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Chapter 4 – The Root of All Evil

a. Right Teaching and Right Learning

[Eine deutsche Übersetzung hierfür gibt es bei FIP Kapitel 3 VI 7] We have spoken of many different human symptoms and at this level there is almost endless variation. But there is only one cause for All of them. The authority problem is “the root of All evil.” Money is but one of its many reflections and is a reasonably representative example of the kind of thinking which stems from it. The idea of buying and selling implies precisely the kind of exchange [des Tausches] that the Souls cannot understand at all, because Their own Supply is always abundant and All Their demands are fully met.

Every symptom which the ego has made involves a contradiction in terms. This is because the Mind is split between the ego and the Soul, so that whatever the ego makes is incomplete and contradictory. Consider what a “speechless professor” means as a concept. It literally means a “nonprofessing professor” or a “nonspeaking speaker.”

Untenable positions such as this are the result of the authority problem, which, because it accepts the one inconceivable thought as its premise, can only produce ideas which are inconceivable. B may claim and has certainly done so in the past, that the professorship was thrust upon Him. This is not True. He wanted it very much and also worked hard to get it. He would not have had to work so hard either, if He had not misunderstood it.

The term “profess” is used quite frequently in the bible, but in a somewhat different context. To profess is to identify with an idea and offer the idea to Others to be Their own. The idea does not lessen, it becomes stronger. The teacher clarifies His own ideas and strengthens them by teaching them.

Teacher and pupil, therapist and patient, are All alike in the learning process. They are in the same order of learning and unless They share Their lessons they will lack conviction. If a salesman must believe in the product He sells, how much more must a teacher believe in the ideas which He professes. But He needs another condition: He must also believe in the students to Whom He offers His ideas.

B could not be afraid to teach unless He still believes that interaction means loss and that learning means separation. He stands guard over His own ideas, because He wants to protect His thought system as it is and learning means change. Change is always fearful to the separated, because They cannot conceive of it as a change toward healing the separation. They always perceive it as a change for further separation, because separation was Their first experience of change.

Bill, Your whole fear of teaching is nothing but an example of Your own intense separation anxiety, which You have handled with the usual series of mixed defenses in the combined pattern of attack on Truth and defense of error, which characterizes All egothinking.

You insist that if You allow no change to enter into Your ego, Your Soul will find Peace. This profound confusion is possible only if One maintains that the same thought system can stand on two foundations [Fundament].

Nothing can reach the Soul from the ego and nothing from the Soul can strengthen the ego or reduce the conflict within [in seinem Innern] it. The ego is a contradiction. Man’s self and God’s Self are in opposition [Optional: gegenüber im Widerstand sein]. They are opposed in Creation, in will and in outcome. They are fundamentally irreconcilable because the Soul cannot perceive and the ego cannot know. They are therefore not in communication and can never be in communication.

Nevertheless the ego can learn, because its maker can be misguided, but cannot make the totally lifeless out of the lifegiven. The Soul need not be taught, but the ego must. The ultimate reason why learning or teaching is perceived as frightening is because True learning does lead to the relinquishment, not destruction, of the ego to the Light of the Soul. This is the change the ego must fear, because it does not share My charity.

My lesson was like Yours. And because I learned it I can teach it. I never attack Your egos, in spite of H’s strange beliefs to the contrary, but I do try to teach Them how Their thought systems have arisen. When I remind You of Your True Creation, Your egos cannot but respond with fear.

Bill, teaching and learning are Your greatest Strengths now, because You must change Your Mind and help Others change Theirs. It is pointless [aussichtslos] to refuse to tolerate change or changing because You believe that You can demonstrate by doing so that the Separation never occurred. The dreamer Who doubts the Reality of His dream while He is still dreaming it is not really healing the levelsplit.

You have dreamed of a separated ego and You have believed in a world which rested upon it. This is very real to You. You cannot undo this by doing nothing and not changing.

If You are willing to renounce the role of guardians of Your thought systems and open them to Me, I will correct them very gently and lead You home. Every good teacher hopes to give His students so much of His own thinking that They will one day no longer need Him. This is the one real goal of the parent, teacher and therapist. This goal will not be achieved by Those Who believe that They will lose Their child or pupil or patient if They succeed.

It is impossible to convince the ego of this, because it goes against All of its own laws. But remember that laws are set up to protect the continuity of the system in which the lawmaker believes. It is natural enough for the ego to try to protect itself, once You have made it. But it is not natural for You to want to obey its laws unless You believe in them.

The ego cannot make this choice because of the nature of its origin. But You can, because of the nature of Yours. Egos can clash in any situation, but Souls cannot clash at all. If You perceive a teacher as merely a “larger ego,” You will be afraid, because to enlarge an ego is to increase separation anxiety. Do not engage in this foolishness, Bill. I will teach with You and live with You, if You will think with Me.

But My goal will always be to absolve You finally from the need for a teacher. This is the opposite of the egooriented teacher’s goal. He is concerned with the effect of His ego on other egos and He therefore interprets their interaction as a means of ego preservation. This is no less True if He is afraid to teach than if He is frankly out to dominate through teaching. The form of the symptom is only a reflection of His particular way of handling the separation anxiety.

All separation anxiety is a symptom of a continuing will to remain separated. This cannot be repeated too often because You have not learned it. Bill, You are afraid to teach only because You are afraid of the impression Your image of Yourself will make on other images. You believe that Their approval of Your image will exalt it, but also that Your separation anxiety will be increased. You also believe that Their disapproval of it will lessen the separation anxiety, but at the cost of depression.

I would not be able to devote Myself to teaching if I believed either of these ideas and You will not be a devoted teacher Yourself as long as You maintain them. I am constantly being perceived as a teacher either to be exalted or rejected, but I do not accept either perception for Myself.

Your own worth is not established by Your teaching. Your worth was established by God. As long as You dispute this, Everything You do will be fearful and particularly any situation which lends itself easily to the superiorinferior fallacy [Abwegigkeit]. Teachers must be patient and repeat Their lessons until they are learned. I am willing to do so, because I have no right to set Your learning limits for You.

Once again, — nothing You do or think or will or make is necessary to establish Your worth. This point is not debatable except in delusions. Your ego is never at stake because God did not create it. Your Soul is never at stake because He did. Any confusion on this point is a delusion and no form of devotion is possible as long as this delusion lasts.

Bill, if You will to be a devoted teacher rather than an egocentric One, You will not be afraid. The teaching situation is fearful if it is misused as an ego involvement. If You become afraid, it is because You are using it this way. But the devoted teacher perceives the situation as it is and not as He wills it. He does not see it as dangerous because He is not exploiting it.

The ego tries to exploit All situations into forms of praise for itself in order to overcome its doubts. It will be doubtful forever or better, as long as You believe in it. You Who made it cannot trust it, because You know it is not real. The only sane solution is not to try to change Reality, which is indeed a fearful attempt, but to see it as it is. You are part of Reality, Which stands unchanged beyond the reach of Your ego, but within [innerhalb/im Innern/nach innen/in] easy reach of Your Soul.

Bill, again I tell You that when You are afraid, be still and know that God is real and You are His beloved Son in Whom He is well pleased. Do not let Your ego dispute this, because the ego cannot know what is as far beyond its reach as You are. God is not the author of fear. You are. You have willed, therefore, to create unlike Him and You have made fear for Yourselves.

You are not at Peace, because You are not fulfilling Your function. God gave You a very lofty responsibility which You are not meeting. You know this and You are afraid. But Your egos have chosen to be afraid instead of meeting it. When You awaken You will not be able to understand this, because it is literally incredible.

Do not believe the incredible now. Any attempt to increase its believableness is merely to postpone the inevitable. The word “inevitable” is fearful to the ego, but joyous to the Soul. God is inevitable and You cannot avoid Him any more than He can avoid You.

The ego is afraid of the Soul’s Joy, because once You have experienced this, You will withdraw All protection from Your ego and become totally without investment in fear. Your investment is great now, because fear is a witness to the Separation and Your ego rejoices when You witness to it.

Leave it behind. Do not listen to it and do not preserve it. Listen only to God, Who is as incapable of deception as are the Souls He created. As teachers and therapists, release Yourselves and release Others. Do not present a false and unworthy picture of Yourselves to Others or accept such a picture of Them Yourselves.

The ego has built a shabby and unsheltering home for You, because it cannot build otherwise. Do not try to make this impoverished house stand. Its weakness is Your Strength. Only God could make a home that was worthy of His Creations, Who have chosen to leave it empty by Their own dispossession.

His Home will stand forever and is ready for You when You choose to enter. Of this You can be wholly certain. God is as incapable of creating the perishable as Your ego is of making the Eternal.

Of Your egos You can do nothing to save Yourselves or Others. But of Your Souls You can do Everything for the Salvation [Erlösung] of Both. Humility [Ergebenheit] is a lesson for the ego, not for the Soul. The Soul is beyond humility [Ergebenheit], because It recognizes Its radiance and gladly sheds Its Light Everywhere.

The Meek shall inherit the earth because Their egos are humble [ergeben] and this gives Them better perception. The Kingdom of Heaven is the right of the Soul, Whose beauty and dignity are beyond doubt, beyond perception and stand forever as the mark of the Love of God for His Creations, Who are wholly worthy of Him and only of Him. Nothing else is sufficiently worthy to be a gift for a Creation of God Himself.

I will substitute for Your ego if You will, but never for Your Soul. A Father can safely leave a child with an elder Brother Who has shown Himself responsible, but this involves no confusion about the child’s origin. The Brother can protect the child’s body and His ego, which are very closely associated, but He does not confuse Himself with the Father, although the child may.

The reason why I can be entrusted with Your body and Your egos is simply because this enables You not to be concerned with them and Me to teach You their unimportance. I could not understand their importance to You if I had not once been tempted to believe them Myself. Let Us undertake to learn this lesson together, so We can also be free of them together.

I need devoted teachers as much as I need devoted priestesses. They Both heal the Mind and that is always My own aim. The Soul is far beyond the need of Your protection or Mine.

The biblical quotation should read

In this world You need not have tribulation because I have overcome the world.

That is why You should

Be of good cheer.

B’s course was very carefully chosen, because “abnormal psychology” is ego psychology. This is precisely the kind of content which should never be taught from the ego whose abnormality should be lessened by teaching, not increased. You, Bill, are particularly well suited to perceive this difference and can therefore teach this Course as It should be taught. Most teachers have an unfortunate tendency to teach the Course abnormally and many of the students are apt to suffer considerable perceptual distortion because of Their own authority problem.

Your teaching assignment and I assure You it is an assignment, will be to present perceptual distortions without either engaging in them Yourself or encouraging Your students to do so. This interpretation of Your role and Theirs is too charitable to induce fear. If You adhere to this role, You will Both engender and experience hope and You will inspire rather than dispirit the future teachers and therapists I am entrusting to You.

I promise to attend Myself and You should at least credit with Me with some dependability in keeping My own promises. I never make them lightly, because I know the need My Brothers have for trust.

b. The ego and False Autonomy

Bill has asked lately how the Mind could ever have made the ego. This is a perfectly reasonable question, in fact, the best question either of You could ask. There is no point in giving an historical answer, because the past does not matter in human terms and history would not exist if the same errors were not being repeated in the Present. B has often told You that Your thinking is too abstract at times and He is right. Abstraction does apply to knowledge, because knowledge is completely impersonal and examples are irrelevant to its understanding. Perception, however, is always specific and therefore quite concrete.

Perceptual distortions are not abstractions. They are merely confusions. Each man makes one ego for Himself, although it is subject to enormous variation because of its instability and one for Everyone He perceives, which is equally variable. Their interaction is a process which literally alters both, because they were not made either by or with the unalterable.

It is particularly important to realize that this alteration can and does occur as readily when the interaction takes place in the Mind as when it involves physical presence. Thinking about another ego is as effective in changing relative perception as is their physical interaction. There could be no better example of the fact that the ego is an idea, though not a realitybased thought. Your own present state is the best concrete example B could have of how the Mind could have made the ego. You do have real knowledge at times, but then You throw it away it is as if You never had it. This willfullness is so apparent that B need only perceive it to see that is does happen. If it can occur that way in the Present, why should He be surprised that it occurred that way in the past? All psychology rests on the principle of continuity of behavior. Surprise is a reasonable response to the unfamiliar, but hardly to something that has occurred with such persistence.

An extreme example is a good teaching aid, not because it is typical, but because it is clear. The more complex the material, the clearer the examples should be for teaching purposes.

Bill, remember that for Your own course and do not avoid the dramatic. It holds the student’s interest precisely because it is so apparent that it can be readily perceived.

But, as We have said before, All teaching devices in the hands of good teachers are aimed at rendering Themselves unnecessary. I would therefore like to use Your present state as an example of how the Mind can work, provided You Both fully recognize that It need not work that way. I never forget this Myself and a good teacher shares His own ideas, which He Himself believes. Otherwise, He cannot really “profess” them, as We used the term before.

With full recognition of its transitory nature, a recognition which I hope You Both share, H offers a very good teaching example of alternations between Soul and ego, with concomitant variation between Peace and frenzy. In answer to B’s question, it is perfectly apparent that when She is egodominated, She does not know Her Soul. Her abstract ability, which is perfectly genuine and does stem from knowledge, cannot help Her because She has turned to the concrete which She cannot handle abstractly. Being incapable of appropriate concreteness perceptually, because Her ego is not Her natural home, She suffers from its intrusions, but not from complete lack of knowledge.

The result is a kind of “double Vision,” which would have produced an actual diplopia, if She had not settled for nearsightedness. This was an attempt to see the concrete more clearly through the ego’s eyes, without the “interference” of the longer range. Her virtual lack of astigmatism is due to Her real efforts at objectivity and fairness. She has not attained them or She would not be nearsighted. But She has tried to be fair with what She permitted Herself to see.

Why are You surprised that something happened in the dim past, when it is so clearly happening right now? You forget the Love that even animals have for Their own offspring and the need They feel to protect Them. This is because They regard Them as part of Themselves. No One disowns something He regards as a very real part of Himself. Man reacts to His ego much as God does to His Souls – with Love, protection and great charity. The reaction of man to the self He made is not at all surprising. In fact, it duplicates in many ways the way He will one day react to His real Creations, which are as timeless as He is.

The question is not how man responds toward His ego, but only what He believes He is. Again, belief is an egofunction and as long as Your origin is open to belief at all, You are regarding it from an ego viewpoint. That is why the bible quotes Me as saying

Ye believe in God, believe also in Me.

Belief does apply to Me, because I am the teacher of the ego. When teaching is no longer necessary, You will merely know God.

Belief that there is another way is the loftiest idea of which egothinking is capable. This is because it contains a hint of recognition that the ego is not the Self. Helen always had this idea, but it merely confused Her. B, You were more capable of a longrange view and that is why Your eyesight is good. But You were willing to see because You utilized judgment against what You saw. This gave You clearer perception than Helen’s, but cut off the cognitive level more deeply. That is why You believe that You never had knowledge.

Repression has been a stronger mechanism in Your own ego defense and that is why You find Her shifts so hard to tolerate. Willfullness is more characteristic of Her and that is why She has less sense than You do. It is extremely fortunate, temporarily, that the particular Strengths You will Both develop and use are precisely those which the Other must supply now. You Who will be the Strength of God are quite weak and You Who will be God’s help are clearly in need of help. What better plan could have been devised to prevent the intrusion of the ego’s arrogance [Überheblichkeit] on the outcome?

Undermining the foundation [Fundament] of an ego’s thought system must be perceived as painful, even though this is Anything but True. Babies scream in rage if You take away a knife or a scissors, even though They may well harm Themselves if You do not. The speedup has placed You Both in the same position.

You are not by any means prepared and in this sense You are babies. You have no sense of real selfpreservation and are very likely to decide that You need precisely what would hurt You most. Whether You know it now or not, however, You Both have willed to cooperate in a concerted and very commendable effort to become both harmless and helpful, two attributes which must go together. Your attitudes, even toward this, are necessarily conflicted, because All attitudes are egobased.

This will not last. Be patient awhile and remember what We have said once before: The outcome is as certain as God! [verlinken] Helen used to perceive the quotation To Him that hath shall be given as a paradox that bordered on the ironic. She also had a similar reaction to another related one: Faith is the gift of God. [verlinken] We have reinterpreted both of these statements before, but perhaps We can make them even clearer now.

Only Those Who have a real and lasting sense of abundance can be Truly charitable. This is quite obvious when You consider the concepts involved. To be able to give Anything implies that You can do without it. Even if You associate giving with sacrifice, You still give only because You believe You are somehow getting something better so that You can do without the thing You give.

“Giving to get” is an inescapable law of the ego, which always evaluates itself in relation to others’ egos and is therefore continually preoccupied with the scarcity principle which gave rise to it. This is the meaning of Freud’s “pleasure principle.” Freud was the most accurate “ego psychologist” We ever had, although He would not have preferred this description Himself. His ego was a very weak and deprived [benachteiligendes] concept, which could function only as a thing in need.

The “Reality principle” of the ego is not real at all. It is forced to perceive the “Reality” of other egos, because it cannot establish the Reality of itself. In fact, its whole perception of other egos as real is only an attempt to convince itself that it is real.

“Self esteem,” [Selbstbewusstsein] in ego terms, means nothing more than that the ego has deluded itself into accepting its Reality and is therefore temporarily less predatory. This “self esteem” is always vulnerable to stress, a term which really means that a condition has arisen in which the delusion of Reality of the ego is threatened. This produces either egodeflation or egoinflation, resulting in either withdrawal or attack. The ego literally lives by comparisons. This means that equality is beyond its grasp and charity becomes impossible.

The ego never gives out of abundance, because it was made as a substitute for it. This is why the concept of getting arose in the ego’s thought system. All appetites are “getting” mechanisms representing ego needs to confirm itself. This is as True of bodily appetites as it is of the socalled “higher” ego needs. Bodily appetites are not physical in origin, because the ego regards the body as its home and does try to satisfy itself through the body. But the idea that this is possible is a decision of the ego, which is completely confused about what is really possible. This accounts for its essential erraticness.

Consider the inevitable confusion which must arise from a perception of the self which responds: When I was completely on My own I “had no idea what was possible.” The ego does believe it is completely on its own, which is merely another way of describing how it originated. This is such a fearful state that it can only turn to other egos and unite with them in a feeble attempt at identification. Or attack them in an equally feeble show of Strength. The ego is free to complete the stem: “When I was completely on My own” in any way it chooses, but it is not free to consider the validity of the premise itself, because this premise is its foundation [Fundament]. The ego is the belief of the Mind that it is completely on its own.

The ego’s ceaseless attempts to gain the Soul’s acknowledgement and thus establish its own existence are utterly useless. The Soul in Its knowledge is unaware of the ego. It does not attack the ego. It merely cannot conceive of it at all. While the ego is equally unaware of the Soul, it does perceive itself as rejected by Something Which is greater than itself. This is why selfesteem in ego terms must be a delusion.

The Creations of God do not create myths, but the creative efforts of man can turn to mythology, but only under one condition. What man then makes is no longer creative. Myths are entirely perceptions and are so ambivalent in form and so characteristically good and evil in nature, that the most benevolent of them is not without fearful components, if only in innuendo. Myths and magic are closely associated, in that myths are usually related to the ego origins and magic to the powers which the ego ascribes to itself. Every mythological system includes an account of “the Creation,” and associates this with its particular perception of magic.

The “battle for survival” is nothing more than the ego’s struggle to preserve itself and its interpretation of its own beginning. This beginning is always associated with physical birth, because nobody maintains that the ego existed before that point in time. The religiously egooriented tend to believe that the Soul existed before and will continue to exist afterwards, after a temporary lapse into egolife. Some actually believe that the Soul will be punished for this lapse, even though in Reality it could not possibly know Anything about it.

The term “Salvation” [Erlösung] does not apply to the Soul, Which is not in danger and does not need to be salvaged. Salvation [Erlösung] is nothing more that Rightmindedness which is not the Onemindedness of the Soul, but which must be accomplished before Onemindedness can be restored. Rightmindedness dictates the next step automatically, because right perception is uniformly without attack, so that wrongmindedness is obliterated. The ego cannot survive without judgment and is laid aside accordingly. The Mind then has only One direction in which It can move.

The directions which the Mind will take are always automatic, because they cannot but be dictated by the thought system to which It adheres. Every thought system has internal consistency and this does provide a basis for the continuity of behavior. However, this is still reliability and not validity. Reliable behavior is a meaningful perception, as far as ego thinking goes. However, valid behavior is an expression which is inherently contradictory, because validity is an end and behavior is a means. These cannot be combined logically, because when an end has been attained, the means for its attainment are no longer meaningful.

Test constructors recognize that there are different kinds of validity and also that they are of different orders. This means that they do not mean Truth and do not pretend to mean It. Test validity can be judged by logic, by theory and by practice, each being regarded as a different dimension. In each case, the amount of confidence is expressed in some form of percentage, either quantitatively or merely in terms of “high,” moderate and low. But a hypothesis is tested as either True or false, to be accepted or rejected accordingly. If it is shown to be True it becomes a fact, after which no One attempts to evaluate it unless its status as fact is questioned.

Every idea which the ego has accorded the status of fact is questionable, because facts are in the realm of knowledge. Confusing realms of discourse is a thinking error which philosophers have recognized for centuries. Psychologists are generally quite deficient in this respect, as are many theologians. Data from one realm of discourse do not mean Anything in another, because they can be understood only within [innerhalb] the thought systems of which they are a part. This is why psychologists are concentrating increasingly on the ego, in an attempt to unify [vereinheitlichen] Their clearly unrelated data. It need hardly be said that an attempt to relate the unrelated cannot succeed.

The recent ecological emphasis is but a more ingenious way of trying to impose order on chaos. We have already credited the ego with considerable ingenuity, though not with creativeness. But it should always be remembered that inventiveness is really wasted effort, even in its most ingenious forms. We do not have to explain Anything. This is why We need not trouble Ourselves with inventiveness. The highly specific nature of invention is not worthy of the abstract creativity of God’s Creations.

c. Love without Conflict

When H reads this to You, Bill, try to listen very carefully. You have never understood what “The Kingdom of Heaven is within [innerhalb/in Eurem Innern] You” means. The reason You cannot understand it is because it is not understandable to the ego, which interprets it as if something outside is inside, which does not mean Anything. The word “within [innerhalb]” does not belong. The Kingdom of Heaven is You.

What else but You did the Creator create and what else but You is His Kingdom? This is the whole message of the Atonement, a message which in its totality transcends [über etwas hinausgehen] the sum of its parts which We have covered before. Christmas is not a time, it is a state of Mind. The Christ Mind wills from the Soul, not from the ego and the Christ Mind is Yours.

You, too, have a Kingdom which Your Soul has created. It has not ceased to create because Your ego has set You on the road of perception. Your Soul’s Creations are no more fatherless than You are. Your ego and Your Soul will never be Cocreators, but Your Soul and Your Creator will always be. Be confident that Your Creations are as safe as You are.

The Kingdom is perfectly united and perfectly protected and the ego will not prevail against it.

That was written in that form because it is a good thing to use as a kind of Prayer in moments of temptation. It is a declaration of independence. You will Both find it very helpful if You understand it fully.

In its characteristic upside down way, the ego has taken the impulses from the Superconscious and perceives them as if they arise in the unconscious. The ego judges what is to be accepted and the impulses from the Superconscious are unacceptable to it, because they clearly point to the unexistence of the ego itself. The ego therefore experiences threat and not only censors but also reinterprets the data. However, as Freud very correctly pointed out what You do not perceive You still know and it can retain a very active Life beyond Your awareness.

Repression thus operates to conceal not only the baser impulses, but also the most lofty ones from the ego’s awareness, because both are threatening to the ego and, being concerned primarily with its preservation in the face of threat, it perceives them as the same. The threat value of the lofty is really much greater to the ego, because the pull of God Himself can hardly be equated with the pull of human appetites.

By perceiving them as the same, the ego attempts to save itself from being swept away, as it would surely be in the presence of knowledge. The upper level of the unconscious thus contains the call of God as well as the call of the body. That is why the basic conflict between Love and fear is unconscious. The ego cannot tolerate either and represses both by resorting to inhibition. Society depends on inhibiting the former, but Salvation [Erlösung] depends on disinhibiting the latter.

The reason You need My help is because You have repressed Your own guide and therefore need guidance. My role is to separate the True from the false in Your own unconscious, so it can break through the barriers [Hindernisse] the ego has set up and shine [leuchtet] into Your Minds. Against Our united Strength, the ego cannot prevail.

It should be quite apparent to You by now why the ego regards the Soul as its “enemy.” The ego arose from the Separation and its continued existence depends on Your continuing belief in the Separation. Reducing the Soul impulses to the unconscious, the ego has to offer You some sort of reward for maintaining this belief. All it can offer is a sense of temporary existence, which begins with its own beginning and ends with its own ending. It tells You that this Life is Your existence because it is its own.

Against this sense of temporary existence, the Soul offers the knowledge of permanence and unshakeable being. No One Who has experienced the revelation of this can ever fully believe in the ego again. How can its meager offering to You prevail against the glorious gift of God?

You Who identify with Your egos cannot believe that God loves You. You do not love what You have made and what You have made does not love You. Being made out of the denial of the Father, the ego has no allegiance to its own Maker. You cannot conceive of the real relationship that exists between God and His Souls, because of the hatred You have for the self You have made. You project onto Your own idea of Yourself the will to separate, which conflicts with the Love You also feel for what You have made because You made it.

No human Love is without this ambivalence and since no ego has experienced Love without ambivalence, the concept is beyond its understanding. Love will enter immediately into any Mind which Truly wants It, but It must want It Truly. This means that It wants It without ambivalence and this kind of wanting is wholly without the ego’s “drive to get.”

There is a kind of experience that is so different from Anything the ego can offer that You will never recover. The word is used quite literally here – You will never be able to hide again. It is necessary to repeat that Your belief in darkness and in hiding is why the Light cannot enter.

The bible has many references [bezieht sich oft auf] to the immeasurable gifts which are for You, but for which You must ask. This is not the condition as the ego sets conditions. It is the glorious condition of what You are. No force except Your own will is strong enough or worthy enough to guide You. In this You are as free as God and must remain so forever.

You can never be bound except in honor and that is always voluntary. Let Us ask the Father in My Name to keep You mindful of His Love for You and Yours for Him. He has never failed to answer this request, because it asks only for what He has already willed. Those Who call Truly are always answered.

Note: H became very fearful here and rather vaguely thought the answer was: “Thou shalt have no other Gods before Me, because there are none. You still think there are.”

It has never really entered Your Minds to give up every idea You have ever had that opposes knowledge. You retain thousands of little scraps of meanness which prevent the Holy One from entering. Light cannot penetrate through the walls You make to block It and It is forever unwilling to destroy what You have made. No One can see through a wall, but I can step around it.

Watch Your Minds for the scraps of meanness or You will be unable to ask Me to do so. I can help You only as Our Father Created Us. I will love You and honor You and maintain complete respect for what You have made. But I will neither love nor honor it unless it is True. I will never forsake You, any more than God will. But I must wait as long as You will to forsake Yourselves.

Because I wait in Love and not in impatience, You will surely ask Me Truly. I will come gladly in response to a single unequivocal call. Watch carefully and see what it is You are Truly asking for. Be very honest with Yourselves about this, for We must hide nothing from Each Other.

If You will really try to do this, You have taken the first step toward preparing Your Minds for the Holy One to enter. We will prepare for this together and once He has come, You will be ready to help Me make other Minds ready for Him. How long will You deny Him His Kingdom?

In Your own unconscious, deeply repressed by the ego, is the declaration of Your release. God has given You Everything. This is the one fact which means that the ego does not exist and which therefore makes it profoundly afraid. In the ego’s language, to have and to be are different, but they are identical to the Soul. It knows that You Both have Everything and are Everything. Any distinction in this respect is meaningful only when the idea of getting, which implies a lack, has already been accepted. That is why We made no distinction before between having the Kingdom of God and being the Kingdom of God.

The calm being of God’s Kingdom, which in Your sane Mind is perfectly conscious, is ruthlessly banished from the part of the Mind which the ego rules. The ego is desperate because it opposes literally invincible odds whether You are asleep or awake. Consider how much vigilance You have been willing to exert to protect Your ego and how little You have been willing to exert to protect Your higher Mind. Who but the insane would undertake to believe what is not True and then protect this belief at the cost of Truth?

d. The Escape from Fear

If You cannot hear the voice of God, it is because You do not choose to listen. The fact that You do listen to the voice of Your ego is demonstrated by Your attitudes, Your feelings and Your behavior. Your attitudes are obviously conflicted. Your feelings have a narrow range on the negative side, but are never purely joyous. And Your behavior is either strained [angespannt/anstrengend] or unpredictable. Yet this is what You want. This is what You are fighting to keep and what You are vigilant to save. Your Minds are filled with schemes to save the face of Your egos and You do not seek the Face of God.

The glass in which the ego seeks to see its face is dark indeed. How can it maintain the trick of its existence except with mirrors? But where You look to find Yourself is up to You. We have said that You cannot change Your Mind by changing Your behavior, but We have also said and many times before, that You can change Your Mind. When Your mood tells You that You have willed wrongly and this is so whenever You are not joyous, then know this need not be.

In every case You have thought wrongly about some Soul that God created and are perceiving images Your ego makes in a darkened glass. Think honestly what You have thought that God would not have thought and what You have not thought that God would have You think. Search sincerely for what You have done and left undone accordingly. And then change Your Minds to think with God’s.

This may seem hard to You, but it is much easier than trying to think against It. Your Mind is One with God’s. Denying this and thinking otherwise has held Your ego together, but has literally split Your Mind. As a loving Brother, I am deeply concerned with Your Minds and urge You to follow My example as You look at Yourselves and at Each Other and see in Both the glorious Creations of a glorious Father.

When You are sad, know that this need not be. Depression always arises ultimately from a sense of being deprived of something You want and do not have. Know You are deprived of nothing, except by Your own decisions and then decide otherwise.

When You are anxious, know that All anxiety comes from the capriciousness of the ego and need not be. You can be as vigilant against the ego’s dictates as for them.

When You feel guilty, know that Your ego has indeed violated the laws of God, but You have not. Leave the sins of the ego to Me. That is what the Atonement is for. But until You change Your Mind about Those Your ego has hurt, the Atonement cannot release You. As long as You feel guilty, Your ego is in command, because only the ego can experience guilt. This need not be.

You, Helen, have been more honest than B in really trying to see Whom Your ego has hurt and also in trying to change Your Mind about Them.

H is doubtful whether this is accurately written at a time when She was very angry.

I am not unmindful of Your efforts, but You still have much too much energy invested in Your ego. This need not be. Watch Your Minds for the temptations of the ego and do not be deceived by it. Know it offers You nothing.

You, B, have not made consistent efforts to change Your Mind except through applying old habit patterns to new ideas. But You have learned and learned it better than H, that Your Mind gains control over Itself when You direct It genuinely toward perceiving Someone else Truly.

H is doubtful about accuracy here.

Your lack of vitality [Lebensfreude/Spaß am Leben] is due to Your former marked effort at solving Your needless depression and anxiety through disinterest. Because Your ego was protected by this unfortunate negative attribute, You are afraid to abandon it.

When You have given up this voluntary disspiriting, You have already seen how Your Mind can focus and rise above fatigue and heal. But You are not sufficiently vigilant against the demands of Your ego that You disengage Yourself. This need not be. The habit of engaging with God and His Creations is easily made if You refuse actively to let Your Minds slip away. Your problem is not concentration: It is a belief that nobody, including Yourself, is worth consistent effort.

Side with Me consistently against this deception, as We have sided against it briefly already. Do not permit this shabby belief to pull You back. The disheartened are useless to Themselves and to Me, but only the ego can be disheartened.

Have You really considered how many opportunities You have to gladden Yourselves and how many of them You have refused? There is no limit to the power of a Son of God, but He Himself can limit the expression of His power as much as He wills. Your Mind and Mine can unite in shining [leuchten] Your ego away and releasing the Strength of God into Everything You think and will and do. Do no settle for Anything less than this and refuse to accept Anything but this as Your goal.

Watch Your Minds carefully for any beliefs that hinder Its accomplishment and step away from them. Judge how well You have done this by Your own feelings, for this is the one right use of judgment. Judgment, like any other defense, can be used to attack or protect, to hurt or to heal. The ego should be brought to Your own judgment and found wanting there. Without Your own allegiance, protection and Love it cannot exist.

Judge Your ego Truly and You must withdraw allegiance, protection and Love from it. You are mirrors of Truth in which God Himself shines [leuchten] in perfect Light. To the ego’s dark glass You need but say, “I will not look there because I know these images are not True.”

Then let Me the Holy One shine [leuchten] upon You in Peace, knowing that this and only this must be! His Mind shone on You in Your Creation and brought Your Mind into being. His Mind still shines [leuchten] on You and must shine [leuchten] through You. Your ego cannot prevent Him from shining [leuchten] on You, but it can prevent You from letting Him shine [leuchten] through You.

The first coming of Christ is just another Name for the Creation, for Christ is the Son of God. The second coming of Christ means nothing more than the end of the ego’s rule over part of the Minds of men and the healing of the Mind. I was created like You in the First and I am reminding You that I have called You to join with Me in the Second.

If You will think over Your lives, You will see how carefully the preparations were made. I am in charge of the Second Coming as I have already told You and My judgment, which is used only for its protection, cannot be wrong because it never attacks. Yours is so distorted that You believe that I was mistaken in choosing You. I assure You this is a mistake of Your own egos. Do not mistake it for humility [Ergebenheit].

Your egos are trying to convince You that they are real and I am not, because if I am real, I am no more real than You are. That knowledge and I assure You that it is knowledge, means that Christ must come into Your Minds and heal Them.

While I am not attacking Your egos, I am working with Your higher Mind whether You are asleep or awake, just as Your ego does with Your lower Mind. I am Your vigilance in this, because You are too confused to recognize Your own hope.

I was not mistaken. Your Minds will elect to join with Mine and together We are invincible. You Two will yet come together in My Name and Your sanity will be restored. I raised the dead by knowing that Life is an eternal attribute of Everything that the living God Created. Why do You believe that it is harder for Me to inspire the disspirited or to stabilize the unstable? I do not believe that there is an order of difficulty in Miracles: You do. I have called and You will answer. I know that Miracles are natural, because They are expressions of Love. My calling You is as natural as Your answer and as inevitable.

e. The egobody Illusion

All things work together for good. There are no exceptions except in the ego’s judgment. Control is a central factor in what the ego permits into consciousness and one to which it devotes its maximum vigilance. This is not the way a balanced Mind holds together. Its control is unconscious.

The ego is further off balance by keeping its primary motivation unconscious and raising control rather than sensible judgment to predominance. It has every reason to do this, according to the thought system which both gave rise to it and which it serves. Sane judgment would inevitably judge against it and must be obliterated by the ego in the interest of its selfpreservation.

A crucial source of the ego’s offbalance state is its lack of discrimination between impulses from God and from the body. Any thought system which makes this confusion must be insane. Yet this demented state is essential to the ego, which judges only in terms of threat or nonthreat to itself.

In one sense, the ego’s fear of the idea of God is at least logical, because this idea does dispel it. Fear of dissolution from the higher source, then, makes some sense in ego terms. But fear of the body, with which the ego identifies so closely, is more blatantly senseless [Schwachsinn]. The body is the ego’s home by its own election. It is the only identification with which it feels safe, because the body’s vulnerability is its own best argument that You cannot be of God.

This is the belief that it sponsors eagerly. Yet the ego hates the body, because it does not accept the idea that the body is good enough as its home. Here is where the Mind becomes actually dazed. Being told by the ego that it is really part of the body and that the body is its protector [Beschützer], it is also constantly informed that the body can not protect it. This, of course, is not only True, but perfectly obvious.

Therefore, the Mind asks, “Where can I go for protection?,” to which the ego replies, “Turn to Me.” The Mind and not without cause, reminds the ego that it has itself insisted that it is identified with the body, so there is no point in turning to it for protection. The ego has no real answer to this because there isn’t any. But it does have a typical solution. It obliterates the question from the Mind’s awareness. Once unconscious, it can and does produce uneasiness, but it cannot be answered because it cannot be asked.

This is the question which must be asked: “Where am I to go for protection?” Only an insane Mind fails to ask it. Even the insane ask it unconsciously, but it requires real sanity to ask it consciously.

If You will remember Your dream about the recorder, which was remarkably accurate in some ways because it came partly from egorepressed knowledge, the real problem was correctly stated as “What is the question?” because, as You very well knew, the answer could be found if the question were recognized. If You remember, there were a number of solutions You attempted, All egobased, not because You thought they would really work, but because the question itself was obscure [verschleiert].

When the bible says “Seek and ye shall find,” it does not mean that You should seek blindly and desperately for something You wouldn’t recognize. Meaningful seeking is consciously undertaken, consciously organized and consciously directed. B’s chief contribution to Your joint venture is His insistence that the goal be formulated clearly and kept in Mind.

You, Helen, are not good at doing this. You still search for many gods simultaneously and this goal confusion, given a strong will, must produce chaotic behavior. B’s behavior is not chaotic, because He is not so much goaldivided [gespalten] as not goaloriented. Where Helen has overinvested in many goals, B has underinvested in All goals. He has the advantage of potentially greater freedom from distractibility, but He does not care enough to use it. Helen has the advantage of great effort, but She keeps losing sight of the goal.

B has very intelligently suggested that You Both should set Yourself the goal of really studying for this Course. There can be no doubt of the Wisdom of this decision, for any student Who wants to pass it. But, knowing Your individual weaknesses as learners and being a teacher with some experience, I must remind You that learning and wanting to learn are inseparable.

All learners learn best when They believe that what They are trying to learn is of value to Them. But values in this world are hierarchical and not Everything You may want to learn has lasting value. Indeed, many of the things You want to learn are chosen because their value will not last. The ego thinks it is an advantage not to commit itself to Anything that is eternal, because the Eternal must come from God.

Eternalness is the one function that the ego has tried to develop, but has systematically failed. It may surprise You to learn that had the ego willed to do so, it could have made the Eternal, because, as a product of the Mind, it is endowed with the power of its own Creator. But the decision to do this, rather than the ability to do it is what the ego cannot tolerate. That is because the decision, from which the ability would naturally develop, would necessarily involve True perception, a state of clarity which the ego, fearful of being judged Truly, must avoid.

The results of this dilemma are peculiar, but no more so than the dilemma itself. The ego has reacted characteristically here as elsewhere, because mental illness, which is always a form of egoinvolvement, is not a problem of reliability as much as of validity. The ego compromises with the issue of the Eternal, just as it does with All issues that touch on the real question in any way. By compromising in connection with All tangential questions, it hopes to hide the real question and keep it out of Mind. Its characteristic “business” with nonessentials is precisely for that purpose.

Consider the alchemist’s ageold attempts to turn base metal into gold.

This typo was originally “God.”

The one question which the alchemist did not permit Himself to ask was

What For?

He could not ask this, because it would immediately become apparent that there was no sense in His efforts, even if He succeeded. The ego has also countenanced some strange compromises with the idea of the Eternal, making odd attempts to relate the concept to the unimportant in an effort to satisfy the Mind without jeopardizing itself. Thus, it has permitted many good Minds to devote Themselves to perpetual motion, but not to perpetual thoughts.

Ideational preoccupations with conceptual problems set up to be incapable of solution are another favorite ego device for impeding the Strongwilled from real progress in learning. The problems of squaring the circle and carrying pi to infinity are good examples. A more recent egoattempt is particularly noteworthy. The idea of preserving the body by suspension, thus giving it the kind of limited immortality which the ego can tolerate, is among its more recent appeals to the Mind.

It is noticeable that in All these diversionary tactics, the one question which is never asked by Those Who pursue them is

What for?

This is the question which You must learn to ask in connection with Everything Your Mind wills to undertake. What is Your purpose? Whatever it is, You cannot doubt that it will channelize Your efforts automatically. When You make a decision of purpose, then, You have made a decision about future effort, a decision which will remain in effect unless You change the decision.

Psychologists are in a good position to realize that the ego is capable of making and accepting as real some very distorted associations which are not True. The confusion of sex with aggression and resulting behavior which is the same for Both, is a good example. This is understandable to the psychologist and does not produce surprise. The lack of surprise, however, is not a sign of understanding. It is a symptom of the psychologist’s ability to accept as reasonable a compromise which is clearly senseless [Schwachsinn], to attribute it to the mental illness of the patient rather than His own and to limit His questions about Both the patient and Himself to the trivial.

These relatively minor confusions of the ego are not among its more profound misassociations, although they do reflect them. Your own egos have been blocking the more important questions which Your Minds should ask. You do not understand a patient while You Yourselves are willing to limit the questions You raise about His Mind, because You are also accepting these limits for Yours. This makes You unable to heal Him and Yourselves. Be always unwilling to adapt to any situation in which Miraclemindedness is unthinkable. That state in itself is enough to demonstrate that perception is wrong.

f. The Constant [gleichbleibend] State

It cannot be emphasized too often that correcting perception is merely a temporary expedient. It is necessary only because misperception is a block to knowledge, while accurate perception is a steppingstone towards it. The whole value of right perception lies in the inevitable judgment which it necessarily entails that it is unnecessary. This removes the block entirely.

You may ask how this is possible as long as You appear to be living in this world. And since this is a sensible question, it has a sensible answer. But You must be careful that You really understand the question. What is the You Who are living in this world? Bill will probably have more trouble with this than You, but if He will try not to close His Mind, He may decide that We are not engaging in denial after all.

To help Him, it might be wise to review a number of the concepts with which He does not appear to have trouble, except at times. He liked the idea of invisibility and was particularly open to the concept of different orders of Reality. He also found the notion of varying densities of energy appealing. While He may yet agree that these are merely teaching aids, this is a good time to employ them.

Immortality is a constant [gleichbleibend] state. It is as True now as it ever was or will be, because it implies no change at all. It is not a continuum and it is not understood by comparing it with any opposite. Knowledge never involves comparisons. That is its essential difference from Everything else the Mind can grasp.

“A little knowledge” is not dangerous except to the ego. Vaguely the ego senses threat and, being unable to realize that “a little knowledge” is a meaningless phrase because “All” and “a little” in this context are the same, decides that since “All” is impossible, the fear does not lie in this. “A little,” however, is a scarcity concept and this the ego understands well. Regarding “All” as impossible, “a little” is perceived as the real threat.

The essential thing to remember always is that the ego does not recognize the real source of its perceived threat. And if You associate Yourself with the ego, You do not perceive the whole situation as it really is. Only Your allegiance to it gives the ego any power over You. We have spoken of the ego as if it were a separate thing, acting on its own. This was necessary to persuade You that You cannot dismiss [aufgeben] it lightly and must realize how much of Your thinking is egodirected. But We cannot safely leave it at that or You will regard Yourselves as necessarily conflicted as long as You are here or more properly, believe that You are here.

The ego is nothing more than a part of Your belief about Yourselves. Your other Life has continued without interruption and has been and always will be, totally unaffected by Your attempts to dissociate. The ratio of repression and dissociation of Truth varies with the individual egoillusion.

Tell Bill that this phrase is very good.

But dissociation is always involved or You would not believe that You are here.

When I told Bill to concentrate on the phrase Here I am, Lord, I did not mean “in this world” by “here.” I wanted Him to think of Himself as a separate consciousness, capable of direct communication with the Creator of that consciousness. He, too, must begin to think of Himself as a very powerful receiving and sending channel, a description I once gave You symbolically. Remember that He understood it before You did, because You are more dissociative and less repressed.

Your great debt to Each Other is something You should never forget. It is exactly the same debt that You owe to Me. Whenever You react egotistically towards Each Other, You are throwing away the graciousness of Your indebtedness and the Holy perception it would produce. The reason why the term “Holy” can be used here is that, as You learn how much You are indebted to the whole Sonship Which includes Me, You come as close to knowledge as perception ever can. This gap is so small knowledge can easily flow across it and obliterate it forever.

You have very little trust in Me as yet [bislang], but it will increase as You turn more and more often to Me instead of to Your egos for guidance. The results will convince You increasingly that Your choice in turning to Me is the only sane one You can make. No One Who has learned from experience that one choice brings Peace and Joy while another brings chaos and disaster needs much conditioning. The ego cannot withstand the conditioning process, because the process itself demonstrates that there is another way.

The classic conditioning by rewards model has always been most effective. Howard Hunt made a very good point in this connection, even though He did not understand that the real reason why conditioning through pain is not the most efficient method is because pain itself is an egoillusion and can never induce more than a temporary effect.

The rewards of God are immediately recognized as eternal. Since this recognition is made by You and not by Your ego, the recognition itself establishes that You and Your ego cannot be identical. You may believe that You have already accepted the difference, but You are by no means convinced as yet [bislang]. The very fact that You are preoccupied with the idea of escaping from the ego shows this.

You cannot escape from the ego by humbling it or controlling it or punishing it. The ego and the Soul do not know each other. The separated Mind cannot maintain the separation except by dissociating. Having done this, it utilizes repression against All Truly natural impulses, not because the ego is a separate thing, but because You want to believe that You are. The ego is a device for maintaining this belief, but it is still only Your willingness to use the device that enables it to endure.

My trust in You is greater than Yours in Me at the moment, but it will not always be that way. Your mission is very simple. You have been chosen to live so as to demonstrate that You are not an ego. I repeat that I do not choose God’s channels wrongly. The Holy One shares My trust and always approves My Atonement decisions, because My will is never out of accord with His.

I have told You several times that I am in charge of the whole Atonement. This is only because I completed My part in it as a man and can now complete it through other men. My chosen receiving and sending channels cannot fail, because I will lend them My Strength as long as Theirs is wanting. I will go with You to the Holy One and through My perception He can bridge the little gap. Your gratitude to Each Other is the only gift I want. I will bring it to God for You, knowing that to know Your Brother is to know God.

A little knowledge is an Allencompassing thing. If You are grateful to Each Other You are grateful to God for what He created. Through Your gratitude You can come to know Each Other and one moment of real recognition makes All men Your Brothers because They are All of Your Father. Love does not conquer All things, but It does set All things right.

Because You are All the Kingdom of God, I can lead You back to Your own Creations, which You do not yet know. God has kept them very safe in His knowing while Your attention has wandered. Bill gave You a very important idea when He told You that what has been dissociated is still there. I am grateful to Him for that and I hope He will not decide that it is True only for You. Even though dissociation is much more apparent in You and repression is much more evident in Him, Each of You utilizes both.

Wisdom always dictates that a therapist work through weaker defenses first. That is why I suggested to Bill that He persuade You to deal with repression first. We have only just about reached the point where dissociation means much to You, because it is so important to Your misbeliefs. Bill might do well and You could help Him here, to concentrate more on His dissociative tendencies and not try to deal with repression yet.

I hinted at this when I remarked on His habit of disengaging Himself and when I spoke to Him about distantiation. These are All forms of dissociation and these weaker forms were always more evident in Him than in You. That is because dissociation was so extreme in Your case that You did not have to hide it because You were not aware that it was there. Bill, on the other hand, does dissociate more than He thinks and that is why He cannot listen. He does not need to go through the same course in repression that You did, because He will give up His major misdefense after He has rid Himself of the lesser ones.

Do not disturb Yourself about repression, Bill, but do train Yourself to be alert to any tendency to withdraw from Your Brothers. Withdrawal is frightening and You do not recognize All the forms it takes in You. Helen is right that She will experience things that will cut across All Her perceptions because of their stunning knowledge. You were right that this will occur when She learns to recognize what She already knows and has dissociated.

You, Bill, will learn somewhat differently, because You are afraid of All complete involvements and believe that they lessen You. You have learned to be so much more clearsighted about this that You should be ready to oppose it in Yourself relatively easily. As You come closer to a Brother, You do approach Me. And as You withdraw from Him I become distant to You.

Your giant step forward was to insist on a collaborative venture. This does not go against the True Spirit of meditation at all. It is inherent in it. Meditation is a collaborative venture with God. It cannot be undertaken successfully by Those Who disengage Themselves from the Sonship, because They are disengaging Themselves from Me. God will come to You only as You will give Him to Your Brothers. Learn first of Them and You will be ready to hear God as You hear Them. That is because the function of Love is One.

Answer to H’s question about Her reactions and also B’s question:

The reason for the fear reaction is quite apparent. You have not yet been able to suspend judgment and have nearly succeeded in weakening Yourself over this. Since You have unfortunately the tendency to be selfpreserving You believe that control of judgment is a selfpreserving function and therefore requires it as a necessary defense of Your self. Weakening this defense deliberately is thus perceived as dangerous necessarily which frightens You.

B was right that You should ask before attempting it again. It would be very unwise to try it before We can do it together as I told You last night. I assure You I will be vigilant in identifying the right time and as I told You very clearly next time We will do it together. I did not tell You when that will be because I don’t know. You will tell Me that but may not recognize that You have done so. That is why You need Me to relay Your own message back to You. When We are Both ready, it cannot be fearful.

In answer to B’s question as to why He has so much difficulty in communication, You were right in what You said in the cab and B could not listen. However He seems to be able to listen quite carefully to the notes. Ask Him please to listen very carefully to these.

If You ask Me for guidance You have signified Your willingness to give over Your own control at least to some extent. Your frequent failure to ask at all indicates that at such times You are not willing to go even that far. But when You at least ask, You are acting with a cooperative thought even though it may not lack ambivalence. You are therefore entitled to a specific answer but unless You follow it without judging it, You will become defensive [abwehrend] about the next steps which You will take.

You asked merely what You should do now. The Answer was to tell Jack to pick You up at 3. B’s reaction to this was unfortunate and Yours was much more constructive making it particularly unfortunate that B accepted Your very correct response to His reaction with imitation. But it was inevitable because He had already given way to [nachgeben] fear. Then You reacted to His mistake with imitation and We lost Our communication for a time. Let Us try to reestablish Our communication now.

B was unwise in deciding on His own that unless He went to His apartment, Jack would be in trouble. This association meant that He saw only one alternative and was unable to keep an open Mind. Certainly He should be careful that way. Guidance which comes from Me will not jeopardize Anyone.

It should also be noted that He projected His misperception onto You, assuming that You were counting on magic to get Jack to take You home in spite of the traffic and not realizing that situation as it is. I would like to tell Him for You that this was a misperception of His and although You have done this many times in the past You were not doing it then. As You very correctly stated but B could not listen at the time, You were merely repeating a message for which You had asked and were not judging the outcomes. B was. If You can continue not to evaluate My messages and merely follow them, they will lead to good for Everyone. Since this is the same area of discipline which is causing Both of You trouble with meditation to practice in this is essential.

I do not yet know what decisions Those Who are involved in later today will make but I urge You to share that whatever they may be can be utilized for good if You will let them be. Why not unburden Yourselves of the kind of responsibility which You can’t meet and devote Yourselves in Peace to the many others which You can discharge without strain? It is Their responsibility to recognize the difference. Any confusion in this respect is arrogance [Überheblichkeit]. Note also that I specifically told You in answer to Your own question of this being that Miracles should be offered Both to Art and to Your Brother. They are urgently needed for You although this is not the Spirit in which You must undertake Them. You have hurt Yourselves and need healing. It does not matter whether the People You think have hurt You have really thought hurtfully. You have. We must undo this and Our attempts will surely be blessed.

Since Both of You have asked Me to point up errors in perceiving, I would request that B reviews carefully His reactions to Your suggestion that You go over the same material. Even though You did not ask, which was a mistake, B immediately evaluated the suggestion in terms of His own convenience which was another mistake. Your motives were not uncharitable even though Your failure to ask for guidance was a sign of fear. You thought that Art would be able to understand B’s going to the hospital while He could not understand Your presence as P. I.

B’s reaction did not take alternate possibilities into account which is one of His uses for problems. He should also train Himself to learn that alternate possibilities are better not left up to Him. Whenever He reacts as though they are He will have trouble.

If You had asked where to go and B had been willing to forgo control of the decision, whatever You had done would have been only benign. Could You continue the day in that Spirit? If You will to help B overcome His limitation, which is totally unjustified in spite of His misperception, We will not only help Him but enable Both of Us to help You. This will institute the chain of helpfulness and harmlessness which always leads to the Atonement and becomes a powerful part of its beneficence.

I offer far more than partial guidance although You do not ask for more. The uneven quality of Your skill in both asking and following My directions is due to the alternations You experience between ego and Miracle orientated perception. This is a strain, but fortunately one which can be overcome along with the rest. There will never be a time when I do not will to try again. You might be gladdened by remembering that.

How can You teach Someone the value of something He has thrown away deliberately? He must have thrown it away because He did not value it. You can only show Him how miserable He is without it and bring it near very slowly, so He can learn how His misery lessens as He approaches it. This conditions Him to associate His misery with its absence and to associate the opposite of misery with its presence. It gradually becomes desirable, as He changes His Mind about its worth.

I am conditioning You to associate misery with the ego and Joy with Your Soul. You have conditioned Yourself the other way around. But a far greater reward will break through any conditioning, if it is repeatedly offered when the old habit is broken. You are still free to choose. But can You really want the rewards of the ego in the presence of the rewards of God?

g. Creation and Communication

It should be clear that, while the content of any particular egoillusion does not matter, it is usually more helpful to correct it in a specific context. Bill is right that You are too abstract in this matter. Egoillusions are quite specific, although they frequently change and although the Mind is naturally abstract, It became concrete voluntarily as soon as It splits. However, only part of It splits, so only part of It is concrete.

The concrete part is the same part that believes in the ego, because the ego depends on the specific. It is the part that believes Your existence means You are separate. Everything the ego perceives is a separate whole, without the relationships that imply being. The ego is thus against communication, except in so far as it is utilized to establish separateness, rather than to abolish it.

The communication system of the ego is based on its own thought system, as is Everything else it dictates. Its communication is controlled by its need to protect itself and it will disrupt communication when it experiences threat. While this is always so, individual egos perceive different kinds of threat, which are quite specific in their own judgment. For example, although All forms of perceived demands may be classified or judged by the ego as coercive communication which must be disrupted, the response of breaking communication will nevertheless be to a specific Person or Persons.

The specificity of the ego’s thinking, then, results in a spurious kind of generalization, which is really not abstract at all. It will respond in certain specific ways to All stimuli which it perceives as related. In contrast, the Soul reacts in the same way to Everything It knows is True and does not respond at all to Anything else. Nor does It make any attempt to establish what is True. It knows that what is True is Everything that God created. It is in complete and direct communication with every aspect of Creation, because It is in complete and direct communication with Its Creator.

This communication is the Will of God. Creation and communication are synonymous. God created every Mind by communicating His Mind to It, thus establishing It forever as a channel for the reception of His Mind and Will. Since only beings of a like order can Truly communicate, His Creations naturally communicate with Him and communicate like Him. This communication is perfectly abstract, in that its quality is Universal in application and not subject to any judgment, any exception or any alteration.

God made You by this and for this. The Mind can distort Its functions, but It cannot endow Itself with those It was not given. That is why the Mind cannot totally lose the ability to communicate, even though It may refuse to utilize it on behalf of being. Existence as well as being rests on communication.

Existence is specific in how, what and with Whom communication is worth undertaking. Being is completely without these distinctions. It is a state in which the Mind is in communication with Everything that is real, including Its own Soul. To whatever extent You permit this state to be curtailed, You are limiting Your sense of Your own Reality, which becomes total only by recognizing All Reality in the glorious context of its real relationship to You. This is Your Reality. Do not desecrate it or recoil from it. It is Your real home, Your real temple and Your real Self.

God, Who encompasses All Being, nevertheless created separate beings Who have Everything individually, but Who want to share it to increase Their Joy. Nothing that is real can be increased except by sharing it. That is why God Himself created You. Divine Abstraction takes Joy in application and that is what Creation means. How, what and to Whom are irrelevant, because real Creation gives Everything since it can only create like itself. Remember that in being, there is no difference between having and being, as there is in existence. In the state of being, the Mind gives Everything always.

The bible repeatedly states that You should praise God. This hardly means that You should tell Him how wonderful He is. He has no ego with which to accept thanks and no perceptions with which to judge Your offerings. But unless You take Your part in the Creation, His Joy is not complete because Yours is incomplete. And this He does know. He knows it in His own Being and its experience of His Sons’ experience. The constant going out of His Love is blocked when His Channels are closed and He is lonely when the Minds He created do not communicate fully with Him.

God has kept Your Kingdom for You, but He cannot share His Joy with You until You know it with Your whole Mind. Even revelation is not enough, because it is communication from God. But it is not enough until it is shared. God does not need revelation returned to Him, which would clearly be impossible, but He does want revelation brought to Others. This cannot be done with the actual revelation, because its content cannot be expressed and it is intensely personal to the Mind which receives it. But it can still be returned by that Mind through Its attitudes to other Minds which the knowledge from the revelation brings.

God is praised whenever any Mind learns to be wholly helpful. This is impossible without being wholly harmless, because the two beliefs cannot coexist. The Truly Helpful are invulnerable, because They are not protecting Their egos, so that nothing can hurt Them. Their helpfulness is Their praise of God and He will return Their praise of Him, because They are like Him and can rejoice together. God goes out to Them and through Them and there is great Joy throughout [hindurch/durchgehend] the Kingdom. Every Mind That is changed adds to this Joy with Its own individual willingness to share in it.

The Truly helpful are God’s Miracleworkers, Whom I direct until We are All united in the Joy of the Kingdom. I will direct You to wherever You can be Truly helpful and to Whoever can follow My guidance through You. I arranged for Bill to attend the rehabilitation meetings for very good reasons and I want Him to know them so We can share Our goal there.

h. True Rehabilitation

Properly speaking, every Mind Which is split needs rehabilitation. The medical orientation emphasizes the body and the vocational orientation stresses the ego. The team approach generally leads more to confusion than Anything else, because it is too often misused as an expedient for sharing the ego’s dominion with other ego’s rather than as a real experiment in cooperation of Minds.

The reason why Bill needs this experience is because He needs rehabilitating Himself. How often have I answered “help Him” when You asked Me to help You? He, too, has asked for help and He has been helped whenever He was Truly helpful to You. He has also gained to whatever extent He could give. He will help You more Truly by going, if He can remember All the time He is there that His only reason for being there is to represent Me.

Rehabilitation, as a movement, has been an improvement over overt neglect, but it is often little more than a painful attempt on the part of the halt to lead the blind. Bill, You will see this at every meeting. But this is not why You were chosen to go. You have a fear of broken bodies, because Your ego cannot tolerate them. Your ego cannot tolerate egoweakness, either, without ambivalence, because it is afraid of its own weakness and the weakness of its chosen home.

That is really why You recoil from the demands of the dependent and from the sight of a broken body. Your ego is threatened and blocks Your natural impulse to help, placing You under the strain of divided [gespaltener] will. You withdraw to allow Your ego to recover and to regain enough Strength to be helpful again on a basis limited enough not to threaten Your ego, but also too limited to give You Joy.

Those with broken bodies are often looked down on by the ego, because of its belief that nothing but a perfect body is worthy as its own temple. A Mind That recoils from a hurt body is in great need of rehabilitation itself. A damaged brain is also hardly a danger. All symptoms of hurt need True helpfullness and whenever they are met with this, the Mind That so meets them heals Itself.

Rehabilitation is an attitude of praising God as He Himself knows praise. He offers praise to You and You must offer it to Others. The real limitations on clinical psychology, as it is evaluated by its followers [Jünger] at present, are not reflected by the attitudes of psychiatrists or medical boards or hospital administrators, even though most of Them are sadly in need of rehabilitation Themselves.

The real handicaps of the clinicians lie in their attitudes to Those Whom Their egos perceive as weakened and damaged. By these evaluations, They have weakened and damaged Their own helpfullness and have thus set Their own rehabilitation back. Rehabilitation is not concerned with the ego’s fight for control, nor the ego’s need to avoid and withdraw.

[Eine deutsche Übersetzung dieses Abschnittes befindet ist bei FIP in T-2.V.A.18] Bill, You can do much on behalf of Your own rehabilitation and Helen’s and much more Universally as well, if You think of the Princeton meetings in this way:

I am here only to be Truly helpful.
I am here to represent Christ, Who sent Me.
I do not have to worry about what to say or what to do, because the One Who sent Me will direct Me.
I am content to be wherever He wishes, knowing He goes there with Me.
I will be healed as I let Him teach Me to heal.

Chapter 5 – Healing and Wholeness

a. Healing as Joining

Healing is an act of thought by which two Minds perceive Their Oneness and become glad. This gladness calls to every part of the Sonship to rejoice with Them and let God Himself go out into Them and through Them. Only the healed Mind can experience revelation with lasting effect, because revelation is an experience of pure Joy. If You do not will to be wholly joyous, Your Mind cannot have what It does not will to be.

Remember that the Soul knows no difference between being and having. The higher Mind thinks according to the laws which the Soul obeys and therefore honors only the laws of God. To Him, getting is meaningless and giving is All. Having Everything, the Soul holds Everything by giving it, thus creating as the Father created.

If You think about it, You will see that, while this kind of thinking is totally alien to having things, even to the lower Mind it is quite comprehensible in connection with ideas. If You share a physical possession, You do divide its ownership. But if You share an idea, You do not lessen it. All of it is still Yours, although All of it has been given away. Further, if the Person to Whom You give it accepts it as His, He reinforces it in Your Mind and thus increases it.

If You can accept the concept that the world is one of ideas, the whole belief in the false association which the ego has made between giving and losing is gone. Let Us start Our process of rebirth with just a few simple concepts:

Thoughts increase by being given away.

The more Who believe in them, the stronger they become.

Everything is an idea.

How, then, is it possible that giving and losing can be meaningfully associated?

This is the invitation to the Holy Spirit. I told You that I could reach up and bring the Holy Spirit down to You. But I can bring Him to You only at Your own invitation. The Holy Spirit is nothing more than Your own Right Mind. He was also Mine. The bible says, “May the Mind be in You That was also in Christ Jesus,” and uses this as a Blessing. It is the Blessing of Miraclemindedness. It asks that You may think as I thought, joining with Me in Christthinking.

The Holy Spirit is the only part of the Holy Trinity Which is symbolic. He is referred to in the bible as the Healer, the Comforter and the Guide. He is also described as something separate, apart from the Father and from the Son. I Myself said:

And if I go I will send You another Comforter and He will abide with You.

The Holy Spirit is a difficult concept to grasp, precisely because It is symbolic and therefore open to many different interpretations. As a man and as One of God’s Creations, My Right Thinking, which came from the Universal Inspiration which is the Holy Spirit, taught Me first and foremost that this Inspiration is for All. I could not have it Myself without knowing that.

The word “know” is proper here, because the Holy Inspiration is so close to knowledge that it calls forth or better, allows it to come. We have spoken before of the higher or True perception, which is so close to Truth that God Himself can flow across the little gap. Knowledge is always ready to flow Everywhere, but it cannot oppose. Therefore You can obstruct it, although You can never lose it.

The Holy Spirit is the Christ Mind That senses the knowledge that lies beyond perception. It came into being with the separation as a protection and inspired the beginning of the Atonement at the same time. Before that, there was no need for healing and no One was comfortless.

b. The Mind of the Atonement

God honored even the miscreations of His Children because They had made Them. But He also blessed Them with a way of thinking about Them that could raise Their perceptions until They became so lofty that They could reach almost back to Him.

The Holy Spirit is the Mind of the Atonement. It represents a state of Mind that comes close enough to Onemindedness that transfer is at last possible. As You well know, transfer depends on common elements in the old learning and the new situation to which it is transferred. Perception is not knowledge, but it can be transferred to knowledge or cross over into it. It might even be more helpful here to use the literal meaning “carried over,” for the last step is taken by God.

The Holy Spirit, the shared Inspiration of All the Sonship, induces a kind of perception in which many elements are like those in the Kingdom of Heaven itself.

First, Its Universality is perfectly clear and no One Who receives It could ever believe for one instant that sharing It involves Anything but gain.

Second, It is incapable of attack and is therefore Truly open. This means that although It does not engender knowledge, It does not obstruct it in any way.

Third, It is an unequivocal call to Love. Every other voice is still.

There is a point at which sufficient quantitative changes produce real qualitative differences. The next point requires real understanding, because it is the point at which the shift occurs.

Finally, It points the way beyond the healing which It brings and leads the Mind beyond Its own integration into the paths of Creation.

Healing is not creating, it is reparation. The Holy Spirit promotes healing by looking beyond it, to what the Children of God were before healing was needed and will be when They have been healed. This alteration of the time sequence should be quite familiar, because it is very similar to the shift in time perception which the Miracle introduces.

The Holy Spirit is the motivation for Miraclemindedness. It is the will to heal the separation by letting it go. It is in You because God placed It in Your Mind and although You can keep It asleep You cannot obliterate It. God Himself keeps It alive by transmitting It from His Mind to Yours as long as there is time. It is partly His will and partly Yours. The Miracle Itself is just this fusion or union of will between Father and Son.

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Joy. It is the call to return, with which God blessed the Minds of the separated Sons. This the vocation of the Mind. It had no calling until the separation, because before It had only being and would not have understood the call to right thinking. The Holy Spirit was God’s answer to the separation, the means by which the Atonement could repair until the whole Mind returned to creating. The Atonement and the separation began at the same time. When man made the ego, God placed in Him the call of Joy. This call is so strong that the ego always dissolves at its sound.

That is why You can choose to listen to two voices within You. One You made Yourself and that one is not of God. But the other is given You by God, Who asks You only to listen to it. The Holy Spirit is in You in a very literal sense. It is the voice that calls You back to where You were before and will be again.

c. The Voice for God

It is possible even in this world to hear only that voice and no other. It takes effort and great willingness to learn. It is the final lesson that I learned and God’s Sons are as equal as learners as They are as Souls. The voice of the Holy Spirit is the call to Atonement or the restoration of the integrity of the Mind. When the Atonement is complete and the whole Sonship is healed, there will be no call to return, but what God creates is eternal. The Holy Spirit will remain with the Sons of God, to bless Their Creations and keep Them in the Light of Joy.

You are the Kingdom of Heaven, but You have let the belief in darkness enter Your Minds and so You need a new Light. The Holy Spirit is the radiance that You must let to banish the idea of darkness. His is the glory before which dissociation falls away and the Kingdom of Heaven breaks through into its own.

Before the separation You did not need guidance. You knew as You will know again, but You do not know now. God does not guide, because He can share only perfect knowledge. Guidance is evaluative, because it implies that there is a right way and also a wrong way, one to be chosen and the other avoided. By choosing one, You give up the other. This is a conflict state. It means that knowledge has been lost, because knowledge is sure.

God is not in You, You are part of Him. When You willed to leave Him, He gave You a voice to speak for Him, because He could no longer share His knowledge with You without hindrance. Direct communication was broken, because You had made another voice through another will. The Holy Spirit calls You Both to remember and forget. You have chosen to be in a state of opposition, in which opposites are possible. As a result, there are choices which You must make. In the Holy state, the will is free in the sense that its creative power is unlimited, but choice itself is meaningless.

Freedom to choose is the same power as freedom to create, but its application is different. Choosing means divided will. The Holy Spirit is one way of choosing. This way is in You because there is also another way. God did not leave His Children comfortless, even though They left Him. The voice They put in Their Minds was not the voice of His Will, for which the Holy Spirit speaks. The call to return is stronger than the call to depart, but it speaks in a different way.

The voice of the Holy Spirit does not command, because It is incapable of arrogance. It does not demand, because It does not seek control. It does not overcome, because It does not attack. It merely reminds. It is compelling only because of what It reminds You of. It brings to Your Mind the other way, remaining quiet even in the midst of the turmoil You have made for Yourselves. The voice for God is always quiet, because It speaks of Peace. Yet Peace is stronger than war, because It heals. War is division[Aufteilung], not increase. No One gains from strife.

“What profiteth a man if He gain the whole world and lose His own Soul?” This means that if He listens to the wrong voice, He has lost sight of His Soul. He cannot lose It, but He can not know It. It is therefore lost to Him, until He chooses right. The Holy Spirit is Your guide in choosing. He is the part of Your Mind Which always speaks for the right choice, because He speaks for God. He is Your remaining communication with God, which You can interrupt, but cannot destroy.

The Holy Spirit is the way in which God’s Will can be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Both Heaven and Earth are in You, because the calls of Both are in Your wills and therefore in Your Minds. The voice for God comes from Your own Altars to Him. These Altars are not things. They are devotions. But You have other devotions now. Your divided devotion has given You the two voices and You must choose at which Altar You will to serve. The call You answer now is an evaluation, because it is a decision. The decision itself is very simple. It is made on the basis of which call is worth more to You.

My Mind will always be like Yours, because We were created as Equals. It was only My decision that gave Me All power in Heaven and earth. My only gift to You is to help You make the same decision for Yourself. The will for this decision is the will to share it, because the decision itself is the decision to share. It is made by giving and is therefore the one act of Mind that resembles True Creation.

You understand the role of models in the learning process and the importance of the models You value and choose to follow in determining what You will to learn. I am Your model for decision. By deciding for God, I showed You that this decision can be made and that You can make it. I promised You that the Mind That made the decision for Me is also in You and that You can let It change You just as It changed Me. This Mind is unequivocal, because It hears only one Voice and answers in one way.

You are the Light of the world with Me. Rest does not come from sleeping, but from waking. The Holy Spirit is the call to awake and be glad. The world is very tired, because it is the idea of weariness. Our task is the joyous one of waking it to the call for God. Everyone will answer the call of the Holy Spirit or the Sonship cannot be as One. What better vocation could there be for any part of the Kingdom than to restore it to the perfect integration that can make it whole?

Hear only this through the Holy Spirit within You and teach Your Brothers to listen as I am teaching You. When You are tempted by the wrong voice, call on Me to remind You how to heal by sharing My decision and making it stronger. As We share this goal, We increase its power to attract the whole Sonship and to bring It back into the Oneness in which It was created.

Remember that “yoke” means “join together,” and “burden” means message. Let Us reconsider the biblical statement “My yoke is easy and My burden light” in this way. Let Us join together, for My message is Light. I came to Your Minds because You had grown vaguely aware of the fact that there is another way or another voice. Having given this invitation to the Holy Spirit, I could come to provide the model for how to think.

Psychology has become the study of behavior, but no One denies the basic law that behavior is a response to motivation and motivation is will. I have enjoined You to behave as I behaved, but We must respond to the same Mind to do this. This Mind is the Holy Spirit, Whose will is for God always. It teaches You how to keep Me as the model for Your thought and behave like Me as a result.

The power of Our joint motivation is beyond belief, but not beyond accomplishment. What We can accomplish together has no limits, because the call for God is the call to the unlimited. Child of God, My message is for You, to hear and give away as You hear and answer the Holy Spirit within.

d. The guide to Salvation

The way to learn to know Your Brother is by perceiving the Holy Spirit in Him. We have already said that the Holy Spirit is the bridge or thoughttransfer of perception to knowledge, so We can use the terms as if they were related, because in His Mind they are. This relationship must be in His Mind, because unless it were, the separation between the two ways of thinking would not be open to healing. He is part of the Holy Trinity, because His Mind is partly Yours and also partly God’s. This needs clarification not in statement, since We have said this before, but in experience.

The Holy Spirit is the idea of healing. Being thought, the idea gains as it is shared. Being the call for God, it is also the idea of God. If You are part of God, it is also the idea of Yourself, as well as of All the parts of God. The idea of the Holy Spirit shares the property of other ideas, because it follows the laws of the Universe of which it is a part. Therefore, it is strengthened by being given away. It increases in You as You give it to Your Brothers.

Since thoughts do not have to be conscious to exist, Your Brother does not have to be aware of the Holy Spirit, either in Himself or in You for this Miracle to occur. He may have dissociated the call for God, just as You have. But the dissociation is healed in Both of You as You see it in Him and thus acknowledge its being. B, Who has made a number of vital contributions to Our joint venture, made a major one a while ago, which He Himself did not appreciate or even understand. If We recognize its value together, We will be able to use it together, because it is an idea and must therefore be shared to be held.

When B said that He was determined “not to see You that way,” He was speaking negatively. If He will state the same idea positively, He will see the power of what He said. He had realized that there are two ways of seeing You and also that they are diametrically opposed to one another. These two ways must be in His Mind, because He was referring to Himself as the perceiver. They must also be in Yours, because He was perceiving You.

What He was really saying was that He would not look at You through His ego or perceive Your ego in You. Stated positively, He would see You through the Holy Spirit in His Mind and perceive It in Yours. What You acknowledge in Your Brother, You are acknowledging in Yourself. What You share You strengthen. The voice of the Holy Spirit is weak in You. That is why You must share it, because it must be increased in Strength before You can hear it. It is impossible to hear it in Yourself while it is so weak in Your own Mind. It is not weak in itself, but it is limited by Your unwillingness to hear it.

Will itself is an idea and is therefore strengthened by being shared. You have made the mistake of looking for the Holy Spirit in Yourselves and that is why Your meditations have frightened You. By adopting the ego’s viewpoint, You undertook an egoalien journey with the ego as guide. This was bound to produce fear. B’s better idea needs to be strengthened in Both of You. Since it was His, He can increase it by giving it to You.

I suggest that He might care to talk to You about it and perhaps even let You take notes for Him. He has much to teach through the Holy Spirit and this might be a very good “new” beginning.

Delay is of the ego, because time is its concept. Delay is obviously a time idea. Both time and delay are meaningless in Eternity. We have said before that the Holy Spirit is God’s answer to the ego. Everything of which the Holy Spirit reminds You is in direct opposition to the ego’s notions, because True and false perceptions are themselves opposed. The Holy Spirit has the task of undoing what the ego has made. It must undo it in the same realm of discourse in which the ego itself operates or the Mind would be unable to understand the change. We have repeatedly emphasized the fact that one level of the Mind is not understandable to another. So it is with the ego and the Soul and with time and Eternity.

Eternity is an idea of God, so the Soul understands it perfectly. Time is a belief of the ego, so the lower Mind, which is the ego’s domain, accepts it without question. The only aspect of time which is really eternal is now. That is what We really mean when We say that now is the only time. The literal nature of this statement does not mean Anything to the ego. It interprets it, at best, to mean “don’t worry about the future.” This is not what it really means at all.

The Holy Spirit is the mediator between the interpretations of the ego and the knowledge of the Soul. Its ability to deal with symbols enables It to work against the ego’s beliefs in Its own language. Its equal ability to look beyond symbols into Eternity also enables It to understand the laws of God, for which It speaks.

It can thus perform the function of reinterpreting what the ego makes, not by destruction, but by understanding. Understanding is Light and Light leads to knowledge. The Holy Spirit is in Light, because It is in You Who are Light. But You Yourselves do not know this. It is therefore the task of the Holy Spirit to reinterpret You on behalf of God.

You cannot understand Yourselves alone. This is because You have no meaning apart from Your rightful place in the Sonship and the rightful place of the Sonship in God. This is Your Life, Your Eternity and Yourself. It is of this that the Holy Spirit reminds You. It is this that the Holy Spirit sees. This Vision invariably frightens the ego, because it is so calm. Peace is the ego’s greatest enemy, because according to its interpretation of Reality, war is the guarantee of its survival. The ego becomes strong in strife because if You believe there is strife, You will react viciously because the idea of danger has entered Your Mind. This idea itself is an appeal to the ego.

The Holy Spirit is as vigilant as the ego to the call of danger, opposing it with Its Strength just as the ego welcomes it with All its might. The Holy Spirit counters this Welcome by welcoming Peace. Peace and Eternity are as closely related as are time and war. Perception as well as knowledge derive meaning from relationships. Those which You accept are the foundations of Your beliefs.

The Separation is merely another term for a split Mind. It was not an act, but a thought. Therefore, the idea of Separation can be given away, just as the idea of Unity can and either way, it will be strengthened in the Mind of the Giver. The ego is the symbol of the Separation, just as the Holy Spirit is the symbol of Peace. What You perceive in Others You are strengthening in Your self. You let Your Mind misperceive, but the Holy Spirit lets Your Mind reinterpret Its own misperceptions. The Holy Spirit is the perfect teacher. It uses only what Your Minds already understand, to teach You that You do not understand it.

The Holy Spirit can deal with an unwilling learner without going counter to His will, because part of His will is still for God. Despite the ego’s attempts to conceal this part, it is still much stronger than the ego, even though the ego does not recognize it. The Holy Spirit recognizes it perfectly, because it is Its own dwelling place or the place in the Mind where It is at home. You are at home there, too, because it is a place of Peace and Peace is of God.

You Who are part of God are not at home except in His Peace. If Peace is eternal, You are at home only in Eternity. The ego made the world as it perceives it, but the Holy Spirit, the Reinterpreter of what the ego made, sees it only as a teaching device for bringing You home. The Holy Spirit must perceive time and reinterpret into the timeless. The Mind must be led into Eternity through time, because having made time It is capable of perceiving its opposite.

The Holy Spirit must work through opposites, because It must work with and for a Mind that is in opposition. Correct and learn and be open to learning. You have not made Truth, but Truth can still set You free. Look as the Holy Spirit looks and understand as He understands. His understanding looks back to God, in remembrance of Me. He is in Holy Communion always and He is part of You. He is Your guide to Salvation, because He holds the remembrance of things past and to come. He holds this gladness gently in Your Minds, asking only that You increase it in His Name by sharing it to increase His Joy in You.

e. Therapy and Teaching

You must have noticed how often I have used Your own ideas to help You. B is right in saying that You have learned to be a loving, wise and very understanding therapist, except for Yourself. That exception has given You more than perception for Others because of what You saw in Them, but less than knowledge of Your real relationships to Them because You did not make Them part of You. Understanding is beyond perception, because it introduces meaning. But it is below knowledge, even though it can grow towards it. It is possible, with great effort, to understand Someone else and to be helpful to Him, but the effort is misdirected. The misdirection is quite apparent. It is directed away from You.

This does not mean that it is lost to You, but it does mean that You are not aware of it. I have saved All of Your kindnesses and every loving thought You have had and I assure You, You have had many. I have purified them of errors which hid their Light and have kept them for You in their own perfect radiance. They are beyond destruction and beyond guilt. They came from the Holy Spirit within You and We know that what God creates is eternal.

B once spoke of the Kingdom in this way, because He yearns for what He has repressed. You are much more afraid of it, because dissociation is more fearful. B’s better contact has allowed Him the Strength to retain the fear in awareness and to resort to displacement, which He is learning to overcome with Your help. That is because You do not perceive Him as dissociated and can help Him with His repression, which does not frighten You. He, on the other hand, has no difficulty in seeing You dissociate and does not have to deal with repression in You, which would produce fear in Him.

Joining in Atonement, which I have repeatedly asked You to do, is always a way out of fear. This does not mean that You can safely fail to acknowledge Anything that is True, but the Holy Spirit will not fail to help You reinterpret Everything that You perceive as fearful and teach You only what is loving is True. It is beyond Your ability to destroy, but entirely within Your grasp. It belongs to You because You created it. It is Yours because it is part of You, just as You are part of God, because He created You.

The Atonement is the guarantee of the safety of the Kingdom. Nothing Good is lost, because it comes from the Holy Spirit, the voice for Creation. Nothing that is not Good was ever created and therefore cannot be protected. What the ego makes it keeps to itself and so it is without Strength. Its unshared existence does not die. It was merely never born. Real birth is not a beginning, it is a continuing. Everything that can continue has already been born. But it can increase as You are willing to return the part of Your Mind that needs healing to the higher part and thus render Your creating or Creation undivided.

You Yourself always told Your patients that the real difference between neurotic and “healthy” guilt feelings was that neurotic guilt feelings do not help Anyone. This distinction was very wise, though incomplete. Let Us make the distinction a little sharper now. Neurotic guilt feelings are a device of the ego for “atoning” without sharing and for asking for pardon without changing. The ego never calls for real Atonement and cannot tolerate real forgiveness, which is change.

Your concept of “healthy guilt feelings” has great merit, but without the concept of the Atonement it lacked the healing potential it held. You make the distinction in terms of feelings which led to a decision not to repeat the error, which is only part of healing. Your concept therefore lacked the idea of undoing it. What You were really advocating, then, was adopting a policy of sharing without a real foundation.

I have come to give You the foundation, so Your own thoughts can make You really free. You have carried the burden of the ideas You did not share and which were therefore too weak to increase, but You did not recognize how to undo their existence because You had made them. You cannot cancel out Your past errors alone. They will not disappear from Your Mind without remedy. The remedy is not of Your making, any more than You are.

The Atonement cannot be understood except as a pure act of sharing. That is what is meant when We said that it is possible even in this world to listen to one voice. If You are part of God and the Sonship is one, You cannot be limited to the self the ego sees. Every loving thought held in any part of the Sonship belongs to every part. It is shared because it is loving. Sharing is God’s way of creating and also Yours. Your ego can keep You in exile from the Kingdom but in the Kingdom itself it has no power.

You have become willing to receive My messages as I give them, without interference by the ego, so We can clarify an earlier point which was mentioned before. We said that You will one day teach as much as You learn and that will keep You in balance. The time is now, because You have let it be now. You cannot learn except by teaching. I heard one voice because I had learned that learning is attained by teaching. I understood that I could not atone for Myself alone.

