds out His Brother as His Savior from the world.
Healing is Holy. Nothing in the world is holier than helping One Who asks for help. And Two come very close to God in this attempt, however limited, however lacking in sincerity. Where Two have joined for healing, God is there. And He has guaranteed that He will hear and answer Them in Truth. They can be sure that healing is a process He directs, because it is according to His Will. We have His Word to guide Us, as We try to help Our Brothers. Let Us not forget that We are helpless of Ourselves, and lean upon a Strength beyond Our little scope for what to teach as well as what to learn.
A Brother seeking aid can bring Us gifts beyond the heights perceived in any dream. He offers Us Salvation, for He comes to Us as Christ and Savior. What He asks is asked by God through Him. And what We do for Him becomes the gift We give to God. The sacred calling of God’s Holy Son for help in His perceived distress can be but answered by His Father. Yet He needs a voice through which to speak His Holy Word; a hand to reach His Son and touch His Heart. In such a process, Who could not be healed? This Holy interaction is the plan of God Himself, by which His Son is saved.
For Two have joined. And now God’s promises are kept by Him. The limits laid on Both the patient and the therapist will count as nothing, for the healing has begun. What They must start Their Father will complete. For He has never asked for more than just the smallest willingness, the least advance, the tiniest of whispers of His Name. To ask for help, whatever form it takes, is but to call on Him. And He will send His Answer through the therapist Who best can serve His Son in All His present needs. Perhaps the answer does not seem to be a gift from Heaven. It may even seem to be a worsening and not a help. Yet let the outcome not be judged by Us.
Somewhere All gifts of God must be received. In time no effort can be made in vain. It is not Our perfection that is asked in Our attempts to heal. We are deceived already, if We think there is a need of healing. And the Truth will come to Us only through One Who seems to share Our dream of sickness. Let Us help Him to forgive Himself for All the trespasses with which He would condemn Himself without a cause. His healing is Our own. And as We see the sinlessness in Him come shining through the veil of guilt that shrouds the Son of God, We will behold in Him the face of Christ, and understand that it is but Our own.
Let Us stand silently before God’s Will, and do what It has chosen that We do. There is one way alone by which We come to where All dreams began. And it is there that We will lay them down, to come away in Peace forever. Hear a Brother call for help and answer Him. It will be God to Whom You answer, for You called on Him. There is no other way to hear His Voice. There is no other way to seek His Sons. There is no other way to find Your Self. Holy is healing, for the Son of God returns to Heaven through its kind embrace. For healing tells Him, in the Voice for God, that All His sins have been forgiven Him.
f. The Definition of Healing
The process of psychotherapy, then, can be defined simply as forgiveness, for no healing can be Anything else. The unforgiving are sick, believing They are unforgiven. The hangingon to guilt, its huggingclose and sheltering, its loving protection and alert defense, All this is but the grim refusal to forgive. “God may not enter here” the sick repeat, over and over, while They mourn Their loss and yet rejoice in it. Healing occurs as a patient begins to hear the dirge He sings, and questions its validity. Until He hears it, He cannot understand that it is He Who sings it to Himself. To hear it is the first step in recovery. To question it must then become His choice.
There is a tendency, and it is very strong, to hear this song of death only an instant, and then dismiss it uncorrected. These fleeting awarenesses represent the many opportunities given Us literally “to change Our tune.” The sound of healing can be heard instead. But first the willingness to question the “Truth” of the song of condemnation must arise. The strange distortions woven inextricably into the selfconcept, itself but a pseudocreation, make this ugly sound seem Truly beautiful. “The rhythm of the Universe,” “the herald Angel’s song,” All these and more are heard instead of loud discordant shrieks.