Listening to one voice means the will to share the voice to hear it Yourself. The Mind that was in Me is still irresistibly drawn to every Mind created by God, because God’s wholeness is the wholeness of His Son. Turning the other cheek does not mean that You should submit to violence without protest. It means that You cannot be hurt and do not want to show Your Brother Anything except Your wholeness. Show Him that He cannot hurt You and hold nothing against Him or You hold it against Yourself.

Teaching is done in many ways: By formal means, by guidance and above All by example. If You will to learn, You must will to teach. Teaching is therapy because it means the sharing of ideas and the awareness that to share them is to strengthen them. The union of the Sonship is Its protection. The ego cannot prevail against the Kingdom because it is united and the ego fades away and is undone in the presence of the attraction of the parts of the Sonship which hear the call of the Holy Spirit to be as One.

I cannot forget My need to teach what I have learned which arose in Me because I learned it. I call upon You to teach what You have learned, because by so doing You can depend on it. Make it dependable in My Name, because My Name is the Name of God’s Son. What I learned I give You freely and the Mind Which was in Me rejoices as You will to hear it. The Holy Spirit atones in All of Us by undoing and thus lifts the burden You have placed in Your Mind. By following Him, He leads You back to God where You belong. And how can You find this way except by taking Your Brother with You?

My part in the Atonement is not complete until You join It and give It away. As You teach, so shall You learn. I will never leave You or forsake You, because to forsake You would be to forsake Myself and God Who created Me. You will forsake Yourselves and Your God if You forsake any of Your Brothers. You are more than Your Brother’s keeper. In fact, You do not want to keep Him. You must learn to see Him as He is and know that He belongs to God, as You do. How could You treat Your Brother better than by rendering unto God the ideas which are God’s?

Ideas do not leave the Mind Which thought them in order to have separate being. Nor do separate thoughts conflict with one another in space, because they do not occupy space at all. Human ideas can conflict in content, because they occur at different levels and include opposite thoughts at the same level. It is impossible to share opposing thoughts. The Holy Spirit does not let You forsake Your Brothers. Therefore, You can really share only the parts of Your thoughts which are of Him, which He also keeps for You. And of such is the Kingdom of Heaven. All the rest remains with You until He has reinterpreted them in the Light of the Kingdom, making them, too, worthy of being shared. When they have been sufficiently purified, He lets You give them away. The will to share them is their purification.

The Atonement gives You the power of a healed Mind, but the power to create is of God. Therefore, Those Who have been forgiven must devote Themselves first to healing, because having received the idea of healing They must give it to hold it. The full power of Creation or creating cannot be expressed as long as any of God’s ideas are withholding it from the Kingdom. The joint will of All the Sonship is the only Creator That can create like the Father. That is because only the Complete can think completely and the thinking of God lacks nothing. Everything You think that is not through the Holy Spirit is lacking.

How can You Who are so Holy suffer? All Your past, except its beauty, is gone and nothing is left except a Blessing. You can indeed depart in Peace, because I have loved You as I loved Myself. You go with My Blessing and for My Blessing. Hold it and share it, that it may always be Ours. I place the Peace of God in Your Heart and in Your hands, to hold and share. The Heart is pure to hold it and the hands are strong to give it. We cannot lose. My judgment is as strong as the Wisdom of God, in whose Heart and Hands We have Our being. His quiet children are His blessed Sons. The Thoughts of God are with You.

f. The Two Decisions

Perhaps this will become clearer and more personally meaningful if the ego’s use of guilt is clarified. The ego has a purpose, just as the Holy Spirit has. The ego’s purpose is fear, because only the fearful can be egotistic. The ego’s logic is as impeccable as that of the Holy Spirit, because Your Mind has All the means at its disposal to side with Heaven or earth, as It elects. But let Us again remember that both are in You.

In Heaven there is no guilt, because the Kingdom is attained through the Atonement, Which creates it in You. The word “create” is appropriate here, because once what You have made is undone by the Holy Spirit, the blessed residue is restored and therefore continues in Creation. What is Truly blessed is incapable of giving rise to guilt and must give rise to Joy. This makes it invulnerable to the ego, because its Peace is unassailable. It is invulnerable to disruption because it is whole.

Guilt is always disruptive. Anything that engenders fear is divisive, because it obeys the law of division [Aufteilung]. If the ego is the symbol of the separation, it is also the symbol of guilt. Guilt is more than merely not of God. It is the symbol of the attack on God. This is a totally meaningless concept except to the ego, but do not underestimate the power of the ego’s belief in it. This is the belief from which All guilt really stems.

The ego is the part of the Mind which believes in division [Aufteilung]. But how can part of God detach itself without believing it is attacking Him? We spoke before of the authority problem as involving the concept of usurping His power. The ego believes that this is what You did, because it believes it is You. It follows, then, that if You identify with the ego, You must perceive Yourself as guilty.

Whenever You respond to Your ego, You will experience guilt and You will fear punishment. The ego is quite literally a fearful thought. And however ridiculous the idea of attacking God may be to the sane Mind, never forget that the ego is not sane. It represents a delusional system and it speaks for it. Listening to the ego’s voice means that You believe it is possible to attack God. You believe that a part of Him has been torn away by You.

The classic picture of fear of retaliation from without then follows, because the severity of the guilt is so acute that it must be projected. Although Freud was wrong about the basic conflict itself, He was very accurate in describing its effects. Whatever You accept into Your Mind has Reality for You. It is, however, only the acceptance which makes it real.

As an extreme example of dissociating Yourself, You should have little difficulty in understanding that it is perfectly possible not to accept what is in Your Minds. If You enthrone the ego in it, the fact that You have accepted it or allowed it to enter, makes it Your Reality. This is because the Mind as God created it is capable of creating Reality. We said before that You must learn to think with God. To think with Him is to think like Him. This engenders Joy, not guilt, because it is natural. Guilt is a sure sign that Your thinking is unnatural. Perverted thinking will always be attended with guilt, because it is the belief in sin.

The ego does not perceive sin as a lack of Love. It perceives it as a positive act of assault. This is an interpretation which is necessary to its survival, because as soon as You regard it as a lack, You will automatically attempt to remedy the situation. And You will also succeed. The ego regards this as doom, but You must learn to regard it as freedom.

The guiltless Mind cannot suffer. Being sane, It heals the body because It has been healed. The sane Mind cannot conceive of illness, because It cannot conceive of attacking Anything or Anyone. We said before that illness is a form of magic. It might be better to say it is a form of magical solution. The ego believes that by punishing itself, it will mitigate the punishment of God. Yet even in this it is arrogant. It attributes to God a punishing intent and then takes over this intent as its own prerogative. It tries to usurp All the functions of God as it perceives them, because it recognizes that only total allegiance can be trusted.

The ego cannot oppose the laws of God, any more than You can. But it can interpret them according to what it wants, just as You can. That is why the question

“What do You want?”

must be answered. You are answering it every minute and every second and each moment of decision is a judgment which is Anything but ineffectual. Its effects will follow automatically until the decision is changed. This is a redundant statement, because You have not learned it. But again, any decision can be unmade as well as made.

But remember that the alternatives are unalterable. The Holy Spirit, like the ego, is a decision. Together they constitute All the alternatives which Your Mind can accept and obey. The ego and the Holy Spirit are the only choices which are open to You. God created One and so You cannot eradicate It. You made the other, so You can. Only what God creates is irreversible [unumkehrbar] and unchangeable. What You have made can always be changed, because when You do not think like God, You have not really thought at all. Delusional ideas are not thought, but You can think that You believe in them.

But You are wrong. The function of thought comes from God and is in God. As part of His thought, You cannot think apart from Him. Irrational thought is a thought disorder. God Himself orders Your thought, because Your thought was created by Him. Guilt feelings are always a sign that You do not know this. They also show that You believe You can think apart from God and want to.

Every thought disorder is attended by guilt at its inception and maintained by guilt in its continuance. Guilt is inescapable for Those Who believe that They order Their own thought and must therefore obey its orders. This makes Them feel responsible for Their Mind errors, without recognizing that by accepting this responsibility They are really reacting irresponsibly. If the sole responsibility of the Miracleworker is to accept the Atonement and I assure You that it is, then the responsibility for what is atoned for cannot be Yours.

This contradiction cannot be resolved except by accepting the solution of undoing. You would be responsible for the effects of All Your wrong thinking if it could not be undone. The purpose of the Atonement is to save the past in purified form only. If You accept the remedy for a thoughtdisorder and a remedy whose efficacy is beyond doubt, how can its symptoms remain? You have reason to question the validity of symptom cure. But no One believes that the symptoms can remain if the underlying cause is removed.

g. Time and Eternity

The continuing will to remain separated is the only possible reason for continuing guilt feelings. We have said this before, but We did not emphasize the destructive results of this decision at that time. Any decision of the Mind will affect both behavior and experience. And what You will You expect. This is not delusional. Your Mind does create Your future and can turn it back to full Creation at any minute, if It accepts the Atonement first. It will also turn back to full Creation the instant It has done so. Having given up Its thought disorder, the proper ordering of thought becomes quite apparent.

God in His knowledge is not waiting. But His Kingdom is bereft while You wait. All the Sons of God are waiting for Your return, just as You are waiting for Theirs. Delay does not matter in Eternity, but it is tragic in time. You have elected to be in time rather than in Eternity and have therefore changed Your belief in Your status. But election is both free and alterable. You do not belong in time. Your place is only in Eternity, where God Himself placed You forever.

Guilt feelings are the preservers of time. They induce fears of future retaliation or abandonment and thus ensure that the future will remain like the past. This is the ego’s continuity and gives it a false sense of security through the belief that You cannot escape from it. But You can and must. God offers You the continuity of Eternity in exchange. When You will to make this exchange, You will simultaneously exchange guilt for Peace, viciousness for Love and pain for Joy.

My role is only to unchain Your will and make it free. Your egos cannot accept this freedom and will oppose Your free decision at every possible moment and in every possible way. And as its maker, You know what it can do, because You gave it the ability to do it. The Mind does indeed know its power, because the Mind does indeed know God. Remember the Kingdom always and remember that You Who are part of it cannot be lost. The Mind that was in Me is in You, for God creates with perfect fairness. Let the Holy Spirit remind You always of His fairness and let Me teach You how to share it with Your Brothers. How else can the chance to claim it for Yourself be given You?

What You do not understand is that the two voices speak for different interpretations of the same thing simultaneously or almost simultaneously, for the ego always speaks first. Alternate interpretations are unnecessary until the first one has been made and speaking itself was unnecessary before the ego was made. The ego speaks in judgment and the Holy Spirit reverses its decisions, much as the Supreme Court has the power to reverse the lower court’s decision about the laws of this world.

The ego’s decisions are always wrong, because they are based on a complete fallacy [Abwegigkeit/Denkfehler/logischer Fehler] which they are made to uphold. Nothing it perceives is interpreted correctly. Not only does it cite scripture for its purpose, but it even interprets scripture as a witness for itself. The bible is a fearful thing to the ego, because of its prejudiced judgment. Perceiving it as fearful, it interprets it fearfully. Having made You afraid, You do not appeal to the higher court, because You believe its judgment would be against You.

We need cite only a few examples to see how the ego’s interpretations have mislead You. A favorite ego quotation is “As ye sow, so shall ye reap.” Another is “Vengeance is Mine sayeth the Lord.” Still another is “I will visit the sins of the fathers unto the third and the fourth generation.” And also, “The wicked shall perish.” There are many others, but if You will let the Holy Spirit reinterpret these in Its own Light, they will suffice.

“As ye sow, so shall ye reap” merely means that what You believe to be worth cultivating You will cultivate in Yourself. Your judgment of what is worthy does make it worthy for You.

“Vengeance is Mine sayeth the Lord” is easily explained if You remember that ideas increase only by being shared. This quotation therefore emphasizes the fact that vengeance cannot be shared. Give it therefore to the Holy Spirit, Who will undo it in You because it does not belong in Your Mind, Which is part of God.

“I will visit the sins of the fathers unto the third and fourth generation,” as interpreted by the ego, is particularly vicious. It is used, in fact, as an attempt to guarantee its survival beyond itself. Actually, All it really means is that the Holy Spirit in later generations retains the power to interpret correctly what former generations have thought and thus release Their thoughts from the ability to produce fear anywhere in the Sonship.

“The wicked shall perish” is merely a statement of fact, if the word “perish” is properly understood. Every loveless thought must be undone. And even the word “undone” is fearful to the ego, which interprets “I am undone” as “I am destroyed.” The ego will not be destroyed, because it is part of Your thought. But because it is uncreative and therefore unsharing, it will be reinterpreted entirely, to release You from fear.

The part of Your thought which You have given to the ego will merely return to the Kingdom, where Your whole Mind belongs. The ego is a form of arrest, but arrest is merely delay. It does not involve the concept of police at all, although the ego welcomes that interpretation. You can delay the completion of the Kingdom, but You cannot introduce the concept of assault into it.

When I said I am come as a Light into the world, I surely came to share this Light with You. Remember the symbolic reference We made before to the ego’s dark glass and remember also that We said “Do not look there.” It is still True that “Where You look to find Yourself is up to You.” The Higher Court will not condemn You. It will merely dismiss the case against You. There can be no case against a Child of God and every witness to guilt in God’s Creations is bearing false witness to God Himself.

Appeal Everything You believe gladly to God’s own Higher Court because it speaks for Him and therefore speaks Truly. It will dismiss the case against You, however carefully You have built it. The case may be foolproof, but it is not Godproof. The voice for God will not hear it at all, because it can only witness Truly. Its verdict will always be

Thine is the Kingdom.

because it was given You to remind You of what You are.

Your patience with Each Other is Your patience with Your Selves. Is not a Child of God worth patience? I have shown You infinite patience, because My will is that of Our Father, from Whom I learned of infinite patience. His voice was in Me, as it is in You, speaking for patience towards the Sonship, in the Name of its Creator. What You need to learn now is that only infinite patience can produce immediate effects. This is the way in which time is exchanged for Eternity. Infinite patience calls upon infinite Love and by producing results now renders time unnecessary.

To say that time is temporary is merely redundant. We have repeatedly said that time is a learning device which will be abolished when it is no longer useful. The Holy Spirit, Who speaks for God in time, also knows that time is meaningless. He reminds You of this in every passing moment of time, because it is His special function to return You to Eternity and remain to bless Your Creations there. He is the only Blessing You can Truly give, because He is so Truly blessed. And because He has been given You so freely by God, You must give Him as You received Him.

h. The Eternal Fixation

The concept of “set” is among the better psychological percepts. Actually, it is used quite frequently in the bible and also here, under many different terms. “God will keep Him in perfect Peace whose Mind is stayed or set on Thee because He trusteth in Thee.”

The pronouns here are confusing without explanation and the attempt to shift “Thee” to “Him” is a misinterpretation [MissDeutung]. The statement means that God’s Peace is set in the Holy Spirit, because It is fixed on God. It is also fixed in You. You, then, are fixed in the Peace of God.

The concept of “fixation” is a very helpful one, which Freud understood perfectly. Unfortunately, He lost His understanding because He was afraid and as You know All too well, fear is incompatible with good judgment. Fear distorts thinking and therefore disorders thought. Freud’s system of thought was extremely ingenious, because Freud was extremely ingenious. A Mind must endow Its thoughts with Its own attributes. This is Its inherent Strength, even though It may misuse Its power.

Freud lost much of the potential value of His own thought system because, much like Cayce, He did not include Himself in it. This is a dissociated state, because the Thinker cuts Himself off from His thoughts. Freud’s thought was so conflicted that He could not have retained His sanity as He saw it without dissociating. This is why the many contradictions which are quite apparent in His thinking became increasingly less apparent to Him.

A man Who knows what fixation really means and does not yield to it is terribly afraid. Fixation is the pull of God, on Whom Your Mind is fixed because of the Holy Spirit’s irrevocable set. “Irrevocable” means “cannot be called back or redirected.” The irrevocable nature of the Holy Spirit’s set is the basis for Its unequivocal voice. The Holy Spirit never changes Its Mind. Clarity of thought cannot occur under conditions of vacillation. Unless a Mind is fixed in Its purpose, It is not clear. But clarity literally means the state of Light and enlightenment is understanding. It stands under perception because You have denied it as the real foundation of thought. This is the basis for All delusional systems.

The concept of fixation, as Freud saw it, has a number of real learning advantages:

First, it recognizes that man can be fixated at a point in development which does not accord with a point in time. This clearly could have been a means toward real release from the time belief, had Freud pursued it with an open Mind. But Freud suffered All His Life from refusal to allow Eternity to dawn upon His Mind and enlighten It Truly. As a result, He overlooked now entirely and merely saw the continuity of past and future.

Second, although He misinterpreted [missdeutete] what the Holy Spirit told Him or better, reminded Him of, He was too honest to deny more than He had to, to keep His fear in tolerable bounds, as He perceived the situation. Therefore, He emphasized that the point in development at which the Mind is fixated is more real to Itself than the external Reality with which It disagrees. This again could have been a powerful release mechanism, had Freud not decided to involve it in a strong defense system because He perceived it as an attack.

Third, although Freud interpreted fixation as irrevocable danger points to which the Mind can always regress, the concept can also be interpreted as an irrevocable call to sanity which the Mind cannot lose. Freud saw return as a threat to maturity because He did not understand prodigality. He merely interpreted it as squandering. Actually, “prodigal” also means careful. This confusion between careful and careless led Him to confuse the escape from caring with something desirable. In fact, He even went so far as to equate it quite literally with desire.

But throughout His thought system, the “threat” of fixation remained and could never be completely eliminated by any living human Being anywhere. Essentially, this was the basis of His pessimism. This was personally as well as theoretically the case. Freud tried every means His very inventive Mind could devise to set up a form of therapy which could enable the Mind to escape from fixation forever, even though He knew this was impossible. The knowledge plagued His belief in His own thought system at every turn, because He was both an honest man and a healer. He was therefore only partially insane at the perceptual level and was unable to relinquish the hope of release even though He could not cope with it.

The reason for this amount of detail is because You are in the same position. You were eternally fixated on God in Your Creation and the pull of this fixation is so strong that You will never overcome it. The reason is perfectly clear. The fixation is on a level that is so high that it cannot be surmounted. You are always being pulled back to Your Creator because You belong in Him.

Do You really believe You can make a voice that can drown out His? Do You really believe that You can devise a thought system which can separate You from His? Do You really believe that You can plan for Your safety and Joy better than He can? You need be neither careful nor careless. You need merely cast All Your cares upon Him because He careth for You. You are His care because He loves You. His voice reminds You always that All hope is Yours because of His care.

You cannot choose to escape His care, because that is not His will. But You can choose to accept His care and use the infinite power of His care for All Those He created by it. There have been many healers Who did not heal Themselves. They have not moved mountains by Their faith because Their faith was not whole. Some of Them have healed the sick at times, but They have not raised the dead. Unless the healer heals Himself, He does not believe that there is no order in Miracles. He has not learned that every Mind that God created is equally worthy of being healed because God created It whole.

You are asked merely to return to God the Mind as He created It. He asks You only for what He gave, knowing that this giving will heal You. Sanity is wholeness. And the sanity of Your Brothers is Yours. Why should You listen to the endless insane calls which You think are made upon You, when You know the voice of God Himself is in You? God commended His Spirit to You and asks that You commend Yours to Him. He wills to keep it in perfect Peace because You are of one Mind and Spirit with Him.

Excluding Yourself from the Atonement is the ego’s lastditch defense of its own existence. It reflects both the ego’s need to separate and Your willingness to side with its separateness. This willingness means that You do not want to be healed. When I told B that there is “just one more thing,” He heard Me very well. I hope He will hear Me as well now. His intelligent mishearing of “river” as “rivet” showed that, even though He wanted release, He was not able to cope with it at the time.

But the time is now. You have not been asked to work out the Plan of Salvation Yourselves, because, as I told You before, the Remedy for what You have made is not of Your own making. God Himself gave You the perfect correction for Everything You have made which is not in accord with His Holy Will. I have made His Plan perfectly clear and perfectly explicit to You and have also told You of Your part in His Plan and how urgent it is that You fulfill it.

There is time for delay, but there need not be. God weeps at the sacrifice of His Children Who believe They are lost to Him. The “one more thing” that B must learn is merely that He is not the One more. He is Both One and at One. If He will learn this now, He will be willing in accord with the Last Judgment, which is really only the biblical reminder of the inevitability of Selfinclusion. This is what “Physician, heal Thyself” really means. B has frequently observed for Himself that this is hard to do. He has, however, been perfectly aware of just what You should do about it.

You might ask Him for Me whether He does not think He might be dissociating Himself from His own awareness, since He is so clear about the remedy for You. You might also remind Him that to whatever extent He separates Himself from You, He is separating Himself from Me. This is a collaborative venture. Let Me therefore return His own ideas to Him, so that You can share them and thus help Each Other to help Me.

But let Me first remind You of something I told You Myself. Whenever You are not wholly joyous, it is because You have reacted with a lack of Love to some Soul Which God created. Perceiving this as sin, You become defensive because You expect attack. The decision to react in that way, however, was Yours and can therefore be undone. It cannot be undone by repentance in the usual sense, because this implies guilt. If You allow Yourself to feel guilty, You will reinforce the error, rather than allowing it to be undone for You.

Decisions cannot be difficult. This is obvious if You realize that You must already have made a decision not to be wholly joyous if that is what You feel. Therefore, the first step in the undoing is to recognize that You actively decided wrongly, but can as actively decide otherwise.

Be very firm with Yourselves in this and keep Yourselves fully aware of the fact that the undoing process, which does not come from You, is nevertheless within You because God placed it there. Your part is merely to return Your thinking to the point at which the error was made and give it over to the Atonement in Peace. Say to Yourselves the following, as sincerely as You can, remembering that the Holy Spirit will respond fully to Your slightest invitation:

I must have decided wrongly because I am not at Peace.

I made the decision Myself, but I can also decide otherwise.

I will to decide otherwise, because I want to be at Peace.

I do not feel guilty, because the Holy Spirit will undo All the consequences of My wrong decision if I will let Him.

I will to let Him by allowing Him to decide for God for Me.

Chapter 6 – Attack and Fear

a. The Message of the Crucifixion

We have not dwelt upon the crucifixion, because of its fearful connotations. The only emphasis We laid upon it was that it was not a form of punishment. But We know that nothing can be really explained only in negative terms. There is a positive interpretation of the crucifixion which is wholly devoid of fear and therefore wholly benign in what it teaches, if it is properly understood. It is nothing more than an extreme example. Its value, like the value of any teaching device, lies solely in the kind of learning it facilitates. It can be and has been, misunderstood. But this is only because the fearful are apt to perceive fearfully.

I told You before that You can always call on Me to share My decision and thus make it stronger. I also told You that the crucifixion was the last foolish journey that the Sonship need take and that it should mean release from fear to Anyone Who understands it. While We emphasized the Resurrection only before, the purpose of the crucifixion and how it actually led to the Resurrection was not clarified at that time. Nevertheless, it has a definite contribution to make to Your own lives and if You will consider it without fear, it will help You understand Your own role as teachers.

You have reacted for years as if You were being crucified. This is a marked tendency of the separated, Who always refuse to consider what They have done to Themselves. Projection means anger, anger fosters assault and assault promotes fear. The real meaning of the crucifixion lies in the apparent intensity of the assault of some of the Sons of God upon a Brother. This, of course, is impossible and must be fully understood as an impossibility. In fact, unless it is fully understood as only that, I cannot serve as a real model for learning.

Assault can ultimately be made only on the body. There is little doubt that one body can assault another and can even destroy it. But if destruction itself is impossible, then Anything that is destructible cannot be real. Therefore, its destruction does not justify anger. To the extent to which You believe it does, You must be accepting false premises and teaching them to Others. The message which the crucifixion was intended to teach was that it is not necessary to perceive any form of assault in persecution because You cannot be persecuted. If You respond with anger, You must be equating Yourself with the destructible and are therefore regarding Yourself insanely. I have made it perfectly clear that I am like You and You are like Me. But Our fundamental equality can be demonstrated only through joint decision.

You are free to perceive Yourselves as persecuted if You choose. But You might remember when You do choose to react that way that I was persecuted as the world judges and did not share this evaluation for Myself. And because I did not share it, I did not strengthen it. I therefore offered a different interpretation of attack and one which I do want to share with You. If You will believe it, You will help Me teach it.

We have said before, “As You teach so shall You learn.” If You react as if You are persecuted, You are teaching persecution. This is not a lesson which the Sons of God should want to teach if They are to realize Their own Salvation. Rather teach Your own perfect immunity, which is the Truth in You and know that it cannot be assailed. Do not protect it Yourselves or You have believed that it is assailable. You are not asked to be crucified, because that was part of My own teaching contribution. You are merely asked to follow My example in the face of much less extreme temptations to misperceive and not to accept them falsely as justifications for anger.

There can be no justification for the unjustifiable. Do not believe there is and do not teach that there is. Remember always that what You believe You will teach. Believe with Me and We will become equal as teachers. Your Resurrection is Your reawakening. I am the model for rebirth, but rebirth itself is merely the dawning on Your Minds of what is already in Them. God placed it There Himself and so it is True forever. I believed in it and therefore made it forever True for Me. Help Me to teach it to Our Brothers in the Name of the Kingdom of God. But first believe that it is True for You or You will teach amiss.

My Brothers slept during the socalled “agony in the garden,” but I could not be angry with Them, because I had learned I could not be abandoned. Peter swore He would never deny Me, but He did so three times. It should be noted that He did offer to defend Me with the sword, which I naturally refused, not being at all in need of bodily protection. I am sorry when My Brothers do not share My decision to hear and be only one voice, because it weakens Them as teachers and learners. But yet I know that They cannot really betray Themselves or Me and that it is still on Them that I must build My church.

You will never get a control message from Me because I speak with one voice.

I promised I would edit the notes with You.

There is no choice in this, because only You can be the foundation of God’s church. A church is where an Altar is and the presence of the Altar is what makes it a church. Any church which does not inspire Love has a hidden Altar Which is not serving the purpose for Which God intended It. I must found His church on You because You Who accept Me as a model are literally My Disciples. Disciples are followers, but if the model They follow has chosen to save Them pain in All respects, They are probably unwise not to follow Him.

I elected, both for Your sake and Mine, to demonstrate that the most outrageous assault, as judged by the ego, did not matter. As the world judges these things, but not as God knows them, I was betrayed, abandoned, beaten, torn and finally killed. It was perfectly clear that this was only because of the projection of Others onto Me, because I had not harmed Anyone and had healed Many. We are still equal as learners, even though We need not have equal experiences. The Holy Spirit is glad when You can learn enough from Mine to be reawakened by them. That was their only purpose and that is the only way in which I can be perceived as the Way, the Truth and the Light.

When You hear only one voice, You are never called on to sacrifice. On the contrary, by enabling Yourselves to hear the Holy Spirit in Others, You can learn from Their experiences and gain from Them without experiencing Them. That is because the Holy Spirit is One and Anyone Who listens is inevitably led to demonstrate His way for All. You are not persecuted, nor was I. You are not asked to repeat My experience, because the Holy Spirit Which We share, makes this unnecessary. But to use My experiences constructively for Yourselves, You must still follow My example in how to perceive them.

My Brothers and Yours are constantly engaged in justifying the unjustifiable. My one lesson, which I must teach as I learned, is that no perception which is out of accord with the judgment of the Holy Spirit can be justified. I undertook to show this was True in a very extreme case, merely because this would serve as a good teaching aid to Those Whose temptations to give in to anger and assault would not be as extreme.

I will, with God Himself, that none of His Sons should suffer. Remember that the Holy Spirit is the communication link between God the Father and His separated Sons. If You will listen to His Voice, You will know that You cannot either hurt or be hurt, but that Many need Your Blessing to help Them hear this for Themselves. When You perceive only this need in Them and do not respond to any others, You will have learned of Me and be as eager to share Your learning as I am. The crucifixion cannot be shared, because it is the symbol of projection. But the Resurrection is the symbol of sharing, because the reawakening of every Son of God is necessary to enable the Sonship to know Its wholeness. Only this is knowledge.

The message of the crucifixion is very simple and perfectly clear: “Teach only Love, for that is what You are.” If You interpret it in any other way, You are using it as a weapon for assault rather than as the call to Peace for which it was intended. The Apostles often misunderstood it and always for the same reason that makes Anyone misunderstand Anything. Their own imperfect Love made Them vulnerable to projection. And out of Their own fear They spoke of the wrath of God as His retaliatory weapon. They also could not speak of the crucifixion entirely without anger, because Their own sense of guilt had made Them angry.

There are two glaring examples of upside down thinking in the New Testament, whose whole Gospel is only the message of Love. These are not at all like the several slips into impatience which I made, because I had learned the Atonement Prayer, which I also came to teach, too well to engage in upside down thinking Myself.

Comment to B: If the Apostles had not felt guilty, They never could have quoted Me as saying, “I come not to bring Peace but a sword.” This is clearly the exact opposite of Everything I taught.

Nor could They have described My reactions to Judas Iscariot as They did, if They had really understood Me. They could not have believed that I could have said, “Betrayest Thou the Son of man with a kiss?” unless I believed in betrayal. The whole message of the crucifixion was simply that I did not. The “punishment” which I am said to have called forth upon Judas was a similar reversal. Judas was My Brother and a Son of God, as much a part of the Sonship as Myself. Was it likely that I would condemn Him when I was ready to demonstrate that condemnation is impossible?

I am very grateful to the Apostles for Their teaching and fully aware of the extent of Their devotion to Me. But as You read Their teachings, remember that I told Them Myself that there was much They would understand later, because They were not wholly ready to follow Me at the time. I emphasize this only because I do not want You to allow any fear to enter into the thought system toward which I am guiding You. I do not call for martyrs but for teachers.

Bill is an outstanding example of this confusion and has literally believed for years that teaching is martyrdom. This is because He thought and still thinks at times, that teaching leads to crucifixion rather than to reawakening. The upside down nature of this association is so obvious that He could only have made it because He felt guilty. No One is “punished” for sins and the Sons of God are not sinners. Any concept of “punishment” involves the projection of blame and reinforces the idea that blame is justified. The behavior that results is a lesson in blame, just as All behavior teaches the beliefs that motivate it.

The crucifixion was a complex of behaviors arising out of clearly opposed thought systems. As such, it is the perfect symbol of conflict between the ego and the Son of God. It was as much intrapersonal [innermenschlich] as interpersonal [zwischenmenschlich] then, just as it is now and it is still just as real. But because it is just as real now, its lesson, too, has equal Reality when it is learned. I do not need gratitude any more than I needed protection. But You need to develop Your weakened ability to be grateful or You cannot appreciate God. He does not need Your appreciation, but You do.

You cannot love what You do not appreciate and fear makes appreciation impossible. Whenever You are afraid of what You are, You do not appreciate it and will therefore reject it. As a result, You will teach rejection. The power of the Sons of God is operating All the time, because They were created as Creators. Their influence on Each Other is without limit and must be used for Their joint Salvation. Each One must learn to teach that All forms of rejection are utterly meaningless.

The separation is the notion of rejection. As long as You teach this, You still believe it. This is not as God thinks and You must think as He thinks if You are to know Him again.

b. The Uses of Projection

Any split in will must involve a rejection of part of it and this is the belief in separation. The wholeness of God, which is His Peace, cannot be appreciated except by a whole Mind, Which recognizes the wholeness of God’s Creation and by this recognition knows its Creator.

Exclusion and separation are synonymous. So are separation and dissociation. We have said before that the separation was and is dissociation and also that once it had occurred, projection became its main defense or the device which keeps it going. The reason, however, may not be as clear to You as You think. What You project You disown and therefore do not believe is Yours. You are therefore excluding Yourself from it, by the very statement You are making that You are different from Someone else. Since You have also judged against what You project, You attack it because You have already attacked it by rejecting it. By doing this unconsciously, You try to keep the fact that You must have attacked Yourself first out of awareness and thus imagine that You have made Yourself safe.

Projection will always hurt You. It reinforces Your belief in Your own split Mind and its only purpose is to keep the separation going. It is solely a device of the ego to make You feel different from Your Brothers and separated from Them. The ego justifies this on the wholly spurious grounds that it makes You seem better than They are, thus obscuring equality with Them still further.

Projection and attack are inevitably related, because projection is always a means of justifying attack. Anger without projection is impossible. The ego uses projection only to distort Your perception of Both Yourself and Your Brothers. It begins by excluding something You think exists in You which You do not want and leads directly to Your excluding Yourself from Your Brothers.

But We know that there is another use of projection. Every ability of the ego has a better counterpart, because its abilities are directed by the Mind, Which has a better voice. The Holy Spirit, as well as the ego, utilizes projection but since their goals are opposed, so is the result. The Holy Spirit begins by perceiving You as perfect. Knowing this perfection is shared, It recognizes it in Others, thus strengthening it in Both. Instead of anger, this arouses Love for Both because it establishes inclusion. Perceiving equality, it perceives equal needs. This invites Atonement automatically, because Atonement is the one need which is Universal.

To perceive Yourself in this way is the only way in which You can find happiness in this world. This is because it is the acknowledgement that You are not in this world and the world is unhappy. How else can You find Joy in a joyless place except by realizing that You are not there? You cannot be anywhere that God did not put You and God created You as part of Him. That is both where You are and what You are. This is completely unalterable. It is total inclusion. You cannot change this now or ever. It is forever True. It is not a belief, but a fact.

Anything that God creates is as True as He is. Its Truth lies only in its perfect inclusion in Him Who alone is perfect. To deny this in any way is to deny Yourself and Him, because it is impossible to accept One without the Other. The perfect equality of the Holy Spirit’s perception is the counterpart of the perfect equality of God’s knowing. The ego’s perception has no counterpart in God, but the Holy Spirit remains the bridge between perception and knowledge. By enabling You to use perception in a way that parallels knowledge, You will ultimately meet it and know it.

The ego prefers to believe that parallel lines do not meet and conceives of their meeting as impossible. But You might remember that even the human eye perceives them as if they do meet in the distance, which is the same as in the future, if time and space are one dimension. The later mathematics support the interpretation of ultimate convergence of the parallel theoretically. Everything meets in God, because Everything was created by Him and in Him. God created His Sons by extending His Thought and retaining the extensions of His Thought in His Mind. All His Thoughts are thus perfectly united within Themselves and with each other because they were created neither partially nor in part.

The Holy Spirit enables You to perceive this wholeness now. You can no more pray for Yourselves alone than You can find Joy for Yourself alone. Prayer is a restatement of inclusion, directed by the Holy Spirit under the laws of God. God created You to create. You cannot extend His Kingdom until You know of its wholeness. But thoughts begin in the Mind of the Thinker, from which they extend outward. This is as True of God’s thinking as it is of Yours. Because Your Minds are split, You can also perceive as well as think, but perception cannot escape from the basic laws of Mind. You perceive from Your Mind and extend Your perceptions outward.

Although perception of any kind is unnecessary, You made it and the Holy Spirit can therefore use it well. He can inspire perception and lead it toward God by making it parallel to God’s way of thinking and thus guaranteeing their ultimate meeting. This convergence seems to be far in the future only because Your Mind is not in perfect alignment with the idea and therefore does not want it now. The Holy Spirit uses time, but does not believe in it. Coming from God, He uses Everything for good, but does not believe in what is not True.

Since the Holy Spirit is in Your Minds, then Your Minds must be able to believe only what is True. The Holy Spirit can speak only for this, because He speaks for God. He tells You to return Your whole Mind to God, because It has never left Him. If It has never left Him, You need only perceive It as It is to be returned. The full awareness of the Atonement, then, is the recognition that the separation never occurred. The ego cannot prevail against this, because it is an explicit statement that the ego never occurred.

The ego can accept the idea that return is necessary, because it can so easily make the idea seem so difficult. But the Holy Spirit tells You that even return is unnecessary, because what never happened cannot involve any problem. But it does not follow that You cannot make the idea of return both necessary and difficult. God made nothing either necessary or difficult. But You have perceived both as if they were part of His perfect Creations. Yet it is surely clear that the Perfect need nothing and cannot experience perfection as a difficult accomplishment because that is what They are.

This is the way in which You must perceive God’s Creations, bringing All of Your perceptions into the one parallel line which the Holy Spirit sees. This line is the direct line of communication with God and lets Your Mind converge with His. There is no conflict anywhere in this perception, because it means that All perception is guided by the Holy Spirit, whose Mind is fixed on God. Only the Holy Spirit can resolve conflict, because only the Holy Spirit is conflictfree. He perceives only what is True in Your Mind and extends outward to only what is True in other Minds.

The difference between the ego’s use of projection and projection as the Holy Spirit uses it is very simple. The ego projects to exclude and therefore to deceive. The Holy Spirit projects by recognizing Himself in every Mind and thus perceives Them as One. Nothing conflicts in this perception, because what the Holy Spirit perceives is the same. Wherever He looks He sees Himself and because He is united, He offers the whole Kingdom always. This is the one message which God gave to Him and for which He must speak because that is what He is. The Peace of God lies in that message and so the Peace of God lies in You.

The great Peace of the Kingdom shines in Your Mind forever, but it must shine outward to make You aware of it. The Holy Spirit was given You with perfect impartiality and only by perceiving Him impartially can You perceive Him at all. The ego is legion, but the Holy Spirit is One. No darkness abides anywhere in the Kingdom, so Your part is only to allow no darkness to abide in Your own Mind. This alignment with Light is unlimited, because It is in alignment with the Light of the world. Each of Us is the Light of the world and by joining Our Minds in this Light, We proclaim the Kingdom of God together and as One.

c. The Relinquishment of Attack

We have used many words as synonyms which are not ordinarily regarded as the same. We began with having and being and recently have used others. Hearing and being is an example, to which We can also add teaching and being, learning and being and, above All, projecting and being. This is because, as We have said before, every idea begins in the Mind of the Thinker and extends outward. Therefore, what extends from the Mind is still in It and from What it extends it knows itself. This is its natural talent.

The word “knows” is correct here, even though the ego does not know and is not concerned with being at all. The Holy Spirit still holds knowledge safe through Its impartial perception. By attacking nothing, It presents no barrier at all to the communication of God. Therefore, being is never threatened. Your Godlike Mind can never be defiled. The ego never was and never will be part of It.

But through the ego You can hear and learn and teach and project what is not True. From this, which You have made, You have taught Yourselves to believe You are not what You are. You cannot teach what You have not learned. And what You teach You strengthen in Yourselves because You are sharing it. Every lesson which You teach You are learning.

That is why You must teach only one lesson. If You are to be conflict free Yourselves, You must learn only from the Holy Spirit and teach only by Him. You are only Love, but when You denied this You made what You are something You must learn. We said before that the message of the crucifixion was teach only Love, for that is what You are. This is the one lesson which is perfectly unified, because it is the only lesson which is One. And only by teaching it can You learn it.

“As You teach so will You learn.” If that is True and it is True indeed, You must never forget that what You teach is teaching You. What You project You believe. The only real safety lies in projecting only the Holy Spirit, because as You see His gentleness in Others Your own Mind perceives Itself as totally harmless. Once It can accept this fully, It does not see the need to protect Itself. The protection of God then dawns upon It, assuring It that It is perfectly safe forever.

The perfectly Safe are wholly benign. They bless because They know They are blessed. Without anxiety, the Mind is wholly kind and because It projects beneficence, It is beneficent. Safety is the complete relinquishment of attack. No compromise is possible in this. Teach attack in any form and You have learned it and it will hurt You. But Your learning is not immortal and You can unlearn it by not teaching it. Since You cannot not teach, Your Salvation lies in teaching exactly the opposite of Everything the ego believes. This is how You will learn the Truth that will make You free and keep You so as Others learn it of You.

The only way to have Peace is to teach Peace. By learning it through projection, it becomes a part of You that You know, because You cannot teach what You have dissociated. Only thus can You win back the knowledge You threw away. An idea which You share You must have. It awakens in You through the conviction of teaching. Remember that if teaching is being and learning is being, then teaching is learning. Everything You teach You are learning. Teach only Love and learn that Love is Yours and You are Love.

d. The Only Answer

Remember that the Holy Spirit is the answer, not the question. The ego always speaks first, because it is capricious and does not mean its maker well. This is because it believes and correctly, that its maker may withdraw His support from it at any moment. If it meant You well, it would be glad, as the Holy Spirit will be glad when He has brought You home and You no longer need His guidance. The ego does not regard itself as part of You. Herein lies its primary perceptual error, the foundation of its whole thought system.

When God created You, He made You part of Him. That is why attack within the Kingdom is impossible. But You made the ego without Love and so it does not love You. You could not remain within the Kingdom without Love and since the Kingdom is Love, You believe You are without it. This enables the ego to regard itself as separate and outside its maker, thus speaking for the part of Your Mind that believes You are separate and outside the Mind of God.

The ego, then, raised the first question that was ever asked, but it can never answer it. That question, which was “What are You?” was the beginning of doubt. The ego has never answered any questions since, though it has raised a great many. The most inventive activities of the ego have never done more than obscure the question, because You have the answer and the ego is afraid of You. You cannot really understand conflict until You fully understand one basic fact that the ego does not know. The Holy Spirit does not speak first, but He always answers. Everyone has called upon Him for help at one time or another and in one way or another, and has been answered. Since the Holy Spirit answers Truly, He answers for All time and that means that Everyone has the answer now.

The ego cannot hear the Holy Spirit, but it does feel that part of the same Mind that made it is against it. It interprets this wholly as a justification for attacking its maker. The ego believes that the best defense is attack and wants You to believe this. Unless You do believe it, You will not side with it. And the ego feels badly in need of allies, though not of Brothers.

Perceiving something alien to itself in Your Mind, the ego turns to the body, not the Mind as its ally because the body is not part of You. This makes the body the ego’s friend. But it is an alliance frankly based on separation. If You side with this alliance, You will be afraid, because You are siding with an alliance of fear. The ego and the body conspire against Your Minds and because they realize that their “enemy” can end them both merely by knowing they are not part of Him, they join in the attack together. This is perhaps the strangest perception of All, if You consider what it really involves. The ego, which is not real, attempts to persuade the Mind, Which is real, that it is Its own learning device and that the learning device is more real than It is. No One in His Right Mind could possibly believe this and no One in His Right Mind does believe it.

Hear, then, the one answer of the Holy Spirit to All the questions which the ego raises. You are a Child of God, a priceless part of His Kingdom, Which He created as part of Him. Nothing else exists and only this is real. You have chosen a sleep in which You have had bad dreams, but the sleep is not real and God calls You to awake. There will be nothing left of Your dream when You hear Him, because You will be awake. Your dreams have contained many of the ego’s symbols and they have confused You. But that was only because You were asleep and did not know.

When You awake, You will see the Truth around You and in You and You will no longer believe in dreams, because they will have no Reality for You. But the Kingdom and All that You have created there will have great Reality for You, because they are beautiful and True. In the Kingdom, where You are and what You are is perfectly certain. There is no doubt there, because the first question was never asked. Having finally been wholly answered, it has never been. Being alone lives in the Kingdom, where Everything lives in God without question. The time that was spent on questioning in the dream has given way to the Creation and to its Eternity.

You are as certain as God, because You are as True as He is. But what was once quite certain in Your Minds has become only the ability for certainty. The introduction of abilities into being was the beginning of uncertainty, because abilities are potentials, not accomplishments. Your abilities are totally useless in the presence of God’s accomplishments and also of Yours. Accomplishments are results which have been achieved. When they are perfect, abilities are meaningless.

It is curious that the Perfect must now be perfected. In fact, it is impossible. But You must remember that when You put Yourselves in an impossible situation, You believed that the impossible was possible.

Abilities must be developed or You cannot use them. This is not True of Anything that God created, but it is the kindest solution possible to what You have made. In an impossible situation, You can develop Your abilities to the point where they can get You out of it. You have a guide to how to develop them, but You have no commander except Yourself. This leaves You in charge of the Kingdom, with both a guide to find it and a means to keep it. You have a model to follow Who will strengthen Your command and never detract from it in any way. You therefore retain the central place in Your perceived enslavement, a fact which itself demonstrates that You are not enslaved.

You are in an impossible situation only because You thought it was possible to be in one. You would be in an impossible situation if God showed You Your perfection and proved to You that You were wrong. This would demonstrate that the Perfect were inadequate to bring Themselves to the awareness of Their perfection and thus side with the belief that Those Who have Everything need help and are therefore helpless.

This is the kind of reasoning that the ego engages in, but God, Who knows that His Creations are perfect does not insult them. This would be as impossible as the ego’s notion that it has insulted Him. That is why the Holy Spirit never commands. To command is to assume inequality, which the Holy Spirit demonstrates does not exist. Fidelity to premises is a law of the Mind and Everything God created is faithful to His laws. But fidelity to other laws is also possible, not because the laws are True, but because You made them.

What would be gained if God proved to You that You have thought insanely? Can God lose His own certainty? We have frequently stated that what You teach You are. Would You have God teach You that You have sinned? If He confronted the self You have made with the Truth He created for You, what could You be but afraid? You would doubt Your sanity, which is the one thing in which You can find the sanity He gave You. God does not teach. To teach is to imply a lack which God knows is not there. God is not conflicted. Teaching aims at change, but God created only the changeless.

The separation was not a loss of perfection, but a failure in communication. A harsh and strident form of communication arose as the ego’s voice. It could not shatter the Peace of God, but it could shatter Yours. God did not blot it out, because to eradicate it would be to attack it. Being questioned, He did not question. He merely gave the Answer.

God’s answer is Your teacher.

e. To Have, Give All to All

Like any good teacher, He does know more than You know now, but He teaches only to make You Equals. This is because You had already taught wrong, having believed what was not True. You did not believe in Your own perfection. Could God teach You that You had made a split Mind when He knows Your Mind only as whole?

What God does know is that His communication channels are not open to Him, so that He cannot impart His Joy and know that His Children are wholly joyous. This is an ongoing process, not in time, but in Eternity. God’s extending outward, though not His completeness, was blocked when the Sonship did not communicate with Him as One. So He thought, “My Children sleep and must be awakened.”

How can You wake children better and more kindly than with a gentle Voice that will not frighten Them, but will merely remind Them that the night is over and the Light has come? You do not inform Them that the nightmares which frightened Them so badly were not real, because children believe in magic. You merely reassure Them that They are safe now. Then You train Them to recognize the difference between sleeping and waking, so that They will understand They need not be afraid of dreams. Then when bad dreams come, They will call on the Light Themselves to dispel them.

A wise teacher teaches through approach, not avoidance. He does not emphasize what You must avoid to escape from harm as much as what You need to learn to have Joy. This is True even of the world’s teachers. Consider the confusion that a child would experience if He were told, “Do not do this because it might hurt You and make You unsafe, but if You do that You will escape from harm and be safe and then You will not be afraid.” All of this could be included in only three words: “Do only that.” That simple statement is perfectly clear, easily understood and very easily remembered.

The Holy Spirit never itemizes errors, because He does not frighten children and Those Who lack Wisdom are children. But He always answers Their call and His dependability makes Them more certain. Children do confuse fantasy and Reality and They are frightened because They do not know the difference.

The Holy Spirit makes no distinction among dreams. He merely shines them away. His Light is always the call to awake, whatever You may have been dreaming. Nothing lasting lies in dreams and the Holy Spirit, shining with the Light from God Himself, speaks only for what lasts forever.

When Your body and Your ego and Your dreams are gone, You will know that You will last forever. Many think that this is accomplished through death, but nothing is accomplished through death because death is nothing. Everything is accomplished through Life and Life is of the Mind and in the Mind. The body neither lives nor dies, because it cannot contain You Who are Life. If We share the same Mind, You can overcome death because I did. Death is an attempt to resolve conflict by not willing at all. Like any other impossible solution which the ego attempts, it will not work.

God did not make the body, because it is destructible and therefore not of the Kingdom. The body is the symbol of the what You think You are. It is clearly a separation device and therefore does not exist. The Holy Spirit, as always, takes what You have made and translates it into a learning device for You. Again, as always, it reinterprets what the ego uses as an argument for separation into an argument against it.

If the Mind can heal the body, but the body cannot heal the Mind, then the Mind must be stronger. Every Miracle demonstrates this. We have said that the Holy Spirit is the motivation for Miracles. This is because He always tells You that only the Mind is real, because only the Mind can be shared. The body is separate and therefore cannot be part of You. To be of one Mind is meaningful, but to be of one body is meaningless. By the laws of Mind, then, the body is meaningless.

To the Holy Spirit there is no order of difficulty in Miracles. This is familiar enough to You by now, but it has not yet become believable. Therefore, You do not understand it and cannot use it. We have too much to accomplish on behalf of the Kingdom to let this crucial concept slip away. It is a real foundation stone of the thought system I teach and want You to teach. You cannot perform Miracles without believing it, because it is a belief in perfect equality.

Only one equal gift can be offered to the equal Sons of God and that is full appreciation. Nothing more and nothing less. Without a range, order of difficulty is meaningless and there must be no range in what You offer to Each Other. The Holy Spirit, Which leads to God, translates communication into being, just as He ultimately translates perception into knowledge.

You do not lose what You communicate. The ego uses the body for attack, for pleasure and for pride. The insanity of this perception makes it a fearful one. The Holy Spirit sees it only as a means of communication. And because communicating is sharing, it becomes communion. You might argue that fear as well as Love can be communicated and therefore can be shared. But this is not so real as it sounds. Those Who communicate fear are promoting attack and attack always breaks communication and therefore makes communion impossible.

Egos do join together in temporary allegiance, but always for what each one can get separately. The Holy Spirit communicates only what Each One can give to All. He never takes Anything back, because He wants You to keep it. Therefore, His teaching begins with the lesson:

To have, give All to All.

Therefore do only that.

This is a very preliminary step and the only one You must take Yourself. It is not even necessary that You complete the step Yourself, but it is necessary that You turn in that direction. Having willed to go that way, You place Yourself in charge of the journey, where You and only You must remain.

This step appears to exacerbate conflict rather than resolve it, because it is the beginning step in reversing Your perception and turning it right side up. This conflicts with the upside down perception which You have not yet abandoned or the change in direction would not have been necessary. Some People remain at this step for a very long time, experiencing very acute conflict. Many try to accept the conflict, rather than to take the next step toward its resolution. But having taken the first step, They will be helped. Having willed what They cannot complete alone, They are no longer alone.

You, Helen, had taken this step and because You believed in it, You taught it to Bill, Who still believed in the solution of sleep. You were not consistent in teaching it, but You did so often enough to enable Him to learn it. Once He learned it, He could teach You how to become more consistently awake and thus begin to waken Himself. This placed Him, too, in command of the journey. His recognition of the direction it must take was perfectly stated when He insisted on collaboration.

You, H, had taken a giant step into conflict, but B turned You Both forwards toward the way out. The more He teaches this, the more He will learn it.

f. To Have Peace, Teach Peace to Learn It

All the separated Ones have a basic fear of retaliation and abandonment. This is because They believe in attack and rejection, so this is what They perceive and teach and learn. These insane concepts are clearly the result of Their own dissociation and projection. What You teach You are, but it is quite apparent that You can teach wrongly and therefore teach Yourselves wrong. Many thought that I was attacking Them, even though it is quite apparent that I was not. An insane learner learns strange lessons.

What You must understand is that, when You do not share a thought system, You are weakening it. Those Who believe in it therefore perceive this as an attack on Them. This is because Everyone identifies Himself with His thought system and every thought system centers on what You believe You are. If the center of the thought system is True, only Truth extends outward from it. But if a lie is at its center, only deception proceeds from it.

All good teachers realize that only fundamental change will last. But They do not begin at that level. Strengthening motivation for change is Their first and foremost goal. It is also Their last and final one. Increasing motivation for change in the learner is All that a teacher need do to guarantee change. This is because a change in motivation is a change of Mind and this will inevitably produce fundamental change because the Mind is fundamental.

The first step in the reversal or undoing process, then, is the undoing of the getting concept. Accordingly, the Holy Spirit’s first lesson was: To have, give All to All. We said that this is apt to increase conflict temporarily and We can clarify this still further now. At this point, the equality of having and being is not yet perceived. Until it is, having still appears to be the opposite of being. Therefore, the first lesson seems to contain a contradiction because it is being learned by a conflicted Mind. This means conflicting motivation and so the lesson cannot be learned consistently as yet.

Further, the Mind of the learner projects its own split and therefore does not perceive consistent Minds in Others, making Him suspicious of Their motivations. This is the real reason why in many respects the first lesson is the hardest to learn. Still strongly aware of the ego in Himself and responding primarily to the ego in Others, He is being taught to react to both as if what He does believe is not True.

Upside down as always, the ego perceives the first lesson as insane. In fact, this is its only alternative here, because the other one, which would be much less acceptable, would obviously be that it is insane. The ego’s judgment, then, is predetermined by what it is, though not more so than is any other product of thought. The fundamental change will still occur with the change of Mind in the Thinker.

Meanwhile, the increasing clarity of the Holy Spirit’s voice makes it impossible for the learner not to listen. For a time, then, He is receiving conflicting messages and accepting both. This is the classic “double bind” in communication, which You wrote about Yourselves quite recently and with good examples too. It is interesting that Helen claimed at the time that She had never heard of it and did not understand it. I thought it might help Both of You if You were called on to write about it together. You might remember Our Brother’s insistence on its inclusion. Helen thought He had become quite irrational on this point, but it was quite strongly reinforced in His Mind and so He wanted to teach it in His Text. This, of course, was a very good way for You to learn it.

The way out of conflict between two opposing thought systems is clearly to choose one and relinquish the other. If You identify with Your thought system and You cannot escape this and if You accept two thought systems which are in complete disagreement, Peace of Mind is impossible. If You teach both, which You will surely do as long as You accept both, You are teaching conflict and learning it. But You do want Peace or You would not have called upon the voice for Peace to help You. His lesson is not insane, but the conflict is.

There can be no conflict between sanity and insanity, because only one is True and therefore only one is real. The ego tries to persuade You that it is up to You to decide which voice is True. But the Holy Spirit teaches You that Truth was created by God and Your decision cannot change It. As You begin to realize the quiet power of His Voice and its perfect consistency, it must dawn on Your Minds that You are trying to undo a decision which was made irrevocably for You. That is why We suggested before that there was help in reminding Yourselves to allow the Holy Spirit to decide for God for You.

You are not asked to make insane decisions, although You are free to think You are. But it must be insane to believe it is up to You to decide what God’s Creations are. The Holy Spirit perceives the conflict exactly as it is. Therefore, His second lesson is:

To have Peace, teach Peace to learn it.

This is still a preliminary step, because having and being are still not equated but it is more advanced than the first step, which is really only a thought reversal. The second step is a positive affirmation of what You want. This, then is a step in the direction out of conflict, because it means that alternatives have been considered and one has been chosen as more desirable.

But the evaluation “more desirable” still implies that the desirable has degrees. Therefore, although this step is essential for the ultimate decision, it is clearly not the final one.

It should be clear that the recognition of the lack of order in Miracles has not yet been accepted, because nothing is difficult that is wholly desired. To desire wholly is to create and creating cannot be difficult if God Himself created You as a Creator. The second step, then, is still perceptual but it is nevertheless a giant step toward the unified perception that parallels God’s knowing.

As You take this step and hold this direction, You will be pushing toward the center of Your thought system, where the fundamental change will occur. You are only beginning this step now, but You have started on this way by realizing that only one way is possible. You do not yet realize this consistently and so Your progress is intermittent, but the second step is easier than the first, because it follows. The very fact that You have accepted that is a demonstration of Your growing awareness that the Holy Spirit will lead You on.

g. Be Vigilant Only for God and His Kingdom

For Your own Salvation You must be critical, because Your Salvation is critical to the whole Sonship. We said before that the Holy Spirit is evaluative and must be. Yet His evaluation does not extend beyond You or You would share it. In Your Mind and Your Mind only, He sorts out the True from the false and teaches You to judge every thought that You allow to enter in the Light of what God put there. Whatever is in accord with this Light He retains, to strengthen the Kingdom in You. When it is partly in accord with Truth He accepts it and purifies it. But what is out of accord entirely He rejects by judging against. This is how He keeps the Kingdom perfectly consistent and perfectly unified.

But what You must remember is that what the Holy Spirit rejects the ego accepts. This is because they are in fundamental disagreement about Everything, because they are in fundamental disagreement about what You are. The ego’s beliefs on this crucial issue vary and that is why it promotes different moods. The Holy Spirit never varies on this point and so the one mood that He engenders is Joy. He protects this by rejecting Everything that does not foster Joy and so He alone can keep You wholly joyous.

The Holy Spirit does not teach Your Mind to be critical of other Minds, because He does not want You to teach Your errors and learn them Yourselves. He would hardly be consistent if He allowed You to strengthen what You must learn to avoid. In the Mind of the Thinker, then, He is judgmental, but only in order to unify It so It can perceive without judgment. This enables the Mind to teach without judgment and therefore learn to be without judgment. The undoing is necessary only in Your Mind, so that You cannot project it. God Himself has established what You can project with perfect safety. Therefore, the Holy Spirit’s third lesson is:

Be vigilant only for God and His Kingdom.

This is a major step toward fundamental change. Yet it is still a lesson in thought reversal, because it implies that there is something You must be vigilant against. It has advanced far from the first lesson which was primarily a reversal and also from the second, which was essentially the identification of what is more desirable. This step, which follows from the second as the second does from the first, emphasizes the dichotomy between the desirable and the undesirable. It therefore makes the ultimate choice inevitable. But while the first step seems to increase conflict and the second still entails it to some extent, this one calls for consistent effort against it.

We said already that You can be as vigilant against the ego as for it. This lesson teaches not that You can be, but that You must be. It does not concern itself with order of difficulty, but with clearcut priority for vigilance. This step is unequivocal in that it teaches there must be no exceptions, but it does not deny that the temptations to make exceptions will occur. Here, then, Your consistency is called on despite chaos. But chaos and consistency cannot coexist for long, because they are mutually exclusive. As long as You must be vigilant against Anything, however, You are not recognizing this and are holding the belief that You can choose either one.

By teaching You what to choose, the Holy Spirit will ultimately be able to teach You that You need not choose at all. This will finally liberate Your will from choice and direct it towards Creation within the Kingdom. Choosing through the Holy Spirit will only lead You to it. You create by what You are, but this is what You must learn. The way to learn it is inherent in the third step, which brings together the lessons inherent in the others and goes beyond them towards real integration.

If You allow Yourselves to have in Your Minds only what God put there, You are acknowledging Your Mind as God created It. Therefore, You are accepting It as It is. And since It is whole, You are teaching Peace because You have believed in it. The final step will still be taken for You by God. But by the third step, the Holy Spirit has prepared You for God. He is getting You ready to translate having into being by the very nature of the steps You must take with Him. You learn first that having rests on giving and not getting. Next You learn that You learn what You teach and that You want to learn Peace. This is the condition for identifying with the Kingdom, because it is the condition of the Kingdom.

But You have believed that You are without the Kingdom and have therefore excluded Yourself from it in Your belief. It is therefore essential to teach You that You must be included and the belief that You are not is the only thing that You must exclude. The third step is thus one of protection for Your Minds by allowing You to identify only with the center, where God placed the Altar to Himself. We have already said that Altars are beliefs, but God and His Creations are beyond belief because They are beyond question. The Voice for God speaks only for belief beyond question, but this is the preparation for being without question.

As long as belief in God and His Kingdom is assailed by any doubts in Your Minds, His perfect Accomplishment is not apparent to You. This is why You must be vigilant on God’s behalf. The ego speaks against His Creation and therefore does engender doubt. You cannot go beyond belief until You believe wholly. No One can extend a lesson He has not learned fully. Transfer, which is extension, is the measure of learning because it is the measurable result. This, however, does not mean that what it transfers to is measurable. On the contrary, unless it transfers to the whole Sonship, Which is immeasurable because it was created by the Immeasurable, the learning itself must be incomplete.

To teach the whole Sonship without exception demonstrates that You perceive Its wholeness and have learned that It is One. Now You must be vigilant to hold Its Oneness in Your Minds because if You allow doubt to enter, You will lose awareness of Its wholeness and will be unable to teach it. The wholeness of the Kingdom does not depend on Your perception, but Your awareness of its wholeness does. It is only Your awareness that needs protection, because Your being cannot be assailed. Yet a real sense of being cannot be Yours while You are doubtful of what You are. This is why vigilance is essential. Doubts about being must not enter Your Mind or You cannot know What You are with certainty.

Certainty is of God for You. Vigilance is not necessary for Truth, but it is necessary against illusion. Truth is without illusions and therefore within the Kingdom. Everything outside the Kingdom is illusion. But You must learn to accept Truth because You threw It away. You therefore saw Yourself as if You were without It. By making another Kingdom which You valued, You did not keep the Kingdom of God alone in Your Minds and thus placed part of Your Mind outside of it. What You have made has thus divided Your will and given You a sick Mind that must be healed. Your vigilance against this sickness is the way to heal it.

Once Your Mind is healed, It radiates health and thereby teaches healing. This establishes You as a teacher Who teaches like Me. Vigilance was required of Me as much as of You. But remember that Those Who will to teach the same thing must be in agreement about what They believe.

The third step, then, is a statement of what You want to believe and entails a willingness to relinquish Everything else. I told You that You were just beginning the second step, but I also told You that the third one follows it. The Holy Spirit will enable You to go on if You follow Him. Your vigilance is the sign that You want Him to guide You.

Vigilance does require effort, but only to teach You that effort itself is unnecessary. You have exerted great effort to preserve what You have made because it is not True. Therefore, You must now turn Your effort against it. Only this can cancel out the need for effort and call upon the being which You Both have and are. This recognition is wholly without effort, because it is already True and needs no protection. It is in the perfect safety of God. Therefore, inclusion is total and Creation is without limit.

Chapter 7 – The Consistency of the Kingdom

a. Bargaining versus Healing

The ego demands reciprocal rights, because it is competitive rather than loving. It is always willing to make a deal, but it cannot understand that to be like another means that no deals are possible. To gain You must give, not bargain. To bargain is to limit giving and this is not God’s Will. To will with God is to create like Him. God does not limit His gifts in any way. You are His gifts and so Your gifts must be like His.

Your gifts to the Kingdom are like His to You. I gave only Love to the Kingdom, because I believed that was what I was. What You believe You are determines Your gifts and if God created You by extending Himself as You, You can only extend Yourself as He did. Only Joy increases forever. Joy and Eternity are inseparable. God extends outward beyond limits and beyond time and You, Who are Cocreators with Him, extend His Kingdom forever and beyond limit. Eternity is the indelible stamp of Creation. The Eternal are in Peace and Joy forever.

To think like God is to share His certainty of What You are. And to create like Him is to share the perfect Love He shares with You. To this the Holy Spirit leads You, that Your Joy may be complete because the Kingdom of God is whole. We have said that the last step in the reawakening of knowledge is taken by God. This is True, but it is hard to explain in words, because words are symbols and nothing that is True needs to be explained. However, the Holy Spirit always has the task of translating the useless into the useful, the meaningless into the meaningful and the temporary into the timeless. He can, therefore, tell You something about this last step, but this one You must know Yourself, because by it You know what You are. This is Your being.

God does not take steps because His Accomplishments are not gradual. He does not teach, because His Creations are changeless. He does nothing last because He Created first and for always. It must be understood that the word “first” as applied to Him is not a time concept. He is first here only in the sense that He is first in the Holy Trinity Itself. He is the Prime Creator because He created His Cocreators. Because He did, time applies neither to Him nor to what He created.

The “last step” that God was said to take was therefore True in the beginning, is True now and will be True forever. What is timeless is always there because its being is eternally changeless. It does not change by increase, because it was forever created to increase. If You perceive it as not increasing, You do not know what it is. You also do not know what created it or Who He is. God does not reveal this to You, because it was never hidden. His Light was never obscured, because it is His Will to share It. How can what is fully shared be withheld and then revealed?

To heal is the only kind of thinking in this world that resembles the Thought of God and because of the elements which they share, can transfer to it. When a Brother perceives Himself as sick, He is perceiving Himself as not whole and therefore in need. If You, too, see Him this way, You are seeing Him as if He were absent from the Kingdom or separated from it, thus making the Kingdom itself obscure to Both of You. Sickness and separation are not of God, but the Kingdom is. If You obscure the Kingdom, You are perceiving what is not of God.

b. The Laws of Mind

To heal, then, is to correct perception in Your Brother and Yourself by sharing the Holy Spirit with Him. This places You Both within the Kingdom and restores its wholeness in Your Minds. This parallels Creation because it unifies by increasing and integrates by extending.

What You project You believe. This is an immutable law of Mind in this world as well as in the Kingdom. However, its content is somewhat different in this world from what it really is, because the thoughts it governs are very different from the thoughts in the Kingdom. Laws must be adapted to circumstances, if they are to maintain order.

The outstanding characteristic of the laws of Mind, as they operate in this world, is that by obeying them and I assure You that You must obey them, You can arrive at diametrically opposed results. This is because the laws have adapted to the circumstances of this world, in which diametrically opposed outcomes are believed in. The laws of Mind govern thoughts and You do respond to two conflicting voices. You have heard many arguments on behalf of “the freedoms,” which would indeed have been freedom if man had not chosen to fight for them. That is why They perceive “the freedoms” as many instead of One.

But the argument that underlies the defense of freedom is perfectly valid. Because it is True, it should not be fought for, but it should be sided with. Those Who are against freedom believe that its outcome will hurt Them, which cannot be True. But Those Who are for freedom, even if They are misguided in how They defend it, are siding with the one thing in this world which is True. Whenever Anyone can listen fairly to both sides of any issue, He will make the right decision. This is because He has the answer. Conflict can indeed be projected, but it must be intrapersonal [innermenschlich] first.

The term “intrapersonal” [innermenschlich] is an ego term, because “personal” [menschlich] implies of one Person and not of Others. “Interpersonal” [zwischenmenschlich] has a similar error, because it implies something that exists between different Individuals. When We spoke before of the extremely personal nature of revelation, We followed this statement immediately with a description of the inevitable outcomes of the revelation in terms of sharing. A Person conceives of Himself as separate, largely because He perceives of Himself as bounded by a body. Only if He perceives Himself as a Mind can He overcome this. Then He is free to use terms like “intramental” and “intermentalwithout seeing them as different and conflicting, because Minds can be in perfect accord.

Outside the Kingdom, the law which prevails inside it is adapted to “what You project You believe.” This is its teaching form, because outside the Kingdom teaching is mandatory because learning is essential. This form of the law clearly implies that You will learn what You are from what You have projected onto Others and therefore believe They are. In the Kingdom, there is no teaching or learning, because there is no belief. There is only certainty. God and His Sons, in the surety of Being, know that what You project You are.

That form of the law is not adapted at all, being the Law of Creation. God Himself created the law by creating by it. And His Sons, Who create like Him, follow it gladly, knowing that the increase of the Kingdom depends on it, just as Their Creation did. Laws must be communicated, if they are to be helpful. In effect, they must be translated for Those Who speak a different language. But a good translator, though He must alter the form of what He translates, never changes the meaning. In fact, His whole purpose is to change the form so that the original meaning is retained.

The Holy Spirit is the translator of the Laws of God to Those Who do not understand them. You could not do this Yourselves because conflicted Minds cannot be faithful to one meaning and will therefore change the meaning to preserve the form. The Holy Spirit’s purpose in translating is naturally exactly the opposite. He translates only to preserve the original meaning in All respects and in All languages. Therefore, He opposes differences in form as meaningful and emphasizes always that these differences do not matter. The meaning of His message is always the same and only the meaning matters.

God’s Law of Creation, in perfect form, does not involve the use of Truth to convince His Sons of Truth. The extension of Truth, which is the Law of the Kingdom, rests only on the knowledge of what Truth is. This is Your inheritance and requires no learning at all. But when You disinherited Yourselves, You became learners. No One questions the intimate connection of learning and memory. Learning is impossible without memory, because it cannot be consistent unless it is remembered.

That is why the Holy Spirit is a lesson in remembering. We said before that He teaches remembering and forgetting, but the forgetting aspect is only to make the remembering consistent. You forget to remember better. You will not understand His translations while You listen to two ways of perceiving them. Therefore, You must forget or relinquish one to understand the other. This is the only way You can learn consistency, so that You can finally be consistent. What can the perfect consistency of the Kingdom mean to the confused? It must be apparent that confusion interferes with meaning and therefore prevents the learner from appreciating it.

There is no confusion in the Kingdom, because there is only one meaning. This Meaning comes from God and is God. Because it is also You, You share it and extend it as Your Creator did. This needs no translation, because it is perfectly understood, but it does need extension because it means extension. Communication here is perfectly direct and perfectly united. It is totally without strain, because nothing discordant ever enters. That is why it is the Kingdom of God. It belongs to Him and is therefore like Him. That is its Reality and nothing can assail it.

c. The Unified Curriculum

To heal is to liberate totally. We once said there is no order in Miracles because They are All maximal expressions of Love. This has no range at all. The nonmaximal only appears to have a range. This is because it seems to be meaningful to measure it from the maximum and identify its position by how much it is not there. Actually, this does not mean Anything. It is like negative numbers in that the concept can be used theoretically, but it has no application practically. It is True that if You put three apples on the table and then took them away, the three apples are not there. But it is not True that the table is now minus three apples. If there is nothing on the table, it does not matter what was there in terms of amount. The “nothing” is neither greater nor less because of what is absent.

That is why “All” and “nothing” are dichotomous, without a range. This is perfectly clear in maximal test performance and for exactly the reason You emphasize. You cannot interpret at all, unless You assume either maximal motivation or its complete absence. Only in these two conditions can You validly compare responses and You must assume the former, because if the latter is True, the subject will not do Anything. Given variable motivation He will do something, but You cannot understand what it is.

The results of tests are evaluated relatively, assuming maximal motivation. But this is because We are dealing with abilities, where degree of development is meaningful. This does not mean that what ability is used for is necessarily either limited or divided. But one thing is certain. Abilities are potentials for learning and You will apply them to what You want to learn. Learning is effort and effort means will.

You will notice that We have used the term “abilities” as a plural, which is correct. This is because abilities began with the ego, which perceived them as a potential for excelling. This is how the ego still perceives them and uses them. It does not want to teach Everyone All it has learned, because that would defeat its purpose in learning. Therefore, it does not really learn at all. The Holy Spirit teaches You to use what the ego has made to teach the opposite of what the ego has learned. The kind of learning is as irrelevant as is the particular ability which was applied to the learning.

You could not have a better example of the Holy Spirit’s unified purpose than this Course. The Holy Spirit has taken very diversified areas of Your past learning and has applied them to a unified curriculum. The fact that this was not the ego’s reason for learning is totally irrelevant. You made the effort to learn and the Holy Spirit has a unified goal for All effort. He adapts the ego’s potentials for excelling to potentials for equalizing. This makes them useless for the ego’s purpose, but very useful for His.

If different abilities are applied long enough to one goal, the abilities Themselves become unified. This is because they are channelized in one direction or in one way. Ultimately, then, they All contribute to one result. And by so doing, their similarity rather than their differences is emphasized. You can excel in many different ways, but You can equalize in one way only. Equality is not a variable state, by definition.

That is why We once said that papers will be easy to write when You have learned this Course. To the ego there appears to be no connection, because the ego is discontinuous. But the Holy Spirit teaches one lesson and applies it to All Individuals in All situations. Being conflict free, He maximizes All efforts and All results. By teaching the power of the Kingdom of God Himself, He teaches You that All power is Yours. Its application does not matter. It is always maximal. Your vigilance does not establish it as Yours, but it does enable You to use it always and in All ways.

When I said

Behold I am with You always.

I meant it literally. I am not absent to Anyone nor in any situation. Because I am always with You, You are the Way and the Truth and the Light. You did not make this power any more than I did. It was created to be shared and therefore cannot be meaningfully perceived as belonging to Anyone at the expense of Another. This perception makes it meaningless by eliminating or overlooking its real and only meaning.

d. The Recognition of Truth

God’s meaning waits in the Kingdom because that is where He placed it. It does not wait in time. It merely rests in the Kingdom because it belongs there, as You do. How can You, Who are God’s meaning, perceive Yourselves as absent from it? You can see Yourselves as separated from Your meaning only by experiencing Yourself as unreal. This is why the ego is insane: It teaches that You are not what You are. This is so contradictory that it is clearly impossible. It is therefore a lesson which You cannot really learn and therefore cannot really teach. But You are always teaching. You must, then, be teaching something else as well, even though the ego does not know what it is.

The ego, then, is always being undone and does suspect Your motives. Your Mind cannot be unified in allegiance to the ego, because the Mind does not belong to it. But what is “treacherous” to the ego is faithful to Peace. The ego’s “enemy” is therefore Your friend. We said before that the ego’s friend is not part of You but that is because the ego perceives itself as at war and therefore in need of allies. You, Who are not at war, must look for Brothers and recognize All You see as Brothers, because only Equals are at Peace.

Because God’s equal Sons have Everything, They cannot compete. But if They perceive any of Their Brothers as Anything other than Their perfect Equals, the idea of competition has entered Their Minds. Do not underestimate Your need to be vigilant against this idea, because All Your conflicts come from it. It is the belief that conflicting interests are possible and therefore means that You have accepted the impossible as True. How is that different from saying that You are perceiving Yourself as unreal?

To be in the Kingdom is merely to focus Your full attention on it. As long as You believe that You can attend to what is not True, You are accepting conflict as Your choice. Is it really a choice? It seems to be, but seeming and Reality are hardly the same. You Who are the Kingdom are not concerned with seeming. Reality is Yours because You are Reality. This is how having and being are ultimately reconciled, not in the Kingdom, but in Your Minds. The Altar there is the only Reality. It is perfectly clear in Its thought, because It is a reflection of perfect Thought. It sees only Brothers because It sees only in Its own Light.

God has lit Your Minds Himself and keeps Your Mind lit by His Light because His Light is What Your Minds are. This is totally beyond question. And when You questioned it, You were answered. The answer merely undoes the question by establishing the fact that to question Reality is to question meaninglessly. That is why the Holy Spirit never questions. Its sole function is to undo the questionable and thus lead to certainty. The Certain are perfectly calm, because They are not in doubt. They do not raise questions because nothing questionable enters Their Minds. This holds Them in perfect serenity because this is what They share, knowing what They are.

Healing is both an art and a science, as has so often been said. It is an art because it depends on inspiration in the sense that We have already used the term. Inspiration is the opposite of disspiriting and therefore means to make joyful. The disspirited are depressed because They believe that They are literally “without the Spirit,” which is an illusion. You do not put the Spirit in Them by inspiring Them, because that would be “magic,” and therefore would not be real healing. But You do recognize the Spirit that is already there and thereby reawaken it. This is why the healer is part of the Resurrection and the Life. The Spirit is not asleep in the Minds of the sick, but the part of the Mind that can perceive it and be glad is.

Healing is also a science because it obeys the laws of God, whose laws are True. Because they are True, they are perfectly dependable and therefore Universal in application. The real aim of science is neither prediction nor control, but only understanding. This is because it does not establish the laws it seeks, cannot discover them through prediction and has no control over them at all. Science is nothing more than an approach to what already is. Like inspiration, it can be misunderstood as magic and will be whenever it is undertaken as separate from what already is and perceived as a means for establishing it. To believe this is possible is to believe You can do it. This can only be the voice of the ego.

Truth can only be recognized and need only be recognized. Inspiration is of the Spirit and certainty is of God according to His laws. Both therefore come from the same Source, because inspiration comes from the voice for God and certainty comes from the laws of God. Healing does not come directly from God, Who knows His Creations as perfectly whole. But healing is nevertheless of God, because it proceeds from His Voice and from His laws. It is Their result in a state of Mind Which does not know Him. The state is unknown to Him and therefore does not exist. But Those Who sleep are stupefied or better, unaware. And because They are unaware They do not know.

The Holy Spirit must work through You to teach You He is in You. This is an intermediary step toward the knowledge that You are in God because You are part of Him. The Miracles Which the Holy Spirit inspires can have no order, because every part of Creation is of one order. This is God’s Will and Yours. The laws of God establish this and the Holy Spirit reminds You of it. When You heal, You are remembering the laws of God and forgetting the laws of the ego. We said before that forgetting is merely a way of remembering better. It is therefore not the opposite of remembering, when it is properly conceived. Perceived improperly, it induces a perception of conflict with something else, as All incorrect perception does. Properly perceived, it can be used as a way out of conflict, as All proper perception can.

All abilities, then, should be given over to the Holy Spirit, Who knows how to use them properly. He can use them only for healing, because He knows You only as whole. By healing You learn of wholeness and by learning of wholeness You learn to remember God. You have forgotten Him, but the Holy Spirit still knows that Your forgetting must be translated into a way of remembering and not perceived as a separate ability which opposes an opposite. This is the way in which the ego tries to use All abilities, because its goal is always to make You believe that You are in opposition.

The ego’s goal is as unified as the Holy Spirit’s and it is because of this that their goals can never be reconciled in any way or to any extent. The ego always seeks to divide and separate. The Holy Spirit always seeks to unify and heal. As You heal, You are healed because the Holy Spirit sees no order of healing. Healing is the way to undo the belief in differences, because it is the only way of perceiving the Sonship without this belief. This perception is therefore in accord with the laws of God even in a state of Mind which is out of accord with His. But the Strength of right perception is so great that it brings the Mind into accord with His, because It yields to His pull which is in All of You.

To oppose the pull or the Will of God is not an ability but a real delusion. The ego believes that it has this ability and can offer this ability to You as a gift. You do not want it. It is not a gift. It is nothing at all. God has given You a gift, which You Both have and are. When You do not use it, You do not know You have it. By not knowing this, You do not know what You are. Healing, then, is a way of approaching knowledge by thinking in accordance with the laws of God and recognizing their Universality. Without this recognition, You have made the laws Themselves meaningless to You. But the laws are not meaningless, because All meaning is contained by them and in them.

Seek Ye first the Kingdom of Heaven, because that is where the laws of God operate Truly and they can operate only Truly, because they are the laws of Truth. But seek this only, because You can find nothing else. There is nothing else. God is All in All in a very literal sense. All being is in Him because He is All Being. You are therefore in Him because Your being is His. Healing is a way of forgetting the sense of danger that the ego has induced in You by not recognizing its existence in Your Brothers. This strengthens the Holy Spirit in Both of You, because it is a refusal to acknowledge fear. Love needs only this invitation. It comes freely to All the Sonship, because It is what the Sonship is. By Their awakening to It, They merely forget what They are not. This enables Them to remember what They are.

e. Healing and the Changelessness of Mind

The body is nothing more than a framework for developing abilities. It is therefore a means for developing potentials, which is quite apart from what the potential is used for. This is a decision. The effects of the ego’s decision in this matter are so apparent that they need no elaboration here. But the Holy Spirit’s decision to use the body only for communication has such direct connection with healing that it does need clarification. The unhealed healer obviously does not understand His own vocation.

Only Minds communicate. Since the ego cannot obliterate the impulse to communicate, since it is also the impulse to create, it can only try to teach You that the body can both communicate and create and therefore does not need the Mind. The ego, then, tries to teach You that the body can act like the Mind and therefore is selfsufficient. But We have learned that behavior is not the level for either teaching or learning. This must be so, because You can act in accordance with what You do not believe. But this will weaken You as teachers and learners because, as has been repeatedly emphasized, You teach what You do believe. An inconsistent lesson will be poorly taught and poorly learned. If You teach both sickness and healing, You are both a poor teacher and a poor learner.

Healing is the one ability which Everyone can develop and must develop, if He is to be healed. Healing is the Holy Spirit’s form of communication and the only one He knows. He recognizes no other, because He does not accept the ego’s confusion of Mind and body. Minds can communicate, but They cannot hurt. The body in the service of the ego can hurt other bodies, but this cannot occur unless the body has already been confused with the Mind. This fact, too, can be used either for healing or for magic, but You must realize that magic is always the belief that healing is harmful. This is its totally insane premise and so it proceeds accordingly.

Healing only strengthens. Magic always tries to weaken. Healing perceives nothing in the healer that Everyone else does not share with Him. Magic always sees something special in the healer, which He believes He can offer as a gift to Someone Who does not have it. He may believe that this gift comes from God to Him, but it is quite evident that He does not understand God if He thinks He has something that Others do not. You might well ask why some healing can result from this kind of thinking and there is a real reason for this.

However misguided the “magical healer” may be and however much He may be trying to strengthen His ego, He is also trying to help. He is conflicted and unstable, but at times He is offering something to the Sonship and the only thing the Sonship can accept is healing. When the socalled healing “works,” then, the impulse both to help and be helped have coincided. This is coincidental, because the healer may not be experiencing Himself as Truly helpful at the time and the belief that He is, in the Mind of Another, helps Him.

The Holy Spirit does not work by chance and the healing that is of Him always works. And unless the healer always heals by Him, the results will vary. But healing itself is consistence, because only consistence is conflictfree and only the Conflictfree are whole. By accepting exceptions and acknowledging that He can sometimes heal and sometimes not, the healer is obviously accepting inconsistency. He is therefore in conflict and teaching conflict.

Can Anything of God not be for All and always? Love is incapable of any exceptions. Only if there is fear does the whole idea of exceptions of any kind seem to be meaningful. Exceptions are fearful because they were made by fear. The “fearful healer” is a contradiction in terms and is therefore a concept that only a conflicted Mind could possibly perceive as meaningful. Fear does not gladden. Healing does. Fear always makes exceptions. Healing never does. Fear produces dissociation because it induces separation. Healing always induces harmony because it proceeds from harmony.

Healing is predictable because it can be counted on. Everything that is of God can be counted on, because Everything of God is wholly real. Healing can be counted on because it is inspired by His voice and is in accord with His laws. But if healing is consistence, it cannot be inconsistently understood. Understanding means consistence, because God means consistence. And because that is His Meaning, it is also Yours. Your meaning cannot be out of accord with His, because Your whole meaning and Your only meaning, comes from His and is like His. God cannot be out of accord with Himself and You cannot be out of accord with Him. You cannot separate Your Self from Your Creator, Who created You by sharing His Being with You.

The unhealed healer wants gratitude from His Brothers, but He is not grateful to Them. This is because He thinks He is giving something to Them and is not receiving something equally desirable in return. His teaching is limited because He is learning so little. His healing lesson is limited by His own ingratitude, which is a lesson in sickness. Learning is constant and so vital in its power for change that a Son of God can recognize His power in an instant and change the world in the next. That is because by changing His Mind He has changed the most powerful device that was ever created for change.

This in no way contradicts the changelessness of Mind as God created It. But You think that You have changed It, as long as You learn through the ego. This does place You in a position of needing to learn a lesson which seems contradictory: You must learn to change Your Mind about Your Mind. Only by this can You learn that It is changeless.

When You heal, that is exactly what You are learning or doing. You are recognizing the changeless Mind in Your Brother by perceiving or knowing that He could not have changed His Mind. That is how You perceive the Holy Spirit in Him. It is only the Holy Spirit in Him that never changes His Mind. He Himself must think He can or He would not perceive Himself as sick. He therefore does not know what His Self is. If You see only the changeless in Him, You have not really changed Him at all. But by changing Your Mind about His for Him, You help Him undo the change His ego thinks it has made in Him.

As You can hear two voices, so You can see in two ways. One way shows You an image or better, an idol which You may worship out of fear, but which You will never love. The Other shows You only Truth, Which You will love because You will understand it. Understanding is appreciation, because what You understand You can identify with and by making it part of You You have accepted it with Love. This is how God Himself created You, in understanding, in appreciation and in Love.

The ego is totally unable to understand this, because it does not understand what it makes. It does not appreciate it and it does not love it. It incorporates to take away. It literally believes that every time it deprives Someone of something it has increased. We have spoken often of the increase of the Kingdom by Your Creations, which can only be created as You were.

The whole glory and perfect Joy that is the Kingdom lies in You to give. Do You not want to give it? You cannot forget the Father because I am with You and I cannot forget Him. To forget Me is to forget Yourself and Him Who created You. Our Brothers are forgetful. That is why They need Your remembrance of Me and Him Who created Me. Through this remembrance You can change Their Minds about Themselves, as I can change Yours. Your Minds are so powerful a Light that You can look into Theirs and enlighten Them, as I enlighten Yours.

I do not want to share My body in communion because this is to share nothing. Would I try to share an illusion with the most Holy children of a most Holy Father? But I do want to share My Mind with You because We are of one Mind and that Mind is Ours. See only this Mind Everywhere, because only this is Everywhere and in Everything. It is Everything, because It encompasses All things within Itself. Blessed are You Who perceive only this, because You perceive only what is True. Come therefore unto Me and learn of the Truth in You.

The Mind We share is shared by All Our Brothers and as We see Them Truly, They will be healed. Let Your Minds shine with Mine upon Their Minds and by Our gratitude to Them make Them aware of the Light in Them. This Light will shine back upon You and on the whole Sonship because this is Your proper gift to God. He will accept it and give it to the Sonship, because it is acceptable to Him and therefore to His Sons. This is the True communion of the Spirit Who sees the Altar of God in Everyone and by bringing It to Your appreciation calls upon You to love God and His Creation.

f. From Vigilance to Peace

You can think of the Sonship only as One. This is part of the law of Creation and therefore governs All thought. You can perceive the Sonship as fragmented, but it is impossible for You to see something in part of It that You will not attribute to All of It. That is why attack is never discrete. And why attack must be relinquished entirely. If it is not relinquished entirely, it is not relinquished at all. Fear and Love are equally reciprocal. They make or create depending on whether the ego or the Holy Spirit begets or inspires them, but they will return to the Mind of the Thinker and they will affect His total perception. That includes His perception of God, of His Creations and of His own. He will not appreciate any of these if He regards them fearfully. He will appreciate All of them if He regards them with Love.

The Mind that accepts attack cannot Love. This is because It believes that It can destroy Love and therefore does not understand what Love is. If It does not understand what Love is, It cannot perceive Itself as loving. This loses the awareness of being, induces feelings of unreality and results in utter confusion. Your own thinking has done this, because of its power. But Your own thinking can also save You from this, because its power is not of Your making. Your ability to direct Your thinking as You will is part of its power. If You do not believe You can do this, You have denied the power of Your thought and thus rendered it powerless in Your belief.

The ingeniousness of the ego to preserve itself is enormous, but it stems from the power of the Mind which the ego denies. This means that the ego attacks what is preserving it and this must be a source of extreme anxiety. This is why it never knows what it is doing. This is perfectly logical, though clearly insane. The ego draws upon the one source which is totally inimical to its existence for its existence. Fearful of perceiving the power of this source, it is forced to depreciate it. This threatens its own existence, a state which it finds intolerable.

Remaining logical but still insane, the ego resolves this completely insane dilemma in a completely insane way. It does not perceive its existence as threatened, by projecting the threat onto You and perceiving Your being as nonexistent. This ensures its continuance, if You side with it, by guaranteeing that You will not know Your own safety. The ego cannot afford to know Anything. Knowledge is total and the ego does not believe in totality. This unbelief is its own origin and while the ego does not love You, it is faithful to its own antecedent, begetting as it was begotten.

Mind always reproduces as It was produced. Produced by fear, the ego reproduces fear. This is its allegiance and this allegiance makes it treacherous to Love because You are Love. Love is Your power, which the ego must deny. It must also deny Everything which this power gives to You, because it gives You Everything. No One Who has Everything wants the ego. Its own maker, then, does not want it. Rejection is therefore the only decision which the ego could possibly encounter if the Mind Which made it knew Itself. And if It recognized any part of the Sonship, It would know Itself.

The ego therefore opposes All appreciation, All recognition, All sane perception and All knowledge. It perceives their threat as total because it senses the fact that All commitments which the Mind makes are total. Forced therefore to detach itself from You Who are Mind, it is willing to attach itself to Anything else. But there is nothing else. It does not follow, however, that the Mind cannot make illusions. But it does follow that if It makes illusions It will believe in them, because that is how It made them.

The Holy Spirit undoes illusions without attacking them merely because He cannot perceive them at all. They therefore do not exist for Him. He resolves the apparent conflict which they engender by perceiving conflict as meaningless. We said before that the Holy Spirit perceives the conflict exactly as it is and it is meaningless. The Holy Spirit does not want You to understand conflict. He wants You to realize that because conflict is meaningless it cannot be understood. We have already said that understanding brings appreciation and appreciation brings Love. Nothing else can be understood because nothing else is real and therefore nothing else has meaning.

If You will keep in Mind what the Holy Spirit offers You, You cannot be vigilant for Anything but God and His Kingdom. The only reason why You find this difficult is because You think there is something else. Belief does not require vigilance unless it is conflicted. If it is, there are conflicting components within it which have engendered a state of war and vigilance has therefore become essential. Vigilance has no place at all in Peace. It is necessary only against beliefs which are not True and would never have been called upon by the Holy Spirit if You had not believed the untrue Yourselves.

But You cannot deny that when You believe something You have made it True for You. When You believe what God does not know, Your thought seems to contradict His and this makes it appear as if You are attacking Him. We have repeatedly emphasized that the ego does believe it can attack God and tries to persuade You that You have done this. If the Mind cannot attack, the ego proceeds perfectly logically to the position that You cannot be Mind. By not seeing You as You are, it can see itself as it wants to be. Aware of its weakness, the ego wants Your allegiance, but not as You really are. The ego therefore wants to engage Your Mind in its own delusional system, because otherwise the Light of Your understanding will dispel it.

The ego wants no part of Truth, because the Truth is that it is not True. If Truth is total, the UnTrue cannot exist. Commitment to either must be total, because they cannot coexist in Your Minds without splitting Them. If they cannot coexist in Peace and if You want Peace, You must give up the idea of conflict entirely and for All time. This requires vigilance only as long as You do not recognize what is True. While You believe that two totally contradictory thought systems share Truth, Your need for vigilance is apparent. Your Minds are dividing Their allegiance between two kingdoms and You are totally committed to neither.

Your identification with the Kingdom is totally beyond question except by You when You are thinking insanely. What You are is not established by Your perception and is not influenced by it at all. All perceived problems in identification at any level are not problems of fact. But they are problems in understanding, because they mean that You perceive what You can understand as up to You to decide. The ego believes this totally, being fully committed to it. But it is not True. The ego is therefore totally committed to UnTruth, perceiving in total contradiction to the Holy Spirit and to the knowledge of God.

You can be perceived with meaning only by the Holy Spirit, because Your being is the knowledge of God. Any belief that You accept which is apart from this will obscure God’s voice in You and will therefore obscure God to You. Unless You perceive His Creation Truly, You cannot know the Creator, because God and His Creation are not separate. The Oneness of the Creator and the Creation is Your wholeness, Your sanity and Your limitless power. This limitless power is God’s gift to You, because it is what You are. If You dissociate Your Mind from it, You are perceiving the most powerful force in the Universe of thought as if it were weak, because You do not believe You are part of it.

Perceived without Your part in it, God’s Creation is perceived as weak and Those Who see Themselves as weakened do attack. The attack must be blind, because there is nothing to attack. Therefore, They make up images, perceive them as unworthy and attack them for their unworthiness. That is All the world of the ego is. Nothing. It has no meaning. It does not exist. Do not try to understand it, because if You do You are believing that it can be understood and therefore is capable of being appreciated and loved. This would justify it, but it cannot be justified. You cannot make the meaningless meaningful. This can only be an insane attempt.

Allowing insanity to enter Your Minds means that You have not judged sanity as wholly desirable. If You want something else, You will make something else. But because it is something else it will attack Your thought system and divide Your allegiance. You cannot create in this divided state and You must be vigilant against this divided state because only Peace can be extended. Your divided Minds are blocking the extension of the Kingdom and its extension is Your Joy. If You do not extend the Kingdom, You are not thinking with Your Creator and creating as He created.

In this depressing state, the Holy Spirit reminds You gently that You are sad because You are not fulfilling Your function as Cocreators with God and are therefore depriving Yourselves of Joy. This is not God’s Will, but Yours. If Your will is out of accord with God’s, You are willing without meaning. But because only God’s Will is unchangeable, no real conflict of will is possible. This is the Holy Spirit’s perfectly consistent teaching. Creation, not separation, is Your will because it is God’s. And nothing that opposes this means Anything at all. Being a perfect Accomplishment, the Sonship can only accomplish perfectly, extending the Joy in which It was created and identifying Itself with Both Its Creator and Its Creations, knowing They are One.

g. The Total Commitment

Whenever You deny a Blessing to a Brother, You will feel deprived. This is because denial is as total as Love. It is as impossible to deny part of the Sonship as it is to love It in part. Nor is it possible to love It totally at times. You cannot be totally committed sometimes. Remember a very early lesson – “never underestimate the power of denial.” It has no power in itself, but You can give it the power of Your Mind, Whose power is without limit of any kind. If You use It to deny Reality, Reality is gone for You. Reality cannot be partly appreciated. That is why denying any part of it means You have lost awareness of All of it.

That is the negative side of the law as it operates in this world. But denial is a defense and so it is as capable of being used positively as it is of being used destructively. Used negatively, it will be destructive, because it will be used for attack. But in the service of the Holy Spirit, the law becomes as beneficent as All of the laws of God. Stated positively, the law requires You only to recognize part of Reality to appreciate All of it. Mind is too powerful to be subject to exclusion. You will never be able to exclude Yourself from what You project.

When a Brother acts insanely, He is offering You an opportunity to bless Him. His need is Yours. You need the Blessing You can offer Him. There is no way for You to have it except by giving it. This is the law of God and it has no exceptions. What You deny You lack, not because it is lacking, but because You have denied it in Another and therefore are not aware of it in You. Every response You make is determined by what You think You are. And what You want to be is what You think You are. Therefore, what You want to be determines every response You make.

You do not need God’s Blessing, because that You have forever. But You do need Yours. The picture You see of Yourselves is deprived, unloving and very vulnerable. You cannot love this. But You can very easily escape from it or better, leave it behind. You are not there and that is not You. Do not see this picture in Anyone or You have accepted it as You. All illusions about the Sonship are dispelled together, as they were made together. Teach no One that He is what You do not want to be. Your Brother is the mirror in which You will see the image of Yourself as long as perception lasts. And perception will last until the Sonship knows Itself as whole.

You made perception and it must last as long as You want it. Illusions are investments. They will last as long as You value them. Values are relative, but they are powerful because they are mental judgments. The only way to dispel illusions is to withdraw All investment from them and they will have no Life for You because You have put them out of Your Mind. While You include them in It, You are giving them Life. Except there is nothing there to receive Your gift.

The gift of Life is Yours to give, because it was given You. You are unaware of Your gift because You do not give it. You cannot make nothing live, because it cannot be enlivened. Therefore, You have not extended the gift You Both have and are and so You do not know Your being. All confusion comes from not extending Life, because this is not the will of Your Creator. You can do nothing apart from Him and You do do nothing apart from Him. Keep His Way to remember Yourselves and teach His Ways lest You forget Yourself. Give only honor to the Sons of the living God and count Yourself among Them gladly.

Only honor is a fitting gift for Those Whom God Himself created worthy of honor and Whom He honors. Give Them the appreciation which God accords Them always, because They are His Beloved Sons in Whom He is well pleased. You cannot be apart from Them, because You are not apart from Him. Rest in His Love and protect Your rest by loving. But love Everything He created, of which You are part or You cannot learn of His Peace and accept His gift for Yourself and as Yourself. You cannot know Your own perfection until You have honored All Those Who were created like You.

One Child of God is the only teacher sufficiently worthy to teach Another. One Teacher is in All Your Minds and He teaches the same lesson to All. He always teaches You the inestimable worth of every Son of God, teaching it with infinite patience born of the Love of Him for Whom He speaks. Every attack is a call for His patience, because only His patience can translate attack into Blessing. Those Who attack do not know They are blessed. They attack because They believe They are deprived. Give therefore of Your abundance and teach Them Theirs. Do not share Their delusions of scarcity or You will perceive Yourself as lacking.

Attack could never promote attack unless You perceived it as a means of depriving You of something You want. But You cannot lose Anything unless You do not value it and therefore do not want it. This makes You feel deprived of it and by projecting Your rejection, You believe that Others are taking it from You. One must be fearful if He believes that His Brother is attacking Him to tear the Kingdom of Heaven from Him.

This is the ultimate basis for All of the ego’s projection. Being the part of Your Mind Which does not believe It is responsible for Itself and being without allegiance to God, It is incapable of trust. Projecting Its insane belief that You have been treacherous to Your Creator, It believes that Your Brothers, Who are as incapable of this as You are, are out to take God from You. Whenever a Brother attacks Another, this is what He believes. Projection always sees Your will in Others. If You will to separate Yourself from God, that is what You will think Others are doing to You.

You are the Will of God. Do not accept Anything else as Your will or You are denying what You are. Deny this and You will attack, because You believe You have been attacked. But see the Love of God in You and You will see It Everywhere because It is Everywhere. See His abundance in Everyone and You will know that You are in Him with Them. They are part of You as You are part of God. You are as lonely without understanding this as God Himself is lonely when His Sons do not know Him. The Peace of God is understanding this.

There is only one way out of the world’s thinking, just as there was only one way into it. Understand totally by understanding totality. Perceive any part of the ego’s thought system as wholly insane, wholly delusional and wholly undesirable and You have correctly evaluated All of it. This correction enables You to perceive any part of Creation as wholly real, wholly perfect and wholly desirable. Wanting this only, You will have this only and giving this only, You will be only this. The gifts You offer to the ego are always experienced as sacrifices. But the gifts You offer to the Kingdom are gifts to You. They will always be treasured by God, because they belong to His Beloved Sons Who belong to Him. All power and glory are Yours because the Kingdom is His.

h. The Defense of Conflict

We once said that without projection there can be no anger, but it is also True that without projection there can be no Love. Projection is a fundamental law of the Mind and therefore one which always operates. It is the law by which You create and were created. It is the law which unifies the Kingdom and keeps it in the Mind of God. To the ego, the law is perceived as a way of getting rid of something it does not want. To the Holy Spirit, it is the fundamental law of sharing, by which You give what You value in order to keep it in Your own Minds.

Projection to the Holy Spirit is the law of extension. To the ego, it is the law of deprivation. It therefore produces abundance or scarcity, depending on how You choose to apply it. This choice is up to You, but it is not up to You to decide whether or not You will utilize projection. Every Mind must project, because that is how It lives and every Mind is Life. The ego’s use of projection must be fully understood before the inevitable association between projection and anger can be finally unmade.

The ego always tries to preserve conflict. It is very ingenious in devising ways which seem to diminish conflict only because it does not want You to find it so intolerable that You will insist on giving it up. Therefore, it tries to persuade You that it can free You of conflict, lest You give it up and free Yourself. The ego, using its own warped version of the laws of God, uses the power of the Mind only to defeat the Mind’s real purpose. It projects conflict from Your Mind to other Minds, in an attempt to persuade You that You have gotten rid of it. This has a number of fallacies [Abwegigkeiten] which may not be so apparent.

Strictly speaking, conflict cannot be projected, precisely because it cannot be fully shared. Any attempt to keep part of it and get rid of another part does not really mean Anything. Remember that a conflicted teacher is a poor teacher and a poor learner. His lessons are confused and their transfer value severely limited by His confusion.

A second fallacy [Abwegigkeit] is the idea that You can get rid of something You do not want by giving it away. Giving it is how You keep it. The belief that by giving it out You have excluded it from within is a complete distortion of the power of extension. That is why Those Who project from the ego are vigilant for Their own safety. They are afraid that Their projections will return and hurt Them. They do believe They have blotted them out of Their own Minds, but They also believe They are trying to creep back into Them. This is because Their projections have not left Their Minds and this, in turn, forces Them to engage in compulsive activity in order not to recognize this.

You cannot perpetuate an illusion about Another without perpetuating it about Yourself. There is no way out of this, because it is impossible to fragment the Mind. To fragment is to break into pieces and Mind cannot attack. The belief that It can, a fallacy [Abwegigkeit/Denkfehler/logischer Fehler] which the ego always makes, underlies its whole use of projection. This is because it does not understand what the Mind is and therefore does not understand what You are. Yet its existence is dependent on Your Mind, because it is a belief. The ego is therefore a confusion in identification, which never had a consistent model and never developed consistently. It is the distorted product of the misapplication of the laws of God by distorted Minds Which are misusing Their own power.

Do not be afraid of the ego. It does depend on Your Mind and as You made it by believing in it, so You can dispel it by withdrawing belief from it. Do not project the responsibility for Your belief in it onto Anyone else or You will preserve the belief. When You are willing to accept sole responsibility for the ego’s existence Yourself, You will have laid aside All anger and All attack, because they come from an attempt to project responsibility for Your own errors. But having accepted the errors as Yours, do not keep them. Give them over quickly to the Holy Spirit to be undone completely, so that All their effects will vanish from Your Minds and from the Sonship as a whole. He will teach You to perceive beyond belief, because Truth is beyond belief and His perception is True.

The ego can be completely forgotten at any time, because it was always a belief that is totally incredible. No One can keep a belief He has judged to be unbelievable. The more You learn about the ego, the more You realize that it cannot be believed. The incredible cannot be understood because it is unbelievable. The utter meaninglessness of All perception which comes from the unbelievable must be apparent, but it is not beyond belief because it was made by belief.

The whole purpose of this Course is to teach You that the ego is unbelievable and will forever be unbelievable. You Who made the ego by believing the unbelievable cannot make this judgment alone. But You made the wrong judgment by believing You were alone. By accepting the Atonement for Yourself, You are deciding against the belief that You can be alone, thus dispelling the idea of separation and affirming Your True identification with the whole Kingdom as literally part of You. This identification is as beyond doubt as it is beyond belief. Your wholeness has no limits, because its being is in Infinity.

i. The Extension of the Kingdom

Only You can limit Your creative power, but God wills to release it. He no more wills You to deprive Yourselves of Your Creations than He wills to deprive Himself of His.

Do not withhold Your gifts to the Sonship or You withhold Yourself from God. Selfishness is of the ego but Selffullness is of the Soul because that is how He created It. The Holy Spirit is the part of the Mind That lies between the ego and the Soul, mediating between them always in favor of the Soul. To the ego this is partiality and it therefore responds as if it were the part that is being sided against. To the Soul this is Truth, because It knows Its own fullness and cannot conceive of any part from which It is excluded. The Soul knows that the consciousness of All Its Brothers is included in Its own, as It is included in God. The power of the whole Sonship and of Its Creator is therefore Its own fullness, rendering Its Creation and Its creating equally whole and equal in perfection.

The ego cannot prevail against a totality which includes God and any totality must include God. Everything He created is given All His power because It is part of Him and shares His Being with Him. Creating is the opposite of loss, as Blessing is the opposite of sacrifice. Being must be extended. That is how it retains the knowledge of itSelf. The Soul yearns to share Its Being as Its Creator did. Created by sharing, Its will is to create. It does not wish to contain God, but to extend His being.

The extension of God’s Being is the Soul’s only function. Its fullness cannot be contained any more than can the fullness of Its Creator. Fullness is extension. The ego’s whole thought system blocks extension and therefore blocks Your only function. It therefore blocks Your Joy and this is why You perceive Yourselves as unfulfilled. Unless You create, You are unfulfilled. But God does not know unfulfillment and therefore You must create. You may not know Your own Creations, but this can no more interfere with Their Reality than Your unawareness of Your Soul can interfere with Its being.

The Kingdom is forever extending, because it is in the Mind of God. You do not know Your Joy because You do not know Your own Selffullness. Exclude any part of the Kingdom from Yourself and You are not whole. A split Mind cannot perceive Its fullness and needs the Miracle of Its wholeness to dawn upon It and heal It. This reawakens Its wholeness in It and restores It to the Kingdom because of Its acceptance of wholeness. The full appreciation of Its Selffullness makes selfishness impossible and extension inevitable. That is why there is perfect Peace in the Kingdom. Every Soul is fulfilling Its function and only complete fulfillment is Peace.

Insanity appears to add to Reality, but no One would claim that what it adds is True. Insanity is therefore the nonextension of Truth, which blocks Joy because it blocks Creation and therefore blocks Selffulfillment. The unfulfilled must be depressed, because Their Selffullness is unknown to Them. Your Creations are protected for You because the Holy Spirit, Who is in Your Minds, knows of them and can bring them into Your awareness whenever You will let Him. They are there as part of Your own being, because Your fulfillment includes them. The Creations of every Son of God are Yours, because every Creation belongs to Everyone, being created for the Sonship as a whole.

You have not failed to add to the inheritance of the Sons of God and thus have not failed to secure it for Yourselves. If it was the Will of God to give it to You, He gave it forever. If it was His will that You have it forever, He gave You the means for keeping it and You have done so. Disobeying God’s Will is meaningful only to the insane. In Truth, it is impossible.

Your Selffullness is as boundless as God’s. Like His, it extends forever and in perfect Peace. Its radiance is so intense that it creates in perfect Joy and only the whole can be born of its wholeness. Be confident that You have never lost Your identity and the extension which maintains it in wholeness and Peace. Miracles are an expression of this confidence. They are reflections both of Your own proper identification with Your Brothers and of Your own awareness that Your identification is maintained by extension. The Miracle is a lesson in total perception. By including any part of totality in the lesson, You have included the whole.

You have said that, when You write of the Kingdom and Your own Creations which belong to it, You are describing what You do not know. This is True in a sense, but no more True than Your failure to acknowledge the whole result of the ego’s premises. The Kingdom is the result of premises, as much as this world is. You have carried the ego’s reasoning to its logical conclusion, which is total confusion about Everything. But You do not really believe this or You could not possibly maintain it. If You really saw this result, You could not want it. The only reason why You could possibly want any part of it is because You do not see the whole of it.

You therefore are willing to look at the ego’s premises but not at their logical outcome. Is it not possible that You have done the same thing with the premises of God? Your Creations are the logical outcome of His premises. His thinking has established them for You. They are therefore there, exactly where they belong. They belong to Your Mind, as part of Your identification with His. But Your state of Mind and Your recognition of what is in Your Mind depends, at any given moment, on what You believe about Your Mind. Whatever these beliefs may be, they are the premises which will determine what You accept into Your Minds.

It is surely clear that You can Both accept into Your Minds what is not really there and deny what is. Neither of these possibilities requires further elaboration, although both are clearly indefensible even if You elect to defend them. But the function which God Himself gave Your Minds through His You may deny but You cannot prevent. They are the logical outcome of what You are. The ability to see a logical outcome depends on the willingness to see it, but its Truth has nothing to do with Your willingness at all. Truth is God’s will. Share His Will and You will share what He knows. Deny His Will as Yours and You are denying His Kingdom and Yours.

The Holy Spirit will direct You only so as to avoid All pain. The undoing of pain must obviously avoid this. No One would surely object to this goal if He recognized it. The problem is not whether what He says is True, but whether or not You want to listen to what He says.

j. The Confusion of Strength and Weakness

You no more recognize what is painful than You know what is joyful and are, in fact, very apt to confuse them. The Holy Spirit’s main function is to teach You to tell them apart.

However strange it may seem that this is necessary, it obviously is. The reason is equally obvious. What is joyful to You is painful to the ego and as long as You are in doubt about what You are, You will be confused about Joy and pain. This confusion is the cause of the whole idea of sacrifice. Obey the Holy Spirit and You will be giving up the ego, but You will be sacrificing nothing. On the contrary, You will be gaining Everything. But if You believed this there would be no conflict. That is why You need to demonstrate the obvious to Yourself. It is not obvious to You.

You really believe that doing the opposite of God’s Will can be better for You. You also believe that it is possible to do the opposite of God’s Will. Therefore, You believe that an impossible choice is open to You, which is both very fearful and very desirable. But God wills. He does not wish. Your will is as powerful as His because it is His. The ego’s wishes do not mean Anything, because the ego wishes for the impossible. You can wish for the impossible, but You can only will with God. This is the ego’s weakness and Your Strength.

The Holy Spirit always sides with You and with Your Strength. As long as You avoid His guidance in any way, You want to be weak. But weakness is frightening. What else, then, can this decision mean except that You want to be fearful? The Holy Spirit never asks for sacrifice, but the ego always does. When You are confused about this very clear distinction in motivation, it can only be due to projection. Projection of this kind is a confusion in motivation and given this confusion, trust becomes impossible.

No One obeys gladly a guide He does not trust. But this does not mean that the guide is untrustworthy. In this case, it always means that the follower is. However, this, too, is merely a matter of His own belief. Believing that He can betray, He believes that Everything can betray Him. But this is only because He has elected to follow false guidance. Unable to follow this guidance without fear, He associates fear with guidance and refuses to follow any guidance at all. If the result of this decision is confusion, this is hardly surprising.

The Holy Spirit is perfectly trustworthy, as You are. God Himself trusts You and therefore Your trustworthiness is beyond question. It will always remain beyond question, however much You may question it. I trust My choices only because they are God’s Will. We said before that You are the Will of God. His will is not an idle wish and Your identification with His Will is not optional because It is what You are. Sharing His will with Me is not really open to choice at all, though it may seem to be. The whole separation lies in this fallacy [Abwegigkeit/Denkfehler/logischer Fehler]. And the only way out of the fallacy [Abwegigkeit/Denkfehler/logischer Fehler] is to decide that You do not have to decide Anything.

Everything has been given You by God’s decision. This is His Will and You can not undo it. Even the relinquishment of Your false decisionmaking prerogative, which the ego guards so jealously, is not accomplished by Your wish. It was accomplished for You by the Will of God, Who has not left You comfortless. His Voice will teach You how to distinguish between pain and Joy and lead You out of the confusion You have made. There is no confusion in the Mind of a Son of God, Whose will must be the will of the Father, because the Father’s Will is His Son.

Miracles are in accord with the Will of God, Whose will You do not know because You are confused about what You will. This means that You are confused about what You are. If You are God’s Will and do not accept His will, You can only be not accepting what You are. But if Your Joy is what You are, You are denying Joy. The Miracle therefore is a lesson in what Joy is. Being a lesson in sharing, It is a lesson in Love, Which is Joy. Every Miracle is thus a lesson in Truth and by offering Truth You are learning the difference between pain and Joy.

k. The State of Grace

The Holy Spirit will always guide You Truly, because Your Joy is His. This is His will for Everyone, because He speaks for the Kingdom of God which is Joy. Following Him is therefore the easiest thing in the world and the only thing which is easy, because it is not of the world and is therefore natural. The world goes against Your nature, because it is out of accord with God’s laws. The world perceives orders of difficulty in Everything. This is because the ego perceives nothing as wholly desirable. By demonstrating to Yourselves that there is no order of difficulty in Miracles, You will convince Yourselves that in Your natural state there is no difficulty, because it is a state of Grace.

Grace is the natural state of every Son of God. When He is not in a state of Grace He is out of His natural environment and does not function well. Everything He does becomes a strain, because He was not created for the environment which He has made. He therefore cannot adapt to it, nor can He adapt it to Him. There is no point in trying. A Son of God is happy only when He knows He is with God. That is the only environment in which He will not experience strain, because that is where He belongs. It is also the only environment that is worthy of Him, because His own worth is beyond Anything that He can make.

Consider the Kingdom which You have made and judge its worth fairly. Is it worthy to be a home for a Child of God? Does it protect His Peace and shine Love upon Him? Does it keep His Heart untouched by fear and allow Him to give always without any sense of loss? Does it teach Him that this giving is His Joy and that God Himself thanks Him for His giving?

That is the only environment in which You can be happy. You cannot make it, any more than You can make Yourselves. But it has been created for You, as You were created for it. God watches over His Children and denies Them nothing. But when They deny Him They do not know this, because They deny Themselves Everything. You Who could give the Love of God to Everything You see and touch and remember are literally denying Heaven to Yourselves. I call upon You again to remember that I have chosen You to teach the Kingdom to the Kingdom. There are no exceptions to this lesson because the lack of exceptions is the lesson.

Every Son Who returns to the Kingdom with this lesson in His Heart has healed the Sonship and given thanks to God. Everyone Who learns this lesson has become the perfect teacher, because He has learned it of the Holy Spirit, Who wants to teach Him Everything He knows. When a Mind has only Light, It knows only Light. Its own radiance shines All around It and extends out into the darkness of other Minds, transforming Them into majesty. The majesty of God is there, for You to recognize and appreciate and know.

Perceiving the majesty of God as Your Brother is to accept Your own inheritance. God gives only equally. If You recognize His gift to Anyone else, You have acknowledged what He has given You. Nothing is as easy to perceive as Truth. This is the perception which is immediate, clear and natural. You have trained Yourselves not to see it and this has been very difficult for You. Out of Your natural environment You may well ask, “what is Truth?” because Truth is the environment by which and for which You were created. You do not know Yourselves because You do not know Your Creator. You do not know Your Creations, because You do not know Your Brothers Who created them with You.

We said before that only the whole Sonship is a worthy Cocreator with God, because only the whole Sonship can create like Him. Whenever You heal a Brother by recognizing His worth, You are acknowledging His power to create and Yours. He cannot have lost what You recognize and You must have the glory You see in Him. He is a Cocreator with God with You. Deny His creative power and You are denying Yours and that of God Who created You. You cannot deny part of the Truth. You do not know Your Creations because You do not know their Creator. You do not know Yourselves because You do not know Yours.

Your Creations cannot establish Your Reality, any more than You can establish God’s. But You can know both. Being is known by sharing. Because God shared His Being with You, You can know Him. But You must also know All He created to know what They have shared. Without Your Father You will not know Your fatherhood. The Kingdom of God includes All His Sons and Their children, Who are like the Sons as They are like the Father. Know then the Sons of God and You will know All Creation.

a. The Direction of the Curriculum

Those Whom You perceive as opponents are part of Your Peace, which You are giving up by attacking Them. How can You have what You give up? You share to have, but You do not give it up Yourselves. When You give up Peace, You are excluding Yourself from it. This is a condition which is so alien to the Kingdom that You cannot understand the state which prevails within it.

Your past learning must have taught You the wrong things, simply because it has not made You happy. On this basis alone, its value should be questioned. If learning aims at change, and that is always its purpose, are You satisfied with the changes Yours has brought You? Dissatisfaction with the learning outcome must be a sign of learning failure, because it means that You did not get what You want.

The curriculum of the Atonement is the opposite of the curriculum You have established for Yourselves, but so is its outcome. If the outcome of Yours has made You unhappy, and if You want a different outcome, a change in the curriculum is obviously necessary.

The first change that must be introduced is a change in direction. A meaningful curriculum cannot be inconsistent. If it is planned by two teachers, Each believing in diametrically opposed ideas, it cannot be integrated. If it is carried out by these two teachers simultaneously, Each One merely interferes with the Other. This leads to fluctuation, but not to change. The volatile have no direction. They cannot choose one, because They cannot relinquish the others even if the others do not exist. Their conflicted curriculum teaches Them that All directions exist and gives Them no rationale for choice.

The total senselessness of such a curriculum must be fully recognized before a real change in direction becomes possible. You cannot learn simultaneously from two teachers Who are in total disagreement about Everything. Their joint curriculum presents an impossible learning task. They are teaching You entirely different things in entirely different ways, which would be possible except for the crucial fact that Both are teaching You about Yourself. Your Reality is unaffected by Both. But if You listen to Both, Your Mind will split on what Your Reality is.

b. The Rationale for Choice

There is a rationale for choice. Only one teacher knows what Your Reality is. If learning that is the purpose of the curriculum, You must learn it of Him. The ego does not know what it is trying to teach. It is trying to teach You what You are without knowing it. The ego is expert only in confusion. It does not understand Anything else. As a teacher, then, it is totally confused and totally confusing.

Even if You could disregard the Holy Spirit entirely, which is quite impossible, You could learn nothing from the ego, because the ego knows nothing. Is there any possible reason for choosing a teacher such as this? Does the total disregard of Anything it teaches make Anything but sense? Is this the teacher to Whom a Son of God should turn to find Himself? The ego has never given You a sensible answer to Anything. Simply on the grounds of Your own experience with the ego’s teaching, should not this alone disqualify it as Your future teacher?

But the ego has done more harm to Your learning than this alone. Learning is joyful if it leads You along Your natural path and facilitates the development of what You have. But when You are taught against Your nature, You will lose by Your learning, because Your learning will imprison You. Your will is in Your nature and therefore cannot go against it. The ego cannot teach You Anything as long as Your will is free, because You will not listen to it. It is not Your will to be imprisoned, because Your will is free.

That is why the ego is the denial of free will. It is never God Who coerces You, because He shares His Will with You. His voice teaches only His Will, but that is not the Holy Spirit’s lesson, because that is what You are. The lesson is that Your will and God’s cannot be out of accord because they are One. This is the undoing of Everything the ego tries to teach. It is not, then, only the direction which must be unconflicted, but also the content.

The ego wants to teach You that You want to oppose God’s Will. This unnatural lesson cannot be learned, but the attempt to learn it is a violation of Your own freedom and makes You afraid of Your will because it is free. The Holy Spirit opposes any imprisoning of the will of a Son of God, knowing that the will of the Son is the Father’s. He leads You steadily along the path of freedom, teaching You how to disregard or look beyond Everything that would hold You back.

We said before that the Holy Spirit teaches You the difference between pain and Joy. That is the same as saying that He teaches You the difference between imprisonment and freedom. You cannot make this distinction without Him. That is because You have taught Yourself that imprisonment is freedom. Believing them to be the same, how can You tell them apart? Can You ask the part of Your Mind that taught You to believe they are the same to teach You the difference?

The Holy Spirit’s teaching takes only one direction and has only one goal. His direction is freedom and His goal is God. But He cannot conceive of God without You, because it was not God’s Will to be without You. When You have learned that Your will is God’s, You could no more will to be without Him than He could will to be without You. This is freedom and this is Joy. Deny Yourself this and You are denying God His Kingdom, because He created You for this.

When We said, “All power and glory are Yours because the Kingdom is His,” this is what We meant: The Will of God is without limit and All power and glory lie within it. It is boundless in Strength and in Love and in Peace. It has no boundaries because its extension is unlimited and it encompasses All things because it created All things. By creating All things, it made them part of itself. You are the Will of God, because this is how You were created. Because Your Creator creates only like Himself, You are like Him.

You are part of Him Who is All power and glory and are therefore as unlimited as He is. To what else except All power and glory can the Holy Spirit appeal to restore God’s Kingdom? His appeal, then, is merely to what the Kingdom is and for its own acknowledgment of what it is. When You acknowledge this, You bring the acknowledgment automatically to Everyone, because You have acknowledged Everyone. By Your recognition You awaken Theirs and through Theirs Yours is extended. Awakening runs easily and gladly through the Kingdom in answer to the call of God. This is the natural response of every Son of God to the Voice of His Creator, because it is the voice for His Creations and for His own extension.

c. The Holy Encounter

Glory be to God in the highest and to You because He has so willed it. Ask and it shall be given You, because it has already been given. Ask for Light and learn that You are Light. If You want understanding and enlightenment You will learn it, because Your will to learn it is Your decision to listen to the Teacher Who knows of Light and can therefore teach it to You.

There is no limit on Your learning, because there is no limit on Your Minds. There is no limit on His will to teach, because He was created by unlimited Will in order to teach. Knowing His function perfectly, He wills to fulfill it perfectly, because that is His Joy and Yours. To fulfill the Will of God perfectly is the only Joy and Peace that can be fully known, because it is the only function that can be fully experienced. When this is accomplished, then, there is no other experience. But the wish for other experience will block this, because God’s Will cannot be forced upon You, being an experience of total willingness.

The Holy Spirit knows how to teach this, but You do not. That is why You need Him and why God gave Him to You. Only His teaching will release Your will to God’s, uniting it with His power and glory and establishing them as Yours. You will share them as He shares them, because this is the natural outcome of their being. The Will of the Father and of the Son are One together by Their extension. Their extension is the result of Their Oneness, holding Their Unity by extending Their joint will.

This is perfect Creation by the perfectly created in union with the Perfect Creator. The Father must give fatherhood to His Sons, because His Own Fatherhood must be extended outward. You Who belong in God have the Holy function of extending His Fatherhood by placing no limits upon it. Let the Holy Spirit teach You how to do this, for You will know what it means of God Himself.

When You meet Anyone, remember it is a Holy encounter. As You see Him, You will see Yourself. As You treat Him, You will treat Yourself. As You think of Him, You will think of Yourself. Never forget this, for in Him You will find Yourself or lose sight of Yourself. Whenever two Sons of God meet They are given another chance at Salvation. Do not leave Anyone without giving Salvation to Him and receiving it Yourself. For I am always there with You, in remembrance of You.

The goal of the curriculum, regardless of the teacher You choose, is know Thyself. There is nothing else to learn. Everyone is looking for Himself and the power and glory He thinks He has lost. Whenever You are with Anyone else, You have another opportunity to find them. Your power and glory are in Him because they are Yours. The ego tries to find them in Yourself, because it does not know where to look. But the Holy Spirit teaches You that if You look only at Yourself You cannot find Yourself because that is not what You are.

Whenever You are with a Brother You are learning what You are, because You are teaching what You are. He will respond either with pain or with Joy, depending on which teacher You are following. He will be imprisoned or released according to Your decision and so will You. Never forget Your responsibility to Him, because it is Your responsibility to Yourself. Give Him His place in the Kingdom and You will have Yours. The Kingdom cannot be found alone and You Who are the Kingdom cannot find Yourselves alone.

To achieve the goal of the curriculum, then, You cannot listen to the ego. Its purpose is to defeat its own goal. It does not know this, because it does not know Anything. But You can know this and You will know it if You are willing to look at what the ego has made of You. This is Your responsibility, because once You have really done this You will accept the Atonement for Yourself. What other choice could You make?

Having made this choice, You will begin to learn and understand why You have believed that when You met Someone else, You have thought He was Someone else. And every Holy encounter in which You enter fully will teach You that this is not so. You can encounter only part of Yourself, because You are part of God Who is Everything. His power and glory are Everywhere and You cannot be excluded from them. The ego teaches that Your Strength is in You alone. The Holy Spirit teaches that All Strength is in God and therefore in You.

God wills no One to suffer. He does not will Anyone to suffer for a wrong decision You have made, including Yourself. That is why He has given You the means for undoing it. Through His power and glory All Your wrong decisions are undone completely, releasing You and Your Brothers from every imprisoning thought any part of the Sonship has accepted. Wrong decisions have no power because they are not True. The imprisonment which they seem to produce is no more True than they are.

Power and glory belong to God alone. So do You. God gives whatever belongs to Him, because He gives of Himself and Everything belongs to Him. Giving of Your Self is the function He gave You. Fulfilling it perfectly will teach You what You have of Him. And this will teach You what You are in Him. You cannot be powerless to do this, because this is Your power. Glory is God’s gift to You because that is what He is. See this glory Everywhere, to learn what You are.

d. The Light of the World

If God’s Will for You is complete Peace and Joy, unless You experience only this You must be refusing to acknowledge His Will. His Will does not vacillate, being changeless forever. When You are not at Peace, it can only be because You do not believe You are in Him. Yet He is All in All. His Peace is complete and You must be included in it. His laws govern You because they govern Everything. You cannot exempt Yourself from His laws, although You can disobey them. But if You do and only if You do, You will feel lonely and helpless, because You are denying Yourself Everything.

I am come as a Light into the world which does deny itself Everything. It does this simply by dissociating itself from Everything. It is therefore an illusion of isolation, maintained by fear of the same loneliness which is its illusion. I have told You that I am with You always even to the end of the world. That is why I am the Light of the world. If I am with You in the loneliness of the world, the loneliness is gone. You cannot maintain the illusion of loneliness if You are not alone.

My purpose, then, is to overcome the world. I do not attack it, but My Light must dispel it because of what it is. Light does not attack darkness, but It does shine it away. If My Light goes with You Everywhere, You shine it away with Me. The Light becomes Ours and You cannot abide in darkness, any more than darkness can abide anywhere You go. The remembrance of Me is the remembrance of Yourself and of Him Who sent Me to You.

You were in darkness until God’s Will was done completely by any part of the Sonship. When it was, it was perfectly accomplished by All. How else could it be perfectly accomplished? My mission was simply to unite the Will of the Sonship with the Will of the Father by being aware of the Father’s Will Myself. This is the awareness I came to give You and Your problem in accepting it is the problem of this world. Dispelling it is Salvation and in this sense I am the Salvation of the world.

The world must despise and reject Me, because the world is the belief that Love is impossible. Your reactions to Me are the reactions of the world to God. If You will accept the fact that I am with You, You are denying the world and accepting God. My will is His and Your will to hear Me is the decision to hear His Voice and abide in His Will. As He sent Me to You, so will I send You to Others. But I will go to Them with You, so We can teach Them union and Peace.

Do You not think the world needs Peace as much as You do? Do You not want to give it to the world as much as You want to receive it? For unless You do, You will not receive it. If You will to have it of Me, You must give it. Rehabilitation does not come from Anyone else. You can have guidance from without, but You must accept it from within. The guidance must become what You want or else it will be meaningless to You. That is why rehabilitation is a collaborative venture. I can tell You what to do, but this will not really help You unless You collaborate by believing that I know what to do. Only then will Your Mind will to follow Me.

Without Your will, You cannot be rehabilitated. Motivation to be healed is the crucial factor in rehabilitation. Without this, You are deciding against healing and Your veto of My will for You makes healing impossible. If healing is Our joint will, unless Our wills are joined You cannot be healed. This is obvious when You consider what healing is for.

Healing is the way in which the separation is overcome. Separation is overcome by union. It cannot be overcome by separating. The will to unite must be unequivocal or the will itself is separated or not whole. Your will is the means by which You determine Your own condition, because will is the mechanism of decision. It is the power by which You separate or join and experience pain or Joy accordingly. My will cannot overcome Yours, because Yours is as powerful as Mine. If it were not so, the Sons of God would be unequal.

All things become possible through Our joint will. But My will alone will not help You. Your will is as free as Mine and God Himself would not go against it. I cannot will what God does not will. I can offer You My will to make Yours invincible by this sharing, but I cannot oppose Yours without competing with it and thereby violating God’s Will for You. Nothing God created can oppose Your will, as nothing God created can oppose His. God gave Your will its power, which I can only acknowledge in honor of His.

If You want to be like Me, I will help You, knowing that We are alike. If You want to be different, I will wait until You change Your Mind. I can teach You, but only You can choose to listen to My teaching. How else can it be, if God’s Kingdom is freedom? Freedom cannot be learned by tyranny of any kind and the perfect equality of All God’s Sons cannot be recognized through the dominion of one will over another. God’s Sons are equal in will, All being the Will of Their Father. This is the only lesson I can teach, knowing that it is True.

When Your will is not Mine, it is not Our Father’s. This means that You have imprisoned Yours and have not let it be free. Of Yourselves You can do nothing, because of Yourselves You are nothing. I am nothing without the Father and You are nothing without Me because by denying the Father You deny Yourself. I will always remember You and in My remembrance of You lies Your remembrance of Yourself. In Our remembrance of Each Other lies Our remembrance of God. And in this remembrance lies Your freedom, because Your freedom is in Him.

Join then with Me in praise of Him and You Whom He created. This is Our gift of gratitude to Him, which He will share with All His Creations, to Whom He gives equally whatever is acceptable to Him. Because it is acceptable to Him, it is the gift of freedom, which is His Will for All His Sons. By offering freedom You will be free, because freedom is the only gift which You can offer to God’s Sons, being an acknowledgment of what They are and what He is.

Freedom is Creation because it is Love. What You seek to imprison You do not love. Therefore, when You seek to imprison Anyone, including Yourself, You do not love Him and You cannot identify with Him. When You imprison Yourself, You are losing sight of Your True identification, because You cannot identify with Me and with the Father. Your identification is with the Father and with the Son. It cannot be with One and not the Other. If You are part of One, You must be part of the Other because They are One.

The Holy Trinity is Holy because It is One. If You exclude Yourself from this union, You are perceiving the Holy Trinity as separated. You must be included in It, because It is Everything. Unless You take Your place in It and fulfill Your function as part of It, It is as bereft as You are. No part of It can be imprisoned if Its Truth is to be known.

Can You be separated from Your identification and be at Peace? Dissociation is not a solution, it is a delusion. The delusional believe that Truth will assail Them and so They do not see it because They prefer the delusion. Judging Truth as something They do not want, They perceive deception and block knowledge. Help Them by offering Them Your unified will on Their behalf, as I am offering You Mine on Yours. Alone We can do nothing, but together Our wills fuse into something whose power is far beyond the power of its separate parts.

By not being separate, the Will of God is established in Ours and as Ours. This will is invincible because it is undivided. The undivided will of the Sonship is the perfect Creator, being wholly in the likeness of God, Whose Will it is. You cannot be exempt from it, if You are to understand what it is and what You are. By separating Your will from Mine, You are exempting Yourself from the Will of God which is Yourself.

But to heal is still to make whole. Therefore to heal is to unite with Those Who are like You, because perceiving this likeness is to recognize the Father. If Your perfection is in Him and only in Him, how can You know it without recognizing Him? The recognition of God is the recognition of Yourself. There is no separation of God and His Creation. You will learn this as You learn that there is no separation of Your will and Mine.

Let the Love of God shine upon You by Your acceptance of Me. My Reality is Yours and His. By joining Your will with Mine, You are signifying Your awareness that the Will of God is One. His Oneness and Ours are not separate, because His Oneness encompasses Ours. To join with Me is to restore His power to You because We are sharing it. I offer You only the recognition of His power in You, but in that lies All Truth. As We unite, We unite with Him. Glory be to the union of God and His Holy Sons, because All glory lies in Them because They are united.

The Miracles We do bear witness to the Will of the Father for His Son and to Our Joy in uniting with His Will for Us. When You unite with Me, You are uniting without the ego, because I have renounced the ego in Myself and therefore cannot unite with Yours. Our union is therefore the way to renounce the ego in Yourselves. The Truth in Both of Us is beyond the ego. By willing that, You have gone beyond it toward Truth.

Our success in transcending [über etwas hinausgehen] the ego is guaranteed by God and I can share My perfect confidence in His Promise because I know He gave Me this confidence for Both of Us and All of Us. I bring His Peace back to All His Children, because I received it of Him for Us All. Nothing can prevail against Our united wills, because nothing can prevail against God’s. Would ye know the Will of God for You? Ask it of Me, Who knows it for You and You will find it. I will deny You nothing, as God denies Me nothing.

Ours is simply the journey back to God Who is Our home. Whenever fear intrudes anywhere along the road to Peace, it is always because the ego has attempted to join the journey with Us and cannot do so. Sensing defeat and angered by it, it regards itself as rejected and becomes retaliative. You are invulnerable to its retaliation because I am with You. On this journey, You have chosen Me as Your companion instead of Your ego. Do not try to hold on to both or You will try to go in different directions and will lose the way.

The ego’s way is not Mine, but it is also not Yours. The Holy Spirit has one direction for All Minds and the one He taught Me is Yours. Let Us not lose sight of His direction through illusions, for only illusions of another direction can obscure the one for which God’s Voice speaks in All of Us. Never accord the ego the power to interfere with the journey, because it has none and the journey is the way to what is True. Leave All deception behind and reach beyond All attempts of the ego to hold You back.

I do go before You, because I am beyond the ego. Reach therefore for My hand because You want to transcend [über etwas hinausgehen] the ego. My will, will never be wanting and if You want to share it You will. I give it willingly and gladly, because I need You as much as You need Me.

e. The Power of Joint Decision

We are the joint will of the Sonship, Whose wholeness is for All. We begin the journey back by setting out together and gather in Our Brothers as We continue together.

Every gain in Our Strength is offered to All, so They, too, can lay aside Their weakness and add Their Strength to Us. God’s Welcome waits for Us All and He will Welcome Us as I am welcoming You. Forget not the Kingdom of God for Anything the world has to offer. The world can add nothing to the power and the glory of God and His Holy Sons, but it can blind the Sons to the Father if They behold it. You cannot behold the world and know God. Only one is True.

I am come to tell You that the choice of which is True is not Yours. If it were, You would have destroyed Yourselves. But God did not will the destruction of His Creations, having created Them for Eternity. His Will has saved You, not from Yourselves, but from Your illusions of Yourselves. He has saved You for Yourselves. Let Us glorify Him Whom the world denies, for over His Kingdom it has no power.

No One created by God can find Joy in Anything except the Eternal. That is not because He is deprived of Anything else, but because nothing else is worthy of Him. What God and His Sons create is eternal and in this and this only is Their Joy. Listen to the story of the prodigal Son and learn what God’s treasure is and Yours:

This Son of a loving Father left His home and thought He squandered Everything for nothing of any value, though He did not know its worthlessness at the time. He was ashamed to return to His Father and His home, because He thought He had hurt Him. But when He came home the Father welcomed Him with Joy, because only the Son Himself was His Father’s treasure. He wanted nothing else.

God wants only His Son, because His Son is His only treasure. You want Your Creations, as He wants His. Your Creations are Your gift to the Holy Trinity, created in gratitude for Your Creation. They do not leave You, any more than You have left Your Creator. But They extend Your Creation, as God extended Himself to You. Can the Creations of God Himself take Joy in what is not real? And what is real except the Creations of God and Those Which are created like His? Your Creations love You as Your Soul loves Your Father for the gift of Creation. There is no other gift that is eternal and therefore there is no other gift that is True.

How, then, can You accept Anything else or give Anything else and expect Joy in return? And what else but Joy would You want? You made neither Yourself nor Your function. You have made only the decision to be unworthy of both. But You could not make Yourself unworthy because You are the treasure of God. What He values is valuable. There can be no question of its worth, because its whole value lies in God’s sharing Himself with it and establishing its value forever. Your function is to add to God’s treasure by creating Yours. His will to You is His Will for You. He would not withhold Creation from You, because His Joy is in it.

You cannot find Joy except as He does. His Joy lay in creating You and He extends His Fatherhood to You so that You can extend Yourself as He did. You do not understand this because You do not understand Him. No One Who does not know His function can understand it. And no One can know His function unless He knows Who He is. Creation is the Will of God. His Will created You to create. Your will was not created separate from His and so it wills as He wills.

An unwilling will does not mean Anything, because it is a contradiction in terms which actually leaves nothing. You can make Yourself powerless only in a way that has no meaning at all. When You think You are unwilling to will with God, You are not thinking. God’s Will is thought. It cannot be contradicted by thought. God does not contradict Himself. And His Sons, Who are like Him, cannot contradict Themselves or Him. But Their thought is so powerful that They can even imprison the Mind of God’s Son if They so choose. This choice does make the Son’s function unknown to Him, but never to His Creator. And because it is not unknown to His Creator, it is forever knowable to Him.

There is no question but one You should ever ask of Yourself:

Do I want to know My Father’s Will for Me?

He will not hide it. He has revealed it to Me because I asked it of Him and learned of what He had already given. Our function is to function together, because apart from Each Other We cannot function at all. The whole power of God’s Son lies in All of Us, but not in any of Us alone. God would not have Us be alone because He does not will to be alone. That is why He created His Son and gave Him the power to create with Him.

Our Creations are as Holy as We are and We are the Sons of God Himself and therefore as Holy as He is. Through Our Creations We extend Our Love and thus increase the Joy of the Holy Trinity. You do not understand this for a very simple reason. You Who are God’s own treasure do not regard Yourselves as valuable. Given this belief You cannot understand Anything.

I share with God the knowledge of the value He puts upon You. My devotion to You is of Him, being born of My knowledge of Myself and Him. We cannot be separated. Whom God has joined cannot be separated and God has joined All His Sons with Himself. Can You be separated from Your Life and Your being?

The journey to God is merely the reawakening of the knowledge of where You are always and what You are forever. It is a journey without distance, to a goal that has never changed.

Truth can only be experienced. It cannot be described and It cannot be explained. I can make You aware of the conditions of Truth, but the experience is of God. Together We can meet its conditions, but Truth will dawn upon You of Itself. What God has willed for You is Yours. He has given His Will to His treasure, Whose treasure It is. Your Heart lies where Your treasure is, as His does. You Who are beloved of God are wholly blessed. Learn this of Me and free the Holy Will of All Those Who are as blessed as You are.

f. Communication and the egobody Equation

Attack is always physical. When attack in any form enters Your Mind, You are equating Yourself with a body. This is the ego’s interpretation of the body. You do not have to attack physically to accept this interpretation, You are accepting it simply by the belief that attack can get You something You want. If You did not believe this, the idea of attack would have no appeal to You.

When You equate Yourself with a body, You will always experience depression. When a Child of God thinks of Himself in this way, He is belittling Himself and seeing His Brothers as similarly belittled. Since He can find Himself only in Them, He has cut Himself off from Salvation. Remember that the Holy Spirit interprets the body only as a means of communication. Being the communication link between God and His separated Sons, He interprets Everything You have in the Light of what He is.

The ego separates through the body. The Holy Spirit reaches through it to Others. You do not perceive Your Brothers as the Holy Spirit does because You do not interpret Their bodies and Yours solely as a means of joining Their Minds and uniting Them with Yours and Mine. This interpretation of the body will change Your Mind entirely about its value. Of itself it has none. If You use it for attack it is harmful to You. But if You use it only to reach the Minds of Those Who believe They are bodies and teach Them through the body that this is not so, You will begin to understand the power of the Mind That is in Both of You. If You use the body for this and only for this, You cannot use it for attack. In the service of uniting, it becomes a beautiful lesson in communion, which has value until communion is.

This is God’s way of making unlimited what You have limited. His Voice does not see the body as You do, because He knows the only Reality that Anything can have is the service it can render God on behalf of the function He has given. Communication ends separation. Attack promotes it. The body is ugly or beautiful, savage or Holy, helpful or harmful, according to the use to which it is put. And in the body of Another You will see the use to which You put Yours.

If the body becomes for You a means which You give to the Holy Spirit to use on behalf of the union of the Sonship, You will not see Anything physical except as what it is. Use it for Truth and You will see it Truly. Misuse it and You will misunderstand it, because You have already done so by misusing it. Interpret Anything apart from the Holy Spirit and You will mistrust it. This will lead You to hatred and attack and loss of Peace.

But All loss comes only from Your own misunderstanding. Loss of any kind is impossible. When You look upon a Brother as a physical entity, His power and glory are lost to You and so are Yours. You have attacked Him and You must have attacked Yourself first. Do not see Him this way for Your own Salvation, which must bring Him His. Do not allow Him to belittle Himself in Your Mind, but give Him freedom from His belief in littleness and escape from Yours. As part of You, He is Holy. As part of Me, You are. To communicate with part of God Himself is to reach beyond the Kingdom to its Creator through His Voice which He has established as part of You.

Rejoice, then, that of Yourselves You can do nothing. You are not of Yourselves. And He of Whom You are has willed Your power and glory for You, with which You can perfectly accomplish His Holy Will for You when You so will it Yourself. He has not withdrawn His gifts from You, but You have withdrawn them from Him. Let no Son of God remain hidden for His Name’s sake, because His Name is Yours.

Remember that the bible says, “The word or thought was made flesh.” Strictly speaking, this is impossible, since it seems to involve the translation of one order of Reality into another. Different orders of Reality merely seem to exist, just as different orders of Miracles do. Thought cannot be made into flesh except by belief, because thought is not physical. But thought is communication, for which the body can be used. This is the only natural use to which it can be put. To use the body unnaturally is to lose sight of the Holy Spirit’s purpose and thus to confuse the goal of His curriculum.

There is nothing so frustrating to a learner as to place Him in a curriculum which He cannot learn. His sense of adequacy suffers and He must become depressed. Being faced with an impossible learning situation, regardless of why it is impossible, is the most depressing thing in the world. In fact, it is ultimately why the world is depressing. The Holy Spirit’s curriculum is never depressing because it is a curriculum in Joy. Whenever the reaction to learning is depression, it is only because the goal of the curriculum has been lost sight of.

In the world, not even the body is perceived as whole. Its purpose is seen as fragmented into many functions which bear little or no relationship to each other, so that it appears to be ruled by chaos. Guided by the ego, it is. Guided by the Holy Spirit, it is not. It becomes only a means by which the part of the Mind which You have separated from Your Soul can reach beyond its distortions and return to the Soul. The ego’s temple thus becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit, where devotion to Him replaces devotion to the ego. In this sense the body does become a temple to God, because His Voice abides in it by directing the use to which You put it.

Healing is the result of using the body solely for communication. Since this is natural, it heals by making whole, which is also natural. All Mind is whole and the belief that part of It is physical or not Mind is a fragmented or sick interpretation. Mind cannot be made physical, but It can be made manifest through the physical if It uses the body to go beyond Itself. By reaching out, the Mind extends Itself. It does not stop at the body, for if It does It is blocked in Its purpose. A Mind Which has been blocked has allowed Itself to be vulnerable to attack, because It has turned against Itself.

The removal of blocks, then, is the only way to guarantee help and healing. Help and healing are the normal expressions of a Mind Which is working through the body but not in it. If the Mind believes the body is Its goal, It will distort Its perception of the body and by blocking Its own extension beyond it will induce illness by fostering separation. Perceiving the body as a separate entity cannot but foster illness, because it is not True. A medium of communication will lose its usefullness if it is used for Anything else.

To use a medium of communication as a medium of attack is an obvious confusion in purpose. To communicate is to join and to attack is to separate. How can You do both simultaneously with the same thing and not suffer? Perception of the body can be unified only by one purpose. This releases the Mind from the temptation to see it in many lights and gives it over entirely to the One Light in Which it can be really understood at all.

To confuse a learning device with a curriculum goal is a fundamental confusion. Learning can hardly be meaningfully arrested at its own aids and hope to understand them or its real purpose. Learning must lead beyond the body to the reestablishment of the power of the Mind in it. This can be accomplished only if the Mind extends to other Minds and does not arrest Itself in Its extension. The arrest of the Mind’s extension is the cause of All illness, because only extension is the Mind’s function. Block this and You have blocked health because You have blocked the Mind’s Joy.

The opposite of Joy is depression. When Your learning promotes depression instead of Joy, You cannot be listening to God’s joyous teacher and You must be learning amiss. To see a body as Anything except a means of pure extension is to limit Your Mind and hurt Yourself. Health is therefore nothing more than united purpose. If the body is brought under the purpose of the Mind, it becomes whole because the Mind’s purpose is One.

Attack can only be an assumed goal of the body, but the body apart from the Mind has no purpose at all. You are not limited by the body and thought cannot be made flesh. But Mind can be manifested through the body if It goes beyond it and does not interpret it as limitation. Whenever You see Another as limited to or by the body, You are imposing this limit on Yourself. Are You willing to accept this, when Your whole purpose for learning should be to escape from limitations?

To conceive of the body as a means of attack of any kind and to entertain even the possibility that Joy could possibly result, is a clearcut indication of a poor learner. He has accepted a learning goal in obvious contradiction to the unified purpose of the curriculum and is interfering with His ability to accept it as His own.

Joy is unified purpose and unified purpose is only God’s. When Yours is unified, it is His. Interfere with His purpose and You need Salvation. You have condemned Yourself, but condemnation is not of God. Therefore, it is not True. No more are any of the results of Your condemnation. When You see a Brother as a body, You are condemning Him because You have condemned Yourself. But if All condemnation is unreal and it must be unreal because it is a form of attack, then it can have no results.

Do not allow Yourselves to suffer from the results of what is not True. Free Your Minds from the belief that this is possible. In its complete impossibility and Your full awareness of its complete impossibility, lies Your only hope for release. But what other hope would You want? Freedom from illusions lies only in not believing them. Where are they without Your belief? There is no attack, but there is unlimited communication and therefore unlimited power and wholeness. The power of wholeness is extension. Do not arrest Your thought in this world and You will open Your Mind to Creation in God.

g. The Body as Means or End

Attitudes toward the body are attitudes toward attack. The ego’s definitions of Anything are childish and are always based on what it believes a thing is for. This is because it is incapable of True generalizations and equates what it sees with the function it ascribes to it. It does not equate it with what it is. To the ego, the body is to attack with. Equating You with the body, it teaches that You are to attack with, because this is what it believes. The body, then, is not the source of its own health. Its condition lies solely in Your interpretation of its function.

The reason why definitions by function are inferior is merely because they may well be inaccurate. Functions are part of being, since they arise from it. But the relationship is not reciprocal. The whole does define the part, but the part does not define the whole. This is as True of knowledge as it is of perception. The reason why to know in part is to know entirely is merely because of the fundamental difference between knowledge and perception. In perception, the whole is built up of parts, which can separate and reassemble in different constellations. Knowledge never changes, so that its constellation is permanent. The only areas in which partwhole relationships have any meaning are those in which change is possible. There is no difference between the whole and the part where change is impossible.

The body exists in a world which seems to contain two voices which are fighting for its possession. In this perceived constellation, the body is regarded as capable of shifting its control from one to the other, making the concept of both health and sickness possible. The ego makes a fundamental confusion between means and ends, as it always does. Regarding the body as an end, it has no real use for it at all, because it is not an end. You must have noticed an outstanding characteristic of every end that the ego has accepted as its own. When You have achieved it, it has not satisfied You. This is why the ego is forced to shift from one end to another without ceasing, so that You will continue to hope it can offer You something.

It has been particularly difficult to overcome the ego’s belief in the body as an end because this is synonymous with attack as an end. The ego has a real investment in sickness. If You are sick, how can You object to the ego’s firm belief that You are not invulnerable? This is a particularly appealing argument from the ego’s point of view, because it obscures the obvious attack which underlies the sickness. If You accepted this and also decided against attack, You could not give this false witness to the ego’s stand. It is hard to perceive this as a false witness, because You do not realize that it is entirely out of keeping with what You want. This witness, then, appears to be innocent and trustworthy only because You have not seriously crossexamined Him.

If You did, You would not consider sickness such a strong witness on behalf of the ego’s views. A more honest statement would be as follows: Those Who want the ego are predisposed to defend it. Therefore, Their choice of witnesses should be suspect from the beginning. The ego does not call upon witnesses Who might disagree with its case, nor does the Holy Spirit. We have said before that judgment is the function of the Holy Spirit and one which He is perfectly equipped to fulfill. The ego, as a judge, gives Anything but an impartial trial or judgment. When the ego calls on a witness, it has already made it an ally. It is still True that the body has no function of itself. This is because it is not an end. The ego, however, establishes it as an end because, as such, it will lose its True function.

This is the purpose of Everything the ego does. Its sole aim is to lose sight of the functions of Everything. A sick body does not make any sense. It could not make any sense, since sickness is not what it is for. Sickness is meaningful only if the two basic premises on which the ego’s interpretation of the body rests are True. These are specifically first that the body is for attack and also that You are a body. Without this, sickness is completely inconceivable. Sickness is a way of demonstrating that You can be hurt. It is a witness to Your frailty, Your vulnerability and Your extreme need to depend on external guidance. The ego uses this as its best argument for Your need for its guidance. It dictates endless prescriptions for avoiding this catastrophic outcome. The Holy Spirit, perfectly aware of the same data, does not bother to analyze it at all. If the data are meaningless, there is no point in treating them at all.

The function of Truth is to collect data which are True. There is no point in trying to make sense out of meaningless data. Any way they are handled results in nothing. The more complicated the results become, the harder it may be to recognize their nothingness, but it is not necessary to examine All possible outcomes to which premises give rise to judge the premises Truly.

A learning device is not a teacher. It cannot tell You how You feel. You do not know how You feel, because You have accepted the ego’s confusion and You think a learning device can tell You how You feel. Sickness is merely another example of Your insistence on asking for guidance of a teacher Who does not know the answer. The ego is incapable of knowing how You feel. When We said that the ego does not know Anything, We said the one thing about the ego that is wholly True. But there is a corollary. If knowledge is being and the ego has no knowledge, then the ego has no being.

You might ask how the voice of something which does not exist can be so insistent. Have You ever seriously considered the distorting power of something You want, even if it is not True? You have had many instances of how what You want can distort what You see and hear. No One can doubt the ego’s skill in building up false cases. And no One can doubt Your willingness to listen, until You will not to tolerate Anything except Truth.

When You lay the ego aside it will be gone. The Holy Spirit’s voice is as loud as Your willingness to listen. It cannot be louder without violating Your will, which He seeks to free but never to command. He will teach You to use Your body only to reach Your Brothers so He can teach His message through You. This will heal Them and therefore heal You. Everything used in accordance with its function as He sees it cannot be sick. Everything used otherwise is.

Do not allow the body to be a mirror of a split Mind. Do not let it be an image of Your own perception of littleness. Do not let it reflect Your will to attack. Health is the natural state of Anything whose interpretation is left to the Holy Spirit, Who perceives no attack on Anything. Health is the result of relinquishing All attempts to use the body lovelessly. It is the beginning of the proper perspective on Life, under the guidance of the one teacher Who knows what Life is, being the voice for Life Itself.

h. Healing as Corrected Perception

We once said that the Holy Spirit is the Answer. He is the answer to Everything, because He knows what the answer to Everything is. The ego does not know what a real question is, although it asks an endless number. But You can learn this, as You learn to question the value of the ego and thus establish Your ability to evaluate its questions. When the ego tempts You to sickness, do not ask the Holy Spirit to heal the body. For this would merely be to accept the ego’s belief that the body is the proper aim for healing. Ask rather that the Holy Spirit teach You the right perception of the body, for perception alone can be distorted.

Only perception can be sick, because perception can be wrong. Wrong perception is distorted willing, which wants things to be as they are not. The Reality of Everything is totally harmless, because total harmlessness is the condition of its Reality. It is also the condition of Your awareness of its Reality. You do not have to seek Reality. It will seek You and find You, when You meet its conditions. Its conditions are part of what it is. And this part only is up to You. The rest is of itself. You need do so little, because it is so powerful that Your little part will bring the whole to You. Accept, then, Your little part and let the whole be Yours. Wholeness heals because it is of the Mind.

All forms of sickness, even unto death, are physical expressions of the fear of awakening. They are attempts to reinforce unconsciousness out of fear of consciousness. This is a pathetic way of trying not to know by rendering the faculties for knowing ineffectual. “Rest in Peace” is a Blessing for the living, not the dead, because rest comes from waking, not from sleeping. Sleep is withdrawing, waking is joining. Dreams are illusions of joining, taking on the ego’s distortions about what joining means, if You are sleeping under its guidance. But the Holy Spirit, too, has use for sleep and can use dreams on behalf of waking, if You will let Him.

How You wake is the sign of how You have used sleep. To Whom did You give it? Under which teacher did You place it? Whenever You wake disspiritedly, it was not of the Spirit. Only when You awaken joyously have You utilized sleep according to the Holy Spirit’s purpose. You can indeed be “drugged by sleep,” but this is always because You have misused it on behalf of sickness. Sleep is no more a form of death than death is a form of unconsciousness. Unconsciousness is impossible. You can rest in Peace only because You are awake.

Healing is release from the fear of waking and the substitution of the will to wake. The will to wake is the will to love, since All healing involves replacing fear with Love. The Holy Spirit cannot distinguish among degrees of error, for if He taught that one form of sickness is more serious than another, He would be teaching that one error can be more real than another. But His function is to distinguish only between the false and the True, replacing the false with the True.

The ego, which always weakens the will, wants to separate the body from the Mind. This is an attempt to destroy it. But the ego actually believes that it is protecting it. This is because it believes that Mind is dangerous and that to make mindless is to heal. But to make mindless is impossible, since it would mean to make nothing out of what God Created. The ego despises weakness, even though it makes every effort to induce it. It wants only what it hates. To the ego this is perfectly sensible. Believing in the power of attack, it wants it.

You have begun to realize that this is a very practical Course, because It means exactly what It says. So does the bible, if it is properly understood. There has been a marked tendency on the part of many of the bible’s followers and also its translators, to be entirely literal about fear and its effects, but not about Love and Its results. Thus, “hellfire” means burning, but raising the dead becomes allegorical. Actually, it is particularly the references to the outcomes of Love that should be taken literally because the bible is about Love, being about God.

The bible enjoins You to be perfect, to heal All errors, to take no thought of the body as separate and to accomplish All things in My Name. This is not My Name alone, for Ours is a shared identification. The Name of God’s Son is One and You are enjoined to do the works of Love because We share this Oneness. Our Minds are whole because They are One. If You are sick, You are withdrawing from Me. But You cannot withdraw from Me alone. You can only withdraw from Yourself and Me.

I would not ask You to do things which You cannot do and it is impossible that I could do things You cannot do. Given this and given this quite literally, there can be nothing which prevents You from doing exactly what I ask and Everything which argues for it. I give You no limits, because God lays none upon You. When You limit Yourself, We are not of one Mind and that is sickness. But sickness is not of the body, but of the Mind. All forms of disfunction are merely signs that the Mind has split and does not accept a unified purpose.

The unification of purpose, then, is the Holy Spirit’s only way of healing. This is because it is the only level at which healing means Anything. The reestablishing of meaning in a chaotic thought system is the only way to heal it. We said before that Your task is only to meet the conditions for meaning, since meaning itself is of God. But Your return to meaning is essential to His, because Your meaning is part of His. Your healing, then, is part of His health, because it is part of His Wholeness. He cannot lose this, but You can not know it. Yet it is still His will for You and His will must stand forever and in All things.

i. The Acceptance of Reality

Fear of the Will of God is one of the strangest beliefs that the human Mind has ever made. This could not possibly have occurred unless the Mind was already profoundly split, making it possible for It to be afraid of what It really is. It is apparent that Reality cannot “threaten” Anything except illusions, because Reality can only uphold Truth. The very fact that the Will of God, which is what You are, is perceived as fearful to You demonstrates that You are afraid of what You are. It is not, then, the Will of God of which You are afraid, but Yours. Your will is not the ego’s and that is why the ego is against You. What seems to be the fear of God is really only the fear of Your own Reality.

It is impossible to learn Anything consistently in a state of panic. If the purpose of this Course is to learn what You are and if You have already decided that what You are is fearful, then it must follow that You will not learn this Course. But You might remember that the reason for the Course is that You do not know Who You are. If You do not know Your Reality, how would You know whether it is fearful or not? The association of Truth and fear, which would be highly artificial at best, is particularly inappropriate in the Minds of Those Who do not know what Truth is. All that this kind of association means is that You are arbitrarily endowing something quite beyond Your awareness with something You do not want.

It is evident, then, that You are judging something of which You are totally unaware. You have set this strange situation up so that it is completely impossible to escape from it without a guide Who does know what Your Reality is. The purpose of this guide is merely to remind You of what You want. He is not attempting to force an alien will upon You. He is merely making every possible effort, within the limits You impose upon Him, to reestablish Your own will in Your consciousness. You have imprisoned it in Your unconscious, where it remains available, but cannot help You. When We said that the Holy Spirit’s function is to sort out the True from the false in Your unconscious, We meant that He has the power to look into what You have hidden and perceive the Will of God there.

His perception of this will can make it real to You, because He is in Your Mind and therefore He is Your Reality. If, then, His perception of Your Mind brings Its Reality to You, He is teaching You what You are. The only source of fear in this whole process can only be what You think You lose. But it is only what the Holy Spirit sees that You can possibly have. We have emphasized many times that the Holy Spirit will never call upon You to sacrifice Anything. But if You ask the sacrifice of Reality of Yourselves, the Holy Spirit must remind You that this is not God’s Will because it is not Yours.

There is no difference between Your will and God’s. If You did not have divided wills, You would recognize that willing is Salvation because it is communication. It is impossible to communicate in alien tongues. You and Your Creator can communicate through Creation, because that and only that, is Your joint will. Divided wills do not communicate because they speak for different things to the same Mind. This loses the ability to communicate, simply because confused communication does not mean Anything. A message cannot be said to be communicated unless it makes sense.

How sensible can Your messages be, when they ask for what You don’t want? Yet as long as You are afraid of Your will, this is precisely what You will ask for. You may insist that the Holy Spirit does not answer You, but it might be wiser to consider the kind of asker You are. You do not ask only for what You want. This is solely because You are afraid You might receive it, and You would. This is really why You persist in asking the teacher Who could not possibly teach You Your will. Of Him, You can never learn it and this gives You the illusion of safety. But You cannot be safe from Truth, but only in it. Reality is the only safety.

Your will is Your Salvation because it is the same as God’s. The separation is nothing more than the belief that it is different. No Mind can believe that Its will is stronger than God’s. If, then, a Mind believes that Its will is different from His, It can only decide either that there is no God or that God’s Will is fearful. The former accounts for the atheist and the latter for the martyr. Martyrdom takes many forms, the category including All doctrines which hold that God demands sacrifices of any kind.

Either basic type of insane decision will induce panic, because the atheist believes He is alone and the martyr believes that God is crucifying Him. Both really fear both abandonment and retaliation, but the former is more reactive against abandonment and the latter against retaliation. The atheist maintains that God has left Him, but He does not care. He will, however, become very fearful and hence very angry, if Anyone suggests that God has not left Him. The martyr, on the other hand, is more aware of guilt and believing that punishment is inevitable, attempts to teach Himself to like it.

The Truth is, very simply, that no One wants either abandonment or retaliation. Many People seek both, but it is still True that They do not want it. Can You ask the Holy Spirit for “gifts” such as these and actually expect to receive them? The Holy Spirit is totally incapable of giving You Anything that does not come from God. His task is not to make Anything for You. He cannot make You want something You don’t want. When You ask the Universal Giver for what You do not want, You are asking for what cannot be given, because it was never created. It was never created because it was never Your will for You.

Ultimately Everyone must learn the Will of God, because ultimately Everyone must recognize Himself. This recognition is the recognition that His will and God’s are One. In the presence of Truth, there are no unbelievers and no sacrifices. In the security of Reality fear is totally meaningless. To deny what is can only seem to be fearful. Fear cannot be real without a cause and God is the only Cause. God is Love and You do want Him. This is Your will. Ask for this and You will be answered, because You will be asking only for what belongs to You.

When You ask the Holy Spirit for what would hurt You, He cannot answer, because nothing can hurt You and so You are asking for nothing. Any desire which stems from the ego is a desire for nothing and to ask for it is not a request. It is merely a denial in the form of a request. The Holy Spirit is not concerned with form at all, being aware only of meaning. The ego cannot ask the Holy Spirit for Anything, because there is complete communication failure between them. But You can ask for Everything of the Holy Spirit, because Your requests are real, being of Your will. Would the Holy Spirit deny the Will of God? And could He fail to recognize it in God’s Sons?

The energy which You withdraw from Creation You expend on fear. This is not because Your energy is limited, but because You have limited it. You do not recognize the enormous waste of energy which You expend in denying Truth. What would You say of Someone Who persisted in attempting the impossible and believed that to achieve it is success? The belief that You must have the impossible in order to be happy is totally at variance with the principle of Creation. God could not will that happiness depended on what You could never have.

The fact that God is Love does not require belief, but it does require acceptance. It is indeed possible for You to deny facts, although it is impossible for You to change them. If You hold Your hands over Your eyes You will not see, because You are interfering with the laws of seeing. If You deny Love You will not know It because Your cooperation is the law of its being. You cannot change laws You did not make and the laws of happiness were created for You, not by You.

Attempts of any kind to deny what is are fearful and if they are strong they will induce panic. Willing against Reality, though impossible, can be made into a very persistent goal, even though You do not want it. But consider the result of this strange decision. You are devoting Your Mind to what You do not want. How real can this devotion be? If You do not want it, it was never created. If it was never created, it is nothing. Can You really devote Yourself to nothing?

God, in His devotion to You, created You devoted to Everything and gave You what You are devoted to. Otherwise, You would not have been created perfect. Reality is Everything and You therefore have Everything because You are real. You cannot make the unreal because the absence of Reality is fearful and fear cannot be created. As long as You believe that fear is possible, You will not create. Opposing orders of Reality make Reality meaningless and Reality is meaning.

Remember, then, that God’s Will is already possible and nothing else will ever be. This is the simple acceptance of Reality because only this is real. You cannot distort Reality and know what it is. And if You do distort Reality You will experience anxiety, depression and ultimately panic, because You are trying to make Yourself unreal. When You feel these things do not try to look beyond Yourself for Truth, for Truth can only be within You. Say, therefore:

Christ is in Me and where He is God must be, for Christ is part of Him.

j. The Answer to Prayer

Everyone Who has ever tried to use Prayer to request something, has experienced what appears to be failure. This is not only True in connection with specific things which might be harmful, but also in connection with requests which are strictly in line with this Course. The latter, in particular, might be incorrectly interpreted as “proof” that the Course does not mean what It says. But You must remember that the Course does state and repeatedly, that its purpose is the escape from fear.

Let Us suppose, then, that what You request of the Holy Spirit is what You really want, but that You are still afraid of it. Should this be the case, Your attainment of it would no longer be what You want, even if it is. This accounts for why certain specific forms of healing are not achieved, even though the state of healing is. It frequently happens that an Individual asks for physical healing, because He is fearful of bodily harm. However, at the same time, if He were healed physically, the threat to His thought system would be considerably more fearful to Him than its physical expression. In this case, He is not really asking for release from fear, but for the removal of a symptom which He has selected. This request is, therefore, not for healing at all.

The bible emphasizes that All prayers are answered and this must be True, if no effort is wasted. The very fact that One has asked the Holy Spirit for Anything, will ensure a response. But it is equally certain that no response, given by the Holy Spirit, will ever be one which would increase fear. It is even possible that His answer will not be heard at all. It is impossible, however, that it will be lost. There are many answers which You have already received, but have not yet heard. I assure You that they are waiting for You. It is indeed True that no effort is wasted.

If You would know Your prayers are answered, never doubt a Son of God. Do not question Him and do not confound Him, for Your faith in Him is Your faith in Yourself. If You would know God and His Answer, believe in Me, Whose faith in You cannot be shaken. Can You ask of the Holy Spirit Truly and doubt Your Brother? Believe His words are True, because of the Truth which is in Him. You will unite with the Truth in Him and His words will be True. As You hear Him, You will hear Me.