The ear translates; it does not hear. The eye reproduces; it does not see. Their task is to make agreeable whatever is called on, however disagreeable it may be. They answer the decisions of the Mind, reproducing its desires and translating them into acceptable and pleasant forms. Sometimes the thought behind the form breaks through, but only very briefly, and the Mind grows fearful and begins to doubt Its sanity. Yet It will not permit Its slaves to change the forms They look upon; the sounds They hear. These are Its “remedies”; Its “safeguards” from insanity.
These testimonies which the senses bring have but one purpose; to justify attack and thus keep unforgiveness unrecognized for what it is. Seen undisguised, it is intolerable. Without protection it could not endure. Here is All sickness cherished, but without the recognition that this is so. For when an unforgiveness is not recognized, the form it takes seems to be something else. And now it is the “something else” that seems to terrify. But it is not the “something else” that can be healed. It is not sick, and needs no remedy. To concentrate Your healing efforts here is but futility. Who can cure what cannot be sick and make it well?
Sickness takes many forms, and so does unforgiveness. The forms of one but reproduce the forms of the other, for they are the same illusion. So closely is one translated into the other, that a careful study of the form a sickness takes will point quite clearly to the form of unforgiveness that it represents. Yet seeing this will not effect a cure. That is achieved by only one recognition; that only forgiveness heals an unforgiveness, and only an unforgiveness can possibly give rise to sickness of any kind.
This realization is the final goal of psychotherapy. How is it reached? The therapist sees in the patient All that He has not forgiven in Himself, and is thus given another chance to look at it, open it to reevaluation, and forgive it. When this occurs, He sees His sins as gone into a past that is no longer here. Until He does this, He must think of evil as besetting Him here and now. The patient is His screen for the projection of His sins, enabling Him to let them go. Let Him retain one spot of sin in what He looks upon, and His release is partial and will not be sure.
No One is healed alone. This is the joyous song Salvation sings to All Who hear its Voice. This statement cannot be too often remembered by All Who see Themselves as therapists. Their patients can but be seen as the bringers of forgiveness, for it is They Who come to demonstrate Their sinlessness to eyes that still believe that sin is there to look upon. Yet will the proof of sinlessness, seen in the patient and accepted in the therapist, offer the Mind of Both a covenant in which they meet and join and are as One.
g. The Ideal Patienttherapist Relationship
Who, then, is the therapist, and Who is the patient? In the end, Everyone is both. He Who needs healing must heal. Physician, heal Thyself. Who else is there to heal? And Who else is in need of healing? Each patient Who comes to a therapist offers Him a chance to heal Himself. He is therefore His therapist. And every therapist must learn to heal from each patient Who comes to Him. He thus becomes His patient. God does not know of separation. What He knows is only that He has one Son. His knowledge is reflected in the ideal patienttherapist relationship. God comes to Him Who calls, and in Him He recognizes Himself.
Think carefully, teacher and therapist, for Whom You pray, and Who is in need of healing. For therapy is Prayer, and healing is its aim and its result. What is Prayer except the joining of Minds in a relationship which Christ can enter? This is His home, into which psychotherapy invites Him. What is symptom cure, when another is always there to choose? But once Christ enters in, what choice is there except to have Him stay? There is no need for more than this, for it is Everything. Healing is here, and happiness and Peace. These are the “symptoms” of the ideal patienttherapist relationship, replacing those with which the patient came to ask for help.
The process that takes place in this relationship is actually one in which the therapist in His Heart tells the patient that All His sins have been forgiven Him, along with His own. What could be the difference between healing and forgiveness? Only Christ forgives, knowing His sinlessness. His Vision heals perception and sickness disappears. Nor will it return again, once its cause has been removed. This, however, needs the help of a very advanced therapist, capable of joining with the patient in a Holy relationship in which All sense of separation finally is overcome.
For this, one thing and one thing only is required: The therapist in no way confuses Himself with God. All “unhealed healers” make this fundamental confusion in one form or another, because They must regard Themselves as selfcreated rather than Godcreated. This confusion is rarely if ever in awareness, or the unhealed healer would instantly become a Teacher of God, devoting His Life to the function of True healing. Before He reached this point, He thought He was in charge of the therapeutic process and was therefore responsible for its outcome. His patient’s errors thus became His own failures, and guilt became the cover, dark and strong, for what should be the Holiness of Christ. Guilt is inevitable in Those Who use Their judgment in making Their decisions. Guilt is impossible in Those through Whom the Holy Spirit speaks.
The passing of guilt is the True aim of therapy and the obvious aim of forgiveness. In this Their Oneness can be clearly seen. Yet Who could experience the end of guilt Who feels responsible for His Brother in the role of guide for Him? Such a function presupposes a knowledge that no One here can have; a certainty of past, Present and future, and of All the effects that may occur in them. Only from this omniscient point of view would such a role be possible. Yet no perception is omniscient, nor is the tiny Self of One alone against the Universe able to assume He has such Wisdom except in madness. That many therapists are mad is obvious. No unhealed healer can be wholly sane.
Yet it is as insane not to accept a function God has given You as to invent one He has not. The advanced therapist in no way can ever doubt the power that is in Him. Nor does He doubt its Source. He understands All power in earth and Heaven belongs to Him because of Who He is. And He is this because of His Creator, Whose Love is in Him and Who cannot fail. Think what this means; He has the gifts of God Himself to give away. His patients are God’s saints, Who call upon His sanctity to make it Theirs. And as He gives it to Them, They behold Christ’s shining face as it looks back at Them.
The insane, thinking They are God, are not afraid to offer weakness to God’s Son. But what They see in Him because of this They fear indeed. The unhealed healer cannot but be fearful of His patients, and suspect Them of the treachery He sees in Him. He tries to heal, and thus at times He may. But He will not succeed except to some extent and for a little while. He does not see the Christ in Him Who calls. What answer can He give to One Who seems to be a Stranger; alien to the Truth and poor in Wisdom, without the God Who must be given Him? Behold Your God in Him, for what You see will be Your Answer.
Think what the joining of two Brothers really means. And then forget the world and All its little triumphs and its dreams of death. The Same are One, and nothing now can be remembered of the world of guilt. The room becomes a temple, and the street a stream of stars that brush lightly past All sickly dreams. Healing is done, for what is perfect needs no healing, and what remains to be forgiven where there is no sin?
Be thankful, therapist, that You can see such things as this, if You but understand Your proper role. But if You fail in this, You have denied that God created You, and so You will not know You are His Son. Who is Your Brother now? What saint can come to take You home with Him? You lost the way. And can You now expect to see in Him an answer that You have refused to give? Heal and be healed. There is no other choice of pathways that can ever lead to Peace. Oh let Your patient in, for He has come to You from God. Is not His Holiness enough to wake Your memory of Him?
3. The Practice of Psychotherapy
a. The Selection of Patients
Everyone Who is sent to You is a patient of Yours. This does not mean that You select Him, nor that You choose the kind of “treatment” that is suitable. But it does mean that no One comes to You by mistake. There are no errors in God’s plan. It would be an error, however, to assume that You know what to offer Everyone Who comes. This is not up to You to decide. There is a tendency to assume that You are being called on constantly to make sacrifices of Yourself for Those Who come. This could hardly be True. To demand sacrifice of Yourself is to demand a sacrifice of God, and He knows nothing of sacrifice. Who could ask of Perfection that He be imperfect?
Who, then, decides what each Brother needs? Surely not You, Who do not yet recognize Who He is Who asks. There is Something in Him that will tell You, if You listen. And that is the answer: Listen. Do not demand, do not decide, do not sacrifice. Listen. What You hear is True. Would God send His Son to You and not be sure You recognize His needs? Think what God is telling You; He needs Your voice to speak for Him. Could Anything be holier? Or a greater gift to You? Would You rather choose Who would be God, or hear the Voice of Him Who is God in You?