Listening to Truth is the only way You can hear It now and finally know It. The message Your Brother gives You is up to You. What does He say to You? What would You have Him say? Your decision about Him determines the message You receive. Remember that the Holy Spirit is in Him and His Voice speaks to You through Him. What can so Holy a Brother tell You except Truth? But are You listening to it?

Your Brother may not know Who He is, but there is a Light in His Mind Which does know. This Light can shine into Yours, making His words True and You able to hear them. His words are the Holy Spirit’s answer to You. Is Your faith in Him strong enough to let You listen and hear? Salvation is of Your Brother. The Holy Spirit extends from Your Mind to His and answers You. You cannot hear the Voice for God in Yourself alone, because You are not alone. And His answer is only for what You are.

You will not know the trust I have in You, unless You extend it. You will not trust the guidance of the Holy Spirit or believe that it is for You, unless You hear it in Others. It must be for Your Brother, because it is for You. Would God have created a Voice for You alone? Could You hear His answer except as He answers All of God’s Sons? Hear of Your Brother what You would have Me hear of You, for You would not want Me to be deceived.

I love You for the Truth in You, as God does. Your deceptions may deceive You, but they cannot deceive Me. Knowing what You are, I cannot doubt You. I hear only the Holy Spirit in You, Who speaks to Me through You. If You would hear Me, hear My Brothers, in Whom God’s Voice speaks. The answer to All Your prayers lies in Them. You will be answered as You hear the answer in Everyone. Do not listen to Anything else or You will not hear Truth.

Believe in Your Brothers because I believe in You and You will learn that My belief in You is justified. Believe in Me by believing in Them, for the sake of what God gave Them. They will answer You, if You learn to ask Truth of Them. Do not ask for blessings without blessing Them, for only in this way can You learn how blessed You are. By following this way, You are looking for the Truth in You. This is not going beyond Yourself, but toward Yourself. Hear only God’s answer in His Sons and You are answered.

To disbelieve is to side against or to attack. To believe is to accept and side with. To believe is not to be credulous, but to accept and appreciate. What You do not believe You do not appreciate and You cannot be grateful for what You do not value. There is a price You will pay for judgment, because judgment is the setting of price. And as You set it, You will pay it.

If paying is equated with getting, You will set the price low, but demand a high return. But You will have forgotten that to price is to value, so that Your return is in proportion to Your judgment of worth. If paying is associated with giving, it cannot be perceived as loss and the reciprocal relationship of giving and receiving will be recognized. The price will then be set high, because of the value of the return.

To price for getting is to lose sight of value, making it inevitable that You will not value what You receive. Valuing it little, You will not appreciate it and You will not want it. Never forget, then, that You have set the value on what You receive and have priced it by what You give. To believe that it is possible to get much for little, is to believe that You can bargain with God.

God’s laws are always fair and perfectly consistent. By giving, You receive. But to receive is to accept, not to get. It is impossible not to have, but it is possible not to know You have. The recognition of having is the willingness for giving and only by this willingness, can You recognize what You have. What You give is therefore the value You put on what You have, being the exact measure of the value You put upon it. And this, in turn, is the measure of how much You want it.

You can ask of the Holy Spirit, then, only by giving to Him. And You can give to Him only where You see Him. If You see Him in Everyone, consider how much You will be asking of Him and how much You will receive. He will deny You nothing, because You have denied Him nothing and so You can share Everything. This is the way and the only way, to have His answer, because His answer is All You can ask for and want. Say, then, to Everyone:

Because I will to know Myself, I see You as God’s Son and My Brother.

a. Sanity and Perception

When You react at all to errors, You are not listening to the Holy Spirit. He has merely disregarded them and if You attend to them, You are not hearing Him. If You do not hear Him, You are listening to Your ego and making as little sense as the Brother Whose errors You perceive. This cannot be correction. But it is more than merely lack of correction for Him. It is the giving up of correction in Yourself.

When a Brother behaves insanely, You can heal Him only by perceiving the sanity in Him. If You perceive His errors and accept them, You are accepting Yours. If You want to give Yours over to the Holy Spirit, You must do this with His. Unless this becomes the one way in which You handle All errors, You cannot understand how All errors are undone. How is this different from telling You that what You teach You learn? Your Brother is as right as You are. And if You think He is wrong, You are condemning Yourself.

You cannot correct Yourself. Is it possible, then, for You to correct Another? But You can see Him Truly, because it is possible for You to see Yourself Truly. It is not up to You to change Him, but merely to accept Him as He is. His errors do not come from the Truth That is in Him and only this Truth is Yours. His errors cannot change this and can have no effect at all on the Truth in You.

To perceive errors in Anyone and to react to them as if they were real, is to make them real to You. You will not escape paying the price for this, not because You are being punished for it, but because You are following the wrong guide and will lose Your way. Your Brother’s errors are not of Him, any more than Yours are of You. Accept His errors as real and You have attacked Yourself. If You would find Your way and keep it, see only Truth beside You, for You walk together.

The Holy Spirit in You forgives All things in You and Your Brother. His errors are forgiven with Yours. Atonement is no more separate than Love. It cannot be separate, because It comes from Love. Any attempt You make to correct a Brother, means that You believe correction by You is possible and this can only be the arrogance of the ego. Correction is of God, Who does not know of arrogance. The Holy Spirit forgives Everything, because God created Everything. Do not undertake His function or You will forget Yours.

Accept only the function of healing in time, because that is what time is for. God gave You the function to create in Eternity. You do not need to learn this. But You do need to learn to want this and for this All learning was made. This is the Holy Spirit’s good use of an ability which You do not need, but which You have made. Give it to Him, You do not know how to use it. He will teach You how to see Yourself without condemnation, by learning how to look on Everything without it. Condemnation will then not be real to You and All Your errors will be forgiven.

b. Atonement as a Lesson in Sharing

Atonement is for All, because it is the way to undo the belief that Anything is for You alone. To forgive is to overlook. Look, then, beyond error and do not let Your perception rest upon it, for You will believe what Your perception holds. Accept as True only what Your Brother is, if You would know Yourself. Perceive what He is not and You cannot know what You are, because You see Him falsely. Remember always that Your identity is shared and that its sharing is its Reality.

You have a part to play in the Atonement. But the plan of the Atonement is beyond You. You do not know how to overlook errors or You would not make them. It would merely be further error to think either that You do not make them or that You can correct them without a guide to correction. And if You do not follow this guide, Your errors will not be corrected. The plan is not Yours because of Your limited ideas about what You are. But this limitation is where All errors arise. The way to undo them is, therefore, not of You, but for You.

The Atonement is a lesson in sharing, which is given You because You have forgotten how to do it. The Holy Spirit merely reminds You of what is Your natural ability. By reinterpreting the ability to attack, which You did make, into the ability to share, He translates what You have made, into what God created. But if You would accomplish this through Him, You cannot look on Your abilities through the eyes of the ego or You will judge them as it does. All their harmfullness lies in its judgment. All their helpfullness lies in the judgment of the Holy Spirit.

The ego has a plan of forgiveness, because You are asking for one, but not of the right teacher. The ego’s plan, of course, makes no sense and will not work. By following it, You will merely place Yourself in an impossible situation, to which the ego always leads You. Its plan is to have You see error clearly first and then overlook it. But how can You overlook what You have made real? By seeing it clearly, You have made it real and cannot overlook it.

This is where the ego is forced into appealing to mysteries and begins to insist that You accept the meaningless, to save Yourself. Many have tried to do this in My Name, forgetting that My words make perfect sense, because they come from God. They are as sensible now as they ever were, because they speak of ideas which are eternal. Forgiveness that is learned of Me does not use fear to undo fear. Nor does it make real the unreal and then destroy it.

Forgiveness through the Holy Spirit lies simply in looking beyond error from the beginning and thus keeping it unreal for You. Do not let any belief in its realness enter Your Minds at all or You will also believe that You must undo what You have made, in order to be forgiven. What has no effect does not exist and to the Holy Spirit, the effects of error are totally nonexistent. By steadily and consistently cancelling out All its effects, Everywhere and in All respects, He teaches that the ego does not exist and proves it. Follow His teaching in forgiveness, then, because forgiveness is His function and He knows how to fulfill it perfectly.

That is what We meant when We once said that Miracles are natural and when They do not occur, something has gone wrong. Miracles are merely the sign of Your willingness to follow His plan of Salvation, in recognition of the fact that You do not know what it is. His work is not Your function and unless You accept this, You cannot learn what Your function is.

The confusion of functions is so typical of the ego, that You should be quite familiar with it by now. The ego believes that All functions belong to it, even though it has no idea what they are. This is more than mere confusion. It is a particularly dangerous combination of grandiosity and confusion, that makes it likely that the ego will attack Anyone and Anything, for no reason at all. This is exactly what it does. It is totally unpredictable in its responses, because it has no idea what it heard.

If One has no idea what is happening, how appropriately can You expect Him to react? But You might still ask Yourself, regardless of how You can account for the reactions, whether they place the ego in a very sound position as a guide for Yours. It seems absurd to have to emphasize repeatedly that the ego’s qualifications as a guide are singularly unfortunate and that it is a remarkably poor choice as a teacher of Salvation. Yet this question, ridiculous as it seems, is really the crucial issue in the whole separation fantasy.

Anyone Who elects a totally insane guide, must be totally insane Himself. It is not True that You do not know the guide is insane. You know it because I know it and You have judged it by the same Standard as I have. The ego literally lives on borrowed time and its days are numbered. Do not fear the Last Judgment, but Welcome it and do not wait, for the ego’s time is borrowed from Your Eternity. This is the Second Coming, which was made for You, as the First was created.

The Second Coming is merely the return of sense. Can this possibly be fearful? What can be fearful but fantasy and no One turns to fantasy unless He despairs of satisfaction in Reality. But it is certain that He will never find satisfaction in fantasy, so that His only hope is to change His Mind about Reality. Only if the decision that Reality is fearful is wrong, can God be right. And I assure You that God is right.

Be glad, then, that You have been wrong, but this was only because You did not know Who You were. Had You remembered, You could no more have been wrong than God can. The impossible can happen only in fantasy. When You search for Reality in fantasies, You will not find it. The symbols of fantasy are of the ego and of these You will find many. But do not look for meaning in them. They have no more meaning than the fantasies into which they are woven.

Fairy tales can be pleasant or fearful, pretty or ugly, but no One calls them True. Children may believe them and so, for a while, they are True for Them. But when Reality dawns, they are gone. Reality has not gone in the meanwhile. The Second Coming is the awareness of Reality, not its return. Behold, My Children, Reality is here. It belongs to You and Me and God and is perfectly satisfying to All of Us. Only this awareness heals, because it is the awareness of Truth.

c. The Unhealed Healer

The ego’s plan for forgiveness is far more widely used than God’s. This is because it is undertaken by unhealed healers and is therefore of the ego. Let Us consider the unhealed healer more carefully now. By definition, He is trying to give what He has not received. If He is a theologian, He may begin with the premise, “I am a miserable sinner and so are You.” If He is a psychotherapist, He is more likely to start with the equally incredible idea that He really believes in attack and so does the patient, but it does not matter in either case.

We have repeatedly stated that beliefs of the ego cannot be shared and this is why they are not real. How, then, can uncovering them make them real? Every healer Who searches fantasies for Truth must be unhealed, because He does not know where to look for Truth and therefore does not have the answer to the problem of healing. There is an advantage to bringing nightmares into awareness, but only to teach that they are not real and that Anything they contain is meaningless. The unhealed healer cannot do this, because He does not believe it.

All unhealed healers follow the ego’s plan for forgiveness, in one form or another. If They are theologians, They are likely to condemn Themselves, teach condemnation and advocate a very fearful solution. Projecting condemnation onto God, They make Him retaliative and fear His retribution. What They have done is merely to identify with the ego and by perceiving clearly what it does, condemn Themselves because of this profound confusion.

It is understandable that there has been a revolt against this concept, but to revolt against it, is still to believe in it. The form of the revolt, then, is different, but not the content. The new form of the ego’s plan is as unhelpful as the older one, because form does not matter to the Holy Spirit and therefore does not matter at all. According to the newer forms of the plan, the therapist interprets the ego’s symbols in the nightmare and uses them to prove the nightmare is real. Having made it real, He then attempts to dispel its effects by depreciating the importance of the dreamer.

This would be a healing approach, if the dreamer were properly identified as unreal. But if the dreamer is equated with the Mind, the Mind’s corrective power, through the Holy Spirit, is denied. It is noteworthy that this is a contradiction even in the ego’s own terms and one which it usually does note, even in its confusion. If the way to counteract fear is to reduce the importance of the fearer, how can this build up ego Strength? These perfectly selfevident inconsistencies account for why, except for certain stylized verbal accounts, nobody can explain what happens in psychotherapy. Nothing Real does.

Nothing Real has happened to the unhealed healer and He learns from His own teaching. Because His ego is involved, it always attempts to gain some support from the situation. Seeking to get something for Himself, the healer does not know how to give and consequently cannot share. He cannot correct, because He is not working correctively. He believes that it is up to Him to teach the patient what is real, but He does not know it Himself.

What, then, should happen? When God said: “Let there be Light,” there was Light. Can You find Light by analyzing darkness as the psychotherapist does or like the theologian, by acknowledging it in Yourself and looking for a distant Light to remove it, while emphasizing the distance?

Healing is not mysterious. Nothing occurs unless You understand it, since Light is understanding. A “miserable sinner” cannot be healed without magic, nor can an “unimportant Mind” esteem Itself without magic. Both forms of the ego’s approach, then, must arrive at an impasse, the characteristic “impossible situation” to which the ego always leads.

It can be helpful to point out to a patient where He is heading, but the point is lost unless He can change His direction. The therapist cannot do this for Him, but He also cannot do this for Himself. His only meaningful contribution is to present an example of One Whose direction has been changed for Him and Who no longer believes in nightmares of any kind. The Light in His Mind will therefore answer the questioner, Who must decide with God that there is Light because He sees It. And by His acknowledgment, the therapist knows It is there.

That is how perception ultimately is translated into knowledge. The Miracleworker begins by perceiving Light and translates His perception into sureness by continually extending It and accepting Its acknowledgment. Its effects assure Him It is there. The therapist does not heal, He lets healing be. He can point to darkness, but He cannot bring Light of Himself, for Light is not of Him. But being for Him, It must be for His patient.

The Holy Spirit is the only Therapist. He makes healing perfectly clear in any situation in which He is the guide. The human therapist can only let Him fulfill His function. He needs no help for this. He will tell You exactly what to do, to help Anyone He sends to You for help and will speak to Him through You, if You do not interfere. Remember that You are choosing a guide for helping and the wrong choice will not help. But remember also that the right one will. Trust Him, for help is His function and He is of God.

As You awaken other Minds to Him through Him and not Yourself, You will understand that You are not obeying the laws of this world, but that the laws You are obeying work. “The Good is what works” is a sound though insufficient statement. Only the Good can work. Nothing else works at all. This Course is a guide to behavior. Being a very direct and very simple learning situation, It provides the guide Who tells You what to do. If You do it, You will see that it works. Its results are more convincing than its words. They will convince You that the words are True.

By following the right guide, You will learn the simplest of All lessons:

By Their fruits ye shall know Them and They shall know Themselves.

d. The Awareness of the Holy Spirit

How can You become increasingly aware of the Holy Spirit in You, except by His effects? You cannot see Him with Your eyes, nor hear Him with Your ears. How, then, can You perceive Him at all? If You inspire Joy and Others react to You with Joy, even though You are not experiencing Joy Yourself, there must be something in You that is capable of producing it. If it is in You and can produce Joy and if You see that it does produce Joy in Others, You must be dissociating it in Yourself.

It seems to You that the Holy Spirit does not produce Joy consistently in You, only because You do not consistently arouse Joy in Others. Their reactions to You are Your evaluations of His consistency. When You are inconsistent, You will not always give rise to Joy and so You will not always recognize His consistency. What You offer to Your Brother, You offer to Him, because He cannot go beyond Your offering in His giving. This is not because He limits His giving, but simply because You have limited Your receiving.

The will to receive is the will to accept. If Your Brothers are part of You, will You accept Them? Only They can teach You what You are and Your learning is the result of what You taught Them. What You call upon in Them, You call upon in Yourself. And as You call upon it in Them, it becomes real to You. God has but one Son, knowing Them All as One. Only God Himself is more than They, but They are not less than He is. Would You know what this means? If what You do to My Brother You do to Me and if You do Everything for Yourself because We are part of You, Everything We do belongs to You as well. Every Soul God created is part of You and shares His glory with You.

His glory belongs to Him, but it is equally Yours. You cannot, then, be less glorious than He is. He is more than You only because He created You, but not even this would He keep from You. Therefore, You can create as He did and Your dissociation will not alter this. Neither God’s Light nor Yours is dimmed because You do not see.

Because the Sonship must create as One, You remember Creation whenever You recognize part of Creation. Each part You remember adds to Your wholeness, because each part is whole. Wholeness is indivisible, but You cannot learn Your wholeness, until You see it Everywhere. You can know Yourself only as God knows His Son, for knowledge is shared with God. When You awake in Him, You will know Your magnitude by accepting His limitlessness as Yours. But meanwhile, You will judge it as You judge Your Brothers’ and will accept it as You accept Theirs.

You are not yet awake, but You can learn how to awaken. Very simply the Holy Spirit teaches You to awaken Others. As You see Them waken, You will learn what waking means. And because You have willed to wake Them, Their gratitude and Their appreciation of what You have given Them, will teach You its value. They will become the witnesses to Your Reality, as You were created witnesses to God’s. But when the Sonship comes together and accepts its Oneness, it will be known by Its Creations, who witness to its Reality, as the Son does to the Father.

Miracles have no place in Eternity because They are reparative. But while You still need healing, Your Miracles are the only witnesses to Your Reality that You can recognize. You cannot perform a Miracle for Yourself, because Miracles are a way of giving acceptance and receiving it. In time, the giving comes first, though they are simultaneous in Eternity, where they cannot be separated. When You have learned that they are the same, the need for time is over. Eternity is one time, its only dimension being “always.”

But this cannot mean Anything to You, until You remember God’s open arms and finally know His open Mind. Like Him, You are always, in His Mind and with a Mind like His. In Your open Mind are Your Creations, in perfect communication, born of perfect understanding. Could You but accept one of them, You would not want Anything the world has to offer. Everything else would be totally meaningless. God’s meaning is incomplete without You and You are incomplete without Your Creations.

Accept Your Brother in this world and accept nothing else, for in Him You will find Your Creations, because He created them with You. You will never know that You are Cocreator with God, until You learn that Your Brother is a Cocreator with You.

e. Salvation and God’s Will

God’s Will is Your Salvation. Would He not have given You the means to find it? If He wills You to have it, He must have made it possible and very easy to obtain it.

Your Brothers are Everywhere. You do not have to seek far for Salvation. Every minute and every second gives You a chance to save Yourself. Do not lose these chances, not because they will not return, but because delay of Joy is needless. God wills You perfect happiness now. Is it possible that this is not also Your will? And is it possible that this is not also the will of Your Brothers? Consider, then, that in this joint will, You are All united and in this only. There will be disagreement on Anything else, but not in this. This, then, is where Peace abides. And You abide in Peace, when You so decide.

But You cannot abide in Peace unless You accept the Atonement, because the Atonement is the way to Peace. The reason is very simple and so obvious that it is often overlooked. That is because the ego is afraid of the obvious, since obviousness is the essential characteristic of Reality. You cannot overlook it, unless You are not looking. It is perfectly obvious that if the Holy Spirit looks with Love on All He perceives, He looks with Love on You. His evaluation of You is based on His knowledge of what You are and so He evaluates You Truly. And this evaluation must be in Your Mind, because He is.

The ego is also in Your Mind, because You have accepted it There. Its evaluation of You, however, is the exact opposite of the Holy Spirit’s, because the ego does not love You. It is unaware of what You are and wholly mistrustful of Everything it perceives, because its own perceptions are so shifting. The ego is therefore capable of suspiciousness at best and viciousness at worst. That is its range. It cannot exceed it, because of its uncertainty. And it can never go beyond it, because it can never be certain.

You, then, have two conflicting evaluations of Yourself in Your Minds and they cannot both be True. You do not yet realize how completely different these evaluations are, because You do not understand how lofty the Holy Spirit’s perception of You really is. He is not deceived by Anything You do, because He never forgets what You are. The ego is deceived by Everything You do, even when You respond to the Holy Spirit, because at such times its confusion increases. The ego is, therefore, particularly likely to attack You when You react lovingly, because it has evaluated You as unloving and You are going against its judgment.

The ego will begin to attack Your motives as soon as they become clearly out of accord with its perception of You. This is when it will shift abruptly from suspiciousness to viciousness, because its uncertainty is increased. But it is surely pointless [aussichtslos] to attack in return. What can this mean, except that You are agreeing with the ego’s evaluation of what You are? If You are willing to see Yourself as unloving, You will not be happy. You are condemning Yourself and must therefore regard Yourself as inadequate.

Would You look to the ego to help You escape from a sense of inadequacy it has produced and must maintain for its own existence? Can You escape from its evaluation of You, by using its methods for keeping this picture intact? You cannot evaluate an insane belief system from within it. Its own range precludes this. You can only go beyond it and look back from a point where sanity exists and see the contrast. Only by this contrast, can insanity be judged as insane.

With the grandeur of God in You, You have chosen to be little and lament Your littleness. Within the system which dictated this choice, the lament is inevitable. Your littleness is taken for granted there and You do not ask Who granted it. The question is meaningless within the ego’s thought system, because it opens the whole thought system to question. We said before that the ego does not know what a real question is. Lack of knowledge of any kind is always associated with unwillingness to know and produces a total lack of knowledge, simply because knowledge is total. Not to question Your littleness is, therefore, to deny All knowledge and keep the ego’s whole thought system intact.

You cannot retain part of a thought system, because it can be questioned only at its foundation. And this must be questioned from beyond it, because within it, its foundation does stand. The Holy Spirit judges against the Reality of the ego’s thought system, merely because He knows its foundation is not True. Therefore, nothing that arises from it means Anything. The Holy Spirit judges every belief You hold in terms of where it comes from. If it comes from God, He knows it to be True. If it does not, He knows it is meaningless.

Whenever You question Your value, say, “God Himself is incomplete without Me.” Remember this when the ego speaks and You will not hear it. The Truth about You is so lofty that nothing that is unworthy of God is worthy of You. Choose, then, what You want in these terms and accept nothing that You would not offer to God as wholly fitting for Him, for You do not want Anything else. Return Your part of Him and He will give You All of Himself, in exchange for Your return of what belongs to Him and renders Him complete.

f. Grandeur versus Grandiosity

Grandeur is of God and only of Him. Therefore, it is in You. Whenever You become aware of it, however dimly, You abandon the ego automatically, because in the presence of the grandeur of God, the meaninglessness of the ego becomes perfectly apparent. Though it does not understand this, the ego believes that its “enemy” has struck and attempts to offer gifts to induce You to return to its protection. Selfinflation is the only offering it can make. The grandiosity of the ego is its alternative to the grandeur of God. Which will You choose?

Grandiosity is always a cover for despair. It is without hope, because it is not real. It is an attempt to counteract Your littleness, based on the belief that the littleness is real. Without this belief, the grandiosity is meaningless and You could not possibly want it. The essence of grandiosity is competitiveness, because it always involves attack. It is a delusional attempt to outdo, but not to undo. We said before that the ego vacillates between suspiciousness and viciousness. It remains suspicious as long as You despair of Yourself. It switches to viciousness whenever You will not tolerate selfdebasement and seek relief. Then it offers You the delusion of attack as a solution.

The ego does not know the difference between grandeur and grandiosity, because it does not know the difference between Miracleimpulses and egoalien beliefs of its own. We once said that the ego is aware of threat, but does not make distinctions between two entirely different kinds of threat to its existence. Its own profound sense of vulnerability renders it incapable of judgment, except in terms of attack. When it experiences threat, its only decision is whether to attack now or withdraw to attack later. If You accept its offer of grandiosity, it will attack immediately. If You do not, it will wait.

The ego is immobilized in the presence of God’s grandeur, because His grandeur establishes Your freedom. Even the faintest hint of Your Reality literally drives the ego from Your Mind, because of the complete lack of investment in it. Grandeur is totally without illusion and because it is real, it is compellingly convincing. But the conviction of Reality will not remain with You, unless You do not allow the ego to attack it.

The ego will make every effort to recover and mobilize its energies against Your release. It will tell You that You are insane and argue that grandeur cannot be a real part of You, because of the littleness in which it believes. But Your grandeur is not delusional, because You did not make it. You have made grandiosity and are afraid of it, because it is a form of attack. But Your grandeur is of God, Who created it out of His Love. From Your grandeur You can only bless, because Your grandeur is Your abundance. By Blessing You hold it in Your Minds, protecting it from illusions and keeping Yourself in the Mind of God.

Remember always that You cannot be anywhere except in the Mind of God. When You forget this, You will despair and You will attack. The ego depends solely on Your willingness to tolerate it. But if You are willing to look upon Your grandeur, You cannot despair and therefore You cannot want the ego. Your grandeur is God’s answer to the ego, because it is True. Littleness and grandeur cannot coexist, nor is it possible for them to alternate in Your awareness. Littleness and grandiosity can and must, since both are untrue and therefore on the same level. Being the level of shift, it is experienced as shifting and extremes are its essential characteristic.

But Truth and littleness are denials of each other and grandeur is Truth. Truth does not vacillate, it is always True. When grandeur slips away from You, You have replaced it with something You have made. Perhaps it is the belief in littleness, perhaps it is the belief in grandiosity. But it must be insane, because it is not True. Your grandeur will never deceive You, but Your illusions always will. Illusions are deceptions.

You cannot triumph, but You are exalted. And in Your exalted state, You seek Others like You and rejoice with Them. It is easy to distinguish grandeur from grandiosity, simply because Love is returned, but pride is not. Pride will not produce Miracles and therefore will deprive You of the True witnesses to Your Reality. Truth is not obscure nor hidden, but Its obviousness to You lies in the Joy You bring to Its witnesses, Who show It to You. They attest to Your grandeur, but They cannot attest to pride because pride is not shared.

God wants You to behold what He created, because it is His Joy. Can Your grandeur be arrogant, when God Himself witnesses to it? And what can be real that has no witnesses? What Good can come of it? And if no Good can come of it, the Holy Spirit cannot use it. What He cannot transform to the Will of God does not exist at all. Grandiosity is delusional because it is used to replace Your grandeur. Yet what God has created cannot be replaced.

God is incomplete without You, simply because His grandeur is total and You cannot be missing from it. You are altogether irreplaceable in the Mind of God. No One else can fill Your part of it and while You leave Your part of it empty, Your eternal place merely waits for Your return. God, through His Voice, reminds You of it and God Himself keeps Your extensions safe within it. But You do not know them, until You return to them.

You cannot replace the Kingdom and You cannot replace Yourself. God, Who knows Your value, would not have it so and so it is not so. Your value is in God’s Mind and therefore not in Yours alone. To accept Yourself as He created You cannot be arrogant, because it is the denial of arrogance. To accept Your littleness is arrogant, because it means that You believe that Your evaluation of Yourself is truer than God’s. But if Truth is indivisible, then Your evaluation of Yourself must be God’s.

You did not establish Your value and it needs no defense. Nothing can attack it or prevail over it. It does not vary. It merely is. Ask the Holy Spirit what it is and He will tell You. But do not be afraid of His Answer, for it comes from God. It is an exalted answer, because of its Source. But the Source is True and so is its answer. Listen and do not question what You hear, for God does not deceive. He would have You replace the ego’s belief in littleness with His own exalted answer to the question of Your being, so that You can cease to question it and know it for what it is.

g. The Inclusiveness of Creation

Nothing beyond Yourself can make You fearful or loving, because nothing is beyond You. Time and Eternity are both in Your Minds and will conflict, until You perceive time solely as a means to regain Eternity. You cannot do this, as long as You believe that Anything that happens to You is caused by factors outside Yourself. You must learn that time is solely at Your disposal and that nothing in the world can take this responsibility from You. You can violate God’s laws in Your imagination, but You cannot escape from them. They were established for Your protection and are as inviolate as Your safety.

God created nothing beside You and nothing beside You exists, for You are part of Him. What except Him can exist? Nothing beyond Him can happen, because nothing except Him is real. Your Creations add to Him, as You do. But nothing is added that is different, because Everything has always been. What can upset You except the ephemeral and how can the ephemeral be real, if You are God’s only Creation and He created You eternal?

Your Holy will establishes Everything that happens to You. Every response You make, to Everything You perceive, is up to You, because Your will determines Your perception of it. God does not change His Mind about You, for He is not uncertain of Himself. And what He knows can be known, because He does not know only for Himself. He created You for Himself, but He gave You the power to create for Your Self, so You would be like Him. That is why Your will is Holy.

Can Anything exceed the Love of God? Can Anything, then, exceed Your will? Nothing can reach You from beyond it, because being in God, You encompass Everything. Believe this and You will realize how much is up to You. When Anything threatens Your Peace of Mind, ask Yourself “Has God changed His Mind about Me?” Then accept His decision, for it is indeed changeless and refuse to change Your Mind about Yourself. God will never decide against You or He would be deciding against Himself.

The reason You do not know Your Creations is simply that You would decide against them, as long as Your Minds are split and to attack what You have created is impossible. But remember that it is as impossible for God. The law of Creation is that You love Your Creations as Yourself, because they are part of You. Everything that was created is therefore perfectly safe, because the laws of God protect it by His Love. Any part of Your Mind that does not know this, has banished Itself from knowledge, because It has not met its conditions.

Who could have done this but You? Recognize this gladly, for in this recognition lies the realization that Your banishment is not of God and therefore does not exist. You are at home in God, dreaming of exile, but perfectly capable of awakening to Reality. Is it Your will to do so? You know, from Your own experience, that what You see in dreams You think is real, as long as You are asleep. But the instant You waken, You know that Everything that seemed to happen did not happen at all. You do not think this mysterious, even though All the laws of what You awake to were violated while You slept.

Is it not possible that You merely shifted from one dream to another without really wakening? Would You bother to reconcile what happened in conflicting dreams or would You dismiss both together, if You discovered that Reality is in accord with neither? You do not remember being awake. When You hear the Holy Spirit, You merely feel better, because Loving seems possible to You. But You do not remember yet that it once was so and it is in this remembering that You will know it can be so again.

What is possible has not yet been accomplished. But what has once been is so now, if it is eternal. When You remember, You will know what You remember is eternal and therefore is now. You will remember Everything the instant You desire it wholly, for if to desire wholly is to create, You will have willed away the separation, returning Your Mind simultaneously to Your Creator and Your Creations. Knowing them, You will have no wish to sleep, but only the will to waken and be glad. Dreams will be impossible, because You will want only Truth and being at last Your will, it will be Yours.

h. The Decision to Forget

Unless You know something, You cannot dissociate it. Knowledge therefore precedes dissociation and dissociation is nothing more than a decision to forget. What has been forgotten then appears to be fearful, but only because the dissociation was an attack on Truth. You are fearful because You have forgotten. And You have replaced Your knowledge by an awareness of dreams, because You are afraid of Your dissociation, not of what You have dissociated. Even in this world’s therapy, when dissociated material is accepted, it ceases to be fearful, for the laws of Mind always hold.

But to give up the dissociation of Reality brings more than merely lack of fear. In this decision lie Joy and Peace and the glory of Creation. Offer the Holy Spirit only Your will to remember, for He retains the knowledge of God and of You for You, waiting for Your acceptance. Give up gladly Everything that would stand in the way of Your remembering, for God is in Your memory and His Voice will tell You that You are part of Him when You are willing to remember Him and know Your own Reality again. Let nothing in this world delay Your remembering of Him, for in this remembering is the knowledge of Yourself.

To remember is merely to restore to Your Mind what is already there. You do not make what You remember, You merely accept again what has been made and rejected. The ability to accept Truth in this world is the perceptual counterpart of creating in the Kingdom. God will do His part if You will do Yours and His return in exchange for Yours is the exchange of knowledge for perception. Nothing is beyond His will for You. But signify Your will to remember Him and behold! He will give You Everything but for Your asking.

Whenever You attack, You are denying Yourself. You are specifically teaching Yourself that You are not what You are. Your denial of Reality precludes acceptance of God’s gift, because You have accepted something else in its place. If You understand that the misuse of defenses always constitutes an attack on Truth and Truth is God, You will realize why this is always fearful. If You further recognize that You are part of God, You will also understand why it is that You always attack Yourself first.

All attack is Self attack. It cannot be Anything else. Arising from Your own decision not to be what You are, it is an attack on Your identification. Attack is thus the way in which Your identification is lost, because, when You attack, You must have forgotten what You are. And if Your Reality is God’s, when You attack, You are not remembering Him. This is not because He is gone, but because You are actively willing not to remember Him.

If You realized the complete havoc this makes of Your Peace of Mind, You could not make such an insane decision. You make it only because You still believe that it can get You something You want. It follows, then, that You want something other than Peace of Mind and You have not considered what it must be. Yet the logical outcome of Your decision is perfectly clear, if You will look at it. By deciding against Your Reality, You have made Yourself vigilant against God and His Kingdom. And it is this vigilance that makes You afraid to remember Him.

You have not attacked God and You do love Him. Can You change Your Reality? No One can will to destroy Himself. When You think You are attacking Your Self, it is a sure sign that You hate what You think You are. And this and only this, can be attacked by You. What You think You are can be hateful and what this strange image makes You do can be very destructive. The destruction is no more real than the image, but Those Who make idols do worship them. The idols are nothing, but their worshippers are the Sons of God in sickness.

God would have Them released from Their sickness and returned to His Mind. He will not limit Your power to help Them, because He has given it to You. Do not be afraid of it, because it is Your Salvation. What Comforter can there be for the sick Children of God except His power through You? Remember that it does not matter where in the Sonship He is accepted. He is always accepted for All and when Your Mind receives Him, the remembrance of Him awakens throughout the Sonship.

Heal Your Brothers simply by accepting God for Them. Your Minds are not separate and God has only one channel for healing, because He has but one Son. His remaining communication link with All His Children joins Them together and Them to Him. To be aware of this is to heal Them, because it is the awareness that no One is separate and so no One is sick. To believe that a Son of God can be sick is to believe that part of God can suffer.

Love cannot suffer, because it cannot attack. The remembrance of Love therefore brings invulnerability with it. Do not side with sickness in the presence of a Son of God, even if He believes in it, for Your acceptance of God in Him acknowledges the Love of God Which He has forgotten. Your recognition of Him as part of God teaches Him the Truth about Himself, Which He is denying. Would You strengthen His denial of God and thus lose sight of Yourself? Or would You remind Him of His wholeness and remember Your Creator with Him?

To believe a Son of God is sick is to worship the same idol He does. God created Love, not idolatry. All forms of idolatry are caricatures of Creation, taught by sick Minds, Who are too divided to know that Creation shares power and never usurps it. Sickness is idolatry, because it is the belief that power can be taken from You. But this is impossible, because You are part of God, Who is All power. A sick God must be an idol, made in the image of what its maker thinks He is. And that is exactly what the ego does perceive in a Son of God: A sick God, selfcreated, selfsufficient, very vicious and very vulnerable.

Is this the idol You would worship? Is this the image You would be vigilant to save? Are You really afraid of losing this? Look calmly at the logical conclusion of the ego’s thought system and judge whether its offering is really what You want, for this is what it offers You. To obtain this, You are willing to attack the Divinity of Your Brothers and thus lose sight of Yours. And You are willing to keep it hidden, to protect this idol, which You think will save You from dangers which the idol itself stands for, but which do not exist.

There are no idolaters in the Kingdom, but there is great appreciation for every Soul Which God created, because of the calm knowledge that Each One is part of Him. God’s Son knows no idols, but He does know His Father. Health in this world is the counterpart of value in Heaven. It is not My merit that I contribute to You, but My Love, for You do not value Yourselves. When You do not value Yourself You become sick, but My value of You can heal You, because the value of God’s Son is One.

When I said,

My Peace I give unto You.

I meant it. Peace came from God through Me to You. It was for You, but You did not ask. When a Brother is sick, it is because He is not asking for Peace and therefore He does not know He has it. The acceptance of Peace is the denial of illusion and sickness is an illusion. Yet every Son of God has the power to deny illusions anywhere in the Kingdom, merely by denying them completely in Himself.

I can heal You, because I know You. I know Your value for You and it is this value that makes You whole. A whole Mind is not idolatrous and does not know of conflicting laws. I will heal You merely because I have only one message and it is True. Your faith in it will make You whole, when You have faith in Me. I do not bring God’s message with deception and You will learn this as You learn that You always receive as much as You accept. You could accept Peace now for Everyone You meet and offer Them perfect freedom from All illusions, because You heard. But have no other gods before Him or You will not hear.

God is not jealous of the gods You make, but You are. You would save them and serve them, because You believe that they made You. You think they are Your Father, because You are projecting onto them the fearful fact that You made them to replace God. But when they seem to speak to You, remember that nothing can replace God and whatever replacements You have attempted are nothing. Very simply, then, You may believe You are afraid of nothingness, but You are really afraid of nothing. And in that awareness You are healed.

You will hear the god You listen to. You made the god of sickness and by making him, You made Yourself able to hear him. But You did not create him, because he is not the Will of the Father. He is therefore not eternal and will be unmade for You, the instant You signify Your willingness to accept only the Eternal. If God has but one Son, there is but one God. You share Reality with Him, because Reality is not divided. To accept other gods before Him, is to place other images before Yourself. You do not realize how much You listen to Your gods and how vigilant You are on their behalf. But they exist only because You honor them.

Place honor where it is due and Peace will be Yours. It is Your inheritance from Your real Father. You cannot make Your Father and the father You made did not make You. Honor is not due to illusions, for to honor them is to honor nothing. But fear is not due them either, for nothing cannot be fearful. You have chosen to fear Love because of Its perfect harmlessness. And because of this fear, You have been willing to give up Your own perfect helpfullness and Your own perfect Help. Only at the Altar of God will You find Peace and this Altar is in You, because God put It there. His Voice still calls You to return and He will be heard, when You place no other gods before Him.

You can give up the god of sickness for Your Brothers. In fact, You would have to do so, if You give him up for Yourself. For if You see him anywhere, You are accepting him. And if You accept him, You will bow down and worship him, because he was made as God’s replacement. He is the belief that there is something else. He, then, is the cause of Your insane belief thatYou can choose which God is real. Although it is perfectly clear that this has nothing to do with Reality, it is equally clear that it has Everything to do with Reality as You perceive it.

i. Magic versus Miracles

All magic is a form of reconciling the irreconcilable. All religion is the recognition that the irreconcilable cannot be reconciled.

Sickness and perfection are irreconcilable. If God created You perfect, You are perfect. If You believe You can be sick, You have placed other gods before Him. God is not at war with the god of sickness which You made, but You are. He is the symbol of willing against God and You are afraid of him because he cannot be reconciled with God’s Will. If You attack him, You will make him real to You. But if You refuse to worship him, in whatever form he may appear to You and wherever You think You see him, he will disappear into the nothingness out of which he was made.

Reality can dawn only in an unclouded Mind. It is always there, to be accepted, but its acceptance depends on Your willingness to have it. To know Reality must involve the willingness to judge unreality for what it is. This is the right use of selective perception. To overlook nothingness is merely to judge it correctly and because of Your ability to evaluate it Truly, to let it go. Knowledge cannot dawn on a Mind full of illusions, because Truth and illusions are irreconcilable. Truth is whole and cannot be known by part of a Mind.

The Sonship cannot be perceived as partly sick, because to perceive It that way, is not to perceive It at all. If the Sonship is One, it is One in All respects. Oneness cannot be divided. If You perceive other gods, Your Mind is split and You will not be able to limit the split, because the split is the sign that You have removed part of Your Mind from God’s Will and this means that It is out of control. To be out of control is to be out of reason and the Mind does become unreasonable without reason. This is merely a matter of definition. By defining the Mind wrongly, You perceive It as functioning wrongly.

God’s laws will keep Your Minds at Peace, because Peace is His Will and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but Yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws cannot be understood together. The laws of God work only for Your Good and there are no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawless and therefore chaotic. But God Himself has protected Everything He created by His laws. Therefore, Everything that is not under them does not exist.

“Laws of chaos” are meaningless, by definition. Creation is perfectly lawful and the chaotic is without meaning, because it is without God. You have given Your Peace to the gods You made, but they are not there to take it from You and You are not able to give it to them. You are not free to give up freedom, but only to deny it. You cannot do what God did not intend, because what He did not intend does not happen. Your gods do not bring chaos. You are endowing them with chaos and accepting it of them.

All this has never been. Nothing but the laws of God has ever operated and nothing except His Will will ever be. You were created through His laws and by His Will and the manner of Your Creation established You as Creators. What You have made is so unworthy of You, that You could hardly want it, if You were willing to see it as it is. You will see nothing at all. And Your Vision will automatically look beyond it, to what is in You and All around You. Reality cannot break through the obstructions You interpose, but it will envelop You completely, when You let them go.

When You have experienced the protection of God, the making of idols becomes inconceivable. There are no strange images in the Mind of God and what is not in His Mind cannot be in Yours, because You are of One Mind and that Mind belongs to Him. It is Yours because It belongs to Him, for ownership is sharing to Him. And if it is so for Him, it is so for You. His definitions are His laws, for by them He established the Universe as what it is. No false gods You attempt to interpose between Yourself and Your Reality, affect Truth at all. Peace is Yours because God created You. And He created nothing else.

The Miracle is the act of a Son of God Who has laid aside All false gods and Who calls on His Brothers to do likewise. It is an act of faith, because It is the recognition that His Brother can do it. It is a call to the Holy Spirit in His Mind, a call to Him which is strengthened by this joining. Because the Miracleworker has heard Him, He strengthens His Voice in a sick Brother by weakening His belief in sickness, which He does not share. The power of one Mind can shine into Another, because All the lamps of God were lit by the same spark. It is Everywhere and it is eternal.

In many, only the spark remains, for the great rays are obscured. But God has kept the spark alive, so the rays can never be completely forgotten. If You but see the little spark, You will learn of the greater Light, for the rays are there unseen. Perceiving the spark will heal, but knowing the Light will create. Yet in the returning, the little Light must be acknowledged first, for the separation was a descent from magnitude to littleness. But the spark is still as pure as the Great Light, because it is the remaining call of Creation. Put All Your faith in it and God Himself will answer You.

j. The Denial of God

The rituals of the god of sickness are strange and very demanding. Joy is never permitted, for depression is the sign of allegiance to him. Depression means that You have foresworn God. Men are afraid of blasphemy, but They do not know what it means. They do not realize that, to deny God, is to deny Their own identity and in this sense, the wages of sin is death. The sense is very literal: Denial of Life perceives its opposite, as All forms of denial replace what is, with what is not. No One can really do this, but that You can think You can and believe You have, is beyond dispute.

Do not forget, however, that to deny God will inevitably result in projection and You will believe that Others, and not Yourself, have done this to You. You will receive the message You give, because it is the message You want. You may believe that You judge Your Brothers by the messages They give You, but You have judged Them by the message You give Them. Do not attribute Your denial of Joy to Them or You cannot see the spark in Them, that could bring Joy to You. It is the denial of the spark that brings depression and whenever You see Your Brothers without it, You are denying God.

Allegiance to the denial of God is the ego’s religion. The god of sickness obviously demands the denial of health, because health is in direct opposition to its own survival. But consider what this means to You. Unless You are sick You cannot keep the gods You made, for only in sickness could You possibly want them. Blasphemy, then, is selfdestructive, not God destructive. It means that You are willing not to know Yourself, in order to be sick. This is the offering which Your god demands, because having made him out of Your insanity, he is an insane idea. He has many forms, but though he may seem like many different things, he is but one idea: The denial of God.

Sickness and death entered the Mind of God’s Son against His Will. The “attack on God” made His Son think He was fatherless and out of depression He made the god of depression. This was His alternative to Joy, because He would not accept the fact that, although He was a Creator, He had been created. Yet the Son is helpless without the Father, Who alone is His Help. We said before that of Yourselves You can do nothing, but You are not of Yourselves. If You were, what You have made would be True and You could never escape.

It is because You did not make Yourselves, that You need be troubled by nothing. Your gods are nothing, because Your Father did not create them. You cannot make creators Who are unlike Your Creator, any more than He could have created a Son Who was unlike Him. If Creation is sharing, it cannot create what is unlike itself. It can share only what it is. Depression is isolation and so it could not have been created.

Son of God, You have not sinned, but You have been much mistaken. But this can be corrected and God will help You, knowing that You could not sin against Him. You denied Him because You loved Him, knowing that if You recognized Your Love for Him, You could not deny Him. Your denial therefore means that You love Him and that You know He loves You. Remember that what You deny You must have known. And if You can accept denial, You can accept its undoing.

Your Father has not denied You. He does not retaliate, but He does call to You to return. When You think He has not answered Your call, You have not answered His. He calls to You from every part of the Sonship, because of His Love for His Son. If You hear His message, He has answered You and You will learn what You are of Him, if You hear aright. The Love of God is in Everything He created, for His Son is Everywhere. Look with Peace upon Your Brothers and God will come rushing into Your Heart, in gratitude for Your gift to Him.

Do not look to the god of sickness for healing, but only to the God of Love, for healing is the acknowledgment of Him. When You acknowledge Him, You will know that He has never ceased to acknowledge You and that in His acknowledgment of You lies Your Being. You are not sick and You cannot die. But You can confuse Your Self with things that do. Remember, though, that to do this is blasphemy, for it means that You are looking without Love on God and His Creation, from which He cannot be separated. Only the Eternal can be loved, for Love does not die. What is of God is His forever and You are of God. Would He allow Himself to suffer? And would He offer His Son Anything that is not acceptable to Him?

If You will accept Yourself as God created You, You will be incapable of suffering. But to do this, You must acknowledge Him as Your Creator. This is not because You will be punished otherwise. It is merely because Your acknowledgment of Your Father is the acknowledgment of Yourself as You are. Your Father created You wholly without sin, wholly without pain and wholly without suffering of any kind. If You deny Him, You bring sin, pain and suffering into Your own Mind, because of the power He gave It. Your Mind is capable of creating worlds, but it can also deny what It creates, because It is free.

You do not realize how much You have denied Yourself and how much God, in His Love, would not have it so. Yet He would not interfere with You, because He would not know His Son if He were not free. To interfere with You would be to attack Himself and God is not insane. When You denied Him, You were insane. Would You have Him share Your insanity? God will never cease to love His Son and His Son will never cease to love Him. That was the condition of His Son’s Creation, fixed forever in the Mind of God. To know that is sanity. To deny it is insanity. God gave Himself to You in Your Creation and His gifts are eternal. Would You deny Yourself to Him?

Out of Your gifts to Him, the Kingdom will be restored to His Son. His Son removed Himself from His gift by refusing to accept what had been created for Him and what He Himself had created in the Name of His Father. Heaven waits for His return, for it was created as the dwelling place of God’s Son. You are not at home anywhere else or in any other condition. Do not deny Yourself the Joy which was created for You for the misery You have made for Yourselves. God has given You the means for undoing what You have made. Listen and You will learn what You are.

If God knows His Children as wholly sinless, it is blasphemous to perceive Them as guilty. If God knows His Children as wholly without pain, it is blasphemous to perceive suffering anywhere. If God knows His Children to be wholly joyous, it is blasphemous to feel depressed. All these illusions and the many other forms which blasphemy may take, are refusals to accept Creation as it is. If God created His Son perfect, that is how You must learn to see Him, to learn of His Reality. And as part of the Sonship, that is how You must see Yourself to learn Yours.

Do not perceive Anything God did not create or You are denying Him. His is the only Fatherhood and it is Yours only because He has given it to You. Your gifts to Yourself are meaningless, but Your gifts to Your Creations are like His, because they are given in His Name. That is why Your Creations are as real as His. But the real Fatherhood must be acknowledged, if the real Son is to be known. You believe that the sick things which You have made are Your real Creations, because You believe that the sick images You perceive are the Sons of God.

Only if You accept the Fatherhood of God will You have Anything, because His Fatherhood gave You Everything. That is why to deny Him is to deny Yourself. Arrogance is the denial of Love, because Love shares and arrogance withholds. As long as both appear to You to be desirable, the concept of choice, which is not of God, will remain with You. While this is not True in Eternity, it is True in time, so that, while time lasts in Your Minds, there will be choices. Time itself was Your choice. If You would remember Eternity, You must learn to look on only the Eternal. If You allow Yourselves to become preoccupied with the temporal, You are living in time. As always, Your choice is determined by what You value. Time and Eternity cannot both be real, because they contradict each other. If You will accept only what is timeless as real, You will begin to understand Eternity and make it Yours.

Chapter 16 – The Forgiveness of Illusions

g. The End of Illusions

Forgive Us Our illusions, Father, and help Us to accept Our True relationship with You, in which there are no illusions and where none can ever enter. Our Holiness is Yours. What can there be in Us that needs forgiveness, when Yours is perfect? The sleep of forgetfullness is only the unwillingness to remember Your forgiveness and Your Love. Let Us not wander into temptation, for the temptation of the Son of God is not Your Will. And let Us receive only what You have given and accept but this into the Minds Which You created and Which You love.

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?

Chapter 31 – The Simplicity of Salvation

a. The Illusion of an Enemy

An ancient lesson is not over by the opposing of the new and old. It is not vanquished that the Truth be known or fought against to lose to Truth’s appeal. There is no battle which must be prepared, no time to be expended and no plans that need be laid for bringing in the new. There is an ancient battle being waged against the Truth, but Truth does not respond. Who could be hurt in such a war, unless He hurts Himself? He has no enemy in Truth. And can He be assailed by dreams? Let Us review again what seems to stand between You and the Truth of what You are. For there are steps in its relinquishment. The first is a decision which You make. But afterwards, the Truth is given You.

You would establish Truth. And by Your wish, You set two choices to be made each time You think You must decide on Anything. Neither is True. Nor are they different. Yet must We see them both, before You can look past them, to the one Alternative that is a different choice. But not in dreams You made, that this might be obscured to You. What You would choose between is not a choice and gives but the illusion it is free, for it will have one outcome either way. Thus is it really not a choice at all. The leader and the follower emerge as separate roles, each seeming to possess advantages You would not want to lose. So in their fusion there appears to be the hope of satisfaction and of Peace.

You see Yourself divided into both these roles, forever split between the two. And every friend or enemy becomes a means to help You save Yourself from this. Perhaps You call it Love. Perhaps You think that it is murder justified at last. You hate the One You gave the leader’s role when You would have it and You hate as well His not assuming it, at times You want to let the follower in You arise and give away the role of leadership. And this is what You made Your Brother for and learned to think that this His purpose is. Unless He serves it, He has not fulfilled the function that was given Him by You. And thus He merits death, because He has no purpose and no usefulness to You.

And what of Him? What does He want of You? What could He want, but what You want of Him? Herein is Life as easily as death, for what You choose You choose as well for Him. Two calls You make to Him, as He to You. Between these two is choice, because from them there is a different outcome. If He be the leader or the follower to You, it matters not, for You have chosen death. But if He calls for death or calls for Life, for hate or for forgiveness and for help, is not the same in outcome. Hear the one and You are separate from Him and are lost. But hear the other and You join with Him and in Your answer is Salvation found.

The voice You hear in Him is but Your own. What does He ask You for? And listen well. For He is asking what will come to You, because You see an image of Yourself and hear Your voice requesting what You want. Before You answer, pause to think of this:

The answer that I give My Brother is
What I am asking for. And what I learn
Of Him is what I learn about Myself.

Then let Us wait an instant and be still, forgetting Everything We thought We heard, remembering how much We do not know. This Brother neither leads nor follows Us, but walks beside Us on the selfsame road. He is like Us, as near or far away from what We want as We will let Him be.

We make no gains He does not make with Us and We fall back if He does not advance. Take not His hand in anger but in Love, for in His progress do You count Your own. And We go separately along the way unless You keep Him safely by Your side. Because He is Your equal in God’s Love will You be saved from All appearances and answer to the Christ Who calls to You. Be still and listen. Think not ancient thoughts. Forget the dismal lessons that You learned about this Son of God Who calls to You. Christ calls to All with equal tenderness, seeing no leaders and no followers and hearing but one Answer to them All. Because He hears one Voice, He cannot hear a different answer from the one He gave when God appointed Him His only Son.

Be very still an instant. Come without All thoughts of what You ever learned before and put aside All images You made. The old will fall away before the new, without Your opposition or intent. There will be no attack upon the things You thought were precious and in need of care. There will be no assault upon Your wish to hear a call that never has been made. Nothing will hurt You in this Holy place to which You come to listen silently and learn the Truth of what You really want. No more than this will You be asked to learn. But as You hear it, You will understand You need but come away without the thoughts You did not want and that were never True.

Forgive Your Brother All appearances, which are but ancient lessons that You taught Yourself about the sinfullness in You. Hear but His call for mercy and release from All the fearful images He holds of what He is and of what You must be. He is afraid to walk with You and thinks perhaps a bit behind, a bit ahead, would be a safer place for Him to be. Can You make progress if You think the same, advancing only when He would step back and falling back when He would go ahead? For so do You forget the journey’s goal which is but to decide to walk with Him, so neither leads nor follows. Thus it is a way You go together, not alone. And in this choice is learning’s outcome changed, for Christ has been reborn to Both of You.

An instant spent without Your old ideas of Who Your great Companion is and what He should be asking for, will be enough to let this happen. And You will perceive His purpose is the same as Yours. He asks for what You want and needs the same as You. It takes, perhaps, a different form in Him, but it is not the form You answer to. He asks and You receive, for You have come with but one purpose: That You Both may learn You love Each Other with a Brother’s Love. And as a Brother, must His Father be the same as Yours, as He is like Yourself. Together is Your joint inheritance remembered and accepted by You Both. Alone it is denied to Both of You.

Is it not clear that while You still insist on leading or on following, You think You walk alone, with no One by Your side? This is the road to nowhere, for the Light cannot be given while You walk alone and so You cannot see which way You go. And so there is confusion and a sense of endless doubting, as You stagger back and forward in the darkness and alone. Yet are these but appearances of what the journey is and how it must be made. For next to You is One Who holds the Light before You, so that every step is made in certainty and sureness of the road. A blindfold can indeed obscure Your sight, but cannot make the way itself grow dark. And He Who travels with You has the Light.

b. The Selfaccused

Only the selfaccused condemn. As You prepare to make a choice that will result in different outcomes, there is first one thing that must be overlearned. It must become a habit of response so typical of Everything You do, that it becomes Your first response to All temptation and to every situation that occurs. Learn this and learn it well, for it is here delay of happiness is shortened by a span of time You cannot realize. You never hate Your Brother for His sins, but only for Your own. Whatever form His sins appear to take, the form obscures the fact that You believe it to be Yours and therefore meriting a just attack.

Why should His sins be sins, if You did not believe they could not be forgiven in You? Why are they real in Him, if You did not believe that they are Your Reality? And why do You attack them anywhere except You hate Yourself? Are You a sin? You answer “Yes” whenever You attack, for by attack do You assert that You are guilty and must give as You deserve. And what can You deserve but what You are? If You did not believe that You deserved attack, it never would occur to You to give attack to Anyone at all. Why should You? What would be the gain to You? What could the outcome be that You would want? And how could murder bring You benefit?

Sins are in bodies. They are not perceived in Minds. They are not seen as purposes, but actions. Bodies act and Minds do not. And therefore must the body be at fault for what it does. It is not seen to be a passive thing, obeying Your commands and doing nothing of itself at all. If You are sin You are a body, for the Mind acts not. And purpose must be in the body, not the Mind. The body must act on its own and motivate itself. If You are sin, You lock the Mind within the body and You give Its purpose to Its prison house, which acts instead of It. A jailer does not follow orders, but enforces orders on the prisoner.

Yet is the body prisoner and not the Mind. The body thinks no thoughts. It has no power to learn, to pardon or enslave. It gives no orders that the Mind need serve, nor sets conditions that It must obey. It holds in prison but the willing Mind That would abide in it. It sickens at the bidding of the Mind That would become its prisoner. And it grows old and dies, because that Mind is sick within Itself. Learning is All that causes change. And so the body, where no learning can occur, could never change unless the Mind preferred the body change in its appearances, to suit the purpose given by the Mind. For It can learn and there is All change made.

The Mind that thinks It is a sin has but one purpose: That the body be the source of sin and keep It in the prison house It chose and guards and holds Itself at bay, a sleeping prisoner to the snarling dogs of hate and evil, sickness and attack, of pain and age, of grief and suffering. Here are the thoughts of sacrifice preserved, for here guilt rules and orders that the world be like itself, a place where nothing can find mercy or survive the ravages of fear except in murder and in death. For here are You made sin and sin can not abide [ertragen] the Joyous nor accept the Free, for They are enemies which sin must kill. In death is sin preserved and Those Who think that They are sin must die for what They are.

Let Us be glad that You will see what You believe and that it has been given You to change what You believe. The body will but follow. It can never lead You where You would not be. It does not guard Your sleep, nor interfere with Your awakening. Release Your body from imprisonment and You will see no One as prisoner to what You have escaped. You will not want to hold in guilt Your chosen enemies, nor keep in chains to the illusion of a changing Love the Ones You think are friends. The Innocent release in gratitude for Their release. And what They see upholds Their freedom from imprisonment and death. Open Your Mind to change and there will be no ancient penalty exacted from Your Brother or Yourself. For God has said there is no sacrifice that can be asked, there is no sacrifice that can be made.

c. The Real Alternative

There is a tendency to think the world can offer consolation and escape from problems that its purpose is to keep. Why should this be? Because it is a place where choice among illusions seems to be the only choice. And You are in control of outcomes of Your choosing. Thus You think, within the narrow band from birth to death, a little time is given You to use for You alone, a time when Everyone conflicts with You, but You can choose which road will lead You out of conflict and away from difficulties which concern You not. But they are Your concern. How, then, can You escape from them by leaving them behind? What must go with You, You will take with You whatever road You choose to walk along.

Real choice is no illusion. But the world has none to offer. All its roads but lead to disappointment, nothingness and death. There is no choice in its alternatives. Seek not escape from problems here. The world was made that problems could not be escaped. Be not deceived by All the different Names its roads are given. They have but one end. And each is but the means to gain that end, for it is here that All its roads will lead, however differently they seem to start, however differently they seem to go. Their end is certain, for there is no choice among them. All of them will lead to death. On some You travel gaily for a while, before the bleakness enters. And on some the thorns are felt at once. The choice is not what will the ending be, but when it comes.

There is no choice where every end is sure. Perhaps You would prefer to try them All, before You really learn they are but one. The roads this world can offer seem to be quite large in number, but the time must come when Everyone begins to see how like they are to one another. Men have died on seeing this, because They saw no way except the pathways offered by the world. And, learning they led nowhere, lost Their hope. And yet this was the time They could have learned Their greatest lesson. All must reach this point and go beyond it. It is True indeed there is no choice at all within the world. But this is not the lesson in itself. The lesson has a purpose and in this You come to understand what it is for.

Why would You seek to try another road, another Person or another place, when You have learned the way the lesson starts, but do not yet perceive what it is for? Its purpose is the answer to the search that All must undertake Who still believe there is another answer to be found. Learn now, without despair, there is no hope of answers in the world. But do not judge the lesson which is but begun with this. Seek not another signpost in the world which seems to point to still another road. No longer look for hope where there is none. Make fast Your learning now and understand You but waste time unless You go beyond what You have learned to what is yet to learn. For from this lowest point will learning lead to heights of happiness, in which You see the purpose of the lesson shining clear and perfectly within Your learning grasp.

Who would be willing to be turned away from All the roadways of the world, unless He understood their real futility? Is it not needful that He should begin with this to seek another way instead? For while He sees a choice where there is none, what power of decision can He use? The great release of power must begin with learning where it really has a use. And what decision has power, if it be applied in situations without choice? The learning that the world can offer but one choice, no matter what its form may be, is the beginning of acceptance that there is a real alternative instead. To fight against this step is to defeat Your purpose here. You did not come to learn to find a road the world does not contain.

The search for different pathways in the world is but the search for different forms of Truth. And this would keep the Truth from being reached. Think not that happiness is ever found by following a road away from it. This makes no sense and cannot be the way. To You Who seem to find this Course to be too difficult to learn, let Me repeat that, to achieve a goal, You must proceed in its direction, not away from it. And every road that goes the other way will not advance the purpose to be found. If this be difficult to understand, then is this Course impossible to learn. But only then. For otherwise, It is a simple teaching in the obvious.

There is a choice which You have power to make, when You have seen the real alternatives. Until that point is reached You have no choice and You can but decide how You would choose the better to deceive Yourself again. This Course attempts to teach no more than that the power of decision cannot lie in choosing different forms of what is still the same illusion and the same mistake. All choices in the world depend on this: You choose between Your Brother and Yourself and You will gain as much as He will lose and what You lose is what is given Him. How utterly opposed to Truth is this, when what the lesson’s purpose is to teach that what Your Brother loses You have lost and what He gains is what is given You.

He has not left His Thoughts! But You forgot His Presence and remember not His Love. No pathway in the world can lead to Him, nor any worldly goal is one with His. What road in All the world will lead within, when every road was made to separate the journey and the purpose it must have, unless it be but futile wandering? All roads that lead away from what You are will lead You to confusion and despair. Yet has He never left His Thoughts to die, without Their Source forever in Themselves. He has not left His Thoughts. He could no more depart from Them than They could keep Him out. In Unity with Him do They abide and in Their Oneness Both are kept complete.

There is no road that leads away from Him. A journey from Yourself does not exist. How foolish and insane it is to think that there could be a road with such an aim. Where could it go? And how could You be made to travel on it, walking there without Your own Reality at One with You? Forgive Yourself Your madness and forget All senseless journeys and All goalless aims. They have no meaning. You can not escape from what You are. For God is merciful and did not let His Son abandon Him. For what He is be thankful, for in that is Your escape from madness and from death. Nowhere but where He is can You be found. There is no path that does not lead to Him.

d. Selfconcept versus Self

The learning of the world is built upon a concept of the Self adjusted to the world’s Reality. It fits it well. For this an image is that suits a world of shadows and illusions. Here it walks at home, where what it sees is One with it. The building of a concept of the Self is what the learning of the world is for. This is its purpose: That You come without a Self and make one as You go along. And by the time You reach “maturity,” You have perfected it to meet the world on equal terms, at One with its demands. A concept of the Self is made by You. It bears no likeness to Yourself at all. It is an idol, made to take the place of Your Reality as Son of God.

The concept of the Self the world would teach is not the thing that it appears to be. For it is made to serve two purposes, but one of which the Mind can recognize. The first presents the face of Innocence, the aspect acted on. It is this face that smiles and charms and even seems to love. It searches for companions and it looks at times with pity on the suffering and sometimes offers solace. It believes that it is good, within an evil world. This aspect can grow angry, for the world is wicked and unable to provide the Love and shelter Innocence deserves. And so this face is often wet with tears, at the injustices the world accords to Those Who would be generous and good.

This aspect never makes the first attack. But every day a hundred little things make small assaults upon its Innocence, provoking it to irritation and at last to open insult and abuse. The face of Innocence the concept of the Self so proudly wears can tolerate attack in selfdefense, for is it not a wellknown fact the world deals harshly with defenseless Innocence? No One Who makes a picture of Himself omits this face, for He has need of it. The other side He does not want to see. But it is here the learning of the world has set its sights. For it is here the world’s Reality is set, to see to it the idol lasts.

Beneath the face of Innocence there is a lesson that the concept of the Self was made to teach. It is a lesson in a terrible displacement and a fear so devastating that the face which smiles above it must forever look away, lest it perceive the treachery it hides. The lesson teaches this: “I am the thing You made of Me and as You look on Me You stand condemned, because of what I am.” On this conception of the Self the world smiles with approval, for it guarantees the pathways of the world are safely kept and Those Who walk on them will not escape.

Here is the central lesson that ensures Your Brother is condemned eternally. For what You are has now become His sin. For this is no forgiveness possible. No longer does it matter what He does, for Your accusing finger points to Him, unwavering and deadly in its aim. It points to You as well, but this is kept still deeper in the mists below the face of Innocence. And in these shrouded vaults are All His sins and Yours preserved and kept in darkness, where they cannot be perceived as errors, which the Light would surely show. You can be neither blamed for what You are, nor can You change the things it makes You do. And You are Each the symbol of Your sins to One Another, silently and yet with ceaseless urgency condemning still Your Brother for the hated thing You are.

Concepts are learned. They are not natural. Apart from learning they do not exist. They are not given and they must be made. Not one of them is True and many come from feverish imaginations, hot with hatred and distortions born of fear. What is a concept, but a thought to which its maker gives a meaning of His own? Concepts maintain the world. But they can not be used to demonstrate the world is real. For All of them are made within the world, born in its shadow, growing in its ways and finally “maturing” in its thought. They are ideas of idols painted with the brushes of the world, which cannot make a single picture representing Truth.

A concept of the Self is meaningless, for no One here can see what it is for and therefore cannot picture what it is. Yet is All learning that the world directs begun and ended with the single aim of teaching You this concept of Yourself, that You will choose to follow this world’s laws and never seek to go beyond its roads, nor realize the way You see Yourself. Now must the Holy Spirit find a way to help You see this concept of the Self must be undone, if any Peace of Mind is to be given You. Nor can it be unlearned except by lessons aimed to teach that You are something else. For otherwise, You would be asked to make exchange of what You now believe for total loss of Self. And greater terror would arise in You.

Thus are the Holy Spirit’s lesson plans arranged in easy steps, that, though there be some lack of ease at times and some distress, there is no shattering of what was learned, but just a retranslation of what seems to be the evidence on its behalf. Let Us consider, then, what proof there is that You are what Your Brother made of You. For even though You do not yet perceive that this is what You think, You surely learned by now that You behave as if it were. Does He react for You? And did He know exactly what would happen? Could He see Your future and ordain before it came what You should do in every circumstance? He must have made the world as well as You, to have such prescience in the things to come.

That You are what Your Brother made of You seems most unlikely. Even if He did, Who gave the face of Innocence to You? Is this Your contribution? Who is, then, the “You” Who made it? And Who is deceived by All Your goodness and attacks it so? Let Us forget the concept’s foolishness and merely think of this: There are two parts to what You think Yourself to be. If one was generated by Your Brother, Who was there to make the other? And from Whom must something be kept hidden? If the world be evil, there is still no need to hide what You are made of. Who is there to see? And what but is attacked could need defense?

Perhaps the reason why this concept must be kept in darkness is that, in the Light, the One Who would not think it True is You. And what would happen to the world You know, if All its underpinnings were removed? Your concept of the world depends upon this concept of the Self. And both would go, if either one were ever raised to doubt. The Holy Spirit does not seek to throw You into panic. So He merely asks if just a little question might be raised. There are alternatives about the thing that You must be. You might, for instance, be the thing You chose to have Your Brother be.

This shifts the concept of the Self from what is wholly passive and at least makes way for active choice and some acknowledgment that interaction must have entered in. There is some understanding that You chose for Both of You and what He represents has meaning that was given it by You. It also shows some glimmering of sight into perception’s law that what You see reflects the state of the perceiver’s Mind. Yet Who was it That did the choosing first? If You are what You chose Your Brother be, alternatives were there to choose between and Someone must have first decided on the one to choose and let the others go.

Although this step has gains, it does not yet approach a basic question. Something must have gone before these concepts of the Self. And something must have done the learning which gave rise to them. Nor can this be explained by either view. The main advantage of the shifting to the second from the first is that You somehow entered in the choice by Your decision. But this gain is paid in almost equal loss, for now You stand accused of guilt for what Your Brother is. And You must share His guilt, because You chose it for Him, in the image of Your own. While only He was treacherous before, now must You be condemned along with Him.

The concept of the Self has always been the great preoccupation of the world. And Everyone believes that He must find the answer to the riddle of Himself. Salvation can be seen as nothing more than the escape from concepts. It does not concern itself with content of the Mind, but with the simple statement that It thinks. And What can think has choice and can be shown that different thoughts have different consequence. And It can learn that Everything It thinks reflects the deep confusion that It feels about how It was made and what It is. And vaguely does the concept of the Self appear to answer what It does not know.

Seek not Your Self in symbols. There can be no concept that can stand for what You are. What matters it which concept You accept, while You perceive a self which interacts with evil and reacts to wicked things? Your concept of Yourself will still remain quite meaningless. And You will not perceive that You can interact but with Yourself. To see a guilty world is but the sign Your learning has been guided by the world and You behold it as You see Yourself. The concept of the Self embraces All You look upon and nothing is outside of this perception. If You can be hurt by Anything, You see a picture of Your secret wishes. Nothing more than this. And in Your suffering of any kind, You see Your own concealed desire to kill.

You will make many concepts of the Self as learning goes along. Each one will show the changes in Your own relationships, as Your perception of Yourself is changed. There will be some confusion every time there is a shift, but be You thankful that the learning of the world is loosening its grasp upon Your Mind. And be You sure and happy in the confidence that it will go at last and leave Your Mind at Peace. The role of the accuser will appear in many places and in many forms and each will seem to be accusing You. But have no fear it will not be undone. The world can teach no images of You unless You want to learn them. There will come a time when images have All gone by and You will see You know not what You are.

It is to this unsealed and open Mind that Truth returns, unhindered and unbound. Where concepts of the Self have been laid by is Truth revealed exactly as It is. When every concept has been raised to doubt and question and been recognized as made on no assumptions that would stand the Light, then is the Truth left free to enter in Its sanctuary clean and free of guilt. There is no statement that the world is more afraid to hear than this: “I do not know the thing I am and therefore do not know what I am doing, where I am or how to look upon the world and on Myself.” Yet in this learning is Salvation born. And What You are will tell You of Itself.

e. Recognizing the Spirit

You see the flesh or recognize the Spirit. There is no compromise between the two. If one is real the other must be false and what is real denies its opposite. There is no choice in Vision but this one. What You decide in this determines All You see and think is real and hold as True. On this one choice does All Your world depend, for here have You established what You are, as flesh or Spirit in Your own belief. If You choose flesh, You never will escape the body as Your own Reality, for You have chosen that You want it so. But choose the Spirit and All Heaven bends to touch Your eyes and bless Your Holy sight, that You may see the world of flesh no more, except to heal and comfort and to bless.

Salvation is undoing. If You choose to see the body, You behold a world of separation, unrelated things and happenings that make no sense at all. This one appears and disappears in death. That one is doomed to suffering and loss. And no One is exactly as He was an instant previous. Nor will He be the Same as He is now an instant hence. Who could have trust where so much change is seen, for Who is worthy if He be but dust? Salvation is undoing of All this. And constancy arises in the sight of Those Whose eyes Salvation has released from looking at the cost of keeping guilt, because They chose to let it go instead.

Salvation does not ask that You behold the Spirit and perceive the body not. It merely asks that this should be Your choice. For You can see the body without help, but do not understand how to behold a world apart from it. It is Your world Salvation will undo and let You see another world Your eyes could never find. Be not concerned how this could ever be. You do not understand how what You see arose to meet Your sight. For if You did, it would be gone. The veil of ignorance is drawn across the evil and the good and must be passed that both may disappear, so that perception finds no hiding place.

How is this done? It is not done at all. What could there be within the Universe that God created that must still be done? And what could be for You still to do? Only in arrogance could You conceive that You must make the way to Heaven plain. The means are given You by which to see the world that will replace the one You made. Your will be done! In Heaven as on earth this is forever True. It matters not where You believe You are or what You think the Truth about Yourself must really be. It makes no difference what You look upon, nor what You choose to feel or think or wish. For God Himself hath said,

Thy will be done.

And it is done to You accordingly.

You Who believe that You can choose to see the Son of God as You would have Him be, forget not that no concept of Yourself will stand against the Truth of what You are. Undoing Truth would be impossible. But concepts are not difficult to change. One Vision, clearly seen, that does not fit the picture as it was perceived before, will change the world for eyes that learn to see because the concept of the Self has changed.

Are You invulnerable? Then the world is harmless in Your sight. Do You forgive? Then is the world forgiving, for You have forgiven it its trespasses. And so it looks on You with eyes that see as Yours. Are You a body? So is All the world perceived as treacherous and out to kill. Are You a Spirit, deathless and without the promise of corruption and the stain of sin upon You? So the world is seen as stable, fully worthy of Your trust, a happy place to rest in for a while, where nothing need be feared but only loved. Who is unwelcome to the Kind in Heart? And what could hurt the Truly Innocent?

Thy will be done, You Holy Child of God. It does not matter if You think You are in earth or Heaven. What Your Father wills for You can never change. The Truth in You remains as radiant as a star, as pure as Light, as innocent as Love Itself. And You are worthy that Your Will be done.

f. The Savior’s Vision

Learning is change. Salvation does not seek to use a means as yet too alien to Your thinking to be helpful, nor to make the kinds of change You could not recognize. Concepts are needed while perception lasts and changing concepts is Salvation’s task. For it must deal in contrasts, not in Truth, Which has no opposite and cannot change. In this world’s concepts are the guilty “bad,” the “good” are innocent. And no One here but holds a concept of Himself in which He counts the “good” to pardon Him the “bad.” Nor does He trust the “good” in Anyone, believing that the “bad” must lurk behind.

This concept emphasizes treachery and trust becomes impossible. Nor could it change while You perceive the “bad” in You. You could not recognize Your “evil” thoughts as long as You see value in attack. You will perceive them sometimes, but will not see them as meaningless. And so they come in fearful form, with content still concealed, to shake Your sorry concept of Yourself and blacken it with still another “crime.” You cannot give Yourself Your Innocence, for You are too confused about Yourself. But should one Brother dawn upon Your sight as wholly worthy of forgiveness, then Your concept of Yourself is wholly changed.

Your “evil” thoughts have been forgiven with His, because You let them All effect You not. No longer did You choose that You should be the sign of “evil” and of guilt in Him. And as You gave Your trust to what is “good” in Him, You gave it to the “good” in You. In terms of concepts, it is thus You see Him more than just a body, for the “good” is never what the body seems to be. The actions of the body are perceived as coming from the “baser” part of You and thus of Him as well. By focusing upon the “good” in Him, the body grows decreasingly persistent in Your sight and will at length be seen as little more than just a shadow circling round the “good.”

And this will be Your concept of Yourself, when You have reached the world beyond the sight Your eyes alone can offer You to see. For You will not interpret what You see without the Aid that God has given You. And in His sight there is another world. You live in that world just as much as this, for both are concepts of Yourself, which can be interchanged, but never jointly held. The contrast is far greater than You think, for You will love this concept of Yourself, because it was not made for You alone. Born as a gift for Someone not perceived to be Yourself, it has been given You. For Your forgiveness, offered unto Him, has been accepted now for Both of You.

Have faith in Him Who walks with You, so that Your fearful concept of Yourself may change. And look upon the “good” in Him, that You may not be fearful of Your “evil” thoughts, because they do not cloud Your view of Him. And All this shift requires is that You be willing that this happy change occur. No more than this is asked. On its behalf, remember what the concept of Yourself which now You hold has brought You in its wake and Welcome the glad contrast offered You. Hold out Your hand, that You may have the gift of kind forgiveness, which You offer One Whose need for it is just as great as Yours. And let Your cruel concept of Yourself be changed to one which brings the Peace of God.

The concept of Yourself which now You hold would guarantee Your function here remain forever unaccomplished and undone. And thus it dooms You to a bitter sense of deep depression and futility. Yet it need not be fixed, unless You choose to hold it past the hope of change and keep it static and concealed within Your Mind. Give it instead to Him Who understands the changes that it needs to let it serve the function given You to bring You Peace, that You may offer Peace to have it Yours. Alternatives are in Your Mind to use and You can see Yourself another way. Would You not rather look upon Yourself as needed for Salvation of the world, instead of as Salvation’s enemy?

The concept of the Self stands like a shield, a silent barricade before the Truth and hides It from Your sight. All things You see are images because You look on them as through a barrier which dims Your sight and warps Your Vision, so that You behold nothing with clarity. The Light is kept from Everything You see. At most, You glimpse a shadow of what lies beyond. At least You merely look on darkness and perceive the terrified imaginings that come from guilty thoughts and concepts born of fear. And what You see is hell, for fear is hell. All that is given You is for release: The sight, the Vision and the inner guide All lead You out of hell, with Those You love beside You and the Universe with Them.

Behold Your role within the Universe! To every part of True Creation has the Lord of Love and Life entrusted All Salvation from the misery of hell. And to Each One has He allowed the grace to be a Savior to the Holy Ones especially entrusted to His care. And this He learns when first He looks upon one Brother as He looks upon Himself and sees the mirror of Himself in Him. Thus is the concept of Himself laid by, for nothing stands between His sight and what He looks upon, to judge what He beholds. And in this single Vision does He see the Face of Christ and understands He looks on Everyone, as He beholds this One. For there is Light where darkness was before and now the veil is lifted from His sight.

The veil across the Face of Christ, the fear of God and of Salvation and the Love of guilt and death – they All are different Names for just one error: That there is a space between You and Your Brother, kept apart by an illusion of Yourself which holds Him off from You and You away from Him. The sword of judgment is the weapon which You give to the illusion of Yourself, that it may fight to keep the space that holds Your Brother off unoccupied by Love. Yet while You hold this sword You must perceive the body as Yourself, for You are bound to separation from the sight of Him Who holds the mirror to another view of what He is and thus what You must be.

What is temptation but the wish to stay in hell and misery? And what could this give rise to but an image of Yourself that can be miserable and remain in hell and torment? Who has learned to see His Brother not as this has saved Himself and thus is He a Savior to the rest. To Everyone has God entrusted All, because a partial Savior would be One Who is but partly saved. The Holy Ones Whom God has given Each of You to save are Everyone You meet or look upon, not knowing Who They are, All Those You saw an instant and forgot and Those You knew a long while since and Those You will yet meet, the unremembered and the not yet born. For God has given You His Son to save from every concept that He ever held.

Yet while You wish to stay in hell, how could You be the Savior of the Son of God? How would You know His Holiness, while You see Him apart from Yours? For Holiness is seen through Holy eyes that look upon the Innocence within and thus expect to see it Everywhere. And so they call it forth in Everyone they look upon, that He may be what they expect of Him. This is the Savior’s Vision: That He see His Innocence in All He looks upon and sees His own Salvation Everywhere. He holds no concept of Himself between His calm and open eyes and what He sees. He brings the Light to what He looks upon, that He may see it as it really is.

Whatever form temptation seems to take, it always but reflects a wish to be a self that You are not. And from that wish a concept rises, teaching You You are the thing You wish to be. It will remain Your concept of Yourself until the wish that fathered it no longer is held dear. And while You cherish it, You will behold Your Brother in the likeness of the self whose image has the wish begot of You. For Vision can but represent a wish, because it has no power to create. Yet it can look with Love or look with hate, depending only on the simple choice of whether You would join with what You see or keep Yourself apart and separate.

The Savior’s Vision is as innocent of what Your Brother is as it is free of any judgment made upon Yourself. It sees no past in Anyone at all. And thus it serves a wholly open Mind, unclouded by old concepts and prepared to look on only what the Present holds. It cannot judge because it does not know. And recognizing this, it merely asks, “What is the meaning of what I behold?” Then is the Answer given and the door held open for the Face of Christ to shine upon the One Who asks in Innocence to see beyond the veil of old ideas and ancient concepts held so long and dear against the Vision of the Christ in You.

Be vigilant against temptation, then, remembering that it is but a wish, insane and meaningless, to make Yourself a thing which You are not. And think as well upon the thing that You would be instead: It is a thing of madness, pain and death, a thing of treachery and black despair, of failing dreams and no remaining hope except to die and end the dream of fear. This is temptation, nothing more than this. Can this be difficult to choose against? Consider what temptation is and see the real alternatives You choose between. There are but two. Be not deceived by what appears as many choices. There is hell or Heaven and of these You choose but one.

Let not the world’s Light, given unto You, be hidden from the world. It needs the Light, for it is dark indeed and Many despair because the Savior’s Vision is withheld and what They see is death. Their Savior stands, unknowing and unknown, beholding Them with eyes unopened. And They cannot see until He looks on Them with seeing eyes and offers Them forgiveness with His own. Can You to Whom God says Release My Son be tempted not to listen, when You learn that it is You for Whom He asks release? And what but this is what this Course would teach? And what but this is there for You to learn?

g. Choose Once Again

Temptation has one lesson it would teach, in All its forms, whereever it occurs. It would persuade the Holy Son of God He is a body, born in what must die, unable to escape its frailty and bound by what it orders Him to feel. It sets the limits on what He can do, its power is the only Strength He has, His grasp cannot exceed its tiny reach. Would You be this, if Christ appeared to You in All His glory, asking You but this,

Choose once again if You would take Your place among the Saviors of the world or would remain in hell and hold Your Brothers there.

For He has come and He is asking this.