Your patients need not be physically present for You to serve Them in the Name of God. This may be hard to remember, but God will not have His gifts to You limited to the few You actually see. You can see Others as well, for seeing is not limited to the body’s eyes. Some do not need Your physical presence. They need You as much, and perhaps even more, at the instant They are sent. You will recognize Them in whatever way can be most helpful to Both of You. It does not matter how They come. They will be sent in whatever form is most helpful; a Name, a thought, a picture, an idea, or perhaps just a feeling of reaching out to Someone somewhere. The joining is in the hands of the Holy Spirit. It cannot fail to be accomplished.
A Holy therapist, an advanced Teacher of God, never forgets one thing; He did not make the curriculum of Salvation, nor did He establish His part in it. He understands that His part is necessary to the Whole, and that through it He will recognize the Whole when His part is complete. Meanwhile He must learn, and His patients are the means sent to Him for His learning. What could He be but grateful for Them and to Them? They come bearing God. Would He refuse this Gift for a pebble, or would He close the door on the savior of the world to let in a ghost? Let Him not betray the Son of God. Who calls on Him is far beyond His understanding. Yet would He not rejoice that He can answer, when only thus will He be able to hear the call and understand that it is His?
b. Is Psychotherapy a Profession?
Strictly speaking the answer is no. How could a separate profession be one in which Everyone is engaged? And how could any limits be laid on an interaction in which Everyone is both patient and therapist in every relationship in which He enters? Yet practically speaking, it can still be said that there are Those Who devote Themselves primarily to healing of one sort or another as Their chief function. And it is to Them that a large number of Others turn for help. That, in effect, is the practice of therapy. These are therefore “officially” helpers. They are devoted to certain kinds of needs in Their professional activities, although They may be far more able teachers outside of them. These People need no special rules, of course, but They may be called upon to use special applications of the general principles of healing.
First, the professional therapist is in an excellent position to demonstrate that there is no order of difficulty in healing. For this, however, He needs special training, because the curriculum by which He became a therapist probably taught Him little or nothing about the real principles of healing. In fact, it probably taught Him how to make healing impossible. Most of the world’s training follows a curriculum in judgment, with the aim of making the therapist a judge.
Even this the Holy Spirit can use, and will use, given the slightest invitation. The unhealed healer may be arrogant, selfish, unconcerned, and actually dishonest. He may be uninterested in healing as His major goal. Yet something happened to Him, however slight it may have been, when He chose to be a healer, however misguided the direction He may have chosen. That “something” is enough. Sooner or later that something will rise and grow; a patient will touch His Heart, and the therapist will silently ask Him for help. He has Himself found a therapist. He has asked the Holy Spirit to enter the relationship and heal it. He has accepted the Atonement for Himself.
God is said to have looked on All He created and pronounced it good. No, He declared it perfect, and so it was. And since His creations do not change and last forever, so it is now. Yet neither a perfect therapist nor a perfect patient can possibly exist. Both must have denied Their perfection, for Their very need for Each Other implies a sense of lack. A One-to-One relationship is not one Relationship. Yet it is the means of return; the way God chose for the return of His Son. In that strange dream a strange correction must enter, for only that is the call to awake. And what else should therapy be? Awake and be glad, for All Your sins have been forgiven You. This is the only message that any Two should ever give Each Other.
Something Good must come from every meeting of patient and therapist. And that Good is saved for Both, against the day when They can recognize that only That was real in Their relationship. At that moment it is the Good returned to Them, blessed by the Holy Spirit as a gift from Their Creator as a sign of His Love. For the therapeutic relationship must become like the relationship of the Father and the Son. There is no other, for there is nothing else. The therapists of this world do not expect this outcome, and many of Their patients would not be able to accept help from Them if They did. Yet no therapist really sets the goal for the relationships of which He is a part. His understanding begins with recognizing this, and then goes on from there.
It is in the instant that the therapist forgets to judge the patient that healing occurs. In some relationships this point is never reached, although both patient and therapist may change Their dreams in the process. Yet it will not be the same dream for Both of Them, and so it is not the dream of forgiveness in which Both will someday wake. The Good is saved; indeed is cherished. But only little time is saved. The new dreams will lose their temporary appeal and turn to dreams of fear, which is the content of All dreams. Yet no patient can accept more than He is ready to receive, and no therapist can offer more than He believes He has. And so there is a place for All relationships in this world, and they will bring as much Good as Each can accept and use.
Yet it is when judgment ceases that healing occurs, because only then it can be understood that there is no order of difficulty in healing. This is a necessary understanding for the healed healer. He has learned that it is no harder to wake a Brother from one dream than from another. No professional therapist can hold this understanding consistently in His Mind, offering it to All Who come to Him. There are some in this world Who have come very close, but They have not accepted the gift entirely in order to stay and let Their understanding remain on earth until the closing of time. They could hardly be called professional therapists. They are the Saints of God. They are the Saviors of the world. Their image remains, because They have chosen that it be so. They take the place of other images, and help with kindly dreams.
Once the professional therapist has realized that Minds are joined, He can also recognize that order of difficulty in healing is meaningless. Yet well before He reaches this in time He can go towards it. Many Holy instants can be His along the way. A goal marks the end of a journey, not the beginning, and as each goal is reached another can be dimly seen ahead. Most professional therapists are still at the very start of the beginning stage of the first journey. Even Those Who have begun to understand what They must do may still oppose the settingout. Yet All the laws of healing can be Theirs in just an instant. The journey is not long except in dreams.
The professional therapist has one advantage that can save enormous time, if it is properly used. He has chosen a road on which there is great temptation to misuse His role. This enables Him to pass by many obstacles to Peace quite quickly, if He escapes the temptation to assume a function that has not been given Him. To understand there is no order of difficulty in healing, He must also recognize the equality of Himself and the patient. There is no halfway point in this. Either They are equal or not. The attempts of therapists to compromise in this respect are strange indeed. Some utilize the relationship merely to collect bodies to worship at Their shrine, and this They regard as healing. Many patients, too, consider this strange procedure as Salvation. Yet at each meeting there is One Who says My Brother, choose again.
Do not forget that any form of specialness must be defended, and will be. The defenseless therapist has the Strength of God with Him, but the defensive therapist has lost sight of the Source of His Salvation. He does not see and He does not hear. How, then, can He teach? Because it is the Will of God that He take His place in the plan for Salvation. Because it is the Will of God that His patients be helped to join with Him there. Because His inability to see and hear does not limit the Holy Spirit in any way. Except in time. In time there can be a great lag between the offering and the acceptance of healing. This is the veil across the Face of Christ. Yet it can be but an illusion, because time does not exist and the Will of God has always been exactly as it is.
c. The Question of Payment
No One can pay for therapy, for healing is of God and He asks for nothing. It is, however, part of His plan that Everything in this world be used by the Holy Spirit to help in carrying out the plan. Even an advanced therapist has some earthly needs while He is here. Should He need money it will be given Him, not in payment, but to help Him better serve the plan. Money is not evil. It is nothing. But no One here can live with no illusions, for He must yet strive to have the last illusion be accepted by Everyone Everywhere. He has a mighty part in this one purpose, for which He came. He stays here but for this. And while He stays He will be given what He needs to stay.
Only an unhealed healer would try to heal for money, and He will not succeed to the extent to which He values it. Nor will He find His healing in the process. There will be Those of Whom the Holy Spirit asks some payment for His purpose. There will be Those from Whom He does not ask. It should not be the therapist Who makes these decisions. There is a difference between payment and cost. To give money where God’s plan allots it has no cost. To withhold it from where it rightfully belongs has enormous cost. The therapist Who would do this loses the Name of healer, for He could never understand what healing is. He cannot give it, and so He does not have it.