How do You make the choice? How easily is this explained! You always choose between Your weakness and the Strength of Christ in You. And what You choose is what You think is real. Simply by never using weakness to direct Your actions, You have given it no power. And the Light of Christ in You is given charge of Everything You do. For You have brought Your weakness unto Him and He has given You His Strength instead. Trials are but lessons which You failed to learn presented once again, so where You made a faulty choice before You now can make a better one and thus escape All pain which what You chose before has brought to You.

In every difficulty, All distress and each perplexity You face Christ calls to You and gently says,

My Brother, choose again.

He would not leave one source of pain unhealed, nor any image left to veil the Truth. He would remove All misery from You Whom God created Altars unto Joy. He would not leave You comfortless, alone in dreams of hell, but would release Your Minds from Everything that hides His Face from You. His Holiness is Yours because He is the only power that is real in You. His Strength is Yours because He is the Self that God created as His only Son. The images You make can not prevail against what God Himself would have You be.

Be never fearful of temptation then, but see it as it is: Another chance to choose again and let Christ’s Strength prevail in every circumstance and every place You raised an image of Yourself before. For what appears to hide the Face of Christ is powerless before His Majesty and disappears before His Holy sight. The Saviors of the world, Who see like Him, are merely Those Who chose His Strength instead of Their own weakness, seen apart from Him. They will redeem the world, for They are joined to All the power of the Will of God. And what They will is only what He wills.

Learn, then, the happy habit of response to All temptation to perceive Yourself as weak and miserable with these words:

I am as God created Me. His Son
Can suffer nothing. And I am His Son.

Thus is Christ’s Strength invited to prevail, replacing All Your weakness with the Strength that comes from God and that can never fail. And thus are Miracles as natural as fear and agony appeared to be before the choice for Holiness was made. For in that choice are false distinctions gone, illusory alternatives laid by and nothing left to interfere with Truth.

You are as God created You and so is every living thing You look upon, regardless of the images You see. What You behold as sickness and as pain, as weakness and as suffering and loss, is but temptation to perceive Yourself defenseless and in hell. Yield not to this and You will see All pain in every form whereever it occurs but disappear as mists before the sun. A Miracle has come to heal God’s Son and close the door upon His dreams of weakness, opening the way to His Salvation and release. Choose once again what You would have Him be, remembering that every choice You make establishes Your own identity as You will see it and believe it is.

Deny Me not the little gift I ask, when in exchange I lay before Your feet the Peace of God and power to bring this Peace to Everyone Who wanders in the world, uncertain, lonely and in constant fear. For it is given You to join with Him and through the Christ in You unveil His eyes and let Him look upon the Christ in Him. My Brothers in Salvation, do not fail to hear My voice and listen to My words. I ask for nothing but Your own release. There is no place for hell within a world whose loveliness can yet be so intense and so inclusive it is but a step from there to Heaven. To Your tired eyes I bring a Vision of a different world, so new and clean and fresh You will forget the pain and sorrow that You saw before.

But this a Vision is which You must share with Everyone You see. For otherwise You will behold it not. To give this gift is how to make it Yours. And God ordained, in loving kindness, that it be for You. Let Us be glad that We can walk the world and find so many chances to perceive another situation where His gift can once again be recognized as Ours. And thus will All the vestiges of hell, the secret sins and hidden hates be gone and All the loveliness which they concealed appear like lawns of Heaven to Our sight, to lift Us high above the thorny roads We traveled on before the Christ appeared.

Hear Me, My Brothers, hear and join with Me. God has ordained I cannot call in vain. And in His certainty I rest content. For You will hear and You will choose again. And in this choice is Everyone made free. I thank You, Father, for these Holy Ones Who are My Brothers as They are Your Sons. My faith in Them is Yours. I am as sure that They will come to Me as You are sure of what They are and will forever be. They will accept the gift offered Them because You gave it Me on Their behalf. And as I would but do Your Holy Will, so will They choose. And I give thanks for Them.

Salvation’s song will echo through the world with every choice They make. For We are One in purpose and the end of hell is near. In joyous Welcome is My hand outstretched to every Brother Who would join with Me in reaching past temptation and Who looks with fixed determination toward the Light that shines beyond in perfect constancy. Give Me My own, for They belong to You. And can You fail in what is but Your Will? I give You thanks for what My Brothers are and as Each One elects to join with Me, the song of thanks from earth to Heaven grows from tiny, scattered threads of melody to one inclusive chorus from a world redeemed from hell and giving thanks to You.

And now We say “Amen.” For Christ has come to dwell in the abode You set for Him before time was, in calm Eternity. The journey closes, ending at the place where it began. No trace of it remains. Not one illusion is accorded faith and not one spot of darkness still remains to hide the Face of Christ from Anyone. Thy Will is done, complete and perfectly and All Creation recognizes You and knows You as the only Source it has. Clear in Your likeness does the Light shine forth from Everything that lives and moves in You. For We have reached where All of Us are One and We are home where You would have Us be.


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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.

I see only the perishable.
I see nothing that will last.
What I see is not real.
What I see is a form of vengeance.

Is this the world I really want to see?

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 [Erlösung].
40. I am blessed as a Son of God.
41. God goes with Me wherever I go.
42. God is My Strength. Vision is His gift.
43. God is My Source. I cannot see apart from Him.
44. God is the Light in Which I see.
45. God is the Mind with Which I think.
46. God is the Love in Which I forgive.
47. God is the Strength in Which I trust.
48. There is nothing to fear.
49. God’s Voice speaks to Me All through the day.
50. I am sustained by the Love of God.

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61. I am the Light of the world.
62. Forgiveness is My function as the Light of the world.
63. The Light of the world brings Peace to every Mind through My forgiveness.

The Light of the world brings peace to every mind through my forgiveness.
I am the means God has appointed for the Salvation of the world.

64. Let Me not forget My function.

Let Me not forget My function.
Let Me not try to substitute Mine for Godʹs.
Let Me forgive and be happy.

This is the world it is My function to save.

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.

I would see You as My friend,
that I may remember You are part of Me,
and come to know Myself.

Love holds no grievances.
When I let All My grievances go,
I will know I am perfectly safe.

Love holds no grievances.
Let Me not betray My Self.

Love holds no grievances.
I would wake to My Self
by laying All My grievances aside
and wakening in Him.

69. My grievances hide the Light of the world in Me.

My grievances hide the Light of the world in Me.
I cannot see what I have hidden.
Yet I want to let it be revealed to Me
for My Salvation and the Salvation of the world.

If I hold this grievance,
the Light of the world will be hidden from Me.

70. My Salvation [Erlösung] comes from Me.
71. Only God’s plan for Salvation [Erlösungsplan] will work.
72. Holding grievances is an attack on God’s plan for Salvation [Erlösungsplan].
73. I will there be Light.
74. There is no will but God’s.

There is no will but God’s.
I cannot be in conflict.

I am at Peace.

Nothing can disturb Me. My will is God’s.

My will and God’s are One.

God wills Peace for His Son.

There is no will but God’s.
These conflict thoughts are meaningless.

There is no will but God’s.
I share it with Him.
My conflicts about _____ cannot be real.

There is no will but Godʹs.
I seek His Peace today.

75. The Light has come.
76. I am under no laws but God’s
77. I am entitled to Miracles.
78. Let Miracles replace All grievances.
79. Let Me recognize the problem so it can be solved.
80. Let Me recognize My problems have been solved.

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91. Miracles are seen in Light.
92. Miracles are seen in Light and Light and Strength are One.
93. Light and Joy and Peace abide in Me.
94. I am as God created Me.
95. I am One Self, united with My Creator.

I am One Self, united with My Creator,
At One with every aspect of Creation,
And limitless in power and in Peace.

I am One Self.

You are One Self with Me,
United with Our Creator in this Self.
I honor You because of what I am,
And what He is, Who loves Us Both as One.

96. Salvation [Erlösung] comes from My One Self.
97. I am Spirit.
98. I will accept My part in God’s plan for Salvation [Erlösungsplan].
99. Salvation is My only function here.

Salvation is My only function here.
God still is Love and this is not His Will.

Salvation is My only function here.
Salvation and forgiveness are the same.

Salvation is My only function here.
God still is Love and this is not His Will.

Salvation is My only function here.

100. My part is essential to God’s plan for Salvation [Erlösungsplan].
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.

God, being Love, is also happiness.
To fear Him is to be afraid of Joy.

God, being Love, is also happiness.
And it is happiness I seek today.
I cannot fail, because I seek the Truth.

104. I seek but what belongs to Me in Truth.
105. God’s Peace and Joy are Mine.
106. Let Me be still and listen to the Truth.
107. Truth will correct the errors in My Mind.
108. To give and to receive are One in Truth.
109. I rest in God.
110. I am as God created Me.

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121. Forgiveness is the key to happiness.

Here is the answer to Your search for Peace. Here is the key to meaning in a world which seems to make no sense. Here is the way to safety in apparent dangers which appear to threaten You at every turn and bring uncertainty to All Your hopes of ever finding quietness and Peace. Here are All questions answered, here the end of All uncertainty ensured at last.

The unforgiving mind is full of fear and offers Love no room to be Itself, no place where It can spread Its wings in Peace and soar above the turmoil of the world. The unforgiving mind is sad, without the hope of respite and release from pain. It suffers and abides in misery, peering about in darkness, seeing not, yet certain of the danger lurking there.

The unforgiving mind is torn with doubt, confused about itself and All it sees, afraid and angry, weak and blustering, afraid to go ahead, afraid to stay, afraid to waken or to go to sleep, afraid of every sound, yet more afraid of stillness, terrified of darkness, yet more terrified at the approach of Light. What can the unforgiving mind perceive but its damnation? What can it behold except the proof that All its sins are real?

The unforgiving mind sees no mistakes, but only sins. It looks upon the world with sightless eyes and shrieks as it beholds its own projections rising to attack its miserable parody of Life. It wants to live, yet wishes it were dead. It wants forgiveness, yet it sees no hope. It wants escape, yet can conceive of none because it sees the sinful Everywhere.

The unforgiving mind is in despair, without the prospect of a future which can offer Anything but more despair. Yet it regards its judgment of the world as irreversible and does not see it has condemned itself to this despair. It thinks it cannot change, for what it sees bears witness that its judgment is correct. It does not ask because it thinks it knows. It does not question, certain it is right.

Forgiveness is acquired. It is not inherent in the Mind Which cannot sin. As sin was an idea You taught Yourself, forgiveness must be learned by You as well, but from a Teacher other than Yourself, Who represents the other Self in You. Through Him You learn how to forgive the self You think You made and let it disappear. Thus You return Your Mind as One to Him Who is Your Self and Who can never sin.

Each unforgiving mind presents You with an opportunity to teach Your own how to forgive Itself. Each one awaits release from hell through You and turns to You imploringly for Heaven here and now. It has no hope, but You become its hope. And as its hope do You become Your own. The unforgiving mind must learn through Your forgiveness that it has been saved from hell. And as You teach Salvation, You will learn.

Yet All Your teaching and Your learning will be not of You, but of the Teacher Who was given You to show the way to You. Today We practice learning to forgive. If You are willing, You can learn today to take the key to happiness and use it on Your own behalf. We will devote ten minutes in the morning and at night another ten, to learning how to give forgiveness and receive forgiveness too.

The unforgiving mind does not believe that giving and receiving are the same. Yet We will try to learn today that they are One through practicing forgiving towards One Whom You think of as an enemy and One Whom You consider as a friend. And as You learn to see Them Both as One, We will extend the lesson to Ourselves and see that Their escape included Ours.

Begin the longer practice periods by thinking of Someone You do not like, Who seems to irritate You or to cause regret in You if You should meet Him, One You actively despise or merely try to overlook. It does not matter what the form Your anger takes. You probably have chosen Him already. He will do.

Now close Your eyes and see Him in Your Mind and look at Him a while. Try to perceive some Light in Him somewhere, a little gleam which You had never noticed. Try to find some little spark of brightness shining through the ugly picture which You hold of Him. Look at this picture until You see a Light somewhere within it and then try to let this Light extend until It covers Him and makes the picture beautiful and good.

Look at this changed perception for a while and turn Your Mind to One You call a friend. Try to transfer the Light You learned to see around Your former “enemy” to Him. Perceive Him now as more than friend to You, for in that Light His Holiness shows You Your Savior, saved and saving, healed and whole.

Then let Him offer You the Light You see in Him and let Your “enemy” and friend unite in blessing You with what You gave. Now are You One with Them and They with You. Now have You been forgiven by Yourself.

Do not forget, throughout the day, the role forgiveness plays in bringing happiness to every unforgiving mind, with Yours among them. Every hour tell Yourself:

Forgiveness is the key to happiness.
I will awaken from the dream that I
Am mortal, fallible and full of sin,
And know I am the perfect Son of God.

122. Forgiveness offers Everything I want.

What could You want forgiveness cannot give? Do You want Peace? Forgiveness offers it. Do You want happiness, a quiet Mind, a certainty of purpose and a sense of worth and beauty that transcends the world? Do You want care and safety and the warmth of sure protection always? Do You want a quietness that cannot be disturbed, a gentleness that never can be hurt, a deep, abiding comfort and a rest so perfect it can never be upset?

All this forgiveness offers You and more. It sparkles in Your eyes as You awake and gives You Joy with which to meet the day. It soothes Your forehead while You sleep and rests upon Your eyelids so You see no dreams of fear and evil, malice and attack. And when You wake again, it offers You another day of happiness and Peace. All this forgiveness offers You and more.

Forgiveness lets the veil be lifted up which hides the Face of Christ from Those Who look with unforgiving eyes upon the world. It lets You recognize the Son of God and clears Your memory of All dead thoughts so that remembrance of Your Father can arise across the threshold of Your Mind.

What would You want forgiveness cannot give? What gifts but these are worthy to be sought? What fancied value, trivial effect or transient promise never to be kept, can hold more hope than what forgiveness brings? Why would You seek an answer other than the answer that will answer Everything? Here is the perfect answer, given to imperfect questions, meaningless requests, halfhearted willingness to hear and less than halfway diligence and partial trust.

Here is the answer! Seek for it no more. You will not find another one instead. God’s plan for Your Salvation cannot change, nor can it fail. Be thankful it remains exactly as He planned it. Changelessly it stands before You, like an open door with warmth and Welcome calling from beyond the doorway, bidding You to enter in and make Yourself at home where You belong.

Here is the answer! Would You stand outside while All of Heaven waits for You within? Forgive and be forgiven. As You give You will receive. There is no plan but this for the Salvation of the Son of God. Let Us today rejoice that this is so, for here We have an answer, clear and plain, beyond deceit in its simplicity. All of the complexities the world has spun of fragile cobwebs disappear before the power and the majesty of this extremely simple statement of the Truth.

Here is the answer! Do not turn away in aimless wandering again. Accept Salvation now. It is the gift of God and not the world. The world can give no gifts of any value to a Mind Which has received what God has given as Its own. God wills Salvation be received today and that the intricacies of Your dreams no longer hide their nothingness from You.

Open Your eyes today and look upon a happy world of safety and of Peace. Forgiveness is the means by which it comes to take the place of hell. In quietness it rises up to greet Your open eyes and fill Your Heart with deep tranquility as ancient truths, forever newly born, arise in Your awareness. What You will remember then can never be described. Yet Your forgiveness offers it to You.

Remembering the gifts forgiveness gives, We undertake Our practicing today with hope and faith that this will be the day Salvation will be Ours. Earnestly and gladly will We seek for it today, aware We hold the key within Our hands, accepting Heaven’s answer to the hell We made, but where We would remain no more.

Morning and evening do We gladly give a quarter of an hour to the search in which the end of hell is guaranteed. Begin in hopefulness, for We have reached the turning point at which the road becomes far easier. And now the way is short that yet We travel. We are close indeed to the appointed ending of the dream.

Sink into happiness as You begin these practice periods, for they hold out the sure rewards of questions answered and what Your acceptance of the answer brings. Today it will be given You to feel the Peace forgiveness offers and the Joy the lifting of the veil holds out to You.

Before the Light You will receive today the world will fade until it disappears and You will see another world arise You have no words to picture. Now We walk directly into Light and We receive the gifts which have been held in store for Us since time began, kept waiting for today.

Forgiveness offers Everything You want. Today All things You want are given You. Let not Your gifts recede throughout the day, as You return again to meet a world of shifting change and bleak appearances. Retain Your gifts in clear awareness as You see the changeless in the Heart of change, the Light of Truth behind appearances. Be tempted not to let Your gifts slip by and drift into forgetfulness but hold them firmly in Your Mind by Your attempts to think of them at least a minute as each quarter of an hour passes by.

Remind Yourself how precious are these gifts with this reminder, which has power to hold Your gifts in Your awareness through the day:

Forgiveness offers Everything I want.
Today I have accepted this as True.
Today I have received the gifts of God.

123. I thank My Father for His gifts to Me.

Today let Us be thankful. We have come to gentler pathways and to smoother roads. There is no thought of turning back and no implacable resistance to the Truth. A bit of wavering remains, some small objections and a little hesitance, but We can well be grateful for Our gains, which are far greater than We realize.

A day devoted now to gratitude will add the benefit of some insight into the real extent of All the gains which You have made, the gifts You have received. Be glad today in loving thankfulness Your Father has not left You to Yourself, nor let You wander in the dark alone. Be grateful He has saved You from the self You thought You made to take the place of Him and His Creation. Give Him thanks today.

Give thanks that He has not abandoned You and that His Love forever will remain shining on You, forever without change. Give thanks as well that You are changeless, for the Son He loves is changeless as Himself. Be grateful You are saved. Be glad You have a function in Salvation to fulfill. Be thankful that Your value far transcends Your meager gifts and petty judgments of the One Whom God established as His Son.

Today in gratitude We lift Our hearts above despair and raise Our thankful eyes, no longer looking downward to the dust. We sing the song of thankfulness today in honor of the Self Which God has willed to be Our True identity in Him. Today We smile on Everyone We see and walk with lightened footsteps as We go to do what is appointed Us to do. We do not go alone. And We give thanks that in Our solitude a Friend has come to speak the saving Word of God to Us.

And thanks to You for listening to Him. His Word is soundless if it be not heard. In thanking Him the thanks are Yours as well. An unheard message will not save the world, however mighty be the Voice that speaks, however loving may the message be. Thanks be to You Who heard, for You become the messengers Who bring His Voice with You and let it echo round and round the world.

Receive the thanks of God today, as You give thanks to Him. For He would offer You the thanks You give, since He receives Your gifts in loving gratitude and gives them back a thousand and a hundred thousand more than they were given. He will bless Your gifts by sharing them with You. And so they grow in power and in Strength until they fill the world with gladness and with gratitude.

Receive His thanks and offer Yours to Him for fifteen minutes twice today. And You will realize to Whom You offer thanks and Whom He thanks as You are thanking Him. This Holy half an hour given Him will be returned to You in terms of years for every second, power to save the world eons more quickly for Your thanks to Him.

Receive His thanks and You will understand how lovingly He holds You in His Mind, how deep and limitless His care for You, how perfect is His gratitude to You. Remember hourly to think of Him and give Him thanks for Everything You gave His Son, that He might rise above the world remembering His Father and His Self.

124. Let Me remember I am One with God.

Today We will again give thanks for Our identity in God. Our home is safe, protection guaranteed in All We do, power and Strength available to Us in All Our undertakings. We can fail in nothing. Everything We touch takes on a shining Light Which blesses and Which heals. At One with God and with the Universe, We go Our way rejoicing, with the thought that God Himself goes Everywhere with Us.

How Holy are Our Minds! And Everything We see reflects the Holiness within the Mind at One with God and with Itself. How easily do errors disappear and death give place to everlasting Life. Our shining footprints point the way to Truth, for God is Our Companion as We walk the world a little while. And Those Who come to follow Us will recognize the way because the Light We carry stays behind, yet still remains with Us as We walk on.

What We receive is Our eternal gift to Those Who follow after and to Those Who went before or stayed with Us a while. And God, Who loves Us with the equal Love in Which We were created, smiles on Us and offers Us the happiness We gave.

Today We will not doubt His Love for Us, nor question His protection and His care. No meaningless anxieties can come between Our faith and Our awareness of His Presence. We are One with Him today in recognition and remembrance. We feel Him in Our hearts. Our Minds contain His Thoughts, Our eyes behold His loveliness in All We look upon. Today We see only the Loving and the Loveable.

We see It in appearances of pain and pain gives way to Peace. We see It in the frantic, in the sad and the distressed, the lonely and afraid, Who are restored to the tranquility and Peace of Mind in which They were created. And We see It in the dying and the dead as well, restoring Them to Life. All this We see because We saw it first within Ourselves.

No Miracle can ever be denied to Those Who know that They are One with God. No thought of Theirs but has the power to heal All forms of suffering in Anyone in times gone by and times as yet to come as easily as in the Ones Who walk beside Them now. Their thoughts are timeless and apart from distance as apart from time.

We join in this awareness as We say that We are One with God. For in these words We say as well that We are saved and healed, that We can save and heal accordingly. We have accepted and We now would give, for We would keep the gifts Our Father gave. Today We would experience Ourselves at One with Him, so that the world may share Our recognition of Reality. In Our experience the world is freed. As We deny Our separation from Our Father, it is healed along with Us.

Peace be to You today. Secure Your Peace by practicing awareness You are One with Your Creator, as He is with You. Sometime today, whenever it seems best, devote a half an hour to the thought that You are One with God. This is Our first attempt at an extended period for which We give no rules nor special words to guide Your meditation. We will trust God’s Voice to speak as He sees fit today, certain He will not fail. Abide with Him this half an hour. He will do the rest.

Your benefit will not be less if You believe that nothing happened. You may not be ready to accept the gain today. Yet sometime, somewhere, it will come to You, nor will You fail to recognize it when it dawns with certainty upon Your Mind. This half an hour will be framed in gold, with every minute like a diamond set around the mirror that this exercise will offer You. And You will see Christ’s Face upon it, in reflection of Your own.

Perhaps today, perhaps tomorrow, You will see Your own transfiguration in the glass this Holy half an hour will hold out to You, to look upon Yourself. When You are ready, You will find it there, within Your Mind and waiting to be found. You will remember then the Thought to which You gave this half an hour, thankfully aware no time was ever better spent.

Perhaps today, perhaps tomorrow, You will look into this glass and understand the sinless Light You see belongs to You, the loveliness You look on is Your own. Count this half hour as Your gift to God, in certainty that His return will be a sense of Love You cannot understand, a Joy too deep for You to comprehend, a sight too Holy for the body’s eyes to see and yet You can be sure some day, perhaps today, perhaps tomorrow, You will understand and comprehend and see.

Add further jewels to the golden frame that holds the mirror offered You today by hourly repeating to Yourself:

Let Me remember I am One with God,
At One with All My Brothers and My Self,
In everlasting Holiness and Peace.

125. In quiet I receive God’s Word today.

Let this day be a day of stillness and of quiet listening. Your Father wills You hear His Word today. He calls to You from deep within Your Mind Where He abides. Hear Him today. No Peace is possible until His Word is heard around the world, until Your Mind, in quiet listening, accepts the message which the world must hear to usher in the quiet time of Peace.

This world will change through You. No other means can save it, for God’s plan is simply this: The Son of God is free to save Himself, given the Word of God to be His guide, forever in His Mind and at His side to lead Him surely to His Father’s house by His own will, forever free as God’s. He is not led by force, but only Love. He is not judged, but only sanctified.

In stillness We will hear God’s Voice today, without intrusion of Our petty thoughts, without Our personal desires and without All judgment of His Holy Word. We will not judge Ourselves today, for what We are can not be judged. We stand apart from All the judgments which the world has laid upon the Son of God. It knows Him not. Today We will not listen to the world, but wait in silence for the Word of God.

Hear, Holy Son of God, Your Father speak. His Voice would give to You His Holy Word to spread across the world the tidings of Salvation and the Holy time of Peace. We gather at the throne of God today, the quiet place within Your Mind where He abides forever in the Holiness Which He created and will never leave.

He has not waited until You return Your Mind to Him to give His Word to You. He has not hid Himself from You while You have wandered off a little while from Him. He does not cherish the illusions which You hold about Yourself. He knows His Son and wills that He remain as part of Him regardless of His dreams, regardless of His madness that His will is not His own.

Today He speaks to You. His Voice awaits Your silence, for His Word cannot be heard until Your Mind is quiet for a while and meaningless desires have been stilled. Await His Word in quiet. There is Peace within You to be called upon today to help make ready Your most Holy Mind to hear the Voice of Its Creator speak.

Three times today, at times most suitable for silence, give ten minutes set apart from listening to the world and choose instead a gentle listening to the Word of God. He speaks from nearer than Your Heart to You. His Voice is closer than Your hand. His Love is Everything You are and that He is, the same as You and You the same as He.

It is Your voice to which You listen as He speaks to You. It is Your Word He speaks. It is the Word of freedom and of Peace, of Unity of will and purpose, with no separation nor division in the single Mind of Father and of Son. In quiet listen to Your Self today and let Him tell You God has never left His Son and You have never left Your Self.

Only be quiet. You will need no rule but this to let Your practicing today lift You above the thinking of the world and free Your Vision from the body’s eyes. Only be still and listen. You will hear the Word in which the Will of God the Son joins in His Father’s Will, at One with It, with no illusions interposed between the wholly indivisible and True.

As every hour passes by today be still a moment and remind Yourself You have a special purpose for this day: In quiet to receive the Word of God.

126. All that I give is given to Myself.

Today’s idea, completely alien to the ego and the thinking of the world, is crucial to the thought reversal which this Course will bring about. If You believed this statement there would be no problem in complete forgiveness, certainty of goal and sure direction. You would understand the means by which Salvation comes to You and would not hesitate to use it now.

Let Us consider what You do believe in place of this idea. It seems to You that other People are apart from You and able to behave in ways which have no bearing on Your thoughts, nor Theirs on Yours. Therefore Your attitudes have no effect on Them and Their appeals for help are not in any way related to Your own. You further think that They can sin without affecting Your perception of Yourself, while You can judge Their sin and yet remain apart from condemnation and at Peace.

When You “forgive” a sin, there is no gain to You directly. You give charity to One unworthy merely to point out that You are better, on a higher plane than He Whom You forgive. He has not earned Your charitable tolerance, which You bestow on One unworthy of the gift because His sins have lowered Him beneath a True equality with You. He has no claim on Your forgiveness. It holds out a gift to Him but hardly to Yourself.

Thus is forgiveness basically unsound, a charitable whim, benevolent yet undeserved, a gift bestowed at times, at other times withheld. Unmerited, withholding it is just, nor is it fair that You should suffer when it is withheld. The sin which You forgive is not Your own. Someone apart from You committed it and if You then are gracious unto Him by giving Him what He does not deserve, Your gift is no more Yours than was His sin.

If this be True, forgiveness has no grounds on which to rest dependably and sure. It is an eccentricity in which You sometimes choose to give indulgently an undeserved reprieve. Yet it remains Your right to let the sinner not escape the justified repayment for His sin. Think You the Lord of Heaven would allow the world’s Salvation to depend on this? Would not His care for You be small indeed if Your Salvation rested on a whim?

You do not understand forgiveness. As You see it, it is but a check upon overt attack, without requiring correction in Your Mind. It cannot give You Peace as You perceive it. It is not a means for Your release from what You see in Someone Other than Yourself. It has no power to restore Your Unity with Him to Your awareness. It is not what God intended it to be for You.

Not having given Him the gift He asks of You, You cannot recognize His gifts and think He has not given them to You. Yet would He ask You for a gift unless it was for You? Could He be satisfied with empty gestures and evaluate such petty gifts as worthy of His Son? Salvation is a better gift than this. And True forgiveness, as the means by which it is attained, must heal the Mind That gives, for giving is receiving. What remains as unreceived has not been given, but what has been given must have been received.

Today We try to understand the Truth that giver and receiver are the same. You will need help to make this meaningful because it is so alien to the thoughts to which You are accustomed. But the Help You need is there. Give Him Your faith today and ask Him that He share Your practicing in Truth today. And if You only catch a tiny glimpse of the release which lies in the idea We practice for today, this is a day of glory for the world.

Give fifteen minutes twice today to the attempt to understand today’s idea. It is the thought by which forgiveness takes its proper place in Your priorities. It is the thought that will release Your Mind from every bar to what forgiveness means and let You realize its worth to You.

In silence close Your eyes upon the world which does not understand forgiveness and seek sanctuary in the quiet place where thoughts are changed and false beliefs laid by. Repeat today’s idea and ask for help in understanding what it really means. Be willing to be taught. Be glad to hear the Voice of Truth and healing speak to You and You will understand the words He speaks and recognize He speaks Your words to You.

As often as You can, remind Yourself You have a goal today, an aim which makes this day of special value to Yourself and All Your Brothers. Do not let Your Mind forget this goal for long, but tell Yourself:

All that I give is given to Myself.
The Help I need to learn that this is True
Is with Me now. And I will trust in Him.

Then spend a quiet moment, opening Your Mind to His correction and His Love. And what You hear of Him You will believe, for what He gives will be received by You.

127. There is no Love but God’s.

Perhaps You think that different kinds of Love are possible. Perhaps You think there is a kind of Love for this, a kind for that, a way of loving One, another way of loving still Another. Love is One. It has no separate parts and no degrees, no kinds nor levels, no divergences and no distinctions. It is like Itself, unchanged throughout. It never alters with a Person or a circumstance. It is the Heart of God and also of His Son.

Love’s meaning is obscure to Anyone Who thinks that Love can change. He does not see that changing Love must be impossible. And thus He thinks that He can love at times and hate at other times. He also thinks that Love can be bestowed on One and yet remain Itself although It is withheld from Others. To believe these things of Love is not to understand It. If It could make such distinctions It would have to judge between the righteous and the sinner and perceive the Son of God in separate parts.

Love cannot judge. As It is One Itself, It looks on All as One. Its meaning lies in Oneness. And It must elude the Mind that thinks of It as partial or in part. There is no Love but God’s and All of Love is His. There is no other principle which rules where Love is not. Love is a law without an opposite. Its wholeness is the power holding Everything as One, the link between the Father and the Son which holds Them Both forever as the Same.

No Course Whose purpose is to teach You what You really are could fail to emphasize there is no difference in what You are and what Love is. Love’s meaning is Your own and shared by God Himself. For what You are is what He is. There is no Love but His and what He is is Everything there is. There is no limit placed upon Himself and so are You unlimited as well.

No laws the world obeys can help You grasp Love’s meaning. What the world believes was made to hide Love’s meaning and to keep It dark and secret. There is not one principle the world upholds but violates the Truth of what Love is and what You are as well. Seek not within the world to find Your Self. Love is not found in darkness and in death. Yet It is perfectly apparent to the eyes that see and ears that hear Its Voice.

Today We practice making free Our Minds of All the laws You think You must obey, of All the limits under which You live and All the changes which You think are part of human destiny. Today We take the largest single step this Course requests in Your advance toward Its established goal. If You achieve the faintest glimmering of what Love means today, You have advanced in distance without measure and in time beyond the count of years to Your release.

Let Us together, then, be glad to give some time to God today and understand there is no better use for time than this. For fifteen minutes twice today escape from every law in which You now believe. Open Your Mind and rest. The world which seems to hold You prisoner can be escaped by Anyone Who does not hold it dear. Withdraw All value You have placed upon its meagre offerings and senseless gifts and let the Gift of God replace them All.

Call to Your Father, certain that His Voice will answer. He Himself has promised this. And He Himself will place a spark of Truth within Your Mind wherever You give up a false belief, a dark illusion of Your own Reality and what Love means. He will shine through Your idle thoughts today and help You understand the Truth of Love. In loving gentleness He will abide with You, as You allow His Voice to teach Love’s meaning to Your clean and open Mind. And He will bless the lesson with His Love.

Today the legion of the future years of waiting for Salvation disappears before the timelessness of what You learn. Let Us give thanks today that We are spared a future like the past. Today We leave the past behind Us, never more to be remembered. And We raise Our eyes upon a different Present, where a future dawns unlike the past in every attribute.

The world in infancy is newly born. And We will watch it grow in Strength and health to shed its Blessing upon All Who come to learn to cast aside the world They thought was made in hate to be Love’s enemy. Now are They All made free along with Us. Now are They All Our Brothers in God’s Love.

We will remember Them throughout the day because We cannot leave a part of Us outside Our Love, if We would know Our Self. At least three times an hour think of One Who makes the journey with You and Who came to learn what You must learn. And as He comes to Mind, give Him this message from Your Self:

I bless You, Brother, with the Love of God
Which I would share with You. For I would learn
The joyous lesson that there is no Love
But God’s and Yours and Mine and Everyone’s.

128. The world I see has nothing that I want.

The world You see has nothing that You need to offer You, nothing that You can use in any way, nor Anything at all that serves to give You Joy. Believe this thought and You are saved from years of misery, from countless disappointments and from hopes that turn to bitter ashes of despair. No One but must accept this thought as True, if He would leave this world behind and soar beyond its petty scope and little ways.

Each thing You value here is but a chain that binds You to the world and it will serve no other end but this. For Everything must serve the purpose You have given it until You see a different purpose there. The only purpose worthy of Your Mind this world contains is that You pass it by, without delaying to perceive some hope where there is none. Be You deceived no more. The world You see has nothing that You want.

Escape today the chains You place upon Your Mind when You perceive Salvation here. For what You value You make part of You, as You perceive Yourself. All things You seek to make Your value greater in Your sight limit You further, hide Your worth from You and add another bar across the door that leads to True awareness of Your Self.

Let nothing that relates to body thoughts delay Your progress to Salvation, nor permit temptation to believe the world has Anything You want to hold You back. Nothing is here to cherish. Nothing here is worth one instant of delay and pain, one moment of uncertainty and doubt. The worthless offers nothing. Certainty of worth cannot be found in worthlessness.

Today We practice letting go All thought of values We have given to the world. We leave it free of purposes We gave its aspects and its phases and its dreams. We hold it purposeless within Our Minds and loosen it from All We wish it were. Thus do We lift the chains which bar the door to freedom from the world and go beyond All little values and diminished goals.

Peace and be still a little while and see how far You rise above the world when You release Your Mind from chains and let It seek the level where It finds Itself at home. It will be grateful to be free a while. It knows where It belongs. But free Its wings and It will fly in sureness and in Joy to join Its Holy purpose. Let It rest in Its Creator, there to be restored to sanity, to freedom and to Love.

Give it ten minutes rest three times today. And when Your eyes are opened afterwards, You will not value Anything You see as much as when You looked at it before. Your whole perspective on the world will shift by just a little every time You let Your Mind escape Its chains. The world is not where It belongs. And You belong where It would be and where It goes to rest when You release It from the world. Your guide is sure. Open Your Mind to Him. Be still and rest.

Protect Your Mind throughout the day as well. And when You think You see some value in an aspect or an image of the world, refuse to lay this chain upon Your Mind and tell Yourself with quiet certainty:

This will not tempt Me to delay Myself.
The world I see has nothing that I want.

129. Beyond this world there is a world I want.

This is the thought which follows from the one We practiced yesterday. You cannot stop with the idea the world is worthless, for unless You see that there is something else to hope for You will only be depressed. Our emphasis is not on giving up the world, but on exchanging it for what is far more satisfying, filled with Joy and capable of offering You Peace. Think You this world can offer that to You?

It might be worth a little time to think once more about the value of this world. Perhaps You will concede there is no loss in letting go All thought of value here. The world You see is merciless indeed, unstable, cruel, unconcerned with You, quick to avenge and pitiless with hate. It gives but to rescind and takes away All things that You have cherished for a while. No lasting Love is found, for none is here. This is the world of time, where All things end.

Is it a loss to find a world instead where losing is impossible? Where Love endures forever, hate cannot exist and vengeance has no meaning? Is it loss to find All things You really want and know they have no ending and they will remain exactly as You want them throughout time?

Yet even they will be exchanged at last for what We cannot speak of, for You go from there to where words fail entirely, into a silence where the language is unspoken and yet surely understood. Communication, unambiguous and plain as day, remains unlimited for All Eternity. And God Himself speaks to His Son as His Son speaks to Him. Their language has no words, for what They say cannot be symbolized. Their knowledge is direct and wholly shared and wholly One.

How far away from this are You Who stay bound to this world. And yet how near are You when You exchange it for the world You want. Now is the last step certain, now You stand an instant’s space away from timelessness. Here can You but look forward, never back to see again the world You do not want. Here is the world that comes to take its place as You unbind Your Mind from little things the world sets forth to keep You prisoner there. Value them not and they will disappear. Esteem them and they will seem real to You.

Such is the choice. What loss can be for You in choosing not to value nothingness? This world holds nothing that You really want, but what You choose instead You want indeed! Let it be given You today. It waits but for Your choosing it to take the place of All the things You seek but do not want.

Practice Your willingness to make this change ten minutes in the morning and at night and once more in between. Begin with this:

Beyond this world there is a world I want.
I choose to see that world instead of this,
For here is nothing that I really want.

Then close Your eyes upon the world You see and in the silent darkness watch the Lights that are not of this world light One by One until where One begins, Another ends, loses All meaning as They blend in One.

Today the Lights of Heaven bend to You, to shine upon Your eyelids as You rest beyond the world of darkness. Here is Light Your eyes cannot behold. And yet Your Mind can see It plainly and can understand. A day of grace is given You today and We give thanks. This day We realize that what You feared to lose was only loss.

Now do We understand there is no loss. For We have seen its opposite at last and We are grateful that the choice is made. Remember Your decision hourly and take a moment to confirm Your choice by laying by whatever thoughts You have and dwelling briefly only upon this:

The world I see has nothing that I want.
Beyond this world there is a world I want.

130. It is impossible to see two worlds.

Perception is consistent. What You see reflects Your thinking. And Your thinking but reflects Your choice of what You want to see. Your values are determiners of this, for what You value You must want to see, believing what You see is really there. No One can see a world His Mind has not accorded value. And no One can fail to look upon what He believes He wants.

Yet Who can really hate and love at once? Who can desire what He does not want to have Reality? And Who can choose to see a world of which He is afraid? Fear must make blind, for this its weapon is: That which You fear to see You cannot see. Love and perception thus go hand in hand, but fear obscures in darkness what is there.

What, then, can fear project upon the world? What can be seen in darkness that is real? Truth is eclipsed by fear and what remains is but imagined. Yet what can be real in blind imaginings of panic born? What would You want that this is shown to You? What would You wish to keep in such a dream?

Fear has made Everything You think You see. All separation, All distinctions and the multitude of differences You believe make up the world. They are not there. Love’s enemy has made them up. Yet Love can have no enemy and so they have no cause, no being and no consequence. They can be valued, but remain unreal. They can be sought, but they can not be found.

Today We will not seek for them, nor waste this day in seeking not what can be found. It is impossible to see two worlds which have no overlap of any kind. Seek for the one, the other disappears. But One remains. They are the range of choice beyond which Your decision cannot go. The Real and the unreal are All there is to choose between and nothing more than these.

Today We will attempt no compromise where none is possible. The world You see is proof You have already made a choice as Allembracing as its opposite. What We would learn today is more than just the lesson that You cannot see two worlds. It also teaches that the one You see is quite consistent from the point of view from which You see it. It is All a piece because it stems from one emotion and reflects its source in Everything You see.

Six times today, in thanks and gratitude, We gladly give five minutes to the thought which ends All compromise and doubt and go beyond them All as One. We will not make a thousand meaningless distinctions, nor attempt to bring with Us a little part of unreality, as We devote Our Minds to finding only what is real.

Begin Your searching for the other world, by asking for a Strength beyond Your own and recognize what it is You seek. You do not want illusions. And You come to these five minutes emptying Your hands of All the petty treasures of this world. You wait for God to help You, as You say:

It is impossible to see two worlds.
Let Me accept the Strength God offers Me
And see no value in this world, that I
May find My freedom and deliverance.

God will be there. For You have called upon the great unfailing Power Who will take this giant step with You in gratitude. Nor will You fail to see His thanks expressed in tangible perception and in Truth. You will not doubt what You will look upon. For though it is perception, it is not the kind of seeing that Your eyes alone have ever seen before. And You will know God’s Strength upheld as You made this choice.

Dismiss temptation easily today whenever it arises, merely by remembering the limits on Your choice. The unreal or the Real, the false or True is what You see and only what You see. Perception is consistent with Your choice and hell or Heaven comes to You as One.

Accept a little part of hell as real and You have damned Your eyes and cursed Your sight and what You will behold is hell indeed. Yet the release of Heaven still remains within Your range of choice, to take the place of Everything that hell would show to You. All You need say to any part of hell, whatever form it takes, is simply this:

It is impossible to see two worlds.
I seek My freedom and deliverance
And this is not a part of what I want.

131. No One can fail Who asks to reach the Truth.

Failure is All about You while You seek for goals which cannot be achieved. You look for permanence in the impermanent, for Love where there is none, for safety in the midst of danger, immortality within the darkness of the dream of death. Who could succeed where contradiction is the setting of His searching and the place to which He comes to find stability?

Goals which are meaningless are not attained. There is no way to reach them, for the means by which You strive for them are meaningless as they are. Who can use such senseless means and hope through them to gain in Anything? Where can they lead? And what could they achieve that offers any hope of being real?

Pursuit of the imagined leads to death because it is the search for nothingness and while You seek for Life You ask for death. You look for safety and security while in Your Heart You pray for danger and protection for the little dream You made.

Yet searching is inevitable here. For this You came and You will surely do the thing You came for. But the world can not dictate the goal for which You search unless You give it power to do so. Otherwise, You still are free to choose a goal that lies beyond the world and every worldly thought and one which comes to You from an idea relinquished yet remembered, old yet new, an echo of a heritage forgot, yet holding Everything You really want.

Be glad that search You must. Be glad as well to learn You search for Heaven and must find the goal You really want. No One can fail to want this goal and reach it in the end. God’s Son cannot seek vainly, though He try to force delay, deceive Himself and think that it is hell He seeks. When He is wrong He finds correction. When He wanders off He is led back to His appointed task.

No One remains in hell, for no One can abandon His Creator, nor affect His perfect, timeless and unchanging Love. You will find Heaven. Everything You seek but this will fall away, yet not because it has been taken from You. It will go because You do not want it. You will reach the goal You really want as certainly as God created You in Sinlessness.

Why wait for Heaven? It is here today. Time is the great illusion it is past or in the future. Yet this cannot be if it is where God wills His Son to be. How could the Will of God be in the past or yet to happen? What He wills is now, without a past and wholly futureless. It is as far removed from time as is a tiny candle from a distant star or what You chose from what You really want.

Heaven remains Your one alternative to this strange world You made and All its ways, its shifting patterns and uncertain goals, its painful pleasures and its tragic joys. God made no contradictions. What denies its own existence and attacks itself is not of Him. He did not make two Minds, with Heaven as the glad effect of One and earth the other’s sorry outcome which is Heaven’s opposite in every way.

God does not suffer conflict. Nor is His Creation split in two. How could it be His Son could be in hell when God Himself established Him in Heaven? Could He lose what the Eternal Will has given Him to be His home forever? Let Us not try longer to impose an alien will upon God’s single purpose. He is here because He wills to be and what He wills is present now beyond the reach of time.

Today We will not choose a paradox in place of Truth. How could the Son of God make time to take away the Will of God? He thus denies Himself and contradicts what has no opposite. He thinks He made a hell opposing Heaven and believes that He abides in what does not exist, while Heaven is the place He cannot find. Leave foolish thoughts like these behind today and turn Your Mind to True ideas instead.

No One can fail Who asks to reach the Truth and it is Truth We ask to reach today. We will devote ten minutes to this goal three times today and We will ask to see the rising of the real world to replace the foolish images that We held dear, with True ideas arising in the place of thoughts which have no meaning, no effect and neither source nor substance in the Truth. This We acknowledge as We start upon Our practice periods. Begin with this:

I ask to see a different world and think
A different kind of thoughts from those I made.
The world I seek I did not make alone,
The thoughts I want to think are not My own.

For several minutes watch Your Mind and see, although Your eyes are closed, the senseless world You think is real. Review the thoughts as well which are compatible with such a world and which You think are True. Then let them go and sink below them to the Holy place where they can enter not. There is a door beneath them in Your Mind which You could not completely lock to hide what lies beyond.

Seek for that door and find it. But before You try to open it, remind Yourself no One can fail Who asks to reach the Truth. And it is this request You make today. Nothing but this has any meaning now, no other goal is valued now nor sought, nothing before this door You really want and only what lies past it do You seek.

Put out Your hand and see how easily the door swings open with Your one intent to go beyond it. Angels light the way, so that All darkness vanishes and You are standing in a Light so bright and clear that You can understand All things You see. A tiny moment of surprise, perhaps, will make You pause before You realize the world You see before You in the Light reflects the Truth You knew and did not quite forget in wandering away in dreams.

You cannot fail today. There walks with You the Spirit Heaven sent You that You might approach this door some day and through His aid slip effortlessly past it to the Light. Today that day has come. Today God keeps His ancient promise to His Holy Son, as does His Son remember His to Him. This is a day of gladness, for We come to the appointed time and place where You will find the goal of All Your searching here and All the seeking of the world, which end together as You pass beyond the door.

Remember often that today should be a time of special gladness and refrain from dismal thoughts and meaningless laments. Salvation’s time has come. Today is set by Heaven Itself to be a time of grace for You and for the world. If You forget this happy fact, remind Yourself with this:

Today I seek and find All that I want.
My single purpose offers it to Me.
No One can fail Who asks to reach the Truth.

132. I loose the world from All I thought it was.

What keeps the world in chains but Your beliefs? And what can save the world except Your Self? Belief is powerful indeed. The thoughts You hold are mighty and illusions are as strong in their effects as is the Truth. A madman thinks the world He sees is real and does not doubt it. Nor can He be swayed by questioning His thoughts’ effects. It is but when their source is raised to question that the hope of freedom comes to Him at last.

Yet is Salvation easily achieved, for Anyone is free to change His Mind and All His thoughts change with It. Now the source of thought has shifted, for to change Your Mind means You have changed the source of All ideas You think or ever thought or yet will think. You free the past from what You thought before. You free the future from All ancient thoughts of seeking what You do not want to find. The Present now remains the only time.

Here in the Present is the world set free. For as You let the past be lifted and release the future from Your ancient fears, You find escape and give it to the world. You have enslaved the world with All Your fears, with doubts and miseries, Your pain and tears and All Your sorrows press upon it and keep it a prisoner to Your beliefs. Death strikes it Everywhere because You hold the bitter thought of death within Your Mind.

The world is nothing in itself. Your Mind must give it meaning. And what You behold upon it are Your wishes, acted out so You can look on them and think them real. Perhaps You think You did not make the world, but came unwillingly to what was made already, hardly waiting for Your thoughts to give it meaning. Yet in Truth You found exactly what You looked for when You came. There is no world apart from what You wish and herein lies Your ultimate release. Change but Your Mind on what You want to see and All the world must change accordingly.

Ideas leave not their source. This central theme is often stated in the Text and must be borne in Mind if You would understand the lesson for today. It is not pride which tells You that You made the world You see and that it changes as You change Your Mind. But it is pride that argues You have come into a world quite separate from Yourself, impervious to what You think and quite apart from what You chance to think it is.

There is no world! This is the central thought the Course attempts to teach. Not Everyone is ready to accept it and Each One must go as far as He can let Himself be led along the road to Truth. He will return and go still farther or perhaps step back a while and then return again.

But healing is the gift of Those Who are prepared to learn there is no world and can accept the lesson now. Their readiness will bring the lesson to Them in some form which They can understand and recognize. Some see it suddenly on point of death and rise to teach it. Others find it in experience that is not of this world, which shows Them that the world does not exist because what They behold must be the Truth and yet it clearly contradicts the world. And some will find it in this Course and in the exercises that We do today.

Today’s idea is True because the world does not exist. And if it is indeed Your own imagining, then You can loose it from All things You ever thought it was by merely changing All the thoughts that gave it these appearances. The sick are healed as You let go All thoughts of sickness and the dead arise when You let thoughts of Life replace All thoughts You ever held of death.

A lesson earlier repeated once must now be stressed again, for it contains the firm foundation for today’s idea. You are as God created You. There is no place where You can suffer and no time that can bring change to Your eternal state. How can a world of time and place exist if You remain as God created You?

What is the lesson for today except another way of saying that to know Your Self is the Salvation of the world? To free the world from every kind of pain is but to change Your Mind about Yourself. There is no world apart from Your ideas because ideas leave not their source and You maintain the world within Your Mind in thought.

Yet if You are as God created You, You cannot think apart from Him, nor make what does not share His timelessness and Love. Are these inherent in the world You see? Does it create like Him? Unless it does, it is not real and cannot be at all. If You are real the world You see is false, for God’s Creation is unlike the world in every way. And as it was His Thought by Which You were created, so it is Your thoughts which made it and must set it free, that You may know the Thoughts You share with God.

Release the world! Your real Creations wait for this release to give You fatherhood, not of illusions, but as God in Truth. God shares His Fatherhood with You Who are His Son, for He makes no distinctions in what is Himself and what is still Himself. What He creates is not apart from Him and nowhere does the Father end, the Son begin as something separate from Him.

There is no world because it is a thought apart from God and made to separate the Father and the Son and break away a part of God Himself and thus destroy His wholeness. Can a world which comes from this idea be real? Can it be anywhere? Deny illusions, but accept the Truth. Deny You are a shadow briefly laid upon a dying world. Release Your Mind and You will look upon a world released.

Today Our purpose is to free the world from All the idle thoughts We ever held about it and about All living things We see upon it. They can not be there. No more than We. For We are in the home Our Father set for Us along with them. And We Who are as He created Us would loose the world this day from every one of Our illusions, that We may be free.

Begin the fifteen minute periods in which We practice twice today with this:

I Who remain as God created Me
Would loose the world from All I thought it was.
For I am real because the world is not,
And I would know My own Reality.

Then merely rest, alert but with no strain, and let Your Mind in quietness be changed so that the world is freed along with You.

You need not realize that healing comes to many Brothers far across the world as well as to the Ones You see near by, as You send out these thoughts to bless the world. But You will sense Your own release, although You may not fully understand as yet that You could never be released alone.

Throughout the day, increase the freedom sent through Your ideas to All the world and say whenever You are tempted to deny the power of Your simple change of Mind:

I loose the world from All I thought it was,
And choose My own Reality instead.

133. I will not value what is valueless.

Sometimes in teaching there is benefit, particularly after You have gone through what seems theoretical and quite remote from what the student has already learned, to bring Him back to practical concerns. This We will do today. We will not speak of lofty, worldencompassing ideas, but dwell instead on benefits to You.

You do not ask too much of Life, but far too little. When You let Your Mind be drawn to bodily concerns, to things You buy, to eminence as valued by the world, You ask for sorrow, not for happiness. This Course does not attempt to take from You the little that You have. It does not try to substitute utopian ideas for satisfactions which the world contains. There are no satisfactions in the world.

Today We list the real criteria by which to test All things You think You want. Unless they meet these sound requirements, they are not worth desiring at all, for they can but replace what offers more. The laws which govern choice You cannot make, no more than You can make alternatives from which to choose. The choosing You can do, indeed You must. But it is wise to learn the laws You set in motion when You choose and what alternatives You choose between.

We have already stressed there are but two, however many there appear to be. The range is set and this We cannot change. It would be most ungenerous to You to let alternatives be limitless and thus delay Your final choice until You had considered All of them in time and not been brought so clearly to the place where there is but one choice which must be made.

Another kindly and related law is that there is no compromise in what Your choice must bring. It cannot give You just a little, for there is no in between. Each choice You make brings Everything to You or nothing. Therefore, if You learn the tests by which You can distinguish Everything from nothing, You will make the better choice.

First, if You choose a thing that will not last forever, what You chose is valueless. A temporary value is without All value. Time can never take away a value that is real. What fades and dies was never there and makes no offering to Him Who chooses it. He is deceived by nothing in a form He thinks He likes.

Next, if You choose to take a thing away from Someone else, You will have nothing left. This is because when You deny His right to Everything, You have denied Your own. You therefore will not recognize the things You really have, denying they are there. Who seeks to take away has been deceived by the illusion loss can offer gain. Yet loss must offer loss and nothing more.

Your next consideration is the one on which the others rest. Why is the choice You make of value to You? What attracts Your Mind to it? What purpose does it serve? Here it is easiest of All to be deceived, for what the ego wants it fails to recognize. It does not even tell the Truth as it perceives It, for it needs to keep the halo which it uses to protect its goals from tarnish and from rust, that You may see how “innocent” it is.

Yet is its camouflage a thin veneer which could deceive but Those Who are content to be deceived. Its goals are obvious to Anyone Who cares to look for them. Here is deception doubled, for the One Who is deceived will not perceive that He has merely failed to gain. He will believe that He has served the ego’s hidden goals.

And though He tries to keep its halo clear within His Vision, yet must He perceive its tarnished edges and its rusted core. His ineffectual mistakes appear as sins to Him because He looks upon the tarnish as His own, the rust a sign of deep unworthiness within Himself. He Who would still preserve the ego’s goals and serve them as His own makes no mistakes according to the dictates of His guide. This guidance teaches it is error to believe that sins are but mistakes, for Who would suffer for His sins if this were so?

And so We come to the criterion for choice which is the hardest to believe, because its obviousness is overlaid with many levels of obscurity. If You feel any guilt about Your choice, You have allowed the ego’s goals to come between the real alternatives and thus You do not realize there are but two. And the alternative You think You chose seems fearful and too dangerous to be the nothingness it actually is.

All things are valuable or valueless, worthy or not of being sought at all, entirely desirable or not worth the slightest effort to obtain. Choosing is easy just because of this. Complexity is nothing but a screen of smoke which hides the very simple fact that no decision can be difficult. What is the gain to You in learning this? It is far more than merely letting You make choices easily and without pain.

Heaven itself is reached by empty hands and open Minds, Which come with nothing to find Everything and claim it as Their own. We will attempt to reach this state today, with selfdeception laid aside and with an honest willingness to value but the Truly valuable and the Real.

Our two extended practice periods of fifteen minutes will begin with this:

I will not value what is valueless,
And only what has value do I seek,
For only that do I desire to find.

And then receive what waits for Everyone Who reaches, unencumbered, to the gate of Heaven, which swings open as He comes.

Should You begin to let Yourself collect some needless burdens or believe You see some difficult decisions facing You, be quick to answer with this simple thought:

I will not value what is valueless,
For what is valuable belongs to Me.

134. Let Me perceive forgiveness as it is.

Let Us review the meaning of “forgive,” for it is apt to be distorted and to be perceived as something which entails an unfair sacrifice of righteous wrath, a gift unjustified and undeserved and a complete denial of the Truth. In such a view, forgiveness must be seen as mere eccentric folly and this Course appears to rest Salvation on a whim.

This twisted view of what forgiveness means is easily corrected when You can accept the fact that pardon is not asked for what is True. It must be limited to what is false. It is irrelevant to Everything except illusions. Truth is God’s Creation and to pardon this is meaningless. All Truth belongs to Him, reflects His laws and radiates His Love. Does this need pardon? How can You forgive the Sinless and eternally Benign?

The major difficulty that You find in genuine forgiveness on Your part is that You still believe You must forgive the Truth and not illusions. You conceive of pardon as a vain attempt to look past what is there, to overlook the Truth in an unfounded effort to deceive Yourself by making an illusion True. This twisted viewpoint but reflects the hold that the idea of sin retains as yet upon Your Mind as You regard Yourself.

Because You think Your sins are real, You look on pardon as deception. For it is impossible to think of sin as True and not believe forgiveness is a lie. Thus is forgiveness really but a sin, like All the rest. It says the Truth is false and smiles on the corrupt as if They were as blameless as the grass, as white as snow. It is delusional in what it thinks it can accomplish. It would see as right the plainly wrong, the loathsome as the Good.

Pardon is no escape in such a view. It merely is a further sign that sin is unforgivable, at best to be concealed, denied or called another Name, for pardon is a treachery to Truth. Guilt can not be forgiven. If You sin, Your guilt is everlasting. Those Who are forgiven from the view Their sins are real are pitifully mocked and twice condemned: First by Themselves for what They think They did and once again by Those Who pardon Them.

It is sin’s unreality which makes forgiveness natural and wholly sane, a deep relief to Those Who offer it, a quiet Blessing where it is received. It does not countenance illusions, but collects them lightly, with a little laugh and gently lays them at the feet of Truth. And there they disappear entirely.

Forgiveness is the only thing that stands for Truth in the illusions of the world. It sees their nothingness and looks right through the thousand forms in which they may appear. It looks on lies but it is not deceived. It does not heed the selfaccusing shrieks of sinners mad with guilt. It looks on Them with quiet eyes and merely says to Them,

My Brother, what You think is not the Truth.

The Strength of pardon is its honesty, which is so uncorrupted that it sees illusions as illusions, not as Truth. It is because of this that it becomes the undeceiver in the face of lies, the great restorer of the simple Truth. By its ability to overlook what is not there, it opens up the way to Truth, which had been blocked by dreams of guilt. Now are You free to follow in the way Your True forgiveness opens up to You. For if one Brother has received this gift of You, the door is open to Yourself.

There is a very simple way to find the door to True forgiveness and perceive it open wide in Welcome. When You feel that You are tempted to accuse Someone of sin in any form, do not allow Your Mind to dwell on what You think He did, for this is selfdeception. Ask instead,

Should I accuse Myself of doing this?

Thus will You see alternatives for choice in terms which render choosing meaningful and keep Your Mind as free of guilt and pain as God Himself intended It to be and as It is in Truth. It is but lies which would condemn. In Truth is Innocence the only thing there is. Forgiveness stands between illusions and the Truth, between the world You see and That Which lies beyond, between the hell of guilt and Heaven’s gate.

Across this bridge, as powerful as Love Which laid Its Blessing on it, are All dreams of evil and of hatred and attack brought silently to Truth. They are not kept to swell and bluster and to terrify the foolish dreamer Who believes in them. He has been gently wakened from His dream by understanding what He thought He saw was never there. And now He cannot feel that All escape has been denied to Him.

He does not have to fight to save Himself. He does not have to kill the dragons which He thought pursued Him. Nor need He erect the heavy walls of stone and iron doors He thought would make Him safe. He can remove the ponderous and useless armor made to chain His Mind to fear and misery. His step is light and as He lifts His foot to stride ahead, a star is left behind to point the way to Those Who follow Him.

Forgiveness must be practiced for the world cannot perceive its meaning, nor provide a guide to teach You its beneficence. There is no thought in All the world which leads to any understanding of the laws it follows, nor the Thought which it reflects. It is as alien to the world as is Your own Reality. And yet it joins Your Mind with the Reality in You.

Today We practice True forgiveness that the time of joining be no more delayed. For We would meet with Our Reality in freedom and in Peace. Our practicing becomes the footsteps lightening up the way for All Our Brothers, Who will follow Us to the Reality We share with Them.

That this may be accomplished, let Us give a quarter of an hour twice today and spend it with the guide Who understands the meaning of forgiveness and was sent to Us to teach it. Let Us ask of Him:

Let Me perceive forgiveness as it is.

Then choose one Brother as He will direct and catalogue His “sins” as one by one they cross Your Mind. Be certain not to dwell on any one of them, but realize that You are using His “offenses” but to save the world from All ideas of sin. Briefly consider All the evil things You thought of Him and each time ask Yourself

Would I condemn Myself for doing this?

Let Him be freed from All the thoughts You had of sin in Him. And now You are prepared for freedom. If You have been practicing thus far in willingness and honesty, You will begin to sense a lifting up, a lightening of weight across Your chest, a deep and certain feeling of relief. The time remaining should be given to experiencing the escape from All the heavy chains You sought to lay upon Your Brother, which were laid upon Yourself.

Forgiveness should be practiced through the day, for there will be so many times when You forget its meaning and attack Yourself. When this occurs, allow Your Mind to see through this illusion as You tell Yourself:

Let Me perceive forgiveness as it is.
Would I accuse Myself of doing this?
I will not lay this chain upon Myself.

In Everything You do remember this:

No One is crucified alone and yet,
No One can enter Heaven by Himself.

135. If I defend Myself I am attacked.

Who would defend Himself unless He thought He was attacked, that the attack is real and that His own defense can save Himself? And herein lies the folly of defense: It gives illusions full Reality and then attempts to handle them as real. It adds illusions to illusions, thus making correction doubly difficult. And it is this You do when You attempt to plan the future, activate the past or organize the Present as You wish.

You operate from the belief You must protect Yourself from what is happening, because it must contain what threatens You. A sense of threat is an acknowledgment of an inherent weakness, a belief that there is danger which has power to call on You to make appropriate defense.

The world is based on this insane belief. And All its structures, All its thoughts and doubts, its penalties and heavy armaments, its legal definitions [juristischen Definitionen] and its codes [Geheimschriften], its ethics and its leaders and its gods, All serve but to preserve its sense of threat. For no One walks the world in armature but must have terror striking at His Heart.

Defense is frightening. It stems from fear, increasing fear as each defense is made. You think it offers safety. Yet it speaks of fear made real and terror justified. Is it not strange You do not pause to ask, as You elaborate Your plans and make Your armor thicker and Your locks more tight, what You defend and how and against what?

Let Us consider first what You defend. It must be something that is very weak and easily assaulted. It must be something made easy prey, unable to protect itself and needing Your defense. What but the body has such frailty that constant care and watchful, deep concern are needful to protect its little Life? What but the body falters and must fail to serve the Son of God as worthy host?

Yet it is not the body that can fear, nor be a thing to fear. It has no needs but those which You assign to it. It needs no complicated structures of defense, no healthinducing medicine, no care and no concern at all. Defend its Life or give it gifts to make It beautiful or walls to make it safe and You but say Your home is open to the thief of time, corruptible and crumbling, so unsafe it must be guarded with Your very Life.

Is not this picture fearful? Can You be at Peace with such a concept of Your home? Yet what endowed the body with the right to serve You thus except Your own belief? It is Your Mind Which gave the body All the functions that You see in it and set its value far beyond a little pile of dust and water. Who would make defense of something that He recognized as this?

The body is in need of no defense. This cannot be too often emphasized. It will be strong and healthy if the Mind does not abuse it by assigning it to roles it cannot fill, to purposes beyond its scope and to exalted aims which it cannot accomplish. Such attempts, ridiculous yet deeply cherished, are the sources for the many mad attacks You make upon it. For it seems to fail Your hopes, Your needs, Your values and Your dreams.

The “self” that needs protection is not real. The body, valueless and hardly worth the least defense, need merely be perceived as quite apart from You and it becomes a healthy, serviceable instrument through which the Mind can operate until its usefulness is over. Who would want to keep it when its usefulness is done?

Defend the body and You have attacked Your Mind. For You have seen in It the faults, the weaknesses, the limits and the lacks from which You think the body must be saved. You will not see the Mind as separate from bodily conditions. And You will impose upon the body All the pain that comes from the conception of the Mind as limited and fragile and apart from other Minds and separate from Its Source.

These are the thoughts in need of healing and the body will respond with health when they have been corrected and replaced with Truth. This is the body’s only real defense. Yet is this where You look for its defense? You offer it protection of a kind from which it gains no benefit at all, but merely adds to Your distress of Mind. You do not heal, but merely take away the hope of healing, for You fail to see Where hope must lie if it be meaningful.

A healed Mind does not plan. It carries out the plans which It receives through listening to Wisdom that is not Its own. It waits until It has been taught what should be done and then proceeds to do it. It does not depend upon Itself for Anything except Its adequacy to fulfill the plans assigned to It. It is secure in certainty that obstacles can not impede Its progress to accomplishment of any goal which serves the greater plan established for the Good of Everyone.

A healed Mind is relieved from the belief that It must plan, although It cannot know the outcome which is best, the means by which it is achieved, nor how to recognize the problem that the plan is made to solve. It must misuse the body in Its plans until It recognizes this is so. But when It has accepted this as True, then is It healed and lets the body go.

Enslavement of the body to the plans the unhealed mind sets up to save itself must make the body sick. It is not free to be a means of helping in a plan which far exceeds its own protection and which needs its service for a little while. In this capacity is health assured. For Everything the Mind employs for this will function flawlessly and with the Strength that has been given It and cannot fail.

It is, perhaps, not easy to perceive that selfinitiated plans are but defenses, with the purpose All of them were made to realize. They are the means by which a frightened mind would undertake its own protection at the cost of Truth. This is not difficult to realize in some forms which these selfdeceptions take, for the denial of Reality is very obvious. Yet planning is not often recognized as a defense.

The Mind engaged in planning for itself is occupied in setting up control of future happenings. It does not think that it will be provided for unless it makes its own provisions. Time becomes a future emphasis, to be controlled by learning and experience obtained from past events and previous beliefs. This overlooks the Present, for it rests on the idea the past has taught enough to let the Mind direct its future course.

The Mind that plans is thus refusing to allow for change. What it has learned before becomes the basis for its future goals. Its past experience directs its choice of what will happen. And it does not see that here and now is Everything it needs to guarantee a future quite unlike the past, without a continuity of any old ideas and sick beliefs. Anticipation plays no part at all, for present confidence directs the way.

Defenses are the plans You undertake to make against the Truth. Their aim is to select what You approve and disregard what You consider incompatible with Your beliefs of Your Reality. Yet what remains is meaningless indeed. For it is Your Reality which is the “threat” that Your defenses would attack, obscure and take apart and crucify.

What could You not accept, if You but knew that Everything which happens, All events, past, present and to come, are gently planned by One Whose only purpose is Your Good? Perhaps You have misunderstood His plan, for He would never offer pain to You. But Your defenses did not let You see His loving Blessing shine in every step You ever took. While You made plans for death, He led You gently to Eternal Life.

Your present trust in Him is the defense which promises a future undisturbed, without a trace of sorrow and with Joy which constantly increases as this Life becomes a Holy Instant, set in time, but heeding only immortality. Let no defenses but Your present trust direct the future and this Life becomes a meaningful encounter with the Truth that only Your defenses would conceal.

Without defenses, You become a Light Which Heaven gratefully acknowledges to be its own. And It will lead You on in ways appointed for Your happiness according to the ancient plan, begun when time was born. Your followers will join Their Light with Yours and It will be increased until the world is lighted up with Joy. And gladly will Our Brothers lay aside Their cumbersome defenses which availed Them nothing and could only terrify.

We will anticipate that time today with present confidence, for this is part of what was planned for Us. We will be sure that Everything We need is given Us for Our accomplishment of this today. We make no plans for how it will be done, but realize that Our defenselessness is All that is required for the Truth to dawn upon Our Minds with certainty.

For fifteen minutes twice today We rest from senseless planning and from every thought which blocks the Truth from entering Our Minds. Today We will receive instead of plan, that We may give instead of organize. And We are given Truly, as We say:

If I defend Myself I am attacked.
But in defenselessness I will be strong,
And I will learn what My defenses hide.

Nothing but that. If there are plans to make, You will be told of them. They may not be the plans You thought were needed, nor indeed the answers to the problems which You thought confronted You. But they are answers to another kind of question, which remains unanswered, yet in need of answering until the Answer comes to You at last.

All Your defenses have been aimed at not receiving what You will receive today. And in the Light and Joy of simple Truth, You will but wonder why You ever thought that You must be defended from release. Heaven asks nothing. It is hell that makes extravagant demands for sacrifice. You give up nothing in these times today when, undefended, You present Yourself to Your Creator as You really are.

He has remembered You. Today We will remember Him. For this is Easter time in Your Salvation. And You rise again from what was seeming death and hopelessness. Now is the Light of hope reborn in You, for now You come without defense to learn the part for You within the plan of God. What little plans or magical beliefs can still have value, when You have received Your function from the Voice of God Himself?

Try not to shape this day as You believe would benefit You most. For You can not conceive of All the happiness that comes to You without Your planning. Learn today. And All the world will take this giant stride and celebrate Your Easter time with You. Throughout the day, as foolish little things appear to raise defensiveness in You and tempt You to engage in weaving plans, remind Yourself this is a special day for learning and acknowledge it with this:

This is Easter time. And I would keep
It Holy. I will not defend Myself,
Because the Son of God needs no defense
Against the Truth of His Reality.

136. Sickness is a defense against the Truth.

No One can heal unless He understands what purpose sickness seems to serve. For then He understands as well its purpose has no meaning. Being causeless and without a meaningful intent of any kind, it cannot be at all. When this is seen, healing is automatic. It dispels this meaningless illusion by the same approach which carries All of them to Truth and merely leaves them There to disappear.

Sickness is not an accident. Like All defenses, it is an insane device for Self deception. And like All the rest its purpose is to hide Reality, attack it, change it, render it inept, distort it, twist it or reduce it to a little pile of unassembled parts. The aim of All defenses is to keep the Truth from being whole. The parts are seen as if each one were whole within itself.

Defenses are not unintentional, nor are they made without awareness. They are secret magic wands You wave when Truth appears to threaten what You would believe. They seem to be unconscious but because of the rapidity with which You choose to use them. In that second, even less, in which the choice is made, You recognize exactly what You would attempt to do and then proceed to think that it is done.

Who but Yourself evaluates a threat, decides escape is necessary and sets up a series of defenses to reduce the threat that has been judged as real? All this cannot be done unconsciously. But afterwards Your plan requires that You must forget You made it, so it seems to be external to Your own intent, a happening beyond Your state of Mind, an outcome with a real effect on You, instead of one effected by Your self.

It is this quick forgetting of the part You play in making Your “Reality” which makes defenses seem to be beyond Your own control. But what You have forgot can be remembered, given willingness to reconsider the decision which is doubly shielded by oblivion. Your not remembering is but the sign that this decision still remains in force, as far as Your desires are concerned. Mistake this not for fact. Defenses must make facts unrecognizable. They aim at doing this and this they seem to do.

Every defense takes fragments of the whole, assembles them without regard to All their True relationships and thus constructs illusions of a whole that is not there. It is this process which imposes threat and not whatever outcome may result. When parts are wrested from the whole and seen as separate and as wholes within themselves, they become symbols standing for attack upon the whole, successful in effect and never to be seen as whole again. And yet You have forgotten that they stand but for Your own decision of what should be real, to take the place of what is real.

Sickness is a decision. It is not a thing that happens to You quite unsought, which makes You weak and brings You suffering. It is a choice You make, a plan You lay when, for an instant, Truth arises in Your own deluded Mind and All Your world appears to totter and prepare to fall. Now are You sick, that Truth may go away and threaten Your establishments no more. How do You think that sickness can succeed in shielding You from Truth? Because it proves the body is not separate from You and so You must be separate from the Truth.

You suffer pain because the body does and in this pain are You made One with it. Thus is Your “True” identity preserved and the strange, haunting thought that You might be something beyond this little pile of dust silenced and stilled. For see, this dust can make You suffer, twist Your limbs and stop Your Heart, commanding You to die and cease to be.

Thus is the body stronger than the Truth, Which asks You live but cannot overcome Your choice to die. And so the body is more powerful than Everlasting Life, Heaven more frail than hell and God’s design for the Salvation of His Son opposed by a decision stronger than His Will. His Son is dust, the Father incomplete and chaos sits in triumph on His throne.

Such is Your planning for Your own defense. And You believe that Heaven quails before such mad attacks as these, with God made blind by Your illusions, Truth turned into lies and All the Universe made slaves to laws which Your defenses would impose on it. Yet Who believes illusions but the One Who made them up? Who else can see them and react to them as if they were the Truth?

God knows not of Your plans to change His Will. The Universe remains unheeding of the laws by which You thought to govern it. And Heaven has not bowed to hell, nor Life to death. You can but choose to think You die or suffer sickness or distort the Truth in any way. What is created is apart from All of this. Defenses are plans to defeat what cannot be attacked. What is unalterable cannot change. And what is wholly sinless cannot sin.

Such is the simple Truth. It does not make appeal to might nor triumph. It does not command obedience, nor seek to prove how pitiful and futile Your attempts to plan defenses which would alter It. Truth merely wants to give You happiness, for such Its purpose is. Perhaps It sighs a little when You throw away Its gifts and yet It knows with perfect certainty that what God wills for You must be received.

It is this fact which demonstrates that time is an illusion. For time lets You think what God has given You is not the Truth right now, as it must be. The Thoughts of God are quite apart from time. For time is but another meaningless defense You made against the Truth. Yet what God wills is here and You remain as He created You.

Truth has a power far beyond defense, for no illusions can remain where It has been allowed to enter. And It comes to any Mind that would lay down Its arms and cease to play with folly. It is found at any time, today, if You will choose to practice giving Welcome to the Truth. This is Our aim today. And We will give a quarter of an hour twice to ask the Truth to come to Us and set Us free.

And Truth will come, for It has never been apart from Us. It merely waits for just this invitation which We give today. We introduce It with a healing Prayer to help Us rise above defensiveness and let the Truth be as It has always been:

Sickness is a defense against the Truth.
I will accept the Truth of what I am,
And let My Mind be wholly healed today.

Healing will flash across Your open Mind as Peace and Truth arise to take the place of war and vain imaginings. There will be no dark corners sickness can conceal and keep defended from the Light of Truth. There will be no dim figures from Your dreams, nor their obscure and meaningless pursuits with double purposes insanely sought, remaining in Your Mind. It will be healed of All the sickly wishes that It tried to authorize the body to obey.

Now is the body healed because the source of sickness has been opened to relief. And You will recognize You practiced well by this: The body should not feel at all. If You have been successful, there will be no sense of feeling ill or feeling well, of pain or pleasure. No response at all is in the Mind to what the body does. Its usefulness remains and nothing more.

Perhaps You do not realize that this removes the limits You had placed upon the body by the purposes You gave to it. As these are laid aside, the Strength the body has will always be enough to serve All Truly useful purposes. The body’s health is fully guaranteed because it is not limited by time, by weather or fatigue, by food and drink or any laws You made it serve before. You need do nothing now to make it well, for sickness has become impossible.

Yet this protection needs to be preserved by careful watching. If You let Your Mind harbor attack thoughts, yield to judgment or make plans against uncertainties to come, You have again misplaced Yourself and made a bodily identity which will attack the body, for the Mind is sick. Give instant remedy, should this occur, by not allowing Your defensiveness to hurt You longer. Do not be confused about what must be healed, but tell Yourself:

I have forgotten What I really am,
For I mistook My body for Myself.
Sickness is a defense against the Truth,
But I am not a body. And My Mind
Cannot attack. So I can not be sick.

137. When I am healed, I am not healed alone.

Today’s idea remains the central thought on which Salvation rests. For healing is the opposite of All the world’s ideas which dwell on sickness and on separate states. Sickness is a retreat from Others and a shutting off of joining. It becomes a door that closes on a separate self and keeps it isolated and alone.

Sickness is isolation. For it seems to keep one self apart from All the rest, to suffer what the Others do not feel. It gives the body final power to make separation real and keep the Mind in solitary prison, split apart and held in pieces by a solid wall of sickened flesh which It can not surmount. The world obeys the laws that sickness serves, but healing operates apart from them.

It is impossible that Anyone be healed alone. In sickness must He be apart and separate. But healing is His own decision to be One again and to accept His Self with All Its parts intact and unassailed. In sickness does His Self appear to be dismembered and without the Unity which gives It Life. But healing is accomplished as He sees the body has no power to attack the Universal Oneness of God’s Son.

Sickness would prove that lies must be the Truth. But healing demonstrates that Truth is True. The separation sickness would impose has never really happened. To be healed is merely to accept what always was the simple Truth and always will remain exactly as It has forever been. Yet eyes accustomed to illusions must be shown that what they look upon is false. So healing, never needed by the Truth, must demonstrate that sickness is not real.

Healing might thus be called a counterdream which cancels out the dream of sickness in the Name of Truth, but not in Truth Itself. Just as forgiveness overlooks All sins that never were accomplished, healing but removes illusions that have not occurred. Just as the real world will arise to take the place of what has never been at all, healing offers restitution for imagined states and false ideas which dreams embroider into pictures of the Truth.

Yet think not healing is unworthy of Your function here. For antichrist becomes more powerful than Christ to Those Who dream the world is real. The body seems to be more solid and more stable than the Mind. And Love becomes a dream, while fear remains the one Reality which can be seen and justified and fully understood.

Just as forgiveness shines away All sin and the real world will occupy the place of what You made, so healing must replace the fantasies of sickness which You hold before the simple Truth. When sickness has been seen to disappear in spite of All the laws which hold it cannot but be real, then questions have been answered. And the laws can be no longer cherished nor obeyed.

Healing is freedom, for it demonstrates that dreams will not prevail against the Truth. Healing is shared. And by this attribute it proves that laws unlike the ones which hold that sickness is inevitable are more potent than their sickly opposites. Healing is Strength. For by its gentle hand is weakness overcome and Minds which were walled off within a body free to join with other Minds, to be forever strong.

Healing, forgiveness and the glad exchange of All the world of sorrow for a world where sadness cannot enter, are the means by which the Holy Spirit urges You to follow Him. His gentle lessons teach how easily Salvation can be Yours, how little practice You need undertake to let His laws replace the ones You made, to hold Yourself a prisoner to death.

His Life becomes Your own as You extend the little help He asks in freeing You from Everything that ever caused You pain. And as You let Yourself be healed, You see All Those around You or Who cross Your Mind or Whom You touch or Those Who seem to have no contact with You, healed along with You. Perhaps You will not recognize Them All, nor realize how great Your offering to All the world, when You let healing come to You. But You are never healed alone. And legions upon legions will receive the gift which You receive when You are healed.

Those Who are healed become the instruments of healing. Nor does time elapse between the instant They are healed and All the grace of healing it is given Them to give. What is opposed to God does not exist and Who accepts it not within His Mind becomes a haven where the weary can remain to rest. For here is Truth bestowed and here are All illusions brought to Truth.

Would You not offer shelter to God’s Will? You but invite Your Self to be at home and can this invitation be refused? Ask the inevitable to occur and You will never fail. The other choice is but to ask what cannot be to be and this cannot succeed. Today We ask that only Truth will occupy Our Minds, that thoughts of healing will this day go forth from what is healed to what must yet be healed, aware that they will both occur as One.

We will remember, as the hour strikes, Our function is to let Our Minds be healed that We may carry healing to the world, exchanging curse for Blessing, pain for Joy and separation for the Peace of God. Is not a minute of the hour worth the giving to receive a gift like this? Is not a little time a small expense to offer for the gift of Everything?

Yet must We be prepared for such a gift. And so We will begin the day with this and give ten minutes to these thoughts with which We will conclude today at night as well:

When I am healed I am not healed alone.
And I would share My healing with the world,
That sickness may be banished from the Mind
Of God’s One Son, Who is My only Self.

Let healing be through You this very day. And as You rest in quiet be prepared to give as You receive, to hold but what You give and to receive the Word of God to take the place of All the foolish thoughts that ever were imagined. Now We come together to make well All that was sick and offer Blessing where there was attack. Nor will We let this function be forgot as every hour of the day slips by, remembering Our function with this thought:

When I am healed I am not healed alone.
And I would bless My Brothers, for I would
Be healed with Them as They are healed with Me.

138. Heaven is the decision I must make.

In this world Heaven is a choice, because here We believe there are alternatives to choose between. We think that All things have an opposite and what We want We choose. If Heaven exists there must be hell as well, for contradiction is the way We make what We perceive and what We think is real.

Creation knows no opposite. But here is opposition part of being “real.” It is this strange perception of the Truth that makes the choice of Heaven seen to be the same as the relinquishment of hell. It is not really thus. Yet what is True in God’s Creation cannot enter here, until it is reflected in some form the world can understand. Truth cannot come where It could only be perceived with fear, for this would be the error Truth can be brought to illusions. Opposition makes the Truth unwelcome and It cannot come.

Choice is the obvious escape from what appears as opposites. Decision lets one of conflicting goals become the aim of effort and expenditure of time. Without decision time is but a waste and effort dissipated. It is spent for nothing in return. And time goes by without results. There is no sense of gain, for nothing is accomplished, nothing learned.

You need to be reminded that You think a thousand choices are confronting You when there is really only one to make. And even this but seems to be a choice. Do not confuse Yourself with All the doubts that myriad decisions would induce. You make but one. And when that one is made, You will perceive it was no choice at all, for Truth is True and nothing else is real. There is no opposite to choose instead. There is no contradiction to the Truth.

Choosing depends on learning. But the Truth cannot be learned but only recognized. In recognition Its acceptance lies and as It is accepted It is known. But knowledge is beyond the goals We seek to teach within the framework of this Course. Ours are teaching goals to be attained through learning how to reach them, what they are and what they offer You. Decisions are the outcome of Your learning, for they rest on what You have accepted as the Truth of what You are and what Your needs must be.

In this insanely complicated world Heaven appears to take the form of choice, rather than merely being what it is. Of All the choices You have tried to make this is the simplest, most definitive, the prototype of All the rest, the one which settles All decisions. If You could decide the rest, this one remains unsolved. But when You solve this one the others are resolved with it, for All decisions but conceal this one by taking different forms. Here is the final and the only choice in which is Truth accepted or denied.