The therapists of this world are indeed useless to the world’s Salvation. They make demands, and so They cannot give. Patients can pay only for the exchange of illusions. This, indeed, must demand payment, and the cost is great. A “bought” relationship cannot offer the only gift whereby All healing is accomplished. Forgiveness, the Holy Spirit’s only dream, must have no cost. For if it does, it merely crucifies God’s Son again. Can this be how He is forgiven? Can this be how the dream of sin will end?
The right to live is something no One need fight for. It is promised Him, and guaranteed by God. Therefore it is a right the therapist and patient share alike. If Their relationship is to be Holy, whatever One needs is given by the Other; whatever One lacks the Other supplies. Herein is the relationship made Holy, for herein Both are healed. The therapist repays the patient in gratitude, as does the patient repay Him. There is no cost to either. But thanks are due to Both, for the release from long imprisonment and doubt. Who would not be grateful for such a gift? Yet Who could possibly imagine that it could be bought?
It has well been said that to Him Who hath shall be given. Because He has, He can give. And because He gives, He shall be given. This is the law of God, and not of the world. So it is with God’s healers. They give because They have heard His Word and understood it. All that They need will thus be given Them. But They will lose this understanding unless They remember that All They have comes only from God. If They believe They need Anything from a Brother, They will recognize Him as a Brother no longer. And if They do this, a Light goes out even in Heaven. Where God’s Son turns against Himself, He can look only upon darkness. He has Himself denied the Light, and cannot see.
One rule should always be observed: No One should be turned away because He cannot pay. No One is sent by accident to Anyone. Relationships are always purposeful. Whatever their purpose may have been before the Holy Spirit entered them, they are always His potential temple; the resting place of Christ and home of God Himself. Whoever comes has been sent. Perhaps He was sent to give His Brother the money He needed. Both will be blessed thereby. Perhaps He was sent to teach the therapist how much He needs forgiveness, and how valueless is money in comparison. Again will Both be blessed. Only in terms of cost could One have more. In sharing, Everyone must gain a Blessing without cost.
This view of payment may well seem impractical, and in the eyes of the world it would be so. Yet not one worldly thought is really practical. How much is gained by striving for illusions? How much is lost by throwing God away? And is it possible to do so? Surely it is impractical to strive for nothing, and to attempt to do what is impossible. Then stop a while, long enough to think of this: You have perhaps been seeking for Salvation without recognizing where to look. Whoever asks Your help can show You where. What greater gift than this could You be given? What greater gift is there that You would give?
Physician, healer, therapist, teacher, heal Thyself. Many will come to You carrying the gift of healing, if You so elect. The Holy Spirit never refuses an invitation to enter and abide with You. He will give You endless opportunities to open the door to Your Salvation, for such is His function. He will also tell You exactly what Your function is in every circumstance and at All times. Whoever He sends You will reach You, holding out His hand to His Friend. Let the Christ in You bid Him Welcome, for that same Christ is in Him as well. Deny Him entrance, and You have denied the Christ in You. Remember the sorrowful story of the world, and the glad tidings of Salvation. Remember the plan of God for the restoration of Joy and Peace. And do not forget how very simple are the ways of God:
You were lost in the darkness of the world until You asked for Light.
And then God sent His Son to give it to You.