So We begin today considering the choice that time was made to help Us make. Such is its Holy purpose, now transformed from the intent You gave it: That it be a means for demonstrating hell is real, hope changes to despair and Life itself must in the end be overcome by death. In death alone are opposites resolved, for ending opposition is to die. And thus Salvation must be seen as death, for Life is seen as conflict. To resolve the conflict is to end Your Life as well.

These mad beliefs can gain unconscious hold of great intensity and grip the Mind with terror and anxiety so strong that It will not relinquish Its ideas about Its own protection. It must be saved from Salvation, threatened to be safe and magically armored against Truth. And these decisions are made unaware to keep them safely undisturbed, apart from question and from reason and from doubt.

Heaven is chosen consciously. The choice cannot be made until alternatives are accurately seen and understood. All that is veiled in shadows must be raised to understanding to be judged again, this time with Heaven’s help and All mistakes in judgment which the Mind had made before are open to correction as the Truth dismisses them as causeless. Now are they without effects. They cannot be concealed because their nothingness is recognized.

The conscious choice of Heaven is as sure as is the ending of the fear of hell, when it is raised from its protective shield of unawareness and is brought to Light. Who can decide between the clearly seen and the unrecognized? Yet Who can fail to make a choice between alternatives when only one is seen as valuable, the other as a wholly worthless thing, a but imagined source of guilt and pain? Who hesitates to make a choice like this? And shall We hesitate to choose today?

We make the choice for Heaven as We wake and spend five minutes making sure that We have made the one decision that is sane. We recognize We make a conscious choice between what has existence and what has nothing but an appearance of the Truth. Its pseudobeing brought to what is real, is flimsy and transparent in the Light. It holds no terror now, for what was made enormous, vengeful, pitiless with hate, demands obscurity for fear to be invested there. Now it is recognized as but a foolish, trivial mistake.

Before We close Our eyes in sleep tonight We reaffirm the choice that We have made each hour in between. And now We give the last five minutes of Our waking day to the decision with which We awoke. As every hour passed, We have declared Our choice again in a brief quiet time devoted to maintaining sanity. And finally We close the day with this, acknowledging We chose but what We want:

Heaven is the decision I must make.
I make it now and will not change My Mind,
Because it is the only thing I want.

139. I will accept Atonement for Myself.

Here is the end of choice. For here We come to a decision to accept Ourselves as God created Us. And what is choice except uncertainty of what We are? There is no doubt that is not rooted here. There is no question but reflects this one. There is no conflict that does not entail the single simple question,

What am I?

Yet Who could ask this question except One Who has refused to recognize Himself? Only refusal to accept Yourself could make the question seem to be sincere. The only thing that can be surely known by any living thing is what it is. From this one point of certainty it looks on other things as certain as itself. Uncertainty about what You must be is selfdeception on a scale so vast its magnitude can hardly be conceived.

To be alive and not to know Yourself is to believe that You are really dead. For what is Life except to be Yourself and what but You can be alive instead? Who is the doubter? What is it He doubts? Whom does He question? Who can answer Him? He merely states that He is not Himself and therefore, being something else, becomes a questioner of what that something is.

Yet He could never be alive at all unless He knew the answer. If He asks as if He did not know, it merely shows He does not want to be the thing He is. He has accepted it because He lives, has judged against it and denied its worth and has decided that He does not know the only certainty by which He lives. Thus He becomes uncertain of His Life, for what it is has been denied by Him.

It is for this denial that You need Atonement. Your denial made no change in what You are. But You have split Your Mind into what knows and does not know the Truth. You are Yourself. There is no doubt of this and yet You doubt it. But You do not ask what part of You can really doubt Yourself. It cannot really be a part of You that asks this question, for it asks of One Who knows the answer. Were it part of You, uncertainty would be impossible.

Atonement remedies the strange idea that it is possible to doubt Yourself and be unsure of what You really are. This is the depth of madness. Yet it is the Universal question of the world. What does this prove except the world is mad? Why share its madness in the sad belief that what is Universal here is True? Nothing the world believes is True. It is a place whose purpose is to be a home where Those Who claim They do not know Themselves can come to question what it is They are.

And They will come again until the time Atonement is accepted and They learn it is impossible to doubt Yourself and not to be aware of what You are. Only acceptance can be asked of You, for what You are is certain. It is set forever in the Holy Mind of God and in Your own. It is so far beyond All doubt and question that to ask what it must be is All the proof You need to show that You believe the contradiction that You know not what You cannot fail to know.

Is this a question or a statement which denies itself in statement? Let Us not allow Our Holy Minds to occupy Themselves with senseless musings such as this. We have a mission here. We did not come to reinforce the madness which We once believed in. Let Us not forget the goal that We accepted. It is more than just Our happiness alone We came to gain. What We accept as what We are proclaims what Everyone must be along with Us.

Fail not Your Brothers or You fail Yourself. Look lovingly on Them that They may know that They are part of You and You of Them. This does Atonement teach and demonstrates the Oneness of God’s Son is unassailed by His belief He knows not what He is. Today accept Atonement, not to change Reality, but merely to accept the Truth about Yourself and go Your way rejoicing in the endless Love of God. It is but this that We are asked to do. It is but this that We will do today.

Five minutes in the morning and at night We will devote to dedicate Our Minds to Our assignment for today. We start with this review of what Our mission is:

I will accept Atonement for Myself,
For I remain as God created Me.

We have not lost the knowledge that God gave to Us when He created Us like Him. We can remember it for Everyone, for in Creation are All Minds as One and in Our memory is the recall how dear Our Brothers are to Us in Truth, how much a part of Us is every Mind, how faithful They have really been to Us and how Our Father’s Love contains Us All.

In thanks for All Creation, in the Name of its Creator and His Oneness with All aspects of Creation, We repeat Our dedication to Our Cause today each hour, as We lay aside All thoughts which would distract Us from Our Holy aim. For several minutes let Your Mind be cleared of All the foolish cobwebs which the world would weave around the Holy Son of God and learn the fragile nature of the chains which seem to keep the knowledge of Yourself apart from Your awareness, as You say:

I will accept Atonement for Myself,
For I remain as God created Me.

140. Only Salvation can be said to cure.

Cure is a word which cannot be applied to any remedy the world accepts as beneficial. What the world perceives as therapeutic is but what will make the body “better.” When it tries to heal the Mind, it sees no separation from the body where it thinks the Mind exists. Its forms of healing thus must substitute illusion for illusion. One belief in sickness takes another form and so the patient now perceives Himself as well.

He is not healed. He merely had a dream that He was sick and in the dream He found a magic formula to make Him well. Yet He has not awakened from the dream and so His Mind remains exactly as It was before. He has not seen the Light that would awaken Him and end the dream. What difference does the content of a dream make in Reality? One either sleeps or wakens. There is nothing in between.

The happy dreams the Holy Spirit brings are different from the dreaming of the world, where One can merely dream He is awake. The dreams forgiveness lets the Mind perceive do not induce another form of sleep, so that the dreamer dreams another dream. His happy dreams are heralds of the dawn of Truth upon the Mind. They lead from sleep to gentle waking, so that dreams are gone. And thus they cure for All Eternity.

Atonement heals with certainty and cures All sickness. For the Mind which understands that sickness can be nothing but a dream is not deceived by forms the dream may take. Sickness where guilt is absent cannot come, for it is but another form of guilt. Atonement does not heal the sick, for that is not a cure. It takes away the guilt that makes the sickness possible. And that is cure indeed. For sickness now is gone, with nothing left to which it can return.

Peace be to You Who have been cured in God and not in idle dreams. For cure must come from Holiness and Holiness can not be found where sin is cherished. God abides in Holy temples. He is barred where sin has entered. Yet there is no place where He is not. And therefore sin can have no home in which to hide from His beneficence.

There is no place where Holiness is not and nowhere sin and sickness can abide. This is the thought that cures. It does not make distinctions among unrealities. Nor does it seek to heal what is not sick, unmindful where the need for healing is. This is no magic. It is merely an appeal to Truth, Which cannot fail to heal and heal forever. It is not a thought which judges an illusion by its size, its seeming gravity or Anything that is related to the form it takes. It merely focuses on what it is and knows that no illusion can be real.

Let Us not try today to seek to cure what cannot suffer sickness. Healing must be sought but where it is and then applied to what is sick so that it can be cured. There is no remedy the world provides that can effect a change in Anything. The Mind that brings illusions to the Truth is really changed. There is no change but this. For how can one illusion differ from another but in attributes which have no substance, no Reality, no core and nothing that is Truly different?

Today We seek to change Our Minds about the source of sickness, for We seek a cure for All illusions, not another shift among them. We will try today to find the source of healing, which is in Our Minds because Our Father placed it There for Us. It is not further from Us than Ourselves. It is as near to Us as Our own thoughts, so close it is impossible to lose. We need but seek it and it must be found.

We will not be misled today by what appears to Us as sick. We go beyond appearances today and reach the source of healing from which nothing is exempt. We will succeed to the extent to which We realize that there can never be a meaningful distinction made between what is untrue and equally untrue. Here there are no degrees and no beliefs that what does not exist is truer in some forms than others. All of them are false and can be cured because they are not True.

So do We lay aside Our amulets, Our charms and medicines, Our chants and bits of magic in whatever form they took. We will be still and listen for the Voice of healing which will cure All ills as One, restoring saneness to the Son of God. No Voice but This can cure. Today We hear a single Voice Which speaks to Us of Truth where All illusions end and Peace returns to the eternal quiet home of God.

We waken hearing Him and let Him speak to Us five minutes as the day begins and end the day by listening again five minutes more before We go to sleep. Our only preparation is to let Our interfering thoughts be laid aside, not separately, but All of them as One. They are the same. We have no need to make them different and thus delay the time when We can hear Our Father speak to Us. We hear Him now. We come to Him today.

With nothing in Our hands to which We cling, with lifted hearts and listening Minds We pray:

Only Salvation can be said to cure.
Speak to Us, Father, that We may be healed.

And We will feel Salvation cover Us with soft protection and with Peace so deep that no illusion can disturb Our Minds, nor offer proof to Us that it is real. This will We learn today. And We will say Our Prayer for healing hourly and take a minute as the hour strikes to hear the answer to Our Prayer be given Us as We attend in silence and in Joy. This is the day when healing comes to Us. This is the day when separation ends and We remember Who We really are.

Review 4

Now a review again, this time aware We are preparing for the second part of learning how the Truth can be applied. Today We will begin to concentrate on readiness for what will follow next. Such is Our aim for this review and for the lessons following. Thus We review the recent lessons and their central thoughts in such a way as will facilitate the readiness which We would now achieve.

There is a central theme that unifies each step in the review We undertake, which can be simply stated in these words:

My Mind holds [hat] only what I think with God.

This is a fact and represents the Truth of What You are and What Your Father is. It is this Thought by Which the Father gave Creation to the Son, establishing the Son as Cocreator with Himself. It is this Thought Which fully guarantees Salvation to the Son, for in His Mind no thoughts can dwell but those His Father shares. Lack of forgiveness blocks this Thought from His awareness. Yet It is forever True.

Let Us begin Our preparation with some understanding of the many forms in which the lack of True forgiveness may be carefully concealed. Because they are illusions, they are not perceived to be but what they are: Defenses which protect Your unforgiving thoughts from being seen and recognized. Their purpose is to show You something else and hold correction off through selfdeceptions made to take its place.

And yet Your Mind holds only what You think with God. Your selfdeceptions cannot take the place of Truth. No more than can a child Who throws a stick into the ocean change the coming and the going of the tides, the warming of the water by the sun, the silver of the moon on it at night. So do We start each practice period in this review with readying Our Minds to understand the lessons that We read and see the meaning which they offer Us.

Begin each day with time devoted to the preparation of Your Mind to learn what each idea You will review that day can offer You in freedom and in Peace. Open Your Mind and clear It of All thoughts that would deceive and let this Thought alone engage It fully and remove the rest:

My Mind holds only what I think with God.

Five minutes with this Thought will be enough to set the day along the lines which God appointed and to place His Mind in charge of All the thoughts You will receive that day. They will not come from You alone, for they will All be shared with Him. And so each one will bring the message of His Love to You, returning messages of Yours to Him. So will communion with the Lord of Hosts be Yours, as He Himself has willed it be. And as His Own completion joins with Him, so will He join with You Who are complete as You unite with Him and He with You.

After Your preparation, merely read each of the two ideas assigned to You to be reviewed that day. Then close Your eyes and say them slowly to Yourself. There is no hurry now, for You are using time for its intended purpose. Let each word shine with the meaning God has given it as it was given to You through His Voice. Let each idea that You review that day give You the gift which He has laid in it for You to have of Him. And We will use no format for Our practicing but this:

Each hour of the day bring to Your Mind the Thought with which the day began and spend a quiet moment with It. Then repeat the two ideas You practice for the day unhurriedly, with time enough to see the gifts which they contain for You and let them be received where they were meant to be. We add no other thoughts, but let them be the messages they are. We need no more than this to give Us happiness and rest and endless quiet, perfect certainty and All Our Father wills that We receive as the inheritance We have of Him.

Each day of practicing, as We review, We close as We began, repeating first the Thought that made the day a special time of Blessing and of happiness for Us and through Our faithfulness restored the world from darkness to the Light, from grief to Joy, from pain to Peace, from sin to Holiness. God offers thanks to You Who practice thus the keeping of His Word. And as You give Your Mind to the ideas for the day again before You sleep, His gratitude surrounds You in the Peace wherein He wills You be forever and are learning now to claim again as Your inheritance.

141. Review 121) and 122)

My Mind holds [hat] only what I think with God.

121) Forgiveness is the key to happiness.

122) Forgiveness offers Everything I want.

142. Review 123) and 124)

My Mind holds only what I think with God.

123) I thank My Father for His gifts to Me.

124) Let Me remember I am One with God.

143. Review 125) and 126)

My Mind holds only what I think with God.

125) In quiet I receive God’s Word today.

126) All that I give is given to Myself.

144. Review 127) and 128)

My Mind holds only what I think with God.

127) There is no Love but God’s.

128) The world I see has nothing that I want.

145. Review 129) and 130)

My Mind holds only what I think with God.

129) Beyond this world there is a world I want.

130) It is impossible to see two worlds.

146. Review 131) and 132)

My Mind holds only what I think with God.

131) No One can fail Who asks to reach the Truth.

132) I loose the world from All I thought it was.

147. Review 133) and 134)

My Mind holds only what I think with God.

133) I will not value what is valueless.

134) Let Me perceive forgiveness as it is.

148. Review 135) and 136)

My Mind holds only what I think with God.

135) If I defend Myself I am attacked.

136) Sickness is a defense against the Truth.

149. Review 137) and 138)

My Mind holds only what I think with God.

137) When I am healed, I am not healed alone.

138) Heaven is the decision I must make.

150. Review 139) and 140)

My Mind holds only what I think with God.

139) I will accept Atonement for Myself.

140) Only Salvation can be said to cure.

151. - 280.

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.

181. - 220.

Our next few lessons make a special point of firming up Your willingness to make Your weak commitment strong, Your scattered goals blend into one intent. You are not asked for total dedication All the time, as yet. But You are asked to practice now in order to attain the sense of Peace such unified commitment will bestow, if only intermittently. It is experiencing this which makes it sure that You will give Your total willingness to following the way the Course sets forth.

Our lessons now are geared specifically to widening horizons and direct approaches to the special blocks which keep Your vision narrow and too limited to let You see the value of Our goal. We are attempting now to lift these blocks, however briefly. Words alone can not convey the sense of liberation which their lifting brings. But the experience of freedom and of Peace that comes as You give up Your tight control of what You see speaks for itself. Your motivation will be so intensified that words become of little consequence. You will be sure of what You want and what is valueless.

And so We start Our journey beyond words by concentrating first on what impedes Our progress still. Experience of what exists beyond defensiveness remains beyond achievement while it is denied. It may be there, but You cannot accept its presence. So We now attempt to go past All defenses for a little while each day. No more than this is asked because no more than this is needed. It will be enough to guarantee the rest will come.

181. I trust My Brothers, Who are One with Me.

Trusting Your Brothers is essential to establishing and holding up Your faith in Your ability to transcend [über etwas hinausgehen] doubt and lack of sure conviction in Yourself. When You attack a Brother, You proclaim that He is limited by what You have perceived in Him. You do not look beyond His errors. Rather, they are magnified, becoming blocks to Your awareness of the Self that lies beyond Your own mistakes and past His seeming sins as well as Yours.

Perception has a focus. It is this which gives consistency to what You see. Change but this focus and what You behold will change accordingly. Your Vision now will shift to give support to the intent which has replaced the one You held before. Remove Your focus on Your Brother’s sins and You experience the Peace that comes from faith in Sinlessness. This faith receives its only sure support from what You see in Others past Their sins. For Their mistakes, if focused on, are witnesses to sins in You. And You will not transcend [über etwas hinausgehen] Their sight and see the Sinlessness that lies beyond.

Therefore, in practicing today, We first let All such little focuses give way to Our great need to let Our Sinlessness become apparent. We instruct Our Minds that it is this We seek and only this, for just a little while. We do not care about Our future goals and what We saw an instant previous has no concern for Us within this interval of time wherein We practice changing Our intent. We seek for Innocence and nothing else. We seek for It with no concern but now.

A major hazard to success has been involvement with Your past and future goals. You have been quite preoccupied with how extremely different the goals this Course is advocating are from those You held before. And You have also been dismayed by the depressing and restricting thought that, even if You should succeed, You will inevitably lose Your way again. How could this matter? For the past is gone, the future but imagined. These concerns are but defenses against present change of focus in perception. Nothing more.

We lay these pointless [aussichtslos] limitations by a little while. We do not look to past beliefs and what We will believe will not intrude upon Us now. We enter in the time of practicing with one intent: To look upon the Sinlessness within. We recognize that We have lost this goal if anger blocks Our way in any form. And if a Brother’s sins occur to Us, Our narrowed focus will restrict Our sight and turn Our eyes upon Our own mistakes, which We will magnify and call Our “sins.”

So, for a little while, without regard to past or future, should such blocks arise, We will transcend [über etwas hinausgehen] them with instructions to Our Minds to change their focus, as We say:

It is not this that I would look upon.
I trust My Brothers, Who are One with Me.

And We will also use these thoughts to keep Us safe throughout the day. We do not seek for longrange goals. As each obstruction seems to block the Vision of Our Sinlessness, We seek but for surcease an instant from the misery the focus upon sin will bring and uncorrected will remain.

Nor do We ask for fantasies. For what We seek to look upon is really there. And as Our focus goes beyond mistakes, We will behold a wholly sinless world. When seeing this is All We want to see, when this is All We seek for in the Name of True perception, are the eyes of Christ inevitably Ours. And the Love He feels for Us becomes Our own as well. This will become the only thing We see reflected in the world and in Ourselves.

The world which once proclaimed Our sins becomes the proof that We are sinless. And Our Love for Everyone We look upon attests to Our remembrance of the Holy Self Which knows no sin and never could conceive of Anything without Its Sinlessness. We seek for this remembrance as We turn Our Minds to practicing today. We look neither ahead nor backwards. We look straight into the Present. And We give Our trust to the experience We ask for now. Our Sinlessness is but the Will of God. This instant is Our willing One with His.

183. I call upon God’s Name and on My own.

God’s Name is Holy, but no Holier than Yours. To call upon His Name is but to call upon Your own. A Father gives His Son His Name and thus identifies the Son with Him. His Brothers share His Name and thus are They united in a bond to which They turn for Their identity. Your Father’s Name reminds You Who You are, even within a world which does not know, even though You have not remembered it.

God’s Name can not be heard without response, nor said without an echo in the Mind Which calls You to remember. Say His Name and You invite the Angels to surround the ground on which You stand and sing to You as They spread out Their wings to keep You safe and shelter You from every worldly thought that would intrude upon Your Holiness.

Repeat God’s Name and All the world responds by laying down illusions. Every dream the world holds dear has suddenly gone by and where it seemed to stand You find a star, a Miracle of grace. The sick arise, healed of Their sickly thoughts. The blind can see, the deaf can hear, the sorrowful cast off Their mourning and the tears of pain are dried as happy laughter comes to bless the world.

Repeat the Name of God and little Names have lost their meaning. No temptation but becomes a nameless and unwanted thing before God’s Name. Repeat His Name and see how easily You will forget the Names of All the gods You valued. They have lost the Name of God You gave them. They become anonymous and valueless to You, although before You let the Name of God replace their little Names, You stood before them worshipfully, naming them as gods.

Repeat the Name of God and call upon Your Self, Whose Name is His. Repeat His Name and All the tiny, nameless things on earth slip into right perspective. Those Who call upon the Name of God can not mistake the nameless for the Name, nor sin for grace, nor bodies for the Holy Son of God.

And should You join a Brother as You sit with Him in silence and repeat God’s Name along with Him within Your quiet Minds, You have established there an Altar Which reaches to God Himself and to His Son. Practice but this today: Repeat God’s Name slowly again and still again. Become oblivious to every Name but His.

Hear nothing else. Let All Your thoughts become anchored on This. No other words We use except at the beginning, when We say today’s idea but once. And then God’s Name becomes Our only thought, Our only word, the only thing that occupies Our Minds, the only wish We have, the only sound with any meaning and the only Name of Everything that We desire to see, of Everything that We would call Our own.

Thus do We give an invitation which can never be refused. And God will come and answer it Himself. Think not He hears the little prayers of Those Who call on Him with Names of idols cherished by the world. They cannot reach Him thus. He cannot hear requests that He be not Himself or that His Son receive another Name than His.

Repeat His Name and You acknowledge Him as sole Creator of Reality. And You acknowledge also that His Son is part of Him, creating in His Name. Sit silently and let His Name become the Allencompassing idea which holds Your Mind completely. Let All thoughts be still except this one. And to All other thoughts respond with This and see God’s Name replace the thousand little Names You gave Your thoughts, not realizing that there is One Name for All there is and All that there will be.

Today You can achieve a state in which You will experience the gifts of grace. You can escape All bondage of the world and give the world the same release You found. You can remember what the world forgot and offer it Your own remembering. You can accept today the part You play in its Salvation and Your own as well. And both can be accomplished perfectly.

Turn to the Name of God for Your release and it is given You. No Prayer but this is necessary, for it holds them All within it. Words are insignificant and All requests unneeded when God’s Son calls on His Father’s Name. His Father’s Thoughts become His own. He makes His claim to All His Father gave, is giving still and will forever give. He calls on Him to let All things He thought He made be nameless now and in their place the Holy Name of God becomes His judgment of their worthlessness.

All little things are silent. Little sounds are soundless now. The little things of earth have disappeared. The Universe consists of nothing but the Son of God Who calls upon His Father. And His Father’s Voice gives answer in His Father’s Holy Name. In this eternal, still relationship, in which communication far transcends [über etwas hinausgehen] All words and yet exceeds in depth and height whatever words could possibly convey, is Peace eternal. In Our Father’s Name, We would experience this Peace today. And in His Name it shall be given Us.

184. The Name of God is My inheritance.

You live by symbols. You have made up Names for Everything You see. Each one becomes a separate entity, identified by its own Name. By this You carve it out of Unity. By this You designate its special attributes and set it off from other things by emphasizing space surrounding it. This space You lay between All things to which You give a different Name, All happenings in terms of place and time, All bodies which are greeted with a Name.

This space You see as setting off All things from one another is the means by which the world’s perception is achieved. You see something where nothing is and see as well nothing where there is Unity: A space between All things, between All things and You. Thus do You think that You have given Life in separation. By this split You think You are established as a Unity which functions with an independent will.

What are these Names by which the world becomes a series of discrete events, of things ununified, of bodies kept apart and holding bits of Mind as separate awarenesses? You gave these Names to them, establishing perception as You wished to have perception be. The nameless things were given Names and thus Reality was given them as well. For what is named is given meaning and will then be seen as meaningful, a cause of True effects, with consequence inherent in itself.

This is the way Reality is made by partial Vision, purposefully set against the given Truth. Its enemy is wholeness. It conceives of little things and looks upon them. And a lack of space, a sense of Unity or Vision which sees differently become the threats which it must overcome, conflict with and deny.

Yet does this other Vision still remain a natural direction for the Mind to channel its perception. It is hard to teach the Mind a thousand alien Names and thousands more. Yet You believe this is what learning means, its one essential goal by which communication is achieved and concepts can be meaningfully shared.

This is the sum of the inheritance the world bestows. And Everyone Who learns to think that it is so accepts the signs and symbols which assert the world is real. It is for this they stand. They leave no doubt that what is named is there. It can be seen, as is anticipated. What denies that it is True is but illusion, for it is the ultimate Reality. To question it is madness, to accept its presence is the proof of sanity.

Such is the teaching of the world. It is a phase of learning Everyone Who comes must go through. But the sooner He perceives on what it rests, how questionable are its premises, how doubtful its results, the sooner does He question its effects. Learning which stops with what the world would teach stops short of meaning. In its proper place, it serves but as a starting point from which another kind of learning can begin, a new perception can be gained and All the arbitrary Names the world bestows can be withdrawn as they are raised to doubt.

Think not You made the world. Illusions, yes! But what is True in earth and Heaven is beyond Your naming. When You call upon a Brother, it is to His body that You make appeal. His True identity is hidden from You by what You believe He really is. His body makes response to what You call Him, for His Mind consents to take the Name You give Him as His own. And thus His Unity is twice denied, for You perceive Him separate from You and He accepts this separate Name as His.

It would indeed be strange if You were asked to go beyond All symbols of the world, forgetting them forever, yet were asked to take a teaching function. You have need to use the symbols of the world a while. But be You not deceived by them as well. They do not stand for Anything at all and in Your practicing it is this thought which will release You from them. They become but means by which You can communicate in ways the world can understand, but which You recognize is not the Unity where True communication can be found.

Thus what You need are intervals each day in which the learning of the world becomes a transitory phase, a prison house from which You go into the sunlight and forget the darkness. Here You understand the Word, the Name Which God has given You, the One Identity Which All things share, the One acknowledgment of what is True. And then step back to darkness, not because You think it real, but only to proclaim its unreality in terms which still have meaning in the world which darkness rules.

Use All the little Names and symbols which delineate the world of darkness. Yet accept them not as Your Reality. The Holy Spirit uses All of them, but He does not forget Creation has One Name, One Meaning and a single Source Which unifies All things within Itself. Use All the Names the world bestows on them but for convenience, yet do not forget they share the Name of God along with You.

God has no Name. And yet His Name becomes the final lesson that All things are One and at this lesson does All learning end. All Names are unified, All space is filled with Truth’s reflection. Every gap is closed and separation healed. The Name of God is the inheritance He gave to Those Who chose the teaching of the world to take the place of Heaven. In Our practicing, Our purpose is to let Our Minds accept what He has given as the answer to the pitiful inheritance You made as fitting tribute to the Son God loves.

No One can fail Who seeks the meaning of the Name of God. Experience must come to supplement the Word. But first You must accept One Name for All Reality and realize the many Names You gave its aspects have distorted what You see but have not interfered with Truth at all. One Name We bring into Our practicing. One Name We use to unify Our sight.

And though We use a different Name for each awareness of an aspect of God’s Son, We understand that they have but One Name Which He has given them. It is this Name We use in practicing. And through Its use All foolish separations disappear which kept Us blind. And We are given Strength to see beyond them. Now Our sight is blessed with blessings We can give as We receive.

Father, Our Name is Yours. In It We are united with All living things [Lebewesen] and You Who are Their One Creator. What We made and call by many different Names is but a shadow We have tried to cast across Your Own Reality. And We are glad and thankful We were wrong. All Our mistakes We give to You, that We may be absolved of All effects Our errors seemed to have. And We accept the Truth You give in place of every one of them. Your Name is Our Salvation and escape from what We made. Your Name unites Us in the Oneness which is Our inheritance and Peace.

185. I want the Peace of God.

To say these words is nothing. But to mean these words is Everything. If You could but mean them for just an instant, there would be no further sorrow possible for You in any form, in any place or time. Heaven would be completely given back to full awareness, memory of God entirely restored, the Resurrection of All Creation fully recognized.

No One can mean these words and not be healed. He cannot play with dreams, nor think He is Himself a dream. He cannot make a hell and think it real. He wants the Peace of God and it is given Him. For that is All He wants and that is All He will receive. Many have said these words. But Few indeed have meant them. You have but to look upon the world You see around You to be sure how very few They are. The world would be completely changed should any Two agree these words express the only thing They want.

Two Minds with one intent become so strong that what They will becomes the Will of God. For Minds can only join in Truth. In dreams, no Two can share the same intent. To Each, the hero of the dream is different, the outcome wanted not the same for Both. Loser and gainer merely shift about in changing patterns, as the ratio of gain to loss and loss to gain takes on a different aspect or another form.

Yet compromise alone a dream can bring. Sometimes it takes the form of union, but only the form. The meaning must escape the dream, for compromising is the goal of dreaming. Minds cannot unite in dreams. They merely bargain. And what bargain can give Them the Peace of God? Illusions come to take His place. And what He means is lost to sleeping Minds intent on compromise, Each to His gain and to Another’s loss.

To mean You want the Peace of God is to renounce All dreams. For no One means these words Who wants illusions and Who therefore seeks the means which bring illusions. He has looked on them and found them wanting. Now He seeks to go beyond them, recognizing that another dream would offer nothing more than All the others. Dreams are One to Him. And He has learned their only difference is one of form, for one will bring the same despair and misery as do the rest.

The Mind Which means that All It wants is Peace must join with other Minds, for that is how Peace is obtained. And when the wish for Peace is genuine, the means for finding it is given in a form each Mind Which seeks for it in honesty can understand. Whatever form the lesson takes is planned for Him in such a way that He can not mistake it, if His asking is sincere. But if He asks without sincerity, there is no form in which the lesson will meet with acceptance and be Truly learned.

Let Us today devote Our practicing to recognizing that We really mean the words We say. We want the Peace of God. This is no idle wish. These words do not request another dream be given Us. They do not ask for compromise, nor try to make another bargain in the hope that there must yet be one which can succeed where All the rest have failed. To mean these words acknowledges illusions are in vain, requesting the Eternal in the place of shifting dreams which seem to change in what they offer, but are One in nothingness.

Today devote Your practice periods to careful searching of Your Mind, to find the dreams You cherish still. What do You ask for in Your Heart? Forget the words You use in making Your requests. Consider but what You believe will comfort You and bring You happiness. But be You not dismayed by lingering illusions, for their form is not what matters now. Let not some dreams be more acceptable, reserving shame and secrecy for others. They are One. And being One, one question should be asked of All of them:

Is this what I would have in place of Heaven and the Peace of God?

This is the choice You make. Be not deceived that it is otherwise. No compromise is possible in this. You choose God’s Peace or You have asked for dreams. And dreams will come as You requested them. Yet will God’s Peace come just as certainly and to remain with You forever. It will not be gone with every twist and turning of the road, to reappear unrecognized in forms which shift and change with every step You take.

You want the Peace of God. And so do All Who seem to seek for dreams. For Them as well as for Yourself You ask but this when You make this request with deep sincerity. For thus You reach to what They really want and join Your own intent with what They seek above All things, perhaps unknown to Them, but sure to You. You have been weak at times, uncertain in Your purpose and unsure of what You wanted, where to look for it and where to turn for help in the attempt. Help has been given You. And would You not avail Yourself of it by sharing it?

No One Who Truly seeks the Peace of God can fail to find it. For He merely asks that He deceive Himself no longer by denying to Himself what is God’s Will. Who can remain unsatisfied Who asks for what He has already? Who could be unanswered Who requests an answer which is His to give? The Peace of God is Yours.

For You it was created, given You by its Creator and established as His Own eternal gift. How can You fail when You but ask for what He wills for You? And how could Your request be limited to You alone? No gift of God can be unshared. It is this attribute which sets the gifts of God apart from every dream that ever seemed to take the place of Truth.

No One can lose and Everyone must gain whenever any gift of God has been requested and received by Anyone. God gives but to unite. To take away is meaningless to Him. And when it is as meaningless to You, You can be sure You share One Will with Him and He with You. And You will also know You share One Will with All Your Brothers, Whose intent is Yours.

It is this one intent We seek today, uniting Our desires with the need of every Heart, the call of every Mind, the hope that lies beyond despair, the Love attack would hide, the brotherhood that hate has sought to sever, but which still remains as God created it. With Help like this beside Us, can We fail today as We request the Peace of God be given Us?

186. Salvation of the world depends on Me.

Here is the statement that will one day take All arrogance away from every Mind. Here is the thought of True humility which holds no function as Your own but that which has been given You. It offers Your acceptance of a part assigned to You, without insisting on another role. It does not judge Your proper role. It but acknowledges the Will of God is done on earth as well as Heaven. It unites All wills on earth in Heaven’s plan to save the world, restoring it to Heaven’s Peace.

Let Us not fight Our function. We did not establish it. It is not Our idea. The means are given Us by which it will be perfectly accomplished. All that We are asked to do is to accept Our part in genuine humility and not deny with selfdeceiving arrogance that We are worthy. What is given Us to do We have the Strength to do. Our Minds are suited perfectly to take the part assigned to Us by One Who knows Us well.

Today’s idea may seem quite sobering until You see its meaning. All it says is that Your Father still remembers You and offers You the perfect trust He holds in You Who are His Son. It does not ask that You be different in any way from what You are. What could humility request but this? And what could arrogance deny but this? Today We will not shrink from Our assignment on the specious grounds that modesty is outraged. It is pride that would deny the Call of God Himself.

All false humility We lay aside today, that We may listen to God’s Voice reveal to Us what He would have Us do. We do not doubt Our adequacy for the function He will offer Us. We will be certain only that He knows Our Strengths, Our Wisdom and Our Holiness. And if He deems Us worthy, so We are. It is but arrogance that judges otherwise.

There is one way and only one, to be released from the imprisonment Your plan to prove the false is True has brought to You. Accept the plan You did not make instead. Judge not Your value to it. If God’s Voice assures You that Salvation needs Your part and that the whole depends on You, be sure that it is so. The arrogant must cling to words, afraid to go beyond them to experience which might affront Their stance. Yet are the Humble free to hear the Voice Which tells Them what They are and what to do.

Arrogance makes an image of Yourself that is not real. It is this image which quails and retreats in terror as the Voice for God assures You that You have the Strength, the Wisdom and the Holiness to go beyond All images. You are not weak, as is the image of Yourself. You are not ignorant and helpless. Sin can not tarnish the Truth in You and misery can come not near the Holy home of God.

All this the Voice for God relates to You. And as He speaks, the image trembles and seeks to attack the threat it does not know, sensing its basis crumble. Let it go. Salvation of the world depends on You and not upon this little pile of dust. What can it tell the Holy Son of God? Why need He be concerned with it at all?

And so We find Our Peace. We will accept the function God has given Us, for All illusions rest upon the weird belief that We can make another for Ourselves. Our selfmade roles are shifting and they seem to change from mourner to ecstatic bliss of Loved and Loving. We can laugh or weep and greet the day with Welcome or with tears. Our very being seems to change as We experience a thousand shifts in mood and Our emotions raise Us high indeed or dash Us to the ground in hopelessness.

Is this the Son of God? Could He create such instability and call it Son? He Who is changeless shares His attributes with His Creation. All the images His Son appears to make have no effect on what He is. They blow across His Mind like windswept leaves that form a patterning an instant, break apart to group again and scamper off. Or like mirages seen above a desert, rising from the dust.

These unsubstantial images will go and leave Your Mind unclouded and serene when You accept the function given You. The images You make give rise to but conflicting goals, impermanent and vague, uncertain and ambiguous. Who could be constant [gleichbleibend] in His efforts or direct His energies and concentrated drive toward goals like these? The functions which the world esteems are so uncertain that they change ten times an hour at their most secure. What hope of gain can rest on goals like this?

In lovely contrast, certain as the sun’s return each morning to dispel the night, Your Truly given function stands out clear and wholly unambiguous. There is no doubt of its validity. It comes from One Who knows no error. And His Voice is certain of Its messages. They will not change nor be in conflict. All of them point to one goal and one You can attain. Your plan may be impossible, but God’s can never fail because He is its Source.

Do as God’s Voice directs. And if It asks a thing of You that seems impossible, remember Who it is that asks and Who would make denial. Then consider this: Which is more likely to be right? The Voice that speaks for the Creator of All things, Who knows All things exactly as they are or a distorted image of Yourself, confused, bewildered, inconsistent and unsure of Everything? Let not its voice direct You. Hear instead a certain Voice Which tells You of a function given You by Your Creator, Who remembers You and urges that You now remember Him.

His gentle Voice is calling from the known to the unknowing. He would comfort You although He knows no sorrow. He would make a restitution though He is complete, a gift to You although He knows that You have Everything already. He has Thoughts which answer every need His Son perceives, although He sees them not. For Love must give and what is given in His Name takes on the form most useful in a world of form.

These are the forms which never can deceive, because they come from Formlessness Itself. Forgiveness is an earthly form of Love which as it is in Heaven has no form. Yet what is needed here is given here as it is needed. In this form You can fulfill Your function even here, although what Love will mean to You when formlessness has been restored to You is greater still. Salvation of the world depends on You Who can forgive. Such is Your function here.

187. I bless the world because I bless Myself.

No One can give unless He has. In fact, giving is proof of having. We have made this point before. What seems to make it hard to credit is not this. No One can doubt that You must first possess what You would give. It is the second phase on which the world and True perception differ. Having had and given, then the world asserts that You have lost what You possessed. The Truth maintains that giving will increase what You possess.

How is this possible? For it is sure that if You give a finite thing away, Your body’s eyes will not perceive it Yours. Yet We have learned that things but represent the thoughts which make them. And You do not lack for proof that when You give ideas away, You strengthen them in Your own Mind. Perhaps the form in which the thought seems to appear is changed in giving. Yet it must return to Him Who gives. Nor can the form it takes be less acceptable. It must be more.

Ideas must first belong to You before You give them. If You are to save the world, You first accept Salvation for Yourself. But You will not believe that this is done until You see the Miracles it brings to Everyone You look upon. Herein is the idea of giving clarified and given meaning. Now You can perceive that by Your giving is Your store increased.

Protect All things You value by the act of giving them away and You are sure that You will never lose them. What You thought You did not have is thereby proven Yours. Yet value not its form. For this will change and grow unrecognizable in time, however much You try to keep it safe. No form endures. It is the thought behind the form of things that lives unchangeable.

Give gladly. You can only gain thereby. The thought remains and grows in Strength as it is reinforced by giving. Thoughts extend as they are shared, for they can not be lost. There is no giver and receiver in the sense the world conceives of Them. There is a giver Who retains, Another Who will give as well. And Both must gain in this exchange, for Each will have the thought in form most helpful to Him. What He seems to lose is always something He will value less than what will surely be returned to Him.

Never forget You give but to Yourself. Who understands what giving means must laugh at the idea of sacrifice. Nor can He fail to recognize the many forms which sacrifice may take. He laughs as well at pain and loss, at sickness and at grief, at poverty, starvation and at death. He recognizes sacrifice remains the one idea that stands behind them All and in His gentle laughter are They healed.

Illusion recognized must disappear. Accept not suffering and You remove the thought of suffering. Your Blessing lies on Everyone Who suffers when You choose to see All suffering as what it is. The thought of sacrifice gives rise to All the forms that suffering appears to take. And sacrifice is an idea so mad that sanity dismisses it at once.

Never believe that You can sacrifice. There is no place for sacrifice in what has any value. If the thought occurs, its very presence proves that error has arisen and correction must be made. Your Blessing will correct it. Given first to You, it now is Yours to give as well. No form of sacrifice and suffering can long endure before the face of One Who has forgiven and has blessed Himself.

The lilies that Your Brother offers You are laid upon Your Altar, with the ones You offer Him beside them. Who could fear to look upon such lovely Holiness? The great illusion of the fear of God diminishes to nothingness before the purity that You will look on here. Be not afraid to look. The blessedness You will behold will take away All thought of form and leave instead the perfect gift forever there, forever to increase, forever Yours, forever given away.

Now are We One in thought, for fear has gone. And here, before the Altar to one God, one Father, one Creator and one Thought, We stand together as one Son of God. Not separate from Him Who is Our Source, not distant from one Brother Who is part of Our one Self Whose Innocence has joined Us All as One, We stand in blessedness and give as We received. The Name of God is on Our lips. And as We look within, We see the purity of Heaven shine in Our reflection of Our Father’s Love.

Now are We blessed and now We bless the world. What We have looked upon We would extend, for We would see it Everywhere. We would behold it shining with the grace of God in Everyone. We would not have it be withheld from Anything We look upon. And to ensure this Holy sight is Ours, We offer it to Everything We see. For where We see it, it will be returned to Us in form of lilies We can lay upon Our Altar, making It a home for Innocence Itself, Who dwells in Us and offers Us His Holiness as Ours.

188. The Peace of God is shining in Me now.

Why wait for Heaven? Those Who seek the Light are merely covering Their eyes. The Light is in Them now. Enlightenment is but a recognition, not a change at all. Light is not of the world, yet You Who bear the Light in You are alien here as well. The Light came with You from Your native home and stayed with You because It is Your own. It is the only thing You bring with You from Him Who is Your Source. It shines in You because It lights Your home and leads You back to where It came from and You are at home.

This Light can not be lost. Why wait to find It in the future or believe It has been lost already or was never there? It can so easily be looked upon that arguments which prove It is not there become ridiculous. Who can deny the presence of what He beholds in Him? It is not difficult to look within, for there All Vision starts. There is no sight, be it of dreams or from a truer source, that is not but the shadow of the seen through inward Vision. There perception starts and there it ends. It has no source but this.

The Peace of God is shining in You now and from Your Heart extends around the world. It pauses to caress each living thing [Lebewesen] and leave a Blessing with it which remains forever and forever. What it gives must be eternal. It removes All thoughts of the ephemeral and valueless. It brings renewal to All tired hearts and lights All Vision as it passes by. All of its gifts are given Everyone and Everyone unites in giving thanks to You Who give and You Who have received.

The shining in Your Mind reminds the world of what it has forgotten and the world restores the memory to You as well. From You Salvation radiates with gifts beyond All measure, given and returned. To You, the giver of the gift, does God Himself give thanks. And in His Blessing does the Light in You shine brighter, adding to the gifts You have to offer to the world.

The Peace of God can never be contained. Who recognizes it within Himself must give it. And the means for giving it are in His understanding. He forgives because He recognized the Truth in Him. The Peace of God is shining in You now and in All living things [Lebewesen]. In quietness is it acknowledged Universally. For what Your inward Vision looks upon is Your perception of the Universe.

Sit quietly and close Your eyes. The Light within You is sufficient. It alone has power to give the gift of sight to You. Exclude the outer world and let Your thoughts fly to the Peace within. They know the way. For honest thoughts, untainted by the dream of worldly things outside Yourself, become the Holy messengers of God Himself. These thoughts You think with Him. They recognize their home. And they point surely to their Source, where God the Father and the Son are One.

God’s Peace is shining on them, but they must remain with You as well, for they were born within Your Mind, as Yours was born in God’s. They lead You back to Peace, from where they came but to remind You how You must return. They heed Your Father’s Voice when You refuse to listen. And they urge You gently to accept His Word for what You are, instead of fantasies and shadows. They remind You that You are the Cocreator of All things that live. For as the Peace of God is shining in You, it must shine on them.

We practice coming nearer to the Light in Us today. We take Our wandering thoughts and gently bring them back to where they fall in line with All the thoughts We share with God. We will not let them stray. We let the Light within Our Minds direct them to come home. We have betrayed them, ordering that they depart from Us. But now We call them back and wash them clean of strange desires and disordered wishes. We restore to them the Holiness of their inheritance.

Thus are Our Minds restored with them and We acknowledge that the Peace of God still shines in Us and from Us to All living things [Lebewesen] that share Our Life. We will forgive them All, absolving All the world of what We thought it did to Us. For it is We Who make the world as We would have it. Now We choose that it be innocent, devoid of sin and open to Salvation. And We lay Our saving Blessing on it as We say:

The Peace of God is shining in Me now.
Let All things shine upon Me in that Peace,
And let Me bless them with the Light in Me.

189. I feel the Love of God within Me now.

There is a Light in You the world can not perceive. And with its eyes You will not see this Light, for You are blinded by the world. Yet You have eyes to see It. It is there for You to look upon. It was not placed in You to be kept hidden from Your sight. This Light is a reflection of the thought We practice now. To feel the Love of God within You is to see the world anew, shining in Innocence, alive with hope and blessed with perfect charity and Love.

Who could feel fear in such a world as this? It welcomes You, rejoices that You came and sings Your praises as it keeps You safe from every form of danger and of pain. It offers You a warm and gentle home in which to stay a while. It blesses You throughout the day and watches through the night as silent guardian of Your Holy sleep. It sees Salvation in You and protects the Light in You in Which it sees its own. It offers You its flowers and its snow in thankfulness for Your benevolence.

This is the world the Love of God reveals. It is so different from the world You see through darkened eyes of malice and of fear that one belies the other. Only one can be perceived at all. The other one is wholly meaningless. A world in which forgiveness shines on Everything and Peace offers its gentle Light to Everyone is inconceivable to Those Who see a world of hatred, rising from attack, poised to avenge, to murder and destroy.

Yet is the world of hatred equally unseen and inconceivable to Those Who feel God’s Love in Them. Their world reflects the quietness and Peace that shines in Them, the gentleness and Innocence They see surrounding Them, the Joy with which They look out from the endless wells of Joy within. What They have felt in Them They look upon and see its sure reflection Everywhere.

What would You see? The choice is given You. But learn and do not let Your Mind forget this law of seeing: You will look upon that which You feel within. If hatred finds a place within Your Heart, You will perceive a fearful world, held cruelly in death’s sharppointed, bony fingers. If You feel the Love of God within You, You look out upon a world of mercy and of Love.

Today We pass illusions as We seek to reach to what is True in Us and feel Its Allembracing tenderness, Its Love Which knows Us perfect as Itself, Its sight which is the gift Its Love bestows on Us. We learn the way today. It is as sure as Love Itself, to Which it carries Us. For its simplicity avoids the snares the foolish convolutions of the world’s apparent reasoning but serve to hide.

Simply do this: Be still and lay aside All thoughts of what You are and what God is, All concepts You have learned about the world, All images You hold about Yourself. Empty Your Mind of Everything It thinks is either True or false or good or bad, of every thought It judges worthy and All the ideas of which It is ashamed. Hold onto nothing. Do not bring with You one thought the past has taught, nor one belief You ever learned before from Anything. Forget this world, forget this Course and come with wholly empty hands unto Your God.

Is it not He Who knows the way to You? You need not know the way to Him. Your part is simply to allow All obstacles that You have interposed between the Son and God the Father to be quietly removed forever. God will do His part in joyful and immediate response. Ask and receive. But do not make demands, nor point the road to God by which He should appear to You. The way to reach Him is merely to let Him be. For in that way is Your Reality acclaimed as well.

And so today We do not choose the way in which We go to Him. But We do choose to let Him come and with this choice We rest. And in Our quiet hearts and open Minds His Love will blaze Its pathway of Itself. What has not been denied is surely there, if it be True and can be surely reached. God knows His Son and knows the way to Him. He does not need His Son to show Him how to find His way. Through every opened door His Love shines outward from Its home within and lightens up the world in Innocence.

Father, We do not know the way to You. But We have called and You have answered Us. We will not interfere. Salvation’s ways are not Our own for they belong to You and it is unto You We look for them. Our hands are open to receive Your gifts. We have no thoughts We think apart from You and cherish no beliefs of what We are or Who created Us. Yours is the way that We would find and follow. And We ask but that Your Will, Which is Our own as well, be done in Us and in the world, that it becomes a part of Heaven now.

190. I choose the Joy of God instead of pain.

Pain is a wrong perspective. When it is experienced in any form, it is a proof of selfdeception. It is not a fact at all. There is no form it takes which will not disappear if seen aright. For pain proclaims God cruel. How could it be real in any form? It witnesses to God the Father’s hatred of His Son, the sinfulness He sees in Him and His insane desire for revenge and death. Can such projections be attested to? Can they be Anything but wholly false?

Pain is but witness to the Son’s mistakes in what He thinks He is. It is a dream of fierce retaliation for a crime that could not be committed, for attack on what is wholly unassailable. It is a nightmare of abandonment by an Eternal Love Which could not leave the Son Whom It created out of Love.

Pain is a sign illusions reign in place of Truth. It demonstrates God is denied, confused with fear, perceived as mad and seen as traitor to Himself. If God is real there is no pain. If pain is real there is no God. For vengeance is not part of Love. And fear, denying Love and using pain to prove that God is dead, has shown that death is victor over Life. The body is the Son of God, corruptible in death, as mortal as the Father He has slain.

Peace to such foolishness! The time has come to laugh at such insane ideas. There is no need to think of them as savage crimes or secret sins with weighty consequence. Who but a madman could conceive of them as cause of Anything? Their witness, pain, is mad as they and no more to be feared than the insane illusions which it shields and tries to demonstrate must still be True.

It is Your thoughts alone that cause You pain. Nothing external to Your Mind can hurt or injure You in any way. There is no cause beyond Yourself that can reach down and bring oppression. No One but Yourself affects You. There is nothing in the world which has the power to make You ill or sad or weak or frail. But it is You Who have the power to dominate All things You see by merely recognizing what You are. As You perceive the harmlessness in Them, They will accept Your Holy will as Theirs. And what was seen as fearful now becomes a source of Innocence and Holiness.

My Holy Brothers, think of this a while: The world You see does nothing. It has no effects at all. It merely represents Your thoughts. And it will change entirely as You elect to change Your Mind and choose the Joy of God as what You really want. Your Self is radiant in this Holy Joy, unchanged, unchanging and unchangeable forever and forever. And would You deny a little corner of Your Mind Its own inheritance and keep It as a hospital for pain, a sickly place where living things [Lebewesen] must come at last to die?

The world may seem to cause You pain. And yet the world, as causeless, has no power to cause. As an effect it cannot make effects. As an illusion it is what You will. Your idle wishes represent its pains. Your strange desires bring it evil dreams. Your thoughts of death envelop it in fear, while in Your kind forgiveness does it live.

Pain is the thought of evil taking form and working havoc in Your Holy Mind. Pain is the ransom You have gladly paid not to be free. In pain is God denied the Son He loves. In pain does fear appear to triumph over Love and time replace Eternity and Heaven. And the world becomes a cruel and a bitter place, where sorrow rules and little joys give way before the onslaught of the savage pain that waits to end All Joy in misery.

Lay down Your arms and come without defense into the quiet place where Heaven’s Peace holds All things still at last. Lay down All thoughts of danger and of fear. Let no attack enter with You. Lay down the cruel sword of judgment that You hold against Your throat and put aside the withering assaults with which You seek to hide Your Holiness. Here will You understand there is no pain. Here does the Joy of God belong to You.

This is the day when it is given You to realize the lesson which contains All of Salvation’s power. It is this: Pain is illusion, Joy Reality. Pain is but sleep, Joy is awakening. Pain is deception, Joy alone is Truth.

And so again We make the only choice that ever can be made: We choose between illusions and the Truth or pain and Joy or hell and Heaven. Let Our gratitude unto Our Teacher fill Our hearts as We are free to choose Our Joy instead of pain, Our Holiness in place of sin, the Peace of God instead of conflict and the Light of Heaven for the darkness of the world.

191. I am the Holy Son of God Himself.

Here is Your declaration of release from bondage of the world. And here as well is All the world released. You do not see what You have done by giving to the world the role of jailor to the Son of God. What could it be but vicious and afraid, fearful of shadows, punitive and wild, lacking All reason, blind, insane and sad?

What have You done that this should be Your world? What have You done that this is what You see? Deny Your own identity and this is what remains. You look on chaos and proclaim it as Yourself. There is no sight that fails to witness this to You. There is no sound that does not speak of frailty within You and without, no breath You draw that does not seem to bring You nearer death, no hope You hold but will dissolve in tears.

Deny Your own identity and You will not escape the madness which induced this weird, unnatural and ghostly thought that mocks Creation and that laughs at God. Deny Your own identity and You assail the Universe alone, without a friend, a tiny particle of dust against the legions of Your enemies. Deny Your own identity and look on evil, sin and death and watch despair snatch from Your fingers every scrap of hope, leaving You nothing but the wish to die.

Yet what is it except a game You play in which identity can be denied? You are as God created You. All else but this one thing is folly to believe. In this one thought is Everyone set free. In this one Truth are All illusions gone. In this one fact is Sinlessness proclaimed to be forever part of Everything, the central core of its existence and its guarantee of immortality.

But let today’s idea find a place among Your thoughts and You have risen far above the world and All the worldly thoughts that hold it prisoner. And from this place of safety and escape You will return and set it free. For He Who can accept His True identity is Truly saved. And His Salvation is the gift He gives to Everyone in gratitude to Him Who pointed out the way to happiness that changed His whole perception of the world.

One Holy thought like this and You are free, You are the Holy Son of God Himself. And with this Holy thought You learn as well that You have freed the world. You have no need to use it cruelly and then perceive this savage need in it. You set it free of Your imprisonment. You will not see a devastating image of Yourself walking the world in terror, with the world twisting in agony because Your fears have laid the mark of death upon its Heart.

Be glad today how very easily is hell undone. You need but tell Yourself:

I am the Holy Son of God Himself.
I cannot suffer, cannot be in pain,
I cannot lose, nor can I fail to do
All that Salvation asks.

And in that thought is Everything You look on wholly changed.

A Miracle has lighted up All dark and ancient caverns where the rites of death echoed since time began. For time has lost its hold upon the world. The Son of God has come in glory to redeem the lost, to save the helpless and to give the world the gift of His forgiveness. Who could see the world as dark and sinful when God’s Son has come again at last to set it free?

You Who perceive Yourself as weak and frail, with futile hopes and devastated dreams, born but to die, to weep and suffer pain, hear this: All power is given unto You in earth and Heaven. There is nothing that You cannot do. You play the game of death, of being helpless, pitifully tied to dissolution in a world which shows no mercy to You. Yet when You accord it mercy, will its mercy shine on You.

Then let the Son of God awaken from His sleep and opening His Holy eyes return again to bless the world He made. In error it began. But it will end in the reflection of His Holiness. And We will sleep no more and dream of death. Then join with Me today. Your glory is the Light That saves the world. Do not withhold Salvation longer. Look about the world and see the suffering there. Is not Your Heart willing to bring Your weary Brothers rest?

They must await Your own release. They stay in chains ‘til You are free. They cannot see the mercy of the world until You find it Yourself. They suffer pain until You have denied its hold on You. They die ‘til You accept Your own Eternal Life. You are the Holy Son of God Himself. Remember this and All the world is free. Remember this and earth and Heaven are One.

192. I have a function God would have Me fill.

It is Your Father’s Holy Will that You complete Himself and that Your Self shall be His sacred Son, forever pure as He, of Love created and in Love preserved, extending Love, creating in Its Name, forever One with God and with Your Self. Yet what can such a function mean within a world of envy, hatred and attack? Therefore You have a function in the world in its own terms. For Who can understand a language far beyond His simple grasp?

Forgiveness represents Your function here. It is not God’s Creation, for it is the means by which untruth can be undone. And Who would pardon Heaven? Yet on earth You need the means to let illusion go. Creation merely waits for Your return to be acknowledged, not to be complete.

Creation cannot even be conceived of in the world. It has no meaning here. Forgiveness is the closest it can come to earth. For being Heavenborne, it has no form at all. Yet God created One Who has the power to translate into form the wholly formless. What He makes are dreams, but of a kind so close to waking that the Light of day already shines in them and eyes already opening behold the joyful sights their offerings contain.

Forgiveness gently looks upon All things unknown in Heaven, sees them disappear and leaves the world a clean and unmarked slate on which the Word of God can now replace the senseless symbols written there before. Forgiveness is the means by which the fear of death is overcome because it holds no fierce attraction now and guilt is gone.

Forgiveness lets the body be perceived as what it is: A simple teaching aid to be laid by when learning is complete, but hardly changing Him Who learns at all. The Mind without the body cannot make mistakes. It cannot think that It will die, nor be the prey of merciless attack. Anger becomes impossible and where is terror then? What fears could still assail Those Who have lost the source of All attack, the core of anguish and the seat of fear?

Only forgiveness can relieve the Mind of thinking that the body is Its home. Only forgiveness can restore the Peace that God intended for His Holy Son. Only forgiveness can persuade the Son to look again upon His Holiness. With anger gone, You will indeed perceive that for Christ’s Vision and the gift of sight no sacrifice was asked and only pain was lifted from a sick and tortured Mind.

Is this unwelcome? Is it to be feared? Or is it to be hoped for, met with thanks and joyously accepted? We are One and therefore give up nothing for We have indeed been given Everything by God. Yet do We need forgiveness to perceive that this is so. Without its kindly Light We grope in darkness, using reason but to justify Our rage and Our attack. Our understanding is so limited that what We think We understand is but confusion born of error. We are lost in mists of shifting dreams and fearful thoughts, Our eyes shut tight against the Light, Our Minds engaged in worshipping what is not there.

Who can be born again in Christ but Him Who has forgiven Everyone He sees or thinks of or imagines? Who could be set free while He imprisons Anyone? A jailor is not free, for He is bound together with His prisoner. He must be sure that He does not escape and so He spends His time in keeping watch on Him. The bars which limit Him become the world in which the jailor lives, along with Him. And it is on His freedom that the way to liberty depends for Both of Them.

Therefore hold no One prisoner. Release instead of bind, for thus are You made free. The way is simple. Every time You feel a stab of anger, realize You hold a sword above Your head. And it will fall or be averted as You choose to be condemned or free. Thus does Each One Who seems to tempt You to be angry represent Your Savior from the prisonhouse of death. And so You owe Him thanks instead of pain.

Be merciful today. The Son of God deserves Your mercy. It is He Who asks that You accept the way to freedom now. Deny Him not. His Father’s Love for Him belongs to You. Your function here on earth is only to forgive Him, that You may accept Him back as Your identity. He is as God created Him. And You are what He is. Forgive Him now His sins and You will see that You are One with Him.

193. All things are lessons God would have Me learn.

God does not know of learning. Yet His Will extends to what He does not understand, in that He wills the happiness His Son inherited of Him be undisturbed, eternal and forever gaining scope, eternally expanding in the Joy of full Creation and eternally open and wholly limitless in Him. This is His Will. And thus His Will provides the means to guarantee that it is done.

God sees no contradictions. Yet His Son believes He sees them. Thus He has a need for One Who can correct His erring sight and give Him Vision that will lead Him back to where perception ceases. God does not perceive at all. Yet it is He Who gives the means by which perception is made True and beautiful enough to let the Light of Heaven shine upon it. It is He Who answers what His Son would contradict and keeps His Sinlessness forever safe.

These are the lessons God would have You learn. His Will reflects them All and they reflect His loving kindness to the Son He loves. Each lesson has a central thought, the same in All of them. The form alone is changed with different circumstances and events, with different characters and different themes, apparent but not real. They are the same in fundamental content. It is this:

Forgive and You will see this differently.

Certain it is that All distress does not appear to be but unforgiveness. Yet that is the content underneath the form. It is this sameness which makes learning sure, because the lesson is so simple that it cannot be rejected in the end. No One can hide forever from a Truth so very obvious that It appears in countless forms and yet is recognized as easily in All of them, if one but wants to see the simple lesson there.

Forgive and You will see this differently.

These are the words the Holy Spirit speaks in All Your tribulations, All Your pain, All suffering regardless of its forms. These are the words with which temptation ends and guilt, abandoned, is revered no more. These are the words which end the dream of sin and rid the Mind of fear. These are the words by which Salvation comes to All the world.

Shall We not learn to say these words when We are tempted to believe that pain is real and death becomes Our choice instead of Life? Shall We not learn to say these words when We have understood their power to release All Minds from bondage? These are words which give You power over All events that seem to have been given power over You. You see them rightly when You hold these words in full awareness and do not forget these words apply to Everything You see or any Brother looks upon amiss.

How can You tell when You are seeing wrong or Someone else is failing to perceive the lesson He should learn? Does pain seem real in the perception? If it does, be sure the lesson is not learned. And there remains an unforgiveness hiding in the Mind that sees the pain through eyes the Mind directs.

God would not have You suffer thus. He would help You forgive Yourself. His Son does not remember Who He is. And God would have Him not forget His Love and All the gifts His Love brings with it. Would You now renounce Your own Salvation? Would You fail to learn the simple lessons Heaven’s Teacher sets before You that All pain may disappear and God may be remembered by His Son?

All things are lessons God would have You learn. He would not leave an unforgiving thought without correction, nor one thorn or nail to hurt His sacred Son in any way. He would ensure His Holy rest remain untroubled and serene, without a care, in an eternal home which cares for Him. And He would have All tears be wiped away, with none remaining yet unshed and none but waiting their appointed time to fall. For God has willed that laughter should replace each one and that His Son be free again.

We will attempt today to overcome a thousand seeming obstacles to Peace in just one day. Let mercy come to You more quickly. Do not try to hold it off another day, another minute or another instant. Time was made for this. Use it today for what its purpose is. Morning and night devote what time You can to serve its proper aim and do not let the time be less than meets Your deepest need.

Give All You can and give a little more, for now We would arise in haste and go unto Our Father’s house. We have been gone too long and We would linger here no more. And as We practice, let Us think about All things We saved to settle by Ourselves and kept apart from healing. Let Us give them All to Him Who knows the way to look upon them so that they will disappear. Truth is His message, Truth His teaching is. His are the lessons God would have Us learn.

Each hour spend a little time today and in the days to come, in practicing the lesson in forgiveness in the form established for the day. And try to give it application to the happenings the hour brought, so that the next one is free of the one before. The chains of time are easily unloosened in this way.

Let no one hour cast its shadow on the one that follows and when that one goes let Everything that happened in its course go with it. Thus will You remain unbound, in Peace eternal in the world of time. This is the lesson God would have You learn: There is a way to look on Everything that lets it be to You another step to Him and to Salvation of the world.

To All that speaks of terror, answer thus:

I will forgive and this will disappear.

To every apprehension, every care and every form of suffering repeat these selfsame words. And then You hold the key that opens Heaven’s gate and brings the Love of God the Father down to earth at last, to raise it up to Heaven. God will take this final step Himself. Do not deny the little steps He asks You take to Him.

194. I place the future in the hands of God.

Today’s idea takes another step toward quick Salvation and a giant stride it is indeed! So great the distance is that it encompasses, it sets You down just short of Heaven, with the goal in sight and obstacles behind. Your foot has reached the lawns that Welcome You to Heaven’s gate, the quiet place of Peace where You await with certainty the final step of God. How far are We progressing now from earth! How close are We approaching to Our goal! How short the journey still to be pursued!

Accept today’s idea and You have passed All anxiety, All pits of hell, All blackness of depression, thoughts of sin and devastation brought about by guilt. Accept today’s idea and You have released the world from All imprisonment by loosening the heavy chains that locked the door to freedom on it. You are saved and Your Salvation thus becomes the gift You give the world because You have received.

In no one instant is depression felt or pain experienced or loss perceived. In no one instant sorrow can be set upon a throne and worshiped faithfully. In no one instant can One even die. And so each instant given unto God in passing, with the next one given Him already, is a time of Your release from sadness, pain and even death itself.

God holds Your future as He holds Your past and Present. They are One to Him and so they should be One to You. Yet in this world the temporal progression still seems real. And so You are not asked to understand the lack of sequence really found in time. You are but asked to let the future go and place it in God’s hands. And You will see by Your experience that You have laid the past and Present in His hands as well, because the past will punish You no more and future dread will now be meaningless.

Release the future. For the past is gone and what is present, freed from its bequest of grief and misery, of pain and loss, becomes the instant in which time escapes the bondage of illusions where it runs its pitiless, inevitable course. Then is each instant, which was slave to time, transformed into a Holy Instant when the Light That was kept hidden in God’s Son is freed to bless the world. Now is He free and All His glory shines upon a world made free with Him, to share His Holiness.

If You can see the lesson for today as the deliverance it really is, You will not hesitate to give as much consistent effort as You can to make it be a part of You. As it becomes a thought which rules Your Mind, a habit in Your problemsolving repertoire, a way of quick reaction to temptation, You extend Your learning to the world. And as You learn to see Salvation in All things, so will the world perceive that it is saved.

What worry can beset the One Who gives His future to the loving hands of God? What can He suffer? What can cause Him pain or bring experience of loss to Him? What can He fear? And what can He regard except with Love? For He Who has escaped All fear of future pain has found His way to present Peace and certainty of care the world can never threaten. He is sure that His perception may be faulty, but will never lack correction. He is free to choose again when He has been deceived, to change His Mind when He has made mistakes.

Place, then, Your future in the hands of God. For thus You call the memory of Him to come again, replacing All Your thoughts of sin and evil with the Truth of Love. Think You the world could fail to gain thereby and every living creature not respond with healed perception? Who entrusts Himself to God has also placed the world within the Hands to which He has Himself appealed for comfort and security. He lays aside the sick illusions of the world along with His and offers Peace to both.

Now are We saved indeed. For in God’s hands We rest untroubled, sure that only Good can come to Us. If We forget, We will be gently reassured. If We accept an unforgiving thought, it will be seen replaced by Love’s reflection. And if We are tempted to attack, We will appeal to Him Who guards Our rest to make the choice for Us that leaves temptation far behind. No longer is the world Our enemy, for We have chosen that We be its Friend.

195. Love is the way I walk in gratitude.

Gratitude is a lesson hard to learn for Those Who look upon the world amiss. The most They can do is see Themselves as better off than Others. And They try to be content because Another seems to suffer more than They. How pitiful and deprecating are such thoughts! For Who has cause for thanks while Others have less cause? And Who could suffer less because He sees Another suffer more? Your gratitude is due to Him alone Who made All cause of sorrow disappear throughout the world.

It is insane to offer thanks because of suffering. But it is equally insane to fail in gratitude to One Who offers You the certain means whereby All pain is healed and suffering replaced with laughter and with happiness. Nor could the even partly sane refuse to take the steps which He directs and follow in the way He sets before Them to escape a prison which They thought contained no door to the deliverance They now perceive.

Your Brother is Your “enemy” because You see in Him the rival for Your Peace, a plunderer Who takes His Joy from You and leaves You nothing but a black despair so bitter and relentless that there is no hope remaining. Now is vengeance All there is to wish for. Now can You but try to bring Him down to lie in death with You, as useless as Yourself, as little left within His grasping fingers as in Yours.

You do not offer God Your gratitude because Your Brother is more slave than You, nor could You sanely be enraged if He seems freer. Love makes no comparisons. And gratitude can only be sincere if it is joined to Love. We offer thanks to God Our Father that in Us All things will find their freedom. It will never be that some are loosed while Others still are bound, for Who can bargain in the Name of Love?

Therefore give thanks, but in sincerity. And let Your gratitude make room for All Who will escape with You: The sick, the weak, the needy and afraid and Those Who mourn a seeming loss or feel apparent pain, Who suffer cold or hunger or Who walk the way of hatred and the path of death. All These go with You. Let Us not compare Ourselves with Them, for thus We split Them off from Our awareness of the Unity We share with Them, as They must share with Us.

We thank Our Father for one thing alone: That We are separate from no living thing [Lebewesen] and therefore One with Him. And We rejoice that no exceptions ever can be made which would reduce Our wholeness, nor impair or change Our function to complete the One Who is Himself completion. We give thanks for every living thing [Lebewesen], for otherwise We offer thanks for nothing and We fail to recognize the gifts of God to Us.

Then let Our Brothers lean Their tired heads against Our shoulders as They rest a while. We offer thanks for Them. For if We can direct Them to the Peace that We would find, the way is opening at last to Us. An ancient door is swinging free again, a long forgotten Word reechoes in Our memory and gathers clarity as We are willing once again to hear.

Walk, then, in gratitude the way of Love. For hatred is forgotten when We lay comparisons aside. What more remains as obstacles to Peace? The fear of God is now undone at last and We forgive without comparing. Thus We cannot choose to overlook some things and yet retain some other things still locked away as sins. When Your forgiveness is complete You will have total gratitude, for You will see that Everything has earned the right to Love by being loving, even as Your self.

Today We learn to think of gratitude in place of anger, malice and revenge. We have been given Everything. If We refuse to recognize it, We are not entitled therefore to Our bitterness and to a selfperception which regards Us in a place of merciless pursuit, where We are badgered ceaselessly and pushed about without a thought or care for Us or for Our future. Gratitude becomes the single thought We substitute for these insane perceptions. God has cared for Us and calls Us Son. Can there be more than this?

Our gratitude will pave the way to Him and shorten Our learning time by more than You could ever dream of. Gratitude goes hand in hand with Love and where one is the other must be found. For gratitude is but an aspect of the Love which is the Source of All Creation. God gives thanks to You, His Son, for being what You are: His Own completion and the Source of Love, along with Him. Your gratitude to Him is One with His to You. For Love can walk no road except the way of gratitude and thus We go Who walk the way to God.

196. It can be but Myself I crucify.

When this is firmly understood and kept in full awareness, You will not attempt to harm Yourself, nor make Your body slave to vengeance. You will not attack Yourself and You will realize that to attack Another is but to attack Yourself. You will be free of the insane belief that to attack a Brother saves Yourself. And You will understand His safety is Your own and in His healing You are healed.

Perhaps at first You will not understand how mercy, limitless and with All things held in its sure protection, can be found in the idea We practice for today. It may, in fact, appear to be a sign that punishment can never be escaped because the ego, under what it sees as threat, is quick to cite the Truth to save its lies. Yet must it fail to understand the Truth it uses thus. But You can learn to see these foolish applications and deny the meaning they appear to have.

Thus do You also teach Your Mind that You are not an ego. For the ways in which the ego would distort the Truth will not deceive You longer. You will not believe You are a body to be crucified. And You will see within today’s idea the Light of Resurrection, looking past All thoughts of crucifixion and of death to thoughts of liberation and of Life.

Today’s idea is one step We take in leading Us from bondage to the state of perfect freedom. Let Us take this step today that We may quickly go the way Salvation shows Us, taking every step in its appointed sequence as the Mind relinquishes Its burdens one by one. It is not time We need for this. It is but willingness. For what would seem to need a thousand years can easily be done in just one instant by the grace of God.

The dreary, hopeless thought that You can make attacks on Others and escape Yourself has nailed You to the cross. Perhaps it seemed to be Salvation. Yet it merely stood for the belief the fear of God is real. And what is that but hell? Who could believe His Father is His deadly enemy, separate from Him and waiting to destroy His Life and blot Him from the Universe, without the fear of hell upon His Heart?

Such is the form of madness You believe, if You accept the fearful thought You can attack Another and be free Yourself. Until this form is changed, there is no hope. Until You see that this, at least, must be entirely impossible, how could there be escape? The fear of God is real to Anyone Who thinks this thought is True. And He will not perceive its foolishness, nor even see that it is there so that it would be possible to question it.

To question it at all, its form must first be changed at least as much as will permit fear of retaliation to abate and the responsibility returned to some extent to You. From there You can at least consider if You want to go along this painful path. Until this shift has been accomplished, You can not perceive that it is but Your thoughts which bring You fear and Your deliverance depends on You.

Our next steps will be easy, if You take this one today. From there We go ahead quite rapidly. For once You understand it is impossible that You be hurt except by Your own thoughts, the fear of God must disappear. You do not now believe that fear is caused without. And God, Whom You had thought to banish, can be welcomed back within the Holy Mind He never left.

Salvation’s song can certainly be heard in the idea We practice for today. If it can but be You You crucify, You did not hurt the world and need not fear its vengeance and pursuit. Nor need You hide in terror from the deadly fear of God projection hides behind. The thing You dread the most is Your Salvation. You are strong and it is Strength You want. And You are free and glad of freedom. You have sought to be both weak and bound, because You feared Your Strength and freedom. Yet Salvation lies in them.

There is an instant in which terror seems to grip Your Mind so wholly that escape appears quite hopeless. When You realize, once and for All, that it is You You fear, the Mind perceives itself as split. And this had been concealed while You believed attack could be directed outward and returned from outside to within. It seemed to be an enemy outside You had to fear. And thus a God outside Yourself became Your mortal enemy, the source of fear.

Now, for an instant, is a murderer perceived within You, eager for Your death, intent on plotting punishment for You until the time when it can kill at last. Yet in this instant is the time as well in which Salvation comes. For fear of God has disappeared. And You can call on Him to save You from illusions in His Love, calling Him Father and Yourself His Son. Pray that the instant may be soon, – today. Step back from fear and make advance to Love.

There is no Thought of God that does not go with You to help You reach that instant and to go beyond it quickly, surely and forever. When the fear of God is gone, there are no obstacles which still remain between You and the Holy Peace of God. How kind and merciful is the idea We practice! Give it Welcome as You should, for it is Your release. It is indeed but You Your Mind can try to crucify. Yet Your redemption, too, will come from You.

197. It can be but My gratitude I earn.

Here is the second step We take to free Your Mind from the belief in outside force pitted against Your own. You make attempts at kindness and forgiveness. Yet You turn them to attack again, unless You find external gratitude and lavish thanks. Your gifts must be received with honor, lest they be withdrawn. And so You think God’s gifts are loans at best, at worst deceptions which would cheat You of defenses to ensure that when He strikes He will not fail to kill.

How easily are God and guilt confused by Those Who know not what Their thoughts can do. Deny Your Strength and weakness must become Salvation to You. See Yourself as bound and bars become Your home. Nor will You leave the prison house or claim Your Strength until guilt and Salvation are not seen as One and freedom and Salvation are perceived as joined, with Strength beside them, to be sought and claimed and found and fully recognized.

The world must thank You when You offer it release from Your illusions. Yet Your thanks belong to You as well, for its release can only mirror Yours. Your gratitude is All Your gifts require, that they be a lasting offering of a thankful Heart released from hell forever. Is it this You would undo by taking back Your gifts because they were not honored? It is You Who honor them and give them fitting thanks, for it is You Who have received the gifts.

It does not matter if Another thinks Your gifts unworthy. In His Mind there is a part which joins with Yours in thanking You. It does not matter if Your gifts seem lost and ineffectual. They are received where they are given. In Your gratitude are they accepted Universally and thankfully acknowledged by the Heart of God Himself. And would You take them back, when He has gratefully accepted them?

God blesses every gift You give to Him and every gift is given Him because it can be given only to Yourself and what belongs to God must be His Own. Yet You will never realize His gifts are sure, eternal, changeless, limitless, forever giving out, extending Love and adding to Your neverending Joy, while You forgive but to attack again.

Withdraw the gifts You give and You will think that what is given You has been withdrawn. But learn to let forgiveness take away the sins You think You see outside Yourself and You can never think the gifts of God are lent but for a little while, before He snatches them away again in death. For death will have no meaning for You then. And with the end of this belief is fear forever over. Thank Your Self for this, for He is grateful only unto God and He gives thanks for You unto Himself.

To Everyone Who lives will Christ yet come, for Everyone must live and breathe in Him. His Being in His Father is secure because Their Will is One. Their gratitude to All They have created has no end, for gratitude remains a part of Love. Thanks be to You, the Holy Son of God, for as You were created You contain All things within Your Self. And You are still as God created You. Nor can You dim the Light of Your perfection. In Your Heart the Heart of God is laid. He holds You dear because You are Himself. All gratitude belongs to You because of what You are.

Give thanks as You receive it. Be You free of All ingratitude to Anyone Who makes Your Self complete. And from this Self is no One left outside. Give thanks for All the countless channels that extend this Self. All that You do is given unto Him. All that You think can only be His Thoughts, sharing with Him the Holy Thoughts of God. Earn now the gratitude You have denied Yourself when You forgot the function God has given You. But never think that He has ever ceased to offer thanks to You.

198. Only My condemnation injures Me.

Injury is impossible. And yet illusion makes illusion. If You can condemn You can be injured. For You have believed that You can injure and the right You have established for Yourself can be now used against You, ‘til You lay it down as valueless, unwanted and unreal. Then does illusion cease to have effects and those it seemed to have will be undone. Then are You free, for freedom is Your gift and You can now receive the gift You gave.

Condemn and You are made a prisoner. Forgive and You are freed. Such is the law that rules perception. It is not a law that knowledge understands, for freedom is a part of knowledge. To condemn is thus impossible in Truth. What seems to be its influence and its effects have not occurred at all. Yet must We deal with them a while as if they had. Illusion makes illusion. Except one. Forgiveness is illusion that is answer to the rest.

Forgiveness sweeps All other dreams away and though it is itself a dream, it breeds no others. All illusions save this one must multiply a thousand fold. But this is where illusions end. Forgiveness is the end of dreams because it is a dream of waking. It is not itself the Truth. Yet does it point to where the Truth must be and gives direction with the certainty of God Himself. It is a dream in which the Son of God awakens to His Self and to His Father, knowing They are One.

Forgiveness is the only road that leads out of disaster, past All suffering and finally away from death. How could there be another way, when this one is the plan of God Himself? And why should You oppose it, quarrel with it, seek to find a thousand ways in which it must be wrong, a thousand other possibilities?

Is it not wiser to be glad You hold the answer to Your problems in Your hand? Is it not more intelligent to thank the One Who gives Salvation and accept His gift with gratitude? And is it not a kindness to Yourself to hear His Voice and learn the simple lessons He would teach, instead of trying to dismiss His Words and substitute Your own in place of His?

His Words will work. His Words will save. His Words contain All hope, All Blessing and All Joy that ever can be found upon this earth. His Words are born in God and come to You with Heaven’s Love upon them. Those Who hear His Words have heard the song of Heaven, for these are the Words in which All will merge as One at last. And as this One will fade away, the Word of God will come to take its place, for It will be remembered then and loved.

This world has many seeming separate haunts where mercy has no meaning and attack appears as justified. Yet All are One, a place where death is offered to God’s Son and to His Father. You may think They have accepted, but if You will look again upon the place where You beheld Their blood You will perceive a Miracle instead. How foolish to believe that They could die! How foolish to believe You can attack! How mad to think that You could be condemned and that the Holy Son of God can die!

The stillness of Your Self remains unmoved, untouched by thoughts like these and unaware of any condemnation which could need forgiveness. Dreams of any kind are strange and alien to the Truth. Yet what but Truth could have a Thought Which builds a bridge to Truth which brings illusions to the other side?

Today We practice letting freedom come to make its home with You. The Truth bestows these words upon Your Mind, that You may find the key to Light and let the darkness end:

Only My condemnation injures Me.
Only My own forgiveness sets Me free.

Do not forget today that there can be no form of suffering that fails to hide an unforgiving thought. Nor can there be a form of pain forgiveness cannot heal.

Accept the one illusion which proclaims there is no condemnation in God’s Son and Heaven is remembered instantly, the world forgotten, All its weird beliefs forgotten with it, as the Face of Christ appears unveiled at last in this one dream. This is the gift the Holy Spirit holds for You from God Your Father. Let today be celebrated both on earth and in Your Holy home as well. Be kind to both, as You forgive the trespasses You thought Them guilty of and see Your Innocence shining upon You from the Face of Christ.

Now is there silence All around the world. Now is there stillness where before there was a frantic rush of thoughts that made no sense. Now is there tranquil Light across the face of earth, made quiet in a dreamless sleep. And now the Word of God alone remains upon it. Only that can be perceived an instant longer. Then are symbols done and Everything You ever thought You made completely vanished from the Mind Which God forever knows to be His only Son.

There is no condemnation in Him. He is perfect in His Holiness. He needs no thoughts of mercy. Who could give Him gifts when Everything is His? And Who could dream of offering forgiveness to the Son of Sinlessness Itself, so like to Him Whose Son He is, that to behold the Son is to perceive no more and only know the Father? In this Vision of the Son, so brief that not an instant stands between this single sight and timelessness itself, You see the Vision of Yourself and then You disappear forever into God.

Today We come still nearer to the end of Everything that yet would stand between this Vision and Our sight. And We are glad that We have come this far and recognize that He Who brought Us here will not forsake Us now. For He would give to Us the gift that God has given Us through Him today. Now is the time of Your deliverance. The time has come. The time has come today.

199. I am not a body. I am free.

Freedom must be impossible as long as You perceive a body as Yourself. The body is a limit. Who would seek for freedom in a body looks for it where it can not be found. The Mind can be made free when It no longer sees Itself as in a body, firmly tied to it and sheltered by its presence. If this were the Truth, the Mind were vulnerable indeed!

The Mind that serves the Holy Spirit is unlimited forever, in All ways, beyond the laws of time and space, unbound by any preconceptions and with Strength and power to do whatever It is asked. Attack thoughts cannot enter such a Mind, because It has been given to the Source of Love and fear can never enter in a Mind Which has attached Itself to Love. It rests in God. And Who can be afraid Who lives in Innocence and only loves?

It is essential for Your progress in this Course that You accept today’s idea and hold it very dear. Be not concerned that to the ego it is quite insane. The ego holds the body dear because it dwells in it and lives united with the home that it has made. It is a part of the illusion which has sheltered it from being found illusory itself.

Here does it hide and here it can be seen as what it is. Declare Your Innocence and You are free. The body disappears because You have no need of it except the need the Holy Spirit sees. For this, the body will appear as useful form for what the Mind must do. It thus becomes a vehicle which helps forgiveness be extended to the Allinclusive goal that it must reach, according to God’s plan.

Cherish today’s idea and practice it today and every day. Make it a part of every practice period You take. There is no thought that will not gain thereby in power to help the world, nor none which will not gain in added gifts to You as well. We sound the call of freedom ‘round the world with this idea. And would You be exempt from the acceptance of the gifts You give?

The Holy Spirit is the home of Minds that seek for freedom. In Him They have found what They have sought. The body’s purpose now is unambiguous and it becomes perfect in the ability to serve an undivided goal. In conflictfree and unequivocal response to Mind with but the thought of freedom as its goal, the body serves and serves its purpose well. Without the power to enslave, it is a worthy servant of the freedom which the Mind within the Holy Spirit seeks.

Be free today and carry freedom as Your gift to Those Who still believe They are enslaved within a body. Be You free, so that the Holy Spirit can make use of Your escape from bondage to set free the many Who perceive Themselves as bound and helpless and afraid. Let Love replace Their fears through You. Accept Salvation now and give Your Mind to Him Who calls to You to make this gift to Him. For He would give You perfect freedom, perfect Joy and hope that finds its full accomplishment in God.

You are God’s Son. In immortality You live forever. Would You not return Your Mind to this? Then practice well the thought the Holy Spirit gives You for today. Your Brothers stand released with You in it, the world is blessed along with You, God’s Son will weep no more and Heaven offers thanks for the increase of Joy Your practice brings even to it. And God Himself extends His Love and happiness each time You say:

I am not a body. I am free.
I hear the Voice that God has given Me,
And it is only this My Mind obeys.

200. There is no Peace except the Peace of God.

Seek You no further. You will not find Peace except the Peace of God. Accept this fact and save Yourself the agony of yet more bitter disappointments, bleak despair and sense of icy hopelessness and doubt. Seek You no further. There is nothing else for You to find except the Peace of God, unless You seek for misery and pain.

This is the final point to which Each One must come at last: To lay aside All hope of finding happiness where there is none, of being saved by what can only hurt, of making Peace of chaos, Joy of pain and Heaven out of hell. Attempt no more to win through losing, nor to die to live. You cannot but be asking for defeat.

Yet You can ask as easily for Love, for happiness and for eternal Life in Peace that has no ending. Ask for this and You can only win. To ask for what You have already must succeed. To ask that what is false be True can only fail. Forgive Yourself for vain imaginings and seek no longer what You cannot find. For what could be more foolish than to seek and seek and seek again for hell, when You have but to look with open eyes to find that Heaven lies before You, through a door which opens easily to Welcome You?

Come home. You have not found Your happiness in foreign places and in alien forms which have no meaning to You, though You sought to make them meaningful. This world is not where You belong. You are a stranger here. But it is given You to find the means whereby the world no longer seems to be a prison house for You or Anyone.

Freedom is given You where You beheld but chains and iron doors. But You must change Your Mind about the purpose of the world, if You would find escape. You will be bound ‘til All the world is seen by You as blessed and Everyone made free of Your mistakes and honored as He is. You made Him not, no more Yourself. And as You free the One, the Other is accepted as He is.

What does forgiveness do? In Truth it has no function and does nothing, for it is unknown in Heaven. It is only hell where it is needed and where it must serve a mighty function. Is not the escape of God’s beloved Son from evil dreams which He imagines, yet believes are True, a worthy purpose? Who could hope for more while there appears to be a choice to make between success and failure, Love and fear?

There is no Peace except the Peace of God because He has one Son, Who cannot make a world in opposition to God’s Will and to His own, which is the same as His. What could He hope to find in such a world? It cannot have Reality because it never was created. Is it here that He would seek for Peace? Or must He see that, as He looks on it, the world can but deceive? Yet can He learn to look on it another way and find the Peace of God.

Peace is the bridge which Everyone will cross to leave this world behind. But it begins within the world perceived as different and leading from this fresh perception to the gate of Heaven and the way beyond. Peace is the answer to conflicting goals, to senseless journeys, frantic vain pursuits and meaningless endeavors. Now the way is easy, sloping gently toward the bridge where freedom lies within the Peace of God.

Let Us not lose Our way again today. We go to Heaven and the path is straight. Only if You attempt to wander can there be delay and needless wasted time on thorny byways. God alone is sure and He will guide Your footsteps. He will not desert His Son in need, nor let Him stray forever from His home. The Father calls, the Son will hear. And that is All there is to what appears to be a world apart from God, where bodies have Reality.

Now is there silence. Seek no further. You have come to where the road is carpeted with leaves of false desires, fallen from the trees of hopelessness You sought before. Now are they underfoot. And You look up and on toward Heaven, with the body’s eyes but serving for an instant longer now. Peace is already recognized at last and You can feel its soft embrace surround Your Heart and Mind with comfort and with Love.

Today We seek no idols. Peace can not be found in them. The Peace of God is Ours and only this will We accept and want. Peace be to Us today. For We have found a simple, happy way to leave the world of ambiguity and to replace Our shifting goals and solitary dreams with single purpose and companionship, for Peace is union if it be of God. We seek no further. We are close to home and draw still nearer every time We say:

There is no Peace except the Peace of God,
And I am glad and thankful it is so.

Review 6

For this review, We take but one idea each day and practice it as often as is possible. Besides the time You give morning and evening, which should not be less than fifteen minutes, and the hourly remembrances You make throughout the day, use the idea as often as You can between them. Each of these ideas alone would be sufficient for Salvation, if it were learned Truly. Each would be enough to give release to You and to the world from every form of bondage and invite the memory of God to come again.

With this in Mind We start Our practicing in which We carefully review the thoughts the Holy Spirit has bestowed on Us in Our last twenty lessons. Each contains the whole curriculum, if understood, practiced, accepted and applied to All the seeming happenings throughout the day. One is enough. But from that one, there must be no exceptions made. And so We need to use them All and let them blend as One as each contributes to the whole We learn.

These practice sessions, like Our last review, are centered round a central theme with which We start and end each lesson. It is this:

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

The day begins and ends with this. And We repeat it every time the hour strikes or We remember, in between, We have a function that transcends the world We see. Beyond this and a repetition of the special thought We practice for the day, no form of exercise is urged, except a deep relinquishment of Everything that clutters up the Mind and makes It deaf to reason, sanity and simple Truth.

We will attempt to get beyond All words and special forms of practicing for this review. For We attempt this time to reach a quickened pace along a shorter path to the serenity and Peace of God. We merely close Our eyes and then forget All that We thought We knew and understood. For thus is freedom given Us from All We did not know and failed to understand.

There is but one exception to this lack of structuring. Permit no idle thought to go unchallenged. If You notice one deny its hold and hasten to assure Your Mind that this is not what It would have. Then gently let the thought which You denied be given up in sure and quick exchange for the idea You practice for the day.

When You are tempted, hasten to proclaim Your freedom from temptation, as You say:

This thought I do not want. I choose instead...

And then repeat the idea for the day and let it take the place of what You thought. Beyond such special applications of each day’s idea, We will add but a few formal expressions or specific thoughts to aid Your practicing. Instead We give these times of quiet to the Teacher Who instructs in quiet, speaks of Peace and gives Our thoughts whatever meaning they may have.

To Him I offer this review for You. I place You in His charge and let Him teach You what to do and say and think each time You turn to Him. He will not fail to be available to You each time You call to Him to help You. Let Us offer Him the whole review We now begin and let Us also not forget to Whom it has been given, as We practice, day by day, advancing toward the goal He set for Us, allowing Him to teach Us how to go and trusting Him completely for the way each practice period can best become a loving gift of freedom to the world.

201. Review 181)

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

181) I trust My Brothers, Who are One with Me.

No One but is My Brother. I am blessed
With Oneness with the Universe and God,
My Father, One Creator of the Whole
That is My Self, forever One with Me.

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

202. Review 182)

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

182) I will be still a moment and go home.

Why would I choose to stay an instant more
Where I do not belong, when God Himself
Has given Me His Voice to call Me home?

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

203. Review 183)

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

183) I call upon God’s Name and on My own.

The Name of God is My deliverance
From every thought of evil and of sin,
Because it is My own as well as His.

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

204. Review 184)

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

184) The Name of God is My inheritance.

God’s Name reminds Me that I am His Son,
Not slave to time, unbound by laws which rule
The world of sick illusions, free in God,
Forever and forever One with Him.

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

205. Review 185)

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

185) I want the Peace of God.

The Peace of God is Everything I want.
The Peace of God is My one goal, the aim
Of All My living here, the end I seek,
My purpose and My function and My Life
While I abide where I am not at home.

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

206. Review 186)

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

186) Salvation of the world depends on Me.

I am entrusted with the gifts of God,
Because I am His Son. And I would give
His gifts where He intended them to be.

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

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I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

187) I bless the world because I bless Myself.

God’s Blessing shines upon Me from within
My Heart, where He abides. I need but turn
To Him and every sorrow melts away
As I accept His boundless Love for Me.

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

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I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

188) The Peace of God is shining in Me now.

I will be still and let the earth be still
Along with Me. And in that stillness, We
Will find the Peace of God. It is within
My Heart, which witnesses to God Himself.

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

209. Review 189)

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

189) I feel the Love of God within Me now.

The Love of God is What created Me.
The Love of God is Everything I am.
The Love of God proclaimed Me as His Son.
The Love of God within Me sets Me free.

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

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I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

190) I choose the Joy of God instead of pain.

Pain is My own idea. It is not
A thought of God, but one I thought apart
From Him and from His Will. His Will is Joy
And only Joy for His beloved Son.
And that I choose instead of what I made.

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

211. Review 191)

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

191) I am the Holy Son of God Himself.

In silence and in True humility
I seek God’s glory, to behold it in
The Son Whom He created as My Self.

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

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I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

192) I have a function God would have Me fill.

I seek the function that would set Me free
From All the vain illusions of the world.
Only the function God has given Me
Can offer freedom. Only this I seek
And only this will I accept as Mine.

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

213. Review 193)

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

193) All things are lessons God would have Me learn.

A lesson is a Miracle Which God
Offers to Me, in place of thoughts I made
That hurt Me. What I learn of Him becomes
The way I am set free. And so I choose
To learn His lessons and forget My own.

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

214. Review 194)

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

194) I place the future in the hands of God.

The past is gone, the future is not yet.
Now am I freed from both. For what God gives
Can only be for good. And I accept
But what He gives as what belongs to Me.

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

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I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

195) Love is the way I walk in gratitude.

The Holy Spirit is My only guide.
He walks with Me in Love. And I give thanks
To Him for showing Me the way to go.

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

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I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

196) It can be but Myself I crucify.

All that I do I do unto Myself.
If I attack, I suffer. But if I
Forgive, Salvation will be given Me.

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

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I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

197) It can be but My gratitude I earn.

Who should give thanks for My Salvation but
Myself? And how but through Salvation can
I find the Self to Whom My thanks are due?

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

218. Review 198)

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

198) Only My condemnation injures Me.

My condemnation keeps My Vision dark,
And through My sightless eyes I cannot see
The Vision of My glory. Yet today
I can behold this glory and be glad.

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

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I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

199) I am not a body. I am free.

I am God’s Son. Be still, My Mind and think
A moment upon this. And then return
To earth, without confusion as to What
My Father loves forever as His Son.

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

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I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

200) There is no Peace except the Peace of God.

Let Me not wander from the way of Peace,
For I am lost on other roads than this.
But let Me follow Him Who leads Me home
And Peace is certain as the Love of God.

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created Me.

Part 2

Words will mean little now. We use them but as guides on which We do not now depend. For now We seek direct experience of Truth alone. The lessons which remain are merely introductions to the times in which We leave the world of pain and go to enter into Peace. Now We begin to reach the goal this Course has set and find the end toward which Our practicing is geared.

Now We attempt to let the exercise be merely a beginning. For We wait in quiet expectation for Our God and Father. He has promised He will take the final step Himself. And We are sure His promises are kept. We have come far along the road and now We wait for Him.

We will continue spending time with Him each morning and at night, as long as makes Us happy. We will not consider time a matter of duration now. We use as much as We will need for the result that We desire. Nor will We forget Our hourly remembrance in between calling to God when We have need of Him as We are tempted to forget Our goal.

We will continue with a central thought for All the days to come. And We will use that thought to introduce Our times of rest and calm Our Minds at need. Yet We will not content Ourselves with simple practicing in the remaining Holy Instants which conclude the year that We have given God. We say some simple words of Welcome and expect Our Father to reveal Himself as He has promised. We have called on Him and He has promised that His Son will not remain unanswered when He calls His Name.

Now do We come to Him with but His Word upon Our Minds and hearts. And wait for Him to take the step to Us that He has told Us, through His Voice, He would not fail to take when We invited Him. He has not left His Son in All His madness, nor betrayed His trust in Him. Has not His faithfulness earned Him the invitation that He seeks to make Us happy? We will offer it and it will be accepted. So Our times with Him will now be spent. We say the words of invitation that His Voice suggests. And then We wait for Him to come to Us.

Now is the time of prophecy fulfilled. Now are All ancient promises upheld and fully kept. No step remains for time to separate from its accomplishment. For now We cannot fail. Sit silently and wait upon Your Father. He has willed to come to You when You have recognized it is Your will He do so. And You could have never come this far unless You saw, however dimly, that it is Your will.

I am so close to You, You cannot fail.

Father, We give these Holy times to You in gratitude to Him Who taught Us how to leave the world of sorrow in exchange for its replacement, given Us by You. We look not backward now. We look ahead and fix Our eyes upon the journey’s end. Accept these little gifts of thanks from Us, as through Christ’s Vision We behold a world beyond the one We made and take that world to be the full replacement of Our own.

And now We wait in silence, unafraid and certain of Your coming. We have sought to find Our way by following the guide You sent to Us. We did not know the way, but You did not forget Us. And We know that You will not forget Us now. We ask but that Your ancient promises be kept which are Your Will to keep. We will with You in asking this. The Father and the Son, Whose Holy Will created All that is, can fail in nothing. In this certainty, We undertake these last few steps to You and rest in confidence upon Your Love, Which will not fail the Son Who calls to You.

And so We start upon the final part of this one Holy year, which We have spent together in the search for Truth and God, Who is Its one Creator. We have found the way He chose for Us and made the choice to follow it as He would have Us go. His hand has held Us up. His Thoughts have lit the darkness of Our Minds. His Love has called to Us unceasingly since time began.

We had a wish that God would fail to have the Son Whom He created of Himself. We wanted God to change Himself and be what We would make of Him. And We believed that Our insane desires were the Truth. Now We are glad that this is All undone and We no longer think illusions True. The memory of God is shimmering across the wide horizons of Our Minds. A moment more and It will rise again. A moment more and We Who are God’s Son are safely home, where He would have Us be.

Now is the need for practice almost done. For in this final section We will come to understand that We need only call to God and All temptations disappear. Instead of words, We need but feel His Love. Instead of prayers, We need but call His Name. Instead of judging, We need but be still and let All things be healed. We will accept the way God’s plan will end, as We received the way it started. Now is it complete. This year has brought Us to Eternity.

One further use for words We still retain. From time to time, instructions on a theme of special relevance will intersperse Our daily lessons and the periods of wordless, deep experience which should come afterwards. These special thoughts should be reviewed each day, each one of them to be continued ‘til the next is given You. They should be slowly read and thought about a little while, preceding one of the Holy and blessed Instants in the day. We give the first of these instructions now.

221. Peace to My Mind. Let All My thoughts be still.

Father, I come to You today to seek the Peace that You alone can give. I come in silence. In the quiet of My Heart, the deep recesses of My Mind, I wait and listen for Your Voice. My Father, speak to Me today. I come to hear Your Voice in silence and in certainty and Love, sure You will hear My call and answer Me.

Now do We wait in quiet. God is here because We wait together. I am sure that He will speak to You and You will hear. Accept My confidence, for it is Yours. Our Minds are joined. We wait with one intent: To hear Our Father’s answer to Our call, to let Our thoughts be still and find His Peace, to hear Him speak to Us of what We are and to reveal Himself unto His Son.

222. God is with Me. I live and breathe in Him.

God is with Me. He is My Source of Life, the Life within, the air I breathe, the food by which I am sustained, the water which renews and cleanses Me. He is My home wherein I live and move, the Spirit Which directs My actions, offers Me Its Thoughts and guarantees My safety from All pain. He covers Me with kindness and with care and holds in Love the Son He shines upon, Who also shines on Him. How still is He Who knows the Truth of what He speaks today!

Father, We have no words except Your Name upon Our lips and in Our Minds, as We come quietly into Your Presence now and ask to rest with You in Peace a while.

223. God is My Life. I have no Life but His.

I was mistaken when I thought I lived apart from God, a separate entity which moved in isolation, unattached and housed within a body. Now I know My Life is God’s, I have no other home and I do not exist apart from Him. He has no Thoughts That are not part of Me and I have none but Those Which are of Him.

Our Father, let Us see the Face of Christ instead of Our mistakes. For We Who are Your Holy Son, are sinless. We would look upon Our Sinlessness, for guilt proclaims that We are not Your Son. And We would not forget You longer. We are lonely here and long for Heaven where We are at home. Today We would return. Our Name is Yours and We acknowledge that We are Your Son.

224. God is My Father and He loves His Son.

My True identity is so secure, so lofty, sinless, glorious and great, wholly beneficent and free from guilt, that Heaven looks to it to give it Light. It lights the world as well. It is the gift My Father gave Me and the One as well I give the world. There is no gift but this that can be either given or received. This is Reality and only this. This is illusion’s end. It is the Truth.

My Name, oh Father, still is known to You. I have forgotten it and do not know where I am going, Who I am or what it is I do. Remind Me, Father, now, for I am weary of the world I see. Reveal what You would have Me see instead.

225. God is My Father and His Son loves Him.

Father, I must return Your Love for Me. For giving and receiving are the same and You have given All Your Love to Me. I must return It, for I want It Mine in full awareness, blazing in My Mind and keeping It within Its kindly Light, inviolate, beloved, with fear behind and only Peace ahead. How still the way Your loving Son is led along to You!

Brother, We find that stillness now. The way is open. Now We follow it in Peace together. You have reached Your hand to Me and I will never leave You. We are One and it is but this Oneness that We seek as We accomplish these few final steps which end a journey that was not begun.

226. My home awaits Me. I will hasten there.

If I so choose, I can depart this world entirely. It is not death which makes this possible, but it is change of Mind about the purpose of the world. If I believe it has a value as I see it now, so will it still remain for Me. But if I see no value in the world as I behold it, nothing that I want to keep as Mine or search for as a goal, it will depart from Me. For I have not sought for illusions to replace the Truth.

Father, My home awaits My glad return. Your arms are open and I hear Your Voice. What need have I to linger in a place of vain desires and of broken dreams, when Heaven can so easily be Mine?

227. This is My Holy Instant of release.

Father, it is today that I am free, because My will is Yours. I thought to make another will. Yet nothing that I thought apart from You exists. And I am free because I was mistaken and did not affect My own Reality at all by My illusions. Now I give them up and lay them down before the feet of Truth, to be removed forever from My Mind. This is My Holy Instant of release. Father, I know My will is One with Yours.

And so today We find Our glad return to Heaven, which We never really left. The Son of God this day lays down His dreams. The Son of God this day comes home again, released from sin and clad in Holiness, with His Right Mind restored to Him at last.

228. God has condemned Me not. No more do I.

My Father knows My Holiness. Shall I deny His knowledge and believe in what His knowledge makes impossible? Shall I accept as True what He proclaims as false? Or shall I take His Word for what I am since He is My Creator and the One Who knows the True condition of His Son?

Father, I was mistaken in Myself, because I failed to realize the Source from which I came. I have not left that Source to enter in a body and to die. My Holiness remains a part of Me, as I am part of You. And My mistakes about Myself are dreams. I let them go today. And I stand ready to receive Your Word alone for What I really am.

229. Love, Which created Me, is What I am.

I seek My own identity and find it in these words:

Love, Which created Me, is What I am.

Now need I seek no more. Love has prevailed. So still It waited for My coming home, that I will turn away no longer from the Holy Face of Christ. And what I look upon attests the Truth of the identity I sought to lose, but which My Father has kept safe for Me.

Father, My thanks to You for What I am, for keeping My identity untouched and sinless in the midst of All the thoughts of sin My foolish Mind made up. And thanks to You for saving Me from them.

230. Now will I seek and find the Peace of God.

In Peace I was created. And in Peace do I remain. It is not given Me to change My Self. How merciful is God My Father, that when He created Me He gave Me Peace forever. Now I ask but to be what I am. And can this be denied Me when it is forever so?

Father, I seek the Peace You gave as Mine in My Creation. What was given then must be here now, for My Creation was apart from time and still remains beyond All change. The Peace in which Your Son was born into Your Mind is shining there unchanged. I am as You created Me. I need but call on You to find the Peace You gave. It is Your Will that gave it to Your Son.

231. Father, I will but to remember You.

What can I seek for, Father, but Your Love? Perhaps I think I seek for something else, a something I have called by many Names. Yet is Your Love the only thing I seek or ever sought. For there is nothing else that I could ever really want to find. Let Me remember You. What else could I desire but the Truth about Myself?

This is Your will, My Brother. And You share this will with Me and with the One as well Who is Our Father. To remember Him is Heaven. This We seek. And only this is what it will be given Us to find.

232. Be in My Mind, My Father, through the day.

Be in My Mind, My Father, when I wake and shine on Me throughout the day today. Let every minute be a time in which I dwell with You. And let Me not forget My hourly thanksgiving that You have remained with Me and always will be there to hear My call to You and answer Me. As evening comes, let All My thoughts be still of You and of Your Love and let Me sleep sure of My safety, certain of Your care and happily aware I am Your Son.

This is as every day should be. Today practice the end of fear. Have faith in Him Who is Your Father. Trust All things to Him. Let Him reveal All things to You and be You undismayed, because You are His Son.

233. I give My Life to God to guide today.

Father, I give You All My thoughts today. I would have none of Mine. In place of them give Me Your own. I give You All My acts as well, that I may do Your Will instead of seeking goals which cannot be obtained and wasting time in vain imaginings. Today I come to You. I will step back and merely follow You. Be You the guide and I the follower Who questions not the Wisdom of the Infinite, nor Love Whose tenderness I cannot comprehend, but Which is yet Your perfect gift to Me.

Today We have one guide to lead Us on. And as We walk together, We will give this day to Him with no reserve [Einschränkung] at all. This is His day. And so it is a day of countless gifts and mercies unto Us.

234. Father, today I am Your Son again.

Today We will anticipate [vorwegnehmen] the time when dreams of sin and guilt are gone and We have reached the Holy place We never left. Merely a tiny instant has elapsed between Eternity and timelessness. So brief the interval there was no lapse in continuity, nor break in thoughts which are forever unified as One. Nothing has ever happened to disturb the Peace of God the Father and the Son. This We accept as wholly True today.

We thank You, Father, that We cannot lose the memory of You and of Your Love. We recognize Our safety and give thanks for All the gifts You have bestowed on Us, for All the loving help We have received, for Your eternal patience and the Word Which You have given Us that We are saved.

235. God in His mercy wills that I be saved.

I need but look upon All things that seem to hurt Me and with perfect certainty assure Myself

God wills that I be saved from this.

and merely watch them disappear. I need but keep in Mind My Father’s Will for Me is only happiness, to find that only happiness has come to Me. And I need but remember that God’s Love surrounds His Son and keeps His Sinlessness forever perfect, to be sure that I am saved and safe forever in His arms. I am the Son He loves. And I am saved because God in His mercy wills it so.

Father, Your Holiness is Mine. Your Love created Me and made My Sinlessness forever part of You. I have no guilt nor sin in Me, for there is none in You.

236. I rule My Mind, Which I alone must rule.

I have a Kingdom I must rule. At times, it does not seem I am its king at all. It seems to triumph over Me and tell Me what to think and what to do and feel. And yet it has been given Me to serve whatever purpose I perceive in it. My Mind can only serve. Today I give Its service to the Holy Spirit, to employ as He sees fit. I thus direct My Mind, Which I alone can rule. And thus I set It free, to do the Will of God.

Father, My Mind is open to Your Thoughts and closed today to every thought but Yours. I rule My Mind and offer It to You. Accept My gift, for it is Yours to Me.

237. Now would I be as God created Me.

Today I will accept the Truth about Myself. I will arise in glory and allow the Light in Me to shine upon the world throughout the day. I bring the world the tidings of Salvation which I hear as God My Father speaks to Me. And I behold the world that Christ would have Me see, aware it ends the bitter dream of death, aware it is My Father’s call to Me.

Christ is My eyes today and His the ears which listen to the Voice of God today. Father, I come to You through Him Who is Your Son and My True Self as well.

238. On My decision All Salvation rests.

Father, Your trust in Me has been so great I must be worthy. You created Me and know Me as I am. And yet You placed Your Son’s Salvation in My hands and let it rest on My decision. I must be beloved of You indeed. And I must be steadfast in Holiness as well, that You would give Your Son to Me in certainty that He is safe Who still is part of You and yet is Mine because He is My Self.

And so again today We pause to think how much Our Father loves Us. And how dear His Son, created by His Love, remains to Him Whose Love is made complete in Him.

239. The glory of My Father is My own.

Let not the Truth about Ourselves today be hidden by a false humility. Let Us instead be thankful for the gifts Our Father gave Us. Can We see in Those with Whom He shares His glory any trace of sin and guilt? And can it be that We are not among Them, when He loves His Son forever and with perfect constancy, knowing He is as He created Him?

We thank You, Father, for the Light That shines forever in Us. And We honor It, because You share It with Us. We are One, united in this Light and One with You, at Peace with All Creation and Ourselves.

240. Fear is not justified in any form.

Fear is deception. It attests that You have seen Yourself as You could never be and therefore look upon a world which is impossible. Not one thing in this world is True. It does not matter what the form in which it may appear. It witnesses but to Your own illusions of Yourself. Let Us not be deceived today. We are the Son of God. There is no fear in Us, for We are Each a part of Love Itself.

How foolish are Our fears! Would You allow Your Son to suffer? Give Us faith today to recognize Your Son and set Him free. Let Us forgive Him in Your Name, that We may understand His Holiness and feel the Love for Him Which is Your own as well.

241. This Holy Instant is Salvation come.

What Joy there is today! It is a time of special celebration. For today holds out the instant to the darkened world where its release is set. The day has come when sorrows pass away and pain is gone. The glory of Salvation dawns today upon a world set free. This is the time of hope for countless Millions. They will be united now, as You forgive Them All. For I will be forgiven by You today.

We have forgiven One Another now and so We come at last to You again. Father, Your Son, Who never left, returns to Heaven and His home. How glad are We to have Our sanity restored to Us and to remember that We All are One.

242. This day is God’s. It is My gift to Him.

I will not lead My Life alone today. I do not understand the world. And so to try to lead My Life alone must be but foolishness. For there is One Who knows All that is best for Me. And He is glad to make no choices for Me but the ones that lead to God. This day I give to Him, for I would not delay My coming home and it is He Who knows the way to Him.

And so We give today to You. We come with wholly open Minds. We do not ask for Anything that We may think We want. Give Us what You would have received by Us. You know All Our desires and Our needs. And You will give Us Everything We want and that will help Us find the way to You.

243. Today I will judge nothing that occurs.

I will be honest with Myself today. I will not think that I already know what must remain beyond My present grasp. I will not think I understand the whole from bits of My perception, which are All that I can see. Today I recognize that this is so. And so I am relieved of judgments which I cannot make. Thus do I free Myself and what I look upon, to be in Peace as God created Us.

Father, today I leave Creation free to be Itself. I honor All the parts, in which I am included. We are One because each part contains Your memory and Truth must shine in All of Us as One.

244. I am in danger nowhere in the world.

Your Son is safe wherever He may be, for You are there with Him. He need but call upon Your Name and He will recollect His safety and Your Love, for they are One. How can He fear or doubt or fail to know He cannot suffer, be endangered or experience unhappiness, when He belongs to You, beloved and loving, in the safety of Your Fatherly embrace?

And there We are in Truth. No storms can come into the hallowed haven of Our home. In God are We secure. For what can come to threaten God Himself or make afraid what will forever be a part of Him?

245. Your Peace is with [bei] Me, Father. I am safe.

Your Peace surrounds Me, Father. Where I go, Your Peace goes there with Me. It sheds its Light on Everyone I meet. I bring it to the desolate and lonely and afraid. I give Your Peace to Those Who suffer pain or grieve for loss or think They are bereft of hope and happiness. Send Them to Me, My Father. Let Me bring Your Peace with Me. For I would save Your Son, as is Your Will, that I may come to recognize My Self.

And so We go in Peace. To All the world We give the message that We have received. And thus We come to hear the Voice of God, Who speaks to Us as We relate His Word, Whose Love We recognize because We share the Word that He has given unto Us.

246. To love My Father is to love His Son.

Let Me not think that I can find the way to God if I have hatred in My Heart. Let Me not try to hurt God’s Son and think that I can know His Father or My Self. Let Me not fail to recognize Myself and still believe that My awareness can contain My Father or My Mind conceive of All the Love My Father has for Me and All the Love Which I return to Him.

I will accept the way You choose for Me to come to You, my Father. For in that will I succeed, because it is Your Will. And I would recognize that what You will is what I will as well and only that. And so I choose to love Your Son.

247. Without forgiveness I will still be blind.

Sin is the symbol of attack. Behold it anywhere and I will suffer. For forgiveness is the only means whereby Christ’s Vision comes to Me. Let Me accept what His sight shows Me as the simple Truth and I am healed completely. Brother, come and let Me look on You. Your loveliness reflects My own. Your Sinlessness is Mine. You stand forgiven and I stand with You.

So would I look on Everyone today. My Brothers are Your Sons. Your Fatherhood created Them and gave Them All to Me as part of You and My own Self as well. Today I honor You through Them and thus I hope this day to recognize My Self.

248. Whatever suffers is not part of Me.

I have disowned the Truth. Now let Me be as faithful in disowning falsity. Whatever suffers is not part of Me. What grieves is not Myself. What is in pain is but illusion in My Mind. What dies was never living in Reality and did but mock the Truth about Myself. Now I disown selfconcepts and deceits and lies about the Holy Son of God. Now am I ready to accept Him back as God created Him and as He is.

Father, My ancient Love for You returns and lets Me love Your Son again as well. Father, I am as You created Me. Now is Your Love remembered and My own. Now do I understand that They are One.

249. Forgiveness ends All suffering and loss.

Forgiveness paints a picture of a world where suffering is over, loss becomes impossible and anger makes no sense. Attack is gone and madness has an end. What suffering is now conceivable? What loss can be sustained? The world becomes a place of Joy, abundance, charity and endless giving. It is now so like to Heaven, that it quickly is transformed into the Light Which it reflects. And so the journey which the Son of God began has ended in the Light from Which He came.

Father, We would return Our Minds to You. We have betrayed Them, held Them in a vise of bitterness and frightened Them with thoughts of violence and death. Now would We rest again in You, as You created Us.

250. Let Me not see Myself as limited.

Let Me behold the Son of God today and witness to His glory. Let Me not try to obscure the Holy Light in Him and see His Strength diminished and reduced to frailty nor perceive the lacks in Him with which I would attack His sovereignty [Überlegenheit].

He is Your Son, My Father. And today I would behold His gentleness instead of My illusions. He is what I am and as I see Him so I see Myself. Today I would see Truly, that this day I may at last identify with Him.

251. I am in need of nothing but the Truth.

I sought for many things and found despair. Now do I seek but one, for in that one is All I need and only what I need. All that I sought before I needed not and did not even want. My only need I did not recognize. But now I see that I need only Truth. In that, All needs are satisfied, All cravings end, All hopes are finally fulfilled and dreams are gone. Now have I Everything that I could need. Now have I Everything that I could want. And now at last I find Myself at Peace.

And for that Peace, Our Father, We give thanks. What We denied Ourselves You have restored and only that is what We really want.

252. The Son of God is My Identity.

My Self is Holy beyond All the thoughts of Holiness of which I now conceive. Its shimmering and perfect purity is far more brilliant than is any Light That I have ever looked upon. Its Love is limitless, with an intensity which holds All things within It in the calm of quiet certainty. Its Strength comes not from burning impulses which move the world, but from the boundless Love of God Himself. How far beyond this world My Self must be and yet how near to Me and close to God.

Father, You know My True Identity. Reveal it now to Me Who am Your Son, that I may waken to the Truth in You and know that Heaven is restored to Me.

253. My Self is ruler of the Universe.

It is impossible that Anything should come to Me unbidden by Myself. Even in this world, it is I Who rule My destiny. What happens is what I desire. What does not occur is what I do not want to happen. This must I accept. For thus am I led past this world to My Creations, children of My Will, in Heaven where My Holy Self abides with Them and Him Who has created Me.

You are the Self Whom You created Son, creating like Yourself and One with You. My Self, Which rules the Universe, is but Your Will in perfect union with My own, Which can but offer glad assent to Yours, that It may be extended to Itself.

254. Let every voice but God’s be still in Me.

Father, today I would but hear Your Voice. In deepest silence I would come to You, to hear Your Voice and to receive Your Word. I have no Prayer but this:

I come to You to ask You for the Truth. And Truth is but Your Will, Which I would share with You today.

Today We let no egothoughts direct Our words or actions. When such thoughts occur, We quietly step back and look at them and then We let them go. We do not want what they would bring with them. And so We do not choose to keep them. They are silent now. And in the stillness, hallowed by His Love, God speaks to Us and tells Us of Our Will, as We have chosen to remember Him.

255. This day I choose to spend in perfect Peace.

It does not seem to Me that I can choose to have but Peace today. And yet My God assures Me that His Son is like Himself. Let Me this day have faith in Him Who says I am God’s Son. And let the Peace I choose be Mine today bear witness to the Truth of what He says. God’s Son can have no cares and must remain forever in the Peace of Heaven. In His Name I give today to finding what My Father wills for Me, accepting it as Mine and giving it to All My Father’s Sons, along with Me.

And so, My Father, would I pass this day with You. Your Son has not forgotten You. The Peace You gave Him still is in His Mind and it is There I choose to spend today.

256. God is the only goal I have today.

The way to God is through forgiveness here. There is no other way. If sin had not been cherished by the Mind, what need would there have been to find a way to where You are? Who would still be uncertain? Who could be unsure of Who He is? And Who would yet remain asleep, in heavy clouds of doubt about the Holiness of Him Whom God created sinless? Here We can but dream. But We can dream We have forgiven Him in Whom All sin remains impossible and it is this We choose to dream today. God is Our goal. Forgiveness is the means by which Our Minds return to Him at last.

And so, Our Father, would We come to You in Your appointed way. We have no goal except to hear Your Voice and find the way Your sacred Word has pointed out to Us.

257. Let Me remember what My purpose is.

If I forget My goal, I can be but confused, unsure of what I am and thus conflicted in My actions. No One can serve contradicting goals and serve them well. Nor can He function without deep distress and great depression. Let Us therefore be determined to remember what We want today, that We may unify Our thoughts and actions meaningfully and achieve only what God would have Us do today.

Father, forgiveness is Your chosen means for Our Salvation. Let Us not forget that We can have no will but Yours today. And thus Our purpose must be Yours as well, if We would reach the Peace You will for Us.

258. Let Me remember that My goal is God.

All that is needful is to train Our Minds to overlook All little, senseless aims and to remember that Our goal is God. His memory is hidden in Our Minds, obscured but by Our pointless little goals which offer nothing and do not exist. Shall We continue to allow God’s grace to shine in unawareness, while the toys and trinkets of the world are sought instead? God is Our only goal, Our only Love. We have no aim but to remember Him.

Our goal is but to follow in the way that leads to You. We have no goal but this. What could We want but to remember You? What could We seek but Our Identity?

259. Let Me remember that there is no sin.

Sin is the only thought that makes the goal of God seem unobtainable. What else could blind Us to the obvious and make the strange and the distorted seem more clear? What else but sin engenders Our attacks? What else but sin could be the source of guilt, demanding punishment and suffering? And what but this could be the source of fear, obscuring God’s Creation, giving Love the attributes of fear and of attack?

Father, I would not be insane today. I would not be afraid of Love, nor seek for refuge in Its opposite. For Love can have no opposite. You are the Source of Everything that is. And Everything that is remains with You and You with it.

260. Let Me remember God created Me.

Father, I did not make Myself, although in My insanity I thought I did. Yet as Your Thought I have not left My Source, remaining part of What created Me. Your Son, My Father, calls on You today. Let Me remember You created Me. Let Me remember My Identity. And let My Sinlessness arise again before Christ’s Vision, through which I would look upon My Brothers and Myself today.

Now is Our Source remembered and Therein We find Our True Identity at last. Holy indeed are We, because Our Source can know no sin. And We Who are His Sons are like Each Other and alike to Him.

261. God is My refuge and security.

I will identify with what I think is refuge and security. I will behold Myself where I perceive My Strength and think I live within the citadel where I am safe and cannot be attacked. Let Me today seek not security in danger, nor attempt to find My Peace in murderous attack. I live in God. In Him I find My refuge and My Strength. In Him is My Identity. In Him is everlasting Peace. And only there will I remember Who I really am.

Let Me not seek for idols. I would come, My Father, home to You today. I choose to be as You created Me and find the Son Whom You created as My Self.

262. Let Me perceive no differences today.

Father, You have one Son. And it is He that I would look upon today. He is Your one Creation. Why should I perceive a thousand forms in what remains as One? Why should I give this One a thousand Names, when only one suffices? For Your Son must bear Your Name, for You created Him. Let Me not see Him as a stranger to His Father, nor as stranger to Myself. For He is part of Me and I of Him and We are part of You Who are Our Source, eternally united in Your Love, eternally the Holy Son of God.

We Who are One would recognize this day the Truth about Ourselves. We would come home and rest in Unity. For there is Peace and nowhere else can Peace be sought and found.

263. My Holy Vision sees All things as pure.

Father, Your Mind created All that is, Your Spirit entered into It, Your Love gave Life to It. And would I look upon What You created as if It could be made sinful? I would not perceive such dark and fearful images. A madman’s dream is hardly fit to be My choice, instead of All the loveliness with which You blessed Creation, All its purity, its Joy and its eternal, quiet home in You.

And while We still remain outside the gate of Heaven, let Us look on All We see through Holy Vision and the eyes of Christ. Let All appearances seem pure to Us, that We may pass them by in Innocence and walk together to Our Father’s house as Brothers and the Holy Sons of God.

264. I am surrounded by the Love of God.

Father, You stand before Me and behind, beside Me, in the place I see Myself and Everywhere I go. You are in All the things I look upon, the sounds I hear and every hand that reaches for My own. In You time disappears and place becomes a meaningless belief. For what surrounds Your Son and keeps Him safe is Love Itself. There is no Source but This and nothing is that does not share Its Holiness, that stands beyond Your one Creation or without the Love Which holds All things within Itself. Father, Your Son is like Yourself. We come to You in Your own Name today, to be at Peace within Your everlasting Love.

My Brothers, join with Me in this today. This is Salvation’s Prayer. Must We not join in what will save the world, along with Us?

265. Creation’s gentleness is All I see.

I have indeed misunderstood the world, because I laid My “sins” on it and saw them looking back at Me. How fierce they seemed! And how deceived was I to think that what I feared was in the world, instead of in My Mind alone. Today I see the world in the celestial gentleness with which Creation shines. There is no fear in it. Let no appearance of My “sins” obscure the Light of Heaven, shining on the world. What is reflected here is in God’s Mind. The images I see reflect My thoughts. Yet is My Mind at One with God’s. And so I can perceive Creation’s gentleness.

In quiet would I look upon the world, which but reflects Your Thoughts and Mine as well. Let Me remember that They are the same and I will see Creation’s gentleness.

266. My Holy Self abides in You, God’s Son.

Father, You gave Me All Your Sons, to be My Saviors and My Counselors in sight, the Bearers of Your Holy Voice to Me. In Them are You reflected and in Them does Christ look back upon Me from My Self. Let not Your Son forget Your Holy Name. Let not Your Son forget His Holy Source. Let not Your Son forget His Name is Yours.

This day We enter into paradise, calling upon God’s Name and on Our own, acknowledging Our Self in Each of Us, united in the Holy Love of God. How many Saviors God has given Us! How can We lose the way to Him, when He has filled the world with Those Who point to Him and given Us the sight to look on Them?

267. My Heart is beating in the Peace of God.

Surrounding Me is All the Life that God created in His Love. It calls to Me in every heartbeat and in every breath, in every action and in every thought. Peace fills My Heart and floods My body with the purpose of forgiveness. Now My Mind is healed and All I need to save the world is given Me. Each heartbeat brings Me Peace, each breath infuses Me with Strength. I am a messenger of God, directed by His Voice, sustained by Him in Love and held forever quiet and at Peace within His loving arms. Each heartbeat calls His Name and every one is answered by His Voice, assuring Me I am at home in Him.

Let Me attend Your Answer, not My own. Father, My Heart is beating in the Peace the Heart of Love created. It is there and only there that I can be at home.

268. Let All things be exactly as they are.

Let Me not be Your critic, Lord, today and judge against You. Let Me not attempt to interfere with Your Creation and distort it into sickly forms. Let Me be willing to withdraw My wishes from its Unity and thus to let it be as You created it. For thus will I be able, too, to recognize My Self as You created Me. In Love was I created and in Love will I remain forever. What can frighten Me when I let All things be exactly as they are?

Let not Our sight be blasphemous today, nor let Our ears attend to lying tongues. Only Reality is free of pain. Only Reality is free of loss. Only Reality is wholly safe. And it is only this We seek today.

269. My sight goes forth to look upon Christ’s face.

I ask Your Blessing on My sight today. It is the means which You have chosen to become the way to show Me My mistakes and look beyond them. It is given Me to find a new perception through the guide You gave to Me. And through His lessons to surpass perception and return to Truth. I ask for the illusion which transcends [über etwas hinausgehen] All those I made. Today I choose to see a world forgiven, in which Everyone shows Me the Face of Christ and teaches Me that what I look upon belongs to Me, that nothing is, except Your Holy Son.

Today Our sight is blessed indeed. We share one Vision, as We look upon the face of Him Whose Self is Ours. We are One because of Him Who is the Son of God, of Him Who is Our own Identity.

270. I will not use the body’s eyes today.

Father, Christ’s Vision is Your gift to Me and it has power to translate All that the body’s eyes behold into the sight of a forgiven world. How glorious and gracious is this world! Yet how much more will I perceive in it than sight can give. The world forgiven signifies Your Son acknowledges His Father, lets His dreams be brought to Truth and waits expectantly the one remaining instant more of time which ends forever as Your memory returns to Him. And now His will is One with Yours. His function now is but Your own and every thought except Your own is gone.

The quiet of today will bless Our hearts and through them Peace will come to Everyone. Christ is Our eyes today. And through His sight We offer healing to the world through Him, the Holy Son Whom God created whole, the Holy Son Whom God created One.

271. Christ’s is the Vision I will use today.

Each day, each hour, every instant, I am choosing what I want to look upon, the sounds I want to hear, the witnesses to what I want to be the Truth for Me. Today I choose to look upon what Christ would have Me see, to listen to God’s Voice and seek the witnesses to what is True in God’s Creation. In Christ’s sight, the world and God’s Creation meet. And as they come together All perception disappears. His kindly sight redeems the world from death. For nothing that He looks on but must live, remembering the Father and the Son, Creator and Creation unified.

Father, Christ’s Vision is the way to You. What He beholds invites Your memory to be restored to Me. And this I choose to be what I would look upon today.

272. How can illusions satisfy God’s Son?

Father, the Truth belongs to Me. My home is set in Heaven by Your Will and Mine. Can dreams content Me? Can illusions bring Me happiness? What but Your memory can satisfy Your Son? I will accept no less than You have given Me. I am surrounded by Your Love, forever still, forever gentle and forever safe. God’s Son must be as You created Him.

Today We pass illusions by. And if We hear temptation call to Us to stay and linger in a dream, We turn aside and ask Ourselves if We, the Sons of God, could be content with dreams, when Heaven can be chosen just as easily as hell and Love will happily replace All fear.

273. The stillness of the Peace of God is Mine.

Perhaps We are now ready for a day of undisturbed tranquility. If this is not yet feasible [machen lässt], We are content and even more than satisfied to learn how such a day can be achieved. If We give way to [nachgeben] a disturbance, let Us learn how to dismiss [aufgeben] it and return to Peace. We need but tell Our Minds, with certainty:

The stillness of the Peace of God is Mine.

And nothing can intrude upon the Peace that God Himself has given to His Son.

Father, Your Peace is Mine. What need have I to fear that Anything can rob Me of what You would have Me keep? I cannot lose Your gifts to Me. And so the Peace You gave Your Son is with Me still, in quietness and in My own eternal Love for You.

274. Today belongs to Love. Let Me not fear.

Father, today I would let All things be as You created them and give Your Son the honor due His Sinlessness, the Love of Brother to His Brother and His friend. Through this I am redeemed. Through this as well the Truth will enter where illusions were, Light will replace All darkness and Your Son will know He is as You created Him.

A special Blessing comes to Us today from Him Who is Our Father. Give this day to Him and there will be no fear today, because the day is given unto Love.

275. God’s healing Voice protects All things today.

Let Us today attend the Voice of God, Which speaks an ancient lesson, no more True today than any other day. Yet has this day been chosen as the time when We will seek and hear and learn and understand. Join Me in hearing. For the Voice of God tells Us of things We cannot understand alone, nor learn apart. It is in this that All things are protected. And in this the healing of the Voice of God is found.

Your healing Voice protects All things today and so I leave All things to You. I need be anxious over nothing. For Your Voice will tell Me what to do and where to go, to Whom to speak and what to say to Him, what thoughts to think, what words to give the world. The safety that I bring is given Me. Father, Your Voice protects All things through Me.

276. The Word of God is given Me to speak.

What is the Word of God?

My Son is pure and Holy as Myself.

And thus did God become the Father of the Son He loves, for thus was He created. This the Word His Son did not create with Him, because in this His Son was born. Let Us accept His Fatherhood and All is given Us. Deny We were created in His Love and We deny Our Self, to be unsure of Who We are, of Who Our Father is and for what purpose We have come. And yet, We need but to acknowledge Him Who gave His Word to Us in Our Creation, to remember Him and thus recall Our Self.

Father, Your Word is Mine. And it is this that I would speak to All My Brothers, Who are given Me to cherish as My own, as I am loved and blessed and saved by You.

277. Let Me not bind Your Son with laws I made.

Your Son is free, My Father. Let Me not imagine I have bound Him with the laws I made to rule the body. He is not subject to any laws I made by which I try to make the body more secure. He is not changed by what is changeable. He is not slave to any laws of time. He is as You created Him, because He knows no laws except the Law of Love.

Let Us not worship idols, nor believe in any laws idolatry would make to hide the freedom of the Son of God. He is not bound except by His beliefs. Yet what He is is far beyond His faith in slavery or freedom. He is free because He is His Father’s Son. And He can not be bound unless God’s Truth can lie and God can will that He deceive Himself.

278. If I am bound My Father is not free.

If I accept that I am prisoner within a body, in a world in which All things that seem to live appear to die, then is My Father prisoner with Me. And this do I believe, when I maintain the laws the world obeys must I obey, the frailties and the sins which I perceive are real and cannot be escaped. If I am bound in any way, I do not know My Father or My Self. And I am lost to All Reality. For Truth is free. And what is bound is not a part of Truth.

Father, I ask for nothing but the Truth. I have had many foolish thoughts about Myself and My Creation and have brought a dream of fear into My Mind. Today I would not dream. I choose the way to You instead of madness and instead of fear. For Truth is safe and only Love is sure.

279. Creation’s freedom promises My own.

The end of dreams is promised Me, because God’s Son is not abandoned by His Love. Only in dreams is there a time when He appears to be in prison and awaits a future freedom if it be at all. Yet in Reality His dreams are gone, with Truth established in their place. And now is freedom His already. Should I wait in chains which have been severed for release, when God is offering Me freedom now?

I will accept Your promises today and give My faith to them. My Father loves the Son Whom He created as His own. Would You withhold the gifts You gave to Me?

280. What limits can I lay upon God’s Son?

Whom God created limitless is free. I can invent imprisonment for Him, but only in illusions, not in Truth. No Thought of God has left Its Father’s Mind. No Thought of God is limited at all. No Thought of God but is forever pure. Can I lay limits on the Son of God, whose Father willed that He be limitless and like Himself in freedom and in Love?

Today let Me give honor to Your Son, for thus alone I find the way to You. Father, I lay no limits on the Son You love and You created limitless. The honor that I give to Him is Yours and what is Yours belongs to Me as well.

281. I can be hurt by nothing but My thoughts.

Father, Your Son is perfect. When I think that I am hurt in any way, it is because I have forgotten Who I am and that I am as You created Me. Your Thoughts can only bring Me happiness. If ever I am sad or hurt or ill, I have forgotten what You think and put My little, meaningless ideas in place of where Your Thoughts belong and where They are. I can be hurt by nothing but My thoughts. The Thoughts I think with You can only bless. The Thoughts I think with You alone are True.

I will not hurt Myself today. For I am far beyond All pain. My Father placed Me safe in Heaven, watching over Me. And I would not attack the Son He loves, for what He loves is Mine to love as well.

282. I will not be afraid of Love today.

If I could realize but this today, Salvation would be reached for All the world. This the decision not to be insane and to accept Myself as God Himself, My Father and My Source, created Me. This the determination not to be asleep in dreams of death, while Truth remains forever living in the Joy of Love. And this the choice to recognize the Self Whom God created as the Son He loves and Who remains My one Reality.

Father, Your Name is Love and so is Mine. Such is the Truth. And can the Truth be changed by merely giving It another Name? The Name of fear is simply a mistake. Let Me not be afraid of Truth today.

283. My True Identity abides in You.

Father, I made an image of Myself and it is this I call the Son of God. Yet is Creation as it always was, for Your Creation is unchangeable. Let Me not worship idols. I am He My Father loves. His Holiness remains the Light of Heaven and the Love of God. Is not what is beloved of You secure? Is not the Light of Heaven infinite? Is not Your Son My True Identity, when You created Everything that is?

Now are We One in shared Identity, with God Our Father as Our only Source and Everything created part of Us. And so We offer Blessing to All things, uniting lovingly with All the world, which Our forgiveness has made One with Us.

284. I can elect to change All thoughts that hurt.

Loss is not loss when properly perceived. Pain is impossible. There is no grief with any cause at all. And suffering of any kind is nothing but a dream. This is the Truth. At first to be but said and then repeated many times. And next to be accepted as but partly True, with many reservations. Then to be considered seriously more and more. And finally accepted as the Truth. I can elect to change All thoughts that hurt. And I would go beyond these words today, past all reservations and arrive at full acceptance of the Truth in them.

Father, what You have given cannot hurt, so grief and pain must be impossible. Let Me not fail to trust in You today, accepting but the joyous as Your gifts, accepting but the joyous as the Truth.

285. My Holiness shines bright and clear today.

Today I wake with Joy, expecting but the happy things of God to come to Me. I ask but them to come and realize My invitation will be answered by the thoughts to which it has been sent by Me. And I will ask for only joyous things, the instant I accept My Holiness. For what would be the use of pain to Me? What purpose would My suffering fulfill? And how would grief and loss avail Me, if insanity departs from Me today and I accept My Holiness instead?

Father, My Holiness is Yours. Let Me rejoice in It and through forgiveness be restored to sanity. Your Son is still as You created Him. My Holiness is part of Me and also part of You. And what can alter Holiness Itself?

286. The hush of Heaven holds My Heart today.

Father, how still today! How quietly do All things fall in place! This is the day that has been chosen as the time in which I come to understand the lesson that there is no need that I do Anything. In You is every choice already made. In You has every conflict been resolved. In You is Everything I hope to find already given Me. Your Peace is Mine. My Heart is quiet and My Mind at rest. Your Love is Heaven and Your Love is Mine.

The stillness of today will give Us hope that We have found the way and traveled far along it to a wholly certain goal. Today We will not doubt the end which God Himself has promised Us. We trust in Him and in Our Self, Who still is One with Him.

287. You are My goal, My Father. Only You.

Where would I go but Heaven? What could be a substitute for happiness? What gift could I prefer before the Peace of God? What treasure would I seek and find and keep that can compare with My Identity? And would I rather live with fear than Love?

You are My goal, My Father. What but You could I desire to have? What way but that which leads to You could I desire to walk? And what except the memory of You could signify to Me the end of dreams and futile substitutions for the Truth? You are My only goal. Your Son would be as You created Him. What way but this could I expect to recognize My Self and be at One with My Identity?

288. Let Me forget My Brother’s past today.

This is the thought that leads the way to You and brings Me to My goal. I cannot come to You without My Brother. And to know My Source, I first must recognize what You created One with Me. My Brother’s is the hand that leads Me on the way to You. His sins are in the past along with Mine and I am saved because the past is gone. Let Me not cherish it within My Heart or I will lose the way to walk to You. My Brother is My Savior. Let Me not attack the Savior You have given Me. But let Me honor Him Who bears Your Name and so remember that It is My own.

Forgive Me, then, today. And You will know You have forgiven Me if You behold Your Brother in the Light of Holiness. He cannot be less Holy than can I. And You can not be Holier than He.

289. The past is over. It can touch Me not.

Unless the past is over in My Mind, the real world must escape My sight. For I am really looking nowhere, seeing but what is not there. How can I then perceive the world forgiveness offers? This the past was made to hide, for this the world that can be looked on only now. It has no past. For what can be forgiven but the past? And if it is forgiven it is gone.

Father, let Me not look upon a past that is not there. For You have offered Me Your own replacement, in a present world the past has left untouched and free of sin. Here is the end of guilt. And here am I made ready for Your final step. Shall I demand that You wait longer for Your Son to find the loveliness You planned to be the end of All His dreams and All His pain?

290. My present happiness is All I see.

Unless I look upon what is not there, My present happiness is All I see. Eyes that begin to open see at last. And I would have Christ’s Vision come to Me this very day. What I perceive without God’s own correction for the sight I made is frightening and painful to behold. Yet I would not allow My Mind to be deceived by the belief the dream I made is real an instant longer. This the day I seek My present happiness and look on nothing else except the thing I seek.

With this resolve I come to You and ask Your Strength to hold Me up today, while I but do Your Will. You cannot fail to hear Me, Father. What I ask have You already given Me and I am sure that I will see My happiness today.

291. This is a day of stillness and of Peace.

Christ’s Vision looks through Me today. His sight shows Me All things forgiven and at Peace and offers this same Vision to the world. And I accept this Vision in its Name, both for Myself and for the world as well. What loveliness We look upon today! What Holiness We see surrounding Us! And it is given Us to recognize It is a Holiness in Which We share, It is the Holiness of God Himself.

This day My Mind is quiet, to receive the Thoughts You offer Me. And I accept what comes from You instead of from Myself. I do not know the way to You. But You are wholly certain. Father, lead Your Son along the quiet path that ends in You. Let My forgiveness be complete and let the memory of You return to Me.

292. A happy outcome to All things is sure.

God’s promises make no exceptions. And He guarantees that only Joy can be the final outcome found for Everything. Yet it is up to Us when this is reached, how long We let an alien will appear to be opposing His. And while We think this will is real, We will not find the end He has appointed as the outcome of All problems We perceive, All trials We see and every situation that We meet. Yet is the ending certain. For God’s Will is done in earth and Heaven. We will seek and We will find according to His Will, Which guarantees that Our will is done.

We thank You, Father, for Your guarantee of only happy outcomes in the end. Help Us not interfere and so delay the happy endings You have promised Us for every problem that We can perceive, for every trial We think We still must meet.

293. All fear is past [vorbei] and only Love is here.

All fear is past [vorbei] because its source is gone [vergangen] and All its thoughts gone [vergangen] with it. Love remains the only present state, Whose Source is here forever and forever. Can the world seem bright and clear and safe and welcoming, with All My past mistakes oppressing it and showing Me distorted forms of pain? Yet in the Present Love is obvious and Its effects apparent. All the world shines in reflection of Its Holy Light and I perceive a world forgiven at last.

Father, let not Your Holy world escape My sight today. Nor let My ears be deaf to All the hymns of gratitude the world is singing underneath the sounds of fear. There is a real world which the Present holds safe from All past mistakes. And I would see only this world before My eyes today.

294. My body is a wholly neutral thing.

I am a Son of God. And can I be another thing as well? Did God create the mortal and corruptible? What use has God’s beloved Son for what must die? And yet a neutral thing does not see death, for thoughts of fear are not invested there, nor is a mockery of Love bestowed upon it. Its neutrality protects it while it has a use. And afterwards, without a purpose, it is laid aside. It is not sick or old or hurt. It is but functionless, unneeded and cast off. Let Me not see it more than this today: Of service for a while and fit to serve, to keep its usefulness while it can serve and then to be replaced for greater Good.

My body, Father, cannot be Your Son. And what is not created cannot be sinful or sinless, neither good nor bad. Let Me, then, use this dream to help Your plan that We awaken from All dreams We made.

295. The Holy Spirit looks through Me today.

Christ asks that He may use My eyes today and thus redeem the world. He asks this gift that He may offer Peace of Mind to Me and take away All terror and All pain. And as they are removed from Me, the dreams that seemed to settle on the world are gone. Redemption must be One. As I am saved, the world is saved with Me. For All of Us must be redeemed together. Fear appears in many different forms, but Love is One.

My Father, Christ has asked a gift of Me and one I give that it be given Me. Help Me to use the eyes of Christ today and thus allow the Holy Spirit’s Love to bless All things that I may look upon, that His forgiving Love may rest on Me.

296. The Holy Spirit speaks through Me today.

The Holy Spirit needs My voice today, that All the world may listen to Your Voice and hear Your Word through Me. I am resolved to let You speak through Me, for I would use no words but Yours and have no thoughts which are apart from Yours, for only Yours are True. I would be Savior to the world I made. For having damned it, I would set it free that I may find escape and hear the Word Your Holy Voice will speak to Me today.

We teach today what We would learn and that alone. And so Our learning goal becomes an unconflicted one and possible of easy reach and quick accomplishment. How gladly does the Holy Spirit come to rescue Us from hell, when We allow His Teaching to persuade the world, through Us, to seek and find the easy path to God!

297. Forgiveness is the only gift I give.

Forgiveness is the only gift I give because it is the only gift I want and Everything I give I give Myself. This is Salvation’s simple formula. And I, Who would be saved, would make it Mine, to be the way I live within a world that needs Salvation and that will be saved as I accept Atonement for Myself.

Father, how certain are Your ways, how sure their final outcome and how Truly faithfully is every step in My Salvation set already and accomplished by Your grace. Thanks be to You for Your eternal gifts and thanks to You for My Identity.

298. I love You, Father. And I love Your Son.

My gratitude permits My Love to be accepted without fear. And thus am I restored to My Reality at last. All that intruded on My Holy sight forgiveness takes away. And I draw near the end of senseless journeys, mad careers and artificial values. I accept instead what God establishes as Mine, sure that in that alone I will be saved, sure that I go through fear to meet My Love.

Father, I come to You today, because I would not follow any way but Yours. You are beside Me. Certain is Your way. And I am grateful for Your Holy gifts of certain sanctuary and escape from Everything that would obscure My Love for God My Father and His Holy Son.

299. Eternal Holiness abides in Me.

My Holiness is far beyond My own ability to understand or know. Yet God My Father, Who created It, acknowledges My Holiness as His. Our Will, together, understands it. And Our Will, together, knows that it is so.

Father, My Holiness is not of Me. It is not Mine to be destroyed by sin. It is not Mine to suffer from attack. Illusions can obscure It, but can not put out Its radiance nor dim Its Light. It stands forever perfect and untouched. In It are All things healed, for they remain as You created them. And I can know My Holiness. For Holiness Itself created Me and I can know My Source because it is Your Will that You be known.

300. Only an instant does this world endure.

This is the thought that can be used to say that death and sorrow are the certain lot of All Who come here. For Their joys are gone before they are possessed or even grasped. Yet this is also the idea which lets no false perception keep Us in its hold, nor represent more than a passing cloud upon a sky eternally serene. And it is this serenity We seek, unclouded, obvious and sure, today.

We seek Your Holy world today. For We, Your loving Sons, have lost Our way a while. But We have listened to Your Voice and learned exactly what to do to be restored to Heaven and Our True Identity. And We give thanks today the world endures but for an instant. We would go beyond that tiny instant to Eternity.

301. And God Himself shall wipe away All tears.

Father, unless I judge I cannot weep. Nor can I suffer pain or feel I am abandoned and unneeded in the world. This is My home because I judge it not and therefore is it only what You will. Let Me today behold it uncondemned, through happy eyes forgiveness has released from All distortion. Let Me see Your world instead of Mine. And All the tears I shed will be forgotten, for their source is gone. Father, I will not judge Your world today.

God’s world is happy. Those Who look on it can only add Their Joy to it and bless it as a cause of further Joy in Them. We wept because We did not understand. But We have learned the world We saw was false and We will look upon God’s world today.

302. Where darkness was I look upon the Light.

Father, Our eyes are opening at last. Your Holy world awaits Us as Our sight is finally restored and We can see. We thought We suffered. But We had forgot the Son Whom You created. Now We see that darkness is Our own imagining and Light is there for Us to look upon. Christ’s Vision changes darkness into Light, for fear must disappear when Love has come. Let Me forgive Your Holy world today that I may look upon its Holiness and understand It but reflects My own.

Our Love awaits Us as We go to Him and walks beside Us, showing Us the way. He fails in nothing. He the end We seek and He the means by which We come to Him.

303. The Holy Christ is born in Me today.

Watch with Me, Angels, watch with Me today. Let All God’s Holy Thoughts surround Me and be still with Me while Heaven’s Son is born. Let earthly sounds be quiet and the sights to which I am accustomed disappear. Let Christ be welcomed where He is at home and let Him hear the sounds He understands and see but sights which show His Father’s Love. Let Him no longer be a stranger here, for He is born again in Me today.

Your Son is Welcome, Father. He has come to save Me from the evil self I made. He is the Self that You have given Me. He is but what I really am in Truth. He is the Son You love above All things. He is My Self as You created Me. It is not Christ that can be crucified. Safe in Your arms let Me receive Your Son.

304. Let not My world obscure the sight of Christ.

I can obscure My Holy sight, if I intrude My world upon it. Nor can I behold the Holy sights Christ looks upon unless it is His Vision that I use. Perception is a mirror, not a fact. And what I look on is My state of Mind reflected outward. I would bless the world by looking on it through the eyes of Christ. And I will look upon the certain signs that All My sins have been forgiven Me.

You lead Me from the darkness to the Light, from sin to Holiness. Let Me forgive and thus receive Salvation for the world. It is Your gift, My Father, given Me to offer to Your Holy Son, that He may find again the memory of You and of Your Son as You created Him.

305. There is a Peace that Christ bestows on Us.

Who uses but Christ’s Vision finds a Peace so deep and quiet, undisturbable and wholly changeless, that the world contains no counterpart. Comparisons are still before this Peace. And All the world departs in silence as this Peace envelops it and gently carries it to Truth, no more to be the home of fear. For Love has come and healed the world by giving it Christ’s Peace.

Father, the Peace of Christ is given Us, because it is Your Will that We be saved. Help Us today but to accept Your gift and judge it not. For it has come to Us to save Us from Our judgment on Ourselves.

306. The gift of Christ is All I seek today.

What but Christ’s Vision would I use today, when it can offer Me a day in which I see a world so like to Heaven that an ancient memory returns to Me? Today I can forget the world I made. Today I can go past All fear and be restored to Love and Holiness and Peace. Today I am redeemed and born anew into a world of mercy and of care, of loving kindness and the Peace of God.

And so, Our Father, We return to You, remembering We never went away, remembering Your Holy gifts to Us. In gratitude and thankfulness We come, with empty hands and open hearts and Minds, asking but what You give. We cannot make an offering sufficient for Your Son. But in Your Love the gift of Christ is His.

307. Conflicting wishes cannot be My will.

Father, Your Will is Mine and only That. There is no other will for Me to have. Let Me not try to make another will, for it is senseless and will cause Me pain. Your Will alone can bring Me happiness and only Yours exists. If I would have what only You can give, I must accept Your Will for Me and enter into Peace where conflict is impossible. Your Son is One with You in being and in will and nothing contradicts the Holy Truth that I remain as You created Me.

And with this Prayer, We enter silently into a state where conflict cannot come, because We join Our Holy Will with God’s in recognition that they are the same.

308. This instant is the only time there is.

I have conceived of time in such a way that I defeat My aim. If I elect to reach past time to timelessness, I must change My perception of what time is for. Time’s purpose cannot be to keep the past and future One. The only interval in which I can be saved from time is now. For in this instant has forgiveness come to set Me free. The birth of Christ is now, without a past or future. He has come to give His present Blessing to the world, restoring it to timelessness and Love. And Love is ever present, here and now.

Thanks for this instant, Father. It is now I am redeemed. This instant is the time You have appointed for Your Son’s release and for Salvation of the world in Him.

309. I will not fear to look within today.

Within Me is Eternal Innocence, because it is God’s Will that It be there forever and forever. I, His Son, whose will is limitless as is His own, can will no change in this. For to deny My Father’s Will is to deny My own. To look within is but to find My will as God created it and as it is. I fear to look within because I think I made another will, which is not True, and made it real. Yet it has no effects. Within Me is the Holiness of God. Within Me is the memory of Him.

The step I take today, My Father, is My sure release from idle dreams of sin. Your Altar stands serene and undefiled. It is the Holy Altar to My Self and There I find My True Identity.

310. In fearlessness and Love I spend today.

This day, My Father, would I spend with You, as You have chosen All My days should be. And what I will experience is not of time at all. The Joy that comes to Me is not of days nor hours, for it comes from Heaven to Your Son. This day will be Your sweet reminder to remember You, Your gracious calling to Your Holy Son, the sign Your grace has come to Me and that it is Your Will that I be free today.

We spend this day together, You and I. And All the world joins with Us in Our song of thankfulness and Joy to Him Who gave Salvation to Us and Who set Us free. We are restored to Peace and Holiness. There is no room in Us for fear today, for We have welcomed Love into Our hearts.

311. I judge All things as I would have them be.

Judgment was made to be a weapon used against the Truth. It separates What it is being used against and sets It off as if It were a thing apart. And then it makes of It what You would have It be. It judges What it cannot understand because it cannot see totality and therefore judges falsely. Let Us not use it today, but make a gift of it to Him Who has a different use for it. He will relieve You of the agony of All the judgments You have made against Yourself and reestablish Peace of Mind by giving You God’s Judgment of His Son.

Father, We wait with open Mind today, to hear Your Judgment of the Son You love. We do not know Him and We cannot judge. And so We let Your Love decide what He, Whom You created as Your Son, must be.

312. I see All things as I would have them be.

Perception follows judgment. Having judged, You therefore see what You would look upon. For Vision merely serves to offer You what You would have. It is impossible to overlook what You would see and fail to see what You have chosen to behold. How surely, therefore, must the real world come to greet the Holy sight of Anyone Who takes the Holy Spirit’s purpose as His goal for seeing. And He cannot fail to look upon what Christ would have Him see and share Christ’s Love for what He looks upon.

I have no purpose for today except to look upon a liberated world, set free from All the judgments I have made. Father, this is Your Will for Me today and therefore it must be My goal as well.

313. Now let a new perception come to Me.

Father, there is a Vision which beholds All things as sinless, so that fear has gone. And where it was is Love invited in. And Love will come wherever It is asked. This Vision is Your gift. The eyes of Christ look on a world forgiven. In His sight are All its sins forgiven, for He sees no sin in Anything He looks upon. Now let His True perception come to Me, that I may waken from the dream of guilt and look within upon My Sinlessness, which You have kept completely undefiled upon the Altar to Your Holy Son, the Self with Which I would identify.

Let Us today behold Each Other in the sight of Christ. How beautiful We are! How Holy and how loving! Brother, come and join with Me today. We save the world when We are joined. For in Our Vision it becomes as Holy as the Light in Us.

314. I seek a future different from the past.

From new perception of the world there comes a future very different from the past. The future now is recognized as but extensions of the Present. Past mistakes can cast no shadows on it, so that fear has lost its idols and its images. And being formless, it has no effects. Death will not claim the future now, for Life is now its goal and All the needed means are happily provided. Who can grieve or suffer when the Present has been freed, extending its security and Peace into a quiet future filled with hope?

Father, We were mistaken in the past and choose to use the Present to be free. Now do We leave the future in Your hands, leaving behind Our past mistakes and sure that You will keep Your present Promises and guide the future in Their Holy Light.

315. All gifts My Brothers give belong to Me.

Each day a thousand treasures come to Me with every passing moment. I am blessed with gifts throughout the day, in value far beyond All things of which I can conceive. A Brother smiles upon Another and My Heart is gladdened. Someone speaks a word of gratitude or mercy and My Mind perceives this gift and takes it as Its own. And Everyone Who finds the way to God becomes My Savior, pointing out the way to Me and giving Me His certainty that what He learned is surely Mine as well.

I thank You, Father, for the many gifts that come to Me today and every day from every Son of God. My Brothers are unlimited in All Their gifts to Me. Now may I offer Them My thankfulness, that gratitude to Them may lead Me on to My Creator and His memory.

316. All gifts I give My Brothers are My own.

As every gift My Brothers give is Mine, so every gift I give belongs to Me. Each one allows a past mistake to go and leave no shadow on the Holy Mind My Father loves. His grace is given Me in every gift a Brother has received throughout All time and past All time as well. My treasurehouse is full and Angels watch its open doors, that not one gift is lost and only more are added. Let Me come to where My treasures are and enter in where I am Truly Welcome and at home among the gifts that God has given Me.

Father, I would accept Your gifts today. I do not recognize them. Yet I trust that You Who gave them will provide the means by which I can behold them, see their worth and cherish only them as what I want.

317. I follow in the way appointed Me.

I have a special place to fill, a role for Me alone. Salvation waits until I take this part as what I choose to do. Until I make this choice, I am the slave of time and human destiny. But when I willingly and gladly go the way My Father’s plan appointed Me to go, then will I recognize Salvation is already here, already given All My Brothers and already Mine as well.

Father, Your way is what I choose today. Where it would lead Me do I choose to go. What it would have Me do I choose to do. Your way is certain and the end secure. The memory of You awaits Me there. And All My sorrows end in Your embrace, which You have promised to Your Son, Who thought mistakenly that He had wandered from the sure protection of Your loving arms.

318. In Me Salvation’s means and end are One.

In Me, God’s Holy Son, are reconciled All parts of Heaven’s plan to save the world. What could conflict, when All the parts have but one purpose and one aim? How could there be a single part that stands aside or one of more or less importance than the rest? I am the means by which God’s Son is saved, because Salvation’s purpose is to find the Sinlessness which God has placed in Me. I was created as the thing I seek. I am the goal the world is searching for. I am God’s Son, His one Eternal Love. I am Salvation’s means and end as well.

Let Me today, My Father, take the role You offer Me in Your request that I accept Atonement for Myself. For thus does what is thereby reconciled in Me become as surely reconciled to You.

319. I came for the Salvation of the world.

Here is a thought from which All arrogance has been removed and only Truth is left. For arrogance opposes Truth. But where there is no arrogance, the Truth will come immediately and fill up the space the ego left unoccupied by lies. Only the ego can be limited and therefore it must seek for aims which are curtailed and limiting. The ego thinks that what One gains totality must lose. And yet it is the Will of God I learn that what One gains is given unto All.

Father, Your Will is total and the goal which stems from It shares Its totality. What aim but the Salvation of the world could You have given Me? And what but this could be the Will My Self has shared with You?

320. My Father gives All power unto Me.

The Son of God is limitless. There are no limits on His Strength, His Peace, His Joy, nor any attributes His Father gave in His Creation. What He wills with His Creator and Redeemer must be done. His Holy Will can never be denied, because His Father shines upon His Mind and lays before It All the Strength and Love in earth and Heaven. I am He to Whom All this is given. I am He in Whom the power of My Father’s Will abides.

Your Will can do All things in Me and then extend to All the world as well through Me. There is no limit on Your Will. And so All power has been given to Your Son.

321. Father, My freedom is in You alone.

I did not understand what made Me free, nor what My freedom is, nor where to look to find it. Father, I have searched in vain until I heard Your Voice directing Me. Now I would guide Myself no more. For I have neither made nor understood the way to find My freedom. But I trust in You. You Who endowed Me with My freedom as Your Holy Son will not be lost to Me. Your Voice directs Me. And the way to You is opening and clear to Me at last. Father, My freedom is in You alone. Father, it is My will that I return.

Today We answer for the world, which will be freed along with Us. How glad are We to find Our freedom through the certain way Our Father has established. And how sure is All the world’s Salvation, when We learn Our freedom can be found in God alone.

322. I can give up but what was never real.

I sacrifice illusions, nothing more. And as illusions go I find the gifts illusions tried to hide, awaiting Me in shining Welcome and in readiness to give God’s ancient messages to Me. His memory abides in every gift that I receive of Him. And every dream serves only to conceal the Self Which is God’s only Son, the likeness of Himself, the Holy One Who still abides in Him forever, as He still abides in Me.

Father, to You All sacrifice remains forever inconceivable. And so I cannot sacrifice except in dreams. As You created Me, I can give up nothing You gave Me. What You did not give has no Reality. What loss can I anticipate except the loss of fear and the return of Love into My Mind?

323. I gladly make the “sacrifice” of fear.

Here is the only “sacrifice” You ask of Your beloved Son: You ask Him to give up All suffering, All sense of loss and sadness, All anxiety and doubt and freely let Your Love come streaming in to His awareness, healing Him of pain and giving Him Your own eternal Joy. Such is the “sacrifice” You ask of Me and one I gladly make, the only “cost” of restoration of Your memory to Me, for the Salvation of the world.

And as We pay the debt We owe to Truth – a debt which merely is the letting go of selfdeceptions and of images We worshipped falsely – Truth returns to Us in wholeness and in Joy. We are deceived no longer. Love has now returned to Our awareness. And We are at Peace again, for fear has gone and only Love remains.

324. I merely follow, for I would not lead.

Father, You are the One Who gave the plan for My Salvation to Me. You have set the way I am to go, the role to take and every step in My appointed path. I cannot lose the way. I can but choose to wander off a while and then return. Your loving Voice will always call Me back and guide My feet aright. My Brothers All can follow in the way I lead Them. Yet I merely follow in the way to You, as You direct Me and would have Me go.

So let Us follow One Who knows the way. We need not tarry and We cannot stray except an instant from His loving hand. We walk together, for We follow Him. And it is He Who makes the ending sure and guarantees a safe returning home.

325. All things I think I see reflect ideas.

This is Salvation’s keynote. What I see reflects a process in My Mind which starts with My idea of what I want. From there, the Mind makes up an image of the thing the Mind desires, judges valuable and therefore seeks to find. These images are then projected outward, looked upon, esteemed as real and guarded as one’s own. From insane wishes comes an insane world. From judgment comes a world condemned. And from forgiving thoughts a gentle world comes forth, with mercy for the Holy Son of God, to offer Him a kindly home where He can rest a while before He journeys on and help His Brothers walk ahead with Him and find the way to Heaven and to God.

Our Father, Your Ideas reflect the Truth and Mine apart from Yours but makes up dreams. Let Me behold what only Yours reflect, for Yours and Yours alone establish Truth.

326. I am forever an Effect of God.

Father, I was created in Your Mind, a Holy Thought That never left Its home. I am forever Your Effect and You forever and forever are My Cause. As You created Me I have remained. Where You established Me I still abide. And All Your attributes abide in Me because it is Your Will to have a Son so like His Cause that Cause and Its Effect are indistinguishable. Let Me know that I am an Effect of God and so I have the power to create like You. And as it is in Heaven, so on earth. Your plan I follow here and at the end I know that You will gather Your Effects into the tranquil Heaven of Your Love, where earth will disappear and separate things unite in glory as the Son of God.

Let Us today behold earth disappear, at first transformed, and then, forgiven, fade entirely into God’s Holy Will.

327. I need but call and You will answer Me.

I am not asked to take Salvation on the basis of an unsupported faith. For God has promised He will hear My call and answer Me Himself. Let Me but learn from My experience that this is True and faith in Him must surely come to Me. This is the faith that will endure and take Me farther and still farther on the road that leads to Him. For thus I will be sure that He has not abandoned Me and loves Me still, awaiting but My call to give Me All the help I need to come to Him.

Father, I thank You that Your promises will never fail in My experience, if I but test them out. Let Me attempt therefore to try them and to judge them not. Your Word is One with You. You give the means whereby conviction comes and surety of Your abiding Love is gained at last.

328. I choose the second place to gain the first.

What seems to be the second place is first, for All things We perceive are upsidedown until We listen to the Voice of God. It seems that We will gain autonomy but by Our striving to be separate and that Our independence from the rest of God’s Creation is the way in which Salvation is obtained. Yet All We find is sickness, suffering and loss and death. This is not what Our Father wills for Us, nor is there any second to His Will. To join with His is but to find Our own. And since Our will is His, it is to Him that We must go to recognize Our will.

There is no will but Yours. And I am glad that nothing I imagine contradicts what You would have Me be. It is Your Will that I be wholly safe, eternally at Peace. And happily I share that Will which You, My Father, gave as part of Me.

329. I have already chosen what You will.

Father, I thought I wandered from Your Will, defied It, broke Its laws and interposed a second will more powerful than Yours. Yet what I am in Truth is but Your Will, extended and extending. This am I. And This will never change. As You are One, so am I One with You. And This I chose in My Creation, where My will became forever One with Yours. That choice was made for All Eternity. It cannot change and be in opposition [Optional: im Widerstand gegenüber] to Itself. Father, My will is Yours. And I am safe, untroubled and serene, in endless Joy, because it is Your Will that it be so.

Today We will accept Our union with Each Other and Our Source. We have no will apart from His and All of Us are One because His Will is shared by All of Us. Through It We recognize that We are One. Through It We find Our way at last to God.

330. I will not hurt Myself again today.

Let Us this day accept forgiveness as Our only function. Why should We attack Our Minds and give Them images of pain? Why should We teach Them They are powerless, when God holds out His power and His Love and bids Them take what is already Theirs? The Mind that is made willing to accept God’s gifts has been restored to Spirit and extends Its freedom and Its Joy, as is the Will of God united with Its own. The Self Which God created cannot sin and therefore cannot suffer. Let Us choose today that He be Our Identity and thus escape forever from All things the dream of fear appears to offer Us.

Father, Your Son can not be hurt. And if We think We suffer, We but fail to know Our One Identity We share with You. We would return to It today, to be made free forever from All Our mistakes and to be saved from what We thought We were.

331. There is no conflict, for My will is Yours.

How foolish, Father, to believe Your Son could cause Himself to suffer! Could He make a plan for His damnation and be left without a certain way to His release? You love Me, Father. You could never leave Me desolate, to die within a world of pain and cruelty. How could I think that Love has left Itself? There is no will except the Will of Love. Fear is a dream and has no will that can conflict with Yours. Conflict is sleep and Peace awakening. Death is illusion, Life Eternal Truth. There is no opposition [Optional: Widerstand gegenüber] to Your Will. There is no conflict, for My will is Yours.

Forgiveness shows Us that God’s Will is One and that We share It. Let Us look upon the Holy sights forgiveness shows today, that We may find the Peace of God.

332. Fear binds the world. Forgiveness sets it free.

The ego makes illusions. Truth undoes its evil dreams by shining [leuchten] them away. Truth never makes attack. It merely is. And by Its Presence is the Mind recalled from fantasies, awaking to the Real. Forgiveness bids this Presence enter in and take its rightful place within the Mind. Without forgiveness is the Mind in chains, believing in Its own futility. Yet with forgiveness does the Light shine [leuchten] through the dream of darkness, offering it hope and giving it the means to realize the freedom that is its inheritance.

We would not bind the world again today. Fear holds it prisoner. And yet Your Love has given Us the means to set it free. Father, We would release it now. For as We offer freedom it is given Us. And We would not remain as prisoners, while You are holding Our freedom out to Us.

333. Forgiveness ends the dream of conflict here.

Conflict must be resolved. It cannot be evaded, set aside, denied, disguised, seen somewhere else, called by another Name, nor hidden by deceit of any kind, if it would be escaped. It must be seen exactly as it is, where it is thought to be, in the Reality which has been given it and with the purpose that the Mind accorded it. For only then are its defenses lifted and the Truth can shine [leuchten] upon it as it disappears.

Father, forgiveness is the Light You chose to shine [leuchten] away All conflict and All doubt and light the way for Our return to You. No Light but This can end Our evil dreams. No Light but This can save the world. For This alone will never fail in Anything, being Your gift to Your beloved Son.