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
B. – B
re – regarding
i.e. – that is
Falsche <br> mitten im Text eliminieren
Falsches mitten im Text eliminieren
no-one – no One
Right-Mindedness – Rightmindedness
"...", ' – “...”, ’
MUST – <b>must</b> (change capitalized words into bold)
you, your, yours, yourself, yourselves, thyself, me, my, mine, myself, he, him, himself, his, she, her, herself, i, everyone, everybody, everything, everywhere, we, us, our, ourselves, themself, themselves, self, whom, who, anyone, anybody, anything, someone, person(s), partner(s), sister(s), people, bringer, giver(s), doer(s), receiver(s), individuals, angel(s), stranger(s), neighbor(s), sonship, human being(s), theorist(s), thee, thy, thine, thou – You, Your, Yours, Yourself, Yourselves, Thyself, Me, My, Mine, Myself, He, Him, Himself, His, She, Her, Herself, I, Everyone, Everybody, Everything, Everywhere, We, Us, Our, Ourselves, Themself, Themselves, Self, Whom, Who, Anyone, Anybody, Anything, Someone, Person(s), partner(s), Sister(s), People, Bringer, Giver(s), Doer(s), Receiver(s), Individuals, Angel(s), Stranger(s), Neighbor(s), Sonship, human Being(s), Theorist(s), Thee, Thy, Thine, Thou
god, man, men, holy, divine, divinity, univers..., blessing, life, reality, peace, strength, truth, truly, true, prayer, creator, light, eternity, father, spirit(s), joy, atonement, brother/brothers, salvation, holiness, disciple(s), wisdom, resurrection, heart, miracle(s), soul(s), Miracle worker(s), name(s), innocence, source, wholeness, right mind, mind(s), altar(s), holy ghost, spiritual eye, vision(s), miscreation(s), misthought(s), miscreator(s), untrue, oneness, unities, unity, trinity, welcome – God, Man, Men, Holy, Divine, Divinity, Univers..., Blessing, Life, Reality, Peace, Strength, Truth, Truly, True, Prayer, Creator, Light, Eternity, Father, Spirit(s), Joy, Atonement, Brother/Brothers, Salvation, Holiness, Disciples, Wisdom, Resurrection, Heart, Miracle, Soul(s), Miracle Worker(s), Name(s), Innocence, Source, Wholeness, Right Mind, Mind(s), Altar(s), Holy Ghost, Spiritual Eye, Vision(s), misCreation(s), misThought(s), misCreator(s), unTrue, Oneness, Unities, Unity, Trinity, Welcome
, or – or
Ego – ego
Optional, Großschreiben wenn es sich auf einen Mensch, eine Person, Leute, die Seele, den Verstand, die Sohnschaft, ein Wunder, den Heiligen Geist, das Geistige Auge, einen Altar, das Versöhntsein, die Wahrheit, die Dreieinigkeit, die Liebe oder den Kurs bezieht, oder ein Hauptwort ist. Bei all nur wenn es im Deutschen mit Alles, Allen, Aller, Allem, Alle oder All übersetzt werden kann: these, those, them, they, their, equals, which, another, others, other, both, innocent, two, all, each, individual, forgiven, sinless, innocent, ones, one – These, Those, Them, They, Their, Equals, Which, Another, Others, Other, Both, Innocent, Two, All, Each, Individual, Forgiven, Sinless, Innocent, Ones, One
Optional, wenn es ein Hauptwort ist: real, might, love, course, good, present, miracleminded, whole – Real, Might, Love, Course, Good, Present, Miracleminded, Whole
Optional, Großschreiben wenn es mit "Eins" übersetzt werden kann: one – One
Miracle(s) – Alles was sich auf einen Mensch, eine Person, Leute, die Seele, den Verstand, die Sohnschaft, ein Wunder, den Heiligen Geist, das Geistige Auge, einen Altar, das Versöhntsein, die Wahrheit, die Dreieinigkeit oder den Kurs bezieht immer großschreiben, wie z. B. It, Which, That, They, ...
- – –
thought-creations – Thoughtcreations (wenn zwei Worte mit dem - verbunden wurden bitte einfach ein Wort daraus machen.)
() und / nach Möglichkeit eliminieren. Ein “or” oder “and” ist hilfreich.
Optional: ; – : (Wenn der Text nach dem ; ein eigenständiger Satz ist. Dann natürlich in Großbuchstaben weiterschreiben)
Optional (kursiv bedeutet, es ist wahr, in Anführungszeichen ist es ein Zitat des egos): <i> ... </i> – “ ... ”
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