334. Today I claim the gifts forgiveness gives.

I will not wait another day to find the treasures which My Father offers Me. Illusions All are vain and dreams are gone even while they are woven out of thoughts that rest on false perception. Let Me not accept such meager gifts again today. God’s Voice is offering the Peace of God to All Who hear and choose to follow Him. This is My choice today. And so I go to find the treasures God has given Me.

I seek but the Eternal. For Your Son can be content with nothing less than this. What, then, can be His solace but what You are offering to His bewildered Mind and frightened Heart, to give Him certainty and bring Him Peace? Today I would behold My Brother sinless. This Your Will for Me, for so will I behold My Sinlessness.

335. I choose to see My Brother’s Sinlessness.

Forgiveness is a choice. I never see My Brother as He is, for that is far beyond perception. What I see in Him is merely what I wish to see, because it stands for what I want to be the Truth. It is to this alone that I respond, however much I seem to be impelled by outside happenings. I choose to see what I would look upon and this I see. And only this. My Brother’s Sinlessness shows Me that I would look upon My own. And I will see it, having chosen to behold My Brother in its Holy Light.

What could restore Your memory to Me except to see My Brother’s Sinlessness? His Holiness reminds Me that He was created One with Me and like Myself. In Him I find My Self and in Your Son I find the memory of You as well.

336. Forgiveness lets Me know that Minds are joined.

Forgiveness is the means appointed for perception’s ending. Knowledge is restored after perception first is changed and then gives way entirely to what remains forever past its highest reach. For sights and sounds, at best, can serve but to recall the memory that lies beyond them All. Forgiveness sweeps away distortions and opens the hidden Altar to the Truth. Its lilies shine into the Mind and call It to return and look within, to find what It has vainly sought without. For here, and only here, is Peace of Mind restored, for this the dwellingplace of God Himself.

In quiet may forgiveness wipe away My dreams of separation and of sin. Then let Me, Father, look within and find Your promise of My Sinlessness is kept, Your Word remains unchanged within My Mind, Your Love is still abiding in My Heart.

337. My Sinlessness protects Me from All harm.

My Sinlessness ensures Me perfect Peace, eternal safety, everlasting Love, freedom forever from All thought of loss, complete deliverance from suffering. And only happiness can be My state, for only happiness is given Me. What must I do to know All this is Mine? I must accept Atonement for Myself and nothing more. God has already done All things that need be done. And I must learn I need do nothing of Myself, for I need but accept My Self, My Sinlessness, created for Me, now already Mine, to feel God’s Love protecting Me from harm, to understand My Father loves His Son, to know I am the Son My Father loves.

You Who created Me in Sinlessness are not mistaken about what I am. I was mistaken when I thought I sinned, but I accept Atonement for Myself. Father, My dream is ended now.

338. I am affected [beeinträchtigt/beeinflusst] only by My thoughts.

It needs but this to let Salvation come to All the world. For in this single thought is Everyone released at last from fear. Now He has learned that no One frightens Him and nothing can endanger Him. He has no enemies and He is safe from All external things. His thoughts can frighten Him, but since these thoughts belong to Him alone, He has the power to change them and exchange each fear thought for a happy thought of Love. He crucified Himself. Yet God has planned that His beloved Son will be redeemed.

Your plan is sure, My Father – only Yours. All other plans will fail. And I will have thoughts that will frighten Me until I learn that You have given Me the only Thought Which leads Me to Salvation. Mine alone will fail and lead Me nowhere. But the Thought You gave Me promises to lead Me home, because It holds Your promise to Your Son.

339. I will receive whatever I request.

No One desires pain. But He can think that pain is pleasure. No One would avoid His happiness. But He can think that Joy is painful, threatening and dangerous. Everyone will receive what He requests. But He can be confused indeed about the things He wants, the state He would attain. What can He then request that He would want when He receives it? He has asked for what will frighten Him and bring Him suffering. Let Us resolve today to ask for what We really want and only this, that We may spend this day in fearlessness, without confusing pain with Joy or fear with Love.

Father, this is Your day. It is a day in which I would do nothing by Myself, but hear Your Voice in Everything I do, requesting only what You offer Me, accepting only Thoughts You share with Me.

340. I can be free of suffering today.

Father, I thank You for today and for the freedom I am certain it will bring. This day is Holy, for today Your Son will be redeemed. His suffering is done. For He will hear Your Voice directing Him to find Christ’s Vision through forgiveness and be free forever from All suffering. Thanks for today, My Father. I was born into this world but to achieve this day and what it holds in Joy and freedom for Your Holy Son and for the world He made which is released along with Him today.

Be glad today! Be glad! There is no room for Anything but Joy and thanks today. Our Father has redeemed His Son this day. Not One of Us but will be saved today. Not One Who will remain in fear. And none the Father will not gather to Himself, awake in Heaven in the Heart of Love.

341. I can attack but My own Sinlessness.
And it is only that which keeps Me safe.

Father, Your Son is Holy. I am He on Whom You smile in Love and tenderness so deep and dear and still the Universe smiles back on You and shares Your Holiness. How pure, how safe, how sacred, then, are We, abiding in Your smile, with All Your Love bestowed upon Us, living One with You, in Brotherhood and Fatherhood complete, in Sinlessness so perfect that the Lord of Sinlessness conceives Us as His Son, a Universe of Thought completing Him.

Let Us not, then, attack Our Sinlessness. For it contains the Word of God to Us. And in its kind reflection We are saved.

342. I let forgiveness rest upon All things,
For thus forgiveness will be given Me.

I thank You, Father, for Your plan to save Me from the hell I made. It is not real. And You have given Me the means to prove its unreality to Me. The key is in My hand and I have reached the door beyond which lies the end of dreams. I stand before the gate of Heaven, wondering if I should enter in and be at home. Let Me not wait again today. Let Me forgive All things and let Creation be as You would have it be and as it is. Let Me remember that I am Your Son and, opening the door at last, forget illusions in the blazing Light of Truth, as memory of You returns to Me.

Brother, forgive Me now. I come to You to take You home with Me. And as We go, the world goes with Us on the way to God.

343. I am not asked to make a sacrifice
To find the mercy and the Peace of God.

The end of suffering can not be loss. The gift of Everything can be but gain. You only give. You never take away. And You created Me to be like You, so sacrifice becomes impossible for Me as well as You. I, too, must give and so All things are given unto Me forever and forever. As I was created, I remain. Your Son can make no sacrifice, for He must be complete, having the function of completing You. I am complete because I am Your Son. I cannot lose, for I can only give. And Everything is Mine eternally.

The mercy and the Peace of God are free. Salvation has no cost. It is a gift that must be freely given and received. And it is this that We would learn today.

344. Today I learn the law of Love:
That what I give My Brother is My gift to Me.

This is Your law, My Father, not My own. I did not understand what giving means and thought to save what I desired for Myself alone. And as I looked upon the treasure which I thought I had, I found an empty place where nothing ever was or is or will be. Who can share a dream? And what can an illusion offer Me? Yet He Whom I forgive will give Me gifts beyond the worth of Anything on earth. Let My forgiven Brothers fill My store with Heaven’s treasures, which alone are real. Thus is the law of Love fulfilled. And thus Your Son arises and returns to You.

How near We are to one another, as We go to God. How near is He to Us. How close the ending of the dream of sin and the redemption of the Son of God.

345. I offer only Miracles today,
For I would have Them be returned to Me.

Father, a Miracle reflects Your gifts to Me, Your Son. And every One I give returns to Me, reminding Me the law of Love is Universal. Even here it takes a form which can be recognized and seen to work. The Miracles I give are given back in just the form I need to help Me with the problems I perceive. Father, in Heaven it is different, for there, there are no needs. But here on earth the Miracle is closer to Your gifts than any other gift which I can give. Then let Me give this gift alone today, which, born of True forgiveness, lights the way that I must travel to remember You.

Peace to All seeking hearts today. The Light has come, to offer Miracles to bless the tired world. It will find rest today, for We will offer what We have received.

346. Today the Peace of God envelops Me,
And I forget All things except His Love.

Father, I wake today with Miracles correcting My perception of All things. And so begins a day I share with You as I will share Eternity, for time has stepped aside today. I do not seek the things of time and so I will not look upon them. What I seek today transcends [über etwas hinausgehen] All laws of time and things perceived in time. I would forget All things except Your Love. I would abide in You and know no laws except Your law of Love. And I would find the Peace which You created for Your Son, forgetting All the foolish toys I made as I behold Your glory and My own.

And when the evening comes today, We will remember nothing but the Peace of God. For We will learn today what Peace is Ours when We forget All things except God’s Love.

347. Anger must come from judgment. Judgment is
The weapon I would use against Myself
To keep the Miracles away from Me.

Father, I want what goes against My will and do not want what is My will to have. Straighten My Mind, My Father. It is sick. But You have offered freedom and I choose to claim Your gift today. And so I give All judgment to the One You gave to Me to judge for Me. He sees what I behold and yet He knows the Truth. He looks on pain and yet He understands it is not real. And in His understanding it is healed. He gives the Miracles My dreams would hide from My awareness. Let Him judge today. I do not know My will, but He is sure it is Your own. And He will speak for Me and call Your Miracle to come to Me.

Listen today. Be very still and hear the gentle Voice for God assuring You that He has judged You as the Son He loves.

348. I have no cause for anger or for fear,
For You surround Me. And in every need
That I perceive Your grace suffices Me.

Father, let Me remember You are here and I am not alone. Surrounding Me is everlasting Love. I have no cause for Anything except the perfect Peace and Joy I share with You. What need have I for anger or for fear? Surrounding Me is perfect safety. Can I be afraid, when Your eternal promise goes with Me? Surrounding Me is perfect Sinlessness. What can I fear, when You created Me in Holiness as perfect as Your own?

God’s grace suffices Us in Everything that He would have Us do. And only that We choose to be Our will as well as His.

349. Today I let Christ’s Vision look upon
All things for Me and judge them not, but give
Each one a Miracle of Love instead.

So would I liberate All things I see and give to them the freedom that I seek. For thus do I obey the law of Love and give what I would find and make My own. It will be given Me because I have chosen it as the gift I want to give. Father, Your gifts are Mine. Each one that I accept gives Me a Miracle to give. And giving as I would receive, I learn Your healing Miracles belong to Me.

Our Father knows Our needs. He gives Us grace to meet them All. And so We trust in Him to send Us Miracles to bless the world and heal Our Minds as We return to Him.

350. Miracles mirror God’s eternal Love.
To offer Them is to remember Him
And through His memory to save the world.

What We forgive becomes a part of Us, as We perceive Ourselves. The Son of God incorporates All things within Himself as You created Him. Your memory depends on His forgiveness. What He is, is unaffected by His thoughts. But what He looks upon is their direct result. Therefore, My Father, I would turn to You. Only Your memory will set Me free. And only My forgiveness teaches Me to let Your memory return to Me and give it to the world in thankfulness.

And as We gather Miracles from Him, We will indeed be grateful. For as We remember Him, His Son will be restored to Us in the Reality of Love.

351. My sinless Brother is My guide to Peace.
My sinful Brother is My guide to pain.
And Which I choose to see I will behold.

Who is My Brother but Your Holy Son? And if I see Him sinful, I proclaim Myself a sinner, not a Son of God, alone and friendless in a fearful world. Yet this perception is a choice I make and can relinquish. I can also see My Brother sinless, as Your Holy Son. And with this choice I see My Sinlessness, My everlasting Comforter and Friend beside Me and My way secure and clear. Choose, then, for Me, My Father, through Your Voice. For He alone gives judgment in Your Name.

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.

Forgiveness looks on Sinlessness alone and judges not. Through this I come to You. Judgment will bind My eyes and make Me blind. Yet Love, reflected in forgiveness here, reminds Me You have given Me a way to find Your Peace again. I am redeemed when I elect to follow in this way. You have not left Me comfortless. I have within Me both the memory of You and One Who leads Me to It. Father, I would hear Your Voice and find Your Peace today. For I would love My own Identity and find in Him the memory of You.

353. My eyes, My tongue, My hands, My feet today
Have but one purpose: To be given Christ
To use to bless the world with Miracles.

Father, I give All that is Mine today to Christ, to use in any way that best will serve the purpose which I share with Him. Nothing is Mine alone, for He and I have joined in purpose. Thus has learning come almost to its appointed end. A while I work with Him to serve His purpose. Then I lose Myself in My Identity and recognize that Christ is but My Self.

354. We stand together, Christ and I, in Peace
And certainty of purpose. And in Him
Is His Creator, as He is in Me.

My Oneness with the Christ establishes Me as Your Son, beyond the reach of time and wholly free of every law but Yours. I have no Self except the Christ in Me. I have no purpose but His own. And He is like His Father. Thus must I be One with You as well as Him. For Who is Christ except Your Son as You created Him? And what am I except the Christ in Me?

355. There is no end to All the Peace and Joy
And All the Miracles That I will give
When I accept God’s Word. Why not today?

Why should I wait, My Father, for the Joy You promised Me? For You will keep Your Word You gave Your Son in exile. I am sure My treasure waits for Me and I need but reach out My hand to find it. Even now My fingers touch it. It is very close. I need not wait an instant more, to be at Peace forever. It is You I choose and My Identity along with You. Your Son would be Himself and know You as His Father and Creator and His Love.

356. Sickness is but another Name for sin.
Healing is but another Name for God.
The Miracle is thus a call to Him.

Father, You promised You would never fail to answer any call Your Son might make to You. It does not matter where He is, what seems to be His problem nor what He believes He has become. He is Your Son and You will answer Him. The Miracle reflects Your Love and thus It answers Him. Your Name replaces every thought of sin and Who is sinless cannot suffer pain. Your Name gives answer to Your Son, because to call Your Name is but to call His own.

357. Truth answers every call We make to God,
Responding first with Miracles and then
Returning unto Us to be Itself.

Forgiveness, Truth’s reflection, tells Me how to offer Miracles and thus escape the prison house in which I think I live. Your Holy Son is pointed out to Me. First in My Brother, then in Me. Your Voice instructs Me patiently to hear Your Word and give as I receive. And as I look upon Your Son today, I hear Your Voice instructing Me to find the way to You as You appointed that the way shall be:

Behold His Sinlessness and be You healed.

358. No call to God can be unheard or left
Unanswered. And of this I can be sure:
His answer is the one I really want.

You Who remember what I really am alone remember what I really want. You speak for God and so You speak for Me and what You give Me comes from God Himself. Your Voice, My Father, then is Mine as well and All I want is what You offer Me, in just the form You chose that it be Mine. Let Me remember All I do not know and let My voice be still, remembering. But let Me not forget Your Love and care, keeping Your promise to Your Son in My awareness always. Let Me not forget myself is nothing, but My Self is All.

359. God’s answer is some form of Peace. All pain
Is healed, All misery replaced with Joy.
All prison doors are opened. And All sin
Is understood as merely a mistake.

Father, today We will forgive Your world and let Creation be Your own. We have misunderstood All things. But We have not made sinners of the Holy Sons of God. What You created sinless so abides forever and forever. Such are We. And We rejoice to learn that We have made mistakes which have no real effects on Us. Sin is impossible and on this fact forgiveness rests upon a certain base more solid than the shadow world We see. Help Us forgive, for We would be redeemed. Help Us forgive, for We would be at Peace.

360. Peace be to Me, the Holy Son of God.
Peace to My Brother, Who is One with Me.
Let All the world be blessed with Peace through Us.

Father, it is Your Peace that I would give, receiving it of You. I am Your Son, forever just as You created Me, for the Great Rays remain forever still and undisturbed within Me. I would reach to them in silence and in certainty, for nowhere else can certainty be found. Peace be to Me and Peace to All the world. In Holiness were We created and in Holiness do We remain. Your Son is like to You in perfect Sinlessness and with this thought We gladly say

Final Lessons

Our final lessons will be left as free of words as possible. We use them but at the beginning of Our practicing and only to remind Us that We seek to go beyond them. Let Us turn to Him Who leads the way and makes Our footsteps sure. To Him We leave these lessons, as to Him We give Our lives henceforth. For We would not return again to the belief in sin, which made the world seem ugly and unsafe, attacking and destroying, dangerous in All its ways and treacherous beyond the hope of trust and the escape from pain.

His is the only way to find the Peace that God has given Us. It is His way that Everyone must travel in the end, because it is this ending God Himself appointed. In the dream of time it seems to be far off. And yet, in Truth, it is already here, already serving Us as gracious guidance in the way to go. Let Us together follow in this way that Truth points out to Us. And let Us be the leaders of Our many Brothers Who are seeking for the way but find it not.

And to this purpose let Us dedicate Our Minds, directing All Our thoughts to serve the function of Salvation. Unto Us the aim is given to forgive the world. It is the goal that God has given Us. It is His ending to the dream We seek and not Our own. For All that We forgive We will not fail to recognize as part of God Himself. And thus His memory is given back completely and complete.

It is Our function to remember Him on earth, as it is given Us to be His own completion in Reality. So let Us not forget Our goal is shared. For it is that remembrance which contains the memory of God and points the way to Him and to the Heaven of His Peace. And shall We not forgive Our Brother, Who can offer this to Us? He is the Way, the Truth and Life that show the way to Us. In Him resides Salvation, offered Us through Our forgiveness given unto Him.

We will not end this year without the gift Our Father promised to His Holy Son. We are forgiven now. And We are saved from All the wrath We thought belonged to God and found it was a dream. We are restored to sanity, in which We understand that anger is insane, attack is mad and vengeance merely foolish fantasy. We have been saved from wrath because We learned We were mistaken. Nothing more than that. And is a Father angry at His Son because He failed to understand the Truth?

We come in honesty to Him and say We did not understand and ask Him to help Us to learn His lessons through the Voice of His own Teacher. Would He hurt His Son? Or would He rush to answer Him and say

This is My Son and All I have is His.

Be certain He will answer thus, for these are His own Words to You. And more than that can no One ever have, for in these Words is All there is and All that there will be throughout All time and in Eternity.

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.

If I need a word to help Me, He will give it to Me. If I need a thought, that will He also give. And if I need but stillness and a tranquil, open Mind, these are the gifts I will receive of Him. He is in charge by My request. And He will hear and answer Me, because He speaks for God My Father and His Holy Son.


This Course is a beginning, not an end. Your Friend goes with You. You are not alone. No One Who calls on Him can call in vain. Whatever troubles You, be certain that He has the answer and will gladly give it to You if You simply turn to Him and ask it of Him. He will not withhold All answers that You need for Anything that seems to trouble You. He knows the way to solve All problems and resolve All doubts. His certainty is Yours. You need but ask it of Him and it will be given You.

You are as certain of arriving home as is the pathway of the sun laid down before it rises, after it has set and in the halflit hours in between. Indeed, Your pathway is more certain still, for it can not be possible to change the course of Those Whom God has called to Him. Therefore obey Your will and follow Him Whom You accepted as Your voice, to speak of what You really want and really need. His is the Voice of God and also Yours. And thus He speaks of freedom and of Truth.

No more specific lessons are assigned, for there is no more need of them. Henceforth, hear but the Voice for God and for Your Self when You retire from the world, to seek Reality instead. He will direct Your efforts, telling You exactly what to do, how to direct Your Mind and when to come to Him in silence, asking for His sure direction and His certain Word. His is the Word that God has given You. His is the Word You chose to be Your own.

And now I place You in His hands, to be His faithful followers, with Him as guide through every difficulty and All pain that You may think is real. Nor will He give You pleasures that will pass away, for He gives only the Eternal and the Good. Let Him prepare You further. He has earned Your trust by speaking daily to You of Your Father and Your Brother and Your Self. He will continue. Now You walk with Him as certain as is He of where You go, as sure as He of how You should proceed, as confident as He is of the goal and of Your safe arrival in the end.

The end is certain and the means as well. To this We say

You will be told exactly what God wills for You each time there is a choice to make. And He will speak for God and for Your Self, thus making sure that hell will claim You not and that each choice You make brings Heaven nearer to Your reach. And so We walk with Him from this time on and turn to Him for guidance and for Peace and right direction. Joy attends Our way. For We go homeward to an open door which God has held unclosed to Welcome Us.

We trust Our ways to Him and say

In Peace We will continue in His way and trust All things to Him. In confidence We wait His answers, as We ask His will in Everything We do. He loves Gods Son as We would love Him and He teaches Us how to behold Him through His eyes and love Him as He does. You do not walk alone. God’s Angels hover close and All about. His Love surrounds You and of this be sure: That I will never leave You comfortless.


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 [zwischenmenschlich] 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 [über sich selbst hinausgehend] 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 [Seelenfrieden] 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 [über etwas hinausgehen] 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 [geht] slightly ahead of the patient and helps Him to avoid a few of the pitfalls [Fallstricke] along the road by seeing them first. Ideally, He is also a follower [Jünger], for One should walk [gehen] 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 [über etwas hinausgehen] these limits. Neither can do this alone, but when They join, the potentiality for transcending [über etwas hinausgehen] 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 [Wehrlosigkeit] 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:

1) It is ushered in by the belief that there are forces to be overcome to be alive at all.

2) 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 [Wehrlosigkeit] 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 [bietet] 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 [vergeblich/vergebens]. 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 [leuchten] 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 [aufzugeben] 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 [auferstehen] 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 this Good is 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 setting out. 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 [wehrlose] therapist has the Strength of God with Him, but the defensive [abwehrende] 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 [Erlösungsplan]. 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.

Song of Prayer

1. Prayer

Prayer is the greatest gift with which God blessed His Son at His Creation. It was then what it is to become, the single Voice Creator and Creation share, the song the Son sings to the Father, Who returns the thanks it offers Him unto the Son. Endless the harmony and endless too the joyous concord of the Love They give forever to Each Other. And in this Creation is extended. God gives thanks to His extension in His Son. His Son gives thanks for His Creation, in the song of His creating in His Father’s Name. The Love They share is what All Prayer will be throughout Eternity, when time is done. For such it was before time seemed to be.

To You Who are in time a little while, Prayer takes the form that best will suit Your need. You have but one. What God created One must recognize its Oneness and rejoice that what illusions seemed to separate is One forever in the Mind of God. Prayer now must be the means by which God’s Son leaves separate goals and separate interests by and turns in Holy gladness to the Truth of union in His Father and Himself.

Lay down Your dreams, You Holy Son of God and rising up as God created You, dispense with idols and remember Him. Prayer will sustain You now and bless You as You lift Your hearts to Him in rising song that reaches higher and then higher still until both high and low have disappeared. Faith in Your goal will grow and hold You up as You ascend the shining stairway to the lawns of Heaven and the gate of Peace. For this is Prayer and here Salvation is. This is the way. It is God’s gift to You.

Asking is Holy and it is Holy because it is a way of reaching God. He is the Answerer because You are in need of an Answer. No One can ask for Another and receive the Answer for Him. But You can, and indeed You must, help Him by offering Your Love and support that His asking be Holy and His True need recognized. That is Prayer. It is the same for Yourself or for Another. There is no difference. If You received the answers for Another, there would be a difference.

This does not mean that You cannot get messages for Another, if it is God Who chooses this way of reaching Him. This will usually happen unexpectedly, generally in the form of a sudden feeling that You have something to tell Him, a message to deliver. You have not been wrong in the past about how You have asked, but You are ready for a step ahead now. There are joint decisions in which unanimity of response is a good indication of authenticity. This should not be abandoned. But asking is a lesson in trust and no One can trust for Another. He can only strengthen Another’s trust by offering it to Him and having faith in His ability to hear for Himself.

Asking is the way to God because it offers Us His Will as He would have Us hear it. We will have a series of lessons on asking because You have not understood it. But do not think because of that that You have been mistaken in Your attempts. You have done well and will do better.

Any specific question involves a large number of assumptions which inevitably limit the answer. A specific question is actually a decision about the kind of answer that is acceptable. The purpose of words is to limit and by limiting to make a vast area of experience more manageable. But that means manageable by You. For many aspects of living in this world that is necessary. But not for asking. God does not use words and does not answer in words. He can only “speak” to the Christ in You, Who translates His Answer into whatever language You can understand and accept. Sometimes words will limit fear, sometimes not. That is why some People hear words, some receive feelings of inner conviction and some do not become aware of Anything. Yet God has answered and His Answer will reach You when You are ready.

Answers are not up to You. Any limit You place on them interferes with hearing. God’s Voice is silent and speaks in silence. That means that You do not phrase the question and You do not restrict the answer.

Asking is a form of Prayer. It is not a demand. It is not questioning. It is not limitation. The only real request is for God’s Answer. It needs the humility of trust, not the arrogance of false certainty. Trust cannot lie in idols, for that is merely faith in magic. Trust requires faith that God understands, knows and will answer. It means a state of Peace. For this You can safely ask. In fact, if You do not feel that You have it, asking for it is the only real request You can make.

a. True Prayer

Prayer is a way offered by the Holy Spirit to reach God. It is not merely a question or an entreaty. It cannot succeed until You realize that it asks for nothing. How else could it serve its purpose? It is impossible to pray for idols and hope to reach God. True Prayer must avoid the pitfall of asking to entreat. Ask rather to receive what is already given, to accept what is already there.

You have been told to ask the Holy Spirit for the answer to any specific problem and that You will receive a specific answer if such is Your need. You have also been told that there is only one problem and one answer. In Prayer this is not contradictory. There are decisions to make here and they must be made whether they be illusions or not. You cannot be asked to accept answers which are beyond the level of need that You recognize. Therefore it is not the form of the question that matters, nor how it is asked. The form of the answer, if given by God through His Voice, will suit Your need as You see it. This is merely an echo of the reply of His Voice. The real sound is always a song of thanksgiving and Love.

We cannot, then, ask for the echo. It is the song that is the gift. Along with it come the overtones, the harmonics, the echoes, but these are secondary. In True Prayer You hear only the song. All the rest is merely added. You have sought first the Kingdom of Heaven and All else has indeed been given You.

The secret of True Prayer is to forget the things You think You need. To ask for the specific is much the same as to look on sin and then forgive it. Also in the same way, in Prayer You overlook Your specific needs as You see them and let them go into God’s hands. There they become Your gifts to Him, for they tell Him that You would have no gods before Him, no Love but His. What could His Answer be but Your remembrance of Him? Can this be traded for a bit of trifling advice about a problem of an instant’s duration? God answers only for Eternity. But still All little answers are contained in this.

Prayer is a stepping aside, a letting go, a quiet time of listening and loving. It should not be confused with supplication of any kind, because it is a way of remembering Your Holiness. Why should Holiness entreat, being fully entitled to Everything Love has to offer? And it is to Love You go in Prayer. Prayer is an offering, a giving up of Yourself to be at One with Love. There is nothing to ask because there is nothing left to want. That nothingness becomes the Altar of God. It disappears in Him.

This is not a level of Prayer that Everyone can attain as yet. Those Who have not need Your help in Prayer because Their asking is not yet based upon acceptance. Help in Prayer does not mean that Another mediates between You and God. But it does mean that Another can stand beside You and help to raise You up to Him. One Who has realized the goodness of God prays without fear. And One Who prays without fear cannot but reach Him. He can therefore also reach His Son, wherever He may be and whatever form He may seem to take.

Praying to Christ in Anyone is True Prayer because it is a gift of thanks to His Father. To ask that Christ be but Himself is not an entreaty but it is a song of thanksgiving for what You are. Herein lies the power of Prayer. It asks nothing and receives Everything. This Prayer can be shared because it receives for Everyone. To pray with One Who knows that this is True is to be answered. Perhaps the specific form of solution for a specific problem will occur to either of You, it does not matter which. Perhaps it will reach Both, if You are genuinely attuned to One Another. It will come because You have realized that it does not matter. Therein lies its only Truth.

b. The Ladder of Prayer

Prayer has no beginning and no end. It is a part of Life. But it does change in form and grows with learning until it reaches its formless state and fuses into total communication with God. In its asking form it need not and often does not, make appeal to God or even involve belief in Him. At that level Prayer is merely wanting, out of a sense of scarcity and lack.

This Prayer or asking out of need, always involves feelings of weakness and inadequacy and could never be made by a Son of God Who knows Who He is. No One, then, Who is sure of His Identity could pray in this form. Yet it is also True that no One Who is uncertain of His Identity can avoid praying in this way. And Prayer is as continual as Life. Everyone prays without ceasing. Ask and You have received, for You have established what it is You want.

It is also possible to reach a higher form of asking out of need, for in this world Prayer must be used for reparation and so it must entail levels of learning. Here, the asking may be addressed to God in honest belief, though not yet with understanding. A vague and usually unstable sense of identification has generally been reached, but it tends to be blurred by a deeprooted sense of sin. It is possible at this level to continue to ask for things of this world in various forms, but it is also possible to ask for qualities such as honesty or goodness and particularly for forgiveness for the many sources of guilt that inevitably underlie any Prayer of need. Without guilt there is no scarcity. The Sinless have no needs.

At this level also begins that curious contradiction in terms known as “praying for One’s enemies.” The contradiction lies not in the actual words, but in the way they are usually interpreted. While You believe You have enemies, You have limited Prayer to the laws of this world and have also limited Your ability to receive and to accept to the same narrow margins. And yet, if You have enemies You have need of Prayer and great need, too. What does the phrase really mean? Pray for Yourself, that You may not seek to imprison Christ and thereby lose the recognition of Your own Identity. Be traitor to no One or You will be treacherous to Yourself. An enemy is the symbol for an imprisoned Christ. And Who could He be except Yourself?

The Prayer for enemies thus becomes a Prayer for Your own freedom. Now it is no longer a contradiction in terms. Rather it is a statement of the Unity of Christ and a recognition of His Sinlessness. And now it has become Holy, for it acknowledges the Son of God as He was created. Let it never be forgotten that Prayer at any level is always for Yourself. If You unite with Anyone in Prayer, You make Him part of You. The enemy is You, as is the Christ. Before it can become Holy, then, Prayer becomes a choice. You do not choose for Another. You can but choose for Yourself. Pray Truly for Your enemies, then, for herein lies Your own Salvation. Forgive Them for Your sins and You will be forgiven indeed.

Prayer is a ladder reaching up to Heaven. At the top there is a transformation much like Your own, for Prayer is part of You. The things of earth are left behind, All unremembered. There is no asking, for there is no lack. Identity in Christ is fully recognized as set forever, beyond All change and incorruptible. The Light no longer flickers and will never go out. Now, without needs of any kind and clad forever in the pure Sinlessness which is the gift of God to You, His Son, Prayer can again become what it was meant to be. For now it rises as a song of thanks to Your Creator, sung without words or thoughts or vain desires, unneedful now of Anything at all. So it extends, as it was meant to do. And for this giving God Himself gives thanks.

God is the goal of every Prayer, giving it timelessness instead of end. Nor has it beginning, because the goal has never changed. Prayer in its earlier forms is an illusion, because there is no need for a ladder to reach what One has never left. Yet Prayer is part of forgiveness as long as forgiveness, itself an illusion, remains unattained. Prayer is tied up with learning until the goal of learning has been reached. And then All things will be transformed together and returned unblemished into the Mind of God. Being beyond learning, this state cannot be described. The stages necessary to its attainment, however, need to be understood, if Peace is to be restored to the Son of God, Who lives now with the illusion of death and the fear of God.

c. Praying for Others

We said that Prayer is always for Yourself and this is True. Why, then, should You pray for Others at all? And if You should, how should You do it? Praying for Others, if rightly understood, becomes a means for lifting Your projections of guilt from Your Brother and enabling You to recognize it is not He Who is hurting You. The poisonous thought that He is Your enemy, Your evil counterpart, Your nemesis, must be relinquished before You can be saved from guilt. For this the means is Prayer, of rising power and with ascending goals, until it reaches even up to God.

The earlier forms of Prayer, at the bottom of the ladder, will not be free from envy and even malice. They call for vengeance, not for Love. Nor do they come from One Who understands that they are calls for death, made out of fear by Those Who cherish guilt. They call upon a vengeful God and it is He Who seems to answer Them. Hell cannot be asked for Another and then escaped by Him Who asks for it. Only Those Who are in hell can ask for hell. Those Who have been forgiven and Who have accepted Their forgiveness, could never make a Prayer like that. At this level, then, the learning goal must be to recognize that Prayer will bring an answer only in the form in which the Prayer was made. This is enough. From here it will be an easy step to the next level. It begins with this:

What I have asked for for My Brother is not what I would have. Thus have I made of Him My enemy.

It is apparent that this step cannot be reached by Anyone Who sees no value or advantage to Himself in setting Others free. This may be long delayed, because this step may seem to be dangerous instead of merciful. To the guilty there seems indeed to be a real advantage in having enemies and this imagined game must go, if enemies are to be set free. Guilt must be given up and not concealed. Nor can this be done without some pain and a glimpse of the merciful nature of this step may for some time be followed by a deep retreat into fear. For fear’s defenses are fearful in Themselves and when they are recognized they bring their fear with them. Yet what advantage has an illusion of escape ever brought a prisoner? His real escape from guilt can lie only in the recognition that the guilt has gone. And how can this be recognized as long as He hides it in Another and does not see it as His own?

Fear of escape makes it difficult to Welcome freedom and to make a jailer of an enemy seems to be safety. How, then, can He be released without an insane fear for Yourself? You have made of Him Your Salvation and Your escape from guilt. Your investment in this escape is heavy and Your fear of letting it go is strong. Stand still an instant, now, and think what You have done. Do not forget that it is You Who did it and Who can therefore let it go. Hold out Your hand, this enemy has come to bless You. Take His Blessing and feel how Your Heart is lifted and Your fear released. Do not hold on to it, nor onto Him. He is a Son of God, along with You. He is no jailer, but a messenger of Christ. Be this to Him, that You may see Him thus.

It is not easy to realize that prayers for things, for status, for external “gifts” of any kind, are always made to set up jailers and to hide from guilt. Yet these things, too, are used for goals that substitute for God and therefore distort the purpose of Prayer. The desire for them is the Prayer. One need not ask explicitly. The goal of God is lost in the quest for lesser goals of any kind and Prayer becomes requests for enemies. The power of Prayer can be quite clearly recognized even in this. No One Who wants an enemy will fail to find one. But just as surely will He lose the only True goal that is given Him. Think of the cost and understand it well. All other goals are at the cost of God.

d. Praying with Others

Until the second step at least begins, One cannot share in Prayer, for until that point, Each One must ask for different things. But once the need to hold the Other as an enemy has been questioned and the reason for doing so has been recognized, if only for an instant, it becomes at least possible to join in Prayer. Enemies do not share a goal and it is here their enmity is kept. Their separate wishes are their arsenals, their fortresses in hate. The key to rising further still in Prayer lies in this simple thought, this change of Mind:

We go together, You and I.

Now it is possible to help in Prayer and so reach up Yourself. This step begins the quicker ascent, but there are still many lessons to learn. The way is open and hope is justified. Yet it is likely at first that what is asked for even by Those Who join in Prayer is not the goal that Prayer should Truly seek. Even together You may ask for things and thus set up but an illusion of a goal You share. You may ask together for specifics and not realize that You are asking for effects without the cause. And this You cannot have. For no One can receive effects alone and choose a cause from which they do not come to offer them to Him. Even the joining, then, is not enough if Those Who pray together do not ask, before All else, what is the Will of God. From this Cause only can the Answer come in which are All specifics satisfied, All separate wishes unified in One.

Prayers for specifics always ask to have the past repeated in some way. What was enjoyed before or seemed to be, what was Another’s and He seemed to like – All these are but illusions from the past. The aim of Prayer is to release the Present from its chains of past illusions, to let it be a freely chosen remedy from every choice that stood for a mistake. What Prayer can offer now so far exceeds All that You asked before that it is pitiful to be content with less. You have a newborn chance each time You pray. And would You stifle and imprison it in ancient prisons, when the chance has come to free Yourself from All of them at once? Do not restrict Your asking. Prayer can bring the Peace of God. What timebound thing can give You more than this, in just the little space that lasts until it crumbles into dust?

e. The Ladder Ends

Prayer is a way to True humility. And here again it rises up, slowly at first and grows in Strength and Love and Holiness. Let it but leave the ground where it begins to rise to God and True humility will come at last to grace the Mind that thought It was alone and stood against the world. Humility brings Peace because it does not claim that You must rule the Universe, nor judge All things as You would have them be. All little gods it gladly lays aside, not in resentment, but in honesty and recognition that they did not serve.

Illusions and humility have goals so far apart they cannot coexist, nor share a dwelling place. Where one has come the other disappears. The Truly humble have no goal but God because They need no idols and defense no longer serves a purpose. Enemies are useless now, because humility does not oppose. It does not hide in shame because it is content with what it is, knowing Creation is the Will of God. Its selflessness is Self and this it sees in every meeting, where it gladly joins with every Son of God, Whose purity it recognizes that it shares with Him. Now Prayer is lifted from the world of things, of bodies and of gods of every kind and You can rest in Holiness at last. Humility has taught You how to understand Your glory as God’s Son and recognize the arrogance of sin. A dream has veiled the Face of Christ from You. Now can You look upon His Sinlessness.

High has the ladder risen. You have come almost to Heaven. There is little more to learn before the journey is complete. Now You say to Everyone Who joins in Prayer with You:

I cannot go without You,
for You are a part of Me.

And so He is in Truth. Now must You pray only for what You Truly share with Him. For You have understood He never left and You, Who seemed alone, are One with Him.

The ladder ends with this, for learning is no longer needed. Now You stand before the gate of Heaven and Your Brother stands beside You there. The lawns are deep and still, for here the place appointed for the time when You should come has waited long for You. Here will time end forever. At this gate Eternity itself will join with You. Prayer has become what it was meant to be, for You have recognized the Christ in You.

2. Forgiveness

Forgiveness offers wings to Prayer, to make its rising easy and its progress swift. Without its strong support it would be vain to try to rise above the bottom step or even to attempt to climb at all. Forgiveness is Prayer’s ally, sister in the plan for Your Salvation. Both must come to hold You up and keep Your feet secure, Your purpose steadfast and unchangeable. Behold the greatest help that God ordained to be with You until You reach to Him. Illusion’s end will come with this. Unlike the timeless nature of its sister Prayer, forgiveness has an end, for it becomes unneeded when the rising up is done. Yet now it has a purpose beyond which You cannot go, nor have You need to go. Accomplish this and You have been redeemed. Accomplish this and You have been transformed. Accomplish this and You will save the world.

a. Forgiveness of Yourself

No gift of Heaven has been more misunderstood than has forgiveness. It has, in fact, become a scourge, a curse where it was meant to bless, a cruel mockery of grace, a parody upon the Holy Peace of God. Yet Those Who have not yet elected to begin the steps of Prayer cannot but use it thus. Forgiveness’s kindness is obscure at first, because Salvation is not understood, nor Truly sought for. What was meant to heal is used to hurt because forgiveness is not wanted. Guilt becomes Salvation and the remedy appears to be a terrible alternative to Life.

Forgivenesstodestroy will therefore suit the purpose of the world far better than its True objective and the honest means by which this goal is reached. Forgivenesstodestroy will overlook no sin, no crime, no guilt that it can seek and find and “love.” Dear to its Heart is error and mistakes loom large and grow and swell within its sight. It carefully picks out All evil things and overlooks the loving as a plague, a hateful thing of danger and of death. Forgivenesstodestroy is death and this it sees in Everything it looks upon and hates. God’s mercy has become a twisted knife that would destroy the Holy Son He loves.

Would You forgive Yourself for doing this? Then learn that God has given You the means by which You can return to Him in Peace. Do not see error. Do not make it real. Select the loving and forgive the sin by choosing in its place the Face of Christ. How otherwise can Prayer return to God? He loves His Son. Can You remember Him and hate what He created? You will hate His Father if You hate the Son He loves. For as You see the Son You see Yourself and as You see Yourself is God to You.

As Prayer is always for Yourself, so is forgiveness always given You. It is impossible to forgive Another, for it is only Your sins You see in Him. You want to see them there and not in You. That is why forgiveness of Another is an illusion. Yet it is the only happy dream in All the world, the only one that does not lead to death. Only in Someone else can You forgive Yourself, for You have called Him guilty of Your sins and in Him must Your Innocence now be found. Who but the sinful need to be forgiven? And do not ever think You can see sin in Anyone except Yourself.

This is the great deception of the world and You the great deceiver of Yourself. It always seems to be Another Who is evil and in His sin You are the injured one. How could freedom be possible if this were True? You would be slave to Everyone, for what He does entails Your fate, Your feelings, Your despair or hope, Your misery or Joy. You have no freedom unless He gives it to You. And being evil, He can only give of what He is. You cannot see His sins and not Your own. But You can free Him and Yourself as well.

Forgiveness, Truly given, is the only way in which Your hope of freedom lies. Others will make mistakes and so will You, as long as this illusion of a world appears to be Your home. God has given All His Sons a remedy for All illusions that They think They see. Christ’s Vision does not use Your eyes, but You can look through His and learn to see like Him. Mistakes are tiny shadows, quickly gone, that for an instant only seem to hide the Face of Christ, which still remains unchanged behind them All. His constancy remains in tranquil silence and in perfect Peace. He does not know of shadows. His the eyes that look past error to the Christ in You.

Ask then His help and ask Him how to learn forgiveness as His Vision lets it be. You are in need of what He gives and Your Salvation rests on learning this of Him. Prayer cannot be released to Heaven while forgivenesstodestroy remains with You. God’s mercy would remove this withering and poisoned thinking from Your Holy Mind. Christ has forgiven You and in His sight the world is as Holy as Himself. Who sees no evil in it sees like Him, for what He has forgiven has not sinned and guilt can be no more. Salvation’s plan is made complete and sanity has come.

Forgiveness is the call to sanity, for Who but the insane would look on sin when He could see the Face of Christ instead? This is the choice You make, the simplest one and yet the only one that You can make. God calls on You to save His Son from death by offering the Love of Christ to Him. This is Your need and God Himself holds out this gift to You. As He would give, so must You give as well. And thus is Prayer restored to formlessness, beyond All limits into timelessness, with nothing of the past to hold it back from reuniting with the ceaseless song that All Creation sings unto its God.

But to achieve this end You first must learn, before You reach where learning cannot go. Forgiveness is the key, but Who can use a key when He has lost the door for which the key was made and where alone it fits? Therefore We make distinctions, so that Prayer can be released from darkness into Light. Forgiveness’s role must be reversed and cleansed from evil usages and hateful goals. Forgivenesstodestroy must be unveiled in All its treachery and then let go forever and forever. There can be no trace of it remaining, if the plan that God established for returning be achieved at last and learning be complete.

This is the world of opposites. And You must choose between them every instant while this world retains Reality for You. Yet You must learn alternatives for choice or You will not be able to attain Your freedom. Let it then be clear to You exactly what forgiveness means to You and learn what it should be to set You free. The level of Your Prayer depends on this, for here it waits its freedom to ascend above the world of chaos into Peace.

b. Forgivenesstodestroy

Forgivenesstodestroy has many forms, being a weapon of the world of form. Not All of them are obvious and some are carefully concealed beneath what seems like charity. Yet All the forms that it may take have but one goal: Their purpose is to separate and make what God created equal, different. The difference is clear in several forms where the designed comparison cannot be missed, nor is it meant to be.

In this group, first, there are the forms in which a “better” Person deigns to stoop to save a “baser” One from what He is. Forgiveness here rests solely on the base of gracious lordliness so far from Love that arrogance could never be dislodged. Who can forgive and yet despise? And Who can tell Another He is steeped in sin and yet perceive Him as the Son of God? Who makes a slave to teach what freedom is? There is no union here, but only grief. This is not mercy. This is death.

Another form, still very like the first if it is understood, does not appear in quite such blatant arrogance. The One Who would forgive the Other does not claim to be the better. Now He merely says instead that here is One Whose sinfulness He shares, since Both have been unworthy and deserve the retribution of the wrath of God. This can appear to be a humble act and can indeed become a rivalry in baseness and in guilt. It is not Love for God’s Creation and the Holiness that is His gift forever. Can His Son condemn Himself and still remember Him?

Here the goal is to separate from God the Son He loves and keep Him from His Source. This goal is also sought by Those Who seek the role of martyr at Another’s hand. Here must the aim be clearly seen, for this may pass as meekness and as charity instead of cruelty. Is it not kind to be accepting of Another’s spite and not respond except with silence and a gentle smile? Behold, how good are You Who bear with patience and with saintliness the anger and the hurt Another gives and do not show the bitter pain You feel.

Forgivenesstodestroy will often hide behind a cloak like this. It shows the face of suffering and pain, in silent proof of guilt and of the ravages of sin. Such is the witness that it offers One Who could be Savior, not an enemy. But having been made enemy, He must accept the guilt and heavylaid reproach that thus is put upon Him. Is this Love? Or is it rather treachery to One Who needs Salvation from the pain of guilt? What is it for, except to keep the witnesses of guilt away from Love?

Forgivenesstodestroy can also take the form of bargaining and compromise. “I will forgive You if You meet My needs, for in Your slavery is My release.” Say this to Anyone and You are slave. And You will seek to rid Yourself of guilt in further bargains which can give no hope, but only greater pain and misery. How fearful has forgiveness now become and how distorted is the end it seeks. Have mercy on Yourself Who bargained thus. God gives and does not ask for recompense. There is no giving but to give like Him. All else is mockery. For Who would try to strike a bargain with the Son of God and thank His Father for His Holiness? What would You show Your Brother? Would You try to reinforce His guilt and thus Your own? Forgiveness is the means for Your escape. How pitiful it is to make of it a means for further slavery and pain. Within the world of opposites there is a way to use forgiveness for the goal of God and find the Peace He offers You. Take nothing else or You have sought Your death and prayed for separation from Your Self. Christ is for All because He is in All. It is His face forgiveness lets You see. It is His face in which You see Your own.

All forms forgiveness takes that do not lead away from anger, condemnation and comparisons of every kind are death. For that is what their purposes have set. Be not deceived by them, but lay them by as worthless in their tragic offerings. You do not want to stay in slavery. You do not want to be afraid of God. You want to see the sunlight and the glow of Heaven shining on the face of earth, redeemed from sin and in the Love of God. From here is Prayer released, along with You. Your wings are free and Prayer will lift You up and bring You home where God would have You be.

c. ForgivenessforSalvation

ForgivenessforSalvation has one form and only one. It does not ask for proof of Innocence, nor pay of any kind. It does not argue, nor evaluate the errors that it wants to overlook. It does not offer gifts in treachery, nor promise freedom while it asks for death. Would God deceive You? He but asks for trust and willingness to learn how to be free. He gives His Teacher to Whoever asks and seeks to understand the Will of God. His readiness to give lies far beyond Your understanding and Your simple grasp. Yet He has willed You learn the way to Him and in His willing there is certainty.

You Child of God, the gifts of God are Yours, not by Your plans but by His Holy Will. His Voice will teach You what forgiveness is and how to give it as He wills it be. Do not, then, seek to understand what is beyond You yet, but let it be a way to draw You up to where the eyes of Christ become the sight You choose. Give up All else, for there is nothing else. When Someone calls for help in any form, He is the One to answer for You. All that You need do is to step back and not to interfere. ForgivenessforSalvation is His task and it is He Who will respond for You.

Do not establish what the form should be that His forgiveness takes. He knows the way to make of every call a help to You, as You arise in haste to go at last unto Your Father’s house. He will direct Your footsteps sure and Your words sincere, not with Your own sincerity, but with His Own. Let Him take charge of how You would forgive and each occasion then will be to You another step to Heaven and to Peace.

Are You not weary of imprisonment? God did not choose this sorry path for You. What You have chosen still can be undone, for Prayer is merciful and God is just. His is a justice He can understand, but You cannot as yet. Yet will He give the means to You to learn of Him and know at last that condemnation is not real and makes illusions in its evil Name. And yet it matters not the form that dreams may seem to take. Illusions are untrue. God’s Will is Truth and You are One with Him in Will and purpose. Here All dreams are done.

What should I do for Him, Your Holy Son?

should be the only thing You ever ask when help is needed and forgiveness sought. The form the seeking takes You need not judge. But let it not be You Who sets the form in which forgiveness comes to save God’s Son. The Light of Christ in Him is His release and it is this that answers to His call. Forgive Him as the Christ decides You should and be His eyes through which You look on Him and speak for Him as well. He knows the need, the question and the answer. He will say exactly what to do in words that You can understand and You can also use. Do not confuse His function with Your own. He is the Answer, You the One Who hears.

And what is it He speaks to You about? About Salvation and the gift of Peace. About the end of sin and guilt and death. About the role forgiveness has in Him. Do You but listen, for He will be heard by Anyone Who calls upon His Name and places His forgiveness in His hands. Forgiveness has been given Him to teach, to save it from destruction and to make the means for separation, sin and death become again the Holy gift of Love. Prayer is His Own right hand, made free to save as True forgiveness is allowed to come from His eternal vigilance and Love.

Listen and learn and do not judge. It is to God You turn to hear what You should do. His Answer will be clear as morning, nor is His forgiveness what You think it is. Still does He know and that should be enough. Forgiveness has a Teacher Who will fail in nothing. Rest a while in this. Do not attempt to judge forgiveness, nor to set it in an earthly frame. Let it arise to Christ, Who welcomes it as gift to Him. He will not leave You comfortless, nor fail to send His Angels down to answer You in His Own Name. He stands beside the door to which forgiveness is the only key. Give it to Him to use instead of You and You will see the door swing silently open upon the shining Face of Christ. Behold Your Brother there beyond the door, the Son of God as He created Him.

3. Healing

Prayer has both aids and witnesses which make the steep ascent more gentle and more sure, easing the pain of fear and offering the comfort and the promises of hope. Forgiveness’s witness and an aid to Prayer, a giver of assurance of success in ultimate attainment of the goal, is healing. Its importance should not be too strongly emphasized, for healing is a sign or symbol of forgiveness’s Strength and only an effect or shadow of a change of Mind about the goal of Prayer.

a. The Cause of Sickness

Do not mistake effect for cause, nor think that sickness is apart and separate from what its cause must be. It is a sign, a shadow of an evil thought that seems to have Reality and to be just, according to the usage of the world. It is external proof of inner “sin” and witnesses to unforgiving thoughts that injure and would hurt the Son of God. Healing the body is impossible and this is shown by the brief nature of the “cure.” The body yet must die and healing it is but a brief delay in its return to dust, where it was born and will go back.

The body’s cause is unforgiveness of the Son of God. It has not left its source and in its pain and aging and the mark of death upon it this is clearly shown. Fearful and frail it seems to be to Those Who think Their Life is tied to its command and linked to its unstable, tiny breath. Death stares at Them as every moment goes irrevocably past Their grasping hands, which cannot hold Them back. And They feel fear as bodies change and sicken. For They sense the heavy scent of death upon Their hearts.

The body can be healed as an effect of True forgiveness. Only that can give remembrance of immortality, which is the gift of Holiness and Love. Forgiveness must be given by a Mind Which understands that It must overlook All shadows on the Holy Face of Christ, among which sickness should be seen as one and nothing but that: The sign of judgment made by Brother upon Brother and the Son of God upon Himself. For He has damned His body as His prison and forgot that it is He Who gave this role to it.

What He has done now must God’s Son undo. But not alone. For He has thrown away the prison’s key, His Holy Sinlessness and the remembrance of His Father’s Love. Yet Help is given to Him in the Voice His Father placed in Him. The power to heal is now His Father’s gift, for through His Voice He still can reach His Son, reminding Him the body may become His chosen home, but it will never be His home in Truth.

b. False versus True Healing

Distinctions therefore must be made between True healing and its faulty counterpart. The world of opposites is healing’s place, for what in Heaven could there be to heal? As Prayer within the world can ask amiss and seeming charity forgive to kill, so healing can be false as well as True, a witness to the power of the world or to the everlasting Love of God.

False healing merely makes a poor exchange of one illusion for a “nicer” one, a dream of sickness for a dream of health. This can occur at lower forms of Prayer, combining with forgiveness kindly meant but not completely understood as yet. Only false healing can give way to fear, so sickness will be apt to strike again. False healing can indeed remove a form of pain and sickness. But the cause remains and will not lack effects. The cause is still the wish to die and overcome the Christ. And with this wish is death a certainty, for Prayer is answered. Yet there is a kind of seeming death that has a different source. It does not come because of hurtful thoughts and raging anger at the Universe. It merely signifies the end has come for usefulness of body functioning. And so it is discarded as a choice, as One lays by a garment now outworn.

This is what death should be: A quiet choice, made joyfully and with a sense of Peace, because the body has been kindly used to help the Son of God along the way He goes to God. We thank the body, then, for All the service it has given Us. But We are thankful, too, the need is done to walk the world of limits and to reach the Christ in hidden forms and clearly seen at most in lovely flashes. Now We can behold Him without blinders, in the Light that We have learned to look upon again.

We call it death, but it is liberty. It does not come in forms that seem to be thrust down in pain upon unwilling flesh, but as a gentle Welcome to release. If there has been True healing, this can be the form in which death comes when it is time to rest a while from labor gladly done and gladly ended. Now We go in Peace to freer air and gentler climate, where it is not hard to see the gifts We gave were saved for Us. For Christ is clearer now, His Vision more sustained in Us, His Voice, the Word of God, more certainly Our own.

This gentle passage to a higher Prayer, a kind forgiveness of the ways of earth, can only be received with thankfulness. Yet first True healing must have come to bless the Mind with loving pardon for the sins It dreamed about and laid upon the world. Now are Its dreams dispelled in quiet rest. Now Its forgiveness comes to heal the world and It is ready to depart in Peace, the journey over and the lessons learned.

This is not death according to the world, for death is cruel in its frightened eyes and takes the form of punishment for sin. How could it be a Blessing, then, and how could it be Welcome when it must be feared? What healing has occurred in such a view of what is merely opening the gate to higher Prayer and kindly justice done? Death is reward and not a punishment. But such a viewpoint must be fostered by the healing that the world cannot conceive. There is no partial healing. What but shifts illusions has done nothing. What is false cannot be partly True. If You are healed Your healing is complete. Forgiveness is the only gift You give and would receive.

False healing rests upon the body’s cure, leaving the cause of illness still unchanged, ready to strike again until it brings a cruel death in seeming victory. It can be held at bay a little while and there can be brief respite as it waits to take its vengeance on the Son of God. Yet it cannot be overcome until All faith in it has been laid by and placed upon God’s substitute for evil dreams: A world in which there is no veil of sin to keep it dark and comfortless. At last the gate of Heaven opens and God’s Son is free to enter in the home that stands ready to Welcome Him and was prepared before time was and still but waits for Him.

c. Separation versus Union

False healing heals the body in a part, but never as a whole. Its separate goals become quite clear in this, for it has not removed the curse of sin that lies on it. Therefore it still deceives. Nor is it made by One Who understands the Other is exactly like Himself, for it is this that makes True healing possible. When false, there is some power that Another has, not equally bestowed on Both as One. Here is the separation shown. And here the meaning of True healing has been lost and idols have arisen to obscure the Unity that is the Son of God.

Healingtoseparate may seem to be a strange idea. Yet it can be said of any form of healing that is based on inequality of any kind. These forms may heal the body and indeed are generally limited to this. Someone knows better, has been better trained or is perhaps more talented and wise. Therefore, He can give healing to the One Who stands beneath Him in His patronage. The healing of the body can be done by this because, in dreams, equality cannot be permanent. The shifts and changes are what the dream is made of. To be healed appears to be to find a wiser One Who, by His arts and learning, will succeed.

Someone knows better. This the magic phrase by which the body seems to be the aim of healing as the world conceives of it. And to this wiser One Another goes to profit by His learning and His skill, to find in Him the remedy for pain. How can that be? True healing cannot come from inequality assumed and then accepted as the Truth and used to help restore the wounded and to calm the Mind that suffers from the agony of doubt.

Is there a role for healing, then, that One can use to offer help for Someone else? In arrogance the answer must be “no.” Yet in humility there is indeed a place for helpers. It is like the role that helps in Prayer and lets forgiveness be what it is meant to be. You do not make Yourself the bearer of the special gift that brings the healing. You but recognize Your Oneness with the One Who calls for help. For in this Oneness is His separate sense dispelled and it was this that made Him sick.

There is no point in giving remedy apart from where the source of sickness is, for never thus can it be Truly healed. Healers there are, for They are Sons of God Who recognize Their Source and understand that All Their Source creates is One with Them. This is the remedy that brings relief which cannot fail. It will remain to bless for All Eternity. It heals no part, but wholly and forever. Now the cause of every malady has been revealed exactly as it is. And in that place is written now the Holy Word of God. Sickness and separation must be healed by Love and union. Nothing else can heal as God established healing. Without Him there is no healing, for there is no Love.

God’s Voice alone can tell You how to heal. Listen and You will never fail to bring His kindly remedy to Those He sends to You, to let Him heal Them and to bless All Those Who serve with Him in healing’s Name. The body’s healing will occur because its cause has gone. And now without a cause, it cannot come again in different form. Nor will death any more be feared because it has been understood. There is no fear in One Who has been Truly healed, for Love has entered now where idols used to stand and fear has given way at last to God.

d. The Holiness of Healing

How Holy are the Healed! For in Their sight Their Brothers share Their healing and Their Love. Bringers of Peace – the Holy Spirit’s Voice, through Whom He speaks for God, Whose Voice He is – such are God’s Healers. They but speak for Him and never for Themselves. They have no gifts but those They have from God. And these They share because They know that this is what He wills. They are not special. They are Holy. They have chosen Holiness and given up All separate dreams of special attributes through which They can bestow unequal gifts on Those less fortunate. Their healing has restored Their wholeness so They can forgive and join the song of Prayer in which the Healed sing of Their union and Their thanks to God.

As witness to forgiveness, aid to Prayer and the effect of mercy Truly taught, healing is Blessing. And the world responds in quickened chorus through the voice of Prayer. Forgiveness shines its merciful reprieve upon each blade of grass and feathered wing and All the living things upon the earth. Fear has no haven here, for Love has come in All Its Holy Oneness. Time remains only to let the last embrace of Prayer rest on the earth an instant, as the world is shined away. This instant is the goal of All True Healers, Whom the Christ has taught to see His likeness and to teach like Him.

Think what it means to help the Christ to heal! Can Anything be Holier than this? God thanks His Healers, for He knows the Cause of healing is Himself, His Love, His Son, restored as His completion and returned to share with Him Creation’s Holy Joy. Do not ask partial healing, nor accept an idol for remembrance of Him Whose Love has never changed and never will. You are as dear to Him as is the whole of His Creation, for it is in You as His eternal gift. What need have You for shifting dreams within a sorry world? Do not forget the gratitude of God. Do not forget the Holy grace of Prayer. Do not forget forgiveness of God’s Son.

You first forgive, then pray and You are healed. Your Prayer has risen up and called to God, Who hears and answers. You have understood that You forgive Yourself and pray but for Yourself. And in this understanding You are healed. In Prayer You have united with Your Source and understood that You have never left. This level cannot be attained until there is no hatred in Your Heart and no desire to attack the Son of God. Never forget this: It is You Who are God’s Son and as You choose to be to Him so are You to Yourself and God to You.

Nor will Your judgment fail to reach to God, for You will give the role to Him You see in His Creation. Thus have You become “Creator” in His place and He is then no longer Cause but only an effect. Now healing is impossible, for on Him lies the blame for Your deception and Your guilt. He Who is Love is now the source of fear and only fear can now be justified. Vengeance is His. His great destroyer, death. And sickness, suffering and grievous loss become the lot of Everyone on earth, which He abandoned to the devil’s care, swearing He will deliver it no more.

Come unto Me, My Children, once again, without such twisted thoughts upon Your Heart. You still are Holy with the Holiness Which fathered You in perfect Sinlessness and still surrounds You in the arms of Peace. Dream now of healing. Then arise and lay All dreaming down forever. You are He Your Father loves, Who never left His home, nor wandered in a savage world with feet that bleed and with a heavy Heart made hard against the Love that is the Truth in You. Give All Your dreams to Christ and let Him be Your guide to healing, leading You in Prayer beyond the sorry reaches of the world.

He comes for Me and speaks My Word to You. I would recall My weary Son to Me from dreams of malice to the sweet embrace of everlasting Love and perfect Peace. My Arms are open to the Son I love, Who does not understand that He is healed and that His Prayer has never ceased to sing His joyful thanks in unison with All Creation, in the Holiness of God. Be still an instant. Underneath the sounds of harsh and bitter striving and defeat there is a Voice that speaks to You of Me. Hear this an instant and You will be healed. Hear this an instant and You have been saved.

Help Me to wake My Children from the dream of retribution and a little Life beset with fear, that ends so soon it might as well have never been. Let Me instead remind You of Eternity, in which Your Joy grows greater as Your Love extends along with Mine beyond infinity, where time and distance have no meaning. While You wait in sorrow Heaven’s melody is incomplete, because Your song is part of the eternal harmony of Love. Without You is Creation incomplete. Return to Me Who never left His Son.

Listen, My Child, Your Father calls to You. Do not refuse to hear the call of Love. Do not deny to Christ what is His Own. Heaven is here and Heaven is Your home. Creation leans across the bars of time to lift the heavy burden from the world. Lift up Your hearts to greet its advent. See the shadows fade away in gentleness, the thorns fall softly from the bleeding brow of Him Who is the Holy Son of God. How lovely are You, Child of Holiness! How like to Me! How lovingly I hold You in My Heart and in My arms. How dear is every gift that You have given Me, Who healed My Son and took Him from the cross.

Arise and let My thanks be given You. And with My gratitude will come the gift first of forgiveness, then eternal Peace. So now return Your Holy voice to Me. The song of Prayer is silent without You. The Universe is waiting Your release because it is its own. Be kind to it and to Yourself and then be kind to Me. I ask but this: That You be comforted and live no more in terror and in pain. Do not abandon Love. Remember this: Whatever You may think about Yourself, whatever You may think about the world, Your Father needs You and will call to You until You come to Him in Peace at last.

Gifts of God

1. The Dream of Fear

Fear is the emotion of the world. It has but one. Its forms are many, call them what You will, but it is One in content. Never far, even in form, from what its purpose is, never with power to escape its cause and never but a counterfeit of Peace, it rests uncertainly upon a bed of lies. Here it was born and sheltered by its seeming comfort. Here it remains where it was born and where its end will come. For here is nothingness, where neither birth nor death is real, nor any form in the misshapen Mind that spawned it, has any meaning in the Mind of God.

If You were certain, wholly sure and with consistent grasp of what the world can give, fear would be laid aside as easily as Joy and Peace unite on Love’s behalf. But first there must be certainty that there can be no Love where fear exists and that the world will never give a gift that is not made of fear, concealed perhaps, but surely present somewhere in the gift. Accept it not and You will understand a gift far greater has been given You.

Let not the world deceive You. It was made to be deception. Yet its snares can be so easily escaped a little child can walk through safely and without a care that would arrest its progress. Dreams are dreams and every one is equally untrue. This is the only lesson to be learned. Yet will fear linger until every one is recognized as nothingness and seen exactly as it is and nothing more. There is no Person, thing or circumstance that You can value as Your own without the “gift” of fear arising in Your Heart. For You have seen them All as they are not and Love for them has fled as if from You. And You will think that God has ceased to care for You Who have betrayed the Son He loves and have chosen fear and guilt to be Your friends.

Does God deceive or does the world? For it is sure that one must lie. There is no point at which their thoughts agree, their gifts unite in kind or purpose. What You take from one the other will obscure. There is no hope of compromise in this. Nor can there be a shifting of the Mind between the two without the fear that every dream must bring. How fearful it must be to see Yourself as maker of Reality and Truth, the lord and ruler of destiny and time’s domain and arbiter appointed for the world.

Dreams never change. Remember only this, but do not let it slip away at times and let Yourself give way to fear again. Deny the dream but do not fail the Truth, for what is True alone will never fail. All else deceives, All else will terrify and even when it seems to please the most it brings with it a heavy cost of pain. Be free of suffering now. There is no cost for any gift that comes to You from God. His way is certain, for His gifts remain forever as He gave them. Do not think that fear can enter where His gifts abide. But do not think His gifts can be received where fear has entered and has touched Your sight with gross distortions that the world thinks real.

There are no scraps of dreams. Each one contains the whole of fear, the opposite of Love in All its ways, the hell that hides the memory of God, the crucifixion of His Holy Son. Therefore, be vigilant against them All, for in their single purpose they are One and hell is total. It can seem to take forever for this lesson to be learned and yet it need not be. I came to speak in time of timelessness. Have You not learned the pain of dreaming yet? There is no need to hug it to Your Heart and to forget the dreadful cost of salvaging despair and building up deceptions once again.

The tiniest of dreams, the smallest wish for values of the world is large enough to stand between You and the sweet release that God would offer You. He cannot choose to change His Son, nor make Your Mind accept the perfect freedom He has given You. Yet it is certain You will turn to Him and suddenly remember. But be sure of this and do not let it slip away:

What God has joined is One. And One as well is Everything that fear has made to be the great deceiver and the substitute for God’s Creation. You can choose but one and which You choose is total. Everything the world can offer promises some Joy that it will never give. And Everything that God has promised You will never fail in Anything. No need will be unmet, no hurt unhealed, no sorrow kept unchanged, no darkness undispelled. The smallest pain will vanish suddenly before His gifts.

An unremembered world will leave no trace behind its going, when God’s gifts have been accepted as the only thing You want.

Choose once again

is still Your only hope. Darkness cannot conceal the gifts of God unless You want it so. In Peace I come and urge You now to make an end to time and step into Eternity with Me. There will not be a change that eyes can see, nor will You disappear from things of time. But You will hold My hand as You return because We come together. Now the Hosts of Heaven come with Us, to sweep away All vestiges of dreams and every thought that rests on nothingness. How dear are You to God, Who asks but that You walk with Me and bring His Light into a sickened world which fear has drained of Love and Life and hope.

Surely You will not fail to hear My call, for I have never failed to hear Your cries of pain and grief and I have come to save and to redeem the world at last from fear. It never was, nor is, nor yet will be what You imagine. Let Me see for You and judge for You what You would look upon. When You have seen with Me but once, You would no longer value any fearful thing at cost of glory and the Peace of God.

This is My offering: A quiet world, with gentle ordering and kindly thoughts, alive with hope and radiant in Joy, without the smallest bitterness of fear upon its loveliness. Accept this now, for I have waited long to give this gift to You. I offer it in place of fear and All the “gifts” of fear. Can You choose otherwise, when All the world is standing breathless, waiting on Your choice? Come now to Me and We will go to God. There is no way that We can go alone. But when We come together there can be no way in which the Word of God can fail. For His the Word that makes Us One in Him and Mine the Voice that speaks this Word to You.

2. The Two Gifts

How can You be delivered from All gifts the world has offered You? How can You change these little, cruel offerings for those that Heaven gives and God would have You keep? Open Your hands and give All things to Me that You have held against Your Holiness and kept as slander on the Son of God. Practice with every one You recognize as what it is. Give Me these worthless things the instant that You see them through My eyes and understand their cost. Then give away these bitter dreams as You perceive them now to be but that and nothing more than that.

I take them from You gladly, laying them beside the gifts of God that He has placed upon the Altar to His Son. And these I give to You to take the place of those You gave away in mercy on Yourself. These are the gifts I ask and only these. For as You lay them by You reach to Me and I can come as Savior then to You. The gifts of God are in My hands, to give to Anyone Who would exchange the world for Heaven. You need only call My Name and ask Me to accept the gift of pain from willing hands that would be laid in Mine, with thorns laid down and nails long thrown away as one by one the sorry gifts of earth are joyously relinquished. In My hands is Everything You want and need and hoped to find among the shabby toys of earth. I take them All from You and they are gone. And shining in the place where once they stood there is a gateway to another world through which We enter in the Name of God.

Father We thank You for these gifts that We have found together. Here We are redeemed. For it is here We joined and from this place of Holy joining We will come to You because We recognize the gifts You gave and would have nothing else. Each hand that finds its way to Mine will take Your gifts from Me and as We look together on the place whereon I laid Your worthless gifts for You, We will see nothing but the gifts of God reflected in the shining round Our heads. Holy are We Who know Our Holiness, for it is You Who shine Your Light on Us and We are thankful, in Our Father’s Name and Your ancient Name, that You have not forgotten. What We thought We made of You has merely disappeared and with its going are the images We made of Your Creation gone as well. And it is finished. Now into Your Hands We give again the Spirit of Your Son Who seemed to lose His way a little while but never left the safety of Your Love. The gifts of fear, the dream of death, are done. And We give thanks. And We give thanks,

3. The Ending of the Dream

Illusions are made as substitutes for Truth, for Which no substitutes are possible. Creator separate from Creation was the first illusion, where All gifts of fear were born. For now Creation could not be like its Creator, Who could never leave what He Himself created part of Him. Now must there be a substitute for Love, Which cannot have an opposite in Truth and, being All, can have no substitute. So fear was made and with it came the need for gifts to lend the substance to the dream in which there is no substance. Now the dream seems to have value, for its offerings appear as hope and Strength and even Love, if only for an instant. They content the frightened dreamer for a little while and let Him not remember the first dream which gifts of fear but offer Him again.

The seeming solace of illusions’ gifts are now His armor and the sword He holds to save Himself from waking. For before He could awaken, He would first be forced to call to Mind the first dream once again. It is not God Who asks a price of Him, but having drawn a veil across the Truth, He now must let the veil be drawn away so that its lack of substance can be seen. No One would hesitate to leave a dream of shock and terror, merciless decay and sickening contortions, convulsions and corruption, with despair always in sight and death not far behind, if He believed that it was but a dream. Yet if He thinks that He must first go through a greater terror still, He must see hope in what will now appear the “better” dream.

And now He seeks within His dream to find what gifts it may contain. What can You get within its shadows? Who can save You now by giving You the Love You threw away? What can You learn to do to make Yourself a master over Others? What is there that is Your special gift within the dream? Find these and do not waken from the dream, for it can give You what You think You lack. And if You waken All its gifts will go, Your armor and Your sword will disappear and vultures, always circling overhead, will claim You as their lawful prey at last.

Oh Children of the Father You forgot, You have not put Your idols in His place, nor made Him give the gifts of fear You made. Let Me be Savior from illusions. Truth may be concealed from You by evil dreams, but it is only from the dreams that You have need of saving. Truth is still untouched by Your deceptions. But You cannot go past that first dream without a Savior’s hand in Yours. Each gift of fear would hold You back unless You let Me lift it from Your Mind by showing You that it is but a dream within a larger dream of hopelessness in which there is no hope. Take not its gifts, for they condemn You to a lasting hell which will endure when All the seeming joys the gifts appeared to give have passed away.

Do not be tempted. Do not fall away into the shadows and a deeper sleep in which the waking seems to be the dream. Help Me give You Salvation. Let Us share the Strength of Christ and look upon the dream in which illusions started and which serve to keep their birthplace secret and apart from the illumination of the Truth. Come unto Me. There is no need to dream of an escape from dreaming. It will fail. For if the dream were real, escape would be impossible and there would be no hope except illusions. Do not yield to this. It is not so. For I am not a dream that comes in mockery. Salvation needs Your help as well as Mine. Do not forget You do not answer for Yourself alone.

My call to You is that You offer help from All the dreams the Holy Son of God imagines, from the time that the first of dreams was given false Reality until All dreaming ends forever. Could a gift be Holier than this? And could the need within a world of dreams be more acute or more compelling? Give Me help in this and not one gift the world may seek to give or one illusion held against the Truth can bind You longer. Time can have no sway upon You, nor can any laws of earth have power over You. Your hands will heal and give the gifts that You accept of Me.

How joyful and how Holy is Our way when death has no dominion and the dream of separation, agony and loss has been dispelled forever. Do not think that Anything the gifts of fear hold out is worth an instant’s hesitation, when the gate of Heaven stands before You and the Christ of God is waiting for Your return. Be still and hear Him, for His call to You could not be more insistent nor more dear, for it is but the call of Love Itself, Which will not cease to speak of God to You. You have forgotten, but He is faithful still, because He is so like His Father He remembers Him forever in His Love. And He cannot forget Creation is inseparable from Creator, so He understands that You are part of God and of the Son created like Himself.

How dear are You, a part of Christ, in Whom is every gift of God forever laid, without which is He incomplete, Who is completion of His Father. Can a dream destroy a Truth so Holy and so pure that It encompasses All Truth and leaves nothing beyond Itself? Can You betray a Love so perfect that Its gifts become Itself in Oneness and this single gift is All there is to give and to receive? Oh come and let Creation be again All that it always was and still will be forever and forever. Let the dream of time be given its appointed end and let God’s Son have mercy on Himself.

There is a silence covering the world that was an ancient dream so long ago no One remembers now. Its time is done and in the little space it seemed to have and own is nothingness. The dream has gone and All its dreams of gifts have disappeared as well. The first dream has been seen and understood for merely an illusion of the fear on which the world was based. Behind and beyond the dream, reaching to Everything, embracing All, Creation and Creator still remain in perfect harmony and perfect Love.

This is beyond the gate at which We stand. And shall We stay to wait upon a dream? Your Holiness is Mine and Mine is God’s. Here is His gift, complete and undefiled. It is Himself He gives and it is this that is the Truth in You. How beautiful are You Who stand beside Me at the gate and call with Me that Everyone may come and step aside from time. Put out Your hand to touch Eternity and disappear into its perfect rest. Here is the Peace that God intended for the Child and Son He loves. Enter with Me and let its quietness cover the earth forever. It is done. Father, Your Voice has called Us home at last. Gone is the dream. Awake, My Child, in Love.

4. Our Gift to God

There is no gift of faith that God does not accept with gratitude. He loves His Son. And as He gives His gifts to Him, so is He grateful for the gifts His Son gives Him. Gratitude is the song of Heaven, the single harmony of All Creation at One with its Creator. For gratitude is Love expressed in joining, the necessary precondition for extension and the prerequisite for Peace. And Who can be in conflict and love God?

We have discussed the gifts of God to You. Now We must also speak of those that You can give to Him. For it is these that render His giving complete, as it is His to You that make You whole. Giving is Joy and Holiness and healing. Here is Your answer to the world and God’s as well. For here it is You join with Him, His likeness being Yours in this alone.

How can You give to Him Who has no lack, no need, no emptiness, no unlit place which needs a Light that You can offer Him? He saves Your gifts for You. He does not know of giving and receiving. What is Love or comes from Love or offers Love a gift, is One to Him because it is of Him. To Him and from Him are not different to One Who has no opposite. For Love is All there is and Everything there is. A gift to Love is given Everyone, not lessening the giver, nor in Truth adding to the receiver. More than Love there cannot be. But this a gift becomes if it is Truly given and received by Both to Both Who know that They are One:

A key to silence and the Peace of God,

A glad acknowledgement of Love of Christ,

A greeting to the Holy Spirit’s help,

An invitation that He enter in
And lift the Son of God unto Himself.

What more would God hold dearer than this? These are His gifts as much as they are Yours, for in them giver and receiver join. A gift is Holy only when there is no sense at all of Who will gain thereby and not a shadow of a thought of loss. It is not easy in the world to know what giving means and how to give a gift that God and All Creation will accept as shining outward from a thankful Heart and inward to the Altar of its God.

God gives the gift of grace to give as He must give, for He must give the only way He knows and what He knows is Everything He is. Christ gives as He does, being like Himself. And nothing stands outside the gifts They give, for every gift is Allencompassing and lifts the Universe into Their arms.

Yet what of You Who seem to be on earth and do not understand what giving is because You have forgotten what Love means? What gifts are there that You can give to God? My Brother, there are many calls to You from Those Who lost Their way and need Your help in finding it again. It seems to You that You are helping Them if You respond to what They ask and what You think They need. Yet it is always God Who calls to You and He Who asks Your help is but Yourself. Who is the giver and the receiver then? Who asks the gift and Who is given it?

This is the only lesson that the world must teach in giving. It is not the one the world was made to teach. And yet it is the one the Holy Spirit sees in it and so it is the only one it has. Forget the other devastating ways the gifts of earth are given and received. Forget the cost, the thoughts of loss and gain, the bargaining, the counting of the score the world associates with every gift it gives in strict accordance with its laws. The moneychangers of the marketplace have been Your teachers. Now They need a gift They could not give. Be Savior now to Them because You have another Teacher now.

Count not the cost of giving. There is none. Your teachers have deceived. But do not think that Their mistakes were not Your own as well. To All Who do not understand the gifts of God and Christ are One, be Yours the voice that echoes what the Voice for God would say:

Save Me, My Brother, as You save Yourself,
And let Me give to God Your gifts for You
Because My and His Altar waits for them in Love,
And God is asking that We place them There.

There is no Love but God’s, no gifts but His. We but return His Own unto Himself. But as We do, He comes to call His Son from the far country where He threw away the memory of All His Father’s gifts and ask Him to return again to Him.

Child of Eternal Love, what gift is there Your Father wants of You except Yourself? And what is there that You would rather give, for what is there that You would rather have? You have forgotten Who You really are. What but that memory is dear to You? What trifling gifts made out of sickly fear, sick despair and evil dreams of suffering and death can be the substitute You really want for the remembrance of Christ in You? In the far country You were lost indeed, but You were not forgotten. Hear the call of Love to Love, by Love, in Love to You and rise with Love beside You to return to God the gift of Love that He has given You and You have given Him in gratitude.

Do not forget the Source of what You are and do not think He has forgotten You. Love does not waver and does not forget the gifts It gives that It would have You keep. Return them, then, for it is dark indeed in the far country, where God’s memory has seemed to disappear. Yet Christ has come wherever You have gone. For You are His and being His You are His Father’s too. He brings with Him the gifts His Father gave and giving them to You He teaches You how to return them in the way He gives. Light knows no limit, Love no lessening. Return, My Child, to Me. For Christ is He Who is My Son and You are One with Him. You are My gift, for You are One with Me.

5. The Father’s Love

There is a secret place in Everyone in which God’s gifts are laid and His to Him. It is not secret to the eyes of Christ Who sees it plainly and unceasingly. Yet it is hidden to the body’s eyes and to Those still invested in the world and caring for the petty gifts it gives, esteeming them and thinking they are real. Illusions’ gifts will hide the secret place where God is clear as day and Christ with Him. Oh let this not be secret to the world so full of sorrow and so racked with pain. You could relieve its grief and heal its pain and let the Peace of God envelop it as does a Mother rock a tired Child until It sighs and slips away to rest.

Rest could be Yours because of what God is. He loves You as a Mother loves Her Child, Her only One, the only Love She has, Her All-in-All extension of Herself, as much a part of Her as breath itself. He loves You as a Brother loves His own, born of one Father, still as One in Him and bonded with a seal that cannot break. He loves You as a Lover loves His own, His Chosen One, His Joy, His very Life, the One He seeks when She has gone away and brings Him Peace again on Her return. He loves You as a Father loves His Son, without Whom would His Self be incomplete, Whose immortality completes His own, for in Him is the chain of Love complete – a golden circle that will never end, a song that will be sung throughout All time and afterwards and always will remain the deathless sound of Loving and of Love.

Oh be at Peace, Beloved of the Lord! What is Your Life but gratitude to Him Who loves You with an everlasting Love? What is Your purpose here but to recall into His loving arms the Son He loves, Who has forgotten Who His Father is? What is Your only goal, Your only hope, Your only need, the only thing You want, but to allow the secret place of Peace to burst upon the world in All its Joy and let the voice within it speak of Him Whose Love shines out and in and in between, through All the darkened places to embrace All living things within its golden Peace?

You are My Son and I do not forget the secret place in which I still abide, knowing You will remember. Come, My Son, open Your Heart and let Me shine on You and on the world through You. You are My Light and dwellingplace. You speak for Me to Those Who have forgotten. Call Them now to Me, My Son, remember now for All the world. I call in Love, as You will answer Me, for this the only language that We know. Remember Love, so near You cannot fail to touch Its Heart because It beats in You. Do not forget. Do not forget, My Child. Open the door before the hidden place and let Me blaze upon a world made glad in sudden ecstasy. I come, I come. Behold Me. I am here for I am You, in Christ, for Christ, My own beloved Son, the glory of the infinite, the Joy of Heaven and the Holy Peace of earth, returned to Christ and from His hand to Me. Say now Amen, My Son, for it is done. The secret place is open now at last. Forget All things except My changeless Love. Forget All things except that I am here.

My Replacements

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thoughtsystem, thought-system – thought system

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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, whose, equals, which, another, others, other, both, innocent, two, each, individual, forgiven, sinless, innocent, ones, one, son, sons – These, Those, Them, They, Their, Whose, Equals, Which, Another, Others, Other, Both, Innocent, Two, Each, Individual, Forgiven, Sinless, Innocent, Ones, One, Son, Sons

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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, die Liebe, das Licht, die Heiligkeit, den Urtext oder den Kurs bezieht immer großschreiben, wie z. B. It, Which, That, They, ...

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- – –

thought-creations – Thoughtcreations (wenn zwei Worte mit dem - verbunden wurden bitte einfach ein Wort daraus machen.)

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Optional: at one – at One (wenn es sich auf das Atonement bezieht)

Optional: self, Self – Self (wenn es sich auf Gott oder Christus bezieht), self (wenn es sich auf das ego bezieht)

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